National / International News

Healthcare cost increases slow, but so have wages

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-01-08 02:00

Health insurance premium prices aren’t rising as fast as they used to, according to a new report from the Commonwealth Fund.

But thanks to lethargic wage growth and sharp spikes in out-of-pocket costs, the benefits of the slowdown are all but invisible.

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The ROI of Olympics and other big civic events

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-01-08 02:00

The U.S. Olympic Committee meets Thursday and may decide which American city will move forward with a bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games. The finalists are Boston, Washington, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

The costs of putting on an Olympiad are well known (the Sochi winter games cost more than $50 billion in total), but what kinds of civic events are actually money-makers for cities? Super bowls? Political conventions? What gives the best return on investment?

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Tesco drops plans for new NI stores

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-08 01:53
Tesco cancels plans to build to two new stores in Northern Ireland as it announces cutbacks to its supermarket chain across the UK.

'Cruel' teaching assistant sentenced

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-08 01:44
A teaching assistant who taped a seven-year-old girl to a chair at a West Yorkshire school is given a 12-month community service order.

Your pictures: Something new

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-08 01:39
Readers' photos on the theme of "something new"

Baby born to freed Cuban agent

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-08 01:26
A baby girl is born to recently a released Cuban spy after US authorities allowed him to send his sperm to Cuba to have his wife artificially inseminated.

VIDEO: On board ship recovering AirAsia tail

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-08 01:20
Efforts to rescue the tail of the AirAsia flight which crashed into the Java Sea are being hampered by poor weather conditions.

Another Deadly Shooting In Paris Rattles Tense Residents

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-08 01:20

A police officer and a street sweeper were shot on Thursday, a day after masked gunmen stormed the offices of a satirical newspaper and killed 12 people. A Police union official says the officer died.

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Wife of escapee D-Day veteran dies

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-08 01:17
The wife of a World War Two veteran who left his nursing home to go to France for D-Day commemorations dies days after her husband.

Eurozone deflation threat to UK

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-08 01:15
Falling prices in the eurozone, deflation, may actually be good news for them across the Channel but seriously bad for us here in Britain.

VIDEO: Meet Scotland's tallest horse

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-08 01:14
Shire horse Lincoln weighs the same as a small car, eats more than 30 kilos of food every day and is groomed with a pressure washer.

Environmentalists Push To Keep Canadian Crude In The Ground

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-08 01:01

Many groups that oppose the Keystone XL pipeline also want, more broadly, to stop pollution-heavy extraction of crude from Canada's oil sands. They point to canceled or delayed projects as success.

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Man jailed for brutal robbery murder

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-08 01:00
A man is jailed for life for brutally murdering a woman during a robbery at her home in Glasgow.

VIDEO: Poor weather hampers ship salvage

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-08 00:58
The operation to salvage the Hoegh Osaka, which was beached in the Solent, continues.

What's wrong with Barcelona?

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-08 00:53
Second in the table, into the last 16 of the Champions League - so what's the problem with Barcelona?

VIDEO: Work and Pensions Committee

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-08 00:49
The Work and Pensions Committee takes evidence on the benefits sanction policy.

Good day for Tesco, grimmer for M&S

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-08 00:42
While Tesco is being turned around, Marks & Spencer still faces problems.

Stricken cargo ship to be assessed

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-08 00:42
A full assessment of the cargo ship that ran aground in the Solent on Saturday is due to be carried out by the salvage team.

More time to quiz murder arrest pair

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-08 00:41
Police are given more time to question two men on suspicion of murder after the disappearance of 34-year-old Sameena Imam on Christmas Eve.

Is it harder to run in the Sahara Desert or the North Pole?

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-08 00:37
Sir Ranulph Fiennes is to run the Marathon des Sables, but is that harder than his polar challenges?