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Quiz: Climbing the college ladder

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2015-02-25 07:52

More than a quarter of students who started at a community college in 2008 earned a degree from a different school within six years, according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.

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'Taser mistake' victim backs review

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-25 07:45
A blind man who was shot with a stun gun when his white stick was mistaken for a sword backs calls for a review into the use of Tasers.

Power station may close in a year

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-25 07:37
Longannet power station faces the threat of closure within a year unless the cost of connecting it to the national grid is reduced, BBC Scotland understands.

SubTropolis? Yeah, it's pretty underground

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2015-02-25 07:31

The largest industrial park in the world probably doesn’t look the way you might expect.

Occupying an abandoned mine 100 feet below Kansas City, Missouri, SubTropolis is host to an assortment of businesses, and still boasts room for more. It’s currently home to 52 tenants who take up almost as much floor space as in the Pentagon.

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Carved from 270-million-year-old limestone deposits, businesses flocked to the cavernous work space when it opened in 1964. They were attracted to its consistent temperature (68 degrees), low rent (about $2.25 per square foot) and for its almost vault-like security.

“The walls are carved out of limestone deposits and they’re not polished to a sheen by any means, so it’s certainly a rough-hewn working environment. On the other hand, if you are renting warehouse space, you know, you’re not looking for the finest of finishes,” Bloomber Business reporter Patrick Clark says.

Clark profiled the space in a recent Bloomberg article. Tenants include the U.S. Postal Service, companies storing film, and cheese distributors.

Meanwhile, two of the more peculiar events held in SubTropolis are the 10K and 5K races that have taken place for the past 33 years.

Clark says, “I think 4,500 people were down there. Come on, wouldn’t you go for a run down there? I think it’s about the only thing that would get me to run a 10K road race.”

Though SubTropolis currently hosts 6 million square feet of businesses, Clark says there's still about 8 million square feet left to develop — that’s nearly 10 times the floor area of Kansas City’s tallest building.

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VIDEO: Astronauts carry out spacewalk at ISS

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-25 07:30
Astronauts Barry Wilmore and Terry Virts have been carrying out a spacewalk to prepare the International Space Station for an upgrade.

Secret Service To Fly Drones Over Washington, D.C.

NPR News - Wed, 2015-02-25 07:29

The decision to test drones over the nation's capital comes shortly after an unmanned aircraft landed on the White House lawn.

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Austria passes Islam law reforms

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-25 07:19
Parliament in Austria passes a controversial new bill that reforms a century-old law on Islam, despite claims it will treat Muslims unequally.

Stolen artworks returned to Italy

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-25 07:13
An ancient statuette and an 18th Century painting are returned to Italy, having turned up in New York decades after being stolen.

Produce Pride: Showing The Love With Vegetable Tattoos

NPR News - Wed, 2015-02-25 07:07

Vegetable tattoos, both temporary and permanent, can make for beautiful body art. Some enthusiasts are hoping to use them to encourage healthy, seasonal eating.

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No prosecutions over bin lorry crash

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-25 06:59
There will be no criminal charges as a result of the Glasgow bin lorry crash but a fatal accident inquiry will be held, it has been confirmed.

Prime minister 'degrading' NHS

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-25 06:57
Staff morale is being damaged by criticisms of the NHS in Wales, a nursing chief tells the prime minister.

VIDEO: Records broken in Gabba thriller

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-25 06:57
Ireland record the third highest successful run chase in ODI history at Brisbane Cricket Ground as they beat United Arab Emirates by two wickets in a thrilling match.

Netanyahu visit 'destructive' says US

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-25 06:53
A top adviser to US President Barack Obama warns that the Israeli Prime Minister's decision to address Congress is "destructive" to US-Israel relations.

Netanyahu's Talk 'Destructive' To U.S.-Israel Ties, Susan Rice Says

NPR News - Wed, 2015-02-25 06:19

The national security adviser says the Republican invitation to Israel's prime minister to address Congress – and his acceptance of it – has "injected a degree of partisanship" into relations.

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Please Don't Let An Earthquake Hit When I'm In The Shower

NPR News - Wed, 2015-02-25 06:17

Kathmandu is ranked number one for the risk a major earthquake poses to its residents. The "Earthquake Lady" tries to ensure that everyone is prepared for the big one.

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Analysis: An HIV 'game changer'?

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-25 06:11
James Gallagher asks if we have reached a game-changing moment in HIV?

May I Move My Son Off My Insurance So He Can Buy On The Exchange?

NPR News - Wed, 2015-02-25 05:58

Young adult children may have more options than their parents in choosing health coverage. So they may want to go their separate ways when shopping for insurance.

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Inglewood Approves Plan For NFL Stadium, In Deal Involving Rams Owner

NPR News - Wed, 2015-02-25 05:57

The unanimous vote Tuesday night came after "a consultant compared stadium noise in surrounding neighborhoods to that of bird calls," KPCC reports.

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Is actor Crowe serious about Leeds?

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-25 05:56
Oscar-winning actor Russell Crowe asks his Twitter followers whether it would be a good idea to buy Leeds United.

US high court hears headscarf claim

BBC - Wed, 2015-02-25 05:54
The US Supreme Court is set to hear arguments over whether retailer Abercrombie & Fitch discriminated against a Muslim teenager.

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