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FCC Hopes To Resolve Largest TV Blackout In U.S. History

NPR News - Wed, 2015-08-26 11:24

The Federal Communications Commission called a meeting with Dish Network and Sinclair Broadcasting Group. A dispute between the companies has blocked major channels for more than 5 million people.

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In Wake Of Journalist Murders, Media Consider The Graphic Footage

NPR News - Wed, 2015-08-26 11:23

Today's deadly shooting of two journalists on live TV has reopened a conversation about how (or even if) sensitive material like the video should be shared.

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Helpful parents can cause children's math anxiety

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2015-08-26 11:10

Adding highly math-anxious parents to a child’s learning environment can be a harmful equation, according to a new study from Psychological Science.

The study tested 438 children in first and second grade from three Midwestern states at the beginning and end of the school year, and found that by year’s end, the children of math-anxious parents who frequently helped them with their homework were a third of a grade level behind on the subject.

Sian Beilock, a professor at the University of Chicago and one of the authors of the study, says parents who suggest that math skills are innate or downplay math's importance can negatively affect their children.

“If a parent’s walking around, saying ‘Oh, I’m not a number person,’ or ‘It’s OK, you don’t have to be good at this, I’m not good at this,’ even if they’re trying to comfort their child, it could send a message that either you’re a math person or you’re not,” says Beilock, who is the author of “Choke,” a book about performance anxiety.    

One possible reason many suffer from math anxiety is that learning the subject is one of their first experiences when they are told that they’re right or wrong, Beilock adds.

So is it possible to erase math anxiety?  

Beilock says other research shows that when adults write down their worries and fears before a math test, it helped alleviate some of that angst.

Despite the trepidation many people have for math, Beilock says it’s crucial people realize its significance.

“Math plays out in all facets of our lives ... we think about it in school and many of the STEM careers where we need talent, whether it’s from computers to medicine to biology,” Beilock says. “Math is important for everything we do.”

How The Prescription Painkiller Fentanyl Became A Street Drug

NPR News - Wed, 2015-08-26 10:43

The synthetic opioid fentanyl is used for surgery and to treat severe pain. Abuse has always been a problem. But now that it's being used to cut heroin, the risk of overdose or death have soared.

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Ilicit Version Of Painkiller Fentanyl Makes Heroin Deadlier

NPR News - Wed, 2015-08-26 10:41

U.S. drug officials have traced a sharp spike in the already climbing death toll from heroin overdoses to an additive — acetyl fentanyl. The fentanyl is being cooked up in clandestine labs in Mexico.

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Spurs in Korea striker Son talks

BBC - Wed, 2015-08-26 10:41
Spurs are in talks to sign £22m-rated Bayer Leverkusen striker Son Heung-min and consider ending Saido Berahino interest.

Britain 'needs strong TV industry'

BBC - Wed, 2015-08-26 10:15
Comedy writer Armando Iannucci uses the Edinburgh TV Festival's annual MacTaggart Lecture to call for a stout defence of the BBC and British TV.

Ambercrombie wants to hang with the older crowd

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2015-08-26 10:14
20 something

That's the target age Abercrombie & Fitch is seeking now — along with college students — in a strategy to move away from teens and nab the more brand-loyal elders. The company is reinventing itself, Andy Uhler writes, hiring new designers and executives. “Teenagers are just not very loyal to brands," fashion writer Hayley Phelan says. The retailer reported losses for the second quarter Wednesday, though not as much as some analysts feared, given its stock hit a more than six-year low last week.

3.5 billion

That's the amount of federal student loans at stake in the liquidation of Corinthian College, once one of the largest for-profit higher education companies in the U.S. The company is the target of objections again, this time over its bankruptcy plan. Some agencies say the plan will shield Corinthian from lawsuits. Last year, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau sued Corinthian, saying it charged exorbitant tuition and saddled students with high-interest loans. 

1 day

That's how long you'll have to get a McWhopper and support world peace at the same time, if Burger King's "sincere" proposal goes through. The New York Times reports that Burger King, "a perennial also-ran in the burger races" asked rival McDonald's to join hands and beef patties on Sept. 21 in honor of the International Day of Peace. The King's proposal was delivered via full-page ads in the Times and the Chicago Tribune, and promised that the fruits, uh, proceeds, of the union would go to Peace One Day, sort of the in-laws. McDonald's CEO Steve Easterbrook was coy in his Facebook reply, saying he'd "be in touch."

Knock Knock, Teacher's Here: The Power Of Home Visits

NPR News - Wed, 2015-08-26 10:03

There was a time when a teacher showing up on a student's doorstep probably meant something bad. But increasingly, home visits are being used to spark parental involvement.

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VIDEO: Police briefing on Virginia shooting

BBC - Wed, 2015-08-26 10:03
The Franklin County Sheriff's Office holds a news briefing on the shooting of a reporter and cameraman near Roanoke, Virginia.

PODCAST: Wall Street's rusty plumbing

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2015-08-26 09:48

Stocks are rallying early in the day, but after yesterday's last-minute drop, we try and figure out what we're in for. Then: all the recent volatility is exposing some issues with the way the markets are handling exchange traded funds. Finally: we look at the winners and losers in Corinthian College's bankruptcy plan.

Recession teachers 'get better results'

BBC - Wed, 2015-08-26 09:24
A US study says that the recession saw more talented graduates coming into teaching and they are getting higher results.

Amelia Boynton Robinson, Survivor Of 'Bloody Sunday,' Dies At 104

NPR News - Wed, 2015-08-26 09:20

In 50 years, Amelia Boynton Robinson went from being beaten on a bridge in Selma, Ala., to being pushed across the bridge in a wheelchair alongside the president of the United States.

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'Merkel' Has Become A Verb In German Youth Vernacular

NPR News - Wed, 2015-08-26 09:20

The German chancellor's last name is used locally as a word of action ... which ironically means to not act at all.

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Dark web marketplace shuts down

BBC - Wed, 2015-08-26 09:08
The Agora online black market has been taken down while its administrators attempt to protect it against a reported Tor vulnerability

Athlete to receive sister's kidney

BBC - Wed, 2015-08-26 09:04
American 110m hurdler Aries Merritt reveals he will have a kidney transplant following the World Championships in Beijing.

Invasive bug 'could spread in UK'

BBC - Wed, 2015-08-26 09:02
An invasive caterpillar that feeds on hedges is starting to spread from its established base in London across the UK.

Texting Helps Diabetes Patients Fine Tune Insulin Dosing

NPR News - Wed, 2015-08-26 08:52

Many low-income patients can't make multiple visits to the doctor, which is a problem if you're a diabetic trying to get insulin dosing just right. A text-based system made remote reports possible.

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TV killing suspect 'shoots himself'

BBC - Wed, 2015-08-26 08:50
A man suspected of shooting two US journalists during a live TV report in Virginia has shot himself after a police chase, American media say.