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VIDEO: At White House, Girl Hands Father's Resume To First Lady

NPR News - Fri, 2014-04-25 05:14

"My dad's been out of a job for three years," the 10-year-old told Michelle Obama. The youngster's mother says the family didn't know the girl would do that.

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'Giant rats' in family's house

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-25 05:10
A County Down father-of-four appeals for help after catching more than 60 rats in his home over the past four years

General Mills says, you can like us and sue us

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-04-25 05:09

If you download a coupon for Yoplait or for any of General Mills food products, you can still sue the company.

The food maker reversed a privacy policy it introduced last week, which forced consumers into arbitration, that’s a way to settle disputes outside of court and through a mediator. The privacy policy appeared to say that if you downloaded a coupon or interacted with any of General Mill’s online communities you gave up their right to sue the company. But after consumers voiced their objections on social media, General Mills backed down.

This is a big win for consumers says Imre Szalai, a professor at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. 

"If you arbitrate you have very little discovery rights, so you can’t demand documents from the opposing party. And so it’s harder for a consumers to win in arbitration.

Big food companies say they’re being hit by growing number of class-action lawsuits and arbitration is more efficient than litigation, said Jim Angel, a professor at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business. He said it’ll be interesting to see whether consumers will tolerate this strategy.

"You know slipping this into the fine print, just erodes the trust you have in a food company," Angel said. 

And it can cause a social media black eye all the more likely.

Prison officer arrested over drugs

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-25 05:01
A 50-year-old prison officer has been released on bail after being arrested over drugs offences at Maghaberry Prison.

Are hours of football practice a job?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-04-25 04:58

Football players at Northwestern University are scheduled to vote on Friday whether to join a union.

Student athletes on scholarships are expected to spend 40 hours a week performing and practicing their sport. Some argue that makes them employees, which opens the door to unionization. 

And if players can form a union, "it's possible that the student-athletes' union could negotiate scholarships or other forms of payment," says Gerald Berendt at the John Marshall Law School.

The issue could spread to other private universities and other college sports. But first, the National Labor Relations Board in Washington, D.C. must decide whether student athletes on scholarship qualify as employees.

By Shea Huffman/Marketplace

Uzi and AK-47 among weapons find

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-25 04:57
A "significant" weapons find at a house in a Suffolk village included an AK-47 and Uzi machine gun, police say.

VIDEO: Osborne: RBS has 'a long way to go'

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-25 04:46
Royal Bank of Scotland abandons attempts to pay bonuses twice the size of salaries after being told the move would not be approved by a Treasury body

VIDEO: Mother in court over child deaths

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-25 04:42
Tania Clarence has appeared at Wimbledon magistrates court charged with murdering three of her children.

Probe over Hillsborough insult posts

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-25 04:42
The government says it is making "urgent inquiries" into reports Whitehall computers were used to make insulting comments about the Hillsborough disaster.

Wembley bid to host Euro 2020 final

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-25 04:39
The Football Association submits a bid for Wembley to host either the Euro 2020 semi-finals and final, or some group matches.

Facebook buys fitness app firm

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-25 04:31
The latest acquisition for Facebook is a fitness app firm as it looks for a piece of the burgeoning health tech market.

Fresh Avalanches On Everest Appear To End Climbs In Nepal

NPR News - Fri, 2014-04-25 04:15

One week after 16 Sherpas were killed, new ice falls have likely ended the chances of any summit attempts this year on the mountain's south side. Expeditions continue from the north.

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AUDIO: Labour to tackle zero-hours contracts

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-25 04:13
Shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna discusses Labour proposals to prohibit exploitative zero-hours contracts

Day in pictures: 25 April 2014

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-25 04:01
News photos from past 24 hours: 25 April

Mine flood sounded like 'jet engine'

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-25 04:00
A miner who almost died in a Swansea Valley pit says the moment 650,000 gallons of water flooded the mine sounded like a "jet engine".

The baffling map of England's counties

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-25 03:56
Why is England's county system so baffling?

'Bedroom tax' Creme Egg an 'insult'

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-25 03:54
Tenants in Bridgend affected by benefits cuts hit out at a housing association which offered them a Cadbury Creme Egg as thanks for paying their rent.

VIDEO: 'WW1' flute 'has charm of its own'

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-25 03:54
A flute believed to have been created in the trenches during World War One is to be played in public for the first time in at least 50 years.

Obama in Seoul pledge on N Korea

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-25 03:51
America stands "shoulder to shoulder" with South Korea over North Korea, says Barack Obama as he continues his Asia tour.

VIDEO: What will new icebreaker look like?

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-25 03:48
A close-up look at icebreakers, as UK scientists receive £200m to build one of the biggest, most capable polar research vessels in the world.
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