National / International News

When is hummus really hummus?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-05-28 02:56

Sabra has spent millions of dollars making hummus mainstream in the U.S. Now, it wants the Food and Drug Administration to rule on what is and is not hummus.

The word "hummus" means chickpea, and Sabra wants the FDA to rule that new, chickpea-free dips like black bean hummus and edamame hummus should not get to use the name.

Instead, the company wants the FDA to define hummus this way: "The semisolid food prepared from mixing cooked, dehydrated, or dried chickpeas and tahini with one or more optional ingredients," says Greg Greene, Sabra's director of marketing.

If it succeeds, the FDA will issue what's called a Standard of Identity. Lots of foods have these, determining what can be labeled juice, or mayonaise, or this one for milk: "The lacteal secretion of an animal."

The National Milk Producers Federation has been fighting names like soymilk and almond milk for years now. To milk producers and Sabra, these FDA definitions help avoid customer confusion.

It's also, of course, about money: If you've invested a lot marketing milk or hummus, you don't want some newcomer stealing your identity.

VIDEO: Clegg: Peer wants to undermine party

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-28 02:55
Nick Clegg has said Lord Oakeshott is seeking to "undermine" the Liberal Democrats, after the peer commissioned an opinion poll suggesting the party would do better with a new leader.

Serco to run Scotland sleeper route

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-28 02:52
Serco is awarded the 15-year contract to run the Caledonian sleeper train service between Scotland and London.

Wife killer jailed for 17 years

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-28 02:46
A former soldier who battered his wife to death after discovering she was having an affair is jailed for 17 years.

Thai army: 'Many detainees released'

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-28 02:12
Thailand's army says it has now released 124 people, including politicians and activists, who were taken into custody after the coup.

VIDEO: Police clear Calais refugee camp

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-28 02:09
Police in the northern French city of Calais are removing about 800 migrants from Asia, the Middle East and Africa who are occupying camps near the port.

In pictures: Calais migrants cleared

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-28 02:07
French police clear migrants from Calais camps

Everybody's talking about Cuba

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-05-28 02:06

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is leading a delegation to Cuba this week to, in its words, "develop a better understanding of the country’s current economic environment."    

“One thing it will do is open people’s eyes to some of the opportunities that may be down there, ” says former Deputy Secretary of State and National Intelligence Director John Negroponte. Negroponte, who is not on the trip, now heads the Americas Society/Council of the Americas and recently signed a public letter the Society sent to President Barack Obama, asking him to ease U.S. sanctions on Cuba while continuing to push for human rights reforms. 

Why all this attention to Havana now? It’s partly because the administration has already eased up a bit.

“We should broaden out what is in our national interest to do with Cuba,” says Ted Piccone, acting vice president of the Brookings Institution’s foreign policy program. “It’s in our interest to have better relations with the country.”

Texas A&M study says if the U.S. ended travel and financial restrictions on Cuba, the U.S. would be $1.1 billion richer. 

PSNI 'did not protect riot officers'

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-28 02:01
The PSNI's command team did not do enough to prevent officers being injured during violent street disorder, the police officers' union says

Goldman's World Cup forecast

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-28 01:53
Economists try their hand at forecasting the World Cup

Red Bull raced with Mercedes - Horner

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-28 01:52
Red Bull say their hopes of challenging Mercedes this season have been boosted by a strong performance in Monaco.

Homes evacuated after explosion

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-28 01:50
There has been an explosion at a bungalow in Tingley, in West Yorkshire, emergency services confirm.

VIDEO: Breakfast does Pharrell's 'Happy'

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-28 01:47
The hit single Happy, by American singer and producer Pharrell Williams, has reached number one in countries around the globe - and its upbeat video has spurred a number of copycat versions.

Medallists among latest Scots choices

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-28 01:45
Team Scotland include three Commonwealth Games medallists in the latest 29 named for Glasgow 2014.

New trade venue is in talks to become a full-fledged financial exchange

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-05-28 01:36

Driven in part by Michael Lewis' recent book, regulators are taking hard looks at the widespread practice of ultra-high frequency trading in financial markets.  

Lewis' book argues that regular investors lose out when technology gives some traders the ability to jump in and out of trades with lightening speed. The fast folk say there's nothing wrong with what they do. At the center of Lewis' book is an upstart financial trading system out of New York City called IEX that looks for ways to use technology to insulate clients from high speed traders nibbling on the edges of their prices. Now the Wall Street Journal says IEX is in talks to raise several hundred million dollars in cash to turn itself into a full-fledged financial exchange with all the necessary regulatory permissions and safeguards. IEX isn't commenting about this, but the head of Market Operations at this maverick out was willing to talk about his efforts to thwart the fast boys, as he sees it.

Don Bollerman, Head of Market Operations at IEX, joins Marketplace Morning Report host David Brancaccio to discuss. 

Pochettino: The man to take Spurs to the top four?

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-28 01:34
A detailed analysis of how Mauricio Pochettino will tackle the challenge of taking Tottenham into the Champions League.

Police appeal to trace missing man

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-28 01:34
Members of the public are urged not to approach a missing man who failed to report to a police station.

VIDEO: Snowden: 'I was trained as a spy'

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-28 01:31
Fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden describes himself as a spy specialising in electronic surveillance, in his first interview with US TV.

Turner 'excellent' in Bakersfield Mist

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-28 01:29
Critics praise Kathleen Turner's return to the West End stage in new play Bakersfield Mist, also starring Ian McDiarmid.

French police move into Calais camps

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-28 01:21
Police in the northern French city of Calais are dismantling camps housing hundreds of migrants from Asia and Africa trying to reach Britain.
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