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Protests grow against Internet.org

BBC - Tue, 2015-05-19 03:31
Sixty seven digital rights campaign groups sign a letter calling on Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg to rethink his "free mobile data" Internet.org initiative.

Woman 'delusional during kill bid'

BBC - Tue, 2015-05-19 03:30
A Newport woman who allegedly tried to kill two children was suffering from delusions and believed they were in danger from the mafia, a court hears.

What does a front garden say about you?

BBC - Tue, 2015-05-19 03:17
What does a front garden say about you?

Ramsey given head coach job at QPR

BBC - Tue, 2015-05-19 03:15
Relegated Premier League club QPR appoint Chris Ramsey as their head coach on a three-year contract at Loftus Road.

Assembly 'could collapse next week'

BBC - Tue, 2015-05-19 03:01
The Northern Ireland first minister says he will ask the secretary of state to take control of welfare powers if the Welfare Reform Bill is not passed

Supreme Court: employers must monitor 401(k) plans

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2015-05-19 03:00

In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court has ruled that employers have an ongoing obligation to monitor the 401(k) plans they offer their workers. The court also established a more flexible reading of the statute of limitations on when employees can sue should they believe their employer failed to uphold its responsibilities. 

The case, Tibble v. Edison, originated as a dispute between current and former workers for Edison, a public utility company in California. The workers argued that the retirement plan included several retail-class mutual funds with high fees when the company, as an institutional investor, could have invested in nearly identical plans with lower fees. 

“The reason fees matter is that over time the power of compounding is very significant. That can make the difference between a retirement that is comfortable and one that is not,” says Marcia Wagner, principal at The Wagner Law Group.

The Supreme Court didn’t pick a winner between the workers and the employer, sending the case back to a lower court instead. But it did say that employers can’t just set up a 401(k) plan and forget about it. They must pay attention to it over time, and that obligation doesn’t ever go away. Wagner says it’s a significant ruling that could impact where pension plans invest their money and what fees retirees pay.

“When the Supreme Court rules unanimously, people listen. Now there are many various factors leading to fee compression in the 401(k) industry. This will be one more factor.” 

PODCAST: American cars in Russia

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2015-05-19 03:00

First up, we'll talk about the Supreme Court's ruling on 401(k)s, and what it means for workers. Plus, we look at the job ahead of Keith Hall, the new head of the Congressional Budget Office. His role is meant to be a non-partisan scorekeeper, but we look at the difficulties of remaining independent in a charged political atmosphere. And America's car makers are struggling to keep their businesses in Russia on the road as the country's economy stalls. However as we find out, car factories in Detroit are not the only ones feeling the cold winds of Russia's troubled economy.

Cannes 'bans' women in flat shoes

BBC - Tue, 2015-05-19 02:57
The Cannes Film Festival comes under fire after reports that women were turned away from a screening for wearing flat shoes instead of high heels.

Judge Sends 11 Afghan Policemen To Prison Over Mob Killing Of Woman

NPR News - Tue, 2015-05-19 02:49

The case of Farkhunda has prompted outcry over violence against women in the country. It has resulted in rare sentences. Eight police officers implicated in the case were released.

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Jowell launches bid for London mayor

BBC - Tue, 2015-05-19 02:47
Labour's former culture secretary Tessa Jowell announces she will run for the next mayor of London.

Sheridan testimony at Coulson trial

BBC - Tue, 2015-05-19 02:46
The Andy Coulson perjury trial begins hearing evidence which the former News of the World editor gave at the 2010 perjury trial of Tommy Sheridan.

Burundi leader in no revenge pledge

BBC - Tue, 2015-05-19 02:42
Burundi's government will not take revenge against those involved in last week's failed coup, the president's office says.

What Do You Do With A Student Who Fidgets?

NPR News - Tue, 2015-05-19 02:38

Stress ducks, Hokki Stools, and other classroom strategies for students who need to move to learn.

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Wakefield part with coach Webster

BBC - Tue, 2015-05-19 02:31
Super League's bottom side Wakefield Trinity Wildcats part company with coach James Webster.

Italy arrests 50 over match-fixing

BBC - Tue, 2015-05-19 02:30
Police arrest more than 50 people as part of an investigation into match-fixing in Italian football.

Anti-Islam film ban lifted for Google

BBC - Tue, 2015-05-19 02:29
An appeals court in San Francisco rule a US-produced film called Innocence of Muslims, which sparked global riots after its release in 2012, should not be banned from YouTube.

Runway 'fracture' closes airport

BBC - Tue, 2015-05-19 02:22
All flights in and out of London City Airport are cancelled as emergency work is carried out on a "stress fracture" on the runway.

BB King to have public farewell

BBC - Tue, 2015-05-19 02:15
Fans of blues star BB King will pay their last respects at a public viewing in Las Vegas before he is buried in his native Mississippi.

Don't be scared of deflation, yet

BBC - Tue, 2015-05-19 02:15
Why are economists so frightened of us using the 'd' for 'deflation' word?

Zimbabwe team arrive in Pakistan

BBC - Tue, 2015-05-19 02:14
Zimbabwe's national cricket team is in Pakistan, the first Test-playing nation to visit the country since a deadly 2009 militant attack.

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