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Alan Gross has been in a Cuban jail for more than four years. This week, he went on a hunger strike. Reporter Jeffrey Goldberg, recently back from Cuba, brings NPR's Scott Simon an update.
Saudi Arabia's chief of the royal court has tweeted for the first time since activating his account in 2012. Kelly McEvers talks to Ahmed Al Omran, who covers Saudi Arabia for The Wall Street Journal.
The price of beef is at its highest levels in nearly three decades. The biggest reason for the high prices is the drought. Demand for beef has also increased around the world.
A new wave of high-mileage cars is making its way to the U.S. market. Full-size cars that routinely get 40, even 50, miles per gallon on the highway have been on sale for years in Europe.
It's prom season and KFC wants to get in on the action. For $20, prom goers can order a corsage. Because of food safety, the chicken isn't included — it's to be picked up on the way to the event.
Tensions are growing between pro-Russian militants and Ukrainian forces in eastern Ukraine. The new Ukrainian government has pledged a "very tough" response to those occupying government buildings.