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  • Jobless largely absent from Obama jobs tour?

    Has President Obama's jobs tour been avoiding the jobless?

    "White House officials were unable to give a single example of him interacting, even in private, with a person who had recently lost a job, although they emphasized they don't know every person with whom Obama might have met," reports the Washington Post.

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  • Report: America’s pets are fat, fat, fat

    Well, it looks as though its not just Americans becoming increasingly plump in modern times--our pets are getting fatter as well.

    According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, more than half of the dogs and cats in the United States are overweight and 20 percent of them are obese--a classification defined by the group as being 30 percent or more above normal weight.

    Reports the Wall Street Journal:

    The main culprit: owners who routinely overfeed pets, don't exercise them enough and are unaware of the severe, and costly, health problems caused by excess weight. Common woes include diabetes, arthritis, kidney failure, high blood pressure and cancer. Research also suggests that pets fed less over their lifetime can live significantly longer.

    Indeed, Steven Budsberg, director of clinical research at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, told the paper that it's the human owners who are to blame for the epidemic: "I never met a German shepherd who could open

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  • Consumers bullish again

    consumer spendingAmerican consumers are starting to feel better about the economy--but unemployment and housing are still lagging.

    Consumer confidence spiked in February to 70.4, up from 64.8 last month, according to a survey by the Conference Board, a private research group. The figure was significantly better than the 66.0 score that economists had predicted.

    Consumers are also getting a bit less anxious about the labor market: 45.7 percent think jobs are "hard to get"--down from 47 percent in January. An increased number of consumers--4.9 percent--think jobs are "plentiful," up from 4.6 percent. Layoffs have indeed become rarer over the last year, but there are still about 4.5 unemployed workers for every job opening--a very high number by historical standards.

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  • Donetsk: a ghost town waiting for Ukraine's final battle
    Donetsk: a ghost town waiting for Ukraine's final battle

    Donetsk, one of the last bastions of pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine, has become a ghost town as residents clog the roads and railway stations in a desperate scramble to escape advancing government troops. The self-proclaimed prime minister of the Donetsk People's Republic, Oleksandr Borodai, claims more than 70,000 of the city's 900,000 inhabitants have already fled as Kiev's forces move within 20 kilometres (12 miles) of the city. Watching over a pile of bags, a man in his fifties prepared to join his parents in Russia with his daughters and grandchildren.

  • Neymar returns to watch Brazil fight for World Cup honour
    Neymar returns to watch Brazil fight for World Cup honour

    Brasília (AFP) - Brazil striker Neymar returns to World Cup duty on Saturday when he goes to watch his humiliated teammates take on the Netherlands for third place in the tournament. The Brazilians and Dutch will be the uncomfortable warmup act for Sunday's grand finale between Germany and Argentina at Rio de Janeiro's historic Maracana Stadium. Neymar suffered a fractured vertebrae in the quarter-final against Colombia and will spend several more weeks on the sidelines. Brazil, lost without Neymar and their suspended captain Thiago Silva, went on to collapse to a historic 7-1 defeat to Germany in the semi-final.

  • From New York to China in two hours: how billionaires are revolutionizing flying
    From New York to China in two hours: how billionaires are revolutionizing flying

    Picture this: you wake up in New York, grab a coffee and a bagel and hop on a plane. By the time you finish breakfast you’re in Beijing.

  • 3 reasons to ignore all these 'correction' calls
    3 reasons to ignore all these 'correction' calls

    Stocks set record highs last week and just days later after some rough waters here come the Pundits of Doom. Here's why you should ignore them.

  • FBI’s Billion Dollar Facial Recognition Falls Short of Facebook’s
    FBI’s Billion Dollar Facial Recognition Falls Short of Facebook’s

    The technology used to help tag your friends in Facebook photos is more accurate than the FBI’s new billion dollar facial recognition system that’s supposed to help track down bad guys. The FBI’s system matched a suspect’s photo with the wrong name about one in seven times. To be sure, the experts stress caution when comparing Facebook’s database of 250 billion photos to the FBI’s database of 50 million. Still, That’s a pretty big problem for a facial recognition system that the FBI has said is supposed to be faster and more accurate than police lineups.

  • 'Sonic Boom' Earthquake Shatters Expectations
    'Sonic Boom' Earthquake Shatters Expectations

    One of the world's deepest earthquakes was also a rare supersonic quake, upending ideas about where these unusual earthquakes strike. Only six supersonic (or supershear) earthquakes have ever been identified, all in the last 15 years. "This was very surprising," said Zhongwen Zhan, lead author of the study, published today (July 10) in the journal Science. "It's not only deep, it's supershear, and it's also quite small."

  • Cheryl Burke Slams Plastic Surgery Rumors
    Cheryl Burke Slams Plastic Surgery Rumors

    Cheryl Burke took some serious heat on social media for her recent vacation photos - shots that made some of her followers think she had plastic surgery or lip injections - but the "Dancing with the Stars" pro is denying she's gone under the knife. "It's one thing to see negative comments about yourself in the press, it's another to be criticized by individual people on your own social media pages. It's much more personal, it hurts," she said in a statement to Access Hollywood . I was actually looking forward to posting vacation photos since I've been eating healthy and feeling so good.

  • Meet the World's Fastest Talking Woman
    Meet the World's Fastest Talking Woman

    We sat down with the world's fastest talking female. Fran Capo holds a world record for her gift of gab at 603 words per minute — or 11 words per second (no big deal).

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