These more frequent deadly disasters burden government budgets and could mean new fees for homeowners who live in harm's way.
Critics accused the store of using its novelty items to promote substance abuse. Health experts say America's prescribing itself enough problems as it is.
Urban Outfitters (URBN) told CNN that it plans to halt production of prescription-themed coffee mugs, booze flasks, shot glasses, syringe shot shooters and other products after receiving complaints from The Partnership at Drugfree.org, The American Association of Poison Control Centers and the attorneys general from 22 states and Guam.
Urban Outfitters responded that the products were just satire playing on the general and widespread acceptance of alcohol and caffeine, but critics read them as endorsements for abusing painkillers.
Most adults under 30 clamor for health insurance, according to a new survey. They're still iffy about the new mandate, though.
Despite the National Review's claim that America's young people would sink the Affordable Care Act with their presumed immortality and belief that illness doesn't apply to them, it turns out that graying columnists aren't all that hip to what the kids are into these days.
A survey of 1,505 people conducted by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation found that, among people aged 18 to 25, 77% said having health insurance was personally important to them and 76% said it was something they needed. A full 65% were worried about paying medical bills from an accident or illness, while 76% say insurance is worth the cost.
The billionaire cleans up on deals with real estate developers who want the cachet from his brand.
It's a winning formula, and Donald Trump has used it many times. "It's not even a question of ego," Trump told The Wall Street Journal. "It's just that my name makes everything more successful."
And that's exactly why Trump can get away with selling his name to real estate developers in Turkey, the Philippines and Brazil. This week, he's unveiling a hotel and condo tower in Vancouver, British Columbia, that will also have his name.
Trump is not building these facilities. Instead, he sells the developers the right to use his name for between $5 million and $10 million, the paper reports. Often, he also takes a cut of future sales or management deals at the property.
'Fifi,' the last B-29 still aloft, is just 1 of nearly 160 old planes that members of the Commemorative Air Force keep going.
Think your hobbies are expensive? Try keeping up a vintage World War II bomber. Of the thousands of Boeing (BA) B-29 Superfortress aircraft that took part in the war, only one is still in flyable condition.
But "Fifi" is more than an expensive plaything. She makes up the backbone of a fleet of antique aircraft that tour the country as part of a nonprofit, educational association that relies heavily on volunteers and donations to keep flying.
That group, the Commemorative Air Force, was started in Texas in the 1950s by some ex-service pilots, who pooled their funds to buy a P-51 Mustang. (The group's original name, the Confederate Air Force, was changed in 2002.) Since those ragtag beginnings, the CAF has developed into one of largest private air forces in the world, with 156 aircraft in 27 states and about 9,000 members across the country.
The clothing chain's founder and well-known TV pitchman cites 'concerns' with the board over strategy. There must be more to it.
Though the men's clothier was mum on the specifics behind the ouster of Zimmer, who had been the company's executive chairman, he told CNBC that he has had concerns for months about the strategy the board has undertaken. Zimmer wasn't more specific.
"Instead of fostering the kind of dialogue in the boardroom that has in part contributed to our success, the board has inappropriately chosen to silence my concerns through termination as an executive officer," CNBC quotes Zimmer as saying.
TrackingPoint's high-tech weapon is the talk of the shooting world. It's also facing criticism for being a little too effective.
Some of the first of these weapons, made by Texas company TrackingPoint, were being auctioned off this week for between $25,000 and $35,000, although the auctions had not attracted any bids by Wednesday.
How can one gun be worth that much money? For starters, it comes with a Wi-Fi server, USB ports and an Apple (AAPL) iPad Mini, according to VentureBeat.
Oh, and it also aims itself. The shooter tells the gun what to shoot, and the gun locks a laser on the target, John Koetsier writes.
They're up in arms over 'The Simpsons: Tapped Out,' which has snarky comments about the NRA squirreled away in it.
Electronic Arts (EA) is finding out that making fun of the National Rifle Association is a surefire way to get the organization's supporters up in arms.
EA's iPad and iPhone game "The Simpsons: Tapped Out" is based on the long-running Fox animated show, and it asks players to rebuild Springfield after Homer accidentally ruins the town by causing a meltdown at the power plant.
While that's all standard fare, one of the game's top levels includes snarky commentary about the NRA that's prompting some gun-rights supporters to fire off angry complaints.
EA apparently never thought people would play the game long enough to get to level 30, the Daily Mail reports.
Martin Scorsese's new film about the notorious Jordon Belfort has the financial scamster in the spotlight once more.
Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, the movie is based on a book by Jordan Belfort, who was convicted of swindling investors out of more than $100 million. It's being distributed by Viacom's (VIA) Paramount Studios and is slated for release in November.
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While caffeine unquestionably improves focus, it blocks the ability to let the mind wander and form original ideas.
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- 'The Wolf of Wall Street' is set to prowl again
- What vintage aircraft fly on: Donations, enthusiasm
- Obamacare surprise: Young people want coverage
- Urban Outfitters pulls drug-themed gear
- Donald Trump rakes in millions selling name to world
- EA's Simpsons game triggers gun fans' ire
- George Zimmer vs. Men's Wearhouse over firing
- New $25,000 rifle is fully loaded -- and then some
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