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Whales washed up on an Irish beach

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-07 09:23
Five pilot whales die after being washed up on a County Donegal beach in the Republic of Ireland.

Amir Khan assault claims dropped

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-07 09:19
Allegations of assault made against the former world champion boxer Amir Khan have been withdrawn, police confirm.

In California Town, Protests Shed Light On National Immigration Debate

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-07 09:15

Residents of Murrieta, California blocked buses of undocumented immigrants, forcing them to go to another town. Host Michel Martin learns more about the protests and the influx of immigrants.

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Cavendish to miss Commonwealth Games

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-07 09:06
Mark Cavendish will have surgery on his injured right shoulder, meaning he is likely to miss the Commonwealth Games.

The fearsome Iraqi militia vowing to vanquish Isis

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-07 08:58
Meeting the fearsome Iraqi fighter vowing to defeat jihadists

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.

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