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VIDEO: Clegg: 'I'm not going to be PM'

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-30 12:35
Nick Clegg says he will not be prime minister after the General Election in the final televised leaders event.

Documents Show FAA Questioned Mental Fitness of Germanwings Co-Pilot Andreas Lubitz

NPR News - Thu, 2015-04-30 12:32

Newly released documents show the FAA initially declined to give Andreas Lubitz a medical certificate for his U.S. pilot's license because of his history of depression.

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US Navy to assist ships through Gulf

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-30 12:29
Defence officials have said that US Navy ships will accompany US-flagged commercial vessels through the Strait of Hormuz, to make sure they are not interfered with by Iran.

The Doctor Will Video Chat With You Now: Insurer Covers Virtual Visits

NPR News - Thu, 2015-04-30 12:27

Medical consultation via video is going mainstream. UnitedHealthcare says it will cover doctors' visits by live video on smartphones, tablets and computers. Will people overuse it and boost costs?

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VIDEO: 'No Labour government if SNP deal'

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-30 12:25
Labour leader Ed Miliband has said he would not form a Labour government - if it meant making a deal with the SNP.

I won't be PM with SNP deal - Miliband

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-30 12:22
There will be no Labour government if it involves a coalition or a deal with SNP, Ed Miliband says during a special election edition of Question Time.

Mercury mission ends with a bang

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-30 12:22
After a decade in space and four years in orbit, Nasa's Messenger spacecraft reaches the end of its mission and crashes into the surface of Mercury.

The Plan To Give E-Books To Poor Kids

NPR News - Thu, 2015-04-30 12:18

Today, President Obama announced a massive effort with major publishers to make thousands of e-book titles free for low-income kids.

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VIDEO: Miliband: 'Labour did not overspend'

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-30 12:10
Ed Miliband has been questioned over Labour's record on spending in the final televised leaders event before the election.

VIDEO: Cameron on 'dark room' coalition deals

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-30 12:07
David Cameron has said he will fight with everything he has got to avoid having to go into coalition and make policy compromises in a "dark room with Nick Clegg or someone".

The Transaction: a silver promise

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-04-30 12:03

Marketplace listener Carol Thompson received a birthday present from her husband Ted – a necklace with the etching “Heaven Has In Store What Thou Hast Lost.” It was a comforting message referring to a daughter who had passed away a few years before. The necklace arrived in the mail just days after her husband died unexpectedly, but receiving the necklace gave Carol a sense of peace.

Warnings over Yemen fuel shortage

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-30 11:48
Aid agencies warn of a severe lack of fuel and food in Yemen, with one charity saying it has had to withdraw from one region.

Pacquiao 'not same since knockout'

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-30 11:42
Floyd Mayweather's father says Manny Pacquiao has never recovered from being knocked out by Juan Manuel Marquez in 2013.

'Uprising' Or 'Riot'? Depends Who's Watching

NPR News - Thu, 2015-04-30 11:37

West Baltimore protests spark debate over how media portrays conflict.

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Can't Get A Job Because Of A Criminal Record? A Lawsuit Is Trying To Change That

NPR News - Thu, 2015-04-30 11:26

People convicted of minor crimes years ago are suing to overturn a Pennsylvania law that bars them from working full time in nursing homes, locking them out of a fast-growing sector in the economy.

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A warehouse dash with Rent the Runway

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-04-30 11:24

Wednesday at Rent the Runway’s Secaucus warehouse is its busiest day of the week.  The company offers designer clothing as short-term rentals to its customers, at a fraction of the cost it would take to purchase the item. But since most of their customers are renting for events that take place on Saturday, Wednesday becomes the key day when items that have been rented are returned and need to be sent out again for the following weekend.

“You have to turn it around with essentially a zero day turn around time” says Rent the Runway’s co-founder and CEO, Jenn Hyman.

“If you go into any woman’s closet throughout the United States you’ll see that when you open the doors, most of the closet is black. It’s filled with black dresses and black tops. Why is that? Is that because women’s favorite color is black? No, it’s because it’s the most rational option,” explains Hyman.  “The whole point of Rent the Runway is to leave some of your common sense at home and actually try something printed or pink or sequined or fun, just because you can.”

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And sure enough, printed, pink, and sequined dresses fill the warehouse.

When the pre-stamped envelopes that the company provides to renters for returns begin to filter in to the warehouse, they’re scanned and sorted based on their contents. 

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If an item inside needs to be sent out that same day, it’s put into one bin; if it’s not needed just yet, it goes into another. The urgent envelopes are opened and the dresses and accessories inside are sent to be cleaned.

This is a huge undertaking. Luckily, Rent the Runway’s warehouse happens to be conveniently located near a dry-cleaner: their own. When Rent the Runway opened this Secaucus warehouse late last year, they became the largest dry cleaner in the United States.

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And if a stain or a spot needs to be removed, they have experienced workers like Nick, The Stain Guy, to help out.

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The dresses are dry cleaned, and then sent on to a pool of about 50 seamstresses to mend anything that might be amiss. Some dresses are altered to fit the height of the customer who ordered them.

“One of the key insights that we had when we started the business was that women felt like they had to wear a new outfit for every occasion” says Hyman. She explains, “they had been photographed and that photograph was now up on Facebook and they couldn’t repeat their outfit.”

The company also offers a subscription service similar to Netflix. Users pay a flat monthly fee and receive three items at a time from their queue of dresses, accessories, and jewelry.

Many customers order multiple items – a dress in two sizes, and accessories.  The company’s software helps keep track of what’s missing from an order and when an order is complete, ready to be packaged and sent out. At the end of the day, at about 8pm, UPS picks up stacks of Rent the Runway boxes, ready to be shipped out.

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A large portion of the Secaucus warehouse is vacant but Hyman expects she’ll be expanding in to that area son enough. She has a grand vision for the Rent the Runway’s future.

“I believe that every woman in this country and later every woman in the world should have a subscription to fashion, just like you have a subscription to music or to entertainment and via that subscription, you would be able to just have fun with this amazing industry that we’re in.”

VIDEO: Cameron: 'I rejected child benefit cut'

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-30 11:24
David Cameron has been questioned over the Conservatives plans for benefits cuts in the final televised leaders event before the election.

Health System Took Control To Make Joint Replacement More Profitable

NPR News - Thu, 2015-04-30 11:21

Baptist Health System in San Antonio made money doing what used to be industry heresy: reducing patients' use of medical care.

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Climate change risk 'to many species'

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-30 11:18
One in six species on the planet could face extinction due to the effects of climate change if nothing is done to reduce emissions, according to analysis.

Why We Can't Take Chipotle's GMO Announcement All That Seriously

NPR News - Thu, 2015-04-30 11:09

Chipotle says providing "food with integrity" means dropping genetically modified ingredients. But critics say the company's new policy is inconsistent and even dishonest.

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