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Homes evacuated in Derry bomb alert

BBC - Mon, 2014-10-13 10:40
A number of homes are evacuated due to a security alert in the Ballyarnett area of Londonderry.

VIDEO: Mussels 'threat to UK waterways'

BBC - Mon, 2014-10-13 10:34
Scientists are warning that an army of shrimps and mussels from Turkey and Ukraine is poised to invade Britain's waterways and kill off native species.

Thousands flee IS in Anbar, says UN

BBC - Mon, 2014-10-13 10:29
As many as 180,000 people have fled after Islamic State militants overran the Iraqi city of Hit in western Anbar province, the UN says.

Somalia launches postal service

BBC - Mon, 2014-10-13 10:16
Somalia launches its first postal service in more than two decades, in another sign of normality returning to the conflict-torn country.

A conversation with Jean Tirole, Nobel Prize winner

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-10-13 10:15

If you are a researcher in economics and you miss a call from Sweden on your cell phone, you might have missed something significant. That was the case for Jean Tirole, a French economist and professor, and recipient of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences.

“I missed the call and then I noticed that my phone was vibrating and I went to see and it was a call from Sweden. So I was a bit surprised, but then I learned the great news,” he said to Marketplace host David Gura.

Tirole’s research deals with market power and regulation, an area of study that first interested him as a student at MIT, where he received a doctorate of economics before returning to France.

There’s already been an outpouring of national pride in response to Tirole’s win — French Prime Minister Manuel Valls tweeted that the victory was a “thumb in the eye for French bashing.” Tirole is one of only three French citizens to have won the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences. 

For his part, Tirole doesn’t see being based in France as having a huge impact on his work, as he feels that aside from having to understand individual country’s economic structures, a lot of his research applies globally. 

“In the end, it’s really an international field nowadays," he says. "I probably would have put less emphasis on debt crisis or labor market reforms if I had stayed in the U.S., but most of my work is completely independent of that.”

While his research has directly influenced the formation of policy, Tirole says he prefers to focus on his work as a researcher and professor, instead watching his recommendations be implemented from afar.

“My main role is to be a researcher and to be with colleagues and students. I’m very happy when, of course, recommendations are adopted. That goes without saying," he says. "But there’s only 24 hours a day.”

Check back later for the full audio interview with Jean Tirole or listen to it tomorrow as part of our Marketplace Morning Report.

Women jailed over 'pyramid scheme'

BBC - Mon, 2014-10-13 10:06
Three women are sentenced for their roles in a "pyramid" scheme in which thousands of people lost money.

Police cow shootings criticised

BBC - Mon, 2014-10-13 10:02
A "thorough" investigation should be held into why police shot dead three cows seen running on roads in Norwich, an animal rights charity says.

Family's £90,000 benefit fraud

BBC - Mon, 2014-10-13 09:59
Four members of a south Wales family took part in a £90,000 benefit fraud by all claiming they were living alone.

Ebola Screening At JFK Airport Flagged 91 Travelers; None Had Virus

NPR News - Mon, 2014-10-13 09:47

In the wake of the first case of Ebola being contracted in the U.S., CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden discusses plans to stop the disease and apologizes for an implication some saw in his remarks Sunday.

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Thai diplomat summoned over murders

BBC - Mon, 2014-10-13 09:27
The Thai charge d'affaires is summoned to the UK Foreign Office over the inquiry into the murders of British tourists Hannah Witheridge and David Miller.

Yemen appoints new prime minister

BBC - Mon, 2014-10-13 09:25
Yemen's President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi appoints Khalid Bahah as his new prime minister, in a move welcomed by Shia Houthi rebels.

Hen party crash driver 'to blame'

BBC - Mon, 2014-10-13 09:24
A lorry driver accused of causing the death of a woman on a hen party in a crash was driving on cruise control, a court hears.

Scottish leaders invited to debate

BBC - Mon, 2014-10-13 09:18
BBC Scotland writes to the leaders of the main political parties inviting them to discuss setting up general election debates.

VIDEO: Royal hoax DJ 'was sent bullets'

BBC - Mon, 2014-10-13 09:17
Radio DJ Mel Greig, who took part in a hoax call after which a nurse killed herself, has told Newsnight's Evan Davis how she was subjected to ''trolling and the death threats''.

Finnigan apologises for rape comments

BBC - Mon, 2014-10-13 09:06
TV star Judy Finnigan apologises after comments she made about convicted rapist Ched Evans on ITV's Loose Women show prompted a Twitter backlash.

World's End murder trial begins

BBC - Mon, 2014-10-13 09:04
A jury is shown photographs of the bodies of two teenagers found murdered in East Lothian 37 years ago.

UK funds Kurd bomb disposal training

BBC - Mon, 2014-10-13 08:45
The UK is to fund bomb disposal training for Kurdish forces in conflict with Islamic State, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond says.

Witherspoon role 'hardest' of career

BBC - Mon, 2014-10-13 08:29
Actress Reese Witherspoon says her new film Wild - about a young woman's 1,000-mile hike across America - was the most challenging of her career to date.

The numbers for October 13, 2014

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-10-13 08:28

Sentencing is underway for Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius, who was convicted last month of culpable homicide — equivalent to manslaughter — in the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius' defense team asked for leniency, the New York Times reported, citing the athlete's anguish over the killing. One witness suggested house arrest and community service, which prosecutors rejected.

Pistorius could face up to 15 years in prison and the trial will resume Tuesday morning. In the mean time, here are the stories we're reading — and other numbers we're watching — Monday.

200,000

That's how many sensitive photo and video messages — some of minors — that were stolen in the latest hack into the self-destructing message app Snapchat. The images began appearing on 4chan over the weekend, Business Insider reported, and users set up a system to search for specific usernames. The unofficial app SnapSaved has taken responsibility for being hacked, but experts say the blame could be on Snapchat's own security, which is open to third-parties like SnapSaved.

29

The list of globally, systematically important banks maintained by the international Financial Stability Board. U.S. and U.K. regulators will simulate the failure of two big lenders and their impact on the global economy as part of a "war game" Monday, Bloomberg reported.

$29.31 billion

The National Institutes of Health's budget for fiscal year 2013, which has been on a steady decline for a decade, when adjusted for inflation. NIH head Francis Collins told the Huffington Post a lack of funding has inhibited the organization's research on an Ebola vaccine.

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