National / International News

Bearded stung bee killer sought

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-04 01:47
Police are looking for a bearded man with a number of bee stings who may have killed thousands of bees after vandalising hives in March.

VIDEO: Music v magic - Who will win BGT?

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-04 01:45
Britain's Got Talent magician Darcy Oake and violinist Lettice Rowbotham chat to BBC Breakfast.

Harman calls for licence fee review

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-04 01:44
Labour's deputy leader, Harriet Harman, says the BBC should investigate alternatives to the licence fee.

UK services sector expands in May

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-04 01:30
The UK's dominant services sector grows at a faster rate than expected in May, while employment in the sector stayed at a 17-year high recorded in April, a survey shows.

Boy arrested after 'needle jabs'

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-04 01:11
An 11-year-old boy is arrested after parents complained their children had been jabbed with a diabetes finger-prick pen by a fellow pupil at school.

AUDIO: Three reasons Tesco is in trouble

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-04 01:04
Food retail analyst Bruno Monteyne discusses Tesco's sharp fall in sales as it faces increasing competition from rivals.

Pakistani soldiers killed in attacks

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-04 01:03
Five people, two of them soldiers, are killed in a blast near Pakistan's capital Islamabad, while two soldiers die in firing near the Afghan border.

VIDEO: Queen's Speech at Parliament opening

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-04 01:01
Watch live coverage of the Queen's Speech at the State Opening of Parliament

Tesco: Keep calm and carry on?

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-04 00:59
Despite grim sales figures, Tesco insists it is on the right path

One dead after car and bus collide

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-04 00:57
A man dies and 13 people are injured - one critically - following a collision between a car and a night bus in Clapton, east London, police say.

If we were to replace the Dow Jones?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-06-04 00:53

Okay, so this is going to be interesting. And by the end of it I may or may not still have a job. But here goes.

If you've been listening to Marketplace this week, you know we've been airing some stories and interviews from the debut of our new live stage show.

We premiered in Washington,D.C., with WAMU in late April – we're in a handful of cities around the country this summer and fall. (Complete tour information here.)

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Numbers is just that: An exploration and explanation of the flood of numbers we're deluged with when talking about business and the economy. You know 'em as well as I do, so I won't belabor the point, other than to say this (which will, eventually, get me to my point): sometimes, the numbers aren't all they're cracked up to be.

Case in point: the Dow Jones Industrial Average. Now, I like the Dow as much as the next guy. I mean, we do it on the show every day.

(Little known Marketplace fact: the only segment that's appeared on each and every broadcast, going all the way back to Show No. 1? The Numbers.)

But really, a non-inflation adjusted, stock-price sensitive index made up of 30 lousy companies as a proxy for the entire $16 trillion American economy? C’mon.

There are plenty of reasons to still keep a daily eye on the Dow. And a whole bunch of reasons not to.

But if – and I'm just saying "if" here (thinking out loud, if you will, quite possibly at the risk of my job) -  if we were going to stop tracking the Dow, what's something better to replace it with?

The Wilshire 5000 and the Russell and all the rest we can come up with ourselves. Gimme your ideas. Hit me up in the comments below, or tweet us.

@Marketplace is the show, @kairyssdal is me.

Ombudsman action 'very significant'

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-04 00:49
The decision of the police ombudsman to take Chief Constable Matt Baggott to court could not be more significant, a solicitor for UVF victims has said.

Call to increase Scots minimum wage

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-04 00:48
An expert group on welfare set up by the Scottish government recommends a substantial rise in the minimum wage.

Getting to know Dilma over dinner

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-04 00:46
Getting to know Brazil's president over steak and prawns

The plague of light in our bedrooms

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-04 00:38
How did we get used to so much light at night?

Brazil defends World Cup preparation

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-04 00:29
Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff defends her government's handling of preparations for the World Cup, which starts in Sao Paulo next week.

The Queen shows us who isn't boss

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-04 00:22
The Queen shows us who isn't boss at state opening

Jolie: 'Most fans are just wonderful'

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-04 00:11
Angelina Jolie says her security arrangement will not change following Ukrainian prankster Vitalii Sediuk's red carpet 'attack' on Brad Pitt at the premiere of Maleficent.

Is fouling key to Brazil's World Cup hopes?

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-03 23:46
Is fouling key to Brazil's World Cup hopes?

VIDEO: Taliban releases handover video

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-03 23:43
The Taliban releases a video showing the moment captured soldier Bowe Bergdahl is handed to US forces in eastern Afghanistan.
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