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Northern and southern Europe are divided by weather, religion—and monetary policy

There are few fights less dramatic than one launched over the drab subject of macroeconomic policy. But even if the latest infighting and backbiting between rival camps at the European Central Bank isn’t all that thrilling, it is significant.<p>The public snipes come on the heels of a surprise rate …

NFL Power Rankings 2013: Highlighting Biggest Movers After Week 2

The second week of the NFL season helped separate some myths from realities. However, it's not like we are dealing with a clear picture of the NFL pecking order yet.<p>While there are teams that clearly belong at or near the top or bottom, the majority of these teams are jumbled in the middle. Of …

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Apocalyptic Yosemite Fire Photo Is Absolutely Terrifying (PHOTO)

In the tidal wave of Yosemite Rim Fire photos, no image has quite captured the awe and terror of the disaster for local residents quite like this shot of smoke over downtown Groveland:<p>Almost as shocking as the photo itself is the source of the image: 18-year-old skateboarder Cory Stone. Stone was …

Rest of NBA Should Be Scared of Kobe on a Mission in 2013-14 Season

The refrain from faithful Los Angeles Lakers fans has been the same from the moment Kobe Bryant went down last year with a torn Achilles: "Just you wait—No. 24 will be back and better than ever next year."<p>A quick scan through the facts shows that Bryant has quite a hill to climb—in the sense that …

Law and Justice and George Zimmerman

The exoneration of Travyon Martin's killer is a stark reminder of the limitations of our judicial systems and the choices we make about the laws under which we live.<p>In the next few hours and days you'll likely be inundated with analysis and commentary and solemn expressions of outrage or joy about …

A Verdict but No Answer to Why Trayvon Martin Is Dead

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Trayvon Martin's death in February of last year became, as so many things do these days, a front in …

Kevin Durant Reportedly Engaged to WNBA Player Monica Wright

Sorry, ladies. It appears Kevin Durant is off the market for good.<p>Kent Youngblood of the <i>Star Tribune</i> reports that Durant's bride-to-be, Monica Wright, confirmed the rumors of her engagement to the Oklahoma City Thunder star on July 7.<p>Then again, how could she say no? This is Kevin Durant we're …

Sorry, Android Users: Snapchat Doesn't Delete Your Photos, It Just Hides Them

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Add it to the growing list of ways Snapchat isn't totally foolproof: Now Android users have to worry …

Burning Questions for Each New NBA Head Coach

The burning questions for each new NBA head coach highlight the biggest challenges facing them in the first season with their new teams.<p>These questions include how coaches will replicate success they've achieved in previous stops along with whether or not they'll command the respect of their new …

Snoop Dogg is supporting Aaron Hernandez

Snoop Dogg or Snoop Lion or Snoop Doggy Dogg or whatever he’s calling himself these days sent a message of support for Aaron Hernandez on Thursday night. “Keep ya head up,” Snoop wrote on Instagram. “We prayn 4 ya.”<p>Snoop included a picture of himself posing with Hernandez, presumably during better …

The Economic Cost of Hangovers

Excessive boozing costs the economy about $1.37 in lost productivity for each drink consumed.<p>Reuters<p>The Fourth of July is beer's annual breakout party, with weekly sales often surpassing $1 billion around Independence Day. So when the Fifth of July falls on a weekday like this year, employers are …

Home prices through the roof - biggest jump in 7 years

Business News<p>U.S. home prices went through the roof in April, posting their biggest monthly gain in seven years.<p>If that wasn't enough of a sign the housing market is roaring back, sales of new single-family homes in May rose to their highest monthly level in nearly five years.<p>"The recovery is …

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The Most Fabulous Flight Attendant Fashions In History - PAPER

Is there anything more jet-set fabulous than a chicly turned-out flight attendant? In honor of Pedro Almodóvar's new ultra-gay romp <i>I'm So Excited</i>, which takes place on a Madrid to Mexico City flight and features some fabulous flight attendant fashion, we've rounded up our favorite moments of …

Barack Obama to face protests in South Africa after years of laissez-faire

Symbolism will hang heavy this weekend when Barack Obama visits Soweto, the cradle of South Africa's black liberation struggle, and Robben Island, …

Qatar's emir transfers power to son

Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani says he is handing over power to son and calls on countrymen to lend their support.<p>Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the ruler of Qatar for 18 years, has transferred the "reins of power" to his son.<p>The outgoing emir made the announcement to hand over power to …

What's Next for the Miami Heat?

Two down, five to go?<p>That is, if we're still holding LeBron James to his (premature) NBA championship math.<p>The Miami Heat can and certainly will bask in the glow of their second consecutive title for now. They worked diligently and capitalized on more than a few miracles to cap their historic …

The Five Biggest Problems With The Xbox One

<i>From concerns over used games to questions about an always-online requirement, the Xbox One is growing more controversial by the day.</i><p>Sony’s PS4 reveal was met with mixed reactions by most gamers. This was largely due to the system’s mixed-bag debut—some things were good, some bad, but mostly it was …

What Steve Jobs And Bill Gates Really Thought About Each Other

"He and I, in a sense, grew up together," Gates said. "We were within a year of the same age, and we were kind of naively optimistic and built big companies. And every fantasy we had about creating products and learning new things — we achieved all of it. And most of it as rivals. But we always …

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Chicago Bears: Brian Urlacher Retires as a Member of Bears

There have been rumors swirling around the Brian Urlacher camp for weeks now about what his future in the NFL would be. Last week, he worked out with the Minnesota Vikings, and when he left there was no clear indication at all as to what he would be doing come training camp. This morning, his …

Why Apple Should Have A 0% Tax Rate

Call me utopian, unrealistic, or insane, but I advocate for a permanent 0% tax rate on Apple, as well as on all other corporations. Although I see a moral component, from a purely economic standpoint it comes to this–who can do more good for society with a given amount of capital, the government or …

How Cree Perfected The 20-Year Lightbulb

<b>This North Carolina maker of light emitting diodes aims to kill off the incandescent lightbulb. It’s already doubled its market cap to $7 billion in just one year.</b><p>In the ad for Cree lightbulbs you see snow whipping across a desolate field as a bagpipe creaks out “Amazing Grace.” An announcer holds …

NASA satellite captures world's largest panorama

The strip of Earth captured in the panorama.<i><br>(Credit: NASA Earth Observatory)</i><p><b>NASA's Landsat has captured a 9000-kilometre swathe of land in an</b> …