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U.S. Denies Visa To Iran's Controversial U.N. Envoy

NPR News - Fri, 2014-04-11 07:35

The moves comes after Congress approved legislation aimed at denying entry to Hamid Aboutalebi, who was part of a student group that seized the U.S. Embassy in Tehran in 1979.

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Mugabe comment offends Nigeria

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-11 07:33
Nigeria summons Zimbabwe's envoy to the country over President Robert Mugabe's comment that Zimbabwe is becoming "like Nigeria" in terms of corruption.

EU urged to help Italy with migrants

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-11 07:14
The UN's refugee agency says the EU must help Italy with a dramatic upsurge in migrants, with as many as 6,000 reaching its shores in the past four days.

Do not abuse staff, Tory MPs told

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-11 07:14
The Conservative Party issues a code of conduct to all its MPs telling them not to "bully, abuse or harass" staff.

4 Strange Sports In America's Past

NPR News - Fri, 2014-04-11 07:13

If you think beer pong and mud wrestling are odd contests, you should check the history books.

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Abbott confident over plane signals

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-11 07:08
Australian PM Tony Abbott says teams searching for missing flight MH370 jet are confident that signals detected are coming from its black box.

Life sentences for gold raid killers

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-11 07:06
Three teenagers convicted of stabbing a grandfather-of-12 to death in a gold and cash raid lasting just three minutes, are given life sentences.

Alternative indicator gives high scores to Costa Rica

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-04-11 07:03
Friday, April 11, 2014 - 09:50 EZEQUIEL BECERRA/AFP/Getty Images

When it comes to well-being, Costa Rica tops the list of countries in Latin America. 

When it comes to well-being, Costa Rica tops the list of countries in Latin America. That’s according to new data from the Social Progress Imperative, an organization which aims to understand how countries are performing on a variety of measures including health, education, technology and opportunity.

Stephen Keppel, who covers economics at Univision, joins Marketplace Morning Report host David Brancaccio to explain why Costa Rica performs so well. Click on the audio player above to hear more. 

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Say cheese... all April long

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-04-11 07:01

Here's an extended look at what's coming up next week:

On Sunday, the final season of "Mad Men" premieres. I had to put on my go-go boots and pour myself a martini for that tidbit.

On Monday, while we all drink heavily at a business meeting we've dressed up and styled our hair for, the Commerce Department is scheduled to report retail sales data for March.

On April 14th, 1939 John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath" was first published. The depression era novel went on to win the Pulitzer Prize. Speaking of the Pulitzers, Prizewinners are scheduled to be announced on Monday.

Did consumers pay more or less for stuff in March than they did in February? On Tuesday, the Labor Department issues its Consumer Price Index. And it's tax day. An American tradition.

That brings us up to hump day. We'll get numbers on construction of new homes for March. And the Federal Reserve releases its latest Beige Book summary of commentary on current economic conditions.

Wondering why I'm not talking about any hearings on Capitol Hill? It's because Congress is on recess.

Markets are closed for Good Friday.

Television host and comedian Conan O'Brien turns 51.

And since we here at Datebook love cheese, let's end with this deliciousness: April is National Grilled Cheese Month. Start melting.

AUDIO: CT scan reveals mummies' faces

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-11 06:52
The British Museum has been using CT scanners to reveal the faces of Egyptian mummies.

'I Knew It Wouldn't Be Easy,' Outgoing Health Secretary Sebelius Says

NPR News - Fri, 2014-04-11 06:52

With Kathleen Sebelius leaving as health secretary, the president is turning to budget chief Sylvia Mathews Burwell to run the agency that oversees the Affordable Care Act — better known as Obamacare.

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Tests on 4,000-year-old skeleton

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-11 06:51
Tests are to be carried out on a 4,000-year-old skeleton that was found on farmland in West Sussex in the 1980s.

Weekendish: Watches for the blind and Eiffel of the East

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-11 06:51
A round-up of some of the best reads from the BBC News Magazine this week, with your extra comments.

Alternative indicator gives high scores to Costa Rica

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-04-11 06:50

When it comes to well-being, Costa Rica tops the list of countries in Latin America. That’s according to new data from the Social Progress Imperative, an organization which aims to understand how countries are performing on a variety of measures including health, education, technology and opportunity.

Stephen Keppel, who covers economics at Univision, joins Marketplace Morning Report host David Brancaccio to explain why Costa Rica performs so well. Click on the audio player above to hear more. 

Costa Rica tops Latin American countries on Social Progress Index

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-04-11 06:50

When it comes to wellbeing, Costa Rica tops the list of countries in Latin America. That’s according to new data from the Social Progress Imperative, an organization which aims to understand how countries are performing on a variety of measures including health, education, technology, and opportunity.

Stephen Keppel, who covers economics at Univision, joins Marketplace Morning Report host David Brancaccio to explain why Costa Rica performs so well. Click on the audio player above to hear more. 

Think You Know How To Cook Eggs? Chances Are You're Doing It Wrong

NPR News - Fri, 2014-04-11 06:44

Food writer Michael Ruhlman has a new cookbook that's an homage to eggs. And where do Americans so often go wrong? Ruhlman says we usually overcook even the simplest dish of scrambled eggs.

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This Jet Lag App Does The Math So You'll Feel Better Faster

NPR News - Fri, 2014-04-11 06:35

When it comes to resetting your biological clock, calculus can help. Mathematicians say they've found a faster way to adjust to time zone changes, and they've used it to drive a smartphone app.

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Indian artists warn against Modi

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-11 06:12
Leading Indian artists and academics write an open letter warning against the possible election of Hindu nationalist politician Narendra Modi.

'More than 600' Gibraltar incursions

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-11 06:12
Spanish government vessels have entered British waters around Gibraltar hundreds of times since the start of 2013, the Foreign Office says.

VIDEO: Gamer's Minecraft videos a global hit

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-11 06:11
A 22-year-old from Northamptonshire has become a global phenomenon - and is on his way to becoming wealthy - thanks to a computer game called Minecraft.
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