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Apology, Defense And Defiance: The Sterlings Speak Out

NPR News - Mon, 2014-05-12 12:02

Banned Los Angeles Clippers owners Donald Sterling and his wife, Shelly, have conducted separate television interviews. Donald told CNN that he's not a racist and that he's sorry if he has offended anyone; Shelly told ABC that she will fight to keep her 50 percent stake in the team.

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'Past The Point Of No Return:' An Antarctic Ice Sheet's Slow Collapse

NPR News - Mon, 2014-05-12 12:02

NASA held a press conference to discuss the stability of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet and its potential contribution to future sea level rise. The researchers announced that the ice sheet's collapse is both underway and unstoppable.

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'Frontline' Doc Explores How Sept. 11 Created Today's NSA

NPR News - Mon, 2014-05-12 11:58

PBS looks at the origins of the agency's surveillance program and the extraordinary steps top government officials took to give it legal cover and keep it hidden.

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Deadly MERS Virus Detected In Florida

NPR News - Mon, 2014-05-12 11:46

A case of Middle East respiratory syndrome has been found in the U.S. The virus has killed about a quarter of the people known to have been infected. But the risk to the public remains low.

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VIDEO: Woman tells of Harris 'assaults'

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-12 11:44
A woman has told a court she was abused by Rolf Harris when on holiday with the entertainer's family. The 84-year-old denies all the charges against him.

VIDEO: S Korean building tilts to one side

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-12 11:19
A seven-storey building, still under construction in the South Korean city of Asan, has suddenly tilted to one side.

Second Heathrow Mers case identified

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-12 11:09
A second case emerges of a passenger who travelled through Heathrow Airport and later tested positive for the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers) virus.

Delhi's rise to 'global hub' status

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-05-12 11:00

What used to be an administrative town has now become one of India's biggest hubs for the global economy.

Rana Dasgupta, author of the new book Capital: The Eruption of Delhi, lives there now, and says that he experienced this change firsthand.

"The whole city had been shaken up, and people's inner worlds had changed, too," he said. "I thought it was a chapter in the onward march of capitalism that needed to be written about and recorded."

Dasgupta dismisses the idea that a modern country has to become Westernized.

"Some people in the West will look at it and say, 'We know this, this happened in our past. And what will happen in the future is also known to us, because it happened in our past,'" he said. "There's nothing about the Western past that teaches us anything about the Asian future."

Whatever that future may hold, Dasgupta says, residents of India's capital city are optimistic.

"The only way forward is forward for people in India, and I think they think the 21st century is going to deliver all the things that the 20th century couldn't."

Labour: GP visit 'within 48 hours'

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-12 10:59
Labour will try to ensure all NHS patients in England get a GP appointment within 48 hours, party leader Ed Miliband says.

Italy Searches For African Migrants After Boat Sinks In Mediterranean

NPR News - Mon, 2014-05-12 10:58

A migrant boat destined for the Sicilian island of Lampedusa sank Monday — the second such incident in as many days.

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VIDEO: Three bodies found in kayakers search

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-12 10:56
The bodies of three men from the same family, who went kayaking together, have been found in the River Tyne.

I will run at Glasgow 2014 - Farah

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-12 10:54
Great Britain's double Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah will compete at this year's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Savile friend stripped of honours

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-12 10:53
A former mayor of Scarborough who was friends with Jimmy Savile is stripped of his civic honours by the town council after being accused of child sex abuse.

Older Women May Actually Be More At Risk For Cervical Cancer

NPR News - Mon, 2014-05-12 10:40

Cervical cancer screening often isn't recommended for women after age 65, but that may be when they're most vulnerable, a study finds. African-American women face a particularly high risk.

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Free schools and dark whispers

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-12 10:37
Emily Maitlis on the latest row over free schools

Your next car rental could be a Ford. Or... a Ferrari.

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-05-12 10:34

Norwegian Andreas Arnhoff hopped a flight to New York on a whim and when he arrived, he decided to rent a car.

But he didn’t want any old airport rental.

Arnhoff, 24, says he works in real estate and that cars are a hobby for him. Back in Norway, he owns a Porsche 911 and a Porsche Cayenne, both turbo. 

His first choice for a rental was a Lamborghini Murciélago, but it wasn't available when he called exotic car rental company Gotham Dream Cars.

“We had to go with the Ferrari,” Arnhoff says, laughing. 

Gotham delivered a bright red Ferrari 458 Spider with a retractable roof to his midtown hotel. The company paid about $340,000 for it – which is actually about $40,000 more than the list price because demand for the car is so high. For a one-day rental, it charges nearly $2,000, plus tax and a $15,000 security deposit.

In the last few years, more companies have started renting luxury and exotic cars, including big national chains like Enterprise and Hertz.

“We weren’t sure how customers were going to be receptive of the collection,” says Paula Riviera, a Hertz spokesperson.

About a year and a half ago, Hertz launched its Dream Car rental line with 25 cars, including “a couple Lamborghinis, a few Ferraris.”

“It’s proven so popular that today we have more than a thousand cars,” she says.

At the Newark Airport, a Jaguar and Mercedes sit parked on a ramp that Riviera calls the “eye candy display.” She says some people who have booked a regular old midsize might walk by the display and upgrade on the fly.

There are convertibles in California and Range Rovers in Colorado. The company shifts cars around to meet demand, even to smaller markets like Kansas City and Detroit.

The move into exotics makes sense for the national companies because the rental market is very competitive, says Chris Brown, the executive editor of Auto Rental News.

“I wouldn’t say [the market’s] saturated,” says Brown. “But it’s certainly full. So the major car rental companies are really looking for new avenues to exploit.

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However, he thinks exotics will remain a niche business.

“Although luxury and exotic rentals maybe growing into new parts of the country, the lion-share of the market is going in south Florida, southern California, maybe New York,” he says.

Many independent exotic rental companies are also looking for ways to expand.

Because rental bookings are most popular on the weekend, Gotham Dream Cars has created shorter, less expensive driving “experiences” on weekdays, which allow people to drive the cars in a closed parking lot or racetrack at higher speeds. These events typically target gear heads interested in testing the car’s performance.

In contrast, data from the cars show that renters don’t tend to drive the cars that far or fast.

“Most people rent the car to drive around,” says Gotham’s COO Rob Ferretti. “They go to Starbucks 50 times, they drive around Times Square a million times. You rent the car to be seen.”

It’s an accessory business, he says, like Rent The Runway – for men. Though women purchase these luxury car rentals as gifts, nine out of ten renters or “experience” drivers are indeed men.

As for Norwegian traveler Andreas Arnhoff, he says he's planning to take his Ferrari shopping – to an outlet mall in the suburbs.

Hall not giving evidence at trial

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-12 10:33
Broadcaster Stuart Hall will not give evidence from the witness box in defence of sex assault allegations, a jury is told.

A Prom Like Any Other — But With A Few Exceptions

NPR News - Mon, 2014-05-12 10:32

Oregon's teacher of the year organized the Aloha Prom for students with special needs. Students from other towns drove as much as an hour to attend Friday's event in Portland.

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Video 'shows missing Nigeria girls'

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-12 10:28
A Boko Haram video purports to show dozens of abducted Nigerian girls, as the government rejects an offer to swap them for imprisoned militants.

NI driving laws face overhaul

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-12 10:26
The drink-drive limit in Northern Ireland would be reduced by almost 40% and learner drivers would face big changes under a proposed new law.
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