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Source: Common Domain

These Americans won’t give any gifts over the holidays — and they love it

Tuesday 05:09 GMT

Furthermore, if you have the money, time and motivation — and love gift-giving — by all means, keep the economy humming and your family happy with a home filled with thoughtful gifts.

Lowe admits it was very hard to do the no-gift thing — “I love to both give and receive gifts so it was truly a sacrifice that I felt deeply,” she says — but she is glad they did it: “I learned that I could give and receive love without giving and receiving things.”

Source: Common Domain

New Buildings Have Best of All Worlds

Tuesday 14:31 GMT

From outdoor living rooms in Miami to a Hong Kong clubhouse that evokes the superyachting lifestyle, these projects are melding the best of both worlds for buyers in Miami, Hong Kong, and Melbourne, Australia.

The 27-acre, US$2 billion project is set to bring 1,875 new residential units to the city, as well as a new shopping corridor, office space, and 2,050 hotel rooms. Rising 60 stories, the Paramount is the development’s flagship tower, with 500 apartments set to be delivered in spring 2019.

Source: The Guradian

Tim Cook: tech firms should prepare for 'inevitable' regulation

Tuesday 14:31 GMT

Big US technology companies should brace themselves for “inevitable” regulation, according to Apple’s chief executive, Tim Cook. Cook predicted the US would pass new laws targeting technology firms “at some point” to prevent the misuse of personal data, after a leak of Facebook user information to Cambridge Analytica that resulted in Mark Zuckerberg being hauled in front of Congress.

It emerged in October that Google failed to disclose a data leak for months, fearing a regulatory clampdown: a bug in Google+ allowed third-party app developers to access the data not just of users who granted permission but also that of their friends.

Source: Common Domain

U.S.-China Divisions Exposed After One Phrase ‘Torpedoed’ Pacific Accord

Tuesday 13:36 GMT

For the first time in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit’s nearly three-decade history, officials of the 21-member Pacific Rim group ended two days of meetings in Port Moresby without issuing a communiqué, with Papua New Guinea’s leader delivering only his summary of failed talks.

Papua New Guinea has been the subject of a Chinese charm offensive as Beijing attempts to lure small Pacific nations away from their traditional Western aid partners through infrastructure loans and investment.

Source: Common Domain

A New York City Developer on the Attributes That Make a Home ‘Luxury’

Tuesday 11:45 GMT

In Manhattan, Fifth Avenue, Central Park West, anywhere around the park, down by the Highline, Chelsea, and in Tribeca and SoHo, they’re all very strong.

BVB: Having technology that’s integrated into the home to control the environment—whether that’s light, air, energy use, security, or entertainment in terms of sound.

Source: Common Domain

France Prepares to Get Tough on Firms That Pay Women Less

Tuesday 08:04 GMT

Starting on Jan. 1, firms will be required under a new law to report how much they pay women compared with men, using a range of government-approved metrics.

Other criteria, the people said, would include whether men tend to get more raises and promotions than women; the number of women among a firm’s top 10 salaries; and the number of women who receive a raise after returning from maternity leave.

Source: Common Domain

Long-Wheelbase Cars are Chinese Exclusives

Tuesday 17:16 GMT

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It will have to compete in the marketplace with the BMW 5-Series and the Mercedes E-Class, both already available as long-wheelbase cars. This edition of the midsized A6 will be the only version sold in China, and it will be available nowhere else.

Source: Common Domain

Vanguard Ratchets Up Index-Fund Price Battle

Tuesday 13:36 GMT

Vanguard Group is lowering the minimum amounts customers need to invest to get cheaper prices on more than three dozen of its index funds.

Under new Chief Executive Mortimer J. ‘Tim’ Buckley, who took the helm earlier this year, Vanguard is looking to invest more in the firm’s financial advice business and looking to press further overseas. Aside from having more investment choices, investors have also turned more cautious as they question the longevity of a decadelong bull market.

Source: Fox News

Trump submits written answers to special counsel’s questions in Russia probe

Tuesday 22:47 GMT

President Trump on Tuesday submitted written answers to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's questions in the ongoing Russia investigation, marking a major milestone in the long-running probe as it seemingly nears its conclusion.

WATCH: TRUMP SPEAKS ON NEW ACTING ATTORNEY GENERAL WHITAKER, RUSSIA PROBE IN WIDE-RANGING FOX INTERVIEW. "We’ve wasted enough time on this witch hunt and the answer is, probably, that we’re finished," Trump said. He continued: "We gave very, very complete answers to a lot of questions that I shouldn’t have even been asked, and I think that should solve the problem.

Source: Common Domain

Inside the Kitchens of America’s Most-Expensive Homes

Tuesday 17:15 GMT

From Medina, Wash., to Manhattan, the kitchens in these homes have chef-grade appliances, high-end finishes and a touch of bling.

While designers still embrace the white-on-white look, kitchens are now taking cues from nature, with natural stone and wood elements. There’s also a growing taste for industrial design, with metal cabinetry and stoves with metal strapping and levers.

Source: Common Domain

The Number of Ultra Wealthy Families in Greater China Hits 88,800

Tuesday 22:47 GMT

The number of ultra-high net-worth families in Greater China—those with at least US$30 million—reached 88,800 in 2017, rising 12.5% year-over-year, according to a Hurun Wealth Report released Tuesday.

The aircraft turns a 180-seat airliner into a luxurious 25-passenger private jet. The fall auction in Hong Kong also includes a selection of vintage handbags and creations by the artist Nigel Peake. The number of ultra-high net-worth families in Greater China—those with at least US$30 million—reached 88,800 in 2017, rising 12.

Source: CBS News

Mystery man pays off all layaway items at a Walmart in Vermont

Tuesday 03:20 GMT

A mystery shopper paid of customers' layaway items at a Walmart in Derby, Vermont, CBS Burlington affiliate WCAX reports.

The act of generosity happened just days before Thanksgiving, when the store's storage room was already filled with layaway items. A mystery shopper paid of customers' layaway items at a Walmart in Derby, Vermont, CBS Burlington affiliate WCAX reports.

Source: Common Domain

All Sheeps and Sizes: Mutton Prices Soar as More Diners Dig In

Tuesday 13:36 GMT

Prices of mutton and other sheep meat are hovering near record highs as more people around the world gain a taste for the strong-flavored red meat.

Rising U.S. consumption in recent years has helped push up prices for mutton and lamb at a time when consumers in China, the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa are also clamoring for more of the meat. Sheep populations in Australia and New Zealand—the world’s largest producers and exporters of the meat—on the other hand, have fallen to near their lowest levels in a century.

Source: The Guradian

Butt seriously: how bottoms became a fitness obsession

Tuesday 08:05 GMT

Both in the UK and the US, many black fitness professionals are angered by the fitness industry’s new interest in larger bottoms that has led to, for instance, tennis star Serena Williams – her body a product of her sporting talent and discipline – grossly caricatured, while the same attributes in white women are considered desirable.

The hottest gym in LA right now is Bünda: Portuguese slang for bum, the “home of the better butt” – a gym entirely dedicated to working your posterior. It promises a “total body change”: “Once you Bünda, you will never look back … well, maybe for a selfie.”

Source: BBC

NFL week 11 review: Philadelphia Eagles suffer record defeat as New Orleans Saints win again

Tuesday 14:31 GMT

The New Orleans Saints made it nine wins in a row in their seemingly relentless march towards the Super Bowl by inflicting a record 48-7 defeat on the Philadelphia Eagles, the reigning champions.

The Saints are looking one of the most likely sides to replace the Eagles as Super Bowl champions as they topped 40 points for the sixth time in 10 games - another NFL record. Questions will be asked of head coach Doug Pederson if they become just the seventh Super Bowl winners to slump to a losing record the following season.

Source: Global News

Ice cream, fruit and 3D printer launched to International Space Station

Saturday 20:55 GMT
Source: Common Domain

Le’Veon Bell and the Diminishing Value of Running Backs in the NFL

Saturday 02:26 GMT
Source: Fox News

Selfie saves Texas man from serving up to 99 years in prison

Friday 18:13 GMT
Source: The Guradian

A letter to… Gramps

Saturday 07:00 GMT
Source: The Guradian

‘Philosophically speaking, we can never fully trust our memory’

Sunday 12:40 GMT
Source: Common Domain

ABC Entertainment President to Step Down

Saturday 02:26 GMT
Source: The Guradian

The weight is over: kilogram redefined at 'emotional' conference

Friday 18:13 GMT
Source: Common Domain

California Firefighters Battle Exhaustion From Perpetual Blazes

Tuesday 12:41 GMT
Source: Global News

What started the Camp Fire California power lines come under scrutiny

Tuesday 14:31 GMT
Source: Fox News

Woolsey Fire devastation in Malibu, California seen in before-and-after aerial photos

Tuesday 14:31 GMT
Source: CBS News

"This is our home": California firefighters struggle beyond physical toll of job

Tuesday 12:41 GMT
Source: The Guradian

Anxious wildfire refugees camped in parking lot wonder: where now?

Tuesday 20:55 GMT
Source: Reuters

Close to 1,000 still missing after deadliest California wildfire

Tuesday 10:49 GMT
Source: The Guradian

California fires: rain to bring fresh misery as evacuees flee makeshift camp

Tuesday 17:15 GMT

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