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French Cafe Charges Rude Customers More
The manager of Le Petit Syrah in Nice imposed a cost on rudeness. Demand "a coffee," and it's $9.50, in dollars. Say "please," and the price drops to $6. And if you greet the waiter with a friendly "bonjour," the bill comes to $2.
Alabama's Kicker Gets Condolences From 'Another 43'
No. 43 Cade Foster missed two kicks and had a third blocked in a game against rival Auburn. But Foster got a note from someone who can relate: George W. Bush, the 43rd president. "Life has its setbacks. I know!" he wrote.
Filling The Gaps For Veterans With Bad Discharges
Community and charity groups are scrambling to provide care where the VA is failing veterans who left the military with less-than-honorable discharges. Many of these groups have extensive experience with the problem; they say tens of thousands of Vietnam veterans faced the same problem.
High Insurance Rates Anger Some Ski-Country Coloradans
Gas, groceries and rents are all pricier in Summit and Eagle counties than in Denver, just a hundred miles away. Health insurance costs a lot more in these mountain communities, too, and some folks are crying foul. Their congressman — a Democrat — is asking the feds for relief.
Amid Cuts And Tax Hikes, Tech Companies Get Love in Ireland
Ireland has made a concerted effort to grow its tech industry, through tax incentives and development programs. Officials credit the initiative with helping uplift the country's economy. But the country has also faces local and international criticism for its approach.
With One Photo, The Average Commute Becomes Super Special
We asked you to photograph your commute. We had no idea you would make such connections!
Newtown Parents Seek A Clearer Window Into Violent Behavior
When Jeremy Richman and Jennifer Hensel lost their daughter in the Connecticut shooting, they couldn't understand why someone would do such a thing. In seeking an answer, they're funding research into the forces that increase a person's risk of aggression — and have also found a path to healing.
Scandal May Bring New Oversight To LA County Sheriff's Department
The Los Angeles County supervisor wants to create an independent commission to oversee the department following charges of inmate abuse and racial profiling.
Mexico's Patron Saint Is Also Its Hello Kitty
As many as 6 million pilgrims have made their way to the Mexican capital to pay homage to the Virgin of Guadalupe on Thursday. One woman has turned the country's most revered religious icon into a cartoon characterization, using it to build a multimillion-dollar company.
At 90, Disney Animation Nowhere Near Drawing To A Close
Nearly a century after it was founded by Walt Disney, the studio is still producing magical cartoons. NPR's Renee Montagne talks about history and the future with John Lasseter — the chief creative officer of both Disney and Pixar Animation Studios.