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Government books $41.3 billion in student loan profits

Figures come as concerns mount about growing loan debt for students, graduates.<p>The federal government made enough money on student loans over the last year that, if it wanted, it could provide maximum-level Pell Grants of $5,645 to 7.3 million college students.<p>The $41.3 billion profit for the 2013 …

Smooth operators: why phone companies don't fight the NSA

Will AT&T and Verizon ever push back against NSA surveillance? Don't bet on it<p>Last week, the <i>New York Times</i> unearthed a troubling twist to the endless stream of bad surveillance news. Not only is AT&T handing over bulk call records to the CIA, but they’re getting paid for it, to the tune of $10 …

Russian subway now accepting 30 squats as payment for ride

Want a free subway ride in Russia? All you have to do is work up a little sweat.<p>In an effort to promote both the upcoming<p>Olympic GamesinSochiand a healthier lifestyle, the Moscow metro has set up a special vending machine that offers travelers one free ticket in exchange for performing 30 …

The Messy, Messy Relationship Between Income (and Race) and Obesity

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Despite Western Efforts, Afghan Opium Crop Hits Record High

The amount of land under opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan is at a record high, the United Nations said in a report released Wednesday.<p>Opium production in 2013, meanwhile, rose 49 percent over 2012, according to the 2013 Afghanistan Opium Survey. The country is the world's No. 1 poppy producer.<p>…

Germany To Allow Parents To Choose No Gender For Babies On Birth Certificates

On Friday, Nov. 1, Germany will become the first country in the world to allow parents to leave the gender box blank on their child's birth certificate.<p>As reported in August, the move is an effort to create legal recognition for intersex individuals, or children born without a clearly determinable …

The marble cathedral of Chile: Are these the world's most beautiful caves?

By<p>Welcome to the Marble Cathedral - a natural wonder that could be the world's most beautiful cave network.<p>An azure temple created by nature, the …

Smog Shuts Down Chinese City Of 11 Million

An index measuring PM2.5, or particulate matter with a diameter of 2.5 micrometers (PM2.5), reached a reading of 1,000 in some parts of Harbin, the gritty capital of northeastern Heilongjiang province and home to some 11 million people.<p>A level above 300 is considered hazardous, while the World …

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Immigration groups resume fight

With the brutal fiscal fight now in Capitol Hill’s rearview mirror, immigration reform advocates from across the spectrum are ramping up the pressure on lawmakers to pass a far-reaching overhaul this year.<p>The more aggressive wing of the immigration reform community is launching a “week of …

Chris Christie drops challenge to same-sex marriage in New Jersey

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie abandoned the state's legal challenge to same-sex marriage on Monday, hours after gay couples began tying the knot in the wake of a court ruling.<p>Christie said that while he disagreed with the court's decision, it "left no ambiguity," making New Jersey the 14th state …

LG confirms production of 'bendable and unbreakable' smartphone displays

It's been a long time coming, but LG's foray into elastic smartphone displays is finally going mainstream. The company has confirmed that it will begin mass-producing a new lightweight 6-inch panel that, it claims, is the world's first flexible OLED panel for smartphones. The display is built from …

The Internet Costs 30% Of Monthly Wages In Some Nations. Google Wants To Help.

Internet access is astonishingly expensive in some parts of the world. The International Telecommunications Union estimates that fixed broadband costs 30 percent of the average monthly wage within the developing world [PDF]. To address this, Google, Facebook, USAID and a host of top-tier tech …

Italian Shipwreck Survivors to be Prosecuted and Fined

Survivors of the Italian shipwreck face expulsion and fines they can’t afford. By Barbie Latza Nadeau.<p>On a grim Sunday, less than a mile off the …

Bill Gates under pressure to let Microsoft go

He remains chairman of the company he founded<p>Bill Gates and Microsoft go together like apple and pie, and have done so since the young Gates cofounded the company in 1974 with Paul Allen (a man that Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak has called a patent troll). While Allen long ago disconnected from …

13 Smart Ways To Stay Healthy On A Road Trip

<i>By Sophia Breene</i><p>Is there anything that screams "freedom" and "summer" more than a few friends, a dusty car, and the open road? The road trip has been immortalized in American pop music, literature and movies since the invention of the automobile at the end of the 19th century. But more often than …

Arm Exercises To Fight Arm Jiggle | Women's Health

The (15 Minute) Bye-Bye Arm Jiggle Workout<p>Ture Lillegraven<p>Strapless dresses expose your upper back, shoulders, upper chest, and arms. This workout will shape all those places. Do these arm exercises one after another with no rest in between. Repeat the circuit, resting a minute between circuits.