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Plastic surgery app game taken down

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-15 03:34
Apple and Google remove a game in which children were encouraged to operate on an overweight woman.

Equal pay deal could force NEC sale

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-15 03:28
Landmarks such as the NEC could be sold to fund legal claims of more than £1bn, Birmingham City Council says.

Pensions bill passes latest stage

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-15 03:27
A bill to introduce major changes to public sector pensions passes its latest stage at Stormont.

VIDEO: Arterton on Hollywood: 'I don't fit in'

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-15 03:21
Gemma Arterton speaks to BBC News about starring as the Duchess of Malfi at the Sam Wanamaker playhouse at the Globe in London.

Do the French really work harder than the British?

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-15 03:11
The French work harder than the British, says the French embassy in London. Is that true?

The Fed: Cash cow or sitting duck?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-01-15 03:10

The price of gold has plummeted over the last year and that's been putting the squeeze on the Swiss Bank, which holds quite a bit of it. Now, the Swiss National Bank can't pay a dividend to shareholders. 

At the U.S. Federal Reserve, the issue is less about gold and more about all the bonds that it has been buying for its portfolio -- and those aren't collapsing. But what about the longer term trend?

Allan Sloan, senior editor at large of Fortune Magazine, joins Marketplace Morning Report host David Brancaccio to discuss. 

Frankel's first foal born in Ireland

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-15 03:07
Champion racehorse Frankel's first foal, a bay colt, is born at Coolmore Stud in Ireland to the mare Chrysanthemum.

Hollande actress 'blocked from post'

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-15 03:04
France's government blocks the appointment of actress Julie Gayet, linked to an affair with President Francois Hollande, to a key cultural jury.

VIDEO: Labour calls on Osborne to tackle bonuses

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-15 03:04
Labour urges the government to block "excessive" bonuses which could see Royal Bank of Scotland reward its bankers with double their annual salary.

Weapons deal boost for Belfast firm

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-15 02:59
Prime Minister David Cameron says a deal worth more than £100m to supply military equipment to Indonesia is great news for 500 workers in east Belfast.

Bringing the long-term unemployed back to the office

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-01-15 02:57

President Obama's visit to Raleigh, N.C., Wednesday to discuss the economy comes a day after the U.S. Senate failed to advance a plan restoring jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed. 

Those workers, who've been without a job for six months, number roughly 3.8 million. Russ Lane of Durham is one of them. He left a newspaper job six years ago to take care of a sick family member, and he says he hasn’t had steady work since -- no matter what companies think of his resume.

"If the paper doesn’t look exactly as they so choose," he says, "they’ll make their decisions."

William Dickens of Northeastern University says if you’re qualified and recently unemployed, you have about 10 to 20 percent chance of landing an interview for a job. 

"Compared to after six months, you have somewhere in the range of a one to two percent chance of being called in for a job," he says.

Dickens commends the President for calling on CEOs to give the long-term unemployed a shot. Many companies just weed them out electronically. Michael Strain of the American Enterprise Institute has his own ideas, including using unemployment insurance to help pay people to move to places where there are jobs. 

"It may make sense to say, hey, we’ll cut you a check and help you move to, say, North Dakota where there are a lot of jobs for truck drivers," he says.

Strain also thinks a lower minimum wage might entice companies to take a chance on these workers, though he doesn’t expect the president to take him up on that idea. 

Italy may use army in waste war

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-15 02:53
The Italian government is considering using the army to deal with mafia in Naples who are accused of dumping toxic waste around the city.

VIDEO: Ex-offenders 'could be magistrates'

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-15 02:47
it is time to look at having reformed addicts presiding over "specialised problem-solving courts", says the head of crime and justice at the Policy Exchange think tank.

Grown Ups 2 tops Razzie nominations

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-15 02:46
Adam Sandler's hit comedy Grown Ups 2 leads the nominations at this year's Razzies, taking eight nominations.

eBay Army kit theft soldier jailed

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-15 02:20
A soldier who stole night vision equipment from a Brecon military base and tried to sell it on eBay is jailed.

12 Years a Slave leads UK box office

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-15 02:13
Steve McQueen's gritty drama 12 Years a Slave opens at the top of the UK and Ireland box office, knocking fellow Oscar hopeful American Hustle into second place.

Syria says West in talks on security

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-15 02:12
Western intelligence agencies have visited Syria for talks on combating radical Islamist groups, its deputy foreign minister tells BBC Newsnight.

Girl, 15, charged with man's murder

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-15 02:02
A 15-year-old girl is charged with the murder of a man in Weston-super-Mare.

Kuwait Announces $500 Million Pledge To Syria

NPR News - Wed, 2014-01-15 02:02

Kuwait pledged $500 million and the U.S. promised $380 million to alleviate the suffering of Syrians affected by the country's civil war. Kuwait is hosting an international fundraising conference to help Syrians affected by the war.

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German growth weaker than expected

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-15 01:49
Germany's economy grew by a weaker-than-expected 0.4% in 2013 according to the first official estimates, but economists expect an improvement in 2014.

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