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Emoticon Entices Kids to Eat Healthier Food

Monday, May 4, 2015

Crusaders in the fight against childhood obesity have discovered a powerful new weapon — the green smiley-faced emoticon. When placed near cartons of plain nonfat milk in school cafeterias, the proportion of kids who put them on their trays skyrocketed from 7.4 percent to 48 percent, researchers reported this week. That’s an increase of 549 percent. The smiley emoticons also prompted kids to select more vegetables. Before the green faces …

Book: CIA Missed Al-Qaida Regroup

Monday, May 4, 2015

U.S. intelligence agencies badly misjudged al-Qaida’s ability to take advantage of political turmoil in the Middle East and regain strength across the region after Osama bin Laden was killed, according to a new book by the CIA’s former deputy director. Senior U.S. intelligence officials have previously acknowledged failures to anticipate the Arab Spring movement, which toppled governments in the Middle East and North …

Study: Going Out Alone More Fund Than You Think

Monday, May 4, 2015

On any given Friday night, bars, restaurants and movie theaters tend to fill up with people spending time with friends, lovers, and family. But when the weekend comes, those who find themselves on their own are likelier to be found on the couch, at home, doing something in private. There’s nothing particularly strange here. But maybe we’re missing out when we automatically choose …

Franchisees Could Join Battle Over Fast-Food Wages

Sunday, May 3, 2015

New York — Labor organizers are opening a new front in their campaign for a $15-an-hour wage for fast-food workers with a push to mobilize an unusual ally: franchisees. The Service Employees International Union last week launched a website in hopes of building a national network of fast-food …

Shelby Lyman on Chess: In the Loo, With an iPhone

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Hint and Explanation: Sacrifice and Mate I first became fully aware of the practical implications of developing chess technology during a 1987 conversation with David Levy, the English International Master and computer chess entrepreneur. Levy predicted with absolute certainty that it would soon be possible to purchase an …

Wheels: Great Start But GM Didn’t Finish

Sunday, May 3, 2015

My late father, Daniel Thomas Brown Sr., was a stickler for what he called “finishing.” If I gave him a composition with an incomplete sentence or a missing fact, he would return it with a terse note: “Finish …

Small, Midsize SUVs Drive April U.S. Auto Sales

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Detroit — Hot sales of small and midsize SUVs drove auto sales higher last month as General Motors, Ford, Toyota, Fiat Chrysler and Nissan all reported U.S. sales gains. Several of the companies reported their best April totals in years. Overall, sales were mostly in line with analysts’ …

Microsoft Makes Bold Predictions

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Microsoft expects its newest operating system, Windows 10, to be running on 1 billion computers within two to three years. The figure, which includes desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones, was repeatedly touted Wednesday at Microsoft’s annual conference for application developers. Microsoft has struggled to get companies to make …

Getting Rid of Bugs

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Summer brings to mind many things: sunshine, warm temperatures, vacation — and bugs. Ants To treat the colonizing crawlers, Rick Steinau, owner of Ace Exterminating in Cincinnati said the homeowner must first identify the species. “Different ants are attracted to different types of food.” If you need help …

Money Talk: Social Security as Longevity Insurance

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Question: My question is on when to take Social Security. My financial adviser recommends that I file for my benefit at age 66 but suspend the application so my benefit can continue to grow until it maxes out at age 70. At 66, I would receive $2,614 per …

Stocks Bounce Back From Thursday Dip

Sunday, May 3, 2015

New York — The stock market bounced back on Friday as investors picked up companies that had dropped earlier in the week. Major indexes recovered nearly all their losses from a fall the day before. “It’s an odd day in the markets,” said Jack Ablin, chief investment officer …

Consumer Confidential: AT&T Stumbles in Helping Customer With $24,000 Phone Bill

Sunday, May 3, 2015

It wasn’t what Ron Dorff said. It was how he said it. The 83-year-old wanted to let me know he was having problems with his phone company, AT&T. I get calls like this every day. But Dorff’s desperation was clear. I could hear it in his voice. “It’s …

Good Debt Vs. Bad Debt: The Difference Matters a Lot

Sunday, May 3, 2015

People tend to lump all debts together, yet they are not all equal. Knowing the distinction between a good debt and a bad one can help you make better financial decisions. Not that long ago, when people needed extra large sums of money, their home equity was their …