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US 'to work with Germany' on spy row

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-07 08:56
The White House vows to work with Germany to resolve the row over a German reportedly arrested for being a US spy.

AUDIO: MP: 'I was a victim of sexual abuse'

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-07 08:51
Tessa Munt MP has revealed that she was a victim of sexual abuse.

VIDEO: Second life for Lloyd Webber's Cats

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-07 08:48
The musical Cats is reopening in the West End in December. It has been revamped to try and engage new audiences after it opened 21 years ago in 1981

With Gene Disorders, The Mother's Age Matters, Not the Egg's

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-07 08:45

For a long while doctors thought that an egg's age relative to others explained why older women are more likely to produce eggs with genetic abnormalities. But a study finds that's not really true.

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Doctor Who scripts leaked online

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-07 08:43
BBC Worldwide calls for fans not to distribute five scripts for the new series of Doctor Who, seven weeks before the episodes are broadcast.

'Remote control' contraceptive chip

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-07 08:42
A contraceptive computer chip that can be controlled by remote control has been developed in Massachusetts.

Putting online testing to the test

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-07-07 08:38

Forget paper and pencils, and filling in all those little dots.  

Kids are increasingly being asked to take standardized tests on computers .

And those who aren’t, soon will be.

There’s a big push to  get kids online at school, so they will be ready when testing begins on the Common Core standards, which will be implemented in many states over the coming months.

Not all schools are prepared. In some districts, there is a computer for every child - and the bandwidth needed for the tests. 

Other places aren’t close.

A recent survey of K-12 educators, found that 60 percent don’t feel well prepared to administer online tests.

When things are in order, however, kids will probably be fine.

There’s a general sense among educators that kids are way more comfortable online than most of us grownups will ever be… so they have that going for them.

There is one small thing to be concerned about: making sure kids can use a keyboard.  Keyboarding classes are becoming routine in elementary schools.

Schools that don’t get up to speed in time to offer tests online, will still be able to use papers and pencils for the next few years.  

For more about online testing, listen to my conversation with Ben  Johnson, host of Marketplace Tech, by clicking on the audio above. 

Early Afghan Vote Count Gives Ex-Finance Minister The Lead

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-07 08:32

The result is unlikely to quell claims from Ashraf Ghani's rival, Abdullah Abdullah, that the election was fraudulent. Abdullah easily won the first round of voting, but now trails by a million votes.

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Kittel wins Tour de France third stage

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-07 08:18
Germany's Marcel Kittel heads a late sprint to win the third stage of the Tour de France from Cambridge to London.

Preliminary Results Show Ghani Winning Afghan Presidency

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-07 08:17

Former World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani had about a million more votes than Abdullah Abdullah, who had been considered the front-runner. Abdullah has charged massive fraud in the election.

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Will You Ride The World's Tallest Water Slide?

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-07 08:17

It's like sliding off the top of a 15-story building on nothing more than an air mattress. The giant Verrückt water slide stands at 168 feet tall.

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VIDEO: House of Commons

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-07 08:16
Theresa May announces an independent inquiry into historical sex abuse claims.

Polar bear 'dragged boy from tent'

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-07 08:06
The leader of an Arctic expedition in which a polar bear ripped an Eton schoolboy from his tent and mauled him to death admits their equipment was deficient.

Cats musical to feature rapping cat

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-07 08:04
The hit musical Cats is set to include a rapping "street cat" when it returns to London's West End.

Search continues for Calgary family

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-07 08:02
Calgary police resume their search of a property as they look into the disappearance of a five-year-old and his grandparents.

Moy Park creates 628 jobs in NI

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-07 08:01
The food firm Moy Park is creating 628 jobs across its three Northern Ireland sites in counties Tyrone, Armagh and Antrim.

Planes in Barcelona 'near miss'

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-07 07:57
A plane spotter captures an apparent "near miss" between two planes at Barcelona airport, but authorities deny passengers were in danger.

Di Stefano: 'The most influential footballer ever'

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-07 07:50
The most influential footballer ever, says Tim Vickery

Charge your phone, or you can't fly with it

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-07-07 07:50

If you’re traveling abroad soon, make sure to have your electronic devices charged up on the way back to America. If you don’t, your smartphone, tablet, or laptop may not be able to come back with you.

The Transportation Security Administration is announcing new security measures at certain overseas airports with flights to the U.S.

Security screeners will ask flyers to turn their devices on. Those that don’t power up will not be allowed on the plane.

The move is meant to foil plots to use smartphones and tablets to disguise bombs, amid concerns Al Qaeda terrorists are planning to attack airlines. But the new screening procedures are bound to frustrate innocent travelers. They’ll be forced to abandon their cherished electronic devices if they’re unfortunate enough to have dead batteries.

Just like taking off our shoes and limiting the liquids we carry on, we’ve got yet another new security habit to form. The best way to make sure you don’t lose your devices abroad is to have all your chargers packed in carry-on luggage, including any adapters needed for foreign power outlets.

Still, one person’s security hassle is another’s business opportunity. The limiting of carry-on liquids created an expanded market for beverage sellers inside the security checkpoints. This new move may provide similar opportunity for clever entrepreneurs. Soon, before flyers can pass through airport security to buy overpriced bottles of water, they’ll likely see merchants with an array of overpriced chargers and adapters just outside the security gates.

Two anglers rescued as boat sinks

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-07 07:47
Two anglers are rescued after their boat sank at the mouth of Ardglass harbour in County Down on Monday.
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