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Row over Nato schools disruption

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-11 10:52
Plans to disrupt opening times of schools in the Vale of Glamorgan during the Nato summit, despite it being held 25 miles away, are criticised.

VIDEO: Child's buggy rolls on to Tube tracks

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-11 10:50
British Transport Police have released CCTV images showing a pushchair with a small child rolling on to the tracks at a London Underground station, moments before a train arrived.

Kenyan men hide from circumcision

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-11 10:44
Men from several ethnic groups in a small town in western Kenya have gone into hiding fearing they will be forcibly circumcised after a spate of attacks.

VIDEO: Surgery for boy born without ears

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-11 10:31
A boy who was born without ears has had a pair created from his ribs.

Phil Hamm's no billionaire, but he's got something to say about oil

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-08-11 10:28

The oil boom has brought all sorts of changes to western North Dakota. Billionaire Harold Hamm has had a big hand in it.  His company, Continental Resources, is the biggest oil producer there.

Then there's Phil Hamm, who moved to Williston, North Dakota, before the oil industry arrived. He had a few things to say about the changes he's seen, when Todd Melby interviewed for his series "Black Gold Boom."

Todd Melby's series, "Black Gold Boom," is an initiative of Prairie Public and the Association for Independents in Radio.

Why 'Apple University' teaches new hires Picasso

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-08-11 10:26

Steve Jobs established Apple University to teach employees about Apple’s history and culture. Although the courses are not required, Apple’s new recruits usually do enroll.

“This training program is a lot more extensive than pretty much every other corporate training program that I've heard of,” says Brian Chen, technology reporter at The New York Times.

One class instructor compared the 11 lithographs of Pablo Picasso’s “The Bull” to the way Apple builds their devices, as a way to teach the class how to communicate at Apple.

“They like to start out with an idea and whittle it down as much as possible, until it speaks just clearly enough for the consumer,” says Chen. “It’s just a general way that they try to teach employees to think about communicating.”

Listen to the full interview in the audio player above.

Buzzfeed receives $50m investment

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-11 10:17
A venture capitalist firm has invested $50m in the internet-media company Buzzfeed to expand coverage and produce more videos.

People Wonder: 'If They Gunned Me Down,' What Photo Would Media Use?

NPR News - Mon, 2014-08-11 10:17

A killing in suburban St. Louis leads people to tweet "dueling" photos of themselves – one where the subject looks wholesome, and another where the same person might seem like a troublemaker.

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Boy 'murdered by jealous love rival'

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-11 10:15
A 17-year-old boy was stabbed to death by his girlfriend's former partner, a court hears.

Bevel: Beyond the 'ethnic' aisle

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-08-11 10:15

Walker and Company CEO Tristan Walker had a hard time shaving. When he was 15, he tried a multi-blade razor and woke up with bumps and rashes on his face the next morning.

So, in 2013, Walker founded a company to solve problems in the health and beauty space for the African American community. Their first product is called Bevel, a shaving system designed specifically for men with coarse and curly hair.

“It’s razor bumps and razor burn. It’s a problem that 80 percent of black men and black women have, and it’s a problem that 30 percent of other races have.”

Bevel works through a multi-step process. You start by applying oil and then shaving cream with a brush, using a single blade razor, and finishing with a moisturizer. The starter kit costs $59.95, and 90-day replenishment kits cost $30 each. That’s a total of $150 for the products.

Tristan Walker knows this is a high price for a shaving kit:

“I reflect back on my experience of going to a retail shop, having to go to the ethnic aisle that’s not really an aisle, that’s really a shelf. Then I have to reach to the bottom of that shelf for a package that’s dirty. Like, that entire second-class citizen experience… it’s not great. Considering how much money we spend on these things, how much need we have for products that work, I think having a respect for the customer is incredibly important.”

Listen to the full conversation in the audio player above.

GSK faces bribery claims in Syria

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-11 10:04
The international pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline faces new claims that it bribed Syrian distributors to increase sales in the country,

Game of Thrones actor dies suddenly

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-11 09:43
Veteran actor JJ Murphy dies after filming his first Game of Thrones scenes.

Mackenzie Crook unearths metal detector sitcom

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-11 09:37
Will Gompertz on Mackenzie Crook's new direction

Brazilians bid $611m for Chiquita

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-11 09:31
Two Brazilian companies make a $611m (£363m) bid for US banana group Chiquita, which had planned to merge with Irish fruit firm Fyffes.

Someday, Afghanistan Will Get A New President

NPR News - Mon, 2014-08-11 09:28

The presidential election has dragged on for months and it's still not clear who the winner is or when he will take office. NPR's Sean Carberry takes a firsthand look at the slow-motion vote count.

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Boy has ears created from ribs

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-11 09:14
A nine-year-old boy who was born without ears has had a pair created from his ribs.

Durkan rejects borehole application

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-11 09:10
Northern Ireland's environment minister rejects an application to drill an exploratory borehole for shale gas in County Fermanagh.

VIDEO: CCTV witness appeal after car crash

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-11 09:05
Police release CCTV of a car crashing into a building in Greater Manchester, badly injuring the driver and narrowly missing two pedestrians.

My money story: Why Chuck Eggert bought the farm

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-08-11 09:02

Twenty years ago, there were just under 2,000 farmers markets in the U.S. Now, according to the USDA, there are more than 8,000. 

That’s been great news for many farmers, including Chuck Eggert. He’s the Founder and President of Pacific Foods of Oregon. The operation is one of the most successful operations in the Northwest. Ebbert talked to us about some of the keys to that success, including the need for good soil.

“When you look at conventional soils, there’s very little organic matter, so when you go to pick it up, it’s almost like a dirt clod,” Eggert says.

The key to finding good soil, he adds, is to look for animals scavenging.

“Because they know there’s seeds and bugs there that they can live off of.”

Click the play button above to hear about Chuck Eggert and life on the farm.

Cyclist dies after RideLondon event

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-11 08:42
A 36-year-old cyclist dies after collapsing during the RideLondon event through London and Surrey.
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