National / International News

Epileptic woman robbed while fitting

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-15 07:31
A "despicable" couple who robbed a woman while she suffered an epileptic fit - and then burgled her home - is jailed at Swansea Crown Court.

Go Figure: The week in numbers

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-15 07:24
The big numbers from the past week visualised

Galloway Belfast event to go ahead

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-15 07:23
A public speaking event at the Ulster Hall featuring Respect MP George Galloway will go ahead, Belfast City Council says.

In Hawaii, Storm-Battered Area Becomes A Kingmaker

NPR News - Fri, 2014-08-15 07:18

Sen. Brian Schatz leads Rep. Colleen Hanabusa in the Democratic Senate primary by a slim 1,635 votes. Two remote precincts, damaged by Tropical Storm Iselle, could hold the decisive ballots.

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What Your Junk Drawer Reveals About You

NPR News - Fri, 2014-08-15 07:11

The Great American Junk Drawer is a scrap yard, a time capsule and a box of curiosities and memories. It can also be a Rorschachian reflection of your life.

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Jobs lost as shipbuilder goes bust

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-15 07:10
The last remaining shipyard on the lower Clyde - Ferguson in Port Glasgow - goes into administration with the loss of 70 jobs.

Ukraine to inspect Russian convoy

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-15 07:08
Ukraine says its border guards are to inspect a Russian aid convoy parked at the border, as Nato condemns a Russian military "incursion".

Baseball players make out like one-percenters

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-08-15 07:00

Major League Baseball’s next commissioner, Rob Manfred, has been involved with labor negotiations for the league since the 1994 players strike. Since then, player salaries have risen far more quickly than pay for the average worker. For instance, the minimum salary for major league players has risen from $109,000 in 1995 to $500,000 today.  

In 1995, a major league baseball player making the minimum salary earned about 4.4 times more than the average full-time worker. Today it’s 12 times more.

However, minor league players filed a lawsuit this year protesting low wages, with most earning between $3,000 and $7,500 for a five-month season, which translates to an annual wage of $7,200 to $18,000 a year.

Even major-league ball has a one percent. For minimum-salary earners, “the percentage increase is not as big as for the top players. The top players got a lot more,” says Barry Krissoff, a retired economist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a Mets (and Senators) fan, and the author of a 2013 article called “Society and Baseball Face Rising Inequality."

That comparison seems overstated to Scott Rosner, associate director of the Wharton Sports Business Initiative at the University of Pennsylvania. Income inequality is “a little more acute for society as a whole than it is for baseball,” he says. “No one who is a major-league baseball player is going hungry by any means.”

Owners have done well too. “Salaries are very much proportional to revenue growth as a whole,” says Joel Maxcy, a sports economist at Temple University.

And star baseball players don’t get paid as much as other top celebrities, says Michael Haupert, a sports economist at the University of Wisconsin. The sport’s best-paid player, Alex Rodriguez, took home $29 million in 2013. According to Forbes, Ellen DeGeneres earned $72 million.

Even other athletes out-earn baseball’s stars.

“Tiger Woods made a lot more money last year — even when he had a crappy year — than Alex Rodriguez,” says Haupert. Forbes estimated Woods’ earnings at $61 million.

VIDEO: Pope poses for 'selfie' in S Korea

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-15 06:58
Pope Francis poses for a 'selfie' photograph at an Asian youth meeting in South Korea.

Van Gaal 'questioned' Rooney captaincy

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-15 06:52
Louis van Gaal says he wondered if Man Utd's captaincy was affecting Wayne Rooney but feels he is the right choice.

VIDEO: Giant turtle cruises Sydney Harbour

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-15 06:49
A giant inflatable turtle has drawn crowds of tourists in Sydney Harbour.

Indonesian Police Detain U.S. Couple In Murder Probe

NPR News - Fri, 2014-08-15 06:48

A 19-year-old woman and her 21-year-old boyfriend are being held in connection with the brutal death of the woman's mother on the resort island of Bali.

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Record high for university places

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-15 06:41
A record number of students have had their university places confirmed, figures from admissions body Ucas show.

Friday's gossip column

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-15 06:37
Raheem Sterling is set to quadruple his wages at Liverpool, Vargas for Arsenal, Fellaini loan move stalls and more.

What The U.S. Health Care System Can Learn From Ebola Outbreak

NPR News - Fri, 2014-08-15 06:35

Future outbreaks of superbugs that resist treatment will test the American health care system's ability to respond. A prominent patient advocate says we need to be ready.

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VIDEO: Mystery of Russia's 'empty' trucks

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-15 06:08
A convoy of Russian trucks carrying aid for eastern Ukraine is opened up to journalists at the border.

Boss 'put rugby tickets on expenses'

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-15 06:05
A man accused of defrauding a charity claimed expenses for four Wales rugby tickets, cat litter and pet food, Swansea Crown Court hears.

NI arts organisations' budgets cut

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-15 05:57
The Arts Council tells many of the large organisations it funds to plan for possible cuts from budgets.

Man jailed over car crash murder

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-15 05:54
A man is jailed for life and ordered to serve 18 years for murdering a pedestrian who was hit by a stolen car in Kent.

Ferguson Police Release Name Of Officer Who Shot Michael Brown

NPR News - Fri, 2014-08-15 05:50

Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson says the officer who shot an unarmed black teenager is Darren Wilson, a six-year veteran. Police also released data about a robbery they say is related.

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