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In The Wake Of Harvey Weinstein Scandal, Women Say #MeToo

NPR News - Mon, 2017-10-16 14:07

The ousting of a powerful Hollywood producer over multiple abuse allegations prompted women and other assault survivors to proclaim a simple idea: that sexual abuse is common in their lives.

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Pretty much all Wi-Fi is vulnerable, security experts reveal

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2017-10-16 14:06
Belgian researchers have identified a vulnerability in the way most of us connect wirelessly to the internet. The weakness even has a name: Krack. If exploited (and luckily that has not yet happened, as far as anyone can tell), information like our credit cards, passwords, basically anything we type is at risk for being seen and stolen. For businesses trying to keep their data and yours safe, this opens up a whole new front in the cybersecurity war. 

My Economy: Anxious about medical bills down the road

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2017-10-16 14:04
My Economy tells the story of the new economic normal through the eyes of people trying to make it, because we know the only numbers that really matter are the ones in your economy. Today’s installment is from Irwin Kwan, a user experience designer in Massachusetts. There are a couple things you hear, especially from people who advocate financial independence. You know, have six months expenses, make sure your expenses are less than your income. And we have that covered. All the costs of health care and disasters — like, God forbid, someone in my family gets cancer, and we have to start paying regular expenses — you don’t know what those costs are. You just know that they’re high. And it’s so high compared to almost anything in your life that you have to pay for. My wife, when she was younger, she had to take an ambulance ride. It was five minutes long, the ride. And the bill from the hospital was over $10,000. She had to fight her insurance to try and get that reduced and reduced and reduced over time, until they finally agreed to a reasonable amount. Your health is really important, and all of this stuff is really important. But you feel like there’s this weird disconnect between the way you pay for insurance and the direct value you get of it. I guess it’s pretty timely, because open enrollment season for insurance is coming up, right? And every year, your employer contacts you and is, like, “these, these, these, these, these things have changed on your insurance." As I get older, I’m going to have to start check-listing these things off. And making sure “this is now covered, that’s not covered anymore... Do I want to do that?” I’m pretty fortunate and I’m worried. I can’t even imagine what people [do] who struggle to get health insurance and then have to struggle to pay for it. It doesn’t seem sustainable. There seems like there has to be a more efficient way.

Florida Man Awarded $37,500 After Cops Mistake Glazed Doughnut Crumbs For Meth

NPR News - Mon, 2017-10-16 13:58

Police departments across the country use inexpensive field tests to quickly screen for drugs. But the kits create a lot of room for error — with troubling consequences.

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Leicester City 1-1 West Bromwich Albion

BBC - Mon, 2017-10-16 13:46
Riyad Mahrez's first goal of the season rescues a point for struggling Leicester City against West Bromwich Albion.

Can a corporate tax cut really boost average household income by $4,000?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2017-10-16 13:44
The White House released a paper today laying out the argument that a corporate tax cut will give a $4,000 boost to the average household. The studies being used to back up its assertion come from reputable places like the Kansas City Fed and Harvard, although there are plenty of other studies that say otherwise. The merits of the corporate tax cut and who it benefits is setting up to be a battle of the academics over some complex models predicting how companies might behave. So what does recent history tells us companies do? And why does the White House think this time will be different?

Newcastle United for sale: Chris Waddle 'feels sympathy' for Mike Ashley

BBC - Mon, 2017-10-16 13:37
Chris Waddle feels "some sympathy" for Newcastle owner Mike Ashley, but fans are sceptical after he puts the club up for sale.

Parsons Green Tube station stabbing leaves one dead and two hurt

BBC - Mon, 2017-10-16 13:28
The incident is not being treated as terror-related, London Ambulance Service said.

Trump denigrates Obama over false fallen soldier claim

BBC - Mon, 2017-10-16 13:24
The president falsely claimed his predecessor had not contacted the families of fallen US soldiers.

Rising medical costs may outpace a Social Security cost-of-living raise next year

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2017-10-16 13:20
Social Security benefits will rise 2 percent in 2018 for approximately 61 million older Americans who rely on the benefit. The annual cost-of-living adjustment is based on the third-quarter Consumer Price Index for urban wage earners and clerical workers. The COLA hasn’t been as high as 2 percent since 2011; it rose 0.3 percent this year and didn't increase at all in 2016. Low inflation in recent years has helped seniors financially, since many are on fixed incomes. But the rate of inflation in the health care sector has exceeded overall consumer price inflation in recent years. And that’s a challenge for older Americans, who typically spend a greater percentage of their annual budget on health care than younger people. Annual CPI calculations may also fail to capture a significant driver of health care inflation — the introduction of new, high-priced drugs, medical devices and procedures that can’t easily be compared to a similar health care expenditure in the previous year’s CPI data.  

Warren Gatland 'done' with British & Irish Lions and will not lead South Africa tour

BBC - Mon, 2017-10-16 13:05
Wales boss Warren Gatland says he "won't subject himself" to taking charge of the British and Irish Lions in 2021.

Anthony Joshua v Kubrat Pulev: Injured Bulgarian is replaced by Carlos Takam

BBC - Mon, 2017-10-16 12:49
Anthony Joshua will defend his IBF and WBA heavyweight world titles against Carlos Takam after Kubrat Pulev pulls out injured.

Immigration Judges Warn Against Trump Administration Benchmarks

NPR News - Mon, 2017-10-16 12:43

The Trump administration is preparing to impose new benchmarks on immigration judges to speed through a backlog of more than 600,000 cases in U.S. immigration courts. But judges warn the change could hurt public confidence and violate the right to due process.

Corruption Trial Of New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez Continues

NPR News - Mon, 2017-10-16 12:43

The defense phase of the corruption trial of Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., begins on Monday. Prosecutors said Menendez traded government favors with friends in return for a luxurious lifestyle.

Opposition In Venezuela Calls For Another Round Of Elections

NPR News - Mon, 2017-10-16 12:43

Gubernatorial elections in Venezuela delivered a majority of seats to the ruling socialists, rocking the opposition and reigniting protests. The opposition cited irregularities in their 17-6 seat loss. Shortages of food and medicine coupled with massive inflation have fueled widespread anger.

How Do You Stop A Spy From Spilling Secrets?

NPR News - Mon, 2017-10-16 12:43

Ursula Wilder is a CIA psychologist who counsels spies heading to or returning home from hostile environments. But how do you provide mental health services to patients who are professionally trained in the art of deception?

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Pleads Guilty To 'Desertion' And 'Misbehavior Before The Enemy'

NPR News - Mon, 2017-10-16 12:43

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl pleaded guilty to "desertion" and "misbehavior before the enemy" for leaving his combat outpost in Afghanistan in 2009. NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks to reporter Richard Oppel of The New York Times about why Bergdahl did this and what happens next.

In California, Many Wonder Why There Were No Mass Evacuation Alerts For Wildfires

NPR News - Mon, 2017-10-16 12:43

Firefighters in California made good progress over the weekend trying to corral several fires as winds calmed. But questions still persist over the warnings given to residents beforehand.

Confrontation Over Kirkuk In Iraq Reignited After Kurdish Independence Vote

NPR News - Mon, 2017-10-16 12:43

Iraqi troops have wrested control of Kirkuk from the Kurds, who have held it for the last three years. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with New York Times reporter David Zucchino about the situation on the ground in Iraq.

In An Attempted Show Of Unity, Trump And McConnell Say 'We Have The Same Agenda'

NPR News - Mon, 2017-10-16 12:43

President Trump held an impromptu news conference with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., at his side on Monday. The two tried to lay to rest reports of discord between them.