National / International News

Alabama Settlement Could Be Model For Handling Poor Defendants In Ferguson, Mo.

NPR News - Thu, 2014-11-20 13:18

The city of Montgomery, Ala., was sued by a group of people who said they were jailed when they couldn't pay court fines and fees. Now the city has agreed to take steps to help those too poor to pay.

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Tunisia police rape sentence doubled

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-20 13:11
Two Tunisian policeman convicted of raping a woman in a police car have their sentences more than doubled in a high profile court case.

Maidstone United 2-1 Stevenage

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-20 13:08
Frannie Collin's late header beats Stevenage and sends Maidstone into the second round of the FA Cup to face Wrexham.

Rochester and Strood: What's at stake?

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-20 13:03
The BBC's Chris Mason looks at what impact the Rochester and Strood by-election result could have on the parties.

Polls close in Rochester and Strood

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-20 13:01
The polls close in the Rochester and Strood by-election in Kent - as UKIP hopes to gain its second elected Westminster MP.

Journalists challenge police files

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-20 13:00
The comedian and activist Mark Thomas and five others are launching legal action against the Metropolitan Police for keeping them under surveillance.

Celtic's Brown signs four-year deal

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-20 12:50
Celtic captain Scott Brown signs a four-year contract extension that will keep him at the Glasgow club until 2018.

Debate: Should Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?

NPR News - Thu, 2014-11-20 12:46

Several states allow doctors, in certain circumstances, to help terminally ill people end their lives. The emotionally charged issue is at the center of the latest Intelligence Squared U.S. debate.

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White House Acknowledges Over-Counting Obamacare Signups

NPR News - Thu, 2014-11-20 12:40

The administration said some people who had dental plans separate from their health care coverage were mistakenly counted twice. The GOP says it was a deliberate attempt to inflate the numbers.

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VIDEO: Parked car brings tram to standstill

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-20 12:36
A group of bystanders lifts a car out of the way after it blocks the way of a tram.

7 Questions About The President's Immigration Plan Answered

NPR News - Thu, 2014-11-20 12:29

The president's executive action will grant temporary relief to some of the more than 11 million immigrants who are living in the United States illegally. Here's what you should know.

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How To Catch A Cattle Thief

NPR News - Thu, 2014-11-20 12:24

Cattle theft has been making a major comeback. A drought in the West has meant higher beef prices, making cattle an attractive target for thieves.

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Why Working With Young Children Is (Still) A Dead-End Job

NPR News - Thu, 2014-11-20 12:08

Twenty-five years after a landmark report, a follow-up study finds childcare workers still earning about the same as fast food workers.

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VIDEO: Fresh snow fears for parts of US

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-20 12:00
Parts of the US north-east are braced for further snow storms, with officials warning residents to be prepared for 3ft (1m) of new snow.

What an influx of legal workers might mean

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-11-20 12:00

This country has 11 million undocumented workers give or take, according to the Pew Research Center, and workers without papers make up 5 percent or so of our labor force.

It’s a varied group, but large numbers of them rent rather than own, speak English poorly and live at 150 percent of the poverty line. That translates to around $18,000 a year for an individual, or roughly $36,000 for a family of four.

(Courtesy of: Migration Policy Institute)

This group works largely “in the hospitality industry, in construction and in places with agriculture,” Audrey Singer of the Brookings Institution says. “But people would be surprised at the variation that is behind those numbers.”

So what happens if and when many of them get permits to work legally? The Migration Policy Institute figures a change could affect upwards of 3.7 million people, freeing them to chase better jobs.

(Courtesy of: Migration Policy Institute)

“As people get legal status they are going to be more mobile,” the institute’s deputy director, Marc Rosenblum, says. “There are some unauthorized immigrants who are unable to change jobs, because they don’t have proof of work eligibility. It’s difficult to quit a job and look for another one.”

Legal working papers can also give workers confidence to bargain for higher wages, Rosenbaum says.

In a study of people who got new green cards, the only people who moved up the wage ladder had high-skills. Less than one in five do, says Laura Hill of the Public Policy Institute of California.

“It was really the high skilled workers who were able to translate this new status into better paying jobs,” institute senior fellow Laura Hill says. “The lower skilled unauthorized workers, which are the majority, were not able to make the transition.”

If that’s an indication, only those with good skills and English may be emboldened by work papers. And any change may be temporary. It would come via executive order, which means the next president could move in and press the “undo” button.

What Diabetes Costs You, Even If You Don't Have The Disease

NPR News - Thu, 2014-11-20 11:51

Diabetes costs the United States $322 billion a year, or $1,000 for each American. That's 48 percent more than it was just five years ago.

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Keep Your Head Up: 'Text Neck' Takes A Toll On The Spine

NPR News - Thu, 2014-11-20 11:28

Newly published research finds that common texting posture can put as much as 60 pounds of force on the cervical spine.

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Sheffield United retract Evans offer

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-20 11:17
Sheffield United have announced that they have retracted their offer to let convicted rapist Ched Evans use their training facilities.

Sen. Mitch McConnell's Political Life, Examined, In 'The Cynic'

NPR News - Thu, 2014-11-20 11:09

When journalist Alec MacGillis started looking into McConnell's early politics, he says he was "startled" by how moderate the Republican used to be. The book traces McConnell's shift to the right.

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Swiss win would be special - Federer

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-20 11:05
The Davis Cup final presents Roger Federer with the opportunity to win the one major tennis prize that has eluded him.