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Improved job creation expected for November

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-12-05 02:00

On Friday, the Labor Department reports on November job creation and unemployment. Economists predict companies and government offices added 230,000 jobs, and that the unemployment rate was unchanged at 5.8 percent.

Over the past year the economy’s been adding on average 220,000 jobs per month. And the quality of jobs has gradually improved, says Mark Hamrick at Bankrate.com. One year ago, he says, the strongest job growth was in relatively low-skilled, low-paid sectors: bars and restaurants, hotels, retail.

“We’re seeing a greater collection of sectors participating in job creation,” says Hamrick, including “professional and business services, health care, construction, occasionally manufacturing.”

Outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas has predicted a strong hiring season for seasonal retail jobs, with companies including Amazon, Macy’s, Fedex, UPS, Walmart, Kohl’s and GameStop planning to increase hiring over last year. But after disappointing sales on Black Friday, “companies look at the traffic in their stores,” says John Challenger, “and if it’s really going to be down longer-term, they’ll pull some of those people back.”

Wilt Chamberlain stamp signals a shift for USPS

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-12-05 02:00

When you think of stamps, you might picture paintings of ducks, and dead, forgotten presidents. But Friday in Philadelphia, two new stamps will be released, the first ever to feature a pro basketball player.

You could say he’s the basketball equivalent of Madonna or Elvis because the new stamps dispense with his last name and only say “Wilt,” stretched out as if to emphasize his 7-foot-1 stature.

“Wilt is the greatest player to ever play,” said Donald Hunt, a sports writer for the Philadelphia Tribune who headed the effort to get Wilt Chamberlain his own stamp. “He scored 100 points in a game, averaged 50 points in a game... at one point in his career he grabbed 55 rebounds in a game.”

But Chamberlain also did other stuff, including claiming that he slept with 20,000 women. The NBA star joins recent postal honorees like Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix, who died of drug overdoses. But that doesn’t mean they don’t deserve stamps, according to Chad Snee, editor of Linn’s Stamp News.

“If the committee had to weigh personal imperfections when determining whether or not someone could be honored with a postage stamp … we wouldn’t see too many people on our stamps anymore,” he said.

Silicon Tally: Ciao, TTYN!

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-12-05 02:00

It's time for Silicon Tally! How well have you kept up with the week in tech news?

This week, we're joined by Rusty Foster, who writes the Today in Tabs newsletter, covering the "worst (and occasionally best) in tabs."

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Ireland bid for World Cup announced

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-05 01:50
The IRFU announces its intention to submit a bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup in Ireland on Friday morning.

VIDEO: Martin Sheen on new Bhopal film

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-05 01:44
Peter Bowes speaks to Martin Sheen about his role in Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain

VIDEO: Tebbit 'very irritated' with 1960s Tories

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-05 01:43
Lord Tebbit says he entered politics when he became "very irritated" with the 1960s Conservative government.

Royal officer cleared of assault

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-05 01:26
Royal protection officer PC Mark Schleich is cleared of common assault and perverting the course of justice after he sat on a fare dodger.

Cosby counter-sues over sex claims

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-05 01:22
Bill Cosby files a legal action against the woman accusing him of sexual assault when she was 15, claiming she attempted to exhort money from him.

Blair: Politicians are underpaid

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-05 01:17
Former Labour prime minister Tony Blair warns that low salaries for politicians are limiting the leadership "gene pool".

VIDEO: 'Still room for a great power ballad'

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-05 01:11
Bonnie Tyler, famous for 1980s power ballads such as Total Eclipse of the Heart, talks about her forthcoming world tour.

Roaming dolphin turns up in Scotland

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-05 00:50
A dolphin, loved by fishermen in France but suspected of an "attack" on swimmers in the Republic of Ireland, turns up in Scottish waters.

VIDEO: Ronnie's 147 in 1min 47secs

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-05 00:40
Watch Ronnie O'Sullivan's stunning 147 break in one minute 47 seconds, as he made the maximum break to round off a 6-0 whitewash of Matthew Selt in the last 16 of the UK Championship in York.

Putin ratchets up patriotism amid rouble woes

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-05 00:36
The Russian president's keynote speech glossed over economic worries and lashed out at the West, Sarah Rainsford reports from Moscow.

VIDEO: How gaming can pay your tuition fees

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-05 00:33
BBC Click's Marc Cieslak looks at how eSports are helping some American students pay their way through university.

Obese lose up to eight years of life

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-05 00:32
Being severely obese can knock up to eight years off your life and cause decades of ill health, a report says.

In pictures: International Volunteering Day

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-05 00:31
Winners of the volunteers photo competition

Oldest surviving law faces repeal

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-05 00:28
Parts of the oldest surviving law on Britain's statute books - the Statute of Marlborough - are set to be repealed after 747 years.

Breath-test pilot will not be charged

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-05 00:24
A pilot removed from a busy passenger plane on suspicion of being over the alcohol limit will not face charges, the BBC has learned.

VIDEO: Do PE classes affect adult exercise?

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-05 00:20
New research is investigating a possible connection between memories of physical activity at school and the amount of exercise taken in adult life.

Money no barrier to Man Utd signings

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-05 00:14
Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is told he can spend as much money as he wants if he decides to improve his squad.

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