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PODCAST: Size does matter for FedEx

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-05-08 07:31

The great mover of packages known as FedEx is shifting to what it calls "dimensional weight pricing." It's about size as well as heft and more money for FedEx. A FedEx spokesman gave this quote to Bloomberg News: "We felt like we weren't receiving the correct compensation for the services we were providing." Marketplace's David Weinberg explains.

President Barack Obama's pick to lead the Department of Health and Human Services appears before the U.S. Senate on Thursday. Sylvia Burwell's nomination will be considered by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. There will be plenty of political questions about the future of Obamacare. But what questions would healthcare executives and policy wonks want to ask? We got in touch with a few to find out.

Meanwhile: Google. Amazon. Walmart.com—These aren’t the first places that people think of when planning a funeral service. But more people are shopping online for cremation urns.

PODCAST: Size does matter for FedEx

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-05-08 07:31

The great mover of packages known as FedEx is shifting to what it calls "dimensional weight pricing." It's about size as well as heft and more money for FedEx. A FedEx spokesman gave this quote to Bloomberg News: "We felt like we weren't receiving the correct compensation for the services we were providing." Marketplace's David Weinberg explains.

President Barack Obama's pick to lead the Department of Health and Human Services appears before the U.S. Senate on Thursday. Sylvia Burwell's nomination will be considered by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. There will be plenty of political questions about the future of Obamacare. But what questions would healthcare executives and policy wonks want to ask? We got in touch with a few to find out.

Meanwhile: Google. Amazon. Walmart.com—These aren’t the first places that people think of when planning a funeral service. But more people are shopping online for cremation urns.

Venezuela protest camp broken up

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-08 07:25
In a dawn raid, security forces in Venezuela clear four protest camps in the capital, Caracas, and arrest hundreds of anti-government activists.

The Interesting Bits From Monica Lewinsky's 'Vanity Fair' Article

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-08 07:17

The former White House intern whose affair with President Clinton eventually led to his impeachment writes about her life after the scandal, and shares her thoughts on Hillary Clinton and others.

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'The man from Milton Keynes sending a spaceship to Mars'

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-08 07:07
The scientist who put UK space exploration on the map

Grand National jockeys face hearing

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-08 07:05
Thirty-nine jockeys are charged with a rule breach at the 2014 Grand National but face no action over a stewards' inquiry protest.

VIDEO: Bogus Mandela interpreter back in spotlight

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-08 06:57
The sign language interpreter accused of using fake hand signals at Nelson Mandela's memorial has appeared in an advert, making light of the incident.

Bear kills Canadian energy worker

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-08 06:52
An energy company worker has been killed by a black bear at a base in the tar sands region of the Canadian province of Alberta, Suncor Energy says.

Banksy artwork 'could fetch £500K'

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-08 06:49
A piece of Banksy street art which was at the centre of a tussle between two possible owners could be worth up to £500,000, an auctioneer says.

Which football fans will live longest?

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-08 06:38
Are your football club's fans Premier League or League Two?

AUDIO: BT confident over broadcast growth

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-08 06:32
BT reports its first rise in consumer revenues after strong demand for fibre optic broadband and on demand TV.

Clegg laughs at 'shrinking man' jibe

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-08 06:31
Nick Clegg attempts to laugh off a Labour election broadcast portraying him as "the Un-credible Shrinking Man".

Pair guilty of shop cellar murder

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-08 06:28
Two men are found guilty of murdering a grandmother who was left to die in the basement of a shop in Kent.

War-weariness key to ending fight over Homs

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-08 06:25
How war-weariness ended long fight over Homs

Sloviansk divided over land and identity

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-08 06:24
Sloviansk citizens divided over land and identity

Nigeria kidnaps 'a turning point'

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-08 06:19
The abduction of more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls "will be the beginning of the end of terror" in Nigeria, says President Goodluck Jonathan.

Thousands attend fire family funeral

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-08 06:14
More than 2,000 people attend a Sheffield mosque for the funeral of three children and two women killed in a house fire.

Twelvetrees a doubt for England tour

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-08 06:10
Gloucester's Billy Twelvetrees will be out for up to six weeks with an ankle injury and may miss England's tour of New Zealand.

England's shortcomings: Why debate is timely

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-08 06:03
With Brazil 2014 approaching, few can deny a need for "radical" examination of the state of English football, says David Bond.

Former U.S. General In Africa: 'I Think We Can' Help Find Nigerian Girls

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-08 06:03

Carter Ham's former command will be part of the U.S. effort to hunt for schoolgirls who were kidnapped three weeks ago by an Islamist extremist group in Nigeria.

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