National / International News

West End's Full Monty to close early

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-17 04:07
The West End version of hit 1997 film The Full Monty is to close after five weeks, two-and-a-half months earlier than planned, due to poor ticket sales.

VIDEO: Boyzone on Beards and Ballads

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-17 03:57
Irish band Boyzone talk about getting back together and why they still love performing

US to give up net oversight powers

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-17 03:51
The US government has declared it wants to stop being in charge of how the internet is run.

Time up on export bar for dictionary

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-17 03:50
The deadline on an export bar to keep a 500-year-old dictionary in the UK has passed, the Department of Culture, Media and Sport says.

VIDEO: Hunger in Pakistan after dry winter

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-17 03:48
Pakistan's government confirms that more than a million people are suffering after a dry winter in the country's southern province of Sindh.

What are the chances of being hit by lightning?

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-17 03:44
The chances of being killed by lightning are 300,000 to one. But there are a lot of people in the world.

China backs North Korea on rights

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-17 03:32
China dismisses a United Nations report that compared human rights abuses in North Korea to those in Nazi Germany.

Nuclear submarine refused UAE entry

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-17 03:29
The Royal Navy's nuclear submarine HMS Tireless was diverted to India after being refused entry to United Arab Emirates, the BBC learns.

Kennedy calls for No to be positive

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-17 03:27
Former Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy calls for No campaigners to be "more positive" ahead of the referendum on Scottish independence.

America's game of chicken

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-03-17 03:20
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 04:06 Stacey Vanek Smith

Ariane Daguin demonstrates the proper way to carve a chicken. Daguin is the CEO of D'Artagnan, a company that supplies organic, free range chickens to grocery stores and restaurants.

Where’s the beef?

As a nation, we might really need to know that. For the first time in more than a century, Americans are eating more chicken than beef. Why is poultry taking flight?

"People are more conscious about health, and so they will eat red meat a little less often and white meat more often," says Ariane Daguin, CEO of D'Artagnan, which sells organic, free-range chicken to high end restaurants and grocery stores all over the country. Her business is growing 15 percent per year, a lot of that is thanks to rising chicken demand.

But a lot of the reason for the rising popularity of chicken has to do with beef.

"The real trade-off that we’re seeing in consumption is escalation in poultry and decline in beef," says Don Close, cattle economist with Rabo AgriFinance. Beef prices have skyrocketed and are expected to jump by as much as 15 percent this year. (Here's a look at why that's happening)

"We saw pretty heavy substitution on the part of consumers, substituting ground beef for ground chicken and thereby driving up the prices of those products," says Ricky Volpe, economist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Chicken prices are expected to rise by about 10 percent this year. Even still, chicken will remain far cheaper than beef and pork. 

But even if beef prices come back down, Ariane Daguin doesn’t think Americans will go back to beef.

"It is not a trend," she says. "Trend means there is an end to it. There is no end to good food. People in America are more and more conscious that you are what you eat."

And right now, that’s chicken.


Marketplace Morning Report for Wednesday, March 26, 2014 Stacey Vanek Smith

Ariane Daguin prepares a chicken stew dish with one of her new Green Circle chickens, which have a vegetable-heavy diet.

Stacey Vanek Smith

Americans are eating more chicken than beef for the first time in a century. 

Stacey Vanek Smith

Ariane Daguin demonstrates the proper way to carve a chicken. Daguin is the CEO of D'Artagnan, a company that supplies free range, organic chickens to restaurants and grocery stores all over the country. Daguin's business is growing 15% a year.

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Chisora to face Fury in Manchester

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-17 03:17
Dereck Chisora is to face Tyson Fury in a world title eliminator on 26 July, says promoter Frank Warren.

Russia Recognizes Independent Crimea; U.S. And EU 'Stand Firm' With Ukraine

NPR News - Mon, 2014-03-17 03:15

President Obama says the U.S. will not recognize Crimea's moves to split from Ukraine. In Moscow, President Vladimir Putin signs an order recognizing Crimea as an independent state.

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Vodafone agrees to buy Spain's Ono

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-17 03:14
Vodafone agrees to buy Spanish cable operator Ono for 7.2bn euros ($10bn; £6bn), in a deal aimed at expanding its interests in Europe.

Michael 'off drugs for 18 months'

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-17 03:07
Singer George Michael says he has stopped his drug-taking lifestyle and has not used cannabis for "well over a year-and-a-half".

Morrisons worker held over data loss

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-17 03:03
Morrisons confirms that one of its employees has been arrested following the theft of payroll data from the majority of its staff.

Peel to prudence: 10 historic Budgets

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-17 02:59
From income tax onwards - a selection of historic Budgets

In pictures: Mighty Deerstalker race

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-17 02:54
Mighty Deerstalker race in Scottish Borders

UK nears end of Afghanistan pullout

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-17 02:51
British troops have made another move towards their exit from Afghanistan and now control just two bases, the MoD says.

Rapper arrested over SXSW riot

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-17 02:50
Rapper Tyler, The Creator, has been arrested over claims he encouraged fans at the SXSW festival to push past venue security staff.

AUDIO: 'More stable' Europe helps manufacturing

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-17 02:39
Lee Hopley and Jonathan Portes discuss reports of recent growth in the UK manufacturing industry.

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