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You Love Pinterest. Find Out Why The Police Do, Too

NPR News - Mon, 2014-05-05 03:18

Cops worldwide are getting savvy about social media, branching out beyond Facebook to solve everything from murder cases to thefts.

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You Love Pinterest. Find Out Why The Police Do, Too

NPR News - Mon, 2014-05-05 03:18

Cops worldwide are getting savvy about social media, branching out beyond Facebook to solve everything from murder cases to thefts.

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EU 2014 growth forecast edges higher

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-05 03:13
The European Commission has raised its 2014 growth forecast for the European Union to 1.6% and also expects unemployment to continue to fall.

Rea replaced by Grima at Broncos

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-05 03:10
London Broncos boss Tony Rea stands down after almost two years back in charge and is replaced by assistant coach Joe Grima.

New blood can 'recharge old brain'

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-05 03:09
Researchers in the US say they might have discovered how to combat and even reverse some effects of ageing, at least in mice.

Cancer teen rubbishes 'dupe' jibes

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-05 03:04
Stephen Sutton, who has raised more than £3m for charity, speaks out against accusations he tricked people into donating.

Nigeria girls protest leader held

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-05 03:02
A woman leading protests over more than 200 girls abducted in northern Nigeria is detained on the orders of the president's wife, activists say.

Ukraine Dispatches Special Police To Odessa After Unrest

NPR News - Mon, 2014-05-05 02:58

Separatists attacked a police station in the port city on Sunday, freeing dozens of pro-Russian protesters who had been arrested during earlier clashes.

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Five killed in Honduras jail fight

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-05 02:41
Five underage inmates have been killed in a fight between rival gangs in a jail in the Honduran city of San Pedro Sula.

Boys 'put bleach in teacher's drink'

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-05 02:38
Police are called to a primary school in Leamington Spa after two boys are reported to have poured a "bleach-like" substance into their teacher's coffee.

Spider-Man 2 lands top of box office

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-05 02:32
Marvel sequel Amazing Spider-Man 2 debuts at the top of the North American box office with takings of $92m (£54.5m).

AUDIO: 'Most of my family perished'

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-05 02:31
Holocaust survivor Janine Webber talks to Today presenter Sarah Montague about her experiences and why she feels it is important to speak to young people about them.

Ukraine and Europe's Sleepwalkers

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-05 02:21
Can Europe stop Ukraine's spiral of violence?

Chicken: The relatively cheaper meat

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-05-05 02:16

It's a good time to be in the chicken business. Tyson Foods reports quarterly earnings Monday morning in a heady time for poultry.

"The chicken guys have never had it so good," says meat industry analyst Len Steiner. "The margins for somebody that's raising chickens, buying grain basically and selling chicken meat is very, very good, the best it's ever been in history, ever, going back to the beginning of time."

The boost for chicken has come from the rising price of beef and pork, which are at a historic highs. The cost has driven restaurants ranging from burger chains to barbecue joints to make chicken the special of the day.

Barry Pelts, who co-owns Corky's BBQ based in Memphis, says he hardly breaks even when he sells his signature pork ribs.

"But I will tell you right now that everybody who walks into that restaurant and orders a barbeque chicken dinner, I'm tickled to death," he says.

Jack Bauer's brand-new iPad?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-05-05 02:14

After a four year absence, Jack Bauer returns to our TVs Monday on "24," with a limited 12-episode run. 

The show, which features a rogue special agent fighting terror, premiered in 2001, just after 9/11. If you think back to the technology milestones of that year, it's worth noting that AOL membership surpassed 28 million, the Compaq Presario line of desktop computers was introduced and Windows XP went on the market.

And while we may not know the exact model cell phone Jack Bauer used in that season, the best-selling phone of that time period was a Nokia 6610. 

That was the first season of "24," but the most recent run of episodes, season eight, aired in 2010. 

William Gasarch watched a lot of those episodes of the show while working out.

"Best treadmill show ever!" he says. 

 And, being a computer science professor at the University of Maryland, Gasarch had a lot of questions, like was the Chloe O’Brian character really that good at hacking? 

On the show, it took "very little time to hack into the NSA computer system," he says. "The show then is probably more realistic now that we have more computing power."

Then, there's Jack Bauer's cellphone, which in its first decade went from flip-phone to a Palm PDA. 

In season four, he used a Siemens SX66. And in 2006, he used a Palm Treo 700W.

"The phones are just consistently going," says Sarah Wanenchak, who blogs at Cyborgology. "They never run out of battery. They never need to be charged."

When season eight ended, the iPad had just been introduced, but did not make an appearance on the show. Also in 2010, Apple released the iPhone 4 and HP bought out the soon-to-be-extinct PDA maker Palm. 

Now, four years later, Bauer has access to higher-end smartphones and tablets.

No word yet if he'll spend half the episodes looking for a charger.

Drones and Edward Snowden-style leaking are also expected to be big plot points. 

"Who's watching and who's being watched seems like it could be a huge possibility for a lot of drama," Wanenchak says. 

 

DNA taken of ancient HS2 route tree

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-05 02:03
An ancient pear tree which could be felled under plans for a high-speed rail link between London and Birmingham is to have its DNA collected.

Frozen assets: lime prices skyrocket

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-05-05 02:01

In the last six weeks, lime prices have gone a little crazy: from around $0.30 a piece to more than $1.50 in some places

"I tell my staff, 'Lime is gold now,'" says KrystleLynn Kingcade, head bartender at Anejo, a Mexican restaurant and tequila bar in Manhattan. "If I see one on the floor, I see any bit that’s not used, I cry almost."

Anejo hasn’t raised the price of its margaritas, so it’s taking a big profit hit and it’s the worst possible time: Cinco de Mayo is one of Anejo’s busiest and booziest days. Kingcade has tried creating tasty alternatives for patrons: margaritas with watermelon and grapefruit and her latest investion: the lemonrita.

In spite of her efforts, Kingcade says patrons still prefer their margaritas with lime, which will mean a big financial hit for Anejo this Cinco de Mayo.  

The U.S. gets pretty much all of its limes from Mexico. Political turmoil in the lime-producing region of Michoacán is the main push behind this price jump. "That region has been under the impact of drug cartels and then an offensive of the government to take control back," says Benito Berber, an economist at Nomura. Berber says drug cartels seized control of lucrative lime orchards in Michoacán and took over wholesale lime operations. Mexican authorities fought back and the conflict caused a big disruption in lime exports.  

In addition to that, nature has thrown a couple curveballs of its own. "There has been some heavy flooding that region as well as citrus greening, which is this bacterial disease which has been slowly encroaching on a lot of the citrus crops in Mexico," explains Antal Neville, an agricultural analyst at IBISworld. Neville says the greening disease makes lime trees less productive and the limes a lot smaller. That adds up less supply, which is also pushing prices up. 

Lime prices are expected to start normalizing over the next few weeks. Mexican authorities seem to have successfully pushed the cartels out of the lime business for now. Still, limes will likely get more expensive in the long run as farmers continue to battle the greening disease. So it could be a good time to develop a taste for alternatives…

You know, take lemons and make some lemonritas.

Anjeo's Lemonrita:

2 oz. Suerte Blanco tequila

0.5 oz. agave syrup

0.25 oz. Combier Orange

1 oz. fresh-squeezed lemon juice

Shake all ingredients together with ice and then double strain and pour over ice.  Garnish with a citrus, mint salt.

Offer made to buy threatened airport

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-05 01:58
A formal offer is tabled to buy a Kent airport threatened with closure, according to the local MP.

VIDEO: Government troops retreat in S Sudan

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-05 01:55
The BBC's Alastair Leithead witnesses South Sudanese troops trying to recapture the oil hub of Bentiu from rebels amid heavy gunfire.

Woman hurt as hair caught in go-kart

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-05 01:46
A woman was seriously injured when her hair got caught in the engine of a go-kart in East Ayrshire.
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