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Liberian Ebola patients 'found'

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-19 03:33
Seventeen suspected Ebola patients who went missing in Liberia after a health centre was attacked have been found, a minister tells the BBC.

Michael Brown's Family Plans Memorial; National Guard Is In Ferguson

NPR News - Tue, 2014-08-19 03:24

While early reports Tuesday quoted police saying that 31 people had been arrested last night, NBC News says it has more recent data showing 78 arrests.

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Child's drawing 'predicts intellect'

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-19 03:20
A study suggests the way children draw at the age of four can be a predictor of intelligence 10 years later.

Driver on phone 'killed cyclist'

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-19 03:09
A minibus driver who was looking at photographs on his mobile phone hit and killed a cyclist, a court has heard.

India hunger striker 'to be freed'

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-19 03:08
An Indian court orders the release of a human rights activist who has been on hunger strike for 14 years to protest a law granting soldiers sweeping powers.

London drives house price increase

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-19 03:06
Annual house price inflation was 10.2% in the year to June, driven by a 19.3% London rise, according to the Office for National Statistics.

Mexico toxic spillage closes schools

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-19 03:02
Scores of schools in northern Mexico remain closed almost two weeks after large quantities of sulphuric acid leaked into a river from a copper mine.

PODCAST: Orange Juice down

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-08-19 03:00

It's hardly like World War II or anything, but Americans are increasingly finding ways to go without orange juice. Consumption has fallen to the lowest level since 2002 according to fresh numbers from Nielsen -- we have more on why the breakfast staple is becoming less popular. And as families pack their 18-year-olds for college, they're confronted by the tuition costs. Then there's the cost of text books: one estimate puts the average at $600 for books and materials; another estimate runs twice that. Some students save money by renting or buying textbooks. But others don't get the books at all, which can cause big headaches for the instructors leading their classes. As you've been hearing, two people were shot last night and more than 30 arrested in more confrontations in Ferguson, Missouri. Among the many issues that will be examined is the flow of post-9-11 federal money that critics say has lead to the militarization of American police forces.  And there are calls now for police officers to wear video cameras on the job. But that solution may only lead to more questions.

Google cars 'designed to speed'

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-19 02:56
Google's driverless cars are programmed to occasionally exceed speed limits by up to 10mph, says the project's lead engineer.

VIDEO: Australia MP's verbal attack on China

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-19 02:55
Australian MP Clive Palmer has been criticised after he launched an extraordinary attack on the Chinese government, live on national TV.

AUDIO: Vaz slams e-Borders 'catastrophe'

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-19 02:53
The chair of the Commons Home Affairs committee has described as "catastrophic" a £224m fine imposed on the Home Office after it illegally ended a contract with a major US corporation brought in to modernise the UK's immigration controls.

Protester dies in Turkey statue row

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-19 02:48
A Kurdish protester is killed in eastern Turkey in clashes over the removal of a statue of the founder of a militant Kurdish group.

VIDEO: War Horse gallops into China

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-19 02:44
The War Horse is due to take to the stage in China next year. Carrie Gracie reports from Beijing where rehearsals are taking place.

Russian ban fuels food price rises

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-19 02:41
Russia sees some food price rises as a ban on imported Western products starts to take effect.

Saudis executed for drugs possession

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-19 02:39
Saudi Arabia executes four relatives for drugs possession, amid what Amnesty International calls a "disturbing" surge in the use of the death penalty.

Man critical after 'gas explosion'

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-19 02:30
A man has been critically injured in a reported gas explosion at a potato supply company in a Cambridgeshire village, the ambulance service says.

Traffic 'chaos' ahead of Nato summit

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-19 02:21
"Short-term pain for long-term gain" - miles of security fencing for next month's Nato summit causes traffic disruption in Cardiff.

Verstappen, 16, handed Formula 1 drive

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-19 02:01
Max Verstappen, 16, will become the youngest Formula 1 driver in history as Toro Rosso confirm he will join next season.

Professors struggle to adapt as students forego books

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-08-19 02:00

On the last day of a pediatric dentistry course offered this summer at the University of Minnesota, adjunct assistant professor Jen Post asked her class a pointed question.

"For the purposes of planning for next year, I'm just wondering how many of you bought the book for this course," she asked. "Anyone?"

Not one aspiring dental hygienist raised a hand.

The $85 textbook was, technically speaking, optional. But Post says even when it was required in years past, few students bought it. They also didn't even try to rent or borrow it.

"Then they didn't know answers on exams. They didn't know where it was coming from," says Post.

Faculty at several other schools report similar problems. In a survey conducted last fall by the National Association of College Stores, nearly a third of students polled said they didn't buy or rent at least one item required for a class, often a textbook. And an equal share of students waited until after the start of school to buy anything.

"They want to make sure that whatever's required of them to purchase or rent or borrow from someone else, that they're going to be used," says Richard Hershman, vice president of government relations for the trade group.

Niki Marinelli, a senior in the dental hygiene program at the University of Minnesota, says she often just relies on study guides or will borrow a textbook from a friend to avoid buying books.

"Sometimes I see how I did on the first test and go from there. I see if I feel a book would've been helpful if I didn't do so well," she says. "Most of the time I'm okay. I'll go in if I have any questions."

Marinelli says loans cover the $10,000 she pays each semester in out-of-state tuition. But book costs come out of her own pocket. And she already works two jobs.

Rick Hess, director of education policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute, says professors need to be sensitive to textbook affordability. But he says it's shortsighted of students to spend thousands of dollars on tuition and then skimp on books.

"It's a case of students essentially seeming to think they're paying for the credential for the degree but they're not all that concerned about the learning that goes along with it," he says.

Jen Post is concerned about it. Post now filters the textbook content down to 50-minute powerpoint presentations, which are the basis of lectures and exams. It's the best way to ensure students get exposed to the information in the book. Post says if she didn't do this, her students would turn instead to Google and YouTube for answers to their homework assignments. And those answers are often wrong.

"They're just thinking everything's at their fingerstips," she says, "when it might be in the book."

 

Equipping cops with cameras is only half the problem

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-08-19 02:00

Civil unrest in Ferguson has put a spotlight on the issue of excessive force by the police. One possible answer: have officers wear cameras while on the job

With video cameras and cloud storage  getting cheaper by the day, it would seem outfitting police with cameras should be easier than ever, right?

Jennifer Lynch, an attorney with the civil liberties group the Electronic Frontier Foundation, says taking videos is the easy part - the hard part is managing the data.

“What happens to the data after the fact? How long is it stored for? What’s done with the data after an investigation has concluded?” Lynch said.

Another issue: If the video is being used as evidence, how do you secure it from hackers and establish a chain of custody?

Putting those systems in place takes technical expertise and money, something many police departments are short on, said Jen King, with UC Berkeley’s School of Information.

King says that because of the sensitive nature of the videos, public agencies can’t always use off-the-shelf products.

“It’s not like they can just buy cloud space,” she said.

Some jurisdictions don’t allow public agencies to store information in the cloud and so they have to maintain their own servers - which is another cost.  

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