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US man sentenced for China espionage

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-10 15:59
A US man convicted of selling trade secrets to a Chinese state-owned company is sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Study: Statehouse Press Corps In Decline

NPR News - Thu, 2014-07-10 15:40

A Pew report found that the number of full-time newspaper reporters covering state politics fell dramatically in the past decade, raising questions about their ability to closely monitor politicians.

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VIDEO: Footage shows smoke from Glasgow fire

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-10 15:33
Firefighters have been called to a large fire to the west of Glasgow, which is thought to have broken out at about 21:30.

Quiz of the week's news

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-10 15:30
The Magazine's weekly quiz of the news, 7 days 7 questions.

Paying for the air you breathe in Venezuela

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-10 15:17
Paying for the air you breathe in Venezuela

VIDEO: Is Generation Y more right-wing?

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-10 15:13
A report by Ipsos Mori and Demos suggests that 18 to 30-year-olds today are in many ways to the political right of their parents and grandparents.

Linklater's epic journey into Boyhood

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-10 15:11
Richard Linklater captures the pain and joy of growing up

When do footballers reach their peak?

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-10 15:08
A footballer's perfect age - as shown by World Cup stats

Headaches & heartache at Glasgow Diamond League

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-10 15:07
Farah is absent but Rudisha's return and Britain's sprint dilemma means plenty to look forward to in Glasgow, says Steve Cram.

Snubs And Successes: 6 Lessons Learned From This Year's Emmy Nominations

NPR News - Thu, 2014-07-10 15:03

HBO's Game of Thrones emerged as the most-nominated series with 19 nods for the Primetime Emmy Awards, but new series such as FX's Fargo and HBO's True Detective scored, too.

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The Indian workers punished with an axe

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-10 15:01
The Indian workers mutilated for refusing to be slaves

Is Brazil 2014 the best ever World Cup?

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-10 15:00
Is Brazil 2014 the best ever World Cup?

Ivory Coast stallholders turn to digital marketplace

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-10 15:00
Ivory Coast stallholders go digital but need more tech to flourish

Is this Italy's Mark Zuckerberg?

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-10 15:00
Can Matteo Achilli follow in Facebook's footsteps?

'Captain Pizza' Saves The Day, But Doesn't Save Himself A Slice

NPR News - Thu, 2014-07-10 14:48

A pilot found himself hungry during a midflight delay. But instead of just buying a pizza for himself, he bought 50 pizzas for the entire Frontier Airlines plane.

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Tearful Neymar: I was almost paralysed

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-10 14:46
Brazil star Neymar breaks down in tears and claims the challenge that ended his World Cup came close to paralysing him.

VIDEO: Greenaway on sex, art and death

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-10 14:40
British filmmaker Peter Greenaway discusses his latest work, Golztius and the Pelican Company, which explores sex eroticism and religious hypocrisy through the prism of six bible stories.

Clerical Error Puts Church On New York's 'George Carlin Way'

NPR News - Thu, 2014-07-10 14:03

The street named after the late comedian, who was known for his blistering attacks on religion, ended up being a block longer than city officials intended.

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This Fine Wine Made At An Italian Penal Colony Is No 2-Buck Chuck

NPR News - Thu, 2014-07-10 13:57

Off the coast of Tuscany, prisoners serving the end of their sentences are learning to make wine from a 30th-generation winemaker. It's a unique approach to rehabilitation that seems to be working.

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One and done: First-year students who bail on college

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-07-10 13:56

Are they leaving to take jobs, disillusioned with college life, or being crushed by sky-high tuition?

The report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center doesn’t offer an answer. But whatever the reason, the percentage of first-year students, who started in the fall of 2012 and returned to any U.S. institution the following year, has dropped 1.2 percentage points since 2009.

That may seem like a small increase in what’s known as the “persistence rate,” but it looks a lot bigger when you consider there are millions of college students.

The slide was biggest among students under age 20.

Since the study does not examine the causes for the change, several experts agreed it is difficult to know what’s behind the drop-out rate. It could be better job opportunities, or rising tuitions and loan burdens or new alternatives to traditional learning.

The difficulty of transferring from one institution to another could also be keeping the rate down, said William Tierney, a professor of higher education at the University of Southern California.

Whatever the cause, it’s a study people should pay attention to, said Dewayne Matthews of the Lumina Foundation, which helped fund the study.

“Anytime you see those numbers going down that way it’s a cause of concern,” said Matthews.

Beth Akers, from the Brookings Institution, says maybe the numbers aren’t as bad as they appear. She said one-third of students don’t complete their degrees and it’s unclear whether there is any economic benefit to having more years of schooling, if you don’t finish.

“In that case, it’s probably better to opt out sooner rather than later,” Akers said.

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