National / International News

Weir named as Master of the Queen's Music

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-21 15:59
Composer Judith Weir CBE is to become the first female Master of the Queen's Music.

Point-blank Taser use questioned

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-21 15:49
The police watchdog raises "major concerns" over the use of Tasers at point-blank range, saying the technique is "purely a means of pain compliance".

How one man put a tiny island on the map

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-21 15:37
How can a remote Pacific island upstage the likes of England and Australia to be the Commonwealth's most successful nation?

The children left behind in hot cars

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-21 15:23
Why so many American children die in hot cars

Longannet in 'top 30 EU polluters'

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-21 15:19
Scotland's Longannet power station is named as one of the top 30 polluting power plants in the EU.

PPI 'dominates complaints data'

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-21 15:11
Up to 5,000 new complaints a week about payment protection insurance (PPI) are making their way to the financial ombudsman, but the numbers are falling.

The 90-year-old sex guru

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-21 15:07
The wisecracking 90-year-old whose agony column is a cult hit

VIDEO: Graffiti revitalises Miami neighbourhood

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-21 15:01
Miami's Wynwood Arts District invited graffiti artists from around the world to paint the walls. Restaurants, design shops and co-working spaces soon followed.

The EU's nuclear links with Russia

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-21 15:01
The EU's dependence on Russian-designed power plants

Prince George pictures mark birthday

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-21 14:54
Two new images of Prince George are released as the third in line to the throne celebrates his first birthday on Tuesday.

Can drones tackle wildlife poaching?

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-21 14:43
How drones may be used to fight wildlife poaching in Africa

Net Neutrality, Shall I Compare Thee To A Highway? A Showerhead?

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-21 14:31

Net neutrality can be an issue that's difficult to understand and difficult to explain, so the metaphor that's used to describe it is kind of important. See what neutrality is being compared to.

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Hamilton must accept racing gods - Coulthard

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-21 14:20
David Coulthard reflects on the latest twist in the title battle between the Mercedes drivers at the German Grand Prix.

Sandwich Monday: The Menage A Trois

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-21 14:01

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try the Menage A Trois sandwich from Ike's Place in San Francisco. It features chicken with three sauces and three cheeses.

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Hospital Settles Lawsuit By Thousands Of Women Over Exam Photos

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-21 13:51

The Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins Health System will pay $190 million to settle a class-action lawsuit that includes more than 7,000 women.

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VIDEO: Clashes go on amid Israeli funerals

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-21 13:49
Israel's defence minister says that the offensive in Gaza will continue 'as long as necessary to stop the Hamas rocket attacks.

Waiting in the (West) Wing

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-21 13:39
Struggling in the shadow of a potential Hillary Clinton campaign

Griffin defiant as he quits BNP job

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-21 13:31
Nick Griffin steps down as leader of the BNP after 15 years, saying he has guided his party "through the storm".

Breaking down the fees and taxes in a plane ticket

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-07-21 13:29

The Transportation Security Administration is increasing the fees it assesses travelers to $5.60 per leg of your flight.

What's that mean? If a layover is more than four hours, then the TSA considers that to be two trips and assesses the fee again.  So, that could mean about $22 extra on your layover flight. That made us wonder what are we paying for air travel these days.... besides the actual airfare, that is.

Let’s say you’ve got a $500 round trip ticket from New York City to Los Angeles with a long layover in each direction, here's what you'll be paying.

(Numbers courtesy of Airlines for America.)

Fare: $500

TSA 9/11 Fee: $5.6 per segment x 4 = $22.40 

Federal Aviation Excise Tax: 7.5% = $37.50

Flight Segment Tax: $4 per segment x 4 = $16.00

Airport passenger facilty charge: $4.50 per segment x 4 = $18.00

Effective Tax Rate: 18%.  This can vary depending on how many layovers and how expensive your fare is.  If this example fare were for a direct flight, for example, it would be taxed at an effective rate of 9 percent. 

Flying international? International flights have a whole additional set of fees depending on the country and the airport, and these fees can range into the hundreds of dollars. 

And let us not forget the fees for some kind of basic rudimentary comfort, says airline analyst Robert Mann, Jr:

Want to pick your own seat? $0 to $25

What about a seat with legroom? $25 up to hundreds of dollars

Check a bag? $0 to $80

Oh, you want to carry on that bag? $0 to $100

Hungry?  How does $5 for a snack and $15 for a sandwich sound?

The TSA has said historically, it spends significantly more money on aviation safety than it receives from airlines or passengers.  However, the revenues raised from government fees and excise taxes do not directly go to their supposed purpose, says George Hobica, founder of AirfareWatchDog.com.

“A lot of the money actually ends up in the general fund to reduce the deficit and never sees its way as was intended to improve air travel.”

Breaking down the fees and taxes in a plane ticket

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-07-21 13:29

The Transportation Security Administration is increasing the fees it assesses travelers to $5.60 per leg of your flight.

What's that mean? If a layover is more than four hours, then the TSA considers that to be two trips and assesses the fee again.  So, that could mean about $22 extra on your layover flight. That made us wonder what are we paying for air travel these days.... besides the actual airfare, that is.

Let’s say you’ve got a $500 round trip ticket from New York City to Los Angeles with a long layover in each direction, here's what you'll be paying.

(Numbers courtesy of Airlines for America.)

Fare: $500

TSA 9/11 Fee: $5.6 per segment x 4 = $22.40 

Federal Aviation Excise Tax: 7.5% = $37.50

Flight Segment Tax: $4 per segment x 4 = $16.00

Airport passenger facilty charge: $4.50 per segment x 4 = $18.00

Effective Tax Rate: 18%.  This can vary depending on how many layovers and how expensive your fare is.  If this example fare were for a direct flight, for example, it would be taxed at an effective rate of 9 percent. 

Flying international? International flights have a whole additional set of fees depending on the country and the airport, and these fees can range into the hundreds of dollars. 

And let us not forget the fees for some kind of basic rudimentary comfort, says airline analyst Robert Mann, Jr:

Want to pick your own seat? $0 to $25

What about a seat with legroom? $25 up to hundreds of dollars

Check a bag? $0 to $80

Oh, you want to carry on that bag? $0 to $100

Hungry?  How does $5 for a snack and $15 for a sandwich sound?

The TSA has said historically, it spends significantly more money on aviation safety than it receives from airlines or passengers.  However, the revenues raised from government fees and excise taxes do not directly go to their supposed purpose, says George Hobica, founder of AirfareWatchDog.com.

“A lot of the money actually ends up in the general fund to reduce the deficit and never sees its way as was intended to improve air travel.”

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