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VIDEO: Malala: Boko Haram 'misusing Islam'

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-14 04:25
The young Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai has said that Boko Haram is 'misusing the name of Islam' by saying that girls should not have an education.

VIDEO: PM: '£1.1bn 'will keep Britain safe'

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-14 04:23
The prime minister has announced £1.1bn will be spent on defence - including £800m on a surveillance package.

VIDEO: High demand delays new plane delivery

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-14 04:19
Airbus has announced a revamp of its popular A330 passenger jet on the opening day of the Farnborough Airshow.

Israel Shoots Down Drone As Clash With Hamas Continues

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-14 04:18

One week after violence broke out between Israel and militants in Gaza, the Palestinian death toll is being reported at 172; no Israelis have reportedly died in the fighting.

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Teaching 4-Year-Olds To Feel Better

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-14 04:17

A big national study of Head Start programs shows that focusing on preschoolers' social and emotional skills can help them better engage in learning.

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Police search for remains in garden

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-14 04:16
Police search for human remains in a north London garden after receiving a tip-off about 30-year-old allegations of a burial there.

'Export ban' for German arms maker

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-14 04:15
Germany issues an export ban for arms maker SIG Sauer after its guns are found to have been sold to the Colombian police without the required licence.

VIDEO: Meet Ukraine soldier on patrol

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-14 04:12
Ukrainian forces have set up checkpoints on a line between territory controlled by the Ukrainian authorities, and that controlled by pro-Russian separatists. Vitaly is a Ukrainian soldier on patrol in the Donetsk region.

What brings people to cities with unhappy residents?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-07-14 04:00

Happiness happens where it's warm. According to a new study by Harvard Professor of economics, Ed Glaeser, Southern cities like Charlottsville, Virginia, Lafayette, Louisiana, and Naples, Florida, are among the happiest in the country.

"Though Rochester, Minnesota, also ranks way up there on our list," Glaeser says.

Then there are the glass half-empty metropoli. Glaeser notes that some cities in the Rust Belt, like South Bend, Indiana, and Erie and Scranton, Pennsylvania, have had high levels of self-reported unhappiness as far back as the 1940's. In their boom years at least, he says workers there were paid high wages, but no longer. Today he notes, for some workers in the Rust Belt the payoff comes in the form of cheap housing. But city residents aren't driven entirely by happiness, says Glaeser.

"They’re willing to take other compensations for being a little less happy," he says.

New York also registers as an unhappy city. Glaeser says some workers there trade high salaries for happiness.

Kelly Goldsmith, a professor of marketing at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, says when it comes to making decisions, we're just no good at making happiness a priority.

"You say to yourself, all right, I’ve got this job offer from Goldman Sachs. I know I’m going to be working like 16 hours day. I know I’m never going to see my kids and I know when I visited there and when I talked to the people that worked there – they said they were miserable. But what do we tell ourselves? We say, that’s not going to happen to me," she says. 

But Goldsmith notes, we’re not idiots – we’re optimists, even if there's no real hope to cling to.

"We’re naïve in that we think that we’re strong enough to overcome situational detriments to our happiness," she says.

Cassie Mogilner, a professor of marketing at Wharton, says residents of different cities might report happiness differently.

“I'm actually from California, where the norm is to talk about the wonderful things of one’s life and to rose color everything including their own well-being and happiness,” she says.

And she notes, the conclusion that people are being financially compensated by lower housing costs, or by being paid to live in in unhappy places, could be an over reach. It's possible, says Mogilner, that there's another way to think about factors like choosing a higher paying job, or a lower mortage, which could provide the ability to raise a family.

"These are things people are choosing in order to be happy, not instead of being happy."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Police clash with Argentine rioters

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-14 03:52
Argentine police clash with rioters in the capital Buenos Aires after the country's 1-0 defeat to Germany in the football World Cup final.

Cuban police 'hold women protesters'

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-14 03:50
'Ladies in White' dissidents say they were detained in the Cuban capital while marking 20 years since 37 people drowned trying to flee the island.

World Cup final draws 20.6m viewers

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-14 03:48
More than 20 million UK viewers tune in to see Germany beat Argentina in the World Cup final on Sunday.

Citigroup Agrees To Pay $7 Billion To Resolve Mortgage Probe

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-14 03:40

The deal frees Citi from potential liability for collateralized debt obligations as well as mortgage-backed securities issued, structured or underwritten by the company between 2003 and 2008.

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UK aerospace has reasons to be cheerful

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-14 03:25
Reasons for UK aerospace and defence to be cheerful

Apple hits back over iPhone privacy

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-14 03:18
The company issues a rebuttal after Chinese state media carries claims it is a national security threat

Petrol bombs thrown at PSNI station

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-14 03:16
Two petrol bombs are thrown at Willowfield police station in east Belfast.

'Child neglect' blamed for bad teeth

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-14 03:14
Child neglect is to blame for "absolutely appalling" levels of children needing their teeth pulled in hospital, a dental charity says.

England women sign 'historic' deal

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-14 03:09
The England women's cricket team have signed their first standalone sponsorship deal - which the ECB calls "historic".

Costa Concordia Cruise Ship Floats Again, After 2 Years

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-14 03:05

Salvage workers plan to move the Costa Condordia from the spot of its deadly wreck off the Italian coast this week. The ship will eventually be used for scrap.

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PODCAST: Sotheby's and eBay team up

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-07-14 03:00

Second time's the charm? After a failed joint venture back 2002, eBay and Sotheby's are trying a second partnership to take advantage of the middle luxury market. Plus, more on why GM is choosing to pay for claims related to faulty ignition switches with cash instead of insurance. Also, the signature sound of a racecar might be about to change. That's because of a new kind of electric vehicle set to debut during the Formula E World Championship, which will feature exclusively electric racing cars.

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