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NASA Image Shows Volcanic Island Has Annexed Its Neighbor

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-08 08:28

NASA says the Western Pacific island of Nishino-shima has merged with its newly created volcanic companion, forming one larger landmass.

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£1m lotto ticket hidden in handbag

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-08 08:02
A mother-of-three discovered she won £1m on the lottery after finding the golden ticket at the bottom of her handbag five weeks after the draw.

Global Aid For Health Hits Record High As Funding Sources Shift

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-08 08:01

The $31.3 billion given by wealthy nations, aid groups, charities, large foundations and others in 2013 reflects the shifting mix of donors backing international health projects, an analysis suggests.

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UN warns of effects of Syria drought

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-08 07:59
The UN warns that a drought in Syria could lead to a record low wheat harvest at a time when food aid has been cut due to a lack of funds.

Missing Hancock's Half Hour to air

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-08 07:55
Five missing episodes from classic 1950s radio series Hancock's Half Hour are to be aired on BBC Radio 4 later this year.

Restaurants squeezed by high price of limes

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-04-08 07:51

So just how expensive are limes these days?  Danny Herrera manages Fonda San Miguel, one of the priciest Mexican restaurants in Austin.  He says six months ago, he was paying $14 a case.

"Then it kinda went up to $20, and then it slowly started getting higher and higher," he says. "And then as of last week, it was up to $99."

Herrera stopped garnishing his meals with limes, and he's rethinking his Margarita prices. 

Most of the limes we consume come from Mexico - particularly the state of Michoacan, an area dominated by the drug cartels and citizen militias. Producers say they'd rather burn their crops than sell at the pitiful prices the cartels pay. I talked to one of the lime producers in Michoacan. He asked me to change his name to Carlos because he's afraid of the cartels.

Carlos says local lime prices are not high, they've held steady. "I don't understand why the public says the price is too high."

When I tell Carlos that some restauranteurs in the U.S. are paying around $100 per case, he's shocked.

"Son of a… That's a gross exageration."

Carlos says somebody is making a lot of money. But it isn't him. He says floods and plagues have cut citrus production in Mexico by half.

And there's a growing global taste for limes.

"In Asia, it's an important part of their supply and demand," says Dr. Eric Thor from the School of Agribusiness at Arizona State University. He says limes are more expensive now - in part - because there are millions more people using them. "Today we use the fruits in everything from special Margaritas to Asian noodles."

Now, planes full of fruit from the Americas are flown to China. And that has increased the price of everything from limes to cherries. But why do people in the United States pay for what consumers in China want? Thor says, basically, because we're still willing to pay for limes -- no matter the price.

He says the price will come down based on the time of year, and based on production.

As for now, it's hard to find limes in some Austin taco eateries. During my last visit to my favorite taco place, the attendant handed me a lemon instead of a lime. Can you believe that? In my book, that's a "no no." Tacos and lemons don't go together.

 

Nevada Offers Rare Deal: Year-Round Sales Of Health Plans

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-08 07:50

It is the only state to require insurers that sell individual plans outside the online marketplace to make coverage available to customers anytime.

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Sharpton Rejects Detailed Story About FBI Informant Role

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-08 07:44

The Rev. Al Sharpton says he isn't a former FBI asset who informed on Mafia figures to a special task force in New York City during the 1980s, despite a recent report by The Smoking Gun.

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Is Russia ready to move into eastern Ukraine?

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-08 07:37
Russia's modernised military could move into eastern Ukraine

Geldof post-mortem due on Wednesday

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-08 07:26
A post-mortem examination following the death of Peaches Geldof , who has died at the age of 25, will take place on Wednesday.

Oscar Pistorius Sobs On Witness Stand At His Murder Trial

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-08 07:17

The double-amputee runner tells the court of the moment he says he realized he shot and killed his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, and not an intruder.

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Windows XP Users, It's Time To Upgrade. Here's How

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-08 07:11

Microsoft support for Windows XP stops Tuesday. If you're still using the 12-year-old operating system — an estimated quarter of PC users still run XP — here are some tips to get through an upgrade.

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Avoiding The Nursing Home Ups The Risk Of Unwanted Medical Care

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-08 07:11

Two-thirds of older adults suffer from cognitive impairment or dementia in their last year of life, a study finds. That fact and being cared for at home increase the risk of aggressive treatment.

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AUDIO: Hislop: Scottish union 'successful'

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-08 07:07
Private Eye editor Ian Hislop has praised what he terms the "successful" union between Scotland and the rest of the UK.

AUDIO: Man stung by bees in pain experiment

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-08 07:04
A PhD student has allowed bees to sting him 190 times - to find out which part of the body it hurts the most.

Tuesday's gossip column

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-08 07:01
Tottenham target Ezequiel Garay, Newcastle and West Ham want Micah Richards, Cruyff criticises Jose Mourinho, plus more.

IMF: UK to lead G7 growth in 2014

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-08 06:56
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says the UK economy will grow by 2.9% in 2014, while global growth will be 3.6%.

AUDIO: Skills shortage leaves jobs vacant

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-08 06:54
The number of job vacancies in England is increasing - but employers are struggling to find enough staff to meet demand.

Pistorius recounts moment of killing

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-08 06:49
At his murder trial, South African athlete Oscar Pistorius describes the moment he fired the shots which killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

VIDEO: Rare Chinese cup sold for $36m

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-08 06:36
A rare Ming-era wine cup fetches a record-breaking $36m at auction in Hong Kong on Tuesday.
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