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'Run-hungry Pietersen could return'

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-30 13:54
Surrey director of cricket Alec Stewart says Kevin Pietersen could return for England if he scores highly at county level.

California's Death Row, The Nation's Largest, Runs Out Of Room

NPR News - Mon, 2015-03-30 13:34

The death-row population in the state is growing because no one has been put to death in nearly a decade. Gov. Jerry Brown is asking for more money to open 100 more cells.

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Kane emergence excites me - Rooney

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-30 13:30
England captain Wayne Rooney says he is as excited as anyone about Harry Kane, who will make his full debut against Italy.

Airstrikes In Yemen Intensify, Hit Refugee Camp

NPR News - Mon, 2015-03-30 13:29

Airstrikes intensified as Houthi rebels advanced on the port city of Aden. Aid agencies say one airstrike killed dozens at a refugee camp, while Yemeni officials blamed rebel shelling.

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North 'should not play this season'

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-30 13:13
Northampton and Wales wing George North should not play again this season, says ex-World Rugby medical adviser Dr Barry O'Driscoll.

Hamilton deal could be worth £27m

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-30 12:59
World champion Lewis Hamilton expects to sign a new Mercedes contract this week that could be worth more than £27m a year.

Why Are Chinese Artists Representing Kenya At The Venice Biennale?

NPR News - Mon, 2015-03-30 12:46

Kenya will participate in the Venice Biennale, the prestigious art show that opens on May 9. But only two of the artists representing Kenya will be Kenyan. Most aren't even African — they're Chinese.

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Horses bring motorway to standstill

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-30 12:28
The M6 is closed outside Birmingham after horses are spotted wandering on the motorway.

Briton guilty plea in US terror trial

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-30 12:14
British terror suspect Haroon Aswat pleads guilty in New York to charges of plotting to set up a terrorist training camp in Oregon.

VIDEO: Day one election campaign highlights

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-30 12:06
In the run-up to the general election on 7 May, we'll bring you a daily guide to the key stories from the campaign trail.

Uganda al-Shabab prosecutor killed

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-30 12:03
Joan Kagezi, the top Ugandan state prosecutor in the trial of 13 men suspected of a deadly al-Shabab bomb attack, is shot dead in Kampala.

Cholita, An Abused Bear In Peru, Gets A New Home In Colorado

NPR News - Mon, 2015-03-30 11:59

An animal rights group says it now has permission to bring the Andean bear to a sanctuary in Colorado along with more than 30 lions that have been removed from circuses.

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Indiana to 'clarify' religion law

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-30 11:58
Republicans in the US state of Indiana say they will amend a controversial "religious freedom" law, as accusations grow that it permits businesses to discriminate against gays.

Money Rules: Candidates Go Around The Law, As Cash Records To Be Smashed

NPR News - Mon, 2015-03-30 11:44

More money is expected to be raised and spent in 2016 than in any election in U.S. history. But, as candidates ditch old ways of campaigning, more of it is expected to be undisclosed and untraceable.

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Our Food-Safety System Is A Patchwork With Big Holes, Critics Say

NPR News - Mon, 2015-03-30 11:41

More than a dozen federal agencies play a part in keeping food from making Americans sick. Critics say the system has gaps, and we'd all be safer if federal food safety efforts were under one roof.

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Police get £10.7m Hillsborough costs

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-30 11:28
South Yorkshire Police is awarded £10.7m of government funding to cover legal fees and other costs incurred from the new Hillsborough inquests.

Judy Woodruff Recalls Assassination Attempt On President Reagan

NPR News - Mon, 2015-03-30 11:28

John Hinckley Jr. tried to kill President Reagan on March 30, 1981. Reporter Judy Woodruff, then with NBC News, was there.

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Rhodes Trust plans global scholarship expansion

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-03-30 11:12
In China, if you go abroad to study you are called an "overseas turtle" — because you swam away to college.

"They call local people who have never been educated overseas 'local turtles,'" says Bei Bei Bao, an analyst with the economic research firm Rhodium Group.

What kind of turtle you are, and where you swim, can have a lot of impact in China. And the Rhodes Trust knows it. For the first time, it's offering students on mainland China the the chance to apply for a prestigious Rhodes scholarship to study at Oxford University. Educators, parents and students are taking note.

In China, Bao notes, education is seen as a sign of social status. And a new market has sprung up — offering classes to help students apply for elite education abroad.

"Parents are willing to spend whatever those programs are charging to help their kids get an edge," Bao says.

Tim Katzman, director of summer and extended programs and China outreach for Francis Parker, a private day-school in San Diego that helps prep Chinese students for foreign programs, just returned from China yesterday. He says the Chinese appetite for Western academic training is growing.

"Any leg up or advantage that they feel — or their parents or school administrators feel — they can capture by coming to the U.S. for an abbreviated summer program, a midterm program or for an entire year, is extraordinarily attractive to students and their parents in China,” Katzman says. For Western prep schools, he continues, the interest from China is a gold rush.

Expanding to China may be attractive financially to the Rhodes Trust too, says Anthony Carnevale, director of Georgetown’s center on education and the workforce.

“If the Rhodes people want to extend, they’re going to have to reach out to other parts of the world and include them — both in funding and in finding the scholars themselves,” he says.

The Rhodes Trust says it is eager to expand. And as it begins that process among China's population of 1.3 billion, it's possible it may find itself in receipt of a few new applications.
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The Hidden Costs Of Teacher Turnover

NPR News - Mon, 2015-03-30 11:10

Constant churn costs billions. Professor Richard Ingersoll says schools can fix this without spending a dime.

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Franchising pies without losing the secret ingredient

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-03-30 11:08

The economy was in iffy shape at best four years ago, and that might not seem like a great time to open a pie shop. But Lindsay Heffner, her husband Matt, and their friend Sean Brennan did it despite the recession.

"We really thought the perfect anecdote was comfort food." Brennan says.

The idea for The Pie Hole was a long time in the making. It traces back to Lindsay Heffner's mother-in-law, Becky, who had always dreamed of opening a pie shop. The idea got legs one Thanksgiving.

"I said with a mouth full of her lemon meringue, we should open a — expletive — pie shop. She doesn't love the way I said it, but she does love that I said it" says Heffner.

Four years later, The Pie Hole is doing well. The pies they serve are sometimes familiar, like the Apple Crumble or the Steak & Ale. Others are more unique, like an Earl Grey pie, the Mexican Hot Chocolate and the Maple Custard.

They've grown from the original downtown LA location to a spot in Pasadena, and another at the Los Angeles International Airport. The next expansion could be much bigger. Heffner and Brennan are thinking franchises.

"Franchising has such a bad connotation to it" Lindsay Heffner says. "People hear that and they think everything is going to go away, all of the mom-and-pop touch is going to go away and we have been tirelessly trying to assure them that that is not our intention."

They've been exploring different models for spreading Pie Holes around the world in a way that still feels authentic to the original shop.

"We would not feel the same way if all of a sudden we're dealing with a monolith of pie," Brennan says.

"You have to take that opportunity if it comes to you," Lindsay Heffner says. "You're crazy not to."

But at the same time, the Pie Hole still has to answer to mom.

"This is my mother-in-law, Becky, this is her dream." Lindsay Heffner says. "And we have to answer to her because we have somebody's dreams in our hands."

Pie-making tips from the Pie Hole's executive chef, Jeffrey Froehlich:

  1. Water, Fat (i.e. butter or shortening) and Flour should be mixed in ice cold.
  2. Don't over-mix your dough!
  3. Par bake your pie shell to avoid a soggy bottom.
  4. Bake seasonally; never use frozen fruit
  5. Mom always said pie is messy, and that's OK! Don't expect it to plate perfectly. It's really the taste that counts, right?

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