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UK Christmas wonderland forced to close after hundreds of complaints

1 hour 3 min ago

LONDON — A Christmas wonderland has been forced to close after hundreds of people took to social media insisting it wasn't that wonderful after all.

The Magical Journey, at The Belfry hotel in Sutton Coldfield, was created with TV interior designer Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen and promised a magical day out.

A "truly incredible and extraordinary development" and "an entertainment production the likes of which has not been seen before in the UK", it saw the surrounding woodland undergo an "extravagant and enchanting fairytale metamorphosis", offering an immersive theatrical version of Santa's Grotto. Read more...

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Liberia will be Ebola-free by Christmas, says president

1 hour 23 min ago

Liberia's president on Monday urged her countrymen to double their efforts to reach the government's goal of having zero new Ebola cases by Dec. 25, a target some experts have described as highly ambitious.

"We've set a pretty tough target. But when you set a target it means that you stay focused on that target and on that goal and then you double your efforts," Sirleaf said during a ceremony marking the docking of a Dutch aid ship in the capital, Monrovia.

See also: Eyewitness to Hell: Life in Ebola-Ravaged Liberia

"When you're running a race, as you get closer and closer to the finish line you pick up the speed because you want to make sure that that last mile you will give it your best bet," Sirleaf added. Read more...

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Going into 'The Walking Dead' midseason finale, we're worried about almost every character

1 hour 32 min ago

The Walking Dead is a show that kills characters; that we know. But Sunday's episode played a big part in compounding these already present worries, especially considering that next week is the show's midseason finale

See also: People could not handle all the Daryl and Carol moments in the latest 'Walking Dead'

Carol

In "Crossed," we learned that she's not doing well after being hit by a car last week. She's bleeding internally and, at one point, Dawn called off efforts to save Carol's life. Beth protested but only earns herself a verbal beating from Dawn. Then, confusingly, Dawn handed over the keys to the medicine cabinet and tells Beth to save "the woman" herself Read more...

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'The Good Wife' fans were not prepared for that devastating cliffhanger

2 hours 1 min ago

This week on The Good Wife, we finally began Cary's trial for a crime of which we know he is innocent

Though Cary and Diane went to court this episode, it feels like Cary has been on trial for this entire season. "The Trial," the Good Wife's tense and masterful winter finale, brought us to the climax of the hell Cary has been living in since the premiere of Season 6

See also: Every important midseason TV date in one calendar

The Good Wife is many things, including tried-and-true legal procedural, and yet, for every time we've watched the gang head into court, no trial has ever been closer to home. Because of this, this particular trial was tackled in a way that has never before been seen on the show. Read more...

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Abandoned baby survived in Sydney drain for five days

2 hours 4 min ago

A 30-year-old Sydney mother has been charged with trying to kill her newborn son by abandoning him in a roadside drain for five days before passers-by heard his cries, police said Monday.

The week-old baby was in serious but stable condition in Westmead Children's Hospital a day after cyclists found him in a 2.5-meter (8-foot) deep drain beside the M7 Motorway in the suburb of Quakers Hill, police said in a statement.

This is the drain on the M7 where a newborn baby was found by cyclists this morning. Concrete slab weighs over 200kg pic.twitter.com/4WbweXmS3A

— Ashlee Mullany (@AshleeMullany) November 22, 2014 Read more...

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'Mockingjay' box office is best of the year, worst of the franchise

2 hours 53 min ago

LOS ANGELES — A little Hunger Games fatigue was to be expected, but a 23 percent slide? That was not.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 bullseyed the biggest U.S. box office opening of 2014, with the June 27 release Transformers: Age of Extinction trailing safely behind at an even $100 million. By any measure, Mockingjay was a hit — except one.

SEE ALSO: Listen to Jennifer Lawrence sing a haunting tune from 'Mockingjay'

That would be The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, which streaked to $158 million last year, and still stands as the 6th largest U.S. opening weekend of all time. That was just a shade better than the inaugural Hunger Games, which announced a new mega-franchise in 2012 with its staggering $152 million opening weekend. Read more...

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Scary black seadevil fish caught on video at depth of 1,900 feet

3 hours 24 min ago

One of the scariest-looking fish around, the black seadevil, has been caught on video at 580m (1,900 feet) deep — probably for the first time

The video, posted on YouTube on Nov. 21 by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), shows the scary-looking fish (you might remember it from a chase scene in Pixar's Finding Nemo) swimming in the dark depths of the Monterey Canyon

See also: A Fish Is Playing Pokemon on Twitch, and 20,000 People Are Watching

The aptly named seadevil — more precisely, a female deep-sea anglerfish from the genus Melanocetus — looks like something you wouldn't want to encounter in the water, but at 9cm (3.5 inches) in length, it's hardly a human-devouring monster Read more...

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Boy with fake gun dies after police shoot him in Cleveland

3 hours 36 min ago

A 12-year-old boy was fatally shot by police in Cleveland after brandishing what turned out to be a replica gun, triggering an investigation into his death and a legislator's call for such weapons to be brightly colored or bear special markings.

The boy, identified by the Cuyahoga County medical examiner as Tamir Rice, died from his wounds Sunday, a day after officers responded to a 911 call about someone waving a "probably fake" gun at a playground.

See also: Who's Liable for Crimes Committed With 3D-Printed Guns?

Deputy Chief Ed Tomba said one officer fired twice after the boy pulled the fake weapon — which was lacking the orange safety indicator usually found on the muzzle — from his waistband but had not pointed it at police. The boy did not make any verbal threats but grabbed the replica handgun after being told to raise his hands, Tomba said. Read more...

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7 tips for writing cold emails to prospective employers

4 hours 43 min ago

A cold email is like a handshake: We do it all the time, but we're not always sure if ours is strong enough.

Despite the gray area of a cold email's effectiveness, it's still one of the most helpful ways to get the job you want. Like most job advice, the key to the cold email is to own it like you've been doing it your whole life, just like Elle Woods getting into Harvard Law School.

See also: 10 Creative Social Media Resumes To Learn From

That is, you need confidence in your tone, even if you've failed before. Check out these seven tips to find out how you can write the most effective cold email possible, and remember the sage advice of Elle Woods when you want to give up. Read more...

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New UK anti-terrorism measures outlined in response to raised threat level

5 hours 19 min ago

LONDON — A number of new counter-terrorism measures have been announced today by the Home Secretary as part of a bill to be introduced to parliament this week.

Theresa May set out the new measures in response to the UK's increased terror threat level, which was raised to "severe" earlier this year.

See also: How the Islamic State Lures Child Recruits to Fight in Syria and Iraq

Counter-terrorism steps being introduced include the seizing of passports of suspected British jihadists, banning insurance companies in the UK from paying out ransoms to terrorists, changes to the Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures Act and making it compulsory for public bodies such as schools and colleges to work to prevent terrorism Read more...

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5 email myths you can stop believing now

5 hours 49 min ago

Everyone has a different email ritual

Maybe you send emails early in the morning, or late at night. Maybe you create insanely long subject lines or militaristically short ones. Maybe you CC as many people as possible in hope of eliciting a response. You stay steadfast in your superstition — but what if you could know for sure what really works?

Yesware, a Boston-based company that tracks email information, studied over 500,000 emails to pick out the true and false email myths

See also: 7 crucial tips to refine your mobile email etiquette

1. MYTH: Monday is the best day to send an email.

Image: Giphy Read more...

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People are hacking electronic transport tickets to score free rides

6 hours 42 min ago

There's an Opal Card rebellion going on in Sydney. A group of dedicated tightarses are using hacks on the new transport card system to save themselves $20 a week. Yep. It has come to this.

It all began when the New South Wales Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian dared Sydneysiders to try and hack the system. "I want people to beat the system," Berejiklian said in September. "I want people to find the savings because they are there to be had."

See also: 6 Reasons Sydneysiders Hate the Opal Card

Sydney loves a cheap challenge almost as much as it loves lining up for gelato in winter. Let the games begin. Your aim is to get the Weekly Travel Reward, which unlocks after eight journeys, for the cheapest fare in the shortest amount of time and as early in the week as possible to take full advantage of the discounts. Read more...

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10 successful magazines you've probably never heard of

8 hours 50 min ago

You've heard of Esquire, Marie Claire and Vogue, magazines with thousands of readers and subscribers.

But you may not know that there are smaller publications out there that are also sustaining themselves

SEE ALSO: Magazine industry bares all to prove it isn't dead yet

Here are some publications that have probably flown under your radar.

1Portable Restroom Operator

Yes, there is an entire publication that discusses industry issues related to porta-potties

Since 2004, PRO has delivered up-to-date information on news, trends, products and services to everyone who rents or installs portable restrooms and sanitation systems Read more...

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10 travel destinations Australians will flock to in 2015

9 hours 21 min ago

Australians are obsessed with travel and these days it is rare to meet anyone who has not left the country for a sneaky trip.

In the financial year ending June 2014, more than 9 million Australians travelled abroad, with another 383,000 planning on starting a new life elsewhere, according to Australian Bureau of Statistics information.

See also: 14 travel apps to download before your next adventure

Australians get a bad rap for causing havoc as backpackers across the world with their boozing culture and good-time attitude. From the mid-20s sabbatical to London to a gap year on the slopes at Banff, Aussies swarm the hostels of the world like mosquitoes Read more...

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AMAs winners list: One Direction, Iggy Azalea and Katy Perry dominate

9 hours 34 min ago

The men of One Direction snagged the biggest honor at Sunday's fan-voted American Music Awards, winning Artist of the Year over Beyoncé, Katy Perry, Iggy Azalea and Luke Bryan

Taylor Swift opened the night with a fiery performance of "Blank Space." Pitbull poked fun at her commercial success: "In four minutes onstage, she sold another 68 million albums."

See also: 9 artists who might join Katy Perry at the Super Bowl halftime show

Iggy Azalea dominated the rap/hip-hop categories and then closed the festivities by joining Jennifer Lopez onstage for their "Booty" remix

Here's everything you missed in GIFs, plus the list of winners below the gallery Read more...

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Google to launch Time Square's largest interactive billboard ever

9 hours 49 min ago

There is only one Times Square, New York, the place where the world rings in the new year, and now Google is set to take over the largest electronic billboard ever installed on the iconic, neon-laced strip

The billboard, which covers an entire city block, is powered by a Mitsubishi Electric large-scale display (the Diamond Vision AVL-ODT10) that delivers a pixel density of 2,368 x 10,048, exceeding 4K display resolution by 15 million pixels

See also: 10 Brilliant Interactive Billboards [VIDEOS]

Located at 1535 Broadway, between 45th and 46th streets, about a mile and a half from Google's New York headquarters, the record-setting billboard measures 77.69 feet by 329.65 feet Read more...

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Everything you missed at the 2014 American Music Awards

Sun, 11/23/2014 - 11:44pm

And thus ends another enthralling installment of the American Music Awards

Sunday's AMAs was basically a three-hour long showcase of what music has to offer today — lots of butt shaking. Dozens of artists, from Jennifer Lopez to Lorde to Imagine Dragons performed (or should we say they auditioned to perform at the Grammys).

See also: Taylor Swift is Lorde's biggest fan, again

The #AMAs2014 is a 2hr variety show where performers try to sell records. The awards are like participation medals you got in 1st grade

— Enty Turducken (@entylawyer) November 24, 2014

If you can't handle me at my AMAs, then you don't deserve me at my Grammys.

— Frank Lowe (@GayAtHomeDad) November 24, 2014 Read more...

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4 tips to lift employee morale during the busy holiday season

Sun, 11/23/2014 - 11:28pm

The holidays can be an incredibly busy time for small business owners and those in the retail space. A recent report by Forrester Research predicts that consumers will spend $89 billion shopping online during the holiday season this year, and Deloitte’s 2014 annual holiday survey revealed shoppers plan to spend a little more than half of their holiday budget in-store.

See also: 5 tips for landing a seasonal job

Because the holidays are a busy time for employees in their personal lives, too, entrepreneurs and business owners need to help these workers get through the hectic holiday season without drudging up feelings of resent. Read more...

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Drone Beat: 500 strikes in 12 years, an animated history and more

Sun, 11/23/2014 - 10:59pm

The U.S. government uses them to bomb alleged terrorists in far-away places. Tech companies like Amazon, Google and Facebook are all toying with the idea of using them, and now they're a photographer's secret weapon. Drones are a big part of our lives, whether we see them or not. Drone Beat collects the best and most important stories every week.

If you want even more on Drones, subscribe to the Center for the Study of the Drone Weekly Roundup, which features news, commentary, analysis and updates on drone technology.

Drone Beat's coverage areas this week

Last update: Friday, 5:15 p.m. ET Read more...

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9 artists who might join Katy Perry at the Super Bowl halftime show

Sun, 11/23/2014 - 10:35pm

Who will Katy Perry recruit, if anyone, to roar with with her during the Super Bowl XLIX halftime show on Feb. 1, 2015, in Glendale, Arizona?

Guest performers in recent years have included the Red Hot Chili Peppers (for Bruno Mars in 2014); Destiny's Child (for Beyoncé in 2013); Nicki Minaj, LMFAO, M.I.A. and Cee Lo Green (for Madonna in 2012); and Usher and Slash (for The Black Eyed Peas in 2011).

See also: NFL finally announces Katy Perry as next Super Bowl halftime performer

Here are our predictions for which artists will create fireworks with the 30-year-old singer when she takes the stage at the University of Phoenix Stadium. Read more...

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