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Best Secret Ski Towns of North America

Most people haven’t heard of these towns, which is just fine with the skiers and boarders that live and play there. These are the places without gloss, the unknown gems, where the locals are friendly and shops are locally owned. Some have terrain for everyone, while many are for experts with …

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Paul Krugman decries the “enormous intellectual failure” of modern economics

The economist and Times columnist says his field has suffered from believing in “an idealized vision of capitalism”<p>In his latest column for the New York Times, award-winning economist and liberal pundit Paul Krugman returns to one of his recurring themes and tries to understand how the field of …

Millions Of Americans' Wages Seized Over Credit Card And Medical Debt

Millions of Americans are still grappling with debt they've accumulated since the recession hit. And new numbers out Monday show many are having a tougher time than you might think.<p>One in 10 working Americans between the ages of 35 and 44 are getting their wages garnished. That means their pay is …

20 Daily Habits That Will Enrich Your Life

Here are 20 ways that will hopefully rekindle that passion of yours and help make each day amazing.<p><b>1. Engage in consistent action.</b><p><b>2. Constantly picture yourself beyond your current circumstances.</b> Dream enormously big and hold that dream deep within your mind, body and spirit.<p><b>3. Spend time in</b> …

Baby Boomer's Retirement Dilemma: How Can Everything Look So Right But Feel So Wrong?

You stand on the verge of the retirement you’ve anticipated for years and yet, despite the fact that you’ve done everything you thought you were supposed to do, you have the sinking feeling you’ll never be able to someday hang it up and retire.<p>It’s a strange dichotomy that boomers want to talk …

A Prominent Financial Columnist Is Calling For Radical Reforms To The Global Economy

MARTIN WOLF is an influential commentator. His weekly column in the Financial Times is required reading for the international financial elite. Paul Krugman of the New York Times may be the darling of the left and the Wall Street Journal editorial page the bible of many on the right, but inside …

How to rehabilitate your credit scores after failing to pay a bill

<b>Dear Liz:</b> After a divorce, I had to start my life over at 62. I got three credit cards. Somehow, I failed to see the online bills for one of them and neglected to pay it. The company didn't contact me until three months had passed. I got a letter saying the small balance ($130) was forgiven and the …

Are tiny houses and micro-apartments the future of urban homes?

With an eye on urbanization, population growth and efficiency, tiny spaces were a big theme at this summer’s Dwell on Design conference in Los Angeles. Designers from around the world showcased housing and products for living small – from transformable furniture and pre-fab trailers to 3D printed …

The 20 Most Influential Billionaires Behind The Scenes Of US Politics

The Brookings Institute released a ranking of U.S. billionaires according to their political influence.<p>The billionaires' influences are measured by the "use of great wealth for campaign expenditures, activism through non-profit organizations and foundation, holding public office, media ownership, …

13 Things to Never, Ever Throw Out When You're Downsizing

That landline phone is more important than you think.<p>Ditching clutter can be tough, but deciding what stays and what goes gets a little easier when there's a set of rules to follow. We tapped three organizing experts to tell us what items in your home are worth finding space for.<p>1. Important …

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24 Years Of America's Unemployment Rate In 10 Seconds

The 2009 financial crisis wreaked havoc on American workers. This map gives a sense of just how dramatic its effect was on employment.<p>The map, created by data designer 'Metric Maps' and originally posted to Reddit, uses county-level data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to depict the annual …

MSN Messenger Being Shut Down By Microsoft After 15 Years

Microsoft’s Windows Live Messenger application will be discontinued Oct. 31, after 15 years. The service remains in use only in China -- where the …

Six Flags unveils new attractions for every park in 2015

Six Flags has unveiled its 2015 lineup of new roller coasters, thrill rides and water slides at the amusement park chain's 13 locations.<p>Additions are to include three roller coasters, five thrill rides, two dark rides and two water attractions.<p>Among the highlights:<p><b>Six Flags Fiesta Texas (San</b> …

U.S. government to grow 30 times more marijuana this year

The U.S. government has upped the quantity of marijuana it's growing this year, to more than 1,400 pounds from the originally planned 46.<p>The federal government classifies marijuana as a substance that has no medical use and is more dangerous than cocaine. But it's willing to let researchers have …

Men's Fashion, Style, Grooming, Fitness, Lifestyle, News & Politics

Editors' Picks<p>Summer is no time for laces.<p>17 Photos2 days agoView More<p>What She Said<p>Master the fine art of managing (sexy) expectations.<p>By Sophia …

How a Bite from This Tick is Turning Some People into Vegetarians

A tiny little tick is turning some meat lovers into vegetarians. It may sound like something out of a science fiction film, but the strange …

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'ScarePakage' Hack Demands $300 From 900K Android Phone Owners

Hundreds of thousands of Android owners have opened their phone over the past month not to find a new text message or missed call, but a message from …

Smartphone app reveals the politics in your shopping cart

Herbal tea, Clorox wipes and Skippy peanut butter have a little blue in them, while Folgers coffee and Campbell's soup are as red as their labels.<p>Finding out where your favorite brands lie on the political spectrum is now as easy as scanning bar codes with your iPhone.<p>BuyPartisan, a free smartphone …

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5 Reasons You Should Hang Out With People Who Are Different From You

If your motto is no new friends, it’s time to challenge yourself and get out of your comfort zone. The payoff will be worth it.<p>We all seem to gravitate toward our comfort zones from time to time, and one of the easiest ways to stay there is to spend time with people who are just like us.<p>These …

A Secret Code in Google Translate?

A glitch in translating Latin placeholder text is sparking conspiracy theories.<p>Earlier this week security reporter Brian Krebs pointed out an odd glitch in Google Translate. It had to do with the service’s treatment of “Lorem Ipsum” placeholder text—the string of Latin words that people use to …

Robert Reich: American democracy is diseased

The former secretary of labor explains how we can wrest power back from our corporate overlords<p>Americans are sick of politics. Only 13 percent approve of the job Congress is doing, a near record low. The President’s approval ratings are also in the basement.<p>A large portion of the public doesn’t …

7 Habits Of Highly Effective Entrepreneurs

Most investors like to say they would rather invest in an “A” entrepreneur with a “B” idea than a B-entrepreneur with an A-idea. I generally agree, but what constitutes an A-entrepreneur? They typically have domain expertise, operational experience and strong business acumen. They are driven, …

In Relationships, Be Deliberate

For milestones like moving in together, intent (rather than chronology) determines success.<p>If two people are dating, living in the same city, spending most nights of the week together, and are moving toward marriage, doesn’t it make sense to just move in together, and save a little money? Most …

The Only Food Poor Americans Can Afford Is Making Them Unhealthy

To make their budgets stretch further, many people in poverty turn to expired, damaged, or processed items.<p>Americans receiving food aid have much higher rates of diabetes and high blood pressure than the U.S. population as a whole, and some of the habits they resort to in order to stretch their …

Cricket Is Back

The rising popularity of the old bat-and-ball sport in America marks the glorious return of a pre-Civil War pastime.<p>An ancient sport with a big international following and English origins is undergoing a quiet resurgence in the U.S. this summer.<p>Not soccer (or football, as it is known in other parts …

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Peak Shale Gas Proves As Wrong As Peak Oil

Since the beginning of the shale gas boom, there have been skeptics and uncertainties, which is hardly surprising for a new type of production. How much could be recovered, what were the costs, could processes be transferred from one shale to another, and especially, what impact would high …