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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.

Flood-hit rail line shut for months

BBC - Sun, 2014-01-19 23:16
The Cambrian Coast railway line may not fully reopen for another four months as repairs after tidal storms continue.

New Zealand rattled by strong quake

BBC - Sun, 2014-01-19 22:58
A 6.3 magnitude earthquake rattles New Zealand's North Island, knocking goods off shelves, breaking windows and suspending Wellington trains.

Troops leave mission better equipped

BBC - Sun, 2014-01-19 22:43
UK troops leave Afghanistan with better kit than when they arrived

Christie's Sochi medal chances boosted

BBC - Sun, 2014-01-19 22:37
GB's Elise Christie says her Sochi medal hopes could be enhanced by the expected absence of Olympic short-track champion Wang Meng.

Professor Green: Suicide changed me

BBC - Sun, 2014-01-19 22:22
Rapper on his "spectrum of emotions" over his father's death

VIDEO: Professor Green on his dad's suicide

BBC - Sun, 2014-01-19 22:19
Rapper Professor Green describes how suicide has affected his life after his father took his own life six years ago.

Sharapova Out In Another Early Upset In Australia

NPR News - Sun, 2014-01-19 22:19

Third-seeded Maria Sharapova lost 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 to Dominika Cibulkova, struggling with her serve in the second and third sets and making 45 unforced errors as she tried to claw her way back.

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Clegg attacks NHS mental health care

BBC - Sun, 2014-01-19 22:02
Nick Clegg has launched a strong attack on how the NHS treats mental health patients.

Okinawa base 'to move despite vote'

BBC - Sun, 2014-01-19 21:52
Japan's government says the relocation of a US military base on Okinawa will proceed, despite the re-election of a city mayor opposed to the plan.

Nintendo shares fall on loss warning

BBC - Sun, 2014-01-19 21:16
Shares of Nintendo plunge as much as 18% on Monday after Japan's gaming giant issues a profit warning.

New benefit bans and Moyes' misery

BBC - Sun, 2014-01-19 20:48
More plans to crackdown on the availability of welfare appear on several front pages, as does the "agony" of Manchester United's manager.

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