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Finding A More Nuanced View Of Poverty's 'Black Hole'

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-02 02:16

Thirty-seven percent of New Yorkers faced severe material hardship last year, but the city's official poverty rate is only 21 percent. Researchers are trying to find a better way to measure poverty.

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Ukraine right-winger 'shot himself'

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-02 02:14
Ukraine's far-right leader Sashko Bily accidentally shot and killed himself during last month's shoot-out with police, an inquiry has concluded.

Omar Bakri 'on the run' in Lebanon

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-02 02:14
Cleric Omar Bakri Mohammad is on the run in Lebanon, officials say, after his house was raided as part of an operation to end the violence in Tripoli.

Microsoft's Siri: What took so long?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-04-02 02:10

Microsoft, what took you so long? 

“It’s a question,” David Smith, an analyst at Gartner says, “you could ask about an awful lot about Microsoft in the past ten years.”

But what is clear, says Smith, is that now Microsoft is working to stay competitive with Apple and Google. Which is why Microsoft's voice-recognition system may be significant.

"I don't think it will make a big difference, but I think it's more if it was missing, it's a noticeable difference," says Norman Young, an equity analyst with Morningstar.

Young says although Microsoft's product, called Cortana, may look and work a little differently than Siri. But both interfaces use Bing,  Microsoft’s search engine, so developers should have an easy time making Window’s new digital assistant better and better.

Here's a supposedly leaked video of the product:

Clashes at China environmental rally

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-02 02:10
Chinese authorities condemn a protest over a planned petrochemical plant in Guangdong that turned violent, as residents express concern.

VIDEO: Ross: Scrap licence fee to liberate BBC

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-02 02:06
The writer and broadcaster Nick Ross backs calls to scrap the licence fee and bring in subscription.

LinkedIn email addresses exposed

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-02 02:04
LinkedIn, the social network for professionals, is taking legal action over a free plug-in that exposes users' email addresses.

Shrinking Middle Class? Not in Latin America

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-04-02 02:04

A growing economy doesn't always help everyone.

"One thing is a society where the middle class is growing," says economist Julian Messina, with the World Bank. "And a different thing is a society where inequality is falling."

The middle class is on the agenda of the World Economic Forum on Latin America, now underway in Panama. But unlike in the U.S., the gap between rich and poor in Latin America has narrowed. And the middle class has grown.

That’s largely due to economic growth, with help from assistance programs that promote social advancement. 

"And these are notable because they give subsidies to poor families, but they're conditional upon sending children to school and vaccinating children," says Barbara Kotschwar with the Peterson Institute for International Economics.

Missing vulture found on island

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-02 02:00
A vulture that went missing from a bird of prey centre in central Scotland is found 100 miles away on the island of Islay.

Missing' teenager's inquest opened

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-02 01:53
An inquest into the death of Newport teenager Nida Naseer whose body was found three months after she went missing is opened and adjourned.

Nato suspends Russia co-operation

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-02 01:53
Nato suspends all practical civilian and military co-operation with Russia over the annexation of Crimea, describing it as a grave threat to European security.

Three surprises from a visit to Kashmir

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-02 01:49
Three surprises from a visit to Kashmir

Pilots' strike grounds Lufthansa

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-02 01:21
German airline Lufthansa cancels around 900 flights at the start of a three-day strike that is expected to affect some 425,000 passengers.

VIDEO: Benefit changes 'hurting disabled'

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-02 01:20
Changes to housing benefit in England, Scotland and Wales are creating financial hardship and distress for disabled people, MPs have warned.

VIDEO: Disaster declared after Chile quake

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-02 01:18
Chile declares three northern regions hit by a 8.2 magnitude earthquake to be disaster areas, with at least five people left dead.

Man denied vote over 'political' shirt

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-02 01:10
A French voters is turned away from a polling station for wearing a "political" outfit, it seems.

Has government hurt education exports?

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-02 01:00
Has the government hurt education exports?
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