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Rep. Aaron Schock To Repay Taxpayer Funds Used For Flight To Football Game

by The Huffington Post // March 3, 2015 // Updated 02:09 GMT // 0 Comments

PEORIA – Scrambling to contain the damage for billing taxpayers for a private plane ride to Chicago to attend a Bears game, revealed in the Chicago Sun-Times, Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Ill., on Monday wrote a check for $1,237 to repay the U.S. government.Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) announced on Monday that he would repay taxpayer money […]

Benham Brother Says Gay Man Abandoned His ‘Lifestyle’ After He Bought Him Cubs Tickets

by The Huffington Post // March 2, 2015 // Updated 22:10 GMT // 0 Comments

Those must have been some seats. David Benham, one of the twin brothers who lost their HGTV reality show after their anti-gay views came to light, says a gay man decided to “walk away from [his] lifestyle” after he gave him Chicago Cubs tickets.David Benham, left, says a gay man changed his ‘lifestyle’ after he […]

Is A Prenuptial Agreement A Must For Most Couples? – WSJ

by The Huffington Post // March 2, 2015 // Updated 18:28 GMT // 0 Comments

www.wsj.com: It may not be the most romantic idea, but many couples planning to marry opt for prenuptial agreements. In a survey of 1,600 members of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, a professional group based in Chicago, published in October 2013, 63% of the respondents reported an increase in prenups over the previous three […]

More scrutiny comes to Aaron Schock travel expenses

by CNN // March 2, 2015 // Updated 18:08 GMT // 0 Comments

Recently released records from the House of Representatives show the fourth-term congressman’s office paid $10,802 in the last quarter of 2014 to pilot Keith Siilats for “commercial transportation”. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the congressman hired Siilats to fly him from Peoria to Chicago for a Bears-Vikings football game on Nov. 16. The paper says […]

Man Arrested After Failed Attempt To Steal Airplane: Police

by The Huffington Post // March 2, 2015 // Updated 16:52 GMT // 0 Comments

A Florida man accused of attempting to steal a $2.5 million airplane told police he needed to “go to Chicago,” authorities say. – The airplane valued at $2.5 million.

Google is becoming a wireless carrier

by CNN Money // March 2, 2015 // Updated 12:21 GMT // 0 Comments

The search giant already makes the most-used mobile software on the planet, it designs and sells phones online, and it has become an Internet service provider with its Google Fiber initiative. It even has its own VoIP phone service called Google Voice, which allows people to get a Google phone number and call people through […]

U.K. fights Russian oligarch over North Sea oil

by CNN Money // March 2, 2015 // Updated 10:42 GMT // 0 Comments

Related: Putin’s cronies lose $50 billion Fridman’s deal with RWE was first announced a year ago, just as the West imposed its first round of sanctions against Russia over Ukraine. – Most stock quote data provided by BATS. Market indices are shown in real time, except for the DJIA, which is delayed by two minutes. […]

Guinness returns to sponsor N.Y.’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade

by CNN Money // March 2, 2015 // Updated 10:38 GMT // 0 Comments

Brewers Heineken U.S.A. and Sam Adams also withdrew their sponsorships for the parade last year. A spokesman for Heineken said it hasn’t yet decided whether it will sponsor the parade. A spokesperson for Sam Adams (BOSTON BEER) was not available for comment early Monday. Parade organizers also did not respond to a request for comment. […]

Google+ is about to be broken up

by CNN Money // March 2, 2015 // Updated 10:21 GMT // 0 Comments

Hangouts is Google’s one-stop shop for communications, combining instant messaging, text messaging, Internet phone calls, video messaging and group chats. Particularly because of its presence on Android phones and Gmail, Hangouts successfully competes with Apple’s (AAPL, Tech30) iMessage, Facebook (FB, Tech30) Messenger, WhatsApp and the like. – Most stock quote data provided by BATS. Market […]

Costco teams with Citi, Visa

by CNN Money // March 2, 2015 // Updated 08:47 GMT // 0 Comments

Related: Costco just killed my favorite credit card Most stock quote data provided by BATS. Market indices are shown in real time, except for the DJIA, which is delayed by two minutes. All times are ET. Disclaimer. Morningstar: © 2015 Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Factset: FactSet Research Systems Inc. 2015. All rights reserved. Chicago […]

Colorado may have to give all its pot money back

by CNN Money // March 2, 2015 // Updated 08:16 GMT // 0 Comments

Whenever a new tax is implemented, a law in Colorado aimed at protecting taxpayers’ rights goes into effect. – Most stock quote data provided by BATS. Market indices are shown in real time, except for the DJIA, which is delayed by two minutes. All times are ET. Disclaimer. Morningstar: © 2015 Morningstar, Inc. All Rights […]

New Ikea furniture will charge your phone wirelessly

by CNN Money // March 2, 2015 // Updated 07:50 GMT // 0 Comments

The Home Smart Ikea furniture uses a wireless charging standard known as Qi. It can be found in some Windows Phones and Android phones, including the just-announced Samsung Galaxy S6, which is expected to go on sale next month. – Most stock quote data provided by BATS. Market indices are shown in real time, except […]

529 savings plans may soon cover more college expenses

by CNN Money // March 2, 2015 // Updated 06:01 GMT // 0 Comments

That may seem like a no-brainer given how critical computers and Internet access are to students’ lives these days. But under the current rules, 529 withdrawals may only be used to buy equipment “required for enrollment or attendance.” And computers, software and Internet access don’t always meet that criteria, unless one is pursuing an engineering […]

6 big ideas from India’s budget

by CNN Money // March 2, 2015 // Updated 05:41 GMT // 0 Comments

2) Lower taxes on business Businesses operating in India currently pay some of the highest rates in the world. The government is hoping to change that, cutting India’s corporate tax rate to 25% from 30%. The reduction, to take place over four years, should make India more competitive against international rivals. 3) Higher taxes on […]

Premarkets: 5 things to know before the open

by CNN Money // March 2, 2015 // Updated 05:12 GMT // 0 Comments

Experts say the central bank has become concerned about the threat of deflation. Many central banks around the world have been cutting rates in order to boost dangerously low inflation and support their domestic economies. Meanwhile, the Indian government released its latest budget to great fanfare over the weekend. The budget includes big reforms that […]

A bank is offering scented credit cards to Middle Eastern women

by CNN Money // March 2, 2015 // Updated 04:13 GMT // 0 Comments

The bank also came out with a “selfie” credit card, which allows users to upload photos of themselves from their phones and have them printed on their cards. According to Mary Dean, founder of KickSkirt, an advertising agency specializing in marketing to women, these cards are enticing because they allow women to express individuality. – […]

Deflation risk is now a worry even for China

by CNN Money // March 2, 2015 // Updated 04:01 GMT // 0 Comments

But economists are worried about something more sinister: The prospect that a harmful deflationary cycle could develop at a time when central banks are running out of ways to respond. If households and businesses expect prices to stay depressed for a long period, they may postpone spending and investment, triggering a downward spiral in economic […]

Obama: Minnie Minoso Had A ‘Quintessentially American Story’

by The Huffington Post // March 1, 2015 // Updated 20:40 GMT // 0 Comments

President Barack Obama on Sunday commemorated the life of Minnie Minoso, the first black major league baseball player in Chicago. Minoso’s death was announced earlier in the day by the Cook County medical examiner.Minnie Minoso, the first black major league baseball player in Chicago, died on Sunday. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images) | David Banks […]

Minnie Minoso, Treasured White Sox Ballplayer, Is Dead

by The New York Times // March 1, 2015 // Updated 17:04 GMT // 0 Comments

Minnie Minoso, the hugely popular All-Star outfielder from Cuba who became the major league’s first black player out of Latin America and a treasured figure in the history of the Chicago White Sox, died on Sunday in Chicago. His true age was never entirely clear, but by an account in his autobiography, he would have […]

BlackBerry commits to software on any device

by CNN Money // March 1, 2015 // Updated 06:11 GMT // 0 Comments

“Our goal is to be wherever our users need and want us, with our software suites, whether that’s on an iPhone or a BlackBerry Classic,” Chen said in the statement. – Most stock quote data provided by BATS. Market indices are shown in real time, except for the DJIA, which is delayed by two minutes. […]

Apple, Yahoo bus drivers vote to unionize

by CNN Money // March 1, 2015 // Updated 05:01 GMT // 0 Comments

It wasn’t immediately clear when the drivers would seek contract negotiations with Compass, which didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on Sunday. – Most stock quote data provided by BATS. Market indices are shown in real time, except for the DJIA, which is delayed by two minutes. All times are ET. Disclaimer. Morningstar: […]

‘Corinthian 15’ launch ‘debt strike’ over student loans

by CNN Money // March 1, 2015 // Updated 02:49 GMT // 0 Comments

Related: The debt collector that does the government’s dirty work A creditor advocacy group called Debt Collective has taken up the Corinthian 15 cause. Debt Collective, which is an offshoot of Occupy Wall Street, has “erased” more than $13.3 million in student loan debt. (It buys the debt as a collection agency would, then “forgives” […]

Chicago ‘Black Site’ ‘Not First Time’ Anti-Terror Tactics Allegedly Used On Americans

by The Huffington Post // February 27, 2015 // Updated 20:39 GMT // 0 Comments

The Guardian’s bombshell about a secretive “black site” holding facility in Chicago where suspects are allegedly shackled, beaten and held for long periods of time without access to their lawyers, immediately sparked cries of alarm.CHICAGO, IL – JULY 09: Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy listens as Mayor Rahm Emanuel (not pictured) speaks at a press […]

How One Community Is Kicking The Koch Brothers’ Harmful Black Dust Out Of Their Neighborhood

by The Huffington Post // February 27, 2015 // Updated 14:52 GMT // 0 Comments

It’s not easy to take on a wealthy, multi-national corporation and win. Especially for residents of Chicago’s struggling southeast side. But that’s exactly what’s happening on the banks of the Calumet River, where the steel plants that used to give residents of a mostly Hispanic neighborhood access to a middle-class lifestyle were replaced, nearly two […]

China under pressure as money floods out of the country

by CNN Money // February 27, 2015 // Updated 12:30 GMT // 0 Comments

All eyes will be on the government next week, when it will announce its economic agenda. Historically, China has kept tight control of the yuan. Favorable exchange rates have helped to boost exports and manufacturing, and drawn accusations from the U.S. that the currency has been kept artificially low. – Most stock quote data provided […]

Billionaire Carl Icahn can’t wait to drive an Apple car

by CNN Money // February 27, 2015 // Updated 10:47 GMT // 0 Comments

However, there is mounting evidence that something’s up. Earlier this month there were reports indicating Apple had hired several hundred employees to work on a project aimed at launching an electric car. Moreover, a lawsuit filed earlier this month claims the iPhone maker is poaching car battery engineers from A123 Systems. – Most stock quote […]

The answer to New York City’s housing crisis: Smaller apartments

by CNN Money // February 27, 2015 // Updated 10:27 GMT // 0 Comments

Rents in the city rose by 75% between 2000 and 2012, according to a 2014 report by the New York City Comptroller’s Office. The city’s mayor, Bill DeBlasio, has promised to build and preserve 200,000 affordable housing units over the next decade. – Most stock quote data provided by BATS. Market indices are shown in […]

Google allows porn on Blogger after backlash

by CNN Money // February 27, 2015 // Updated 08:05 GMT // 0 Comments

Even under its now defunct “graphic nudity” ban, Google said it would have allowed nudity “if the content offers a substantial public benefit, for example in artistic, educational, documentary, or scientific contexts.” – Most stock quote data provided by BATS. Market indices are shown in real time, except for the DJIA, which is delayed by […]

Kelly Osbourne quits E!’s ‘Fashion Police’

by CNN Money // February 27, 2015 // Updated 07:32 GMT // 0 Comments

Giuliana Rancic has since apologized for her comments. – Most stock quote data provided by BATS. Market indices are shown in real time, except for the DJIA, which is delayed by two minutes. All times are ET. Disclaimer. Morningstar: © 2015 Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Factset: FactSet Research Systems Inc. 2015. All rights reserved. […]

The woman who broke into the BBQ ‘boys club’

by CNN Money // February 27, 2015 // Updated 07:29 GMT // 0 Comments

“I’m just preaching the gospel of barbecue,” Cookston says.”I do what I love.” Related: Women build bigger businesses – “It sounds like a lot of sour milk,” Cookston says. “Everything we do here is original.” Most stock quote data provided by BATS. Market indices are shown in real time, except for the DJIA, which is […]

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