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PODCAST: Facebook gets into mobile payment

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2015-03-18 07:53

We're watching closely today for any clue to when the Federal Reserve could be raising interest rates, and most of the speculation hinges on just one word: "patient." What does it mean and how did we get here? J.P. Morgan's David Kelly is here to shed some light on the situation. Then, Facebook is adding the option to send other users money via its Messenger app. Tracey Samuelson tells us how the move could bring mobile payment into the mainstream and open up new revenue opportunities for the site. Finally, it's taken as a given that that veterans from the post-9/11 era have had an especially hard time finding work. Anecdotal evidence is plentiful, but hard numbers are surprisingly elusive. Dan Weissmann investigates.

Debate: Should The U.S. Adopt The 'Right To Be Forgotten' Online?

NPR News - Wed, 2015-03-18 07:53

People don't always like what they see when they Google themselves. EU residents have a right to request that unflattering material be removed from online search results. Should the U.S. follow suit?

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Dieudonne guilty of condoning terror

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-18 07:40
Controversial French comedian Dieudonne is found guilty of condoning terrorism over a Facebook comment about January's Paris attacks.

Cowboy Cravings: Fried Cookie Dough And Other Rodeo Calorie Bombs

NPR News - Wed, 2015-03-18 07:37

Concoctions that seem to break caloric records are a central part of the rodeo food experience. If you're going to indulge, a Texas dietician offers tips to help keep you from popping a belt buckle.

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Birds 'died in soaring heat at farm'

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-18 07:29
Thousands of chickens were killed when temperatures at a poultry farm soared to 36 C (97 F), a court hears.

Does Fox's 'Empire' Break Or Bolster Black Stereotypes?

NPR News - Wed, 2015-03-18 07:22

Fox's hip-hop drama Empire ends its first season Wednesday as a huge hit, thanks to black viewers. But NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says it also has sparked a complex debate over TV stereotypes.

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VIDEO: Prince Harry launches 1,000 mile walk

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-18 07:16
Prince Harry has met some of the wounded service personnel who are taking part in the 1,000 mile (1,609 km) trek around Britain later this year.

Father's apology from disaster chief

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-18 07:04
A bereaved father who lost his son in the Hillsborough disaster receives a personal apology from police match commander David Duckenfield after confronting him outside court.

PhD student loans up to £25,000

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-18 07:03
The chancellor tries to boost research and innovation with plans for loans for postgraduate research students.

The world's wettest classroom

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-18 07:03
Pupils from The Observatory School in the Wirral are sailing a yacht to MediaCityUK in Salford for BBC School Report day. Follow their progress here.

Caroline Kennedy threatened in Japan

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-18 07:01
The US embassy in Tokyo reports receiving phone calls threatening Ambassador Caroline Kennedy and another diplomat.

VIDEO: Unusual Northern Lights head south

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-18 06:57
The Aurora Borealis, also known as the Northern Lights, have been creating a fabulous show across large parts of the Britain, and across the globe.

Ramakrishnan set for Royal Society

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-18 06:56
The BBC understands that Nobel-winning structural biologist Venki Ramakrishnan is set to become the next president of the Royal Society.

Osborne sets out vision for the North

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-18 06:48
George Osborne outlines his vision for building a "northern powerhouse" in his final budget ahead of the general election.

EU plans tax transparency clampdown

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-18 06:44
The European Commission lays out plans to clamp down on so-called sweetheart tax deals between governments and multinational corporations.

US executes inmate with brain injury

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-18 06:35
A Missouri death row inmate is executed despite legal appeals that he had a diminished mental capacity because of a brain injury.

World's biggest art heist, 25 years later

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2015-03-18 06:32

On March 18, 1990, two men dressed as police officers stole 13 pieces of art from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, in Boston.

They took rare Rembrandts, a Vermeer, and works by Manet and Degas. All together, the stolen art was worth about $500 million. According to the FBI, it was the largest property crime in U.S. history.  A few days after the incident, the Gardner Museum's president and director said, "It is as if there'd been a death in the family."

A quarter-century later, the case remains unsolved. Kelly Crow covers art for The Wall Street Journal. She says the heist changed the art world. 

"I think both museums and private collectors got a wake-up call," Crow tells Marketplace's David Gura. "Museums have gone back and taken a much tougher look at their protocols."

For example, the security guard on duty that night had only one alarm he could trigger at his post. And when the guard was lured away, there was no way for him to signal for help.

Crow says, even after all these years, the stolen art leaves gaping holes in the museum. Isabella Stewart Gardner hadn't wanted any of the pieces moved. So all that hangs in the place of the stolen masterpieces are empty frames.

Can't Protect The Real White House? Get An $8 Million Fake One

NPR News - Wed, 2015-03-18 06:31

The Secret Service director is asking Congress to give the agency funding to build a replica White House at its training compound in suburban Maryland.

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Homes evacuated over alert at church

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-18 06:30
Bomb disposal officers are called to a security alert in the grounds of a Catholic church in Coalisland, County Tyrone.

VIDEO: Budget headlines in four minutes

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-18 06:25
The headlines of the tax, spending and borrowing announcements in the Budget are explained in a four minute guide.

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