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More Than A Million People Welcome 2016 In Times Square

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By Laila Kearney NEW YORK, Jan 1 (Reuters) – More than a million people in New York’s Times Square hailed the arrival of 2016 early Friday with kisses, cheers and a measure of relief as America’s biggest New Year’s Eve celebration unfolded without a hitch under a blanket of unprecedented security. The transition to the […]

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'M.A.S.H.' Actor Wayne Rogers Dies At 82

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Wayne Rogers, whose Trapper John McIntyre alongside Alan Alda’s Hawkeye Pierce brought mischief, martinis and meatball surgery to the masses in the 1970s every week on “M.A.S.H.,” has died. The actor was surrounded by family when he died Thursday in Los Angeles of complications from pneumonia at age 82, his publicist […]

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US Crude Exports Resume After Four Decades

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The first export of U.S. crude oil in four decades departed a Texas port Thursday, just weeks after a ban on such exports was lifted. The ship is carrying a cargo of oil from ConocoPhillips’ wells in south Texas that was sold to Swiss trading house Vitol Group. In December, President Barack Obama signed legislation […]

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UPDATE 2-INSIGHT-Microsoft failed to warn victims of Chinese email hack–former employees

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SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 30 (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp experts concluded several years ago that Chinese authorities had hacked into more than a thousand Hotmail email accounts, targeting international leaders of China’s Tibetan and Uighur minorities in particular – but it decided not to tell the victims, allowing the hackers to continue their campaign, according to […]

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Reasons To Hate "The H8teful Eight"

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Movie Review – Jackie K Cooper “The H8teful Eight” (The Weinstein Company) There are numerous reasons you should hate Quentin Tarantino’s “The H8teful Eight”. The first is it is full of racist characters who use the N-word excessively. The second is it portrays brutality to women. The third is its excessive violence in general, and […]

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A Giant Leap in 2016? Africa Is Narrowing its Techno-Gap

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Though for many of us the year ahead may look pretty dismal, 2016 promises one great breakthrough – a major step toward ending Africa’s particular and hobbling form of the great Digital Divide. Poor connectivity has bedeviled much of the continent’s internet access (or often sheer lack of access) but now a huge improvement is […]

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Where The Smart Money Is Placing Its 2016 Stock Bets

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It is pretty clear what worked best for mutual funds in 2015. Several prominent strategists who spoke with IBD expect similar results at best — more likely, slightly worse — in 2016. And they expect to find better investment opportunities outside the U.S. Eighty-nine of 2015’s 100 top-performing U.S. diversified stock funds as of Dec. […]

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A Whimsical Look at Fallacies: Appeal to Antiquity – Part 2

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Last time, you suggested that you really can’t blame these antiquity-lovers for their chronic condition. After all, you’re in advertising and are largely responsible for keeping the old ideas alive. I say “advertising” only because that’s the modern term for it, but back in the good old days when we called things by their right […]