National / International News

U.S. To Impose Sanctions On More Russian Officials

NPR News - Thu, 2014-03-20 07:27

By choosing to intervene in Ukraine and annex Crimea, Russia has isolated itself and violated international law, President Obama says. The U.S. is seeking to penalize 20 additional people and a bank.

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Oprah and Starbucks are teaming up to make tea.

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-03-20 07:25
Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 10:35

Oprah and Starbucks CEO Howard Schulz announcing their partnership.

Starbucks and Oprah are teaming up to make tea.

This would appear to be the corporate version of those comic books where The Penguin teams up with The Joker, Two-Face and The Riddler, and it just doesn't seem fair to the people of Gotham (until Batman shows up, of course... but until that moment, NOT COOL). We've got evil hench-penguins, very flexible, knife wielding circus ladies, and very difficult trivia questions. Before you know it, the entire subway has shut down and no one can get to work.

For a caffeine addicted female like myself, not only am I certainly in the "target audience," I probably won't be able to *not* buy this tea. Together, Oprah and Starbucks will probably activate a long-dormant chip in my brain, and, (again) before you know it, I'll be building fortresses out of boxes of this tea. And talking enthusiastically about it to all of my friends. And "liking" it on Facebook unironically.

"Teavana Oprah Chai" was personally developed by Oprah. It is said to feature strong notes of cinnamon, ginger, and cardamom with a hint of clove.

This already makes me want to start crying and talking about my feelings at what was supposed to be a book club meeting, until everyone had one too many of the signature Love In the Time of Cholera cocktails I made in an attempt to one-up last month's annoyingly perfect "Middlesex homemade sushi" event, and the conversation devolved into how difficult it is to find love when nobody has cholera, and how maybe it would be easier if everyone had cholera, because that might really put things into perspective and how long should you wait to reply to a kind of meh text some guy sent after a date without seeming like the kind of girl who only demands meh texts, but also not seeming unavailable or, worse, like you're playing games, which, of course, you are, but everyone plays games and so you, genuine game-hater that you are, really have no choice.

Does anyone else feel like tea?

Tragically, no Teavana for us until April 29th.


The Making of Teavana Oprah Chai


Marketplace Morning Report for Thursday, March 20, 2014by Stacey Vanek SmithStory Type: BlogSyndication: PMPApp Respond: No

The European giants lying in wait for Man Utd and Chelsea

BBC - Thu, 2014-03-20 07:25
Andy Brassell looks at the six Champions League teams standing in the way of Chelsea and Manchester United ahead of Friday's quarter-final draw

Bob Crow funeral set for Monday

BBC - Thu, 2014-03-20 07:23
The funeral of Rail, Maritime and Transport union leader Bob Crow will take place on Monday and the service will be private, the union says.

Thieves dig tunnel to cash machine

BBC - Thu, 2014-03-20 07:23
Thieves build a 50ft (15m) tunnel to steal more than £80,000 from a cash machine in Salford.

Teacher banned over home cocaine lab

BBC - Thu, 2014-03-20 07:09
A teacher jailed after turning his Cardiff home into a cocaine laboratory is given a lifetime ban by a disciplinary panel.

Queen backs Benn vigil in Parliament

BBC - Thu, 2014-03-20 07:00
The Queen grants permission for the body of Tony Benn to rest overnight in Parliament's chapel, Speaker John Bercow confirms.

PODCAST: Veteran unemployment

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-03-20 06:55
Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 07:25 Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

A brochure by Disney Corporation is placed on a table during a jobs fair for veterans called 'Serving Those Who Have Served' on the campus of University of Southern California on March 20, 2013 in Los Angeles, Calif.

The benchmark interest rate in America is higher now than it was before the new chair of the Federal Reserve's briefing yesterday. 2.77 percent is the 10 year yield versus 2.67 percent. We get our own briefing from Diane Swonk, chief economist at Mesirow Financial in Chicago.

And, the Labor Department is expected to release its annual report on the job situation for veterans soon. The jobless rate for those who served after 9/11 has tended to be higher than the overall unemployment rate. Though typically highly skilled, disciplined and hard-working, veterans of recent conflicts often have more difficulty than civilians in finding work.

Meanwhile, more than two years after a 5.8-magnitude earthquake damaged the Washington Monument, the U.S. National Park Service is readying to reopen it to tourists this spring. Examining and repairing the monument’s more than 30,000 stone pieces cost $15 million, but that work is being paid for in a novel way. The government split the tab with billionaire David Rubenstein.

Marketplace Morning Report for Thursday, March 20, 2014by David BrancaccioPodcast Title: PODCAST: Veteran unemploymentSyndication: All in oneApp Respond: No

'Sexist' toilets to be reviewed

BBC - Thu, 2014-03-20 06:52
A council's "sexist" policy of charging women to use its toilets but not men using urinals is to be reviewed later.

Reprimand, $20K Fine, No Jail Time For General's Sexual Misconduct

NPR News - Thu, 2014-03-20 06:52

Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair had been accused of sexually assaulting a subordinate. He struck a deal to plead guilty to lesser charges. He was not demoted.

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G4S guards face plane death charges

BBC - Thu, 2014-03-20 06:50
Three G4S custody officers are charged with the manslaughter of deportee Jimmy Mubenga, the Crown Prosecution Service says.

Russia faces fresh Crimea sanctions

BBC - Thu, 2014-03-20 06:35
German Chancellor Angela Merkel says Russia will face escalating EU sanctions if it does not take steps to ease the crisis over Crimea.

French-Fry Conspiracy: Genes Can Make Fried Foods More Fattening

NPR News - Thu, 2014-03-20 06:33

Some people are more likely than others to gain weight from frequently indulging in fried foods, scientists say. You can blame Mom and Dad for passing on the obesity risk genes.

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Captive migrants freed from US house

BBC - Thu, 2014-03-20 06:28
More than 100 suspected illegal immigrants are rescued from a Texas "stash" house where smugglers allegedly held them pending payment.

Plane searchers investigate debris

BBC - Thu, 2014-03-20 06:22
Australia is investigating two objects seen on satellite images that could potentially be debris from the missing Malaysia Airlines plane, officials say.

BBC agrees Women's Super League deal

BBC - Thu, 2014-03-20 06:21
The BBC agrees a new deal with the Football Association to broadcast live radio commentary of women's football in 2014.

Persian New Year's Table Celebrates Nature's Rebirth Deliciously

NPR News - Thu, 2014-03-20 06:17

Around the world, millions of families of Iranian descent will gather around a ceremonial table to mark the start of spring. This ancient Persian festival has a lot to do with fresh, green foods.

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E Guinea president's son faces probe

BBC - Thu, 2014-03-20 05:54
The son of Equatorial Guinea's leader is put under formal investigation in France over money-laundering allegations, his lawyer says.

AUDIO: Scientists find chicken-like dinosaur

BBC - Thu, 2014-03-20 05:53
US scientists have discovered a new species of dinosaur, nicknamed the 'Chicken from Hell.'

Red Bull confirm Ricciardo appeal

BBC - Thu, 2014-03-20 05:52
Red Bull appeal against the disqualification of driver Daniel Ricciardo from the Australian Grand Prix on Sunday.

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