Move Over, Demi Lovato! Raven-Symoné Dyes Her Hair Purple & Gray Before College Begins: "New Hair For A New Life"
One more celeb and this purple-gray hair color combo is officially a trend. Raven-Symoné is the latest star to try the multicolored effect. The former Disney-darling ditched her dark shade in favor of a candy-colored hue on the heels of Demi Lovato, who went for a similar dye job last week. It seems that the College Road Trip star's vibrant new ‘do is in preparation of her return to campus—this time as an actual student. Raven posted an Instagram picture of her new hair last week, writing, "My last Friday in LA before I start my life as a #oncampus student! New hair for a new life! #hellyea." In another post of her new hair, the star described her "bomb color and cut" as a "washy purp and grey."
Futures Pare Losses After Payrolls Report
U.S. stock index futures pared losses on Friday, after payrolls data in July fell short of expectations, giving the Federal Reserve room to keep interest rates low for a while. S&P 500 e-mini futures fell 3.75 points and were above/below fair value--a formula that evaluates pricing by taking into account interest rates, dividends and time to expiration on the contract. Dow Jones industrial average e-mini futures lost 8 points and Nasdaq 100 e-mini futures shed 1.25 points.
Exclusive: China's Xi Likely To Promote Army General Who Exposed Graft -sources
Two sources said President Xi Jinping is likely to promote a corruption whistleblower to China's top military decision-making body to underscore his determination to tackle graft inside the country's rapidly modernizing armed forces. A source close to the leadership and a second source with ties to the military said 62-year old General Liu Yuan, the eldest son of late president Liu Shaoqi, is set to be appointed to the Central Military Commission during a meeting of the Communist Party's elite 205-member Central Committee in October. Three separate sources added that security had been stepped up around Liu after he had received death threats for exposing the worst military graft scandal in modern China, which involved the widespread selling of positions in the People's Liberation Army. Xi has made tackling pervasive official corruption one of his top priorities since he took over the party in November 2012. His crackdown accelerated this week when the party said it was investigating former domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang for breaching party discipline, a euphemism for corruption.
Mud, Rain Hamper Landslide Rescue In India
Rescuers searching for dozens of people still missing after a landslide in western India said Friday that sniffer dogs and machines sent to detect signs of life were all but useless, in 15 feet of heavy mud and debris. The landslide engulfed Malin village, in Pune district of Maharashtra state, on Wednesday, killing at least 63 people--including nine children. Chances of finding anyone alive are increasingly slim. Landslides are common in the area during the monsoon season, which runs from June through September.
'Monty Python Live (Mostly)' Third Biggest Live Cinema Event In U.K. Ever
Less than two weeks after the final performance of "Monty Python Live (mostly)" , its live screening in theaters has been named the third biggest live cinema event of all time in the U.K. An estimated 570 venues across the U.K. and Ireland – plus more than 1,800 around the world – broadcast Michael Palin, Eric Idle, John Cleese, Terry Jones, and Terry Gilliam take to the stage in front of 15,000 fans at London’s O2 Arena for one last time on Sunday, July 20th.
US Employers Add 209K Jobs, Rate Rises To 6.2 Pct.
U.S. employers extended this year's hiring surge into July by adding a solid 209,000 jobs. It was the sixth straight month of job growth above 200,000, evidence that businesses are shedding the caution that had marked the 5-year-old economic recovery. SENIOR ECONOMIST AT DECISION ECONOMICS, CARY LEAHEY: The unemployment rate ticked up to 6.2 percent from 6.1 percent as more Americans started looking for work. Not all found jobs, but the increase suggests that they are more optimistic about their prospects. Average job gains over the past six months reached 244,000 in July, the best such average in eight years.
U.S. Consumer Spending Rises, Inflation Pressures Muted
U.S. consumer spending rose for a fifth straight month in June, but a moderation in price increases suggested the Federal Reserve will not raise interest rates anytime soon. The Commerce Department said on Friday consumer spending increased 0.4 percent after rising by an upwardly revised 0.3 percent in May. Spending, which accounts for more than two-thirds of U.S. economic activity, had been forecast rising 0.4 percent after a previously reported 0.2 percent gain in May. When adjusted for inflation, consumer spending increased 0.2 percent after edging up 0.1 percent the prior month.
Argentina Holds No Positive Expectations For Friday's Debt Hearing
Argentina's Cabinet chief Jorge Capitanich said on Friday the government held no positive expectations for a court hearing in New York later in the day that will discuss the South American country's debt default. The default occurred after Latin America's No. 3 economy failed to reach a deal with holdout investors suing it for full repayment on bonds they bought at a steep discount following the country's previous default in 2002 on $100 billion of debt. The government maintains it has not defaulted because it made a required interest payment on one of its bonds. But U.S. District Judge Thomas Griesa blocked that deposit in June, saying it violated his ruling that Argentina settle their dispute with holdout investors first. Capitanich told reporters in the capital, Buenos Aires, "We can't hold any positive expectations because (Judge Griesa) has always held the view of someone who is partial." On Thursday, Capitanich branded Griesa an "agent" of the litigating New York hedge funds. Griesa is scheduled to hold Friday's hearing at 11 a.m.
HP’s Gilt-Exclusive Smartwatch Puts Fashion FIrst
What would it take to get people actually buying smartwatches in droves? Could fashion be the answer? An odd new trio aims to find out, with HP teaming up with fashion flash sales site Gilt and designer Michael Bastian--via Fashionista--to create a smartwatch that looks smart, too.
Russian Official: Western Sanctions No Help In De-escalating Ukraine Crisis
The state-run Itar-Tass news agency quoted Russia's envoy to the European Union on Friday, who said that Western sanctions against Russia are not helping to de-escalate the situation in Ukraine. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said in earlier remarks that the U.S. was in agreement with the E.U. that sanctions were necessary: The envoy later disagreed, however, saying "These sanctions do not help (reaching) the main goal - to de-escalate the situation in Ukraine and resolve the Ukrainian interior political crisis." The West imposed new sanctions on Russia earlier this week, targeting sectors of the economy for the first time.