National / International News

Uber has a rockin' New Year's Eve

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-01-02 11:00

In the run-up to New Year's Eve, there was a lot of speculation about whether Uber’s surge pricing would affect ridership. That means when demand goes up so does the cost of using the car-sharing service.

Uber reports that most of the trips subject to surge pricing happened between 12:30 a.m. and 2:30 a.m. on what is technically New Year's Day.

More than 100,000 passengers were in an Uber at the stroke of midnight, and demand increased by 180 percent between 12:01 a.m. and 12:30 a.m., according to Uber.

New Yorkers took the most trips around 2 a.m. and Parisians took the most trips around 4 a.m., local time.

 

Is New York police's 'virtual work stoppage' a boon for critics?

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-02 10:58
An apparently deliberate slowdown in arrests and ticketing by New York City police raises questions about previously overzealous law enforcement.

Something new from from something blue

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-01-02 10:57

Making something new from something old. Marlo Fox is a denim designer at the Gap, Jeff Garza is a veteran of the war in Iraq. And he collects of odds and ends.

Together, they've built a new business called Fox Hole, and a second life of sorts for very well-loved clothes.

It all started with Jeff's dad's old Levis.

 

VIDEO: Gerrard's best Premier League goals

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-02 10:54
We look back at some of Steven Gerrard's best Premier League goals following news that he will leave Liverpool at the end of the season.

VIDEO: Police probe fourth 'drug death'

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-02 10:39
A suspected drugs death in Telford could be linked to a dangerous batch of ecstasy feared responsible for the deaths of three men in Suffolk.

Obama Authorizes New Sanctions On North Korea Over Sony Hack

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-02 10:27

The executive order targets three North Korean entities and accuses the Pyongyang regime of "destructive, coercive cyber-related actions."

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Things that will cost you more this year

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-01-02 10:20

It's a new year and some of the daily items we buy will see a price increase. Mark LoCastro, a shopping expert from DealNews.com sheds light on why things will cost more this year. We are talking about items that we can't live without  like coffee, chocolate, and bacon. One of the main reasons for this increase is that demand has outstripped supply. Another issue is mother nature and drought. But it's not all doom and gloom, we will see items like gas prices on the decline. This is great news for consumers because they end up with more money in their pockets. Which could put momentum into retail sales and the stock market. Check out LoCastro's full list.

US sanctions North Korea over Sony

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-02 10:18
The US imposes new sanctions on North Korea in response to a major cyber-attack against Sony Pictures.

VIDEO: Hotel for the blind's last weekend

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-02 10:04
A Llandudno hotel, believed to be the last in Wales and England to cater exclusively for blind guests, will close on Monday due to a lack of business.

Huth 'gender' tweets investigated

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-02 09:52
Stoke City defender Robert Huth is being investigated by the Football Association over interactions on Twitter.

Lawro's top 10 Liverpool players

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-02 09:31
Steven Gerrard is set to leave Liverpool, but where does former Reds defender Mark Lawrenson rank him in the list of all-time Anfield greats?

Was Cuomo Destined To Be President Or Just Political Poet Laureate?

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-02 09:30

It may never be clear whether the late New York governor passed on the 1988 and 1992 presidential cycles — his natural turn at bat — for reasons related to politics or his personality.

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President seeks Sri Lanka Tamil votes

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-02 09:23
The Sri Lankan president, Mahinda Rajapakse, urges Tamils to back him in upcoming elections, calling himself the "known devil".

No Yolk: Eggs Beat Most Other Foods In Our Blog Last Year

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-02 09:13

We looked back at the most popular posts of 2014 and found many of them were about eggs. So we asked: What makes this everyday food so intriguing?

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Nurse falsely claimed £17k in shifts

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-02 08:47
A senior nurse admits claiming £17,000 in bogus shifts and taking a £500 hospital donation from an elderly patient.

Your Daily Distraction: The Internet Tries To Unravel A Football Fan Mystery

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-02 08:41

Video shows a young woman seemingly consoling a young man sitting next to her by running her hands through his hair. Then she realizes something. The Internet is now rife with speculation.

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VIDEO: Steven Gerrard to leave Liverpool FC

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-02 08:39
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard will leave the club when his contract expires at the end of the season.

Kim Jong Un's Little Sister Reportedly Marries

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-02 08:39

Kim Yo Jong, who is said to have recently assumed a key leadership role, has reportedly married the son of the secretary of the ruling party.

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Premature baby pair 'stranded in US'

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-02 08:30
A British couple whose baby was born prematurely during a trip to the USA say they expect to be stranded there for three months.

Your Wallet: Inheritance

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-01-02 08:26

We all have inherited something from our family and the people we surround ourselves with. Whether it's money, habits or mind sets.

We want to hear your story. What are some of the things that you've inherited over the years?

Send us an email, or reach us on Twitter, @MarketplaceWKND

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