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Maya Angelou's 'Forever' Stamp Forever In Error

NPR News - Wed, 2015-04-08 12:07

A limited-edition stamp intended to honor the late poet bears a quote that was actually written by a different author.

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Shell's Big Deal Could Shift Global Landscape Of Gas Business

NPR News - Wed, 2015-04-08 12:04

Royal Dutch Shell plans to spend nearly $70 billion to acquire natural gas giant BG Group. The deal, if approved, would create the world's largest independent producer of liquefied natural gas.

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Convictions Come Down For Boston Marathon Bomber; Death Penalty Still Possible

NPR News - Wed, 2015-04-08 12:04

The jury in the Boston Marathon bombing case has handed down its verdicts against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Jurors found Tsarnaev guilty on all 30 counts, 17 of which can carry the death penalty.

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After Some Delay Of Game, NFL Gets Its First Female Ref

NPR News - Wed, 2015-04-08 12:04

Audie Cornish talks to commentator Rick Cleveland about the first female referee in the NFL — and why the news is long overdue.

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USPS Finds Perfect Line For Maya Angelou Stamp — If Only It Were Hers

NPR News - Wed, 2015-04-08 12:04

The U.S. Postal Service has put the late poet Maya Angelou's face and name, together with a choice quotation, on a special edition stamp. Trouble is, that quotation didn't start with her.

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Summit Plays Host To Cuba — And To A Few Historic Meetings

NPR News - Wed, 2015-04-08 12:04

The Summit of the Americas is convening this week in Panama — and it's expected to feature a historic meeting between President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro. It's the first time Cuba will be represented at the summit.

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The Navajo Nation's Tax On Junk Food Splits Reservation

NPR News - Wed, 2015-04-08 12:04

The Navajo Nation started taxing junk food and soda. No other tribe has passed such a law. But half of the tribe is unemployed and say they can't afford expensive food.

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On A Scale Of 1 To 10, Brazil Gets A Zero For Disability Access

NPR News - Wed, 2015-04-08 12:04

Brazil is hosting not just the Olympics in 2016 but also the Paralympics. And activists for the disabled say Rio de Janeiro has a long and potholed road ahead of it to get ready for the games.

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Barcelona 4-0 Almeria

BBC - Wed, 2015-04-08 12:04
La Liga leaders Barcelona comfortably beat struggling Almeria to make it nine wins in a row in all competitions.

Chicago mayor Emanuel re-elected

BBC - Wed, 2015-04-08 11:50
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has won re-election after heading off a challenge in a run-off campaign.

VIDEO: One Direction star caddies for McIlroy

BBC - Wed, 2015-04-08 11:47
Niall Horan, a member of pop group One Direction, says it is a "honour" to caddie for Rory McIlroy in the Par 3 Contest at the Masters in Augusta.

Diverse emojis for iOS8.3 are here

BBC - Wed, 2015-04-08 11:43
Diverse emojis are finally here and this is Newsbeat's guide to how you find them.

The 33 Venezuelan Mayors Who Face Charges (And Oppose The President)

NPR News - Wed, 2015-04-08 11:37

President Nicolas Maduro's government hasn't solved food shortages or ended high inflation. It's been more effective in cracking down on the opposition, filing legal charges against many mayors.

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The benefits of wearing the same thing, every day

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2015-04-08 11:28

Art director Matilda Kahl works in an office where women often wear heels and have “fixed” hair.

But one day, after Kahl was late and unprepared for work, she realized she was wasting too much time on choosing her outfit.

She was fed up.

“You know what? I’m just gonna opt out of this,” she recalls saying to herself.  

So Kahl decided to adopt her own work "uniform" of sorts: black pants and a white blouse. She recently wrote about her decision in Harper's Bazaar.

“This doesn't mean that I don’t love to dress. I go crazy over the weekends,” Kahl says. “I simply just choose to put this choice and time and love for clothing into nights and weekends instead."

Kahl says she has noticed changes since donning her minimalist garb.

“My life has just become so much more efficient, in so many ways,” she says.

Her sartorial decisions are by no means a religion though.

“I wouldn’t have any problem with giving it up, if I felt like it. But it works great for me so, yeah, I have no plans of stopping,” Kahl says.

Kahl says she even (almost) got a raise by wearing the same thing every day. When one of Kahl’s previous bosses noticed that her outfit was a bit redundant, she misinterpreted the uniform as a sign of need.