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Warnings over Yemen fuel shortage

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-30 11:48
Aid agencies warn of a severe lack of fuel and food in Yemen, with one charity saying it has had to withdraw from one region.

Pacquiao 'not same since knockout'

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-30 11:42
Floyd Mayweather's father says Manny Pacquiao has never recovered from being knocked out by Juan Manuel Marquez in 2013.

'Uprising' Or 'Riot'? Depends Who's Watching

NPR News - Thu, 2015-04-30 11:37

West Baltimore protests spark debate over how media portrays conflict.

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Can't Get A Job Because Of A Criminal Record? A Lawsuit Is Trying To Change That

NPR News - Thu, 2015-04-30 11:26

People convicted of minor crimes years ago are suing to overturn a Pennsylvania law that bars them from working full time in nursing homes, locking them out of a fast-growing sector in the economy.

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A warehouse dash with Rent the Runway

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-04-30 11:24

Wednesday at Rent the Runway’s Secaucus warehouse is its busiest day of the week.  The company offers designer clothing as short-term rentals to its customers, at a fraction of the cost it would take to purchase the item. But since most of their customers are renting for events that take place on Saturday, Wednesday becomes the key day when items that have been rented are returned and need to be sent out again for the following weekend.

“You have to turn it around with essentially a zero day turn around time” says Rent the Runway’s co-founder and CEO, Jenn Hyman.

“If you go into any woman’s closet throughout the United States you’ll see that when you open the doors, most of the closet is black. It’s filled with black dresses and black tops. Why is that? Is that because women’s favorite color is black? No, it’s because it’s the most rational option,” explains Hyman.  “The whole point of Rent the Runway is to leave some of your common sense at home and actually try something printed or pink or sequined or fun, just because you can.”

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And sure enough, printed, pink, and sequined dresses fill the warehouse.

When the pre-stamped envelopes that the company provides to renters for returns begin to filter in to the warehouse, they’re scanned and sorted based on their contents. 

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If an item inside needs to be sent out that same day, it’s put into one bin; if it’s not needed just yet, it goes into another. The urgent envelopes are opened and the dresses and accessories inside are sent to be cleaned.

This is a huge undertaking. Luckily, Rent the Runway’s warehouse happens to be conveniently located near a dry-cleaner: their own. When Rent the Runway opened this Secaucus warehouse late last year, they became the largest dry cleaner in the United States.

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And if a stain or a spot needs to be removed, they have experienced workers like Nick, The Stain Guy, to help out.

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The dresses are dry cleaned, and then sent on to a pool of about 50 seamstresses to mend anything that might be amiss. Some dresses are altered to fit the height of the customer who ordered them.

“One of the key insights that we had when we started the business was that women felt like they had to wear a new outfit for every occasion” says Hyman. She explains, “they had been photographed and that photograph was now up on Facebook and they couldn’t repeat their outfit.”

The company also offers a subscription service similar to Netflix. Users pay a flat monthly fee and receive three items at a time from their queue of dresses, accessories, and jewelry.

Many customers order multiple items – a dress in two sizes, and accessories.  The company’s software helps keep track of what’s missing from an order and when an order is complete, ready to be packaged and sent out. At the end of the day, at about 8pm, UPS picks up stacks of Rent the Runway boxes, ready to be shipped out.

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A large portion of the Secaucus warehouse is vacant but Hyman expects she’ll be expanding in to that area son enough. She has a grand vision for the Rent the Runway’s future.

“I believe that every woman in this country and later every woman in the world should have a subscription to fashion, just like you have a subscription to music or to entertainment and via that subscription, you would be able to just have fun with this amazing industry that we’re in.”

VIDEO: Cameron: 'I rejected child benefit cut'

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-30 11:24
David Cameron has been questioned over the Conservatives plans for benefits cuts in the final televised leaders event before the election.

Health System Took Control To Make Joint Replacement More Profitable

NPR News - Thu, 2015-04-30 11:21

Baptist Health System in San Antonio made money doing what used to be industry heresy: reducing patients' use of medical care.

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Climate change risk 'to many species'

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-30 11:18
One in six species on the planet could face extinction due to the effects of climate change if nothing is done to reduce emissions, according to analysis.

Why We Can't Take Chipotle's GMO Announcement All That Seriously

NPR News - Thu, 2015-04-30 11:09

Chipotle says providing "food with integrity" means dropping genetically modified ingredients. But critics say the company's new policy is inconsistent and even dishonest.

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VIDEO: What matters to a retired dental nurse

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-30 11:07
Annie Haynes is a 66-year-old retired dental nurse and water sports enthusiast who lives in north Cornwall.

VIDEO: Pearson & Murphy's heated exchange

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-30 10:56
Watch Leicester manager Nigel Pearson and BBC Sport's Pat Murphy exchange strong views at a news conference.

Dowsett can break record - Boardman

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-30 10:49
Former Olympic champion Chris Boardman believes Alex Dowsett can break the hour record in Manchester on Saturday.

Expanding Medicaid Trims Hospitals' Costs Of Caring For Uninsured

NPR News - Thu, 2015-04-30 10:46

One aim of Obamacare was to ease the financial strain on nonprofit hospitals that provide medical care to people who lack insurance and can't pay their bills. That plan is working, hospitals say.

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Peer quizzed in child abuse inquiry

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-30 10:40
Ex-Army chief Lord Bramall has been questioned by police investigating allegations of historical child abuse, the BBC understands.

Commerzbank's bonus plan blocked

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-30 10:40
The German government blocks a plan by Commerzbank to increase bonuses for its top performers to 200% of their basic salary.

Drought In Calif. Creates Water Wars Between Farmers, Developers, Residents

NPR News - Thu, 2015-04-30 10:36

Fresno native Mark Arax has written about the war over water in his state for decades. "It used to be the farmers against the delta smelt fish, and now it's the urbanite against the almond," he says.

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Small Plague Outbreak In People Tracked To Pit Bull

NPR News - Thu, 2015-04-30 10:12

A woman who caught pneumonic plague in Colorado last summer likely contracted it from her friend or his dog. Antibiotics limited the outbreak to four people and cured them.

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VIDEO: Faint tapping leads rescuers to woman

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-30 10:00
The BBC's Clive Myrie is with an international search team in Kathmandu as a woman called Krishna is pulled alive from the rubble of a building destroyed in the Nepal earthquake.

How British Farmers Are Making Rapeseed (Canola) Posh And Flavorful

NPR News - Thu, 2015-04-30 09:58

In the U.K., rapeseed is getting a royal treatment. It's called cold-pressing, and it's a method of processing the oilseed to bring out the best of its mustardy flavor.

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Apple Watch does not like tattoos

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-30 09:37
Apple acknowledges some of the functions on its new smartwatch may not work properly when it is worn over tattoos.

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