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Finally, California can spend millions in federal dollars on something other than ineffective tutors

Starting next year, California and seven other states will have more control over how they spend the millions of federal dollars tied to a questionable tutoring program.<p>Under the George W. Bush administration's No Child Left Behind law, schools that serve high concentrations of poor students and …

Education

10 Signs You May Be a Pushover and What to Do About It

Being nice is an essential quality necessary for success. It is a quality that sustains relationships and makes you someone others want to be around. However, there is a fine line between being nice and being a pushover. When you are too nice you make your way through life by placating, making you …

6 Things Parents Should Stop Doing, to Raise 'Business-Smart' Kids

Entrepreneur, Startup Consultant<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>My generation, Generation X, was widely believed to be the first in U.S. history to not do as well as our parents’ generation had. There were many reasons for this, but the primary one was the speculation …

Parenting

Anyone on Social Security is probably about to get some bad news

<b>A Social Security cost-of-living adjustment looks unlikely in 2016 (Investment News)</b><p>In October, the Social Security Administration will announce the cost-of-living adjustment for 2016. An increase is unlikely for 2016, and some earners at the higher end are likely to see benefits decrease as …

Retirement

Social Security Q&A: Why Shouldn't We Take Less Later In Exchange For More Now?

Social Security may be one of your largest assets. What and when you collect will make a huge difference to your lifetime benefits.<p>Today’s Social Security question is about why it’s not actually better to get more now and less later.<p><b>Question</b>: I am a faithful reader of your online column — always …

Retirement

5 Office Mistakes Costing Millennials the Promotion

How managers are misinterpreting Millennials' approach to success in the workplace.<p>Now that career-minded Millennials make up 50 percent of our workplace, it's safe to assume (like every other generation to enter the work force) they'll want to earn promotions as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, …

Leadership

78 years ago, a journalist who studied 500 millionaires realized something about friendships that's still relevant today

In addition to outlining the "secret" to building wealth in 13 principles, he revealed 30 "major causes of failure" that hold many of us back from getting rich, one of them being associating with the wrong crowd.<p>"Men take on the nature and the habits and the power of thought of those with who they …

Self-improvement

Gold settles at a more than five-year low

Gold futures fell for a seventh straight session on Friday to mark their lowest settlement in more than five years.<p>Traders attributed the latest drop …

How Goldman Sachs Profited from the Greek Debt Crisis

The Greek debt crisis offers another illustration of Wall Street's powers of persuasion and predation, although the Street is missing from most accounts.<p>The crisis was exacerbated years ago by a deal with Goldman Sachs, engineered by Goldman's current CEO, Lloyd Blankfein.<p>Blankfein and his Goldman …

78 years ago, a journalist studied 500 rich men and boiled down their success into 13 steps - SFGate

At the peak of Andrew Carnegie's career, he crossed paths with an impressive journalist named Napoleon Hill, who he trusted to document — and share with the world — the strategies that turned him into one of the wealthiest and most successful businessmen of all time.<p>"It was Mr. Carnegie's idea that …

Why writing by hand helps you learn

Typing is fast.<p>Handwriting is slow.<p>Weirdly, that’s precisely why handwriting is better suited to learning.<p>Take it from research psychologists Pam A. …

Can You Pay for College With Scholarships?

Gwen Thomas started preparing her son for college when he was just 13. Today, after helping him net $500,000 in scholarships for a higher-education …

College & University

5 Ways to Handle Difficult Customers

No matter what type of work you do, it’s likely you have encountered a difficult customer. It’s more likely, however, you have encountered <i>many</i> difficult customers. Maybe – just maybe – you are even a difficult customer yourself to others on occasion. After all, customer service nowadays isn’t …

Customer Experience

Why you should never tap friends and family for startup funds

You’ve probably heard this line: “If you can’t raise money from angels you can raise from your friends or family.” In fact most young entrepreneurs raise money from friends and family, here is a quick breakdown of funding sources for startups from AngelBlog.<p>I am writing this article to tell you …

Entrepreneurship

7 Mind-Expanding Lessons From TED Talks on How to Hack Your Own Brain

You can make yourself more confident, more generous, and less likely to succumb to stress. Here's how.<p>Would you like to be smarter, more confident, kinder, more resilient under stress, and more successful? Of course you would, and you can. In a fascinating series of TED Talks, social psychologists …

How Federal Reserve Quantitative Easing Expanded Wealth Inequality

The Brookings Institution earlier this month held a conference entitled, “Did the Fed’s quantitative easing making inequality worse?,” examining whether central bank long-term asset purchases (commonly known as quantitative easing) expanded wealth inequality through boosting prices of financial …

Economics

What’s causing America’s low inflation?

The low rate of inflation in the United States is a puzzle, especially to economists who focus on the relationship between inflation and changes in …

I once tried to cheat sleep, and for a year I succeeded

In the summer of 2009, I was finishing the first—and toughest—year of my doctorate. To help me get through it, while I brewed chemicals in test tubes during the day, I was also planning a crazy experiment to cheat sleep.<p>As any good scientist would, I referred to past studies, recorded data, and …

Leonardo Da Vinci

Inside Thailand's counterfeit culture | CNN Travel

CNN

Why buying expensive stocks has been a winning strategy

Not even the staunchest market bulls would argue that stocks aren’t feeling at least a wee bit pricey nowadays. You’re sick of hearing it from the …

'Mattress Performance' Artist Emma Sulkowicz's Newest Work Is A Video Of Violent Sex

Emma Sulkowicz, the former Columbia University student behind the now iconic performance "Carry That Weight," also known as "Mattress Performance," has released her newest artwork, a website titled "Ceci N’est Pas Un Viol" -- this is not a rape -- comprised of a written introduction and a graphic …

What Work Will Look Like In 2025

The experts weigh in on the future of work a decade from now.<p>Anyone who grew up with the notion that we’d all have jet packs and robot housekeepers by 2015 knows that predicting the future is a risky business. But as technology continues to develop and various trends, demographic shifts, and other …

Stick better than carrot for motivating students and staff

Punishments are up to three times more effective at improving performance than rewards, Washington University School of Medicine has found<p>The stick really is better than the carrot when it comes to motivating people, a study has found<p>Although modern management and schooling techniques favour …

Psychology

7 Ways to Supercharge Your Productivity

If your old bag of productivity tricks isn't working for you today, it might be time for a motivational makeover.<p>If you are a human being and have a job, it's likely that you've had to struggle with procrastination at one time or another. You're not alone, friends.<p>Even the most productive people …

Productivity

Comedians’ ‘gift of the gab’ linked to differences in brain activity

Scientists at University College London suggest comedians are better at focusing intensely on tasks and drawing on memories when constructing speech<p>Certain people, from comedians to politicians, have an uncanny ability with words. Now scientists have found evidence that the “gift of the gab” is …

The Saudi Princess and the Multi-Million Dollar Shopping Spree

Saudi princess Maha bint Mohammed bin Ahmad al-Sudairi reportedly tried to stiff some of Paris’s most exclusive boutiques for $20 million and skip out on a $7 million dollar hotel bill. James Reginato follows her trail.<p>It’s an old gambit—slipping out of a hotel in the dead of night to dodge the …

Five Ways To Audit Proof Your Tax Return Against The IRS

Except for tax protesters, no one wants to fight with the IRS. That’s why there’s such a mystique about avoiding an audit. While what-triggers-an-audit theories abound, there are some basic things you can do to reduce your chances of being picked for an audit or at least to make any interactions …

Finance

How to Write a Great Business Plan: Key Concepts

The first in a comprehensive series to help you craft the perfect business plan for your startup.<p>Some entrepreneurs succeed without a business plan. With great timing, solid business skills, entrepreneurial drive, and a little luck, some founders build thriving businesses without ever creating even …

Small Business

A gentleman only needs these 5 items to transition his wardrobe to spring

Spring is fickle. It's hard to know when it's arrived to stay, which makes it hard for a gentleman to juggle every item of clothing he needs for the season.<p>Basically, the challenge is how to stay warm without looking like you're still in hibernation.<p>Here's your solution: You only really need 5 …

Men's Fashion