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VIDEO: 'Dreadnought' dinosaur biggest ever

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-05 11:35
Fossils unearthed in Argentina represent the most complete giant sauropod dinosaur ever discovered.

What's college worth anyway?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-09-05 11:16

It’s a more important question than ever when you look at our economy today. College graduates have a much lower unemployment rate (3.2  percent) than adults with only a high school degree (6.2 percent).

Two economists from the New York Fed wrote in a recent paper that “the value of a bachelor’s degree for the average graduate has held near its all-time high of about $300,000 for more than a decade.”

Essentially, a degree is worth a fair chunk of change. Plus, it gets you connections — possibly from your professors, or the people you meet around campus.

Business Insider wrote up their research nicely, essentially noting that it only takes about a decade to work off what you paid for your degree. Back in the late '70s, it used to take more than 20 years.

At the same time, wages for people with only a high school degree are falling, which exacerbates the split.

But that’s value, not cost. Which is where student loans come into play.

One the one hand, loans can be great, since they contribute to the democratization of higher education. Students who do not have the wherewithal to pay full freight, or get enough grants to do it, can take out loans. Yay? Maybe. It depends.

Color matters. While black and white students tend to borrow the same amount, debt weighs more heavily on black families, according to a new study.  This is where I think the difference between income inequality and wealth inequality is key.

Even though we talk a lot about income inequality, talking about wealth inequality (and the historical barriers preventing black families from amassing wealth), really matters.

If your income takes a hit and you or your family don’t have any cushion to absorb it? Then that degree isn’t worth all that much. And the loan bills feel heavier and heavier.

Could Putin cross more 'red lines'?

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-05 11:08
Could Vladimir Putin cross more 'red lines'?

VIDEO: Greens call for £10 minimum wage

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-05 10:49
The Green Party of England and Wales has called for the minimum wage to rise to £10 an hour by 2020.

VIDEO: Sanctions 'only reason' for ceasefire

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-05 10:34
US President Obama has said that sanctions on Russia are the only reason a ceasefire in Ukraine has been agreed.

VIDEO: Hands on: Moto 360 and Android Wear

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-05 10:33
The BBC's Richard Taylor tries out Google's smartwatch the Moto 360, using the Android Wear operating system.

US confirms al-Shabab leader killed

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-05 10:27
The leader of the Somali Islamist group al-Shabab, Ahmed Abdi Godane, was killed following a US attack earlier this week, the Pentagon says.

Third arrest over Tilbury death

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-05 10:26
A third person is arrested on suspicion of manslaughter over the death of man in a shipping container in Essex.

As The Gaza Strip Calms Down, The West Bank Heats Up

NPR News - Fri, 2014-09-05 10:20

The shooting has stopped in Gaza, but the Israelis and Palestinians are now at odds over a large chunk of West Bank land where Israel plans to build more homes for settlers.

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Sturridge out of Euro 2016 qualifier

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-05 10:18
Daniel Sturridge is 'heartbroken' after being ruled out of England's Euro 2016 qualifier with a thigh injury.

Key Nato allies 'ready to fight IS'

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-05 10:16
US President Barack Obama says a "core coalition" is ready to join the US in military action against Islamic State militants in Iraq.

Good news! The unemployment rate is 6.1 percent

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-09-05 10:14

This morning, we reported that most everybody expected an employment report that added quite a few jobs:

The U.S. Labor Department's monthly employment report for August is expected to show some improvement in the job market from July. The consensus among economists is for 230,000 jobs to have been added to private and public-sector payrolls.

Instead, only 142,000 jobs were added in August, making it the worst month since December 2013.

So, what does that mean for the unemployment rate?

The unemployment rate from January 2008 through August 2014.

Raghu Manavalan/Marketplace

Fewer jobs added and lower unemployment.

New Nato force to reassure east

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-05 09:54
The Nato summit in Wales announces the formation of a several-thousand-strong "spearhead" force designed to reassure eastern member states.

The Latest Word From WHO On Experimental Ebola Therapies

NPR News - Fri, 2014-09-05 09:53

Vaccinations and therapeutics are being tested. Some could be available for use as early as November, if they prove to be safe.

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Use Ebola survivors' blood - WHO

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-05 09:26
The blood of patients who recover from Ebola should be used to treat others, the World Health Organization has announced.

PE teacher jailed over pupil sex

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-05 09:21
A PE teacher who had sex with a pupil she taught at an all-girls private school is jailed for 15 months.

Third American with Ebola arrives in US

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-05 09:19
A US aid worker infected with Ebola in Liberia has arrived in Nebraska for treatment in an isolation unit.

Language teaching help for teachers

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-05 09:15
A network of foreign language teaching hubs is to be set up across England to boost the language skills of teachers.

Top judge condemns Poots comments

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-05 09:14
Northern Ireland's most senior judge says comments by Health Minister Edwin Poots were detrimental to the rule of law and damaging to public confidence in the justice system.

Estonia angry at Russia 'abduction'

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-05 08:51
Estonia summons the Russian ambassador over the "abduction" of an Estonian security official who Russia says was detained on its territory.