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RBS to close 44 branches across UK

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-03 01:41
Taxpayer-backed Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) announces the closure of 44 branches, 14 of which are classed as the "last banks in town".

New study looks beyond GDP to measure economic health

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-04-03 01:32

When it comes to measuring the health of a country's economy, using the nation's Gross Domestic Product is often the barometer of choice. But as more dollars change hands, why aren't the outcomes always better?

There's a new listing of 132 countries out today that uses 54 different indicators that together measure how well a country is doing in giving its citizens good lives. It's called the Social Progress Index. Michael Green, CEO of the Social Progress Imperative, says that although GDP is important, it doesn't tell the whole story. He joins Marketplace Morning Report host David Brancaccio to discuss the report. 

MEPs urge sanctions over Magnitsky

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-03 01:16
The European Parliament urges EU governments to impose sanctions on 32 Russian officials over the death of whistleblower Sergei Magnitsky.

AUDIO: Vodafone to increase 'physical presence'

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-03 01:15
Vodafone's decision to open 150 new shops is designed to provide a greater "physical presence", its UK chief executive Jeroen Hoencamp says.

Weir: Yes vote would 'create costs'

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-03 01:14
A report for one of Scotland's biggest companies concludes that independence would create "costs and uncertainties" for business.

Bayliss 'can get best out of England'

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-03 01:09
Former Australia bowler Geoff Lawson says New South Wales coach Trevor Bayliss has all the skills to lead England.

Hospital admits failings over death

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-03 01:07
Two Kent NHS trusts admit failures in the care of a father who died in a hospital toilet.

VIDEO: How polluted is central London?

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-03 01:06
Andrew Grieve, who is the senior air quality analyst at King's College, London, talks to Carol Kirkwood about pollution levels in the city.

VIDEO: Cameron defends 'Muppet' remark

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-03 00:55
David Cameron defends describing Labour leader Ed Miliband and Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls as ''Muppets'' during Prime Minister's Questions.

In pictures: US base shooting

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-03 00:52
Aftermath of the shooting at Forth Hood

Is privacy a luxury good?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-04-03 00:44

How much does it cost to keep your information from prying eyes? Julia Angwin, ProPublica reporter and author of "Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security, and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance," shelled out nearly $2,500 to protect her data. From the encrypted cloud service to the burner laptop, she found that privacy really is a luxury good. 

"People who are like me, tech elites basically, are going to get these sophisticated tools to really carefully manage our data. But the group of people who aren't empowered, don't have time or money to have these tools are going to be on what I call a giant suckers' list," Angwin said. 

A wealth gap in the world of privacy could mean a very different online reality depending on your income.

According to Angwin, websites will soon dynamically create themselves based on your data, determining what product options are available to you. 

Is privacy a luxury good?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-04-03 00:44

How much does it cost to keep your information from prying eyes? Julia Angwin, ProPublica reporter and author of "Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security, and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance," shelled out nearly $2,500 to protect her data. From the encrypted cloud service to the burner laptop, she found that privacy really is a luxury good. 

"People who are like me, tech elites basically, are going to get these sophisticated tools to really carefully manage our data. But the group of people who aren't empowered, don't have time or money to have these tools are going to be on what I call a giant suckers' list," Angwin said. 

A wealth gap in the world of privacy could mean a very different online reality depending on your income.

According to Angwin, websites will soon dynamically create themselves based on your data, determining what product options are available to you. 

VIDEO: Rise in fake HIV tests in Uganda

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-03 00:31
A BBC Africa investigation has revealed that some people in Uganda are buying fake HIV negative results.

AUDIO: Inside 'extremist' claim school

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-03 00:29
The Today programme's Sima Kotecha visits Park View School, which has been accused of promoting extremist Islam views to pupils.

Cat found in charity shop sofa

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-03 00:22
A cat spends five days trapped in a sofa donated to a charity shop before being found by the couple who bought it.

Soldier kills three at US army base

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-03 00:14
A US soldier shoots dead three colleagues before killing himself at the Fort Hood army base in Texas, the scene of a 2009 mass shooting.

'Million Syria refugees' in Lebanon

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-03 00:04
The number of refugees who have fled Syria and registered in Lebanon has surpassed the "devastating milestone" of one million, the UN says.

Asian restaurants raids 'unfair'

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-02 23:40
Immigration officials are unfairly detaining staff in Asian restaurants at busy times, a Welsh Labour MP claims.

First Test For College Hopefuls? Decoding Financial Aid Letters

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-02 23:38

You got in! But just how much money is that school offering you? Financial aid award letters can be confusing, so we've put together a sample letter — and translated it into plain English.

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NPR Poll: Obamacare More Popular Than President

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-02 23:38

After a horrendous October rollout, the ACA is viewed a little more favorably now. But the number of people who intensely oppose the law is 12 percentage points higher than those who strongly back it.

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