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How Much is the U.S. Worth? Economist Values the Land Alone at $23 Trillion How Much is the U.S. Worth? Economist Values the Land Alone at $23 Trillion

The following is an excerpt from Eric Morath | April 22, 2015 | WSJ.com | All the land in the United States, including Landscape Arch in Utah’s Arches National Park, is worth an estimated $23 trillion, according to a new report. Sarah Portlock/The Wall Street Journal Americans tend to have a good handle on how much their house is worth. But what about the land it sits on? Or all the land in their state? Or, heck, how much is the continental U.S. ... Read More

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Becoming Steve Jobs — his last days Becoming Steve Jobs — his last days

The following is an excerpt from Ben Rooney | Published in March 25, 2015 | CNN.com | "Becoming Steve Jobs," a new biography about the late Apple CEO, sheds new light on his conversations with peers, colleagues and friends during the last weeks and days before he died. The book, in stores Tuesday, is based on in-depth interviews by authors Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli with leaders in the technology and entertainment business and Apple (AAPL, Tech30) executives who worked closely with ... Read More

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Russian Artists Face a Choice: Censor Themselves, or Else Russian Artists Face a Choice: Censor Themselves, or Else

The following is an excerpt from Rachel Donadio | April 1, 2015 | Nytimes.com | MOSCOW — After a law went into effect last summer banning obscenities in public performances, the playwright and director Ivan Vyrypaev excised the curse words from one of his plays, “The Drunks,” for its Russian debut at the prestigious Moscow Art Theater. Some actors played the new version straight, he said, while others winked to make clear what was cut. A quiet man of 40, Mr. Vyrypaev was ... Read More

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Warren Buffett: Discrimination For Sexual Orientation Is ‘Wrong’ Warren Buffett: Discrimination For Sexual Orientation Is ‘Wrong’

The following is an excerpt from Ben Rooney | April 1, 2015 | CNN.com | Billionaire investor Warren Buffett joined the voices against Indiana's controversial religious freedom law. "I think if people can exercise discrimination based on sexual orientation, then it's wrong," Buffett told CNN's Poppy Harlow. Also this week, NASCAR, which is set to hold a major race in Indianapolis in July, said it's disappointed by the law signed last week by Governor Mike Pence. "We are committed to diversity and inclusion within ... Read More

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Amazon Is Testing Its Prime Air Drone In Canada, Just 2,000 Feet From U.S. Border Amazon Is Testing Its Prime Air Drone In Canada, Just 2,000 Feet From U.S. Border

The following is an excerpt from Trevor Mogg | March 31, 2015 | Foxnews.com | Ever since Amazon announced its ambitious Prime Air drone delivery project at the end of 2013, the company has been complaining to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) about its apparent lack of flexibility when it comes to green-lighting tests of the flying machine. So upset was Amazon by the aviation body's overly cautious approach, as well as its slow response to repeated requests for permission to conduct ... Read More

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The Strong Dollar, Its Impact on Growth, and the TPP The Strong Dollar, Its Impact on Growth, and the TPP

The following is an excerpt from Jared Bernstein | March 27, 2015 | Huffingtonpost.com | When it comes to the debate over whether the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement should include rules against managing currency, the recent, sharp rise in the value of the dollar offers a little something for everyone. For TPP supporters who oppose a currency chapter -- i.e., explicit actions to be taken against signatories that push down the value of their currency to subsidize their exports and tax ... Read More

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Mars Probably Had More Water Than the Arctic Ocean, Study Says Mars Probably Had More Water Than the Arctic Ocean, Study Says

The following is an excerpt from Justin Worland | March 5, 2015 | Time.com | The size of the Martian ocean is significantly larger than previously thought Mars likely had a body of water larger than the Arctic Ocean, according to a new study by NASA scientists. The size of the Martian ocean is significantly larger than previously thought and provides further evidence that the planet may have once had the ability to support life. The body of water would have been large ... Read More

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Modest Coffee Consumption Good For The Heart: Study Modest Coffee Consumption Good For The Heart: Study

The following is an excerpt from AFP.com | March 3, 2015 | People who drink three to five cups of coffee a day may have a lower risk of clogged arteries that can cause serious heart problems, a study said Tuesday. The South Korean research is the latest on the health effects of the popular brew, previously associated with a reduced risk of developing multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's and Alzheimers disease. For the latest study, the team analysed data from 25,100 South Korean men ... Read More

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King Of Jordan Wants To Wage ‘WW3′ On ISIS King Of Jordan Wants To Wage ‘WW3′ On ISIS

The following is an excerpt from Rt.com | March 2, 2015 | King Abdullah of Jordan has called the battle against the Islamic State “World War 3” in what is a “generational fight” to overcome these “outlaws of Islam.” Speaking to CNN, he implored all religions to come together, adding “this is our war.” He made a point of referring to the fight against the Islamic State as a “third World War” and called upon all nations to come together to help counter ... Read More

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Nasdaq Composite Index Hits 5,000 Milestone Nasdaq Composite Index Hits 5,000 Milestone

The following is an excerpt from Jessica Menton | March 2, 2015 | ibtimes.com | The Nasdaq composite is within spitting distance of its all-time closing high of 5,048.62 set on March 10, 2000, a record hit just before the dot-com bubble burst. But the index could hit the mark faster than previously thought after the Nasdaq hit the psychologically important 5,000 milestone in morning trading Monday, rising as high as 5,000.33. Though technology companies are still powering the Nasdaq's upward trajectory just ... Read More

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