National / International News

Jobless Claims Were Nearly Unchanged Last Week

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-02 05:47

But the fact that 339,000 applications were filed — the fewest in a month — is a hopeful sign. Meanwhile, the most-anticipated news about the labor market each month, on the unemployment rate and job growth, won't be released until Jan. 10.

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Challenging new GED exams go all digital

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-01-02 05:35

Starting today, people who take the high school equivalency exam will face a test that's supposedly tougher and will only be offered via computer, no more paper and number two pencil. The test was created in 1942 at first to help military veterans get higher education without forcing them to return to high school after the experience of war. Emily Hanford, Education Correspondent for our documentary unit, American Radio Works, joins us to help explain.

Some university bosses 'had 8% rise'

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 05:24
Bosses at some prominent universities received pay rises of over 8%, or £22,000, last year, new figures suggest.

End protection of NHS spending - Fox

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 05:16
Ex-defence secretary Liam Fox calls for an end to the protection of NHS funding, saying the idea money could solve its problems had been "tested to destruction".

Sea wave victim searchers find body

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 05:15
The search for a man washed out to sea is called off after a body is found on the beach at Porthleven in west Cornwall.

How the Ryman League Zico lit up the Maracana

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 05:06
How Ryan-Zico Black's unusual name took him from playing in the Ryman League South to the Maracana

Stocks in 2013: All sugar rush, no substance?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-01-02 04:58

The S&P 500 went up 29 percent in the year gone by. The Nasdaq Composite rose nearly 40 percent. But this has prompted an argument that stock prices in 2013 were like cotton candy, lots of size, but not a lot of substance. Marketplace's Economics guy Chris Farrell has been considering this.

The argument comes down to the idea that the gains of 2013 reflected more of the Fed's quantitative easing rather than any real economic improvement, and that prices are bound to come tumbling back down sooner or later. But does the claim that the stock markets' gains have no substance, hold up?

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Injuries in Kenya grenade attack

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 04:43
At least 10 people have been injured in a grenade attack at the Kenyan tourist resort of Diani, south of the port city of Mombasa, say police.

100 Million People In Path Of 2014's First Wintry Blast

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-02 04:35

Parts of the Northeast and New England are expected to be hit the hardest today and Friday. More than a foot of snow may fall on Boston. The wind chill may plunge to 40 degrees below zero in the Adirondacks. Flight delays and cancellations are piling up along with the snow.

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Day in pictures: 2 January December 2014

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 04:33
24 hours of news photos: 2 January

Chinese fans relish new Sherlock

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 04:31
Gay love theory as Chinese fans relish new series

Romania's absent parents

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 04:31
The Romanian children whose parents work abroad

Sherlock return watched by 9.2m

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 04:29
The return of Sherlock to BBC One was watched by an average 9.2 million people, overnight figures suggest.

Musharraf in hospital ahead of trial

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 04:26
Pakistan's former military ruler Pervez Musharraf is taken to hospital with reported chest pains as he makes his way to court for his treason trial.

JK Rowling lawyer fined over leak

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 04:25
A lawyer who revealed that new crime writer Robert Galbraith was actually Harry Potter author JK Rowling is fined £1,000 for breaching privacy rules.

Schizophrenia: CBT 'little help'

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 04:18
Talking therapies have "little impact" on the symptoms of people with schizophrenia, a study suggests.

Antarctic ship passengers rescued

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 04:16
Rescuers in Antarctica safely transfer all 52 passengers from the ice-bound research vessel Akademik Shokalskiy, trapped since 24 December.

England skipper Stoney joins Arsenal

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 04:14
England captain and defender Casey Stoney joins Arsenal on a two-year deal after leaving Lincoln Ladies.

AUDIO: New Sherlock gets mixed fan reaction

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-02 04:10
Sherlockology fan site editor David Mather says fans have shown a mixed reaction to the new episode.

TV news paywalls are coming

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-01-02 04:01

Never paid for local TV news?  Well, that may be changing.  Cincinnati’s  WCPO-TV is going to offer local investigative stories behind a paywall.  It’s added 30 digital staffers.

“What they’re saying is, don’t think of us as TV, think of us as your best local digital news source,” says Ken Doctor, a media consultant.

The way WCPO-TV sees it, it’s go digital and dominate -- or die.  Adam Symson, who is chief digital officer for the station's owner, E.W. Scripps, says Cincinnati’s many TV and radio stations won’t all survive.  Symson is hoping a beefed up web presence will ensure market dominance.

“This is not just an investment in growing a digital audience,” he says. “This is an investment in the brand, WCPO, the television ratings and the digital audience.”

The question is, will people pay for something they’re used to getting for free? Other TV stations are watching WCPO’s web experiment closely, to find out.  

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