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Source: Common Domain

Marie Antoinette’s Pearl Pendant Sells for a Record US$36 Million

Friday 18:12 GMT

A pearl and diamond pendant that belonged to the last Queen of France, Marie Antoinette, fetched CHF 36.4 million (US$36.2 million) at a Sotheby’s auction in Geneva Wednesday, shattering its presale estimate of between US$1 million and US$2 million and setting an auction record for a natural pearl.

Prototypes 9 and 10 were inspired by period competition—but were designed for electric drivetrains. The sale headlined the Barney A. Ebsworth collection at Christie’s, creating a record for American Art. A pearl and diamond pendant that belonged to the last Queen of France, Marie Antoinette, fetched CHF 36.

Source: Common Domain

U.K. Home Sellers Respond to Brexit Fears, Drop Asking Prices

Tuesday 20:55 GMT

The average asking price of a newly listed U.K. home dropped in November by the largest margin in six years, down 1.7% from last month, according a monthly index from the country’s biggest property website.

The affluent commuter ring around London saw new asking prices drop 2.1% in November compared to October, while average asking prices in central London dropped 1.7% during that time—though the city usually sees more variability than the rest of the country, according to the report.

Source: Common Domain

These are the things cheapskates look for in a credit card

Friday 05:10 GMT

Cheapskates and low spenders aren’t the ideal credit card customers for banks because they’re typically not as profitable as fast-swiping spendthrifts who rack up finance charges.

Many cheapskates might find paying an annual fee for a credit card too much to stomach when so many cards, even ones with competitive rewards, charge none.

Source: Fox News

de Blasio, citing 'socialistic impulse,' wants more government control of NYC property

Tuesday 17:15 GMT

Mayor Bill de Blasio cited his "socialistic impulse" in describing an ideal world where New York City government has control over all land and buildings in his city.

“I think people all over this city, of every background, would like to have the city government be able to determine which building goes where, how high it will be, who gets to live in it, what the rent will be,” de Blasio said in a wide-ranging interview with New York Magazine. “I think there’s a socialistic impulse, which I hear every day, in every kind of community that they would like things to be planned in accordance to their needs.”

Source: Fox News

Meghan Markle's IRS tax review may expose royal family's riches

Tuesday 20:55 GMT

Now that Prince Harry and Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle are wed, the British royal family faces a number of financial challenges as U.S. tax season approaches.

All of Markle’s foreign assets are likely to be subject to scrutiny by the U.S. tax agency, which may pose a problem for the British royal family – who have managed to keep details of their financial situation quiet. Further, if Markle combined bank accounts with her husband, or became a signatory, those accounts would have to be reported and disclosures made, Walser said.

Source: CBS News

The craving for hot sauces is heating up

Monday 12:39 GMT

Celebrities like Natalie Portman, Tyra Banks and Jeff Goldblum have tried to beat the heat on the hugely popular weekly web series, "Hot Ones," on which celebrities are interviewed while eating violently-hot chicken wings. And at about 3 million views per episode, "Hot Ones" shows no signs of cooling off.

"And there've been times when I'm looking across the table and I'm, like, this is person is up against the ropes, like, I don't even know if they're gonna make it," said added. She asked Evans, "What are the tips you give to folks on how to handle all this hotness?"

Source: The Guradian

Taylor Swift leaves lifelong label to sign with Universal Music Group

Tuesday 14:31 GMT

Taylor Swift has announced that she is leaving her lifelong record label, Big Machine Label Group (BMLG), to sign with Republic Records and Universal Music Group (UMG).

Under the new multi-year agreement, UMG will serve as the exclusive worldwide recorded music partner for Swift and UMG’s Republic Records will serve as her label partner in the US.

Source: The Guradian

Amazing Grace review – transcendent Aretha Franklin documentary

Wednesday 14:30 GMT

The daughter of a Detroit preacher, Franklin secured a Baptist church in Los Angeles for a two-night recording session, and the result was Amazing Grace, her most successful album and the top-selling gospel recording of all time.

The crew neglected to slate the shots with clapperboards, necessary for synchronising sound and image – a mind-boggling omission and one reason why Amazing Grace is only making its debut in 2018.

Source: BBC

Japan Airlines cracks down on drunk pilots

Saturday 18:10 GMT

Japan Airlines will introduce a new breathalyser system at airports abroad after one of its pilots was arrested at Heathrow Airport for being drunk.

Since August 2017, there have been 19 cases where Japan Airlines pilots have failed the company's alcohol tests, a spokesperson for the firm said. Twelve flights were delayed as a result, with the remaining seven operating on time because alternative crew members were found.

Source: Fox News

Bill Bennett: The legacy of Saint Nicholas – Why his story is worth knowing (especially now)

Sunday 08:04 GMT

There is an old story about Saint Nicholas, the Christian bishop who lived during the fourth century in what is now Turkey, and whose name we associate so much with chimneys and stockings hung with care.

“It is easier to count the waves of the sea, the drops of rain, the stars, and with a glance see all the Atlantic than to recount in detail God’s marvels accomplished through Saint Nicholas,” an eighth-century hymn proclaimed.

Source: The Guradian

From Iceland to India: the global community supporting the Guardian

Wednesday 09:55 GMT

Since 2015, the number of Guardian supporters has grown to include readers, listeners and viewers from across the world.

We asked what else motivated people to join our community – here are some of their responses:. “I appreciate that you supply the articles for free and leave it up to me to decide the worth and value of your journalism. Our deep investigative reporting of the Panama Papers and Cambridge Analytica scandals inspired readers to support us.

Source: BBC

Trump 'answers Mueller Russia questions'

Saturday 14:31 GMT

Donald Trump says he has finished answering questions into alleged Russian meddling during the 2016 presidential campaign.

The US leader told reporters he had personally answered the questions "very easily", but that they had yet to be submitted to Robert Mueller's team. Donald Trump says he has finished answering questions into alleged Russian meddling during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Source: Common Domain

Why stock investors should want higher oil prices

Wednesday 09:55 GMT

Since then, in contrast, the relationship has been just the opposite: Now higher oil prices in a given month typically are correlated with higher stock prices in the subsequent month — not lower.

A close analysis of past data shows that sometimes a higher oil price has been good for the stock market, and sometimes not.

Source: Fox News

$1.5B Mega Millions winner has not claimed prize, report says

Thursday 10:49 GMT

Lottery officials in South Carolina on Tuesday said the winner of the $1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot has still not stepped forward even though the drawing was nearly three weeks ago.

If the ticket is not claimed in the allotted time, "each participating state in the Mega Millions game will get back all the money that state contributed to the unclaimed jackpot," according to the Mega Millions website, noting that "each state uses its unclaimed lottery prizes for different purposes."

Source: Common Domain

Looming Brexit Deadline Transforms London’s Luxury Real Estate Into a Buyer’s Market

Tuesday 22:45 GMT

After years of uncertainty prompted by the stamp duty and Brexit, the number of potential buyers for London’s luxury homes is finally starting to edge up, according to a report Monday by Knight Frank.

"It shows there is still a pretty strong underlying demand for the market, and for London property, despite the political backdrop," said Tom Bill, head of London residential research at Knight Frank. "Buyers are poised to act, and there is some pretty good transaction activity" in the super-luxury home range, he said.

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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