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Verizon CFO doesn't think most people will sign up for Edge upgrade plan

In comments following Verizon's earnings call this morning, CFO Fran Shammo noted that he didn't expect Edge — the early-upgrade plan that the carrier plans to deploy late next month — to have a significant impact on financials. In fact, he says he expects that most subscribers will avoid it, …

Elizabeth Warren, hard-liner

Earlier last week at the White House, President Barack Obama tried to use his powers of persuasion on Elizabeth Warren, privately urging the consumer watchdog-turned-Massachusetts senator to back the student loan deal he was reaching with Senate leaders.<p>It didn’t work.<p>On Thursday, she went to the …

How to Open Stuck Jars: The Only Guide You Need

<i>Welcome to Eat Like a Man's 2012 Holiday Survival Guide, wherein we tackle some of the season's thorniest issues in food and drink to help you make it to January in one piece.</i><p><b>Generally speaking, public feats of strength</b> have fallen out of fashion in modern America. Pistols at dawn, bare-knuckle …

What Happened at WhiskyFest: A Drinking Diary

<b>It could be said that</b> the perfect meal consists of a good steak, a great bottle of whiskey, and a loyal dog to eat whatever remains of the steak. Starting at nine in the morning during this past weekend's 2012 New York WhiskyFest, four hundred people had whiskey for breakfast. We had whiskey for …

Pizzeria Owner Caught on Webcam; Internet Reacts

Thanks to some 4Chan users, the owner of San Diego's <b>Jersey Joe's Pizzeria</b> now has the nickname "<b>Jerkin' Joe</b>." The pizzeria's unsecured webcam, located in the kitchen area, allegedly caught owner Giusepp "Joe" Scire masturbating in the back room, which Internet peeping toms screengrabbed and shared …

London's 'Crime Scene' Bar; Brussels Restaurant Festival

<i>LONDON—</i> The restaurateurs behind London's Cocktail Club have announced plans to open a new bar in the West End called <b>Oxford Street</b>. Its theme? "<b>Downtown LA warehouse crime scene</b>." Big Hospitality reports that the bar will occupy a 3,000-square-foot ground-floor space and offer a "mild focus" on …

Budding Basil (or Other Herbs)? Use the Flowers in Salads!

Conventional wisdom on what to do when your basil plants start producing flowers is to pinch them off. But <i>then</i> what to do? Simply dispose of the …

Zimmerman verdict makes profilers of us all

Trayvon Martin’s killing teaches us that America views black men as disposable, regardless of who pulls the trigger<p>What do we gain from pretending George Zimmerman is white? The internet is flush with thought experiments, wherein the reader is asked to imagine how differently things would have …

Jimmy Carter: US “has no functioning democracy”

The former president weighs in on NSA and the future of Internet platforms like Google and Facebook<p>Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter is so concerned about the NSA spying scandal that he thinks it has essentially resulted in a suspension of American democracy.<p>“America does not at the moment have a …

Tables turn on IRS scandal

Treasury’s inspector general gets grilled by Democrats, and crumbles under the pressure<p>The Treasury Department inspector general who got the IRS -- and then himself -- in hot water over his report detailing alleged targeting of Tea Party groups, said he didn't know the IRS had also flagged for …

Yes, Obamacare Will Have Major Political Consequences, No Matter What

Earlier this year, House Republicans voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Yesterday, they voted to delay its individual mandate for a year, which …

Private Equity Firm Is Taking A Chance On Startup Billed As 'Yelp Of Weed'

When Web users search that term, high on the list is a link to reviews of the pot strain "blue cheese" on Leafly.com, the medical cannabis website Privateer bought a year and a half ago and which it calls the Yelp of weed.<p>"We've got Wikipedia blue cheese and pictures of blue cheese, and the third …

5 Ways to Avoid Airline Fees

It's summer, and this much is known: It's expensive to fly. Add the mounting surcharges of new or unexpected fees and the overall cost of a ticket becomes a punch-in-the-gut punishment for travelling by air. To this end, savvy travelers with tricks of their own, combat airline fees in myriad ways, …

Budget airlines: getting your money's worth

Budget airlines. Low-cost carriers. Whatever you want to call them, these no-frills airlines are appealing for the most basic of reasons: wallet-friendly prices and an incredibly extensive and diverse set of flight routes. But really, do you get what you pay for?<p>The bad bits: things we love to …

Aerodynamic Wing Retrofit Will Save Fuel for United

United Airlines on Wednesday became the first major U.S. airline to debut the most recent innovation in a series of wing tweaks that are …

Reddit User's Pay-Per-View Hot Streak to Fall Upon Deaf Ears

A frequenter of the pro wrestling forum on Reddit has sparked WWE's latest mini-controversy. The user is a less deadly, less dangerous and likely more nerdy version of Christopher Dorner. Manifesto and all.<p>Dolphins1925—as they call him—has allegedly used WWE's inside information against it as part …

Vince McMahon

Nick Saban waves off three-peat talk

HOOVER, Ala. -- Nick Saban is as hard to distract as he is to beat.<p>Ask the Alabama coach what winning a third straight national title would mean, and …

College Football

Ian Komac’s surreal photography

It's The 30-Year Anniversary Of The Greatest Wall Street Movie Ever Made: Here's The Story Behind It

<i>In June of 1983, "Trading Places" was released in theaters. It remains the greatest Wall Street movie ever made.</i><p><i>Thirty years later, most regard it as part of the canon of American comedies, having launched, revived, or defined the careers of many of its cast and crew.</i><p><i>If you haven't seen it yet, you</i> …

Lost And Found: 5 Forgotten Classics Worth Revisiting

I don't remember when I first realized that books could go away, that they could — and did — pass into obscurity or out of print. <i>Myra Breckinridge</i> by Gore Vidal, <i>All</i> <i>About H. Hatterr</i> by G.V. Desani, <i>Speedboat</i> by Renata Adler, the sublime <i>An Armful of Warm Girl</i> by W.M. Spackman. Each of them, snuffed …

Work Smart: Do Your Worst Task First (Or, Eat a Live Frog Every Morning)

Mark Twain famously said that if the first thing you do in the morning is eat a live frog, you can go through the rest of the day knowing the worst is behind you. Your frog is your worst task, and you should do it first thing in the morning.<p>The best work habit you can ever get into is very simple: …

Francis Ford Coppola: What I've Learned

The 70-year-old director on meeting Gotti, wanting Scorsese to helm Godfather II, ignoring The Sopranos, and more (wine with Bill Cosby, anyone?)<p><b>When I was sixteen or seventeen,</b> I wanted to be a writer. I wanted to be a playwright. But everything I wrote, I thought, was weak. And I can remember …

Zimmerman jury sequestration included steaks, pedicures

The jurors in the George Zimmerman murder trial were allowed to go bowling, shop at the mall and go to the Ripley's Believe It or Not! museum<p>The sequestration of the jury that ultimately acquitted George Zimmerman cost Florida taxpayers about $33,000 and allowed jurors creature comforts such as …

Associated Press News

McCarthy takes on broad EPA agenda

The success or failure of President Barack Obama’s climate agenda now rests squarely on Gina McCarthy’s shoulders.<p>She’s charged with doing the things that Republicans warned she would do: Sweeping crackdowns on toxic pollution from power plants, a massive expansion of federal greenhouse gas …

For A Long And Healthy Life, It Matters Where You Live

It's not just how long you live that matters. It's healthy life expectancy – the additional years of good health you can expect once you hit 65.<p>And by that measure, a new analysis shows it makes a lot of difference where Americans live.<p>Hawaiians are lucky in more than their idyllic weather and …