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The new world order in space

CNN World - Tue, 06/02/2015 - 9:17am
China by virtue of the ambition of its space program stands out.
Categories: International News

Wedding Gifts for Grooms: A Tradition Brides Shouldn't Ignore

Lifestyles - Tue, 06/02/2015 - 9:13am
Five words or less

(NewsUSA) - The answer is: Yes, it's expected.

But it's also a chance for all you brides out there to truly show you know that not everything is about you on your wedding day. That there really is another person involved (that would be the groom) who deserves a bit of recognition, too.

We're talking wedding presents -- specifically, yours to your husband-to-be.

Tradition does, indeed, hold that both you and he exchange gifts. And while it's true that some guys are initially shocked to learn your engagement ring doesn't also count as a "present," that's no excuse for you to waver.

"Giving him something that's just for him will make him feel really special," advises

Here's what you need to know now that it's prime time for weddings:

* When to exchange them. Etiquette dictates that the hand-off occurs at one of three times: the night before the wedding, the morning of the ceremony, or right before leaving on your honeymoon. Think it's bad luck to see the groom before the nuptials? "Many couples choose to courier gifts via bridesmaids or groomsmen just before the ceremony," says

* There's a thin line between "romantic" and "mushy." Some of you may be tempted to compile a "love notes" journal of every bit of correspondence you've ever sent your groom. Even assuming he's the type who wouldn't consider that a bit "over the top," there's always the chance he might be left wondering, "Okay, where's my real present?"-- especially if his gift to you is a serious piece of jewelry.

* The consensus choice. There's a reason a watch invariably makes everyone's short list: It's the perfect statement of who he is or aspires to be. (It's also a lot more impressive than a flask, which for some reason also gets a few votes).

No less a taste arbiter than favors Baume & Mercier's Clifton line -- as elegant as the original 1950s model that inspired it -- for the way it "easily transitions from big day to every day." Like the Swiss watchmaker's timelessly charming (and affordably luxurious) Classima line, it comes with a choice of straps, dial faces and a variety of what's known as "small complications" that go way beyong just telling the hour. You can shop them at the Baume & Mercier e-boutique or by calling 1-800-MERCIER, where free engraving and wrapping are available.

* Fun fact. One writer at says he's "heard of women giving their husbands watches in the ceremony instead of a wedding ring." If so, the answer is: No, just like your engagement ring, that wouldn't also qualify as a wedding present.

Flight MH370: Talks with my missing wife

CNN World - Tue, 06/02/2015 - 8:57am
Where have you been, Chandrika?
Categories: International News

Bob Schieffer heads to the Ivy League, accepts Harvard fellowship

Business News - Tue, 06/02/2015 - 8:56am
One of Bob Schieffer's first stops after stepping down from the "Face the Nation" moderators chair will be Harvard University.

The world's best restaurant is ....

CNN World - Tue, 06/02/2015 - 8:55am
If you don't already have a reservation at El Celler de Can Roca, it's probably too late.
Categories: International News

Dog offers men fashion advice

CNN - Tue, 06/02/2015 - 8:51am
It's easy to spot Bodhi walking down New York's Madison Avenue. He has a knack for looking fabulous in just about anything a well-dressed man would wear.
Categories: National News

How to make your 'dead' batteries last eight times longer

Business News - Tue, 06/02/2015 - 8:36am
When you throw out your disposable AAs because your remote stopped working, they actually still had about 80% of their power remaining.

Olive Garden's hedge fund owners waited tables at the chain

Business News - Tue, 06/02/2015 - 8:20am
Talk about learning the business from the ground up.

Kidnapped French woman pleads for release

CNN World - Tue, 06/02/2015 - 8:19am
A newly released video shows a kidnapped woman begging the French and Yemeni presidents to help secure her release.
Categories: International News

Bernanke: China's yuan isn't ready for world stage

Business News - Tue, 06/02/2015 - 8:12am
China's yuan isn't yet ready for the world stage, despite Beijing's big push to turn it into an international reserve currency, according to former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.

Lion kills woman on safari

CNN World - Tue, 06/02/2015 - 8:12am
Categories: International News

Qatar extends travel ban for 'Taliban 5'

CNN World - Tue, 06/02/2015 - 8:07am
Qatar has agreed to temporarily extend a travel ban for the five senior Taliban leaders who have lived there since being released in a prisoner exchange with the United States, a senior U.S. official told CNN.
Categories: International News

Beautiful photos celebrate the Mediterranean

CNN World - Tue, 06/02/2015 - 8:05am
At a time when Mediterranean regions are often represented by visions of chaos and suffering, a young festival brings light and beauty to the public.
Categories: International News

What a shot! 39 amazing sports photos

CNN World - Tue, 06/02/2015 - 8:00am
Categories: International News

India heat wave kills 2,330 people

CNN World - Tue, 06/02/2015 - 7:57am
The heat wave gripping India has killed 2,330 people, officials announced on Tuesday, as meteorologists warned that lower temperatures could still be days away.
Categories: International News
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