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Jeep eyes international sales

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-03-02 08:46

Jeep, the iconic brand of rugged off-road vehicles, got its start internationally carrying soldiers and equipment across the battlefields of World War II. Now, Jeep is making another international push, but this time it’s hoping to drive sales in the white hot crossover SUV market, with the new Jeep Renegade.

Fiat-Chrysler, which owns the Jeep brand, sold over 1 million cars last year, and the company hopes to nearly double that figure to 1.9 million over the next five years as it adds production lines in Brazil, China and India.

Among CEOs, women are outnumbered by men named John

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-03-02 08:46

If your name is John, congratulations. If you've got a woman's name — literally any woman's name — well, here's the deal.

The New York Times' data journalism venture The Upshot reported Monday there are more CEO's named "John" at S&P 1500 companies than there are women CEOs.

If you toss the names Robert, William and James in the mix, you end up with four CEOs with those names for every female CEO. The Upshot has dubbed that measurement the "Glass Ceiling Index," and they spun it out to several other institutions and fields:

Courtesy:The New York Times

It's not a perfect measure of equality — the Times notes common names won't change at the same rate as gender representation — but it's a stark snapshot of women's standing in the boardroom.

DNA documents ancient mass migration

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-02 08:29
DNA analysis has revealed evidence for a massive migration into the heartland of Europe 4,500 years ago.

England footballer in sex arrest

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-02 08:25
England and Sunderland footballer Adam Johnson arrested on suspicion of sex with 15-year-old girl

Vanessa-Mae bids to overturn ban

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-02 08:13
Violinist Vanessa-Mae attempts to overturn her four-year skiing ban at the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Tuesday.

Harrington wins Honda title play-off

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-02 08:13
Padraig Harrington beats Daniel Berger in a play-off to win the Honda Classic, his first title in the US or Europe since 2008.

May defends terror suspect handling

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-02 08:11
Home Secretary Theresa May defends her decision to scrap control orders as Labour suggests it helped terror suspects join fighting overseas.

SF speaker accepts Commonwealth role

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-02 08:08
Sinn Féin's Mitchel McLaughlin says he will take up the position of President of the NI Assembly Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA).

Fiji Launches Competition For New National Flag

NPR News - Mon, 2015-03-02 08:07

The South Pacific nation wants to replace its flag that has a Union Jack and a shield that bears the country's coat of arms. The current flag was adopted in 1970 following independence from Britain.

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Sen. Barbara Mikulski, Congress' Longest-Serving Woman, To Retire

NPR News - Mon, 2015-03-02 07:54

The Maryland Democrat has served in the Senate since 1987, and was the first woman to chair the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee.

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Bondage prompts This Morning probe

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-02 07:50
Media watchdog Ofcom investigates ITV's daytime show This Morning over complaints about a bondage discussion.

VIDEO: Skydiver saved after mid-air seizure

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-02 07:47
A quick-thinking skydiving instructor in Western Australia came to the rescue when one of his students had an epileptic seizure during a jump.

Yarl's Wood suspension after C4 film

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-02 07:47
A member of staff is suspended at Yarl's Wood detention centre after a guard is secretly filmed calling inmates "caged animals".

Quiz: An econ lesson in open textbooks

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-03-02 07:34

College students spend more than $1,000, on average, for textbooks and supplies each year, according to the Student Public Interest Research Groups.

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Nasdaq Index Hits 5,000 For First Time Since 2000

NPR News - Mon, 2015-03-02 07:34

The NASDAQ composite index returned to territory it hasn't seen since the heyday of the dot-com boom, crossing the 5,000 mark in early trading Monday.

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What next for Russia's opposition?

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-02 07:33
It is time for the Kremlin's opponents to stop jostling for primacy and let the Russian people take the lead, writes Konstantin von Eggert.

VIDEO: How strong is Iraq's army?

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-02 07:23
Iraq's army is battling an jihadist insurgency - but how strong is the force?

VIDEO: Video captures fatal police shooting

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-02 07:23
A video captures the moment three US police officers shoot dead a homeless man during a scuffle in the Skid Row area of central Los Angeles.

'No disrespect' in Netanyahu speech

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-02 07:18
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says his upcoming speech to Congress is "not intended to disrespect" President Barack Obama.

Libya names Haftar as army chief

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-02 07:11
Libya's internationally recognised government in Tobruk names former controversial anti-Islamist Khalifa Haftar as the new head of the national army.