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Shannon Britton

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What they don't tell you about losing weight

At 27 years old, I weighed 486 pounds and decided to have gastric bypass surgery. I know what you might be thinking: "Oh, you took the easy way out." Let me tell you, having weight loss surgery is far from easy.

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Russian bank offers cats with mortgages

Would you like a cat with that mortgage? Russia's biggest bank, Sberbank, is offering to deliver cats to the doorsteps of new mortgage clients as part of a quirky promotional campaign.

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Sports betting vs. stock market

Sports gamblers have lots in common with stock market investors. They both believe they can predict the future, and they sometimes fall into the trap of making decisions with their hearts instead of their brains. And of course, they both hate to lose. But don't let those similarities fool you.

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4 reasons why you shouldn't fear September

September has historically been the worst month for the market.

Gaza devastation, woman wailing blurb

REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

Rebuilding Gaza expected to cost $4B to $6B

The cost of rebuilding in Gaza after seven weeks of shelling and bombardment is expected to total between $4 billion and $6 billion.

Rosa Parks

Why Buffett's son bought Rosa Parks' papers

Howard Buffett, the youngest son of the billionaire investor, said he was thinking of his mother when he paid $4.5 million for a trove of historic belongings left by civil rights activist Rosa Parks.

Sinkhole, National Corvette Museum

National Corvette Museum

Corvette museum won't keep sinkhole after all

The virtual cathedral for one of America's most revered cars will reluctantly fill a monster sinkhole that brought it both pain and gain.

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Paige Foster/SXC

Execs on trial for tainted peanut butter

It was in a bland, windowless third-floor courtroom here that Jeff Almer first locked eyes with the man he holds responsible for his mother's death.

Coolest Kickstarter

CoolestKickster.com

The Coolest Kickstarter ever raises over $13 million

The Coolest Cooler (yes, a cooler) raised $13.3 million in its 52-day run. The previous record holder, the Pebble smartwatch raised $10.2 million in 2012.

Closeup of dollar bill, money, George Washington

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A&E deal would price Vice at $2.5 billion

For Vice, it's finally paying off to cover the edgy news no one else will touch -- big time.

Prison hallway

Jamil Bittar/Reuters

Wall Street bets on prison growth from border crisis

There's a crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border, and Wall Street is betting that it will result in a boom for private prisons.

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