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College art project shuts down interstate

CNN - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 11:55am
Blaming a school project for an hours-long traffic jam sounds about as far-fetched as blaming a dog for eating your homework.
Categories: National News

China's 'great firewall' tightens grip

CNN World - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 11:51am
Categories: International News

Winning the Ebola fight

CNN World - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 11:51am
Categories: International News

And the world's safest city is...

CNN World - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 11:36am
Categories: International News

Four surprising animal facts only zookeepers know

CNN - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 11:34am
Lessons from the zoo: Here are four surprising animal facts only zookeepers know.
Categories: National News

AT&T: We're going to sue the government

Business News - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 11:25am
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The woman who controls India's money

CNN World - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 11:18am
Arundhati Bhattacharya is the first woman to head the State Bank of India in its 208-year-history, and she's shaking up the rules on maternity leave like never before.
Categories: International News

'Floating' cabs to ride above city streets

CNN World - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 11:11am
Driverless pods, gliding above city streets using a network of elevated guideways. This is SkyTran -- but is it the future?
Categories: International News

The Apple Watch will flop. Here's why

Business News - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 10:58am
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Billionaire Saudi prince unloads most of his stake in News Corp

Business News - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 10:57am
Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal said Wednesday that his company will shed most of its stake in Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., taking its 6.6% ownership down to 1%.

Where the super rich are buying homes

Business News - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 10:30am
If you're super rich and want a luxury home, it doesn't get any better than the good ol' U S of A.

Obama's defense secretary nominee faces Congress

CNN - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 10:29am
President Barack Obama's pick to become the next Defense secretary said Wednesday that he's likely to support a push to provide arms to Ukraine's military.
Categories: National News

Harper Lee to publish sequel to 'Mockingbird'

CNN - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 10:25am
Fifty-five years after "To Kill a Mockingbird," Harper Lee is publishing a second book, her publisher said Tuesday.
Categories: National News

You're invited to a 'Game of Thrones' banquet

Business News - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 10:12am
HBO is inviting "Game of Thrones" fans to try and win seats at a Westeros-themed feast, a contest that isn't for the faint of heart, considering the show's notoriety with dinner events.

How the oil boom changed the face of small-town North Dakota

Business News - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 10:07am
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Amazon opens its first store

Business News - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 10:06am
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Fly business class to London for 50% less

Business News - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 9:56am
Fly across the Atlantic in style...and for half the price? A new all-business class French airline says it can make it happen.

Homeowners May Be in Hot Water With New Water Heater Regulations

Lifestyles - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 9:40am
Five words or less(NewsUSA) - In less than two months, new water heater efficiency standards will take effect and may end up hitting homeowners with an unexpected (and costly) expense. To grasp the coming regulations, as imposed by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), homeowners need to understand the impetus behind it -- which is that, according to the DOE, by replacing residential water heaters, pool heaters and direct heating equipment, consumers will save up to $10 billion and prevent the release of up to 164 million metric tons of carbon dioxide over 30 years. "These energy-conserving appliance standards are a critical part of the Administration's overall efforts to save energy in homes and businesses nationwide," said former DOE Secretary Steven Chu. "By raising the energy efficiency requirements of our every-day appliances, we will save money for American families and companies, reduce carbon pollu-tion, and enhance our energy security for decades to come." While no one is arguing the benefits of going green, the down side is the upfront cost to the consumer. "Our customers could face price increases of up to 15 percent to 35 percent," said Mary Kennedy Thompson, president of Mr. Rooter Plumbing. "Not only will the cost of water heaters increase an average of $120, but installation and maintenance costs will likely rise as well. As a result of new regulations that require a more complicated installation and increased amount of system parts necessary, homeowners could face a hefty replacement fee in the short run." The added expense, says Thompson, comes in the form of the larger size of the new water heater units. Electric hot water heaters larger than 55 gallons -- the minimum required for most residential homes -- will require a minimum of 128 cu. ft. with a duct to a larger space in order to comply with the new standards. This means that homeowners will have the added burden of not only replacing a water heater, but potentially also undergoing a major renovation involving construction. To combat a potentially high-priced situation, homeowners should consider checking the age of their hot water heaters. If they are getting close to the 10-year mark, they can be replaced before the new regulations take effect. For more information on the right plan for your home, visit www.MrRooter.com.
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