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Hillary Clinton Supports Amendment To Get Hidden Money Out Of Politics

NPR News - Fri, 2015-04-17 13:57

Clinton called campaign finance reform one of the "four big fights" of her campaign. But does this idea of a constitutional amendment to restrict or eliminate big money stand a chance?

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Oklahoma Approves Nitrogen Asphyxiation For Executions

NPR News - Fri, 2015-04-17 13:57

The new method was proposed after the botched execution by lethal injection last year of an Oklahoma inmate.

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Hillary Clinton Supports Amendment To Get Hidden Money Out Of Politics

NPR News - Fri, 2015-04-17 13:57

Clinton called campaign finance reform one of the "four big fights" of her campaign. But does this idea of a constitutional amendment to restrict or eliminate big money stand a chance?

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Labour plans exploitation crackdown

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-17 13:42
Labour leader Ed Miliband is to announce plans for a new task force to crack down on the illegal exploitation of workers in a speech on immigration.

Farage to face BBC audience questions

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-17 13:34
UKIP's Nigel Farage will be among leaders to face audience questions in BBC regional election special broadcasts.

West Indies hold on to deny England

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-17 13:27
West Indies hold on to draw the first Test on the day James Anderson becomes England's leading Test wicket-taker.

First-Place Fake-Out: Woman Who Didn't Run Marathon Stripped Of Title

NPR News - Fri, 2015-04-17 13:20

Race officials say Kendall Schler faked her win at last Sunday's GO! St. Louis race. They say she also cheated in last year's race where she finished third.

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German luxury carmakers make a mass-market push

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-04-17 13:13

The German luxury carmakers BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi are reporting record levels of global sales after the first quarter of 2015.

The news marks a bit of a turning point for an industry that was founded on notions of exclusivity.

As entry-level prices drop, more and more car buyers can hope to buy a piece of fine German engineering, but the move does come with a few risks.

It used to be the case that owning a luxury car was something to aspire to. These days, luxury carmakers are even targeting millenials buying their first car.

“They're more concerned about keeping you in the fold and making sure that there is something there for each of your life stages,” Huge Marketing Director Megan Malli says. “That's really where they're headed with respect to the marketplace.” 

Lower starting prices and a broader range of models may translate into higher sales, but it also risks diluting the brand’s cache.

They are now competing against the Hondas and the Fords of the world, and frankly, often those other vehicles can really beat them on options and pricing,” Malli says.

That’s where marketing strategy comes in to play. If would-be buyers still believe that BMW equates with say, “performance,” then being more mass-market is actually a good thing.  

"They really preserve their brand messaging, even if they produce cars that are less expensive," says NYU Stern School Professor Thomaï Serdari. She also notes that the German's mass-market strategy won’t work for every luxury car brand.

"Cadillac is a brand that had a lot of cache a few years ago, but also it was associated with people of a specific type and background, perhaps much much older," says Serdari.

In recent years Cadillac has had little to tout besides its high end Escalade SUV. In order to become relevant again, Serdari believes the brand needs to cut back its offerings, and go upmarket to firmly re-establish itself on the high end of luxury, a place BMW, Audi and Mercedes already occupy.

"Then perhaps they can reverse their strategy and start targeting the mass market with less expensive models."

As Ebola Cases Dwindle, West Africa Turns To Economic Recovery

NPR News - Fri, 2015-04-17 13:13

International banks are promising nearly a billion dollars in aid to the three countries hardest hit by Ebola. The number of weekly cases has dropped below 40 — the lowest level since last May.

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The death and rebirth of Y264 TKP

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-17 13:02
There's no such thing as the scrapheap

Britain’s foreign policy calculations

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-17 13:01
China is keeping Britain on its toes in the global race to capture China's attention.

"Jeopardy!" tried to sponsor a mustache

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-04-17 13:00

Remember that giant hack at Sony from late last year? Well, Wikileaks published the whole stack of leaked documents this week.

Buried in there was one from "Jeopardy!" executive producer Harry Friedman, who was looking to grow revenue, I guess.

Here's what he wrote:

After 13 years , Alex Trebek has grown back his mustache. We have a plan to take advantage of the seemingly never-ending interest in his upper lip, and monetize the interest that will be generated when he shaves it off again. So, yes, we're looking for someone .....Gillette, Dollar Shave Club, Harry's , Schick, Bic....to be the Official Razor of Alex Trebek's Mustache.

Never did go anywhere, which is kind of a pity.

Norwich City 0-1 Middlesbrough

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-17 12:44
Middlesbrough move back to the top of the Championship table with an edgy win over fellow promotion-chasers Norwich.

Running A Marathon? How To Eat and Drink So You Don't Hit The Wall

NPR News - Fri, 2015-04-17 12:39

There's only so much fuel you can store before a big race. A performance nutrition expert gives us the rub on how to optimize carb-loading to avoid the miserable experience of running out of fuel.

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Remembering Don Quayle, NPR's First President

NPR News - Fri, 2015-04-17 12:34

The first president of NPR has died at the age of 84. Don Quayle had a long career in public broadcasting, both in television and radio. Susan Stamberg reflects on his impact on NPR and her career.

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Edinburgh 45-16 Dragons

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-17 12:31
Edinburgh book their place in the Challenge Cup final with a comprehensive five-try victory over Newport Gwent Dragons.

In New Orleans, A Second-Chance School Tries Again

NPR News - Fri, 2015-04-17 12:29

Crescent Leadership Academy has a checkered reputation, but a new principal is trying to do right by some of the toughest — and most troubled — kids in the city.

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As Lake Mead Levels Drop, The West Braces For Bigger Drought Impact

NPR News - Fri, 2015-04-17 12:29

Near Las Vegas, levels in the nation's largest reservoir have dropped 140 feet since 2000. Water deliveries to Nevada, Arizona and California may soon be rationed — and farmers would feel it first.

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Anderson: Story of a record-breaker

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-17 12:20
From his Burnley breakthrough to beating Sir Ian Botham, BBC Sport traces James Anderson's journey to the top.

VIDEO: Footage of US train track rescue

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-17 12:19
Footage of a man falling from a subway platform in Philadelphia in front of shocked passengers before being rescued by a passer-by, Charles Collins.

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