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Your Grandparents Spent More Of Their Money On Food Than You Do

NPR News - Mon, 2015-03-02 10:55

Shelling out dough at the grocery store can often feel painful. But Americans on average actually spend far less on food relative to their income than they did 50 years ago.

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Cuteness Break: The Genial Quokka Steals Scenes And Hearts

NPR News - Mon, 2015-03-02 10:53

In many photos from an Australian island, the marsupial appears front and center, adding its enigmatic smile to an image of happy tourists.

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Elephant On The Menu? It's Not Just A Birthday Dish For Robert Mugabe

NPR News - Mon, 2015-03-02 10:45

The Zimbabwean ruler reportedly served pachyderm at his 91st birthday party. Does anyone else do that? Turns out, yes.

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Should England expect to win Slams?

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-02 10:38
After hopes of a Six Nations clean sweep slip by for another year, Tom Fordyce asks whether English rugby fans should expect more.

Which counties want Kevin Pietersen?

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-02 10:33
Kevin Pietersen needs to score runs in county cricket to have any chance of an England return, but do any counties want him?

Spirit Air: slashing prices at 30,000 feet

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-03-02 10:19

Spirit Airlines CEO Ben Baldanza isn't worried about providing passengers with free peanuts and complimentary hot towels. 

"When you talk to a lot of customers what you find is that most of them, when they think about what airline they want to fly, want the lowest price," he says.

Instead of pampering passengers with free drinks, Spirit charges customers for almost everything, including printing a boarding pass at the airport

How does Baldanza respond to criticism that his airline gets for being the only 'two star' rated carrier? "Economists call airlines an intermediate good, which means that you're not buying an airline trip because you want to be on the airplane, you want to be somewhere," says Baldanza. 

According to Baldanza, many of Spirit's customers are buying plane tickets for themselves, not for a business trip, so they're more worried about airfare. 

"We believe we have a totally different customer base than a Delta or an American or a United. The difference is that we target at Spirit customers who are paying for tickets themselves," he says.

But Baldanza says it's a pleasure to try to get his customers the lowest possible airfare.

"At Spirit it's really mind-opening and it's really rewarding to think about how can we make it cheaper to go tomorrow than today."

VIDEO: Hidden victims of the Ebola crisis

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-02 10:15
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has killed almost 10,000 people, but it appears the number of people dying from the virus is finally slowing down.

British plane spotters in UAE arrest

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-02 10:14
Three British men are arrested in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) over allegations of suspicious behaviour while plane spotting.

Toronto Police Say Riddle Of Mysterious Tunnel Solved

NPR News - Mon, 2015-03-02 10:04

Police say two men claimed they dug the tunnel for "personal reasons." The case has since been closed.

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'No repeat' of polling day queues

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-02 09:59
The chaotic queuing seen at some polling stations at the 2010 general election will not be repeated this time around, the head of the Electoral Commission says.

Loyalist band group at SF conference

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-02 09:56
Sinn Féin's Martin McGuinness welcomes the decision by a group that represents loyalist bands to attend his party's annual conference.

France 'rebuked over smacking'

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-02 09:50
Europe's top rights watchdog is set to rule that France's guidance over spanking children is not sufficiently clear, Le Monde newspaper reports.

Afghan president sacks police chiefs

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-02 09:40
Twenty-seven senior Afghan police officers are sacked as part an anti-corruption drive by President Ashraf Ghani.

'Drug psychosis' mum-stab man jailed

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-02 09:36
A man stabbed his mother 11 times in a "drug-fuelled psychosis" after bingeing on mephedrone, cannabis and alcohol, a court hears.

A New Front In The Ukrainian Conflict: Russian Gas Imports

NPR News - Mon, 2015-03-02 09:34

Russia has cut off Ukraine's gas supplies in the past and is threatening to do it again. The latest payment dispute comes at a sensitive moment in the crisis in eastern Ukraine.

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One-third miss school choice in London

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-02 09:32
Almost a third of families in London did not get their first choice of secondary school as the population surge reaches secondary level.

Fire death dad lured sons with train

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-02 09:30
A newly-divorced father lured his two sons with a new model train set before setting fire to his house, killing all three of them, an inquest hears.

Clinton's Portrait Has Hint Of Lewinsky's Blue Dress, Artist Says

NPR News - Mon, 2015-03-02 09:29

Nelson Shanks tells the Philadelphia Daily News a shadow on the left side of the painting represents not only the infamous dress, but also "a shadow on the office he held, or on" President Clinton.

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FBI sued for Boston bombing death

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-02 09:20
The family of a man who was killed by the FBI as agents investigated the Boston marathon bombings is suing the agency.

Wages And Prices: A Welcome Breakup

NPR News - Mon, 2015-03-02 09:15

A Commerce Department report shows paychecks are fatter, prices are leaner and Americans are saving more. Meanwhile, prices fell by 0.5 percent. That's helping consumers on the rebound from recession.

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