Tim Watts

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Guess which country is set to legalize marijuana

The Uruguayan lower house of parliament passed a bill that would create the world’s first legal, regulated marijuana markets Wednesday night. The …

16 Pools With a View

Dipping into a serene swimming pool overlooking a wonderful view can mark a moment of true arrival for the harried traveler. For those of us unlucky enough to be chained to a computer at the moment (and this includes myself), here is a delightfully escapist collection of 16 pools with a</i> …

Swimming Pools

Economic Growth Momentum Is Fading

The unexpectedly large increase in the ISM Index was propelled mainly by a 6.4% rise in orders and an 11.6% jump in production. On a seasonally unadjusted basis the respective increases were -1% and +2%. While these were both better than usual for July, the seasonal adjustments, as compared to the …

Stock Markets

“Times Haiku” Turns Newspaper Stories Into Poetry

You’d probably never guess that this haiku…<p>was culled from an article in the <i>New York Times Magazine</i>.<p>The Times’s senior software architect, Jacob Harris, has created an algorithm that will build a haiku from any story in the newspaper. As a refresher, a haiku is a form of three-lined Japanese …

Illinois Medical Marijuana Bill Signed Into Law By Governor Pat Quinn

Illinois on Thursday officially became the 20th U.S. state to legalize medical marijuana.<p>At a ceremony at the University of Chicago, Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn signed the bill while joined by Jim Champion, a military veteran who suffers from multiple sclerosis, the Chicago Tribune reports.<p>"I feel …

U.S. Grand Jury Probing Contractor That Vetted Edward Snowden

WASHINGTON, Aug 3 (Reuters) - The company that conducted the most recent security review of former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden is the subject of a federal grand jury investigation into its background check processes, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday, citing people involved …

State Department Extends Closure Of Embassies

<b>Update At 4:40 p.m. ET:</b><p>State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki says Sunday that the embassy and consulate closures will be extended:<p>In a statement, Psaki says the decision was taken "out of an abundance of caution" and the it was "not an indication of a new threat stream, merely an indication of …

Zack Snyder Will Direct Superman/Batman Movie Inspired by Frank Miller's 'The Dark Knight Returns' – /Film

OK, here’s the official word about the future of the DC Universe on screen via Warner Bros. Or the official suggestion. <b>Zack Snyder</b> took the stage at …

8 reasons our economy is more dysfunctional than ever

Self-sacrifice, fear and lowered expectations are the new normal in post-recession America<p>There’s a new normal in the American economy for vast slices of society and it’s discouragingly tough, despite all the cheerleading from the White House and economists that the country is in a slow but steady …

Looking at savings around the world (map)

July 19, 2013 | 10:32 AM<p>Embed Code<iframe src="https://www.marketplace.org/2013/07/19/world/looking-savings-around-world-map/popout" frameborder="0" width="100%" height="240px"></iframe><p>Copy<br>• Close<p>Embed Code<iframe …

Health Care

The Worst Companies To Work For In The U.S.: 24/7 Wall St.

From 24/7 Wall St.: For the second year in a row, 24/7 Wall St. has identified America’s worst companies to work for. While company management can improve employee satisfaction, most of the companies on our list continue to make workers miserable.<p>In order to identify America’s worst companies to …

Associated Press News

The Week In Numbers: New Dinosaur Discovered, The World's Largest Virus, And More

<b>2014</b>: the year this aerodynamic, flying saucer-like research station is set to open in Antarctica<p><b>15 feet</b>: the length of a new cow-like dinosaur discovered in Utah<p><b>1 week</b>: the time it would take Earth's average global surface temperature to drop below 0 degrees Fahrenheit if the sun went out<p><b>$1,350</b>: …