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New chapter in Duracell's history

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-10-24 11:00

Proctor & Gamble announced Friday it was planning to spin off Duracell.

 

Smithsonian historian Eric Hintz shares the story of the battery company, which got its start back in World War II.

 

 

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VIDEO: Call to scrap term-time holiday ban

BBC - Fri, 2014-10-24 10:24
The ban on term-time holidays from school should be scrapped so head teachers can take a "common-sense approach", council leaders have suggested.

Yellow powder sparks security alerts

BBC - Fri, 2014-10-24 10:04
Envelopes containing an unknown yellow powder have been sent to five consulates in the Turkish city of Istanbul, officials say.

We're looking for the fullest inbox in America

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-10-24 10:00

As Amy Scott reported, we send billions of emails every day.

The thing is, email is terrible. At least that's the conclusion among Marketplace's digital audience: between unnecessary "reply all," vague subject lines and passive-aggressive cc'ing, the inbox can be a place of pain.

It can also be crowded. We asked:

How many emails do you have in your inbox? Tell the truth. #numberslove — Marketplace (@Marketplace) October 23, 2014

 So far, we've seen a few inbox zero fanatics. We salute them:

@marketplace 0 unread emails everyday. — Jules Botero (@jules_MIA) October 24, 2014

0 emails! 32 READ! :) I dislike having unread email haha @Marketplace — Diali (@DialiAvila) October 24, 2014

We've also seen... way more than zero:

@Marketplace 16,695 in main inbox folder, an additional 5,000,000+ in saved folders — Blaine Bershad (@BlaineBershad) October 23, 2014

@Marketplace 192,397 emails.

— Mike Brown (@xenoxaos) October 23, 2014

@Marketplace 218,543 and that's just one of 7 email accounts... — Sara Phalen (@SaraPhalen) October 23, 2014

The question now: Can you beat them? We want to find the fullest inbox in America. Tweet us @Marketplace. Bonus points for a screenshot. 

'Freakish' Sunspot Wows Astronomers

NPR News - Fri, 2014-10-24 09:58

AR 2192, the largest sunspot seen since the beginning of the current 11-year cycle that started in 2008, is producing strong solar flares.

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Caterham 'allowed' to miss two GPs

BBC - Fri, 2014-10-24 09:51
Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone will allow Caterham to miss the next two Formula 1 grands prix to focus on finding a buyer.

Jade coroner calls for dog licences

BBC - Fri, 2014-10-24 09:48
A coroner criticises dangerous dog laws and calls for dog licences to be reintroduced after 14-year-old Jade Anderson was savaged to death.

Man injured in west Belfast shooting

BBC - Fri, 2014-10-24 09:43
Police are investigating a shooting incident in west Belfast.

Hailo says Uber blocked investors

BBC - Fri, 2014-10-24 09:41
After pulling out of the US, taxi app Hailo complains that rival Uber is blocking potential investors from offering funding.

PM: I won't meet £1.7bn EU demand

BBC - Fri, 2014-10-24 09:39
David Cameron insists the UK will not pay £1.7bn demanded by the EU - but Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso says the bill should not have come as a surprise.

Egypt: Sinai 'bomb' kills 25 troops

BBC - Fri, 2014-10-24 09:31
A suspected jihadist car bomb attack kills at least 25 Egyptian soldiers in Sinai, Egyptian officials say, in one of deadliest incidents there.

Ebola nurse Nina Pham free of virus

BBC - Fri, 2014-10-24 09:22
A Dallas nurse infected with Ebola while treating a patient is declared free of the deadly virus, a day after the first infection in New York.

10 things we didn't know last week

BBC - Fri, 2014-10-24 09:17
Walk on the Wild Side's bass line cost £17, and other nuggets

Military rents to rise, says minister

BBC - Fri, 2014-10-24 09:12
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon announces "major reforms" to funding for military accommodation will increase rents.

Man charged over couple's deaths

BBC - Fri, 2014-10-24 09:11
A man has been charged in connection with the discovery of the bodies of an elderly couple in County Donegal, police say.

VIDEO: US air strike 'hits IS command'

BBC - Fri, 2014-10-24 09:08
New video footage show a US air strike hitting an Islamic State position on a hill near the embattled Syrian town of Kobane.

Dolce & Gabbana cleared in tax case

BBC - Fri, 2014-10-24 09:06
Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, founders of the Dolce & Gabbana fashion house, are cleared by an Italian court of tax evasion.

Tunis 'militant hideout' stormed

BBC - Fri, 2014-10-24 09:00
Tunisian security forces storm a house in a Tunis suburb to end a stand-off with armed militants, killing six people, officials say.

US to check IS 'chemical weapon' use

BBC - Fri, 2014-10-24 08:55
The United States will investigate "extremely serious allegations" that militant group Islamic State used chlorine gas against Iraqi police officers.

Hen party death lorry driver cleared

BBC - Fri, 2014-10-24 08:49
A lorry driver is cleared of causing the death by dangerous driving of a woman on a hen party in West Yorkshire.

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