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Why We've Been Seeing More 'Yellowface' In Recent Months

NPR News - Wed, 2014-08-13 12:17

You might have heard a lot recently about non-Asian people donning makeup or clothing to appear Asian. But why is it that we're seeing so much of this phenomenon, widely referred to as "yellowface"?

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Brazil Mourns, After Presidential Candidate Dies In Plane Crash

NPR News - Wed, 2014-08-13 12:16

The man running third in the race to be Brazil's next president has died in a plane crash. Eduardo Campos' small plane crashed in bad weather south of Sao Paulo as it was preparing to land.

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Nato peace camp 'plans new site'

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-13 11:59
One of the protesters planning an anti-Nato "peace camp" in Newport during the summit of world leaders in September has claimed they will set up at an alternative site.

England women fight back in India Test

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-13 11:51
England women reduce India to 87-6 after being bowled out for 92 on the opening day of the Test at Wormsley.

More Dads Want Paternity Leave. Getting It Is A Different Matter

NPR News - Wed, 2014-08-13 11:46

Paid paternity leave is a luxury in the U.S. Just 10 to 15 percent of employers offer it, even though an increasing number of fathers want, and expect, time off with a new child.

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Rocket fired from Gaza hits Israel

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-13 11:42
A rocket lands in southern Israel hours before the expiry of a three-day Gaza ceasefire, Israeli police say.

Swiss train derailed in landslide

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-13 11:40
A landslide in Switzerland derails a train at the top of a ravine, injuring several passengers and leaving one carriage hanging over the precipice.

Long Island Soaked By Record-Breaking Rainfall

NPR News - Wed, 2014-08-13 11:34

Flood warnings are still in effect for other parts of New England after an early-morning downpour jeopardized commuters in New York. One town has been hit with more than a foot of rain.

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Sales tax holidays: A lot of hype for a little saving

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-08-13 11:33

Even though they are bad for state budgets and aren't necessarily good bargains, Americans love sales-tax holidays. Retailers like them too, because the tax holidays motivate consumers.

“It can be a pretty significant increase in traffic in the store and sales,” says Jim Sluzewski, a spokesman for Macy’s.

So why are tax holidays so popular?

“There’s absolutely a psychological impact here that is bigger than the money,” says Craig Shearman, spokesman for the National Retail Federation.

He says consumers generally hold out for sales offering at least 25 percent off.

“If retailers were to offer 5 or 10 percent off, consumers would laugh at them,” says Shearman. “But when shoppers can save that same 5 or 10 percent by virtue of not paying tax, it goes way beyond the amount of money involved.”

While consumers save money at the cash register, it’s really the states that pay.

“The first time I heard about a state tax holiday, I laughed until I cried,” says Verenda Smith, deputy director at the Federation for Tax Administrators, an association of state tax agencies.

There are 27 tax holidays this year.

“They’re expensive. They tend to distort the economy a little bit. But people love ‘em,” says Smith.

If tax holidays disappeared, would retailers lose much business?

Joy Hyrons, who handles accounting for Miller’s School Supplies in central Florida, says not necessarily.

“Well, to be honest with you, it probably wouldn’t make a whole lot of difference because the people have to purchase these items anyway,” says Hyrons.

On Net Neutrality, California Cares; Texas? Not So Much

NPR News - Wed, 2014-08-13 11:33

A geographical analysis of comments to the Federal Communications Commission shows wide disparities on the issue of an open Internet.

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VIDEO: Swiss train derailed in landslide

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-13 11:30
A landslide in Switzerland derails a train at the top of a ravine, injuring several passengers and leaving one carriage hanging over the precipice.

£315m race circuit gets MotoGP

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-13 11:26
A five-year deal is signed to bring the British MotoGP to Wales at the Circuit of Wales track in Ebbw Vale.

VIDEO: Bacall 'very sharp and very funny'

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-13 11:23
Director Jonathan Glazer talks to BBC Radio 4's Front Row about working with Lauren Bacall on the film Birth in 2004.

Bank has Scots vote contingency plan

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-13 11:07
Bank of England Governor Mark Carney says the institution has drawn up currency contingency plans, whatever the outcome of the Scottish referendum.

VIDEO: How the UK is guarding against Ebola

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-13 11:04
The BBC's Hugh Pym is given exclusive access to Porton Down research centre where scientists are working on detecting and minimising the risk of Ebola appearing in the UK

Bieber pleads guilty in Florida case

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-13 11:03
Canadian pop star Justin Bieber has pleaded guilty to careless driving and resisting arrest in a deal that avoided a drugged-driving conviction.

Woman cleared over Syria terror cash

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-13 11:03
A woman accused of trying to smuggle £15,800 worth of euros in her underwear to a Briton fighting in Syria is found not guilty of funding terrorism.

Daughter kept mum's body in bathroom

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-13 10:52
A daughter found dead in a home in Oxfordshire had kept the body of her mother in her bathroom for months, an inquest hears.

Murray eases into Cincinnati last 16

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-13 10:52
Andy Murray reaches the last 16 of the Western & Southern Open but fellow Briton James Ward is knocked out.

Edible Flowers Find A Sweet Companion In Chocolate

NPR News - Wed, 2014-08-13 10:52

Chefs and gardeners have long used edible blossoms as a garnish for salads and entrees. Now, food entrepreneurs are giving them a big role in mixed drinks and chocolate.

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