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If You Know Where The Missing $6 Million Is, Please Tell Sierra Leone

NPR News - Thu, 2015-04-02 12:28

Funds allocated to fight Ebola have vanished into thin air. That kind of funny money business happens all too often when disaster strikes and donations roll in.

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How Congress Is Reacting To The Iran Framework

NPR News - Thu, 2015-04-02 12:16

President Obama says he welcomes a "robust debate" on the Iran framework from Congress and the American people. He's already getting one.

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VIDEO: Farage warning on 'health tourism'

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-02 12:13
Seven party leaders have been taking part in a live, two-hour televised general election debate.

Argentina vow on Falklands oil firms

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-02 12:11
Argentine foreign ministry officials say they will prosecute oil companies operating near the disputed Falkland Islands.

Who will pay for the Stevens NHS plan?

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-02 12:07
Simon Stevens' five-year plan for the NHS received widespread support - but where are the commitments to fund his vision, asks Hugh Pym.

We’ll take higher taxes over college tuition

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-04-02 11:58

We’ve been taking a look at the German education system for the last two days on Marketplace. In Germany, students go to college for free, even if they aren’t German citizens. German taxpayers pick up the tab.

The stories, from WGBH Radio’s "On Campus" team, detailed how a growing number of students are getting degrees in other countries where taxpayers pick up the tab.

In response to our poll  “Would you pay higher taxes to make higher education free?,” nearly three quarters of themore than 1,700 responses said, “Yes.”

Would you pay higher taxes to make higher education free?

Here are some of their comments:

Sheila said she spent a year teaching in Slovenia, “where higher education was free... Students took too long to graduate because they had little incentive to finish.”

Several commenters warned about tinkering with market forces, and others supported subsidizing education only for students who pursue degrees in high-demand fields.

Michele said her son went to Germany for school, got married and works there.

Bill highlighted differences between German and American education, and Roger said he can't imagine the United States implementing a German education system.

More than 100 responses came from users in Germany. Ten percent of those weren’t in favor of their taxes footing the bill for free college.


Motion radio show wins poetry award

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-02 11:58
A radio programme by former poet laureate Andrew Motion exploring the impact of war wins the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry.

Pig rescued from swimming pool

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-02 11:57
A pig that fell into a swimming pool in Dorset has his bacon saved by firefighters.

Sodium Sleuths: Do Southerners Eat More Salt Than The Rest Of Us?

NPR News - Thu, 2015-04-02 11:54

Here's a mystery: Hypertension, which is tied to salt intake, is more prevalent in the South. Researchers had a hunch that Southerners were eating more salty packaged foods, so they went gumshoeing.

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VIDEO: Clegg and Cameron clash over deficit

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-02 11:41
Seven party leaders have been taking part in a live, two-hour televised general election debate.

Khan announces fight with Algieri

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-02 11:27
Amir Khan announces he will fight former light-welterweight world champion Chris Algieri on 30 May.

China Protests Emergency Landing Of U.S. Warplanes In Taiwan

NPR News - Thu, 2015-04-02 11:12

Two Navy F-18s landed at an airbase on the island, which Beijing considers part of its sovereign territory.

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VIDEO: Obama welcomes Iran nuclear deal

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-02 11:09
President Obama welcomes the outline agreement reached between Iran and six major powers in Switzerland.

Why Babies Love (And Learn From) Magic Tricks

NPR News - Thu, 2015-04-02 10:43

A new study in the journal Science explores the power of surprise to motivate infant learning.

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Tension mounts ahead of TV debate

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-02 10:33
Seven party leaders are making final preparations ahead of the first televised general election debate.

California drought prompts 25 percent mandatory cutbacks

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-04-02 10:28

We're not quite there yet, but it's entirely possible that the not-so-distant future in California includes two-minute showers, brown lawns, and — heaven forbid — unwashed cars.

Governor Jerry Brown ordered the first mandatory water cuts in California's history on Wednesday. Local water districts will be required to cut per-capita consumption by 25 percent.

The question on the minds of many Californians and other drought-watchers: what took the state this long?

"For some reason during this drought, [they] have not stepped up the way they have in earlier droughts, which is somewhat alarming to us," says Felicia Marcus, chair of California's Water Resources Control Board. "There really is, obviously, a need for greater state leadership."

Brown made his announcement at Tahoe, where officials measure the snowpack each spring. Sierra Nevada snowmelt trickles into rivers and aqueducts and accounts for about a third of the state's drinking water. 

Marketplace sustainability reporter Sarah Gardner has the key details:

  • The cuts will be handled at the local level. There are over 400 water districts in California. 
  • Districts that have already reduced consumption won't have to meet the full 25 percent target.
  • Some districts in Orange and San Diego Counties still tick off 500 gallons of water consumption, per person, per day. 
  • Over half of residential water use goes to maintaining lawns and gardens. 
  • Agriculture, which accounts for nearly 80 percent of water consumption in California, is not subject to these mandatory cutbacks. 

In short, Gardner says, this mandate is all about urban use, which may prove controversial among city-dwellers who resent agriculture's overwhelming share of water. Farmers counter that the state produces half of the US-grown nuts, vegetables and fruit. 

"Governor Brown made a point, yesterday, of sort of defending agriculture," Gardner said.

"He said, farmers, specifically those with junior water rights have already had a lot of cutbacks. State officials talked, too, about all the land that's been fallowed. They are not ready to challenge this centuries-old water rights system."

Gardner added, the mandatory cuts will only intensify the debate over who gets how much water in California, and for what purpose. 

Like Mars: Dusty Sandstorm Blocks Visibility And Travel In Dubai

NPR News - Thu, 2015-04-02 10:19

More than 100 cars were reportedly involved in accidents. Conditions forced airlines to delay or cancel flights in Dubai after the sandstorm arrived from Saudi Arabia early this morning.

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Bowie writes songs for stage show

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-02 09:57
Rock legend David Bowie is co-writing a stage show inspired by The Man Who Fell to Earth - including some new songs.

Kenya attack: Wanted man

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-02 09:49
Mohamed Kuno, the man alleged to have masterminded the attack in the Kenyan town of Garissa, is a well-known leading al-Shabab member.

Iran nuclear 'framework' deal agreed

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-02 09:41
An outline agreement on the future shape of the Iranian nuclear programme is reached after marathon talks between Iran and six major powers.