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KFC introduces finger lickin' good nail polish

15 hours ago
Kai Ryssdal

Finger lickin' good just took on a whole new meaning.

Kentucky Fried Chicken has introduced edible nail polish. It comes in Original Recipe and Hot and Spicy, just like the actual chicken. KFC apparently worked with McCormick, the spice company, on the formula — I hate to call it a recipe. Apparently what you do is you lick it once it's on your nails and it tastes just like chicken.

Sadly, it's available only in Hong Kong.

Last week, there was a big development in the long-running, bitter, complicated battle over a 9,000-year-old set of bones known variously as "Kennewick Man" or "The Ancient One," depending on whom you ask.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers confirmed that the ancient bearer of the bones is genetically linked to modern-day Native Americans. Now, under federal law, a group of tribes that has been fighting to rebury him will almost certainly get to do so.

Dispatch, Ep 14: It's a meal delivery apocalypse

15 hours ago
Molly Wood

Oh you need some food to come to your house? I think there's an app for that.

In fact, here is what's probably a partial list of the various food and meal delivery services operating in the San Francisco Bay Area.

JaeRan Kim

Amelia Vallejo's son Michael is 5 years old. He is developmentally delayed, mostly deaf, has vision problems and a host of other physical ailments his mother attributes to the high concentrations of lead that had been in her yard's soil.

“This Exide battery plant has ruined my family for the rest of their lives, with my son being disabled," Vallejo said, looking at the new sod recently installed in her yard by state employees. “I think it’s great, but the damage has been done.”

Proposed consumer class action rules don't cover everybody

16 hours ago
Nancy Marshall-Genzer

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has unveiled a proposed new rule on binding arbitration, those clauses usually buried in the fine print of your credit card agreement that say you can’t sue your bank. You have to go to arbitration instead.  

The CFPB proposal would let consumers band together to sue in class action lawsuits. 

Debtors' prisons have long been illegal in the United States. But many courts across the country still send people to jail when they can't pay their court fines. Last year, the Justice Department stepped in to stop the practice in Ferguson, Mo. And now, in a first, a U.S. city will pay out thousands of dollars to people who were wrongly sent to jail.

Austin votes on fingerprinting for rideshare drivers

16 hours ago
Audrey McGlinchy

Ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft have battled local regulations in many cities, including San Antonio, New York City and Atlanta.

It’s now Austin’s turn. On Saturday, voters in the central Texas city will choose which rules they’d like the companies to work under. If the vote does not go in their favor, Uber and Lyft have threatened to leave the city.

On paper, sending surplus U.S. peanuts to feed 140,000 malnourished Haitian schoolchildren for a full year sounds like a heroic plan. Instead, it's united 60 aid groups that are urgently calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to halt a shipment containing 500 metric tons of peanuts, preventing the legumes from reaching Haiti.

The FDA swoops in with new e-cigarette regulations

17 hours ago
Nova Safo and Levi Sharpe

The Food and Drug Administration came out with new rules today that extend its authority over tobacco regulations to all related products, including e-cigarettes, cigars, hookah and tobacco pipes.

The rules, which take effect in August, are retroactive. Products out in the market now will have to go back and get approval from the FDA. Companies will have a two-year grace period, with an additional year if needed.

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a sweeping package of tobacco bills into California law on Wednesday, including one that will raise the legal age to buy products from 18 to 21 and another that dramatically tightens restrictions on e-cigarettes.