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Russia, Iran, Turkey meet without US on Syria and agree to broker peace talks

Russia, Iran and Turkey have agreed to try to broker peace talks between Syrian rebels and the Assad regime and to expand the fragile ceasefire in Aleppo to other parts of the country, Moscow said Tuesday.<p>The three regional powers most deeply involved in Syria’s war met for an unprecedented summit …

Maleficent Movie

We gave it a <b>B-</b><p>”Let us tell an old story anew and see how well you know it.” The first line of <b>Maleficent</b> could be emblazoned on a sticker and slapped …

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REVIEW: A Million Ways to Die in the West, but Few Ways to Laugh

<b>Correction appended, May 28, 2014</b><p>I like Seth MacFarlane — theoretically. His ingratiating personality reminds me of half the kids I knew at my Jesuit …

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Welcome to Indiana Basketball

Noah Vonleh, Hoosier ball, and the impossible innocence of college sports<p>Noah Vonleh has the second-largest hands ever measured at Indiana …

Why Are Some People So Critical?

Harsh critics are often talented, intelligent, and productive people. Unfortunately, they have a flaw that compels them to disparage others – almost, at times, as though they are diagnosing an illness in need of eradication. It seems they’re living according to the famous quip by Mark Twain: …

Team Chemistry Is the New Holy Grail of Performance Analytics

A talented videogame-designing friend had a ready quip whenever start-up executives asked him if he was a “team player.” “Yes,” he always responded, “team captain.” He usually got hired.<p>“Makes teams better” is fast-becoming both an essential ingredient to getting hired and a mission-critical …

The Four Keys to Being a Trusted Leader

Self-aggrandizement and even plain old greed has become standard fare in the executive cafeteria. And yet CEOs wonder why their employees and the public exhibit such a high degree of mistrust toward business and business leaders. The truth lies in the way many CEOs talk and behave.<p>Real leadership – …

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FORTUNE — <b></b>When Facebook (FB) acquired WhatsApp last week for $19 billion, it set itself apart from earlier generation technology leaders like Apple (AAPL) and Microsoft (MSFT). Facebook has decided that it wants to own the social space now, as well as in the future, and is willing to pay an …

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FORTUNE — America is at war with itself. Tension between the economic classes, highlighted by venture capitalist Tom Perkins’ recent remarks, are escalating. But what we need are solutions, not words. Recriminations only polarize us further and make it harder to work collectively toward the common …

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FORTUNE — The annual cost of debt service will more than double in the next six years, rising to about $7,000 annually for the average American household, according to the Congressional Budget Office’s recent forecast. Nonetheless, the substantial increase in debt envisioned by President Obama’s …

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FORTUNE — Of all the demo videos of Apple’s (AAPL) new CarPlay system — and there are several here and here, letting you see how carefully scripted these presentations are — the one I’ve attached is my favorite.<p>I’m not crazy about reporters who feel obliged to say “okay” every time an interviewee …

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When Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world’s largest beer giant, announced last month that it would acquire Blue Point Brewing Company, previously Long Island’s oldest independent brewer, vocal craft beer lovers took to Twitter to broadcast their angst.<p>“Well, there goes that local pride,” said …

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FORTUNE — <b>Dear Annie:</b> I started with this company right out of college four years ago, after doing a summer internship here, and so far everything’s going great. Now, I’ve been offered a job that I’m wondering whether to take, and I could use some advice. It would be a lateral move, into the …

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FORTUNE — Like most University of Alabama graduates, 55-year-old Fran Smith has a lot of pride in her Alma mater. A 1982 alumna, Smith has three children who are all Crimson Tide graduates as well.<p>“We’re talking Alabama, as in Crimson Tide! As in ‘Roll Tide’,” Smith eagerly explains.<p>So, in …

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FORTUNE — Tesla Motors, the innovative electric car company, wants to be a bigtime automaker. To achieve that, it needs to produce hundreds of thousands of vehicles more than the 22,300 electric vehicles it made in 2013.<p>Which means it’s going to need a bigger battery factory. A much, much bigger …

Somebody Dropped A GoPro From A Plane Into A Pig Pen, And The Footage Is Amazing (VIDEO)

There are two versions of this story.<p>In one, about eight months ago somebody flying in a plane dropped a GoPro camera. The camera fell from the sky …

Watch: A Captivating Time-Lapse Of Snowflakes Forming In Midair

What does a snowfall look like? Not as it floats down from a gray sky to land upon an outstretched tongue, but as it grows from a single molecule? It looks like some kind of crystal flower, blossoming from a singularity in space-time.<p>Backed by a soft piano nocturne taken from Aphex Twin, Russian …

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The New Romantics

I'm grateful that I'm kind of a late bloomer, or someone who's still challenged by needing to work on things. I don't envy people who just don't have to kind of work on it.

The humble actor opens up about Wes Anderson, teaching the next generation, and what it's like to leave home at 17. BUT FIRST, A VIDEO<p><i>Published in the March 2014 issue</i><p><i>A conversation with the actor over lunch at the Greek Kitchen, a Goldblum favorite in midtown Manhattan.</i><p><b>Scott Raab:</b> I like this …

After The Death Of Their 12-Year-Old Daughter, Parents Find The Letter She Wrote To Her Future Self

In the wake of tragedy, Taylor Smith's parents stumbled across a letter she had written to herself 10 years in the future.

Who Buried the $10 Million in Coins Found by a California Couple—and Why?

What they found, where it's from—and what are the odds?<p>The dream of discovering buried treasure came true for a California couple who found a real pot of gold while walking their dog. The largest such hoard ever found in the U.S. is comprised of 1,411 gold coins, minted between 1847 and 1894, worth …

The Coen brothers: Hollywood existentialists

<b>Joel Coen and Ethan Coen (Reuters/David Mcnew)</b><p>From “Fargo” to “The Big Lebowski,” their films’ true mystery is invariably man’s greater purpose on Earth<p>Noah Kumin<p>March 5, 2014 1:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared in Full Stop.<p><i>Inside Llewyn Davis</i>, <i></i>like all other Coen Brothers movies, is the …

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How Lego Become The World's Hottest Toy Company

They will add to the already gigantic heap of Lego bits: 86 for every person on the planet. The toymaker has enjoyed ten years of spectacular growth, almost quadrupling its revenue.<p>In 2012 it overtook Hasbro to become the world's second-largest toymaker. The number one, Mattel, is now seeking to …