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12 Years and Gravity win PGA prize

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-20 01:30
Space drama Gravity and 12 Years A Slave tie for the top prize at the Producer's Guild of America awards.

Murray battles through to last eight

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-20 01:08
Andy Murray is taken to four sets before ending 'lucky loser' Stephane Robert's dream run at the Australian Open.

No housing cash for jobless migrants

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-20 01:04
Jobless immigrants from within the European Union will be denied access to housing benefit from April, senior government ministers announce.

Tate announces new Turbine sponsor

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-20 00:58
The Tate Modern announces that Hyundai will take over as sponsor of the gallery's Turbine Hall, with a commitment to fund exhibitions for 11 years.

Rugby regions admit to England plan

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-20 00:51
The Welsh rugby regions admit planning to join the English Premiership next season if a new European Cup is not launched.

Can Probiotics Help Soothe Colicky Babies?

NPR News - Mon, 2014-01-20 00:39

As many as 15 percent of babies have colic, which can cause bouts of inconsolable crying. Researchers are testing probiotics to see if these good bacteria can help. But they don't know how the supplements work, or how they may affect children's health long term.

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In Michigan, Businessmen And Politicians Agree On Medicaid

NPR News - Mon, 2014-01-20 00:38

Michigan is one of only a handful of Republican-led states that is expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. It did it by forging a plan that worked for Republicans, Democrats and business interests, as well as doctors and hospitals.

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Wielding A Pen And A Phone, Obama Goes It Alone

NPR News - Mon, 2014-01-20 00:36

President Obama has a couple tools at his disposal that let him bypass congressional approval — and he's using them to advance his economic agenda. The administration says the president is still willing to work with Congress, but some on Capitol Hill are taking issue with the executive tactic.

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AUDIO: Clegg 'not spoken' to Lord Rennard

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-20 00:33
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg sets out how he intends to deal with Liberal Democrat peer Lord Rennard following allegations of sexual harassment.

U.S. Olympic Skier Finds Team Spirit, Minus The Team

NPR News - Mon, 2014-01-20 00:29

Three-time Olympic skier Kris Freeman has had a successful career filled with challenges; first and foremost managing diabetes while becoming an elite competitor in a physically taxing sport. But this past year, Freeman encountered another obstacle when his relationship with the national ski team abruptly ended.

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In These Gyms, Nobody Cares How You Look In Yoga Pants

NPR News - Mon, 2014-01-20 00:29

Going to the gym can be intimidating, especially for people who are obese and worry that people will judge them by their appearance. But more companies are catering to plus-sized exercisers with fitness centers that are just for them.

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Police, Banks Help Undocumented Workers Shake 'Walking ATM' Label

NPR News - Mon, 2014-01-20 00:27

Attacks on undocumented day workers have frustrated police agencies for years. Workers carry wads of cash and rarely report the crimes. In a controversial move, some banks have been stepping in to help some of the workers open bank accounts to make them less of a target.

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Why zombie botnets refuse to die

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-20 00:12
The cyber crime networks that refuse to die

African-American unemployment is double that of whites. Why?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-01-20 00:06

Martin Luther King, Jr., advocated for both civil rights and the economic betterment of those at the bottom of the income ladder. And while the civil rights movement has delivered upward mobility for many African-Americans, it hasn't had much impact on the persistently high level of African-American unemployment.

Since the Great Recession ended, African-Americans have been getting back to work slowly, just like the rest of the population. But one thing hasn’t changed much over several decades: the disparity between African-Americans and whites in the job market.

“The black unemployment rate is typically twice that of the white unemployment rate -- in good times and even in bad times,” says William Rodgers, chief economist at the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University. “We’re creating jobs, we’ve got economic growth, but it’s not enough to move down the job ladder to young minorities, to teenagers, to young millennials who have just graduated from college.”

In the late 1960s, about 7 percent of blacks were unemployed, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Today, the rate is about 12 percent.

Margaret Simms at the Urban Institute says the uneven jobs recovery following the Great Recession poses particular challenges. There is still a high degree of residential segregation in the U.S., and places that have been booming, where employers are desperate for workers -- like North Dakota -- don’t necessarily have a lot of minority job-seekers.

“African-Americans tend to be geographically concentrated in communities where jobs are not growing fast,” says Simms, “and in some cases there are very few jobs available.”

Simms says African-Americans are also heavily represented in the public sector, as bus drivers, schoolteachers, case-workers. A lot of those jobs -- mostly with union representation and often coming with good salary and benefits -- have been cut since the recession.

Finally, Simms says racial discrimination in hiring is still a factor. This is demonstrated in so-called audit studies, in which candidates with matching credentials and previous job experience are presented to potential employers, with the only difference between them being their imputed race.

“African-Americans are the least likely to be called in for an interview, the least likely to get a job offer,” says Simms. “They’ll be dressed similarly in these studies and have the same diction, so it’s not that there are differences in the way they make appearances. This does not seem to be related to their skill or their presentation.”

William Rodgers points out that young African-Americans also face a unique set of challenges. In minority-dominated communities with high unemployment, they lack good job networks—friends and family who can connect them to promising employment opportunities.

VIDEO: Sinkhole opens up on Detroit street

BBC - Sun, 2014-01-19 23:56
Work is underway to repair a sinkhole which has opened up on a street in Detroit.

Security alert ends in Carrickfergus

BBC - Sun, 2014-01-19 23:29
A security alert ends after a number of controlled explosions are carried out on two suspicious objects in Carrickfergus, County Antrim.

VIDEO: Clegg to launch mental health plan

BBC - Sun, 2014-01-19 23:28
The deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has set out 25 areas where changes are needed, saying mental health should have the same priority as physical health.

Girls wants 'to normalise sex on TV'

BBC - Sun, 2014-01-19 23:24
TV comedy drama Girls wants 'to normalise sex on TV'

RFU would block Anglo-Welsh - Lewis

BBC - Sun, 2014-01-19 23:19
WRU chief executive Roger Lewis claims RFU would not allow the Welsh regions to join the Aviva Premiership.

VIDEO: Should schools ban energy drinks?

BBC - Sun, 2014-01-19 23:17
A government advisor is warning about the effects of energy drinks on children.

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