National / International News

The perils of contact lenses

BBC - Tue, 2015-05-19 04:33
Specialists at Moorfields Eye hospital have noticed a rise in eye infections among contact-lens wearers and are warning users to take extra care.

PC guilty of student protest assault

BBC - Tue, 2015-05-19 04:22
A Met Police officer is convicted of assaulting a student whose tooth was knocked out with a riot shield during a protest in 2010.

Clegg: Lib Dems must 'come together'

BBC - Tue, 2015-05-19 04:19
Former Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg calls for unity during the party's leadership campaign, saying his successor "deserves our undivided loyalty and support".

VIDEO: Family's joy at 'evil' nurse sentence

BBC - Tue, 2015-05-19 03:57
The family members of Derek Weaver, who was killed by Victorino Chua at Stepping Hill hospital have said they are "delighted" at the verdict.

VIDEO: Adams: 'This is a human occasion'

BBC - Tue, 2015-05-19 03:54
Prince Charles has arrived in Ireland at the start of a four-day visit that will include a meeting with Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams.

What to look out for in the new Parliament

BBC - Tue, 2015-05-19 03:48
More women, different camera angles and other new things

UK house price rises 'accelerate'

BBC - Tue, 2015-05-19 03:47
UK house prices accelerated with a 9.6% increase in the year to the end of March, according to official figures.

Stepping Hill nurse jailed for life

BBC - Tue, 2015-05-19 03:35
Nurse Victorino Chua is jailed for a minimum of 35 years for murdering and poisoning patients at Stepping Hill Hospital.

Iranian artist on trial for cartoon

BBC - Tue, 2015-05-19 03:32
An artist and political activist goes on trial in Iran for a cartoon criticising draft laws which would restrict access to birth control.

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.

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