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'Trojan Horse' schools new heads plan

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-16 06:40
Super-heads could take control of clusters of schools in Birmingham, in response to the Trojan Horse allegations of extremism.

Trim the fat from your food budget

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-05-16 06:36

After you've divvied up your income between rent, mortgage, car payment and other big ticket items, what's the biggest expense in your budget?

If you're like most Americans, it's food.

Between grocery bills, restaurants, and the Monday morning coffee run, the cost of food can add up.

And food prices are steadily on the rise with meat, eggs and dairy taking the lead. Last year's devastating drought, coupled with a nasty virus in the nation's hog population all contributed to higher prices at the grocery store.

Kristin Wong, a personal finance writer with the Lifehacker blog 'Two Cents', stopped into the Marketplace Money studio to share a few tips about how to get our food spending under control.

Find protein that's cheap, not steep

With hamburgers and pork chops taking a bigger bite out of your grocery bill, Wong recommends giving less expensive forms of protein like tofu a second glance.

"Not everybody has the palate for tofu, but if you do it's a really good cost effective way you can eat."

Focus on in season produce

Stocking up on cheap, healthy staples like sweet potatoes, potatoes and lentils is another way to pad out your dinner plate.

"You can get a lot of produce that's on sale and in season and you can freeze it and use it when it's not in season," she says.

Plan ahead

But, Wong says, meal planning is where the real savings come in. She says a fellow blogger turned her on to a technique called the Inverted Pyramid Method that allows you to plan an entire weeks worth of meals around one or two big recipes.

"They'll plan out one or two really big meals then they'll plan the rest of their meals for the week based on the leftover ingredients from the one or two big meals," she says. "It's a cool strategy because you're avoiding food waste, which is what this all boils down to. That's the main thing you don't want to do when you're on a budget."

Mix and match

And if you're just not sure what to make with a hodge podge of leftover ingredients? That's where a website called Supercook comes in handy.

"You can put in whatever you have in your pantry and it will compile recipes for you. And you can even highlight the ingredient that you want to focus on, so if you have extra tofu you can highlight that and all these recipes will pop up with tofu as the main ingredient."

Swarm of bees surrounds shopfront

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-16 06:30
Trained beekeepers tackle a 5,000-strong swarm of honeybees surrounding a central London store.

Funeral held for stabbed teacher

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-16 06:10
The funeral of teacher Ann Maguire, who was stabbed to death in front of her pupils at a school in Leeds last month, is held in the city.

California Wildfires: Death Reported, More Evacuations Ordered

NPR News - Fri, 2014-05-16 05:47

Three large and still mostly uncontained fires have burned thousands of acres in San Diego County, according to local media.

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VIDEO: Prove you're not Conchita

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-16 05:43
Russians shave in protest over Eurovision winner Conchita

VIDEO: The Big Apple's big inequalities

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-16 05:33
Samira Hussein reports on the inequalities of income in New York and talks to the people trying to do their part to spread the wealth.

More Google 'forget' requests emerge

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-16 05:31
A man who tried to kill his family is among the latest to request removal of search results from Google.

'I've learned a lot from Michael Jackson'

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-16 05:30
Yohan Blake, the second fastest man in history, says Michael Jackson changed his life, and promises he can moonwalk

VIDEO: The story of the 1998 World Cup

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-16 05:28
BBC Sport looks back at the story of the 1998 World Cup.

Frank Skinner to star in Doctor Who

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-16 05:17
Comedian Frank Skinner takes a guest star role in the forthcoming series of Doctor Who.

Labour guru's Miliband tweet blunder

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-16 05:12
Labour's new election campaign adviser, David Axelrod, misspells Ed Miliband's name in a tweet praising the party, which also linked to a spoof account.

VIDEO: CPA: God is angry over gay marriage

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-16 05:10
The Christian People's Alliance leader says the coalition government is "not pursuing Christian politics".

Record £12m penalty for energy firm

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-16 05:04
Energy giant E.On is to pay out £12m to its customers following an investigation into mis-selling by the industry regulator.

Seagull swoop injury claim rejected

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-16 05:04
A woman who claimed she was hurt by a swooping seagull loses her legal bid for £7,000 damages.

Why do people want to ban 'microbeads'?

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-16 04:56
Why do some people want to ban 'microbeads' in beauty products?

VIDEO: MPs highlight Police Fed 'bullies'

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-16 04:53
A culture of bullying and evidence of "sustained abuse" is endemic at the top of the organisation that represents police officers in England and Wales, according to MPs.

UN warns on Ukraine human rights

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-16 04:44
The UN warns of an "alarming deterioration" in the human rights situation in eastern Ukraine where pro-Russian separatists are battling security forces.

When it comes to benefits, the poorest get less

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-05-16 04:37

A new study finds a surprising pattern as to the way benefits to the poor are given out in America – the very poorest are receiving less. Johns Hopkins economics professor Robert Moffitt, who crunched welfare numbers over several decades, joins Marketplace’s Mark Garrison to explain. Click on the audio player above to hear more.

Why do girls drop physics post-GCSE?

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-16 04:36
A research project into why girls drop physics after GCSE, involving 20 schools, is announced by the Institute of Physics.
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