National / International News

VIDEO: Science behind the D-Day landings

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-06 01:54
How innovations in science and engineering made the D-Day landings possible with giant troop tanks and tanks that could drive on water.

'I called Rosberg to bury a mother of a situation’

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-06 01:41
In his latest BBC Sport column, Lewis Hamilton talks about the "overblown" rivalry with Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg.

Hospital feed death baby is named

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-06 01:32
A nine-day old baby who died on Sunday after contracting a bacterial infection from a suspected contaminated hospital feed has been named.

AUDIO: Police 'must avoid myths' in rape cases

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-06 01:31
Director of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders reacts to figures showing that the conviction rate for rape dropped in the last 12 months in England and Wales

Carberry upset by Test omission

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-06 01:17
Hampshire batsman Michael Carberry is bitterly disappointed at being dropped from the England Test squad.

VIDEO: China 'sinks' Vietnamese boat

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-06 01:17
Vietnam's state television (VTV) has broadcast a video in which a large Chinese ship can be seen chasing and later sinking a small Vietnamese fishing boat.

Wiggins set to miss Tour de France

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-06 01:15
Britain's Sir Bradley Wiggins says he will not be competing in this year's Tour de France "as things stand".

Foot-wash hospital doctor struck off

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-06 01:07
An emergency department doctor who washed his feet in front of a patient in Essex is struck off.

Man stabbed to death at holiday park

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-06 01:02
A 41-year-old man is stabbed to death at a holiday park in Saltcoats in North Ayrshire.

Clashes at India's Golden Temple

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-06 01:01
Several people are hurt as Sikh groups brandishing swords clash at India's Golden Temple during prayers to mark the 1984 military assault.

Thousands march in Haiti protest

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-06 00:55
Police fire tear gas on protesters in Haiti, as thousands march in the capital demanding that President Michel Martelly step down.

Guscott: Whingeing Poms? Not this England team

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-06 00:48
England are missing half of their team as they play the mighty All Blacks but let's focus on the positives, says Jeremy Guscott.

Early comedy makes 'stage history'

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-06 00:24
The earliest surviving comedy drama by a British woman - written almost 400 years ago - is being resurrected this weekend in Kent.

Man in boxer shorts causes M8 delays

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-06 00:13
A man who was seen wandering on the M8 motorway in North Lanarkshire dressed only in tartan boxer shorts is detained by police.

RSPB: 'We did not kill 22 birds'

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-06 00:07
RSPB Scotland says "outrageous rumours" have been spread accusing it of accidently killing birds of prey.

Conservatives win Newark by-election

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-06 00:06
The Conservatives see off a challenge from UKIP to win the Newark by-election with a majority of more than 7,000.

VIDEO: Nevin: Has Rooney lost his hunger?

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-05 23:55
BBC Sport's Pat Nevin looks at some of the reasons why Wayne Rooney's place in England's starting line up is being questioned in some quarters.

The 'Cool War' With China Is Unseen, But Comes With Consequences

NPR News - Thu, 2014-06-05 23:47

Dueling charges of cyberspying between China and the U.S. are escalating in this new conflict, which could have huge stakes for American industry and trade secrets.

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From Coffee Futures To Bulk Buying: A Year Of Adventurous Investing

NPR News - Thu, 2014-06-05 23:46

Last year NPR's Uri Berliner took money from a savings account that was losing value to inflation and bought a range of assets that included a painting and a haul from Costco. So how'd his money do?

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Do you still call yourself middle class?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-06-05 23:31

Do you still call yourself middle class?

I put that question to an online network of people willing to be interviewed on Marketplace. It's a fascinating question to me, because it gets at both where we are five years after the recession, and to our definition of "middle class" itself. Recent research shows that while the economy as a whole is improving, more and more of us aren't using the term "middle class" anymore.

One woman, DeeDee in San Diego, wrote that she now considered her family poor. She said her income has been declining since 2002. Here's what being middle class would look like to DeeDee:

"I could step into the 21st century and get a cell phone; it would mean that I could spring for my children's meal at In-N-Out Burger instead of saying, 'If you pay for it, you may go.'"

Across the six dozen or so responses I received, most people felt that being in the middle class meant the ability to educate children, provide a home for them, and plan for a comfortable retirement. And many said they're not sure they can get there.

Jamie from New Hampshire wrote:

"If I had kids, we'd be poor, but since I don't, I'm somehow able to get by and have an occasional social life and such."

I posed the question and I still want to hear from people in the form below.

A Pew poll that came out in January shows a decline in Americans who call themselves middle class. Personally, I think there's more here than just the hangover from the recession. It's a wariness, perhaps, about what it takes to pay for a life better than the one your parents had. It's tangled up with the cost of college and health care. 

It's something that we're going to be exploring on my new show, Marketplace Weekend, both from an economic and fiscal angle, and from a psychological one. It also touches on the nature of work.

I came back to this idea again Thursday when I saw this great New York Times visualization about the industries that have suffered (and thrived) since the recession. I suspect buried in here are the keys to what a new middle class might look like. Or perhaps whatever our new term is that someday becomes both simultaneously aspirational and everywhere.



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