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Obama asks Congress to take Cuba off terror list

CNN - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 16:03
As expected, President Barack Obama recommended Tuesday that Cuba be removed from the U.S. government's list of state sponsors of terrorism. Long sought by the Cuban government, Obama's decision will likely expedite plans to re-establish embassies in both Washington and Havana.
Categories: National News

3 Steps to Build a Better Nest Egg

Lifestyles - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 15:43
Five words or less

(NewsUSA) - (NewsUSA) - It's one of the biggest challenges facing today's workforce -- can I save for retirement? It is made even more difficult with an unpredictable economy and low levels of trust in financial institutions.

So, what's an investor to do?

FinMason (finmason.com), self-proclaimed numbers crunchers and producers of an independent investment analysis tool, may have the answer.

According to FinMason's "Building Bricks," there are three basic steps you can take to sketch out a general retirement plan:

* First, calculate how much money you need to retire. To get a rough idea, take the amount of income you would like at retirement, subtract the amount you expect from social security and divide the result by 4 percent. For example, if your total annual income required in retirement is $60,000, subtract other sources of income (Social Security might be about $24,000), which leaves you with $36,000 that your savings needs to produce each year. Divide by .04 and you get a whopping $900,000. This is the amount you need to save in order to retire the way you would like.

Next, think about the minimum amount of income you would need to retire at all, and do the same calculation. This is your minimum retirement goal. The idea is to create a retirement plan where you have a good chance of retiring the way you want if markets go as planned, but still stays above your minimum retirement goal if markets behave poorly.

* Next, determine how much you can set aside each month. The amount you save each month is usually the biggest driver of your ability to ultimately retire. In this way, small sacrifices now will most likely bring big dividends down the road. Not making sacrifices now will likely lead to worse outcomes.

* Lastly, determine your investment risk tolerance. This is another important consideration since it typically drives the investments you choose. One straightforward way to determine your risk tolerance is to use an online retirement calculator that allows you to choose different risk levels and see how that effects your retirement. You want to choose a risk level that gets you as close to your goal as possible without dipping below your minimum retirement amount. It is also helpful if the tool shows you how much you could lose in a stock market crash so you can gauge what a really bad day would feel like.

For more information, visit www.finmason.com.

Washington Post: Treatment of jailed journalist is 'simply appalling'

Business News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 15:33
With Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian about to go on trial in Iran, the newspaper's top editor says it is "simply appalling" that Rezaian is not receiving fair access to a defense attorney.

Your brain on weed

Health - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 15:29
Categories: Health

Where are the survivors now?

Health - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 15:29
The massive deadly outbreak changed the world, particularly some people who were on the front lines of containing it. We revisit them a year later.
Categories: Health

Tom Brokaw addresses Brian Williams controversy: 'really, really serious'

Business News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 15:20
As speculation swirls about Brian Williams' fate at NBC, his predecessor is calling for patience.

Let's get it on! 'Celebrity Deathmatch' returns to MTV2

Business News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 14:48
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Striving to stand out, Crackle adds scripted drama and 'Joe Dirt 2'

Business News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 14:26
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Bullet ricochets off armadillo, hits mother-in-law

CNN - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 14:26
A man shot an armadillo and the bullet struck his mother-in-law in the back. CNN affiliate WALB reports.
Categories: National News

Driver shot dead after hitting, killing child

CNN - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 14:25
An investigation is underway after a a car accident followed by a shooting left three people dead in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. CNN affiliate WTMJ reports.
Categories: National News

Explosive hearing condemns illicit DEA parties

CNN - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 14:22
DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart is grilled during a House Oversight Committee hearing over a report detailing "sex parties" attended by agents.
Categories: National News

You'll be able to rent an Apple Watch -- but should you?

Business News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 14:22
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'Screw inequality': Men fight the wage gap their way

Business News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 14:21
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Briny puddles could dot Mars, new research says

CNN - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 14:19
It's not going to be enough to slake the thirst of the elusive Mars bunny, but scientists say new research seems to support the theory that what looks like a bone-dry red planet during the day could be dotted with tiny puddles of salty water at night.
Categories: National News

Americans wanted these books banned in 2014

CNN - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 14:12
Books featuring Native Americans, on-the-run alien lovers, gay penguins and middle school theater geeks top the American Library Association's 2014 list of most challenged books.
Categories: National News

Shooting suspect captured sleeping on beach

CNN - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 14:06
The man accused of shooting and killing an employee at Wayne Community College in Goldsboro, North Carolina, on Monday was arrested early Tuesday in Florida, police say.
Categories: National News

'Share a Coke' is back with more of your names on bottles

Business News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 14:03
Coke has a bottle with your name on it...probably.

AQAP leader killed in Yemen

CNN World - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 13:56
A top leader of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula was among five killed in an airstrike in Yemen, the terror group said in a statement.
Categories: International News
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