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VIDEO: Bullock's Gravity suit goes on display

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-09 03:14
The suit worn by actress Sandra Bullock in Gravity has gone on display in Liverpool, as part of the International Festival for Business.

Can more jobs eliminate child poverty?

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-09 03:11
Can more jobs eliminate child poverty?

Stephen Lee admits cue sale fraud

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-09 03:08
Snooker player Stephen Lee is fined for selling his personal cue to a Facebook fan for £1,600 then failing to send it to him.

VIDEO: What's in store for new councillors?

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-09 03:08
A former councillor, and a newly-elected one, speak about why anyone wants to serve on a local authority.

Russia journalist's killers get life

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-09 03:01
Two men are given life sentences for the 2006 murder of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya, with three others getting long jail terms.

AUDIO: How fist fights shaped the human face

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-09 03:01
Humans developed "beefy" facial features as protection during fist fights, according to scientists.

PODCAST: Exploding student debt

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-06-09 03:00

With student loans at an alltime high, President Obama is expected to push for qualifying more people for income-based repayment plans. Plus, the new tear-jerker "The Fault in Our Stars" had a huge weekend at the box-office, making a case for the newest blockbuster demographic: teenage girls. Also, hear how a tiny town in Pakistan served as a testing ground for why technology takes so long to adopt into industry

Smart TVs subverted by radio attack

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-09 02:55
Millions of smart TVs can be hijacked by burying attack code in signals broadcast to the net-connected devices, warn security experts.

England & Brazil's chances equal - Pele

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-09 02:39
Former Brazil World Cup winner Pele says England "have the same chance" as his country of winning the World Cup.

VIDEO: Metal studs fitted to deter homeless

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-09 02:33
Metal studs have been installed to deter homeless people from sleeping outside a block of flats in Southwark in London.

Rouhani visit warms Iran-Turkey ties

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-09 02:31
Hassan Rouhani is holding trade talks with senior Turkish officials in Ankara, on the first visit to Turkey by an Iranian president since 1996.

Dead backpacker 'was not in fight'

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-09 02:22
Malaysian police deny a British backpacker was involved in a fight before he went missing in the jungle, it is reported.

School has books 'promoting stoning'

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-09 02:17
A Muslim school does not "promote tolerance" and has books suggesting stoning and lashing as appropriate punishments, an Ofsted report finds.

Fault in Our Stars beats Cruise film

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-09 02:09
Teen adaptation The Fault in Our Stars trounces Tom Cruise's latest big budget action film Edge of Tomorrow as they open at the US box office.

Fifa sponsors back 2022 inquiry

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-09 02:08
Five of Fifa's six major sponsors say they support an inquiry into the decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.

Tourist spend in Scotland up by 20%

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-09 02:05
Tourists visiting Scotland last year spent £1.68bn - 20% more than in 2012 and a bigger hike than London and the UK as a whole.

President Obama aims to reduce burden of student loans

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-06-09 02:00

Altogether, the value of every outstanding federal student loan and loan guarantee is around $1.2 trillion. That is a staggering number, and many economists say that debt is becoming a drag on the overall economy.

President Obama is expected to take steps toward, as the White House puts it, “reducing the burden of student loan debt."

It is no secret many young Americans – especially recent graduates – are having a tough time. According to Kevin Carey, who directs the New America Foundation’s Education Policy Program, they are having trouble “trying to get jobs in a still-weak economy, and having to make bigger loan payments at the same time.”

The president will direct the Department of Education to work more closely with the companies that service federal loans, and he wants to make more borrowers eligible for something called an “income-based repayment plan,” in which payments are capped at 10 percent of what a borrower makes.

“It could be a very big deal, depending on the number of people who use it,” Carey says.

According to Sandy Baum, a senior fellow with the Urban Institute, that has been a big obstacle so far.

“Lots of people who are eligible for income-based repayment don’t participate in it,” she notes, adding that many aren’t aware the program exists.

There is, of course, only so much the president can do without help from lawmakers. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has drafted a bill that would allow borrowers to refinance their student loans, but the Congressional Budget Office estimates that would cost taxpayers about $60 billion over the next decade, which is unpalatable to many Republicans.

Monday, President Obama is expected to ask companies that help borrowers prepare their taxes, including Intuit and H&R Block, to make sure their customers know what tax credits and re-payments plans are out there.

Car fire outside Buchanan Galleries

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-09 01:54
Firefighters extinguish a blaze which engulfs a car outside one of Glasgow busiest shopping centres.

VIDEO: On site of new £130m metal mine

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-09 01:52
Work has started to excavate Britain's first new metal mine for more than 40 years
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