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Confucius’ Top 7 Tips for a Happy Life

<i>“It is better to play than do nothing.”</i><i>“Men’s natures are alike; it is their habits that separate them.”</i><i>“Only the wisest and stupidest of men never</i> …

Self-help

Is This The End Of Employment?

Our client Scott got a great job offer and he was ready to accept it, but then at the last minute he wavered. He called us to ask for our advice.<p>“Do you think I should take this offer?” he asked. “I was all ready to sign the offer letter and then I felt a twitch. You’ve taught me to listen to my …

Apple and Samsung may help make the SIM card disappear

The SIM card as we know it may be about to disappear. According to the <i>Financial Times</i>, Apple and Samsung are in discussions with mobile carriers to help develop and implement a new SIM card standard that could make it easier to switch between service providers. The report refers to the new standard …

Gunmaker Colt to file for bankruptcy protection: report

The company, which lost a large US Army contract, is in need of the protection "amid business-execution issues and a heavy debt burden," the report said, citing unnamed people familiar with the plan.<p>Connecticut-based Colt Defense, which dates back to 17th-century New England, has secured funds to …

NRA

17 Iconic Music Couples and The Songs They Inspired

From "Drunk in Love" to "I Got You Babe"...<p>From "Drunk in Love" to "I Got You Babe," we're looking at the most prominent couples in the music industry and the hits inspired by their love <i>and</i> heartbreak.

Tim Cook attacks tech rivals that mine and sell personal data

Apple chief executive Tim Cook has delivered a stinging attack on rival tech giants that collect personal data for the purposes of making money<p>Apple chief executive Tim Cook has heavily criticised tech companies which attempt to monetise customer data for advertising purposes, saying such a trade …

From Depression to Happiness: The 4 Steps That Helped to Change My Life

I always thought happy people were fakers.<p>Growing up with clinical depression and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), I never knew what it was like …

Happiness

10 Must-See Small Cool Homes: Week 4

Jesyka's Room for Four<p>(Image credit: Small Cool contest entry)<p>Well, we just posted our last entry for Small Cool 2015, which means now is the time to …

A public look at Al Qaeda leader's private library

Suffice it to say Osama bin Laden's bedside table held no beach reads or steamy novels.<p>But the Obama administration's release Wednesday of more than 400 documents, reports, books and other materials that were seized by U.S. Navy SEALs during the 2011 raid that killed the Al Qaeda chief in Pakistan …

Osama Bin Laden’s eclectic and paranoid collection of books

The US has declassified and released a collection of the documents that Navy SEALs recovered during the 2011 raid on Osama Bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan that ended in the Al Qaeda leader’s death. The declassified letters, books, articles, and technical documents certainly a suggest a …

Osama Bin Laden

SEC Rule Would Link Executive Pay To Performance

The Securities and Exchange Commission voted 3-2 today to propose a rule to link the pay of top corporate executives to their companies' financial performance.<p>NPR's Jim Zarroli, reporting on All Things Considered, says: "The rule grew out of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial overhaul bill. And it …

Dr. Oz to critics: My show and I 'will not be silenced'

Dr. Mehmet Oz says he "will not be silenced" by a group of 10 prominent doctors who are calling for him to resign from Columbia University.<p>In a special episode of "The Dr. Oz Show" he taped on Tuesday, Oz — arguably America's best-known doctor — addressed the 10 doctors directly and accused them of …

An Easy Way to Help Tell How Sexist a Man Is

Well now, this is revealing! A new study finds you can determine how sexist a man is -- whether the more hostile and malignant form, or the more benign and patronizing -- by how they smile towards women when they interact with them in social interactions -- and by the manner in which they speak to …

UK trader arrested for causing 2010 stock market 'Flash Crash'

Federal law enforcement officials have charged a U.K. man with manipulating the stock market and triggering the 2010 "Flash Crash."<p>The Federal Bureau of Investigation said Navinder Singh Sarao, 36, was arrested Tuesday in the U.K. and charged with multiple counts of fraud.<p>Prosecutors say Sarao used …

Stock Markets

Pope accepts resignation of Robert Finn, years after U.S. bishop's conviction

<b>(CNN) —</b> Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Robert Finn, who remained on the job for years after becoming the highest-ranking U.S. Catholic official convicted in connection with the church's long-running sex abuse scandal, the Vatican announced Tuesday.<p>Finn, who led the Diocese of …

Pope Francis

Asian stocks mostly higher as Japan exports improve

TOKYO (AP) — Asian stocks were mostly higher Wednesday after Japan reported its first trade surplus in three years, adding optimism to regional …

Stock Markets

Gravity Payments CEO takes 90% pay cut to give workers huge raise

CEO Dan Price took a 90% pay cut and slashed his company's profits just so he could give his employees a raise.<p>Price, who heads up the Seattle payment processing firm Gravity Payments that he founded, has pledged to make sure all of his staffers make at least$70,000 annually in the next three years.<p>…

Employment

Fed's Kocherlakota sees risk of U.S. disinflation

WINONA, Minn. (Reuters) - While the risk of an outright decline in prices is low in the United States, low wage growth could push down on inflation, slowing its increase, a top Federal Reserve official said on Tuesday.<p>Narayana Kocherlakota, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, …

Female venture capitalist loses Silicon Valley sex discrimination case

Jury says gender was not a substantial factor in Kleiner Perkins' decision not to promote Ellen Pao, in case that has gripped Silicon Valley<p>A female venture capitalist has lost a high-profile sex discrimination case that shined a spotlight on the "boys' club culture" of Silicon Valley.<p>Ellen Pao, …

Michelle Obama, Race and the Ivy League

The education of a future first lady.<p>In 1988, a group of black students at Harvard Law School compiled a report designed to recognize the growing achievements of black students on campus and share their wisdom with newcomers. The longest essay in the 50-page newsletter was written by a 24-year-old …

Alzheimer's researchers find molecule that delays onset of disease

Scientists at the University of Cambridge have identified a crucial molecule that could put the brakes on the damage to the brain<p>The onset of Alzheimer’s disease could be delayed by a molecule that occurs naturally in humans, research suggests.<p>The study in mice showed that the “housekeeping” …

Neuroscience

Love Your Introverts (It's The Quiet Ones You Should Watch)

Steve Wozniak arguably has one of the most creative and innovative brains in the history of technology.<p>“Woz” played a huge part in the way we view the place of technology in our lives. In his book iWoz, the Apple co-founder talks about his inventions and his creative process.<p>On creativity, he …

Personality

The $700,000+ mistake nearly 6 in 10 millennials may make

Most millennials say they’d rather rent than buy a home — a decision that could cost them more than $700,000 over the course of their lives.<p>Nearly …

Real Estate

Why Didn’t He Climax? Hint: It’s Not You

Do NOT blame yourself.<p>There's taking your sweet time, and then there are instances in which you could have all the time in the world...and it still wouldn't help him cross the finish line. If you find yourself in bed with a guy who just won't—or can't—get the job done, don't worry. There are a lot …

This Colorado pot shop made $3.6 million last year

Toni Fox's businesshad the distinction of ringing up Colorado's first sale of recreational pot one year ago.<p>It was the beginning of an explosion of sales at her Denver marijuana shop, the 3D Cannabis Center.<p>Fox said her shop brought in $3.6 million in revenue for 2014.<p>That's a dramatic turnaround …