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The island of lost baggage

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-06-15 01:58
40,000 square feet

 The size of Unclaimed Baggage Center, a huge Alabama store that sells items recovered from lost or unclaimed luggage all around the country. The bags become airline property after 90 days, and the store buys them up sight-unseen, reselling what's inside and donating the rest. Quartz profiled the company, which is sort of like a thrift store combined with "Storage Wars."

54 years

That's how long the U.S. kept Cuba under embargo before starting to normalize relations with the country late last year. Over the weekend, news broke that ties will likely be restored next month. In the latest episode of our new podcast Actuality, Marketplace's Sabri Ben-Achour and Quartz's Tim Fernholz dig into what this process means for Cuban entrepreneurs.

5 days

That's how many paid vacation days the average American leaves on the table every year. We take a closer look at why the U.S. seems to have developed a culture of work martyrdom and why it's not necessarily the best for employees and companies alike.

80 percent

 That's the percentage of questions posed on Twitter that are ignored by companies, according to a new study. That's four out of five questions going unanswered. As Mashable reports, if you want to get a company's attention, you'll have much better luck on Facebook.


That's how many episodes of "Orange Is the New Black" dropped on Netflix over the weekend, and it's likely many fans have already devoured them all. This kind of appointment binge-watching has become increasingly common as Netflix builds its stable of hits, and it's helped establish the company's dominance in streaming. But as Vox points out, Netflix doesn't own any of its shows, opting to license them from other studios. That means the company gets shut out of a lot of potential revenue in the long term.

86 percent

That's the percentage of trans fats that food companies say they've already removed voluntarily. So what would an official ban on trans fats by the FDA really do? Some analysts say it would just be the icing on the cake.

Super Puma survivors seek damages

BBC - Mon, 2015-06-15 01:55
Nine survivors of a helicopter crash off Shetland in 2013 in which four people died lodge a claim for damages which could total about £5m.

Lethal overdose nurse not guilty

BBC - Mon, 2015-06-15 01:53
A nurse from Somerset who gave a patient a lethal overdose of a prescription drug is found not guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence.

Shock finale for Game of Thrones

BBC - Mon, 2015-06-15 01:36
Fans of the hit US fantasy drama are left stunned by a shock season five finale. This story contains spoilers.

Greece isn't any old troubled debtor

BBC - Mon, 2015-06-15 01:33
Why it is dangerous for the eurozone that negotiations with Greece on a bailout are being couched in terms of national economic advantage rather than a vision for the future of monetary union

Fracking bid 'should be approved'

BBC - Mon, 2015-06-15 01:25
Fracking should be allowed at one of two sites on the Fylde coast in Lancashire, a report recommends.

VIDEO: Battle of the giants at Paris Air Show

BBC - Mon, 2015-06-15 01:20
Key players from world of civil and military aviation gather in France for the bi-annual Paris Air Show, where Boeing and Airbus hope to pick up new orders on their flagship jetliners.

Algeria profile

BBC - Mon, 2015-06-15 01:20
Provides overview, key facts and events, a timeline and leader profile along with current news about Algeria

Glitch hits Borders railway tickets

BBC - Mon, 2015-06-15 01:16
A website glitch means many people trying to buy some of the first tickets for the new Borders to Edinburgh railway are unable to do so.

In pictures: India prepares for Yoga Day

BBC - Mon, 2015-06-15 01:08
Indians limber up for International Yoga Day

'Get real', Greek PM tells creditors

BBC - Mon, 2015-06-15 01:06
Greek leader Alexis Tsipras says his government will wait patiently for creditors to become "realistic", after debt talks in Brussels fail.

Who Knew Yoga Could Be So Stressful!

NPR News - Mon, 2015-06-15 01:00

Yoga is supposed to bring inner calm. So why are some people in India up in arms about the upcoming International Day of Yoga?

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Mamma Mia! Olive Garden Food Truck Invades Boston's Italian Neighborhood

NPR News - Mon, 2015-06-15 01:00

That's right: The Italian food chain has jumped on the food truck craze. And this weekend it parked in Boston's North End, where Italian food is most sacred and many eateries go back generations.

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He Was Born Republican Royalty, But 'Jebcito' Is From Miami

NPR News - Mon, 2015-06-15 01:00

Jeb Bush grew up in Texas, summered in Maine and went to prep school Massachusetts. But the place he and his family chose to put down roots was Miami.

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'Extinct' spider seen after 100 years

BBC - Mon, 2015-06-15 00:59
A species of spider believed to have been wiped out in the UK is spotted for the first time in over 100 years.

Man arrested over woman's murder

BBC - Mon, 2015-06-15 00:51
A man is arrested on suspicion of murdering a 24-year-old woman in Bradford.

Uganda's leader faces new challenger

BBC - Mon, 2015-06-15 00:51
Uganda's former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi says he will challenge President Museveni to become president in next year's election.

Why Crouch is part of Trinidad folklore

BBC - Mon, 2015-06-15 00:47
Ex-Gillingham man Brent Sancho on Peter Crouch's unpopularity in Trinidad and Tobago and swapping football for politics.

VIDEO: Neymar inspires Brazil to victory

BBC - Mon, 2015-06-15 00:46
Neymar scores one goal and sets up another as Brazil come from behind to beat Peru 2-1.

Gun maker Colt files for bankruptcy

BBC - Mon, 2015-06-15 00:38
Storied US gun maker Colt Defense files for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as it grapples with heavy debts.