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Tobacco Giant Reynolds American To Buy Lorillard In $27B Deal

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-15 04:06

The deal unites the maker of Camel with Lorillard, the market leader in e-cigarettes and menthol cigarettes, the fastest-growing segments of the tobacco market.

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Who Is Smuggling Immigrant Children Across The Border?

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-15 04:03

Border authorities demonize coyotes as ruthless criminals who kidnap, rape and abandon their clients. But one smuggler says he treats his young clients well — which helps him get repeat business.

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Why Smartphone Breaks At Work Aren't Such A Bad Idea

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-15 04:03

Playing a quick game or taking a moment to connect with family or friends benefits both employees and their employers, a new study finds.

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First black woman gold Olympian dies

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-15 04:02
US high jump legend Alice Coachman Davis, the first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal, dies at the age of 90.

Moscow Metro Train Derails, Causing Deaths And Many Injuries

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-15 03:58

The morning rush-hour crash wounded 150 people, some of them severely, and killed at least 19 others, officials say. The train had been moving at more than 40 mph when it suddenly stopped.

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VIDEO: 'We don't know what caused crash'

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-15 03:52
The death toll in Tuesday's derailment on the Moscow metro has risen to 19, the Russian emergency ministry says.

Michael Gove: Radical, controversial, divisive

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-15 03:41
Michael Gove: Radical, controversial, divisive

Israel accepts Gaza truce proposal

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-15 03:38
Israel accepts Egypt's proposal to end Gaza air strikes in return for militants stopping rocket fire, but Hamas's armed wing calls it a "surrender".

VIDEO: Carney: 'Mortgage recklessness' concerns

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-15 03:33
Bank of England Governor Mark Carney says high mortgages are appropriate for some borrowers, but the Bank is taking steps to avoid lending 'recklessness'.

VIDEO: Landale: Cabinet reshuffle is 'unfair'

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-15 03:29
James Landale on the reshuffle of Tory cabinet roles as white middle-aged men make way for front bench women.

BBC pundits picks: Best of Brazil 2014 World Cup

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-15 03:25
Best player, best goal, memorable moments and what went wrong for England? BBC pundits look back at the 2014 World Cup.

Libya in shock after airport attack

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-15 03:25
Libyans are stunned after two days of fighting between rival militias leaves the country's main international airport out of action.

VIDEO: Scorpion fighter jet goes on show

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-15 03:22
The Scorpion jet, which went from drawing board to first flight in 23 months, is on display at the Farnborough Airshow.

Soldier's mother inquiry bid denied

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-15 03:06
The mother of an army corporal who was killed by an armed mob in Iraq loses a High Court bid for an independent inquiry into his death.

GCHQ leak lists cyber-spies' hacks

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-15 03:06
A document that appears to list a wide variety of GCHQ's cyber-spy tools and techniques is leaked online.

PODCAST: Home Depot in 3D

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-07-15 03:00

First up, more on Janet Yellen's profile in the New Yorker. Plus, the week-long Farnborough International Airshow is in full swing. We take a look at how the sale of aircrafts is looking this time around. Also, with Home Depot making MakerBot 3-D Printers available in some of its stores, we explore the motivations behind offering the high tech hot item.

 

Hammer, lumber, 3-D printer? Home Depot sells it all

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-07-15 03:00

Starting this week, you can walk into one of twelve Home Depot stores and buy a MakerBot 3-D printer, a desk-top machine that can create small items from melted plastic. They’re heralded as the next big thing in everything from medicine to manufacturing, but this pilot is a step toward mainstream consumers.

Click the audio player above to hear more on the sale of MakerBot 3-d printers at Home Depot.

Here are the numbers behind Home Depot and MakerBot:

$1,375

Home Depot offers two models of MakerBot printers. The smaller printer is $1,375 while the larger model sells for $2,899.

$18

Most refill packs of plastic filament used to create objects cost $18 or $48, depending on their size and color.

$153.8 billion

Home improvement retail stores, like Home Depot, are expected to earn $153.8 billion in revenue in 2014, according to research firm IBISWorld, Inc.  

$1.4 billion

Companies that manufacture 3-D printers are expected to bring in $1.4 billion in revenue in 2014 from products, materials, and maintenance, according to IBISWorld.

18.4%

Stratasys Inc., which acquired MakerBot in 2013, has a 18.4 percent marketshare of the 3-D printing manufacturing industry, according to IBISWorld.

$550 billion

By 2025, the economic impact of 3-D printing could be as high as $550 billion a year, according to research by the McKinsey Global Institute. Moreover, it could save consumers 35-60 percent in costs per printed product. 

Israel Resumes Airstrikes On Gaza, As Cease-Fire Chance Slips Away

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-15 02:56

Israel initially agreed to an Egyptian-brokered deal to stop hostilities, but leaders of Hamas did not support the plan.

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VIDEO: Should 'jerk tech' apps exist?

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-15 02:54
Backlash against Silicon Valley and tech culture

House price inflation hits 10.5%

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-15 02:52
Annual house price inflation hit 10.5% in May, the highest rate for four years, according to the Office for National Statistics.
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