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Grammy 2014 Snubs: Miley Cyrus Shut Out, Kanye West Comes Up Short, Lorde Lacks Best New Artist

The 2014 Grammy nominations were announced on Friday, and with them came a plethora of notable snubs. Two of this year's chief overlords of music (and controversy) -- Kanye West and Miley Cyrus -- both came up short. Cyrus' album, "Bangerz," didn't make the Sept. 30 cutoff for eligibility, but the…
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7 Worst NFL Coaches Ever

In light of Gary Kubiak's dismissal from the Houston Texans, here are the seven worst NFL coaches ever, according to statistics from Pro-Football-Reference.com.
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Illinois girls basketball players suspended for racy hand gesture

Three Farmington (Ill.) High senior girls basketball players appear to be suspended for at least two games for flashing an obscene hand gesture in their senior photo (h/t Barstool Sports). For anyone unfamiliar with the term "shocker," beware of NSFW search returns. Continue reading →
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Why Bank of America Is Leaving Your Neighborhood

Bank of America is closing its branches at a much higher rate than Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, or U.S. Bancorp -- a recent study shows one reason why.
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Analysis: Dog of year in Congress whimpers to end

Barring uncharacteristically swift work by Congress, more than a million victims of the recession will lose long-term unemployment benefits over the holidays, the price of milk could shoot up in late winter ...
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Paul Walker: 7 Movies for Remembering the Actor

In addition to the Fast and Furious series, Walker has been credited with more than 40 acting roles.
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Microsoft's Xbox One May Be Losing The Console War Due To Kinect Alone

Working in this industry, I tend to make predictions quite a bit. Usually they pan out, like the bad feeling I had that the Wii U was going to bomb for Nintendo without new appeal to non-gamers, or that Micosoft would be forced to changes its DRM/used game policies because [...]
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Paula Deen stumbles, Nigella Lawson recovers

Brands of embattled celebrity chefs taking very different turns after scandal fallout.
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Zoe Saldana Rates Britney Spears' Acting Ability In 'Crossroads'

Do you guys remember "Crossroads," with Zoe Saldana, Taryn Manning and Britney Spears' driving down the road of life and pretending "Lucky" was an original song that had been written for the movie? Well, Zoe Saldana sat down with Andy Cohen on "Watch What Happens Live" to take a look back and…
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Milla Jovovich: 'Guys Are More Attentive When You Have A Little Weight On You'

While the fashion world tends to favor the waif-like figures that are ubiquitous on runways and in the pages of glossy magazines, it seems some models think that that look doesn't appeal to everyone... especially men. Veteran model Milla Jovovich dishes up some real talk in the latest issue of…
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Is Lockheed Martin's Hypersonic Spy Plane a Warfare Game-Changer?

The SR-72 could travel at Mach 6 and fire hypersonic missiles into denied airspace -- all before an enemy has time to react.
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3 Big Impacts From Obamacare on America's Largest Health Insurers

In the wake of UnitedHealth's announcement that Obamacare could take a bite out of its earnings next year, here are three big ways that Obamacare could make waves -- for better and for worse -- in the ...
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Tiger Woods delights Brandel Chamblee with course-record tying 62 at Sherwood CC

A flawless second round from Woods at his Northwestern Mutual World Challenge has Golf Channel yakkers reminiscing about the days of the Tiger Slam. Tiger Woods and Brandel Chamblee have had their well-documented differences over the past couple of months, but Friday at Sherwood Country Club, both…
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China's parliament: Japan has "no right to criticize" air defense zone

China's parliament has declared that Japan has no right to criticize the establishment of a Chinese air defense zone which it said was in accordance with international law, state media reported on Saturday. Japan, South Korea and their ally the United States have all protested at China's decision…
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Dermatologists Say It's Better Than a Facelift

Women everywhere are saving thousands of dollars on plastic surgery by reducing the appearance of wrinkles from the comfort of their own home.AdChoicesLifeCell™ Skin CareSponsored



Grammy Awards 2014 Nominations Announced: List of Nominees!

Nominations for the 2014 Grammy Awards have been announced with Jay Z leading the pack with nine, followed by Macklemore & Lewis, Pharrell Williams, Justin Timberlake and more -- see the nominations
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Heidi Klum Admits She's Scared Of Plastic Surgery

Just in case you needed a reminder that Heidi Klum is naturally beautiful, the 40-year-old model told Access Hollywood that she is too scared to have work done. I'd be afraid!" Klum added that when given the option between botox or bangs (for pesky forehead lines), she'll likely opt for bangs.
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Your Ride: 1991 Kelly Python

As a long time car guy, Keith Kolb of Colorado Springs never planned to own two Kelly Pythons. In fact, he didn’t even plan to own one. Stumbling across his first Python on accident, the two seat sportscar immediately caught his attention. So, like any well-versed car guy would do, Keith hit the…
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Iran's Rouhani seen on casual hike in the hills

The personal website of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has published pictures of the cleric hiking in the mountains outside Tehran, his black turban replaced by a baseball cap. The pictures show Rouhani, usually seen in the turban and robes favoured by Iran's clerics, in a black baseball cap and…
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How Costco Saved Thanksgiving

Costco is one of the few stores remaining closed on Thanksgiving, giving employees the day off and presenting a PR challenge to other retailers.
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Glamping In Hawaii: Your Answer To The Stereotypical Resort Vacation

If you’re planning a trip to Hawaii, you’re traveling at least 2,500 miles. So why fly all the way over for a typical trip? On the island chain that is full of surprises, eccentricities and adventures, ditch the resort and opt for an off-the-wall accommodation arrangement. Here are six abodes to…
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Seven ways to save on gift card purchases

Once again this year, gift cards are the most-requested present. Here are seven simple ways to get more for your gift-card dollars.
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NBA scores: Kyle Korver breaks 3-point record and Houston blows out Golden State

Korver hit a historic long-range jumper, the Bucks and Wizards played in overtime, Dwight Howard and James Harden dominated the Warriors and more. The Charlotte Bobcats, at 9-11, are a legitimate Eastern Conference playoff team. OVERTIME! The Bucks won this game, behind 29 points from Khris…
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There Was No Shortage Of Ugly Dresses On This Week's Worst-Dressed List Huffington Post
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HIV Returns in Two Men Thought Cured After Stem Cell Transplant

Two HIV-infected men who were thought to be clear of the virus after having stem cell transplants have had the AIDS-causing pathogen return, their doctors said, scuppering hopes their cases might lead ...
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The 2015 Subaru Legacy Concept: Will This Stunning New Car Ever Make it to the Road?

Subaru’s 2015 Legacy Concept was a head-turner at the LA Auto Show, but the company's real strength lies elsewhere.
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Black Friday Winners: 2 Retailers Dominating the Holiday Shopping Season

It's the most important time of year for retail stocks, and these two retailers are at the top of their game this year.
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Trim the Treats: 7 Secretly Healthy Christmas Cookie Recipes

Spread cheer -- without winter weight gain -- with made-over cookie recipes that cut the fat, keep calories in check, and incorporate healthy ingredients.
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Kirstie Alley Explains Why John Travolta Was Her 'Greatest Love'

In an interview with Howard Stern, Kirstie Alley discussed her emotional love affair with John Travolta as well as his wife Kelly Preston's feelings on the matter. The two fell for each other on the set of "Look Who's Talking" in 1989, Kirstie said. Though the feelings were mutual, they fought…
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How cap changes can affect Toews, Kane contracts

Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman has said it time and time again, and his stance has not changed: Patrick Kane a Jonathan Toews will be in Chicago for the long haul. With the re-signings of Andrew Shaw, Bryan Bickell and Corey Crawford — plus acquiring Kris Versteeg just weeks ago…
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Here's Why You Don't Have to Refrigerate Butter

You'll visit some homes where butter is left on the counter, while others would balk at ever leaving a dairy product outside of the refrigerator for long. Though, according John Bruhn, a dairy-foods specialist at the University of California at Davis: "Most butter contains added salt, which…
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Three members of 'Muslim patrol' jailed in London

Three members of a self-styled "Muslim patrol" in London who harassed passers-by for wearing short skirts, holding hands and drinking alcohol have been jailed, in a conviction welcomed by the local mosque on Saturday. One of the incidents was filmed by the gang and posted on YouTube, causing…
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Intel Catches 2 Upgrades

Following the company's investor meeting, many investors gave up. However, Citigroup and Drexel Hamilton went against the grain and upgraded shares to "buy."
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Apple Has A New Way To Watch You While You Shop And It Could Soon Be Everywhere

On Friday, Apple turned on a new technology...
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Why Is Shell Canceling Its $20 Billion Gas-to-Liquids Project?

Royal Dutch Shell has just halted a $20 billion gas to liquids project. What does it mean?
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Alcatel-Lucent Stock Soared 225% in 2013. Here's Why.

Alcatel-Lucent has had a great year, with its shares more than tripling on hopes for a rebound in the telecom equipment space. Can the company keep outpacing competitors Nokia, Ericsson, and Cisco Systems ...
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Will Boeing Lose $292 Billion and This Major Market to Airbus?

Boeing used to be the undisputed top dog of commercial airline sales, but now, Airbus is closing the gap, and Boeing could lose billions.
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Ice storm causes blackouts, delays in Texas, Arkansas

(Reuters) - Freezing weather in the U.S. gripped parts of Texas and Arkansas on Saturday, with hundreds of thousands of people coping in the cold without power after a winter storm made roads impassable and caused severe flight delays. More than 3,300 travelers were forced to sleep on cots…
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The 2015 Ford Mustang: An Inside Look With Ford CEO Alan Mullaly

An inside look at the all-new, 50th anniversary 2015 Ford Mustang GT, featuring CEO Alan Mulally and more. You don't want to miss this...
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Obamacare Subsidies: How an Extra $1 in Income Can Cost You Thousands

Because of a quirk in the way subsidies work under the Affordable Care Act, going over a key income threshold can make all your subsidies go away. Find out why here.
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2013 Big Ten Championship: Ohio State vs. Michigan State TV time and preview

The nation's best rushing defense squares off against the nation's most potent rushing offense, and a BCS National Championship berth likely hangs in the balance. Don't look now, but the stodgy, stuffy Big Ten is about to put on one of the best shows of the week. The Big Ten's season is, of…
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Favre finally wins his second championship

It’s a Saturday morning in December. Which according to PFT bylaws means that it’s time to provide an update regarding a former NFL quarterback whose lingering relevance to the game comes in other ways. It required a coin flip between an offer recently made by the Milan Seamen and the exploits of…
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Can a Burger Save Olive Garden?

Darden Restaurants' Olive Garden is hoping a new hamburger can bring back diners.
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4 Ways to Cut Student Loan Debt While You’re Still in School

Think hard about your future repayment of student loans and use these ways to borrow less while you are still in school.
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Best of College GameDay at the Big Ten Championship: Nick Saban's 'sex appeal'

The regular season is at an end, as is all that you know. You'll see what we mean.
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Chris Petersen will reportedly be highest-paid Pac-12 coach

In finally prying him out of Boise, Washington was expected to make Chris Petersen one of the highest-paid head coaches in the Pac-12. As it turns out, it appears you can take the “one of” out of the equation. Bruce Feldman of CBSSports.com reported Friday night that Petersen and UW had agreed on…
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Manufacturing Jobs Didn't Create a Middle Class, Wall Street Did

Why more manufacturing jobs aren't the solution the shrinking American middle class, and why Wall Street is.
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France increases its deployment in African nation

BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — France unexpectedly raised its troop deployment in Central African Republic by hundreds of soldiers on Saturday, as Christians fearing reprisal attacks sought refuge from Muslim former rebels who control the country in wake of massacres in the capital. At…
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Cuba reforms seen as changing ideals, values

HAVANA (AP) — It's not dog-eat-dog. Not just yet.
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Ga. Man Must Pay $50K to Jilted Ex-Fiancee, Court Rules

A man in Georgia said he's undecided about whether to appeal the state appeals court's decision that he must pay his former fiancée who he left for another woman $50,000, his lawyer says.
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Has "Call of Duty" Really Lost Its Edge?

Why Activision Blizzard’s latest entry into the blockbuster franchise is being underestimated.
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Shelby shows off the new Mustang GT

Shelby unveiled the 2014 Mustang GT at the Los Angeles Auto Show recently, just before the reveal of the 2015 Ford Mustang. In the Great And Hallowed Pantheon of Fast Shelbys, the GT has ranked somewhere ...
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Expert: Warhol Fawcett portrait worth $12M

Lee Drexler estimates art's value in lawsuit between Ryan O'Neal, Univ. of Tex.-Austin.
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Consider Staying Away From Dollar Tree...For Now

Stiff competition from Dollar General and Family Dollar Stores is hurting Dollar Tree Stores. Should you invest now, or wait?
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Fast Food Strike Raises Questions About Availability of Good Jobs

Minimum wage hikes and labor complaints aside, the lack of job opportunity is the real issue for fast food strikers.
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America’s 10 Most Popular Used Cars

Here are 10 of the most popular used cars from 20 of America's largest cities.
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Cops: NH teen missing 2 months wrote letter to mom

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A teenager who disappeared nearly two months ago mailed her mother a letter several weeks after she was last seen, law enforcement officials said Friday.
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Brett Gardner trade rumors: Yankees could ship off OF for a pitcher

Gardner is expendable as he appears to now be without a starting spot in the Yankees lineup. The Yankees signed Jacoby Ellsbury to a seven-year deal worth $153 million Tuesday, then gave Carlos Beltran a three-year deal valued at $45 million on Friday. With Alfonso Soriano, Ichiro Suzuki and…
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Meet the Agents of NCIS: New Orleans — Plus a Few Off-the-Cuff Casting Suggestions

NCIS: New Orleans is one step closer to reality, with the release of the casting breakdowns for the four series leads. RELATED | NCIS: What Was Your First Impression of Ellie Bishop? To be executive-produced by NCIS showrunner Gary Glasberg […]
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Mom Is Slow To Address Girl's Excessive Weight

DEAR ABBY: I'm 12 and weigh 204 pounds. I feel really fat and I want to go on a diet, but my mom won't let me. I'm getting bad grades in gym class and need your help. -- SAD GIRL IN NEW HAMPSHIREDEAR SAD GIRL: By recognizing that you have a problem that you can't deal with on your own, you have…
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Photos: Barry Bonds' Sprawling L.A. Mansion Listed for $23.5M

Barry Bonds' mansion in L.A., first offered at $25 million, is now listed for $23.5 million. The former San Francisco Giants slugger bought it in 2002 for $8.7 million. The 17,000-sq. ft. home and 2-story guesthouse sits on a 1.85-acre lot. It has Venetian plaster walls, a 12-person theater, and…
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Stocks in 2014: The Only Prediction Guaranteed to Come True

Few are immune from making bold predictions when December rolls around, but there's only one you can be sure of.
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Is Art the Answer for Detroit's Bankruptcy?

Earlier this week, a judge ruled that Detroit's bankruptcy could go forward. There are now concerns that the city might sell its valuable art. Is it right for them to do so?
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The Consumer Electronics Retailing Loser of Black Friday Weekend

Which retailer shorted out on Black Friday weekend, Radio Shack or Best Buy?
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Ask Matt: Are stocks headed for a crash soon?

Ask Matt: Few forecasts of when a correction occurs ever turn out to be correct.
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The Open Secret Of iBeacon: Apple Could Have 250M Potential Units In The Wild By 2014

Yesterday, Apple began a small press push on its new iBeacon technology, pushed an Apple Store app update to support them and turned the feature on in 254 U.S. based stores in an initial rollout. According to the details we know so far, some Apple stores may have as many as 20 iBeacons deployed,…
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Smartphone Owners and Their Morning Routine

Think about your daily morning routine, especially for those who are Smartphone owners. What is the first thing that you do when you step out of your bed? Make a cup of coffee? Turn on the TV? Get your clothes prepared for the day? It appears that none of these activities are at the top...
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Afghan minister tells Hagel security pact will be signed AFP
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#UPDATE Pentagon chief Hagel visits Kabul with troop accord in limbou.afp.com/SSz 8 hrs ago
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Startup bets on cheap price for 84-mpg three-wheeler

Paul Elio hopes to start production of his three-wheel 'car' next year
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A Few Things You May Not Know About Chili's

Here are a few facts about Chili's that you may not know and why it's one of America's favorite restaurant chains.
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1 Huge Sign That Fossil Fuels Are in Trouble

Now that Bloomberg terminals include risk analysis of the impact of climate change regulation on stock price, and Exxon, BP, and GE price carbon into their financial models, investors can no longer ignore ...
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10 Most Affordable Housing Markets in the U.S.

Every quarter, the National Association of Home Builders releases its most affordable housing markets -- and the third quarter saw a number of major changes.
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3 Reasons Why Warren Buffett Sold ConocoPhillips

Why did the Oracle of Omaha sell ConocoPhillips?
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With Foles flourishing, Eagles singing different quarterback tune

In September, someone (possibly with the Eagles) was putting out the word that the Eagles nearly traded for 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick prior to the 2012 draft, and that the Eagles otherwise wanted to pick Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. Philly instead settled for Nick Foles in the…
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Rand Paul Says Wife is Against a 2016 Run

There’s at least one member of Sen. Rand Paul’s family who isn’t quite on board just yet with a 2016 run — and that’s his wife. After a speech at the Detroit Economic Club today, Paul, a Republican senator from Kentucky, was asked whether...
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Walk Faster to Live Longer

Some people may scoff at walking as a form of exercise, but that condescension is misplaced. One study published earlier this year showed that, if you cover the same number of miles per week, running and walking are equally effective in combating hyperten
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Cigarette Makers Aren't Going Up in Smoke

Despite heavy regulation, high taxes, and anti-smoking campaigns, tobacco companies are more profitable than ever
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Yemen says defence complex attackers mostly Saudi

Militants who launched a brazen daylight assault on the Yemeni defence ministry that killed 56 people were mostly Saudis, investigators said on Saturday. The finding, in a preliminary report on the inquiry into Thursday's attack, adds credibility to a claim of responsibility by Al-Qaeda in the…
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Kim Kardashian Makes Fan's Night, Invites Teen to Sit With Her at Kanye West's Yeezus Concert

Kim Kardashian made one fan's night when she invited the teen to sit with her in the VIP section at Kanye West's Yeezus concert in New Orleans on Dec. 5
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Bulls' Luol Deng a game-time decision vs. Pistons

When discussing the Bulls' goal of keeping the momentum from their triumphant Thursday-night victory over Miami going, Joakim Noah unwittingly spilled the beans. After Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau addressed the media following the team’s morning shootaround Saturday at the United Center — and…
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Your Portfolio in 2013: 3 Reasons You're Probably Trailing the S&P 500

The S&P 500 has jumped more than 26% so far this year, but many investors haven't seen returns anywhere near as good. What's behind the underperformance?
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New Mexico officer in van shooting is fired

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico State Police officer who fired shots at a minivan full of children during a chaotic October traffic stop has been fired, a spokesman with the law enforcement agency said Friday.
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Man buys picture of Xbox One for $750

Sometimes, it really pays to read the fine print. United Kingdom resident Peter Clatworthy learned that the hard way recently when he paid £450 (roughly $750) on eBay for what he thought was an Xbox One. What he received for … Continue reading →
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Stunning Manhattan Loft Makes Genius Use of Tiny Space

When it comes to apartments in Manhattan, you've often got to be creative with the space you've got. Specht Harpman transformed a claustrophobic, dark micro-loft in Manhattan into a four-level living space that looks far larger than it actually is. The first level features a small bathroom and a…
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Husband Told To Choose Between Wife And Harley Is Selling Both On Craisglist

Given the choice between a motorcycle and a spouse, what would you choose? Bob White of Virginia is letting the Internet decide for him. The Charles City man is selling his Harley Davidson motorcycle or his wife on Craigslist for $5,900. According to the ad, posted on Richmond's Craigslist this…
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Test Drive: VW XL1 shows how to get 200 mpg

VW uses current materials, technologies to produce, noisy, slow, 200-mpg XL1.
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Boomers: It's About Time to Grow Up

The Boomer Bust" by P.J. O'Rourke (Review, Nov. 30) is entertaining and captures the self that boomers explored, internalized and glorified.
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'Downton Abbey' Christmas Special Teaser: Beware Of Season 4 Spoilers

"Downton Abbey" specials wait for no American viewers. Even though the UK show's fourth season hasn't aired in the US yet, the two-hour Christmas special, capping off the season, is just around the corner for British viewers. The special will air on the UK's ITV on Dec. 25 and in this teaser, we…
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Xbox One owners warned to avoid 'backwards compatibility' prank that bricks consoles

Every Xbox One console is a developer unit, but an option to enable the dev kit mode is being used to prank gamers this week. An image (embedded below) has been making the rounds on forums and social networking sites promising Xbox 360 backwards compatibility through six steps on an Xbox One…
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North Korea deports US tourist and Korean War vet

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Saturday freed an 85-year-old U.S. veteran of the Korean War after a weekslong detention, ending the saga of Merrill Newman's attempt to visit the North as a tourist six decades after he oversaw a group of South Korean wartime guerrillas still loathed by…
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Soccer-English premier league results and standings

Dec 7 (Infostrada Sports) - Results and standings from the English premier league matches on Saturday Saturday, December 7 Crystal Palace 2 Cardiff City 0 Liverpool 4 West Ham United 1 Manchester United 0 Newcastle United 1 Southampton 1 Manchester City 1 Stoke City 3 Chelsea 2 Sunderland 1…
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New Beyonce Meme Threatens To Take Over The Web

A new Beyonce meme is threatening to take over the web, much like her "unflattering" photos did after the Super Bowl. Bey was snapped on stage during one of her "Mrs. Carter Show World Tour" performances (possibly her L.A. show on Dec. 3) and the photo has since taken a life its own. Here are some…
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How To Ride The Rebound In Airline Stocks

Long LCC, JBLU, and UAL Stocks Airline stocks have been on a strong rebound in the last twelve months, beating the S&P 500 average by a wide margin. United Continental Holdings is up 98%; US Airways Group is up 85%, JetBlue Airways (NASDAQ:JBLU) is up 78%, and Delta Air (NYSE:DAL) 200%. Airline [...]
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Chefs' Recipes for Homemade Holiday Gifts

Defiantly noncommercial, homespun holiday presents are great—in theory. Here's how chefs do food gifts better.
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Philippines typhoon survivors determined to hope

Tacloban (Philippines) (AFP) - A raggedy cloth banner in a Philippine town torn apart by one of the most powerful typhoons on record declares that its residents are "roofless, homeless, but not hopeless". Super Typhoon Haiyan left more than 7,500 people dead or missing and ruined the homes of…
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Venezuela elections a test for Maduro, opposition

The opposition is expected to make some gains, especially in Venezuela's largest cities.
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Is the 2014 Ford Fusion's Popularity Already Fading?

Higher production capacity was supposed to help the 2014 Ford Fusion challenge Toyota's Camry for the midsize car sales crown. So far, it's just led to bloated dealer inventories.
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'Sound Of Music' Review: What Worked And What Didn't

NEW YORK (AP) — Whew, that was nerve-wracking, right? All those kids and staircases, pillow fights, candles and dancing. But somehow the cast and crew of NBC's three-hour live telecast of "The Sound of Music" pulled it off Thursday night with only a trodden-on dress, some inconsistent sound levels…
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UPDATE: Contract extension for Hanley Ramirez not imminent after all

UPDATE: Hanley Ramirez‘s agent tells Ken Gurnick of MLB.com that his client posted the photo on Instagram as a joke and was actually flying to the Dominican Republic. In other words, a contract extension is not imminent. Hey, at least we know that Ramirez has an interesting sense of humor. 11:01…
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FDA approves new $1,000-a-day hepatitis C pills

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new drug that promises to treat hepatitis C with a daily pill instead of the more common weekly injection. The drug, called Sovaldi from Gilead Sciences, has been designed to block the protein hepatitis C uses to replicate itself. Hepatitis C has…
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Missing Syrian nuns appear in video, saying they are well

A group of nuns who went missing in Syria after Islamist fighters captured a Christian village this week have appeared in a video, saying they are in good health and denying that they had been kidnapped. The nuns were taken after militants seized the ancient quarter of Maaloula, a Christian…
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Should You Continue to Bet on Wynn Resorts?

Wynn Resorts, Limited is widely known as a winner, but there are currently reasons to be cautious amid rising competition from Las Vegas Sands and Caesars Entertainment.
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Is 7% Unemployment Really An Improvement?

Yesterday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the unemployment rate had dropped to 7% for the first time in five years, based on November numbers. American employers added 203, 000 jobs. But, ...
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UFC Fight Night 33 Fighter Bonuses: Mark Hunt and Bigfoot Silva Steal the Show!

UFC officials on Friday night issued the usual $50,000 post-fight awards following UFC Fight Night 33 in Brisbane, Australia.
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POPE'S CRITIQUE OF CAPITALISM RAISES IRE ON THE RIGHT

If the United States has a state religion, it's capitalism. That hasn't always been so, but few adults under the age of 60 would know that Ayn Rand was once reviled by believers, that the working poor were once seen as honorable folk, and that churchgoing Christians did not always believe it their…
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Krispy Kreme Hits No. 20. Can It Keep Going?

Sales momentum continues to be on Krispy Kreme Doughnuts's side as Dunkin' Brands Group and Starbucks show the industry is still strong.
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Islamists seize Free Syrian Army arms depots

The largest Islamist rebel force in Syria seized arms depots belonging to the mainstream Western-backed Free Syrian Army on Saturday, a watchdog said, highlighting tensions among rebel groups. "After combat that lasted all night, fighters from the Islamic Front captured (FSA) general staff…
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'Worst ice storm' in years wallops Texas, much of the Midwest

The National Weather Service has issued ice and winter storm advisories for more than a dozen states. Oklahoma, Arkansas and Tennessee have already declared states of emergency. Snow, ice and freezing rain are moving to the Northeast.
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Kobe Bryant to return Sunday

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Kobe Bryant will make his season debut for the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday against the Toronto Raptors at Staples Center. Bryant announced the news by linking to a two-minute video on his Facebook page Friday afternoon. The video showed his No. 24 Lakers uniform floating in…
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Duchess Kate Wears a $35 Necklace to Movie Premiere and It Sells Out Immediately

From heirloom tiaras to bargain bling! Kate Middleton once again proves she's the perfect people's royal.
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Missing New Hampshire Teen Abigail Hernandez Sent Mom Letter

Letter Was Postmarked Weeks After Teen Went Missing
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Rouhani says tolerance can resolve Iran political prisoner issue

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told university students Saturday that tolerance could resolve the issue of political prisoners, as some of them chanted for opposition leaders under house arrest to be freed. "My government is committed to the promises it has made to the people, but we need to…
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Mark Trumbo trade rumors: Diamondbacks showing interest in OF

The outfielder/first baseman is looking less and less likely to be traded, but a good offer could sway the Angels. The Arizona Diamondbacks have shown some interest in trading for Angels outfielder/first baseman Mark Trumbo, though it's looking unlikely Los Angeles will trade him, reports Jerry…
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Why Molycorp Stock Got Cut in Half in 2013

Molycorp stock is down 48% in 2013, performing far worse even than mining companies Vale and Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold. Find out what's behind the plunge and whether Molycorp can bounce back next ...
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Outraged Ukrainians protest leader's Russia overture

Outraged Ukrainians rallied in central Kiev on Saturday after President Viktor Yanukovych discussed a new strategic partnership agreement with Russia's Vladimir Putin upon rejecting a historic EU deal. The embattled Ukrainian president held unannounced talks with Putin in Russia on Friday after…
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ESPN's David Pollack brings up Alabama's kicking game on Twitter and Cade Foster and AJ McCarron respond

During Friday night's MAC Championship game between Bowling Green and Northern Illinois, David Pollack, an analyst for ESPN, tweeted praise upon Mathew Sims, the kicker for Northern Illinois. Sims had just drilled a 51-yard field goal and Pollack couldn't help mentioning the Iron Bowl in the…
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Toyota Tundra Leads Crowded Field—by a Nose

The trouble with the full-size pickup segment is that it is an irrational market. Dan Neil finds reason to shine the spotlight on the new Toyota Tundra.
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Friday Box Office: 'Out Of The Furnace' Bombs Against 'Frozen' And 'Catching Fire'

Two things right off the bat: First, there will be much discussion elsewhere about whether Liongate's The?Hunger Games: Catching Fire?or Disney's?Frozen will end up topping the box office this weekend. Not to sound like a broken record, but both films are doing very well. Which film ends up topping…
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Thai PM says Shinawatras want peace, not power

By Martin Petty and Amy Sawitta Lefevre BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra ruled out a political comeback for her influential self-exiled brother on Saturday and said an unpopular amnesty bill that would have allowed him to return has been scrapped, permanently. Yingluck…
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Joe Jonas: How Demi Lovato and His Family Reacted to His Recent Interview

No awkward blood here! Just four days after Joe Jonas's interview with Vulture (in which he shared some candid revelations about Demi Lovato), the 24-year-old attended a party in celebration of his ex-girlfriend. Nylon magazine threw a bash in West … Continue reading →
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2013 SEC Championship: Auburn vs. Missouri TV time and preview

Here's all the information you need to catch the SEC Championship game between Auburn and Mizzou.
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Goldman Sachs Makes Major Conviction Buy List Changes for 2014

It is that time of year when investors start positioning their portfolios for the year ahead. 24/7 Wall St. reviews vast numbers of research reports looking for the best stocks to buy and stocks to sell, ...
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Miley Cyrus' Jingle Ball Performance Of '#Getitright' Features Santa Twerking And Plenty Of Glitter

Miley Cyrus decked the halls in a scanty red Santa outfit at Friday's Jingle Ball concert in L.A., where she took the stage to perform a glittery rendition of "#Getitright." The 21-year-old singer couldn't make it through the performance without twerking all up on Santa and, of course, rubbing a…
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Israel's Lieberman says peace with Palestinians not imminent

Israeli Foreign Minister Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has said Israeli-Palestinian peace talks are unlikely to bear fruit within the envisioned nine-month timeframe but that dialogue should continue. His remarks Friday evening contrasted with those of US Secretary of State John Kerry, who…
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Mesut Ozil: I can handle Arsenal pressure thanks to Real Madrid spell

The club-record signing believes his experiences with the Liga giant have hardened him mentally, as the Gunners go in search of a first league title in 10 years.
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Bruins’ Boychuk out 3-7 days with sprained back

That's a big sigh of relief for Boston.
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Venezuela's president tightens grip on media

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — As Gov. Henrique Capriles campaigned for president of Venezuela last April, he couldn't venture more than a few steps without being hounded by dozens of sharp-elbowed cameramen and photographers. Nearly eight months later, the visibly thinner and exhausted opposition…
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What the Future of Indiana Jones Could Look Like at Disney

Kathleen Kennedy already had her hands full getting a new trilogy of “Star Wars” films and related spinoffs off the ground at Disney. Now the Lucasfilm chief also has Indiana Jones to manage. Disney on Friday announced that it has paid Paramount for the rights to market and release future films in…
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Fast Food Workers Reveal The Best Menu Items That No One Ever Orders

About 80% of Americans eat fast food at least...
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NASCAR fetes Jimmie Johnson as 6-time champion

LAS VEGAS -- Ultimately, the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards were all about Jimmie Johnson and his sixth series championship, but there were some pointed jokes and some return barbs before the Friday night program at Wynn Las Vegas got there. After team owner Rick Hendrick, sponsor Lowe's and…
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Occupy Kiev City Hall: Ukrainian protesters find refuge in city offices

City Hall resembles more of a refugee camp than an administrative office these days. Others doze in chairs, or stand in spartan corridors, eating from piles of cheese and salami sandwiches made by volunteers using donated supplies or sipping hot tea from plastic cups. Outside, on the building’s…
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Stephen Moyer Says Cast, Network 'Very Happy' with 'Sound of Music Live'

Stephen Moyer and his wife Anna Paquin are still beaming about the ratings success of Thursday night’s “The Sound of Music Live.” “It was more like 18 [million] actually,” Paquin, 31, joked to ABC News when debating how many viewers the live revival pulled in....
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Lockheed Martin Wins Defense Contract for 18 More C-130J Super Hercules Aircraft

Unrelated contract worth $59 million will have Lockheed doing work on Trident II D5 sub-launched ballistic missiles.
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Stevens: Turnovers have 'become less' of problem

BOSTON — Brad Stevens has a certain level-headedness about him, the kind of guy who doesn't see the glass as half empty or half full. Especially when you chop up the Celtics schedule in three, seven-game chunks. During those first seven games, there was a lot of uncertainty and leaning-on-the-fly…
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Jennifer Lopez Files New Documents in Marc Anthony Divorce Two Years After Initial Split: Report

Jennifer Lopez has reportedly filed a response to Marc Anthony's divorce papers more than two years after they first split, and more than a year after he filed
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APNewsBreak: Feds balk at paper health application

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Federal health officials, after encouraging alternate sign-up methods amid the fumbled rollout of their online insurance website, began quietly urging counselors around the country this week to stop using paper applications to enroll people in health insurance because…
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Egypt courts release 21 pro-Morsi female protesters

Egyptian appeals courts ordered the release on Saturday of 21 women and girls jailed over an Islamist opposition protest, after reducing harsh sentences that had sparked outrage. The initial sentences shocked even supporters of the military-installed government when they were handed down last…
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The ObamaCare Buck Finally Stops

President Obama says blame the government, not President Obama.
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What Bank of America Can Learn From Amazon's Jeff Bezos

There are three things Brian Moynihan and Jamie Dimon, the CEOs of America's largest banks, Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase, can learn from Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon.
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8 NFL Teams That Pack In the Biggest Crowds

Here are the eight National Football League teams that pack in the biggest crowds, according to ESPN's attendance statistics.
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Carlos Beltran turned down more money from the D-Backs to sign with the Yankees

Carlos Beltran has reportedly agreed to a three-year, $45 million contract with the Yankees and word is that he took less money for the opportunity to play in pinstripes. According to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, the Diamondbacks made a “strong, under-the-radar push” to sign Beltran,…
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Simon Cowell is This Close to Proposing to Pregnant Girlfriend Lauren Silverman

Simon Cowell, America's favorite man to hate, might just win over our hearts after all. The music mogul is reportedly this close to proposing to his very pregnant girlfriend Lauren Silverman. And now he legally can! Silverman finalized her divorce from Andrew Silverman, with whom she has a…
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Money Team Handler States Terms for Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao Bout

COMMENTARY | Ever since Manny Pacquiao's domination of Brandon Rios on Nov. 23, Top Rank Promotion's CEO Bob Arum has tried to convince the boxing community that he's, once again, serious about getting the Filipino congressman inside the ring with Floyd Mayweather. Of course, it's hard for…
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Who Is Paul Walker's Girlfriend Jasmine Pilchard-Gosnell?

The untimely passing of Paul Walker in a car crash this weekend sent the world reeling. The low-key actor kept his private life private, and now his longtime girlfriend Jasmine Pilchard-Gosnell has been thrust into the spotlight in the worst possible way. Here's what we know about the heartbroken…
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Microsoft Warns Against Dangerous Xbox One Hoax

There's a forum post making the rounds on the internet making big promises about Microsoft's Xbox One -- by going into the system and enabling developer tools, it says, you can make your console backwards compatible (capable of playing Xbox 360 games). This isn't true, and playing around with those…
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2013 ACC Championship: Florida State vs. Duke TV time, preview and more

Here's everything you need to know to catch the game between the Blue Devils and Seminoles. Duke was coming off a solid 2012 season, but did anyone see the Blue Devils actually reaching the ACC Championship game (8 p.m. ET, ABC) in 2013? But here they are, outright winners of the division, set to…
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How to Use LinkedIn to Find a Job

In the first post in this series, I wrote that social media can help you differentiate yourself when job hunting. Today’s post focuses on using LinkedIn for this purpose. Just over two year ago, my daughter, with a brand-new Bachelors degree in Classical Studies in hand, announced she was going to…
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Lattimore: 'I know I still got it'

SANTA CLARA – Running back Marcus Lattimore on Friday went through his final 49ers practice of his rookie season. After three weeks of practices, Lattimore said his confidence received a major boost from how he felt on the field and what he saw of himself on film. Lattimore, who remains on the…
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Victor Oladipo Rejected Carmelo Anthony With Poster-Worthy Block (VIDEO)

NBA rookies are supposed to get dunked on. NBA rookies are especially supposed to get dunked on by established NBA All-Stars playing at home. Carmelo Anthony knows these things. Unfortunately for him, nobody told Victor Oladipo. Oladipo might want to call up Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert for a…
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Mustang Launch Did Not Help Ford’s Shareholders

The Mustang. Ford’s (NYSE: F) storied sports car, now aged, got a makeover. The publicity the new auto got was extraordinary. But, it did not help the No.2 U.S. manufacturers shares. The Mustang launch ...
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Malignaggi Making Noise in and out of the Ring

Paulie Malignaggi will leave the TV analysis to someone else on Saturday when he takes on fellow Brooklynite Zab Judah in a 12-round welterweight bout at Barclays Center.
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14 Things to Love About Costco

Costco just rocks. As Kmart, Target, and Walmart made news last week for announcing they'd kick off the holiday shopping frenzy on Thanksgiving Day, Costco stood apart. This got us thinking about all of the other things we love about the Seattle-based members-only warehouse club.
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Is Sony's PlayStation VITA TV a Dud?

Early sales for Sony's convergence device disappoint.
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Australia's first gay marriages held ahead of court ruling

Australia's first gay marriages were celebrated Saturday in the national capital Canberra, despite the prospect of a High Court decision ruling against the unions later this week. As soon as the clocked ticked past midnight, several couples tied the knot -- including Stephen Dawson, a Labor Party…
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UFC Fight Night 33 Results: Bethe Correia Wins Split Decision Over Julie Kedzie

UFC newcomer Bethe Correia was able to overcome Julie Kedzie, handing the veteran her fourth straight loss. Their bout opened the main card at UFC Fight Night 33 in Brisbane, Australia on Friday night. The judges scored the fight 29-28 Correia, 29-28 Kedzie, and 29-28 Correia. The fight was…
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Mourinho not sure about Oscar nomination for Chelsea

By Tony Jimenez LONDON (Reuters) - Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is unsure whether to stick with the attacking trio he lauded after the midweek win at Sunderland or recall his number one playmaker Oscar for Saturday's tricky Premier League game at Stoke City. Eden Hazard stole the show in the 4-3…
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Kirstie Alley Calls Leah Remini a "Bigot" for Slamming Scientology

Alley called Remini, who left Scientology in July, a "bigot" and asserted that her negative claims about the church are "bullsh--." Remini said in September that she has lost friends since leaving Scientology and that the church was looking for her to fail onDancing with the Stars, where she…
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Team Report - BOSTON RED SOX

The beard is back in Boston
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Critics: ‘Desolation of Smaug’ a Vast Improvement Over First ‘Hobbit’

While this writer is a fan and staunch defender of last year's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," he'll admit that the first installment in Peter Jackson's second Middle-earth trilogy could've had a more streamlined narrative and livelier pace. Although it had the unfortunate task of being the…
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Barca survive King's Cup scare to beat Cartagena

By Iain Rogers MADRID (Reuters) - Barcelona conceded a surprise early goal but a Pedro double helped them fight back to secure a 4-1 victory at third-tier Cartagena in their King's Cup last 32, first leg on Friday. Coming into the match on the back of consecutive defeats in the Champions League…
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Team Report - NEW YORK METS

Granderson signing fulfills promise
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Doors Survivors Reunite, Reflect on Jim Morrison and Ray Manzarek

Proving tragedy can indeed bring people together, last night surviving Doors members John Densmore and Robby Krieger shared a stage for the first time in 15 years, overcoming years of well-documented [...]
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Turnovers, rebounding woes plague No. 3 Kentucky again

Last weekend, when John Calipari brought his team up to the Barclays Center to take on Providence, he made it a point to talk about how much he team has to learn defensively. In fact, in both the press conference he gave prior to the game and his postgame chat with reporters, Coach Cal used…
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5 Reasons Why GameStop Is Underappreciated

New hardware and software releases mean big growth from GameStop.
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Mavericks-Trail Blazers Preview

After beating two of the best teams in the NBA, the red-hot Portland Trail Blazers easily got by the league's worst club their last time out. Coming off its highest scoring display of the season, Portland goes for a ninth consecutive home win Saturday night against Dallas. While some may have…
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Imperfect Buckeyes hope to wrap up unbeaten season

Urban Meyer has No. 2 Ohio State in a seemingly perfect spot. The Buckeyes are 12-0, have won 24 straight and are likely one win away from making their fourth appearance in the BCS title game. They have a potential Heisman Trophy finalist in Braxton Miller, the first 1,000-yard runner of Meyer's…
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Syrian Islamists seize Western-backed rebel bases: monitoring group

By Alexander Dziadosz and Dasha Afanasieva BEIRUT/ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Syrian rebels from an Islamist alliance formed last month have occupied bases and warehouses belonging to a Western-backed rebel group on the Turkish border, rebels and activists said on Saturday. Fighters from the Islamic…
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Has Olive Garden Jumped the Shark?

Has Olive Garden gone too far by putting a burger on the menu as it attempts to compete with Noodles & Company by using a McDonald’s Mighty-Wing-like strategy?
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No Harvin, no Browner for Seahawks vs. 49ers

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin and cornerback Brandon Browner will both be out for Sunday's game at San Francisco, coach Pete Carroll said Friday. The decision to hold the pair out isn't surprising, although the Seahawks were hopeful both would make progress coming back from injuries…
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Thai premier: No quick end to political impasse

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's prime minister said Saturday that she will not cling to power and that she is ready to resign and dissolve Parliament if all parties agree to hold new elections.
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Steelers unlikely to lose draft pick after Mike Tomlin sideline incident

Barring an unlikely scenario involving little-used playoff tiebreakers, it appears the Steelers will hold on to their 2014 NFL Draft picks after Mike Tomlin's Thanksgiving sideline stunt. The NFL threatened to take away NFL Draft picks from the Pittsburgh Steelers due to Mike Tomlin's sideline…
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