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Russia heading for crash as ruble plummets

Russia's economy is crashing and its currency appears to be in free fall.<p>The ruble plunged by about 12% Monday, meaning it's lost nearly 50% against the dollar this year. Early Tuesday in Russia, the central bank hiked its key interest rate for a sixth time this year to 17% from 10.5%.<p>A …

Government Funding Bill Rolls Back Trucker Rest Requirements

The spending bill in Congress is not just about money. Tucked inside the bill are provisions to change regulations affecting everything from banking to the environment. One regulatory rollback has those concerned about truck safety especially upset.<p>The regulation is part of a series of rules that …

Richard Branson, Virgin Quietly Give Up On Deep Sea Exploration (For Now)

Is this another example of Virgin trying too much too fast?<p>Virgin founder Richard Branson is not afraid to dream big. Whether it’s trying to disrupt stale industries like air travel or cruise lines or attempting a grand human accomplishment, Branson doesn’t stop moving (or looking for his next …

The Mysterious Rise of the Non-Working Man

The economy is not leaving men behind. But it is perhaps leaving manliness behind.<p>In 1974, the radio broadcaster Studs Terkel published a book of profiles to have "people talk about what they do all day and how they feel about what they do." The title of the book was, simply, <i>Working</i>.<p>That was …

Airlines get $1 billion from baggage fees

It's hard to escape paying a fee for a checked bag these days, and it's starting to add up -- to nearly $1 billion.<p>All together the 27 U.S. airlines took in a total of $960 million from baggage fees last quarter, according to data released by the Department of Transportation Monday.<p>That's an …

Use a 'Fake' Location to Get Cheaper Plane Tickets

I can’t explain airline pricing but I do know some plane tickets can be cheaper depending on where you buy them or, even better, where you <i>appear</i> to …

Meet the 'accidental American' with a big tax bill

He left America at the age of seven, has never earned a penny there, but might owe the U.S. government $6,000 in taxes.<p>Meet Elad Shahar, who was born in 1969 to Israeli parents in New York when his father was posted there for work.<p>Anybody born on U.S. soil -- or to one American parent anywhere in …

New settlement in GT Advanced bankruptcy case gives supplier more time to sell equipment

The Wall Street Journal reported today that Apple and GT Advanced Technologies have reached a settlement in their ongoing bankruptcy case. The settlement, which was approved by the courts earlier today, gives the sapphire supplier up to four years to sell its current stock of sapphire production …

Uber answers Franken, takes aim at privacy questions

Uber on Monday strongly defended its privacy practices, telling Sen. Al Franken in a letter that the company “prohibits employees from accessing rider personal information except for business purposes” — but the Democratic senator said he still isn’t convinced.<p>Franken initially wrote the company in …

Cleveland Police Union Refuses To Back Down From Criticism Of NFL Player For Tamir Rice Shirt

The president of the Cleveland Patrolmen's Association on Monday refused to back down from criticizing a Cleveland Browns player as "pathetic" for wearing a shirt calling for justice for two unarmed black males who were killed by police officers in Ohio.<p>Cleveland Patrolmen's Association President …

PolitiFact's lie of the year

It was the global health scare that spooked a nation.<p>Fear of Ebola’s potency and spread sparked “exaggerated claims” and statements from politicians and pundits, collectively earning the dubious distinction of PolitiFact’s Lie of the Year, the organization announced Monday. Editors made their pick …

GOP Donors Wait to Rally Around One Moderate

As many as 20 Republicans have floated the idea of a potential presidential run. That’s a lot of people jockeying for votes, staff, advisers and perhaps most importantly – donors.<p>Politics experiences no shortage of money with both President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney and the main super …

Carolina on Jeb's mind

South Carolina may be a firewall for the former Florida governor in 2016.<p>Jeb Bush’s commencement address at the University of South Carolina on Monday was mostly devoid of politics. But the appearance alone, in a state that could be pivotal to his 2016 prospects, was just the latest sign that the …

Tennessee Governor Moves To Expand Medicaid Coverage

Following the lead of other Republican governors, Tennessee's Gov. Bill Haslam is moving to expand Medicaid in his state, using federal funds from the Affordable Care Act. Haslam announced the plan Monday morning; it'll be debated by the legislature next month.<p>From Nashville, Bobby Allyn of member …

Luxembourg tax whistleblower says he acted out of conviction

A 28-year-old former PricewaterhouseCoopers auditor charged with theft and violating trade secrets in Luxembourg in the wake of the LuxLeaks tax avoidance scandal has revealed his identity and claimed he acted out of conviction, in an interview with the French newspaper Libération.<p>Antoine Deltour, …

Is China's economy really the largest in the world?

<b>For the first time in more than 140 years, the US has lost the title of the world's largest economy - it has been stolen by China, according to the IMF. But how reliable are the statistics underpinning this claim? The BBC's economics editor, Robert Peston, explains lower down why China matters to</b> …

Brazil Olympics: Super-bacteria found in Rio sea waters

<b>Researchers in Brazil have discovered drug-resistant bacteria in the sea waters where sailing and windsurfing events will be held during the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.</b><p>The "super-bacteria" are usually found in hospital waste and produce an enzyme, KPC, resistant to antibiotics.<p>Researchers …

Police storm Sydney cafe to end hostage siege, three dead

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Heavily armed Australian police stormed a Sydney cafe early on Tuesday morning and freed a number of hostages being held there at gunpoint, in a dramatic end to a 16-hour siege in which three people including the attacker were killed.<p>Police have not publicly identified the gunman …

Camille Cosby on allegations against husband Bill: 'Who is the victim'?

Camille Cosby has broken her silence to portray her husband Bill Cosby as a victim of media misrepresentation, invoking Rolling Stone’s disputed story on rape at the University of Virginia.<p>Camille Cosby had, until now, remained silent on the storm of sexual assault allegations raging around her …

Torture report describes key 9/11 figure facing off with interrogators

Less than two hours after self-avowed Sept. 11 mastermind<p>Khalid Shaikh Mohammedwas captured, the chief of interrogations of a newCIAdetention site in Afghanistan emailed Washington with this subject line: "Let's roll with the new guy."<p>For the next 3 1/2 years, until his transfer to the prison at …

Gunman and Two Others Dead in Sydney Hostage Crisis

A gunman who burst into a Sydney chocolate shop and took hostages has been killed, along with two of the hostages, Australian police said.<p>The suspect …

Hawaii releases video of teen dropping from jet

HONOLULU (AP) — The security footage looks unassuming at first: a Hawaiian Airlines jet parked at a gate at the Maui airport under overcast skies, …

The U.S. Faces Longer Summers of Worsening Ozone Pollution

Scientists have linked a warmer climate to a 70 percent increase in unhealthy summertime ozone levels.<p>The public soundtrack of the United States of the future could be a discordant symphony of hacking, wheezing, and curses. That's because as the world continues to warm, the number of troublesome …

9-Year-Old Achieves Dream of Starting a No-Kill Animal Shelter in His Garage

For as long as he can remember, it has been 9-year-old Ken's dream to open an animal shelter to help the stray dogs and cats on the streets of the Philippines. Although Ken anticipated that he wouldn't be able to start his own shelter until he was an adult, that dream has now become a reality …

Executive race to lead European Union of democracy

Five candidates, five views on Europe.<p>For the first time, the European Union’s foremost political groups each propose a candidate to lead the executive Commission.<p>This new democratic policy is aimed at encouraging Europeans to vote in the parliament elections, because the Commission head, in …

256 Floating Balloons Beautifully Illuminate to Music

For the Mapping Festival, an audiovisual art event held annually in Geneva, Switzerland, a mesmerizing installation was just presented that turned ordinary white balloons into a mesmerizing installation. On May 16, in front of the Museum of Art and History in Geneva, a matrix of 256 balloons that …

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Create An Unforgettable Air Plant Terrarium

We at Decoist love air plants! Not only do they have the power to make a big difference (no matter how small), they can be displayed in a variety of …