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  • Almost every year, TV manufacturers have touted some shiny new technology as the reason you need to buy a new set: flat screens, HDTV, plasmas, LCDs, 3D TV… but all of these are now old news. Practically the only trick stores have left is to reduce the price. This makes it an ideal year to get a great bargain, but only if you know what to look for — and what to avoid.

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  • 10 Best Black Friday Deals


    Black Friday has something of a reputation — and for good reason. If you're willing to brave the hoards, the discounts are substantial.  I've been covering this shopping frenzy for the last 8 years, and this year may be one of the best ever for Doorbuster deals on TVs, Blu-Ray DVD players, and oddly, laser printers. Here are my top picks for the best Black Friday deals available.

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  • Upgrade Your Life: Cutting down on printing costs

    Printing at home is expensive, especially when it feels like you're swapping out ink cartridges every other week. The cheapest way to cut down on printing costs is to avoid printing altogether (have your boarding pass emailed to your smartphone for your next flight!), but unfortunately that's not always a possibility. From expense reports to concert tickets, most of us still need to print on a regular basis, but it doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg. Here are some smart tips to help you cut down on printing costs:

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  • Argentine World Cup celebration marred by violence
    Argentine World Cup celebration marred by violence

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Riot police used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse a group of rock-throwing vandals who disturbed a rally by Argentines celebrating their team's gutsy performance in a 1-0 loss to Germany in the World Cup finals.

  • Israel says shoots down Gaza drone as calls for truce mount

    By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Maayan Lubell GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel said it shot down a drone from Gaza a week into its offensive on Monday, the first reported deployment of an unmanned aircraft by Palestinian militants whose rocket attacks have been regularly intercepted. Hamas, the Islamist group which runs Gaza, said its armed wing had sent several drones to carry out "special missions" deep inside Israel - a development which, if confirmed, would mark a step up in the sophistication of its arsenal. More than 166 Palestinians, most of them civilians, have been killed, Gaza health officials said, in seven days of fighting that has shown no sign of ending. Israeli aircraft and naval gunboats attacked 204 targets in the Gaza Strip overnight, said the army, in the worst flare-up in Israeli-Palestinian violence in almost two years.

  • Oil edges lower after big drop on Libyan supplies

    The price of oil edged lower Monday after its biggest one-day drop since April on expectations Libyan oil will soon return to the market.

  • Police seek man who took selfie during running of the bulls
    Police seek man who took selfie during running of the bulls

    Spanish police say they are searching for a man who snapped a selfie during the running of the bulls in Pamplona.

  • Hookah Smoking: Teen Trend, or Cigarettes of the Century?
    Hookah Smoking: Teen Trend, or Cigarettes of the Century?

    Although cigarette smoking isn't nearly as popular with teens in the United States as it was a decade ago, that doesn't mean teens don't smoke. A hookah is a water pipe that uses charcoal to heat up a wet tobacco product called shisha. The new finding is in line with a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that found that while the overall use of tobacco products in the United States decreased between 2000 and 2011, there was an increase in the use of noncigarette tobacco products, including hookah tobacco. "Cigarette use has decreased by 33 percent in the past decade in the U.S., while the use of alternative tobacco products, such as hookahs, has increased [by] an alarming 123 percent," said Dr. Michael Weitzman, a professor of pediatrics and environmental medicine at New York University and co-author of the new study.

  • Snowden attacks British emergency surveillance laws
    Snowden attacks British emergency surveillance laws

    Fugitive US intelligence expert Edward Snowden attacked British plans for emergency laws to allow police and security services greater access to Internet and phone data on Sunday. In an interview with The Guardian newspaper, to whom the former National Security Agency contractor revealed the existence of mass surveillance programmes a year ago, Snowden said the planned laws were "beyond belief". The British parliament is this week due to debate new legislation allowing Internet providers and mobile phone companies to keep details of communications between people in case they are needed in investigations. In April the European Court of Justice threw out an EU law that forced companies to retain data for at least six months, saying it breached the right to privacy.

  • Clashes in Paris as thousands march against Israel offensive
    Clashes in Paris as thousands march against Israel offensive

    Clashes erupted in Paris on Sunday as thousands of people protested against Israel and in support of residents in the Gaza Strip, where a six-day conflict has left 166 Palestinians dead. The descent into violence in the Gaza Strip began on June 12 when three Israeli teenagers were kidnapped and later murdered, triggering a major military crackdown on Hamas in the West Bank and an escalation of rocket fire from Gaza. The brutal revenge killing of a Palestinian teenager by Jewish extremists on July 2 added further fuel to the fire, turning into an all-out conflict on July 8 when Israel launched an air campaign against Gaza militants. The Palestinian death toll from Israel's punishing air campaign has hit 166.

  • Why Germany's World Cup win is a big win for world soccer

    In days to come, Argentina will, perhaps, look back and wonder how, in those fleeting moments when the Germans got it horribly wrong, its players managed to do even worse. The 2014 World Cup final Sunday was hardly the best game of a sparkling tournament. No, by the meager measure of recent finals, Germany's 1-0 win Sunday was fairly decent entertainment value, actually.

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