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Happy Monday! S&P 500 now up 10% for year

Happy days are here again for the stock market.<p>The Dow and S&P 500 both closed at record highs and the tech-heavy Nasdaq hit its highest level since the peak of the dot-com boom in March 2000.<p>The S&P 500 is now up 10.3% for the year, and the Dow is up 6.3%. Those are very healthy returns, …

Chinese spend billions in world's biggest online shopping day

China's biggest annual shopping bonanza smashed records Tuesday as online sales on Alibaba alone hit $9.3 billion, more than the total racked up the same day last year across the industry.<p>That followed a frenetic morning of shopping -- sales on Alibaba's e-shopping platforms exceeded $2 billion in …

Examining Taylor Swift's Spotify breakup: Will she go steady with Apple now?

Pop music star Taylor Swift has a huge fan base, and as of this morning none of them will be able to listen to her music on Spotify: She’s removed it from the streaming service.<p>Spotify was apparently caught off guard by the news, according to BuzzFeed. And Spotify itself is at least playing dumb …

Updated: Descent rudders deployed early before Virgin Galactic space plane’s crash

Advertisement<p>7 Comments<p>Credit: Mark Greenberg/Virgin Galactic/Getty Images<p>Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo crashed Friday after special tail “feathers” …

Today's Internet star: Alex from Target

<b>(CNN)</b> -- If you woke up this morning, looked at Twitter and wondered, "Who the hell is Alex from Target?" you're not alone.<p>If you've been awake for a couple hours and are still wondering why #AlexFromTarget is trending ...<p>Please don't ask us to explain the Internet.<p>According to Urban Dictionary, …

Alibaba Posts 54% Revenue Increase, But Net Profit Falls Below Expectations

Alibaba beat already high expectations for revenue growth in its first quarterly earnings report since its record-setting $25 billion initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange in September, but missed its profit forecast. The company reported earnings per share of $0.45 on revenue of …

Chicago transit system dysfunctional, 'depressing': international study

A new study by an international economic organization paints an uncomplimentary portrait of the Chicago area's transportation system, saying it suffers from too many transit agencies and fragmented local governments.<p>"The current state of transit ridership in Chicago is relatively depressing," …

Urban Design

Expect the Unexpected: More 9.0 Megaquakes Are Coming, Study Says

No one should be surprised if a magnitude-9 megaquake erupts off America's West Coast — or anywhere else around the Pacific Ocean's "Ring of Fire," for that matter.<p>That's the upshot of a study in October's issue of the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America: Researchers say that computer …

Cascadia

ISIS executes British aid worker David Haines; Cameron vows justice

British aid worker David Haines has been executed by ISIS militants, according to a video posted Saturday to a website associated with the group, making him the third Western captive to be killed by the Islamist extremist group in recent weeks.<p>The ISIS video post showing Haines' beheading called …

What You Need To Know About The Solar Storm Headed For Earth

Two solar flares have sent magnetic fields to our planet -- and scientists aren’t sure how they’re going to impact each other.<p>The sun has been regurgitating a lot of solar flares these days, and now, a couple will be knocking at Earth’s door this weekend.<p>The originator of these flares is a …

Astronomy

Obama orders airstrikes in Syria for first time

WASHINGTON (AP) — Opening a new military front in the Middle East, President Barack Obama authorized U.S. airstrikes inside Syria for the first time Wednesday night, along with expanded strikes in Iraq as part of "a steady, relentless effort" to root out Islamic State extremists and their spreading …

An 'Extreme' Solar Flare Just Erupted At Earth

It's still unclear whether and to what extent the flare will affect power grids, satellites, or radio transmissions on Earth. But whether it wreaks havoc or not, it will be stunning to behold.<p>But either way, tomorrow we will be able to see the flare in action, live on the Internet. The Slooh Space …

Astronomy