• The Most Ridiculous Excuses For Skipping Work

    Published: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    For the last 10 years, job listing site CareerBuilder has put out a list it calls “The Most Unbelievable Excuses for Calling in Sick,” Forbes reports. Last year an employee said he couldn’t come in because his false teeth flew out the window while he was driving down the highway, according to Forbes. Another claimed that someone had glued her windows and doors shut so she couldn’t get out of her house. This year the excuses include a worker who said he felt he had to stay at a casino when he had money left after a gambling weekend.

  • Aaron Paul touts petition to keep

    Published: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    "Breaking Bad" star Bryan Cranston isn't the only cast member speaking out about the controversy surrounding a Florida mom's successful petition to remove the show's action figures from Toys "R" Us stores, CBS News reports. Cranston's co-star Aaron Paul took to Twitter Thursday to post his thoughts over the toy company's ban, with one of his posts including a fake quote from President Obama, according to CBS News.

  • Series Is On, and Everybody’s Watching ... Football

    Published: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    It may be America’s national pastime, but it has never felt less national. On Tuesday night, the first game of the 2014 World Series drew just 12.2 million viewers to Fox, making it the lowest-rated Game 1 on record. Game 2 on Wednesday night fared somewhat better, with 12.9 million people tuning in. For most of the last century, the start of baseball’s World Series — with its red, white and blue bunting and occasional ceremonial first pitch from the president — was always a major event. The opening game of the Fall Classic has provided some of the country’s most enduring sports memories, including Willie Mays’s over-the-shoulder basket catch (1954), Sandy Koufax’s 15-strikeout performance (1963) and Kirk Gibson’s walk-off home run (1988).

  • Facebook wants to bring back the anonymous chatroom

    Published: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    Remember in the late '90s when you would kill time in AOL and IRC chatrooms or post on Usenet? You'd strike up conversations with strangers about subjects you were all interested in, say "The X-Files," container gardening or The Fugees. Facebook wants to bring some of that community back with a fun new iOS app called Rooms. The free app, released on Thursday, lets you create or join chatrooms based on shared interests

  • Obese crash test dummies key to prevent road deaths?

    Published: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    Car safety testing has come a long way since the days of dropping cadavers down unused elevator shafts in the 1930s. That we enjoy greater peace of mind on the road -- with fatal accidents in the US at historic lows -- is largely due to the evolution of crash test dummies. Vehicle manufacturers must prove their safety wi dummies before they can be legally sold in the US and Europe, and these unsung heroes have developed into extraordinarily sophisticated tools for collecting data and assessing risk.

  • Americans taking fewest vacation days in four decades

    Published: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    Feeling buried by work, like you can't find time for a few days off, like your entire work-life balance is out of whack? If you're an American worker, it just might be. A new study has found that U.S. workers forfeited $52.4 billion in time-off benefits in 2013 and took less vacation time than at any point in the past four decades.

  • Men use flex time too, says new report

    Published: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

     I have long thought millennials, who expect flexibility in the workplace, would be the group that would bring an end to the stigma that is too-often associated with flex time -- the belief that wanting a flexible work arrangement means you aren't willing to work as hard. But now I'm thinking it's going to be men who will get us there.

  • Toys R Us puts 'Breaking Bad' figures on 'sabbatical'

    Published: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    "Breaking Bad's" drug-dealing chemistry teacher Walter White will have to stop making the sale at Toys R Us. The toy store chain won't be selling "Breaking Bad" action figures anymore thanks in part to an online petition that urged the store to pull them from their stores and online site. The petition, issued by Susan Schrivjer of Fort Myers, Florida, received more than 9,000 signatures.

  • Boone Pickens tells oil companies to stop drilling

    Published: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    Billionaire oilman T. Boone Pickens has seen plummeting oil prices before and says he knows what the problem is. Energy companies are pumping too much oil and none of them wants to be the first to stop, Mr. Pickens said Wednesday in an interview with The Wall Street Journal.

  • Saudi Arabia’s Crude Oil Supply Said to Fall in September

    Published: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    The amount of oil Saudi Arabia supplied to markets fell last month, according to a person familiar with the country’s oil policy. Its production climbed. The world’s biggest crude exporter supplied 9.36 million barrels a day last month, a reduction of 328,000 barrels daily from August, according to the person, who asked not to be identified, citing policy. The supply figure excludes what’s stored. Saudi Arabia produced about 100,000 barrels a day more than in August, the person said.

  • Google self-driving car: It may never actually happen.

    Published: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    A good technology demonstration so wows you with what the product can do that you might forget to ask about what it can't. Case in point: Google's self-driving car. There is a surprisingly long list of the things the car can't do, like avoid potholes or operate in heavy rain or snow. Yet a consensus has emerged among many technologists, policymakers, and journalists that Google has essentially solved—or is on the verge of solving—all of the major issues involved with robotic driving. The Economist believes that "the technology seems likely to be ready before all the questions of regulation and liability have been sorted out." The New York Times declared that "autonomous vehicles like the one Google is building will be able to pack roads more efficiently"—up to eight times so. Google co-founder Sergey Brin forecast in 2012 that self-driving cars would be ready in five years, and in May, said he still hoped that his original prediction would come true.

  • Economists Say We Should Tax The Rich At 90 Percent

    Updated: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    America has been doing income taxes wrong for more than 50 years. All Americans, including the rich, would be better off if top tax rates went back to Eisenhower-era levels when the top federal income tax rate was 91 percent, according to a new working paper by Fabian Kindermann from the University of Bonn and Dirk Krueger from the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Apple Rips To A New All-Time High

    Published: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    Apple shares are hitting new all-time highs today. As of this writing it's at $103.95, leaping past the previous high of $103.74, according to Bloomberg. There's no specific reason for the shares to be soaring today. If anything, it's a continued reaction to strong earnings on Monday, and a solid overall market for the day.

  • Nelson Bunker Hunt, second son of legendary wildcatter H.L. Hunt, dies

    Published: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    Nelson Bunker Hunt, the wildcatter who surpassed the legacy of his father, H.L. Hunt, died Tuesday of congestive heart failure at a Dallas assisted living center, the Dallas Morning News reports. He was 88. Hunt outdid his father in creating and losing fortunes through titanic plays in oil, silver, soybeans, sugar beets, cattle and thoroughbred horses, his passion. “He was very smart, and he was willing to take a risk, because he could see the prospects of what it might make,” said his sister Caroline Rose Hunt. “I was fortunate enough to be invited by him to the Kentucky Derby and other big races. That was his love, horses.” A gambler and unabashed capitalist, Hunt lived for the big deal, plowing his oil profits into an array of ventures ranging from ancient Greek coins to the Shakey’s Pizza chain. And there was the Bronco Bowl bowling and entertainment complex in Dallas.

  • Chinese Hackers May Have Attacked Apple's iCloud

    Published: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    BOSTON/BEIJING (Reuters) - Apple Inc's iCloud storage and backup service in China was attacked by hackers trying to steal user credentials, a Chinese web monitoring group said, adding that it believes the country's government is behind the campaign. Using what is called a "man-in-the-middle" (MITM) attack, the hackers interposed their own website between users and Apple's iCloud server, intercepting data and potentially gaining access to passwords, iMessages, photos and contacts, Greatfire.org wrote in its blog post.

  • CVS To Charge Some Customers More For Using Pharmacies That Sell Cigarettes

    Published: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    It may soon be cheaper to fill your prescriptions at CVS than at Walgreens. That's because Caremark, a subsidiary of CVS Health that manages prescriptions for insurance companies and employers, plans to start charging some customers more to fill prescriptions at pharmacies that also sell cigarettes and other tobacco products. The added copay could cost as much as $15.

  • Coca-Cola announces growth plan as profit falls 14 percent

    Published: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    (Reuters) - Coca-Cola Co on Tuesday announced new cost-cutting measures and a timeline for selling its bottling operations after its quarterly profit slumped 14 percent and the world's largest beverage maker struggles to find growth amid a soft market for soda. The Atlanta-based company said it would hand back, or refranchise, about two-thirds of its North American bottling territories by the end of 2017, and a substantial portion of the remaining territories no later than 2020.

  • Tough U.S. rivalries, China food scandal pound McDonald's

    Published: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    (Reuters) - McDonald's Corp's - which has not given investors many reasons to sing the fast-food chain's "I'm lovin' it" jingle - on Tuesday said quarterly profit dropped by nearly one-third and warned that global restaurant sales will fall again in October. Stock in the company, which attracted fewer customers during the third quarter, was off 0.6 percent at $91.05 in early trading.

  • Caring For Relatives By Robot

    Published: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    The days of extended independent living, where a robot could allow you to have a quasi-physical presence with a distant relative, talk to them, perform chores for them and possibly even have physical contact with them, is around the corner. At the Internet of Things (IoT) World Forum last week in Chicago, I caught a glimpse of the future and it isn’t far off. Even though conference sponsor Cisco admits that the IoT is overhyped, the progress is real and the effect on industries and society will be profound. Goldman Sachs is predicting by 2020 there will be 28 billion connected devices. 300,000 devices per hour are being connected to the Internet according to Wim Elfrink, Cisco’s Executive Vice President of the Industry Solutions Group and Chief Globalization Officer—he’s the visionary for IoT. According to Elfrink the IoT is being adopted faster than any technology in history. Essentially what he and everyone else is saying is that in the future, anything that can be connected to the Internet will be.

  • Robot can perform brain surgery through the patient's cheek

    Published: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    For a percentage of epilepsy patients, medication is less effective at controlling seizures, or it doesn't work at all. For these patients, there is another option: brain surgery. This is usually a deeply invasive procedure, wherein the section of the patient's brain is either removed, stimulated or disconnected; afterward, recovery can take up to three months. A robot five years in the making by researchers at Vanderbilt University may be in line to make the surgery less time consuming, less invasive and with a shorter recovery time.