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VIDEO: Barricades burn after commando raid

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-24 05:18
The BBC's Oleg Boldyrev reports from the scene of an operation in eastern Ukraine where commandos cleared checkpoints that had been held by pro-Russian separatists.

Clegg: Lib Dems must fight EU myths

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-24 05:16
Nick Clegg pits his party's "optimism and openness" against the "fears and falsehoods" of isolationists at the launch of the Lib Dem campaign for the European elections.

More work study, less financial aid?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-04-24 05:09

What would happen if the government moved away from financial aid for college students and more towards work study? Marketplace economics contributor Chris Farrell joins Morning Report host David Brancaccio to make his case for growing work study. Click on the audio player above to hear more. 

Cost of recalls hits GM profits

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-24 05:09
General Motors sees first quarter profits hit by a $1.3bn charge to cover the cost of a huge recall of cars over defective ignition switches

Court 'failed' killed baby boy

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-24 05:08
A decision taken by magistrates "disempowered" care workers trying to protect a baby boy from his father who later inflicted fatal brain injuries, a serious case review in Derby reveals.

VIDEO: Education warnings 'six years ago'

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-24 05:03
Concerns raised earlier this month about a lack of long-term vision for education in Wales were highlighted over six years ago according to a confidential document.

Jobless Claims Bounce Up From Earlier Weeks' Low Levels

NPR News - Thu, 2014-04-24 05:03

The 329,000 applications filed last week for unemployment insurance were more than economists expected. One theory: Easter's relatively late date may have skewed the numbers.

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US to propose 'fast lane' net rules

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-24 04:59
New net neutrality rules will be published next month with some saying FCC will end principle of equal traffic for all.

The post-recall GM: What's it look like?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-04-24 04:56

[UPDATED: 8:13AM EDT] General Motors  said this morning that its profit fell 86 percent, its worst quarter since came out of bankruptcy in 2009.  A series of recalls hurt the auto giant, but excluding these one-time items, profits radically beat expectations.

GM is suffering not just from bad weather during the winter months -- but also from bad PR over its handling of faulty ignition switches going back ten years.

The problem has caused at least 13 deaths, and the belated recall -- in February 2014 -- could cost the company $1.3 billion. GM faces ongoing inquiries into its knowledge and handling of the defect, as well as lawsuits from consumers.

Since emerging from bankruptcy at the end of the recession in June 2009, GM has gone from a message of redemption to an acknowledgment of mistakes.

"We will not shirk from our responsibilities now and in the future," new CEO Mary Barra told a Congressional hearing earlier this month about the ignition-switch recall. "Today's GM will do the right thing."

That appears to include heads moving and rolling. Several top executives, in HR, communications and engineering, are out, says Paul Eisenstein of the Detroit Bureau, an auto-industry news service.

"Since the recall we have been seeing more and more changes in mid- to upper-management," says Eisenstein, and he adds that company executives have signaled to expect more of the same.

Meanwhile, GM plans to staff up two new engineering divisions -- one specifically to deal with safety and quality problems.

"The image of the company as a huge lumbering company where management holds back on innovation and change is an image that the company’s going to have to rid itself of very quickly," says Gary Chaison, a professor of industrial relations at Clark University who studies the auto industry. And he says HR shuffles alone aren’t likely to accomplish that goal.

Ecclestone denies bribery in Germany

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-24 04:54
Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone denies charges of bribery at the start of his trial in Munich and says he will fight to clear his name.

Treats in moderation make kids happy

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-24 04:44
Seven-year-olds are happier when they are allowed sweets, snacks and television in moderation, suggests a study of children's well-being.

Labour to cut ties with Co-op Bank

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-24 04:43
The Labour Party is looking to sever its links with the troubled Co-op Bank, bringing to an end one of the oldest political partnerships in the UK.

Stowaway Teen's Father Was Shocked To Hear Son Was In Hawaii

NPR News - Thu, 2014-04-24 04:39

The 15-year-old boy hid in the wheel well of a jet that flew Sunday from San Jose, Calif., to Maui. Though temperatures plunged and oxygen was scant, he survived. The father says Allah "saved him."

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AUDIO: Tuition fee savings may be 'small'

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-24 04:26
The savings made by university tuition fee reforms are likely to be "very small," an IFS study has found.

VIDEO: Sarginson finishes stunning team try

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-24 04:23
Dan Sarginson of Wigan Warriors scores the Super League's try of the week in his side's 33-14 win at St Helens.

Cornish granted UK minority status

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-24 04:16
Cornish people are granted minority status under European rules for the protection of national minorities.

Climate change: how to talk about bad news

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-04-24 04:16

It’s been almost eight years since "An Inconvenient Truth," Al Gore’s call-to-action on climate change. Now the televison channel Showtime is taking up the challenge with its nine-part docu-series "Years of Living Dangerously." In between these two films, advocates have learned a lot about communicating climate change. No. 1, it’s harder than anybody thought.

After years of dire warnings, a little over half of Americans worry about climate change “only a little,” if at all, according to a Gallup poll. 

“At first the attitude was, the truth speaks for itself,” says Dan Kahan, a professor of law and psychology at Yale Law School and a member of the Cultural Cognition Project. “Show them the valid science and the people will understand. That’s clearly wrong.”

Ed Maibach, director of George Mason University’s Center for Climate Change Communication, says there are at least three things “we know that you shouldn’t do,” when communicating the science: don't use language people don’t understand, don't use too many numbers, and don't talk about “plants, penguins and polar bears” instead of people. Maibach says another error is talking about the threat of climate change without giving people solutions.

Elke Webber, a business and psychology professor Columbia University’s Earth Institute, takes that one step further. She believes that instead of “scare campaigns” and “visions of apocalyptic futures,” climate advocates need to present visions of what a world less dependent on fossil fuels would look like.

“Focus on the benefits,” Webber says. “Scare campaigns work extremely well when there’s a simple thing you can do to remove the danger. But if it takes protracted action, over time, nobody wants to feel bad for that length of time. People just tune out.”

The real challenge, however, may be to talk about climate change in ways that don’t push people’s cultural and political buttons. Dan Kahan’s research shows that the way people view climate change is closely tied to their values.

People “aggressively filter” information that doesn’t conform to their worldview.

“And remarkably the more proficient somebody is at making sense of empirical data," he says, "the more pronounced this tendency is going to.”

Robert Lalasz, director of science communications at the Nature Conservancy, is convinced that real progress will come at the local level, where people are already confronting drought and rising seas and looking to community leaders for solutions. 

“We need to show people that the people they respect and trust are paying attention to climate science and using it to make decisions about issues they’re dealing with right now and issues in the future,” Lalasz says. Those conversations, however, tend to be about adaptiing to the effects of climate change. The question is whether they can help move the needle on mitigating it, before it's too late.

Day in pictures: 24 April 2014

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-24 04:02
News photos from past 24 hours: 24 April

Caption Challenge: Flower power

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-24 03:57
It's the Caption Challenge. Oh yes it is.

Care needs to 'outstrip' family help

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-24 03:57
The number of older people in England needing care will "outstrip" the number of family members able to provide it by 2017, a think tank warns.
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