s l newell

118 Flips | 6 Magazines | 2 Followers | @slnewell | Keep up with s l newell on Flipboard, a place to see the stories, photos, and updates that matter to you. Flipboard creates a personalized magazine full of everything, from world news to life’s great moments. Download Flipboard for free and search for “s l newell”

Fannie, Freddie to repay taxpayers

More than five years after being taken over by the government and receiving billions in bailouts, housing giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are about to pay back taxpayers.<p>On Friday, Fannie said it will send another $7.2 billion to the Treasury Department after reporting a $6.5 billion fourth …

Associated Press News

Beijing smog alert turns 'orange' as air pollution soars

<b>Beijingers have been warned to stay indoors as much as possible to avoid outdoor air pollution that has reached hazardous levels.</b><p>Particulate readings soared 15 times above the daily maximum recommended by the World Health Organization.<p>In response, city authorities have started using Beijing's new …

Pollution

FCC Chief: We’re Not Going to Police Your Newsroom

The head of the Fed­er­al Com­mu­nic­a­tions Com­mis­sion is try­ing to douse Re­pub­lic­an ac­cus­a­tions that his agency is try­ing to cov­ertly …

Net Neutrality

Should 'New York's Finest' March on Saint Patrick's Day, If Gays Can't?

New York City’s Saint Patrick’s Day parade dates back to 1766, when Irish soldiers serving in the British army organized “a parade of sorts … including fife and drums at dawn.” Today the parade maintains an air of militarism, its ranks swelled by uniformed police officers, as well as firefighters. …

States of Dysfunction: Governors Now Face Same Woes as Washington

America’s governors used to hold their heads up high when they came to the nation’s capital. But this year? It’s complicated.<p>For last several years, governors have been able to distance themselves from their counterparts in Congress and the White House: While Washington bickers, stalls and …

Associated Press News

The ‘hyper-competitive’ Toronto home market: I feel like a million bucks

<i>These are stories Report on Business followed this week</i>.<p>Suddenly, I'm a millionaire.<p>A bricks-and-mortar millionaire.<p>Actually, a <i>co</i>-millionaire with the bank that holds our mortgage.<p>But for anyone who asks, like my neighbour down the street who lives in a semi-detached house, I've hit the mark.<p>As The …

Associated Press News

New drugs may transform Down syndrome

Recent breakthroughs could lead to pharmacological treatments for the chromosomal disorder<p>Jenni Laidman<p>February 22, 2014 8:00pm (UTC)<p>This article was originally published by Scientific American.<p>People born with Down syndrome have always been considered to be incurably developmentally delayed—until …

NBC's Maria Shriver won't step down to support brother's campaign

NBC correspondent Maria Shriver said she sees no need to step down from her news job while campaigning for her brother, Bobby Shriver, a candidate for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.<p>"I've been a journalist for 30 years,'' she said Saturday, during the opening of her brother's campaign …

Why Dads Matter

A third of American children are growing up in homes without their biological fathers.<p>MIDVALE, Utah — Jordan Ott was the third of his mother’s six children, born over the course of four marriages.<p>By age 8, he’d had two step-dads; his brothers and sisters had more or fewer based on birth order. Each …

Obama adviser Rice has no regrets on 2012 Benghazi comments

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's national security adviser, Susan Rice, said on Sunday she was not "100 percent correct" in her remarks after the deadly 2012 attack on a U.S. compound in Libya, but called it patently false to say she intentionally misled Americans about the …

National Security

UK says to use Merkel visit to push curbs to 'welfare shopping'

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain said on Sunday it planned to use a visit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel this week to try to persuade Berlin to support measures to discourage people from moving within the European Union to tap welfare benefits.<p>Romanians check in their luggage for a flight to Heathrow …

Associated Press News

Obamacare stats hard to nail down

When you go to all this trouble to cover the uninsured, is it really that unreasonable to ask how many uninsured people Obamacare has covered so far?<p>The answer, apparently, is: Yes. It’s unreasonable.<p>The truth is, nobody has a good, real-time fix on how successful the Affordable Care Act has been …

How to Be the World's Smartest Traveler (and Save Time, Money, and Hassle)

• <b>Author:</b> Christopher Elliott<p>Leading travel expert and <i>USA Today</i> columnist Christopher Elliott shares the smartest ways to travel in this tip-filled guide from National Geographic. Drawing on more than 20 years of experience as a consumer travel advocate, Elliott gives you the inside scoop on how to …

How to Get a Refund on a Non-Refundable Airfare and Avoid Change Fees

It now costs $200 to change or cancel a non-refundable airfare on the remaining "legacy" U.S. airlines (American, Delta, United, and US Airways), and a bit less on some other carriers. Changing or canceling an international airfare can cost much more. But there are ways of avoiding the fees, and …

Why First Class Is (and Isn't) Worth the Extra Money

Recently on Twitter, one of my followers responded to this article about getting a better seat when you fly. True enough, he was tweeting from a first class seat on @AmericanAir for which he paid the economy class fare of $124 plus a $90 upgrade on a flight from Ft. Lauderdale to Washington. But …

Top 5 Romantic Tropical Cruises for 2014 | Fodor's

The world is a mighty big place, and that means there's no shortage of tropical islands that draw cruise ships, yachts, and sailing vessels to their …

Royal Caribbean

The Best Time to Book a Flight Depends on the Destination

The average fare for a flight from the US to Europe will vary by $256 from when a ticket is first offered to the day the plane takes off. A flight …

Here’s why you shouldn’t buy a US-to-Europe flight more than two months in advance

The average fare for a flight from the US to Europe will vary by $256 from when a ticket is first offered to the day the plane takes off. A flight from the US to South America will fluctuate in a $262 range over the same period. This is according to Kayak, a travel website, which analyzed millions …

South America

The Gulf Coast's Merry Mardi Gras Fest

It's that time again -- Mardi Gras time, that is. The Carnival season of Fat Tuesday is widely and wildly celebrated around the world in places such as Rio de Janeiro, Trinidad and Tobago, Venice and of course New Orleans. None, however, can make the claim that their Mardi Gras offers the chance to …