National / International News

Counting calories? Take a day off

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-05-05 07:52

From the Marketplace Datebook, here's a look at what's coming up Tuesday, May 6:

In Washington, the Commerce Department lets us know what the trade deficit was in March.

The Senate Armed Services Committee holds a hearing on military compensation.

TV audiences said goodbye to "Friends" ten years ago. The final episode aired May 6, 2004.

The multi-talented, and newly-engaged, George Clooney turns 53.

And skip the scale. It's International No Diet Day.

Prayers Before Town Hall Meetings Are Constitutional, High Court Finds

NPR News - Mon, 2014-05-05 07:51

In a 5-4 decision, the court said the Greece, N.Y., council was using prayer for "permissible ceremonial purposes," not as an "unconstitutional establishment of religion."

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Most Americans Make It To The Top 20 Percent (At Least For A While)

NPR News - Mon, 2014-05-05 07:42

Lots of Americans spend some time near the top of the income ladder — and many spend at least a few years in poverty.

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PODCAST: Buffett-Palooza

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-05-05 07:38

More than 30,000 people are just getting back from Omaha, the site of this year's superbowl of capitalism, otherwise known as the annual meeting of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway company. One single Class A stock in Berkshire Hathaway costs $192,000, although there is the economy model, the Berkshire Class B for $128 this morning. Buffett emphasized that big acquisitions, not clever investing in stocks, is the way forward for Berkshire. Michael de la Merced who writes for the New York Times Dealbook section sat through Buffett-Palooza, and joined us to discuss.

Today is Cinco de Mayo, the celebration of Mexican culture and heritage. But one component of the celebration is getting a lot more expensive. Limes. Limes for the tacos. Limes for the drinks. And you may be interested to know the reason for that is connected to a drug cartel. Marketplace's Stacey Vanek Smith reports.

And, I've started a new blog today at and as the week goes on some of my colleagues here at Marketplace will be doing the same. Kai Ryssdal, Lizzie O'Leary, and Paddy Hirsch included. My thing is going to be called "Indie Economics." Today I'll start with a diet that will make you smarter: the salubrious effects of adding one documentary film or other smart movie to your media diet. Once a week is is all it takes and you, too, can use words like "salubrious."


Review as 'Skull Cracker' absconds

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-05 07:37
A review is ordered after an armed robber dubbed "the Skull Cracker" went missing when he was temporarily allowed out of an open prison.

'Caveman' Chabal to retire on Sunday

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-05 07:28
Former France and Sale Sharks forward Sebastien Chabal, nicknamed 'The Caveman', will retire from playing this weekend.

Stolen phone sends mystery 'selfie'

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-05 07:24
A stolen mobile phone emails a "selfie" of a mystery man back to its owner.

Congo rape trial clears many troops

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-05 07:23
A trial of 39 soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo ends with two convicted of rape and 13 others cleared.

Libya's Congress confirms new PM

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-05 07:14
Libya's Congress confirms the appointment of Ahmed Maitig as the new interim prime minister following controversy over his election.

Chelsea need new striker - Mourinho

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-05 07:11
Jose Mourinho says he must sign a prolific striker this summer to improve Chelsea's chances of success next season.

Sharif urges time for Taliban talks

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-05 06:40
Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says he is still hopeful for talks with the Taliban, despite the militants ending a ceasefire last month.

Woman raped in underpass attack

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-05 06:39
Police in Stirling are investigating after a 19-year-old woman was raped in an underpass in the town in the early hours of the morning.

'Skull Cracker' convict on the run

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-05 06:37
A violent armed robber dubbed "the Skull Cracker" goes missing after being allowed out of an open prison.

Thousands watch Foxes victory parade

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-05 06:29
Thousands of people line the streets to mark Leicester City's promotion to the Premier League.

Man admits Ann Maguire Twitter abuse

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-05 06:07
A man admits posting abusive Twitter messages about the death of school teacher Ann Maguire.

George H.W. Bush Given Courage Award For 1990 Tax Hikes

NPR News - Mon, 2014-05-05 05:57

The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation said Bush broke his "read my lips" campaign promise for the good of the country. It was politically costly but laid the foundation for future surpluses.

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Has the ANC done enough to stay in power?

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-05 05:56
Is South Africa in danger of copying its neighbour?

Man arrested on suspicion of murder

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-05 05:48
A 27-year-old man is arrested on suspicion of murder in Newport after the discovery of a woman's body.

'A friendly face with a warrior spirit'

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-05 05:16
Elena Baltacha's enthusiasm and battling qualities made her a British Fed Cup captain in waiting, writes Piers Newbery

WATCH: An Almost Unbelievable Backheel Goal By Ronaldo

NPR News - Mon, 2014-05-05 05:12

The goal helped keep Real Madrid in the hunt for Spain's first division title. But, really, what was spectacular was the style.

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