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April 23, 2015 12:02 PM Hot dogs + tater tots = A 'happy' time in Cleveland

The scene: Happy Dog occupies a former neighborhood corner tavern in Cleveland's Gordon Square Arts District, and little has been done to change the feel since it opened seven years ago. The large space has a substantial oval-shaped island bar in the center, with dual double-sided service stations offering two dozen choices on tap, many of them local 105

April 23, 2015 12:01 PM Politicians cash in on for-profits

Schools are assigned A-to-F letter grades, teachers are evaluated using a complicated mathematical formula and third-graders can be held back if they don’t pass a standardized reading test. The rules are different for for-profit colleges. Despite fraud lawsuits and government investigations involving for-profit colleges all over the country, Florida’s 21

April 23, 2015 12:01 PM As colleges proliferate, so do safety concerns

While working as the assistant director of education at ATI Career Training Center’s Fort Lauderdale campus, Dulce Ramirez-Damon said she witnessed medical assistant classes taught by instructors who lacked a bachelor’s degree, and students who didn’t understand “where the vein was, or how to grab it.” So Ramirez-Damon delivered this message to her family 34

April 23, 2015 11:59 AM Seven European countries where your dollar will go further

If you're aware of the euro weakening considerably against the dollar in recent months, you've likely contemplated a trip to Europe. But one question remains: In which destinations will your dollar go the absolute furthest? The short (and quite welcome) answer is that all of the 19 Eurozone countries are virtually on sale, and no matter where you go, you're 133

April 23, 2015 10:37 AM Campaign casts Clinton as the populist it insists she has always been

In her first week as a 2016 presidential candidate, Hillary Rodham Clinton seemed to channel another high-profile Democrat. “The deck is stacked in their favor,” Clinton said of the wealthy and powerful. “My job is to reshuffle the cards.” The line echoed a phrase that helped make Sen. Elizabeth Warren the populist icon of her party. “The game is rigged 25

April 23, 2015 9:06 AM Secret Papers Reveal Islamic State's Structure

When a man known as Haji Bakr was killed in Syria last year, the rebels who shot him had no idea who he was. Later, they found out he was the strategic head of ISIS, the group that calls itself the Islamic State. And when he died, Bakr left behind something meant to be kept strictly confidential - a blueprint for the terrorist organization's strategy 33

April 23, 2015 8:20 AM Jurors in Etan Patz murder trial against Pablo Hernandez wrap week of deliberations without decision

Jurors weighing murder charges against a former SoHo bodega clerk in the 36-year-old disappearance of Etan Patz have wrapped a week of deliberations without a decision. The panel has asked for several testimony readbacks, and on Wednesday sought lists of all exhibits, witnesses and stipulations in the three-month trial, later asking for the physical 15

April 23, 2015 4:27 AM CNH Tracker-China's new free trade zones to hasten capital account opening

HONG KONG, April 23 (Reuters) - China formally announced details of three more free trade zones (FTZ) this week, a move that suggests the originally Shanghai-driven initiative has now escalated to the national level, analysts say. The new FTZs in Guangdong, Fujian and Tianjin will be modelled after the Shanghai FTZ established in 2013 as a testing ground 79

April 23, 2015 3:48 AM How to Be a Popular Hostess

Dorothy Draper, an American interior decorator, wrote a book entitled Entertaining Is Fun: How to Be a Popular Hostess. It can be fun to entertain, although many people find giving a party daunting. To do it right, you need just one basic component: lists, lists, and more lists. Even if you're lucky enough to have an assistant to help, entertaining takes 16

April 23, 2015 2:40 AM Clintons’ wealth, charity interwine

Bill Clinton was paid at least $26 million in speaking fees by companies and organizations that are also major donors to the foundation he created after leaving the White House, according to a Washington Post analysis of public records and foundation data. The amount, about one-quarter of Clinton’s overall speaking income between 2001 and 2013, demonstrates 50