National / International News

Gays In Cincinnati: From Second-Class Citizens To Fully Accepted

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-30 07:18

Cincinnati had a history of discrimination against gays, but all that has changed. The LGBT community has been embraced by politicians and corporations and now feels much safer than it used to.

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Farage will not stand in by-election

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-30 07:15
UKIP leader Nigel Farage tells the BBC he will not stand in a by-election caused by ex-Tory MP Patrick Mercer's resignation.

US economic growth slows sharply

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-30 07:06
US economic growth slows to 0.1% in the first quarter of the year, thanks to the impact of unusually bad winter weather.

In pictures: Bob Hoskins

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-30 07:05
Pictures from the life and career of Bob Hoskins who has died aged 71

VIDEO: Prince Harry splits up with Cressida

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-30 07:03
Prince Harry and his girlfriend Cressida Bonas have broken up, but are said to remain "best friends".

PODCAST: Winter came for the GDP

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-04-30 07:00

On Wednesday, the government reported GDP numbers. Turns out, January to March showed hardly any growth -- an annual rate of just one-tenth of one percent, way below forecasts. Spending on goods was down, but for services, like healthcare, consumer spending was up. Business investments and exports were down, so it wasn't just the weather. But analysts say more recent data suggest the current quarter will be better.

Plus, it seems like you can get everything at a Walmart—including the kitchen sink. And, now, auto insurance. Wal-Mart is rolling out a new service via its website, walmart.com, that allows consumers to shop online for auto coverage, compare premiums, and sign up for a policy all in one sitting and from a single website. It’s part of the giant retailer’s strategy to offer more financial services as it struggles to sell more to consumers in its stores, says retail consultant Burt Flickinger III at the Strategic Resource Group in New York.

“Whether it’s money transfers, or competing with GameStop on used videos, or auto insurance, Walmart is struggling to attract shoppers,” says Flickinger. “And the shoppers aren’t coming to the supercenters.”

 

Earth's last warm phase probed

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-30 06:58
Scientists tie together ice and marine records from 120,000 years ago to paint a picture of Earth's poles when they were warmer than today.

What's The NSA Doing Now? Training More Cyberwarriors

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-30 06:57

The military's reliance on cyberspace is outpacing its ability to defend against cyberattacks, according to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. Here's how cyberwarriors are being trained.

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Prince announces UK arena tour

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-30 06:48
Following a series of low key gigs, US singer Prince announces a run of UK arena dates.

Rogers inspires superb Middlesex win

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-30 06:19
Opener Chris Rogers' unbeaten 241 guides Middlesex to 472-3 and a remarkable seven-wicket victory over Yorkshire.

UK urges swift Syria chlorine probe

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-30 06:12
The UK has called on the global chemical weapons watchdog to carry out "with urgency" its investigation into the alleged use of chlorine in Syria.

Sacking over poor elderly home care

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-30 06:11
One staff member is sacked and seven suspended from an Essex care home after an undercover Panorama investigation finds poor care.

Walmart wants to sell you auto insurance

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-04-30 06:10

Seems like you can get everything at Walmart—including the kitchen sink. And, now, auto insurance.

Walmart is rolling out a new service via its website, walmart.com, that allows consumers to shop online for auto coverage, compare premiums, and sign up for a policy all in one sitting and from a single website.

It’s part of the giant retailer’s strategy to offer more financial services as it struggles to sell more to consumers in its stores, says retail consultant Burt Flickinger III at the Strategic Resource Group in New York.

“Whether it’s money transfers, or competing with GameStop on used videos, or auto insurance, Walmart is struggling to attract shoppers,” says Flickinger. “And the shoppers aren’t coming to the supercenters.”

Flickinger says Walmart needs to do something. He says same-store sales have been down for the past five quarters. Price-conscious consumers have been struggling to afford even Walmart’s discounted prices in the prolonged economic downturn, and Flickinger says Walmart has stumbled on customer service, with inadequate staffing and understocking of its stores.

“The auto insurance adds customer continuity and frequency, and Walmart has the second-biggest IT capabilities anywhere in America, second only to the Pentagon,” says Flickinger. “Walmart certainly has the size and scale to make financial services pay off.”

Walmart senior vice president Daniel Eckert explained Walmart’s new auto insurance as an at-home or in-the-office opportunity to compare quotes from multiple insurers, and to bind (actually secure coverage based on the quote offered)—without leaving its website.

The online market is hosted at the website of Walmart’s partner in developing the product, AutoInsurance.com. Eckert says the new service will be promoted at Walmart.com, and in displays at Walmart stores. It is being launched initially in Arkasnas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Texas, with rollout plans for the rest of the country later in 2014.

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