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The four-year spread of bubble tea

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-04 04:37
Four years ago bubble tea was relatively unknown in the UK, but the drinks are now ubiquitous.

AUDIO: Priest denied job after gay wedding

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-04 04:26
A gay British priest says his NHS job offer has been withdrawn as a bishop would not grant him the licence needed.

Family mourning dead baby attacked

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-04 04:20
A family holding a private service for a stillborn baby are attacked by a gang in a park in Colchester.

Labour slams after-school arts slump

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-04 04:13
The government is to blame for a slump in the number of primary pupils in England taking after-school arts classes, Labour says.

Thousands flee Lebanese border town

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-04 04:01
Thousands of Lebanese civilians and Syrian refugees flee clashes between the Lebanese army and Syrian rebels who raided a border town.

Gaza Conflict: Israel Begins Redeploying Troops

NPR News - Mon, 2014-08-04 03:58

Israel also declared a seven-hour humanitarian cease-fire, but there were still no signs that a long-lasting peace was at hand.

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Colombia probes soldiers' poisoning

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-04 03:52
Colombian experts are investigating whether a soldier who died on Sunday after buying poisoned pork was the victim of left-wing rebels.

Day in pictures: 4 August 2014

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-04 03:47
24 hours of news photos: 4 August

Assault charge footballer given bail

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-04 03:26
West Ham footballer Ravel Morrison is released on bail after three days in custody on charges of assaulting his ex-girlfriend and her mother.

Wikipedia link 'hidden from Google'

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-04 03:25
For the first time, a Wikipedia entry has been removed from certain Google search results, under the new EU "right to be forgotten" law.

Ghana to seek help from IMF

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-04 03:16
Ghana says it will seek financial help from the International Monetary Fund to help strengthen the West African nation's currency.

AUDIO: The 'right man' to play £1m Stradivarius

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-04 03:14
An 18-year-old boy has been loaned a rare Stradivarius violin, worth £1m, by a musician who was touched by the similarities in their lives.

Australia to deliver 'best' Games

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-04 03:13
Australia promise to build on the "standout" Glasgow 2014 and deliver the "best" Commonwealth Games in 2018.

Your pictures: Abandoned

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-04 03:04
Readers' photos on the theme of "abandoned"

PODCAST: "Mini" muni in Colorado

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-08-04 03:00

Massachusetts-based Market Basket hosts a job fair on Monday in response to employees protesting the firing of CEO Arthur Demoulas -- The company is looking to replace said employees. Plus, the VA reform bill crossing President Barack Obama's desk has a new benefit for veterans looking to attend college -- public universities receiving G.I. money must charge in-state tuition for all vets. So who wins and who loses in this new set-up? And municipal bonds are the sort-of boring financial tool that big institutional investors use to hedge their bets. But this week, the city of Denver is hoping to attract a totally different class of buyers for its bond sale. The city is selling $500 “mini-bonds" to state residents, as a way to get locals literally invested in the community.

The education benefits in the VA Reform Bill

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-08-04 03:00

The VA Reform Bill on its way to President Barack Obama's desk includes a benefit for vets who want to get a college degree. The benefit says public universities receiving GI Bill money must now give all veterans in-state tuition.

Right now, if a veteran wants to enroll in an out-of-state public college, Uncle Sam pays the in-state tuition while the veteran-turned-student has to pay any extra out-of-state fees. The new law, passed by Congress last week, means states will now have to swallow those extra costs, said Aaron Glantz, who covers Veterans Affairs for the Center for Investigative Reporting.

“The losers are those schools because they’re going to get less money,” Glatnz said. “But the big winners continue to be these giant publically traded for-profit schools.”

For-profit schools are winning in this equation because they're sucking in most of the GI Bill money by enrolling lots of veterans. Many of them are private schools, so if a veteran attends classes there, the university takes in up to $20,000 of taxpayer money in tuition.

The University of Phoenix has raked in nearly $1 billion of taxpayer money over the past five years this way.

However, not all state schools see the new law as a loser. Ross Bryant is a veteran and with the University of Nevada Las Vegas. He says veterans “bring a worldly view. They bring world leadership and when they graduate we hope they stay here in Nevada.”

States like Ohio and Nevada have already passed state laws doing exactly what this new law does. They’ve done it, in part, to lure skilled, educated workers to their state.

Artist: 'Keep kids out of galleries'

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-04 02:53
British artist Jake Chapman says taking children to art galleries is a "total waste of time".

VIDEO: How to become a virtual bird

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-04 02:51
Click is at London's Barbican for Digital Revolution, an immersive exhibition of art, design, film, music and video games.

Toledo Mayor Lifts Water Ban, Says 'Our Water Is Safe'

NPR News - Mon, 2014-08-04 02:50

For three days, cities in northwest Ohio had told residents not to use city water, because it had been contaminated by toxins most likely produced by blooming algae in Lake Erie.

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