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Moldova's Winemakers Seize Upon Region's Geopolitical Moment

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-30 13:44

The tiny European country of Moldova isn't known for much of anything, and especially not its wine. But its winemakers are trying to find new export markets and overcome their post-Soviet reputation.

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VIDEO: Louvre rat infestation shocks tourists

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-30 13:40
The Louvre in Paris has called in pest controllers after an infestation of rats was spotted in the gallery's gardens.

Drug-resistant malaria 'widespread'

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-30 13:28
Drug-resistant malaria is spreading in South East Asia, and has now reached the Cambodia-Thailand border, according to a study.

Women, divorce, and long-term finances

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-07-30 13:28

At a divorce workshop called Second Saturday, women of all ages are packed around a large conference table. One of them is Jenny Juffs. She’s divorcing after 19 years of marriage and has two special needs children. Like many women, Juffs is pretty shocked by her new financial reality.

“I’ve been a wife or homemaker all my life," she says. "Everything’s changing for me. I’ve never managed money.”

This situation is particularly grim for older women. Today, a quarter of divorced women over 60 live in poverty. Overall, older women see their household income drop by 41 percent. That’s twice the amount of their ex-husbands. And, to make matters worse, baby boomers are splitting up at record rates.  

"So we are seeing these 20, 25, 30, 35-year marriages coming apart, with the women who have never worked outside of the home," says financial advisor Grace Antares. 

Antares heads Portland’s local chapter of Second Saturday. Many people who come to her divorce seminar are completely inexperienced when it comes financial planning. She often sees panic. Like one middle-aged woman who fled the room: “She explained to one of my colleagues that she was going through what felt like PTSD to her, that she had been separated from her husband for 10 years and had made every single mistake that we had mentioned in the first part of the class.”

So, financial literacy is important. But Antares says the biggest contributor to post-divorce success is earning power - and some women who spent more of their time focusing on the family lack job skills. 

As for Jenny Juffs, she's trying to build basic skills, like keyboarding. "I know how to use a computer a little bit, but not Office or Excel or anything that anybody’s going to need.”

Antares says even women who have good jobs can make poor financial decisions after divorce. And the closer to retirement these mistakes are made, the more devastating the effect. Grace Antares is now 64-years-old, and has her own story.

"I was highly emotionally attached to the house," she says. "I pulled out the equity to pay him, I was the bigger earner, paid him a big settlement. Then, when the real estate market crashed, the house was underwater instantly. And so he got all the tax-free cash, and I got a foreclosure and a bankruptcy.”

Antares' own experience is what helps fuel the one message she repeats all the time: “You’re going to be in charge of your finances for the rest of your life."

NHS 'can deal with' UK Ebola threat

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-30 13:20
The Ebola virus poses a threat to the UK but health services here have the experience to deal with it, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond says.

Gaza's Network Of Tunnels Is A Major Hole In Israel's Defenses

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-30 13:14

Hamas militants are using tunnels in and out of Gaza to strike inside Israel. Israelis are questioning how the tunnels grew to be so complex and why the military hasn't been able to shut them down.

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Grocery Chain Workers Want Their CEO Back

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-30 13:04

Arthur T. Demoulas, chief executive of the New England grocery chain Market Basket, was pushed out by his cousin in a boardroom struggle. Protesting employees have brought business to a standstill.

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Cardiff march clash images released

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-30 13:03
CCTV images are released of people police want to speak to after violence erupts during a march through Cardiff city centre.

US bridge to get anti-suicide fence

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-30 12:53
A major span between New York City and New Jersey will be getting safety fence designed to prevent suicides, after an increase in deaths this year.

England claim two diving golds

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-30 12:42
Alicia Blagg and Rebecca Gallantree win England's second gold medal on the opening day of diving at Glasgow 2014.

Legia Warsaw 4-1 Celtic

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-30 12:39
Ronny Deila suffers a nightmare first loss as Celtic boss with a heavy defeat by Legia Warsaw in the Champions League qualifiers.

School standards £5m funding fears

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-30 12:37
There are fears millions of pounds could be diverted from current schools' improvements programmes to fund a new policy also aimed at raising standards.

Everton complete Lukaku signing

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-30 12:28
Everton sign Belgian World Cup striker Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea for a club record fee of £28m.

Judge Orders Bank Of America To Pay $1.3 Billion Fine

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-30 12:27

A jury had found the bank liable for fraud related to mortgages sold by its Countrywide Financial unit last October. Bank of America may appeal.

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Lessons to be learned over killings

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-30 12:24
Lessons need to be learned from the case of a man who killed his wife and young son at their home near Porthmadog, an official review finds.

Tor attack may have unmasked users

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-30 12:16
Users of the "dark net" service Tor who visited hidden websites may have had their identities revealed by a five-month long cyber-attack.

Violence On The Ground Hobbles MH17 Investigations

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-30 12:00

Nearly two weeks since a Malaysia Airlines flight was downed over eastern Ukraine, fighting in the region continues to delay the start of an investigation. For more, Audie Cornish speaks with Paul Sonne, the Moscow correspondent for the Wall Street Journal.

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For 2 Senators, Campus Sexual Assault Solution Starts In Washington

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-30 12:00

To learn more about the new legislation aimed at sexual assault on campuses, Audie Cornish speaks with two of the bill's co-sponsors, Sen. Claire McCaskill and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.

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Senators Roll Out A Bill To Curb Sexual Assault On Campus

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-30 12:00

A bipartisan group of senators has introduced new legislation aimed at combating sexual assault on American college campuses. If passed, the bill would force colleges to handle accusations more aggressively and provide advocates for victims.

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As Wildfires Burns Through Funds, Washington Seeks New Way To Pay

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-30 12:00

Wildfires are ravaging thousands of square miles on the West Coast, though officials say that this wildfire season has been tamer than average. Still, responding to these fires has proven costly, and the Obama administration is reevaluating how it pays for fighting them.

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