National / International News

Virginia gay marriage ban overturned

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-14 06:19
A federal judge in Virginia rules that a ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional - the first such decision in the conservative US south.

William and Harry join flood effort

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-14 06:16
The Duke of Cambridge and his brother Prince Harry join colleagues from the armed forces to help the flood effort in Berkshire.

The 'snow whisperer' who made Sochi's mountains white

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-14 06:08
The man keeping sub-tropical Sochi Games white

Parents seek voyeurism case advice

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-14 06:06
Parents of pupils at a school whose deputy head teacher has admitted filming children using a toilet elsewhere seek legal advice.

Man jailed for rape and abduction

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-14 05:57
A "ruthless" man found guilty of an abduction and rape in Aberdeen is sentenced to nine years in prison.

Sandbags v flood boards

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-14 05:50
Households have been rushing to protect their homes with sandbags, but are flood boards a better solution?

VIDEO: Duchess delights at school opening

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-14 05:49
The Duchess of Cambridge has opened a newly-refurbished art room at a school in north-west London.

Sack climate deniers, say Greens

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-14 05:43
The Green Party calls for all government advisers who deny man-made climate change to be sacked.

Residents in bid to stop Brooks gigs

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-14 05:35
Dublin residents, objecting to five concerts by the American country star Garth Brooks at the city's Croke Park stadium, are considering taking legal action.

VIDEO: Volcanic ash blankets towns in Java

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-14 05:26
At least three people have died and more than 200,000 people told to leave, following two volcanic eruptions at Mount Kelud on the Indonesian island of Java.

@LiveMoney: Love, money, and storm hoarding

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-02-14 05:26

Ask us your money questions on Twitter, Facebook or record a voicemail!

Recent reports show that one-third of the workforce are freelancers. By 2020, that number is expected to jump to half of the workforce. And freelancers rarely get health insurance or retirement benefits. What should you do if you don't work the traditional 9-to-5? We'll be tackling it on next week's episode of Marketplace Money, so send us those questions!

On Valentine's Day week, we dip into the archives to bring back a few stories of when love and money intersect:

Learning financial intimacy: What's your money type? Budgeting for love: Money and multicultural weddings When your heart wants what's bad for your wallet  

And the big news around the Twittersphere this week was how winter storms is shutting down the southeast U.S. We asked what people were doing to prepare:

@LiveMoney @MarketplaceAPM Have wine & Sherlock. All's good in the #QC.

— Princess Small (@Prinny_Small) February 13, 2014

@LiveMoney @MarketplaceAPM We bought a case of bottled water just in case. Other than that, we made no other changes. #snowbtv

— frisbeemcjingle (@frisbeemcjingle) February 13, 2014

Never understood people in the South who clear grocery shelves & act like world is ending. It usually warms up in a few days. @LiveMoney

— Sara G (@SaraOnTheGo) February 13, 2014

@LiveMoney @MarketplaceAPM - Too much snow + cold = stuck inside lots w/my toddler. Prepped for this storm with some wine for mommy :-p

— akashagrrl (@akashagrrl) February 13, 2014

Who knew you needed to be snowed in to drink wine and binge-watch Netflix?

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Finding value in health care and #obamacarewitherin

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-02-14 05:05

If you met me casually, you wouldn’t know I’m sick.

I seem like a pretty healthy 38 year old woman —not someone with an exquisitely-detailed knowledge of health insurance, medical bills, Explanation of Benefits statements, and the piles of paper that arrive in the mail after a visit to a doctor or hospital.

I have a chronic disease called endometriosis. It’s caused when uterine tissue grows elsewhere in a woman’s body. My first surgery (an emergency) came with a $19,000 hospital bill. Surprise!

Maintaining my health these days involves some vigilance, but as a reporter, it’s a great gift: A window into health care, one of the biggest personal finance issues in most people’s lives.

Most of us still get health insurance through our jobs; the Affordable Care Act is changing that landscape, though.

This week, we’re finally getting a chance to dig into what kinds of plans people are buying on the state and federal insurance exchanges. Marketplace Reporter Dan Gorenstein points out that 62 percent of people picked a Silver, or mid-tier plan.

That could mean a few things.

Maybe they want a plan with some pretty substantial coverage, or they got a good federal subsidy for a Silver plan. Or, like me, they are sick, and wanted something with a little more oomph to it than the lower-tier and less-expensive Bronze plan.

It all depends on how you define a “good value” for your care. Awhile back, I did a story for Marketplace and the New York Times about how to get the most bang for your buck out of health care. Turns out, it’s totally subjective! A father of three was willing to pay more to get his kids in quickly, while a 27-year-old valued a doctor who she could email.

As for Obamacare, we’ve got a slightly goofy tweet tale to share with you.

Champion tweeter @erinscafe decided to go on the Covered California exchange back in December to get insurance coverage —adding herself on her husband’s plan was too pricey. She hashtagged the adventure, #obamacarewitherin

If I am not as happy as these people once I have health insurance, I want my money back.


— Erin Scafenova (@erinscafe) December 20, 2013

Several hours (and many tweets) later , Erin was a little less happy, looking at Silver and Gold plans from a few different insurers. The website, though, didn’t give her all the info she needed.

Okay, my doctor says that the web site has LIED TO ME. He is NOT covered under LA Care. Anthem is my only option if I want my doctor.

— Erin Scafenova (@erinscafe) December 20, 2013

There was some confusion about what all the money went to.

You guys, premiums and deductibles seem silly. Why isn't there just a fee every month and then you get whatever you need?

— Erin Scafenova (@erinscafe) December 20, 2013

Watching that was too much for me to bear in a personal finance capacity, so I stepped in. I’m not taking a policy position on the ACA, that’s not my job. But I can help someone save money!

Okay @lizzieohreally is now helping me get health insurance.


— Erin Scafenova (@erinscafe) December 20, 2013

We figured out — eventually —that Erin could save $600 a year if she bought the Silver plan instead of the Gold. She’d pay lower monthly premiums, but have a higher deductible. Still, Erin is young and healthy, and (fingers crossed) hopes to avoid having to shoulder any big out-of-pocket costs.

So far, she says she likes her plan.

Day in pictures: 14 February 2014

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-14 04:54
24 hours of news photos: 14 February

Cricket-murder dad 'was wanted'

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-14 04:51
An Australian man who beat his 11-year-old son to death with a cricket bat was wanted by police before the incident, the authorities say.

Italian PM Enrico Letta resigns

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-14 04:48
Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta submits his resignation after his centre-left Democratic Party call for a change in government.

Silk Road 2 loses $2.7m in bitcoins

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-14 04:36
The Silk Road 2, an anonymous marketplace for drugs, has allegedly been hacked resulting in the loss of bitcoins, valued at $2.7m.

Anger over new childcare ratios plan

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-14 04:35
Plans to allow one member of staff to look after as many as 30 children in after-school clubs meet with strong objections from childcare organisations.

GB curlers beat Japan to match record

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-14 04:32
Great Britain's women's curling team equal the Olympic record score for the second time at Sochi 2014 as they thrash Japan 12-3.

AUDIO: Quitting smoking 'relieves stress'

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-14 04:25
Quitting smoking can relieve stress, according to a new study.

Worst Is Over, But More Snow's Coming

NPR News - Fri, 2014-02-14 04:25

The storm that has caused havoc from Texas to New England is due to move out to sea Friday. But it's still winter: At least a little more snow is expected in many parts of the Northeast over the weekend.

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