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Your Wallet: The high price of matrimony

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-06-12 06:35

Next week on Marketplace Weekend, we're talking about weddings. As Time notes, the average cost of a wedding surpassed $30,000 in 2014:

"Surveying around 16,000 American couples, the Knot 2014 Real Weddings Study also found that 45% of weddings exceed a couple’s budgets and, more worryingly, 23% lack a budget altogether. Most brides spent an average of $1,357 alone on their wedding dress."

We want to know, how much have you shelled out to throw, attend or participate in someone's wedding? What did you spend it on? What surprised you? Was it worth it?

Let us know! Reach out on Marketplace's Facebook page, send us an email or reach us on Twitter, @MarketplaceWKND

VIDEO: Mother appeals to NY jail-break killer

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-12 06:04
The hunt for two escaped murderers in New York State is now in its sixth day.

Kenya urges Africa to give up aid

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-12 06:02
Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta urges African leaders to give up foreign aid, saying it is not an acceptable basis for prosperity.

American Red Cross Press Conference In Haiti Gets Heated

NPR News - Fri, 2015-06-12 06:01

The Red Cross held a news conference in Haiti to explain how it spent almost half a billion dollars — but it provided journalists with few answers.

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The Uninsured Rate Is Low, But Proving It's The Lowest Ever Is Tricky

NPR News - Fri, 2015-06-12 06:00

President Obama hails the Affordable Care Act for driving the uninsured rate "to its lowest level ever." But changes in how the rate has been measured make historical claims difficult.

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Grieving Keane could miss qualifier

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-12 05:47
Robbie Keane may miss the Republic of Ireland's game with Scotland after a second relative dies following a work accident.

Fast-track asylum system 'unlawful'

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-12 05:42
The future of a key part of the government's system to remove failed asylum seekers is in doubt after the High Court rules it is contrary to law.

Big Change Yields Small Change As Zimbabweans Turn In Their Trillions

NPR News - Fri, 2015-06-12 05:36

The country's massively hyperinflated currency will be phased out beginning next week at a rate of $5 U.S. dollars for every 175 quadrillion Zimbabwean dollars.

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Spokane NAACP Leader's Race Becomes Subject Of Controversy

NPR News - Fri, 2015-06-12 05:34

Rachel Dolezal presented herself as black, white and Native American. But her parents question that, saying she is white. The discrepancy has sparked charged debate.

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Bombing of historic Yemen site condemned

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-12 05:26
World heritage body Unesco condemns the destruction of Yemen's historic Old City of Sanaa in an air strike.

Ghana wants World Cup funds audit

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-12 05:25
Ghana's government calls for an audit of the country's football body over allegations of missing funds from the build-up to the 2014 Brazil World Cup.

Salazar 'coached Slaney' in 1996

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-12 05:01
An ex-colleague, his own memoir and contemporary reports challenge the account of Alberto Salazar's coaching links to Mary Slaney.

Mount Kinabalu is 'our temple and purgatory'

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-12 04:45
The BBC takes a look at the significance of Mount Kinabalu to locals in Sabah, Malaysia, as several foreign tourists are punished for stripping at the summit.

I met Rachel Dolezal - and never doubted her black roots

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-12 04:30
The civil rights leader accused of lying about her race

Bar admits nitrogen cocktail failure

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-12 04:24
A wine bar where an 18-year-old girl was seriously injured drinking a cocktail containing liquid nitrogen admits health and safety failings.

Orange boss tells Israel of regret

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-12 04:19
The head of French telecom giant Orange tells Israel's PM he deeply regrets the controversy following comments indicating he wanted to pull out of Israel.

Friend admits helping missing mum

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-12 04:18
A man admits in court to helping a mother disappear with her three-year-old son the day a court ruled the boy should live with his father.

Moldova PM quits over school diploma

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-12 04:17
Moldova's PM Chiril Gaburici resigns over questions about his school-leaving certificate as the country grapples with a big banking scandal.

The Story Behind The Record-High Graduation Rate

NPR News - Fri, 2015-06-12 04:03

A lot of time, effort, and money over the past decade has gone into producing a great statistic ... but not without unintended consequences.

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Russian records 17 on one hole

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-12 04:00
Andrey Pavlov finds the water six times on one hole at the Austria Open to card one of the worst scores in European Tour history.

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