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Fifa report may prompt charges - MP

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-22 11:01
A report into alleged corruption at Fifa, football's world governing body, could lead to criminal charges, an MP believes.

A big week to come in climate change policy

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-09-22 10:14

It's going to be a big week in New York for the policy of climate change. 

Just a day after 300,000 people took to the streets of Manhattan to bring more attention to the need for climate change action, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund announced it was divesting from fossil fuel investments.

"What's clear is that this is a symbolic announcement," says Marketplace's Scott Tong. "But the amount of selling off would pale in comparison to the size of most of these big companies."

The reality, Tong says, is that we're in a planet that is supposed to keep global warming to just two degrees Celsius, but is currently on track to double that figure. But one of the other realities, he says, is that accountants could change the world of climate change.

"[The bankers] are everywhere talking about the opportunities of a low-carbon economy," he said. "Solar and wind energy, they say, are worth investing in, because in many places they can compete against coal and gas. There are tens of billions of dollars going towards bonds that invest in low-carbon technologies — not because of polar bears but because the return on investment is good. This is the kind of reality they're trying to send to national capitals."

In California, Less Water Means More West Nile Virus

NPR News - Mon, 2014-09-22 09:54

You'd think that mosquitoes wouldn't like drought, but that's not what's happening in California, where stagnant water breeds more mosquitoes. Cases of West Nile virus have doubled since last year.

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Calm follows Yemeni peace deal

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-22 09:38
The Yemeni capital, Sanaa, is reported to be calm one day after the government signed a deal with Shia Houthi rebels to end days of fighting.

Your Wallet: Redesigning student financial aid

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-09-22 09:18

According to the Federal Reserve, total student loan debt in the country has recently surpassed $1 billion:

The effects of student loans pop up throughout the economy: housing is out of reach for many, and even social security can be affected.

So, how would YOU re-create financial aid, if you could? Would you require work-study programs to bring down the cost of college while in school? A greater number of programs that cover student debt after you graduate?

Let us know on Twitter or email us, we'd love to hear your ideas.

Lion King 'most successful show'

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-22 09:14
Musical The Lion King takes more money at the box office than any other stage show or cinema release.

Massive Volcanic Eruption Is Making Iceland Grow

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

The eruption has been going for weeks. So far it hasn't been catastrophic, but it has been creating new ground.

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Watson targets Europe's key players

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-22 08:40
US captain Tom Watson says his team will be targeting Europe's best player and talisman in this week's Ryder Cup.

3 Afghan Army Officers, Who Had Gone Missing, Detained At Canadian Border

NPR News - Mon, 2014-09-22 08:22

The men are described as senior Afghan army officers who were vetted before being allowed to participate in training exercises. They are not considered a threat, officials say.

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VIDEO: Brunel rail structures uncovered

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-22 08:21
Remnants of structures built for Isambard Kingdom Brunel's Great Western Railway are uncovered during the construction of London's Crossrail project.

VIDEO: Tesco boss Dave Lewis: Full interview

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-22 07:57
Tesco's chief executive Dave Lewis has said there will be a "full and frank investigation" after the supermarket overstated its profits. Watch the full interview.

VIDEO: Tippers left cows buried in rubbish

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-22 07:46
The number of illegal tips being closed down in the North East has doubled in the last two years, as Chris Jackson reports

Day in pictures: 22 September

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-22 07:41
News images from around the world: 22 September

Driver ploughs into cars on street

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-22 07:38
A woman is charged with theft, drug and motoring offences after a car ploughs into several parked cars on a south Wales street.

Hannah police issue arrest warrant

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-22 07:37
Police searching for a missing British-born student in Virginia issue an arrest warrant for a man they believe is the last person to see her.

Dr. Daniel Bausch Knows The Ebola Virus All Too Well

NPR News - Mon, 2014-09-22 07:36

Can you catch it from sweat on a cab seat? Will blood transfusions help? Who really wants to go to Africa and pitch in? Is it too late? A leading virologist answers burning questions about Ebola.

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Unlikely alliances in fight against IS

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-22 07:35
Unlikely alliances in the fight against IS

Largest Of Calif. Wildfires Destroys 10 Homes, Other Structures

NPR News - Mon, 2014-09-22 07:16

More than 5,500 firefighters are battling the so-called King Fire in the Sierra Nevada forest area. Some 2,800 people have been evacuated.

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Hillary Exhilaration Helps Energize Generation Z

NPR News - Mon, 2014-09-22 07:11

Many young people are excited about the 2016 presidential election — and the chance to make history.

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When private investors, not taxpayers, pay the toll

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-09-22 07:00

Nine years ago, Indiana's then-Governor Mitch Daniels was looking for money to improve the state's roads and bridges. His solution was a public-private partnership in which the Indiana Toll Road Company leased a 157-mile stretch of highway in northern Indiana for 75 years to the tune of $3.8 billion. The deal was supposed to benefit both the state, and the company, a Spanish-Australian partnership.

“The private partners would receive tolls that were paid by motorists and the state would receive a better, improved road and this upfront cash payment,” said Robert Puentes, a senior fellow with the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program. When the recession hit, Americans started driving less, and tolls became less lucrative. And while that became a problem for the Indiana Toll Road Company, the partnership meant that taxpayers weren’t on the hook.

“There's no taxpayer bailout involved in this in any way, shape or form,” said Robert Poole, director of transportation policy at the Reason Foundation. “This is one of the advantages of these long-term deals. They shift the risk from the taxpayers to the investors.”

And, despite what’s happening in Indiana, investor interest in these types of projects hasn’t flagged, says Poole, who points to similar toll-road deals currently underway in Orlando, Dallas-Forth Worth, and northern Virginia.