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Driver blacked out before bus crash

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-01 09:09
A bus firm is liable for damages for a crash involving 50 school children after its driver blacked out.

Photographing the wage gap over time

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-08-01 09:03

Jim Goldberg, photographer of "Rich and Poor", says he was interested in looking at the ways people spoke about wealth and poverty.

"I wanted to open up the discussion and ask interesting questions about how discussions of wealth and poverty are framed," says Goldberg. "And look at the language that is used to describe them, and who gets to use that language."

His collection of photographs compares two economic classes of San Francisco. Each photograph is accompanied by comments written by the subjects themselves.  

As Goldberg’s work became more known, he ran into many of the wealthy people he photographed at museums or openings. Their worlds began to coincide. The poor, however, usually disappeared over time.

"As much as I tried to be present in their lives, they would have to move on, or go to prison or die," says Goldberg. "Not to be dramatic, but the life of the poor is somewhat dramatic in that sense. It’s an interesting contradiction."

Goldberg says his beat has changed since he started taking pictures decades ago. He says yesterday's wealthy would have looked poor today.

"It’s as if the income gap has grown exponentially between the wealthy and the poor, I think the wealthy now are able to exhibit their wealth in ways that the wealthy of the past could not."

How Cultures Move Across Continents

NPR News - Fri, 2014-08-01 09:03

Researchers have mapped the travels of 150,000 artists, politicians and religious leaders over the past 2,000 years. The videos reveal how cultural achievements ebb and flow across the U.S and Europe.

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Anderson and Jadeja found not guilty

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-01 08:55
The International Cricket Council finds James Anderson and Ravindra Jadeja not guilty of breaching its code of conduct.

The speech heralding World War One

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-01 08:53
The war-hating minster who made the case for World War One

These Ivory Coast Cacao Farmers Had Never Tasted Chocolate

NPR News - Fri, 2014-08-01 08:46

Ivory Coast is the world's No. 1 producer of the cacao beans that are the base of our beloved chocolate bars. But as a TV report shows, some cacao farmers have never enjoyed the final product.

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Purvis wins gold on parallel bars

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-01 08:45
Scotland's Dan Purvis collects Commonwealth Games gold in the men's parallel bars, his third medal in Glasgow.

Weekendish: Lettuces, models and scissors

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-01 08:40
Some of the best reads from the BBC News website this week, with your comments.

UK probes Israeli soldier nationality

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-01 08:39
The UK Foreign Office is "looking into" reports an Israeli soldier believed captured in Gaza has dual UK-Israeli nationality.

Kincora abuse is 'national scandal'

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-01 08:34
Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson says child sex abuse at Kincora Boys' Home is a "national scandal" that needs to be fully investigated.

A Conservative Mayor Fights To Expand Medicaid In North Carolina

NPR News - Fri, 2014-08-01 08:17

After a small North Carolina town lost its hospital, Belhaven's Republican mayor decided it was time to demand that North Carolina cover more people through the Medicaid program.

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Autistic woman fails to stop move

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-01 08:15
A Swansea family loses its bid to prevent a health board moving their 20-year-old autistic daughter to a specialist unit 230 miles away in Brighton.

HIV drugs 'boost SA life expectancy'

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-01 08:09
Life expectancy in South Africa has increased dramatically over the last decade mainly thanks to life-saving Aids drugs, a government report says.

Man jailed for couple's crash deaths

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-01 08:07
A driver who killed his sister and her fiancé in a car crash, leaving his nine-week-old nephew an orphan, is jailed for seven years.

VIDEO: London Zoo defends late parties

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-01 08:05
London Zoo has defended its "Lates" evening openings where alcohol is served, after claims of drunken behaviour threatening the welfare of the animals.

10 things we didn't know last week

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-01 08:05
Nixon's interest in panda mating, and more nuggets from the week's news.

Go Figure: The week in numbers

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-01 08:00
The week's big numbers, visualised

Tropical Storm Bertha Takes Aim At The Caribbean

NPR News - Fri, 2014-08-01 07:54

Puerto Rico is under a tropical storm warning, while the Dominican Republic has issued a tropical storm watch. The forecast calls for Bertha to head northwest, but stay off the U.S. East Coast.

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As Labor Market Advances, Millions Are Stuck In Part-Time Jobs

NPR News - Fri, 2014-08-01 07:52

Payrolls have grown by more than 200,000 for six months in a row — the longest stretch since 1997. But 7.5 million people are working less than 40 hours per week even though they want full-time jobs.

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Feet sniff abuse teacher spared jail

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-01 07:51
A teacher who admitted sexual assault by sniffing the feet of schoolchildren in Lancashire is spared jail.
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