Snowden fuels fear of ‘Big Brother USA’
An avalanche of intelligence leaks from former CIA contractor Edward Snowden sent shockwaves around the world in 2013, lifting the lid on a vast global spying network and raising fears of a surveillance state. As the year drew to a close, the 30-year-old Snowden remains exiled in Russia, his final port of call following a worldwide game of cat-and-mouse that appeared to come straight from the pages of a spy novel. A traitor to some, a heroic whistleblower to others: Snowden’s disclosures have shed light on intelligence-gathering methods which shocked many through their sheer scale. Tens of thousands of documents leaked by Snowden to The Guardian newspaper and other media outlets have detailed the nature of the National Security Agency’s (NSA’s) hitherto shadowy activities.
Good Luck Buying Big City Real Estate Next Year
The lower cap on FHA mortgages will hit city dwellers hardest.
The Most Notable CEO Exits of 2013
It’s been a year of CEO walkouts…and push-outs. Whether they retired, stepped down or were ousted, more exited their companies in the past 11 months compared with the same period last year.
Places to go in 2014 — without breaking the bank
What destinations will offer the best travel deals in 2014? Where will you be able to get more for your money? We analyzed current travel trends, taking into consideration major events that will affect air and hotel rates next year – such as the FIFA World Cup in Brazil and the Winter Olympics in Sochi,
Chinese government tries to spin smog as a healthy benefit, and aid to national defense
Chinese media undertakes an unusual approach: defending smog as a benefit.
Budget deal reached amid conservative opposition
By Richard Cowan and David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Budget negotiators in the Congress have reached an agreement on Tuesday that, if approved by the House and Senate, could restore some order to the nation’s chaotic budget process and avoid another government shutdown on January 15. The chief negotiators, Democratic Senator Patty Murray and Republican Representative Paul Ryan, were to announce details at a news conference at 6 p.m. ET (2300 GMT).
The most immediate result would be to avoid starting the new year with another government shutdown on January 15. The government was partially closed from October 1 to October 16 after a battle over Obamacare held up passage of a measure to fund the government.
Dylan’s Electric Guitar Sets Auction Record
Watch the video Dylan’s Electric Guitar Sets Auction Record on Yahoo Celebrity . The guitar that Bob Dylan plugged in when he famously went electric at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival has been sold at auction for a record $965,000. (Dec. 6)
Heirs and Heiresses of the Wealthiest People in America
American parents are some of the most generous givers in the world, planning to leave an average of $175,000 to their children after they retire, according to a new study by HSBC. One out of every five inheritances will be worth more than $390,000.
Coming into that kind of money without having to work for it is nothing to sniff at — but what if you were born into billions?
America is home to the most billionaires in the world — 442 at last count. We decided to take a look at some of the richest American families and turn the spotlight from the billionaires themselves to the heirs and heiresses who are expected to live up to their family fortune.
No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.
Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom
Nelson Mandela (18 July 1918 − 5 December 2013)