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Paper on NI tax powers is prepared

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-22 07:15
Peter Robinson has said the Finance Department is preparing a paper examining the costs and benefits of devolving taxes to Northern Ireland.

Hillary Exhilaration Helps Energize Generation Z

NPR News - Mon, 2014-09-22 07:11

Many young people are excited about the 2016 presidential election — and the chance to make history.

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When private investors, not taxpayers, pay the toll

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-09-22 07:00

Nine years ago, Indiana's then-Governor Mitch Daniels was looking for money to improve the state's roads and bridges. His solution was a public-private partnership in which the Indiana Toll Road Company leased a 157-mile stretch of highway in northern Indiana for 75 years to the tune of $3.8 billion. The deal was supposed to benefit both the state, and the company, a Spanish-Australian partnership.

“The private partners would receive tolls that were paid by motorists and the state would receive a better, improved road and this upfront cash payment,” said Robert Puentes, a senior fellow with the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program. When the recession hit, Americans started driving less, and tolls became less lucrative. And while that became a problem for the Indiana Toll Road Company, the partnership meant that taxpayers weren’t on the hook.

“There's no taxpayer bailout involved in this in any way, shape or form,” said Robert Poole, director of transportation policy at the Reason Foundation. “This is one of the advantages of these long-term deals. They shift the risk from the taxpayers to the investors.”

And, despite what’s happening in Indiana, investor interest in these types of projects hasn’t flagged, says Poole, who points to similar toll-road deals currently underway in Orlando, Dallas-Forth Worth, and northern Virginia.

Debuchy sidelined for three months

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-22 06:51
Arsenal right-back Mathieu Debuchy will be out for about three months after undergoing surgery on an ankle injury.

Deggans Picks 'Gotham,' 'Black-ish,' 'The Flash' Among Fall TV's Best

NPR News - Mon, 2014-09-22 06:33

As the fall TV season begins this week, NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans gives his picks on new shows to watch and a few to avoid (or hate watch, if you like).

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VIDEO: Mars Maven mission arrives in orbit

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-22 06:25
The US space agency's (Nasa's) latest Mars satellite has arrived successfully in orbit around the planet.

Amazon workers in Germany on strike

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-22 06:19
Workers at four Amazon warehouses in Germany go on strike in a dispute over pay and working conditions.

'Why I bet £900k on the Scottish referendum'

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-22 06:17
How does it feel to bet £900,000 on the Scottish referendum?

Top Israeli spy Harari dies

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-22 06:00
Mike Harari, the Mossad agent who oversaw a string of Israeli operations involving the assassination of Palestinian militants abroad, has died, aged 87.

eBay criticised as hacks continue

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-22 05:58
Leading security researchers call on eBay to take immediate action over dangerous listings - as more security problems arise.

Alice suspect murder details sought

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-22 05:58
Officers searching for missing schoolgirl Alice Gross formally ask for details of the murder conviction of the prime suspect.

The numbers for September 22, 2014

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-09-22 05:49

In New York Monday morning, everyone is talking about climate change. Thousands of protesters marched to promote awareness and action; the Rockefellers, who made their fortune in oil, announced their $860 million charity will divest from fossil fuels and Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a 10-year, $1 billion-dollar plan to cut the city's greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent from 2005 levels by 2050. All of this is timed with the climate summit convening at the UN Tuesday.

So everyone's talking about the environment this morning — including us — but we're reading some other stuff, too. Let's take a look at those numbers:

10 million

Apple sold more than 10 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus devices since Friday, beating the first-weekend sales of the iPhone 5, CNET reported. Apple also upsold more people on pricier models with more storage than it has in past years, one analyst told Business Insider. Apple makes 70 percent of its profits from the iPhone, and that flash storage is high-margin. Overall, it's a good day for Apple and a bad day for the millions of women trying to fit those bigger iPhones in their pockets.

2008

That's when Home Depot reportedly got the first warnings they might have a cyber-security problem, about six years before 56 million cardholders' information would be stolen in a massive data breach. Former network security employees told the New York Times that Home Depot was lax about security, using outdated antivirus software and failing to regularly scan for vulnerabilities.

14.7 percent

The nationwide three-year default rate on student loans in 2013, this year's numbers are expected Monday. Schools exceeding a 30 percent default rate three years in a row or 40 percent in a single year can lose federal funding, the Chronicle of Higher Education reported, and this year the department of education has changed its criterion from a two-year default rate to the ostensibly more accurate three-year rate. The default rate is on the rise, and one department of education official told the Chronicle as many as two to three dozen schools could lose federal aid.

2/15/14

In case you missed it, that's the day the Baltimore Ravens front office reportedly first learned what was on a security camera tape from inside the casino elevator where former running back Ray Rice knocked out his then-fiance. According to an ESPN investigation published late Friday afternoon, Ravens higher-ups pushed for leniency from both prosecutors and the NFL as they tried to keep the tape — which became public two weeks ago — under wraps.

More dead in Nigeria church collapse

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-22 05:32
The number of deaths in Nigeria's church hostel collapse rises to 115, including 84 South Africans, a South African minister says.

Officials: Vote 'properly conducted'

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-22 05:31
The chief counting officer defends the conduct of the Scottish referendum after allegations of vote rigging.

Hong Kong Students Begin Boycott To Call For Democracy

NPR News - Mon, 2014-09-22 05:31

The activists plan to stay out of university classrooms this week to protest Beijing's plan to screen candidates for the territory's next chief executive.

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VIDEO: Alice Gross police search canal

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-22 05:26
Detectives investigating the disappearance of missing schoolgirl Alice Gross have been carrying out a fingertip search in the canal in West London near to where she was last seen.

Heads reject bad behaviour claims

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-22 05:21
Head teachers say claims about poor behaviour in the classroom are contradicted by the inspection evidence and threaten to undermine recruitment.

McIlroy happy to be in USA's sights

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-22 05:09
Rory McIlroy says he will relish being the European player that America will target in this week's Ryder Cup at Gleneagles.

Thousands of HK students at boycott

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-22 05:09
Hong Kong students begin a week-long boycott of classes to protest against China's stance on electoral reform in the territory.

Tesco probe into £250m profit error

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-22 04:54
Tesco has suspended four executives, including its UK managing director, after the supermarket overstated its half-year profit guidance by £250m.
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