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Vidic's Man Utd exit 'mutually agreed'

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-07 07:25
Manchester United boss David Moyes says the departure of captain Nemanja Vidic is "right for club and player".

VIDEO: Painting stolen by Nazis returns home

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-07 07:20
A painting, stolen from a Polish museum by the Nazis during World War II, has been returned to the Polish government

Jury Awards Nearly $17 Million In Grain Bin Deaths

NPR News - Fri, 2014-02-07 07:19

Two Illinois teens were killed when they were sucked under corn in a grain bin where they were working. A third worker was trapped for six hours. NPR and the Center for Public Integrity told their story in an investigative series about the lack of regulation at such facilities.

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Hammer blow for RL if Burgess switches codes

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-07 07:08
If Sam Burgess goes to rugby union it would be a massive blow for league but also an honour, says BBC Sport's George Riley

Dieudonne acquitted in French case

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-07 07:00
French comedian Dieudonne is acquitted over a video where he called for the release of a man who tortured and murdered a Jew.

'Longest polar journey' completed

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-07 07:00
A British adventurer and a former French rugby player claim to have set a world record for the "longest polar journey on foot in history".

AUDIO: Skater: Sport helped me in business

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-07 06:58
A former short track speed skater claims her sporting experience helped her launch her own business.

Blatter hints at 2015 Fifa campaign

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-07 06:55
President Sepp Blatter will reverse his decision to stand down and run for another term in 2015 if asked to by Fifa's members.

VIDEO: GB medal hope: Katie Summerhayes

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-07 06:52
Find out more about Team GB medal hope and freestyle skier, Katie Summerhayes.

Should community college be free? A Twitter chat roundup

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-02-07 06:51

This week my colleague Kate Davidson did a story on the governor of Tennessee wanting to make community college or technical school free for all high school graduates. If the proposal goes through, Tennessee will be the only state to offer associate’s and technical degrees for free. 

In an interview with Marketplace, David Baime with the American Association of Community Colleges said that  this measure may make more students want to enroll in community and technical colleges.

"So when a message is sent out loudly and clearly that for qualified students community college is free," says Baime, "We think that it could make a big difference in terms of people's willingness to enroll in our institutions."

What Governor Haslam is proposing is not a new concept. California provided free junior college for years and the City University of New York didn’t charge fees until the 1970s.

The recent buzz around this issue got us thinking. Should students have to pay for community college?

We asked the question on Twitter and here’s what you told us:

@MPWealthPoverty @MarketplaceAPM small charge to cover some costs; easy to get scholarship programs for those who can not afford tuition

— Joanne Reiter (@JoanneReiter) February 5, 2014

@MPWealthPoverty There are careers that #CommunityCollege is perfect for and only has the training for. #Free will get more skilled workers!

— Ja'Net Adams Speaker (@JaNetAdamsSpeak) February 5, 2014

@MPWealthPoverty @Ketchcast I attended a CC for 2 years. Helped me knock out some gen elects; mostly that I needed to mature more. #USNavy

— Erik Newcome (@ErikNewcome) February 6, 2014

.@MPWealthPoverty @MarketplaceAPM all public colleges should be free. Not just community college.

— Brian Ecker (@Brian_Ecker) February 6, 2014

@MPWealthPoverty The revenue hit should instead be put to increase completion rates and subsidize loans.

— Jason Inofuentes (@tnofuentes) February 6, 2014

@MPWealthPoverty Yes!!!! Responsiblity!!!!!

— Jennifer Heffner (@writewitch) February 6, 2014

When your safety net ... disappears

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-02-07 06:43

The size of Janet Zipper's weekly lifeline: $579.

But at the end of December, Congress took no action to renew emergency jobless benefits. The unemployment checks stopped coming, and Zipper started letting friends and family pay for her trips to the supermarket.

"At first, I felt embarrassed. And then I thought, well you know I need help," she says.

Zipper is 49 and lives in suburban New Jersey. She isn't a victim of downsizing. But the bank where she used to work as a systems administrator switched its computer operating system. Out of a job, Zipper learned the OS she knows so well is becoming obsolete.

"Those skills that I had before that were very popular, paid well, are no longer in such demand," says Zipper.

Since the New Year, Zipper has applied for food stamps, and gotten a foreclosure notice.

Olga Calhoun is also fighting to stay in her home, a rental in Queens. She's been without work since last spring.

When I caught her on the phone, Calhoun had just applied in person for a job as a bank teller.

"I gave them the resume. They said they'd call if they have an opening," Calhoun says.

But she's not hopeful. Calhoun is 64, and thinks companies don't want to hire older workers. To make ends meet, she reluctantly started drawing social security early.

Calhoun also kept busy, emailing the members of Congress. She can't understand why anyone would block extended jobless benefits.

Don't they have the same problem in their state," Calhoun says, "What about the people in their state that voted them in?"

So far, there's not much momentum in Congress.

Things are looking a little better for Janet Zipper. After signing up for classes in another operating system, she found out she was eligible for a state program that supports workers who are learning new job skills.

Now she's getting a weekly check - the equivalent of her old unemployment benefit - for six more months.

Roache set for summer Street return

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-07 06:41
Coronation Street actor William Roache will make his return as Ken Barlow in the summer, the BBC understands.

Mother slashed TV star's daughter

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-07 06:39
A mother of two who used a glass shard to slash the daughter of Ground Force star Tommy Walsh in a nightclub is jailed for five years.

Jennings takes on Willy Wonka role

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-07 06:37
Alex Jennings will replace Douglas Hodge as Willy Wonka in West End show Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

VIDEO: Why Europe spends billions on space

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-07 06:34
European countries invest billions of euros into the European Space Agency, despite the financial problems of the eurozone.

Vidic's Man Utd exit 'mutually agreed'

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-07 06:27
Serbia defender Nemanja Vidic will leave Manchester United when his contract expires at the end of this season.

VIDEO: Osprey aircraft: Helicopter or plane?

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-07 06:13
Frank Gardner looks at the US Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey aircraft - an important tool as the US expands its military operations in the Horn of Africa

Much-Needed Snow Arrives In The Nation's West

NPR News - Fri, 2014-02-07 06:12

Parts of Oregon and Washington got up to a foot of snow earlier in the week and could get 6 to 12 inches more. Colorado, which has suffered its worst "snow drought" since the 1980s, could also get a big dusting.

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Day in pictures: 7 February 2014

BBC - Fri, 2014-02-07 06:04
24 hours of news photos: 7 February

Super Bowl leftovers: This week's Silicon Tally

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-02-07 05:56

It's time for Silicon Tally. How well have you kept up with the week in tech news

This week our guest, Molly Mulshine, a tech writer for the website Beta Beat, takes the test.

Play along at home, below.

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