National / International News

French hardliner Pasqua dies at 88

BBC - Tue, 2015-06-30 04:29
One of France's best-known hardline conservatives, ex-interior minister Charles Pasqua, dies of a heart attack in hospital aged 88.

Will soaring temperatures affect the tennis at Wimbledon?

BBC - Tue, 2015-06-30 04:23
Will high temperatures make the game faster at Wimbledon?

Washington Post encrypts the news

BBC - Tue, 2015-06-30 04:11
The Washington Post begins encrypting parts of its website to make it harder for governments and hackers to monitor the articles people are reading.

Argentina's lesson for Greece

BBC - Tue, 2015-06-30 04:07
What lessons can Greece learn from Argentina's default more than a decade ago?

Fifth man guilty at abuse trial

BBC - Tue, 2015-06-30 04:04
A fifth man is found guilty of historical sexual abuse in Wrexham during the 1980s in a trial involving seven men.

Women's Soccer Game Tonight Features The World's Top 2 Teams

NPR News - Tue, 2015-06-30 04:03

The second-ranked U.S. plays No. 1 Germany in a semifinal. They're battling for a spot in Sunday's final.

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South Sudan army 'burnt girls alive'

BBC - Tue, 2015-06-30 04:00
South Sudan's army and allied militias "abducted, torched and gang-raped girls" during fighting against rebel forces in Unity state, a UN report says.

VIDEO: Indonesia pilot 'asked to return'

BBC - Tue, 2015-06-30 03:57
Many people have been killed after an Indonesian military plane crashed in a residential neighbourhood of Medan city.

Nigeria gay ban 'backed by 87%'

BBC - Tue, 2015-06-30 03:53
A new opinion poll suggests that 87% of people in Nigeria support the legal ban on same-sex relations, compared with 96% five years ago.

VIDEO: Murray's bird's eye view of London

BBC - Tue, 2015-06-30 03:43
Andy Murray is joined by BBC Sport's Lee McKenzie as he surveys the London skyline.

Ex-travel boss gives £1.9m to charity

BBC - Tue, 2015-06-30 03:40
The former boss of Thomas Cook is giving a third of her £5.7m bonus to a charity chosen by the parents of two children who died while on holiday in Corfu.

Scots couple among Tunisia victims

BBC - Tue, 2015-06-30 03:37
A couple from the Perthshire village of Bankfoot were killed in Friday's shooting in Tunisia, BBC Scotland has learned.

'No remission' for Belfast murderers

BBC - Tue, 2015-06-30 03:36
Two men who murdered a couple in a Belfast flat are told by a judge that they will serve every day of their prison sentences without remission.

Dozens Dead In Indonesia Air Force Plane Crash

NPR News - Tue, 2015-06-30 03:34

The C-130 Hercules transport plane crashed shortly after takeoff today into a residential area in Medan, the country's third-largest city.

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Double rapist faces life detention

BBC - Tue, 2015-06-30 03:33
A man who was jailed for raping a teenage girl in 2009 could be jailed for life after being convicted of raping another teenager in Renfrewshire.

Cech 'key to Arsenal title hopes'

BBC - Tue, 2015-06-30 03:24
Petr Cech's arrival means Arsenal are now close to a first Premier League title in 12 years, says ex-Gunner David Seaman.

BBC Three online move approved

BBC - Tue, 2015-06-30 03:10
Plans to close BBC Three as a broadcast channel and move it online in January 2016 are approved by the BBC Trust

5 Things You Should Know About Chris Christie

NPR News - Tue, 2015-06-30 03:06

The New Jersey governor has seen his political stock fall, but he'll try to begin anew with his official presidential announcement on Tuesday at his high school alma mater.

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Greece Hours Away From Defaulting On IMF Loan

NPR News - Tue, 2015-06-30 03:03

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is urging Greeks to vote "no" in Sunday's referendum on proposals from the country's creditors. He says European leaders won't let Greece exit the eurozone.

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President Obama extends overtime pay to more workers

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2015-06-30 03:00

A new move from President Barack Obama aims to make more Americans eligible for overtime pay. The proposal, announced Tuesday, could mean bigger paychecks for up to five million workers.

Employees with a salary of $23,660 a year or more can be considered management and barred from time-and-a-half pay, even if they work more than 40 hours. The proposed change from the Obama administration would raise the bar to $50,440. And it'll move in the future to keep pace with inflation and wage growth.

Dan Hamermesh, Professor Emeritus of economics at University of Texas at Austin, doesn’t think the overall effects will be very large. Many workers will get small wins: either get a slight bump in take home pay or have slightly shorter hours for the same salary.

“It will also, I’m pretty sure, create jobs,” he adds. “If an extra hour becomes more expensive, some employers are gonna wanna hire more people.”

This is all likely to raise costs for companies, which is why business advocates aren’t happy.

A change like this does not require approval from Congress, but it’s not a done deal yet. It’ll be open for public comment and could take several months to finalize.

Mark Garrison: Right now, employees with a salary just under $24-thousand dollars can be considered management and barred from time and a half pay. The rule change from the Obama administration would raise the bar to a little over 50-grand. And it'll move in the future to keep pace with inflation.

Dan Hamermesh: I don’t think this is a huge thing. I think it’s beneficial. I don’t think the effects will be very large.

University of Texas economics professor Dan Hamermesh says many workers will either get a small bump in take home pay or have slightly shorter hours for the same salary.

Dan Hamermesh: It will also, I’m pretty sure, create jobs, because if an extra hour becomes more expensive, some employers are gonna wanna hire more people.

This is all likely to raise costs for companies, which is why business advocates aren’t happy. A change like this does not require approval from Congress, but it’s not a done deal yet. It’ll be open for public comment and could take several months to finalize. In New York, I'm Mark Garrison, for Marketplace.

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