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Top hedge fund dumps Apple, buys Microsoft

Business News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 4:15pm
The world's largest hedge fund picked a bad time to fall out of love with Apple.

'Breakfast Club': Where are they now?

CNN Entertainment - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 3:58pm
It's been 30 years since the world met, in the simplest terms, "a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess and a criminal." The teen film "The Breakfast Club" was released on February 15, 1985, and became one of the decade's defining films. Here is what the cast has been up to since then.
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Nissan makes glow-in-the-dark car

Business News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 3:15pm
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Bulldogs Gear Up Spring Season In Florida

Bulldog Beat - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 3:10pm
STARKVILLE, MS – Following a record-breaking fall performance with two first-place finishes and a No. 1 ranking, the Mississippi State women's golf team looks to continue its success at the Florida State Seminole Classic in Tallahassee.

Paris council to mayor: Go ahead and sue Fox

Business News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 3:03pm
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Elon Musk's 'insane' call: Tesla worth $700 billion

Business News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 2:37pm
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She gave him a kidney, he gave her his heart

CNN - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 2:15pm
Ashley McIntyre had no idea who Danny Robinson was when she heard he was searching for a kidney.
Categories: National News

What happens after Ukraine peace deal?

CNN World - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 1:55pm
The leaders of Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany have signed up to a peace plan after lengthy talks, raising hopes that the brutal conflict in eastern Ukraine could be brought to a close.
Categories: International News

West Coast ports shut down as labor dispute heats up

Business News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 1:49pm
The twenty-nine West Coast ports that are a critical entry point for billions of dollars in trade with Asia will be shut down for four of the next five days.

Backstage at a traveling circus

CNN World - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 1:31pm
Categories: International News

How Will Individual Shared Responsibility Affect Your Tax Return?

Lifestyles - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 1:22pm
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(NewsUSA) - Unless you've been way out of touch, you probably know that a key part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires that taxpayers have qualifying health care coverage. Those without will need to qualify for an exemption, or pay a penalty. This "Individual Shared Responsibility" provision applies to both individuals and families. So, while preparing your tax return this year, here are some things you ought to know.

If in 2014, you, your spouse and everyone else on your tax return (dependents) had "minimum essential coverage," which includes most employer-sponsored plans, as well as programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP and insurance purchased through the Health Insurance Marketplace, you're in fine shape. Just check the appropriate box that says you are insured for the full year. If there were months that someone on your return had no coverage, that person needs to qualify for an exemption or pay a penalty.

To qualify for an exemption, one of the following situations must exist:

* The individual does not have access to affordable coverage because the minimum annual premium available is more than eight percent of the household income.

* The gap in coverage existed for less than three months.

* The individual qualifies for other exemptions that include a hardship or being a member of a group that is exempt from health coverage (for example, incarcerated inmates or members of a federally recognized Indian tribe).

Without coverage or an exemption, you'll have to pay a penalty for each month you were not insured. This penalty is calculated and reported on your tax return. In general, the payment amount is the greater of 1 percent of your household income over the filing threshold for your filing status, or $95 per person ($47.50 per person under 18 years old). This caps at a family maximum of $285 for 2014.

You'll owe half the annual payment for each month you or another person on your return doesn't have either qualifying health care or an exemption. Sound complicated? Taxes are. That's why so many taxpayers are thrilled to turn their taxes over to a paid preparer.

If that's your plan this year, be careful to make sure your preparer is licensed and required to complete continuing education to keep up with the changing tax code. Enrolled agents ("EAs") are licensed by the U.S. Department of Treasury, must pass an exam administered by IRS and complete IRS-approved continuing education. You can trust your taxes to an EA -- locate one in your area on the searchable "Find an EA" database at www.naea.org.

A napkin, a blind date and a perfect match

CNN - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 1:20pm
It was closing time. Scott Tayloe marched up to the Starbucks counter in Jacksonville, Florida, and handed the barista a napkin with his number on it.
Categories: National News

Virtually Everywhere -- Your Cash May Be a Thing of the Past

Lifestyles - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 1:18pm
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(NewsUSA) - Coins jangling in a pocket is likely to be a thing of the past if companies that promote virtual currency (VC) have anything to say about it. The attraction of using VC stems from massive credit card hacks to retailers, such as Home Depot and Target -- all of which have raised questions among consumers about how safe their personal information is.

Currently, consumers have much of their information on display with their credit card company of choice and, for anyone with mediocre knowledge of technology and a laptop, it means open season. This is why it makes sense to consider how blockchain technologies (i.e., virtual currency) may help.

One of the problems is that there are only about 80,000 merchants worldwide that recognize and use VC, but from a business standpoint, it is worth exploring. Not only does it fit into a global economy, but it also offers consumers a higher level of security. The upside for retailers like Overstock and Dell (which support the use of virtual currency) is that it reduces credit card and debit card fees from 3 percent to 1 percent after the first $1 million in sales, which in turn defrays outgoing business costs and puts that money back into retailers' bottom line.

While much has been made of VC, it is clear that companies are using it and creating better ways to bridge old-world payment systems and new, coming technological advances. As an example, MovoCash (www.movocash.com) is a digital currency that allows consumers to link peer-to-peer (P2P) transfers that can be spent in-store, through e-commerce and m-commerce.

Consumers link their bank accounts to their MovoCash account for mobile payments with no limitation on the number of supported merchants. Eliminating the need for merchants and consumers to adopt closed-loop systems like near field communication (NFC), such as that used by Apple Pay.

Another benefit of MovoCash is that consumers' personal credit or bank information is not stored on merchant servers, but rather in a PCI-compliant environment, where tokenized form factors are generated to secure transactions using gateway technology and existing merchant POS terminals.

MovoCash follows bank rules and regulations, which are designed to protect consumers and merchants. The reality is that both are hesitant to adopt VC, which is why MovoCash is working on a product feature called BARK -- Bitcoin Account Relay Key -- which will allow consumers to convert Bitcoin to MovoCash (in a PCI-compliant environment) and enable them to spend anywhere Visa & MasterCard are accepted.

In this way, MovoCash catapults itself to the forefront of payments by integrating the old-world way of doing payments with new-world technology and advancement, with the opportunity to take a bite out of a $190 billion annual fraud problem for consumers, banks and merchants.

Eric Solis is a fin-tech entrepreneur and innovator, with three award winning start-ups under his belt.

From arranged marriage to true love

CNN - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 1:18pm
Supraja Seshadri's parents were arranged to be married in 1985. Thirty years later, they say it was a perfect match.
Categories: National News

From flower girl and ring bearer to husband and wife

CNN - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 1:18pm
Raymond Heiber and Helen Klinger first walked down the aisle as ring bearer and flower girl 45 years ago. In 2014, they became husband and wife.
Categories: National News

They found love 30,000 feet in the air

CNN - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 1:18pm
Marsha Bobb spotted Lenny Spence one day in 2005 while she was walking down the aisle of an American Airlines flight from Jamaica to Miami.
Categories: National News

Mueller may have been given as ISIS bride

CNN - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 1:17pm
Kayla Mueller, an American aid worker and ISIS hostage whose death was confirmed by her family this week, might have been paired with a male ISIS fighter during her captivity, U.S. intelligence and government officials say.
Categories: National News

Bulldog Women’s Tennis Returns to Action This Weekend

Bulldog Beat - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 12:42pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – After an almost two week hiatus, the Mississippi State women's tennis team (4-1) will resume regular season play this weekend, hitting the road for a pair of matches against Winthrop (2-5) on Friday, and a neutral site match against East Tennessee State (5-0) on Saturday.

King of kale: Whole Foods is red hot again

Business News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 12:41pm
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Wedding dresses women want, backed by data

Business News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 12:38pm
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