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As Overseas Costs Rise, More U.S. Companies Are 'Reshoring'

NPR News - Mon, 2014-01-27 06:52

For decades, American companies have sent their manufacturing work overseas. Extremely low wages in Asia and elsewhere reduced costs. But as costs overseas go up, a growing number of American companies are rethinking that business model.

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As Overseas Costs Rise, More U.S. Companies Are 'Reshoring'

NPR News - Mon, 2014-01-27 06:52

For decades, American companies have been sending their manufacturing work overseas. Extremely low wages in Asia and elsewhere reduced costs. But as costs overseas go up, a growing number of American companies are rethinking that business model.

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VIDEO: Storms reveal three beach shipwrecks

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-27 06:45
The January storms expose three shipwrecks on Cefn Sidan beach in Carmarthenshire.

Emerging markets spook investors

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-01-27 06:42

Emerging markets are starting off 2014 in the worst place they've been in 5 years. Investors are fleeing after recent financial tumult in places like Argentina, Turkey, and Thailand. But that's not the only reason the stock market has hit a stumbling block, says the BBC's John Sudworth in Shanghai.

"It's been a pretty gloomy start to 2014, and I guess to sum it up in a nutshell, two reasons: less Fed, and less China," he says. "I think in particular, it's the less China that we should focus on, and the real worry is that Chinese growth is slowing. And that's why many analysts believe we're seeing the sea of red across the trading boards."

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Police in stand-off with officer

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-27 06:36
Police negotiators try to talk a serving officer from a house in Denbighshire.

VIDEO: Sexism: Did women's movement succeed?

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-27 06:33
Claims of unwanted sexual advances against a Lib Dem peer and MP suggest the feminist campaigns dating from the 1960s and 1970s might still have some work still to do.

Messi not for sale - Barca president

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-27 06:30
Lionel Messi is not for sale and Barcelona plan to discuss a new contract with him, says president Josep Maria Bartomeu.

Uganda doubts over Kony 'letter'

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-27 06:28
Uganda's government says it doubts rebel leader Joseph Kony is serious about peace after he purportedly sent a letter asking for forgiveness and calling for talks.

Rep. Radel Resigns; Pleaded Guilty To Cocaine Possession

NPR News - Mon, 2014-01-27 06:24

The freshman member of Congress, a Republican from Florida, was found guilty of buying about $260 worth of cocaine from an undercover agent. He has been under pressure from others in his party to step down.

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Arsenal signs Puma football kit deal

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-27 06:19
North London football club Arsenal changes its kit maker to Puma, after 20 years with sportswear rival Nike.

Jude Law: 'Press knew secret plans'

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-27 06:15
Actor Jude Law tells the Old Bailey the media had "an unhealthy amount of information" about his life, as he gives evidence at the phone-hacking trial.

Second union to join Tube strikes

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-27 06:10
Members of the Transport Salaried Staffs Association vote to join two 48-hour Tube strikes in protest at the closure of ticket offices.

FBI hits 'hackers-for-hire' websites

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-27 06:08
The FBI has arrested five people for their involvement in several hacking-for-hire websites that offered to find passwords for email accounts.

VIDEO: Hollande ex Trierweiler visits India

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-27 05:59
The former partner of French President Francois Hollande, has arrived in India to raise awareness about child malnutrition.

FAI hears additional checks call

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-27 05:47
Additional monitoring of Super Puma helicopter gearboxes to prevent future accidents should be provided, an inquiry hears.

AUDIO: Grand Canyon 'younger than thought'

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-27 05:46
The world famous Grand Canyon, which snakes through the American state of Arizona, only took its present form in the last six million years, claims a new scientific study.

Inquiry into Mayor's gay bus ad ban

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-27 05:34
London Mayor Boris Johnson's ban of a bus advert that suggested people could "get over" homosexuality should be investigated, a court rules.

What happens when you put rich and poor students together in charter schools?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-01-27 05:33

Todd Dickson is trying something a bit unusual for a charter school founder. He’s recruiting students to Valor Collegiate Academy from working class neighborhoods, and Nashville’s wealthiest enclaves.

Dickson addresses a crowd of families with the means to pay private school tuition. But the parents in this room are prepared to give public schools a chance.

A father himself, Dickson also helped start Summit Prep in the San Francisco area. There are similar charters in places like Denver and New Orleans.

Their belief is these charter schools is that all income levels benefit from learning side-by-side, helping them understand multiple perspectives.

“It’s much more authentic and easy to learn to do that well if you are learning with kids who really have different experiences and different backgrounds than you do," say Dickson

The trick is getting everyone in the same classroom.

Jennifer Erickson worries her daughter is being raised in a bubble at her private school.

 “I mean to me, education isn’t just about books. It’s about being well rounded in all areas," says Erickson. "That is a very big piece that my daughter is not getting. Of course, there are negatives that come with that.”

Well-off families often question whether these charters can really push high performers while trying to get disadvantaged students doing double time.  It’s not uncommon for some to come into middle school reading at a second-grade level.

At a recruiting session in an immigrant community center, an interpreter translates in a whisper to a Hispanic mother.

These parents here aren’t so worried about raising kids in a bubble. They’re looking for opportunity.

Hafza Mohamed’s son attends a struggling school now.

“I want him to go forward, not backward," says Mohamed.

A few of these charters with integrated student bodies have been successful getting everyone prepared for college. But advocates say there’s a bigger benefit that doesn’t show up on a report card -- relationships that span the divide between rich and poor.

As Protests Spread In Ukraine, 'State Of Emergency' Possible

NPR News - Mon, 2014-01-27 05:30

Now there are anti-government demonstrations in cities where the citizens have in the past shown support for the president. Meanwhile, the nation's justice minister has warned she may declare a "state of emergency" unless protesters leave her headquarters.

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Court ruling could clear up some Obamacare confusion

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-01-27 05:24

The deadline to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act -- or face penalties -- is a little more than two months away now: March 31. A survey out today says lots of people don’t know that, highlighting just how much confusion there still is about the health care law.

More than half of Americans don’t know when the deadline is to sign up for health insurance, according to a report from Bankrate.com.

Granted, many of those people already have insurance.

“But we do think our findings about young adults are somewhat worrisome,” says Bankrate insurance analyst Doug Whiteman.

Everyone is counting on the young and healthy to balance out the insurance pool, to keep costs down, says Whiteman.

“We found that young adults between 18 and 29, which is the age group least likely to have health insurance, also is the group that seems least informed about the deadline,” he says.

One thing that might be preventing better awareness: 17 states have passed laws limiting the work of the so-called "navigators" who are supposed to help people sign up on the federal exchange.

Last week a federal judge blocked Missouri’s restrictions on navigators.

“By preventing navigators from doing their jobs, states really undercut and undermine a fundamental purpose of the Affordable Care Act,” says attorney Jay Angoff, who represented groups suing the state and was involved in the initial implementation of the ACA at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Angoff says the Missouri ruling could help opponents fight similar laws restricting navigators in other states.

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