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ModCloth Signs Pledge to Avoid Retouching Photos of its Models

Ever wish advertisers would just admit when they've airbrushed their models? Online retailer ModCloth promised to do so when it became the first …

Advertising Industry

Coca-Cola Plans Massive Sampling Support for U.S. Rollout of Low-Cal Life

Consumers will begin spotting Coca-Cola Life, which features a distinctive green label, on U.S. store shelves the week of Aug. 25, Coca-Cola said.<p>The …

Advertising

Wild Weather: U.S. Hit by 'Most Unusual Year' for Temperatures

If you haven't seen anything like this year's weather, well, neither has anyone else.<p>This year is on track to set a temperature record that climate researchers say is unique since the first time stats were taken in 1900.<p>A typical year in the U.S. would see near-average temperatures or a spike in …

Global Warming

The Front Lines of Ferguson

The death of Michael Brown and 48 hours at the center of an American crisis in Ferguson, Missouri<p>I don’t know what made me buy a plane ticket to St. …

SeaWorld shares tumble 33% following Blackfish documentary

Shares in the amusement park SeaWorld fell 33% after a 6-7% decline in the company’s revenues was forecast – with falling attendances driven in part by the negative publicity surrounding the documentary film Blackfish.<p>The film follows Tilikum, an orca kept in captivity by the amusement park’s …

Samsung Is Shaming The iPhone With Ads Next To Airport Power Outlets

The ads flaunt the battery life of Samsung's phones with the message: "So you have the power to be anywhere but here."<p>That copy is a tease at Apple's recent ad for the iPhone 5S, which told viewers "you're more powerful than you think."<p>As of now, the Samsung ads are in JFK in New York as well as …

Millennials Are Renting Instead Of Buying And The Retail Industry Is Freaking Out

Apparel retailers are threatened by rental startups like Rent the Runway and Bag Borrow or Steal, Grace Ehlers writes on industry website The Robin Report.<p>The trend has also spread to the music and hospitality industries with companies like Spotify and Airbnb, Ehlers writes.<p>"Never mind buying a …

Ebola outbreak could have 'catastrophic' consequences

Fear over Ebola is growing as international leaders and health organizations struggle to try to stop the deadly epidemic in West Africa.<p>The Ebola outbreak "is moving faster than our efforts to control it," Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization, said in a statement Friday. …

More stores affected by listeria fruit recall

If you've picked up fruit at Costco, Kroger or Walmart stores recently, keep reading.<p>Wawona Packing Co. is voluntarily recalling peaches, nectarines, plums and pluots that were packed at its Cutler, California, warehouses between June 1 and July 12. Wawona believes the products may be contaminated …

Procedure to create babies with three people's DNA could be legalised in April

Britain's fertility regulator could allow doctors to create the first babies to have three people's DNA from next April after the government pressed ahead with plans to legalise the procedure.<p>The technique, known as mitochondrial transfer, offers hope to families affected by a wide range of …

OH GOOD: China Just Quarantined An Entire City For Bubonic Plague

Bubonic plague, better known to you and I as the Black Death, has a terrifying reputation. When one of your symptoms is gangrene, that will generally terrify people. And now China is sealing off an entire city to prevent an outbreak.<p>The good news, according to the Guardian, is that no further cases …

Campaign to break California into six states submits signatures | Reuters

SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - The billionaire backer of a long-shot effort to break California into six separate states submitted signatures to state officials on Tuesday aimed at putting his proposal before voters in 2016.<p>Timothy Draper, Founder and Managing Director of Draper Fisher Jurvetson, …

Thirteen States Petition the Supreme Court to Evaluate the Constitutionality of CA's Foie Ban

Thirteen states — including Kansas, Missouri, and Georgia — have filed a brief asking the <b>US Supreme Court</b> to review California's ban on the sale and production of <b>foie gras</b>. McClatchy DC writes that opponents of the ban believe it is unconstitutional because it violates "the Constitution's dormant …

These Are the Best Mascaras Of All Time

From cult classics to brand new wonders, these are our can't-live-without mascaras.<p>If there's one beauty product we rely on to keep our faces in check, it's without a doubt mascara. That all-important flick frames your face, pulling together your entire look in a few strokes. Here, the tubes we …

Makeup

How The Massive Crumbs Cupcake Empire Finally Caved

Upon hearing the news, a Brooklyn-based Crumbs manager told the Wall Street Journal, "I come into work today, I'm happy, I'm skipping to work, and suddenly I don't have a job."<p>The news came just a few days after Crumbs was delisted from NASDAQ.<p>The once-hot bakery catapulted to fame thanks to a …

Sex and the City

Why Are All the Cartoon Mothers Dead?

The dead-mother plot is a classic of children’s fiction, but animated movies have supplied a new twist: the fun father has taken her place.<p>Bambi’s mother, shot. Nemo’s mother, eaten by a barracuda. Lilo’s mother, killed in a car crash. Koda’s mother in <i>Brother Bear</i>, speared. Po’s mother in <i>Kung Fu</i> …

Ronald Reagan stuck it to millennials: A college debt history lesson no one tells

<b>Ronald Reagan (AP/Doug Mills/Jessica Hill/Salon)</b><p>Dramatic, awful changes occurred on my generation’s watch — and it amounts to a fiendishly successful conspiracy<p>Peter Lunenfeld<p>July 5, 2014 2:00pm (UTC)<p>That nostalgic time of year for newly minted college grads and their professors has now concluded. …

8 of the Coziest Nooks We've Ever Seen (and How to Recreate Them at Home)

Spaces to be snuggled into.<p>Even in the grandest houses, we're inevitably drawn to the smallest rooms: they're the coziest. In big rooms, guess where we head? To the coziest spots, the nooks and niches that are like rooms within rooms — their own intimate little worlds. Look around: There's bound to …

Nearly 80% of California now under 'extreme' drought conditions

Harsh, dry conditions continue to drive more of California into the highest possible category of drought, the National Weather Service announced Thursday.<p>Nearly 80% of the state was under "extreme" drought conditions in June, according to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor map. Within that area, the …

California

2013's 20 best museums in the world | CNN Travel

Associated Press News

Meriam Ibrahim was 'kidnapped' and I went to police before she boarded flight to America, her brother says

Meriam Ibrahim’s brother says she was “kidnapped” on release from prison in Sudan, and went to the police before the family boarded flight to Washington<p>The brother of the <b>Sudanese</b> woman who had her death sentence for apostasy overturned by the courts has claimed that she was "kidnapped" as soon as …

Obama asks Congress for $500 million to train Syria rebels

President Obama on Thursday asked Congress for the first time to approve direct U.S. military training for Syrian rebels, but he remains deeply ambivalent about intervening in a deadly conflict that has spilled over into neighboring Iraq, U.S. officials said.<p>Obama asked for $500 million to "train …

Middle East

California family vexed by fired nanny who refuses to leave

Ralph and Marcella Bracamonte's California home has become their personal hell.<p>They fired their live-in nanny this month, but the woman -- Diane Stretton -- has refused to move out, and the couple has little legal recourse to evict her.<p>"I fired her June 6 and she refused to leave, saying she had …

New Jersey may be first state to ban smoking on beaches, in parks | Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New Jersey could become the first state in the nation to ban cigarettes, cigars and other tobacco products in all public parks and beaches if Governor Chris Christie signs into law a sweeping anti-smoking bill approved by lawmakers.<p>Women smoke at an Independence Day party in …

Vatican Says Church Must Be Less Judgmental Of Gays And Their Children

VATICAN CITY -- The Roman Catholic Church must be less judgmental of homosexuals and, while still opposing gay marriage, should welcome children of gay couples into the faith with equal dignity, a Vatican document said on Thursday.<p>A 75-page document, a working paper for the synod of Catholic …

Golden Gate bridge board unanimously approves $76m anti-suicide net

San Francisco's iconic Golden Gate Bridge moved a big step closer to getting an oft-debated suicide barrier after bridge officials on Friday approved a $76m (£45m) funding package for a net system that would prevent people from jumping to their deaths.<p>The bridge district's board of directors voted …