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CEOs get paid a ton, Mary Poppins makes almost none

As the song goes, "Just a spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down!" That is, unless you're getting paid the federal minimum wage like Mary Poppins.

Or, rather, Kristen Bell as Mary Poppins in a Funny or Die video poking fun at how difficult it is to live on $7.25 an hour:

Mary Poppins Quits with Kristen Bell from Funny Or Die

Aside from lamenting that she has to buy her own birds (from Mexico, apparently), Poppins points out the irony of CEOs' growing paychecks, while she can't even live above the poverty line. Our own Paddy Hirsch has a video on this phenomenon. He doesn't sing:

Can't this British nanny catch a break? Or at least get a new umbrella?

Secret Cinema cancels another show

BBC - 1 hour 9 min ago
Secret Cinema has scrapped a further screening of Back to the Future, hours before it was due to begin in east London.

Mother admits Mikaeel Kular killing

BBC - 1 hour 11 min ago
The mother of three-year-old Mikaeel Kular admits killing her son and hiding his body in a suitcase, sparking a major search operation.

Landlady murder suspect arrested

BBC - 1 hour 12 min ago
A man wanted by police for questioning over the fatal stabbing of a guesthouse landlady has been arrested.

Ceasefire aim as Gaza deaths top 800

BBC - 1 hour 14 min ago
Efforts to secure a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas are intensifying as the number of deaths in the 18-day conflict rises.

Jayden killer jailed for life

BBC - 1 hour 18 min ago
The ex-boyfriend of pregnant teenager Jayden Parkinson is jailed for a minimum of 20 years for her murder.

Dana brother cleared of sex abuse

BBC - 1 hour 27 min ago
John Brown, the brother of Eurovision winner Dana, is cleared of five counts of historic sex abuse.

In India's Sultry Summer, Bucket Bathing Beats Indoor Showers

NPR News - 1 hour 30 min ago

Our writer hated it as a child. Now she loves it: Fill pitcher, pour over head. It's a great way to stay cool in a place where water isn't always running. Maybe you should put it on your bucket list.

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Greste appeal over Egypt conviction

BBC - 1 hour 36 min ago
Jailed al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste is to appeal against his conviction and jail term on terrorism-related charges in Egypt, his family says.

Wales' Commonwealth Games woes mount

BBC - 1 hour 39 min ago
Wales' stuttering Commonwealth Games campaign took yet another blow on Friday after co-captain Rhys Williams failed a drugs test.

Team Sky keen to retain Wiggins

BBC - 1 hour 45 min ago
Team Sky want to keep Sir Bradley Wiggins despite the rider's comments that he is "done" with road racing.

Violinist 'did not commit suicide'

BBC - 1 hour 57 min ago
A concert violinist who died a week after giving evidence at a sex abuse trial of her former teacher did not "commit suicide", a coroner rules.

Hamilton heads Rosberg in practice

BBC - 1 hour 57 min ago
Lewis Hamilton was comfortably quicker than Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg in second practice at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

'No survivors' in Air Algerie crash

BBC - 2 hours 42 sec ago
There are no survivors from the Air Algerie AH5017 passenger jet that crashed in Mali, says the French President, Francois Hollande.

Appoint abuse inquiry head, May urged

BBC - 2 hours 8 min ago
The government must find someone to lead its probe into historical child abuse allegations immediately, a children's charity says.

Miliband: I can't beat PM on image

BBC - 2 hours 9 min ago
Ed Miliband hits back at critics of his image and leadership style, insisting voters want "big ideas" not photo opportunities.

American reporter held in Iran

BBC - 2 hours 13 min ago
An American reporter for the Washington Post, his wife and two other US journalists have been detained in Tehran, an Iranian official confirms.

UK economy back at pre-crisis level

BBC - 2 hours 14 min ago
The UK economy grew 0.8% in the second quarter and has now recovered the ground lost since the downturn began in 2008, according to official figures.

RBS shares surge on surprise profit

BBC - 2 hours 18 min ago
Shares in Royal Bank of Scotland have jumped 11% after it said it expects pre-tax profits to double to £2.65bn for the first half of the year.

Welsh athlete Williams fails drugs test

BBC - 2 hours 19 min ago
Welsh 400m hurdler Rhys Williams says he is "utterly devastated" after an anti-doping violation rules him out of the Commonwealth Games.

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