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Workers May Be Missing, Or Maybe Just Retiring

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-21 08:14

Is the economy strengthening, or is the jobless rate falling only because so many people are dropping out of the workforce? Big policy decisions — on interest rates and unemployment benefits — hinge on the answer.

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Routine ops in north Wales postponed

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-21 08:13
The majority of planned surgery across north Wales is postponed due to "increased pressure", says the health board which has apologised.

'Gut-Wrenching' Chicago Clergy Abuse Documents Go Online

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-21 08:12

Church officials have handed over thousands of pages of formerly secret papers to attorneys representing victims. The documents cover 30 of the 65 or so Chicago-area clergy who the church believes abused children in the '70s, '80s and '90s.

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Pakistan bomb kills Shia pilgrims

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-21 08:07
A bomb strikes a bus in Pakistan's restive Balochistan province, killing at least 22 Shia pilgrims returning from a trip to Iran, officials say.

Barack Obama to meet Pope Francis

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-21 08:00
US President Barack Obama will visit Pope Francis and Italian, Belgian, EU and Nato leaders on a three-country European tour in March, officials say.

Why Letting Kids Serve Themselves May Be Worth The Mess

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-21 07:57

Research shows that when kids are allowed to serve themselves, they're less likely to overeat. They also tend to be more open to trying different kinds of foods.

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‘Russia role' in spy death suggested

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-21 07:55
The coroner investigating the murder of Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko said there was a prima facie case that the Russian state was involved, it emerges.

BBC to show Britain's Davis Cup ties

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-21 07:55
BBC Sport secures a three-year deal to broadcast all of Great Britain's Davis Cup World Group matches until 2016.

Lagos state passes smoking ban

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-21 07:53
MPs in Lagos state, Nigeria's economic hub, pass a bill banning smoking in public places, including restaurants and on public transport.

VIDEO: SPFL tackles fans' weight problem

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-21 07:51
A new football scheme is helping middle-aged male fans get healthier and is nine times more successful than dietary advice alone.

AUDIO: Widow: 'We felt safe in St Lucia'

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-21 07:51
The wife of Roger Pratt has said that she has been touched by "considerable kindness" after her husband was murdered off the Caribbean island of St Lucia.

PODCAST: Oil demand booming

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-01-21 07:44

A new International Energy Agency report out Tuesday says global oil demand will rise by 1.3 million barrels per day this year, higher than its previous forecast. That number tells a story about the global economy and will also have impact in America.

The annual meeting of the World Economic Forum kicks off this week, in Davos, Switzerland. The global elite -- executives, politicians, media moguls, and academics -- will gather in the Alps for a four-day confab. This year, one of the items on the agenda is inequality. 

We’ve all heard of websites like Kickstarter, where you can donate to projects you believe in. Well what if, instead of just donating, you could go online and buy an equity slice of a small business? This crowdfunding of investment is what the JOBS Act is trying to promote. And it’s how one real estate company in Washington D.C. wants to shake up local development.

UAE jails 30 over 'Brotherhood ties'

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-21 07:37
A court in the UAE sentences 20 Egyptian and 10 Emirati Islamists to up to five years in prison after convicting them on national security charges.

Djokovic 'satisfied' with Becker

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-21 07:35
World number two Novak Djokovic says he is satisfied with the early progress being made under new head coach Boris Becker.

60 children unhurt after bus crash

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-21 07:33
Sixty primary school children are taken to hospital after a collision between a coach and a lorry in Newport but later discharged.

Report Details Alleged 'Systematic' Killing By Syria's Assad

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-21 07:28

The report by three former war crimes prosecutors is based on what are said to be thousands of photographs of dead prisoners that allegedly were smuggled out by a Syrian defector. The revelation comes just ahead of Syrian peace talks set to begin in Switzerland.

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Crime stats: The truth is out there

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-21 07:22
Can crime statistics be relied upon?

VIDEO: Syria crisis - Geneva II explained

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-21 07:18
Syria peace talks in Geneva explained - in 60 seconds.

Manager Ince sacked by Blackpool

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-21 07:10
Championship side Blackpool sack manager Paul Ince after less than a year in charge at Bloomfield Road.

What growing global oil thirst means for economy

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-01-21 07:09

A new International Energy Agency report out Tuesday says global oil demand will rise by 1.3 million barrels per day this year, higher than its previous forecast. That number tells a story about the global economy and will also have impact in America.

“It’s definitely a positive sign,” Fadel Gheit, an Oppenheimer managing director and senior energy analyst. “Higher demand for energy in general and for crude oil in particular is an indication the global economy is back on track.”

More oil demand means more shipping and more production and hopefully more jobs. On the down side, more oil use and production also means higher environmental impact.
America is having an oil boom, but energy companies can only profit so much. Current law allows export of only a tiny fraction of crude. As the domestic boom continues, expect a stronger push to change that.

“The producers who are producing that are saying, well, gosh, let us export,” explains Sarah Emerson, president of Energy Security Analysis, Inc. “So 2014, in that sense, is a bit of a tipping point.”

Now that America’s using more and more of its own oil, more companies here will be looking to sell abroad.

Mark Garrison: There are lots of ways to read a boost in oil demand. Here’s one, from Oppenheimer senior energy analyst Fadel Gheit.

 

Fadel Gheit: It’s definitely a positive sign. Higher demand for energy in general and for crude oil in particular is an indication the global economy is back on track.

 

More oil demand means more shipping and more production, hopefully more jobs. On the down side, more oil use and production also means higher environmental impact. America’s having an oil boom, but energy companies can only profit so much. Current law allows export of only a tiny fraction of crude. As the domestic boom continues, expect a stronger push to change that. Sarah Emerson is president of Energy Security Analysis, Inc.

Sarah Emerson: The producers who are producing that are saying, well, gosh, let us export. So 2014 in that sense is a bit of a tipping point.

Now that America’s using more and more of its own oil, more companies here will be looking to sell abroad. I’m Mark Garrison, for Marketplace.

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