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VIDEO: GM boss 'sorry' for ignition fault

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-01 15:14
The chief executive of General Motors has apologised for an ignition switch fault in some cars linked to at least a dozen deaths in road crashes.

Congress Sends Ukraine Aid, Russia Sanctions Bill To White House

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-01 15:12

After weeks of wrangling and in a rare show of bipartisanship, Congress approved a bill calling for $1 billion in aid to Ukraine and new sanctions on Russia over its annexation of Crimea.

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School For Making Toast: The Best Food Fooling 2014

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-01 15:07

The San Francisco Cooking School invited us to explore the "wonder" of sliced bread, and perfect techniques for light to extra dark toast. Would you pay to learn the secrets of fancy toast?

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Why Is Guinea's Ebola Outbreak So Unusual?

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-01 15:05

The virus does not typically spread as far afield as it has in Guinea — and that makes it much harder to stop.

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VIDEO: 'Like Robocop without the weaponry'

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-01 15:02
The BBC's Richard Taylor checks out a hi-tech robot security guard.

VIDEO: Lord of the Flies dance show opens

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-01 15:02
Behind the scenes at Matthew Bourne's latest production Lord of the Flies at The Lowry theatre in Salford.

McGuinness advises Colombia on peace

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-01 14:59
Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness meets the Colombian president to advise him on the peace process there.

Man Utd have a great chance - Moyes

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-01 14:45
Manchester United boss David Moyes is confident his side can eliminate holders Bayern Munich from the Champions League.

VIDEO: Who are UKIP's new voters?

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-01 14:42
UKIP is likely to receive its best ever election results in the European elections in May, so who is joining the ranks of the party's supporters?

Filling up the landfill, one coffee pod at a time

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-04-01 14:14

Click the audio player above to listen to our piece on the growth of single-cup coffee machines and the recyclability of those products.

Ninety-five percent of the material in those K-Cup single serve coffee pods is non-recyclable composite plastic, according to Mother Jones. And with only 5 percent of the pods currently recyclable, the company that makes Keurig machines, Green Mountain Coffee, says it is going to make all of its K-Cups recyclable by 2020.

That's why Roberto A Ferdman's article in Quartz is titled, "The world’s growing love affair with the most wasteful form of coffee there is."

"In 2011, there were enough K-Cups used to encircle the globe more than six times," says Ferdman. "If you were to extrapolate the numbers to last year, it would be more than ten times."

And in his story, Ferdman writes:

"The sheer volume of pod waste is staggering. As Murray Carpenter notes in his book Caffeinated, the K-cups discarded in 2011 would have encircled the globe more than six times, and in 2013, more than 10 times. Across the coffee pod industry, hundreds of millions of pounds of unrecyclable trash are now being made, used, and then tossed away each year in the US."

*CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story included a photo of Nespresso coffee pods but the interview never explicitly mentioned Nespresso. The photo has been changed.

Mother Of Victim: More Killed By GM Ignition Switch Defect

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-01 14:13

Laura Christian, the birth mother of Amber Marie Rose, who was killed in an accident linked to the problem, says she's identified at least 29 victims.

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New York Student Is Accepted To All 8 Ivy League Schools

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-01 14:11

The odds of something like that happening are astronomic for even the brightest students in the United States, but Kwasi Enin, a first-generation American from Shirley, N.Y., has a lot going for him.

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PB&J tops the menu

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-04-01 14:09
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 12:54 Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Jars of Skippy peanut butter are displayed on a shelf at Cal Mart grocery store on Jan. 3, 2013 in San Francisco, Calif.

In Washington, the Commerce Department reports on factory orders for February.

The House Small Business Committee holds a hearing on "Bitcoin: Examining the Benefits and Risks for Small Business."

The Senate Homeland Security Committee holds a hearing titled, "Data Breach on the Rise: Protecting Personal Information from Harm."

"As the World Turns" premiered on April 2nd, 1956. The sudsy drama continued until 2010.

And sandwiched between all the big news is National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day.

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3-D printing could be the future of construction

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-04-01 14:03

There is a 13-room house being built in the Netherlands -- with a 3-D printer.

President Obama checked out models of the house last week. So far, one corner of the house is up, just off a canal in Amsterdam.

The builders say this is the future of construction. There's no waste.  

And as a bonus: If you get tired of your house, you can chuck the whole thing in one big recycling bin.

VIDEO: UK productivity sees slight growth

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-01 14:02
Levels of productivity in the UK economy increased slightly in the last three months of 2013, new figures show.
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