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  • School spending by affluent is widening wealth gap
    School spending by affluent is widening wealth gap

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Education is supposed to help bridge the gap between the wealthiest people and everyone else. Ask the experts, and they'll count the ways:

  • 4 House Remodeling Projects Worth Every Cent
    4 House Remodeling Projects Worth Every Cent

    Remodeling your home before you put it on the market is becoming a smart sales tactic; For 2014, the cost-value ratio, which expresses the resale value as a percentage of construction cost, stands at 66.1 percent, up 5.5 points over the last year and the largest increase since 2005, according to Remodeling magazine’s 2014 cost vs. value report. “Significantly, for the first time in four years, improved resale value of residential housing had more of an influence on the cost-value ratio than construction costs,” according to the magazine. “A modest 2.2 percent increase in average national construction costs was more than offset by an 11.5 percent improvement in average national resale value.”

  • EU says Apple gets illegal tax benefits in Ireland
    EU says Apple gets illegal tax benefits in Ireland

    BRUSSELS (AP) — Apple risks having to repay Ireland tax rebates worth billions of dollars after the European Union's competition watchdog said Tuesday the company appears to be benefiting from illegal tax deals there.

  • Qantas puts world's largest plane on longest route
    Qantas puts world's largest plane on longest route

    Qantas is putting the world's biggest passenger plane on the world's longest airline route. A Qantas Airbus A380 touched down Monday at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport about 15 hours after leaving ...

  • Garry Kasparov: Putin is 'the most dangerous man' in the world and a bigger threat to the U.S. than the …
    Garry Kasparov: Putin is 'the most dangerous man' in the world and a bigger threat to the U.S. than the …

    Arguably the world's best chess player ever, Garry Kasparov is on a new mission. He hopes to convince the world that the biggest threat to global unrest is not the Islamic State, al-Qaida or North Korea. Instead it is Vladimir Putin, Russia's president from 2000 to 2008 and then again from 2012 to today.

  • 'Keeping Up With the Zimmermans': George's brother wanted to 'rebrand' him as reality TV star
    'Keeping Up With the Zimmermans': George's brother wanted to 'rebrand' him as reality TV star

    George Zimmerman's brother wanted to turn him into a reality television star. "I learn a lot from watching 'Keeping Up With the Kardashians,'" Robert Zimmerman Jr. told GQ.

  • Drone captures Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests from above
    Drone captures Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests from above

    A drone operator captured footage of the growing crowd as it swelled beneath the skyscrapers of the city's central business district.

  • Colorado, CDC probing 10 cases of virus-related paralysis in kids

    By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - U.S. health officials are investigating at least 10 cases of children in Colorado who developed limb weakness or paralysis after testing positive for a respiratory virus, state health officials said on Monday. Of the 10, four children tested positive for Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), a virus that is causing severe respiratory infections in 40 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. From mid-August to September 26, 2014, the U.S. ...

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