National / International News

Murder victim's sister's in plea

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-15 08:29
A sister of murdered teenager Arlene Arkinson calls for two women whose blood was found during a search linked to the investigation to come forward.

Degree honours for stabbed students

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-15 08:26
Two students who were killed in Borneo are awarded honorary degrees by Newcastle University as more tributes pour in for them.

VIDEO: Dolphins squeal with delight

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-15 08:25
A study of trained dolphins has suggested that the marine mammals use express pleasure with squeals of delight.

Wide Range Of Hospital Charges For Blood Tests Called 'Irrational'

NPR News - Fri, 2014-08-15 08:24

An analysis of hospital charges in California couldn't explain the wide variation in listed prices for routine lab work. Teaching hospitals and government-run hospitals charged the least.

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Viewpoints: How to defeat Islamic State group

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-15 07:55
How to defeat Islamic State group

Brothers found after national alert

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-15 07:46
Three brothers missing from Sunderland for four days are found as seven people are arrested over their disappearance.

Team Scotland starts Glasgow parade

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-15 07:45
The athletes who helped Team Scotland to a best ever medal haul at the 2014 Commonwealth Games have begun a parade through host city Glasgow.

'New mass abduction' in Nigeria

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-15 07:43
Reports emerge of a new mass abduction in north-eastern Nigeria, suspected to have been carried out by Islamist militants Boko Haram.

Man jailed for stepdaughter's murder

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-15 07:39
A man found guilty of the "violent and vicious" murder of his stepdaughter is jailed for life with a minimum term of 22 years.

Are we suffering from consumption?

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-15 07:34
Will Self is suffering from consumption - no, not that kind

10 things we didn't know last week

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-15 07:33
How many fish can a 'salmon cannon' fire? And more nuggets.

Weekendish: Best longer reads from the week

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-15 07:31
The best long reads for you to enjoy at your leisure

Epileptic woman robbed while fitting

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-15 07:31
A "despicable" couple who robbed a woman while she suffered an epileptic fit - and then burgled her home - is jailed at Swansea Crown Court.

Go Figure: The week in numbers

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-15 07:24
The big numbers from the past week visualised

Galloway Belfast event to go ahead

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-15 07:23
A public speaking event at the Ulster Hall featuring Respect MP George Galloway will go ahead, Belfast City Council says.

In Hawaii, Storm-Battered Area Becomes A Kingmaker

NPR News - Fri, 2014-08-15 07:18

Sen. Brian Schatz leads Rep. Colleen Hanabusa in the Democratic Senate primary by a slim 1,635 votes. Two remote precincts, damaged by Tropical Storm Iselle, could hold the decisive ballots.

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What Your Junk Drawer Reveals About You

NPR News - Fri, 2014-08-15 07:11

The Great American Junk Drawer is a scrap yard, a time capsule and a box of curiosities and memories. It can also be a Rorschachian reflection of your life.

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Jobs lost as shipbuilder goes bust

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-15 07:10
The last remaining shipyard on the lower Clyde - Ferguson in Port Glasgow - goes into administration with the loss of 70 jobs.

Ukraine to inspect Russian convoy

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-15 07:08
Ukraine says its border guards are to inspect a Russian aid convoy parked at the border, as Nato condemns a Russian military "incursion".

Baseball players make out like one-percenters

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-08-15 07:00

Major League Baseball’s next commissioner, Rob Manfred, has been involved with labor negotiations for the league since the 1994 players strike. Since then, player salaries have risen far more quickly than pay for the average worker. For instance, the minimum salary for major league players has risen from $109,000 in 1995 to $500,000 today.  

In 1995, a major league baseball player making the minimum salary earned about 4.4 times more than the average full-time worker. Today it’s 12 times more.

However, minor league players filed a lawsuit this year protesting low wages, with most earning between $3,000 and $7,500 for a five-month season, which translates to an annual wage of $7,200 to $18,000 a year.

Even major-league ball has a one percent. For minimum-salary earners, “the percentage increase is not as big as for the top players. The top players got a lot more,” says Barry Krissoff, a retired economist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a Mets (and Senators) fan, and the author of a 2013 article called “Society and Baseball Face Rising Inequality."

That comparison seems overstated to Scott Rosner, associate director of the Wharton Sports Business Initiative at the University of Pennsylvania. Income inequality is “a little more acute for society as a whole than it is for baseball,” he says. “No one who is a major-league baseball player is going hungry by any means.”

Owners have done well too. “Salaries are very much proportional to revenue growth as a whole,” says Joel Maxcy, a sports economist at Temple University.

And star baseball players don’t get paid as much as other top celebrities, says Michael Haupert, a sports economist at the University of Wisconsin. The sport’s best-paid player, Alex Rodriguez, took home $29 million in 2013. According to Forbes, Ellen DeGeneres earned $72 million.

Even other athletes out-earn baseball’s stars.

“Tiger Woods made a lot more money last year — even when he had a crappy year — than Alex Rodriguez,” says Haupert. Forbes estimated Woods’ earnings at $61 million.

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