National / International News

VIDEO: Thailand's human trafficking trade

BBC - Thu, 2015-05-21 15:18
Jonathan Head has spent six months investigating the trafficking of humans in Thailand.

VIDEO: Policing football behind the scenes

BBC - Thu, 2015-05-21 15:03
Victoria Derbyshire reporter Dan Johnson follows the police operation as West Bromwich Albion play Chelsea at The Hawthorns.

Cost of rent 'up 4.6% in a year'

BBC - Thu, 2015-05-21 15:02
The cost of renting a home rose by 4.6% in the year to the end of April, the fastest rise since November 2010, a survey suggests.

VIDEO: Why measure feet with iPads?

BBC - Thu, 2015-05-21 15:02
The Clarks shoe company started using iPads to measure children's feet last year, and it's all about capturing invaluable foot data.

Why measure feet with iPads?

BBC - Thu, 2015-05-21 15:01
Why a shoe company measures kids' feet with iPads

Mogadishu's Lido beach: Sun, surf and... grenades?

BBC - Thu, 2015-05-21 15:01
Sun, surf... and grenades in Mogadishu

Quiz of the week's news

BBC - Thu, 2015-05-21 15:01
Why have women been seeing red at Cannes?

Hooked - Part 5

BBC - Thu, 2015-05-21 15:00
The full story - will a death in the family make Buba go to rehab?

How male and female bathing suits got smaller and smaller

BBC - Thu, 2015-05-21 15:00
How male and female bathing suits got smaller and smaller

Antarctic in 'dramatic' ice loss

BBC - Thu, 2015-05-21 14:44
Satellites have recorded a big sudden change in the behaviour of glaciers on the Antarctica Peninsula, according to a UK-based team.

'Bianchi situation is stagnant'

BBC - Thu, 2015-05-21 14:35
The family of F1 driver Jules Bianchi are still hoping for miracle but admit the situation has become "stagnant".

VIDEO: IS: 'We love death as you love life'

BBC - Thu, 2015-05-21 14:18
John Simpson examines the successes of Islamic State and the consequences for those affected and the wider region.

Exclusivity in the changing medical landscape

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-05-21 14:09

Health care is expanding to include services that are accessible and exclusive to the extreme — like telemedicine and concierge doctors, respectively.

As more insurance groups begin to cover telehealth, and a growing number of services use mobile and digital avenues, access to a doctor is becoming easier. But when it comes to actually getting into the doctors office, it can seem as if there are too many people and too few doctors. Maybe because there are.

While medical schools have increased enrollment to account for the shortage, a 1997 cap on federal funding for teaching hospitals limits the number of residencies. 

For those willing to pay a fee ranging from hundreds to thousands of dollars, the small but growing number of concierge doctors will see you whenever you want.

So with health care dividing into inclusive and exclusive methods of care, what does the future hold? Dr. Molly Coye, chief innovation officer at UCLA Health, joined Marketplace Weekend to talk about the changes to accessibility and exclusivity in health care.

Tune in to the interview using the audio player above. 

'Stokes shines in show of character'

BBC - Thu, 2015-05-21 13:57
Joe Root and Ben Stokes showed "fantastic character" as they led England's fightback against New Zealand, says Jonathan Agnew.

Making credit more accessible — and less exclusive

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-05-21 13:42

Many of us carry little membership cards in our wallets every day — credit cards.

They give us access to money that we may not have and let us pay for things when we're not carrying cash. Our credit scores give us access to loans, mortgages, jobs, and, sometimes, more credit cards.

Understanding credit can be difficult: what exactly goes into a credit score? Michelle Singletary, who writes the nationally syndicated Washington Post personal finance column "The Color of Money," says that building and maintaining a high credit score can be simple. "People think that there are so many tricks to getting a good credit score," she says, "but the number one way to get a good credit score is to pay your bills on time."

For those who are new to credit, using a low-tier card with fees and working up to a more serious card is a good option. And for those who want a credit score without a credit card, paying off student loans, a mortgage, or a car loan can help establish a credit score. 

Credit scores, like the FICO score, were designed to make credit and money more accessible with more objective criteria. Singletary says that in the past, lenders would call the merchants you did business with and just ask about your credibility. "It was much more subjective," she says, because merchants could bring in your personal history, or their own biases. 

While a numeric, measurable score makes things simpler, it can still be discriminatory, especially against people who rent instead of own a home. Singletary says that this can especially skew against people of color, who rent in higher numbers. "If you're a renter, your on-time rental payments aren't considered in the traditional FICO score," Singletary says, "and so that could eliminate some good history for a great number of people, oftentimes minorities."

The good news for everyone is that credit and credit scores are changing. Medical debt, which has in the past carried significant weight in a credit score, is becoming less important in the new FICO score. Singletary says that hopefully, rental payments could also be included in different types of scores. 

While credit scores aren't being used less, they are expanding and becoming more inclusive. Singletary encourages people who are working to establish or rebuild a credit score to do it themselves using MyFICO or tips from the Federal Trade Commission

To learn more about establishing, rebuilding and maintaining credit, tune in to the full interview using the player above. 


Grand Jury Indicts 6 Baltimore Officers In Freddie Gray's Death

NPR News - Thu, 2015-05-21 13:41

Prosecutor Marilyn J. Mosby said at a news conference that the officers will be arraigned July 2. The charges against them are mostly similar to those announced May 1.

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US officers indicted in Gray case

BBC - Thu, 2015-05-21 13:36
Baltimore's top prosecutor announces revised charges, but the most serious charges - including second-degree murder - remain.

Adult website hack compromises users

BBC - Thu, 2015-05-21 13:31
Adult Friend Finder, a casual dating website, has called in police and hacking investigators after a suspected leak of client information.

Hodgson feared reaction to Grealish

BBC - Thu, 2015-05-21 13:30
Jack Grealish was not considered for an England call-up to face Republic of Ireland in case of a backlash, Roy Hodgson says.

VIDEO: Australia takes on Eurovision

BBC - Thu, 2015-05-21 13:17
BBC News caught up with Guy Sebastian, Australia's entry to this year's Eurovision Song Contest, and the fans who have followed him to Vienna.