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No Surprise Here: Sisi Rolls To Victory In Egypt's Election

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-29 10:58

Less than a year after a coup, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi won the presidential election with more than 90 percent of the vote.

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Murray open to hiring female coach

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-29 10:49
Andy Murray says he would have no problem appointing a woman to replace Ivan Lendl as his next coach.

The new note home from teachers

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-05-29 10:37

As part of our story on venture capital investments in edtech, we met with the folks at Remind101.  

It's a service that allows teachers to send one-way text messages to students and parents.  Remind101 says teachers send 80 million texts a month.  

Teachers are using the service to do all sorts of nudging.  And celebrating.  

And,#beatClarkston.

Here are a few examples of what teachers are sending...

 

Serial killer profile project due tomorrow. Be ready to present your PowerPoint! via @remind101

— Angela Thomas (@ROHSapPSYCH) May 26, 2014

Together we are way stronger than all alone. When we stand up for each other, we all win! http://t.co/GV2kKKJNCv via @remind101

— Gus Kaplanges (@gk81359) May 15, 2014

Tell everyone you know to buy their advanced dance show tickets!!!! https://t.co/Kc6kPNMmEp via @remind101

— Whitney Dance Team (@whitneydance13) May 13, 2014

Remember you need a 2L bottle, construction paper, tube (for nose), duct tape, etc for Tuesday. via @remind101

— Ann Beemer (@Physicstchr) May 26, 2014

PreAP: make sure you bring your books and notebooks today. I'll be out so be on your best behavior. via @remind101

— Erin Underwood (@eunderwo) May 23, 2014

Two days left to preorder leis for graduation http://t.co/PFA9iF3mKM via @remind101

— KHS Activities (@KHSActivities) May 23, 2014

@HF2lax Reminder ! Be sure to cheer our varsity team on as they play round two play off today at Clarkston! #beatClarkston via @remind101

— Amy Kowalski (@akkrave) May 22, 2014

Measles Hits Amish Communities, And U.S. Cases Reach 20-Year High

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-29 10:28

Because more people are refusing vaccines, measles can spread when people bring it to the U.S. from abroad. That's what's behind the high number of cases this year, with 288 so far.

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Teenage Sisters Allegedly Gang-Raped, Murdered In India

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-29 10:28

The bodies of the girls were found hanging from a mango tree. Authorities have arrested seven men, including two police constables, in connection with the assault.

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Are the fascists coming back to France?

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-29 10:21
Is Marine Le Pen luring the French towards fascism?

Embattled veterans chief fights on

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-29 10:19
Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki calls the delays to veterans' medical care "reprehensible" as calls mount for him to resign.

Virgin signs US spaceflight deal

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-29 10:16
Virgin Galactic signs a deal with the US Federal Aviation Authority, which will allow it to charter space flights from a base in New Mexico.

VIDEO: Newark by-election battle heats up

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-29 10:12
The voters of Newark will go to the polls next week in the first electoral test the local and European elections.

Keane has 'had chat' about Celtic job

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-29 10:11
Roy Keane has had "an informal chat" with Celtic's majority shareholder about becoming the club's new manager.

Hidden Cash trend goes global

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-29 10:07
The craze for Twitter treasure hunts has gone global

A cool drink for the end of the week

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-05-29 10:05

From the Marketplace Datebook, here's a look at what's coming up Friday, May 30:

In Washington, the Commerce Department reports on personal income and spending for April.

National Hurricane Preparedness Week continues ahead of hurricane season.

The first Indianapolis 500 took place in 1911. Ray Harroun won in his single-seat car. He used what may have been the first rear-view mirror in place of a spotter.

Other famous vehicles in history on this day include NASA's spacecraft Mariner 9. Launched in 1971 on a mission to map the surface of Mars, it became the first spacecraft to orbit another planet.

The University of Michigan issues its final May consumer sentiment survey.

And some folks celebrate National Mint Julep Day. Luckily it falls at the end of the week.

VIDEO: Are there Chechen fighters in Ukraine?

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-29 10:05
The Chechen leader has denied sending troops to eastern Ukraine to support pro-Russian militia, but says there could well be Chechen volunteers fighting against the Ukrainian army.

What do young Harvard graduates believe?

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-29 10:04
A snapshot of the private lives and politics of young US elite

CAR mosque attacked amid violence

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-29 09:50
Christian youths in the Central African Republic sack a mosque in the capital Bangui, a day after rebels killed several people in a church attack.

Apple bought Beats headphones. Now what?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-05-29 09:41
Thursday, May 29, 2014 - 09:00 Matthew Raymundo/ Via Wikimedia Commons

The image illustrates the White Solo Beats by Dr. Dre. Apple is allegedly in talks to purchase Beats eletronics- an acquisition that would cost a reported $3.2 billion.

Apple has two new employees on board after deciding to buy music brand Beats Electronics yesterday for $3 billion dollars. One of them you probably know -- rapper Dr. Dre, the other probably not.

Music executive Jimmy Iovine is less of a name and more of a music visionary -- or at least that’s what Apple hopes. What Iovine brings to the company first and foremost is that he’s a music industry superstar. He’s worked with Bruce Springsteen, John Lennon, U2 and 50 Cent. He knows people and people know him. He’s got a reputation in the industry as a business guy who can relate to artists and creative types. And the thinking is that he will help Apple hammer out new deals.

He’s also seen as innovative. He helped launch the Interscope Records label that promoted gangster rap in the late 80’s and early 90’s. Iovine also got artists to market clothes and electronics -- the Beats headphones with Dr. Dre is a perfect example.

One important question is what Iovine can do to help Apple make more of a name for itself in the online music subscription service world dominated by the likes of Spotify and Pandora. Beats does bring with it a music streaming service, with 250,000 subscribers. Of course that’s modest compared to Spotify’s 10 million.

Jackdaw analyst Jan Dawson says, really, what Apple is buying is someone who has a natural gift for understanding what consumers want.

“Steve Jobs had great instincts in that area too. But obviously since his departure that’s fallen to other people and Apple has a very capable set of executives but they don’t have somebody with that same instinctive relationship with music who can really understand what it is that people want and how they are going to buy it,” he says.

Apple is betting if you match Iovine with Apple’s resources, they’ll find some way to make beautiful music together.

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Fugitive 'Skull Cracker' jailed

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-29 09:34
An armed robber nicknamed the "Skull Cracker" has been jailed for life for raiding a Surrey building society while on the run from an open prison.

U.S. Teacher: I Did 7 Months Of Forced Labor In A Chinese Jail

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-29 09:30

Stuart Foster of South Carolina was jailed last year in Guangzhou for theft. He says he was forced to assemble Christmas lights, some of them exported to the U.S.

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How common is vitiligo?

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-29 09:25
A contestant on America's Next Top Model has vitiligo. How common is the skin condition?

ACLU Sues California For 'Equal Learning Time'

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-29 09:24

At high poverty schools, "students rarely experience a normal school day, let alone semester or year."

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