National / International News

Guacamole wins!

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-02-03 16:52

It turns out Americans spend more than $1 billion dollars a year on Super Bowl snacks alone. Our friends over at Deadspin put together a March Madness style bracket to determine the best Super Bowl dip.

32 dips got voted down to a championship match of classic salsa vs. guacamole.

Congratulations to the winner, guacamole.

Remember that when you're shopping for your billion dollar spread next year, America.



Batteries on planes 'pose fire risk'

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-03 16:38
The Civil Aviation Authority tells the BBC that the huge growth in people carrying lithium batteries on aircraft poses a growing fire risk.

Graduate job vacancies to 'rise 10%'

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-03 16:37
Employers predict a "substantial rise" in the number of graduate job vacancies this year, as confidence in Britain's economy grows.

The rise and rise of kimchi

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-03 16:35
Will we all soon be eating kimchi?

VIDEO: Warning over exploding batteries

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-03 16:33
The average passenger aircraft now carries dozens if not hundreds of electronic gadgets on board - but there are warnings that the lithium batteries found inside them could pose a serious threat to aircraft safety.

Nato leader sees power slipping away

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-03 16:24
Why Nato leader Rasmussen sees power slipping away

Emissions impossible: Did spies sink key climate deal?

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-03 16:13
Did spies sink key climate deal?

VIDEO: The smart desk creating a stir

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-03 16:03
We live increasingly sedentary lifestyles, with more and more workers doing desk-bound jobs. So it is ever more important that people move around - even just a little.

The rare art of cheese-making in DR Congo

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-03 16:02
A cheese revolution in an unexpected place

How do you say 'Sochi'?

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-03 15:59
The 2014 Winter Olympics are nearly upon us and the BBC Pronunciation Unit is set to prepare a dedicated list of pronunciations for coverage of the event.

Does English still borrow words from other languages?

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-03 15:59
English language has "borrowed" words for centuries. But is it now lending more than it's taking?

Is Facebook really losing members?

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-03 15:58
What does the next decade have in store?

Christie On Bridge Closure: 'The Answer Is Still The Same'

NPR News - Mon, 2014-02-03 15:43

The comments are Christie's first since the Jan. 9 news conference in which said he was "embarrassed and humiliated" that his aides punished the mayor of Fort Lee by closing lanes that lead to the George Washington Bridge. Christie reiterated that he knew nothing about the lane closures.

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Chelsea not title contenders - Mourinho

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-03 15:41
Chelsea are not contenders to win the Premier League this season, says Jose Mourinho after his side beat Manchester City.

Tech Companies Release Details On Surveillance Data

NPR News - Mon, 2014-02-03 15:35

Google, Yahoo and others said they received thousands of secret-court-approved government requests for their users' content. The companies said only a small percentage of their users were affected by the requests.

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Kinnear resigns from Newcastle post

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-03 15:14
Joe Kinnear resigns as Newcastle's director of football after less than eight months in the role.

Google must move San Francisco barge

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-03 15:13
Google has been ordered to move a huge barge it moored mysteriously off San Francisco Bay, due to improper permits.

Super Bowl draws record TV audience

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-03 15:02
The US football Super Bowl is the most-watched TV event in US history, with 111.5m viewers, the Fox TV network says.

Kercher judge under investigation

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-03 15:00
The judge who reinstated the murder convictions of Amanda Knox and Rafaelle Sollecito could face disciplinary action for talking to the Italian press.

Do businesses profit from inequality?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-02-03 14:51

How do businesses cope with the ever-expanding gap between rich and poor?

In today's New York Times, Nelson Schwartz writes that companies are finding more success catering either to the upper or lower ends of the market -- in what he calls a stark contrast to national debate on the subject.

"I feel like whenever the topic of inequality comes up, it's so heated politically and ideologically between left and right," he says. "But when you talk to business people, they're not really interested in the politics. They're interested in making money and growing their business... and they see close up what a lot of the politicians and pundits are still arguing about."

As an example, he points to Darden, a Florida company that owns several well-known restaurant chains. Some are on the cheaper end, like Olive Garden and Red Lobster. On the swanky side, Darden owns Capitol Grille, where people spend on average five times as much as they do at Olive Garden. In other industries -- hotels, gambling, you name it -- he found the same thing: The Dollar Trees of the world are doing great; the JC Penneys, on the other hand, are not.

Why is this the case? Schwartz explains that since the recovery began, the growth in spending has been concentrated in the wealthiest 20 percent of the country -- especially the top 5 percent overall.

"So let's say you're a business, and you want to gain new customers," he says. "You're gonna appeal to the people who are spending more. I mean, it's as simple as that."

Schwartz says that spells short-term gains for those companies -- but long-term it's a bad formula for the economy as a whole. Lower- and middle-class consumers tend to spend much more of their income.

"It's not even a question of fairness or left or right. Put that aside. We want the economy to grow."

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