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Hillary's 'everyday pantsuit tee'

BBC - Wed, 2015-05-27 12:48
Campaign-themed products aren't limited to bumper stickers and yard signs any more. But is there a secret strategy behind Rand Paul's "filibuster starter pack" and Hillary Clinton's pantsuit t-shirt?

England's Hartley gets four-week ban

BBC - Wed, 2015-05-27 12:48
England hooker Dylan Hartley is given a four-week ban for headbutting and is unavailable for the first game of the World Cup.

Questions Remain About How To Use Data From License Plate Scanners

NPR News - Wed, 2015-05-27 12:33

The scanners are standard equipment for police, but what's not settled is what happens to all the data collected. That data can link people to certain addresses and flag unusual activity.

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Women Fight Their Way Through Army's Grueling Ranger School

NPR News - Wed, 2015-05-27 12:33

Two years after the Defense Department lifted the ban on women serving in combat units, the Army is allowing women to go through the training program for soldiers who aspire to be infantry leaders.

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A Top Medical School Revamps Requirements To Lure English Majors

NPR News - Wed, 2015-05-27 12:33

Many of the students at Mount Sinai's medical school in New York majored in English or history, and never took the MCAT. The school sees that diversity among its students as a great strength.

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VIDEO: Cold sore virus could treat skin cancer

BBC - Wed, 2015-05-27 12:32
A virus that normally causes cold sores could treat skin cancer, researchers believe.

Iowa Group Divorces Itself From Controversial Marriage Pledge

NPR News - Wed, 2015-05-27 12:25

An anti-same-sex-marriage pledge from a social-conservative group included a lot more than that in 2012. Looking to avoid the backlash it created in the last presidential election, the group nixed it.

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Planes spotted flying under bridge

BBC - Wed, 2015-05-27 11:59
Police investigate report that two seaplanes may have flown under Kessock Bridge in "unofficial aeronautical acrobatics".

In This Test Kitchen, The Secret To A Great Cookbook Is Try, Try Again

NPR News - Wed, 2015-05-27 11:46

Yotam Ottolenghi and his partner have a thriving food empire that includes wildly successful cookbooks. We go inside their London test kitchen as recipes are put through their paces.

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VIDEO: UKIP MP confronted by protesters

BBC - Wed, 2015-05-27 11:40
The UKIP MP Douglas Carswell has been confronted in the street by anti-austerity protesters near Westminster.

Murray prepares for Sousa clash

BBC - Wed, 2015-05-27 11:22
Andy Murray will play Joao Sousa, whom he has beaten in their five previous meetings, at the French Open on Thursday.

Giving every kid a computer and a connection

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2015-05-27 11:13
When VIDA Middle School in Vista, California, received a grant to hand every one of its 680 students an iPad with a free 4G connection, parents were excited.

They were also a little nervous.

.new-float-left { float: left; margin-right: 24px; } .new-float-left em, .new-float-right em { display:block;font-size:.825em; color:#999; } .new-float-right { float: right; margin-left: 24px; } @media screen and (max-width:480px) { .new-float-left, .new-float-right { float:none;} } VIDA Principal Eric Chagala "We have a large population of students who walk," says Principal Eric Chagala. "The fear was, you are putting a $700 or $800 device in my 11-year-old's hand, and they have to get home."

So, Chagala hit the streets of the working class neighborhood around the school. He talked to local police. He dropped in on area pawn shops, to ask them to call the school if people started showing up with iPads to sell.

VIDA, or theVista Innovation & Design Academy, is a year-old magnet school that replaced a struggling school called Washington Middle.

The school's long rows of classrooms and outdoor hallways now have a fresh coat of paint, and regular appearances by the new mascot, a shark.

The VIDA community chose the shark as a mascot because of how it serves as an example of biomimicry, which fits the school's themes of design and innovation.

The old teacher's lounge has been turned into a maker's space, where sixth-graders recently worked to build models of carnival attractions with wood blocks, cardboard and plastic containers. They used their iPads to design the models earlier in the week.

One group of kids is building a haunted house using CDs to create broken glass. Another team is working on an ambitious spinning ride — it has sprinklers, a concession stand and sharks. Very much a work in progress.

It's happy chaos.

Traditional classes here have also been transformed by the technology.

VIDA teacher William Olive "We now have students who look at historical dilemmas and be problem solvers," says William Olive, a history teacher with 27 years of experience.

He no longer drills students on facts. He says his job now is to help students use the tech to explore and create. Many of his students didn't have that kind of access before, not at home or at school. One-third of the students in the upper grades at the school are homeless.

"I teach a junior Model United Nations club, and 13 of the 19 students didn't have a computer or printer at home," he says. "For them to have access to an iPad is revolutionary."

At school, the students use their tablets for research and to create presentations. Olive says they have a whole new set of questions about the world, from the South China Sea to the Sudan.

"It gives a more of a level playing field, it also helps their families," he says. "Now their families have access to technology and are starting to understand it."

But students are also under a new kind of pressure to take care of their devices. They can't lose it, or misuse it. They, and their parents, are anxious about the costs of replacing it if things do go wrong.

Principal Chagala feels a new responsibility too, one with a bigger price tag: keeping up this level of access.

"Our richest kid and our poorest kid, there is no difference in access and opportunity for learning for them at this point," he says.

Students at VIDA middle school use their iPad tablets in class for assignments, but also to complete homework and email teachers.

The current grant, from a group called Digital Promise and Verizon, lasts two years. After that, the school gets to keep the iPads, but they lose the free 4G connectivity.

"I'm scared to death," Chagala says. "It's been such a blessing. I don't think our kids could imagine not having access."

Now, district and city officials are working on a plan to keep the kids connected, and expand the access to even more students.

Is it time to hand every K-12 student a laptop or tablet and let 'em have at it? Teachers, administrators and parents across the country are grappling with the new digital classroom. In a play on the popular children's book, "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie," Marketplace explores the ever-expanding reach of education technology.

Research Chimps Get Their Day In Court In New York

NPR News - Wed, 2015-05-27 11:11

But neither Hercules nor Leo, who are at the center of a legal battle over whether chimpanzees should have the same legal rights as people, were physically present in the Manhattan courtroom today.

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Man hurt as home collapses on cars

BBC - Wed, 2015-05-27 11:02
A man is injured when part of a house collapses on to several cars in the West Midlands.

CBS 'probably' in Apple TV deal

BBC - Wed, 2015-05-27 11:02
The chief executive of CBS says the US TV network will 'probably' sign a deal with Apple TV.

Santorum joins race for US president

BBC - Wed, 2015-05-27 10:49
Rick Santorum, a Christian conservative who came second in the 2012 Republican primaries for president, launched a second campaign for the White House.

Boss Advocaat leaves Sunderland

BBC - Wed, 2015-05-27 10:21
Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat is to leave the club after guiding the Premier League side to safety this season.

Edmund pulls out of French Open

BBC - Wed, 2015-05-27 10:10
Britain's Kyle Edmund is forced out of his French Open second-round tie against Nick Kyrgios with a stomach injury.

U.S. Finalizes Rules To Protect Rivers, Streams From Pollution

NPR News - Wed, 2015-05-27 10:04

The regulations are intended to clarify recent court decisions on which bodies of water are protected, but many farmers and congressional Republicans oppose what they call an EPA "land grab."

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Balotelli 'staying at Liverpool'

BBC - Wed, 2015-05-27 09:50
Liverpool's Italy striker Mario Balotelli will not be leaving the Anfield club this summer, according to his agent.