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Parents 'ignore school league tables'

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-08 15:37
Fewer than a third of parents check the school league tables when choosing schools for their children, suggests a survey for a teaching union.

Who first said 'The pen is mightier than the sword'?

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-08 15:32
Where does the saying about the might of the pen come from?

Short-term politics 'damages schools'

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-08 15:08
Improvements in education are being undermined by negative political pressures, says former Ofsted chief.

Children's mental health service cut

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-08 15:04
NHS spending on children's mental health services in England has fallen by more than 6% in real terms since 2010, according to official figures.

I don't want my kids to run - Campbell

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-08 15:01
Former British sprinter Darren Campbell says he does not want his children to follow him into athletics because of doping claims.

US to hold migration talks in Cuba

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-08 14:57
US Assistant Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson announces she will lead a high level delegation travelling to Havana later this month.

VIDEO: Indonesia mulls air fare price rise

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-08 14:51
The Indonesian government has proposed a 10% increase in budget airline ticket prices to try to improve safety in the wake of the AirAsia crash.

VIDEO: Firefighter's video of bushfires

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-08 14:50
Firefighters tackling large bushfires near Adelaide have said they are growing more confident they can contain them.

Is North Korea really responsible for the Sony hack?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-01-08 14:50

FBI Director James Comey gave a speech yesterday and doubled down on the FBI's decision to name North Korea as the source of the late November cyber attack on Sony Pictures.

According to the FBI, the hackers made some sloppy mistakes. They often used a proxy system to hide their real location but in a few cases signed into a Sony server and posted online without concealing their location. The FBI says their IP address is known to be exclusively used by North Korea.

Kim Zetter, a reporter at Wired and author of "Countdown to Zero Day: Stuxnet and the Launch of the World's First Digital Weapon," isn't convinced North Korea is to blame for the attack.

"We still don’t have all of the evidence and all of the information that’s backing his strong claim there," Zetter says.

A few things that give Zetter pause:

  • We don’t know what this IP address is or what it’s connected to.
  • The FBI is saying that this IP address is exclusively used by North Korea. How do we know that?
  • Initial communication from the hackers never mentioned the movie "The Interview." It appeared to be an extortion attempt to get money out of Sony.

The FBI has requested that the government  unclassify information related to the case, so that more can be publicly disclosed.

As for Sony? They’re still struggling and are working on replacing equipment.

'Britain is a target' - front pages

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-08 14:37
Some papers describe the manhunt in the wake the deadly attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, while others heed warnings that Britain "could be next".

Barcelona 5-0 Elche

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-08 14:29
Barcelona are poised meet either Real Madrid or Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals after sweeping aside Elche.

Look Out: This Poker-Playing Computer Is Unbeatable

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-08 14:15

Forget chess. Poker may be even harder for a computer. But a software program has now "solved" a variant of Texas Hold'em, the bot's creators say. And nothing can keep it from winning.

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Ohio ends two-drug executions

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-08 14:14
Authorities in Ohio will no longer use a drug combination that caused an inmate to gasp and snort during a protracted 26-minute execution.

Former champion Waites crashes out

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-08 14:10
Scotland's Ross Montgomery beats the 2013 champion Scott Waites in the second round at the BDO World Championship.

France Observes Official Day Of Mourning After Attack

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-08 14:08

Parisians responded to Wednesday's terrorist attack with a mixture of shock, fear and defiance.

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A Familiar Debate On Comedy In Which Contexts Collide

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-08 14:00

After the Charlie Hebdo massacre, we're seeing an old debate about the rules of humor that seem to be in opposition. One side says nothing is sacred. The other maintains a right to offense.

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When Morale Dips, Some Cops Walk The Beat — But Do The Minimum

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-08 13:43

Arrests and ticketing are way down in New York City. Many believe it's a way for officers to show frustration with the mayor. If so, it wouldn't be the first time cops have protested by slowing down.

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Toure is African Player of the Year

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-08 13:37
Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure wins his fourth successive African Footballer of the Year award.

Saudi Blogger To Be Publicly Flogged For Insulting Islam

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-08 13:31

Raif Badawi was sentenced in May to a decade in prison and 1,000 lashes for comments made in Free Saudi Liberals, a website he created. Starting Friday, he will receive 50 lashes a week for 20 weeks.

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On His 80th Birthday, Shake It Like Elvis With A Milkshake

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-08 13:28

The legendary singer had equally outsized eating habits, including his famous affinity for peanut butter, bananas and bacon. Celebrity chef Sean Brock has created a drink in the King's honor.

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