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How States Rank on High-School Graduation Rates

Nationwide, the percentage of students getting their diplomas is at an all-time high. But while some states have made incredible strides, others have struggled to keep up.<p>More students are graduating from high school than ever before, and that number could rise again with this year’s seniors.<p>The …

You Can Teach Someone to Be More Creative

Photo by Andrew Nguyen<p>Though our inspiration levels fluctuate from time to time, we all differ in our baseline levels of creativity. For instance, it is safe to assume that John Coltrane was more creative than Justin Bieber, and that the creative talent of Leonardo Da Vinci exceeded that of George …

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Obama Wants Rules That Force Brokers To Put Clients' Interests First

President Obama wants to change the way brokers and investment advisers offer financial advice, saying the current system leads to high fees that erode returns on investments.<p>At present, brokers work under the suitability standard. This, in essence, means that while making a recommendation, brokers …

Data Monitoring Saves Some People Money On Car Insurance, But Some Will Pay More

Suppose you’re a pretty good driver. You don’t speed. You keep your distance, and you rarely venture out late at night. You may be a perfect candidate for a telematics device. Like an airplane’s black box, the gadget gathers second-by-second data about the car’s operation and allows an insurance …

We Are All Detroit

Do you think the damage from the pending bankruptcy of the city of Detroit will be limited to Detroit? Think again.<p>Detroit is partly the victim of economic trends far beyond its control, the downsizing and outsourcing of the auto industry and the collapse of the sub-prime bubble, to name just two. …

Five Business Lessons From 'The Men Who Built America'

Last fall, The History Channel aired <i>The Men Who Built America</i>, an 8-part documentary that focused on five titans of industry. Through archival footage, interviews with historians and current moguls, and dramatic re-enactments, the series showed how between the Civil War and World War I, men like …

NSA loophole allows warrantless search for US citizens' emails and phone calls

The National Security Agency has a secret backdoor into its vast databases under a legal authority enabling it to search for US citizens' email and phone calls without a warrant, according to a top-secret document passed to the Guardian by Edward Snowden.<p>The previously undisclosed rule change …

Lefty The Pit Bull Takes Bullet For Owner; Community Raises Money For Amputation (PHOTOS)

When Lefty arrived at Atlantic Animal Hospital, she'd just been hit with a bullet.<p>Four intruders had entered the pit bull's family's house in the middle of the night on July 22, DelmarvaNow.com reported. One suspect allegedly tried to shoot her "dad," but Lefty jumped in the way and the bullet hit …

Lavabit email service abruptly shut down citing government interference

The email service reportedly used by surveillance whistleblower Edward Snowden abruptly shut down on Thursday after its owner cryptically announced his refusal to become "complicit in crimes against the American people."<p>Lavabit, an email service that boasted of its security features and claimed …

As Obama Pushes For Minimum Wage Increase, Billionaire Charles Koch Rails Against It With Media Campaign

Charles Koch and his brother David are the richest siblings in the world, worth a combined $68 billion thanks to their oil and chemical refining empire. The industrialists are also avowed libertarians, although they kept their politics on the backburner until fairly recently, inching into the …

The Latest Lie: IRS Targeted Conservatives

Remember the video of the guy in the "pimp costume" who got advice from ACORN employees on how to run his prostitution ring? Turns out the whole story was just a lie, a doctored-video smear job on an important organization. The guy never wore a "pimp costume" and the real, undoctored videos showed …

Why the Public Should Yawn Over Alleged Obama Scandals

The mostly media driven scandal talk involving President Obama has so far stirred barely a yawn among the public. There are good reasons. The four alleged scandals, Benghazi, the IRS, the AP leaks, and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius supposed shakedown of corporations to help …

Here's Your New and Improved Hundred Dollar Bill

The Federal Reserve is making it rain new hundred dollar bills on October 8, 2013. They're more colorful, more secure, and easier to authenticate, …

The Next Xbox: Everything We Think We Know

We're finding out about the new Xbox in just a few hours. But that doesn't mean we have no idea what's coming. Here's a rundown of everything we …

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