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Police disciplined over search death

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-01 23:55
Eight police officers are disciplined over a failed search for a missing man who was later struck and killed by a train.

Brain 'can learn to eat healthily'

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-01 23:53
The brain can be trained to prefer healthy food over unhealthy high-calorie foods, suggests a study from the US.

Detroit Bankruptcy Battle Begins In Federal Court

NPR News - Mon, 2014-09-01 23:30

The city's plan to restructure its debt has been praised as a creative way to protect both pensioners and its art museum. But some creditors — and residents — feel like they're being railroaded.

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As The U.S. Draws Down, Afghan Fighting Is Heating Up

NPR News - Mon, 2014-09-01 23:28

U.S. combat troops will be gone by year's end and Afghanistan is still trying to sort out its presidential election. The Taliban, meanwhile, have launched some of their largest offensives in years.

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'Difficulties' with anti-terror plans

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-01 23:03
There are "significant difficulties" with preventing British-born terror suspects from re-entering the country, the reviewer of terror laws says.

VIDEO: UK facing a 'tsunami of skin cancer'

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-01 22:53
Hospitals in England have seen a rise in admissions for skin cancer of nearly a third in five years, official figures show.

Eric Cantor Joins Wall Street Investment Bank

NPR News - Mon, 2014-09-01 22:30

Former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is joining the boutique investment bank Moelis & Co. The Virginia Republican was unexpectedly defeated in a June primary.

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Children 'damaged' by legal aid cut

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-01 22:16
Children are being damaged by the rising number of estranged couples representing themselves in family court battles, a former judge claims.

Japan tackles dengue fever outbreak

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-01 21:47
Japan is battling its first outbreak of dengue fever in almost 70 years, with at least 22 people confirmed as being infected.

Brown issues warning over UK debt

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-01 21:42
Gordon Brown says an independent Scotland would become "an international outcast" if it refused to accept a share of UK debt.

FBI, Apple Investigate Claims Nude Celebrity Photos Posted Online

NPR News - Mon, 2014-09-01 21:32

The FBI is looking into allegations that online accounts of several celebrities had been hacked. Apple says it is determining whether its online photo-sharing service had been hacked.

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UK airstrikes and mass celebrity hack - the papers

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-01 21:27
Among the stories fascinating Tuesday's press are whether British forces will engage jihadists in Iraq, and the mass hacking of celebrities' iCloud accounts.

U.S. Military Forces Targeted Extremist Network In Somalia

NPR News - Mon, 2014-09-01 21:10

A day after an Islamic-extremist group launched an attack in Somalia, U.S. military forces have struck back. A Pentagon spokesman says the results of the operation are being assessed.

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Stabbing stalker in sentence appeal

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-01 21:01
A stalker who subjected a Devon woman to a campaign of intimidation before stabbing her in Exeter, is trying to have his life sentence for attempted murder overturned.

Rapist driver crime details revealed

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-01 20:28
Details are revealed of an offence committed by a convicted rapist, who was later employed as a Milton Keynes taxi driver.

Can tablets really help kids learn to read?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-09-01 19:15

Can tablets and apps help children learn to read? It feels like a simple question, but the answer is complicated.

For starters, technology is moving fast, and there hasn't been time for solid scientific consensus to develop on whether and how devices like tablets should be used to help children improve their reading skills.

That hasn't stopped school systems around the country from buying in, and we heard this week about tablets in schools from Marketplace's LearningCurve reporter Adriene Hill.

But beyond schools and teachers, what about parents who want their children to have top notch reading skills in a changing environment?

Jason Boog is the author of "Born Reading: Bringing Up Bookworms in a Digital Age." Boog says that there is some agreement in the scientific community on a few important points.

Click the media player above to hear Jason Boog in conversation with Marketplace Tech host Ben Johnson.

One thing neuroscientists seem to agree that kids shouldn't be playing with tablets and smartphones until they're over two years of age. Another is that whatever apps or technology we use to try and improve our kids' reading skills, there is no real alternative for a real human being reading with and to a child. 

 

Tablets: do they really help with reading education?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-09-01 19:15

Can tablets and apps help children learn to read? It feels like a simple question, but the answer is complicated.

For starters, technology is moving fast, and there hasn't been time for solid scientific consensus to develop on whether and how devices like tablets should be used to help children improve their reading skills.

That hasn't stopped school systems around the country from buying in, and we heard this week about tablets in schools from Marketplace's LearningCurve reporter Adriene Hill.

But beyond schools and teachers, what about parents who want their children to have top notch reading skills in a changing environment?

Jason Boog is the author of "Born Reading: Bringing Up Bookworms in a Digital Age." Boog says that there is some agreement in the scientific community on a few important points.

Click the media player above to hear Jason Boog in conversation with Marketplace Tech host Ben Johnson.

One thing neuroscientists seem to agree that kids shouldn't be playing with tablets and smartphones until they're over two years of age. Another is that whatever apps or technology we use to try and improve our kids' reading skills, there is no real alternative for a real human being reading with and to a child. 

 

US works to free trio in N Korea

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-01 18:50
The White House says securing the release of three American citizens detained in North Korea is a "top priority", after they appealed for help.

NATO To Create New 'Spearhead' Force For Eastern Europe

NPR News - Mon, 2014-09-01 18:49

NATO leaders are expected this week to set up a rapid-response force to defend against potential Russian aggression.

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China's museum boom hatches roast duck tribute

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-01 18:24
China's museum boom hatches roast duck tribute
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