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Do I squat or sit? What can I flush? Is there even a way to flush? Signs from around the world aim to answer your vital toilet questions. Sometimes they're helpful. Sometimes they're just ... weird..
An executive summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee's two-year-old report will be made public before Democrats relinquish control of the Senate in January.
The troopers who police rural Alaska can't do their jobs without a good bush pilot to fly them into remote areas. In Bristol Bay, that pilot is John Bouker.
Noelle Johnson has about $20,000 in student loans and is still working on her degree. Without the higher earnings a B.A. can bring, even a modest student debt load can pose a big challenge.
New members tried out any number of rituals — from lucky dances to backflips — hoping the office odds were ever in their favor.
The top bathroom in America is currently at Philadelphia's Longwood Gardens, where 17 commodious chambers are built into what the facility says is the largest "green wall" on the continent.
The Food and Drug Administration priority review voucher comes from a Canadian company that got it by developing a drug for leishmaniasis, a disease long neglected by pharmaceutical companies.
A TV comedy Bill Cosby was developing for NBC has been canceled, after new allegations of rape against the comedian. Netflix made a similar move late Tuesday, shelving a comedy special.
Out of the twelve banks in the Federal Reserve system, only New York has a permanent spot on the interest-rate-setting Federal Open Markets Committee.
Only New York oversees the critical Wall Street institutions like Goldman Sachs, and only New York is under congressional scrutiny this week for its cozy relationship with the institutions it is supposed to regulate.
After This American Life and ProPublica published stories using secret tapes that seemed to demonstrate regulators deferring to the institutions they regulate, Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio called for hearings, which will take place this Friday. Brown plans to hold NY Fed President William Dudley accountable, and push him to prioritize regulation as highly as interest rates.
Meanwhile, Senator Jack Reed of Rhode Island has put forward legislation that would change how the next William Dudley would be selected. Reed would take the decision out of the hands of boardmembers - mainly business people - and put it in the hands of the President. MIT economist Simon Johnson says that's exactly the right approach.
In the past five years, pancake mix sales dropped 1.5 percent, according to Bloomberg.
The report said we spend on average $1.16 a year on pancake mix. If you do the math, that's about the same as buying one box of Bisquick every three years.
It turns out hotcakes aren't selling like hotcakes after all. Maybe it's time to update the idiom for modern times.
Sadly "selling like kale" just doesn't have the same ring to it.
The rich maritime history dates back more than a millennium. There's a group dedicated to reviving it by making boats the old-fashioned way: with coconut palm fiber, shark liver oil and no nails.
Pumpkin spice is the flavor of the season, but does anyone think there's real pumpkin in the "science goo" in our lattes? Turns out flavor companies have come up with a simple chemical recipe for it.