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Putin's cronies lose $50 billion

Business News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 12:13pm
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T-Mobile will roll over your data

Business News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 12:12pm
T-Mobile unveiled its latest disruptive move: It's letting you roll over your unused data from one month to the next.

Burt Reynolds' Smokey and the Bandit Trans Am sells for $450,000

Business News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 12:08pm
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Some companies won't survive the oil meltdown

Business News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 12:08pm
America's shale oil boom has been the darling of investment circles in recent years. People were throwing cash at these companies, hoping to get a piece of the rapid growth.

31 amazing sports photos

CNN World - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 11:50am
Categories: International News

Capturing old Hollywood

CNN - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 11:34am
Award-winning photographer Phil Stern captured everything from the battlefield to Hollywood Boulevard.
Categories: National News

Capital One Orange Bowl To Allow Cowbells In Sun Life Stadium

Bulldog Beat - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 11:20am
MIAMI – Mississippi State fans traveling to the Capital One Orange Bowl will be permitted to ring their cowbells inside Sun Life Stadium on gameday, the MSU Athletic Department announced Tuesday.

Fan's gift chokes up Timberlake

CNN Entertainment - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 11:05am
Justin Timberlake was brought to tears during a concert when a 10-year-old life-long fan gave him a bow tie.
Categories: Entertainment News

Small businesses shift employees to Obamacare

Business News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 11:02am
For two decades Atlanta restaurant owner Jim Dunn offered a group health plan to his managers and helped pay for it. That ended Dec. 1, after Obamacare made him an offer he couldn't refuse.

Toys 'R' Us extends hours for last-minute shoppers

Business News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 10:41am
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Concern but no panic yet on Moscow's streets

Business News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 10:28am
On the streets of Moscow there's no outright panic about the currency crisis. At least, not yet.

Actor's epic revenge prank on Kimmel

CNN Entertainment - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 10:28am
"The Office's" John Krasinski gets revenge on Jimmy Kimmel in an epic holiday prank.
Categories: Entertainment News

Amazon's last minute shoppers get more time

Business News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 10:27am
Amazon is giving the gift of more time to procrastinating holiday shoppers.

Senate confirms new surgeon general

Health - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 10:26am
The Senate confirmed Vivek Murthy as surgeon general on Monday night as Democrats -- in the final days of their majority control of the chamber -- overcame stiff opposition from the National Rifle Association.
Categories: Health

Russia's slide toward economic crisis - and why it matters

Business News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 10:19am
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Russia's shock-and-awe move fails to halt ruble collapse. What now?

Business News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 10:13am
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Russia's ruble rout rattles emerging markets

Business News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 10:09am
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Bill Cosby breaks his silence

CNN Entertainment - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 10:09am
Amid mounting allegations against him, Bill Cosby has broken his silence. Well, sort of.
Categories: Entertainment News

Popping the Question Over the Holidays? What Every Guy Should Know

Lifestyles - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 10:02am
Five words or less

(NewsUSA) - Congratulations, guys, on being so in love that you can save yourself at least one big headache this holiday season.

Yes, for those wondering, if you're planning on popping The Big Question -- marriage, that is -- a diamond engagement ring can also count as her Christmas or Hanukkah present. "If a guy's gonna pop the question eventually, he might as well use the opportunity to avoid shopping for a holiday gift and kill two birds with -- ahem -- one stone," the Washington Post declared.

And you won't be alone: While 39 percent of all marriage proposals occur between Thanksgiving and Valentine's Day, what sane-thinking male wants to be the one who waited till February to give his girlfriend a ring she was expecting in December?

Ergo, to help you out, it's time to separate some myths from facts when it comes to the whole engagement ring-buying process. (Alternate Plan Alert: For those not quite ready to propose -- or, for that matter, who have other diamond jewelry lovers on their holiday lists to shop for -- we've also got some tips for you.)

MYTH: You need to be prepared to spend two months' salary on a ring.

FACT: That's just a guideline. Your financial circumstances -- and your girlfriend's taste -- ultimately rule.

MYTH: There's no way of telling whether a diamond has been produced "ethically" or not.

FACT: This is a big issue for some couples, so know that the Diavik mine in Canada's North West Territories, for one, has gone to great lengths to provide buyers with proof that it's adhering to international standards of labor, health, safety and environmental practices in producing the nicely sized diamonds of good color and gem quality it's famed for.

"Each certified gem is laser-etched with a unique number that indicates the date mined, and each gem's unique optical fingerprint is recorded in an international database so that it can be positively identified," says an expert in the field, noting that many insurance companies offer discounted rates in such cases.

MYTH: Most women want a pear-shaped diamond engagement ring.

FACT: Round diamonds are the most popular.

MYTH: You must pick the ring out yourself in order to maximize the effect.

FACT: Thankfully, no, so you've dodged a bullet there. But if you prefer shopping stag, at least have your girlfriend's hints in mind.

Finally, about those other diamond jewelry gift-gifting tips we promised.

"Classic diamond stud earrings will never go out of fashion," says jewelry and style expert Michael O'Connor, "and diamond line bracelets can be worn with any outfit."

 

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