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Nine jailed over Kevin McDaid death

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 04:08
Nine men are jailed for between eight and a half years and six months in connection with the death of a Catholic community worker in Coleraine.

Man admits killing sister and fiance

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 04:04
A young driver admits killing his sister and her fiance in a car crash, leaving his nine-week-old nephew an orphan.

More workers get crammed into less space

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-07-01 04:00

More people have jobs than before the Great Recession started, but office workers are cramped into less space than before. A lot of office space went empty during the recession, but a report from the real-estate information company Reis shows that only about half of that space has filled back up. 

It’s normal for office space to come back more slowly than employment, partly because offices often shrink more slowly than the workforce too.

"As you go into a recesssion and companies start to lay off employees, often-times the size of their physical footprint can’t shrink in accordance with that," says Ryan Severino, an economist at Reis. "So there tends to be a little bit of a mismatch."    

In other words, when companies bring back workers, a lot of them already have a bunch of extra space to put those people.  

Even when companies don’t have extra space — say, they were able to get out of their old lease and take a smaller space — increasing the footprint comes after hiring the people, and not until the old space gets tight.

"When you start doubling-up that office space, and start hearing complaints, you’re going to start planning," says  Susan Wachter, a professor at the Wharton School of business. "But you need to know the people are on board, and that you’re gonna need that space. And then, that too takes time." Budgeting for a move, for example, doesn't happen overnight.

This recovery has seen even less pickup of office space than previous cycles. Wachter also notes that open layouts, which require less space per employee, have become more popular.

World Cup match-fixing claims made

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 03:59
Cameroon football authorities are to investigate claims that seven players helped to fix games at the World Cup.

IGCSEs to be axed from league tables

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 03:58
International GCSEs in English and maths will be axed from school league tables from 2017, with other subjects to follow in 2018.

France's Former President Sarkozy Taken Into Custody

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-01 03:55

Suspicions about Nicolas Sarkozy's fundraising activities also touch on late Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi and the heiress to the L'Oreal fortune.

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Ukraine launches new offensive

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 03:54
Ukraine says a full-scale military operation is under way in the east of the country, hours after a ceasefire with pro-Russian rebels ended.

VIDEO: The food of Wimbledon champions?

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 03:48
What do you feed the world's best tennis players? BBC News meets the the man in charge of catering at Wimbledon.

Ex-May aide gets think-tank role

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 03:47
The adviser who quit in the wake of a row between Theresa May and Michael Gove gets a job with a leading think-tank.

Court upholds French full veil ban

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 03:45
The European Court of Human Rights upholds France's ban on wearing the Muslim full-face veil or niqab.

820,000 Scots 'living in poverty'

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 03:31
A total of 820,000 people in Scotland were living in poverty last year, according to new figures published by the Scottish government.

VIDEO: PMQs zoo behaviour 'turns off' viewers

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 03:30
Mumsnet's Justine Roberts and former deputy speaker Nigel Evans on calls to reform the weekly PMQs sessions.

Israel Kills Man In Raid As Troops Seek Teens' Abductors

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-01 03:30

The operation was part of the search for two Palestinians suspected in the deaths of three Israeli teens whose bodies were found Monday.

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Labour - working with or against business?

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 03:29
Labour - working with or against business?

Kenya's buses to go cashless

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 03:11
Kenya tells its "matatu" buses to switch to cashless fares in order to tackle corruption, but relaxes its strict deadline for the changeover.

The undercover 'shopgirl'

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 03:10
The era when shop workers were forced to live above the shops

Asking Kids With Special Needs To Clear The Same Bar

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-01 03:07

An official pronouncement raises more questions than it answers.

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PODCAST: Shrinking office space

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-07-01 03:00

As the second half of 2014 gets underway, a look at the S&P 500 index. Plus, with the number of jobs recovering since the Great Recession, a look at why office space doesn't tend to increase at the same rate. Also, is the "sharing economy" all it's cracked up to be? With big money flowing through businesses like Airbnb and Lyft, not everyone is on as equal a playing field as promised.

When the 'sharing economy' doesn't really play fair

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-07-01 03:00

A "sharing economy" can be as simple as a neighborhood with a shared lawnmower, but companies with big cash flow – think ride-sharing services like Lyft and Uber, as well as room rental places like Airbnb – are increasingly considered part of this model.

Oakland, California-based reporter Susie Cagle writes of her experience attending "Share," a conference on the sharing economy sponsored by Airbnb, Lyft, and eBay. She left the conference thinking the word "sharing" is getting stretched completely out of shape.

In her article, "The Case Against Sharing: On access, scarcity, and trust," Cagle recognizes the opportunity in these peer-to-peer economies, but thinks larger businesses like Airbnb and Lyft should be treated as just that: a business.

Click the media player above to hear reporter Susie Cagle in conversation with Marketplace Morning Report host David Brancaccio.

Prisoner caught with pet rabbit

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 02:56
A prisoner is disciplined after he is found to be keeping a pet rabbit in jail.
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