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Police: Suspects In Muhammad Cartoon Contest Attack Came Out Shooting

NPR News - Mon, 2015-05-04 08:43

The men, police said, fired assault rifles as soon as they came out of their vehicle. One police officer fired back and killed both suspects. Police say they have not ruled out terrorism.

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Merkel pressed on German spy scandal

BBC - Mon, 2015-05-04 08:29
Chancellor Angela Merkel comes under pressure inside her government to disclose a list of spying targets handed to German intelligence by the US.

Concussions Are Most Likely During Practice In High School And College

NPR News - Mon, 2015-05-04 08:18

Frequent football practices might account for the higher concussion risk in older players, a study says. But it should be easier to avoid concussions during practice compared to game day.

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Severed ear sparks police search

BBC - Mon, 2015-05-04 08:14
A partially severed diamond-studded ear is found on a pavement after it was bitten off a man during a fight.

VIDEO: Heckles and a Lib Dem-Tory row: Day 35

BBC - Mon, 2015-05-04 08:09
On day 35 of the UK election campaign, Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy and comedian Eddie Izzard were heckled by opponents in Glasgow.

Nepalese resilience 'humbling'

BBC - Mon, 2015-05-04 07:46
A firefighter says he has been humbled by the resilience of people in areas of Nepal where villages were wiped out by a devastating earthquake.

Bingham moves ahead in World final

BBC - Mon, 2015-05-04 07:35
Stuart Bingham wins six frames in Monday's first session to take a 14-11 lead over Shaun Murphy in the World Championship final.

5 Things To Know About The Organizers Of Mohammed Cartoon Contest

NPR News - Mon, 2015-05-04 07:23

The American Freedom Defense Initiative is considered a hate group by some, but the group says it was only putting on an event celebrating free speech.

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Astronauts watch Star Wars in space

BBC - Mon, 2015-05-04 07:18
Astronauts aboard the International Space Station celebrate Star Wars Day with a movie pick that may surprise some fans.

Chelsea Ladies 1-0 Man City Women

BBC - Mon, 2015-05-04 07:13
Chelsea face Notts County in the first ever FA Women's Cup final to be held at Wembley after a 1-0 semi-final win over Manchester City.

Woman arrives home after Nepal quake

BBC - Mon, 2015-05-04 06:59
A Londonderry woman who was caught up in the Nepal earthquake describes how she narrowly escaped injury.

McDonald's CEO Promises 'Modern, Progressive Burger Company'

NPR News - Mon, 2015-05-04 06:59

"The reality is, our recent performance has been poor," McDonald's President and CEO Steve Easterbrook said in a video released Monday.

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The rise, fall, and rise again of the Twinkie

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-05-04 06:53

Saving Hostess Brands was not an easy task, but billionaire C. Dean Metropoulos and Apollo Global’s Andy Jhawar may have successfully revived the company.

The business deal was closed in April 2013 — Metropoulos and Jhawar bought Hostess Brands for $410 million. The bakery company has a history of more than 150 years, but in late 2012, Twinkies, Ding-Dongs and Snowballs became extinct on store shelves.  

"The funny thing with Hostess and Twinkies was that the snack cake business, even when it was in bankruptcy, was still a billion dollar business a year," says Steven Bertoni, senior editor at Forbes.

Still, the money-making industry was not enough to prevent Hostess from experiencing two bankruptcies, five CEOs, and millions of dollars of debt.

Bertoni says, Hostess was very old-fashioned. While competitors modernized factories and switched to warehouse-based shipping, Hostess stuck to its old machines and delivery practices.

"They had an old direct-to-store route, which means basically they had 5,000 delivery trucks dropping goods off a couple of times a week, which is extremely inefficient," says Bertoni. "Delivery costs were about 36 percent of all revenue."

However, switching to the warehouse model meant food might have to sit in storage for weeks — something Hostess was not prepared to do.

"The old Twinkie only lasted 30 days and that wasn’t long enough for a distribution model with warehouses," says Bertoni.

The death of Hostess was short-lived. Under its new ownership, Hostess found a way to extend the longevity of the Twinkie to 65 days to allow warehouse-based shipping.

"Now, delivery costs are about 16 percent of total revenue," he says.

The entrepreneurial team behind the new Hostess is expected to make $2 billion in since their undertaking on Twinkies alone. It looks like Twinkies are here to stay.

Juventus v Real Madrid

BBC - Mon, 2015-05-04 06:35
Real Madrid are without striker Karim Benzema for the first leg of their Champions League semi-final against Juventus.

Royal princess named Charlotte

BBC - Mon, 2015-05-04 06:23
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have named their daughter Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, Kensington Palace says.

Light aircraft crash victims named

BBC - Mon, 2015-05-04 06:20
The two men who died when a light aircraft crashed near Abernyte in Perthshire on Sunday have been named.

New British Princess Is Given A Name

NPR News - Mon, 2015-05-04 06:15

Born over the weekend, the baby girl weighed 8 lbs 3 oz and is the fourth in line for the British throne.

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VIDEO: Live: David Cameron speech

BBC - Mon, 2015-05-04 06:03
Prime Minister David Cameron is speaking at an event in Somerset.

Israel 'fired without rules' in Gaza

BBC - Mon, 2015-05-04 05:59
A "policy of indiscriminate fire" by the Israeli military caused hundreds of civilian deaths during the 2014 Gaza conflict, an activist group says.

Carly Fiorina joins White House race

BBC - Mon, 2015-05-04 05:56
Former tech firm boss Carly Fiorina announces her 2016 presidential ambitions, becoming the first female Republican in the field.