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More Heavy Rain Predicted For Texas, Oklahoma

NPR News - Mon, 2015-05-25 04:52

Parts of the two states are reeling from weekend flooding that damaged and destroyed homes and killed at least three people.

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Spain protest party hails poll gains

BBC - Mon, 2015-05-25 04:45
Spain's anti-austerity Podemos movement vows to win national polls this year after dramatic gains in Sunday's local and regional elections.

Scafell Pike dog reunited with owner

BBC - Mon, 2015-05-25 04:41
A dog found at the top of England's highest mountain is reunited with its owner.

Brothel 'madam' to hand back £1m

BBC - Mon, 2015-05-25 04:17
A woman who made a fortune running a prostitution racket has agreed to hand back than £1m in crime profits.

Berdych wins comfortably in Paris

BBC - Mon, 2015-05-25 04:11
Fourth seed Tomas Berdych eases into the second round of the French Open, but Spain's Feliciano Lopez is knocked out.

Colleges To Students: Don't Trash Those Dorm Castoffs, Donate!

NPR News - Mon, 2015-05-25 04:03

As college students leave for the summer, many just throw away what they can't fit in the car for the ride home. But some schools are trying to find a new home for those campus castoffs.

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Bomb threat outside US Capitol

BBC - Mon, 2015-05-25 04:02
Police in Washington DC destroy a pressure cooker found inside a "suspicious" vehicle parked near the US Capitol.

'Dancing Man' parties in Los Angeles

BBC - Mon, 2015-05-25 04:00
A British man who attracted global support after "fat-shaming" images of him were posted online attends a party in his honour in Los Angeles.

Poster family warns over stock images

BBC - Mon, 2015-05-25 03:55
A family whose image was used in a poster campaign by the group opposing gay marriage in the Republic of Ireland say they were "naive" about stock photography websites.

Trust backs beaver reintroduction

BBC - Mon, 2015-05-25 03:39
Beavers should be resident in Scotland says the National Trust as it announces its support for reintroduction projects.

Man Utd 'has let down Milk Cup fans'

BBC - Mon, 2015-05-25 03:37
Manchester United has "let down" its fans in Northern Ireland by withdrawing its youth players from this year's Milk Cup, the tournament's organiser says.

Forty-three arrested at illegal rave

BBC - Mon, 2015-05-25 03:14
Forty-three people are arrested at an illegal rave which left three police officers needing hospital treatment.

Massive India heatwave 'kills 430'

BBC - Mon, 2015-05-25 03:10
More than 430 people are reported to have died in a heatwave sweeping India with temperatures reaching 48C (118F) in some areas.

China officials forced on jail tour

BBC - Mon, 2015-05-25 03:08
Authorities in eastern China sent local officials on enforced tours of a prison, as a warning against the temptations of corruption.

'Hamilton will recover quickly'

BBC - Mon, 2015-05-25 03:07
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff feels Lewis Hamilton can return to winning ways after his nightmare in Monaco.

Cyprus fall tourist dies in hospital

BBC - Mon, 2015-05-25 03:07
A British woman who went missing while on holiday in Cyprus after falling down an embankment dies in hospital.

Funeral home fraud rose in 2014, FTC probe finds

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-05-25 03:00

Every year, the Federal Trade Commission conducts an undercover investigation to make sure funeral homes are following the FTC’s funeral rule to give customers a price list immediately and to not sell unnecessary, unwanted services.

The idea is for consumers “to be able to take a deep breath and look at a document that says, 'This is what I’m going to pay,' " says Lois Greisman, who heads the FTC’s funeral enforcement. " 'Can I really afford this?' ”

Greisman says in 2014, about a quarter of the funeral homes the FTC investigated broke the rule. 

“It’s certainly higher than we would like to see it,” says T. Scott Gilligan, general counsel for the National Funeral Directors Association. “It’s a complicated rule. It’s very easy to slip up. And the problem is, you’re only as good as your worst staff member.”

Funeral homes face fines of up to $16,000 per rule violation, but they can avoid fines by enrolling in a training program run by the funeral directors association.

PODCAST: Show me the money, airlines

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-05-25 03:00

Asian stocks spring while most of the world's stock takes a breather. More on that. Plus, lower fuel prices have translated into huge savings for airline companies. Very little of those savings are being passed along to customers. So, what are the airlines doing with all of that money? And on a quest to invent a smart smoker, a Harvard engineering class is partnering with Williams Sonoma. We check in on their results.

Your funeral home may be ripping you off

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-05-25 03:00

Every year, the Federal Trade Commission, or FTC, does an undercover investigation, to make sure funeral homes are following the FTC’s funeral rule. 

They're supposed to give customers a price list immediately, and they're not supposed to sell unnecessary services.

The idea is for consumers, “to be able to take a deep breath and look at a document that says, 'This is what I’m going to pay,'" says Lois Greisman, who heads the FTC’s funeral enforcement. "'Can I really afford this?'”

Greisman says in 2014, about a quarter of the funeral homes the FTC investigated broke the rule. 

“It’s certainly higher than we would like to see it,” says T. Scott Gilligan, general counsel for the National Funeral Directors Association. “It’s a complicated rule. It’s very easy to slip up.  And the problem is, you’re only as good as your worst staff member.”

Funeral homes face fines of up to $16,000 per rule violation. 

They can avoid fines by enrolling in a training program run by the funeral directors association.

Sheffield United sack manager Clough

BBC - Mon, 2015-05-25 02:54
Nigel Clough is sacked as the manager of Sheffield United after the League One side missed out on promotion

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