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Obama, World Leaders Head To Saudi Arabia To Offer Condolences

Reuters | January 24, 2015 | Politics
RIYADH, Jan 24 (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama will visit Saudi Arabia on Tuesday to meet its new King Salman after the death of his predecessor Abdullah on Friday, testimony to Riyadh's important role in energy markets and the fight against Islamist militancy. Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Britain's...

Rich Lesser, Wendy Woods Reveal 'The Single Biggest Driver Of Success'

Paige Lavender | January 24, 2015 | Business
Boston Consultant Group president and CEO Rich Lesser and Wendy Woods, global leader of Social Impact for BCG, joined HuffPost Live at Davos on Saturday to share how empowering workers actually leads to more productivity. "In our world, having great talent want to come and want to stay is the...

Microsoft's Jean-Philippe Courtois On Why Transparency Is Such A 'Big Deal'

Paige Lavender | January 24, 2015 | Business
Jean-Philippe Courtois, president of Microsoft International, spoke to HuffPost Live in Davos on Saturday about the steps his company is taking to maintain the public's trust as data moves further into the Cloud. Courtois said Microsoft has been focusing on several aspects: improving how they anchor the data;...

Valerie Keller And Cheryl Grise On The Need For Purpose-Driven Businesses

Paige Lavender | January 24, 2015 | Business
Valerie Keller and Cheryl Grise of the newly-formed EY Beacon Institute stopped by HuffPost Live at Davos on Saturday to talk about the need for purpose in the workplace. Grise said millennials entering the workforce today are "looking for more than creating products and services, they're...

Top Republican Senator Explains Why The Supreme Court Challenge To Obamacare Is Garbage

Paige Lavender | January 24, 2015 | Politics
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) is one of six Republican senators who joined an amicus brief asking the Supreme Court to gut one of the core provisions of the Affordable Care Act. Yet the central claim of that brief — and, indeed, of the entire lawsuit — was rejected during the...

Senior U.S. Diplomat Ruffles Cuba By Meeting Dissidents

Reuters | January 24, 2015 | Politics
(Adds comment by dissident groups) By Lesley Wroughton and Daniel Trotta HAVANA, Jan 23 (Reuters) - A senior U.S. diplomat in Cuba for negotiations on restoring long-frozen diplomatic relations met a group of dissidents on Friday, seeking to underline Washington's concern over human rights but irritating the island's communist government....

Bob McDonnell's Law License Suspended After Corruption Conviction

Reuters | January 24, 2015 | Politics
By Gary Robertson RICHMOND, Va., Jan 23 (Reuters) - A disciplinary board of the Virginia State Bar said on Friday it had suspended the law license of former Governor Robert McDonnell after his conviction on 11 felony federal corruption charges. The state bar cited the felonies as the reason for...

Eyeing 2016, Jeb Bush Signals Focus On Middle Class

AP | January 24, 2015 | Politics
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In his first public event since taking steps toward a presidential run, Jeb Bush on Friday called on political leaders to overhaul the country's immigration and education systems, increase job training programs and ease energy regulations to spur economic growth. "We're in the fifth, almost sixth...

Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidates Gather In Iowa

Reuters | January 24, 2015 | Politics
By Steve Holland DES MOINES, Jan 24 (Reuters) - For Republicans, the long road to the 2016 presidential election begins in earnest on Saturday in Iowa when a group of potential candidates compete for support among conservatives in the state that will hold the country's first nominating contest. As many...

2015 Davos Annual Meeting: Live Updates From The World Economic Forum

Paige Lavender | January 24, 2015 | Business
The 2015 World Economic Forum, also called the Davos Annual Meeting, comes to a close Saturday. Leaders in business, technology, science and more have gathered in Switzerland since Wednesday to discuss a variety of global issues. Below, live updates from the 2015 Davos Annual Meeting: ...

Warriors' Klay Thompson Scores NBA-Record 37 Points In Quarter

AP | January 24, 2015 | Sports
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson has set an NBA record for the highest-scoring quarter in league history, getting 37 in the third against the Sacramento Kings. The All-Star hopeful made all 13 of his shots, including nine from 3-point range, and both of his free...

Ernie Banks, Chicago's 'Mr. Cub,' Dead At 83

Andrew Hart | January 24, 2015 | Sports
Ernie Banks, the legendary Chicago Cubs baseball player and Hall of Famer, died at age 83 on Friday night in Chicago, a spokesperson for his family said. Ernie Banks poses July 5, 1955 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (AP) The news of his...

Saudi Succession Raises Questions For ISIS Fight

Akbar Shahid Ahmed | January 24, 2015 | Politics
WASHINGTON -- As power in Saudi Arabia shifted to a new monarch, King Salman, the Obama administration's praise of both Salman and his predecessor stood as a clear answer about whether the kingdom may become less important for U.S. policy in the Middle East. Salman's announcement that he...

Ferrets Attack Baby In Philadelphia Home

Reuters | January 23, 2015 | Crime
By Daniel Kelley PHILADELPHIA, Jan 23 (Reuters) - As many as three ferrets kept as household pets attacked a one-month-old infant girl in her suburban Philadelphia home, and the child was reported on Friday to have undergone surgery for severe injuries to her face. The baby had been left unattended...

Investigation Of Argentina Prosecutor Alberto Nisman Found Dead Turns To Police

Andrew Hart | January 23, 2015 | World
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — The 10 police officers assigned to protect a federal prosecutor who accused President Cristina Fernandez of shielding Iranians sought in an Argentine terrorist bombing are being investigated for their actions on the day the prosecutor was found shot to death. The officers, along with two...

Tom Brady Reached Out To Peyton Manning, Jake Plummer Regarding Change With Footballs

Andrew Hart | January 23, 2015 | Sports
For Tom Brady, the feel and size of the football came into focus long before Deflategate. Brady joined forces with Peyton Manning in 2006, successfully convincing the NFL to allow visiting teams to provide footballs for their offense.

The World's Darkest Children's Book Illustrator Receives Long Overdue Exhibition

Priscilla Frank | January 23, 2015 | Arts
In the world of children's books, writer and illustrator Tomi Ungerer is somewhat of an outsider. Far from the norms of happily ever after, his stories are dark, abnormal and frightening even for many adults. In The Three Robbers, a trio of thieves accidentally kidnap a young orphan named...

Meet 'Teacher,' The Futuristic Machine That's Going To Show You How To Draw

Katherine Brooks | January 23, 2015 | Arts
Before we the design world knows it, skyscrapers will rotate, dresses will be 4-D printed, and bridges will be non-orientable. Oh, and tiny machines will teach us all how to draw. Welcome to the future! The aforementioned machine comes courtesy of Saurabh...

Artist Transforms Nude Bodies Into Mesmerizing Living Sculptures (NSFW)

Priscilla Frank | January 23, 2015 | Arts
Warning: This post contains lots of (painted) nudity. Read at your own risk. The human body is a work of art in itself. Few know this better than artist Ben Hopper, who, in his series "Transfigurations," transforms the bare physiques of dancers and circus performers...

Facebook In Legal Trouble After Censoring That 19th Century Painting (NSFW)

Priscilla Frank | January 23, 2015 | Arts
This post originally appeared on artnet News. by Coline Milliard Social media giant Facebook has been taken to court by a French user whose account was closed down after he posted an image of Courbet's racy painting L'Origine du Monde (1866).