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Space Shot: Italian Astronaut 'Boldly' Brews Espresso On Space Station

NPR News - Mon, 2015-05-04 12:36

Italian Sam Cristoforetti tweeted Sunday an image of her sipping espresso from a zero-gravity cup. No word yet on whether the coffee was any good.

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Nepali Village Struggles To Recover From Earthquake

NPR News - Mon, 2015-05-04 12:31

Some have vented their anger by throwing rocks at visiting politicians. Others have become social workers in their villages. But many Nepalis are absorbed in the daily struggle to find food and water.

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When Hospitals Close, Frequent Fears About Care Aren't Realized

NPR News - Mon, 2015-05-04 12:17

Mortality rates for Medicare patients don't rise in communities after their hospitals shut down, say Harvard researchers who analyzed 195 closures across the country.

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Sandwich Monday: We're Full

NPR News - Mon, 2015-05-04 11:34

The Sandwich Monday team says "See you later." Then we say, "Are you gonna eat that?"

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Irene, A Ugandan Prostitute, Explains How To Use A Condom

NPR News - Mon, 2015-05-04 11:12

With her shy charm and sunny smile, she makes viewers realize that behind the label "sex worker" there's a sweet young mom, just trying to feed her kids.

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Former Christie Aides Plead Not Guilty To 'Bridgegate' Charges

NPR News - Mon, 2015-05-04 11:12

Bridget Anne Kelly Bill Baroni are each charged with nine counts in connection with the political scandal in New Jersey. They were released on $150,000 bond.

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NYPD Officer Shot Over The Weekend Dies

NPR News - Mon, 2015-05-04 10:34

Officer Brian Moore, 25, and his partner had pulled up in their unmarked car behind a man police said was "adjusting an object in his waistband." Moore died Monday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

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People's Republic Of Uber: Driving For Connections In China

NPR News - Mon, 2015-05-04 10:21

Uber is becoming more popular in China, but many drivers say they don't do it for the money. They say they like the human connection and the freedom.

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Triage And Treatment: Untold Health Stories From Baltimore's Unrest

NPR News - Mon, 2015-05-04 10:04

Shuttered pharmacies and concerns about public safety in Baltimore contributed to health problems ranging from unfilled prescriptions to people delaying care for asthma and diabetes.

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'Charlie Hebdo' Staffer Pushes Back Against Writers' Opposition To Award

NPR News - Mon, 2015-05-04 09:53

"If you're standing for the freedom of expression, you can't be at one moment for this freedom of expression, and, two or three minutes later, against that," film critic Jean-Baptiste Thoret says.

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May The Fourth Be With You: 'Star Wars' Fans Celebrate A Faraway Galaxy

NPR News - Mon, 2015-05-04 09:45

Yoda, Chewbacca and a phalanx of stormtroopers are all over the Internet today, as fans celebrate Star Wars Day — drawn from a pun on May 4. We've collected some of our favorite postings.

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Israel Braces For More Protests By Minority Ethiopian Community

NPR News - Mon, 2015-05-04 09:27

Police and protesters clashed Sunday during rallies to protest police treatment of Ethiopian-Israelis. Security forces have been deployed in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem to try to prevent further violence.

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Police: Suspects In Muhammad Cartoon Contest Attack Came Out Shooting

NPR News - Mon, 2015-05-04 08:43

The men, police said, fired assault rifles as soon as they came out of their vehicle. One police officer fired back and killed both suspects. Police say they have not ruled out terrorism.

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Concussions Are Most Likely During Practice In High School And College

NPR News - Mon, 2015-05-04 08:18

Frequent football practices might account for the higher concussion risk in older players, a study says. But it should be easier to avoid concussions during practice compared to game day.

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5 Things To Know About The Organizers Of Mohammed Cartoon Contest

NPR News - Mon, 2015-05-04 07:23

The American Freedom Defense Initiative is considered a hate group by some, but the group says it was only putting on an event celebrating free speech.

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McDonald's CEO Promises 'Modern, Progressive Burger Company'

NPR News - Mon, 2015-05-04 06:59

"The reality is, our recent performance has been poor," McDonald's President and CEO Steve Easterbrook said in a video released Monday.

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The rise, fall, and rise again of the Twinkie

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-05-04 06:53

Saving Hostess Brands was not an easy task, but billionaire C. Dean Metropoulos and Apollo Global’s Andy Jhawar may have successfully revived the company.

The business deal was closed in April 2013 — Metropoulos and Jhawar bought Hostess Brands for $410 million. The bakery company has a history of more than 150 years, but in late 2012, Twinkies, Ding-Dongs and Snowballs became extinct on store shelves.  

"The funny thing with Hostess and Twinkies was that the snack cake business, even when it was in bankruptcy, was still a billion dollar business a year," says Steven Bertoni, senior editor at Forbes.

Still, the money-making industry was not enough to prevent Hostess from experiencing two bankruptcies, five CEOs, and millions of dollars of debt.

Bertoni says, Hostess was very old-fashioned. While competitors modernized factories and switched to warehouse-based shipping, Hostess stuck to its old machines and delivery practices.

"They had an old direct-to-store route, which means basically they had 5,000 delivery trucks dropping goods off a couple of times a week, which is extremely inefficient," says Bertoni. "Delivery costs were about 36 percent of all revenue."

However, switching to the warehouse model meant food might have to sit in storage for weeks — something Hostess was not prepared to do.

"The old Twinkie only lasted 30 days and that wasn’t long enough for a distribution model with warehouses," says Bertoni.

The death of Hostess was short-lived. Under its new ownership, Hostess found a way to extend the longevity of the Twinkie to 65 days to allow warehouse-based shipping.

"Now, delivery costs are about 16 percent of total revenue," he says.

The entrepreneurial team behind the new Hostess is expected to make $2 billion in since their undertaking on Twinkies alone. It looks like Twinkies are here to stay.

New British Princess Is Given A Name

NPR News - Mon, 2015-05-04 06:15

Born over the weekend, the baby girl weighed 8 lbs 3 oz and is the fourth in line for the British throne.

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Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Announces She's Running For President

NPR News - Mon, 2015-05-04 03:37

Fiorina joins a crowded field of Republicans already seeking the nomination. Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson announced his campaign on Sunday.

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PODCAST: Obama announces a new non-profit

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-05-04 03:00

Airing on Monday, May 4, 2015: Back in March, just 126-thousand jobs were added to payrolls. But what about April? For that we consult Drew Matus, senior US economist at UBS Securities. Next, President Obama is scheduled to announce not a new government agency but a new non-profit today. It's an extension of the "My Brother's Keeper Initiative" the President started last year to help minority young people stay in school, do well, and graduate readt for college. And the new organization might be a sign of what the president has planned for his future. The price of crude oil is up from its lows of the last year, but at $59 a barrel this morning, that still about half what it was 11 months ago. This is great for consumers of oil, drivers, businesses and beyond.  But it's a challenge for many who work in the oil industry, including what are called "landmen," people paid by oil companies to get rights to drill. We check in with one land person in Eddy County, New Mexico.