National / International News

VIDEO: Scientists appeal on 'starling ballet'

BBC - Thu, 2014-10-30 06:28
Scientists are asking for help in a study of the amazing formations made by starlings as they flock in the sky.

Soldier guilty of comrade's murder

BBC - Thu, 2014-10-30 06:27
A soldier is convicted of murdering his comrade in an attack at their barracks.

US posts better-than-expected growth

BBC - Thu, 2014-10-30 06:27
The US economy grew at an annual rate of 3.5% in the third quarter, a better figure than economists were expecting.

VIDEO: Westminster and Whitehall ghost tales

BBC - Thu, 2014-10-30 06:24
Giles Dilnot guides viewers towards some Westminster spirits they may want to investigate, or avoid, over Halloween.

Maine's Gov. Threatens Legal Action To Force Nurse Into Quarantine

NPR News - Thu, 2014-10-30 06:24

Kaci Hickox, who tested negative for Ebola and says she is asymptomatic, defied Gov. Paul LePage by setting off on a morning bike ride with her boyfriend.

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VIDEO: Quarantine fuels US political row

BBC - Thu, 2014-10-30 06:17
BBC News looks at how the battle against Ebola has become a political football - in 60 seconds.

Africans reject Jamie's Jollof recipe

BBC - Thu, 2014-10-30 06:03
Africans unimpressed with TV chef's take on a classic

VIDEO: Inside India bank robbers' tunnel

BBC - Thu, 2014-10-30 06:01
Indian police are hunting for thieves who tunnelled into a bank and fled with valuables worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Joined-up care: The elephant in the room

BBC - Thu, 2014-10-30 05:53
Are plans to link health and social care as good as they sound?

Polanski freed after US arrest bid

BBC - Thu, 2014-10-30 05:40
US attempts to have director Roman Polanski arrested for sex offences while visiting Poland fail.

IPCC debates 'most important' report

BBC - Thu, 2014-10-30 05:34
Scientists and government officials are meeting in Copenhagen to edit a report on the causes, impact and solutions to global warming.

Moving Past The Password, But At What Cost?

NPR News - Thu, 2014-10-30 05:28

Apps working with a new Twitter service would simply ask for your phone number instead of a password. In exchange, the company would get some of the most valuable information about you.

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VIDEO: You behind the pillar, you're on camera!

BBC - Thu, 2014-10-30 05:11
Do not adjust your set, as the BBC fails to adjust a camera in the Edinburgh newsroom which has a mind of its own.

Caption Challenge: Crane-osaurus

BBC - Thu, 2014-10-30 05:07
It's the Caption Challenge. Oh yes it is.

Fire death boys 'murdered by father'

BBC - Thu, 2014-10-30 05:05
A woman whose two sons died after a house fire in South Yorkshire blames her estranged her husband for murdering them.

Apple CEO Tim Cook Comes Out As Gay

NPR News - Thu, 2014-10-30 05:04

The head of the world's most iconic technology company says that although his sexual orientation has been no secret among friends and colleagues, now is the time to publicly acknowledge it.

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New rules from the U.S. Department of Education

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-10-30 05:00

On Thursday, the U.S. Education Department issues new rules designed to address rising indebtedness and high default rates among graduates of for-profit vocational college programs. A new standard for graduates' loan-payments-to-income will penalize schools that fail to measure up, threatening them with exclusion from government student loan and grant programs, including Pell Grants for low-income students and education benefits under the GI bill.

The government provides $22 billion annually to support so-called ‘gainful employment’ post-secondary education programs, according to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

Kai Ryssdal will interview Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Listen to the show, or check back here for the podcast later this afternoon.

This includes training in culinary arts, truck-driving, IT, health care, auto repair and the like. Under the new rules to be issued Thursday, schools will risk being cut off from government student-assistance programs unless a typical graduate’s loan payment is less than 20 percent of their discretionary income, or 8 percent of their total earnings.

An earlier draft rule also would have set a standard for graduates’ student-loan default rates; default rates for graduates of for-profit colleges are considered excessively high by education advocates and the Obama Administration. Default rates will be tracked and publicly reported under the new rules, but won’t be a criterion for punishing schools and excluding them from government loan and grant programs.

In a statement emailed to Marketplace, the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities, which represents for-profit higher-education providers, rejected the new regulations as a "bad-faith attempt to cut off access to education for millions of students who have been historically underserved by higher education," according to CEO Steve Gunderson.

"In this case, the Department favored public institutions that benefit from generous taxpayer operational subsidies, but have lower graduation rates and higher default rates, over programs at private sector institutions where graduates are achieving real earning gains and successfully repaying their loans," according to the statement.

The industry has been critical of the Education Department for allegedly favoring publicly-funded community colleges over for-profit colleges that specialize in career training.

Consumer advocates also criticized the revised regulations that the Education Department has settled on.

“The final gainful employment regulation does not do enough to stop the fleecing of students and taxpayers," said Pauline Abernathy, vice president of The Institute for College Access & Success, in an emailed statement. “In particular, the final regulation lets programs where most students borrow but few graduate keep using taxpayer dollars to bury students in debt they can’t repay, so long as they limit the debt of the few students who complete.”

Cancer survival rates 'improving'

BBC - Thu, 2014-10-30 04:59
Most people diagnosed with cancer in recent years are surviving for longer, according to the latest statistics.

What is the parliamentary dress code?

BBC - Thu, 2014-10-30 04:59
MP Harriet Harman has worn a t-shirt with a feminist slogan to Prime Ministers questions. But what is the parliamentary dress code?

UK migrant rescue stance criticised

BBC - Thu, 2014-10-30 04:52
A Home Office minister insists a change of policy on Mediterranean search-and-rescue operations would save lives - after MPs call it "shameful" and "a new low".
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