National / International News

Fed to remain 'patient' on rate rise

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-28 10:58
The US Federal Reserve reiterates that it will be patient in raising interest rates, but adds it is weighing "international developments".

Guinea 1-1 Mali

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-28 10:58
Lots will decide whether Guinea or Mali reach the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals after they drew in Mongomo.

A Saint With A Mixed History: Junipero Serra's Canonization Raises Eyebrows

NPR News - Wed, 2015-01-28 10:49

Pope Francis announced he will elevate the influential missionary to sainthood when he visits Washington, D.C. But Native American groups say Father Serra was far from saintly.

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Skull clue to exodus from Africa

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-28 10:43
An ancient skull discovered in Israel could shed light on the migration of modern humans out of Africa some 60,000 years ago.

India Grows, Russia Shrinks: Mapping Countries By Population

NPR News - Wed, 2015-01-28 10:33

A cartogram posted on Reddit shows what the world looks like if you scale countries by their population. Watch out China! India is catching up with you.

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Tesco recalls 'foul smelling' drink

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-28 10:29
Tesco recalls its blackcurrant and apple squash drink after customers complained of a "foul smell".

Football TV sale 'should be halted'

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-28 10:19
Virgin Media has asked the broadcasting watchdog Ofcom to halt the auction of Premier League football TV rights until a probe into the process is completed.

How to shop for a hospital

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2015-01-28 10:12

More than 70 percent of hospitals will pay fines this year for such infractions as having too many hospital-acquired infections, too many patient re-admissions – or high mortality rates.

While many companies are jumping into the hospital ratings business, consumers are still looking for a reliable way to shop for hospitals. Here are several sources consumers can consider.

To check out hospital safety:

Hospital compare

Health Grades


To make price comparisons (more sources should be available through your health plan):

Fair Health

Health Care Blue Book

Cape Town honours last white ruler

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-28 10:07
Cape Town's city council votes to rename a street after South Africa's last white ruler despite opposition from the national governing party.

VIDEO: Devon's beavers are saved from eviction

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-28 09:57
Natural England has decided that a family of beavers should be allowed to stay living in the River Otter in Devon.

Bank governor warns on eurozone

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-28 09:55
Bank of England governor Mark Carney has warned the current structure of the eurozone puts it in an "odd position".

Carney attacks German austerity

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-28 09:50
In saying that the eurozone will only thrive again if there is a fiscal union, the governor of the Bank of England is in effect criticising Germany for not spending and borrowing more to support weaker eurozone countries.

Curiosity rover back in the groove

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-28 09:40
Nasa's Curiosity rover gets straight back to work after a software upgrade by drilling a new test hole.

China Continues To Push The (Fake) Envelope

NPR News - Wed, 2015-01-28 09:34

A fake bank in Nanjing bilked customers out of nearly $33 million. With trappings of a real bank, like security guards and LED screens, the bank fooled depositors attracted by higher interest rates.

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'We Are the World' turns 30

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2015-01-28 09:19

Jan. 28, 2015, marks the 30th anniversary of the recording of "We Are the World," a fundraising single that raised tens of millions for African relief and helped usher in an era of all-star recordings and concerts that benefit charity.

The musicians performed as USA for Africa, recording a song written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie. Famous names in the studio session included Stevie Wonder, Dionne Warwick, Tina Turner, Kenny Rogers, Willie Nelson, Paul Simon, Cyndi Lauper, Diana Ross, Ray Charles, Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan. The project was promoted by producer Quincy Jones, singer Harry Belafonte and fundraiser Ken Kragen.

"We Are the World" was inspired by "Do They Know It's Christmas?" – a 1984 recording to benefit charity by another supergroup, Band Aid. That project was driven by Bob Geldof, the Irish singer-songwriter and activist. The "We are the World" single, released March 7, 1985, and related Live Aid concerts that followed in July of the same year helped spur other releases and concerts over the next several decades that benefited charity.

Many consider the 1971 Concert for Bangladesh, headlined by George Harrison and Ravi Shankar at Madison Square Garden in New York City, to be the first modern benefit concert.

"We Are the World" was a hit – both as a single and as a fundraising device. It is reportedly one of fewer than 30 singles that have sold more than 10 million copies worldwide. The song, and associated merchandise, eventually raised more than $60 million for African aid, initially aimed at victims of a devastating famine on the continent in the mid-1980s.

Other music-based charity fundraisers that followed this early effort include Farm Aid (1985), "America: A Tribute to Heroes" (2001), Live 8 (2005), Live Earth (2007), "We Are the World 25 for Haiti" (2010) and the Concert for Sandy Relief (2012).

How long can Apple depend on iPhone sales?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2015-01-28 09:07

Apple had a very good quarter — make that a great quarter. The company announced it made $18 billion in profit for the first quarter of its fiscal year, ending in December. Much of that profit was thanks to the popularity of the iPhone, especially in China, where iPhone sales doubled year over year.

But does that strength belie a potential weakness?

“The iPhone 6 was a great success, but how long can it last and what’s going to be the follow up?” asks Michael Obuchowski, an Apple shareholder and the portfolio manager of Concert Wealth Management. Even though earnings this quarter were strong, Obuchowski says it worries him that 70 percent of revenues were driven by a single product line: iPhones.

Companies that generate most of their sales from one product can be risky, says J.P. Eggers, a professor at NYU’s Stern School of Business. But he thinks Apple’s narrow focus is a source of strength for the company, as it can improve innovation and result in better, higher quality products.

Ramon Llamas, research manager for  IDC’s wearable and mobile phones programs, cautions betting against Apple, noting the company's long history of success in product development. 

Costa charged over Can 'stamp'

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-28 08:51
Chelsea's Diego Costa is charged with violent conduct by the FA and could face a three-game suspension.

Nigeria army 'warned of Baga attack'

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-28 08:43
Nigeria's army failed to protect Baga's civilians despite warnings that militants were going to attack, rights group Amnesty International says.

Two Israeli Soldiers Killed In Attack Near Lebanese Border

NPR News - Wed, 2015-01-28 08:38

Hezbollah took responsibility for the attack and Israel returned fire, in one of the most serious flare ups of a long-running confrontation.

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Inside the migration of the Maytag factory

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2015-01-28 08:20
In 2002, the town of Galesburg, Illinois, lost its massive Maytag factory. Employees who had worked at the plant for decades were suddenly jobless. When the plant closed, it was such a shock to the town that, in 2004, then-senatorial candidate Barack Obama mentioned it in an address at the Democratic National Convention.  

Author Chad Broughton's new book "Boom, Bust, Exodus: The Rust Belt, the Maquilas, and a Tale of Two Cities" takes a personal look at what happened when Maytag left Galesburg and reopened in Reynosa, Mexico.

"I played basketball with the manager at the Maytag factory ... everybody in town it seemed was connected to that factory," Broughton says.

Plant workers who had worked in the factory for decades were out of a job, left to find work outside of the only industry they knew. Many Galesburg residents were angered by Maytag's decision to leave town.

"They were very nationalistic, very patriotic," Broughton says. "They thought that this was a profoundly unpatriotic thing to do ... by this very American company, by this quintessentially American company, Maytag."

When Maytag relocated to Reynosa, Mexico, the company went from paying American workers $15.14 an hour, to paying Mexican workers $1.10 an hour - workers like Laura Flora, who found herself stranded in Mexico. 

"She ended up kind of stuck there," Broughton says. "So she had to do what she had to do, which was work in these abundant low-skilled jobs, in the maquiladoras," the assembly plants in Mexico.

But the factory Flora worked in wouldn't last either. When Whirlpool bought Maytag, they moved the factory yet again, farther south, Broughton says.

In doing his research, Broughton says he's taken several walks through the now-decaying Maytag factory in Galesburg.

"It's so big still, even though only one third of it still stands," Broughton says. "When it was still entirely there, it took more than a mile to walk from one end to the other...."

The dilapidated plant, Broughton say, "feels hollow now."

Read an excerpt from the book here:

Boom, Bust, Exodus: The Rust Belt, the Maquilas, and a Tale of Two Cities