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The dark side of Asia’s pop music industry

<b>They are known as "idols" and their job is "to sell dreams". For decades, the young pop stars of Japan and South Korea have been the envy of teenagers.</b><p>But behind the glamour, the lucrative industry is run by talent agencies with an iron fist. Two recent apologies by Japan's popular band SMAP and …

Billboard Charts

7 ways to raise your credit score in 2016

It's important to have good credit, especially if you're looking to get approved for a loan, credit card or mortgage. Attain that perfect credit score of 850, and you've reached financial VIP status. Since your FICO score is an indication of your creditworthiness, the pinnacle range of 800 to 850 …

Here's where iPhones are the most expensive -- and the cheapest

iPhones are ubiquitous around the globe. But there's one huge difference: The price.<p>How much you'll pay for one can vary by hundreds of dollars, depending on the country where you buy it.<p>In the U.S., Apple sells the iPhone 6s for $649 at its online store. In other countries that have online Apple …

United Arab Emirates

10 Financial Choices You'll Regret in 10 Years

Avoid these bad moves.<p>Life is full of financial decisions, some simple, some complex, but all with the potential to make a real impact on your life. …

10 Phrases To Strike From Your Vocabulary After Marriage

Don't go there. 😁<p>Want to avoid ending up on the proverbial couch at any point in your relationship? Watch your words.<p>Below, psychologists and relationship experts share 10 things you should never say to your S.O.<p><b>1. "Why don't you ever do what I ask you to do?"</b><p>You're setting yourself up to fail …

Divorce

17 Ways You're Stretching Wrong

The best-feeling part of your workout could be ruining all your hard work.<p>Ask five trainers at your gym, and you can bank on five different answers about how and when to stretch. That's because there's a ridiculous amount of conflicting science on proper stretching techniques — and most people were …

Exercise

26 Hacks That Will Make Your Clothes Last Longer

They are so easy.<p><b>1. Sort your washing properly.</b> Separate darks from whites but also keep heavy fabrics away from light ones, heavily soiled garments from less soiled, and always wash towels on their own.<p><b>2. Don't overload the washing machine.</b> Not only will you avoid having to iron your clothes as …

10 unique hotels to stay at before you die

From ice manors in Sweden to al fresco wooden lodges in Botswana to hanging pods in Peru, some hotels can make your trip unforgettable.<p>Here are the ones you need to visit during your lifetime.

Hotels

7 key questions about our newly discovered human ancestor, answered

In groundbreaking new research published on Thursday, a new species of human relative has been discovered in South Africa. The findings, published in …

What the Modern Presence of Water on Mars Means

Mars may be the solar system’s most tragic planet. It once had a dense atmosphere; it once fairly sloshed with water; just one of its oceans may have …

Snapchat's valuation falls by 25%, and more big tech companies will follow

The big tech companies of our time are being cut down to size.<p>Snapchat, the messaging service with 100 million daily active users, and which rejected …

Charted: What the landmark Trans-Pacific trade deal really means

Trade ministers from 12 Pacific rim countries, including the US, Japan, Mexico and Vietnam, came to terms Monday on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a landmark free-trade deal that’s being described as the most ambitious in a generation. What exactly does it all mean?<p>If the participants all ratify …

Economy

17 perfect gifts for the whiskey lover

When the time comes to buy gifts for the whiskey lover in your life, you'll have a wide variety of stocking stuffers and bottles to choose from.<p>We've put together a collection of gifts that are sure to please whiskey drinkers, from the best go-to bottles out there to treats that have been infused …

Stocking Stuffers

The 12 most impressive car innovations we've seen this year

They have to be smart, comfortable, easy to use, and just cool.<p>That's why automakers and tech companies have been designing innovative car features from holographic dashboards to rotating chairs.<p>These innovations can improve the driving experience, whether it's you or the car driving, and highlight …