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No 'Interview,' and no 'Team America'

CNN Entertainment - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 15:51
After Sony decided to cancel the release of its comedy "The Interview," one Texas theater plans to screen "Team America: World Police."
Categories: Entertainment News

Texas is in danger of a recession

Business News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 15:38
Turmoil in the oil market could knock Texas into a recession.

YouTube CEO: Paid maternity leave is good for business

Business News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 15:32
Paid maternity leave is good for moms, it's good for families, and it's good for business.

'Serial' podcast: By the numbers

CNN Entertainment - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 15:29
The podcast "Serial" is wrapping up its first season on Thursday as a bona fide success.
Categories: Entertainment News

Toy guns look too real, NY AG says

Business News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 15:11
The difference between a toy gun and a real one is very blurry sometimes and that has led to unintended deaths.

'The Interview' was expected to bring in $100 million for Sony

Business News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 15:11
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Al Qaeda car bombs target Houthi fighters in Yemeni port city

CNN World - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 15:04
Violence wracked Yemen yet again Thursday -- this time in the form of dual car bomb attacks purportedly carried out by al Qaeda militants targeting fighters from the minority, albeit powerful, Houthi group.
Categories: International News

U.S. air strikes kill 3 top ISIS leaders

CNN World - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 14:29
U.S. air strikes have killed two top-level and one mid-level ISIS leader, a senior U.S. military official tells CNN.
Categories: International News

Game over for passenger who allegedly packed a gun in a PlayStation 2

CNN - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 14:26
Game over for a Brooklyn man who tried to conceal parts of a .22-caliber semi-automatic handgun in a PlayStation 2.
Categories: National News

Of conquistadors and the Cold War

CNN World - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 14:14
Just 90 miles away, Cuba inevitably shares a long history with the United States, from conquistadors to the Spanish-American War to the Cold War.
Categories: International News

Activists plan to drop 'Interview' DVDs in North Korea

Business News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 13:47
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Army to launch 'blimp' that defends D.C.

CNN - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 13:46
The U.S. Army plans to launch two stationary "blimps" at 10,000-feet in the air next week to better protect the Washington D.C. area from cruise missiles and other possible air attacks.
Categories: National News

Washington Post looks beyond DC with Texas Tribune

Business News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 13:27
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Things that annoy North Korea

CNN World - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 13:23
North Korea's fury over the movie comedy "The Interview" appears to have taken the secretive state's oversensitivity to new extremes.
Categories: International News

Nat'l Geo photo winners 2014

CNN World - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 13:22
More than 9,200 entries were submitted from more than 150 countries in three categories: people, places and nature.
Categories: International News

Family Fun: Indoor Trampoline Parks Grow by Leaps and Bounds

Lifestyles - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 12:56
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(NewsUSA) - In case you haven't noticed, the indoor trampoline industry is booming with new arenas opening throughout the U.S. Not just because they're loads of fun (of course they are), but because it's something families can do together, while enjoying activities like dodge ball, basketball or even exercise classes.

Unlike other businesses despite the recession, the indoor trampoline industry continues to grow by leaps and bounds. According to the Association of Trampoline Parks, estimated industry revenue was approximately $12 million in 2008. Now, the association estimates that there are 340 indoor parks with revenues reaching approximately $680 million.

One of the emerging companies within the industry is Rebounderz Franchise and Development, Inc., founded by Mark Gurley and Al Palladino. Their idea was born out of a wish to occupy their teens' time that didn't include forking over a large sum of cash to an amusement park, yet give them something that would keep their kids active. From there, the two envisioned a place that would include trampolines but also be more than just a place to bounce.

According to the company's website, the two "poured their hearts into creating a truly unique, boldly athletic, family-oriented entertainment venue focused upon safe, physical activity and extreme, high flying action for all ages."

Since it first opened its doors in July 2008, the company now has multiple franchise locations in the U.S., and several more due to be finalized, where guests can jump, flip and bounce their way to health and happiness.

While its standalone trampoline facilities are still a fantastic business offering, Palladino points to a "growing popularity in non-trampoline offerings that provide something for everyone when it comes to active entertainment."

Palladino is referring to the company's family entertainment centers -- facilities that offers everything from fitness classes to slam-dunk basketball courts to kids' areas and foam pits.

"We believe we have an early investment opportunity in a proven and recession-proof business model that's still new to the marketplace. We have an opportunity to become among the first indoor trampoline arenas in most cities and communities," says Gurley.

For more information, visit www.rebounderz.com.

Mortgage rates hit a new low for the year

Business News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 12:53
Not only has gas gotten cheaper, so have mortgages.

Alternative lenders are hot -- especially among millennials

Business News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 12:53
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World must step up on Syria refugee crisis

CNN World - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 12:52
Like many entrepreneurs, I am often asked about the secrets to building a successful career. The advice I give is that whether you're in Silicon Valley creating apps, or in Unadilla Valley in upstate New York making yogurt, there are many common ingredients for success.
Categories: International News
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