National / International News

VIDEO: US jet in emergency landing

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-19 05:12
A JetBlue airlines A-320 flying over California has been forced to make an emergency landing when an engine problem caused smoke to enter the aircraft's cabin.

NI poll 'not needed after No vote'

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-19 05:04
A vote on the future of Northern Ireland's border is not necessary following Scotland's 'No' vote, says First Minister Peter Robinson.

NHS finances - pressures, deficits and challenges

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-19 04:58
NHS finances - what are pressures, deficits and challenges

Day in pictures: 19 September

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-19 04:23
News images from around the world: 19 September

Turkey opens border to Syrian Kurds

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-19 04:20
Turkey allows thousands of Syrian Kurds fleeing Islamic State to cross its southern border, as the militants close in on a strategic Syrian town.

Tax and spending devolution: for richer or poorer?

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-19 04:09
What will be the effect of handing tax control to the nations?

Teenager dies in County Down crash

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-19 03:08
A 19-year-old man dies following a car crash in County Down on the main coast road between Newcastle and Annalong.

PODCAST: The nuance of inflation

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-09-19 03:00

We have screens at the ready here to watch what happens when stock in the massive Chinese online commerce operation, Alibaba, starts trading in New York. Shares will start at $68, the top of the company's range. But while many investors are eagerly diving in, others are advising caution. Plus, as we've been hearing, the Scots have voted to stay with the United Kingdom, and this--among other things--has a bearing on interest rates. And as Marketplace celebrates its 25th birthday this year, we are looking at the surprising, sometimes delightful and sometimes destructive ways that prices have changed during that quarter century. Last week, we heard a classical definition of inflation from the Harvard professor who literally wrote the textbook definition. But price changes have many causes and can effect people with varying incomes quite differently. Today, we talk to Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington.

Dennis Waterman to leave New Tricks

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-19 02:58
The 66-year-old actor - one of the original cast - will leave the show in Autumn 2015

Pregnancy hormone link to poor maths

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-19 02:45
Research suggests children born to mothers who have low thyroid hormone levels during pregnancy do worse at maths.

VIDEO: Social media clues to better education

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-19 02:28
IBM and a UK college have created a social network to help staff get a better understanding of their pupils.

GSK fined $490m by China for bribery

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-19 02:28
China fines UK pharmaceuticals firm GlaxoSmithKline $490m (£297m) for bribery and its former head of Chinese operations is given a suspended jail sentence.

VIDEO: First buyer drops brand-new iPhone 6

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-19 02:15
The first person to buy the iPhone 6 in Perth, Australia, dropped his new gadget during an interview with a TV reporter.

Weekend Brunch: AliBaba's IPO and the Fed's new normal

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-09-19 02:12

Venessa Wong from Bloomberg and Business Insider's Nicholas Carlson chat about the week's news. Click play above to hear them break down the Federal Reserve's latest decision and the AliBaba IPO.

Brunch reading list:

Bloomberg: 3 Photos That Help Explain the Frenzy Over Alibaba's IPO

Businessweek: I Used Alibaba to Make 280 Pairs of Brightly Colored Pants

CNBC: Fed will end QE next month, 'considerable time' remains

Washington Post: Federal Reserve details new exit strategy, keeps record-low rate

 

 

 

Want to sell a house? Head West. Want to buy? Go East.

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-09-19 02:00

Online real estate site Zillow released a study on Friday that listed the markets for sellers and buyers in the United States. 

Stan Humphries, Zillow's chief economist said the lists show an east/west divide.  

Most of the best markets for sellers, says Humphries, are on the West Coast. Markets like San Jose, San Francisco and Seattle top the list. Most of the cities that favor buyers are in the east and midwest. 

"Markets like Providence, Cleveland and Philadelphia. And it’s not necessarily by historical standards that they’re bad markets," Humphries said. 

He said home prices in many of the buyers' markets haven’t risen as sharply, but that also means that when the market slows, home prices won’t crash as hard.

Kevin Hamilton knows all about seller’s markets. He’s with Red Oak Realty in the San Francisco Bay Area.

"You know a lot people think realtors are really excited about this hot market, and truthfully we’re not," he said. 

Hamilton said right now, buyers are offering way too much for houses. While responsible realtors advise against such irrational behavior, he said, when the market slows and prices crash, clients don’t remember.

"Everyone kinda came back and said, 'Why did you tell me to buy this?'" Hamilton said. "You know, well, if you looked back at that day, we didn’t."

Silicon Tally - Mo Money, Mo Facebook

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-09-19 02:00

It's time for Silicon Tally! How well have you kept up with the week in tech news?

This week, we're joined by Jennifer Pahlka, founder and executive director of Code For America. Pahlka also recently served as the Deputy Chief Technology Officer for the United States Government.

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VIDEO: California 'King fire' doubles in size

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-19 01:31
Thousands of people have been forced to leave their homes in northern California after a wildfire burning out of control doubled in size in just 12 hours.

Why you'd pay more for a car with hand-crank windows

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-09-19 01:30

As Marketplace celebrates its 25th birthday this year, we are looking at the weird, delightful and destructive ways that prices have changed during that quarter century.

But first, let's take a ride...back to 1989.

Back then, the cheapest Accord sedan had just 98-horsepower, hand-crank windows, no AC, and retailed for $11,770.

A commercial for the popular automobile posits that maybe one day, someone will build a better car than the Accord...maybe.

 

 

Since then, improvements have been made, and the Honda Accord is currently the best-selling car in America.

But how has the price changed? And when you adjust for inflation, is it more or less expensive than back in 1989?

We checked in with Joe Ciaccia, general manager of Honda Manhattan, to see how much the car will set you back with today's prices. And as for how it compares to its 25 year old counterpart, the answer might surprise you.

Click the media player above to hear more on the surprising affect inflation has had on the Honda Accord.

Iran Happy dancers given 91 lashes

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-19 01:14
Six Iranians arrested for filming a video tribute to Pharrell Williams' song Happy are sentenced to 91 lashes and jail terms, their lawyer says.

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