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7:44 am
Sat January 24, 2015

From A Frequent Flier To SkyMall, Thanks For The Memory Foams

Originally published on Sat January 24, 2015 11:08 am

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Fine Art
7:44 am
Sat January 24, 2015

As U.S. Reengages With Cuba, Art Museums Make a Trade

Originally published on Sat January 24, 2015 11:00 am

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Latin America
9:51 am
Sat January 17, 2015

Traveling To Cuba Getting Easier, But Expect Turbulence On The Way

Travelers wait to check in for charter flights from Miami to Havana at Miami International Airport.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Sat January 17, 2015 3:03 pm

New rules that went into effect on Friday mark the biggest change in U.S. relations with Cuba in more than 50 years.

While tourism remains off-limits, the Obama administration opened new opportunities in Cuba for banks, airlines, telecommunications companies and regular Americans.

For the first time in decades, under the new rules, Americans who don't have family on the island can travel to Cuba without receiving special permission from the U.S. government.

No Tourists Allowed — Yet

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Movies
9:13 am
Sat January 17, 2015

And The Oscar Goes To ... Wait, Who Hasn't Had One In A While?

Robert Duvall (right) was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role in The Judge, which also starred Robert Downey Jr. The nomination left many critics scratching their heads.
Claire Folger AP

Originally published on Wed February 11, 2015 1:12 pm

"The right actors win Oscars, but for the wrong roles," Katharine Hepburn once said.

The Motion Picture Academy has a history of rewarding stars for less-than-celestial performances, and this week's Oscar nomination announcements left a lot of people scratching their heads — over the snubs for Selma, for example, and the nomination of Robert Duvall for best supporting actor in The Judge.

"I think most people hadn't even heard of The Judge before that nomination," says Alyssa Rosenberg, culture columnist for The Washington Post.

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All Tech Considered
8:43 am
Sat January 17, 2015

As Cities Push For Their Own Broadband, Cable Firms Say Not So Fast

Provo, Utah, is one of three cities in which Google is rolling out its Google Fiber gigabit Internet and television service.
George Frey Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Mon February 2, 2015 12:19 pm

Americans increasingly see decently fast Internet as more like a functioning sewer line than a luxury.

And a number of cities are trying to get into the Internet provider business, but laws in 19 states hamper those efforts. President Obama announced this week that he wants to lift those restrictions, and supporters of what is known as municipal broadband can't wait.

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Africa
6:43 am
Sat January 17, 2015

In Nigeria, Boko Haram Continues Its Campaign Of Terror

Originally published on Mon January 19, 2015 7:14 pm

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Animals
6:41 am
Sat January 17, 2015

Are Stripes A Zebra's Cooling System?

Originally published on Sat January 17, 2015 10:57 am

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Sports
6:41 am
Sat January 17, 2015

Four Teams Will Narrow To Two On This NFL Playoff Weekend

Originally published on Sat January 17, 2015 10:57 am

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Economy
9:33 am
Sat January 10, 2015

Employment Is Up. Paychecks, Not So Much

A protester demonstrates for higher wages for fast food workers in Jackson, Miss., in December. Employers are hiring more people, but overall, the wages they're paying remain flat.
Rogelio V. Solis AP

Originally published on Sat January 10, 2015 10:31 am

The U.S. economy saw the strongest job growth last year since 1999, according to statistics released Friday by the Department of Labor. The country gained another 252,000 jobs in December.

That's the good news — but this jobs report also dashed some hopes for fatter paychecks. Employers are hiring more people, but overall, the wages they're paying remain flat.

A month ago, it seemed wages were starting to pick up — but those November numbers were revised lower. In December, wages actually fell slightly.

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Movie Interviews
9:16 am
Sat January 10, 2015

'Theory Of Everything' Probes Stephen Hawkings' Love, Not Theory

Originally published on Sat January 10, 2015 10:31 am

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