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VIDEO: Mars Maven mission arrives in orbit

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-22 06:25
The US space agency's (Nasa's) latest Mars satellite has arrived successfully in orbit around the planet.

Amazon workers in Germany on strike

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-22 06:19
Workers at four Amazon warehouses in Germany go on strike in a dispute over pay and working conditions.

'Why I bet £900k on the Scottish referendum'

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-22 06:17
How does it feel to bet £900,000 on the Scottish referendum?

Top Israeli spy Harari dies

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-22 06:00
Mike Harari, the Mossad agent who oversaw a string of Israeli operations involving the assassination of Palestinian militants abroad, has died, aged 87.

eBay criticised as hacks continue

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-22 05:58
Leading security researchers call on eBay to take immediate action over dangerous listings - as more security problems arise.

Alice suspect murder details sought

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-22 05:58
Officers searching for missing schoolgirl Alice Gross formally ask for details of the murder conviction of the prime suspect.

The numbers for September 22, 2014

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-09-22 05:49

In New York Monday morning, everyone is talking about climate change. Thousands of protesters marched to promote awareness and action; the Rockefellers, who made their fortune in oil, announced their $860 million charity will divest from fossil fuels and Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a 10-year, $1 billion-dollar plan to cut the city's greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent from 2005 levels by 2050. All of this is timed with the climate summit convening at the UN Tuesday.

So everyone's talking about the environment this morning — including us — but we're reading some other stuff, too. Let's take a look at those numbers:

10 million

Apple sold more than 10 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus devices since Friday, beating the first-weekend sales of the iPhone 5, CNET reported. Apple also upsold more people on pricier models with more storage than it has in past years, one analyst told Business Insider. Apple makes 70 percent of its profits from the iPhone, and that flash storage is high-margin. Overall, it's a good day for Apple and a bad day for the millions of women trying to fit those bigger iPhones in their pockets.

2008

That's when Home Depot reportedly got the first warnings they might have a cyber-security problem, about six years before 56 million cardholders' information would be stolen in a massive data breach. Former network security employees told the New York Times that Home Depot was lax about security, using outdated antivirus software and failing to regularly scan for vulnerabilities.

14.7 percent

The nationwide three-year default rate on student loans in 2013, this year's numbers are expected Monday. Schools exceeding a 30 percent default rate three years in a row or 40 percent in a single year can lose federal funding, the Chronicle of Higher Education reported, and this year the department of education has changed its criterion from a two-year default rate to the ostensibly more accurate three-year rate. The default rate is on the rise, and one department of education official told the Chronicle as many as two to three dozen schools could lose federal aid.

2/15/14

In case you missed it, that's the day the Baltimore Ravens front office reportedly first learned what was on a security camera tape from inside the casino elevator where former running back Ray Rice knocked out his then-fiance. According to an ESPN investigation published late Friday afternoon, Ravens higher-ups pushed for leniency from both prosecutors and the NFL as they tried to keep the tape — which became public two weeks ago — under wraps.

More dead in Nigeria church collapse

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-22 05:32
The number of deaths in Nigeria's church hostel collapse rises to 115, including 84 South Africans, a South African minister says.

Officials: Vote 'properly conducted'

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-22 05:31
The chief counting officer defends the conduct of the Scottish referendum after allegations of vote rigging.

Hong Kong Students Begin Boycott To Call For Democracy

NPR News - Mon, 2014-09-22 05:31

The activists plan to stay out of university classrooms this week to protest Beijing's plan to screen candidates for the territory's next chief executive.

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VIDEO: Alice Gross police search canal

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-22 05:26
Detectives investigating the disappearance of missing schoolgirl Alice Gross have been carrying out a fingertip search in the canal in West London near to where she was last seen.

Heads reject bad behaviour claims

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-22 05:21
Head teachers say claims about poor behaviour in the classroom are contradicted by the inspection evidence and threaten to undermine recruitment.

McIlroy happy to be in USA's sights

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-22 05:09
Rory McIlroy says he will relish being the European player that America will target in this week's Ryder Cup at Gleneagles.

Thousands of HK students at boycott

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-22 05:09
Hong Kong students begin a week-long boycott of classes to protest against China's stance on electoral reform in the territory.

Tesco probe into £250m profit error

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-22 04:54
Tesco has suspended four executives, including its UK managing director, after the supermarket overstated its half-year profit guidance by £250m.

Caution urged over new gold offer

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-22 04:46
Investment analysts have urged investors to be cautious after the Royal Mint launched a new website selling gold and silver coins.

Iggy Pop to give John Peel Lecture

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-22 04:37
Rock legend Iggy Pop is to talk about the subject of free music in a capitalist society for this year's John Peel Lecture for BBC 6 Music.

VIDEO: HK protests: 'We have to fight'

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-22 04:37
Thousands of students in Hong Kong have converged on a university campus to begin a week-long boycott of classes.

School children involved in crash

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-22 04:20
Fifty-two people - most of them children - involved in a crash between a school bus and a car in County Tyrone were taken to hospital as a precaution, the ambulance service has said.

VIDEO: Ed Balls challenge injures reporter

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-22 04:15
Ed Balls left an opponent with a bloodied eye in the annual party conference football match between Labour and political journalists.
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