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Student dies taking 'online diet pills'

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-20 09:39
A student dies after taking suspected diet pills bought online, police reveal.

Iran Charges 'Washington Post' Reporter With Espionage

NPR News - Mon, 2015-04-20 09:39

Jason Rezaian's lawyer says he has been charged with four serious crimes. The Washington Post's Tehran bureau chief has been detained for nine months and held in the notorious Evin prison.

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A start-up is creating t-shirt tycoons

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-04-20 09:31
$5 million

That's how much one small store on Chicago's south side sold in lottery tickets last year. Lucky Mart used to be a convenience store, but after selling a ticket that won big, the shop rebranded and now sells lottery tickets almost exclusively. At the time our reporter visited the store, officials came by with a plaque naming Lucky Mart the top-grossing location for the Illinois state lottery.

7 million

That's how many shirts TeeSpring sold last year, raking in about $100 million, Bloomberg reported. The start-up is a platform for designing, buying and selling t-shirts, taking care of production, shipping, customer service and the like. The site makes more than half of its sales through targeted ads on social media, and its birthed a group of t-shirt entrepreneurs, some of whom make more than $1 million with their designs. 

7,072,000 tons

That's how much electronic waste the U.S. generated last year, much of it from large appliances, according to a new report from United Nations University. The U.S. outstrips other countries' e-waste, the BBC reported, leaving thousands of tons of valuable recyclable materials like copper in landfills.

90 percent off

That's the hook for one of airline JetBlue's many "flash sales," wherein a business offers deep discounts for a very short time. Marketplace Weekend looked into how companies leverage these eye-popping deals — which often run at a loss — for publicity, and how consumers can best take advantage of them before time runs out.

The 'quiet mouse' making a big noise

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-20 09:30
Just how has Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe been named Football League manager of the decade after only six years in the job?

Mr. Toilet And Mr. Condom Think Jokes Will Save The World

NPR News - Mon, 2015-04-20 09:28

Potty humor! A condom in a key chain with the slogan: "Weapon of mass protection." The goal is to use laughter to change attitudes. And there's even a study to prove that it works.

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FBI Chief's Comments Linking Poland To Holocaust Draw Angry Response

NPR News - Mon, 2015-04-20 09:21

In a speech last week, James Comey appeared to suggest that Poles had been complicit in the Holocaust. Polish leaders, who have long recoiled at that assertion, demanded an apology.

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Greece asks public agencies for cash

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-20 09:09
The Greek government asks public sector bodies to hand over any reserve cash to help it meet a payment due to the International Monetary Fund.

Balls would be 'excellent chancellor'

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-20 09:08
Labour leader Ed Miliband says Ed Balls "would make an excellent chancellor" if his party wins the general election.

'Syria-bound' family held in Turkey

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-20 09:04
A British couple believed to be en route to Syria with their four children are being held in Turkey, a government official tells the BBC.

Russian forces 'kill top jihadist'

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-20 08:58
Russia says its special forces have killed a North Caucasus jihadist leader in a shoot-out in Dagestan.

Tim Tebow Will Reportedly Return To NFL With Philadelphia Eagles

NPR News - Mon, 2015-04-20 08:58

It would be the former Heisman winner's fourth NFL team. The New York Jets released Tebow in the spring of 2013; later that same year, he was cut by the New England Patriots.

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Man injured as building collapses

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-20 08:54
A man is injured after a building in central London collapses.

'Spy charge' for US reporter in Iran

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-20 08:41
Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian, who was detained nine months ago in Iran, is facing four charges including espionage, his lawyer says.

Japan, U.S. 'Close' To Major Deal

NPR News - Mon, 2015-04-20 08:37

A 12-country trade agreement hinges on negotiations between Japan and the United States.

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VIDEO: SNP manifesto on campaign day 22

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-20 08:35
The SNP launched its manifesto, other parties launched posters and manifestos too and the deadline to register to vote is tonight.

Stab victim closes police station

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-20 08:32
Swansea central police station is closed after the victim of a stabbing sought shelter from his attackers inside.

Solving the productivity puzzle

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-20 08:18
Is productivity growth, little discussed at the election, the most important underlying factor for the UK economy?

Why Libya is springboard for migrant exodus

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-20 08:13
How did Libya become a springboard for migrants making the increasingly deadly sea crossing to Europe?

Forsyth supports assisted dying law

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-20 08:10
Sir Bruce Forsyth calls for a change in assisted dying laws so people can "die with dignity", after watching his first wife live with dementia.

Afghan canal crash led to deaths

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-20 08:08
An inquest into the deaths of four British servicemen hears the armoured vehicle they were in rolled into a canal after colliding with an Afghan National Police car.