• Betty White's Biggest Regret Is So Sweet, It Hurts

    At 93 years old, Hollywood icon Betty White has had a lifetime's worth of experiences. She has worked alongside comedic heavyweights like Mary Tyler Moore, become one of the most nominated women in Emmy Award history, and appeared in everything from films to sitcoms to "Saturday Night Live." In her 75 years in show business, it seems like there...

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  • An ex-NBA player who made $66 million is now a Columbia student with a 3.8 GPA

    After playing 12 seasons in the NBA and earning...

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  • NRDC: Xbox One's 'Instant On' Feature Costing Gamers $250 Million Each Year

    If you own an Xbox, you've likely spent a good amount of time shouting at it. "Xbox On!" you say, over and over, articulating each individual sound in a vain attempt to actually get it to recognize your commands. A new report from the NRDC articulates the actual costs, both

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  • What Elephants and Whales Look Like From Space

    Above is an elephant walking by itself in the Botswana’s Okavango Delta. Mostly, though, elephants are spotted in herds. These images came out of a project run by two organizations that often focus on military or humanitarian projects: DigitalGlobe, the dominant American provider of satellite imagery, and the Enough Project, an anti-genocide non-profit. They searched for roads and stream beds that poachers might use to sneak into the protected territory, then they matched that with data from elephant-attached radio trackers to figure out how poachers were entering the park—and thus where park rangers should patrol.

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  • UN Mideast envoy calls on Security Council for Israel action

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N.'s top Mideast envoy challenged the Security Council on Thursday to lead the way to resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, suggesting it should present a framework for negotiations that "may be the only way to preserve the goal of a two-state solution."

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  • Germanwings pilot ordered jet down to 100 feet, trackers say

    The autopilot on the Germanwings Airbus A320 that crashed in the French Alps on Tuesday was switched to descend to 100 feet, its lowest possible setting, before it began its fatal plunge, according to data from a specialist aviation tracking service. French prosecutors say 28-year-old German co-pilot Andreas Lubitz locked himself in the cockpit and adjusted the altitude setting on the Airbus A320, sending it plunging from its cruise altitude of 38,000 feet at a rate of 3,000 feet a minute. Online web tracking service FlightRadar24 said its analysis of satellite tracking data had found that someone had changed the altitude to the minimum setting possible of 100 feet: well below the crash site lying at about 6,000 feet. "Between 09:30:52 and 09:30:55 you can see that the autopilot was manually changed from 38,000 feet to 100 feet and 9 seconds later the aircraft started to descend, probably with the 'open descent' autopilot setting," Fredrik Lindahl, chief executive of the Swedish tracking service said by email.

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  • Meet’s The World’s Youngest Billionaire

    These billionaires are truly defining the term 'young money'. So, who exactly has the biggest pile of cash at the youngest age? The answer may surprise you.

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  • This is Marvel's new Avengers team

    The five myserious outlines in Marvel's new Avengers lineup have been revealed. Earlier this week, Marvel gave us a partial look at the cover, confirming that Ms. Marvel and the new, female Thor would be part of the team. Now, up front, we've got Miles Morales from from Marvel's Ultimate Spider-Man. Flying to his right is Nova, and above him is the Vision. Captain America is right below Thor, and yes, obviously, that's Iron Man beside him.

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  • Woman Found Guilty in McDonald`s Drive-Thru Shooting

    A jury found a Michigan woman guilty of shooting through a McDonald`s drive-thru window after reportedly receiving the wrong order.

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  • Why We're Calling The 2016 Chevy Volt A Plug-In Hybrid

    Since the launch of the Chevrolet Volt almost five years ago, a battle has raged over what to call it. Is it a range-extended electric car, as GM strongly preferred, or a plug-in hybrid as others insisted equally forcefully? No matter how hard the Volt accelerated, as long as there was charge remaining in its battery pack, the engine stayed off. Now we have the second-generation 2016 Chevrolet Volt, which will land in dealerships in something like six months.

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  • Giants look to end every-other-year championship trend

    The San Francisco Giants lost Pablo Sandoval to big money and the Boston Red Sox. They missed out paying big money to left-hander Jon Lester, who instead signed with the Chicago Cubs. While the reigning World Series champions are ready to shed that every-other-year title trend, plenty of people wonder whether general manager Brian Sabean and his staff did enough during the offseason to stay near the top in the talented NL West. Ask manager Bruce Bochy and his players, and they consider the additions of healthy right-hander Matt Cain and center fielder Angel Pagan back into the mix as a big deal right up there with signing a prized free agent.

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  • Watch the 717HP Hennessey Mustang Exercise on Track

    The all-new 2015 Mustang GT is already a properly good pony car, what with its howling 5.0-liter Coyote V8, 435 horsepower on tap, knockout looks, and revised suspension. But many good things can be made better, and if power output is of your concern – Hennessey Performance has an answer.  It comes in the form

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  • Victorino fires back at Felger & Mazz over Hamels, Betts

    Shane Victorino angrily fired back Thursday at talk show hosts who suggested that he was openly calling for a trade of Mookie Betts, in part to further cement his own spot on the Red Sox roster. Michael Felger and Tony Massarotti, who host Felger and Mazzon 98.5 The Sports Hub, which is simulcast on Comcast SportsNet, made the comments Wednesday. The controversy began earlier in the week when Victorino was asked by the Philadelphia Daily News about the prospect of dealing for Phils lefty Cole Hamels. Id love to see him any time,'' said Victorino.

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  • Huge asteroid to skim past Earth

    A huge asteroid called 2014-YB35 is set to skim past Earth on Friday.Asteroid 2014-YB35 is believed to be 1,000 meters wide, the same as the height of the Kingdom Tower currently under construction in Saudi Arabia.Travelling at more than 37,000 kph, the asteroid will barely miss Earth, according to a trajectory map released by NASA.At its closest point, it will be 2.8 million miles away from Earth, about 12 times the distance between Earth and the Moon.It is estimated that a collision with the asteroid would result in an explosive force equivalent to 15,000 megatons of TNT, which would trigger earthquakes and tsunamis and cause destruction on a global scale.

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  • 7 Dumb (Expensive) Moves Homebuyers Make

    Your credit score can make or break your interest rate. You see, lenders save their best interest rates for those with the best credit scores. Meanwhile, if your credit score is hovering somewhere in the 600s or below, lenders get nervous that you’re going to bail or go bankrupt on them. Sure, they might still give you a loan, but they’re going to jack up the interest rate so they can get as much interest as possible before your finances potentially go belly up.

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  • Germanwings Crash: How the Co-Pilot Kept the Captain Out of the Cockpit

    The CEO of Lufthansa, which owns Germanwings, spoke today about the safeguards in place to separate the cockpit from the rest of the plane, saying that the co-pilot appears to have purposefully locked his colleague out in the minutes leading up to the fatal crash. CEO Carsten Spohr said that the Airbus A320 in question has a code on the outside of the door that will open it "electrically and automatically" but it can be stopped by whoever remains in the cockpit. The cockpit voice recorder was found in the wreckage and investigators have reportedly been able to hear the captain exiting the cockpit, leaving 28-year-old co-pilot Andreas Lubitz at the controls.

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  • American Express: The 'Silver Lining' of Losing Costco

    Susquehanna's James Friedman and John Coffey believe there's a "silver lining" to American Express (AXP) losing its contract with Costco Wholesale (COST): American Express explained the backstory of Costco. Sounds like they were in a situation where the demands were such that renewing Costco would have lowered returns, and at the expense of better deals due to rigid non-competes. One of these deals may be Plenti, the multi-partner loyalty collation program announced last week, a program that CEO Ken Chanault said could not have been done 60 days ago. Also, while management would not comment on plans for selling the Costco loan book or their retention plans for the existing card holders, they did say that efforts to retain spending from the Costco-Canada portfolio were “encouraging” though early and preliminary.

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  • 50 Years Later, Christopher Plummer ‘Sounds’ Off

    Christopher Plummer wasn’t keen on playing Captain Von Trapp in Robert Wise’s iconic 1965 classic “The Sound of Music,” a movie the Oscar-winning actor once famously dismissed as sentimental goo. But a half-century after the hills came alive and launched countless rounds of “Do-Re-Mi,” Plummer has changed his tune. “Five or six years ago I... Read more »

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  • 6 Popular Social Security Myths Busted

    For many Americans, however, the most confusing part of retirement planning is their Social Security benefits. When it comes to Social Security, Americans certainly plan on tapping it. More than half of Americans intend to fund their retirement with their Social Security payments – making this government entitlement program more popular as a funding source than 401(k)s, pensions or investment portfolios, according to a recent survey by ShareBuilder by Capital One. Taking Social Security benefits at the right time – which will vary for people depending on their situation – can be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars throughout a lifetime.

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