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VIDEO: California's new gold rush

BBC - Thu, 2014-08-28 16:02
In The New Forty-Niners, photographer Sarina Finkelstein documents a new wave of gold seekers in California, more than 160 years after the Gold Rush.

The millionaires who rescue people at sea

BBC - Thu, 2014-08-28 15:51
The millionaires who rescue people at sea

IS militants 'behead Kurdish man'

BBC - Thu, 2014-08-28 15:26
The Islamic State group releases a video appearing to show militants killing a Kurdish man as a warning to forces fighting it in northern Iraq.

'Space whisky' to return to Earth

BBC - Thu, 2014-08-28 15:23
Whisky that was sent into space three years ago as part of a scientific experiment is to return to Earth next month.

NFL Lays Out New Penalty For Domestic Violence: 6-Game Suspension

NPR News - Thu, 2014-08-28 15:19

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell described the change in a letter to team owners. The league was criticized for suspending Ray Rice for only two games after his arrest on domestic violence charges.

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Landlord data 'will empower tenants'

BBC - Thu, 2014-08-28 15:18
Council and housing association tenants are to be given more information about how well their landlord is performing.

Brazil Amazon loggers arrested

BBC - Thu, 2014-08-28 15:15
Brazilian police arrest eight members of a criminal organisation they believe was the "biggest destroyer" of the Amazon rainforest, committing crimes worth millions of dollars.

Diana's Bake Off exit announced

BBC - Thu, 2014-08-28 15:10
Great British Bake Off contestant Diana Beard has left the show, but the BBC says her exit was due to illness, not a controversy over the latest episode.

Ebola travel bans 'should be lifted'

BBC - Thu, 2014-08-28 15:05
West African health ministers call for travel restrictions on countries affected by the Ebola outbreak to be lifted, following WHO advice.

VIDEO: Millionaires search Med for migrants

BBC - Thu, 2014-08-28 15:02
A philanthropist couple have launched what they say is the world's first privately funded boat to help migrants in trouble at sea.

VIDEO: Teaching children to be engineers

BBC - Thu, 2014-08-28 15:02
The art of making boats out of coffee stirrers

VIDEO: Bake Off's Iain: I don't hold a grudge

BBC - Thu, 2014-08-28 14:50
Great British Bake Off loser Iain Watters tells BBC Newsnight he doesn't hold a grudge against fellow contestant Diana Beard, even though she played a part in his elimination.

Obama Says U.S. Will Aid Iraqis Who Are Marooned On Mount Sinjar

NPR News - Thu, 2014-08-28 14:42

President Obama announced that he has authorized a humanitarian mission to aid religious minorities stranded on Mount Sinjar in Iraq. Airstrikes will be a component of that mission.

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Google trials drone deliveries

BBC - Thu, 2014-08-28 14:00
Google reveals it has built and tested its own drones as part of a plan to make automated deliveries to remote homes as well as disaster-hit zones.

'We Don't Have A Strategy Yet' On Islamic State, Obama Says

NPR News - Thu, 2014-08-28 13:59

But at a news conference, the president said the Sunni militant group was continuing to lose arms and equipment because of targeted U.S. strikes against its members in Iraq.

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Co-working gains steam, so is the business behind it

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-08-28 13:55

For telecommuters putting in too many hours in a coffee shop or at your dining room table, there's co-working. There are more than 3,000 co-working spaces around the world, six times as many as there were just four years ago. But as business ventures go, a lot of these modern shared work spaces are short-lived.  

Think of it like a gym membership, only for your office. Pay a fee — daily or monthly — and you get a desk, a phone, maybe a meeting space. Bonus: You still get the buzz of being around other working professionals.

Steve King, partner at Emergent Research, a consulting firm that tracks the co-working industry, says don't expect co-working to go away anytime soon.

"They haven't peaked yet," he says. "It's an industry that continues to grow very rapidly. It's not a very old industry." 

The economy has left more people working on their own, and looking for a decent work space. As companies scale back, they're less willing to sign on to long-term leases.

"They can expand or shrink as they need to because they're basically paying month-to-month," he says.

Plus, King says, working from home has its challenges. Namely, distractions.

"You know, they take the dog for a walk or they start snacking, or there's a repeat of 'Gilligan's Island' on TV that they want to watch," says King.

However, King says like any new industry, co-working has a pretty high degree of churn. 

"Churn is a nice way of saying a lot of businesses go out of business," King says.

Last year, Atticus Rominger helped launch SocialVenture, a co-working space that used to be a warehouse in in Birmingham, Alabama. You can pay $175 a month for a desk or $375 a month for a private office. He says after doing a little research, his company found plenty of people interested in renting space.

"But we also found a lot of people who'd kicked the tires on co-working for many years and never really kind of took the bait," Rominger says.

In the last five years or so, at least three other co-working spaces in Birmingham have come and gone. Rominger says at SocialVenture, renting out desks hasn't been a problem. But creating a co-working culture — where there's a close-knit group of workers collaborating and bouncing ideas off of each other — is a different story.  

"And that's something that we're going to really just have to grow into as we balance the desire to have this active and close co-working community with the realities of having a mortgage and operating a real estate venture," he says.

In other words, Rominger says, the priority now for his co-working space is to find a profitable business model.

That energy and feel-good vibe can come later.

Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 AEL Limassol (agg 5-1)

BBC - Thu, 2014-08-28 13:40
Mauricio Pochettino's winning start as Tottenham boss continues as they clinch their place in the Europa League group stage.

Liverpool drawn against Real Madrid

BBC - Thu, 2014-08-28 13:35
Liverpool are drawn against holders Real Madrid as Manchester City get a tough draw in the Champions League.

Zero-Tolerance Policing Is Not Racism, Say St. Louis-Area Cops

NPR News - Thu, 2014-08-28 13:35

The protests following Michael Brown's death have rekindled long-standing complaints about racist policing in the St. Louis area. Cops there are now becoming more outspoken in their own defense.

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VIDEO: Victim: 'Police lost abuse evidence'

BBC - Thu, 2014-08-28 13:34
The police watchdog, the IPCC, is writing to South Yorkshire Police warning "evidence of failures" must be passed on, after a report found least 1,400 children were subjected to appalling sexual exploitation in Rotherham between 1997 and 2013.
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