National / International News

Nuclear vow at Japan-India talks

BBC - 13 hours 15 min ago
India's PM Narendra Modi and Japan's Shinzo Abe agree at their summit to speed up talks on a nuclear energy pact.

VIDEO: Best and worst buys voted by you

BBC - 13 hours 19 min ago
The Premier League's five worst and five best transfers as voted for by BBC Sportsday Live readers.

VIDEO: Cabbies clamp down on illegal taxis

BBC - 13 hours 19 min ago
Some black cab drivers have formed 'hit squads' to track down and block illegal minicab drivers in London, according to the BBC's Inside Out programme.

British Wildlife Photography Awards

BBC - 13 hours 35 min ago
Image of greylag goose picks up top photography prize

Westlink closed in security alert

BBC - 13 hours 38 min ago
Part of the Westlink in Belfast is closed in both directions and a number of homes are evacuated due to a security alert in the west of the city.

Council 'not planning effectively'

BBC - 13 hours 43 min ago
Cardiff council is failing to improve its services because of "fragmented leadership and management", says Wales' public spending watchdog.

Ofsted academy chain 'weaknesses'

BBC - 13 hours 51 min ago
Inspectors accuse one of the biggest academy chains in England of "low expectations".

VIDEO: Russia calls for Ukraine ceasefire

BBC - 13 hours 55 min ago
Ukrainian forces have withdrawn from the airport of the eastern city of Luhansk following clashes with pro-Russian rebels, military officials say.

Insurers find wiggle room in requirement to cover all

Marketplace - American Public Media - 13 hours 58 min ago

It’s September, which means the enrollment period to get health insurance under the Affordable Care Act is practically around the corner.

If you're signing up later this fall, you should consider this: despite provisions under the health law to guarantee coverage for all, some insurance policies are still designed to keep the sick away.

We all know thanks to the ACA, the days when insurers denied coverage because of pre-existing conditions are over. Cherry picking the healthiest among us is one of the ways many insurers used to make their money. Even though the law has changed, former state insurance commissioner Joel Ario says some companies haven’t.

“We have not eliminated discrimination from insurer DNA yet. So you are still going to see remnants of insurers using strategies that are trying to drive away risk than manage risk,” he says.

One of those strategies is to make drugs for high cost conditions like HIV or multiple sclerosis more expensive through hefty deductibles. Another is to limit the network of doctors and hospitals. If consumers want somebody out of that network, they pay through the nose.

The University of Pennsylvania’s Tom Baker says to thrive in today’s insurance climate companies must accept that sick people are part of the mix. “The health insurance companies that are trying to have fewer of those people, just want to have fewer,” he says.

Baker says the insurers who find the sweet spot between healthy and less healthy will be the ones at the top of the industry.

Weight Watchers sessions on NHS

BBC - 14 hours 7 min ago
Scotland's largest health board announces that people who are severely obese will be referred to a commercial weight-loss company.

VIDEO: Turning internet radio into art

BBC - 14 hours 21 min ago
LJ Rich looks at how one artist is using computer code to turn internet radio from across the globe into a unique piece of music.

Dad jailed for killing son's mugger

BBC - 14 hours 23 min ago
A man who admitted killing a knife-wielding robber who took his son's iPhone is jailed for six years.

Firework blast killed technicians

BBC - 14 hours 42 min ago
A man and a woman killed in an explosion in Cumbria on Saturday were fireworks technicians preparing a wedding party display, the fire brigade says.

Baldry to end 32-year Commons career

BBC - 14 hours 52 min ago
Conservative MP Sir Tony Baldry is to leave Parliament at the next election after more than three decades in the Commons.

More Evidence That ADHD Drugs Don't Curb Ultimate Height

NPR News - 14 hours 56 min ago

Some earlier research hinted that Ritalin and Adderall can hamper a child's growth. But a study of adults who took the drugs as kids now suggests any such effect is only temporary.

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Volunteer Docs In Peru Take A Shopping Trip To Look For Patients

NPR News - 14 hours 56 min ago

The medical students were in Iquitos. They could provide much-needed surgery for the residents of this remote Peruvian town. Just one problem: They didn't have enough patients.

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LinkedIn censors its members in China...globally

Not long after I posted my Marketplace story about the 25th anniversary of the Tian’anmen Square protests on LinkedIn, the company sent me an email:


Australian journalist Fergus Ryan received this email, too. His post, a story he did about artist Guo Jian being detained in the run-up to the Tian’anmen anniversary, was also removed.

“I felt outraged, really. Because professionally, as a journalist, I feel that this is why a lot of people would follow me on LinkedIn," says Ryan.

LinkedIn says it did not come to its decision to censor posts from its members in China lightly.

“It is difficult," says LinkedIn's Director of Communications Hani Durzy. "We are strongly in support of freedom of expression. But it was clear to us that to create value for our members in China and around the world, we would need to implement the Chinese government’s restrictions on content.”

But LinkedIn isn't just blocking this content inside China. The company is removing these posts from its site worldwide. In LinkedIn’s email to me, the company explains it does this to "protect the safety of our members that live in China."

“Yeah, well, I mean, bullshit,” says Chinese social media expert Jeremy Goldkorn. “Their Chinese members should be able to choose what they should post and they know better than a foreign company how to protect themselves from the government.”

LinkedIn got help from Shaun Rein, director of China Market Research, to develop its China strategy. Even he’s disappointed in the company’s censorship policies. “A lot of western players, they so want to make money that they actually do more to heed what they think the authorities want," says Rein.

LinkedIn seems to have recognized this. Durzy says his company will continue to block sensitive content inside of China, but,"after talking to a number of people, we recognized that it may be better if we were to change our policy and allow that content and profile to be viewed outside of China,” he says.

Which leaves me wondering what will happen when I post this story to LinkedIn.

VIDEO: Lewis takes over as boss of Tesco

BBC - 15 hours 11 min ago
Dave Lewis is taking over as chief executive of Tesco a month earlier than planned. Retail analyst Steve Dresser considers what he needs to do for the company.

Conservative MP Kelly to stand down

BBC - 15 hours 18 min ago
Conservative MP for Dudley South Chris Kelly announces he will stand down at the 2015 general election after one term.

Why Did Crowd Flee Shanghai Subway After Foreigner Fainted?

NPR News - 15 hours 31 min ago

A widely watched video shows a foreigner fainting on a subway car and everyone around him fleeing. No one helps. It's rekindled a national debate about trust, fear and the Chinese national character.

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