National / International News

Tiny robots can carry huge loads

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-28 03:28
Scientists at Stanford University have been showing off MicroTugs - small robots that have superhuman strength.

US soldier 'killed by UK man's bomb'

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-28 03:26
A British man worked on a series of bombs which were planted in Iraq and led to the death of a US serviceman in 2007, a court hears.

Jury goes out in baby murder trial

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-28 03:26
The jury is sent out to deliberate in the trial of a man who denies murdering his five-week-old granddaughter.

VIDEO: Amy documentary 'misleading' says father

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-28 03:07
Amy Winehouse's family have criticised a new documentary about her life.

VIDEO: Cameron: Russell Brand is a joke

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-28 03:06
David Cameron has said he has not "got time to hang out with Russell Brand", after being asked if he was jealous of Ed Miliband's meeting with the comedian.

Child's scooter crash man 'critical'

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-28 03:00
A man is in a critical condition following a collision with a car while riding a child's motorised scooter.

PODCAST: The suburb revival

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2015-04-28 03:00

Oil companies find a way to make a profit in spite of low prices. Plus, Shinzo Abe is coming to visit. There will be plenty for him to talk about, but one big item on the agenda is Japan’s currency, which some people say is being manipulated by the Bank of Japan in that country’s favor. How is Japan controlling its currency, and why? And in the years after the housing bubble burst, census data showed that Americans—especially younger Americans—were forgoing suburban life for city living. Millennials, it was said, preferred walkable neighborhoods, public transit, and smaller homes. Now, new census data shows the suburbs are experiencing a revival.

Thomas Cook blamed for gas deaths

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-28 02:58
The father of two children who died on holiday in Corfu "firmly believes" they would be alive had travel operator Thomas Cook inspected a faulty boiler.

Entertainer Keith Harris dies

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-28 02:55
Entertainer Keith Harris, best known for performances with his puppet Orville, has died, his agent says.

BBC man describes Everest horror

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-28 02:52
Here's how the BBC's Thomas Martienssen recorded his experiences of the 7.8-magnitude earthquake in Nepal from Mount Everest.

Burundi hit by fresh protests

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-28 02:42
Burundi is hit by a new wave of protests as opposition to President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term spreads beyond the capital.

MPs' expenses body must show receipts

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-28 02:36
The regulatory body set up after the scandal over MPs' expenses loses a Court of Appeal challenge against an order that it must release copies of receipts submitted by politicians.

Little growth without shoppers

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-28 02:33
Weak production, construction, finance and engineering services leads to halving of UK economic growth. And the last snapshot of economy before the election confirms there's been no rebalancing of economy towards manufacturing.

Microsoft faces US phone import ban

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-28 02:29
Microsoft faces phone import ban after it loses first round of long-running patent battle in the US.

Find the AP participation rate at your high school

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2015-04-28 02:16

Compare, by race, the percentage of students enrolled in your high school with the percentage enrolled in at least one an AP class.

Enter the name of your public highschool below to find the AP participation gap.

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Story: Spending $100 million to break down AP class barriers

What the AP gap looks like at your high school

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2015-04-28 02:16

Compare, by race, the percentage of students enrolled in your high school with the percentage enrolled in at least one an AP class.

Enter the name of your public highschool below to find the AP participation gap.

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Story: Spending $100 million to break down AP class barriers

Deadly landslide in north-east Brazil

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-28 02:16
The city of Salvador in north-eastern Brazil is hit by deadly landslides, leaving 14 people dead and hillside homes swept away.

Donations pour in for Nepal

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2015-04-28 02:00

As of this writing, fatalities from Nepal's 7.9 magnitude earthquake have exceeded 4,000, with the number of dead and injured expected to rise as emergency workers reach more remote mountain villages. Millions in the region are affected—with homes damaged or destroyed, and food, water, medical and earthmoving equipment in short supply.

People have been phoning and clicking to make donations to the international relief agency Mercy Corps; they had given $715,000 by mid-day Monday, said spokesman Jeremy Barnicle. “That money will mostly go to procure essential items that people need now,” said Barnicle. “So that’s tarps and sleeping mats, first-aid kits, water bottles, things like that.”

The money is flowing through the Bank of Kathmandu, and is being doled out to local partner organizations by Mercy Corps’ in-country staff of 90, most of whom are Nepali and were already working on long-term development and humanitarian projects. The money, spent primarily in Nepalese rupees, will boost the local economy, helping wholesalers and stores and trucking companies reopen and bring back workers. Aid groups will also use the money to resupply relief depots in the region that are being tapped right now to get materiel out to hard-hit areas in Nepal.

Bob Ottenhoff, president of the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, says longer-term needs will be harder to meet, with American donors’ short attention span.

“There’ll be lots of people giving in coming days, as long as the media keeps covering the story,” said Ottenhoff. “But it’s very difficult to raise money for planning and preparation and mitigation.”

VIDEO: Live: Nigel Farage campaign speech

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-28 02:00
UKIP leader Nigel Farage gives a campaign speech in Hartlepool in which he is expected to make an appeal to Labour voters.

Spending $100 million to break down AP class barriers

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2015-04-28 02:00
High school students across the country are nervously cramming for Advanced Placement exams, which begin next week. But, there won’t be nearly as many minority and low-income students taking the tests as there could be.

According to the College Board, which runs the AP program, in 2013 about 15 percent of graduating seniors in the U.S. were black. But, black students made up only about 9 percent of AP test takers. That same year — the latest for which reliable comparisons are available — low-income students made up 48 percent of the high school population, but only about 28 percent of AP test takers.

Access to advanced high school courses is only part of the problem. The majority of high schools in the U.S. offer some AP classes. The larger problem, experts say, is participation.

“There are about 650,000 missing students per year — low-income students and students of color — who would participate in advanced courses in their high schools if given the opportunity to participate at the same rate as other students,” says Reid Saaris, president of Equal Opportunity Schools, a non-profit that works with schools to increase that opportunity.

EOS is among a group of education and business organizations spearheading a $100 million spend aimed at getting more under-represented students into AP and International Baccalaureate classes. The initiative, announced Tuesday, aims to identify and enroll 100,000 new students during the next three years.

Research shows high-achieving minority and low-income students are often overlooked when it comes to AP and IB programs. Saaris cites several reasons, including perceptions by educators that certain students are not "right" for advanced classes, and a lack of information among parents and students about AP or IB.

Natalie Rodriguez Jansorn, director of strategic initiatives for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, which is helping fund the $100 million project, says students who participate in AP courses are more likely to enroll in college, and succeed when they get there.

“In particular, we know that there are a significant number of low-income students who are not even being invited or encouraged into AP courses," she says.

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