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Apr 10, 2015
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Sandra Bullock’s ‘safe door’

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The charges against Joshua Corbett, who broke into Sandra Bullock’s home last June, include burglary, stalking and possession of a machine gun. They encompass the events of a night that led Bullock to lock herself in her bedroom closet and call 911. The call was played for the jury in court this week, who heard her shakily tell the 911 operator that someone had begun banging on her bedroom door, which, for what  it was worth, was a “safe door.” Reuters reports that Corbett could face up to 20 years in prison.

Let’s go to McDonald’s, don’t tell Dad

A young mother is taking her kids for “sneaky meals” at McDonald’s. In return for not telling their father about their fast-food transgressions, the kids’ reward is momentary possession of the legendary McNugget. The situation underscores how hard it may be for the world’s largest restaurant chain to remake its nutritional image and revive U.S. sales.

Mar 20, 2015
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Hong Kong protests lead to retail woes

A police officer gestures at protesters during a demonstration inside a shopping mall in Hong Kong February 15, 2015. Anti-mainland Chinese demonstrators on Sunday protested against parallel traders and confronted police, government radio reported. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

Protests and street violence continue in Hong Kong, including in shopping malls, where luxury stores that are propping up the economy carry the brands that Chinese consumers cannot easily access on the mainland. But the protests are beginning to divert wealthy tourists from China to cities like Seoul and Tokyo. Tour groups from China dropped about 80 percent this month.

Feb 3, 2015
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Battle of the statistics

Lululemon’s founder, Chip Wilson, found out the hard way that alienating women of a certain size and tone is not the best way to keep your job, even if your company is the leading purveyor of yoga apparel, equipment and a zen state of mind. ReutersTV looks at how Wilson has shaped the company’s value to investors.

Is a REIT sell-off coming?

Investors in Real Estate ETFs (REITS) are watching the Fed closely. If rates rise later this year, the boom in the popular funds could face its first test in a while.

Feb 3, 2015
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Battle of the statistics

Lululemon’s founder, Chip Wilson, found out the hard way that alienating women of a certain size and tone is not the best way to keep your job, even if your company is the leading purveyor of yoga apparel, equipment and a zen state of mind. ReutersTV looks at how Wilson has shaped the company’s value to investors.

Is a REIT sell-off coming?

Investors in Real Estate ETFs (REITS) are watching the Fed closely. If rates rise later this year, the boom in the popular funds could face its first test in a while.

Jan 30, 2015
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India’s modern art moment

India’s biggest art fair kicked off this week in New Delhi, where contemporary artists showcased works that are growing in value on the global market. A Christie’s auction there in December generated $12 million. The India Art Fair draws 100,000 visitors every year, who pay markedly less for admission than other renowned art shows, with tickets around $6. A replica of Mumbai’s train station by artist  T V Santhosh is tilted on its side and displaying time pieces counting down times.

A visitor looks at an exhibit titled ‘The Threshold into a Dream’ by Indian artist T.V. Santhosh at the India Art Fair in New Delhi January 29, 2015. REUTERS/ANINDITO MUKHERJEE

Jan 30, 2015
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India’s modern art moment

India’s biggest art fair kicked off this week in New Delhi, where contemporary artists showcased works that are growing in value on the global market. A Christie’s auction there in December generated $12 million. The India Art Fair draws 100,000 visitors every year, who pay markedly less for admission than other renowned art shows, with tickets around $6. A replica of Mumbai’s train station by artist  T V Santhosh is tilted on its side and displaying time pieces counting down times.

A visitor looks at an exhibit titled ‘The Threshold into a Dream’ by Indian artist T.V. Santhosh at the India Art Fair in New Delhi January 29, 2015. REUTERS/ANINDITO MUKHERJEE

Jan 27, 2015
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The star-power of the NFL

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) addresses the media during a press conference after their arrival in preparation for Super Bowl XLIX. January 26, 2015; Chandler, AZ, Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Want to know why we care so much about Sunday’s game? Amy Tennery (who is in Phoenix covering the Super Bowl all week) writes that the Super Bowl’s popularity rose in correlation with television technology. As more televisions were brought into U.S. households, the National Football League became a national past time. It celebrates its forty-ninth league-level championship on Sunday. Fantasy sports, big-money athletes, cheerleaders and advertising on game day are all entry-ways for anyone to get affiliated with the sport. Whether we stay or take a hike after glimpsing some of the injuries and the spousal abuse allegations that are a part of the NFL is a question that Tennery explores as she reports from the field.

Dec 26, 2014
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Dirty games among washing machines

A Samsung employee holds a smartphone remotely controlling a WW9000 washing machine at the IFA consumer technology fair in Berlin, September 5, 2014. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

You’ve heard of consumer businesses going cut-throat, but LG Electronics and Samsung Electronics may have reached a new high – or low, depending on how you look at it. Prosecutors raided the headquarters of LG Electronics as part of a probe into whether the South Korean company had vandalized the washing machines of rival Samsung Electronics at retail stores in Germany. Maybe we shouldn’t be surprised, seeing as how holiday sales look like they may barely reach Wall Street expectations.

Oct 28, 2014
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French street food and a rock star on Broadway

Zuru Pewu sits with her four-year-old son Micah on the veranda of a home in Staten Island, October 23, 2014. Pewu, 29, who emigrated from Liberia in 2005, and her son Micah recently underwent an experience where they were insulted and linked to the spread of the Ebola virus. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Slideshow: ‘We are not a virus’  

A West African enclave in Staten Island, New York, lives under the shadow of Ebola–and local prejudice about the illness.

Sep 12, 2014
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Glorious summer snow

A jogger runs through the snow at Nose Hill Park during an early year snow fall in Calgary, Alberta, September 8, 2014. REUTERS/Todd Korol

Just another summer snow storm

Calgary, Canada had a surprise event this late summer week: About a foot of snow.