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An Idyllic Tuscan Escape: Toscana Resort Castlefalfi

Once an abandoned medieval-era village, Castlefalfi has been refurbished into a luxe getaway.

For those who have entertained fantasies of living out …


A Bentley, Secret Emails and a Credit-Card Antitrust Case. The Strange Life of Lawyer Keila Ravelo

Keila Ravelo, an immigrant who became a successful New York antitrust lawyer, wasn’t shy about celebrating her achievements.

The 49-year-old drove a Bentley Continental “Flying Spur” sedan and favored Hermès handbags. She also spent tens of thousands of dollars annually to send her two sons to a …

Antitrust Laws

The Only Bank This Hip-Hop Mogul Will Use

Signature Bank is a throwback to a simpler time in banking, a low-profile firm with a plain-vanilla business model focused on lending and deposits.

Then again, it is also one of the country’s quirkiest and fastest-growing banks, with an unusual collection of high-profile fans.

Among the bank’s …


In Japan, Foreigners Fill Workforce Gaps

TOKYO—Non-Japanese are taking a bigger role in powering Japan’s economy as a labor shortage impels the country to overcome its long-standing resistance to foreign workers.

With hundreds of thousands of jobs going unfilled, businesses from noodle shops to auto-parts factories are squeezing every …


Iran Deal Could Open Door to Gulf Businesses

DUBAI–In the 10 years since RAK Ceramics opened a $40 million tile manufacturing plant in Iran, the United Arab Emirates-based firm has racked up millions of dollars in losses in the Persian country, fired hundreds of employees and all but stopped its kilns from burning.

But then Iran struck a …

United Arab Emirates

Dept. of Education takes aim at student debt relief scams with new video

Borrowers struggling to pay back their student loans should be wary of any offers that sound too good to be true, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan warned.

Borrowers struggling to pay back their student loans should be wary of any offers that sound too good …


These are the best jobs for millennials

The top 25 jobs for millennials based on pay and projected growth over the next several years.

Returning to or starting college can be a wonderful time for many students, full of opportunities to make new friends or reunite with old ones — and to finally be free of childhood bedrooms and parents’ …


From $6,000 to $67 billion: Warren Buffett’s wealth through the ages

His story is well told. Warren Buffett, got in the investment game at the wee age of 11, eventually saving cash he earned from his paper route to buy farmland in his home state. He also reaped the rewards of a booming pinball machine business.

Buffett turns 85 on Aug. 30

So, what were you doing as a …

Warren Buffett

A surefire strategy to keep calm and make money in this crazy market

With the right investments, your portfolio will keep expanding, even in a bear market, says Phil van Doorn.

With the right investments, your portfolio will keep expanding, even in a bear market

The seesawing stock market may finally prompt investors to dedicate more money toward high-dividend-paying …


Senegal art village hope to attract world designers

In remote countryside, The Thread aspires to inspire local villagers and attract designers from across the world.

Deep in the remote countryside of Senegal, a unique arts centre is aiming to bring inspiration to local villagers.

It is called "The Thread" - and its ambition is to widen the appeal of …


Oliver Sacks Humanized His and Others' Diseases, Is Dead at 82

Oliver Sacks, a neurologist, writer, and pianist best known for humanizing some of mankind’s most complex and poorly understood diseases, died Sunday after a long battle with cancer, according to the New York Times.

Sacks was diagnosed with ocular melanoma nine years ago, which metastasized to his …

Oliver Sacks

Wall St. Policy Poses a Challenge for Presidential Candidates

Even seven years after the financial crisis, Wall Street has lost none of its ability to stir partisan rancor.

The Republican presidential candidates are almost entirely unified behind repealing the Dodd-Frank financial overhaul legislation approved by a Democratic-controlled Congress after the 2008 …

Wall Street

A Wave of Guest Kidnappings Spurs Macau Casinos to Take Out Abductions Insurance

The trend is linked to harsher economic times on the Chinese mainland

Macau’s glitzy hotels and casinos are taking out insurance policies to protect themselves against a new threat to the house — the abduction of wealthy guests over unpaid gambling debts.

The risk of kidnapping has increased …


Marijuana bars, budtender growing trend at weddings

These newlyweds are going to pot.

John Elledge and Whitney Alexander’s wedding earlier this month in Oregon featured a smoke tent – complete with 13 different strains of marijuana that guests could sample with the help of a budtender.

The groom, who works as a professional marijuana grower in …


Egypt announces elections for October and November

Two-stage voting process to be held to elect parliament, without which the country has operated since June 2012.

Egypt has announced that parliamentary elections will take place in two stages in October and November.

Ayman Abbas, head of Egypt's Supreme Election Committee, said on Sunday that half …


Whites Quit Working With Black Mississippi Judge, Then He Got Sacked

Rickey Thompson started a drug court to start treating offenders and stop imprisoning them. Then he says officials quit sending him offenders altogether.

A black judge in Mississippi claims he was removed from office following years of resistance from a mostly white legal system to his push to treat …


Texas teen dies of rare brain-eating amoeba infection

(Reuters) - A Texas teenager who contracted a rare brain-eating disease after swimming in a lake about 70 miles (110 km) north of Houston has died, according to his family and local media.

The 14-year-old Michael Riley Jr., a junior Olympian and honor student, seemed to have contracted the disease …


3D Printed Fish Can Detect And Remove Toxins From Liquid

And could one day become medicine that you swallow

We all know that eating fish is good for your health, but what about fish shaped robots?

In a study published this month in Advanced Materials, researchers from UC San Diego announced that they'd figured out a way to 3D print tiny microrobots in the …


Guitarists Can Sync Their Brains With Other Players, Forming A Giant Hyperbrain

The neuroscience of jamming is a giant mind meld.

Guitarists perform a kind of mind-meld when they play together, syncing their brainwaves to the extent that they can anticipate each other’s moves. They also switch off the outside world while playing, leaving them in a tiny universe of them and …

The Brain

Eni discovers largest known gas field in Mediterranean

The Italian energy group Eni has discovered the largest known gas field in the Mediterranean off the Egyptian coast and predicted that the find could help meet Egypt’s gas needs for decades.

Eni said in a statement that the Zohr field, which covers an area of about 60 square miles (100sq km), could …

World Economy

25 minute walk could add 7 years to life

New research shows that exercise can delay the ageing process, with experts suggesting one walk a day could halve the risk of heart attack death and add seven years to the lifespan

Just 25 minutes of brisk walking a day could add to seven years to your life, heart experts have said.

Researchers said …


'Supergiant' gas field discovered off coast of Egypt

"Largest ever" offshore natural gas field in Mediterranean discovered in Egypt's territorial waters, Italy's Eni says.

The "largest ever" offshore natural gas field in the Mediterranean has been discovered inside Egypt's territorial waters, according to the Italian energy giant Eni.

The discovery, …


What to Expect When You're Expecting an Apple Car

On its face, a car seems like a disastrous thing for Apple Inc. to build. Cars are a brutally commodified, terrifically expensive, generally low-margin industry. Entering the car business is like getting into a land war.

But the mounting evidence seems undeniable that Apple is forging ahead anyway, …


Investing in energy stocks could land you in a huge ‘value trap’

This year’s biggest value trap is the energy sector, writes John Coumarianos.

The stock market’s wild trading recently has raised the specter of a bear market emerging from hibernation. That means it’s time for investors conditioned to buy all declines to be mindful of the “value trap” — a declining …


21 Easy Things To Do On Sunday That Will Make Mondays Suck Less

Because Mondays really don’t have to be so awful.

Your to-do list for Sunday may look this:

But this doesn’t always prepare you for a great Monday or a productive week ahead.

But with just a few of these tips you can hack your Sunday for the best week ever.

Okay, get to it!

1. Toss everything that’s …


Google OnHub Review: The Wi-Fi Router Gets a Brain

I get it, you never want to think about your Wi-Fi router, especially since you either spent an hour on tech support setting it up, or got some cable installer to do it for you. Unfortunately, Google is making it impossible to ignore the fact that your current home network may suck.

Google’s OnHub …


Modi Changes Course on Land Acquisition

NEW DELHI—India’s prime minister said he wouldn’t renew a contentious executive order aimed at making it easier for the state to acquire land for infrastructure and industry—confirming a reversal on a measure his administration had touted as important for reviving the economy.

Worried about …

Narendra Modi

ISIS damages Bel, Syria's 'most important temple,' rights group says

(CNN) — The iconic columns of a temple with historic significance in Palmyra, Syria, are still standing despite an explosion there Sunday, the antiquities chief in Syria, Maamoun Abdulkarim, said Monday.

He said there was an explosion Sunday inside the walls of the Temple of Bel, and while the …

World History

Far below South Dakota, a cave holds pure, promising water

WIND CAVE NATIONAL PARK, S.D. (AP) — Hundreds of feet beneath the Black Hills, a team of scientists and researchers snake through dark, narrow and silent corridors of ancient rock to reach their goal: what is thought to be some of the purest water on Earth.

The crew of National Park Service …


Boko Haram Kills 56 Villagers in Nigeria

"We saw corpses in the streets of the village," said farmer Mustapha Alibe

(MAIDUGURI, Nigeria) — Islamic extremist group Boko Haram killed 56 villagers in a remote area, the governor of Borno State said Sunday, as the government warned that the extremists are trying to extend their violent campaign.