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Cash is still king, sort of

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-05-12 13:28

A peek inside our wallets by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.

They did a study on how we spend money. Not on what do we spend money, but literally how does it get spent: Cash? Credit?

Here's how it breaks down:

By absolute number of transactions: Cash is king at 40 percent.

But once you take the value of transactions into account, it's a whole different ballgame.

The average value of a cash transaction is only $21, compared with $168 for checks and $44 bucks for debit cards.

Labour attacks free schools spending

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-12 13:20
Education Secretary Michael Gove defends free schools after Labour calls them a "pet political project".

Melting Of Antarctic Ice Sheet Might Be Unstoppable

NPR News - Mon, 2014-05-12 13:19

A new study examined 40 years of data collected by ground, air and satellite stations and found that sea level could rise by more than 10 feet in coming centuries.

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UN: Indigenous Canadians 'in crisis'

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-12 13:12
Canada faces a "crisis" over the living conditions of its aboriginal residents, the UN special rapporteur for the rights of indigenous peoples says.

Re-Enactment Of Satanic Mass Planned At Harvard Causes Uproar

NPR News - Mon, 2014-05-12 13:00

Harvard's president called a school club's plan to hold a black mass "abhorrent." The Catholic Church called it "repugnant." The club said it was "entirely educational."

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Overused Medical Services Cost Medicare Billions Of Dollars

NPR News - Mon, 2014-05-12 12:57

A treatment that is appropriate for one patient can be unnecessary or even counterproductive for another. But Harvard researchers found a way to estimate truly wasteful Medicare spending.

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Ferdinand to leave Man Utd in summer

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-12 12:51
Rio Ferdinand is to leave Manchester United in the summer after the defender is not offered a new contract.

Doctors' mental health unit concerns

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-12 12:47
Two senior doctors at a mental health unit say they are concerned about the way it is being run but the health board says the correct procedures are being followed.

VIDEO: Twin babies born holding hands

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-12 12:44
US twin sisters, who were born holding hands, are breathing on their own after being removed from a ventilator, their mother has said.

Ukraine rebels seek to join Russia

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-12 12:41
A Ukrainian separatist leader wants Russia to "absorb" Donetsk region after a self-rule referendum that Kiev and the EU condemned as illegal.

Nurses suspended in records inquiry

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-12 12:20
Seven nurses have been suspended on suspicion of falsifying records at the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend, it has emerged.

Body Clock: What makes you tick?

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-12 12:13
Explore the secrets of your body clock's daily rhythm

Sandwich Monday: Domino's Specialty Chicken

NPR News - Mon, 2014-05-12 12:10

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try a new dish from Domino's. It's essentially pizza with crust made out of chicken.

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Nearly 3 Years After Quake, Washington Monument Reopens

NPR News - Mon, 2014-05-12 12:02

The obelisk has recovered from damage sustained during an earthquake that hit Washington, D.C., in 2011.

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In Two Eastern Ukraine Provinces, Bold Steps Toward Independence

NPR News - Mon, 2014-05-12 12:02

Two regions of eastern Ukraine, Donetsk and Luhansk, voted Sunday on referendums for self-rule. Separatists in Donetsk announced overwhelming support for independence.

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Apology, Defense And Defiance: The Sterlings Speak Out

NPR News - Mon, 2014-05-12 12:02

Banned Los Angeles Clippers owners Donald Sterling and his wife, Shelly, have conducted separate television interviews. Donald told CNN that he's not a racist and that he's sorry if he has offended anyone; Shelly told ABC that she will fight to keep her 50 percent stake in the team.

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'Past The Point Of No Return:' An Antarctic Ice Sheet's Slow Collapse

NPR News - Mon, 2014-05-12 12:02

NASA held a press conference to discuss the stability of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet and its potential contribution to future sea level rise. The researchers announced that the ice sheet's collapse is both underway and unstoppable.

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'Frontline' Doc Explores How Sept. 11 Created Today's NSA

NPR News - Mon, 2014-05-12 11:58

PBS looks at the origins of the agency's surveillance program and the extraordinary steps top government officials took to give it legal cover and keep it hidden.

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Deadly MERS Virus Detected In Florida

NPR News - Mon, 2014-05-12 11:46

A case of Middle East respiratory syndrome has been found in the U.S. The virus has killed about a quarter of the people known to have been infected. But the risk to the public remains low.

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VIDEO: Woman tells of Harris 'assaults'

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-12 11:44
A woman has told a court she was abused by Rolf Harris when on holiday with the entertainer's family. The 84-year-old denies all the charges against him.
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