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I am the walrus

An estimated 35,000 walruses are pictured  are pictured hauled out on a beach near the village of Point Lay, Alaska, 700 miles northwest of Anchorage, in this September 2014 handout photo. REUTERS/Corey Accardo/NOAA/NMFS/AFSC/NMML/Handout via Reuters

An estimated 35,000 walruses are pictured hauled out on a beach near the village of Point Lay, Alaska, 700 miles northwest of Anchorage, in this September 2014 handout photo. REUTERS/Corey Accardo/NOAA/NMFS/AFSC/NMML/Handout via Reuters

The elementary penguin’s whereabouts remain unknown

A lack of Arctic ice forces an estimated 35,000 walruses onto the Alaskan coast.

 

An ‘Orange is the New Black’ character waiting to happen

An ex-madam who purportedly supplied prostitutes to Eliot Spitzer and once ran for New York City comptroller is sentenced to two years in prison on drug charges.

 

Video: World record walloped

University of California students crush the record for the largest-ever pillow fight.

 

No good deed

A California man unwittingly invites a wanted man into his home for a meal, while police conducted an exhaustive manhunt in his neighborhood.

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More volatility expected as Fed rate rise looms – Cumberland Advisors’ David Kotok

David Kotok, Cumberland Advisors

David Kotok, Cumberland Advisors

A healthy dose of fear has re-entered financial markets in the final three months of the year. The Chicago Board Options Exchange VIX, a widely tracked measure of market volatility, rose to a two-month high on Wednesday.

Varying news reports offered threats from the Ebola virus and a stagnating European economy as tangential reasons. Perhaps another point is many investors view the U.S. Federal Reserve’s pending decision to raise interest rates as a rumbling train far off in the distance that they now hear headed their way. Closer to the horizon are headlines that can no longer lean on “Fed easing” to explain away rising asset prices and a rising stock market.

“We are in a new period of volatility and it's been developing for the last two or three months,” David Kotok, chairman and chief investment officer of investment advisory firm Cumberland Advisors told the Global Markets Forum on Wednesday. “When you suppress all interest rates to zero you dampen volatility and you distort asset pricing. Now the outlook for interest rates is changing so we are restoring volatility.”

Bathrooms for everyone!

A gender-neutral bathroom is seen at the University of California, Irvine in Irvine, California September 30, 2014. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

A gender-neutral bathroom is seen at the University of California, Irvine in Irvine, California September 30, 2014. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Bathroom equality

The University of California announces the installation of gender-neutral bathrooms on its campuses.

 

That’s a lot of massages

The global spa and wellness industry is now worth an estimated $3.4 trillion.

 

Happy home, happy career?

The personality of your spouse can have a major impact on your success on the job, a new study shows.

The animal kingdom shrinks

A pair of black rhinoceros walk at the Imire Rhino and Wildlife Conservation Park near Marondera, east of Zimbabwe's capital Harare, September 22, 2014. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

A pair of black rhinoceros walk at the Imire Rhino and Wildlife Conservation Park near Marondera, east of Zimbabwe’s capital Harare, September 22, 2014. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

Going, going, gone?

The world’s wildlife population drops by an astonishing 52 percent between 1970 and 2010.

 

Healthcare for the 1 percent

New cancer treatments prove more effective with fewer side effects – but their cost makes them unattainable for some.

Ugh: student debt

Graduates from New York University (NYU) cheer during the commencement ceremony at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York May 21, 2014. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Graduates from New York University (NYU) cheer during the commencement ceremony at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York May 21, 2014. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Got debt? Social Security may not make you so secure

You’re never too old to owe money. Even those mature enough to file for social security are learning that Uncle Sam will take a bite out of their federal assistance to pay for outstanding student loans.

 

Pride comes to Belgrade

Gay rights activists marched in Serbia for the first time since 2010.

 

Gallery: Don’t pretend you don’t want to look

George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin wed – and we have pictures. So, so many pictures.

A sartorial smackdown

A man demonstrates a T-shirt as he takes part in a campaign organized by activists of pro-Kremlin patriotic movements in central Moscow, September 23, 2014. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev

A man demonstrates a T-shirt as he takes part in a campaign organized by activists of pro-Kremlin patriotic movements in central Moscow, September 23, 2014. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev

The other American apparel controversy

Russians swap t-shirts with U.S. logos for pro-Moscow attire in response to western sanctions.

 

Video:  Russians, Americans clearly need their space

The International Space Station brings together geopolitical foes.

 

Just don’t text and drive. Not ever, not with anything.

Using the wearable Google Glass to text and drive is just as dangerous as texting and driving on a phone, a new study shows.

Raise a glass!

A waitress carries mugs of beer during the opening day of the 181st Oktoberfest in Munich September 20, 2014. Millions of beer drinkers from around the world will come to the Bavarian capital over the next two weeks for the Oktoberfest, which starts today and runs until October 5.                REUTERS/Michael Dalder

A waitress carries liters of Bavarian beer during the opening day of the 181st Oktoberfest in Munich on September 20, 2014. REUTERS/Michael Dalder

Un-happy hour? 

As beer prices rise, Germany’s waitresses risk seeing smaller tips this Oktoberfest in Munich.

Start your office pool now

A Reuters analysis looks at the likely candidates for the Nobel Prize.

Which superhero handles student loans?

More into Thor than Thoreau? Then University of Baltimore’s new course “Media Genres: Media Marvels,” which focuses on pulp comic book heroes, may be for you.

Why steal a car when you can eat one?

Screengrab/REUTERS

Screengrab/REUTERS

Video: This is way more entertaining than The Hampton Classic

Yaks and their charges gather in a remote region of Pakistan for a friendly polo match.

 

But some animals are less friendly

A white tiger at an Indian zoo mauls a visitor to death after he climbed into its enclosure.

 

But let’s not dwell on catastrophe – T.V. already does that

A study shows that television news may put too much emphasis on disasters like floods and extreme weather when discussing climate change.

Protests, a lawsuit and maybe a cocktail when you’re done

Police scuffle with protesters during the 'Flood Wall Street' demonstration in Lower Manhattan, New York on September 22, 2014. Hundreds of protesters marched through New York City's financial district on Monday and blocked streets near the stock exchange to denounce Wall Street's role in raising money for businesses that contribute to climate change.  REUTERS/Adrees Latif

Police scuffle with protesters during the ‘Flood Wall Street’ demonstration in Lower Manhattan, New York on September 22, 2014. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

The 300,000 protesters were a clue

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says he notices a ‘sense of anxiety’ on climate change.

 

Next up: Grand Theft Giuliani

Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega is suing over his depiction in “Call of Duty: Black Ops II.” The unlikely co-counsel appearing for the video game’s makers: former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

Things are heating up

Demonstrators in animal costumes walk in the "People's Climate March" in central London September 21, 2014. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

Demonstrators in animal costumes walk in the “People’s Climate March” in central London September 21, 2014. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

Gallery: A heated protest

An international day of action on climate change and global warming drew protesters across the globe.

 

Putting the ‘app’ in ‘collapsed roof’

New phone applications can help with remodeling and repairing homes.

 

Video: Yes, but how many Riddlers are there?

A group of 542 men dressed as Batman set a Guinness World Record.

 

Should have tried Madame Tussauds

A lawyer finds herself in hot water after photoshopping celebrities into pictures with her and publishing them on her site’s “publicity” section.

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