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Our Handy Holiday Wine Gift Guide Has You Covered

How to choose the perfect bottle of wine as a holiday gift for anyone on your list.<p>'Tis the season! The season, that is, for buying stuff for other people— many of whom you might not talk to more than once a year, or even like. Uncertain what to give Uncle Herb, or your second cousin who still …

Wine

Cost Of Battling Filibuster Rules: No Sleep Or Fundraising

When Senate Democrats voted last month to limit the minority party's ability to filibuster most presidential nominees, inside-the-Beltway hand-wringing commenced.<p>The Senate would never be the same without a 60-vote threshold on controversial matters! Just wait and see the dysfunction! The …

The winners and losers of the Murray-Ryan budget deal

The Pentagon will be thrilled, Big Oil less so, and the unemployed, travelers and dead pensioners unhappy<p>The US budget deal agreed by senator Patty Murray and congressman Paul Ryan is expected to pass by the end of the week, averting another potential government shutdown in January. Here's who …

The Mysterious Surge of Higher-Income Obamacare Enrollees

Only 40 percent of those getting cleared to sign up through the exchanges so far are eligible for subsidies, far short of the 90 percent predicted.<p>Buried in a Kaiser Health News report about the latest Obamacare enrollment numbers is a curious fact that helps explain why we've heard so many …

“Stretched resources” blamed for all hell breaking loose at the National Zoo

Three deaths, two escapes and other recent incidents raise concerns<p>Something's off at the National Zoo.<p>You'll recall how, in November, a zebra attacked a zookeeper, who was sent, bleeding but conscious, to the emergency room. Later that day, it was discovered that an endangered gazelle, apparently …

U.S. House Republicans voice support for budget deal | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday were falling in line behind a two-year budget deal negotiated behind closed doors, indicating that the normally rambunctious group of lawmakers is not spoiling for a year-end fiscal fight.<p>Despite conservative …

Obamacare agency relies on manual back-ups as enrollment rises | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As online enrollment accelerates for medical insurance under President Barack Obama’s health law, the government is relying on manual back-up systems to correct computer errors that could leave some enrollees uninsured, the top U.S. health official said on Wednesday.<p>A man …

So Much for GOP Unity in 2014

The Republican Party’s unity project is not turning out to be much of a “Kumbaya” around the campfire.<p>A year after GOP leaders vowed that infighting …

U.S. senator's top aide arrested on child porn allegations | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A top aide of Republican Senator Lamar Alexander was arrested on Wednesday in connection with child pornography allegations, the U.S. Justice Department said.<p>U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) speaks during the Reuters Washington Summit in Washington November 9, 2011. …

MasterCard and Samsung Team Up for NFC Payments in Australia

MasterCard is partnering with Samsung to bring tap-to-pay functionality to Australian shoppers who own a Samsung Galaxy S4 and have the Commonwealth …

Will Instagram’s Messaging ‘Moments’ Be Ephemeral?

Instagram is preparing to launch a new messaging service on its platform this year — as soon as its event this Thursday — TechCrunch has heard from a variety of sources. This isn’t too shocking, as Om Malik reported in a piece last month that the service would be coming very soon.<p>What we’ve also …

Facebook added to S&P 500 and S&P 100 indexes

Facebook, the No. 1 social networking company, gained even more status with investors Wednesday after being added to the popular Standard & Poor's 500 index.<p>The company, which sold shares to the public for the first time in 2012, is replacing electronic gear testing maker Teradyne in the …

The End Of Subsidized Phones Could Be Near

For almost a decade and a half, mobile customers – and Americans in particular – have enjoyed a certain economic perk: phone subsidies from the major carriers. This meant you could, on sign-up, get a very expensive phone for at most a few hundred dollars and, as an incentive to hang around, upgrade …

Yahoo’s webmail outage continues to frustrate users

Advertisement<p>8 Comments<p>Yahoo (s yhoo) may have spent most of this year trying to claw its way back to internet relevancy, but a days-long webmail …

WH: No comment on Obama's sign language interpreter

The White House is declining to comment on reports in South Africa that the man who provided alleged sign interpretation of President Obama's tribute to Nelson Mandela on Tuesday is a fake.<p>"He's a complete fraud," Cara Loening, director of Sign Language Education and Development in Cape Town told …

Things Are Looking Up For Kathleen Sebelius

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced this morning that she's asked the …

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Hilton Prices IPO at $20 A Share

Hilton Worldwide Holdings, the world’s largest hotel chain, priced its initial public offering at $20 a share late Wednesday, near the high end of their expected range.<p>The McLean, Va.-based company raised about $2.34 billion through the sale of 117 million shares, the second largest IPO this year. …

Sriracha shipping halted until mid-January by state regulators

<i>This post has been corrected. See note below for details.</i><p>Sriracha hot sauce manufacturer Huy Fong Foods cannot ship out any more sauce until mid-January because the California Department of Public Health has begun enforcing stricter guidelines for the company.<p>Their three sauces, Sriracha, Chili …

Space station’s coolant system crippled, but crew stays safe

A problem with one of the International Space Station's cooling systems may require a repair spacewalk, NASA told NBC News on Wednesday.<p>The situation doesn't represent a life-threatening emergency, but it has required a cutback in normal operations on the orbiting outpost, NASA spokesman Josh …

Space Exploration

Pope Francis, The People’s Pope

On the edge of Buenos Aires is a nothing little street called Pasaje C, a shot of dried mud leading into a slum from what passes for a main road, the …