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Trump to lunch with GOP senators and talk health care plan

President Trump touted his upcoming lunch meeting with Republican senators on Wednesday while praising the GOP-backed health care plan, tweeting that …

Why Millennials Can't Afford to Be Colorblind

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Floyd 'Money' Mayweather stripped of WBO welterweight title

<b>(CNN) —</b> Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. has lost his welterweight world title after failing to meet a deadline to pay a US$200,000 "sanctioning" fee to the World Boxing Organization (WBO) for his "fight of the century" against Manny Pacquiao.<p>Mayweather, who won the belt with a unanimous points victory …

Boxing

U.S. crude slump cools, market awaits inventory data | Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. crude oil futures steadied on Tuesday after falling sharply a day earlier on worries about Greece’s indebtedness and China’s stock market losses, although charts indicated renewed selling could push prices into bear market territory.<p>A flame shoots out of a chimney at a …

Oil

China’s market rout is so bad, one in four companies have stopped trading

After a brief respite on Monday, the Shanghai Composite Index headed steeply south again today (July 7), and despite a late trading rally ended down 1.26% for the day. Shenzhen’s composite index fared much worse, falling 5.36%.<p>Nearly 800 of Shanghai and Shenzhen-listed stocks have voluntarily …

Stock Markets

Iran nuclear deal still elusive as another deadline passes

Negotiators at the Iran nuclear talks pushed past their second deadline in a week on Tuesday, raising new questions about the ability of world powers to cut off all Iranian pathways to a bomb through diplomacy. The discussions, already in their 12th day, were prolonged until possibly Friday.<p>"We …

South Asia

A Classic Wedding at Maryland's Strathmore Mansion

For Andrea, 30 and Ted, 40, one wedding ceremony just wasn't enough. The couple wanted the groom's cousin to officiate, so they had a civil ceremony to make it official, then invited 100 guests to the Strathmore Mansion in North Bethesda, Maryland, for their March 30, 2013 wedding. And that's not …

BBC ON THIS DAY | 28 | 1963: King's dream for racial harmony

<b>1963: King's dream for racial harmony</b><p>The fight for racial equality in the United States moved a step closer to victory today as Martin Luther King spoke of his dream for freedom in an address to thousands of Americans.<p>Reverend King was greeted with rapturous applause as he delivered his heart-felt …

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Baked Rosemary Beet Chips

I distinctly remember one December in college when my dad took me to his office Christmas party at a dinner theatre. I hardly remember the show, but …

GM to move Cadillac SRX production from Mexico to U.S.

General Motors announced on Tuesday that it will bring production of the next generation of the Cadillac SRX SUV — the brand's best-selling vehicle — to Spring Hill, Tenn., from its current site in Mexico.<p>More immediately, GM said it will invest $185 million at the Spring Hill complex to make …

Alibaba is generating insane profits

Alibaba may just live up to its hype as the mostly hotly anticipated IPO in history.<p>The Chinese ecommerce behemoth said Wednesday that profits tripled to nearly $2 billion in its most recent quarter.<p>The company is widely expected to go public next month on the New York Stock Exchange.<p>Mobile sales …

LG’s new G Watch R is a stylish-looking smartwatch with a 1.3-inch circular screen

After numerous media leaks and reports, LG has finally released official details of its new G Watch R which will be unveiled at the IFA electronics show in Berlin next week.<p>The watch is based on Android Wear and it features a 1.3-inch plastic OLED circular display, giving it a similar design to …

Code/red: Apple Plans to Announce Wearable in September

Plus, big iPads, bigger hard drives and Steve Jurvetson’s Elon Musk mancrush.<p>// HAPPENING TODAY<p>Everyone’s wondering how the hell Otter Products, which makes OtterBox protective cases for mobile phones, could possibly be worth $2.5 billion.<p>Start the Countdown Timer on Whatever Old-Fashioned Piece of …

Home prices just hit a 70-month high. Now for the bad news

Home prices have soared over the past year, but the news isn’t all good on the home front.<p>According to data released Thursday by RealtyTrac, the …

Real Estate

Both iPhones AND the iWatch now said to arrive September 9

Remember how the iWatch is a mythical beast that nobody has ever really seen, but we all believe exists? Yeah, well, here we go again with iWatch …

Wearable Tech

Chicago police commander accused of putting gun in suspect's mouth

A police commander frequently praised for his no-nonsense approach to fighting crime in some of Chicago's toughest neighborhoods was charged Wednesday with placing the barrel of his gun into a suspect's mouth.<p>Cmdr. Glenn Evans was charged with aggravated battery and official misconduct, said Sally …

Gentle Laser Hair Removal That Can Treat Every Skin Tone

<i>Our Associate Fashion & Beauty Editor Elizabeth Swanson test drives the latest beauty products and treatments to help bring our brides-to-be the best of the best in the skin care, makeup, and hair world. Here, she's dishing on a laser hair removal that's perfect for engaged girls in search of a</i> …

Boko Haram declares 'Islamic state' in northern Nigeria

<b>Militant group Boko Haram has said it has set up an Islamic state in the towns and villages it has seized in north-eastern Nigeria.</b><p>Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau was speaking in a video released to congratulate his fighters for seizing the town of Gwoza earlier this month.<p>It is not clear if Mr …

Africa

U.S. woman being held hostage by Islamic State

The Islamic State wants more than $6 million to free an American woman the Muslim extremists kidnapped a year ago while she did humanitarian work in Syria, according to her family, U.S. officials and news reports.<p>Citing concern for her safety in the wake of the militants' execution of journalist …

Japanese artist released following arrest over vagina selfie for 3D prints

Megumi Igarashi's arrest on obscenity charges has triggered concerns of clampdown on freedom of expression in Japan<p>A Tokyo-based artist known for her genital-inspired works has been released from police custody following her arrest on obscenity charges, her lawyer has said, in a case that triggered …

New York governor convening talks to avert threatened rail strike

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A threatened strike on New York’s Long Island Rail Road was averted on Thursday when the transit authority and labor unions reached a tentative contract deal, bringing relief to thousands of riders who had been dreading a painful commute.<p>Commuters leave a Long Island Railroad …

Ash starts to rain on wildfire-hit communities

SAN FRANCISCO — Fast-spreading wildfires moved closer to human habitats on Thursday, clogging one transportation artery and forcing evacuations from hundreds of homes in the West.<p>In Oregon and Washington, over a dozen large fires were burning, and there were fires in Idaho, Utah, and California.<p>In</b> …

10 Ways to Use Quotes in Your Wedding

Whether it's an excerpt by Shakespeare, or a line from <i>The Notebook</i>, we all have our favorite quotes about love. They're the words we hold dear to our …

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How To Wash Jeans: An Essential Men's guide

Congratulations on your new pair of jeans! Now it’s time to break in those bad boys until they look like they were created just for your body by …

Harvard Students Just Invented Microwavable 'Spray Cake In A Can'

Leave it to the students of the ivy league to fill the void of what we're really missing in life. In this case, it's microwavable cake batter that comes in a spray can.<p>We know, we know. How come you didn't think of that? We're all in the same boat.<p>John McCallum and Brooke Nowakowski are both rising …

Dessert

Apple Continues To Lose Tablet Share But Does It Matter?

IDC released its estimates for June quarter tablet shipments and except for Lenovo and Tier 3 vendors it wasn’t a pretty picture. Worldwide tablet shipments grew 11% year over year to 49.3 million and declined 2% from the March quarter. While the 11% growth rate was substantially better than the …