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Nat'l Geo photo winners 2014

CNN World - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 1:22pm
More than 9,200 entries were submitted from more than 150 countries in three categories: people, places and nature.
Categories: International News

Family Fun: Indoor Trampoline Parks Grow by Leaps and Bounds

Lifestyles - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 12:56pm
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(NewsUSA) - In case you haven't noticed, the indoor trampoline industry is booming with new arenas opening throughout the U.S. Not just because they're loads of fun (of course they are), but because it's something families can do together, while enjoying activities like dodge ball, basketball or even exercise classes.

Unlike other businesses despite the recession, the indoor trampoline industry continues to grow by leaps and bounds. According to the Association of Trampoline Parks, estimated industry revenue was approximately $12 million in 2008. Now, the association estimates that there are 340 indoor parks with revenues reaching approximately $680 million.

One of the emerging companies within the industry is Rebounderz Franchise and Development, Inc., founded by Mark Gurley and Al Palladino. Their idea was born out of a wish to occupy their teens' time that didn't include forking over a large sum of cash to an amusement park, yet give them something that would keep their kids active. From there, the two envisioned a place that would include trampolines but also be more than just a place to bounce.

According to the company's website, the two "poured their hearts into creating a truly unique, boldly athletic, family-oriented entertainment venue focused upon safe, physical activity and extreme, high flying action for all ages."

Since it first opened its doors in July 2008, the company now has multiple franchise locations in the U.S., and several more due to be finalized, where guests can jump, flip and bounce their way to health and happiness.

While its standalone trampoline facilities are still a fantastic business offering, Palladino points to a "growing popularity in non-trampoline offerings that provide something for everyone when it comes to active entertainment."

Palladino is referring to the company's family entertainment centers -- facilities that offers everything from fitness classes to slam-dunk basketball courts to kids' areas and foam pits.

"We believe we have an early investment opportunity in a proven and recession-proof business model that's still new to the marketplace. We have an opportunity to become among the first indoor trampoline arenas in most cities and communities," says Gurley.

For more information, visit www.rebounderz.com.

Mortgage rates hit a new low for the year

Business News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 12:53pm
Not only has gas gotten cheaper, so have mortgages.

Alternative lenders are hot -- especially among millennials

Business News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 12:53pm
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World must step up on Syria refugee crisis

CNN World - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 12:52pm
Like many entrepreneurs, I am often asked about the secrets to building a successful career. The advice I give is that whether you're in Silicon Valley creating apps, or in Unadilla Valley in upstate New York making yogurt, there are many common ingredients for success.
Categories: International News

What the Taliban left behind

CNN World - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 12:52pm
Classroom after classroom at the army-run school in Pakistan tells the same brutal story. A pair of glasses on the floor here, children's pencils and pens there, a page from a schoolbook lying torn and crumpled.
Categories: International News

Steve Carell North Korea movie is another casualty of Sony breach

Business News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 12:52pm
"The Interview" isn't the only movie on North Korea being stifled after the major hack of Sony Pictures.

Everyday life in Cuba

CNN World - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 12:48pm
Categories: International News

Defector: N. Korea has 1800 cyberwarriors

CNN World - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 12:48pm
A defector who once worked as a computer expert for Pyongyang says North Korea is running a vast network of hackers committing cyber warfare against the perceived enemies of the Stalinist state.
Categories: International News

Everyday life in Cuba

CNN - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 12:35pm
Categories: National News

Why Colbert's 'Late Show' is a big win for CBS

Business News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 12:32pm
Stephen Colbert is airing his last show tonight on Comedy Central and that's good news for CBS in more ways than one.

What's wrong with Google?

Business News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 12:10pm
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Hard times and broken families haunt the hope of a new Cuba

CNN World - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 12:05pm
In June of 1960, my father was a 14-year-old Cuban boy with a round-trip airline ticket from Havana to Madrid, Spain. He spent the summer with family in Spain while Cuba fell deeper and deeper into Fidel Castro's revolution. He didn't realize the extent to which his life back home was quickly crumbling and that the winds of revolution were about to change his life forever.
Categories: International News

3 killed after car hits crowd leaving church Christmas event

CNN - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 12:00pm
Three people were killed after a driver plowed into a crowd of people -- many of whom had just left a church Christmas event -- in Southern California, authorities said.
Categories: National News

GM halts deliveries to Russia

Business News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 12:00pm
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In Russia, no more $30 IKEA 'Billy' bookcases - at least for now

Business News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 11:51am
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Baseball eyes U.S.-Cuba opening

CNN - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 11:34am
More than half a century of hostility between the United States and Cuba has done nothing to diminish the island's love of America's national pastime.
Categories: National News

He gets paid HOW much?!

CNN World - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 11:32am
David Guetta, Tiësto and Steve Aioki explain how they've brought the underground favorite to the masses.
Categories: International News

Payday lenders throw millions at powerful politicians to get their way

Business News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 11:31am
Payday lenders are spending millions of dollars in Washington in an attempt to stop the government from cracking down on the industry.

Amazon unveils one-hour delivery in New York

Business News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 11:26am
Amazon now has a solution for some of its customers who can't wait a few hours for delivery.
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