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Nuns' Objection To Health Care Law Is Unwarranted, Justice Dept. Says

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-03 07:39

Religious organizations have objected to the new health care law's requirement that employers include contraception coverage in the insurance plans they offer employees. But the Obama administration says one group of nuns is already exempt and has no standing to object.

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4 Killed As Cambodian Police Fire At Striking Garment Workers

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-03 07:37

Workers from the sector, Cambodia's biggest export earner, want the country's minimum wage doubled. Protests by garment workers are not unusual, but Friday's violence represents an escalation, and comes amid growing demonstrations against Prime Minister Hun Sen's government.

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Compensation for Christmas power cut

BBC - Fri, 2014-01-03 07:32
Residents in southern England who were left without power over Christmas following severe weather will receive compensation.

Pat and Peppa to feature on stamps

BBC - Fri, 2014-01-03 07:23
Peppa Pig, Postman Pat and Paddington Bear are among the much-loved characters on a new set of stamps celebrating 60 years of children's television.

New bid to collect Syrian toxic arms

BBC - Fri, 2014-01-03 07:22
Norwegian and Danish ships are set to sail again from Cyprus in a new bid to collect Syria's chemical arms, after an earlier deadline was missed.

Quiz: Which country gets most of its energy from renewable resources?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-01-03 07:13

It's international quiz time on the Marketplace Morning Report. Stephan Richter, editor-in-chief of the online international affairs magazine, The Globalist, brings us the question below.

Which country gets most of its energy from renewable resources? 

A. United States

B. Germany

C. Canada

D. Brazil

Scroll down to see the answer and click on the audio player above to hear more about renewable sources.

 

 

 

 

D. Brazil

VIDEO: Boy, 9, sets Rubik's Cube 'record'

BBC - Fri, 2014-01-03 07:04
A nine-year-old boy from north east China sets a new world record in his age group for solving a Rubik's Cube, according to Chinese state media.

In pictures: US snowstorms

BBC - Fri, 2014-01-03 07:04
Storms sweeping across the north-east of the US

'Whale' spotted on French motorway

BBC - Fri, 2014-01-03 07:00
'Whale' strapped to lorry baffles French motorists

Break-in at murder house probed

BBC - Fri, 2014-01-03 06:58
Police investigating the murder of an artist are examining the possibility there was a break-in at the West Sussex property she was house-sitting.

Cuba's drivers don't have to be stuck in the 50s anymore

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-01-03 06:53

In Cuba, there is a genius for fighting automotive obsolescence. Even in 2014, the streets are still lined with 1950s cars, the ones that were there before Fidel Castro came to power in 1959. With some exceptions, imports of new cars were banned since the revolution, but now the ban's lifted and the imports are onsale starting this morning.   The BBC's Sarah Rainsford reports from Havana. Click the audio player above to listen.

Indian PM Manmohan Singh to retire after 10 years

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-01-03 06:41

Today, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced his plan to retire after 10 years in power. BBC business correspondent Sameer Hashmi looks at his complicated complicated legacy.  Click the audio player to hear more.

Cheerios goes no-GMO

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-01-03 06:31

Soon, you will be able to buy a box of Cheerios that is GMO-free. General Mills says it will use corn and sugar that have not been genetically modified.

Companies that use genetically-modified ingredients maintain they are safe, and the federal government has no problem with them. But some Americans are wary.

“They can shop for organic products that are GMO-free, but this is an expansion of that GMO-free market,” says Julie Caswell, an economist at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

General Mills says it is responding to what consumers want. But Alberto Alemanno, a food policy expert at NYU Law School, says there is a reason why the company picked Cheerios, instead of Chex or Wheaties.

“Cheerios contain oats,” he explains. “Oats is not a GM crop. So, it is pretty clear they have targeted this product because it is going to be easier for them to deliver.”

In the U.S., most packaged foods contain ingredients that are genetically modified. Recently, Whole Foods announced it is going to stop selling Chobani Greek yogurt, because the company uses milk that’s not organic. Chobani says there just isn’t enough organic milk available to meet consumer demand.

Police investigate Glasgow murder

BBC - Fri, 2014-01-03 06:24
Police are treating the death of a man in the Govan area of Glasgow in the early hours of Friday as murder.

Geordie Shore star admits assault

BBC - Fri, 2014-01-03 06:11
A star of the reality TV show Geordie Shore pleads guilty to assaulting a woman during a brawl in a bar.

VIDEO: Scheme targets benefit overpayment

BBC - Fri, 2014-01-03 06:07
Benefit claimants are being warned to advise the authorities of changes in their circumstances or face a fine or criminal prosecution.

Woman jailed for £450,000 iPad scam

BBC - Fri, 2014-01-03 06:02
A woman who defrauded hundreds of customers in an iPad scam worth £450,000 is jailed.

VIDEO: Carrie Gracie leaves BBC News Channel

BBC - Fri, 2014-01-03 05:58
After six years as a BBC News channel co-presenter, Carrie Gracie has left to take up a new post as the corporation's first China editor.

One Of The Rescue Ships In Antarctic May Now Be Stuck, Too

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-03 05:56

A Chinese icebreaker that helped rescue 52 adventurers from another ship says it may not be able to get back to open waters. An Australian icebreaker — to which the adventurers were evacuated — i staying nearby in case its assistance is needed. So the

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Obamacare backlog: Walgreen's offers month of drugs

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-01-03 05:53

With the new year come millions of people who will be newly insured under the Affordable Care Act, and pharmacies are among the many companies competing for their business.

This week several drugstore chains offered temporary supplies of medications for those still sorting out their coverage. Walgreens, CVS, Walmart, and Kroger are among the retailers offering to fill prescriptions for people who enrolled in new health plans but don’t have ID numbers yet. They’ll settle the bill later.

“The key is to drive traffic by any means possible,” says analyst Ross Muken with research firm ISI Group.

Once those customers are in the door, drugstores hope to sell them not only pantyhose and bubble gum, but other health care services, Muken says -- like flu shots and even physicals.

“They want to be the place that you think of first when you think of health care,” says Robert Field, a professor of law and public policy at Drexel University. “If they can be friendly for a 30-day bridge period, it’s a small investment to make in terms of that long-term relationship.”

How long-term? Field says customer loyalty isn’t what it was in the days of the corner drugstore. People tend to go to the closest pharmacy their insurance plan allows.

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