iOS app Android app More

All The News

Bill Simmons Suspension Part Of Larger Issues At The Network That Could Lead To Him Leaving ESPN | The Big Lead

The Big Lead | Adam Goldberg | September 29, 2014 | Media
Inside ESPN, there has been a lot of talk about the struggles of Nate Silver’s 538 website. It hasn’t even been online for a year yet, but from lack of revenue to lack of traffic to lack of advertising, it is already being billed as a “disaster” by some at...

Walmart: Tracy Morgan Partly To Blame In Truck Accident Because He Wasn't Wearing Seatbelt

AP | Adam Goldberg | September 29, 2014 | Business
DAVID PORTER, Associated Press NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Actor-comedian Tracy Morgan and other people in a limousine struck from behind by a Wal-Mart truck on a highway in June are at least partly to blame for their injuries because they weren't wearing seatbelts, the company said in a court filing...

Uber To Hire 50,000 Military Members And Veterans

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | September 29, 2014 | Impact
Uber has pledged to significantly boost its pool of drivers from the military community, but the gesture is hardly a handout. The popular ride-sharing app, which connects everyday drivers with passengers in need of a lift, recently announced that it will hire 50,000 U.S. service members, veterans and...

Worker Groups 'Alarmed' White House May Delay New Minimum Wage, Overtime Rule

Dave Jamieson | September 29, 2014 | Politics
WASHINGTON -- It was once part of President Barack Obama's "We Can't Wait" economic agenda. But now the wait might be getting even longer. The Labor Department is considering delaying a long-awaited rule that would extend new workplace protections to home care workers -- a possibility that has...

So, Just Where Did The '$' Sign Come From Anyway?

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | September 29, 2014 | Business
It's a sign we're all extremely familiar with, but do you know where the "$" sign actually comes from? That's the question being tackled this week in a fascinating new Mental Floss video, hosted by YouTube personality Craig Benzine. According to Benzine, we don't actually know definitively where the sign comes from (go figure!), but there are a few popular theories. One theory was apparently posited by American mathematician Florian Cajori in his 1928 book, History of Mathematical Notations. According to Cajori, the "$" sign had probably first started as an abbreviation for the Spanish Peso, and not the American dollar. "Spanish Americans began abbreviating 'peso' in various ways in the 16th century," Benzine explains. "One popular abbreviation, 'P.S.,' evolved into the letters 'P' and 'S' getting kind of squished together into a new symbol." Look familiar? There are several more theories, including Benzine's, which we won't spoil for you here. You have to watch. But what we do know for certain, he says, is that by the late 1700s the "$" symbol had started gaining in popularity, and became a standard way of denoting American dollars by the following century. And the rest, as they say, is history. For more on the origins of the "$," watch the Mental Floss video...

A Louisiana Restaurant Is Giving A 10 Percent Discount To Gun Carriers

The Huffington Post | Kevin Short | September 29, 2014 | Business
A Louisiana cajun restaurant thinks your smoked ribs and fried catfish would go better with a side of firearms. Bergeron's Restaurant in Port Allen, Louisiana, is giving gun-toting customers a 10 percent discount on their meal after a series of national chains have banned guns in recent months....

The World's Largest Passenger Plane Begins The World's Longest Route

AP | Kate Auletta | September 29, 2014 | Travel
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Qantas is putting the world's biggest passenger plane on the world's longest airline route. A Qantas Airbus A380 touched down Monday at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, about 15 hours after leaving Sydney, Australia, on the 8,578-mile (13,805-kilometer) journey.

Sorry, That Caffeine-Infused Bra Won't Help You Lose Weight

Reuters | Reuters | September 29, 2014 | Business
By Diane Bartz WASHINGTON, Sept 29 (Reuters) - Bras, girdles and leggings infused with caffeine and sold as weight loss aids were more decaf than espresso, and the companies that sold them have agreed to refund money to customers and pull their ads, U.S. regulators said on Monday. The Federal...

Comedian Just Needs To Know How Racist McDonald's Wants Its Voice-Overs To Be

The Huffington Post | Cate Matthews | September 29, 2014 | Comedy
In addition to acting in hilarious web originals and performing stand up, comedian Nicole Byer has picked up a lot of voice-over work. But, as she relayed in a stand-up bit performed at New York venue The Apartment and uploaded to YouTube on Sept. 25, she...

Melissa Klein, Anti-Gay Baker, Cries At Values Voter Summit Over Business Closing

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | September 29, 2014 | Gay Voices
Anti-gay baker Melissa Klein openly cried at the Values Voter Summit last week over the forced closing of her business due to backlash stemming from her refusal to make a cake for a lesbian couple's wedding. In January 2013, Sweet Cakes By Melissa refused service to a lesbian...

How Can We Make Our Cities Better? (VIDEO)

Elena Kaufman | September 29, 2014 | Impact
Hosted by The Atlantic in partnership with The Aspen Institute and Bloomberg Philanthropies, CityLab is one of The Aspen Institute's most innovative programs of the year, bringing together more than 300 of the world's top mayors, urban experts, city planners, writers, technologists, economists and designers. The goal of the three...

Big Banks Don't Want You To Find Out What People Really Think Of Them

Ben Hallman | September 29, 2014 | Business
The nation's largest banks and debt collectors are worried that if you learn what people are saying about them, you might like them less. And that wouldn't be fair, they say. The financial sector is fighting a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau proposal that would have the agency publish...

California Enacts Landmark Law For Temp Workers

Dave Jamieson | September 29, 2014 | Politics
The state of California just took a big step toward curbing the abuse of temporary workers. On Sunday night, Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed a bill into law that will hold companies responsible when their subcontracted temp agencies endanger or underpay workers. Now, when a subcontracted temp firm rips...

This Is Why 12 Percent Of High School Graduates Don't Go To College

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | September 29, 2014 | College
By the age of 26, just 12 percent of high school graduates have failed to enroll in a two or four-year college. Of this 12 percent, many are male, from the South and tend to come from the lower end of the socioeconomic scale, according to a new analysis from...

China Scrambles To Censor Social Media

Reuters | Maxwell Strachan | September 29, 2014 | Technology
BEIJING - Chinese censors and opponents of the protests sweeping Hong Kong are engaging in a cat-and-mouse game with demonstrators and commentators in a bid to stop news of the unrest spreading online and, in particular, reaching the mainland. Tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters have braved police tear gas...

Joe Biden Announces $450 Million In Federal Job-Training Grants

Shadee Ashtari | September 29, 2014 | Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden announced almost a half-billion dollars of grants Monday to community colleges working with employers on job training. Linking training to industry demand is key to the Obama administration's strategy for improving wages and reducing unemployment.

Instagram Reportedly Blocked In China Amid Hong Kong Protests

Reuters | September 29, 2014 | Technology
By Ryan Vlastelica NEW YORK (Reuters) - Instagram, the popular photo-sharing service owned by Facebook Inc, has been blocked in China, according to numerous reports, including from Hong Kong-based reporters with the New York Times. The company did not immediately return requests for confirmation. The reports came amid...

Texas And Florida Expand Medicaid -- For Kids

Shadee Ashtari | September 29, 2014 | Politics
Republican lawmakers in Florida and Texas snubbed the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion for adults, but their states did broaden the program this year -- for school-age children. Those states were among 21 – including some big Democratic-led states, such as California -- that were...

Bizarre Trial Accuses Government Of Illegally Bailing Out AIG

Ben Walsh | September 29, 2014 | Business
A bizarre reminder of some of the most terrifying moments in U.S. financial history just kicked off in Washington: Former AIG CEO Hank Greenberg's hubris-filled case against the government went to trial on Monday. Greenberg claims that the 2008 bailout AIG received from the government was illegal, and he's demanding...

Lesbian Couple Featured In Arizona Dem's Ad Hitting Opponent Over Anti-LGBT Bill

Samantha Lachman | September 29, 2014 | Politics
A Democrat running for secretary of state in Arizona is highlighting his Republican opponent's vote in favor of a controversial bill that would have allowed businesses to refuse services to LGBT people on "religious freedom" grounds. Former Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard's new television spot features Melanie Puskar-Blakely,...
All posts from 09.29.2014 < 09.28.2014