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Stars come out for David Letterman's farewell

Business News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 16:40
David Letterman's last day on "The Late Show" is here.

America's wheeziest, sneeziest Cities

Health - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 16:39
Categories: Health

Eclectic Father's Day Gift Ideas for Dad

Lifestyles - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 16:17
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(NewsUSA) - What is it about Father's Day that can hang up the savviest gift giver? For Mother's Day, the presents are easy and unfailing: perfume, Godiva chocolate, dinner, flowers or a gift certificate for a massage. Dads, however, seem to always end up with the short end of the stick.

"This is the time you can indulge Dad and get him those things he's ogled, but hasn't gone to buy on his own," says Byon Penn, a manager at Jerry's Home Improvement Center in Eugene, Ore. "But the ole, traditional necktie doesn't quite cut it these days."

Eric Garland, a father of two, agrees.

"There's less of an emotional hoopla around Father's Day traditionally, because men were considered more self-reliant," Garland told USA Today in an interview. "We don't expect a lot, frankly. We don't ask for it ? that goes to the image of men as the strong, silent provider who don't need the open emotional support and affirmation of even those who are closest to them, which are their families. But I think that's changing."

To help you find the perfect gift for the perfect man, the following tips might help:

* The Stylish Dad. A bottle of his favorite Scotch, some cufflinks made from the wood of his favorite baseball park, or if you must get a tie, perhaps a silk tie from Brioni or Turn-bull & Asser will be sure to please.

* The Tobacco-Loving Dad. Cigars or pipes, will do for the gentleman who appreciates a good smoke now and again.

And for those dads who would rather indulge in smokeless tobacco, consider accoutrements like a portable spittoon. FLASR (www.flasr.com), an Atlanta-based tobacco accessory producer, has created a one-of-a-kind, pocket-sized spittoon that allows dads to take snuff, dip or chew anywhere they are. It's perfect for everyday use or while hunting, fishing or any other outdoor sporting or leisure event. FLASR reusable spittoons feature the exclusive Thumb-Lok Twist Cap for one-handed ease of use. This innovative closing mechanism ensures that it stays securely closed when not in use, eliminating the risk of spill and leaks often seen with cups and bottles.

* The Outdoor Dad. Barbecues are a classic gift for those who fashion themselves Master of the Grill. Anything hobby- and leisure-related, such as a tackle box or digital fishing scale for the fisherman, or a 10-in-one tool that will saw tree limbs or open a bottle of wine for the rugged outdoorsman are also great ideas.

When on an Association Board, Education Is a Must

Lifestyles - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 16:15
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(NewsUSA) - Running a community association can be a rewarding but difficult task -- a minefield for even the most savvy, seasoned and well-intentioned arbiter.

Federal, state and local laws are changed, passed, or modified; buildings age; interest rates are as solid as a two-celebrity marriage; budgets, insurance companies and community elections present their own challenges.

If you are one of the more than 66 million Americans who live in a homeowners association or condominium, you might be thinking of becoming a board member, or perhaps you already serve on an association board. Either way, educating yourself is of paramount importance to you, your neighbors and community.

Which is why Community Associations Institute (CAI), a national education and advocacy group, is offering a new, comprehensive education course that will help community association board members better understand association operations, management and governance.

"We know from national surveys that association board members are dedicated volunteers doing their very best to serve their communities and neighbors," says CAI Chief Executive Officer Thomas Skiba, CAE. "But that doesn't mean they know everything they need to know. Many boards get in trouble because they don't know what they don't know. That's why this course can be helpful."

A Big Commitment

Although board members certainly go in with eyes wide open about the amount of time they will be volunteering and devoting to the association, Skiba points out that the role also requires a commitment to understand the legal, leadership and operational obligations of the position.

"The information and insights conveyed in the workshop can save association leaders time, money and unnecessary headaches, perhaps even help them avoid costly, divisive lawsuits," says Skiba. "Even with a skilled community manager or attorney, board members can find themselves facing the unanticipated surprises and traps that association boards inevitably encounter."

CAI has tapped experts in the community association business to develop a workshop that is available both as an online course and a classroom workshop by CAI chapters. The curriculum, Skiba says, is for both self-managed communities and those association boards that rely on a professional community manager or an association management company.

Highlights of the Workshop

The Board Leadership Development Workshop provides association board members with information and perspective on the critical elements of community association operations. So whether you're a first-time board member or a tenured officer, there's something for everyone. Here is just a sampling of what the program includes:

* The functions of president, secretary and treasurer.

* Governing documents.

* Finances and reserve funding.

* Board and annual meetings.

* Rules compliance and enforcement.

Visit www.caionline.org or call 888-224-4321 to learn more.

Fed: June rate hike is very unlikely

Business News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 16:04
The Federal Reserve is 99% unlikely to raise interest rates in June.

This $2.50 coin just sold for $2.4 million

Business News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 15:53
One of the rarest of all U.S. gold coins, a 207-year-old Quarter Eagle, sold for a record $2.4 million Tuesday.

Girls Gone Wild founder faces arrest

Business News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 15:43
Joe Francis, founder of Girls Gone Wild, is facing arrest (again).

UPDATED STATS: 23 Diamond Dawgs In Professional Baseball

Bulldog Beat - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 15:41
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Twenty-three former Mississippi State baseball players are currently in professional baseball, including three currently playing in Major League Baseball.

What's David Letterman going to do next?

Business News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 15:31
David Letterman can do just about anything now that he's retiring from "The Late Show." Or he can do... nothing.

Suicide rates among young black boys on the rise

Health - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 15:27
Categories: Health

Government says charities conned donors out of millions

CNN - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 15:27
In a rare joint action with attorney generals for each of the 50 states, the Federal Trade Commission says four cancer charities run by extended members of the same family conned donors out of $187 million from 2008 through 2012 and spent almost nothing to help actual cancer patients.
Categories: National News

Luxury bus startup suspends service over permit issues

Business News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 15:23
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Bogus gay marriage study sends news outlets scrambling

Business News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 14:48
A fraudulent study on people's attitudes toward gay marriage has forced several prominent news outlets to append corrections to their stories.

How airbags (should) work

Business News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 14:48
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Jeff Bezos' right hand woman has a powerful 'Lean In' story

Business News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 14:29
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