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VIDEO: 'Cliffhanger' ending at Pistorius trial

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-11 08:28
A South African judge has found that Oscar Pistorius was "negligent" in his actions when he shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, but has yet to give a verdict.

NI process 'in serious difficulty'

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-11 08:28
Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams says Northern Ireland's political process is "currently in serious difficulty".

Aru pips Froome to Vuelta stage win

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-11 08:17
Italy's Fabio Aru wins the 18th stage of the Vuelta a Espana after a sprint to the finish line with Britain's Chris Froome.

Detroit has the most expensive car insurance in the U.S.

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-09-11 08:10

Drivers in Detroit, Michigan, pay the highest auto insurance rates in the country, with annual premiums costing 165 percent more than the national average, according to a new study by InsuranceQuotes.com.

The study claims Michigan's unique regulations on how insurers cover medical expenses are the cause for the state's higher rates.

From the study:

The reason for this is quite simple, says Lori Conarton, communications director for the Insurance Institute of Michigan.

According to Conarton, Michigan is a no-fault auto insurance state, which means each insurance company compensates its own policyholders for the cost of injuries regardless of who's at fault in the accident. This benefit is known as personal injury protection (PIP).

What's wholly unique about Michigan, however, is that state law provides unlimited lifetime coverage for medical expenses resulting from auto accidents, making insurance very expensive.

"No other state in the country provides lifetime medical benefits, which means the cost of medical treatment plays a big role in what people pay for auto insurance in Michigan," Conarton says.

Other factors that could contribute to Detroit's higher premiums include the large number of uninsured drivers in the region, with 20 percent of drivers lacking car insurance in the state of Michigan, and 60 percent of drivers in Detroit driving without insurance, according to estimates from a different study earlier this year by Quadrant Information Services.

The study also looked at car insurance rates that were significantly higher or lower than the national average in other metropolitan regions throughout the country, including New York, Miami and Los Angeles, which all had higher-than-average premiums.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, Charlotte, North Carolina, and Cleveland, Ohio, have the lowest insurance premiums in the country, compared to the national average.

Data table courtesy of InsuranceQuotes.com.

Boycott: England, Tests & the Ashes

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-11 08:07
Geoffrey Boycott on England's World Cup chances, the Ashes, Test cricket and one question to which he has no answer.

Fijian Peacekeepers Released By Syrian Nusra Front Rebels

NPR News - Thu, 2014-09-11 07:44

The 45 U.N. troops were taken hostage last month on the Syrian-controlled side of the Golan Heights.

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Surgeon's exams had 'sexual purpose'

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-11 07:43
A neurosurgeon accused of sexually assaulting 10 female patients carried out intimate examinations for "sexual purposes", a court hears.

Tesco wagtail saved from marksman

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-11 07:39
Plans to employ a marksman to shoot a small bird living in a supermarket in Norfolk are put on hold after criticism from wildlife presenter Chris Packham.

Russia warns US on Syria strikes

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-11 07:36
Russia warns that US air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria would be a "gross violation" of international law.

The numbers for September 11, 2014

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-09-11 07:31

Per tradition, the 2,983 names of the people who died in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, were read at the World Trade Center site Thursday morning. The 9/11 Museum has attracted nearly a million visitors since opening in May. 

Here are some other stories we're reading and some numbers we're watching Thursday:

$363.8 million

That's RadioShack's revenue for its second quarter, which ended last month — a 22 percent drop from a year ago, as The New York Times reported. The troubled electronics retailer has tried rebranding and closing stores, but most analysts say it's headed for bankruptcy nonetheless.

6

The number of college and university police departments that have received mine-resistant vehicles from the Department of Defense since 1998, according to data published by the Chronicle of Higher Education. That total could still grow: The Chronicle's data isn't complete; they're still waiting on information from 11 states and the District of Columbia.

800 million

The estimated number of iTunes accounts that "purchased" the new U2 album, "Songs of Innocence," as part of an Apple promotion announced Tuesday. Many users were not pleased at the record's sudden appearance on their phones and computers. For comparison: Business Insider pegs U2's total album sales before this week at a measly 150 million.

$62 million

That's how much cash Los Angeles police seized during a raid in the city's Fashion District on Wednesday. The "fast fashion" industry provides an easy route for drug cartels to launder money, Quartz reported, and L.A. is a hot spot.

Scots vote's 'deep effect' on Wales

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-11 07:29
Whatever the result, next week's Scottish independence referendum could have a deep effect on the whole UK, the Institute of Welsh Affairs warns.

Yahoo prodigy faces big decision

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-11 07:26
Nick D'Aloisio speaks to the BBC as he weighs up going to university or working full-time at Yahoo after a new iPad app.

English course gets 100,000 students

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-11 07:13
The British Council says its first online Mooc course is one of the world's biggest English language classes.

Spurs owners deny takeover rumours

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-11 07:13
Tottenham Hotspur's owners deny press speculation of a takeover amid delays over the construction of their new stadium.

Primal Scream guitarist Young dies

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-11 07:09
Robert "Throb" Young, the guitarist who helped Primal Scream to rock stardom in the 1990s, dies at the age of 49.

Harder theory test reduces pass rate

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-11 06:55
Changes to the driving theory test lead to pass rates falling by almost a third, according to new figures.

VIDEO: Families saved from 'city of islands'

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-11 06:54
There is mounting anger in Indian-administered Kashmir amid accusations that the government has acted too slowly in the flood crisis.

Day in pictures: 11 September 2014

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-11 06:50
News images from around the world: 11 September

WATCH: Carney, McCain Spar On CNN Over ISIS Strategy

NPR News - Thu, 2014-09-11 06:50

The former White House press secretary went toe to toe with the Republican senator after President Obama's address to the nation about the Islamic State.

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Myanmar activist faces prison term

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-11 06:46
A Myanmar human rights activist is sentenced to at least 11 years in jail for taking part in an anti-government march.
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