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Japan Says It Will Temporarily Scale Back Whale Hunt

NPR News - Fri, 2014-04-18 10:02

After a U.N. court ruling last month ordering Japan to halt whaling in Antarctic waters, Tokyo said it was reducing its target catch to just 210 animals a year.

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Hunting For The Tastiest Egg: Duck, Goose, Chicken Or Quail?

NPR News - Fri, 2014-04-18 09:55

We hard-boiled them. We donned blindfolds. And we chowed down. In our eggsperiment, can you guess which bird prevailed in the ultimate showdown of duck vs. chicken?

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VIDEO: Film Review - the week's new releases

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-18 09:54
Film critic Anna Smith reviews the week's new film releases, including comedy The Love Punch, character driven drama, Locke, and We Are The Best!, a witty drama about a punk band in the 1980s.

Man killed in microlight crash

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-18 09:53
A man has died in a microlight crash in Devon, police say.

'Martinez-charmed Everton will not welcome Moyes'

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-18 09:53
Man Utd boss David Moyes will not get a warm welcome back at Everton, whose fans have fallen under Roberto Martinez's spell, writes Phil McNulty

It pays to be polite in-flight

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-04-18 09:39

As evidenced in the video below, which has been viewed nearly 9.5 million times (and counting) on YouTube, Marty Cobb is one likeable flight attendant.

But even if the members of your cabin crew aren't hilarious, it’s important to make them like you, according to George Hobica, founder of AirfareWatchdog.com.

Hobica, who was flying before he learned how to walk, believes that packing our manners on every flight is the right thing to do — and it has paid off for him in various ways, including class upgrades and complimentary cocktails.

9. Pens! People are always asking flight attendants for pens, whether to complete immigration and customs forms or to simply do the crossword puzzle. Bring a few extra cheap pens, bundle them up and give them to your crewmember. It may not be as enjoyable as a box of chocolates, but they will surely put them to good use.

Click the audio player to hear Hobica’s plea for in-flight politeness and read more tips for making flight attendants like you

Have travel tips of your own? Share them with a comment below or Tweet them to us @LiveMoney

And if you're curious about the airplane movie references in the interview, they're from "Airplane," "Midnight Run," "View From The Top," and "Soul Plane."

Kiev reaches out to eastern rebels

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-18 09:38
Ukraine's interim authorities appeal for unity, promising to meet some demands of pro-Russian protesters occupying buildings in the east.

I deserve more recognition - Toure

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-18 09:36
Manchester City's Yaya Toure thinks he is not regarded as one of the best players on the planet because he is from Africa.

Peak beard theory

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-04-18 09:32

An actual academic study in the journal Biology Letters says, basically, "the more men who have beards...the less attractive those beards are."

It's called "negative frequency-dependent preferences and variation in male facial hair," and in plain language, it means: "We've reached peak beard. It's time for beards to go out of fashion."

To which I say: Amen, brother. I'm the clean cut type -- I wouldn't look good with a beard, even if I could grow one....


    

Why Scott Walker Is Looking Beyond His Fan Base

NPR News - Fri, 2014-04-18 09:27

Governors in both parties routinely run for re-election while keeping coy about the White House. But there's no question what's on the Wisconsin governor's mind, long-term.

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Why Scott Walker Is Looking Beyond His Fan Base

NPR News - Fri, 2014-04-18 09:27

Governors in both parties routinely run for re-election while keeping coy about the White House. But there's no question what's on the Wisconsin governor's mind, long term.

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Labour hires Obama poll guru Axelrod

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-18 09:17
David Axelrod, the strategist who masterminded Barack Obama's presidential victories, will be a key adviser on Ed Miliband's 2015 general election campaign, the Labour Party says.

Electricians question CBI vote move

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-18 09:11
The body representing electrical contractors urges the CBI to think again about giving its support to the campaign against Scottish independence.

Man killed as pleasure boat capsizes

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-18 09:09
One man dies and another is in hospital after a boat capsizes in a Devon river estuary described by a coastguard officer as "quite treacherous".

Algeria's president gets fourth term

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-18 08:54
Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who suffered a stroke last year, wins a fourth term in office taking more than 81% of the vote.

Boy in hospital with severe burns

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-18 08:52
A seven-year-old boy is taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary after an incident involving petrol left him with severe burns.

Three die in separate road crashes

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-18 08:34
Two motorcyclists and a car passenger have died in separate crashes in south and west Wales, say police.

Teachers to debate summer strike

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-18 08:34
The NUT conference is to hear calls for a one-day strike on 23 June and a campaign of industrial action over pay and workload.

Redundancy threat at building firm

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-18 08:31
Workers at a Newport building firm face redundancy after the company warned it was going into administration, union leaders claim.

Cavendish to miss Giro d'Italia

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-18 08:29
Isle of Man cyclist Mark Cavendish is to miss the Giro d'Italia as he steps up his preparations for the Tour de France.

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