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East Ukraine dangers increasing - UN

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-06 03:30
Civilians in eastern Ukraine are facing increasing danger as the conflict continues, the UN warns, amid reports of an air strike on Donetsk.

Andy Coulson faces perjury charges

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-06 03:26
David Cameron's former director of communications Andy Coulson faces perjury charges over the Tommy Sheridan trial.

Man jailed for strangling ex-wife

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-06 03:25
A man who strangled his former wife and hid her body in her bed, where she lay undiscovered for weeks, is jailed for life.

Alex Salmond turns to Zsa Zsa Gabor

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-06 03:17
Alex Salmond finds "mucho" to complain of in Scottish TV debate

VIDEO: Passengers tilt train to free man

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-06 03:09
Commuters in Western Australia have helped to free a man after his leg became trapped between the platform and a busy train.

Briscoe removed from judiciary

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-06 03:07
Constance Briscoe, who was jailed for 16 months for lying to police investigating the Chris Huhne speeding points case, is sacked as a judge.

Body in Crete is missing tourist

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-06 03:02
A body found in Crete is that of missing Denbighshire pensioner Arthur Jones, his son confirms.

PODCAST: Colleges going green

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-08-06 03:00

First up, more on Walgreens' decision not to move its headquarters overseas. It will, however, go through with a purchase of European pharmacy Alliance Boots. Plus, two large merges have fallen apart; Rupert Murdoch has abandoned his bid to purchase Time Warner, and Sprint lets go of its merger with T-Mobile. Also, what if colleges and universities could grow, rather than subtract, from their endowment money by making their campuses more environmentally friendly? The Sustainable Endowments Institute is trying to help them do just that.

How to grow green energy along with endowments

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-08-06 03:00

Amid all the Sturm und Drang of mergers and markets, we like to track compelling ideas on Marketplace.

How about if colleges and universities could grow, rather than subtract, from their endowment money by making their campuses more environmentally friendly? 

Mark Orlowski is founder and executive director of the Sustainable Endowments Institute. He has an online system to help schools track ways that they can get financial returns, not just through stock and bond markets, but through energy efficiency.

His project, the Billion Dollar Green Challenge, and online platform (GRITS) help universities take their operating cash or endowment, upgrade the energy efficiency of campus buildings, and get a bigger return in savings than the stock market would earn them.

The Green Revolving Investment Tracking System (GRITS 1.0) is designed to manage every aspect of an institution's green revolving fund (GRF), including aggregate and project-specific financial, energy, and carbon data. It also helps track and manage projects, as well as reports on environmental benefits and financial return.

How's that for compelling?

How to grown green energy along with endowments

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-08-06 03:00

Amid all the Sturm und Drang of mergers and markets, we like to track compelling ideas on Marketplace.

How about if colleges and universities could grow, rather than subtract, from their endowment money by making their campuses more environmentally friendly? 

Mark Orlowski is founder and executive director of the Sustainable Endowments Institute. He has an online system to help schools track ways that they can get financial returns, not just through stock and bond markets, but through energy efficiency.

His project, the Billion Dollar Green Challenge, and online platform (GRITS) help universities take their operating cash or endowment, upgrade the energy efficiency of campus buildings, and get a bigger return in savings than the stock market would earn them.

The Green Revolving Investment Tracking System (GRITS 1.0) is designed to manage every aspect of an institution's green revolving fund (GRF), including aggregate and project-specific financial, energy, and carbon data. It also helps track and manage projects, as well as reports on environmental benefits and financial return.

How's that for compelling?

New world record as Slater wins gold

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-06 02:58
Britain's Steph Slater wins gold and sets a world record in the S8 100m butterfly at the IPC Swimming European Championships.

Snap election called in Bulgaria

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-06 02:57
Voters in Bulgaria face their second election in less than two years after parliament is dissolved amid the country's worst banking crisis since the 1990s.

Afghan Policeman Turns Gun On Colleagues, Killing 7

NPR News - Wed, 2014-08-06 02:56

The latest incident comes just a day after an apparent insider attack killed a U.S. major general and left more than a dozen wounded. All who were injured Tuesday are expected to live.

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Afghan Policeman Turns Gun On Colleagues, Killing 7

NPR News - Wed, 2014-08-06 02:56

The latest incident comes just a day after an apparent insider attack killed a U.S. major general and left more than a dozen wounded. All who were injured Tuesday are expected to live.

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Man held over Israeli teens' murders

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-06 02:39
A Palestinian man has been arrested on suspicion of involvement in the murder of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank, Israeli officials say.

No ICC appeal against Anderson verdict

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-06 02:38
The International Cricket Council will not appeal against the decision to clear England bowler James Anderson of misconduct.

Italy falls back into recession

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-06 02:28
Italy has fallen back into recession after the country's economy contracted by 0.2% in the second quarter of the year.

AUDIO: Scientists hail dinosaur discovery

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-06 02:22
Scientists from the University of Zurich and The Natural History museum have discovered a previously unknown species of dinosaur.

Megadeth and CeeLo pull Israel gigs

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-06 02:17
Thrash metal band Megadeth and singer CeeLo Green have cancelled concerts in Israel amid the ongoing conflict in Gaza.
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