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Love That Gel Nail Polish, But Know It Doesn't Come Risk-Free

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-01 08:29

Popular gel nail polishes last for weeks, but the ultraviolet light used to cure them may cause premature skin aging and increase risk of cataracts, doctors say.

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PODCAST: LinkedIn's secret (no cat pictures!)

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-05-01 08:28

The U.S. economy nearly stalled out from January through March. While that might be a snapshot of what was then, it is not what is now.

Twitter's stock hit a new low this week, and it seems that right now Wall Street doesn’t have much love for the social-media sector. Despite revenue growth, the sector is seeing a slowdown in users signing up and in advertising sales. Could LinkedIn weather the storm better than its competitors? 

Just a few months ago health care navigators wanted desperately to get young people to sign up for the Affordable Care Act. There was an all-out advertising blitz aimed towards young people between the ages of 18 and 34 to get them to sign up for health insurance. But it seems like everybody forgot something. None of the famous people who made commercials for Obamacare mentioned the part of the law that lets young people who aged out of foster care sign up for extended Medicaid, and keep it until age 26. 

Longtime 'Mad' Magazine Editor Dies At 88

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-01 08:23

Al Feldstein, who edited the iconic satire magazine from 1956-1984, turned it into a must-read for baby boomer-era adolescents.

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Former FCC head Michael Powell talks future of cable

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-05-01 08:20

Big cable companies continue to just get bigger. In response to Comcast and Time Warner's merger earlier this year, AT&T and DirecTV are thinking of doing the same. Which got former FCC chairman Michael Powell thinking: Why are all these mergers happening?

"One of the things I think is a serious issue is that the economy has been strained," he said. "I think the model has to find a way to find more affordable, more accessible packages, given the strains of the economy."

A la carte, however, is not one of the ways to get around the strain.

"True a la carte...would actually cost consumers a lot more," he said. "If something like ESPN--which is sold to the cable system for a little over $5 a [subscription]--had to be sold a la carte, that product would be sold for $20 or $30."

One of the possible solutions, of course, might lie in the ubiquity of the internet. But Powell--now the CEO of the National Cable and Telecommunications Association--says the so-called internet "fast lane" the FCC had considered is not the answer.

"[Netflix] can't afford to have jittery or interrupted bits," he said. "You want to watch a two hour movie that is uninterrupted, so making sure the network can handle that level of quality is what the buyer wants."

Powell, however, still likes to consume his programming on the big screen, via video on demand. True Detective in particular.

Why are Indian mangoes so popular?

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-01 08:16
An EU ban on Indian mangoes has sent crates of the fruit flying off the shelves - but what's so great about Indian mangoes?

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford 'to get help'

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-01 08:09
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford takes a leave of absence from city hall and campaigning to seek treatment for substance abuse, his brother confirms.

Too many gay MPs - Euro candidate

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-01 08:08
The English Democrats back a European election candidate who said there were "far too many" gay people in Parliament.

Inquiry call over nursing home abuse

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-01 08:02
Calls are made for an investigation into the verbal abuse and neglect of an elderly woman at a mid Wales nursing home.

Money Mayweather is the Las Vegas jackpot

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-01 07:55
The world's greatest boxer has everyone "trying to hit the jackpot" in the gambling capital of the world, says Mike Costello

Your pictures: Pinhole

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-01 07:49
Readers' photos on the theme of "pinhole"

Pro-Russians seize Donetsk office

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-01 07:33
Hundreds of pro-Russian protesters seize the regional prosecutor's office in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, and there are reports of injuries.

Hot, Sour, Sweet And Mobile: Loco Border Street Food

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-01 07:29

A team of NPR journalists traveled the length of the U.S.-Mexico border seeking stories of people and crossing. One discovery they couldn't quite swallow was a street snack called tostilocos.

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VIDEO: Maguire family read tributes

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-01 07:24
The family of teacher Ann Maguire, who was stabbed to death at Corpus Christi Catholic College, visit the school to look at the many flowers and tributes left for her.

More staff sacked over 'care abuse'

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-01 07:14
Six more staff are sacked at an Essex care home after a BBC Panorama programme about alleged abuse there.

The State Department Is 'Deeply Concerned'

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-01 07:13

Time and again, we hear that the U.S. State Department is "deeply concerned" about international affairs. How deep? And how concerned?

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VIDEO: MH370 final cockpit audio released

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-01 07:09
The final communications between missing flight MH370 and air traffic control have been released, after it vanished on 8 March with 239 people on board.

In pictures: Sony World Photography Awards 2014

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-01 07:06
The winners of the Sony World Photography Awards

Farmer jailed for animal cruelty

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-01 07:04
A County Antrim farmer found guilty of animal cruelty offences is jailed for six months.

Boy in court over teacher killing

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-01 07:01
Family of teacher Ann Maguire in court to see 15-year-old boy charged with her murder remanded in custody.

Bombs plot Nazi sympathiser jailed

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-01 06:54
A Nazi sympathiser who plotted to blow up mosques and Islamic centres is jailed for 10 years.
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