Saturday, September 24, 2016

5 times you shouldn't use a credit card

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A credit card used responsibly can be a great tool to build your credit score and a credit history.


If you pay off your bill in full every month and balance your budget like a pro, using a credit card for most expenses allows you to track your spending easily and take full advantage of cash-back and other rewards programs.


But if you don't pay off the bill each month, the high interest rates on a card will cost you as your debt keeps rolling over. That's when you should consider cheaper methods of financing.


Here are five times you may want to ditch the credit card. Read more...


1. To pay for a big expense

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Police release Keith Scott videos, leaving more questions than answers

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Two videos released Saturday by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department fail to provide a full picture of just what happened during its officers' fatal encounter with Keith Lamont Scott.


Police shot and killed Scott, a 43-year-old African American man, on Tuesday, precipitating days of protests across Charlotte.



The first video, shot from an officer's body camera, does not appear to show the moment of the shooting. It also has no sound until the aftermath of the incident, when Scott is seen lying face-down after being shot. Read more...

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Saturday, July 30, 2016

Spectacular photos of 1940s Brazil by a government photographer gone rogue

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A blind street performer plays an accordion.

Image: Genevieve Naylor/Corbis via Getty Images

In 1940, 25-year-old Genevieve Naylor, who had recently become one of the first female photographers hired by the Associated Press, received an assignment from the U.S. State Department to travel to Brazil.

With the war between the Axis and Allied powers expanding into a truly global conflict, the State Department's Office of Inter-American Affairs was tasked with cultivating South American support for the Allies. Naylor was sent to capture the images to illustrate the propaganda campaign and conjure wartime support from Brazil and adjacent countries. Read more...

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This ultimate 'Star Trek' history holds clues for the next show

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I wouldn't exactly call myself a Star Trek fanStar Wars, not surprisingly, is much more my speed. Still, like every geek of a certain age, I watched reruns of what we now call The Original Series (TOS) as a child, back when there was almost no other science fiction to be found on TV.


But I wasn't exactly a discerning critic in those days. I'll never forget the evening that "Spock's Brain," now widely regarded as the worst episode of Star Trek ever, terrified the pants off me at age 7. My tastes have evolved since then; generally speaking, the more recent the Star Trek TV show, the less likely I am to have seen it.  Read more...

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Thursday, June 9, 2016

Experiment 'turns waste CO2 to stone'

Scientists think they have found a smart way to constrain carbon dioxide emissions - just turn them to stone.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Economic losses from disasters counted

Natural disasters around the globe have resulted in economic losses of roughly $7 trillion since 1900, according to a new calculation from scientists.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

New detail in Ceres' bright spots

The US space agency's Dawn satellite continues to return remarkable images from the dwarf planet Ceres, in particular from its collection of bright spots in Occator Crater.