National / International News

Miller 'pressure' and Brucie bows out - the papers

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-04 22:02
More details of Culture Secretary Maria Miller's actions during the Parliamentary inquiry into her expense claims are reported along with the news of Sir Bruce Forsyth's decision to stand down from Strictly Come Dancing.

Dozens missing in Solomons floods

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-04 21:13
Dozens of people are still missing after flash floods that have killed at least 12 people and left thousands homeless in the Solomon Islands.

Living with the 'opposite of autism'

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-04 20:43
The joys and dangers of living with Williams Syndrome

Why do Britons drink so much instant coffee?

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-04 20:37
The UK's largest coffee event is happening but instant won't be dominating. So why do the British drink so much of the stuff, asks Denise Winterman.

King of the voiceover and the man thought to be VJ Day kiss sailor

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-04 20:35
The man thought to be the VJ Day kiss sailor and others

Good teeth may help sporting success

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-04 19:04
Dentists say elite athletes could stand a better chance of winning gold medals if they took more care of their teeth.

Victorian strangeness: The death of a curious monkey

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-04 18:44
The sad tale of the curious monkey

Sex education given an ancient twist

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-04 18:34
Academics launch scheme to use ancient artefacts to prompt discussion of "difficult topics" in school sex education classes.

US lets Boeing sell parts to Iran

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-04 18:16
The US Treasury grants plane manufacturer Boeing a licence to export some commercial parts to Iran, in its first public dealings since 1979.

'Dozing' Chicago train driver sacked

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-04 16:53
The "sleeping" operator of a Chicago train that derailed last month injuring 32 people has been sacked, officials say.

Fort Hood gunman 'not in right mind'

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-04 16:23
The father of a soldier who killed three men at a US Army base says he was not in his right mind, as officials say an earlier argument played a part.

Raising the minimum wage: Good idea or bad idea?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-04-04 16:21
Friday, April 4, 2014 - 16:57 RODRIGO ARANGUA/AFP/Getty Images

Eight states raised the minimum wage on Jan. 1. For one worker on the receiving end, it's the difference of being able to buy toothpaste.

On an earlier show, we heard from guests who supported raising the federal minimum wage.

It now stands at $7.25. There's a proposal in Congress to raise it to $10.10.

Gene Barr, President and CEO of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, which represents businesses in that state, doesn't think that's a great idea.

"What we believe is ... that the minimum wage increase proposed is not only highly inefficent, but is also even harmful to those people who most need these entry-level jobs," Barr says. "If you think about it, a much better way trying to help these people, would be for example increasing the Earned Income Tax Credit at the federal side, because in that way we're all participating a little bit, and trying to make things better for the people who truly need it."

According to Barr, raising the minimum wage at the federal level wouldn't help the people who need a raise in wages the most. 

"Most people who work minimum wage jobs are part-time, about 80% do not have kids," he says. "More than half of them are in households where the household income is above $50,000, which is a crucial number because that's the average take-home [pay] for a small-business person."

So, if raising the minimum wage isn't the best plan for building wealth in low-income communities and unexperienced workers, what would be the best method? Barr says the answer lies in education.

"Looking at how we get these people the job skills, the training that they need, in order to advance themselves in. Because in reality, the people who are most hurt by minimum wage are the people trying to get their foot in the door," Barr says. "We need to do a better job, as a society, of getting these people in the talents, the skills, the abilities so they can get that foot in the door. That's how we're going to move things forward."

Marketplace Money for Friday, April 04, 2014Interview by Lizzie O'LearyStory Type: InterviewSyndication: SlackerSoundcloudStitcherSwellPMPApp Respond: No

Can Afghanistan hold a credible election?

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-04 15:35
Can Afghanistan overcome the security and fraud challenges

VIDEO: Afghan women secure polling stations

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-04 15:23
Western security forces train thousands of temporary female police officers to help make sure women are able to cast their votes at polling stations ahead of upcoming presidential elections.

The photographs that reunited families

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-04 15:21
How a humble Polaroid photo changed lives in Rwanda

VIDEO: How to play the dervishes

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-04 15:07
A brand new instrument, known as the dervishes, has been created for the first opera from sound artist Matthew Herbert.

When being cheap isn't worth it

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-04-04 14:53
Friday, April 4, 2014 - 15:16 Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

A customer pushes his shopping cart through a Costco store in San Francisco, Calif. Costco hopes getting a mortgage through the big box retailer will bring more customers into the store for the things they'll need to furnish those homes.

TLC's reality show ,"Extreme Cheapskates," showcases people who go to, well, extremes to save money. There's the woman who refuses to spend money doing laundry, so she uses a free sample of detergent and  her time in the shower to give her clothes a cleaning of sorts. And then, theress the couple who, as self-described cheapskates, decided to bestow a crib found in a dumpster unto their unborn daughter. 

There is quite a difference between cheap and frugal, according to Daryl Paranada, a reporter for, the differences are pretty clear. 

"Frugality means you're conscious about how you use and spend your hard-earned money," Paranada says. "Being cheap means you want to spend the least amount of money possible, no matter what. And that's not always the best approach to spending money. There are times when being cheap just isn't smart."

Many people try to save money when making home improvements by doing it themselves,  but Paranada says that when undertaking home improvement projects, going the cheap route is not the way to go. 

"Before you take out the hammers and you start a DIY project for your house, you should ask yourself three questions," he says. "First, do I know what I'm doing? Could I hurt myself or my house? And finally, is it worth my time?" 

Paranada also says that there are some things that are worth the money you pay for them. 

"If you think about it, you spend half your time in a mattress and half your time in shoes. A good mattress might cost you about $1000, but it's worth it because in the end it's all about value. What kind of things do you value? What kinds of things might improve your quality of life ," he says. 

For more tips on how to save money without being a miser, see Daryl Paranada's article, "13 Instances When Being Cheap Doesn't Pay Off."

Marketplace Money for Friday, April 04, 201413 Ways Being Cheap Doesn't Pay Offby Candace ManriquezPodcast Title: When being cheap isn't worth itStory Type: InterviewSyndication: SlackerSoundcloudStitcherSwellPMPApp Respond: No

Brazil 'rescues' cruise ship workers

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-04 14:45
Brazilian police say they have picked up 11 crew members working in "slave-like conditions" on an Italian cruise ship.

George W Bush paintings on display

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-04 14:41
An exhibit of paintings of world leaders by former US President George W Bush is to open at his presidential library in Texas.

Federal Judge Dismisses Suit Challenging Drone Strikes That Killed Americans

NPR News - Fri, 2014-04-04 14:41

Nasser Al-Awlaki sued U.S. officials over the killing of three Americans including his son in Yemen. The judge said the suit raises fundamental constitutional questions but there's no easy answer.

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