National / International News

N Korea apology for building collapse

BBC - Sun, 2014-05-18 02:27
North Korea issues a rare apology for the collapse of an apartment building in Pyongyang last week which is feared to have killed scores of people.

Bishop backs same-sex marriage

BBC - Sun, 2014-05-18 01:57
A Church of Ireland Bishop voices his support for the introduction of civil marriage for same-sex couples.

Premier League 'treats staff fairly'

BBC - Sun, 2014-05-18 01:42
The Premier League defends its working environment as pressure grows on chief executive Richard Scudamore.

Do We Need This Government Agency? 'Let Me Google That'

NPR News - Sun, 2014-05-18 01:30

Why would anyone pay for something when the exact same thing is available for free? That's the question asked of an obscure federal agency pursuing a Cold War mission in the age of the search engine.

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The Merits Of Income Inequality: What's The Right Amount?

NPR News - Sun, 2014-05-18 01:29

Economists say too much income inequality is a bad thing. But they also say some inequality is necessary, and even good for society. Here are suggestions for finding that balance.

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Intriguing Lime Green Blobs Appear In The Andes Mountains. Are They Alive?

NPR News - Sun, 2014-05-18 01:27

It's dry. Empty. Rocks everywhere. About 10,000 feet up in the Andes. Then, all of a sudden you see an enormous, lime green, tasty-looking lump. Should you lick it?

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Tributes to crash death grandmother

BBC - Sun, 2014-05-18 00:36
Tributes have been paid to a grandmother who died following a two-vehicle crash on a busy dual carriageway in Fife.

Iran: Nuclear deal still possible

BBC - Sun, 2014-05-18 00:31
Iran's foreign minister says reaching a final nuclear deal with world powers is still within reach, despite little progress in recent talks.

Rich list 'wealthier than ever'

BBC - Sun, 2014-05-18 00:16
The total fortune of the richest 1,000 in Britain is up 15% in just one year, according to the Sunday Times Rich List.

Strauss-Kahn story 'like a tragedy'

BBC - Sun, 2014-05-18 00:03
Depardieu on role inspired by politician Dominique Strauss-Kahn

Public college presidents get big paychecks

Marketplace - American Public Media - Sat, 2014-05-17 23:20

College grads might be having a tough time landing jobs these days, but college presidents are doing pretty well for themselves. That's according to a new survey from the Chronicle of Higher Education on executive pay at public colleges.

"Their pay seems to have been more or less impervious to the recent downturns we've seen in the economy," says Jack Stripling, lead reporter on the Chronicle's college president pay report.

The media group says the typical college president pulled in about $480,000 in total compensation in the 2012-2013 fiscal year. Nine presidents of the 256 public college leaders surveyed by the Chronicle had total compensation packages that topped $1-million. The highest-earning president was E. Gordon Gee, who ran Ohio State University during the period in question. His total compensation exceeded $6-million. Gee is now president at West Virgina University.

Such big pay packages may raise hackles at a time when schools are charging more for tuition and using cheap, adjunct faculty. Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, president emeritus at the George Washington University, says college faculty likely do need a pay bump. But he says that's a separate issue.

"You don't have to make the case that presidents are overpaid in order to make the case that faculty are underpaid," he says.

Trachtenberg argues that college presidents earn their big paychecks by bringing in lots of money in tough fundraising environments.

But Michael Dannenberg, director of higher education and education finance policy with the Education Trust, says public college presidents should have some relationship to graduation rates.

"We have pretty high compensation levels at many institutions with disturbingly low performance when it comes to student success," he says.

The Chronicle of Higher Education's survey reveals that in many cases, presidents are not the top earners at public colleges. Its analysis finds that of the public college faculty earnig more than $1-million in fiscal year 2012-2013, 70 percent were coaches.

Bank chief warns over housing market

BBC - Sat, 2014-05-17 22:46
The governor of the Bank of England gives his strongest warning yet about the dangers to Britain's economy posed by the booming housing market.

China ships in Vietnam evacuation

BBC - Sat, 2014-05-17 22:15
China is sending five ships to evacuate Chinese nationals from Vietnam following a wave of anti-Chinese riots over an oil drilling dispute.

Arsenal must build on Cup glory in transfer market

BBC - Sat, 2014-05-17 22:06
Arsenal must build on FA Cup win in transfer market

Fourth boy charged with park murder

BBC - Sat, 2014-05-17 21:39
A fourth youth is charged with the murder of an 18-year-old who was stabbed to death in a park in west London.

Carney's warning and what the Rich List shows - the papers

BBC - Sat, 2014-05-17 21:15
Sunday's papers pore over the warning from the Governor of the Bank of England that the housing market could "overheat" and there are details on just how rich the richest 1,000 Britons are.

Ukraine 'sliding towards chaos' - UN

BBC - Sat, 2014-05-17 20:29
Ukraine is edging towards "the point of no return", a top UN official tells the BBC, amid deadly tension between pro-Kiev and separatist forces.

VIDEO: Sandhurst training for Afghan recruits

BBC - Sat, 2014-05-17 19:21
The first group of officer cadets at a new British-run academy in Afghanistan are now half way through their training, modelled on Sandhurst in the UK.

VIDEO: Light winds help ease US wildfires

BBC - Sat, 2014-05-17 19:16
After destroying nearly 20,000 acres of land in the San Diego region, firefighters have finally gained some control over the Californian wildfires that started on Tuesday.

Lao Defense Chief, 4 Others Killed In Plane Crash

NPR News - Sat, 2014-05-17 18:33

Lao defense chief, 4 others killed in plane crash

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