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Predictions: Lawro v Olly Murs

BBC - Thu, 2014-12-18 13:50
BBC Sport football expert Mark Lawrenson takes on singer Olly Murs in his latest Premier League predictions.

No Fracking In New York? That's OK With Pennsylvania

NPR News - Thu, 2014-12-18 13:43

Environmental groups cheered New York's decision to ban the practice, and some in the industry say when it comes to good-paying jobs, New York's loss is Pennsylvania's gain.

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Carbon mission returns global maps

BBC - Thu, 2014-12-18 13:36
Nasa's Orbiting Carbon Observatory produces its first global maps of carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere.

Staff 'bussed in to plug jail gaps'

BBC - Thu, 2014-12-18 13:34
Nearly 250 prison officers are being bussed across the country to fill gaps at other jails because staff shortages are so acute this Christmas, according to leaked documents.

Putin's news conference: Five things we learned

BBC - Thu, 2014-12-18 13:11
Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the economy, Ukraine and his love life over the course of a three-hour news conference. Here are five things we learnt this year.

What The Change In U.S.-Cuba Relations Might Mean For Food

NPR News - Thu, 2014-12-18 13:06

The decision to normalize relations is driving all kinds of speculation about American food companies opening up shop in Cuba. But analysts say: Don't expect to see McDonald's there anytime soon.

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In List Of Changes For Secret Service, A New Fence Comes First

NPR News - Thu, 2014-12-18 12:56

In independent review panel calls for changes ranging from a better fence at the White House to a new approach to training and leadership within the Secret Service.

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U.S. Announces Protections For Transgender Workers

NPR News - Thu, 2014-12-18 12:55

The Justice Department's move is a reversal from how the Bush administration interpreted Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

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Two US states sue over marijuana

BBC - Thu, 2014-12-18 12:53
Nebraska and Oklahoma are asking the US Supreme Court to nullify a 2012 law that made marijuana legal in the US state of Colorado.

New Popularity Of L.L. Bean Boots Sparks Scramble To Fill Orders

NPR News - Thu, 2014-12-18 12:50

L.L. Bean's iconic rubber and leather boots have swung back into fashion with young people and are more popular than ever. The backlog stands at nearly 100,000 pairs; it will take months to catch up.

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'Slenderman' accused to stand trial

BBC - Thu, 2014-12-18 12:46
Both girls accused of stabbing a Wisconsin classmate in order to please an online fictional character are competent to stand trial, a judge says.

Sarah Koenig On Serial: 'I Think Something Went Wrong With This Case'

NPR News - Thu, 2014-12-18 12:45

Serial, the hugely popular (and sometimes controversial) podcast spun off from This American Life, wraps up its first season today. Audie Cornish speaks with Serial creator Sarah Koenig.

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Man held over armed police stand-off

BBC - Thu, 2014-12-18 12:39
A 43-year-old man is arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a woman was injured during a five-hour stand-off with police at a flat in Lancashire.

IS leaders 'killed by US strikes'

BBC - Thu, 2014-12-18 12:37
US air strikes have killed several high-ranking military leaders of Islamic State in Iraq, the Pentagon's top uniformed officer says.

Lower gas prices, but spending stuck in neutral

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-12-18 12:28

The average two-car household is saving about $50 a month on gasoline, according to Bankrate.com. So where is that extra money going? Not as much is flowing into malls and restaurants as you might think.

“Consumers are very quick to pull back on spending when gas prices rise, but very slow to ramp up spending when they fall,” says Greg McBride, chief financial analyst with Bankrate.

At an Oceanic gas station in Baltimore, Maryland, cab driver Waylen Hawkes estimates he’s pocketing an extra $1,000 a month, thanks to lower prices. He’s saving it, he says, “because it’s not going to stay this way.”

“I do worry about them going back up,” says Margurite Copper, a human resource manager with a security company. “I wish that I could take some gas and just store it somewhere in my house, but it would be unethical.”

Still, Copper was on her way to the mall after filling up, where she planned to spend a little extra on Christmas presents. 

Where your extra gas money goes

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-12-18 12:28

The average two-car household is saving about $50 a month on gasoline, according to Bankrate.com. So where is that extra money going? Not as much is flowing into malls and restaurants as you might think.

“Consumers are very quick to pull back on spending when gas prices rise, but very slow to ramp up spending when they fall,” says Greg McBride, chief financial analyst with Bankrate.

At an Oceanic gas station in Baltimore, Maryland, cab driver Waylen Hawkes guesses he’s pocketing an extra $1,000 a month, thanks to lower prices. He’s saving it, he says, “because it’s not going to stay this way.”

“I do worry about them going back up,” says Margurite Copper, a human resource manager with a security company. “I wish that I could take some gas and just store it somewhere in my house, but it would be unethical.”

Still, Copper was on her way to the mall after filling up, where she planned to spend a little extra on Christmas presents. 

Administration Won't Rule Out Raul Castro Visit To White House

NPR News - Thu, 2014-12-18 12:24

The remarks come a day after President Obama announced the U.S. and Cuba would begin talks to normalize relations and open embassies following more than five decades of hostility.

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The future of oil and gas after the boom

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-12-18 12:20

What effects will oil have on the global economy?

“If there’s too much oil in the world, we can have low prices for a while. That could be the problem," Marketplace Sustainability Correspondent Scott Tong says. "There’s a lag in the effect in the oil patch, but each day already brings another announcement of a company cutting back on their drilling because prices are too low.”

If prices stay below $60 a barrel, Goldman Sachs estimates producers could lose a trillion dollars. But Janet Yellen, chair of the Federal Reserve Board, says she thinks low oil prices are a net good for the global economy.

The contrast reflects what a lot of people think – in the short term, it is an absolute economic stimulus. Longer term, there are a lot of questions. If you’re an investor, the financial market is taking a big hit, particularly stocks that are exposed to energy and the bond market. Different parts of the economy could end up feeling the pain.

And, if we look farther into the future, the question of climate change comes up.  There have been demands for a carbon tax, but Tong says: “Cheap oil is basically a carbon subsidy.”

Part of Volcker rule delayed by Fed

BBC - Thu, 2014-12-18 12:18
The US Federal Reserve gives Wall Street banks even more time to comply with parts of the Volcker Rule, the reforms introduced following the financial crisis.

Immigration Driving Broad Demographic Shifts In U.S., Report Says

NPR News - Thu, 2014-12-18 12:10

An analysis by Pew Charitable Trusts shows that immigrants are increasingly moving from "gateways" such as New York and Texas into states in Middle America.

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