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More abuse claims against Harris

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 08:02
The Crown Prosecution Service says it will work with the police to see if there is enough evidence to bring further charges against Rolf Harris.

ENO cut in arts funding shake-up

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 08:02
The English National Opera has its funding cut by 29%, Arts Council England reveals, as it announces its annual distribution of money for arts organisations.

EU dominated by German politics

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 08:01
EU dominated by German power play

VIDEO: Three lightning strikes at Sears Tower

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 07:56
Chicago's Sears Tower was hit by lightning repeatedly during a thunderstorm on Monday night.

Computing GCSE answers appear online

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 07:42
Two controlled assessment tasks in a computing GCSE have been withdrawn by an exam board, after the answers appeared on the internet.

Bolt will race at Glasgow 2014

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 07:28
Usain Bolt, the six-time Olympic champion, will compete in the 4x100m relay at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Race track lobbying breached code

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 07:25
The lobbying for a race circuit by Wales' Environment Minister Alun Davies breached the Ministerial Code but he will not be sacked.

Kerber stuns Sharapova at Wimbledon

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 07:16
German ninth seed Angelique Kerber ends Maria Sharapova's hopes of winning a second Wimbledon title in the fourth round.

VIDEO: 'Shells pockmark Ukraine's Kramatorsk'

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 07:08
Oleg Boldyrev reports from the eastern Ukrainian town of Kramatorsk, where residents said there were several waves of shelling overnight.

AUDIO: Rolf humiliated me, victim alleges

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 07:04
An Australian singer has accused Rolf Harris of sexually assaulting her whilst posing for photographs at a function.

European Court Upholds France's Burqa Ban

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-01 07:00

The European Court of Human Rights ruled that France's ban on face-covering veils was legitimate, and did not violate a Muslim woman's freedoms.

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Deadly bomb hits Nigeria market

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 06:59
At least 18 people are killed in a bombing by suspected militants at a market in Maiduguri, north-eastern Nigeria, a medical worker tells the BBC.

Heathrow flyers wait for lost bags

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 06:59
Backlogs caused by computer problems at Heathrow's Terminal 5 mean some passengers are still waiting for their luggage days later.

Farage turns back on EU anthem

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 06:58
Nigel Farage leads UKIP MEPs in a protest against the European Parliament at the opening of its new session.

How did London become an education superpower?

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 06:50
How did London become an education superpower?

Why don't we count all the unemployed?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-07-01 06:32

Lesley Perkins is a human resources management consultant who’s been unemployed for about 3 1/2 years.

“I feel forgotten and ignored by our society,” she says.

Perkins also feels ignored by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.  It only counts you as unemployed if you’ve “actively looked for work” in the past four weeks.  But Perkins isn’t sure what that means.

“Is it actually filling out a job application or is it actually going to networking functions and trying to connect with people there?” she says.

I was confused, too, so I called Jim Walker, a Bureau of Labor Statistics economist.  He says the Bureau will count you if you send out a resume as you’re surfing websites.  Or hand someone a resume as you’re networking. People who aren’t so active in their job search aren’t counted in the official jobless numbers.  But the Bureau still keeps track of them.  They’re labeled the “marginally attached.”

“People who just say 'Well, I’m not working. I would want a job but I’m not looking right now,'” says Walker.

The Bureau gets its numbers by talking to real people. It surveys 60,000 households, asking people if they’re working or looking for a job.  Justin Wolfers, a labor economist at the University of Michigan, says part of the confusion is you can be counted as unemployed, even if you don’t get an unemployment check.

“One part of the government says you’re not unemployed in the sense that they’re not going to pay you benefits. But another part says 'No, no, we’re definitely going to count you as unemployed,'” he says.

Wolfers says the Bureau’s system isn’t perfect.  But it’s about the best we can hope for, because there is no easy way to measure unemployment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why Hugh Laurie is trending in Algeria

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 06:28
Why is Hugh Laurie trending in Algeria?

Man faces life over teenager murder

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 06:27
John Davis admits murdering Fife teenager Hazel North whose body was found in a park in Kilmarnock.

VA Offers Doctor's Appointment To Man Who Died In 2012

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-01 06:25

A Massachusetts woman got a letter saying that a Veterans Affairs hospital was ready to see her husband, a Vietnam veteran who died of a brain tumor nearly two years ago.

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Pistorius 'became global icon'

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 06:21
Oscar Pistorius became a "global icon" at the London Olympics and was set for further success, his manager tells his murder trial.
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