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Nikki Haley: Confederate flag 'should have never been there'

CNN - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 3:26pm
Shortly after the removal of the Confederate flag from the South Carolina statehouse grounds, Gov. Nikki Haley told CNN's Don Lemon that placing the flag in 2000 was a poor decision.
Categories: National News

Meet Sweetgreen -- the 'next Chipotle'

Business News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 2:54pm
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Yellen: rate hike coming 'later this year'

Business News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 2:50pm
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MSU, Japanese university sign MOU

MSU News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 1:58pm

Homeowners: Think Twice Before Attempting This

Lifestyles - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 1:49pm
Five words or less

(NewsUSA) - Is it time for homeowners to start celebrating Hug-A-Roofer Day?

The Bureau of Labor Statistics just disclosed the most dangerous jobs in America. Not only did roofers come in at No. 6, but take a look at some of the occupations that didn't even make the top 10:

* Police officers

* Firefighters

* Taxi drivers

* Security guards

"Some of the results may surprise you," was how Bloomberg Business understatedly put it.

We'll reveal in a second who topped the list with more than three and a half times the 36.26 fatalities, per 100,000 full-time employees, that earned roofers their high ranking. But first, here's what those deaths should tell almost all amateurs thinking of tackling a job as big as installing a roof themselves: Don't do it.

For those who do insist on going the DIY route, at least be sure to follow these safety tips:

* Minimize your risk of slipping. An average of six roofers die each month in the U.S. from falls, according to Professional Roofing magazine. So, never work on a wet roof, wear soft-soled boots for the best traction, and use safety equipment like a harness when working on a steeply pitched roof. And if you do fall, pray that you remembered to don a helmet to protect your head.

* The 36-inch rule. Some of those fatal falls resulted from having to lug heavy material up a ladder. Yours should extend 36 inches above the landing or roof eave to make transitioning to and from the roof more secure. And this warning from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration: "Do not stand on the three top rungs."

* Avoid electrical hazards. Roofers also suffer fatal burns and electrocution despite having it ingrained in them that electricity can leap, or "arc," from a wire to a ladder several feet away. Ergo, for starters, make sure your ladder is made of non-conductive wood or fiberglass.

* Six words to live by when it comes to utility knives. Those would be: Always cut away from your body.

Having second thoughts?

Unless you're Warren Buffett (who still lives in the same modest, five-bedroom house in Dundee, Omaha, he bought for $31,500 in 1958), odds are your home is your biggest asset. So, GAF (, North America's largest roofing manufacturer, has made it easy for you to find the most reputable, dependable and adequately insured professionals in your area by searching its website's GAF Master Elite Contractor database.

Oh, as for the most dangerous job in America? Fisherman, with 131.52 fatalities per 100,000 full-time employees.

WTF? Parents say McDonald's Minion toys are cursing

Business News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 1:39pm
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Syrian refugee population rises above 4 million, U.N. says

CNN World - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 1:33pm
More than 4 million Syrians have fled the violence in their homeland to seek refuge in neighboring countries, the United Nations said Thursday.
Categories: International News

At least 20 dead in Bangladesh stampede

CNN World - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 1:33pm
A rush to receive donated clothes resulted in a stampede in central Bangladesh that killed at least 20 people Friday, police said.
Categories: International News

The Confederate battle flag comes down

CNN World - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 1:32pm
It was first used in battle, with Southerners rallying around it in their quest to break apart from the United States. More recently, the Confederate battle flag has been the focal point of a different fight -- over whether it should still fly anywhere, given that it symbolizes to many the horrors of slavery.
Categories: International News

Nollywood is a mighty economic machine

CNN World - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 1:29pm
They used to be the preserve of informal home gatherings around old flickering TV sets, but Nollywood films have now gone global.
Categories: International News

Public Smoking Ban Creates Market for New Tobacco Products

Lifestyles - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 1:14pm

(NewsUSA) - If you're a smoker these days, it's hard not feel a bit vilified. After all, rarely will you find a place that you can light up inside. Same goes for e-cigarette users, who are now also under the microscope and in many places are being banned from using as well. Even dipping tobacco and "chew" are not allowed in public places in San Francisco.

So, what's a smoker to do? If you happen to be Evan Grossman, you design a smokeless tobacco alternative that circumvents the ban in your favorite restaurant, library, movie theater or other public space, by creating the Pixotine Nicotine Toothpick (, a birch wood toothpick infused with a high-quality proprietary blend of organic pharmaceutical-grade nicotine extract that contains no other unnecessary additives or chemicals.

The way it works is this: Nicotine transmits its effects through contact with the skin and absorption through the mouth. When a Pixotine Nicotine Toothpick is placed in the mouth, the saliva aids in drawing out the nicotine, which then gets absorbed into the bloodstream through contact with cells. Chewing slightly on Pixotine enhances the speed at which the nicotine is released. With proper use, first effects can be felt within minutes, depending on the user.

According to its website, the concept is quite basic: people use Pixotine Nicotine Toothpicks just like they would use a normal toothpick to get that refreshing rush. At the office, on the subway or even at an anti-smoking rally, Pixotine is discreet, functional and virtually undetectable. It's merely an easy way to enjoy all the benefits and pleasure of a cigarette or tobacco product, without judgement or harsh carcinogens.

For some, it's also a way to switch to a safer alternative entirely.

"After smoking and chewing tobacco for 15 years, I was looking for an alternative. I found this with Pixotine, and it even has saved me money as well. It's funny because now when I am around someone that smokes it stinks," said one user.

As an added convenience, Pixotine comes in a matchbook-size package that contains 15 toothpicks, making it discreet, and yet easy to use during those times that you can't smoke or use your e-cig.

Similarly, Pixotine can satisfy nicotine cravings without leaving the desk or walking out of a child's basketball game or when traveling on an especially long flight.

For more information, visit

New Orleans grapples with its Confederate past

CNN - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 1:05pm
Several prominent monuments around New Orleans are coming under fire as the nation debates the placement of Confederate symbols.
Categories: National News

Universal's marketing looks to push 'Minions' to monster box office

Business News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 1:03pm
Universal has had a record box office year thanks to some monster hits. Now, the Comcast-owned studio looks to smaller monsters to keep that success going.

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