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  • To Achieve Your Greatest Success Answer These 3 Questions

    I’ve seen it happen time and time again, and you probably have too. Someone we love one day, later in life, is miserable wondering why they never accomplished what they really desired. Or maybe they did check all of the items off of their list, but aren’t fulfilled or happy. The biggest reason for this feeling? Most of us tend to confuse a “means” goal with an “end” goal. End goals are the things in our life that make us feel alive and truly happy, like we’re living our life on purpose. When we identify them, they serve as our compass, a roadmap to make sure we’re living our life in alignment of who we really are and where we want to go. Means goals are the things society tells us we need to accomplish to be “successful.” These are the things like going to college, getting a degree or getting a certain job title. …

    May 28, 2015 6:17 am


  • Obama administration will not seek Supreme Court stay on immigration action block

    WASHINGTON The Justice Department will not ask the U.S. Supreme Court to stay an appellate court ruling that President Barack Obama’s move to shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation should remain on hold, a spokesman said on Wednesday. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Tuesday in favor of 26 states challenging Obama’s executive action on immigration. The immigration order was first put on hold by Texas Judge Andrew Hanen in February after the states, all led by Republican governors, argued that taking in migrants would be overly burdensome. The 5th Circuit will hear the administration’s appeal of the injunction in July. An administration official said the White House did not want to add to the confusion surrounding the status of the immigration action by seeking a Supreme Court stay at this time. Instead, the Obama administration will hold off a decision on whether to go to the Supreme Court until after …

    May 28, 2015 5:15 am


  • Amazon Prime to offer free same-day delivery

    If you’re an Amazon Prime member, your delivery time may be getting shorter. In fact, it may in just a few hours. Amazon will begin offering free same-day delivery in some metro areas to customers who subscribe to its $99 per year Prime service. Previously, Prime members in those cities had to pay $5.99 per order. Same-day delivery is already available in 12 metro areas and will now expand to the San Diego and Tampa Bay areas. Amazon increased spending on its fulfillment centers by almost 20 percent in the most recent quarter. Related: FAA allows Amazon to test drones in U.S. The company guarantees a 9 p.m. delivery on orders placed before noon, and will use third-party couriers to offer delivery seven days a week. Amazon would not disclose the number of delivery companies that it works with because, a spokesman said, its delivery methods are part of the company’s “secret sauce” that’s made …

    May 28, 2015 6:17 am


  • Pressure mounts on Blatter as FIFA scandal widens

    ZURICH Pressure mounted on FIFA President Sepp Blatter on Thursday as the corruption scandal engulfing world soccer’s governing body deepened, with warnings from big sponsors and growing criticism from senior Western politicians. Despite FIFA statements that it was business as usual following the arrest of seven senior figures on U.S. corruption charges, Blatter kept out of sight on Thursday when he failed to show up at a medical conference. The embattled 79-year-old Swiss national, who rarely misses a FIFA-related event and usually stops to speak to the media, was also conspicuous by his absence on Wednesday when he failed to attend a meeting of African soccer delegates, assembled in Zurich ahead of Friday’s FIFA Congress. FIFA’s chief medical officer, Michel D’Hooghe of Belgium, told the medical officers: “President Blatter apologizes for not being able to come today because of the turbulences you have heard about.” Those “turbulences” included a dawn raid by plainclothes police at …

    May 28, 2015 6:17 am

World News

  • Blatter holds emergency Fifa meeting

    Fifa president Sepp Blatter has chaired an emergency meeting, as the football world governing body is mired in crisis over a growing corruption scandal. Mr Blatt is under pressure to step down and delay a vote due on Friday for the next Fifa president following the arrests of seven top Fifa officials. Many of its key sponsors have expressed concern, with UK PM David Cameron backing calls for Mr Blatt to resign. The meeting is Mr Blatter’s first since the crisis began on Wednesday.

    May 28, 2015 6:17 am


  • Microsoft Windows 10 free upgrade: five questions answered

    Can you please tell me how to go about obtaining the free Windows 10 for my laptop, which is currently operating on Windows 8.0? Eric Everyone running Windows 7 or Windows 8 should get an invitation to install a free copy of Windows 10. For those running updated versions of Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1 S14, this will be much the same as the offer to upgrade from Windows 8.0 to Windows 8.1. In other words, Windows Update will download the code in the background, and you will merely have to accept the offer to install it. The only limitation is that you have to install it within a year of Windows 10’s release. If you want to make sure you get the offer, install Windows update KB3035583. This update was recommended for Windows 8 users and was optional for Windows 7 users. If you are running Windows 7, Windows 8.0 or Windows 8.1 …

    May 28, 2015 4:35 am


  • Don’t Overthink It, Less Is More When It Comes To Creativity

    Most of us have experienced writer’s block at some point, sitting down to write, paint or compose only to find we can’t get the creative juices flowing. Most frustrating of all, the more effort and thought we put into it, the harder it may become. Now, at least, neuroscientists might have found a clue about why it is so hard to force that creative spark. Researchers at Stanford University recently set out to explore the neural basis of creativity and came up with surprising findings. Their study, published May 28 in Scientific Reports, suggests the cerebellum, the brain region typically associated with movement, is involved in creativity. If so, the discovery could change our understanding of the neurological mechanisms behind some thought processes. (Scientific American and Scientific Reports are both parts of Nature Publishing Group.) There is a scientific belief that the cerebral cortex is the part of the brain that “makes us human,” and …

    May 28, 2015 4:56 am


  • South Korea’s tally of MERS cases at seven; one suspected patient heads to China

    SEOUL South Korea’s tally of patients of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) rose to seven on Thursday, with authorities saying one suspected victim skipped out of voluntary home quarantine to take a trip to China. A rise in MERS cases has stirred alarm in South Korea, with health authorities being criticized for not moving quickly and effectively enough to quarantine suspected patients. Two new victims are believed to have caught the virus from the first case confirmed last week, a 68-year-old man who had traveled to Bahrain in April and May, and returned to South Korea via Qatar. The Health Ministry said the son of the second confirmed victim in the outbreak, who was himself being observed for possible infection, broke voluntary home quarantine and left South Korea on Tuesday for China. “We should have checked more actively and broadly on family related issues. We are deeply sorry about that,” Yang Byung-kook, director of the …

    May 28, 2015 5:16 am


  • Simon Cowell upsets tons of parents with recent comments about his son

    The Britain’s Got Talent judge and executive producer revealed in an interview with Hello! magazine that he has yet to change a diaper for his 15-month-old son Eric, but he “loves being a dad.” More: Simon Cowell admits he lets the nannies handle fatherhood And parents are not responding well. “Is that supposed to be a ‘badge of honor’?” one commenter asked. “Does he think he’s father of the year or something?” “How can you be a real father if you will not even change your own child’s diaper,” another said. “The man is a TOTAL loser!” More: Proud papa Simon Cowell shows off son Eric On the upside, just because Cowell doesn’t change diapers, doesn’t mean he doesn’t spend time with his son. “Eric makes me laugh,” he said in the interview. “He and I communicate very well because we basically like the same things — Scooby Doo, Disney movies, laughing at the dogs.” No …

    May 28, 2015 3:35 am


  • The Foxhole: Andrea Mays on Shakespeare, Henry Folger and the mania of collecting things

    When William Shakespeare died, in 1616, it’s not as if he were Shakespeare or anything. After all, the Bard had been retired for a few years, with his works seldom performed and eighteen of the plays he had written – including some that would later be recognized as major works, like “Twelfth Night,” “Julius Caesar,” “Macbeth” and “The Tempest” – sitting around collecting dust, unpublished and unheralded. Still more of Shakespeare’s works had disappeared altogether, never to be recovered or enjoyed by anyone. In 1623, two fellow actors from the Globe Theatre, John Heminges and Henry Condell, reckoned a tribute was in order and gathered together three dozen of their deceased friend’s plays and manuscripts. These they published in a massive collection known as the First Folio. It was the earliest testament to Shakespeare’s enduring triumph as the greatest English-language writer in history, and copies of the First Folio would, over time, become exceedingly scarce …

    May 28, 2015 1:34 am

Odd News

  • Washington gumbo lover leaves $2,000 tip on $93 restaurant bill

    WASHINGTON A Washington man shocked the staff of a neighborhood restaurant earlier this week by leaving a $2,000 for a meal of beer and gumbo he shared with a friend, the proprietor said Wednesday. The man, described by Blue 44’s owner Chris Nardelli as a gumbo-loving regular who lives nearby, left the tip on a $93 bill on Monday night. “Thank you for the gumbo!” he wrote on the bill after indulging his taste for the Louisiana Creole dish, a specialty of the house. “It was pretty shocking to say the least,” said Nardelli, who also is a chef and bartender at the four-year-old restaurant in the Chevy Chase neighborhood. “It made everybody do a triple take.” The customer, who was not identified, asked on the bill that $1,000 go to chef James Turner and $500 each for Nardelli and waitress Laura Dally. (Reporting by John Clarke; Editing by Lisa Lambert)

    May 27, 2015 8:49 pm