National / International News

Have pictures of Muhammad always been forbidden?

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-15 07:16
Has there always been a ban on pictures of the Prophet?

US bank giants miss profit forecasts

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-15 07:11
Bank of America and Citigroup miss analysts' profit forecasts as both Wall Street giants struggle to restructure.

Target to close all 133 Canada stores

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-15 06:59
The US discount retailer Target is to shut all of its 133 stores in Canada two years after launching there.

Prediction: All Predictions About Ebola Are Unpredictable

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-15 06:55

A million cases by the end of 2014. On the wane in Guinea in August. Coming soon to every major U.S. city. Predictions about Ebola frequently don't come true — and there's a reason for that.

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Will work – if they can find child care

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-01-15 06:53

Adrienne Caldwell's child care situation just got a little trickier. She's a doula and massage therapist who also teaches her craft at a college in Minneapolis. When she would get in a child care bind, she used to bring her young children with her to night class. But after her 3-year-old got a little too chatty with students, she decided she shouldn't do that again.

“He just climbed up on one of the older ladies' laps and said, 'I like pirates. Do you like pirates?’ '’ Caldwell says. "It's cute but not very productive."

Her husband also pulls evening shifts as a musician and retail salesman. Few day cares in their area can accommodate their schedules, so they often struggle to line up help from babysitters, family and friends, she says.

Research out of the University of Maryland suggests about one-fifth of the American workforce does most of its work outside the traditional 9-to-5 hours. And it can can be a struggle for day care centers to accommodate them.

"As soon as you start to expand out the hours of operation, it becomes even harder to make the ends meet and to make it a profitable venture,” says Heidi Hagel-Braid, a regional director at First Children's Finance, which offers loans and consulting help to daycare businesses in four Midwestern states.

Round-the-clock day care staffing can be expensive. Many in-home day care providers have their own families, making it difficult for them to operate 24/7, Hagel-Braid says.

Demand for 24-hour daycare also might only exist in pockets of the economy, so some of the most successful round-the-clock day cares target those pockets, she says.

“Maybe there is a large Latino population working at a processing plant,” she says. “Or there is a Somali community employed in the same type of work that is shift work or extended hours for employment.”

Nonprofits also stand a better chance of operating  24/7 because they can tap outside funding sources, like grants, to survive.

The nonprofit Legacy Family Center plans to open round-the-clock daycare in a Minneapolis suburb later this year. Board member Victoria Karpeh, a social worker, has a personal reason for trying to help families find reliable care. When her boys were younger, she often worked the graveyard shift and struggled to find day care when her husband's work schedule would change unexpectedly.

As many as 40 percent of young, hourly employees receive their work schedules a week or less in advance, according to Julia Henly, an associate professor at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. She points out that parents’ overnight or unpredictable work schedules are hard for day care businesses to plan staffing around.

“They need to make sure that their child/teacher ratio stays within what is healthy and safe and good for kids,” she says.

That means some workers, like Caldwell, may never find a day care that fully meets their needs. As a doula, she never knows when she'll get a call from an expectant mother and have to scramble yet again to find someone to watch her own kids while she guides new ones into the world.

Comeback for 'James Bond of racing'

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-15 06:44
Britain's highest-rated chaser Sprinter Sacre is ready for his first race in nearly 13 months but will he be as good as before?

4 Guantanamo Detainees Transferred To Oman, 1 To Estonia

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-15 06:23

The transfers, announced late Wednesday, bring to 122 the number of detainees who remain at Guantanamo Bay. The move comes amid GOP opposition, citing security, to freeing prisoners from the facility.

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Oscars 2015: Best picture nominees

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-15 06:20
The eight best picture nominees at the 87th Academy Awards

US loosens Cuba travel restrictions

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-15 06:20
New US trade and travel rules covering Cuba will see an end to the ban on Americans using credit cards there - and bringing back Cuban cigars.

Charlie cartoonists' funerals held

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-15 05:59
Funerals are held for several journalists from satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo killed in last week's attack in Paris by militant Islamists.

Record numbers graduate with firsts

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-15 05:43
Record numbers of UK students graduated with a top degree last summer, according to new figures.

U.S. Eases Travel, Financial Restrictions On Cuba

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-15 05:32

The regulations have been in place for decades. The new regulations, which let some Americans travel to the island without a license, go into effect Friday.

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Schoolboy dies after bus collision

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-15 05:22
An Edmonton schoolboy dies after being hit by a bus during rush hour in north London.

Oscar nomination for NI short film

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-15 05:22
A Northern Ireland short film Boogaloo and Graham has received an Oscar nomination in the live action short category.

Birdman and Budapest top Oscar list

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-15 05:20
Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel lead the race for this year's Oscars with nine nominations each, while there is a strong showing for British talent.

At The Oscar Nominations, It's A Good Year To Be An Idiosyncratic Man

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-15 05:20

It was a good day for complicated male leads and the movies that feature them and a rough day for just about everybody else at the Oscar nominations.

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NI gales cut power to 7,000 homes

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-15 05:18
More than 7,000 homes and businesses are left without electricity as gale force winds batter Northern Ireland.

Giant origami boat launched on lake

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-15 05:17
A giant origami boat captained by a descendent of engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel is launched on a lake in south London.

Satellite Images Show Vast Destruction Of Boko Haram Attack In Nigeria

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-15 05:14

The government has downplayed the severity of the attack, but Amnesty International, which released the images, say they prove the attack was on a "horrific scale."

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VIDEO: Oscar nominations announced

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-15 05:11
Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel lead the Oscar nominations with nine nominations each.