National / International News

VIDEO: Food price drop 'sharpest in a decade'

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-18 02:54
Dominic Laurie reports from Bury Market, following ONS figures showing food and non-alcoholic beverages fell by 0.6% year-on-year in May, the sharpest fall in a decade.

VIDEO: 'Noisy wards' could affect recovery

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-18 02:46
Noisy hospital wards could be affecting the recovery times of patients. Jenny Hill finds out how one hospital is ensuring patients get a good night's sleep.

Singer Dappy 'slapped man at club'

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-18 02:44
Former N-Dubz singer Dappy goes on trial accused of slapping a member of the public outside an Essex nightclub.

Murray seeded third for Wimbledon

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-18 02:42
Defending champion Andy Murray will be third seed at Wimbledon, with Novak Djokovic the top seed and Rafael Nadal seeded second.

Murderer loses evidence retest bid

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-18 02:40
A man serving life in prison for murdering his ex-girlfriend loses his fight to have forensic exhibits retested.

Twitter unblocks 'blasphemy' tweets

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-18 02:38
Twitter restores access to tweets that mock Islam and the Prophet Muhammad in Pakistan after previously agreeing to block them.

Nigeria blast hits World Cup viewers

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-18 02:38
A suicide bomber killed at least 21 people in northern Nigeria's Yobe state as they were watching a World Cup match, a hospital source tells the BBC.

Body found on Nairobi airport runway

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-18 02:25
Air traffic at Kenya's main international airport was temporarily suspended after a body was found on the runway.

VIDEO: Dagenham women take centre stage

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-18 02:23
The story of the female machinists' fight for equal rights at Ford's Dagenham plant will soon be subject of a West End musical.

Did Carney jump gun on rate rise?

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-18 02:15
Did Carney jump gun on rate rise?

VIDEO: Indonesians missing after boat sinks

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-18 02:08
A boat carrying 97 Indonesians has sunk off Malaysia, with at least 61 people missing, Malaysian authorities say.

Father guilty of killer's kidnap

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-18 02:05
A court in Paris gives Frenchman Andre Bamberski a one-year suspended jail sentence for ordering the kidnapping of his daughter's killer.

Ghana reject report of player revolt

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-18 02:05
Ghana's Football Association dismisses a report by a Ghanaian radio station of unrest in the squad at the World Cup.

With Iraq back again, are we just hearing re-runs?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-06-18 02:00

We did something the other day that I don’t actually think we’ve ever done before. Not on purpose, anyway. 

We re-ran an interview from the archives: Donald Rumsfeld, from a year or so ago, when he had a new book out that he was pushing.

We try real hard not to repeat ourselves. Real hard. Even if it’s the zillionth story on… I dunno…unemployment or something, we’re gonna try to find a fresh angle and tell you something new. 

But as we were putting the show together this past Friday, it dawned on me that we had an interview with one of the key people on what the United States did in Iraq a decade ago and it was just sitting there waiting to be heard.  Okay, re-heard, but you get my meaning. And with what's been happening over there the past couple of weeks, I figured airing it again would be a better service to our listeners than almost anything else we could do.

So we did.

Now, you could argue that an interview about Iraq has no business being on Marketplace. Or that I was rude and disrespectful to a former secretary of defense. Or that he's an unrepentant neo-conservative who should be in jail. All of those things – and more – were said about that interview (in the 100+ comments on our site and the hundreds of shares and links on Twitter and Facebook). Fine. 

And yes, I completely get and agree with the point Jim Fallows makes --  that those who led us into Iraq, or counseled in favor of war, should do the decent thing and stay quiet right now (he also, recommends those who should be listened to right now).

But when you have the opportunity to ask pointed question, as I did with Rumsfeld, and as Erin Burnett did with Paul Bremmer Monday night on CNN, then I think the obligation is to do exactly that and let people make up their own minds.

YouTube changes terms and conditions for labels

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-06-18 02:00

Digital "Terms and Conditions" are the things we agree to with the click of a box and a tiny prayer that they don’t turn on us. When the same thing happens on a grand scale, it can get pretty ugly.

This week, independent artists and record labels are locked in a staring contest with Google over new terms and conditions for posting music on YouTube -- The artists are names you'd recognize, including Adele and Jack White.

Molly Wood, New York Times Tech Columnist, says, "this is a story of big companies behaving badly.”

YouTube, trying to capitalize on its status as the number one place for streaming music, is starting a subscription music service. However, it is also threatening independent labels with being blocked from uploading to You Tube if they don’t license their music.

Says Wood, "For years, they [content producers] may have been bullied by movie studios, or TV studios, or record lables, and they thought they had found a safe haven in some of these digital startups, and the reality is that the behavior is looking the same."

Fed grapples with rising prices and slow growth

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-06-18 02:00

The Federal Reserve’s key policy-making body — the Federal Open Market Committee — wraps up its two-day meeting today with a news conference hosted by Chair Janet Yellen, and  projections on economic growth going forward.

Consumer prices were up strongly in May — at around a 2 percent annual rate — for everything from food and gasoline, to rents and new cars. If that keeps up, the Fed might have to raise short-term interest rates sooner than expected, to tamp down prices. That could also tamp down consumer spending and job growth.

“You’ve still got the backdrop of this slow-growth economy with stagnant household income," says Greg McBride, chief financial analyst at Bankrate.com. "Suddenly inflation’s starting to pick up, so you’re taking away what little spending power the consumer had.”

And Bernie Baumohl at the Economic Outlook Group says even though economic growth and job-creation have clearly rebounded since the dismal winter months, there are a lot of wild cards out there for the Fed — like stubbornly low wage-growth in the U.S., not to mention civil strife in Iraq, and soaring oil prices worldwide.

 “The geopolitical pot is really boiling furiously," says Baumohl. "And it really greatly complicates the decision-making process on the Fed, among investors and also among CEOs.”

 

Report finds low graduation rates, but high federal aid

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-06-18 02:00

A new report from the Education Trust says over $15 billion a year in federal aid goes to colleges where most of the students don’t graduate. Plus, many of the students -- three out of ten -- have so much debt they can’t repay it.

Not so suprising: most of the schools on the list are for-profit institutions.

There’s some argument in academic circles as to what is a good graduation rate -- some students transfer, some take longer to graduate, and not everyone finishes. Judith Scott-Clayton, a professor of economics and education at Columbia University’s Teacher’s College, says while that is the case, it's still easy to spot problematically low rates.

“I think most people could agree that 15 percent is probably too low," Scott-Clayton says.

But over a six year period at a group of schools (many of which are for-profit), the report found that 15 percent is exactly how few students are graduating.

Michael Dannenburg, Director of Higher Education Policy with Education Trust cites the University of Phoenix, a for-profit that he says receives $4 billion a year in federal student aid and has a lot of campuses on the low graduation list. The school points out that many of its students work on top of their studies, so of course it takes them longer to graduate. 

But Dannenburg notes the average college graduation rate from four year colleges after six years of enrollment is 59 percent. He also says you can’t pin low rates on low income students.

Says Dannenburg, "We’ve looked at scores of institutions that are serving similar students with similar characteristics that get very different results. In other words, demography is not destiny in higher education."

VIDEO: Vest lets players feel game sounds

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-18 01:43
A haptic vests which uses sound to provide an immersive experience has been developed.

Muralitharan to work with Australia

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-18 01:38
Muttiah Muralitharan is hired by Australia as a spin bowling consultant for the Test series against Pakistan in October.

BoE appoints yuan clearing house

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-18 01:36
The Bank of England appoints China Construction Bank as the Chinese currency clearing bank in London.
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