National / International News

When foreclosure cases drag on for years

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-03-30 11:02

There was a story in The New York Times today that made you just stop and say, wait... what?

There are, apparently, tens of thousands of homeowners in this country who — thanks to the mortgage meltdown and the ensuing foreclosure crisis — haven't made a mortgage payment in more than five years.

"People in states like Florida, New York and New Jersey — where lenders have to sue to evict you from your house if you’re delinquent on your mortgage — many of these cases, thousands of them, have gone on for so long that they’re up against the statute of limitations," says Michael Corkery the the Times.

Moreover, they still are living in their houses and might never have to leave, or pay another dime. 

"If you’re up against the statute of limitations and the case gets dismissed — and these cases get dismissed for all sorts of reasons," Corkery says. "The lender can’t refile the case and you’re basically home free."

Litvinenko suspect can give evidence

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-30 10:47
Dmitry Kovtun, one of the men accused of murdering former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko, will be allowed to give evidence at the inquiry into his death.

Women give tech sector wake-up call

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-30 10:46
Lack of gender diversity and alleged discrimination against women are uncomfortable issues once again in the spotlight for the technology sector.

Grocery Stores Are Losing You. Here's How They Plan To Win You Back

NPR News - Mon, 2015-03-30 10:40

Grocers are losing customers to smaller markets, convenience stores and online shopping. The competition is forcing chains to innovate with in-store restaurants, delivery service and more.

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VIDEO: England keeper involved in fracas

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-30 10:35
Man City's Karen Bardsley and Birmingham City's Freda Ayisi trade blows during Sunday's 0-0 draw in Women's Super League One.

VIDEO: 1,000-year-old eye remedy 'kills MRSA'

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-30 10:35
A 1,000-year-old treatment for eye infections could hold the key to killing antibiotic-resistant superbugs, experts have said.

Want To Do A Little Astrophysics? This App Detects Cosmic Rays

NPR News - Mon, 2015-03-30 10:34

Two physicists keen to detect a a very rare, high energy particle think you and I can help. The researchers are working on an app that would allow any smartphone to detect rare particles from space.

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Prosecution Rests In Case Against Admitted Boston Marathon Bomber

NPR News - Mon, 2015-03-30 10:26

The prosecution ended on an emotional note: detailing all of the physical damage one of the bombs inflicted on 8-year-old Martin Richard.

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Silk Road agents charged with theft

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-30 10:20
Two former US agents are charged with stealing digital currency that came into their possession during an investigation into the notorious marketplace.

Banned boss watches game from window

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-30 10:19
Poole Town manager Tom Killick defeats a six-game stadium ban by watching from the skylight of groundsman's home.

Striker Kane to start against Italy

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-30 10:08
Tottenham striker Harry Kane will make his first England start in Tuesday evening's friendly against Italy.

Boston bombing prosecution rests

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-30 09:58
The prosecution in the Boston Marathon bombing trial rests its case against defendant Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, charged with 30 counts related to the attack.

UN to investigate ex-chief's death

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-30 09:56
A UN panel is to start investigating the mysterious 1961 death in a plane crash of its former Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold in Zambia.

Ex-Feds Accused Of Pocketing Bitcoins During Investigation

NPR News - Mon, 2015-03-30 09:52

Both officials — one with the Secret Service and the other with the Drug Enforcement Administration — were on a task force investigating the Silk Road online marketplace.

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VIDEO: Election leaders - little known facts

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-30 09:45
Rarely heard information about the leaders of the UK's bigger political parties

Stephen Fry 'hounded off' Instagram

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-30 09:30
TV presenter and actor Stephen Fry says he's deleting his Instagram account telling his followers he was "hounded off".

VIDEO: MH17 probe's plea for missile witness

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-30 09:19
An international team investigating the downing of a Malaysia Airlines plane over eastern Ukraine in July 2014 has urged witnesses to come forward who saw a Buk missile launcher in the area.

NBC announces 'The Wiz' as its next musical

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-03-30 09:15

For those of you who loved Carrie Underwood in NBC's live broadcast of "The Sound of Music," or Allison Williams in "Peter Pan," or who just loved to watch Twitter as they were airing, big news: NBC announced today its next spectacular will be ... drumroll please ... "The Wiz."

The show is expected to air in December. 

Cirque du Soleil will help produce, but no cast announcements have been made yet.

Quiz: Don’t judge a school by its sticker price

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-03-30 09:09

College costs are rising, but 84 percent of undergrads received financial aid in 2011, according to the Department of Education.

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How do airlines compensate for a plane crash?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-03-30 09:09

As the details of the Germanwings plane crash continue to be put together, one question yet to be determined is how the families or heirs of victims will be compensated.

Regardless of the circumstances that caused the crash — and remember, a prosecutor has said the co-pilot intentionally flew the plane into the ground — Lufthansa, the parent company of Germanwings, will probably not pay punitive damages.

Under an international agreement called the Montreal Convention, the families of victims probably will be entitled to 'unlimited compensation,' unless Lufthansa claims in court that it was not responsible for the crash in any way. That's a claim the company is highly unlikely to make.

Unlimited compensation means that courts will decide compensation for each victim according to fairly standard calculation. "Things like age, income, the earning capacity, marital status, education," says aviation attorney Mark Dombroff with the law firm McKenna Long and Aldridge.

Punitive damages, designed to punish a company in cases of willful negligence, do not apply under the treaty. "Let’s hypothecate that they did everything wrong, the fact is underneath the international agreement, you still can't get punitive damages," Dombroff says.

Still, some compensation cases may yet argue negligence on the part of Lufthansa. The fact that two pilots were not required to be in the cockpit will likely still come up in court.

"Did they know that that could have left them open to sabotage or pilot suicide?" asks Mary Schiavo, a former Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Transportation. "Of course I'd argue that and I will argue that if I'm involved in the case. And they should have known that. So, am I saying that there is no way they'll have additional liability? No.”

Schiavo estimates that total payments will reach into the hundreds of millions of dollars, which is well short of the $1.5 billion insurance policy that nearly all airlines carry per flight.