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Barcelona 1-0 Manchester City (agg 3-1)

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-18 13:51
Manchester City become the final English team to be eliminated from the Champions League after defeat by Barcelona.

Celtic 4-0 Dundee United

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-18 13:50
Celtic's dreams of a domestic treble remain alive after a comfortable Scottish Cup replay win at home to Dundee United.

WATCH: Police Detonate 20,000 Pounds Of Fireworks

NPR News - Wed, 2015-03-18 13:42

The Midland, Texas, Police Department assisted the ATF in detonating the illegal fireworks. It took them 3 1/2 days.

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US drone 'kills al-Shabab leader'

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-18 13:40
The Pentagon confirms that a US drone strike in Somalia last Friday killed al-Shabab leader, Adan Garar, a suspect in the 2013 Kenya mall attack.

Chicago Mayor's Race Puts Democratic Divide In Spotlight

NPR News - Wed, 2015-03-18 13:37

Former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is in a fight for his political survival, signaling a deeper divide in the Democratic Party.

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Premera Blue Cross Cyberattack Exposed Millions Of Customer Records

NPR News - Wed, 2015-03-18 13:24

The health insurance provider revealed Tuesday that a cyberattack discovered in January, may have made the medical and financial information of 11 million people vulnerable to thieves.

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'Northern lights' observed on Mars

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-18 13:16
A Nasa spacecraft orbiting the Red Planet detects a mysterious aurora that reaches deep into the Martian atmosphere.

Man admits kitchen murder of wife

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-18 13:13
A man pleads guilty to murdering his wife and leaving her to die on the kitchen floor of their home while he went to work.

CCTV footage shown in Claudia case

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-18 13:00
Previously unreleased CCTV footage is screened in York as part of the investigation into the disappearance of Claudia Lawrence.

Starbucks Campaign Already Inspiring Awkward Conversations About Race

NPR News - Wed, 2015-03-18 12:52

Vlogger and deejay Jay Smooth was on MSNBC Tuesday night to talk about Starbucks' "Race Together" campaign, which has already birthed a very public, cringe-worthy conversation about race.

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VIDEO: Valentin Gruener with Sirga the lion

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-18 12:40
Valentin Gruener with Sirga the lion

Pain From The Grain: Corn Belt Towns Languish As Prices Drop

NPR News - Wed, 2015-03-18 12:25

Some farmers won't break even this planting season, and may have to tap into their savings. Many Corn Belt towns depend largely on these farmers and businesses linked to farming.

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Britain Unveils A New 1-Pound Coin

NPR News - Wed, 2015-03-18 12:24

The coin has 12 sides and a fresh design. It also has new technology that the Royal Mint says will make it the most counterfeit-proof coin in the world.

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How Much Can Women Trust That Breast Cancer Biopsy?

NPR News - Wed, 2015-03-18 12:11

Pathologists are great at spotting cancer, but less so at identifying atypical cells or DCIS, a study finds. That could lead to women getting too much treatment — or not enough.

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Protesters, Police Clash At Opening Of European Central Bank Headquarters

NPR News - Wed, 2015-03-18 12:10

Protesters set fire to burning tires and threw stones at police, who responded with water cannons during a ceremony to inaugurate the $1 billion-plus building in Frankfurt, Germany.

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Murray through to quarter-finals

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-18 12:07
Britain's Andy Murray beats unseeded Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 6-3 6-3 to reach the Indian Wells quarter-finals.

VIDEO: Police explode 20,000lb of fireworks

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-18 12:06
Police in Midland, Texas recently disposed of approximately 20,000lb (9071kg) worth of illegal fireworks in a controlled explosion.

Janet Yellen isn't ready to raise interest rates

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2015-03-18 12:03

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen and Fed policy makers wrapped up a two-day meeting in Washington D.C. today. Investors were hoping Yellen would provide a few clues about when the Fed might raise interest rates.

Marketplace’s Nancy Marshall-Genzer, who attended Yellen's press briefing following the meeting, reports that the Fed is willing to move, but cautiously.  

"If the Fed waits too long you could have undesirable things like deflation kick in that are a lot harder to correct once they’ve started," Genzer says. "On the other hand, you don’t want to do things too quickly because that could throw us back into a recession."   

So, for now, interest rates will stay the same. But what’s the magic unemployment number that might get Yellen to consider an uptick in interest rates?

"…Unemployment needs to be even lower, between 5 percent and 5.2 percent," Genzer says. 

Yellen didn’t completely rule out an interest-rate hike in April, “but she’s really trying not to spook the markets. She refuses to be pinned down on timing,” Genzer says.  

As expected, #Fed drops its pledge to be patient in raising interest rates, but makes it clear it's in no hurry.

— Nancy Marshall (@MarshallGenzer) March 18, 2015

Weak Euro undermines Chanel's China strategy

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2015-03-18 12:00

If you’re thinking about planning a vacation to Europe, now would be a good time. The American dollar is worth more now against the Euro than at any point over the past decade.

While the exchange rate may be welcome news for some tourists, the same may not be said for luxury European brands like Chanel or Gucci. Chanel handbags are so much cheaper in Paris than in China that Chinese tourists are flooding Paris shops for luxury bargains. Chanel want them to buy its handbags in China, expanding its market there.

So Chanel will increase prices in Europe and cut them in Asia.

“I think the Chinese consumer will benefit from this, because they will get lower prices and they won't have to go shop in New York, London or Paris in order to get the benefit of those relatively lower prices,” says Milton Pedraza of the Luxury Institute.

But high-end brands in particular need to think long and hard about changing prices from country to country.

"One of the keys to running a luxury business is that the customers understand that the prices don't move all that often, and that you're not waiting for products to go on sale,” says Stifel analyst David Schick.

Schick says long-term profitability for companies like Chanel or Louis Vuitton won’t hinge on exchange rates, but rather on how they are able to compete in a market that is increasingly crowed with competitors — many of whom are perfectly willing to sell you a handbag online, instead of through a shop on the Champs-Élysées.

This Spanish Pig-Slaughtering Tradition Is Rooted In Sustainability

NPR News - Wed, 2015-03-18 12:00

In Spanish villages, townspeople gather at dawn to collectively slaughter a pig, then prepare every last bit as food, even the ears. The ancient ritual, called matanza, is now drawing foodie tourists.

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