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Migrants spark German coalition rift

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 03:26
Tensions surface in Germany's new ruling grand coalition over how to handle migrants from Bulgaria and Romania.

Tech predictions for 2014: Software and startups

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-01-02 03:08

All this week we've been talking to people about their predictions for tech in 2014. Today we hear from Dave McClure, founding partner at the Venture Capitol firm 500 Startups. McClure traveled all over the world last year. We asked him what kind of software everyone everyone will be using this year. He says expect more growth in messaging apps around the world. Also, don't be surprised if online and mobile video sees a big boost in parts of the world where television is restricted.

Click the audio player above to hear more.

Hobbit and Frozen see off Bieber

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 03:00
Cinema audiences in the UK and Ireland spent the last weekend of 2013 watching the latest Hobbit film and Disney animation Frozen - but not pop star Justin Bieber's new documentary.

UK manufacturing recovery 'on track'

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 03:00
The UK's manufacturing sector continued to see strong growth in December, according to a closely watched survey.

Drunk new year sea swimmer fined £90

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 02:55
A swimmer who sparked a rescue in stormy seas on New Year's Day is fined after being arrested for being drunk and disorderly.

Policeman injured in knife attack

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 02:55
A police officer sustains injuries to his face after being attacked with a knife in north Belfast.

VIDEO: 'Refugees drinking dirty, bad water'

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 02:47
The BBC's Alastair Leithead reports from the Awerial refugee camp in South Sudan where tens of thousands of people are struggling to survive without food, shelter or clean water.

Concern over stolen car race in city

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 02:33
Hundreds of young people gathered to watch stolen cars being raced through west Belfast, according to Sinn Féin.

The tech of New York's new taxi cabs

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-01-02 02:31

New York gets a new mayor this week -- Michael Bloomberg is being replaced by Bill De Blasio. And one of the things the new mayor will be looking at is the taxi of tomorrow:  A fleet of green Nissan vehicles that launched this fall, fitted with some custom technology absent in the usual yellow cab. Former mayor Bloomberg pushed hard for the new cars, but their future is uncertain. Nonetheless we hopped into one recently for a ride from Manhattan to the boro of Brooklyn, accompanied by Ted Mann, who covers transportation for the Wall Street Journal's greater New York section, to help detail some of the new cab's features.

India bus crash kills 27 near Mumbai

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 02:23
A bus plunges down a deep gorge in the western Indian state of Maharashtra killing at least 27 people, police say.

McIlroy wants two major wins in 2014

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 02:19
Former world number one Rory McIlroy aims to make up for a disappointing 2013 by winning two majors this year.

Foreclosures are down, but some places may see a surge

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-01-02 02:12

Foreclosures are way down from the worst of the housing crisis. But as we start this new year, don’t be surprised if some places see a rise in foreclosure sales. That’s because foreclosures that have been slowly working their way through judicial pipelines are now coming to market. That may prove a rude awakening in some areas.

In almost half of states, foreclosures have to go through court. The idea is to do everything possible to protect homeowners, but these judicial foreclosures can take a long time, sometimes take years.

Tom O’Grady is CEO of Pro Teck Valuation Services, which analyzes housing data. He says foreclosure is quicker in non-judicial states.

“It’s kindof like ripping the bandaid off, instead of pulling off slowly,” O’Grady says.

He’s found that non-judicial states have bounced back from the low point of their housing crises faster than judicial states.

Non-judicial states worked through their foreclosure pain – and inventories -- up front, says Dave Stevens. He’s head of the Mortgage Bankers Association.

“The home values were depressed much quicker, much faster, but now they’re in significant recovery,” says Stevens, who points to the double digit appreciation in places like Phoenix, Arizona.

“That’s gonna be very different in states like New York, New Jersey, and Florida where they have now the backlogs that are just hitting the market,” he says.

Foreclosures tend to sell for about 30% less than non-distressed sales, Stevens says. When there are lots of foreclosures in the market, they pull down the value of the homes around them. That means some communities won’t get to share in the housing recovery just yet.

'Help to Buy' homes scheme starts

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 02:00
A £170m Help to Buy scheme has come into force in Wales which aims to help people afford new-build properties.

Male dies after being hit by vehicle

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 01:53
A male pedestrian has died after being hit by a vehicle in Aberdeenshire, police say.

Coast car plunge woman rescued

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 01:32
Rescuers free a woman trapped in her car when it plunges through railings and lands on its roof at the coast with the tide approaching.

Bill changes to 'simplify' energy

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 01:19
A ban on complex energy tariffs is coming into force as the regulator introduces reforms aimed at making switching suppliers easier.

VIDEO: Annual animal census at London Zoo

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 01:15
London Zoo conducts its annual animal census.

China sacks official over poll fraud

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 01:04
A senior Chinese official is sacked in relation to an electoral fraud scandal that saw 500 lawmakers resign, the Communist Party watchdog says.

AUDIO: Does the NHS need to be improved?

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 01:03
Clive Stafford Smith, founder of the legal charity Reprieve, talks to NHS staff and patients.

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