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US House to open new Benghazi inquiry

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-02 11:00
The US House speaker says he will convene a special committee to investigate the White House response to the 2012 attack on the US consulate in Libya.

Teens arrested in school murder plot

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-02 10:54
Two schoolgirls are arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder following an incident at a school in Caerphilly county.

Urban Greengrocers Are Back, To Serve Big-Spending Locavores

NPR News - Fri, 2014-05-02 10:49

Small independent grocery stores are a growing trend in urban areas. They are like the shops where gran and gramps used to buy their produce, but they have been updated for the modern foodie.

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Don't Count On Travel Insurance To Cover Mental Health

NPR News - Fri, 2014-05-02 10:44

People buy travel insurance so they won't lose a lot of money if they become ill and can't travel. But for most policies, "ill" doesn't include mental illness. Some travelers discover that too late.

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House Will Consider Select Committee To Investigate Benghazi Attacks

NPR News - Fri, 2014-05-02 10:39

At the same time, Rep. Darrell Issa, the Republican chairman of the House oversight committee, issued a subpoena to force Secretary of State John Kerry to testify about the attacks.

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In the gym at 6am: How to do the 'impossible job'

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-02 10:24
How Tony Pulis led Crystal Palace from Premier League relegation-certainties to mid-table comfort in record-breaking fashion

'Many dead' in Ukraine offensive

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-02 10:21
Many rebels have been killed in a government offensive in east Ukraine, acting President Oleksandr Turchynov says, amid heavy clashes in the southern city of Odessa.

VIDEO: British troops arrive in Estonia

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-02 10:17
Britain has joined with other NATO countries to provide extra security for Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania - all in response to the crisis in Ukraine.

Max Clifford jailed for eight years

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-02 10:16
Celebrity publicist Max Clifford is jailed for a total of eight years for a string of indecent assaults against girls and young women.

Spider-Man vs. the box office

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-05-02 10:09
Friday, May 2, 2014 - 16:07 Columbia Pictures

In this promotional image provided by Columbia Pictures, Andrew Garfield's character, Spider-man, is seen confronting Jamie Fox's character Max Dillon.

The new Spider-Man sequel has a lot riding on it for Sony Pictures. It sets up two spin-off movies, plus the third and fourth installments of the franchise.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has already earned more than $150 million overseas. But critics have hammered the flick in the U.S.

“I think Sony is hoping that this movie will gross a billion dollars. And I don’t think that’s going to happen,” says Jeff Sneider with the entertainment news website,

He describes the new movie as “the worst Spider-Man movie that I have personally seen.”

Other fans may shy away because of superhero overload.

“Part of it just might be some amount of fatigue from the audience. This is going to be the fifth Spider-Man movie in 12 years,” says Albert Ching, an editor at Comic Book Resources.

And if audiences aren’t happy, investors won’t be either.

Sneider says, “Sony has come under fire from its investors, namely Daniel Loeb, who’s like a big hedge fund guru.”

If The Amazing Spider-Man 2 doesn’t clobber the competition, expect that fire from investors to heat up.

Marketplace for Friday May 2, 2014by Jeff TylerPodcast Title Spider-Man vs. the box officeStory Type News StorySyndication SlackerSoundcloudStitcherSwellPMPApp Respond No

Georgia latest state to drug-test welfare applicants

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-05-02 10:06
Friday, May 2, 2014 - 16:01 Davis Turner/Getty Images

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal answers questions from the media during a news conference at the Capitol building on February 11, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal earlier this week signed legislation that will require some people applying for Temporary Assistance for Need Families (TANF) benefts to submit to drug testing. Georgia is one of more than a dozen states proposing - or trying out - laws that require welfare recipients or applicants to take drug tests. 

Governor Deal's Deputy Chief of Staff Brian Robinson said in a statement to Marketplace: 

"Governor Deal has said drug abuse poses a major barrier to getting and keeping a job. He understands that many users are suffering from the disease of addition. He believes we as a state have a duty to help those who want to help themselves by providing an option for treatment. He's also led on diverting people with drug addictions out of the criminal justice system into treatment programs with strict accountability so that people are able to be taxpayers instead of being tax drainers. But if people choose to reject treatment and choose a lifestyle that renders them unemployable, taxpayers shouldn't have to subsidize that."

But in some cases, drug testing does not appear to be catching many drug users.

"In Oklahoma, 29 people out of 1,300 were denied benefits," said Elizabeth Lower-Basch, a policy coordinator at the Center for Law and Social Policy. "And then Utah. Twelve people out of 4,730." 

Advocates of the testing say the low numbers are likely due to deterrence. 

"By having the testing requirement in place, you screen out individuals who have a drug addiction who never go through the process to begin with, because they know they won't recieve benefits," said Tarren Bragdon, CEO of the Foundation for Government Accountability, a conservative think tank.

Lower-Basch isn't certain that deterrence is the best thing for needy families. 

"These are very poor families and they have children," Lower-Basch said. "You don't want to scare them off and not getting help. You want the kids to get help so they can have clothes and housing. And you want the parents getting treatment so they can get jobs and be better parents. Scaring them off is a terrible outcome."

Many welfare researchers say drug tests are sometimes necessary. However, mass testing can also cost a state money. In 2011, Florida required welfare recipients to pay for their own drug tests. More than 97% passed and the state had to reimburse them to the tune of more than $100,000.

Map of 2012 Legislative Proposals to Screen for Drug Use Among Welfare Recipients

Courtesy of National Conference of State Legislatures.

Marketplace for Friday May 2, 2014by Noel KingPodcast Title Georgia latest state to drug-test welfare applicantsStory Type News StorySyndication Flipboard BusinessSlackerSoundcloudStitcherBusiness InsiderSwellPMPApp Respond No

US and Germany 'at odds' over spying

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-02 10:06
The US and Germany remain at odds over digital spying and privacy policy, US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel say.

Ecclestone 'blackmail' challenged

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-02 10:05
German prosecutors contest claims by F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone that he was blackmailed into paying $45m to a German banker.

VIDEO: Many dead in Ukraine offensive

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-02 10:05
Several people have been killed in Ukraine during violent clashes between pro-Russian militants and government troops.

Wages are flat now, but maybe not for long

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-05-02 10:00
Friday, May 2, 2014 - 16:59 Andrew Burton/Getty Images

Women hold banners during a protest for higher wages for fast food workers on March 18, 2014 in New York City. T

Some very good news out of the Bureau of Labor Statistics today: There were 288 thousand jobs added in the last month, more than many people expected. Unemployment is now down to 6.3 percent. Of course down is not the same as low, but there was one piece of information that was not changed – earnings. Wage growth did not move over the month. 

Over the past 12 months by several measures wages have grown about two percent. On the other hand, inflation has run around 1-1.5 percent. Since inflation devalues wage growth, real wages have increased very little. Ideally, inflation would be near two percent, and wage growth a percent or two above that. 

Despite March-April’s flat numbers, the two percent growth over the year has marked an improvement.    

The economy may be in the process of early movement in that direction. The more jobs are created, the less workers are trapped in jobs that don’t offer raises, and the more employers will be pressed to raise wages to remain competitive.

Marketplace for Friday May 2, 2014by Sabri Ben-AchourPodcast Title Wages are flat now, but maybe not for longStory Type News StorySyndication SlackerSoundcloudStitcherSwellPMPApp Respond No

F1 'spy-gate' mechanic Stepney dies

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-02 09:56
Nigel Stepney, the former Ferrari mechanic at the heart of the 2007 F1 "spy-gate" scandal, dies in a road accident aged 56.

Patients 'should pay care home fees'

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-02 09:55
A review of the long-term care of chronically ill people in Scotland recommends they should not have their care home costs paid by the NHS.

Yogurt: Not just for breakfast anymore

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-05-02 09:41
Friday, May 2, 2014 - 09:39 Joe Raedle/Getty Images

A woman shops for yogurt at a Trader Joe's on October 18, 2013 in Pinecrest, Florida.

Greek yogurt is, to most members of the general public, solely a healthy breakfast option. But a new line of products from Chobani seems to say that breakfast isn't the only time to eat yogurt.

Greek yogurt sales have slowed in recent years by as much as six percent, which is why Chobani is experimenting with desserts and cooking ingredients that use Greek yogurt in new ways.

"Yogurt for breakfast totally makes sense, but it's become so old-school now," says Bloomberg Business reporter Venessa Wong. "It's still the exciting growth area in the yogurt market."

Wong visited the cafe in New York City that Chobani runs as a testing ground for new savory yogurt concoctions. The smoked salmon bagel she ordered, for example, was topped with a cream cheese spread made from Greek yogurt.

"I didn't know yogurt could be used as a cream cheese substitute," Wong said.

Chobani has found that its cafe's busiest hours are the lunch hours from 1-3 p.m. Its least busiest time of the day: 7:30-9:30 a.m.

Marketplace for Friday May 2, 2014Interview by Kai RyssdalPodcast Title Yogurt: Not just for breakfast anymoreSyndication SlackerSoundcloudStitcherSwellPMPApp Respond No

VIDEO: Head teacher faces being struck off

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-02 09:40
A former academy head teacher faces being struck off over a string of expenses abuses.

Praised for pointing a gun

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-02 09:38
Israeli soldier wins plaudits for pointing his gun at teenager

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