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Will Camu Camu Be The Next Amazonian 'It' Fruit?

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-15 07:38

Camu camu will soon dethrone açai — an Amazonian berry that's made its mark in the crowded health food market. Or so its promoters are claiming. We asked NPR's Brazil bureau to investigate.

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In Worst Attack In Years, 89 Afghans Killed By Suicide Bomber

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-15 07:36

The attack occurred Tuesday morning near a market in the eastern province of Paktika. At a time of political uncertainty, deadly attacks are taking place on a near-daily basis.

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Scotland 'failing' on asylum fraud

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-15 07:33
The Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration singles out Scotland for failing to tackle benefit fraud by asylum seekers.

Warplane bombs town in east Ukraine

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-15 07:30
A warplane attacks a rebel-held town with rockets in eastern Ukraine, shattering homes and killing 11 people.

Afghan market bomb attack kills 89

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-15 07:26
A suicide bomb attack at a market in eastern Afghanistan kills 89 people, officials say, hours after the president's media team is attacked in Kabul.

VIDEO: Hogwarts opens doors to Japanese fans

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-15 07:23
Harry Potter stars Tom Felton and Evanna Lynch attended the opening ceremony of the new Harry Potter theme park at Universal Studios in Osaka.

Nurse 'planned to eat teenage girl'

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-15 07:22
A nurse with a cannibalism fetish planned to kill and eat a 14-year-old girl, a court hears during a graphic opening statement.

Fed warns on social media stocks

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-15 07:14
The US Federal Reserve warns of "stretched valuations" in social media and biotechnology firms as part of chair Janet Yellen's semi-annual report in front of Congress.

Kincora victim makes UK inquiry call

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-15 07:13
A man who was abused as a teenager at Kincora Boys' Home in east Belfast says the home should be included in a government inquiry into child sex abuse.

Van Gaal will spark revival - Robson

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-15 07:03
Manchester United legend Bryan Robson says new boss Louis van Gaal can turn the club into title challengers immediately.

Why Google and Novartis are teaming up

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-07-15 07:00

First, there was Google Glass. Now, Google is getting into contact lenses, teaming up with the Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis. 

They're working on smart lenses that will be able to monitor blood sugar levels for diabetics through the natural tears in our eyes.  

Google and Novartis also say they’re developing another lens that can auto-focus the eye. It could help with reading, because as the eye ages, it’s harder to see things up close.   

The two companies complement each other pretty well: Google doesn’t need any money from Novartis, while Novartis can help Google navigate the clinical and regulatory side of things.

“They need more the expertise in terms of running clinical trials, getting approval from the FDA, and then marketing after approval,” says John Mack, who follows the pharmaceutical industry as publisher of "Pharma Marketing News."

Google could definitely use an FDA go-between. About five years ago, the FDA went after pharmaceutical companies about ads that popped up in Google searches. The FDA said the ads didn’t contain relevant risk information. 

The partnership also benefits Novartis. Its contact lens division, Alcon, will get a huge jump into smart contact lens technology with the deal. 

Novartis sees a lot of potential for contact lenses that monitor our health. The company says it sees the Google deal as an opportunity to “develop and commercialize” Google’s smart lens technology.

CORRECTION:  The original version of this story misidentified the publication of John Mack. The text has been corrected.

 

Money and love: What would you change about your partner if you could?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-07-15 06:55

A 2009 study by Jeffrey Dew, faculty fellow at the National Marriage Project and an assistant professor of Family, Consumer, and Human Development at Utah State University, found that couples who argue about money once a week were 30 percent more likely to divorce over time than couples who reported disagreeing about finances just a few times per month.

We're collecting stories and moments that drive you crazy when it comes to your partner and money. Here's a few responses we've received so far:

@lizzieohreally @MarketplaceWknd Daily Starbucks visits (when I bought him an espresso machine for Christmas).

— Melissa (@Muhlyssa_A) July 15, 2014

@lizzieohreally @MarketplaceWknd Bet you'll get this a lot, but too cheap! Example: driving around for 30+ mins to avoid paying for parking

— Daryl Paranada (@darylparanada) July 14, 2014

What could you change financially about your partner if you could? Let us know in the comments or email us.

And if you need more help when it comes to money in your relationships, here are a few stories from our archives:

Marriage and money: Tips before you walk down the aisle
Hiding money from your spouse, for the sake of the marriage
Money & relationships: When you can't just hug it out

Money and love: What could you change if you could?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-07-15 06:55

A 2009 study by Jeffrey Dew, faculty fellow at the National Marriage Project and an assistant professor of Family, Consumer, and Human Development at Utah State University, found that couples who argue about money once a week were 30 percent more likely to divorce over time than couples who reported disagreeing about finances just a few times per month.

We're collecting stories and moments that drive you crazy when it comes to your partner and money. Here's a few responses we've received so far:

@lizzieohreally @MarketplaceWknd Daily Starbucks visits (when I bought him an espresso machine for Christmas).

— Melissa (@Muhlyssa_A) July 15, 2014

@lizzieohreally @MarketplaceWknd Bet you'll get this a lot, but too cheap! Example: driving around for 30+ mins to avoid paying for parking

— Daryl Paranada (@darylparanada) July 14, 2014

What could you change financially about your partner if you could? Let us know in the comments or email us.

And if you need more help when it comes to money in your relationships, here are a few stories from our archives:

Marriage and money: Tips before you walk down the aisle
Hiding money from your spouse, for the sake of the marriage
Money & relationships: When you can't just hug it out

Citigroup Settlement Offers Former Homeowners 'Cold Comfort'

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-15 06:55

The Justice Department's settlement with Citigroup offers $2.5 billion for "consumer relief." Critics say it will do nothing for those hurt most by the foreclosure crisis: people who lost their homes.

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Site lists pages blocked by Google

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-15 06:45
Developer collates the search terms now hidden under European court's 'right to be forgotten' ruling

AUDIO: 'I have Alzheimer's, please be patient'

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-15 06:45
A woman with dementia describes being diagnosed on her 55th birthday, and the difficulties she faces in everyday life.

Most Employers See A Benefit In Covering Contraceptives

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-15 06:32

The recent Supreme Court ruling gives employers more latitude in refusing to pay for certain kinds of birth control for employees. But most companies won't go that route, analysts predict.

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NPR News Executive Leaves For Job At The Atlantic

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-15 06:28

Margaret Low Smith, who has served as NPR's senior vice president for news for three years, is leaving the company to become the president of The Atlantic's live events business.

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Syria chemical shipment arrives in UK

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-15 06:24
A waste management plant in Cheshire is preparing to receive 150 tonnes relinquished by Syria as part of the dismantling of its chemical weapons programme.

Asylum seeker fraud 'not caught'

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-15 06:15
The Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration criticises the Home Office for failing to stop asylum seekers fraudulently claiming benefits.
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