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A Sinner in Mecca: gay film-maker on 'a hajj of defiance'

Parvez Sharma went on a pilgrimage to Mecca and covertly filmed what he describes as ‘the frontline of Islam’ in order to explore what it means to be a Muslim<p>“Islam is at war with itself, and I have fought hard not to be a casualty.” Vulnerable yet self-deprecating, film-maker Parvez Sharma sets …

Credit Suisse: Here's the best stock in each sector of the market

Their analysts ranked up to 3 stocks based on a 6-12-month time horizon.<p>We're highlighting one of their top stocks in each of the 8 sectors.<p><i>Note: These are a snapshot of the analysts' top picks in the industries they cover, and should not be viewed as portfolios. Prices are as of the market close</i> …

Markets

Insurers worry self-driving cars could put a dent in their business

Three companies note driverless vehicles as a possible financial threat, while a parts manufacturer fears a decline in ‘the number and severity of accidents’<p>A world of robot cars may still be a long way off but that hasn’t stopped some big insurance companies from worrying about them. And not for …

A New York City politician wants to ban Uber's surge pricing — but that's a terrible idea

Ortiz, a Brooklyn Democrat, formally introduced the legislation in Albany last month.<p>It takes aim at services like Uber and Lyft, banning their dynamic pricing models — Uber's "surge pricing" and Lyft's "prime time" feature. Companies would also face a $250 fine every time this kind of dynamic …

New York City

30 stocks traders are shorting like crazy

But it can be a sure way to avoid burning cash when a company's shares crash, making it worth the bet.<p>Several Chinese online retailers have a significant amount of short interest on this list.<p>And Bill Ackman says he is doing "God's work" by crusading against Herbalife, as more investors bet the …

Markets

Americans Are Taking on More Debt—Again

Is it time to worry?<p>If the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results, then Americans are …

Why Venezuela Is The 'Most Miserable' Country In The World, Again

For the second year in a row Venezuela has topped the "Misery Index," an annual list compiled by The Cato Institute. The list combines data about a country's inflation rate, interest rates, and unemployment. It also factors any slides in GDP growth.<p>In short, the reason Venezuela has held its …

Venezuela

17 Ways to Age-Proof Your Brain

What’s good for your body is good for your brain. That means eating a balanced diet with lots of fruits and veggies and not much sugar, saturated …

Minds Matter: Mindfulness Is the Key to Success

"Being mindful is not a matter of thinking more clearly about experience; it is the act of experiencing more clearly" -- Sam Harris<p>Have you ever grabbed a snack from the office counter and looked in wonder at the empty wrapper by the time you reached your desk?<p>Have you ever looked at the clock and …

Mindfulness

More Than Half Of American Public Schoolchildren Now Live In Poverty: Study

For the first time, more than half of U.S. public school students live in low-income households, according to a new analysis from the Southern Education Foundation.<p>Overall, 51 percent of U.S. schoolchildren came from low-income households in 2013, according to the foundation, which analyzed data …

Education

How is middle class doing? Four gauges show why politicians are talking fixes.

Despite signs that the US economy is rebounding, the middle class continues to struggle. Politicians from both sides of the aisle have set their …

The Slow Strategy That Might Rebuild Middle-Class Wealth

New savings options—such as myRA and Secure Choice—might help ordinary Americans grow their assets without sacrificing emergency savings.<p>The middle class is in terrible shape. Wages are stagnant, the middle class’s share of the nation’s wealth has been declining for decades, and ordinary Americans …

Retirement

Parents Who Take Their Kids on Planes Don't Owe Anyone an Apology

Recently there was an adorable news story about parents flying with their new baby and giving out a “goodie bag,” including earplugs, to passengers …

10 Tips From a Buddhist Monk on Living a Fulfilled Life

Is there any doubt that people are searching for happiness in the wrong places?<p>Reaching a fulfilled lifestyle is much more than just a beautiful home …

Samsung asks the US government to block NVIDIA's chips

The patent war between NVIDIA and Samsung isn't going to wind down any time soon. Samsung has backed up its countering lawsuit against NVIDIA with a US International Trade Commission complaint asking the agency to block imports of NVIDIA's GeForce graphics chips and Tegra mobile processors. While …

A Major Long-Term Change In The Labor Market Is Bad News For The US Economy

That's the conclusion from Steven Davis and John Haltiwanger, two National Bureau of Economic Research economists (Davis is at U Chicago and Haltiwanger at the University of Maryland). The two presented at the Fed's Jackson Hole conference over the summer and an updated version of the paper was …

Economics

Harry Reid Moves for Senate Vote on NSA Reform

Sen­ate Ma­jor­ity Lead­er Harry Re­id on Wed­nes­day moved to ad­vance a bill that would ush­er in sweep­ing re­forms to the gov­ern­ment’s most …

Fed chair Janet Yellen says income inequality is un-American

Janet Yellen, the chair of the US Federal Reserve and the most powerful woman in American finance, has taken a strong stance suggesting that the growing rift between the rich and the poor in the US is a cause for great concern.<p>In a speech pointedly titled “Perspectives on Inequality and Opportunity …

Drop In Unemployment Raises Debate On Optimal Rate

The U.S. unemployment rate has been falling steadily over the years. Down from the recession peak of 10 percent in 2009, it reached 5.9 percent in September.<p>That's getting close to what economists call the natural unemployment rate — the normal level of joblessness you'd expect in a healthy economy.<p>…

The Most Common Jobs For The Rich, Middle Class And Poor

We've written a lot about how income has changed (or not) for the rich, middle class and poor in the U.S. We've written much less about what the rich, middle class and poor actually do for work.<p>To remedy that, we made this graph. It shows the 10 most popular jobs in each income bracket. Click on …

Give student loans the finger: A new solution to a massive generational outrage

<b>(AP/Matt Rourke)</b><p>Young people and their future families are being bankrupted. Here’s a radical response to the heist of the century<p>Kyle Schmidlin<p>October 18, 2014 10:30am (UTC)<p>This post originally appeared on Third Rail News.<p>Recently, news broke that Rolling Jubilee, a nonprofit organization …

A Fight For The Right To Whiten Your Teeth Reaches The Supreme Court

The procedure typically involves placing disposable strips impregnated with a whitening agent on a client's teeth. The strips are deemed safe by the Food and Drug Administration and regulated as cosmetics. Salons charge as little as a tenth as much for this service as a dentist would. So in 2003 …

FDA

Here's What 44 Countries List As The Greatest Dangers In The World

Amid rising conflicts engulfing the Middle East, most of the 44 nations surveyed in a new Pew Research Center study listed the top threat in the world as "religious and ethnic hatred."<p>Nations were given the option of selecting between five dangers: nuclear weapons, pollution, AIDS and other …

How A Small, Family-Owned Company Taught Cops Around America To Seize Millions In Cash

A controversial police tactic that lets cops seize large amounts of suspicious cash has been aided by a family-owned company that won millions in federal contracts, Robert O'Harrow and Michael Sallah write in The Washington Post.<p>That company, Desert Snow, has trained cops around the US on the art …

USDOT

NETFLIX GOT TOTALED

On Wednesday the company reported subscriber growth in the third quarter that was much lower than expected. It also lowered its expectations for the fourth quarter.<p>Netflix added 2 million international subscribers versus expectations of 2.36 million and 975,000 domestic streaming subscribers versus …

Markets

Apple And Facebook Are Paying Employees To Freeze Their Eggs

The goal is to enable women who want to continue focusing on their careers without sacrificing their chance to have children later on.<p>NBC News reports that Facebook recently began its program and that Apple will start paying employees who want to freeze their eggs in January.<p>Known as oocyte …

Reproductive Medicine

12-Year-Old Cancer Patient Gets First-Ever Vertebra Made On A 3-D Printer

As it turns out, you can make just about anything with a 3-D printer <i>and</i> make it work.<p>When 12-year-old Minghao of China was diagnosed a couple of months ago with Ewing's sarcoma, a bone cancer typically found in children, his doctors opted for an alternative to the standard treatment. They …

Sleeping Brains Are Able to Perform Waking Tasks

Neuroscientists find that the unconscious brain is capable of making decisions based on auditory inputs.<p>What do we think of when we think of sleep? Part of it is surely the absence of thinking itself, a shutting down of the hectic business of continually interfacing with the surrounding …

Key Brain Connection Slow To Develop In Kids With ADHD

Scientists analyzing data from a map of connections inside the human brain have gained new insights into the development of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.<p>Past images of brain structures showed that the brains of people with ADHD mature later than those of people without the condition. …