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VIDEO: Price of Rwanda's political progress

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-08 10:40
George Alagiah reports on the political price of economic progress in Rwanda.

Rooney expected to face Bayern Munich

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-08 10:32
Manchester United manager David Moyes says he would be "mad" not to let Wayne Rooney play against Bayern Munich.

Race's water firm 'was not paid'

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-08 10:29
The water firm blamed by organisers for the cancellation of the Sheffield half marathon claims it did not deliver supplies as it had not been paid.

NCAA Women's Final Matches Two Undefeated Teams

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-08 10:28

For the first time in history, two teams meet in the NCAA women's title game with perfect records. Not for the first time in history, two coaches face off who don't like each other.

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Dust explosion uni set to reopen

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-08 10:16
Edinburgh Napier campus is set to reopen on Wednesday after a fire and "dust explosion" forced hundreds of students to be evacuated.

VIDEO: Indian pressure to forgive rapists

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-08 10:14
The BBC's Divya Arya reports from the capital of Mizoram, where there is huge social pressure on women to forgive rapists.

Prior hits ton as Finn claims six

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-08 10:13
England duo Matt Prior and Steven Finn both star on the third day as Sussex build a big lead against Middlesex at Hove.

Calif. Lawmaker Leeland Yee Pleads Not Guilty To Corruption

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-08 10:11

Yee, a Democractic senator who advocated for more gun control, was arrested on gun trafficking charges. He denied those charges in a federal court on Tuesday.

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Flight 370 Vanished A Month Ago. What Happens Now?

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-08 09:59

An international search team has spent weeks combing the Indian Ocean for signs of the missing Boeing 777. Here's a summary of where we are with the hunt for the jetliner.

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France PM vows tax and spending cuts

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-08 09:57
New French Prime Minister Manuel Valls vows to cut taxes and public spending in a bid to make the French economy more competitive.

Call for OTR review to be widened

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-08 09:43
Lord Tebbit calls for the terms of an inquiry into secret letters sent to IRA On the Runs to be extended.

Leading candidates raise the stakes in Afghan elections

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-08 09:37
David Loyn looks ahead to second round of Afghan election

VIDEO: Higgins hails 'closeness' with UK

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-08 09:27
Irish President Michael D Higgins has spoken of a closeness and warmth between Britain and Ireland "that once seemed unachievable".

The Hilton name, from Conrad to Paris

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-04-08 09:27

In his new book “The Hiltons: The True Story of an American Dynasty,” author J. Randy Taraborrelli traces the path of the hotel empire from founder Conrad Hilton’s childhood home in San Antonio, New Mexico to the Beverly Hills mansion of Paris Hilton. Here are a few of the questions that didn’t make it into our radio interview:

Did ‘Mad Men’ get Conrad Hilton right?

“I thought that was very realistic. I thought they made him a little more shark-like than he actually was, but for the purposes of drama they needed to amp that up. But I loved it and I know that the Hilton family loved it too. In fact, the Hilton family, the Hilton Foundation and the Hilton Library assisted ‘Mad Men’ and gave them the photographs and the material they needed to be able to recreate Conrad’s suits and the Stetson hat, and they gave them speeches so they would understand how Conrad spoke. They were very involved.”

The more contemporary Hiltons are famous for maxing out credit cards (or at least they would max out the credit cards of most of us). But the Hilton family actually had a hand in ushering credit cards into American society in the first place.

“Conrad and Baron Hilton were responsible for Carte Blanche, which in the 50s, 60s and 70s was the credit card. I remember the ads when I was a kid and I remember my parents wanting one very badly. Back in those days before credit cards were a novelty, it wasn’t easy to apply for a credit card and get one. And the Hiltons were one of the first to popularize the idea of credit cards. (While Diner’s Club beat them to the punch, Carte Blanche built the first global credit network). I remember Baron Hilton saying in a speech that cash money is out, now credit is in.”

What would Conrad Hilton think about Paris?

“I tend to have a very positive opinion of Paris Hilton. And the reason that I feel that way is that Barron Hilton, her grandfather and Conrad’s son, inherited the enterprise. Paris Hilton didn’t inherit anything except the name Hilton. (When Barron Hilton dies, Paris is expected to inherit about $5 million). The family mandate is this: You can do anything you want with the family name except go into the hotel business. She built her own empire independent of the hotel business and made $50 million doing so just because of her ingenuity, her personality and her persona. There are many Hiltons, many cousins, nieces, nephews. I met probably 50 Hiltons, none of whom we’ve ever heard of. She took the name and turned it into something huge. Whatever you think about Paris Hilton, you have to admit you know who she is.”

Conrad Hilton (1887 - 1979) the Chairman and President of the eponymous hotel chain, tips his hat in 1964.

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AUDIO: Memories of Britpop, 20 years on

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-08 09:18
Twenty years on, Gaz Coombes and Sophie Ellis-Bextor talk about their memories of the Britpop scene with BBC radio presenter Jo Whiley.

Fists Fly In Ukraine's Parliament After Lawmaker's Speech [VIDEO]

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-08 09:06

A speech in Ukraine's parliament sparked violence Tuesday after other lawmakers took exception to a communist leader's speech that criticized the government and those who ousted the president.

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Why Chocolate Is A Bargaining Chip In The Ukraine-Russia Conflict

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-08 09:01

Russia banned chocolate made by the leading Ukrainian presidential candidate at a time when political tensions are high between the countries. And we wanted to know: Is the chocolate any good?

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Guinea 'Ebola deaths pass 100'

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-08 08:54
The Ebola outbreak could take up to four months to contain as the number of people killed by the virus in Guinea passes 100, the UN says.

Simpson given 18-month drug ban

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-08 08:53
Jamaican Olympic sprinter Sherone Simpson is suspended for 18 months after testing positive for a banned stimulant.

PODCAST: (Not) talking about pay

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-04-08 08:45

President Obama plans to sign an executive order stopping federal contractors from punishing workers who talk about their paychecks. It's about enlisting transparency to narrow the gap between what women and men are paid. But keeping your pay to yourself is deeply rooted in the culture, as Kate Davidson reports.

And, Banco Popular is shifting eastward from Los Angeles and Chicago, according to the newspaper Crain's Chicago Business. Marketplace's Dan Weissman has more on prospects for the bank that went from Puerto Rico into neighbhorhoods around the U.S.

Meanwhile, there's you, in the workplace. You give and give some more, because that's the giving person you are. And then there's all those other people who take. Take, Take, Take.  Adam Grant is a professior at the Wharton school at the University of Pennsylvania who has a book called "Give and Take."

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