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High school in special measures

BBC - Thu, 2014-03-20 04:27
A Powys high school has been placed in special measures following a poor inspection.

PODCAST: Veteran unemployment

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-03-20 04:25

The benchmark interest rate in America is higher now than it was before the new chair of the Federal Reserve's briefing yesterday. 2.77 percent is the 10 year yield versus 2.67 percent. We get our own briefing from Diane Swonk, chief economist at Mesirow Financial in Chicago.

And, the Labor Department is expected to release its annual report on the job situation for veterans soon. The jobless rate for those who served after 9/11 has tended to be higher than the overall unemployment rate. Though typically highly skilled, disciplined and hard-working, veterans of recent conflicts often have more difficulty than civilians in finding work.

Meanwhile, more than two years after a 5.8-magnitude earthquake damaged the Washington Monument, the U.S. National Park Service is readying to reopen it to tourists this spring. Examining and repairing the monument’s more than 30,000 stone pieces cost $15 million, but that work is being paid for in a novel way. The government split the tab with billionaire David Rubenstein.

PODCAST: Veteran unemployment

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-03-20 04:25

The benchmark interest rate in America is higher now than it was before the new chair of the Federal Reserve's briefing yesterday. 2.77 percent is the 10 year yield versus 2.67 percent. We get our own briefing from Diane Swonk, chief economist at Mesirow Financial in Chicago.

And, the Labor Department is expected to release its annual report on the job situation for veterans soon. The jobless rate for those who served after 9/11 has tended to be higher than the overall unemployment rate. Though typically highly skilled, disciplined and hard-working, veterans of recent conflicts often have more difficulty than civilians in finding work.

Meanwhile, more than two years after a 5.8-magnitude earthquake damaged the Washington Monument, the U.S. National Park Service is readying to reopen it to tourists this spring. Examining and repairing the monument’s more than 30,000 stone pieces cost $15 million, but that work is being paid for in a novel way. The government split the tab with billionaire David Rubenstein.

Complaint as boy, 15, strip searched

BBC - Thu, 2014-03-20 04:19
A police watchdog is investigating complaints by a father whose 15 year old son was strip searched by officers from North Wales Police.

Trader fined for rigging bond market

BBC - Thu, 2014-03-20 04:02
A trader is fined more than £660,000 and banned from the industry for rigging the UK bond market at the Bank of England's expense.

Hackers thwarted by net timekeepers

BBC - Thu, 2014-03-20 03:45
A massive worldwide effort has been under way to harden the net's clocks against hack attacks.

VIDEO: How music brings politicians together

BBC - Thu, 2014-03-20 03:43
Within hours of the Budget, four Westminster politicians put aside political differences to perform on stage.

Sex attacker expelled from college

BBC - Thu, 2014-03-20 03:35
A convicted sex attacker was expelled from a college course after it emerged he was banned from mixing with anyone under the age of 17.

Ukrainian Troops' Departure From Crimea Isn't A Simple Matter

NPR News - Thu, 2014-03-20 03:30

While the new government in Kiev plans to withdraw its 25,000 troops from the region, the orders weren't immediately given. One issue: Can they take their weapons with them?

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Huge screen to showcase Games launch

BBC - Thu, 2014-03-20 03:27
A 100m-wide screen will be installed at Celtic Park to show events unfolding at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony.

VIDEO: Bus lane woman 'I could have died'

BBC - Thu, 2014-03-20 03:24
A Londonderry woman, who was captured on camera being left in a bus lay-by by two police officers while incapacitated, has called for the officers to be sacked.

Royal Mail lorry hits 'sold' house

BBC - Thu, 2014-03-20 03:20
A couple who had agreed the sale of their Gosport home hope their buyer will wait for it to be repaired after a Royal Mail lorry ploughed into it.

Gallery unveils Weston portrait

BBC - Thu, 2014-03-20 03:09
The National Portrait Gallery (NPG) has unveiled a new portrait of Falklands War veteran Simon Weston, the first joint commission between the gallery and the BBC.

Girl died after paramedic 'failure'

BBC - Thu, 2014-03-20 03:02
A coroner says a paramedic's decision to stop trying to resuscitate a seven-year-old girl who died after an asthma attack was a gross failure.

Four convicted of Mumbai gang rape

BBC - Thu, 2014-03-20 03:00
A court in the Indian city of Mumbai convicts four men of the gang rape of a photojournalist last year.

Digging For Gold: Study Says Your Race Determines Your Earwax Scent

NPR News - Thu, 2014-03-20 03:00

Volatile organic compounds in your earwax may hold important information about your body and your environment.

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AUDIO: Bennett: 'Modern music is terrible'

BBC - Thu, 2014-03-20 02:56
Legendary singer Tony Bennett speaks to the BBC's Rebecca Jones about his career and modern music.

Sherwood 'planning for next season'

BBC - Thu, 2014-03-20 02:52
Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood expects to be in charge of the club next season and wants full control of transfer dealings.

Kenya court allows ICC extradition

BBC - Thu, 2014-03-20 02:47
Kenya's high court rules that journalist Walter Barasa, wanted by the International Criminal Court for bribing witnesses, can be extradited to The Hague.

VIDEO: Tyre repairmen 'dropping nails'

BBC - Thu, 2014-03-20 02:43
Community volunteers are using home-made magnets to clear Jakarta's roads of nails thought to have been deliberately scattered by criminal gangs trying to drum up work for tyre repair businesses.

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