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Paris flower market tribute for Queen

BBC - Sat, 2014-06-07 03:28
A Paris flower market has been renamed in honour of the Queen, on the final day of her state visit to France to mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

China probe finds 'naked officials'

BBC - Sat, 2014-06-07 03:24
An anti-corruption investigation in China reveals hundreds of civil servants, termed "naked officials", who sent wives and children to live abroad.

Woman beaten in 'vicious' sex attack

BBC - Sat, 2014-06-07 02:57
A woman is in hospital with serious injuries following a sexual assault in Teesside, say police.

Man accused of stab murder attempt

BBC - Sat, 2014-06-07 02:55
A 33-year-old man has appeared in court charged with attempted murder over a stabbing in north Belfast on Thursday.

Cyclist dies after pedestrian crash

BBC - Sat, 2014-06-07 02:53
A cyclist dies of head injuries after colliding with a pedestrian and falling onto the road in St Andrews on Friday.

Man's death unexplained, say police

BBC - Sat, 2014-06-07 02:45
The death of a 41-year-old man in Neath Port Talbot is being investigated by police.

Treasury 'Buzzfeed' drops Lego shots

BBC - Sat, 2014-06-07 02:44
Toy maker Lego forces the UK government to stop using its characters to illustrate a campaign against Scottish independence.

It's jobs day, so here's a picture of a career fair

Marketplace - American Public Media - Sat, 2014-06-07 02:26

Friday morning the Labor Department reported that the U.S. added 217,000  jobs in May, and the unemployment rate stayed the same at 6.3 percent.

Whether it’s here at Marketplace, elsewhere online or in newspapers, stories about the latest unemployment numbers need pictures. In the past, news outlets used images of people in line at the unemployment office. But nowadays, people can sign up for jobless benefits by phone or online.

So today, when news photographers need fresh pictures of lots and lots of unemployed people, they take their cameras to career fairs. Then, each month when the jobless numbers come out, like clockwork, scores of websites and newspapers will dutifully use these photos, repeatedly, in their stories reporting the news.

This endless monthly wallpaper of career fair images got us wondering about what actually happens inside them. Does anyone actually get jobs, or are they a waste of time for job seekers? What kind of companies show up? Who makes money off these events? Are they changing as the economy slowly improves?

Find the answer to all those questions and more, by clicking that play button on the audio player above.

Because, let’s be honest, you can only learn so much about job fairs by looking at these stock photos:

Job fairs are normally held in drab hotel ballrooms

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Organizers sometimes try to dress the joints up with balloons, but it makes it look worse, really. However it apparently makes the image more appealing to photo editors. This particular shot has been used over and over.

Job fairs involve a lot of silently waiting in line

Career fairs tend to be packed, with lines wrapping around the block and job seekers arriving hours before they open to get the first crack at employers. Job seekers do a lot of talking to prospective employers, but hardly talk to each other at all. So while waiting to get in front of employers, they play with their phones…

John Moore/Getty Images

 …stare at their resumes or jot down notes.

Mario Tama/Getty Images

Job fairs keep office supply companies in business

The printed resume is something of a dying artifact as the job application process has steadily moved online. But the printed page is alive and well in the world of job fairs, where job seekers tote stacks of resumes from table to table, which are in turn stacked high with pamphlets and promotional materials from the employers.

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Job fairs give Millennials a chance to expand their love of vintage items

By introducing them to items their parents refer to as “paper,” “clipboards” and “pens.”

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Job fairs are an excellent place for briefcase enthusiasts to see these objects at use in the wild.

Possibly, the best place.

John Moore/Getty Images

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Iraq Militants Storm University, Take Dozens Of Students Hostage

NPR News - Sat, 2014-06-07 02:26

Police and army officials say the attack took place Saturday morning when gunmen stormed Anbar University near the provincial capital Ramadi,

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'Trojan Horse' school 'downgraded'

BBC - Sat, 2014-06-07 02:11
A secondary school at the centre of the Trojan Horse inquiry is to be told it is not doing enough to combat extremism, according to reports.

'Fast Eddie' tip-off reward withheld

BBC - Sat, 2014-06-07 02:08
A woman who tipped off police about a fugitive who fled to the United States is still to receive a £100,000 reward, a year after he was jailed.

VIDEO: Gove calls for tougher truant measures

BBC - Sat, 2014-06-07 01:53
Education Secretary Michael Gove has been reviving plans to introduce tougher penalties for parents in England who allow their children to play truant.

A Small Device Helps Severely Nearsighted Drivers Hit The Road

NPR News - Sat, 2014-06-07 01:50

Dustin Jones is visually impaired, but after he got a bioptic telescope he started driving. About 40 states allow severely nearsighted drivers to use this technology on the road.

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A Small Device Helps Severely Nearsighted Drivers Hit The Road

NPR News - Sat, 2014-06-07 01:50

Dustin Jones is visually impaired, but after he got a bioptic telescope he started driving. About 40 states allow severely nearsighted drivers to use this technology on the road.

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Job Outlook Brightens For Graduates, Though Problems Linger

NPR News - Sat, 2014-06-07 01:46

The Class of 2014 is coming into a labor market that now offers a record number of jobs. But May's employment report also shows 9.8 million people remain out of work, and the jobless rate is stuck.

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VIDEO: Runaway D-Day veteran back home

BBC - Sat, 2014-06-07 01:32
A World War Two veteran who disappeared from his nursing home to attend the D-Day commemorations in France is on his way back to the UK.

New Zealand 20-15 England

BBC - Sat, 2014-06-07 01:26
Conrad Smith scores a late try to snatch victory for New Zealand against an under-strength England side in Auckland.

VIDEO: Child deaths 'due to malnutrition'

BBC - Sat, 2014-06-07 01:14
Journalist Philip Boucher-Hayes says that almost 800 babies and children found in an unmarked grave in Ireland probably died from malnutrition.

Man dies after being hit by car

BBC - Sat, 2014-06-07 01:09
A 21-year-old man is arrested after a man died after being hit by a car in Tamlaght in County Fermanagh.

Two men charged over ATM explosion

BBC - Sat, 2014-06-07 01:05
Two men are charged with causing an explosion over the attempted theft of an ATM machine in County Armagh on Thursday.
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