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US men's soccer team fails to qualify for World Cup for first time in 3 decades

12-Oct-2017

The United States men’s national soccer team failed to qualify for next year’s World Cup finals for the first time since 1986 after their 2-1 loss to Trinidad & Tobago Tuesday night.

Missing the World Cup is a devastating blow to the U.S. Soccer Federation, which has steadily built the sport in the last quarter-century with the help of sponsors and television partners. It also is a trauma for Fox, which broadcasts the next three World Cups after taking the U.S. rights from ESPN.

Source: BBC

Shanghai Masters: Nick Kyrgios fined for quitting match

12-Oct-2017

Nick Kyrgios has been fined $10,000 (£7,573) for unsportsmanlike conduct after he quit his first-round match at the Shanghai Masters.

The 28-year-old won 6-1 6-4 in 73 minutes and will now face German third seed Alexander Zverev, who was given a first-round bye.

Source: Common Domain

California’s Breakup With the NFL

12-Oct-2017

As the Rams and Chargers struggle to gain a foothold in Los Angeles, the 49ers also deal with questions about fan support

As Los Angeles sports fans mulled if they were ready to accept one NFL team, the Chargers quickly packed up, moved north and gave the city a second. Some fans in San Diego were upset because they thought the city offered the team enough money for a new stadium there, and others were simply puzzled.

Source: Common Domain

Millennials’ New Weapon in Bidding Wars: A Parent’s Home Equity

12-Oct-2017

Call it the mortgage merry-go-round: Parents refinance their home to fund the full cost of their son or daughter’s desired home.

This is particularly important in bidding wars: If the purchase price is above the list price and appraised value, it may be tricky to get a loan, said Kas Divband, a Washington, D.C., agent with Redfin. Mr. Divband said he has worked on six deals where the buyer was relying on a parent’s mortgage to make an all-cash offer.

Source: CBS News

Mensa reveals what an IQ test could look like for Trump, Tillerson

12-Oct-2017

President Trump's attack on Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has Mensa saying "it would be fun" to have them take one of their IQ tests. Mensa's response comes on the heels of Mr. Trump saying in an interview published Tuesday that he's smarter than the top member of his Cabinet as he was reacting to a report that Tillerson previously called the commander in chief a "moron."

"When we were asked earlier about President Trump's IQ and IQ testing ... we just thought it would be fun to invite the president and Secretary Tillerson to take our test -- not as a challenge or any kind of political commentary -- really it's just more about highlighting a special month for us," Brown said. "October of 1946 was when our organization was founded and every October we take advantage of that to encourage admissions tests."

Source: Common Domain

Trump Puts Spotlight on Sports Tax Breaks

12-Oct-2017

Forbes estimated his net worth at $1.1 billion when he died, meaning the lack of an estate tax potentially saved his heirs hundreds of millions of dollars.

While ending the tax exemption for sports stadiums would be a blow to NFL franchise owners, Mr. Trump’s broader tax proposals could mean a much bigger benefit for them. For instance, Mr. Trump wants to set a top tax rate of 25% on so-called pass-through income of businesses, down from today’s top rate of 39.6%.

Source: Common Domain

Thaler’s Nobel Prize tells investors to mind their manners around money

12-Oct-2017

When psychologist Daniel Kahneman earned the Nobel Prize in economics in 2002, it was for identifying an important diagnosis: that people deviate from economically logical choices for predictable, intuitive reasons.

What makes Richard Thaler’s recently announced Nobel Prize in economics so remarkable is that he audaciously took Kahneman’s diagnosis and sought to test whether the insights fit what happens in the real world.

Source: Common Domain

New York City Mayoral Candidates Clash in Debate

12-Oct-2017

Appeared in the October 11, 2017, print edition as 'Hopefuls Spar in Mayoral Debate.'. Mayor Bill de Blasio drew a contrast between his liberal policies and the views of his opponents in their first mayoral debate.

Mayor Bill de Blasio faced his challengers in the New York City mayoral race on the debate stage for the first time Tuesday night, defending his record against a Republican and a renegade insurgent who has drawn comparisons to President Donald J. Trump.

Source: Common Domain

Subpoenas Target Research Firm Tied to Trump Dossier

12-Oct-2017

A congressional committee has issued subpoenas targeting a research firm that compiled a dossier of unverified and unflattering information about President Donald Trump.

Appeared in the October 11, 2017, print edition as 'Trump Dossier Firm Subpoenaed.'. Fusion GPS worked with former British spy to compile a 35-page document on Trump’s alleged ties to Moscow

Source: BBC

Four ideas to tackle coffee cup waste

12-Oct-2017

Since last year, when we were all made aware of the UK's unrecycled cup mountain, some of us have found it hard to buy a takeaway coffee without being wracked with guilt.

The ultimate waste-free cup though, must be this: a coffee cup made of cereals that you can munch on like an ice cream cone, once you've downed your drink. Three friends from Plovdiv in Bulgaria, Miroslav Zaprjanov, Mladen Dzhalazov and Simeon Gavrilov, came up with their "waffle" recipe containing no preservatives, colourings or coatings a few years ago and have been working on commercialising it ever since.

Source: The Week

How to choose the right mutual fund for you

12-Oct-2017

How often you check on your investments, meet with a financial adviser, or change the makeup of your investments is of course up to you, but remember that mutual funds are for longer-term investments, so their daily or weekly performance doesn't matter as much as their yearly or decade performance does.

Ratings look at the past performance of a fund, which means that it doesn't guarantee that the fund will do well in the future, the Economic Times cautions.

Source: The Guradian

World Cup 2018 power rankings: Germany on top among qualified 23

12-Oct-2017

They disrupted the USA, among others, with some strong-arm tactics on the road to Russia – perhaps recalling Honduras’s performance at Brazil 2014.

It has been quite a turnaround for Serbia since, almost exactly three years ago, they underwent the shame of that fateful Euro 2016 qualifier against Albania and the picture looks altogether brighter now after the came top of a hard Group D. Nemanja Matic is the lynchpin of a team with a pleasing blend of youth and experience; Slavoljub Muslin probably lacks the goalscoring power for a deep run next summer but Serbia have been underperforming for some time and should, as a minimum, provide larger countries with an awkward moment or two.

Source: The Week

The frenetic enchantment of New York City

12-Oct-2017

Now, for the first time, Laffont's New York City photographs have been exclusively collected in an impressive retrospective, New York City Up and Down (Glitterati Incorporated).

During his decades in the city, Laffont — who still calls New York home — traversed the five boroughs, focusing his lens on the residents, visitors, the known, and unknown. He captured small moments of quiet, enormous historic events, and the everyday spectacles for which the city is so well known.

Source: Washington Post

A small town in Texas. A huge explosion. An unsolved mystery — and the long road back.

12-Oct-2017

Blessings abounded in the Texas town of West, population 2,800, on that April day in 2013 when the fertilizer plant caught fire and its ammonium nitrate detonated — killing 15, injuring 252 and damaging or destroying 500 buildings.

Twenty-nine miles away, at a church in the town of Italy, Tex., an Iraq War veteran whispered to his brother-in-law, “That was an explosion.” Ten miles away, a fisherman on Aquilla Lake ducked, thinking his boat was being struck by lightning.

Source: Common Domain

Failure to qualify for World Cup exposes U.S. progress as a myth

12-Oct-2017

The United States has failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, the result of an inexcusable 2-1 defeat Tuesday night at Trinidad and Tobago.

The myth of progress was created and nurtured by the sport’s establishment in this country, which had a vested interested in promoting soccer as America’s “sport of the future.” Plenty of words will be written and spoken in the coming days about what went wrong over this disastrous qualifying cycle, but it really comes down to this: As much as soccer has improved its infrastructure in this country over the past three decades, as much as the player pool has expanded, the U.S.’s high-end players aren’t considerably better than they were when, say, Major League Soccer launched in 1996.

Source: NBC News

Civilians to be evacuated from ISIS holdout, says U.S.

Saturday 16:24 GMT
Source: NBC News

Riding the waves is a way of life for Africans

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Source: The Guradian

Crystal Palace shock champions Chelsea as Wilfried Zaha secures vital win

Saturday 17:18 GMT
Source: DW

Five unanswered for Bayern Munich on Heynckes' return

Saturday 16:24 GMT
Source: CBS News

Jessica Chambers trial: Cop testifies in trial over woman who was burned alive

Saturday 20:57 GMT
Source: Washington Post

This grandfather found his $24 million lottery ticket just before it expired

Saturday 23:41 GMT
Source: Common Domain

How being a skinflint became ‘sexy’

Saturday 10:53 GMT
Source: DW

Will artificial intelligence change the future of music?

Today 18:17 GMT
Source: Reuters

China says foreign firms welcome benefits from internal Communist Party cells

Today 18:16 GMT
Source: NBC News

Mychael Knight, 'Project Runway' fashion designer, dies at 39

Wednesday 23:58 GMT
Source: CBS News

Semifinalists for the 2018 Grammy Music Educator Award revealed

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Source: Common Domain

Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Mirror Rooms at the Broad: A first look inside the 'infinite mysterious beauty'

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Source: CBS News

U.S. Christian press finds friends in Israel

Wednesday 23:58 GMT
Source: CBS News

Results of "next generation" standardized test in Mass. released

Wednesday 23:58 GMT

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