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NASA wants you to take a #globalselfie for Earth Day

This Earth Day NASA is asking citizens of the Earth to step outside and photograph themselves wherever on the planet they happen to be.<p>The space agency's celebration of the Earth and the people who live on it is called, appropriately, #globalselfie.<p>To participate all you need is a digital camera …

Where The American Dream Is Dead And Buried

If you dream of one day pulling yourself up by your bootstraps to become the next Bill Gates, there are some places in America where it's somewhat easier to do that than others, a new study reveals.<p>Cities in the South and the Rust Belt have extremely low levels of economic mobility -- a wonky term …

Reshaping data made easy

Today we are releasing a new version of our data reshaper add-in for Excel 2007-2010 (32- and 64-bit). For those who are not familiar with this tool, …

The New Year's Me

Thank goodness it's almost<p>New Year's Day. I don't think I could bear to lug these flabby thighs and wobbly gut around with me much longer. So looking forward to their instant disappearance as 2014 begins! And really, my work habits have gotten so slack and slovenly these last few, well, years, that …

The year in review: HW memes revisit the top mortgage finance stories of 2013

Continuing HousingWire’s series of mortgage finance memes, 2013 wielded such an abundance of events that it needed a Part Two in our ongoing holiday …

Asia picks its words of the year, and they are a bunch of sad characters

Asia has chosen some somber words to sum up its year. China Realtime Report rounded up the character of the year (kanji of the year in Japan) from five Asian nations, which were based on polls or selected by a committee. Unlike Oxford Dictionaries’ choice for word of the year, these characters …

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Philippines: survivors of typhoon Haiyan salvage the spirit of Christmas

When typhoon Haiyan tore through the southern Philippines last month, destroying towns, lives and livelihoods, the early Christmas decorations did not stand a chance.<p>Maria Rose, a Filipino sociologist, had set up early for this year's festivities. Nothing is left.<p>"The typhoon destroyed my tree and …

Nasdaq Composite ends at record for third straight session

Jun 6, 2018<br>9:29 PM<p>Man-made risks like cyber-crime and interstate conflicts rank among the biggest threats to the world’s cities, according to the Lloyd City Risk Index.<p>Jun 6, 2018<br>9:05 PM<p>House Speaker Paul Ryan contradicted President Donald Trump ”spygate” conspiracy claims Wednesday, saying he has …

Dow posts largest weekly gain in 3 months

Jun 8, 2018<br>4:49 PM<p>Exxon Mobil Corp. said late Friday that Senior Vice President Michael J. Dolan will retire on Aug. 1 after 38 years of service. Dolan was elected to his current position and as a member of Exxon’s management committee in 2008. Earlier this week, Exxon announced the retirement of …

Better ways to grade public schools

How do you measure school quality?<p>For the last decade, the answer has been informed by a single set of data: standardized test scores. Now there is a chance to change that. Although Congress remains unwilling to overhaul No Child Left Behind, with its overemphasis on testing, Secretary of …

108-unit apartment complex opens for homeless residents on skid row

A sleek apartment complex opened Thursday in the heart of skid row, offering what backers hope will be a beacon for the neighborhood's homeless residents and a portal to an increasingly revitalized east side of downtown Los Angeles.<p>The $28-million Gateways Apartments, at the corner of 5th and San …

Letters: Blockbuster nostalgia

Re "End of Blockbuster near," Business, Nov. 7<p>When I rented VHS movies from Blockbuster, the cartridges carried funny reminders telling customers to rewind their tapes.<p>They included: "To play is human. To rewind is divine!," "Be a friend. Rewind when you reach the end," and "Just to remind, please …

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Senate votes to ban discrimination against LGBT workers

WASHINGTON — A bill to extend historic new protections to gays in the workplace won easy<p>Senateapproval Thursday, bolstered by rare bipartisan support that illustrated the dramatic shift in the politics around gay rights amid growing public acceptance for same-sex marriage.<p>Seventeen years after a …

Jun 9, 2018<br>7:03 PM<p>Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner Justify ran into the history books Saturday, winning the Belmont Stakes in wire-to-wire fashion and completing horse racing’s Triple Crown, becoming just the 13th horse to accomplish that feat and only the second undefeated horse to do so.<p>…

September jobs report will be released Oct. 22

List shows September employment report will be released at 8:30 am ET on Tuesday, Oct. 22.<p>Late Thursday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics updated its website with a revised schedule for economic reports that were postponed during the 16-day government shutdown.<p>Probably the most market-sensitive of …

Wonder bread returns to store shelves

The iconic soft, squishy bread long a lunchbox favorite is back.<p>Flowers Foods Inc., which bought Wonder from the now-defunct Hostess Brands, says the bread started returning to supermarket shelves Monday nearly a year after it vanished.<p>The company, which also makes Tastykake and Nature's Own bread, …

Earthquake: 3.4-magnitude temblor strikes near Anza, Calif.

A shallow magnitude 3.4 earthquake was reported Sunday morning seven miles from Anza, Calif., according to the<p>U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 6:10 a.m. Pacific time at a depth of 7.5 miles.<p>According to the USGS, the epicenter was 21 miles from La Quinta, Calif., and 22 miles from …

The Kids Are All Right (Sometimes): The Housing Crisis and Children's Academic Performance

American households lost trillions in home equity wealth during the recent housing crisis, causing widespread distress among communities, families and children. According to the Brookings Institution and First Focus, more than two million children have lost their homes to foreclosure since 2008; …

How I Paid Off My Mortgage In 4 Years

Ingrid Schwarz devised a strategy to pay off her mortgage faster than its term. Could you do the same?<p><b>Written by Sarah Cocchimiglio</b><p>Thirty years ago, …

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