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In solar eclipse's 'path of totality,' rooms go for $1000 and vendors sell every trinket under the sun.

Hotels have been sold out for years. Eclipse viewing glasses are back-ordered on Amazon. People are charging thousands for a one-night stay in their homes. There are T-shirts, mugs, posters, books, iPhone cases, pillows and leggings. The Great Solar Eclipse is coming, and there's money to be made....

- Los Angeles Times - US

8 of the strangest town names in America.

sevenMaps7/Shutterstock Hey, guys? What's going on here? What's with your town name? Why is that your name? Who did this to you? These are the silliest city names in America. These places are actually named these things.Chicken, Alaska Arthur Chapman/Flickr This town was originally called "Ptarmigan" , but no one could ...

- Business Insider - US

DR HORTON: Homes sales are booming .

Reuters/Rick Wilking - D.R. Horton Inc, the largest U.S. homebuilder, reported a quarterly profit that narrowly beat analysts' estimates as home sales rose. Orders, an indicator of future revenue for homebuilders, rose 11.3 percent to 13,040 homes in the third quarter ended June 30. The homebuilder, which mainly sells ...

- Business Insider - US

Exclusive: Banks dealing EU sovereign debt may be dragged out of London.

LONDON - Banks at the heart of EU government borrowing could be forced to move some operations out of London if they want to hold on to that business after Brexit, according to three senior bankers with knowledge of the matter.

- Reuters - US

Tony Robbins breaks down the 10-minute exercise he does every morning to have more energy.

Courtesy of Tony Robbins If you want to start your day the same way Tony Robbins does, you only need to set aside 10 minutes. Robbins has spent the last three decades as the world's foremost performance coach, taking on clients like billionaire investor Paul Tudor Jones, tennis champion Serena Williams, and former president ...

- Business Insider - US

There's even more evidence that one type of diet is the best for your body and brain.

Flying Kiwi Tours / FlickrIn a world dominated by celebrity fad diets that range from absurd, like Reese Witherspoon's alleged "baby-food diet," to absurdly unaffordable, such as the $200 "moon dust"-infused smoothie that Gwyneth Paltrow drinks, many people don't believe there's a single best diet for your health. But a ...

- Business Insider - US

UK economic growth rate edges slightly higher.

Weak manufacturing and construction sectors weigh on the UK economy in the three months to June.

- BBC - UK

RBC commodity chief: The oil market has a lot riding on Venezuela.

Business InsiderHelima Croft, a managing director and the global head of commodity strategy at RBC Capital Markets, discusses how Venezuela could possibly "implode," and what that will mean for the oil market, After all, the country has the world's largest proven reserve, and makes up 10% of US oil imports. Croft thinks ...

- Business Insider - US

How people get hired for jobs can affect the bottom line.

Getty ImagesBy Haiyan Zhang, Ph.D., lead researcher in IBM’s Smarter Workforce Institute Hiring employees is not only about the right search, assessment, and interview to secure a perfect hire. In fact, how people feel about their hiring experiences could affect how attractive a company is to potential recruits, its ...

- Business Insider - US

Chelsea Manning blasts Trump announcement on transgender military members as 'cowardice'.

The most famous transgender woman to serve in the US military is decrying President Donald Trump's tweets announcing his plan to ban transgender people from the military "in any capacity." Chelsea Manning, who came out as transgender a day after being sentenced to jail for leaking hundreds of thousands of classified ...

- Business Insider - US

Diesel and petrol car ban: Clean air strategy 'not enough'.

The clean air strategy should include a scrappage scheme and clean air zones, campaigners say.

- BBC - UK

AMD: Cryptocurrency mining won't be a 'long-term growth driver'

Reuters/Arnd WiegmannAMD released its quarterly earnings after the bell Tuesday and the stock took off. A beat on earnings and revenue, coupled with a higher than expected forecast for the rest of the year, sent AMD's stock up about 8%. In the earnings call following the company's release, Lisa Su, CEO of AMD, said ...

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Africa-focused Tullow Oil cuts costs, but keeps output steady

London-listed Tullow Oil, which is focused heavily on Africa, said Wednesday it was cutting costs after seeing its realized oil price drop from last year.

- UPI - US

Tricks a chef uses to shave calories off pizza

AlessandroBiascioli/ShutterstockThe INSIDER Summary: Everyone has a guilty pleasure and for some, it's pizza. There are several ways though, to still enjoy your favorite pie without ruining your diet. From simple tricks like blotting to making pizza from scratch, you can still enjoy that slice without tipping the scales. ...

- Business Insider - US

The best cribs and cradles you can buy

The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase. The Insider Pick: A good crib or cradle can buy you some much needed time to yourself while your baby takes a nap or snoozes the night away. Of all the cribs and ...

- Business Insider - US

Metals Stocks: Gold slides for a third day in lead-up to Fed policy update

Gold prices fall Wednesday, tracking a third-straight decline and pulling further away from the one-month high struck just a few sessions back as traders readied for a Federal Reserve update on interest-rate policy.

- Marketwatch - US

Wal-Mart proposes policy actions to boost U.S. manufacturing

CHICAGO - Wal-Mart Stores Inc on Wednesday proposed 10 policy actions to boost U.S. manufacturing that the retailer said could help recapture $300 billion of the $650 billion worth of consumer goods that are currently imported.

- Reuters - US

Trump tweets reveal plan to bar transgender people from serving in the military

Thomson Reuters President Donald Trump tweeted Wednesday that the US military would not accept transgender people, saying their service would cause "tremendous medical costs and disruption." "After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or ...

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Market Extra: This is what it will take for bitcoin to become a legit currency

As the debate rages on whether bitcoin is a legitimate currency or just imaginary money, one Wall Street analyst stripped down the argument to three simple parameters -- safety, liquidity, and return.

- Marketwatch - US

Everything we know about North Korea's bioweapons program

Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images North Korea's successful launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile on July 4 heightened global fears about the deadly threat of nuclear war. But nuclear weapons are not the only weapons of mass destruction that experts think North Korea is developing. They warn that the secretive state also ...

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Phil Mickelson trash-talked Jordan Spieth at the Open Championship — and Phil is going to have to eat his words

Gregory Shamus/Getty Phil Mickelson is known far and wide for being one of golf's greatest champions — and one of the sport's biggest trash talkers. But the 47-year-old may have run his mouth one to many times at last week's Open Championship. In 2013, Mickelson won his first and only British Open title after shooting ...

- Business Insider - US

5 ways to spot a fake diamond

Stefan Wermuth/ReutersOne of the most common questions that gemologists are asked is how to tell the difference between a real diamond and a fake stone. We spoke with Reyne Hirsch, a 20th-century decorative arts expert and consultant for the global online marketplace Lofty, about how to tell when a diamond is real, and when ...

- Business Insider - US

There are 3 things to understand about investing if you want to make money in the stock market

Investing is anyone's game. And putting money in the stock market while you're young is one of the best — and easiest — ways you can set yourself up for a comfortable retirement. But the reality is many people don't invest — especially younger Americans, who keep as much as 70% of their portfolio in cash, ...

- Business Insider - US

UniCredit reveals data breach affecting 400,000 customers

Italian bank blames a 'third-party provider' for the two attacks it discovered

- Financial Times - US

This long-forgotten unit was the predecessor to Delta Force

US Army The US Army’s highly secretive counterterrorist unit, 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment Delta, is without a doubt among the best counterterrorism units in the world. While Delta is extremely well known, if only by its name, it wasn’t actually the first American counterterrorist force in ...

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Where Charlie Gard dies to be decided by UK judge

Thomson ReutersLONDON - A British judge will rule on Wednesday on where terminally ill baby Charlie Gard will spend his last moments before his life support system is switched off, unless a last-ditch attempt by his parents to bring him home is successful. The 11-month-old baby, who suffers from an extremely rare genetic ...

- Business Insider - US

Snapdeal Board to seek shareholders' view on Flipkart deal

They did not want to be identified as discussions are still on and the deal has not been finalised yet.

- The Hindu - IN

The new Equinox SUV is Chevy's best shot at taking on Honda and Toyota

Business Insider/Danielle MuoioPeople are clamoring for compact SUVS, and with so much competition, General Motors is changing its focus. The Equinox has boasted reasonable sales, but has conventionally fallen behind frontrunners like the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4. This year, Chevrolet decided to give the Equinox a better ...

- Business Insider - US

Coca-Cola is killing Coke Zero as we know it — and people are freaking out

vox efx/flickrCoca-Cola just killed Coke Zero as we know it. On Wednesday, Coca-Cola announced plans to stop selling Coke Zero in the US in August, replacing it with a beverage with a different recipe, design, and name: Coke Zero Sugar. "It is a reinvention of Coke Zero," CEO James Quincey said in a call with investors. ...

- Business Insider - US

The Yankees' new third baseman hit into a triple play in his first at bat at Yankee Stadium

Bruce Kluckhohn/APTodd Frazier's Yankee Stadium debut was supposed to be a dream come true for the Toms River, New Jersey native, but instead, he started off his Big Apple career on the wrong foot with a nightmare first at bat. The Yankees had Cincinnati Reds starter Luis Castillo figured out early on in Tuesday's game, ...

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'Game of Thrones' actress on what speaking High Valyrian is like: 'F—ing difficult'

HBOMelisandre didn't end her story in season six on a good note. Jon Snow banishes her from Winterfell, after Davos gets her to admit that she burned Shireen at the stake in a sacrifice to the Lord of Light. But she returns to Dragonstone in last week's episode, "Stormborn," to tell Daenerys Targaryen about the Azor Ahai ...

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A Scandinavian airline will offer $99 round-trip flights to Europe

Delpixart / iStock The INSIDER Summary: Primera Air, an airline based in Denmark, is offering cheap round-trip flights from New York and Boston to Paris, London, and Birmingham, England, beginning May 2018. Tickets are on sale now, and they start at $99 for a round-trip. Come May 2018, European travel will get a whole ...

- Business Insider - US

LafargeHolcim lowers forecast for growth in global cement markets

Group blames gloomier predictions on weaknesses in Southeast Asia and Nigeria

- Financial Times - US

Copper hits its highest level in 2 years

Markets Insider - Copper prices rose for a fourth day on Wednesday to the highest in more than two years on expectations of strong economic growth in China and news of Chinese restrictions on scrap imports that would increase demand for imported refined copper. A weaker dollar and forecasts of tight supplies supported price ...

- Business Insider - US

'Pokémon Go' just increased your chances of catching a legendary bird

Niantic Labs/The Pokémon Company "Pokémon Go" has quietly made it easier for players to catch some of the legendary Pokémon that it recently introduced to the game. Last night, developer Niantic modified the base capture rate for legendary birds Articuno and Lugia, as well as the yet-to-be-released Zapdos and ...

- Business Insider - US

11 mesmerizing aerial photos of cities at night

Vincent Laforet, Courtesy Fahey/Klein, Los Angeles In an era when most human contact happens on screens, it's easy to feel disconnected from the world around you. Photographer Vincent Laforet likes to take flight for a little perspective. For his 2015 book, "Air," the Pulitzer Prize-winning aerial photographer traveled to ...

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The best rivalry in swimming was re-ignited at World Championships through a finger-wag, ruthless stare-down, and world record

NBC/FINA The best rivalry in swimming is back on. At Rio 2016, U.S. swimmer Lilly King and Russian swimmer Yulia Efimova became a must-watch matchup after a back-and-forth during the preliminary heats for the 100-meter breaststroke. Efimova was suspended for doping in 2014 and later tested positive for meldonium but was not ...

- Business Insider - US

The Luxury Arms Race: Michael Kors and Coach Target Takeovers

As sales decline in the middle of the fashion market, two of its big players are looking elsewhere for expansion.

- New York Times - US

Under Armour gambled on Jordan Spieth when he was 19 after he met with a former NFL long-snapper

Getty ImagesOn Sunday, Jordan Spieth won his third major championship, further proving that the gamble Under Armour took on a little-known, 19-year-old golfer in 2013 was a brilliant one. Among Under Armour's bevy of MVPs and tops-in-their-sport athletes, is Spieth, the face of their golf line. As was the case with many of ...

- Business Insider - US

A video game you've never heard of will pay out $30 million to players this year — and it's part of a much bigger master plan

"This is real work for us," said David Baszucki, the CEO of video game platform Roblox, on stage at the Roblox Developers Conference this past Saturday. Baszucki had just finished telling a crowd of 185-plus developers that Roblox was on track to pay out $30 million to the developers making games on the platform — ...

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Wall Street set to open higher on earnings; Fed in focus

- U.S. stock indexes were poised to open at record levels on Wednesday following a set of strong quarterly earnings, led by Boeing and AT&T, while investors awaited the outcome of a two-day Federal Reserve meeting.

- Reuters - US

U.K. to ban diesel, petrol cars

Move likely by 2040 is to meet EU emission norms and improve air quality

- The Hindu - IN

'We are going to paralyze this country': Venezuela's opposition is starting a 2-day anti-Maduro shutdown

ReutersCARACAS - President Nicolas Maduro's adversaries are to stage a two-day national strike from Wednesday in a final push to pressure him into abandoning a weekend election for a super-congress they say will institutionalize autocracy in Venezuela. Millions participated in a 24-hour shutdown last week, leaving ...

- Business Insider - US

Dead people and pets are being forged into sparkling blue diamonds — here's how the process works

When a person dies, cremation is an increasingly popular option. The practice eclipsed burials in the US in 2015 and is expected to make up more than half of all body disposals by 2020, according to the Cremation Association of North America. But instead of storing a loved one's cremains in an urn or sprinkling them ...

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Social Security is running out fast — and no one is going to like the solution

Lucy Nicholson/ReutersThe future of Social Security remains uncertain. In fact, the Social Security trust funds that pay retirement and disability benefits could possibly be depleted by 2035. Last year, on the Social Security Administration's blog, the then-acting commissioner of Social Security wrote, " a whole, Social ...

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Fender created a clever new product to tackle its biggest business challenge

FenderThe Fender Musical Instruments Corporation has been around since 1946 and has created some of the most iconic implements for creating cool sounds in the history of humanity. The Telecaster and Stratocaster electric guitars are icons of rock, pop, country, and just about everything in between. Bruce Springsteen, ...

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5 moments that prove Arya can still be saved on 'Game of Thrones'

HBO The INSIDER Summary: Arya has gone down a dark killing path on "Game of Thrones." That doesn't mean her soul is completely dark. There are plenty of actions she has taken to prove she is redeemable. She spared Lady Crane and only wishes death upon those who truly deserve it. Now, she's heading home to Winterfell to ...

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Stocks Climb as Corporate Profits Rise, Investors Await Fed

Stocks markets around the world ticked higher Wednesday as businesses continued to report stronger-than-expected earnings. Treasury yields took a modest step backward as the Federal Reserve prepares to wrap up a two-day meeting on interest rates, which most investors expect to be uneventful.

- New York Times - US

The best-performing stock in the Dow this year is rallying on blockbuster earnings

Reuters / Anthony BolanteBoeing's stock is flying high after a second-quarter earnings that smashed expectations. The highlight of the planemaker's report was free cash flow that climbed above $4.5 billion, more than double analyst expectations. And in an effort to sweeten the pot for loyal shareholders, the company ...

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The Democrats' new economic plan exposes the party's existential crisis

AP Democrats released a three pronged plan on the economy that's uninspired and unoriginal. Its biggest flaw is that it assumes the US economy is doing just fine, and that a few tweaks around the edges will sort everything out for workers. Ultimately it indicates a rift in the party over direction — between centrists ...

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