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British Men Win Equal-Pay Claim Against University

NPR News - 6 hours 53 min ago

At issue was how much money the 18 men – carpenters, plumbers and caretakers – employed by the University of Wales, Trinity St. David, made compared with female workers on the same pay scale.

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Salmond defends justice secretary

BBC - 7 hours 1 min ago
First Minister Alex Salmond is forced to defend his justice secretary over the handling of controversial Scottish government legal reforms.

Executions upheld in 'secrecy' row

BBC - 7 hours 13 min ago
Oklahoma's high court rules two on death row have no right to learn the source of the lethal injection drugs, clearing the way for their execution.

Miner ran for his life from pit

BBC - 7 hours 13 min ago
A miner working in a Swansea Valley mine on the day four men died when it flooded tells how he ran for his life.

Unison to ballot over 1% pay offer

BBC - 7 hours 17 min ago
Unison is to ballot local government workers and school staff in England for strikes after members rejected a 1% pay offer, the public sector union says.

VIDEO: Barricades burn after commando raid

BBC - 7 hours 28 min ago
The BBC's Oleg Boldyrev reports from the scene of an operation in eastern Ukraine where commandos cleared checkpoints that had been held by pro-Russian separatists.

Clegg: Lib Dems must fight EU myths

BBC - 7 hours 30 min ago
Nick Clegg pits his party's "optimism and openness" against the "fears and falsehoods" of isolationists at the launch of the Lib Dem campaign for the European elections.

More work study, less financial aid?

What would happen if the government moved away from financial aid for college students and more towards work study? Marketplace economics contributor Chris Farrell joins Morning Report host David Brancaccio to make his case for growing work study. Click on the audio player above to hear more. 

Cost of recalls hits GM profits

BBC - 7 hours 37 min ago
General Motors sees first quarter profits hit by a $1.3bn charge to cover the cost of a huge recall of cars over defective ignition switches

Court 'failed' killed baby boy

BBC - 7 hours 38 min ago
A decision taken by magistrates "disempowered" care workers trying to protect a baby boy from his father who later inflicted fatal brain injuries, a serious case review in Derby reveals.

VIDEO: Education warnings 'six years ago'

BBC - 7 hours 43 min ago
Concerns raised earlier this month about a lack of long-term vision for education in Wales were highlighted over six years ago according to a confidential document.

Jobless Claims Bounce Up From Earlier Weeks' Low Levels

NPR News - 7 hours 43 min ago

The 329,000 applications filed last week for unemployment insurance were more than economists expected. One theory: Easter's relatively late date may have skewed the numbers.

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US to propose 'fast lane' net rules

BBC - 7 hours 47 min ago
New net neutrality rules will be published next month with some saying FCC will end principle of equal traffic for all.

The post-recall GM: What's it look like?

[UPDATED: 8:13AM EDT] General Motors  said this morning that its profit fell 86 percent, its worst quarter since came out of bankruptcy in 2009.  A series of recalls hurt the auto giant, but excluding these one-time items, profits radically beat expectations.

GM is suffering not just from bad weather during the winter months -- but also from bad PR over its handling of faulty ignition switches going back ten years.

The problem has caused at least 13 deaths, and the belated recall -- in February 2014 -- could cost the company $1.3 billion. GM faces ongoing inquiries into its knowledge and handling of the defect, as well as lawsuits from consumers.

Since emerging from bankruptcy at the end of the recession in June 2009, GM has gone from a message of redemption to an acknowledgment of mistakes.

"We will not shirk from our responsibilities now and in the future," new CEO Mary Barra told a Congressional hearing earlier this month about the ignition-switch recall. "Today's GM will do the right thing."

That appears to include heads moving and rolling. Several top executives, in HR, communications and engineering, are out, says Paul Eisenstein of the Detroit Bureau, an auto-industry news service.

"Since the recall we have been seeing more and more changes in mid- to upper-management," says Eisenstein, and he adds that company executives have signaled to expect more of the same.

Meanwhile, GM plans to staff up two new engineering divisions -- one specifically to deal with safety and quality problems.

"The image of the company as a huge lumbering company where management holds back on innovation and change is an image that the company’s going to have to rid itself of very quickly," says Gary Chaison, a professor of industrial relations at Clark University who studies the auto industry. And he says HR shuffles alone aren’t likely to accomplish that goal.

Ecclestone denies bribery in Germany

BBC - 7 hours 52 min ago
Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone denies charges of bribery at the start of his trial in Munich and says he will fight to clear his name.

Treats in moderation make kids happy

BBC - 8 hours 1 min ago
Seven-year-olds are happier when they are allowed sweets, snacks and television in moderation, suggests a study of children's well-being.

Labour to cut ties with Co-op Bank

BBC - 8 hours 3 min ago
The Labour Party is looking to sever its links with the troubled Co-op Bank, bringing to an end one of the oldest political partnerships in the UK.

Stowaway Teen's Father Was Shocked To Hear Son Was In Hawaii

NPR News - 8 hours 7 min ago

The 15-year-old boy hid in the wheel well of a jet that flew Sunday from San Jose, Calif., to Maui. Though temperatures plunged and oxygen was scant, he survived. The father says Allah "saved him."

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AUDIO: Tuition fee savings may be 'small'

BBC - 8 hours 20 min ago
The savings made by university tuition fee reforms are likely to be "very small," an IFS study has found.

VIDEO: Sarginson finishes stunning team try

BBC - 8 hours 23 min ago
Dan Sarginson of Wigan Warriors scores the Super League's try of the week in his side's 33-14 win at St Helens.

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