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True or False? Free And Reduced-Price Lunch = Poor

NPR News - 18 hours 56 min ago

Poverty is the backdrop to so many discussions about learning. But do we have a good way to measure it in schools?

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VIDEO: Talking kids' doll 'Cayla' is hacked

BBC - 19 hours 1 min ago
Rory Cellan-Jones sees how Cayla, a talking child's doll, can be hacked to say any number of offensive things.

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Low oil prices just sucked some life out of GDP. More on that. Plus, with gas prices nearing $2 a gallon, mass transit authorities are worried about ridership dropping. But gas might not be the deciding factor when it comes to choosing bus or train. And a new postmaster general takes over the U.S.P.S. We look at the challenges ahead of her.

South Africa Grants Parole To Notorious Apartheid-Era Death Squad Leader

NPR News - 19 hours 8 min ago

The country's justice minister said he was ordering the release of Eugene de Kock in the interest of "nation-building and reconciliation." De Kock had been in jail for more than 20 years.

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AU backs anti-Boko Haram troops plan

BBC - 19 hours 20 min ago
The African Union backs plans for a West African task force of 7,500 troops to fight Boko Haram militants.

Teacher cleared of child sex charges

BBC - 19 hours 22 min ago
A primary school teacher is cleared of having sex with two under-age girls at Swansea Crown Court.

Mortonhall family settlement offers

BBC - 19 hours 23 min ago
Families affected by the baby ashes scandal at Mortonhall Crematorium are to be offered settlements of up to £4,000.

'Be wary of those who do not eat baguettes'

BBC - 19 hours 25 min ago
French government's extremism message mocked

Ferrari target two wins with new car

BBC - 19 hours 26 min ago
Ferrari unveil the new SF15-T car they hope will start them on the long road back to Formula 1 success.

Russia cuts interest rates to 15%

BBC - 19 hours 34 min ago
Russia has cut its main interest rate from 17% to 15% because inflation "is stabilising".

I submit before the court: Exhibit Smiley Face

Marketplace - American Public Media - 19 hours 34 min ago

Ross Ulbricht is currently on trial for allegedly running the underground marketplace Silk Road. Thus far, there's been a lot of intrigue about who exactly was involved in running the site, and it hasn't been all smiley faces. Well, sort of.

Recently, the prosecutor read a text that ended with a smiley face in court. How would you say that? Well, the prosecutor didn't. Ulbricht's lawyers objected, and the judge agreed that the emoticon was important. 

So should emojis be factored into understanding the intent of communication? Anne Curzan, English Professor at the University of Michigan, certainly thinks so.

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Leak suggests cosmic study was wrong

BBC - 19 hours 35 min ago
Scientists who claimed to have found evidence for a cosmic super-expansion just after the Big Bang made no such discovery, a leak on an official French website suggests.

Cliff Richard raid on RTS shortlist

BBC - 19 hours 40 min ago
The live coverage of a controversial police raid on the home of Sir Cliff Richard is nominated for a Royal Television Society award.

Suge Knight questioned by police

BBC - 19 hours 40 min ago
Death Row Records founder Suge Knight is being questioned by police after being declared a suspect in a fatal hit-and-run.

Gabriel 'could cost goals' - Wenger

BBC - 19 hours 43 min ago
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says new signing Gabriel Paulista's lack of English could cost goals as he settles in.

Mortgage approvals hint at sales dip

BBC - 19 hours 53 min ago
New figures suggest the recent slowdown in property sales may continue for at least the next few months.

Teen isolated over cancer hair shave

BBC - 19 hours 55 min ago
A teenager who shaved his head to raise money for a cancer charity is put into isolation for breaking school rules.

Bombers 'porn-driven losers' - Boris

BBC - 19 hours 55 min ago
Violent religious extremists are often tortured men with a history of using pornography, London Mayor Boris Johnson says.

Sisi cuts short visit over Sinai

BBC - 20 hours 35 sec ago
Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi cuts short a visit to an African Union summit to deal with attacks that killed at least 26 in the Sinai peninsula.

England beat India to reach final

BBC - 20 hours 3 min ago
England reach the final of the one-day tri-series courtesy of a three-wicket victory over India in Perth.

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