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Oh Toronto! New Accusation For Mayor And New Charge For Bieber

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-30 07:11

Mayor Rob Ford is accused in a lawsuit of conspiring with others to have a former family friend beaten up. Meanwhile, pop star Justin Bieber has appeared in the city to face charges related to an alleged assult on a limo driver.

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How free is free enterprise?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-01-30 07:10

Think about what freedom means to you at work. If you've got an old fashioned boss, does it seem like a foreign concept? Or do you want more autonomy, more independence?

The firm LRN has been surveying companies to see how free they are. While freedom may not be a concept you associate with business, LRN CEO Dov Seidman explains it this way: 

“Business, after all, is about free enterprise. And we’ve looked into, in fact, how free is free enterprise and surprisingly, business is still more shackled than free, and successful companies are flattening. People are more free to contribute their character, ideas and free to innovate. And those who can harness that kind of freedom are the ones that are winning. But 50 percent of companies still show very low levels of such freedom.”

To hear Lizzie O'Leary's interview with Dov Seidman, click the audio player above.


Sick Ship Sets Dubious Record For Royal Caribbean

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-30 07:06

Nearly 700 passengers and crew fell ill aboard the MS Explorer of the Seas — more people than any other cruise ship monitored by the CDC in the past two decades.

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I'm a decent human being - DJ Travis

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-30 07:02
DJ Dave Lee Travis tells a court he is a "normal, decent human being" and is "astonished" at the sex offence allegations that have been made against him.

Cuba makes bid for foreign investment with a multi-million dollar port

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-01-30 06:58

Cuba is trying to lure foreign investment with a multi-million dollar shipping port. The $957 million overhaul of the port of Mariel, in west Havana, is being financed by Brazil, and is in the heart of a special economic development zone. The BBC's Sarah Rainsford in Cuba says the upgrade of the port is the biggest project there for many years. Click the audio player above to hear her story.

US killer executed as appeal fails

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-30 06:56
A man convicted of murdering a jeweller in 1991 is executed by lethal injection in the US state of Missouri, despite a last-minute appeal.

Rare Twitter username 'stolen'

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-30 06:39
The owner of the rare Twitter username @N says it was 'stolen' from him by a hacker.

Swansea withdraw from Ince chase

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-30 06:35
Swansea City confirm they have withdrawn from the transfer chase for Blackpool's England Under-21 international Tom Ince.

VIDEO: 'I support big changes in Labour Party'

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-30 06:31
There will be "big changes in the relationship between Labour and the trade unions", said Michael Dugher.

Five fire control rooms to close

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-30 06:27
Five control rooms for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service are to close, reducing the number from eight to three.

AUDIO: Game developer welcomes app fee cap

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-30 06:24
Game developers Neon Play have welcomed fee caps on in-app purchases to prevent children running up huge bills.

Homes 'deliberately razed' in Syria

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-30 06:17
The Syrian authorities have "deliberately and unlawfully" demolished thousands of residential buildings, says Human Rights Watch.

VIDEO: 'How I made stem cell breakthrough'

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-30 06:14
Japanese researcher Dr Haruko Obokata has been facing the world's media after her stem cell studies were heralded as a "major scientific discovery."

Actress quits Oxfam in West Bank row

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-30 05:52
Scarlett Johansson steps down as an ambassador for Oxfam amid a row over her support for an Israeli company that operates in the occupied West Bank.

Americans who have bought Obamacare are getting a good deal

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-01-30 05:49

Over the past several months, some 3 million Americans have bought health insurance through a state or federal exchanges. According to a new report out this morning from PricewaterhouseCoopers, contrary to many initial concerns, consumers might actually be getting a pretty good deal.

PWC’s Ceci Connolly says the average premium on an exchange is lower than the average premium of an employer-sponsored health plan, and that when the exchanges opened in October, there was concern these new products might be flimsy and expensive.

“That’s one of the misperceptions out there. That somehow they are barebones or you are not really getting adequate medical insurance,” she says.

Connolly says even when you factor in all the out-of-pocket costs, the average top tier gold and platinum plans are similar to employer ones.

And that’s just how insurers want it.

“They see an opportunity to capture new customers. We believe part of the strategy was to be competitive,” she says.

But Matt Eyles with Avalere Health says there is an important difference between employer and exchange plans. “One of the big ways insurers have achieved this is by having a more limited choice or narrower network of providers,” he says.

Restricting doctor choice is a key way insurers keep costs down.

Eyles says if exchanges do well, he can imagine the 156 million people who get insurance at work may one day find themselves shopping on private exchanges a lot like the public ones. 

Child porn at dead teacher's home

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-30 05:46
Child sex abuse images are found by potential buyers at the home of a dead teacher, sparking a police inquiry.

Nowell & Burrell handed England debuts

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-30 05:45
Jack Nowell and Luther Burrell win their first caps as England make four changes for the Six Nations match against France.

Economy Ended 2013 With Growth Still Strong, Data Suggest

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-30 05:45

The nation's gross domestic product grew at a 3.2 percent annual rate, according to a preliminary estimate. That's solid growth and follows an even stronger third quarter. But claims for unemployment insurance rose last week.

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Fulham sign Stuttgart's Kvist on loan

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-30 05:44
Fulham complete the signing of Denmark international William Kvist on loan from Stuttgart until the end of the season.

Meet The Cronut's Humble Offspring: The Doughscuit!

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-30 05:39

The Cronut is old news. A Chicago restaurant offers the latest doughnut hybridization: an impossible mix of doughnut-fried sweetness and crumbly biscuitness.

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