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Stocks in 2013: All sugar rush, no substance?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-01-02 04:58

The S&P 500 went up 29 percent in the year gone by. The Nasdaq Composite rose nearly 40 percent. But this has prompted an argument that stock prices in 2013 were like cotton candy, lots of size, but not a lot of substance. Marketplace's Economics guy Chris Farrell has been considering this.

The argument comes down to the idea that the gains of 2013 reflected more of the Fed's quantitative easing rather than any real economic improvement, and that prices are bound to come tumbling back down sooner or later. But does the claim that the stock markets' gains have no substance, hold up?

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Injuries in Kenya grenade attack

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 04:43
At least 10 people have been injured in a grenade attack at the Kenyan tourist resort of Diani, south of the port city of Mombasa, say police.

100 Million People In Path Of 2014's First Wintry Blast

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-02 04:35

Parts of the Northeast and New England are expected to be hit the hardest today and Friday. More than a foot of snow may fall on Boston. The wind chill may plunge to 40 degrees below zero in the Adirondacks. Flight delays and cancellations are piling up along with the snow.

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Day in pictures: 2 January December 2014

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 04:33
24 hours of news photos: 2 January

Chinese fans relish new Sherlock

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 04:31
Gay love theory as Chinese fans relish new series

Romania's absent parents

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 04:31
The Romanian children whose parents work abroad

Sherlock return watched by 9.2m

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 04:29
The return of Sherlock to BBC One was watched by an average 9.2 million people, overnight figures suggest.

Musharraf in hospital ahead of trial

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 04:26
Pakistan's former military ruler Pervez Musharraf is taken to hospital with reported chest pains as he makes his way to court for his treason trial.

JK Rowling lawyer fined over leak

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 04:25
A lawyer who revealed that new crime writer Robert Galbraith was actually Harry Potter author JK Rowling is fined £1,000 for breaching privacy rules.

Schizophrenia: CBT 'little help'

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 04:18
Talking therapies have "little impact" on the symptoms of people with schizophrenia, a study suggests.

Antarctic ship passengers rescued

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 04:16
Rescuers in Antarctica safely transfer all 52 passengers from the ice-bound research vessel Akademik Shokalskiy, trapped since 24 December.

England skipper Stoney joins Arsenal

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 04:14
England captain and defender Casey Stoney joins Arsenal on a two-year deal after leaving Lincoln Ladies.

AUDIO: New Sherlock gets mixed fan reaction

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 04:10
Sherlockology fan site editor David Mather says fans have shown a mixed reaction to the new episode.

TV news paywalls are coming

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-01-02 04:01

Never paid for local TV news?  Well, that may be changing.  Cincinnati’s  WCPO-TV is going to offer local investigative stories behind a paywall.  It’s added 30 digital staffers.

“What they’re saying is, don’t think of us as TV, think of us as your best local digital news source,” says Ken Doctor, a media consultant.

The way WCPO-TV sees it, it’s go digital and dominate -- or die.  Adam Symson, who is chief digital officer for the station's owner, E.W. Scripps, says Cincinnati’s many TV and radio stations won’t all survive.  Symson is hoping a beefed up web presence will ensure market dominance.

“This is not just an investment in growing a digital audience,” he says. “This is an investment in the brand, WCPO, the television ratings and the digital audience.”

The question is, will people pay for something they’re used to getting for free? Other TV stations are watching WCPO’s web experiment closely, to find out.  

Man stabbed in neck in assault

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 03:55
A man is seriously ill in hospital after being stabbed in the neck in east Belfast.

Hobbit tops 2013 most pirated films

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 03:39
The Hobbit was the most pirated film of 2013 with Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained coming in second place.

VIDEO: Poison spray targets 'super-rats'

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 03:38
Scientists have created a new way to control the rat population, a poison spray absorbed through the rat's skin

Apps to help keep your New Year's resolutions

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-01-02 03:35

Today is the second day of the new year and if you haven't started with major life changes you are already a day behind schedule. You might be hoping to get some help from apps. Whitson Gordon, editor in chief of Lifehacker, joins us to offer some advice.

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VIDEO: Stranded Passengers Flown To Safety In Antarctic

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-02 03:35

The 52 scientists and paying passengers aboard the MV Akademik Shokalskiy had been stranded by ice since Christmas Eve. They've been flown by helicopter to an Australian ship in open waters. The 22 crew members of the Akademik Shokalskiy are staying behind. It's hoped the ship will soon break free.

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Haass plan 'needs clear response'

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 03:32
Stormont's parties must be clear in their response to proposals about contentious issues, says Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams.

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