National / International News

Harrison tree killed by beetles

BBC - 10 hours 31 min ago
A pine tree planted in 2004 in a Los Angeles park in memory of former Beatle George Harrison has died after being infested by beetles.

VIDEO: A TV world without personality?

BBC - 10 hours 34 min ago
Kevin Spacey's series House of Cards is a prime example of how the broadcasting world is changing. But will a world of on demand TV be devoid of passion and personality. BBC Newsnight's David Grossman reports.

PODCAST: American-made jobs

Marketplace - American Public Media - 10 hours 35 min ago

More on news that Johns Hopkins Hospital will pay $190 million in a settlement to victims of a gynecologist who secretly filmed patients' exams. Plus, a look at sales of existing homes in June -- With that number having increased in May, it's expected to continue an upward trend. Plus, a conversation with Beth Macy, author of "Factory Man," which tells the story of an American furniture company that managed to stay open even in the face of the competition shipping jobs overseas.

Train Carrying MH17 Victims' Remains Arrives In Government-Controlled City

NPR News - 10 hours 42 min ago

Ukrainian officials said they hoped to fly the remains to the Netherlands for identification. Most of the passengers who died on the plane were Dutch.

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Remploy services to be privatised

BBC - 10 hours 49 min ago
Remploy, which once ran factories employing disabled people, is to be privatised, the government announces.

Reporter 'made error' at crash site

BBC - 10 hours 50 min ago
Sky News reporter Colin Brazier admits he was wrong to handle victims' belongings at the MH17 crash site in Ukraine.

VIDEO: 'Alien Cauliflower': Up close with jellyfish

BBC - 10 hours 53 min ago
The number of jellyfish in British waters could hit a record high this year, according to researchers.

M4 junction closure times confirmed

BBC - 10 hours 54 min ago
A trial aimed at easing congestion on a stretch of the M4 at peak times will start on 4 August.

Terrorism definition 'too broad'

BBC - 11 hours 3 min ago
The senior lawyer who reviews the government's terrorism legislation is to call for the definition of terrorism to be narrowed.

Glasgow 'buzzing' ahead of Games

BBC - 11 hours 9 min ago
Glasgow is "buzzing" one day before the Commonwealth Games, according to the man in charge of delivering the event.

VIDEO: Recess reading tips for political geeks

BBC - 11 hours 10 min ago
MP Keith Simpson draws up a list of recommended reading each summer to keep political types busy over the parliamentary recess.

AUDIO: Growing up with parents in prison

BBC - 11 hours 17 min ago
Teenagers 'Bethany' and 'Jack' describe growing up with parents in prison, as a charity calls for more support.

Indonesia candidate rejects election

BBC - 11 hours 21 min ago
Presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto says he is withdrawing from the election process, alleging massive fraud, hours before results are due.

Tributes paid to quad bike racer

BBC - 11 hours 30 min ago
A teenage quad biker from Pembrokeshire who died during an event on Sunday had been racing competitively for several years, said a local councillor.

Other cities feel sting of Detroit bankruptcy

Marketplace - American Public Media - 11 hours 35 min ago

When a community needs to build a new school or a jail, it sells bonds on the municipal bond market. The bonds are a city’s promise to pay. But if one city doesn’t pay up in full, does bond money dry up for everybody else?

“I think it depends a lot on the city,” says Kim Rueben, a public finance economist at the Urban Institute. 

Rueben says some Michigan cities have to pay a premium in the bond market because they’re in the same state as Detroit. Many of them have the same problems. Ditto for some rustbelt, Midwestern cities:

"So, other places that are seeing similar demographic trends, in terms of aging populations and declining populations,” says Rueben.

What about cities without these problems? They can still sell bonds, but they have to work harder, according to Lisa Washburn, managing director of Municipal Market Advisers, a bond research company.  

Washburn says investors are justifiably skeptical: “So you want to know ahead of time what kind of risk you’re taking on.”

Still, Washburn says, there is a lot of demand for municipal bonds. Once investors decide they’re safe, that is.

 

 

More schools offer free lunches, but who's paying?

Marketplace - American Public Media - 11 hours 35 min ago

The Community Eligibility Provision, part of the National School Lunch Program, was signed into law by Barack Obama in 2010. It enables school districts in which 40 percent of children or more are eligible for free lunches to skip paperwork requirements and offer free meals to all students, regardless of their household income. Some educators say the provision could lower stress levels for low-income kids and help them focus on learning.

"Sometimes they worry about not having enough money to pay for their meal," says Dora Rivas, Executive Director of the Food and Child Nutrition Program for the Dallas Independent School District. "I think this is going to be a great benefit to them."

Rivas adds that paying for meals for all students in the district means officials will no longer have to spend time and money processing papers for families applying for the lunch benefits.

"Our funds are going to producing the meal instead of all the paperwork," she says.

The National School Lunch Program costs the government nearly $12 billion a year, a reflection of a troubled economy in which many working parents are unable to make ends meet.

"Most of the kids in the free and reduced price meals program are kids whose parents are working, working full time at very low wages, or working part time," says Jim Weill, president of the Food Research and Action Center. On an average school day, Weill says, some 21.5 million kids eat a free or reduced-price lunch.

Half a cheer for depression's end

BBC - 11 hours 47 min ago
The end of the UK ‘depression’ may not be all it seems

Teenagers rescued from Solway Firth

BBC - 11 hours 51 min ago
A warning about swimming in open water is issued after two young girls had to be rescued after getting into difficulties in the Solway Firth.

Cook too stubborn to quit - Boycott

BBC - 11 hours 52 min ago
Alastair Cook is too "stubborn" to quit the England captaincy, says former England batsman Geoffrey Boycott.

Indigenous actor joins Neighbours

BBC - 12 hours 8 min ago
Australian soap Neighbours casts an indigenous actor in a leading role for the first time.
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