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VIDEO: Cameron appeals to UKIP voters

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-08 10:06
David Cameron told the BBC's political editor Nick Robinson that he understands voters are frustrated.

Everything else you wanted to know about olives

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-05-08 10:04

Turns out a lot of people had always wondered why black olives come in cans, but green olives come in jars. Since, of course, one wondering leads to another, our Facebook and Twitter have been alight with questions...

The science: What made black olives in jars so good for botulism?  Why don’t green olives have the same problem?

 Yes, we skipped this part. Here’s the basic deal: Acid and salt retard botulism’s growth. California Ripe Olives are lower in acid than other olives, and the brine isn’t as salty.

 That, plus the low-oxygen environment, makes a black olive in a sealed-up jar so good for botulism. Unless you kill the bacteria with high heat.

 Hey, wait a minute! You can heat up a glass jar to 240 degrees. Home canners do it all the time.

 True! Thanks for pointing that out. I bet I know what you’re asking next…   

 So, why don't the black olives come in jars?

 Turns out, we may owe Mort Rosenblum an apology. He guessed that it was because green olives are prettier. He was half-right.

 We turned here to Kristin Daley, vice president for corporate development at the Musco Family Olive Co.-- one of the two big olive canneries in California.

 Daley says black olives are darn cute. Their brine, not so much.

 “The brine is so dark that it’s barely translucent,” she says. “It’s not very attractive. So there’s not a huge benefit to putting the product into a glass jar.”

And, she says, there are costs: Jars are heavier, so shipping them is more expensive. And there’s more waste from breakage.

At this point, you may be wondering: Why is the brine so dark?

Because the olives got cooked in it, says Eric A. Johnson, a bacteriologist at the University of Wisconsin who specializes in botulism — or, as he calls it for short, “bot.”

“The heat treatment for bot spores is gonna decay some of the tissue,” he says.  

Calif. City Wants To Make It A Crime To Bully Those Younger Than 26

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-08 09:44

"We are going to protect not only the kid that is bothered in school, but when you leave school and go home, we're going to protect you as a city," says the sponsor of a bill in Carson, Calif.

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The Nation That Elects The Most Women Is ...

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-08 09:43

In Rwanda, nearly two-thirds of Parliament consists of women, a trend that developed after the country's genocide. Cuba is third, with women making up 50 percent of its legislators. The U.S. is 99th.

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Pair guilty over 'vicious' dog death

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-08 09:40
Two women whose dog mauled a man to death in his back garden admit allowing the attack to happen.

McGuinness and Robinson in fresh row

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-08 09:37
Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness accuses Peter Robinson of "cowardice of the worst kind" over alleged loyalist paramilitary attacks in east Belfast.

Injuries On The Farm Happen Much More Often Than We're Told

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-08 09:29

The health problems of agricultural workers are the most under-counted of any industry in the U.S., researchers say in a new study. Federal agencies fail to report 77 percent of those injuries.

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UK 'second best education in Europe'

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-08 09:27
Global education rankings, which include higher education as well as international school tests, are headed by South Korea, with the UK in sixth place.

Human remains found at fire cottage

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-08 09:24
Human remains are found at a cottage in Aberdeenshire which was destroyed by fire on Tuesday night.

I must end Hamilton run - Rosberg

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-08 09:10
Nico Rosberg says he must stop Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton's run of successive wins at this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix.

Mother's Day turns 100 (not-so-subtle reminder)

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-05-08 09:06

From the Marketplace Datebook, here's a look at what's coming up Friday, May 9:

In Washington, the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology holds a hearing titled, "Space Traffic Management: How to Prevent a Real Life 'Gravity'."

The Labor Department releases its Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey for March.

The Commerce Department reports on wholesale inventories and sales for March.

On this date in 1961, then FCC chairman Newton Minow referred to television as a vast wasteland. Today you can watch TV on your Smartphone.

Here's an opportunity to thank those married to the nation's men and women in uniform. It's Military Spouse Appreciation Day. Always the Friday before Mother's Day.

And Mother's Day was declared a national observance 100 years ago by President Woodrow Wilson. Make those brunch reservations.

The Arab Activists Who Refuse To Bow To The Giant

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-08 08:57

A new film We Are The Giant follows six people during the Arab Spring. Tell Me More's Celeste Headlee speaks to co-producer Razan Ghalayini and activist Maryam Al Khawaja.

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Rat Pack's Sammy Davis Jr. Lives On Through Daughter's Stories

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-08 08:57

Many people considered Sammy Davis Junior the greatest entertainer of his era. His daughter Tracey Davis shares stories from her book Sammy Davis Jr.: A Personal Journey with My Father.

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Hall 'rape victim not a gold-digger'

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-08 08:40
A woman who claims ex-broadcaster Stuart Hall repeatedly raped her said she was not a "gold-digger" wanting compensation.

If Polar Bears Can Eat A Ton Of Fat And Be Healthy, Why Can't We?

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-08 08:36

Baby polar bears slurp milk that's 27 percent fat, and adults dine on seal blubber. Scientists think bears' adaptation to a high-fat diet might lead to better ways to treat human obesity.

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Ratto wins Women's Tour stage two

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-08 08:32
British riders Lucy Garner and Lizzie Armitstead finish fifth and seventh behind Italy's Rossella Ratto on stage two.

EU's Barroso sees UK as special case

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-08 08:32
The head of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, says the EU should strive not to leave the UK isolated.

FA plan includes league for B teams

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-08 08:29
A new tier for Premier League B teams is part of the Football Association commission's four-point plan to boost English football.

Scotland to pilot 'Clare's law'

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-08 08:26
A scheme allowing people to find out whether their partner has a history of domestic violence will be piloted in Scotland.

VIDEO: House of Commons

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-08 08:25
MPs discuss the ban on Indian mango imports to the EU, during an adjournment debate.
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