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Syria denies chemical weapons delay

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-06 08:20
Syria's deputy foreign minister says claims it is delaying the destruction of its chemical weapons stockpile are "absolutely unjustified".

Twitter's good earnings report just doesn't cut it for investors

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-02-06 08:16

Twitter released it's first quarterly earnings report yesterday. And the little bluebird did better than expected, earning two hundred and 42 million dollars in revenue last quarter. But investors aren't happy this morning, because growth in the number of Twitter monthly users was not sky high. Twitter's stock has dropped 20 percent so far this morning.

Brian Blau is a research director for consumer technologies at Gartner and joined us to help explain.

Click play on the audio player above to hear the interview.

'Billion-star mapper' takes sky snap

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-06 08:15
A test image from Europe's billion-star surveyor, Gaia, is released, confirming it is on track to begin operations in the next two or three months.

Sonic Dictionary: An Aural History Project

NPR News - Thu, 2014-02-06 08:11

If you don't know the meaning of a word, says Mary Caton Lingold at Duke University, you can look it up in the dictionary, but if you don't know what a particular sound sounds like, where do you go?The Sonic Dictionary, of course.

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Stolen Stradivarius Found By Milwaukee Police

NPR News - Thu, 2014-02-06 08:07

The instrument, known as "Lipinski" was stolen from the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra's concert master last week.

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VIDEO: Ambassador Naughty Boy

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-06 08:06
Record producer Naughty Boy has been made an ambassador for the British Asian Trust

'Thousands' on benefit cap find work

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-06 08:05
More than 3,000 people who were subject to the government's cap on welfare payments have now found work, according to new figures.

Brothers guilty of sex abuse charges

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-06 08:00
A man is found guilty of 31 sex abuse offences against his son and daughter while his brother is convicted of raping the woman.

How easy should it be to join a labor union?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-02-06 08:00

The National Labor Relations Board proposed changes to the rules that govern how workers vote on whether or not to unionize. The new rules make it easier for workers to organize by allowing them to distribute information electronically and by shortening the election period.

Under the current system, if workers want to form a union they have to file a petition and then hold an NLRB-sanctioned election. Before the election is the appeals process. Labor organizers argue this system allow employers to delay elections.

“The idea is to eliminate those tactical maneuvers,” says Thomas Kochan, a professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

The new rules would move the appeals process to after the election, thereby shortening the period between the petition and the election. 

The U.S. Chamber of commerce and other business groups oppose the rule change.

“They feel like these rules are going to have the effect of silencing employers,” says Geoff Burr, Vice President of Government Affairs at The Associated Builders and Contractors, a trade group that represents 22,000 predominantly non-union construction businesses. 

The 5 member board of the NLRB is divided with three democrats in favor of the rule change and two republicans opposed.  Both sides will have 75 days to weigh in on the rule change before a public hearing in April.

Hundreds rescued by Italian navy

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-06 07:59
Italy's navy rescues 1,123 people from inflatable boats south-east of Lampedusa in one day, while seven migrants drown trying to reach Spain.

Bombardier wins £1bn Crossrail deal

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-06 07:59
Bombardier has won a £1bn contract to provide trains for the London Crossrail project, the government announces.

Should we pay for plastic bags?

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-06 07:44
Should we pay for plastic bags?

Primary school sport £750m pledge

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-06 07:40
Primary schools in England are going to share an extra £150m per year sports funding until 2020, Prime Minister David Cameron announces.

Less Sleep, More Time Online Raise Risk For Teen Depression

NPR News - Thu, 2014-02-06 07:30

Lack of sleep contributes to depression in teenagers, two studies find. Lack of exercise and lots of time online don't help, either. The solution, researchers say, is for parents to make sure their children are getting a good nine to 10 hours of sleep a night, even in high school.

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Thursday's gossip column

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-06 07:26
Juve set to move for Man City target, European trio chase Vidic and Man City plan stadium expansion, plus more.

'Insect bullying' of 'rape' soldier

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-06 07:25
A soldier who hanged herself two years after claiming she was raped had a box of live crickets released in her room in a bullying campaign, an inquest hears.

European officials to consider new trade with Cuba

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-02-06 07:24

European foreign ministers this month are meeting with officials in Cuba to work out a new agreement on trade and investment. What might this mean for Cuba's still tenuous relationship with the U.S.?

Enrique Acevedo, a Miami-based reporter and anchor for Univision joined us to help answer that question. Click play on the audio player above to hear the interview.

Opinions on Cuba, of course, vary widely.  Enrique's network is just finishing up its surveys for a nationwide poll on the attitudes of Americans toward Cuba, which Univision plans to release next week. 

When tech jobs don't last forever

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-02-06 07:08

There are job cuts and there are companies that announce plans to cut jobs. The outplacement firm Challenger Grey and Christmas keeps a monthly tally of the latter, and there's news just now these layoff announcements surged in January. A combined total of 45,100 jobs will eventually go, including many jobs from the supposedly screamingly-hot world of technology.

John Challenger is CEO is the company that commissions the survey and said that while the tech industry has seen a lot of growth, it's also subject to a lot of volatility. Companies like Intel and EMC are shifting their business strategies to account for the mobile market.

Many of the announced layoffs are part of a trend we've been tracking in recent weeks, with retailers like Target, Sear's, Macy's laying off after the holidays.

"The cuts that occured in retail came from two sources," Challenger says, "They looked at their store operations and cut unprofitable areas of their businesses post-holiday rush, but also tens of thousands of workers, year-in-year-out, leave their jobs -- they've been hired during the holiday season -- and then when the season's over, they go back to their full-time jobs or second jobs. Those jobs literally disappear when the season's over and come back in the following year."

The government's monthly tally of employed and unemployed comes tomorrow, a report that experts say could be distorted by the weather and people falling out of the labor force after their unemployment benefits were curtailed.

What Do You Want To Know About The Sochi Olympics?

NPR News - Thu, 2014-02-06 07:08

Are people excited about the Winter Olympics? Don't figure skaters get dizzy? Those are some of the questions being answered on Quora, the "knowledge sharing" site. We'll highlight interesting questions during the 2014 Winter Games.

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Ditch corroboration plans, say MSPs

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-06 07:04
Holyrood MSPs suggest ditching controversial plans to abolish the requirement for corroboration from criminal justice legislation.

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