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VIDEO: Film Review - the week's new films

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-16 09:56
Film critic Mark Kermode reviews the week's film releases, including Godzilla, A Touch of Sin and The Two Faces of January.

Introducing Roma Cuisine, The Little-Known 'Soul Food' Of Europe

NPR News - Fri, 2014-05-16 09:46

There's a long history of prejudice against the Roma people in Europe. A non-profit in Slovenia is hoping to diffuse it by launching a restaurant serving the tastiest of the traditional Roma dishes.

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Introducing Roma Cuisine, The Little-Known 'Soul Food' Of Europe

NPR News - Fri, 2014-05-16 09:46

There's a long history of prejudice against the Roma people in Europe. A non-profit in Slovenia is hoping to diffuse it by launching a restaurant serving the tastiest of the traditional Roma dishes.

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Salmond: 'We are gaining ground'

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-16 09:42
The "Yes" campaign is gaining ground ahead of the independence referendum, Scotland's first minister tells BBC Scotland.

Stuart Hall cleared of rape charges

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-16 09:24
Ex-BBC broadcaster Stuart Hall is cleared of raping two girls, but is convicted of an indecent assault.

Man rescued in cabin cruiser fire

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-16 09:22
A man is rescued from a 26ft (8m) cabin cruiser and taken to hospital after the vessel catches fire off Aberystwyth.

Travel firms halt Kenya coast tours

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-16 09:12
British tourists are being evacuated from parts of Kenya by tour operators Thomson and First Choice, following a terrorism warning from the Foreign Office.

Boots of murdered woman are found

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-16 09:08
Boots belonging to Swindon woman Sian O'Callaghan, who was murdered three years ago, are found in a pond.

Economists find same-sex marriage gives a boost

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-05-16 09:03

This week marks ten years since the first legal same-sex marriages took place in the U.S. At 12:01 am on May 17, 2004, the state of Massachusetts started issuing marriage licenses to gay couples. Since then, more than a dozen states have followed suit, and still more are in the middle of legal battles over whether they should.

Setting aside for a moment the debates around justice, personal freedom, and religion, there are also plenty of economic dimensions to the legalization of same sex marriage. While the research is limited, there are a number of studies that show that legalizing same sex marriage is a net good for the economy. A few years ago, researchers at the William’s Institute at UCLA conducted surveys and combed through state- tax records, and found that during the first years of same-sex weddings in Massachusetts, the local economy got a boost of more than $111 million. Studies of other states have shown similar benefits.

The benefits extend from a family budget to a state budget, says Lee Badgett, an economist at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, who is behind much of the research.

At the personal level, for couples who live in a state that recognizes gay marriage, legalization has “probably saved them a lot of money,” she says. “It gives people security to be treated legally as a family and to have access to health care benefits, social security benefits,” she says.

Across the country about 150,000 same sex couples have gotten married in the last ten years according to Badgett. Meaning, a bump in business for the companies that make those weddings happen. A survey from TheKnot.com found that the average same-sex couple spends about $10,000 on their wedding.

“That’s millions and millions of dollars that are being pumped in to local economies and small businesses, like florists, caterers and hotels,” Badgett says, pointing out that all this business has come at an important time-- during an otherwise gloomy economy.

“Our business keeps tripling every year,” says Michael Jamrock, the founder of EnGAYgedweddings.com, a national clearinghouse where LGBT-friendly wedding services pay to advertise their businesses to same-sex couples about to tie the knot. When Jamrock started the company six years ago, Massachusetts and Connecticut were the only states where same-sex marriage was legal. “Whenever a new state becomes legal, the traffic to the website is just absolutely phenomenal,” he says.

Legalization can also boost state revenue, says economist Badgett. States see more sales tax dollars—from couples spending on their weddings, and guests who travel from out of state to celebrate. There can also be a rise in income tax revenue from couples filing jointly.

Badgett says legalizing gay marriage can also mean less government spending on social safety net programs, as married couples pool financial resources often rely on less public assistance.

“When marriage strengthens families in terms of economic security, that's also good for state budgets,” she says.

Legalizing gay marriage can also bring some extra costs. Spouses of state and private employees may qualify for more retirement and health-care benefits. But economists who’ve crunched the numbers say on net, those costs don't outweigh the overall revenues.

A report in 2004 from the Congressional Budget Office, then headed up by Doug Holtz-Eakin (who now runs the conservative American Action Forum) estimated that if same-sex marriage was recognized in all fifty states and at the federal level, the federal budget’s bottom line “would improve the budget’s bottom line to a small extent: by less than $1 billion in each of the next 10 years.”

Tear gas fired at Turkey mine unrest

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-16 09:03
Turkish police fire tear gas at thousands of protesters in town of Soma where some 300 miners died on Tuesday.

Scudamore emails 'insult all women'

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-16 08:54
England goalkeeper Rachel Brown-Finnis says emails sent by Richard Scudamore are an "insult to all women".

AUDIO: Miliband on immigration concerns

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-16 08:47
Labour leader Ed Miliband says immigration will be a big issue in next year's general election.

Man murdered by intruder named

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-16 08:46
Police say they are following a "definite line of inquiry" over the death of a man in a flat in the Scotstoun area of Glasgow.

Farage aide interrupts interview

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-16 08:41
Nigel Farage's spokesman interrupts a live interview after the UKIP leader is pressed about immigration and expenses.

Royal editor 'manipulated' by Coulson

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-16 08:40
The former royal editor of the News of the World tells the Old Bailey he felt "manipulated" into taking "full blame" for phone hacking at the paper.

VIDEO: Farage aide disrupts radio interview

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-16 08:39
The communications director of the UK Independence Party disrupted a interview on LBC with the party's leader Nigel Farage, when he was pursued to answer questions over his expenses.

After Finding $40,000 In Thrift-Store Couch, Roommates Return Money

NPR News - Fri, 2014-05-16 08:32

Two months after they bought a couch for $20, three roommates realized it was stuffed with envelopes of cash. They decided to track down the rightful owner.

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How Do You Count 500 Million Votes? A Look At India's Election

NPR News - Fri, 2014-05-16 08:32

Parliamentary elections in the world's largest democracy ended on Friday with a landslide victory for the opposition. Photos offer a glimpse at the logistics behind a massive, six-week election.

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TV journalist Barbara Walters retires

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-16 08:29
Legendary US broadcaster Barbara Walters is retiring from a 52-year career with a last appearance on her daytime show, The View.

When Numbers Bleed, Freeze, Starve And Die On A Battlefield: The Dark Poetry Of Data

NPR News - Fri, 2014-05-16 08:25

Let me tell you a story — a history story — that's all numbers, only numbers, and still packs an emotional wallop. Button up. It's 1812. In Russia. It's cold.

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