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  • Election 101: Ten questions about Newt Gingrich as a presidential candidate

    Election 101: Ten questions about Newt Gingrich as a presidential candidate

    Newt Gingrich, best known for engineering the 1994 Republican Revolution, is using the revolutionary social media platforms of Facebook and Twitter to promote his "run for President." The former speaker is a masterful strategist with a brilliant political mind. But a rocky marital record and a penchant for flame-throwing may jeopardize his candidacy.

  • Top 5 insider trading convictions

    Top 5 insider trading convictions

    Raj Rajaratnam, a wildly successful hedge fund manager, was sentenced and fined Oct. 13 on fraud and conspiracy counts for using insider information to make more than $50 million. Prosecutors called it the largest insider-trading case ever for a hedge fund. So how does his conviction stack up against other insider traders in the United States who were found guilty? Here's a look at the Top 5 convicted insider traders:

  • Bestselling books the week of 5/12/11, according to IndieBound*

    Bestselling books the week of 5/12/11, according to IndieBound*

    What's selling best in independent bookstores across America.

  • Salafis 101: 5 key facts

    Salafis 101: 5 key facts

    Salafi Muslims are often associated with militant Islam and violent groups such as Al Qaeda, though most Salafis disavow violent jihad. Repressed for decades by secular dictators such as Hosni Mubarak of Egypt and Zine Abidine Ben Ali of Tunisia, Salafis may find new breathing room now that the Arab Spring has ousted such leaders. Here are five facts to help you understand them.

  • CEO pay: a look at the Top 5 breadwinners

    CEO pay: a look at the Top 5 breadwinners

    CEOs at the biggest public companies in the US saw a raise in pay in 2010. The fourth annual analysis by the Wall Street Journal and the Hay Group, a management-consulting firm, shows that the median value of compensation of CEOs at the top 350 companies rose 11 percent, to $9.3 million. Only two of the Top 5 highest-paid CEOs were among the Top 5 the previous year, and only one was on the list four years ago. Total compensation includes salary, bonuses, granted value of stock, stock options, and other long-term incentives awarded for work.

  • Gas prices and five other liabilities for Obama in 2012

    Gas prices and five other liabilities for Obama in 2012

    “Yes We Can” was so 2008. Now President Obama is the incumbent, with a record to defend. More than whom the Republicans nominate to run against him in 2012, how voters perceive Mr. Obama’s accomplishments and liabilities – two highly subjective categories, at times overlapping – will determine whether he gets four more years. Here are his top six liabilities, including still-high gas prices:

  • Getting bin Laden and five other boosts to Obama's reelection bid

    Getting bin Laden and five other boosts to Obama's reelection bid

    "Yes We Can” was so 2008. Now President Obama is the incumbent, with a record to defend. More than whom the Republicans nominate to run against him in 2012, how voters perceive Mr. Obama’s accomplishments and liabilities – two highly subjective categories, at times overlapping – will determine whether he gets four more years. Here are his top six accomplishments, including the killing of Osama bin Laden:

  • Roger Hargreaves: Have you seen all 16 Google doodles today?

    Roger Hargreaves: Have you seen all 16 Google doodles today?

    Happy Birthday, Roger Hargreaves. The acclaimed children's book author would have turned 76 today. In true Google fashion, the search engine saluted Hargreaves with a homepage homage featuring some of his iconic characters. Roger Hargreaves may be best known for his Mr. Men and Little Miss books about smiling, colorful cartoons. Google really went whole hog for today's celebration, reviving Mr. Messy, Little Miss Chatterbox, Mr. Tickle, and tons of other doodled dudes. There are 16 Roger Hargreaves Google doodles in all. Through careful screen shots and furious page refreshes, we present you with each and every one. Enjoy!

  • Kentucky Derby 2011: Five fantastic finishes of the past

    Kentucky Derby 2011: Five fantastic finishes of the past

    It will take the winning horse just two minutes to run the 1-1/4 mile track during the Kentucky Derby 2011. Here are five of the most exciting Kentucky Derby finishes from the past 137 years. With 19 horses raring to go, some photo finishes are inevitable.

  • Osama bin Laden raid: Four fresh twists in the story

    Osama bin Laden raid: Four fresh twists in the story

    Figuring out precisely what took place at the Osama bin Laden compound in the early hours of the US commando team strike has led to some bracing twists and turns in the narrative. At a Pentagon briefing Friday, reporters ribbed military officials, saying they were looking forward to hearing the fifth and newest version of how the operation to strike the terrorist mastermind unfolded. Here are the four latest plot turns in the bin Laden story:

  • 4 books I shouldn’t have liked – but did

    4 books I shouldn’t have liked – but did

    You all know what I mean here: You walk into a bookstore, pick up a book, take one look at its cover or read one paragraph of the jacket copy and say, “Oh, this book’s not for me because...." But you might be wrong. Here are four books that I really liked – even though I shouldn't have.

  • Top 5 cities with the fewest foreclosures

    Top 5 cities with the fewest foreclosures

    Home foreclosures rose last year. From December 2009 to December 2010, the average rate for America's cities went up from 4.9 percent to 5.6 percent. This represents a huge economic drag across a wide swath of the United States. But in some places, foreclosures are barely noticeable. Here are the five cities with the lowest home foreclosure rates in the US, according to a study by Foreclosure-Response.org.

  • 8 best books of May: Amazon editors choose

    8 best books of May: Amazon editors choose

    It's the month of Mother's Day, commencement addresses, cookouts, and the Indianapolis 500 – not quite summer but deep into spring. What should you be reading? If you ask the Amazon editors, here's what they will tell you are the very best titles of May 2011.

  • 10 best books for Mother's Day

    10 best books for Mother's Day

    Looking for that just-right book for a Mother's Day gift? Here's an excellent crop.

  • Cinco de Mayo: Six fun facts about the Fifth of May

    Cinco de Mayo: Six fun facts about the Fifth of May

    Cinco de Mayo: Although the holiday observes a historic battle in Mexico, it is celebrated with much more fervor north of the border with fiestas, parades, and concerts. Here are six things about Cinco de Mayo, or Fifth of May, that may surprise.

  • May the fourth be with you: 5 Star Wars technologies that are becoming a reality

    May the fourth be with you: 5 Star Wars technologies that are becoming a reality

    May the fourth be with you! The Star Wars saga was set in a galaxy, far, far away, but many of the fantastic technologies on display in the films could soon be coming to a planet near you.

  • Data theft: Top 5 most expensive data breaches

    Data theft: Top 5 most expensive data breaches

    Data theft is off to a troubling start this year, with two massive breaches occurring in March and April. Hackers' success in grabbing millions of records at Epsilon and Sony are just the latest example of increasingly sophisticated attempts to steal sensitive personal information. Here's a list of the five most expensive data theft cases in the United States:

  • Where will bin Laden 'mother lode of intelligence' lead?

    Where will bin Laden 'mother lode of intelligence' lead?

    It's 'the mother lode of intelligence,' a US official said of the materials found with Osama bin Laden in Abbattabad, Pakistan. The Wall Street Journal called the cache of computers and documents 'the largest potential intelligence coup of the post-9/11 era.' Here's a look at what was discovered, where it is now, and what it might reveal.

  • Controversy in death: Seven questions about Osama bin Laden’s burial at sea

    Controversy in death: Seven questions about Osama bin Laden’s burial at sea

    Just as his life had been a flashpoint of contention, Osama bin Laden’s death has incited fresh disputes about whether his burial at sea was done in accordance with Islamic law. Critics, from Islamic scholars to 9/11 survivors, have censured the Obama administration’s decision to swiftly bury Mr. bin Laden's body at sea. The White House insisted Monday that the burial was performed with respect to Islamic custom and that the administration had consulted with Islamic experts and decided beforehand how to handle bin Laden’s body. Here’s a closer look at Islamic burial practices and whether bin Laden’s body was handled in accordance with Islamic law.

  • Osama bin Laden's compound: 4 oddities

    Osama bin Laden's compound: 4 oddities

    The press has descended en masse to the sleepy town of Abbottabad, Pakistan, considered an idyllic vacation spot until Sunday when it became more famously known as the final hideout of Osama bin Laden. Any hopes of catching a glimpse inside Mr. bin Laden's secret compound were dashed, however, as Pakistani forces are tightly guarding the area and the Army literally chased down Western journalists who attempted to get close. After the Army departed today and left security in the hands of local police, reporters were able to climb atop nearby buildings to see what they could of the mysterious hideout of America's most-wanted terrorist. Here is what one reporter observed:

  • The top 5 militant leaders still hiding in Pakistan

    The top 5 militant leaders still hiding in Pakistan

    Osama bin Laden was not the only Al Qaeda leader hiding in Pakistan. The US believes there are others, including people on its list of Most Wanted Terrorists.

  • Top 5 Al Qaeda-linked militants Pakistan has captured

    Top 5 Al Qaeda-linked militants Pakistan has captured

    Amid an official US probe into whether the Pakistani military knew of Osama bin Laden's hiding spot and if they shielded him, it could be easy to overlook Pakistan's notable successes against alleged Al Qaeda militants, thousands of whom have been killed or captured by Pakistani forces over the past decade. Here's a look at five of the highest-profile Al Qaeda captures in Pakistan with the help of the local security services.

  • 6 best children's books, as voted on by kids

    6 best children's books, as voted on by kids

    It's Children’s Book Week 2011 and to celebrate 500,000 young readers across the US had a chance to vote for their favorite books. Here are the titles, authors, and illustrators that this year's record-breaking number of kid voters chose to honor as 2011 Children's Choice Awards winners.

  • Osama bin Laden dead: What jihadi websites are saying

    Osama bin Laden dead: What jihadi websites are saying

    Online supporters of Osama bin Laden and his campaign of global jihad reacted with confusion, sadness, and often anger following the news that Osama bin Laden is dead, killed by US special forces in Pakistan Sunday. Here is a sampling of four ways commenters on pro-jihadi websites responded – translated by Aaron Zelin, a researcher at Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass., and operator of his own website that studies Islamic radicalism online, Jihadology.

  • SEAL Team Six: 10 questions on the operation that killed Osama bin Laden

    SEAL Team Six: 10 questions on the operation that killed Osama bin Laden

    For a decade, it was an ongoing effort – one that a senior Obama administration official called on Monday morning “America’s most vexing intelligence problem: where to find bin Laden.” Here are 10 questions and answers about how the operatives commonly known as ‘SEAL Team Six’ killed Osama bin Laden.