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Quiz: Masters of the classroom

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-03-27 08:48

Most public elementary school teachers have some kind of post-secondary degree, according to the Department of Education.

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Fun Fact Friday: A driverless battle

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-03-27 08:47

Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal talks to Catherine Rampell from the Washington Post and Felix Salmon of Fusion to discuss the week that was.

Here's what else we learned at Marketplace this week:

Fun Fact: Freight railways spent $26 billion in private money to maintain Amtrak tracks last year.

The battle over rail space between Amtrak passenger trains and freight trains carrying the products we consume continues. While federal law mandates that passenger trains get priority on the rails, it's freight railways that are contributing heavily toward keeping the tracks intact.

The fight over America's rails

Fact: 90 percent of car crashes in the United States are due to driver error.

Good news, though! That number is expected to plummet by half as driverless cars go from science fiction to fact. As a consequence, the insurance industry will also have to reassess its business model.

If cars don't need drivers, do drivers need insurance?

Fun Fact: Dayton, Ohio, had the most patents per capita of any American city by the early 20th century.

This week, in our series collaboration with the BBC, Six Routes to a Richer World, we visited Dayton, Ohio. A place where start-ups flourished, making brilliant engineers and scrappy entrepreneurs fabulously wealthy. Sound familiar? Check out our short list of inventions that came from this area:

Finding the beta version of Silicon Valley

Fun Fact: Writing something damning about high-frequency trading will anger the richest people on Wall Street.

Michael Lewis sat down with Kai Ryssdal this week to talk about a new afterword for his book 'Flash Boys.' He discloses the negative reaction he received from "all the people who were making lots of money off the problems" he uncovers and leaves us with a sobering prediction:  "If the market continues to be structured as it is, you're looking at the next financial crisis."

America's next financial crisis?  

Fun Fact Friday: A driverless battle

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-03-27 08:47

Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal talks to Catherine Rampell from the Washington Post and Felix Salmon of Fusion to discuss the week that was.

Here's what else we learned at Marketplace this week:

Fun Fact: Freight railways spent $26 billion in private money to maintain Amtrak tracks last year.

The battle over rail space between Amtrak passenger trains and freight trains carrying the products we consume continues. While federal law mandates that passenger trains get priority on the rails, it's freight railways that are contributing heavily toward keeping the tracks intact.

The fight over America's rails

Fact: 90 percent of car crashes in the United States are due to driver error.

Good news, though! That percentage is expected to plummet by half as driverless cars go from science fiction to fact. As a consequence, the insurance industry will also have to reassess their business model as we near closer to this futuristic reality.

If cars don't need drivers, do drivers need insurance?

Fun Fact: Dayton, Ohio, had the most patents per capita of any American city by the early 20th century.

This week, in our series collaboration with the BBC, Six Routes to a Richer World, we visited Dayton, Ohio. A place where start-ups flourished, making brilliant engineers and scrappy entrepreneurs fabulously wealthy. Sound familiar? Check out our short list of inventions that came from this area:

Finding the beta version of Silicon Valley

Fun Fact: Writing something damning about high-frequency trading will anger the richest people on Wall Street.

Michael Lewis sat down with Kai Ryssdal this week to talk about a new afterword for his book 'Flash boys.' He discloses the negative reaction he received from "all the people who were making lots of money off the problems" he uncovers and leaves us with a shocking reality. "If the market continues to be structured as it is, you're looking at the next financial crisis."

America's next financial crisis?  

Boxer Froch to start acting career

BBC - Fri, 2015-03-27 08:43
Carl Froch will begin an acting career and has been taking tips from Hollywood names as he ponders his boxing return.

Dermot O'Leary leaves The X Factor

BBC - Fri, 2015-03-27 08:43
Presenter and broadcaster Dermot O'Leary will no longer host ITV's The X Factor after eight years on the programme.

New York City To Teens: TXT ME With Mental Health Worries

NPR News - Fri, 2015-03-27 08:42

In an effort to connect teenagers with mental health services, New York is testing counseling via text for high school students. They join a growing trend.

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Weekend edition: The best of the week's reads

BBC - Fri, 2015-03-27 08:39
A collection of some of the best reads from the BBC News website this week.

Go Figure: The week in numbers

BBC - Fri, 2015-03-27 08:38
The week's big numbers, visualised.

Judge quashes school closure move

BBC - Fri, 2015-03-27 08:36
The High Court quashes the education minister's decision to shut the first Catholic school in Northern Ireland that was attempting a transformation to integrated status.

Ukraine top official to be released

BBC - Fri, 2015-03-27 08:33
A senior Ukrainian official arrested two days ago at a televised cabinet meeting over corruption allegations is to be freed due to a lack of evidence.

Loaded magazine says it will close

BBC - Fri, 2015-03-27 08:30
Loaded Magazine, one of the so-called "lads' magazines" of the mid-1990s, is to close down, publisher Simian says.

Israel to resume tax transfers to PA

BBC - Fri, 2015-03-27 08:29
Israel is to stop withholding tax revenues collected on behalf of the Palestinian Authority, a move that has crippled the Palestinian economy.

Scudamore: Clubs deserve more credit

BBC - Fri, 2015-03-27 08:27
Premier League boss Richard Scudamore says top-flight clubs do not get enough credit for their financial contributions.

Week in pictures: 21-27 March 2015

BBC - Fri, 2015-03-27 08:02
A selection of the best news photographs from around the world, taken over the past week.

Saudi Arabia Pounds Rebel Targets In Yemen On 2nd Day Of Air Campaign

NPR News - Fri, 2015-03-27 07:59

Airstrikes and anti-aircraft fire rocked the capital, Sanaa, while Houthi rebels continued their push into southern Yemen. Meanwhile, Arab foreign ministers gathered in Egypt.

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Bristol Academy boss calls for calm

BBC - Fri, 2015-03-27 07:40
Manager Dave Edmondson calls for calm following Bristol Academy's FA Women's Cup exit and heavy Champions League loss.

A-levels and GCSE subjects culled

BBC - Fri, 2015-03-27 07:39
Ofqual sets out the range of A-levels and GCSEs that will no longer be taught amid moves to toughen examinations in England.

VIDEO: Sierra Leone in Ebola lockdown

BBC - Fri, 2015-03-27 07:38
The authorities in Sierra Leone are enforcing a three-day lockdown to curb the spread of Ebola, with the entire population ordered to stay at home

Greens ‘want 1% of GDP for science’

BBC - Fri, 2015-03-27 07:32
A promise by the Greens to bring science funding up to 1% of GDP differs from the statements offered by six party leaders, answering a call to set out their policies on science.

Axed store plan ends 500 jobs hope

BBC - Fri, 2015-03-27 07:29
Supermarket chain Sainsbury's scraps plans for a new store in Pembrokeshire that would have created 500 jobs.

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