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James Brady, Gun Control Campaigner And Presidential Spokesman, Dies

NPR News - Mon, 2014-08-04 10:09

Brady became a prominent gun control advocate after being struck by a bullet during the 1981 assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan. He was 73.

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Hacker Says He Can Break Into Airplane Systems Using In-Flight Wi-Fi

NPR News - Mon, 2014-08-04 10:03

Two years ago, a group at Las Vegas' annual hacker convention said it could break into air traffic control systems. This year a session will show how a passenger can hack a plane while in the air.

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African leaders gather for US summit

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-04 09:36
Delegates are gathering in Washington DC for the largest-ever summit of African leaders in the US, although the Ebola virus forces some to cancel.

Iraqi Leader Orders Air Support For Kurds Battling Extremists

NPR News - Mon, 2014-08-04 09:35

Meanwhile, Kurdish forces are urging the U.S. to provide weapons in the fight against militants with the Islamic State.

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April murder house to be demolished

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-04 09:33
The house where Mark Bridger is believed to have killed five-year-old April Jones is to be demolished.

Harris has 'no remorse', victim says

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-04 09:32
Rolf Harris's youngest victim claims the performer has "no remorse in any shape or form" after he launched a bid to appeal against his conviction.

Nigeria records second Ebola case

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-04 09:32
Nigeria records its second confirmed Ebola case as new UN figures show that 887 people have died of the virus in West Africa since February.

Simmonds, Slater & Rodgers win European gold

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-04 09:16
Great Britain para-swimmers Ellie Simmonds, Steph Slater and Susie Rodgers win gold on day one of the IPC Swimming European Championships.

Frack firm worker attack 'cowardly'

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-04 09:14
Politicians condemn a petrol bomb attack on the family home of a site worker for a company exploring for shale gas in County Fermanagh.

Ukraine troops enter Russia in clash

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-04 08:54
More than 300 Ukrainian troops cross into Russia during heavy fighting with pro-Russian rebels - but Kiev denies they are "defectors".

Body found in missing tourist search

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-04 08:54
The son of a Denbigh man missing on Crete say news a body has found is "deeply upsetting and a big shock".

WATCH: Playful Lion Cub Scares The Daylights Out Of Dog

NPR News - Mon, 2014-08-04 08:53

The viral video was filmed at a farm in South Africa that specializes in training animals to work in movies.

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Gaza deaths appalling, says Cameron

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-04 08:52
The UN was right to speak out against an Israeli attack near a UN-run school in Gaza, David Cameron says.

Race to rescue China quake survivors

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-04 08:50
China sends 2,500 soldiers to boost rescue efforts in Yunnan province, after an earthquake killed hundreds of people on Sunday.

Ex-royal aide denies sexual assault

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-04 08:45
A former personal assistant to the Duke of Edinburgh denies sexually abusing a girl in the early 1970s.

England 'ready to win World Cup'

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-04 08:41
As England prepare to face Spain in Group A, Maggie Alphonsi says the "pain" of three final defeats can drive them to World Cup glory.

Car smashes through pub toilets

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-04 08:34
A car smashes into a Beefeater pub's toilets, leaving the vehicle crushed but the driver miraculously alive.

The push to protect student data

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-08-04 08:30

It’s summer. School is out and kids are more concerned with what they're wearing to the pool, than with history and algebra.

But that doesn't mean teachers and other educators are taking a break.

In fact,  lots of them are spending their summer breaks grappling with student data.  What to gather. How to use it. And how to protect it.

Data has never played a greater role in education, particularly as schools move to models of "personalized learning," or tailoring a child's education to meet his or her abilities.  

And while there are lots of upsides to having so much information on students, there are downsides as well.

Parents are concerned about privacy—especially after the  NSA revelations and the Target data breach. Parents are also worried that marketers could get a hold of their kids' information.

The U.S. Department of Education has jumped in.  It issued new guidance for schools and districts about how to keep parents informed about data collection.  

There’s also a new government website focused on the federal laws that cover how student data can be used.  

And this video highlighting The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act known as FERPA: 

 

Last week, U.S. Senators Edward Markey (D-Mass) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) introduced new federal legislation to protect student privacy.  They’ve called it the “Protecting Student Privacy Act of 2014.” 

Here are some highlights of the bill.   (And take note, it's  all about how data is shared--not about what's collected) 

   Security 

  • Requires educational agencies and schools to have security measures in place to keep student data confidential.
  • All parties to whom schools and agencies disclose data must have established security procedures to protect the data.
  • Any outside party obtaining access to records must destroy all copies, after the data has been used for the expressed purpose.

  Marketing

  • Outside parties can’t use the data to market to students.

 Transparency

  • Parents and students must be allowed to view records and request corrections of any data they believe is inaccurate.
  • Agencies and schools must keep track of who requests access to educational records.

 

Iraq offers air support to Kurds

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-04 08:24
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki orders the country's air force to provide support to Kurdish forces fighting militants in the north.

Federal Judge Rules Alabama Abortion Law Is Unconstitutional

NPR News - Mon, 2014-08-04 08:18

The law required doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. The measure is similar to legislation in 10 other states.

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