National / International News

Man in boxer shorts causes M8 delays

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-06 00:13
A man who was seen wandering on the M8 motorway in North Lanarkshire dressed only in tartan boxer shorts is detained by police.

RSPB: 'We did not kill 22 birds'

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-06 00:07
RSPB Scotland says "outrageous rumours" have been spread accusing it of accidently killing birds of prey.

Conservatives win Newark by-election

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-06 00:06
The Conservatives see off a challenge from UKIP to win the Newark by-election with a majority of more than 7,000.

VIDEO: Nevin: Has Rooney lost his hunger?

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-05 23:55
BBC Sport's Pat Nevin looks at some of the reasons why Wayne Rooney's place in England's starting line up is being questioned in some quarters.

The 'Cool War' With China Is Unseen, But Comes With Consequences

NPR News - Thu, 2014-06-05 23:47

Dueling charges of cyberspying between China and the U.S. are escalating in this new conflict, which could have huge stakes for American industry and trade secrets.

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From Coffee Futures To Bulk Buying: A Year Of Adventurous Investing

NPR News - Thu, 2014-06-05 23:46

Last year NPR's Uri Berliner took money from a savings account that was losing value to inflation and bought a range of assets that included a painting and a haul from Costco. So how'd his money do?

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Do you still call yourself middle class?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-06-05 23:31

Do you still call yourself middle class?

I put that question to an online network of people willing to be interviewed on Marketplace. It's a fascinating question to me, because it gets at both where we are five years after the recession, and to our definition of "middle class" itself. Recent research shows that while the economy as a whole is improving, more and more of us aren't using the term "middle class" anymore.

One woman, DeeDee in San Diego, wrote that she now considered her family poor. She said her income has been declining since 2002. Here's what being middle class would look like to DeeDee:

"I could step into the 21st century and get a cell phone; it would mean that I could spring for my children's meal at In-N-Out Burger instead of saying, 'If you pay for it, you may go.'"

Across the six dozen or so responses I received, most people felt that being in the middle class meant the ability to educate children, provide a home for them, and plan for a comfortable retirement. And many said they're not sure they can get there.

Jamie from New Hampshire wrote:

"If I had kids, we'd be poor, but since I don't, I'm somehow able to get by and have an occasional social life and such."

I posed the question and I still want to hear from people in the form below.

A Pew poll that came out in January shows a decline in Americans who call themselves middle class. Personally, I think there's more here than just the hangover from the recession. It's a wariness, perhaps, about what it takes to pay for a life better than the one your parents had. It's tangled up with the cost of college and health care. 

It's something that we're going to be exploring on my new show, Marketplace Weekend, both from an economic and fiscal angle, and from a psychological one. It also touches on the nature of work.

I came back to this idea again Thursday when I saw this great New York Times visualization about the industries that have suffered (and thrived) since the recession. I suspect buried in here are the keys to what a new middle class might look like. Or perhaps whatever our new term is that someday becomes both simultaneously aspirational and everywhere.



Beastie Boys win $1.7m copyright case

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-05 23:10
Rap group The Beastie Boys win a $1.7m copyright ruling after their music was used in an advert for a fizzy drink.

Baggott 'duty' to share information

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-05 23:02
Former police ombudsman Nuala O'Loan tells the BBC that Chief Constable Matt Baggott is legally obliged to share information about historic crimes.

VIDEO: Story of Victoria Cross D-Day hero

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-05 22:55
The actions of the 150,000 allied troops who took part in D-Day are being remembered 70 years on, but just one soldier who took part in the invasion was awarded the Victoria Cross.

Game sets £340m flotation value

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-05 22:38
Game to relist on the London Stock Exchange, valued at £340m, two years after the video game retailer collapsed into administration.

'Sex tape' school head resigns

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-05 22:26
The head teacher and a colleague at a Swansea school under investigation after the emergence of what appears to be a sex tape have resigned.

Injured Care out of England opener

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-05 22:17
Scrum-half Danny Care is ruled out of England's first Test against New Zealand on Saturday after injuring his shoulder.

Asia stocks mixed after ECB action

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-05 21:44
Asian stocks are trading mixed after the European Central Bank announced unprecedented measures aimed at stimulating the economy.

VIDEO: How to start your own record label

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-05 21:42
Olly Wood of Black Butter Records shares his top tips on how to create your own label

Why would you buy a prison?

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-05 21:32
Why would you buy one of England's redundant prisons?

Senators agree veterans health deal

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-05 21:29
Senior US senators agree a package of measures aimed at addressing the problems that have engulfed the healthcare system provided to veterans.

VIDEO: D-Day: From the other side

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-05 21:13
The BBC's Stephen Evans spoke to a German soldier who was one of the first to encounter the invading Allied troops

VIDEO: D-Day: As it was reported in 1944

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-05 21:07
The BBC's Caroline Wyatt looks at how D-Day was reported in Britain in 1944.

China to deport Australian artist

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-05 21:03
Chinese-born Australian artist Guo Jian, detained before the Tiananmen anniversary, will be deported from Beijing, Canberra says.

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