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Official In Charge Of Creating HealthCare.gov Steps Down

NPR News - Mon, 2013-12-30 10:59

Michelle Snyder, who was responsible for the problem-plagued website, will retire from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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Rural ambulance times 'need rethink'

BBC - Mon, 2013-12-30 10:56
A health minister says the death of a 26-year-old man in Norfolk highlights the issue of rural ambulance response times.

Al-Qaida's Receipts: From 60-Cent Cake To A $6,800 Workshop

NPR News - Mon, 2013-12-30 10:55

Receipts left behind in Timbuktu show how the terrorist network tracks its expenses, The Associated Press reports. From minor amounts spent on food to much more spent on meetings, al-Qaida records expenses much like a multinational corporation would, the wire service says.

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Egypt urged to free Al-Jazeera staff

BBC - Mon, 2013-12-30 10:37
Broadcaster Al-Jazeera demands the release of four journalists arrested in Egypt for allegedly holding illegal meetings with the Muslim Brotherhood.

At Long Last, Female Ski Jumpers Can Go For Olympic Gold

NPR News - Mon, 2013-12-30 10:34

The event makes its debut in Sochi after a fight that landed in a Canadian courtroom and endured years of setbacks. At trials in Park City, Utah, on Sunday, ski jumper Jessica Jerome, 27, became the first woman to earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic team.

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Report Details NSA's Alleged High-Tech Tricks For Snaring Data

NPR News - Mon, 2013-12-30 10:13

The NSA's Tailored Access Operations division uses everything from modified USB plugs to fake cell towers to access targets' data, according to German magazine Der Spiegel. The agency's elite TAO unit focuses on producing high-quality and hard-to-gain intelligence, Der Spiegel reports.

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A year in China: bad air, bad debt

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2013-12-30 10:05

As we look at the biggest stories of 2013, what stands out to Marketplace China Correspondent Rob Schmitz is the idea of "forced transparency" in two specific areas of China: bad air quality and bad debt.

AIR QUALITY. Some people may have first started paying attention to the air pollution in China during the 'airpocalypse' in Beijing earlier this year, along with this month's bad Shanghai smog. And that has shifted focus to the hard truths of China's economic growth. Lung cancer deaths are up, and so is frustration from everyday Chinese who must live with the heavy pollution. 

 

BAD DEBT. Then, there was an interbank lending crisis in China in June.  China’s credit bubble got too big, and the "shadow banking" industry posed a huge threat to the world's second-largest economy.  Schmitz says there is "tons of bad debt" in China's economic growth model, which is built on the premise of, "borrow, borrow, borrow; and build, build, build."  For years, China could hide it. But like air pollution, it's now out there for all to see.

"We'll see more events like this in 2014, where the government can no longer hide from its own people," Schmitz says, "because the fallout from 30 years of economic growth at all costs is becoming more and more obvious to everyone here."

A year in China: bad debt and an 'airpocalypse'

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2013-12-30 10:05

As we look at the biggest stories of 2013, what stands out to Marketplace China Correspondent Rob Schmitz is the idea of "forced transparency" in two specific areas of China: bad air quality and bad debt.

AIR QUALITY. Some people may have first started paying attention to the air pollution in China during the 'airpocalypse' in Beijing earlier this year, along with this month's bad Shanghai smog. And that has shifted focus to the hard truths of China's economic growth. Lung cancer deaths are up, and so is frustration from everyday Chinese who must live with the heavy pollution. 

 

BAD DEBT. Then, there was an interbank lending crisis in China in June.  China’s credit bubble got too big, and the "shadow banking" industry posed a huge threat to the world's second-largest economy.  Schmitz says there is "tons of bad debt" in China's economic growth model, which is built on the premise of, "borrow, borrow, borrow; and build, build, build."  For years, China could hide it. But like air pollution, it's now out there for all to see.

"We'll see more events like this in 2014, where the government can no longer hide from its own people," Schmitz says, "because the fallout from 30 years of economic growth at all costs is becoming more and more obvious to everyone here."

AUDIO: Would you buy fake followers online?

BBC - Mon, 2013-12-30 09:48
Inside business of buying and selling 'followers' on Twitter

'Progress' over Iraq Inquiry papers

BBC - Mon, 2013-12-30 09:39
Progress is said to have been made in talks over the declassification of vital documents relating to the UK's involvement in the Iraq war - necessary for the official inquiry to conclude its work.

Police probe ice cream contamination

BBC - Mon, 2013-12-30 09:39
An investigation into the possible deliberate contamination of Tesco ice cream with painkillers is launched by North Yorkshire Police.

VIDEO: Scattered showers on New Year's Eve

BBC - Mon, 2013-12-30 09:20
Rain and gales hit northern Britain on Monday but what will it be like for New Year's Eve?

Missing teenager CCTV shots released

BBC - Mon, 2013-12-30 09:19
Police questioning two men over the disappearance of Adam Pickup on a night out, release CCTV footage of his last sighting in Manchester.

Test Sites Chosen For Commercial Drone Testing

NPR News - Mon, 2013-12-30 09:17

The locations are expected to produce jobs as companies try out ways to make money with "unmanned aircraft systems." The six sites stretch from Alaska south to Texas and then north to New York State.

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Inside the NSA's elite hacking unit

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2013-12-30 09:10

German publication Der Spiegel reports on just how far the National Security Agency might be going to build back doors into technology for surveillance in a story about a division called Tailored Access Operations, or TAO. The elite group of government hackers apparently intercepted packages carrying gear, like servers and computer parts, to install special monitoring equipment. Click the audio player above to hear more.

UK 'cannot extend' migrant controls

BBC - Mon, 2013-12-30 08:48
The UK has done all it can "within the law" to delay the lifting of work restrictions on Bulgarian and Romanian migrants, a senior Conservative says.

VIDEO: Volcano Erupts In El Salvador, Ash And Gas Soar

NPR News - Mon, 2013-12-30 08:35

The Chaparrastique volcano blew for the first time in 37 years, producing a cloud that rose as much as six miles into the air. Airlines canceled many flight into and out of the country. While things are calmer today, gases are still rising from the volcano.

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Boeing Soars Despite A Turbulent 2013

NPR News - Mon, 2013-12-30 08:28

The airplane manufacturer was one of the stock market's best performers this year, despite battery problems that grounded its entire fleet of new 787s for more than three months. But a labor dispute involving its largest union could have some Boeing customers looking to competitor Airbus for new planes.

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Prince William to take rural course

BBC - Mon, 2013-12-30 08:19
Prince William is to become a full-time student of agricultural management at Cambridge University for 10 weeks from next week, Kensington Palace says.

German envoy's Athens home attacked

BBC - Mon, 2013-12-30 08:17
Shots are fired at the German ambassador's residence in the Greek capital, Athens, but no-one is reported injured.

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