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RBS to impose new mortgage curbs

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-03 09:42
RBS and NatWest will impose tighter restrictions on loans of more than £500,000 to help curb rising prices in London.

Woman dies after falling at resort

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-03 09:40
A British woman dies after falling over a wall on the Spanish island of Menorca.

Egypt's Former Army Chief Wins Presidential Election In Landslide

NPR News - Tue, 2014-06-03 09:38

The country's election commission confirms preliminary results announced last week showing that Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi secured nearly 97 percent of the vote.

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Saudi Arabia raises Mers virus toll

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-03 09:32
Saudi Arabia says 282 people are now confirmed to have been killed by the Mers virus since it emerged in 2012, significantly more than initially thought.

Madeleine search police start to dig

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-03 09:31
Police officers use spades and pitchforks in a cordoned-off area of land as part of their investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

The Health Data Revolution Enters An Awkward Adolescence

NPR News - Tue, 2014-06-03 09:23

Huge amounts of information about your health, your doctor and your hospital lurk in private and public databases. But putting that information to work to improve health care remains a challenge.

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Could A 6-Cent Tax Sour Us On Soda And Sugary Drinks?

NPR News - Tue, 2014-06-03 09:23

A new study argues that taxing sodas and sugary drinks by the calorie would spur consumers to cut back. A 6-cent tax per 12-ounce can would lead to 5,800 fewer calories consumed per year, it found.

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VIDEO: School abuse report 'suppressed'

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-03 09:22
A health professional who reported widespread child abuse at a school for vulnerable boys in Rochdale has told the BBC he believes his report was "suppressed".

The hokey cokey Queen's Speech?

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-03 09:21
Could this be the hokey cokey Queen's Speech?

French hostage shown in 'new' video

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-03 09:13
A video of 50-year-old French hostage Serge Lazarevic, who was kidnapped in Mali in 2011, is shown on a TV station in Dubai.

Djokovic into French Open semi-finals

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-03 09:07
Novak Djokovic beats Milos Raonic to reach the French Open semi-finals where he will play Ernests Gulbis.

Welsh lead on road signs criticised

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-03 09:01
Plans for the Welsh language to be given greater prominence on road signs and many other public signs have been criticised by some councils.

Complying with the EPA, state by state

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-06-03 08:58
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 05:54 Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Cows graze in the shadow of the coal fired Chalk Point Generating Station, on May 29, 2014 in Benedict, Maryland.  

The EPA’s plan to curb carbon-dioxide emissions lets each state figure out how its going to reach its goal. 

There are already big differences among states in one area: the cost of electricity for their residents.

In March, folks in Wyoming were paying ten cents per kilowatt hour, but people in Massachusetts paid nearly double.

“The biggest factor here is that there’s just a lot of different generation mixes across the states," said Harrison Fell, a professor with the Colorado School of Mines.

Wyoming gets almost all of its energy from coal, while in Massachusetts it’s mostly natural gas, according to the Georgetown Climate Center.

 “The more coal intensive you are, the bigger impact the rules will be,” said Andrew Kleit is a professor of energy and environmental economics at Penn State.

Marketplace Morning Report for Wednesday June 4, 2014by Conrad WilsonPodcast Title Complying with the EPA, state by stateStory Type News StorySyndication SlackerSoundcloudStitcherSwellPMPApp Respond No

Batman game latest to suffer delays

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-03 08:55
The release date for the next Batman video game, Arkham Knight, is being pushed back until the beginning of 2015, the latest in a spate of delays.

Folk musician's accuser takes stand

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-03 08:47
A woman who claims she had a sexual relationship with folk musician Francis McPeake when she was a teenager denies in court she made the whole thing up.

VIDEO: CCTV shows killer torching salon

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-03 08:46
CCTV shows killer Ahmad Yazdanparast buying petrol before setting his former wife's salon ablaze in Stirling.

The Secret Service wants sarcasm detection software

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-06-03 08:46
Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 16:45

A teen from the Netherlands was arrested back in April for sending a threatening tweet to American Airlines while claiming to be part of the terrorist organization Al-Qaida.

This final note on the way out, which I'm sure will work...

The Secret Service wants sombeody to invent a piece of software that'll, "detect sarcasm and false positives," according to the work order. So, if you're a teenager on Twitter and you threaten to blow up a plane because you're bored, this would in theory prevent the FBI from knocking on your door.

You got less than a week if you're up to the challenge because next Monday is the deadline.

What could possibly go wrong.


Marketplace for Tuesday June 3, 2014by Kai RyssdalPodcast Title The Secret Service wants sarcasm detection softwareStory Type BlogSyndication SlackerSoundcloudStitcherSwellPMPApp Respond No

All of a sudden, everyone's buying new cars

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-06-03 08:45
Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 16:44 Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Anthony Gordon looks at a Ford Mustang on the showroom floor at a Ford AutoNation car dealership on September 4, 2013 in North Miami, Florida.

Car makers have reported their May sales figures, and the news is surprisingly good. Sales are at a seven year high.

Even high-end dealers are celebrating.

“Both BMW and Audi were up quite a bit this year verses last year,” says George Liang, president of DCH Auto Group.

Kelley Blue Book says car sales nationwide were up about 11 percent over May of last year, for all kinds of reasons. For one, dealers advertised big Memorial Day sales. With home-grown talent:

Car buyers were also lured into showrooms by easier credit.

“Lenders have opened up their books to those with less-than-perfect credit," says Kelley Blue Book senior analyst Alec Gutierrez.

There’s also a lot of pent up demand for cars. The average U.S. car is 11-years-old. Car-crazy consumers even flocked to GM showrooms, in spite of its recall troubles. 

GM sales were up 13 percent over May 2013, with most models selling well.

“Pickups and big sport utilities, but now it’s started to feed through to their car lines,” says George Magliano, a senior economist with IHS Automotive.

Even Mother Nature smiled on the auto industry. In some parts of the country, every weekend in May was sunny. Perfect car buying weather.

Marketplace for Tuesday June 3, 2014by Nancy Marshall-GenzerPodcast Title All of a sudden, everyone's buying new carsStory Type News StorySyndication SlackerSoundcloudStitcherSwellPMPApp Respond No

Khaled Hosseini on the economics behind 'And the Mountains Echoed'

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-06-03 08:44

Success in publishing is about a lot of things. Sales, of course. Staying power. And the business of words.We've asked some of our favorite contemporary authors to share the numbers they think about as they write -- how they infuse the economic world around them into storytelling. 

Listen to this installment from best-selling author Khaled Hosseini ("The Kite Runner", "A Thousand Splendid Suns") in the audio player above. He talks about the very real, very human economics in his new book, "And the Mountains Echoed". We've reprinted the first chapter here:

Back home, in Shadbagh, Pari kept underneath her pillow an old tin tea box Abdullah had given her. It had a rusty latch, and on the lid was a bearded Indian man, wearing a turban and a long red tunic, holding up a steaming cup of tea with both hands. Inside the box were all of the feathers that Pari collected. They were her most cherished belongings. Deep green and dense burgundy rooster feathers; a white tail feather from a dove; a sparrow feather,dust brown, dotted with dark blotches; and the one of which Pari was proudest, an iridescent green peacock feather with a beautiful large eye at the tip.

This last was a gift Abdullah had given her two months earlier. He had heard of a boy from another village whose family owned a peacock. One day when Father was away digging ditches in a town south of Shadbagh, Abdullah walked to this other village, found the boy, and asked him for a feather from the bird. Negotiation ensued, at the end of which Abdullah agreed to trade his shoes for the feather. By the time he returned to Shadbagh, peacock feather tucked in the waist of his trousers beneath his shirt, his heels had split open and left bloody smudges on the ground. Thorns and splinters had burrowed into the skin of his soles. Every step sent barbs of pain shooting through his feet.

When he arrived home, he found his stepmother, Parwana, outside the hut, hunched before the tandoor, making the daily naan. He quickly ducked behind the giant oak tree near their home and waited for her to finish. Peeking around the trunk, he watched her work, a thick-shouldered woman with long arms, rough-skinned hands, and stubby fingers; a woman with a puffed, rounded face who possessed none of the grace of the butterfly she’d been named after.

Abdullah wished he could love her as he had his own mother. Mother, who had bled to death giving birth to Pari three and a

half years earlier when Abdullah was seven. Mother, whose face was all but lost to him now. Mother, who cupped his head in both palms and held it to her chest and stroked his cheek every night before sleep and sang him a lullaby:

I found a sad little fairy

Beneath the shade of a paper tree.

I know a sad little fairy

Who was blown away by the wind one night.

He wished he could love his new mother in the same way. And perhaps Parwana, he thought, secretly wished the same, that she could love him

Reprinted from And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini by arrangement with Riverhead Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC,  Copyright © 2014 by Khaled Hosseini.

Kenya probes 'White Widow' sighting

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-03 08:31
Kenya is investigating reports that British terror suspect Samantha Lewthwaite - known as the "White Widow" - has been sighted in the country.
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