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Sex attack boys enticed into cars

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-09 01:56
Two boys are enticed into cars in Leicester and sexually assaulted in two separate incidents which could be linked, police say.

'Wee Oscar' dies after cancer battle

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-09 01:56
Oscar Knox, the County Antrim boy whose long battle against an aggressive form of cancer captured the hearts of many people in Northern Ireland, has died.

Jones and Rooney fit for World Cup

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-09 01:49
Manchester United interim boss Ryan Giggs says England's Phil Jones and Wayne Rooney will be fit for the World Cup in Brazil.

Hamilton edges Button in practice

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-09 01:42
Lewis Hamilton sets the fastest time in first practice for the Spanish Grand Prix, almost a second ahead of Jenson Button.

Wenger wants FFP rule-breakers banned

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-09 01:41
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says Uefa should exclude clubs that break financial fair play regulations from European competition.

The best conversations happen over brunch

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-05-09 01:37

Here in the New York Bureau of Marketplace, we're getting ready for brunch. We even have the fixings for mimosas.

Yes, in the middle of the week. And, yes, in the middle of a work day.

But brunch, or really "Marketplace Brunch" is one of the segments we're trying out for our new show, Marketplace Weekend. The idea is to take some of the really smart and creative people inside the Marketplace family, and have the kind of conversation you might have over a meal with your friends... but do it on the radio.

So I'll be gathering in the studio with people like Stacey Vanek Smith, Sabri Ben-Achour and Mark Garrison, to talk about what they're covering. And probably more importantly: what's on their mind as they look ahead to the week that's coming up.

All this is part of how you create a new show: You come up with ideas for segments, try them out, and see how they sound. Earlier, we tried a segment that took responses from Twitter and Facebook, and folded them into a personal finance conversation. I'll let you into a secret: it sounded awful! Nobody (even my mother) wants to listen to me reading a bunch of tweets. So we reworked it, with a listener calling in to talk about her student loan debt. And that version was great!

We want to make sure that Marketplace Weekend is fun and dynamic, and that we never lose sight of where human experiences fit in economic stories.

A while back, we did a story on Marketplace Money that examined gentrification. It's a model for where we want to go with the new show.

We introduced listeners to Britty Krone, a lifelong Harlem resident. She took me on a tour of her neighborhood and told about the changes that were happening, and what it felt like to live through them.

Gentrification is a huge story: it touches on policy, politics, housing prices, race, and the changing nature of our cities. But at its heart, it's really a story about human beings. Brittny's example was a good reminder of that.

As we create this new show, we want to keep doing stories like that: complex, multi-layered, and demanding a little extra thought and care.

We also want your input. So keep it coming! Tell us what you want in Marketplace Weekend. The kinds of stories and sounds that you want to listen to when you have your own... well... brunch. 

Publisher in £360m refinancing plan

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-09 01:35
Newspaper and online publisher Johnston Press unveils a £360m refinancing plan in a bid to pay off debt and fund future growth.

Crowdfunding Can Help Build Business, But At What Cost?

NPR News - Fri, 2014-05-09 01:35

The Securities and Exchange Commission is poised to let small businesses get financed by the masses. Investing in startups is risky, though. Meanwhile, critics are wary of regulation.

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'Boys never beat me at arm wrestling'

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-09 01:29
Meet the 15-year-old schoolgirl who dreams of Olympic gold from her world of chalk dust, leotards & bar-bending weights.

Tear gas fired at Thai protesters

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-09 01:02
Police in Thailand fire tear gas at anti-government protesters in Bangkok, two days after a court ousted PM Yingluck Shinawatra.

A very tech-y Mother's day! A new Silicon Tally

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-05-09 01:00

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

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The tech of DJ-ing with DJ Rekha

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-05-09 01:00

If you head downtown to (le) Poisson Rouge on the first Thursday of the month, you'll find yourself transported to another country. The Punjab region of South Asia, to be exact.

That's because Rekha Malhotra, a.k.a. DJ Rekha, has spent her entire career as a DJ championing the sounds of Bhangra and Bollywood in the states.

These days, you can find her at Basement Bhangra, a monthly dance party that celebrates the music and dance of Bhangra.

Bhangra music is, in and of itself, a kind of remix - a melding of folk tunes with Western styles of music.

It just so happens that the style and form of the music lends itself to having a dance beat added underneath. 

It is this kind of embrace of the new as it relates to the old that Malhotra remembers as being a significant part of the Indian-American community she knew growing up:

“Every Indian American household had a VCR first, because the movies were important, watching the Bollywood films. And in the 90s there was a huge Indian Bollywood remix scene. Taking Bollywood records without getting the original parts and putting beats on them.”

For her part, Malhotra says technology is both a help and a hinderance to her life as a DJ.

She laments the loss of craft when it comes to the art of physically picking out records and matching the rhythms of tracks for seamless transitions. She also points out, however, that the ability to quickly purchase and download a requested song that she doesn't have on a record or a CD is a blessing, and allows her to better serve her audience.

At the end of the day, Malhotra says being a DJ is about being able to read an audience and react, and no amount of technology can give you that talent.

Listen to a Spotify playlist built by Ben Johnson featuring artists from our Playing With Machines series, and others: 

Medicaid's new patients: healthier, and maybe cheaper

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-05-09 00:37

Since the launch of the Affordable Care Act last fall, some five million more Americans have enrolled in the nation's healthcare program for low-income people.

With only half the states expanding their Medicaid programs under the Affordable Care Act, researchers believe that number would double if all 50 states moved ahead, and several new reports suggest it may be cheaper for states to go ahead than previously estimated.

Cost is one of the top reasons politicians cite to explain why they're against expanding the program.

A recent Congressional Budget Office report said the cost for states would be nearly a third less than expected. Why the cut?

The CBO over-estimated the number of people eligible for Medicaid pre-ACA who would come out of the woodwork – an effect known in the industry as "woodworking" – as efforts got underway to recruit newly-eligible folks to sign up for Medicaid. And because fewer of previously-eligible people signed up, the bill for states is lower, because states pay a vastly higher share of costs for the previously eligible.

And there are other signs that Medicaid's expansion may help the bottom line.

"We improved care. We improved outcomes and we reduced costs," says Dr. Randy Cebul, who runs the Center for Health Care Research & Policy. He's also the one keeping tabs on the data from a Medicaid pilot project in Cleveland involving nearly 30,000 low-income residents.

Cebul says in this test case for Medicaid expansion in Ohio, health providers helped cut ER use, increased primary care visits and kept spending 25 percent below projections.

"There are probably half of the states that have not expanded Medicaid," he says, "and I think this should be a reason they want to reconsider their decision."

And new Medicaid patients are generally less depressed and not as heavy as people already enrolled, according to a study from Steven Hill, an economist with the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

"I think some people were concerned that the people who will be newly eligible might be very unhealthy," he says. "But that's not what we found. And so they may need even less care than current enrollees," he says.

Edwin Park with the left-leaning Center on Budget and Policy Priorities believes the growing body of information strengthens the proposition that states can afford an expansion.

"All this evidence continues to undermine that it's too costly for the states to take up," he says.

There's just one thing.

Many health policy people, including Park and George Washington health policy professor Sara Rosenbaum say state opposition isn't driven by economics as much as philosophy.

"It's a belief that somehow when you help the poor with governmental assistance you are encouraging bad behavior, laziness," says Rosenbaum.

Josh Archambault with the right-leaning Foundation for Government Accountability says there's some truth to that.

Ultimately though, he says the problem is that you're expanding a broken program that doesn't work for people currently enrolled. And why, he asks, would you just expand something like that?

"Not only does it hurt the people you are adding, but it already hurts people who are on the boat," he says.

But what some conservatives want – and they've begun to get it – is more flexibility in how the expansion program is designed. Even with that, full acceptance could take years. Don't forget, Arizona adopted the original Medicaid program in 1982, 17 years after it was first introduced.

Ireland out of Eurovision contest

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-09 00:26
Ireland fail to reach the final of the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time since 2009 while Austria's Conchita Wurst sails through to the event on Saturday.

MPs raise concerns over tax powers

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-09 00:25
Plans to allow the tax authority to settle unpaid demands by taking money from people's bank accounts are criticised by MPs.

PM: Scots vote 'not about my future'

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-09 00:17
David Cameron signals he would not quit as prime minister in the event of a "Yes" vote in the Scottish independence referendum.

Morrissey biopic in development

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-09 00:10
The team behind the Oscar-nominated short film The Voorman Problem are making a film about the early life of former Smiths frontman Morrissey.

VIDEO: Cameron: Tories 'trust the people'

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-09 00:09
The Conservatives are the "only party that trusts the people" to make a decision on EU membership, David Cameron says.

Call to rebuild manufacturing base

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-09 00:07
The former boss of Japanese electronics giant Sony says Welsh firms could win manufacturing back from Asia.

Multiple sclerosis find 'exciting'

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-09 00:02
Research into mice and people with multiple sclerosis (MS) says a key difference in male and female brains may explain why more women get the disease than men.
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