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State of the Union: Barack Obama sells optimism to nervous nation

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Putting aside a sudden crisis with Iran, President Barack Obama on Tuesday urged Americans in his final State of the Union address to reject the politics of tribalism and fear that have rocked the campaign to find his successor and to build a "clear-eyed, big-hearted" and …

Obama: We need to 'fix our politics'

In his final State of the Union address, Obama hits back at Trump and the GOP for ‘peddling fiction’ about the economy.<p>President Barack Obama offered a broad defense of his administration on Tuesday, delivering what amounted to a valedictory address for his final State of the Union, while offering …

As rain pummels California, some see a way to fight drought

Much of California’s rain washed away<p>Much of the torrential rain that fell on Southern California last week flowed right into the ocean, just as downpours did before the state’s epic drought.<p>That approach once seemed like a good idea, as storm drains provided a defense against flooding. But with …

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DNA Sequencing Company Wants to Develop a Cancer Blood Test

Illumina, which dominates the DNA sequencing world, is dipping a very big toe into cancer testing. The California-based company has raised $100 …

Hong Kong’s pink dolphins are at risk of disappearing

Conservationists say their repeated concerns have fallen on deaf ears, with what they describe as a "rapid" decline of the mammal in the past few decades.<p>The Chinese white dolphin -- popularly known as the pink dolphin due to its pale pink coloring -- draws scores of tourists daily to the waters …

How Washington helped create Puerto Rico’s staggering debt crisis

Officially a U.S. commonwealth, Puerto Rico is treated in some ways like a foreign country, in other ways a state, and in still other ways unlike anywhere else.<p>Caught in political limbo, the island teeters on the financial brink.<p>BARCELONETA, PUERTO RICO — The sprawling pharmaceutical plants nestled …

Friday Talking Points -- Always Twirling for Freedom!

It's officially a holiday since tomorrow's the nation's birthday and all, but since this column took a vacation last week, we thought we'd better get a new column out today. After all, it's been an eventful two weeks!<p>Right after we published our last column, the Confederate battle flag debate …

Rand Paul: Cuba Isolationists Just Don’t Get It

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Coworkers recreate classic art using props found around the office

We all need something to break up the mundane routines of office life.<p>Coworkers Francesco Fragomeni and Chris Limbrick were goofing off at the …

Flipping for Oscar

Inside Flipboard / March 1, 2014<p>It’s time to put the finishing touches on your Oscar picks, get your hors d’oeuvres ready and put that bubbly on …

Who loves Bill Clinton? Barbara Bush does

Barbara Bush loves Bill Clinton. Really.<p>The former first lady sounded like a proud mother about Clinton, the man who defeated George H.W. Bush (and Ross Perot) in the 1992 presidential election. Bush said in a C-SPAN interview that her husband and his Democratic successor have bonded like father …

Should Microsoft Acquire Yahoo For $53 Billion?

In February 2008, Microsoft offered to buy Yahoo for $31 a share — then a 61% control premium. Yahoo said no thanks but six years later, Microsoft should only offer a 30% premium of $52 a share – or $53 billion. How else can Microsoft hire a CEO who will boost its stock price even as it loses …

Whole Foods Bans Produce Grown With Sludge. But Who Wins?

If you've ever shopped at Whole Foods, you've probably noticed that some of the foods it sells claim all kinds of health and environmental virtues. From its lengthy list of unacceptable ingredients for food to its strict rules for how seafood is caught and meat is raised, the company sets a pretty …

Bill Gates predicts 'almost no poor countries' by 2035

As snowy Davos becomes engulfed in the hustle and bustle of another World Economic Forum, Microsoft founder Bill Gates took the opportunity to deliver an upbeat message in his annual newsletter.<p>The 25-page report, written by Gates and his wife Melinda, who are co-chairs of theBill & Melinda Gates …

Tamils hail David Cameron as 'god' but Sri Lankan president is not a believer

The refugees of Sabapathy Pillai believed David Cameron had been sent by God to help them get their land back. A swarm of Jaffna women stormed through a line of military police to plead for his help in finding their missing loved ones.<p>Yet only a few hours later, the prime minister left a meeting …

Pumpkin carvings for Halloween - in pictures

Ray Villafane and his team of professional sculptors, from Michigan, meticulously carve pumpkins using spoons and scalpels. Each character takes an average of two hours to complete

At the Top of My Lungs: Pray for the Bear

<i>Jennifer and Doug in Kumamoto, Japan, 1990</i><p>"If you see me in a fight with a bear, pray for the bear." -- Kobe Bryant<p><i>Jennifer writes: In 1990, I went to Kumamoto, Japan, where I taught English for two years. It was there that I met Doug Lavanchy, who has been one of my closest friends ever since. I</i> …

7 Sneaky Ways Bacteria Gets Into Your Beauty Products

7 simple ways to keep your beauty stash clean<p><i>By Augusta Falletta for Beauty High</i><p>You may know that you need to clean your makeup brushes once a week and toss your beauty products once they’re expired, but that doesn’t mean you’re in the clear when it comes to having bacteria in your products. …

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