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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.

PODCAST: Greek credit cards

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

Greece and the faulty assumption that everyone has access to a credit card. We'll check in on how Greek citizens are handling the banks being shutdown there. Plus, the Export-Import Bank’s charter expires at midnight Wednesday: we look at how this leaves it in an awkward state of limbo. And Apple's new music streaming service launches today. We'll talk about what to expect.

 

 

PODCAST: Cameras in the workplace

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

With the Greek public being asked to vote on Sunday to approve or reject the terms of the EU's latest financial bailout, the immediate question is how to keep the economy going between now and then. More on that. Plus, we'll talk about the case before the Supreme Court involving Environmental Protection Agency regulations of power plant emissions. And Police departments all over the country are frantically ordering body-cams and dash-cams for their patrol officers these days. But those little cameras are also spreading into a lot of workplaces that have absolutely nothing to do with the police.

VIDEO: UK Temperatures set to rise this week

BBC - Tue, 2015-06-30 02:59
Chris Fawkes brings you the details on the heatwave this week.

Abuse claims 'ignored' by care firm

BBC - Tue, 2015-06-30 02:55
A Flintshire care agency overhauls its operation after inspectors said allegations of abuse were not taken seriously.

'Many hurt' in Kabul suicide attack

BBC - Tue, 2015-06-30 02:40
A suicide bomber driving a car has targeted a Nato troop convoy in the Afghan capital, Kabul, injuring 17 civilians, officials say.

'Cook may lack flair to win Ashes'

BBC - Tue, 2015-06-30 02:38
Ex-England captain Mike Brearley says Alastair Cook may not have the flair needed to win an Ashes series but their young players do.

Bodies of mother and daughter found

BBC - Tue, 2015-06-30 02:35
The deaths of a woman and her daughter whose bodies were found in a house in Esher are being linked to a man's death in southern France, Surrey Police say.

VIDEO: Paralysed man walks with robot legs

BBC - Tue, 2015-06-30 02:32
Simon Kindleysides, who lost the use of his legs in 2013, says it is an "incredible feeling" to walk with robotic legs.

Who, What, Why: What exactly is the UK's National Barrier Asset?

BBC - Tue, 2015-06-30 02:23
What exactly is the UK's National Barrier Asset?

VIDEO: Aerial video shows Australia prison riot

BBC - Tue, 2015-06-30 02:20
Heavily armed police have been sent to a prison on the outskirts of Melbourne following a major riot which officials say may be linked to a smoking ban which begins on Wednesday.

Cardiff hosts Champions League final

BBC - Tue, 2015-06-30 02:09
The Millennium Stadium in Cardiff will be the host venue for the 2017 Champions League final, Uefa confirms.

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