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VIDEO: India: Village elders 'ordered gang-rape'

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-23 07:12
Police in India's West Bengal state have arrested 13 men in connection with a gang rape of a woman, allegedly on the orders of village elders who objected to her relationship with a man.

The promise and pitfalls of expanded Medicaid

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-01-23 07:08

The U.S. Conference of Mayors is meeting this week in Washington, and among the many things on the agenda is the rollout of Obamacare.

Under the Affordable Care Act, many states have made it easier to get Medicaid, a move that will affect cities, experts say.

“It kind of casts a wider net of eligibility,” says Tom Carroll, a healthcare services analyst with Stifel Nicolaus. And that has boosted enrollment. One in five Americans is enrolled in Medicaid.

“It’s gone up by a significant amount already, and it’s just going to keep going up with each month that goes by,” says Mark Duggan, a professor of health care management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. 

According to Michael Sparer, chair of the health policy and management program at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, this could have an effect on the economics of health care at the local level. Cities and local governments provide health care to the uninsured, “and they do this through public hospitals, public health clinics, and other safety net provider offices,” he says.

It will help cities and local governments, the more eligible Americans enroll in Medicaid.

“Either because they get additional reimbursement, as the uninsured become insured, or because their burden is reduced because perhaps formerly uninsured folks start to go to private sector providers,” Sparer explains.

But, it’s not all good news. There will still be Americans who aren’t insured, and because of other changes to Medicaid and Medicare, reimbursements are getting smaller.

Zara Tindall's daughter is named

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-23 06:47
Zara and Mike Tindall's daughter is named Mia, the rugby player announces on Twitter.

UN seeks to bridge Syria divide

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-23 06:46
The UN mediator for Syrian peace talks, Lakhdar Brahimi, will hold separate talks with rival delegations to assess their willingness to meet together.

Drunk fan calls 999 for Fergie time

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-23 06:40
A drunk Manchester United fan called 999 "demanding" to speak to Sir Alex Ferguson after the club's defeat, police say.

Boss cleared of dead body incident

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-23 06:36
A care manager at a religious retreat for nuns is cleared of locking a worker in a room with a dead body.

In sickness and in wealth

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-01-23 06:31

Let's face it, dating is hard. Everyone has their own criteria for who would make a good partner.  

A sense of humor, razor-sharp wit, a great face and for some … an excellent credit score.  

That's right, for some folks you'd better have a spotless credit history if you want a chance at romance. At least, that's what a survey from FreeCreditScore.com suggests. According to the survey, 75 percent of women and 57 percent of men consider a person's credit rating when searching for a potential mate, and a small number even said they ask about credit scores on the very first date.

There are websites that cater to those who are looking for credit perfection. The site CreditScoreDating.com allows members to screen dates based on age, height, location and yes, credit score.  The numbers are self-reported and unverifiable — unless you're willing to ask for a hard copy of credit reports on the first date. 

Although she doesn’t advocate asking about credit history on a first date, relationship and dating expert Andrea Syrtash says we shouldn't be surprised that sites like this exist.

"[Money problems are] one of the top reasons, we know, that couples split up, so of course credit scores are really important to know when going into a long-term partnership," Syrtash says. According to Syrtash, you shouldn't necessarily go into your financial history on a first or second date, but once you are committed the subject of money should no longer be taboo.

"You have to know if you're aligned on all kinds of values, money is certainly one of those values," she says.

Yet, even when money is considered to be important, not everyone feels comfortable raising the issue. "When communications breaks down, relationships break up. And money talk is part of that," Syrtash says.  

Whether you think asking for a W-2, two recent paycheck stubs, and a credit report while meeting for cocktails is prudent or just plain tacky, Syrtash has some simple dating advice: "Date the person, not the potential. You have to look at what the person is offering you now."

DOJ Alleges Fraudulent Security Checks By Firm That Vetted Snowden

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-23 06:31

Justice says U.S. Investigations Services, the company that cleared both the NSA leaker and Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis, expedited hundreds of thousands of cases that weren't properly reviewed.

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India woman raped on 'elders' order'

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-23 06:27
Indian police arrest 13 men over the gang rape of a woman, allegedly ordered by village elders who objected to her relationship with a man.

Osvaldo suspended for fight with Fonte

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-23 06:21
Southampton suspend Dani Osvaldo for two weeks for fighting with team-mate Jose Fonte at the club's training ground.

Arrivederci, Milan! Fiat-Chrysler coming to the NYSE?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-01-23 06:20

Right now, the place to buy stock in Fiat-Chrysler is in Milan, Italy. But Bloomberg is reporting that Fiat's boss is about to ask his board to move its primary stock business to the New York Stock Exchange. The BBC's Caroline Hepker covers Fiat-Chrysler, and tells Marketplace Morning Report about the potential move. Click the audio player above to learn more.

Crime figures down 10%, survey shows

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-23 06:12
Overall crime fell by 10% in England and Wales in the year to September 2013, official figures show.

Inquest opens on A&E wait death

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-23 06:09
An inquest is opened and adjourned into the death of a man who waited four hours in an ambulance outside a hospital.

VIDEO: Crisis talks after Ukraine bloodshed

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-23 06:05
Anti-government protestors in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, have agreed to hold a truce for a few hours, while talks take place between the president and opposition leaders.

Why Collymore Twitter abuse is not fair game

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-23 06:03
Why a minority of sports fans believe it is OK to abuse famous sportspeople

VIDEO: Cooper: Shame on you Mr Farage!

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-23 06:00
Financial analyst and commentator Louise Cooper talks maternity leave and gardening leave in the financial world with UKIP's leader Nigel Farage.

Sales Of Existing Homes Hit 7-Year High In 2013

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-23 06:00

There's more evidence that the housing sector has come out of its deep slump. The day's other key economic indicator: The number of people who applied for unemployment insurance barely changed last week. The pace remained near where it was before the economy slipped into its 2007-2009 recession.

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GB name skiers for Sochi Paralympics

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-23 05:59
Kelly Gallagher and Jade Etherington head the GB skiing team for the Winter Paralympics in Sochi in March.

VIDEO: Davos: 22 facts people should know

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-23 05:56
22 facts about the global economy everyone should know

American and US Airways start code-sharing as a step toward unifying operations

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-01-23 05:55

American Airlines and US Airways are taking another step towards merging into a single airline. Each has started selling tickets on select flights operated by the other carrier, for travel starting today. It’s a practice called codesharing, which makes your partner’s flights look like your own. It’s just one step in a very long engagement.

Airline consultant Jay Sorensen says merging ownership was just the beginning of that engagement, "and at some point down the road, the engagement will come to an end and there will be the actual marriage.” 

But there’s a lot to do before the two airlines become one. Like codesharing. Sorensen says it should boost revenue, by increasing sales of connecting flights. People prefer not to change airlines mid-trip he says, “whereas a connection on the same airline is one step below a non-stop flight.” 

Continental and United waited until they were hitched to roll out certain benefits. But travel industry analyst Henry Harteveldt likes that American and US Airways are breaking the process into manageable pieces.

“Like letting us use one another’s lounges,” Harteveldt says. “Then, a little bit of codesharing on certain flights between hubs. Then expand that. Then start selling flights on one another’s websites.” 

Soon you’re standardizing meals and all we all know what that means.

In the end, the new airline will take American’s name. All flights will be coded AA.

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