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Why milk, bread and toilet paper when it snows?

CNN - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 11:57am
Seriously people, is there something about snow storms that makes us want to eat French toast and sit on the toilet?
Categories: National News

Barbie-maker Mattel CEO out as sales falter

Business News - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 11:42am
There's trouble in Barbie land.

Garden Project Spreads Its Roots in Urban Areas

Lifestyles - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 11:41am
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(NewsUSA) - It's not easy being green -- especially when you share space with more than 3 million people. And yet, one Southern California business is making it easier.

BP Gardens, a subsidiary of GreenGro Technologies (OTC: GNRH), an Anaheim-based eco-friendly technology company, is taking local farming in a crowded urban environment to a whole new level by designing vertical gardens. Its hope, says GreenGro CEO James Haas, is to provide local communities, restaurants and grocers with locally grown, pesticide-free fruits and vegetables.

BP Gardens began as the seed of an idea from Haas. The thought, he says, was to use as little water and energy as possible, while still yielding fresh, locally grown produce and herbs for customers.

According to Haas, there will be two separate locations and growing methods. BP Gardens Buena Park currently sits on 4.5 acres in Anaheim, California, and features a 5,000-seat full hydroponic grow system, while its sister company, BP Lincoln Gardens in northern California, employs a zero-waste, 80 percent water-saving aquaponics solution with a 40,000-seat capacity.

"With California consistently facing severe droughts, these systems will help change the way we grow [food], modernizing its processes to become more sustainable for the future," says Haas.

Currently, Buena Park has completed its construction and has planted its first crops, which is ideal for leafy greens, while Lincoln is in the process of installing floating raceways and introducing fish in preparation for its first crops. This location will focus on the growth of heavy greens and Sacramento Perch for its customers. Between the two structures, Haas said he anticipates growing 45,000 heads of lettuce a month.

In addition to finding a way to combine technology and food production while reducing the company's own carbon footprint, Haas has also stumbled on a niche market in the medical marijuana industry. While GreenGro does not participate in the sale of medical marijuana, Haas said GreenGro's equipment and advanced hydroponic systems benefit that business as well.

Although Haas estimates that about 60 percent of his customers buy his gardening equipment to grow medical marijuana, he says he is focused on his BP Gardens projects, and isn't content to stop with the California market, but believes he can take his idea worldwide.

"BP Gardens wants to go big," says Haas. "We want to be the source for food and not have to have it travel, and save the Earth."

For more information, visit http://bpgardens.com.

Alexis Tsipras' grand promises for Greece

CNN World - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 11:34am
The poster child of Greece's new left has made bold promises: "No more bailouts, no more submission, no more blackmailing."
Categories: International News

Opinion: Syriza shows failure of 'cartel politics'

CNN World - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 11:34am
Syriza's victory in Greek elections signals the failure of the "cartel politics" used to implement austerity measures in debt-ridden southern Europe, writes analyst Alexandre Afonso.
Categories: International News

This money manager is not a fan of Carl Icahn

Business News - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 11:25am
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Nudity doesn't shock us anymore

CNN World - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 11:20am
Categories: International News

Elon Musk stars on The Simpsons

Business News - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 11:13am
Where does Elon Musk, the man behind Tesla Motors, SpaceX and PayPal, get his breakthrough ideas? Would you believe Homer Simpson?

Blizzard of 2015: Winners and losers

Business News - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 11:05am
When a blizzard strikes, it's not all fun and games with snowmen and sledding.

Syriza won, so what's next for Greece?

Business News - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 11:02am
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2015 SAG Awards: Red carpet

CNN - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 10:57am
Categories: National News

7 resolutions that yoga can help you keep

Health - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 10:28am
Categories: Health

Ebola fighter coming to U.S. for nursing school

Health - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 10:28am
A young Liberian woman who saved three of her relatives by nursing them back to health after they contracted the Ebola virus is coming to the United States to finish her nursing degree.
Categories: Health

Baby buried by 2010 Haiti quake: See her now

Health - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 10:27am
For 10 days following the 2010 Haiti earthquake, two CNN colleagues and I lived in a tent hospital run by Project Medishare. Our hearts ached as we heard the cries of the injured, as we watched surgeons performed amputations without general anesthesia, as people died in front of our eyes.
Categories: Health

American Ebola survivor returns to Liberia

Health - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 10:27am
Categories: Health

Why are some doctors in the anti-vaccination movement?

Health - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 10:22am
Anderson Cooper speaks with Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Medical Ethicist Arthur Caplan about the science and myths behind the anti-vaccine movement.
Categories: Health

Best dividend stocks to buy now

Business News - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 10:14am
At first glance, tobacco giant Philip Morris International seems like the obvious choice for income investors. It currently pays an annual dividend of $4 per share and boasts a 4.81% dividend yield.

Are smart drugs driving Silicon Valley?

Business News - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 9:48am
Open the refrigerator in entrepreneur Dave Asprey's home and you may as well be at a pharmacy.

Give Your Kitchen a New Look With a Lighting Update

Lifestyles - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 9:47am
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(NewsUSA) - A simple, inexpensive lighting update can completely transform your kitchen from dull to dynamite.

According to the American Lighting Association (ALA), good lighting design makes kitchens more functional, as well as more enjoyable, relaxing and suitable for entertaining.

"Good lighting is vitally important in kitchens," says Jeff Dross, corporate director for education and industry trends for Kichler Lighting. "Perhaps more work in the home is done in the kitchen area than any other room, and having improper lighting would be tantamount to candles in a warehouse or flashlights on a factory floor.

"Food preparation is a vital, though sometimes tedious, task performed virtually every day," Dross continues. "Cooking in a poorly illuminated space only increases the drudgery and the danger. Good lighting adds to the overall space, and increases the pleasure in using said space."

The very fact that kitchens are spaces where people spend a lot of time makes them valuable areas when reselling a home, as well. For this reason, many experts agree kitchen renovations are among the best ways to boost the value of your home. Along with bathrooms, kitchens are an integral part of the home to virtually everyone.

Unfortunately, when it comes time to updating kitchens with a new look, lighting does not always get the attention it deserves. According to Dross, this is to the detriment of home design.

"Lighting is as important a design element as wall coverings, flooring and countertops," says Dross. "It can make an average kitchen look great and elevate a fabulous design to perfection. Need to increase the visual size of a room without tearing down a wall? Add lighting above the cabinets and at the toe-kick space.

"The importance of good, high lumen output for task (under-cabinet) lighting cannot be over emphasized," Dross adds. "Wall-mounted cabinets create shadows on countertop work surfaces. The only way to alleviate those shadows (and the accompanying dark spots on the cutting board) is with under-cabinet lighting."

Another factor to keep in mind relates to energy usage, and by extension, your power bill. The U.S. Department of Energy reports that American consumers use electricity for lighting the kitchen more than any other room in the house. So, to save electricity costs, invest in energy-efficient lighting in the kitchen.

To see the most up-to-date fixtures and shades, and to consult with a professionally trained lighting expert, visit your local ALA-member retailer, or go online to americanlightingassoc.com.

Hashtag #money. The business of the pound sign

Business News - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 9:33am
From a tech tool to a pop culture reference, the hashtag has come a long way since it was first popularized by Twitter.
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