Malamanteau | Defining a new word

There are many reasons new words are created, but “malamanteau” is confounding many people. If you’re a fan of XKCD the webcomic, you saw what one author believes malamanteau means. However, if you’ve heard malamanteau as the word of the day at the coffee shop or water cooler, you may be wondering what the heck
Logo for Permian High School in Odessa, Texas. Apparently they don't teach the differences between 16- and 22-year-olds in health class, if Guerdwich Montimere's ruse is any indication.

Guerdwich Montimere, 22, nabbed for posing as high schooler

Guerdwich Montimere clearly subscribes to the notion that high school represents “the best days of our lives.” The 22-year-old graduated from Dillard High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., in 2007. A basketball star, he helped lead his team to the state semifinal before going on to a brief playing career at an Illinois junior college.
Mojave Desert

Controversial Mojave Cross stolen

Just weeks after a decision by the Supreme Court to keep a large cross erected in a state park in California, there’s been a strange turn of events. It appears the Mojave Cross was stolen.  It isn’t known who did the deed or why.  Speculation is likely to run rampant, but the cross put up
a seabird covered in thick oil stranded on the beach

BP oil leak executives point fingers in Senate hearing

The BP oil leak made its way into the political arena Tuesday when top oil company executives testified at a hearing before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee in New York. As the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico continued unabated, suits from BP, Transocean and Halliburton each blamed the other guy
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Android vs iPhone: Droid outsells iPhone in Q1

The iPhone vs. Android battle just got more interesting as the underdog Android phone outsold Apple’s iPhone in first quarter 2010 U.S. smartphone sales. Android won this most recent iPhone vs. Android battle, but Apple is still winning the iPhone vs. Android war. Apple enjoys a huge lead in total smartphone sales over Android. Blackberry
Wall street bull statue

Dow Jones surges as fears of European debt crisis subside

The Dow Jones surged Monday, reacting to a European Union instant cash loan for avoiding a European debt crisis. The Dow Jones today, in sharp contrast to late last week, rose more than 300 points Monday morning. The Greek bailout and fear that a European debt crisis could spread around the world had investors running
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi with his hands in the air and a smile on his face. He certainly isn't smiling about losing $105 million Villa Belvedere in his divorce settlement, though.

Silvio Berlusconi loses grand Villa Belvedere in divorce

As Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi well knows, divorce can be painful. Truly, it is it the ceremonial end of love, complete with all the bitter infighting and financial shenanigans one would expect from such dark comedy. One sides says all she wants is to be on equal footing following with her former mate, but
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Most Popular Baby Names for 2009

Whether you have a bun in the oven, or are just curious, there is actually a list compiled every year for the most popular baby names. The most popular baby names list for 2009 came out recently, and it is an interesting tidbit, in case you want to escape the doom and gloom of the
Green Tea Frappuccino from Starbucks Happy Hour

Starbucks Happy Hour | Half price frappuccinos

Today, Starbucks began a 10-day blitz, perfectly timed for the arrival of warmer weather — the Starbucks Happy Hour. Starbucks Happy Hour, from 3 to 5 p.m. every day from May 7 to May 16, celebrates the “new” Frappuccino blended drink: build your own frappuccino. At half-price, you won’t need a personal loan to enjoy
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Wall Street panics as high speed trading tanks stock market

Wall Street breathed a little easier and the end of trading Thursday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average finished the day down only 348 points. Earlier in the day the stock market dropped like a rock — 1,000 points and nearly 700 points during one panic-stricken stretch. On Friday Nasdaq canceled the trades of 296 stocks
Canada Goose

Times Square suspicious package causes evacuation

Just days after a failed bombing attempt by Faisal Shahzad, a Times Square suspicious package scare caused the evacuation of Times Square by police. The bomb squad was called in to investigate, and traffic was redirected around Times Square.  The package was found near the Marriott Marquis Hotel. The package was just an unattended bag,
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Unemployment rate and jobs report signal a long, slow recovery

The U.S. unemployment rate rose in April along with job creation, in a bit of statistical hocus pocus that’s not as baffling as it looks. But the phenomenon shows how hard it’s going to be for the unemployment rate to climb out of the deep hole dug by the great recession. The U.S. unemployment rate
Work at home jobs are real.

Legitimate work-at-home jobs can help ease debt

While many believe that work-at-home jobs for moms are scams, others who are determined to find telecommuting positions are doing exactly that. These jobs range from at-home pharmacist positions to virtual call center jobs and everything in between. Some of those who are now able to work at home were once deep in debt and
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Cash for Caulkers: 168,000 jobs, $9.2 billion in energy savings

Cash for Caulkers 2010, also known as the Home Star bill, offers homeowners rebates from $3,000 to $8,000 for energy-efficient improvements to their homes. The Cash for Caulkers 2010 bill, which was passed by the House on Thursday, will dole out $5.7 billion over two years for a program aimed to stimulate the construction industry,
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Health care reform: AT&T seeks profit by denying benefits

Health care reform is inspiring corporations to dream up creative strategies that avoid the obligations required by the health care reform bill. A cold-hearted genius at AT&T may have found the ultimate way to make health care reform backfire on the law’s best intentions of eventual universal coverage. The new health care law requires companies
Dow Jones Industrial Average

Trading error to blame for DJIA nosedive?

Any trader watching the stock market today just about needed a shock to the heart as the DJIA – Dow Jones Industrial Average – plummeted almost 1,000 points because of a trading error. The DJIA nosedive, set off by a Proctor and Gamble sell-off, reverberated through the New York Stock Exchange as well. Talk about
oil washed up on an ocean beach

Oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico 2010: BP reports progress

Progress was reported Thursday in the effort to contain the Gulf oil spill 2010, which is leaking an estimated 210,000 gallons a day. A BP oil spill spokesman said one of three leaks had been plugged. With two leaks remaining, a four-story, 98-ton containment dome is en route to the site and another is being