National / International News

Abusive care home workers sentenced

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-20 08:54
Three former care workers who admitted ill-treating a resident at a care home for people with dementia in North Somerset are sentenced.

Hodgson 'will stay as England boss'

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-20 08:51
Roy Hodgson will remain as England manager until 2016, according to Football Association chairman Greg Dyke.

Honeymoon murderer shot and captured

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-20 08:41
A man serving a life sentence for the murder of a couple from south Wales on their honeymoon in Antigua is shot and recaptured by police, sources say.

GE front-runner for Alstom takeover

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-20 08:39
The bid battle for France's rail and energy group Alstom shifts in favour of General Electric after the US firm agrees to work with French state on a new offer.

Former Foster Care Youths Get Help Paying For Health Care

NPR News - Fri, 2014-06-20 08:39

Young adults who grew up in foster care are at higher risk for medical and mental health problems, but often don't have insurance. A little-known provision in the Affordable Care Act helps.

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Fierce battles for key Iraqi sites

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-20 08:34
Islamist militants and pro-government forces battle for Iraq's Baiji oil refinery and Tal Afar, after the US said it would send military advisers.

Keys beats Watson in Eastbourne semis

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-20 08:26
British number one Heather Watson fails to reach the Aegon International final as she loses 6-3 6-1 to Madison Keys.

Going Against The Grain: FDA Threatens Brewers' Feed For Farmers

NPR News - Fri, 2014-06-20 08:19

Breweries have been providing farmers with free or discounted grain to feed their animals for centuries. But a proposed FDA rule intended to make food safer could disrupt that relationship.

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Cable declares Oakeshott 'plot poll'

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-20 08:16
Vince Cable declares a controversial opinion poll, which was viewed as a bid to undermine Nick Clegg's leadership, as a £6,000 donation.

Former senior PSNI officer released

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-20 08:15
A former PSNI assistant chief constable who was one of seven men questioned about the awarding of police vehicle contracts is released.

Pudding you in the mood for chocolate

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-06-20 08:01

Here's an extended look at the Marketplace Datebook for the week of June 23:

On Monday, the National Association of Realtors tells us how many existing homes were sold in May.

But hey, what about new homes? You only have to wait until Tuesday. That's when the Commerce Department gives us those numbers.

Then of course you have to fill your house with appliances. On Wednesday the Commerce Department reports on durable goods orders, including appliances.

The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology discusses the future of human space exploration.

Next, let's go back in time and stand in a supermarket checkout line in Troy, Ohio. Come on, it'll be fun. Hear that beeping sound? Forty years ago on June 26 a pack of Wrigley's gum made history when it became the first purchase scanned using a bar code.

Thursday is National Chocolate Pudding Day. Seriously, I'm not making this up. Someone else did.

On Friday, fashion designer Vera Wang turns 65. She's famous for those gorgeous wedding gowns.

And since it's summer it's time to get out of the house. "Transformers: Age of Extinction" explodes onto the big screen.

Mental health cuts 'affect children'

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-20 08:01
Cuts in mental health services for children in England amount to a national crisis with tragic consequences, a leading charity says.

Is it time for the gossip to stop?

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-20 08:01
Is it time to call a halt on the age of gossip?

Obama On Iraq: Defense Strategy Or Political Compromise?

NPR News - Fri, 2014-06-20 08:00

President Obama announced that he's prepared to send up to 300 military advisers to Iraq. Analysts join guest host Audie Cornish to discuss some of the biggest political stories of the week.

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Weekendish: Weird contraptions and living goddesses

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-20 07:55
Some of the best reads from the BBC News website this week, with your comments.

10 things we didn't know last week

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-20 07:54
Salads taste better if they look like a painting, and more news nuggets

Go Figure: The week in numbers

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-20 07:53
The week's big numbers visualised

Week in pictures: 14-20 June 2014

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-20 07:51
A selection of news photos: 14-20 June 2014

The Gray Market: An invisible $2 trillion economy

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-06-20 07:37

When jobs are tough to find and salaries remain stagnant, sometimes people turn to something else to make ends meet. Maybe they start playing poker, or stripping or even selling Tupperware under the table to pay their bills — not necessarily illegal, but not necessarily mainstream.

According to Edgar Feige, economics professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, unreported income totals $2 trillion in the U.S. That includes illegal activities like drug dealing, but it also includes side jobs like nannies and eBay sellers.

We want to hear stories of the little and big things you did for money in this gray area. Email us or leave a comment.

Dan Szematowicz, Senior Producer of Marketplace Weekend, shares his story of how he pulled through leaner times early in his career:

A group of friends and I went to the local casino for an evening of shenanigans and tomfoolery. Next thing I know, I’m sitting at a poker table playing VERY low stakes Texas hold’em.

Over the next few hours, the stack of chips in front of me grew. Beginner’s luck, right?

I enjoyed the game, so I went back the next weekend. Same result. I studied the game, constantly practiced and steadily moved up in stakes. After a few months, I was making significantly more money from playing poker than I was from my more respectable job. That extra money allowed me to bridge the gap between what I was pulling down from my entry-level radio job, and the bills that needed to be paid. In turn, that gave me the feeling of security that I needed to concentrate on growing my radio career.

Stephanie Kwolek, Chemist Who Created Kevlar, Dies At 90

NPR News - Fri, 2014-06-20 07:30

Kwolek, a DuPont scientist, invented the remarkable fibers — lightweight, flexible and five times stronger than steel — that are used around the world in bulletproof body armor.

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