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From Tom Parsons - Earn Miles For Your Holiday Shopping, Plus Earn Bonus Miles Too!
From Tom Parsons - Earn Miles For Your Holiday Shopping, Plus Earn Bonus Miles Too!
October 24, 2014

If you'd like to rack up some miles, an easy way to accrue miles or points is doing your holiday shopping online through airline frequent flyer malls.

When you click through to your retailer from these sites, you can earn miles for shopping you would be doing anyway.

To earn these shopping miles or points, go to your airline or hotel's website, login with your account number and find your desired retailer and click through to its site. This strategy allows you to earn miles or points with just a couple of extra clicks.
You can earn at least one mile or point per dollar, and sometimes much more, at a wide variety of retailers through these programs. If you want to buy big ticket items for Christmas, you can get appliances, electronics, jewelry and more from national chains. You can even make purchases with discount sites like Groupon and LivingSocial. We do see time limited bonus miles and sometimes free shipping offers through these malls.

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NFL says it's 'on track' to field London team
NFL says it's 'on track' to field London team
October 24, 2014

The National Football League is "exactly on track" with its plans to field a team in London and could have a franchise there by 2022, the league's international chief said Thursday.

Mark Waller said he believed in 2007 when the NFL first started playing in the British capital it would take 15 years to place a team there and, so far, he's encountered no stumbling blocks.

"We're at the midway point of that 15-year journey," Waller told Reuters in a telephone interview from London where the Detroit Lions and Atlanta Falcons will play Sunday at Wembley Stadium. "I think we're exactly on track."

Sunday's affair marks the second of three sold-out games the league will play this season at Wembley, the home of England's national soccer team.

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Too good a mood to work and other strangest sick day excuses
Too good a mood to work and other strangest sick day excuses
October 24, 2014

The oddest excuses U.S. workers have given for missing work include getting stuck in a blood pressure machine and accidentally boarding a plane, a survey found.

CareerBuilder, a Chicago-based jobs website, said its annual survey of workers and hiring managers found the strangest excuses given to bosses for missing work include having just put a casserole in the oven, plastic surgery requiring extra "tweaking," a broken ankle resulting from a woman's legs falling asleep while she was sitting on the toilet and still having money left over to gamble on the Monday following a weekend at the casino.

The excuses passed on to the online Harris Poll, conducted Aug. 11 through Sept. 5, also included waking up in too good a mood to work, being lost following a "lucky night," getting stuck in a grocery store's blood pressure testing machine, attempting to holistically heal a gall stone, a burnt uniform resulting from an attempt to dry it in the microwave and accidentally boarding a plane.

The oddest excuses U.S. workers have given for missing work include getting stuck in a blood pressure machine and accidentally boarding a plane, a survey found.

CareerBuilder, a Chicago-based jobs website, said its annual survey of workers and hiring managers found the strangest excuses given to bosses for missing work include having just put a casserole in the oven, plastic surgery requiring extra "tweaking," a broken ankle resulting from a woman's legs falling asleep while she was sitting on the toilet and still having money left over to gamble on the Monday following a weekend at the casino.

The excuses passed on to the online Harris Poll, conducted Aug. 11 through Sept. 5, also included waking up in too good a mood to work, being lost following a "lucky night," getting stuck in a grocery store's blood pressure testing machine, attempting to holistically heal a gall stone, a burnt uniform resulting from an attempt to dry it in the microwave and accidentally boarding a plane.

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NY doctor recently back from West Africa tests positive for Ebola
NY doctor recently back from West Africa tests positive for Ebola
October 24, 2014

After confirming that tests showed a patient tested positive for Ebola, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said, "We want to state at the outset there is no reason for New Yorkers to be alarmed."

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that authorities are "as ready as one could be for this circumstance." He noted that the situation in his state is different than what happened in Dallas, where a man was diagnosed with Ebola and two health care workers who treated him contracted the virus.

"We had the advantage of learning from the Dallas experience," Cuomo said.

The governor said that it's believed four people came in contact with the person, and authorities are in contact with all four of those people. It is not yet clear whether authorities where counting only those people who came into contact with the man after he became symptomatic.

The Ebola patient finished his work as a doctor in the West African country of Guinea on October 12, left Africa two days later via Europe, and arrived at New York's John F. Kennedy airport on October 17, New York City health commissioner Dr. Mary Travis Bassett said.

He had no symptoms throughout his journey and immediately after arriving in the United States, said Bassett, who added that he checked his temperature twice a day after returning to the United States.

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Apple Just Passed a Massive Milestone
Apple Just Passed a Massive Milestone
October 24, 2014

It took a few days, but Apple's blow-out quarterly earnings report - driven by strong iPhone and Mac sales and bolstered by the largest stock repurchase program in the history of capitalism - has finally made its way through Wall Street's algorithms and into Apple's share price.

Apple is now not only the world's most valuable public company, but it has left the nearest contenders in the dust. The top four market caps:

Apple: $617.9 billion
Exxon: $401.4 billion
Microsoft $371.0 billion
Google $369.0 billion


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Sears Reportedly Closing More Than 100 Stores, Laying Off 5,457 Workers
Sears Reportedly Closing More Than 100 Stores, Laying Off 5,457 Workers
October 24, 2014

Sears Holdings Corp is shuttering more than 100 stores and laying off at least 5,457 employees, investor website Seeking Alpha reported on Thursday, indicating the struggling retailer may be stepping up store closures.

Sears said in August it had closed 96 stores in the six months since February and planned to close a total of 130 underperforming stores during the full fiscal year. It added at the time that it may shutter additional stores beyond the 130 target.

Sears spokesman Chris Brathwaite declined to comment on the number of planned closures, saying the company would provide an update when it reports quarterly earnings next month. Reducing operations to the best performing stores is key to Sears' revival strategy, he said.

"While this has resulted in store closures where appropriate - decisions that we do not take lightly - we continue to have a substantial nationwide footprint with a presence in many of the top malls in the country," Brathwaite said.

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From Tom Kraeutler - Home Tips to Keep Trick-or-Treaters Safe This Halloween
From Tom Kraeutler - Home Tips to Keep Trick-or-Treaters Safe This Halloween
October 23, 2014

Make Sure Nothing Goes Bump in the Night

Once trick-or-treaters are on the prowl, the only spooky stuff about the experience should be clever costumes and ghoulish decorations at your doorstep. Take time before the little goblins arrive to make your treat headquarters safe and easy to approach with this Halloween home safety checklist.

Costume Common Sense

Halloween costume safety is a big issue that more and more costume manufacturers are taking into consideration. Whether homemade or store bought, your child's costume should provide 3 things -- adequate ventilation (so they can breathe), vision allowance (so they can see) and range of motion (so they can move freely). Dark Halloween costumes should only be worn in daylight, and if your kids plan to keep trick-or-treating into the night, strict guidelines for territories and curfews should be set to further enhance Halloween safety.

Clear the Way

Have fun with Halloween décor, but ensure that adornments don't interfere with walkways, steps or lighting. If you decide to add some scary fun to stair railings, make sure decorations don't hinder the ability to grab the railings for extra support.

Smooth Out Stumbling Spots

Make sure pathways and lighting fixtures are in good shape for the coming wintry weather. Improve your Halloween home safety by addressing loose bricks, paving stones and uneven areas of walkways, and test bulbs in fixtures. You might also like to install a low-voltage lighting kit to illuminate the approach to your home, and add sensored security lights in dark corners.

Don't Forget to Secure Pets

Anxious pets and dramatically dressed visitors can unintentionally scare each other during Halloween festivities, so make sure your furry friends are safely quartered indoors, away from trick-or-treat traffic and spooky sounds.

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Good Day Goodies!
Good Day Goodies!
October 23, 2014

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Doug and My Cool Inventions
Doug and My Cool Inventions
October 23, 2014

Doug teams up with Akos Jankura 'The Solutionist' and John Cremeans 'The Doctor of Shopology' from My Cool Inventions Radio in a search for America's Top Invention weekday mornings at 9am (Eastern)!

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3 Denver girls played hooky from school and tried to join ISIS
3 Denver girls played hooky from school and tried to join ISIS
October 23, 2014

The first indication that something was wrong was a phone call from his daughter's Denver area school to let Assad Ibrahim know that she had not come to class.

He dialed her cell. And she answered. But, officials say, she didn't tell him that she was on her way to Syria to join ISIS.

She was just late for class, that's all, Ibrahim's daughter told him on Friday, according to the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office, which filed a runaway report.

The American girl of Sudanese descent also kept quiet about her two girlfriends, Americans of Somali descent, who were flying with her to Turkey by way of Germany.

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