National / International News

Global dip in renewables investment

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-07 06:25
Global investment in renewables fell during 2013, but the percentage of the world’s electricity generated by renewable sources continued to increase, a report shows.

'More bee deaths' in northern Europe

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-07 06:17
A new EU study shows that far more honeybees are dying in the UK and other parts of northern Europe than in the Mediterranean.

Agoraphobic benefits cheat guilty

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-07 06:13
A woman who travelled the world but told officials she was an agoraphobic has been found guilty of falsely claiming almost £50,000 in benefits.

'No choice' but to sack Hughton

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-07 06:02
Norwich City chief executive David McNally says the Premier League strugglers had to sack manager Chris Hughton.

Victims facing 'unacceptable ordeal'

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-07 05:47
Victims of personal or sexual violence in England and Wales face an unacceptable ordeal in the courtroom if their case ever gets to trial, a former chief prosecutor claims.

The controversy over which way a child seat faces

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-07 05:39
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge courted controversy in New Zealand after they used a forward-facing baby seat. Are they unsafe, asks Tom de Castella.

Signal 'Just Like' Emergency Beacon Detected In Search For Flight 370

NPR News - Mon, 2014-04-07 05:28

Calling it the "most promising lead" so far, the leader of the search for a missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner says ships have again detected a signal used by "black box" beacons.

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Polish MP 'living like migrant' in UK

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-07 05:09
A Polish MP is living on a low budget and searching for a job in London as he seeks to understand why so many young Poles leave the country for the UK.

Coulthard column: F1 the winner in Mercedes rivalry

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-07 05:06
David Coulthard praises Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg's battle - and says the Briton is arguably the best driver in Formula 1

Family 'devastated' after shooting

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-07 05:03
A mother says she and her family are "devastated" following the death of her 32-year-old son in a shooting in South Africa.

VIDEO: Pearce: Everywhere I go, I am noticed

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-07 04:57
A woman who found fame after the 2011 London riots says she is still recognised wherever she goes.

Game-changer for plane recovery hope

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-07 04:55
How hard would recovering the Malaysia Airlines plane be?

Anni Dewani's family 'need justice'

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-07 04:52
The family of Anni Dewani, murdered on her honeymoon in South Africa, say they "need justice" as her husband faces extradition.

VIDEO: Royals arrive in New Zealand

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-07 04:47
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have carried Prince George off the plane at the start of their three-week tour of New Zealand and Australia.

Analysis: What Tory MPs think

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-07 04:31
Ross Hawkins on what Tory MPs think about Maria Miller

Mexico vigilantes refuse to disarm

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-07 04:28
Vigilante groups in western Mexico created to fight local drug cartels have protested against moves by the security forces to disarm them.

Gay blood donation 'devolved matter'

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-07 04:04
A decision on whether gay men in NI should be able to donate blood should be a devolved matter, the Department of Health in England says.

The best and worst states on closing the gender pay gap

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-04-07 04:00

President Barack Obama is expected to issue two executive orders this week, in an effort to close the pay gap between men and women. The first would prohibit federal contractors from retaliating against workers who talk about how much they are paid.  The second would require federal contractors to give the government pay information broken down by race and gender. 

"Federal contractors employee almost a quarter of the workforce, so it’s going to be a really meaningful thing for many workers around the country" - Fatima Goss Graves, with the National Women’s Law Center

But it is unclear exactly how these orders will be meaningful. "I think they are much more symbolic, to get us talking about the wage gap," Linda Barrington with the Institute for Compensation Studies at Cornell noted, adding that "if we don’t do that, we can’t reduce the wage gap."

The American Association of University Women estimates that women make 77% of what men do.  The median annual salary for men is $49,398.  The median annual salary for women is $37,791. 

However, there are significant variations in the wage gap between states. To get some more context around how states compare to each other, take a look at the states where the pay gap is lowest (as calculated by the earnings ratio between men and women, in parentheses): 

  1. Washington, D.C.  (90%)
  2. Maryland (85%)
  3. Nevada (85%)
  4. Vermont (85%)
  5. New York (84%)
  6. California (84%)
  7. Florida (84%)
  8. Hawaii (83%)
  9. Maine (83%)
  10. Arizona (82%)
  11. North Carolina (82%)

And here are the states where the the gap between what men and women earn compared to each other is the highest:

  1. Wyoming (64%)
  2. Louisiana (67%)
  3. West Virginia (70%)
  4. Utah (70%)
  5. Alabama (71%)
  6. Indiana (73%)
  7. Michigan (74%)
  8. North Dakota (74%)
  9. Alaska (74%)
  10. Idaho (75%)

 How does the legal system apply to equal pay standards? According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 45 states have equal pay laws on the books.  Five states, including Alabama, Mississippi, South Carolina, Utah, and Wisconsin have none.

Man dies after taxi harbour plunge

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-07 03:50
Police say a man has died after the taxi he was driving entered in the water at Peterhead harbour.

VIDEO: The tech that could change TV adverts

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-07 03:49
As more people choose to watch content online, Marc Cieslak finds out what is the future might hold for TV advertising.
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