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Edible Packaging? Retailers Not Quite Ready To Ditch The Wrapper

NPR News - Tue, 2014-09-16 12:42

To reduce waste, some enterprising companies are trying to roll out products that make the package part of the snack — edible packaging. But selling it to the retail market is trickier than it seems.

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Two dead in helicopter sea crash

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-16 12:39
Two men die as a helicopter on its way to Humberside Airport crashes into the sea off the East Yorkshire coast.

Son killed 'in reincarnation bid'

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-16 12:24
Garry Lockhart tells the High Court he killed his son Michael after strangling his wife Janet so they could "come back together as a family".

Man 'forced to work without pay'

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-16 12:11
A father and son forced a vulnerable man to work 15-hour-days unpaid at their farm every day for 13 years, a court hears.

Thanks To Nutella, The World Needs More Hazelnuts

NPR News - Tue, 2014-09-16 12:11

Nutella, launched 50 years ago, has turned into a global phenomenon, boosting demand for hazelnuts. Now producers are looking beyond Turkey's north coast, where most of these nuts are grown.

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When Patients Set Science's Research Agenda, Who Loses?

NPR News - Tue, 2014-09-16 12:11

Tired of waiting for a cure for breast cancer, a coalition of activists now leans hard on Congress to steer money to particular research projects. Critics say that approach may miss promising leads.

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Sound piece wins £8,000 drawing prize

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-16 12:09
A sound piece, a 75-second description of a Roman pot, wins a prestigious prize for drawing for the first time in its 20-year history.

Americans' Waistlines Are Expanding, And That's Not Good Fat

NPR News - Tue, 2014-09-16 12:05

Are you more an apple or a pear? If it's the former, you've got company. Americans' waistlines are growing, even though obesity rates have plateaued. And more belly fat increases health risks.

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Obama Gives New Details On America's Effort To Fight Ebola

NPR News - Tue, 2014-09-16 12:05

The president announced a "major increase" in the U.S. response to the outbreak, including a new military command center in Liberia, and sending medical professionals from the U.S. to field hospitals.

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Woman injured in house fire dies

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-16 12:02
A woman in her 50s who was injured in a house fire in County Tyrone has died in hospital.

Colleges Brainstorm Ways To Cut Back On Binge Drinking

NPR News - Tue, 2014-09-16 11:46

With 40 percent of college students binge drinking, efforts to get students to drink less may seem futile. But something as simple as encouraging beer stores to quit selling ping-pong balls can help.

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Global firms 'need new tax rules'

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-16 11:27
Moves to tackle corporate tax avoidance on a global scale are unveiled by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

VIDEO: Helicopter sea crash kills two men

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-16 11:12
Two men die after a helicopter crashes off the coast of Flamborough in East Yorkshire.

Which Contagious Diseases Are The Deadliest?

NPR News - Tue, 2014-09-16 11:12

To put Ebola in context, we tried to find a list of the deadliest contagious diseases. We couldn't. So with the help of scientists and health agencies, we came up with a rundown of the world's worst.

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Belgium Agrees To Euthanize Man Convicted Of Murder, Rape

NPR News - Tue, 2014-09-16 11:09

Frank Van Den Bleeken says he wants to die because he hasn't seen any change in himself. A court agreed — and now his case is raising prickly questions in a country that has no death penalty.

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The end of Atlantic City's hot streak

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-16 10:47
Atlantic City's long hot streak comes to an end

BP Lawyers Use Old-School Trick; Judge Not Amused

NPR News - Tue, 2014-09-16 10:26

A legal filing tied to the company's Gulf oil spill case was supposed to have been capped at 35 pages. But lawyers for BP got a little creative with the spacing.

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Want to help your company's stock? Buy shares back

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-09-16 10:24

There’s a new trend in the stock market. Companies are repurchasing their own shares to help make stocks go up. And it’s working, says Dan Strumpf, reporter at The Wall Street Journal.

"Companies that do buy back their stock and have regular routine buyback programs do tend to outperform in the market," says Strumpf, who has been reporting on the subject.

Although cash levels at public companies are the highest they have been in years, the stock market volume is very low.

"There is quite a bit of debate in the marketplace as to why that’s happening," says Strumpf. "A lot of people talk about...a lack of conviction in this market. I mean, we have this sort of slow but steadily growing economy, really no fireworks to speak of. And you’ve got a very supportive Federal Reserve that is sort of keeping things humming. But you’re not seeing table pounding and high conviction investment, despite the fact that the market is at an all-time high."

Listen to the full conversation in the audio player above.

VIDEO: Surviving childhood in Malawi

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-16 10:13
Fergus Walsh reports from Malawi on how the country has worked to reduce infant mortality.

I had accident premonition - Norman

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-16 10:08
Two-time Open champion Greg Norman says he had a premonition about the chainsaw accident in which he nearly lost his left hand.
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