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Behind on Retirement Savings? It’s Not Too Late to Catch Up

New research suggests parents can meet nest-egg goals with aggressive saving after the kids are out of the house<p>When it comes to saving for retirement, conventional wisdom calls for starting early and saving 10% to 15% or so a year. But that can be difficult for parents who are spending on …

Retirement

‘Find Your Passion’ Is Awful Advice

A major new study questions the common wisdom about how we should choose our careers.<p>Carol Dweck, a psychology professor at Stanford University, remembers asking an undergraduate seminar recently, “How many of you are waiting to find your passion?”<p>“Almost all of them raised their hand and got …

Psychology

Here Are the Home Improvement Projects You Should Tackle

Was this article helpful?<p>Yes<p>No<p>Time to shake that cabin fever and fire up your Pinterest boards: Remodeling Magazine just released its Cost vs. Value …

Home Improvement

Here's What a Successful Investing Strategy Looks Like

IT’S BASED ON YOUR GOALS<p>What do you want to do with the money that you’re investing? It may seem like a simple question, but the answer is important …

Investing

Why this Bollywood film on middle-age love is unusual

<b>A recent Bollywood film about a middle-aged husband trying to woo his unhappy wife drew attention for its subject. The BBC's Vandana Vijay writes about what makes the plot so unusual.</b><p>The movie, titled Angrezi Mein Kehte Hain (In English, it's I love you) revolves around what many would consider a …

Middle Age

How to have a better relationship with money

Relationships with money can be complicated.<p>Most of us worry about our finances, but on the spectrum of money worriers, some people ignore their financial problems, while others focus on them too much.<p>"Either people are avoiders and they stick their heads in the sand, or they are worriers and those …

Personal Finance

Moving for job? Here's the cost of living in 10 US cities that are hiring the most

Fewer Americans are moving around the country, but those who do tend to be younger.<p>Those moving to metropolitan areas tend to fall into two main buckets, according to <i>Bloomberg:</i> people who move for a location first, and those who move for a job first. Those moving for a job usually apply for jobs in …

Cities

Malcolm Gladwell was fired from his first job after just two months—here's what he learned

It's easy to think that your first professional opportunity is going to define you for the rest of your career, but take a look at bestselling author …

Self-improvement

Here's how many paid vacation days the typical American worker gets

As summer heats up, workers across the country are enjoying some well-earned time off. People who take vacations report higher productivity and are more likely to get a promotion or a raise.<p>But compared to employees in other nations, Americans take significantly fewer days off.<p>One reason for this …

Magic Johnson reveals details about meeting that sealed LeBron James to the Lakers

When Magic Johnson walked into LeBron James’ Los Angeles area home on the night of June 30, heading in as the clock turned to 9:01 p.m. Pacific time and the NBA’s free agency gates were opened wide, he was like a high schooler going in for the final exam.<p>The Lakers legend had done his homework, …

Basketball

How the 12 Thai boys were finally rescued

Paired with pro divers, the boys were medicated and guided through narrow passageways with near-zero visibility on stretchers.<p>The 12 Thai soccer players and their coach who have been trapped in a cave in northern Thailand for more than two weeks have all been rescued. “We are not sure if this is a …

Thai Navy

Cord cutting is getting pricier, but there's one sure way to keep it cheap

The days of saving money by cutting the cord from cable TV services may be ending.<p>Consider two events from this week. AT&T, which just got approval from the Justice Department to swallow up Time Warner, quietly jacked up the starting rate of its DirecTV Now cable alternative TV service to $40 …

Cord-Cutting

Flint, Michigan Students Celebrate Last Prom As High School Shuts Down

Prom in Flint is more than just a dance. It’s a celebration of triumph and survival—and this year was Northwestern High School’s grand finale.<p>STORY BY Jiquanda Johnson and Lindsay Smith<p>PORTRAITS BY ZACKARY CANEPARI<p>PHOTOGRAPHS BY DANIEL ARNOLD<p>VIDEO BY JESSICA DIMMOCK AND ZACKARY CANEPARI<p>Top: Deborah …

Flint

Philips Might Move Production Out of U.K.

Dutch health-technology company Royal Philips NV may move manufacturing out of the U.K. in the event of a hard Brexit, as its chief executive officer …

European Union

Robin Wright “Led the Charge” to Save House of Cards

We have our new madam president to thank for the show’s sixth and final season.<p>Following shocking sexual assault and misconduct allegations against its star, <b>Kevin Spacey,</b> the future of Netflix’s cutthroat political drama <i>House of Cards</i>—one of the most successful shows the company has produced—looked …

TV

New Bruce Lee bio debunks myths about the 'kung fu Jesus'

<b>(CNN) —</b> Bruce Lee was training a friend one day when he did something unexpected.<p>The star of the classic film, "Enter the Dragon," was already known for his fanatical fitness regimen. He didn't smoke or drink; he gobbled vitamin supplements and drank raw blended hamburger meat. He'd transformed …

Martial Arts

U2’s ‘Zooropa’: 10 Things You Didn’t Know

“Subtle” has rarely been a word used to describe U2. But on July 5th, 1993, the band released <i>Zooropa</i>, a surprise EP-turned-LP that traded bombastic …

zooropa

How Successful Are You, Really? Here Are 10 Things That Will Tell You

The last 3 weeks have been difficult for me with the sudden and unexpected death of someone very close to me shortly followed by a family member …

The Gospel According to Kendrick Lamar

Pulitzer Prize–winning “poet laureate of hip-hop” Kendrick Lamar has made history with his music. As Compton’s favorite son headlines this summer’s blockbuster Top Dawg Entertainment tour, he grants an intimate look at what drives him.<p>Kendrick Lamar understands and employs blues, jazz, and soul in …

Rap & Hip-Hop

How to Survive (and Succeed In) An Interview with a CEO

CEOs are just regular people. Regular people who run billion dollar companies and accomplish amazing things, that is. Considering the polish and …

CEOs

A six-figure salary is considered 'low income' in San Francisco, and the threshold is rising

The Bay Area is so expensive, earning $117,400 a year qualifies you as "low income" in some counties.<p>Every year the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development releases "income limits," the minimum income level required to qualify for some affordable housing programs.<p>To be considered "low …

San Francisco

In One of the World’s Richest Countries, Most Single Mothers Live in Poverty

The beating of a 4-year-old boy on Christmas Eve went on through the night. Covered with bruises and having suffered catastrophic internal bleeding, …

Japan

Inside Casa Padre, the converted Walmart where the U.S. is holding nearly 1,500 immigrant children

BROWNSVILLE, Tex. — For more than a year, the old Walmart along the Mexican border here has been a mystery to those driving by on the highway. In place of the supercenter’s trademark logo hangs a curious sign: “Casa Padre.”<p>But behind the sliding doors is a bustling city unto itself, equipped with …

7 tips, tricks to help save money at Disneyland — no magic required

Prepping your wallet for a trip to see Mickey Mouse is no walk in the park. There will be tickets, souvenirs and food to buy.<p>So to make your visit to California’s Disneyland more of a fairy tale and less of a financial nightmare, try these seven ways to save money. While the tips below focus on the …

Tears ‘R’ Us: The World’s Biggest Toy Store Didn’t Have to Die

The early tale of Toys “R” Us brims with ambition, energy, and no small amount of ruthlessness, as creation stories often do. Charles Lazarus had …

Times Square

How Jeff Green returned from a heart defect that almost ended his life

<b>THE SURGEON OFFERS</b> to do it now, immediately, but Jeff Green isn't sure. It's too much for him.<p>It's just before Christmas 2011, so he delays the …

Why Walmart Is Paying for Its Employees to Go to College

Subsidizing workers’ tuition is a good marketing move—and it should also help with the retail giant’s abysmal retention rate.<p>On Wednesday, Walmart announced that it would offer to pay, at least in part, for its 1.4 million employees in the United States—part-time, full-time, and salaried—to go to …

College & University

The Family Weekly: Delayed Gratification

Revisiting the famous marshmallow test. Plus, the rise of "grandfamilies.”<p><b>This Week in Family</b><p>Or, perhaps more accurately, This Era in Family: Two of this week’s stories marked big shifts that have occurred on the scale of generations.<p>First: For almost a century, being a teenager in America meant …

DeRay McKesson Talks About the Hardest Job He's Ever Had

How the activist made a career of social justice.<p>In 2015, DeRay McKesson quit his $110,000-a-year job as a human-resources official at Minneapolis Public Schools and moved to St. Louis, Missouri, to join the second year of protests in Ferguson over the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by a white …

This Sophisticated Admirer of the Warriors Says, ‘More Draymond, Please’

WASHINGTON — It was early enough on Saturday night that Game 6 of the N.B.A.’s Western Conference finals was still competitive, and Cheryl Reeve, the coach of the defending W.N.B.A. champion Minnesota Lynx, attempted to diagnose all that ailed the Golden State Warriors in their series with the …

Basketball