National / International News

Family Tree Of Pertussis Traced, Could Lead To Better Vaccine

NPR News - Fri, 2014-04-25 12:04

Scientists tracking the ancestry of whooping cough say it arose abruptly in humans about 500 years ago, caused by a mutated bacterium that once lived only in animals. Genetic tricks helped it spread.

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You Love The Cloud, But It May Not Be As Secure As You Think

NPR News - Fri, 2014-04-25 12:04

People are storing more and more stuff online: photos, music, documents — even books. But if you're storing your digital belongings in the cloud, you should know you're giving up some rights.

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North Korea 'detains US tourist'

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-25 11:56
North Korea detains a 24-year-old US tourist, reportedly for "rash behaviour" at immigration, the country's state news agency says.

VIDEO: Under London in Crossrail's tunnels

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-25 11:53
Crossrail is Europe's biggest infrastructure project and is planned to run from Reading and Heathrow Airport, west of London, to Abbey Wood and Shenfield in the east by 2018.

'Observers seized' in east Ukraine

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-25 11:43
Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine seize observers attached to a European monitoring unit, Ukrainian officials say.

Hillsborough Wiki posts 'sickening'

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-25 11:39
The government says changes made on Whitehall computers to Wikipedia's page on the Hillsborough disaster were "sickening", and launches an inquiry.

VIDEO: Damon Albarn sings Parklife in pub

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-25 11:35
A London band performs Parklife with singer Damon Albarn after he asks to join them for a number in a Leytonstone pub.

Company Hopes To Strike It Rich By Mining Pacific Seafloor

NPR News - Fri, 2014-04-25 11:32

Nautilus Minerals has signed a contract with the government of Papua New Guinea to extract cooper, gold and silver from a depth of 5,000 feet.

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Somali shock over 'lost' stowaway

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-25 11:29
The mother of a Somali teenager who survived a US flight in a wheel well tells of her relief to discover that the son she has not seen for six years is alive.

When ads start jumping to the second screen

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-04-25 11:28
Monday, April 28, 2014 - 05:21 Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

It’s enough to give advertisers nightmares: more and more people picking up their phones and tablets during commercial breaks and tuning out the ads. (That’s if they’re still watching broadcast TV at all).

"As an advertiser, you're never really sure if the audience that the networks say they're delivering to you actually watch your ads," says analyst Paul Sweeney with Bloomberg Industries.

Now the company Xaxis has developed a product called Sync to reclaim those “lost” TV viewers. It sends complementary ads to the ones you’re ignoring on TV right to websites you’re likely to visit online.

"Oh, you're hearing a commercial for a food company and then, oh, I'm looking at my Facebook and there's a sponsored post there," says Xaxis' Larry Allen.

The big idea: There’s no escape during commercial break.

Marketplace Morning Report for Monday April 28, 2014Marketplace Tech for Monday, April 28, 2014by Kate DavidsonPodcast Title When ads start jumping to the second screenStory Type News StorySyndication Flipboard BusinessSlackerSoundcloudStitcherBusiness InsiderSwellPMPApp Respond No

New York's median rent is $1,100. Seems low...

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-04-25 11:23
Monday, April 28, 2014 - 05:18 Mario Tama/Getty Images

The Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village apartment complexes are seen October 22, 2009 in New York City.


Rents in New York City are up 75 percent since the year 2000, according to a new report from the New York City Comptroller's office.

"The data from the report is chilling," says Comptroller Scott Stringer.

Since 2000, median incomes are down, but rents are up far more than elsewhere in the U.S. And, there are fewer apartments available to the middle class.

"We've actually lost 400,000 apartments renting for less than a $1000," Stringer says.

But the median rent -- the point at which half of rents are below and half above -- might not be what you think. In New York, it's now $1,100 a month, according to the report.

Anyone who notices New York real estate knows that rent averages are often reported to be much higher. Reis, one company that compiles such data, says it's now around $3,200 a month.

But that number only looks at apartments on the open market. In New York, more than 60 percent of rentals are public housing, or subsidized or rent regulated.

Ryan Severino, a senior economist at Reis, says that can limit supply and, "It can make apartments more expensive for anyone who has to compete in the more competitive market."

And, yet, people keep moving here, far faster than new units are built.

Marketplace Morning Report for Monday April 28, 2014by Dan BobkoffPodcast Title New York's median rent is $1,100. Seems low...Story Type News StorySyndication Flipboard BusinessSlackerSoundcloudStitcherBusiness InsiderSwellPMPApp Respond No

Skype bans certain 'offensive' emoticons

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-04-25 10:57

We told you a couple weeks ago about how Yelp now lets you search with emoticons. A pair of scissors gets you salons nearby, the Korean flag finds you Korean restaurants, and so forth. 


On the other side of the happy face is Skype. According to the website Techcrunch, Skype has "removed certain...offensive emoticons from its emoticon dictionary."  


You can see the offending faces here. In Techcrunch's words:


"Oddly enough, you can still happily moon your chat buddies(), puke on them(), have a smoke with them () and pretend you are virtually drunk (). Skype is good with this guy, too ( ). Maybe because he is offset by this emoticon: ."

Stalker jailed after ex's M6 suicide

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-25 10:54
A man is jailed for two years for stalking his ex-girlfriend who later jumped to her death from a motorway bridge.

Boehner Mocks GOP Colleagues For Immigration Fears

NPR News - Fri, 2014-04-25 10:53

Back home in his Ohio district, Speaker John Boehner had fun at the expense of fellow House Republicans who are reluctant — or afraid — to tackle an immigration overhaul.

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Maryland's Obamacare Stumble Fails To Sway Governor's Race

NPR News - Fri, 2014-04-25 10:37

Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown might as well be wearing Teflon. Despite overseeing the botched rollout of the state's health insurance exchange, he's still the Democratic front-runner.

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VIDEO: Cancer fundraiser Sutton's new video

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-25 10:23
A teenager with terminal cancer, who has raised more than £2m for charity, has posted a new film about his life on YouTube.

Space X To Protest No-Bid National Security Contracts

NPR News - Fri, 2014-04-25 10:22

The space startup says its rockets are capable of carrying satellites for the Air Force, and it can do so cheaper than Boeing and Lockheed.

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Before This Blogger Moves On, He Wants To Say Thanks

NPR News - Fri, 2014-04-25 10:16

As he prepares to take on a new role at NPR after nearly five years with The Two-Way, Mark Memmott wants to say, "See you later."

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Gasoline Prices Rise As U.S. Refineries Send More Fuel Overseas

NPR News - Fri, 2014-04-25 09:51

Prices are higher in large part because Gulf Coast refineries are exporting more gasoline to Latin America, analysts say. The average is about 18 cents a gallon more than it was a year ago.

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Saint Who? John XXIII Overshadowed By John Paul II

NPR News - Fri, 2014-04-25 09:50

Catholics have known for years that Pope John Paul II was destined for sainthood, but many aren't so familiar with John XXIII, who also will be canonized on Sunday.

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