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VIDEO: Sexual violence in conflict

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-10 15:02
The numbers behind the world's sexual violence problem

A visit to Hugo Chavez's socialist city in Venezuela

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-10 15:02
Venezuela's socialist city gets residents' approval

VIDEO: What is a zawn, sunwheel and shiver?

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-10 15:02
Are there 1,000 words for the British landscape?

VIDEO: Venezuela's utopian socialist city

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-10 15:01
Margarita Fornica shows BBC News around the late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez's utopian socialist city, Ciudad Caribia.

VIDEO: Bowe Bergdahl's hometown divided

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-10 14:52
The hometown of a US soldier is coming to terms with the backlash sparked by his release, exchanged for five detainees in Guantanamo Bay after five years in Taliban captivity.

Anchor Recovered In Puget Sound May Have Been Lost In 1792

NPR News - Tue, 2014-06-10 14:50

Two amateur artifact hunters have managed to raise a 900-pound anchor to the surface that they believe was lost 222 years ago by one of Capt. George Vancouver's ships.

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England assess Welbeck thigh injury

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-10 14:48
England will give an update on Danny Welbeck's fitness on Wednesday after the striker suffered a thigh problem in training.

In A Standoff With Montana Officials, The Justice Department Blinks

NPR News - Tue, 2014-06-10 14:38

Two years ago, the Missoula county attorney defied the DOJ's efforts to force his office to change the way it handles sexual assault cases. Today, the county won a partial victory.

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Judge: Bad teachers cost kids big bucks

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-06-10 14:27

A California Superior Court judge has ruled that teacher tenure "disproportionately" affects poor and  minority students, saying the evidence "shocks the conscience."

The judge sided with the arguments of Harvard economist Raj Chetty, who argued that students can lose millions of dollars in potential future income if they aren't educated properly.

Jennifer Medina is a reporter based in Los Angeles who covers the city for The New York Times. She says the judge's ruling will make teachers more accountable:

"What's at issue here is how teachers are hired and fired. The way teachers are fired is a very long and complex process that makes it very difficult to get rid of teachers that administrators and principals deem ineffective."

Medina says tenure has been viewed by many opponents as the catalyst for a vicious cycle that puts kids at risk. 

"Teachers tend to want to get out of (low performing schools) and so those schools have the highest turnover. When you get a high turnover of teachers it's seen as a less desirable school and you're much more likely to get teachers people want to get rid of. People refer to it as the dance of the lemons."

Medina says this effort in California was bank-rolled by Silicon Valley billionaire David Welch, and he plans on pushing the initiative elsewhere, so this case could have an impact on the entire U.S. educational system.

Listen to the full interview in the audio player above.

Circus employees protest in Mexico

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-10 14:00
Circus employees protest in Mexico City against a ban on using animals, saying the legislation will leave them and their animals unemployed.

VIDEO: Militants seize Iraq's second city

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-10 13:54
Iraq's prime minister asks parliament to declare a state of emergency after militants take control of the country's second city, Mosul.

Hardaker banned for homophobic abuse

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-10 13:49
Leeds Rhinos full-back Zak Hardaker is given a five-match ban after being found guilty of homophobic abuse.

VIDEO: Queues round block at Clinton launch

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-10 13:37
People queued around the block in Manhattan on Tuesday to catch a glimpse of Hillary Clinton at the launch of her book Hard Choices.

No extra pressure as champion - Rose

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-10 13:32
Justin Rose says there is no extra pressure on him as defending champion at the US Open starting on Thursday.

Obama: Country Needs To Do Some 'Soul Searching' On Gun Control

NPR News - Tue, 2014-06-10 13:25

President Obama addressed the issue of gun control hours after another school shooting left two dead. He said Washington should be "ashamed" of its inability to pass gun control legislation.

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Cars Shed Pounds In Race To Meet Fuel-Efficiency Goals

NPR News - Tue, 2014-06-10 13:25

Hybrids represent only a small fraction of overall car sales. So automakers are trying to boost fuel savings by making vehicles lighter using some unexpected materials.

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What should your political memoir be called?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-06-10 13:23

Just a glancing blow to the masterful public relations campaign being waged by Hillary Clinton's publishers for her new book, "Hard Choices".

The line around the corner from Barnes & Noble Union Square for @HillaryClinton's first #HardChoices book signing. pic.twitter.com/ZCpRbMtYs8

— HillaryBook (@HillaryBook) June 10, 2014

Time magazine knows how hard it can be to come up with snappy titles for political memoirs - -so they've created a political memoir name generator.

Mine?

"A Charge to Compete".

Why florists, farmers and beer brewers want drones

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-06-10 13:22

Over the weekend, BP won the race to fly the first fully legal commercial drone over U.S. soil. Getting the Federal Aviation Administration’s OK apparently took more than a year of wrangling. The FAA has been working on a set of less-arduous guidelines for years, but those are still months away at best— much to the frustration of many businesses.

For instance: sunflower farmers. “The sunflower crop is anywhere from 6 to 7 feet tall and has a large canopy of leaves,” says John Sandbakken, who runs the National Sunflower Association. “It’s very difficult to see, down below, what’s going on. This is something, with a drone, you could fly over, get a much better visual of what’s really happening.”

The Sunflower Association is one of more than 30 organizations that have asked the FAA to speed up new regulations.

Who else could use a drone? Anybody who deals with one of what Mike Toscano calls “the Four D's: The dirty, difficult, dangerous and dull jobs that human beings are faced with.”

Toscano runs the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems— a drone trade group— which last year released a study claiming drones could add $27 million a day to the U.S. economy.

He says drones have two specialties. One is delivery: "whether you’re delivering tacos, beer, medicine, food, water, cellphones or whatever." Two: "They’re good at situational awareness,” he says.

They're good at checking things out, he says, like those sunfllower crops, or BP’s oilfield. Toscano thinks that capability is where the next round of approved activity will take place, monitoring crops, pipelines, maybe even smokestack emissions. Even Hollywood’s a candidate.

Meanwhile, a lot of small-timers have started jumping the gun, including florists, real-estate photographers from Manhattan to Peoria, and an online pharmacy.

“By and large, FAA enforcement has been spotty, and so they’ve been able to do so with impunity,” says Rebecca MacPherson, a former FAA attorney.

So far, the FAA has only attempted to penalize one commercial drone user, and in that case, a federal judge ruled in March that the agency lacked authority to regulate.

Illinois Lawmaker Found Guilty Of Accepting $7,000 Payoff

NPR News - Tue, 2014-06-10 13:21

The jury didn't buy state Rep. Derrick Smith's argument that the repeated efforts to get him to accept the money amounted to entrapment.

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