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VIDEO: Inside India bank robbers' tunnel

BBC - 14 hours 3 min ago
Indian police are hunting for thieves who tunnelled into a bank and fled with valuables worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Joined-up care: The elephant in the room

BBC - 14 hours 11 min ago
Are plans to link health and social care as good as they sound?

Polanski freed after US arrest bid

BBC - 14 hours 24 min ago
US attempts to have director Roman Polanski arrested for sex offences while visiting Poland fail.

IPCC debates 'most important' report

BBC - 14 hours 30 min ago
Scientists and government officials are meeting in Copenhagen to edit a report on the causes, impact and solutions to global warming.

Moving Past The Password, But At What Cost?

NPR News - 14 hours 37 min ago

Apps working with a new Twitter service would simply ask for your phone number instead of a password. In exchange, the company would get some of the most valuable information about you.

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VIDEO: You behind the pillar, you're on camera!

BBC - 14 hours 53 min ago
Do not adjust your set, as the BBC fails to adjust a camera in the Edinburgh newsroom which has a mind of its own.

Caption Challenge: Crane-osaurus

BBC - 14 hours 57 min ago
It's the Caption Challenge. Oh yes it is.

Fire death boys 'murdered by father'

BBC - 14 hours 59 min ago
A woman whose two sons died after a house fire in South Yorkshire blames her estranged her husband for murdering them.

Apple CEO Tim Cook Comes Out As Gay

NPR News - 15 hours 1 min ago

The head of the world's most iconic technology company says that although his sexual orientation has been no secret among friends and colleagues, now is the time to publicly acknowledge it.

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New rules from the U.S. Department of Education

On Thursday, the U.S. Education Department issues new rules designed to address rising indebtedness and high default rates among graduates of for-profit vocational college programs. A new standard for graduates' loan-payments-to-income will penalize schools that fail to measure up, threatening them with exclusion from government student loan and grant programs, including Pell Grants for low-income students and education benefits under the GI bill.

The government provides $22 billion annually to support so-called ‘gainful employment’ post-secondary education programs, according to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

Kai Ryssdal will interview Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Listen to the show, or check back here for the podcast later this afternoon.

This includes training in culinary arts, truck-driving, IT, health care, auto repair and the like. Under the new rules to be issued Thursday, schools will risk being cut off from government student-assistance programs unless a typical graduate’s loan payment is less than 20 percent of their discretionary income, or 8 percent of their total earnings.

An earlier draft rule also would have set a standard for graduates’ student-loan default rates; default rates for graduates of for-profit colleges are considered excessively high by education advocates and the Obama Administration. Default rates will be tracked and publicly reported under the new rules, but won’t be a criterion for punishing schools and excluding them from government loan and grant programs.

In a statement emailed to Marketplace, the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities, which represents for-profit higher-education providers, rejected the new regulations as a "bad-faith attempt to cut off access to education for millions of students who have been historically underserved by higher education," according to CEO Steve Gunderson.

"In this case, the Department favored public institutions that benefit from generous taxpayer operational subsidies, but have lower graduation rates and higher default rates, over programs at private sector institutions where graduates are achieving real earning gains and successfully repaying their loans," according to the statement.

The industry has been critical of the Education Department for allegedly favoring publicly-funded community colleges over for-profit colleges that specialize in career training.

Consumer advocates also criticized the revised regulations that the Education Department has settled on.

“The final gainful employment regulation does not do enough to stop the fleecing of students and taxpayers," said Pauline Abernathy, vice president of The Institute for College Access & Success, in an emailed statement. “In particular, the final regulation lets programs where most students borrow but few graduate keep using taxpayer dollars to bury students in debt they can’t repay, so long as they limit the debt of the few students who complete.”

Cancer survival rates 'improving'

BBC - 15 hours 5 min ago
Most people diagnosed with cancer in recent years are surviving for longer, according to the latest statistics.

What is the parliamentary dress code?

BBC - 15 hours 5 min ago
MP Harriet Harman has worn a t-shirt with a feminist slogan to Prime Ministers questions. But what is the parliamentary dress code?

UK migrant rescue stance criticised

BBC - 15 hours 12 min ago
A Home Office minister insists a change of policy on Mediterranean search-and-rescue operations would save lives - after MPs call it "shameful" and "a new low".

German motorway shooter sentenced

BBC - 15 hours 25 min ago
A German lorry driver who carried out hundreds of shootings on the country's motorways has been jailed for more than 10 years.

Navajo Nation Presidential Candidate Suspends Campaign

NPR News - 15 hours 28 min ago

After the latest in a flurry of decisions on whether his lack of fluency in the Navajo language disqualifies him from the presidential ballot, Chris Deschene's candidacy is now in limbo.

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'Drunk' pilot arrested before flight

BBC - 15 hours 35 min ago
A pilot for Flybe was removed from a plane and arrested on suspicion of being over the drink drive limit just before he was due to fly.

Rocket makers probe US explosion

BBC - 15 hours 37 min ago
The builders of an unmanned supply rocket which exploded on the way to the International Space Station have vowed to find the cause of the failure.

Is the traditional metal key becoming obsolete?

BBC - 15 hours 38 min ago
Are the days of the humble key numbered?

VIDEO: You Don't Know Jack-O'-Lanterns

NPR News - 15 hours 40 min ago

Explore the guts and glory of pumpkin science with Skunk Bear's latest video.

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New shop opening creates 366 jobs

BBC - 15 hours 40 min ago
Retailer Matalan creates 366 jobs with the opening of its Cardiff store, the chain's first in a city centre.
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