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On Valentine's, saying "#LOVE" with candy hearts

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-02-13 14:18

New England Confectionery Company, or NECCO, has been producing candy sweethearts for more than 100 years. NECCO spends most of the year gearing up for Valentine's Day. Every year, the company sells about 2 billion candy hearts.

CEO Michael McGee took a break to talk to us about the so-called conversation hearts. 

"There's a lot of emotion – emotional heritage tied up in our product. These are traditions that are very much passed down," he says. "I clearly remember telling my first childhood crush how much I love them with a sweetheart."

McGee says the company stays relevant by keeping up with the jargon of the times. This year's box of sweethearts will have messages that include "TEXT ME," "#LOVE" and "BFF."

It's Valentine's Day... what candy are you buying?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-02-13 14:18

New England Confectionery Company, or NECCO, has been producing candy sweethearts for more than 100 years. NECCO spends most of the year gearing up for Valentine's Day. Every year, the company sells about 2 billion candy hearts.

CEO Michael McGee took a break to talk to us about the so-called conversation hearts. 

"There's a lot of emotion – emotional heritage tied up in our product. These are traditions that are very much passed down," he says. "I clearly remember telling my first childhood crush how much I love them with a sweetheart."

McGee says the company stays relevant by keeping up with the jargon of the times. This year's box of sweethearts will have messages that include: "TEXT ME," "#LOVE" and "BFF."

UK delivers armoured cars to Ukraine

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-13 14:00
A consignment of former British military Saxon armoured vehicles has been delivered to Ukraine, the Ministry of Defence has confirms.

Déjà vu All Over Again: Northeast Braces For Another Blizzard

NPR News - Fri, 2015-02-13 13:54

February has already become the snowiest on record for Boston, but this weekend's storm may bring up to a foot of more snow.

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Obama Calls UNC Murders 'Brutal And Outrageous'

NPR News - Fri, 2015-02-13 13:51

The president spoke a day after the Justice Department announced an investigation into the killings of three Muslim university students as a possible hate crime.

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Obama Calls For Better Response To Cybersecurity Threats

NPR News - Fri, 2015-02-13 13:43

President Obama signed an executive order that aims to stem attacks by hackers. The order encourages companies to share information about cyber threats with each other and the federal government.

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GMO Apples Get The Nod, But Not Much Of A Welcoming Party

NPR News - Fri, 2015-02-13 13:38

Government regulators have approved the first genetically modified apples, which don't turn brown when you cut them open. But planting these trees will be a gamble since consumers may not want them.

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Chinese have their own Internet censorship song

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-02-13 13:23

Here's one of the New York Times' odder dispatches from China:

The Chinese Cyberspace Administration is the government agency in charge of Internet policy over there, which you can rightly take to mean Internet censorship.

Turns out they have their own anthem:

Devotedly keeping watch over the space every day, / Taking up our mission as the sun rises in the east.

And then it ends strong:

An Internet power: Tell the world that the Chinese dream is uplifting China. / An Internet power: I represent my nation to the world.

Watch the whole thing here, translated by ProPublica:

Chinese have their own Internet censorship song

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-02-13 13:23

Here's one of the New York Times' odder dispatches from China:

The Chinese Cyberspace Administration is the government agency in charge of Internet policy over there, which you can rightly take to mean Internet censorship.

Turns out they have their own anthem:

Devotedly keeping watch over the space every day, / Taking up our mission as the sun rises in the east.

And then it ends strong:

An Internet power: Tell the world that the Chinese dream is uplifting China. / An Internet power: I represent my nation to the world.

Watch the whole thing here, translated by ProPublica:

Your Money: Cashing in on holiday currency

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-13 13:15
Getting the best deals on foreign currency

TV's Wilshire's firm fined over death

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-13 13:04
A Swansea firm owned by Nev Wilshire of BBC Three's The Call Centre, is fined £500,000 after a pensioner died of carbon monoxide poisoning.

VIDEO: Time-lapse: Five years of the Sun

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-13 12:50
Space agency Nasa has released a time-lapse video showing the Sun over period of nearly five years - capturing one frame every eight hours.

Leicester 18-15 Gloucester

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-13 12:49
Freddie Burns kicks 18 points against his former club as Leicester Tigers end Gloucester's unbeaten start to 2015.

Rangers 0-2 Hibernian

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-13 12:46
Hibernian find the means to defeat Rangers and climb above them into second place in the Championship.

Venezuela alleges anti-Maduro coup

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-13 12:34
An ex-air force general is arrested and more than 10 others implicated in a plot to overthrow Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, officials say.

Execution By Firing Squad Passes Key Vote In Utah Legislature

NPR News - Fri, 2015-02-13 12:31

The Republican-controlled House has voted to revive the option, which was discontinued in 2004, if the state cannot obtain the drugs needed to perform an execution by lethal injection.

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GOP 'Trailblazers' Gala Honors Largest Class Of Black Lawmakers

NPR News - Fri, 2015-02-13 12:28

The Republican National Convention hosted its "Trailblazers" gala where it honored its largest class of Black Republicans since Reconstruction.

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Asbestos alert at leisure centre

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-13 12:25
A sports and leisure centre in Castlereagh closes after asbestos is found in the building.

Pope Encounters Resistance On Some Reforms

NPR News - Fri, 2015-02-13 12:24

At the Vatican this week, the pope's G9 — a committee of nine cardinals — is working on how to overhaul Vatican governance.

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On World Radio Day, A New Generation Finds Their Voice

NPR News - Fri, 2015-02-13 12:21

Friday is UNESCO's World Radio Day. The theme this year is "Youth and Radio" — so Youth Radio reporter and commentator Bianca Brooks talks about the impact radio has had on her.

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