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A worker embroiders the Kiswa, a silk cloth covering the Holy Kaaba, in the holy city of Mecca, ahead of the annual haj pilgrimage October 8, 2013. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

Haj 2013: journey to Mecca

Millions of Muslims from around the world travel to Mecca, Saudi Arabia for the annual pilgrimage of Haj, the fifth pillar of Islam. This year, Haj falls on October 14.

  • Bitcoin Cash in a Gravity Defying Move
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    FX Empire

    Bitcoin Cash in a Gravity Defying Move

    Tuesday’s cryptocurrency slump has yet to be forgotten and the cryptocurrencies have certainly not looked like clawing back the losses, with Bitcoin sitting down 4.05% at $10,924.94 at the time of writing. Alongside Bitcoin, Ethereum has fallen back to sub-$1,000 levels with an 8.34% decline through the early part of the day, with Ripple doing its best to stay above the psychological $1.00 level. While the majors are in a slump, with Cryptonites across the world licking their wounds pondering on what’s next for the markets, there’s a beacon of light in the markets in the form of Bitcoin Cash.

  • Accused Killer Claims Missing UPenn Student Was Trying to Hit on Him
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    Time

    Accused Killer Claims Missing UPenn Student Was Trying to Hit on Him

    Samuel Lincoln Woodward, 20, was arrested and taken into custody Friday on suspicion of homicide after DNA evidence linked him to the death of, Blaze Bernstein, a college sophomore, Orange County Undersheriff Don Barnes said. The Orange County Register reported that Blaze Bernstein was stabbed more than 20 times. Bernstein may have been planning to sexually pursue Woodward, according to a 16-page search warrant affidavit obtained by The Orange County Register.

  • Apple gets rare downgrade because analyst believes iPhone cycle is just 'good, not great'
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    CNBC

    Apple gets rare downgrade because analyst believes iPhone cycle is just 'good, not great'

    The iPhone cycle will disappoint this year, according to one Wall Street analyst, who issued a rare downgrade of one of the market's most popular stocks. Longbow Research lowered its rating for Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) shares to neutral from buy, predicting the company will ship fewer iPhones than expected in fiscal 2018. "Apple found iPhone price elasticity with the introduction of the X blunting some demand.

  • Delayed Retirement Credits: What They Are and Why They're Getting Harder to Earn
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    Motley Fool

    Delayed Retirement Credits: What They Are and Why They're Getting Harder to Earn

    When you take Social Security plays a vital role in how much you'll receive in benefits from the program. Most people understand that the earlier they take Social Security, the less they'll get. If you want to get the biggest possible monthly benefits from Social Security, you have to take advantage of the program's delayed retirement credits.

  • Bitcoin and ethereum suffered massive drops, but many cryptocurrencies are faring even worse
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    CNBC

    Bitcoin and ethereum suffered massive drops, but many cryptocurrencies are faring even worse

    All of the top 20 digital currencies — by market value — suffered double digit losses over the last 24 hours, according to data from industry website CoinMarketCap.For example, ripple was down 26 percent, bitcoin cash was down 19 percent, iota was down over 23 percent and monero was almost 20 percent as of 11:55 a.m. London time.In fact, at their low point on the day, many cryptocurrencies with large market caps saw their prices essentially halved. B (Exchange: BTC=) itcoin (Exchange: BTC=) was down 16.5 percent at that time, ethereum (Exchange: ETH=) was down 20 percent and litecoin (Exchange: LTC.CB=) was down 19.3 percent, according to the same site.

  • White House releases statement about Steve Bannon's testi...
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    CNBC Videos

    White House releases statement about Steve Bannon's testi...

    CNBC's Eamon Javers reports on a statement from the White House regarding Steve Bannon's testimony to the House Intelligence Committee.

  • Mother in California House of Horrors Was ‘Perplexed’ When Police Showed Up, Officials Say
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    Time

    Mother in California House of Horrors Was ‘Perplexed’ When Police Showed Up, Officials Say

    The California mother of 13 children who were allegedly tortured, starved or shackled inside a house of horrors was “perplexed” when investigators paid a visit to their home this week, officials said Tuesday. Authorities said Louise Turpin, the 49-year-old biological mother of all 13 children, appeared baffled about why authorities were inside her Perris, Calif., home, where they allegedly found at least three children bound to their beds with chains and padlocks Sunday. “The mother was perplexed as to why we were at that residence,” Capt. Greg Fellows of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said at a news conference.

  • Southwest Airlines sues website that monitored changes in airfare
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    BGR News

    Southwest Airlines sues website that monitored changes in airfare

    For as much as people tend to hate the hassle associated with flying, Southwest Airlines over the past few years has done a stellar job of alleviating the stress that comes along with air travel. What’s more, Southwest also allows users to rebook a flight if the price drops and then use that price difference as a credit for a new trip. With that in mind, a pair of friends named Pavel Yurevich and Chase Roberts decided to create a website dubbed Southwest Monkey (SWMonkey.com) that automatically monitored price changes on Southwest flights.

  • 10 Super Safe Growth Stocks to Buy for Long-Lasting Dividends
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    InvestorPlace

    10 Super Safe Growth Stocks to Buy for Long-Lasting Dividends

    Fortunately, Simply Safe Dividends identified 10 super-safe dividend growth stocks that investors can rely on for secure, fast-growing income. Let’s take a look at 10 of the safest dividend growth stocks in the market.

  • Is Celgene (CELG) Looking to Take Over Juno Therapeutics?
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    Zacks

    Is Celgene (CELG) Looking to Take Over Juno Therapeutics?

    Per reports, biotech bigwig Celgene Corporation CELG is looking to acquire smaller biotech Juno Therapeutics JUNO. Celgene is on the look-out of new deals and acquisitions given a lacklustre 2017.  Celgene suffered a series of setbacks over the last few months. Earlier in Jan 2018, Celgene announced it will acquire Impact Biomedicines for an upfront amount of $1.1 billion.

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    InvestorPlace

    Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Stock Is Not Safe After All

    Chip-maker Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMD), who has had a red-hot start to 2018, didn’t have a great close at the end of last week. Just a few days before, AMD stock was bouncing on news that chips from competitor Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) were susceptible to a security flaw called Spectre. AMD said the exploit poised a “near-zero” risk to its chips, so AMD stock popped on the thought that customers would migrate from Intel to AMD for security purposes.

  • Why Wal-Mart Is Closing 63 Sam's Club Stores
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    Motley Fool

    Why Wal-Mart Is Closing 63 Sam's Club Stores

    Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) made a big announcement yesterday. Wal-Mart had slapped "closed" notices on dozens of Sam's Clubs stores across the country, surprising employees who had shown up for work that morning. While it may have been a public-relations gaffe to mix both a good-news and bad-news story, it's understandable why Wal-Mart is trimming its Sam's Club fleet.

  • One of the driest places in the world will likely never run out of water
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    Quartz

    One of the driest places in the world will likely never run out of water

    Abu Dhabi, UAE In 1960, the United Arab of Emirates had about 90,000 people. Today, it has 100 times as many. That wouldn’t have happened purely because someone found oil in the desert. The country’s residents need water, and a lot of it. Oil has helped, of course. It has allowed the country to build large, expensive, and energy-intensive desalination plants. Such is the UAE’s love for water that it now lists among the world’s highest consumers of water, at about 600 liters per day per person. Today (Jan. 15), at the launch of the 2018 International Water Summit in Abu Dhabi, the country took a big, bold step to ensure water security for its residents. The Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Authority

  • Here’s How Kinder Morgan Inc (KMI) Stock Could Rally a Robust 22%
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    InvestorPlace

    Here’s How Kinder Morgan Inc (KMI) Stock Could Rally a Robust 22%

    While the ascent kicked off in August, it took Kinder Morgan Inc (NYSE:KMI) until mid-November to catch on. After bottoming out near $17, KMI stock is now a hair under $20. After an almost-13% rally and with earnings on tap, what do we think of Kinder Morgan stock?

  • 3 Growth Stocks Worth Owning for the Next 50 Years
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    Motley Fool

    3 Growth Stocks Worth Owning for the Next 50 Years

    If you're looking for ideas, three of our Foolish investors think Shopify (NYSE: SHOP), Vail Resorts (NYSE: MTN), and Baidu (NASDAQ: BIDU) are great stocks to hold for decades. Leo Sun (Shopify): Shopify helps companies design, set up, and run online stores. Shopify, founded in 2004, has a first mover's advantage in this space.

  • Bill Clinton denies accusation foundation paid for Chelsea’s wedding
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    Fox Business Videos

    Bill Clinton denies accusation foundation paid for Chelsea’s wedding

    Washington Times opinion editor Charlie Hurt on the accusation that the Clinton Foundation paid for Bill and Hillary Clinton’s daughter, Chelsea’s, wedding and the FBI’s investigation into the Uranium One deal.

  • Is Gilead Sciences, Inc. a Buy in 2018?
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    Motley Fool

    Is Gilead Sciences, Inc. a Buy in 2018?

    Fast-forward one year, and Gilead's share price at the end of 2017 was $71.64. Of course, the return was better including dividend payments, but it's hard to spin 2017 as a positive year for Gilead Sciences when many other stocks soared. Could Gilead be a buy in 2018?

  • Watch out for a Nasty Market Pullback
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    InvestorPlace

    Watch out for a Nasty Market Pullback

    Stocks suffered their worst one-day reversal since June 2016 on a points basis after the Dow Jones Industrial Average zoomed past the 26,000 threshold, bagging the quickest-ever 1,000 point gain from its last round number (hit just seven days ago). The

  • Here's Why Eldorado Gold Corp. Plummeted 56% in 2017
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    Motley Fool

    Here's Why Eldorado Gold Corp. Plummeted 56% in 2017

    Shares of Eldorado Gold (NYSE: EGO) a leader in gold mining, plunged 56% in 2017, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence. Unfortunate news from Greece and Turkey, among other things, dampened investors' spirits about the company. In contrast to its momentum in 2016, when analysts upgraded the stock six times, Eldorado Gold received 11 downgrades from analysts in 2017 -- which should hardly come as a surprise, in light of the challenges the company faced. Investors found further cause for concern in June upon learning that Greece was interested in beginning arbitration proceedings to resolve differences with Eldorado Gold regarding the Skouries project.

  • Marriott Just Got Dragged into a Messy Fight Over the Trump Panama Hotel
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    Fortune

    Marriott Just Got Dragged into a Messy Fight Over the Trump Panama Hotel

    An attempt to oust President Donald Trump’s hotel business from managing a luxury hotel in Panama has turned bitter, with accusations of financial misconduct. Trump Hotels is contesting its firing, and its staff ran off a team of Marriott executives invited last month to visit the property during a search for a new hotel operator, according to two people familiar with the matter. After the owners’ association accused Trump Hotels of mismanagement and financial misconduct in a $15 million arbitration claim, the company owned by the president fired back with a $200 million counterclaim and refused to turn over the property’s financial records.

  • With charges dropped, man imprisoned for 23 years files suit
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    Associated Press

    With charges dropped, man imprisoned for 23 years files suit

    Almost a year after charges against him were formally dropped in a 1992 crime spree, a man who spent more than 20 years behind bars is seeking damages from the New Orleans district attorney's office. Attorneys for Robert Jones filed the lawsuit Tuesday in U.S. District Court. An appeals court threw out all of the convictions in 2014 and Jones was freed on bond in 2015 in the face of evidence that then-District Attorney Harry Connick's assistants failed to turn over information indicating his innocence.

  • 3 Top Index Funds for Your IRA
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    Motley Fool

    3 Top Index Funds for Your IRA

    While individual stocks can be an exciting way to invest, they aren't always the best choice for IRA investors. The fund is rather top-heavy, meaning that the largest stocks make up a substantial percentage of its assets, but the top holdings include rock-solid companies like Microsoft, Johnson & Johnson, and JPMorgan Chase, just to name a few.

  • How Do Your 401(k) Contributions Compare With Your Fellow Earners?
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    Motley Fool

    How Do Your 401(k) Contributions Compare With Your Fellow Earners?

    If you work in the private sector, your 401(k) is probably the only pension plan your employer offers, if you're offered a pension plan at all. Since living on Social Security alone is difficult, your 401(k) may be the key to ensuring you don't spend your senior years struggling. How do your 401(k) contributions compare?

  • Is it time for investors to hold or sell their bitcoin? The cryptocurrency’s price fell over $2,000 in a day
    Business
    Newsweek

    Is it time for investors to hold or sell their bitcoin? The cryptocurrency’s price fell over $2,000 in a day

    In the wake of this week’s bitcoin slide, users are left wondering if they should hold or sell the highly volatile cryptocurrency. At the close of the market on Tuesday, bitcoin prices had fallen more than $2,000 in a day, to $11,490. By Wednesday morning, digital currency site CoinDesk reported the slide was headed toward $8,000. In addition to bitcoin, also falling Tuesday were the prices of the world's other top cryptocurrencies—including ethereum and ripple—costing the global market $200 billion during selloffs Tuesday and Wednesday after South Korea and China hinted at a ban on trading.  But is it time to hold or sell bitcoin? "I would say the strong rally in bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies

  • Johnson & Johnson Aims to Start 2018 Healthy
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    Motley Fool

    Johnson & Johnson Aims to Start 2018 Healthy

    Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) had a strong 2017, with its stock posting a nearly 25% total return. Key moves like the acquisitions of Actelion and Abbott Medical Optics helped to goose growth rates higher, and some big drugs from J&J's pharmaceutical portfolio helped offset losses in sales on some older blockbusters that have hit their peaks. Many investors have extremely high expectations for Johnson & Johnson this year, but it could be difficult for the healthcare conglomerate to live up to the hype and still produce the outstanding growth necessary to justify further share-price gains.