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British troops join Nato exercise

BBC - Fri, 2014-11-21 03:05
The British army is taking part in its largest armoured deployment to Eastern Europe for six years., in a show of support for the region, the Ministry of Defence says.

Airbus in £100m investment pledge

BBC - Fri, 2014-11-21 03:04
Plane-maker Airbus is investing £100m in research, development and training with £48m for its Flintshire factory.

A&Es miss four-hour wait standard

BBC - Fri, 2014-11-21 03:04
NHS England figures show 92.9% of patients were seen within four hours of arrival in A&E last week- the lowest percentage since April 2013.

Gauging the crush of college debt, major by major

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-11-21 03:00
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Beleaguered TV-streaming company Aereo announced Friday it would file for Chapter 11 reorganization. When asked about his company's lasting impact, CEO and founder of Aereo Chet Kenojia said: “I think we struck a chord in a lot of people’s hearts that there was something arcane about how television was distributed and watched.”

25 percent

That's the portion of earnings college graduates typically devote to paying off student loans in their first year out of school. That number comes from the Hamilton Project, which has just released new data on income and loan payments in the years after college. They found different fields see very different paths to repayment. The New York Times' Upshot is hosting their new debt calculator.

2 hours

That's the window Comcast gives customers waiting for a visit from a technician, though it's not clear how consistently they arrive in that timeframe. The company says their new app, expected out next year, will alert subscribers when service is 30 minutes away. The Verge notes the company might have bigger problems though, as reported in the four-part "Comcast Confessions" series.

25 percent

The portion of the world's sapphire Apple uses in its iPhone screens and camera lenses. The company build a $1 billion facility in Arizona for supplier GT Advanced Technologies to produce the material. But GT completely imploded not long after, finally filing for bankruptcy last month.  The Wall Street Journal takes a deep dive into just what went wrong, and the "promise and peril" of supplying iPhone parts.

6 percent

Research shows that granting legal status to immigrants increases wages by 6 percent, creating spillover benefits for many. That's especially good news for cities like Detroit, where immigration is viewed as one of the few tools available to bring the city's economy back from the brink.

Gauging the crush college debt according to major

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-11-21 03:00
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Beleaguered TV-streaming company Aereo announced Friday it would file for Chapter 11 reorganization. When asked about his company's lasting impact, CEO and founder of Aereo Chet Kenojia said “I think we struck a chord in a lot of people’s hearts that there was something arcane about how television was distributed and watched.”

25 percent

That's the portion of earnings college graduates typically devote to paying off student loans in their first year out of school. That number comes from the Hamilton Project, which has just released new data on income and loan payments in the years after college. They found different fields see very different paths to repayment. The New York Times' Upshot is hosting their new debt calculator.

2 hours

That's the window Comcast gives customers waiting for a visit from a technician, though it's not clear how consistently they arrive in that timeframe. The company says their new app, expected out next year, will alert subscribers when service is 30 minutes away. The Verge notes the company might have bigger problems though, as reported in the four-part "Comcast Confessions" series.

25 percent

The portion of the world's sapphire Apple uses in its iPhone screens and camera lenses. The company build a $1 billion facility in Arizona for supplier GT Advanced Technologies to produce the material. But GT completely imploded not long after, finally filing for bankruptcy last month.  The Wall Street Journal takes a deep dive into just what went wrong, and the "promise and peril" of supplying iPhone parts.

6 percent

Research shows that granting legal status to immigrants increases wages by 6 percent, creating spillover benefits for many. That's especially good news for cities like Detroit, where immigration is viewed as one of the few tools available to bring the city's economy back from the brink.

PODCAST: Predicting truancy

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-11-21 03:00

First up, China's central bank this morning surprised market players by dropped two key interest rates to stimulate the economy. More on that. Plus, student loan debt has topped $1 trillion, with less than 10 percent in private debt, i.e. not through the federal government. Those private lenders have been pressured to work with struggling borrowers to modify the terms of their loans. Now, it seems Wells Fargo has heard that message. And speaking of students, schools are gathering data on kids, and as student databases grow, so does the ability of technology to predict how or what a kid might do next. We take a look at the ways student data is being used to try to see into the future to predict, and change, school attendance . 

VIDEO: Learning maths the Chinese way

BBC - Fri, 2014-11-21 02:59
Around 60 Chinese maths teachers come to Britain, to try to pass on some of the techniques which have helped Chinese pupils come top of global league tables.

A blacker fiscal hole?

BBC - Fri, 2014-11-21 02:59
Ten days before the Autumn Statement, the government still looks set to overshoot its borrowing target for the year, even though October's deficit is slightly lower than year earlier.

Warnings on 'complex' Android virus

BBC - Fri, 2014-11-21 02:59
Hundreds of thousands of Android phones have been infected with malware that uses handsets to send spam and buy event tickets in bulk.

Moeen hits 21-ball 50 in England win

BBC - Fri, 2014-11-21 02:57
Moeen Ali hits a rapid fifty and takes three wickets as England win their opening warm-up game against Sri Lanka A.

Wigan fine Flower for Hohaia punch

BBC - Fri, 2014-11-21 02:57
Ben Flower is found guilty of gross misconduct by Wigan following his dismissal for punching in the 2014 Super League Grand Final.

Mali doctor dies from Ebola virus

BBC - Fri, 2014-11-21 02:55
A doctor has died in Mali after treating a patient who sparked a second wave of the deadly Ebola virus in the country.

AUDIO: School fails inspection on Islamic society

BBC - Fri, 2014-11-21 02:45
A Church of England school previously graded outstanding is expected to be put into special measures over concerns about a sixth-form Islamic society.

Biden in Ukraine as tensions rise

BBC - Fri, 2014-11-21 02:40
US Vice President Joe Biden meets senior Ukrainian leaders in Kiev amid warnings from Russia against arms supplies to the government.

U.S. Transfers 5 Guantanamo Detainees To Georgia, Slovakia

NPR News - Fri, 2014-11-21 02:36

Four of them become the first Yemeni detainees to be transferred since 2010. There are still 143 men at the American prison in Guantanamo.

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VIDEO: YouTube builds studios for internet stars

BBC - Fri, 2014-11-21 02:27
YouTube is investing millions of dollars to set up professional studios which are free to use for anyone who has at least five thousand subscribers.

Ladybird drops 'boys and girls' books

BBC - Fri, 2014-11-21 02:27
One of the leading children's publishers, famed for its classic Peter and Jane reading scheme, is to drop gender branding from its books.

Arsenal tried to sign Messi - Wenger

BBC - Fri, 2014-11-21 02:22
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger confirms that he tried to sign Lionel Messi from Barcelona alongside Cesc Fabregas.

£30K policing bill for boxing match

BBC - Fri, 2014-11-21 02:14
More than £30,000 was paid out of the public purse towards the cost of policing a world title fight in Belfast earlier this year, the Police Service of Northern Ireland confirms.

VIDEO: Fire engulfs factory in Sydney

BBC - Fri, 2014-11-21 02:04
A large fire engulfed a factory in western Sydney, Australia, forcing some residents to move from the area.

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