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Colombia probes soldiers' poisoning

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-04 03:52
Colombian experts are investigating whether a soldier who died on Sunday after buying poisoned pork was the victim of left-wing rebels.

Day in pictures: 4 August 2014

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-04 03:47
24 hours of news photos: 4 August

Assault charge footballer given bail

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-04 03:26
West Ham footballer Ravel Morrison is released on bail after three days in custody on charges of assaulting his ex-girlfriend and her mother.

Wikipedia link 'hidden from Google'

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-04 03:25
For the first time, a Wikipedia entry has been removed from certain Google search results, under the new EU "right to be forgotten" law.

Ghana to seek help from IMF

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-04 03:16
Ghana says it will seek financial help from the International Monetary Fund to help strengthen the West African nation's currency.

AUDIO: The 'right man' to play £1m Stradivarius

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-04 03:14
An 18-year-old boy has been loaned a rare Stradivarius violin, worth £1m, by a musician who was touched by the similarities in their lives.

Australia to deliver 'best' Games

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-04 03:13
Australia promise to build on the "standout" Glasgow 2014 and deliver the "best" Commonwealth Games in 2018.

Your pictures: Abandoned

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-04 03:04
Readers' photos on the theme of "abandoned"

PODCAST: "Mini" muni in Colorado

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-08-04 03:00

Massachusetts-based Market Basket hosts a job fair on Monday in response to employees protesting the firing of CEO Arthur Demoulas -- The company is looking to replace said employees. Plus, the VA reform bill crossing President Barack Obama's desk has a new benefit for veterans looking to attend college -- public universities receiving G.I. money must charge in-state tuition for all vets. So who wins and who loses in this new set-up? And municipal bonds are the sort-of boring financial tool that big institutional investors use to hedge their bets. But this week, the city of Denver is hoping to attract a totally different class of buyers for its bond sale. The city is selling $500 “mini-bonds" to state residents, as a way to get locals literally invested in the community.

The education benefits in the VA Reform Bill

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-08-04 03:00

The VA Reform Bill on its way to President Barack Obama's desk includes a benefit for vets who want to get a college degree. The benefit says public universities receiving GI Bill money must now give all veterans in-state tuition.

Right now, if a veteran wants to enroll in an out-of-state public college, Uncle Sam pays the in-state tuition while the veteran-turned-student has to pay any extra out-of-state fees. The new law, passed by Congress last week, means states will now have to swallow those extra costs, said Aaron Glantz, who covers Veterans Affairs for the Center for Investigative Reporting.

“The losers are those schools because they’re going to get less money,” Glatnz said. “But the big winners continue to be these giant publically traded for-profit schools.”

For-profit schools are winning in this equation because they're sucking in most of the GI Bill money by enrolling lots of veterans. Many of them are private schools, so if a veteran attends classes there, the university takes in up to $20,000 of taxpayer money in tuition.

The University of Phoenix has raked in nearly $1 billion of taxpayer money over the past five years this way.

However, not all state schools see the new law as a loser. Ross Bryant is a veteran and with the University of Nevada Las Vegas. He says veterans “bring a worldly view. They bring world leadership and when they graduate we hope they stay here in Nevada.”

States like Ohio and Nevada have already passed state laws doing exactly what this new law does. They’ve done it, in part, to lure skilled, educated workers to their state.

Artist: 'Keep kids out of galleries'

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-04 02:53
British artist Jake Chapman says taking children to art galleries is a "total waste of time".

VIDEO: How to become a virtual bird

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-04 02:51
Click is at London's Barbican for Digital Revolution, an immersive exhibition of art, design, film, music and video games.

Toledo Mayor Lifts Water Ban, Says 'Our Water Is Safe'

NPR News - Mon, 2014-08-04 02:50

For three days, cities in northwest Ohio had told residents not to use city water, because it had been contaminated by toxins most likely produced by blooming algae in Lake Erie.

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Commonwealth closer watched by 6.8m

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-04 02:48
The closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, which featured a set by Kylie Minogue, is watched by an average of 6.8m viewers.

River ferry capsizes in Bangladesh

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-04 02:44
A ferry with about 200 passengers on board capsizes in a river south of the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, officials say.

Torrential rain causes landslides

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-04 02:41
Torrential downpours over the weekend caused a series of landslides in County Antrim as up to 50mm of rain fell in in a number of hours.

Lights going out for WW1 centenary

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-04 02:32
An hour's darkness is set to mark 100 years since the beginning of World War One, with artists taking a pivotal role in the commemorations.

Mexican mayor shot dead in Jalisco

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-04 02:24
Unidentified gunmen shoot dead the mayor of Ayutla, in the Mexican state of Jalisco, just over a month after the deputy police chief was killed.

NHS to target long waits for ops

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-04 02:15
The NHS in England has been ordered to prioritise patients who have endured long waits for routine treatment.

Hacking away in Las Vegas

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-08-04 02:00

This week, thousands of people interested in all sorts of hacking are gathering in Nevada. They're headed to two conferences, Black Hat and Defcon, which are well known to the cybersecurity industry. But a thriving ecosystem of other meet-ups, tear downs, and other tech events are happening in Vegas as well. 

One of the meetings this week is the Password Con, a two day event.

Sophos Cybersecurity expert Chester Wisniewski describes the event as, “kind of all the global minds in security coming together to figure out this authentication problem.”

There is arguably enough happening on that front for there to be a separate conference on passwords alone.

The audience at the conference, according to Wisniewski, is “nerds of every security stripe” — criminal hackers, government spies, security  professionals,  and ethical hackers.

He says privacy and mobile are at the top of mind this year — the hacker side of the community is very interested in maintaining privacy, especially in the face of the continuing to unfold NSA revelations.

 

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