How do I eat a pomegranate? Very carefully

Pomegranates are one of those fruits that can be a bit confusing. If you’re wondering “how do I eat a pomegranate?” you are not alone. The good news is, the answer to the “how do I eat a pomegranate” question is actually relatively easy. How do I eat a pomegranate basics A pomegranate is a
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CDC report: US life expectancy drops for first time in 25 years

Life expectancy in the U.S. decreased from 2007 to 2008, according to a report released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control. Life expectancy in the U.S. increased dramatically from 1960 to 2000. The latest decrease, the first in 25 years, leads some medical experts to suspect a downward trend. The CDC life expectancy report
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Study shows smoking Salvia is safe, but feds consider crackdown

Salvia is a hallucinogen that people in the U.S. enjoyed under the radar until its popularity drew the attention of the federal government. It may soon become a federal crime to possess Salvia, an herb that is part of the mint family that has been used by shamans for centuries. However, a recent Salvia study
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China echoes Nazi Germany with its reaction to Nobel Peace Prize

The 2010 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo in Oslo, Norway, on Friday. An empty chair at the Nobel awards ceremony symbolized the absence of Liu, who is locked up in a Chinese prison. China has denounced Liu’s award and became the first state since Nazi Germany to prevent representatives for
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Angry students flood streets in London protests

In London, protests over rising tuition fees at universities have flooded the streets with angry students. The British government is contemplating raising student tuition fees up to threefold. Many students consider it a knife in the back. London protests bring police out in droves Police in London are an high alert, as the London student
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Money-making ideas | Ways to make extra money fast

There are many ways to make extra money fast, but it will involve some work. Still, if you’re creative and enthusiastic about making those few extra bucks, you’ll have no problem coming up with ways to do just that. Here are a few money-making ideas that might fit into your weekly routine. Make extra money
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BPA chemical found on money possibly transferred from receipts

A combined report released by two advocacy groups has found BPA on money. Bisphenol A, a highly controversial chemical, was found on more than 90 percent of $1 bills tested. The levels of BPA found are well within levels considered “safe” by U.S. and European governments. The basics of BPA Bisphenol A, otherwise known as
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Texas death penalty debate halted by appeals court

Defense attorneys for John Edward Green say they’re determined to continue fighting after the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals today pulled the plug because District Judge Kevin Fine allowed an in-case debate over the constitutionality of the death penalty to go on while the prosecution stood mute, reports the Houston Chronicle. The prosecution had argued
Jim Beam

Fortune Brands to split Jim Beam from Moen and Titleist

In an unexpected announcement today, Fortune Brands has said it will split its four main businesses apart. Fortune Brands is the parent company of three very different companies. Fortune Brands plans to keep the liquor business, while spinning off or selling Moen facets, its home security business and Titleist golf. Structure of Fortune Brands Fortune
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US soldier Bowe Bergdahl, Taliban captive, seen on new video

Bowe Bergdahl is a U.S. soldier from Hailey, Idaho, who was captured in summer 2009 by the Taliban in Afghanistan. Bergdahl appeared in footage contained in a video released this week by the Taliban. Bergdahl’s captors had threatened to kill him shortly after his capture, but a former Taliban captive believes the Army private is

Facebook numbers in status encouraging cryptic opinions

So you’re seeing all these Facebook numbers in status messages. These numbers in status messages on Facebook are simply a way of sending semi-public, semi-private messages. Though some are saying this could be a new avenue for bullying, the so-called “Numbers Game” is mostly an avenue for fun. Facebook numbers in status messages The appearance
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More bad credit auto loans show credit markets staring to relax

Subprime auto lending saw a resurgence in the third quarter, according to the credit reporting agency Experian Automotive. Bad credit car buyers were also getting approved for higher loan amounts. At the same time that auto credit markets were loosening, borrowers defaulting on auto loans also declined. Lending standards loosen According to Auto Loan Daily,
Obama offers tax compromise

Tax compromise boosts markets, along with partisan bickering

A tax compromise announced by the Obama administration Tuesday features both an extension of Bush tax cuts and a  federal unemployment extension. Wall Street gave the tax compromise a resounding approval, approaching stock-market highs not seen since the brink of the financial crisis. However, politicians on both sides of the isle vowed to do everything
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US job openings trending upward in new Labor Department report

Job openings in the U.S. rose to a two-year high in October, according to the Labor Department. The job openings report was good news in the wake of last week’s depressing jobs report in which the unemployment rate rose to 9.8 percent. However, economists say the job openings report is preview of longer-term trends that
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US Cellular ranked best by Consumer Reports

Recently, Consumer Reports unleashed its rankings of cellular service providers, and U.S. Cellular came out on top. Oddly enough, AT&T, which carries the iPhone, was rated the worst of major providers. However, Apple disciples can rejoice as the iPhone was one of the best-rated smart phones. US Cellular rated the best, serving mostly Midwest U.S. Cellular,
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Rising oil prices driven by global weather, markets and politics

Crude oil prices soared on Tuesday to pass $90 a barrel, a 26-month high. A weaker dollar and cold weather were cited as primary factors for rising oil and gas prices. A compromise with Republicans by the Obama administration that involved extending the Bush tax cuts, and traders hedging against the weaker dollar are also
Michelle Rhee

Heavy controversy abounds as Michelle Rhee starts Students First

An education-reform celebrity, Michelle Rhee has announced the creation of a new advocacy group, Students First. Michelle Rhee plans on using Students First to “start a revolution … start a movement.” Rhee can’t escape deep controversy, however. Michelle Rhee starts Students First After three years as the head of Washington, D.C., public schools, Michelle Rhee