Putin Is Losing Eastern European Energy Gamble

Russian President Vladimir Putin said he doesn’t think the European community can do without the natural gas it gets from energy monopoly Gazprom. With a Russian economy starting to decline, however, it may be Gazprom that’s too strongly interconnected to the European market to break free.

The narrative over European energy security reaches at least back to 2006 when Gazprom first cut gas supplies through Ukraine. The fallout from the latest disruption in 2009 put opposition darling and former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko in prison, but now the tables have turned for a Ukraine tilting more strongly toward …read more

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<a href=http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/23/meg-roh-surfer_n_5188440.html?utm_hp_ref=sports&ir=Sports class="colorbox">Meg Roh, 15, Surfs 1,000 Days In A Row (And Counting)</a>

Meg Roh, 15, Surfs 1,000 Days In A Row (And Counting)

You might say Meg Roh is obsessed with surfing. The 15-year-old from Southern California has hit the waves every day for almost three years, rain or shine, and even if she’s feeling lousy.

GrindTV reported that Meg finally reached one of her most important goals this past February: She surfed every day for 1,000 days in a row.

Back when she was only a 12-year-old grom, Meg began her daily stoke in order to improve her surfing. Several days turned into weeks, and then the goal got bigger and bigger. Eventually, one year passed, then …read more

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Demystifying Credit Scores

One of the few positive outcomes of the 2008 financial crisis was that it helped shine a light on the importance of understanding and staying on top of your credit profile. Along with that heightened visibility, however, has come a great deal of confusion and misunderstanding — particularly around the all-important credit score.

“The consequences of not maintaining a sound credit score can be very costly,” says Anthony Sprauve, senior consumer credit specialist at FICO. “A low score can bar you from getting a new loan, doom you to higher interest rates and even cost you a new job …read more

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<a href=http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/23/north-korea-homophobia_n_5198717.html?utm_hp_ref=world&ir=WorldPost class="colorbox">North Korea Responds To Human Rights Report With Homophobic Statement</a>

North Korea Responds To Human Rights Report With Homophobic Statement

North Korean state media answered a damning United Nations report on the country’s human rights record by issuing a homophobic attack on the UN’s lead investigator, Michael Kirby.

The statement, published on state news agency KCNA’s English-language website, first condemns the UN investigation as “peppered with fabrications” and created for a “political purpose of the U.S.” before taking aim at Kirby:

.. he is a disgusting old lecher with a 40-odd-year-long career of homosexuality. He is now over seventy, but he is still anxious to get married to his homosexual partner.
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<a href=http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/23/syria-border-photos_n_5198606.html?utm_hp_ref=world&ir=WorldPost class="colorbox">The Harrowing Journey Syrians Make To Escape War (PHOTOS)</a>

The Harrowing Journey Syrians Make To Escape War (PHOTOS)

MOUNT HERMON, Lebanon (AP) — As the late-day sun slipped behind the mountains in front of them, a ragtag group of around a dozen Syrians desperate to flee their country’s bloody civil war set off on their treacherous nighttime trek across the rugged frontier into neighboring Lebanon.

Ahead of them: at least a nine-hour climb in darkness up — and down — the 2,814-meter (9,232-foot) Mount Hermon. Once in Lebanon, they will join the more than 2.5 million other Syrians across the region who have escaped the civil war in their homeland to begin the life of a refugee.<br …read more

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<a href=http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/23/georgia-gun-bill_n_5199630.html?utm_hp_ref=business&ir=Business class="colorbox">Georgia Governor Signs 'Unprecedented' Gun Rights Bill</a>

Georgia Governor Signs 'Unprecedented' Gun Rights Bill

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) signed a sweeping gun rights bill on Wednesday.

House Bill 60, also known as The Safe Carry Protection Act, will allow licensed gun owners to carry their firearms into public places, including bars, nightclubs, schools, churches and government buildings.

“People who follow the rules can protect themselves and their families from people who don’t follow the rules,” Deal said, according to the Atlanta-Journal Constitution. “The Second Amendment should never be an afterthought. It should reside at the forefronts of our minds.”

The National Rifle Association has <a class="colorbox" href="http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/04/23/georgia-governor-to-sign-bill-expanding-gun-rights/" …read more

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<a href=http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/23/duke-coal-ash-cost_n_5198825.html?utm_hp_ref=business&ir=Business class="colorbox">Duke: Moving Coal Ash Would Cost Up To $10 Billion</a>

Duke: Moving Coal Ash Would Cost Up To $10 Billion

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy told North Carolina lawmakers Tuesday that removing all of the company’s coal ash away from the state’s rivers and lakes would take decades and cost up to $10 billion, with its electricity customers likely footing nearly all the bill.

In a presentation to a state legislative committee, Duke’s North Carolina president Paul Newton suggested the company needs flexibility to consider more cost-efficient options. The company’s proposal is to remove the coal ash from unlined dumps at four of its power plants, but then leave much of what is stored at 10 other sites …read more

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<a href=http://www.huffingtonpost.com/russ-warner/fake-facebook-pages-internet-scams_b_5167285.html?utm_hp_ref=business&ir=Business class="colorbox">Fake Facebook Pages and Promos May Steal Your Identity</a>

Fake Facebook Pages and Promos May Steal Your Identity

Facebook estimates that between 5.5 percent and 11.2 percent (68 to 138 million) of its user accounts are fake. While most of these fake accounts pretend to be individuals, some are fake company pages.

Take Southwest Airlines, for example. If you search for “Southwest Airlines” on Facebook, it will bring up the official Southwest Airlines Facebook page, which has over 4 million likes.

But, search for “South West Airlines” and you’ll find a different page with less than 2,000 likes. This fake South West Airlines page looks like the official company page — it has …read more

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