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Lightning fire at church bell tower

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 02:24
Lightning strikes a bell tower in Caerphilly county and causes a small fire.

Co-op sells pharmacies to Bestway

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 02:23
The Co-op confirms it will sell its pharmacies for £620m to Bestway Group.

Apple criticised over in-app cash

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 02:22
Apple is criticised by the European Commission for not offering any "concrete and immediate" plans to stop users being misled by "free" apps.

Celtic learn possible Euro opponents

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 02:22
Celtic will face Legia Warsaw or St Patrick's Athletic if they reach the Champions League third qualifying round.

Captain Lahm retires from Germany duty

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 02:21
Germany captain Philipp Lahm retires from international football after leading his side to victory at the 2014 World Cup.

AUDIO: How to count butterflies for science

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 02:00
Sir David Attenborough has urged the public to look for butterflies as part of the Big Butterfly Count

Silicon Tally: The coolest cooler

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-07-18 02:00

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Keeping teachers in the classroom

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-07-18 02:00

Each year, nearly half a million teachers switch schools or leave the profession altogether. Eric Soule, who landed his first full-time job at a charter school in Riverside, California, in 2013, spent years as a substitute teacher in public schools.

"It really seemed like the school districts were stringing me along," Soule said. "[They said] 'Oh, at the end of the year we can hire you on.' And that happened year after year."

Ellen Moir, CEO of the New Teacher Center, says young teachers, in particular, frequently leave fast.

"Mostly they're getting placed in urban districts or rural America, in some of the toughest schools and some of the most under-served communities," Moir said. "And they are given a sink or swim method."

Many of them swim in the same direction.

"Typically the path is toward higher-wealth, whiter districts, where students can predicatably perform better," said Susan Moore Johnson a Research Professor at Harvard's Graduate School of Education.

Moore says her research shows that a school's culture plays a huge role. It also indicates that teachers will stay in schools where they have good leadership and feel supported.

Pop up ads lack impact

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-07-18 02:00

Most of the mobile display ads that pop-up on our phones don’t mean a thing -- We ignore them and keep on tapping and swiping. But a study out of Columbia Business School sheds light on what consumers pay attention to in this booming mobile advertising industry.

Miklos Sarvary, the report's co-author, directs the Media Program at Columbia Business School. He says if advertisers want mobile users to think twice about their ads, they should offer up useful items.

“These would be products like cars, or refrigerators, or lawn mowers, so pretty high ticket items, generally,” says Sarvary.   

He says important purchases get more attention than pop ups for pleasure items like movie tickets and jewelry.  

“What happens is that when a little ad like that pops up, it kind of makes you think about the decision again,” he says. “So, it reminds you of the information you already store in your mind.”

Jim Davidson is Director of Research at Bronto Software, which connects retailers with customers on mobile devices.

“Mobile really encompasses a lot of different technologies in a lot of ways that folks shop, and it’s really up to marketers to find the best way to have that conversation,” Davidson says.

Sarvary’s report shows nearly $17 billion was spent on mobile advertising last year, a figure that is expected to quadruple by 2017.

 

AUDIO: Assisted dying bill 'scares me'

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 01:53
Lord Falconer and Baroness Campbell discuss a bill on assisted dying to be debated in the House of Lords.

Obama: Evidence MH17 Hit By Missile From Rebel-Held Area Of Ukraine

NPR News - Fri, 2014-07-18 01:46

The president says at least one U.S. citizen is among the nearly 300 people killed when the plane crashed in the eastern Donetsk region.

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Wolff impresses in Germany practice

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 01:41
Susie Wolff impressed on her run for Williams in first practice at the German Grand Prix, while Mercedes' Nico Rosberg was fastest.

Israeli Ground Operation In Gaza Continues

NPR News - Fri, 2014-07-18 01:40

At least one Israeli soldier and more than two dozen Palestinians have died since tanks rolled in late Thursday. It's the first time in five years that Israel has sent ground troops into a conflict.

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Tributes paid to stage star Stritch

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 01:27
Stars hail the life and work of Broadway star Elaine Stritch, who has died at the age of 89.

AUDIO: Nigel Havers on Being Earnest

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 01:23
Actor Nigel Havers on the latest production of The Importance of Being Earnest to hit the West End

Four jailed for killing aid worker

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 01:17
A politician is convicted and jailed along with three other men for killing a British aid worker in Sri Lanka on Christmas Day in 2011.

Border Agency Chief Opens Up About Deadly Force Cases

NPR News - Fri, 2014-07-18 01:02

Gil Kerlikowske, head of Customs and Border Protection, tells NPR that he is reviewing scores of incidents. "We need to be better at admitting when we're wrong or where we've made a mistake," he says.

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Tories outline strike law pledge

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 00:59
The Conservatives outline plans to tighten strike ballot laws if they win the general election, requiring a minimum 50% turnout for action to be legal.

Tidal surge couple 'never to return'

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-18 00:37
A couple whose home was lost during Norfolk's biggest tidal surge in 60 years say they will never return to the village.
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