National / International News

Who is homeless?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-01-30 09:34

The economy is clearly on the mend, stocks are up, corporate profits are up. But not for everybody.

If you look around it seems like a number of people have crashed through the safety net and are out on the street

The Department of Housing and Urban Development says the most common length of time that someone is homeless is one or two days,

and half the people who enter the homeless shelter system will leave within 30 days, never to return. But that impression may not be shared by everyone.

To find out more about the state of homelessness in 2015, we turn to Patrick Markee, Deputy Executive Director of Advocacy for The Coalition for The Homeless.

Marketplace weekend also speaks with Darlene Bell Grason on what it's like to be temporarily homeless.

Your Wallet: Cheating and Money

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-01-30 09:26

Next week, we're talking about cheating. Have you ever financially cheated? Did you cheat on someone you love? Maybe you cheated yourself in some way. 

We want to hear your stories of cheating and money. How did it change your outlook? 

Tell us your story HERE, on the Marketplace Facebook page, or on Twitter: we're @MarketplaceWKND.

Man injured in Belfast shooting

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-30 09:26
A man is taken to hospital following a gun attack at a fast food outlet in north Belfast.

Kerry Fined $50 For Not Shoveling Sidewalk Outside Boston Home

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-30 09:26

The secretary of state was in Saudi Arabia when the massive snowstorm struck the Northeast this week. His spokesman said he would pay the fine.

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Machines seized in gambling probe

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-30 09:25
Detectives investigating money laundering and illegal gambling seize machines and cash worth more than £500,000 in Belfast and Lisburn.

Obama Wants Funding For Research On More Precise Health Care

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-30 09:23

Doctors and scientists could could learn a lot more about diseases if the were able to to tap into a wide spectrum of information about people who get sick and those who stay healthy.

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Celtic v Rangers

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-30 09:19
Preview followed by live coverage of Sunday's Scottish League Cup semi-final between Celtic and Rangers.

What Research Says About The Consequences of P.C. Culture

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-30 09:18

Jonathan Chait's essay on a pervasive dangerous online culture of political correctness nearly broke the Internet. So does the science back him up?

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My money story: Boom and bust, at the blackjack table

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-01-30 09:16

Josh Axelrad used to be a professional gambler, (illegally) counting cards. Now, he's a writer and a dad. 

Once he stopped playing blackjack professionally, and started playing poker badly, he lost $50,000.

“I thought it was impossible that the 50 Gs I’d succeeded in vaporizing would ever come my way again,” he says.

This is the story of his crash, and how he was made whole again.

You can listen to Josh's crash story in the audio player above. To hear a longer version, visit The Moth.

Money Story: Crash and recovery at the blackjack table

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-01-30 09:16

Josh Axelrad used to be a professional gambler (a card counter), now he's a writer and dad.

He told Marketplace Weekend about what happened when he stopped playing blackjack professionally and started playing poker badly...he lost $50,000. This is the story of his crash, and how he was made whole again.

You can listen to Josh's crash story in the audio player above. To hear a longer version, visit The Moth.

Landlady killer 'sent death text'

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-30 09:15
A man accused of murdering a hotelier sent a text message to a friend saying he had killed a woman, a court is told.

Global crashes in an interconnected economy

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-01-30 08:59

People crash. So do companies. And stock markets. And, occasionally, entire countries.

We live in an increasingly interconnected world, which means that when one country crashes financially, there's a genuine risk that we could end up with a regional, or even a world-wide pileup.

We wanted to find out how likely a crash of epic proportions is, so we turned Paddy Hirsch, Senior Editor and resident explainer at Marketplace. He spoke with Marketplace Weekend about the global economy. So is it really all that fragile?

Sharapova aims to end 11-year run

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-30 08:52
World number two Maria Sharapova aims to end a losing streak against Serena Williams in the Australian Open final.

Greece shuns debt talks with troika

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-30 08:43
Greece's new finance minister snubs his main eurozone counterpart, saying Athens will not negotiate over debts with the EU-IMF troika.

M4 oil spill causes 13-mile queues

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-30 08:42
A lane of the M4 is closed and traffic is queuing for 13 miles between Cardiff and Newport because of a hydraulic oil spill.

Churches oppose three-person babies

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-30 08:42
Senior church figures call on the government to block the creation of so-called three-person babies, but scientists urge MPs to back a law change.

Meteorologist Gary Dobbs: Living through a tornado

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-01-30 08:40

A traumatic crash can be a very personal, deeply transformative moment, an event where life's momentum stops and your reality is changed.

How do you move forward? How does it affect the way you look at things? Gary Dobbs dealt with that first hand.

For 31 years, he worked as a meteorologist at ABC's affiliate in Huntsville Alabama.

In April of 2011, Gary had just gotten home after a long day of covering a tornado outbreak.

With storm warnings still in effect, he laid down to take a nap.

Listen to the full story in the audio player above.

Ginola out of Fifa presidential race

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-30 08:38
Ex-Premier League player David Ginola is out of the Fifa presidential election race after failing to secure nominations.

Jeremy The Koala, Rescued From Australian Brushfire, Goes Home

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-30 08:36

The animal had suffered burns to his paws in the blaze that swept through the Adelaide area earlier this month. After a full recovery, he has been released back into the wild.

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MP Murphy to stand down at election

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-30 08:30
Paul Murphy is to stand down as Labour MP for Torfaen after 28 years in parliament.