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Curated by Vera Gibbons

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Canopy Growth begins trading on NYSE, making it one of two Canadian pure-play marijuana stocks to list on major U.S. exchange; Uber ends Arizona driverless car program; Britney Spears’ ex Kevin Federline wants more money…seeks three times more than Spears currently pays him; Tempura – hottest menu item in America right now?; How to rake in cash at your yard sale [NoPo says don’t sell that vase in your attic shoebox for 50 cents if you think it could be worth, say, $600,000!]; What a stronger dollar means for investors…and you (good time to travel overseas); Booze that taste best in a Wendy’s Frosty; Amazon Alexa-enabled Tupperware; Best hot dogs, ranked; Sturdiest gas grills; Cryptocurrency freefall; The final straw?

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Thinking of selling your home? Do it before 2020, economists say…Consumer Reports finds ‘big flaws’ w/Tesla Model 3 [Like, the brakes don’t work?] and therefore does not recommend (will re-test at later date); Mark Zuckerberg plays parliament for fools, makes no FRIENDS; Three new bidders step in w/offers to buy maker of Necco Wafers at bankruptcy auction today; Bill Gates shares the 5 books you should read this summer; “Uber for kids”  – changing carpool game, but good idea or…not?; Amazon banning customers from making too many returns; Tourists flooding to Portugal for food and wine; Reese’s giving away $10,000 and year’s supply of candy; State parks that have all of the beauty of national parks–and none of the crowds; Most hated stocks right now [Yep–consumer staples]; First female NYSE president; $5 gas in NYC [Ugh!]; Best barbecue sauces, ranked; ‘Dynamic’ Dundee–must-visit European destination…

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Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg resumes his ‘apology tour’–in Europe (testimony will be live-streamed); Google rolls out YouTube Music; Bratz maker gives up on Toys ‘R’ Us; Postal Service adds scratch-and-sniff stamps; Puerto Rico opens first new hotel since hurricanes; Women use Tinder for positive self-affirmation; men for casual sex?; Royal wedding guests selling bag gifts on eBay; Apple’s Siri getting brand new voice; More Americans struggling to pay their credit cards; Snap’s “dirty laundry” – has it been “sufficiently aired out” in the market?; New Uber promo codes – save up to $30 off upcoming rides; Million dollar whiskey (two bottles break records at auction); Diddy’s $21 million art purchase; Trouble in Big Food; Fortune 500 list; The secret to Publix’s key lime pie [Just for you, Michael!]…

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As Campbell struggles w/fresh food and soup, its strategy comes under scrutiny post CEO departure; GE thisclose to $20 billion deal to sell transportation unit; ‘Deadpool 2’ topples ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ at box office; Hasbro trademarks smell of Play-Doh, and your childhood?; Home sellers getting buyers to jump through hoops; Amazon making it harder and harder to quit Prime; Lindsay Lohan opening LOHAN beach house in Greece this summer; Euro — on verge of collapse?; Nobody wants this $19 million ‘Versailles in Manhattan’ mansion; Somebody won $315 million Powerball jackpot in New Jersey [JayMac? Maura? Colleen? Bob?]; Blue Apron partnerships (Chrissy Tiegen and more recently, Costco); A rise in “vacation” searches; Nilla Wafer Banana Pudding…cereal; The $130 ice cream cone.

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How high will interest rates go? History offers some clues; Volcano taking toll on Hawaii economy; YouTube launching new music streaming service next week; Sprinkles Cupcakes creating mini versions of royal wedding cake; It’s getting easier to redeem frequent flyer miles; Arby’s, the king of roast beef, wants you to eat more…lamb??; Institutional investors skeptical on Apple; George Soros – bullish on Elon Musk ($35 million vote of confidence); Best potato chips, ranked; Blueberry glaze donuts, or better yet–Pinot Grigio donuts since it’s apparently National Pinot Grigio Day today; Bumble Bee CEO/price fixing scandal; ‘Stablecoin’ [??]; Heinz Ketchup-flavored ice cream (Thanks, Ed Sheeran).

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10-year Treasury yield spikes, spooking stock market, sending mortgage rates to highest level in 7 years; Amazon begins offering exclusive discounts to Prime members who shop at Whole Foods (Florida stores initially; everywhere else this summer); Hedgie David Tepper seals deal to buy Carolina Panthers; Canopy applies to become first pot producer listed on NYSE; Ikea launches new credit card; Squirrels stash 50 pounds of pine cones in car engine????; How to prepare your home – and finances – for a hurricane; Why so many older couples are getting divorced; What’s left, what’s gone, and what’s new at Sears; Top trending vacation hot spots in world; Record-breaking travel, Memorial Day weekend; Tesla buzzcut; Best premade cookie doughs; Wild Berry Fruit Loops

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Want to have lunch w/Warren Buffett? Billionaire auctioning off another private lunch to raise money for homeless charity; Amazon dropping third-party vendors from its Fresh grocery service; Party-hard Thailand going after rehab tourists; Cremation gaining in popularity fast as burial costs rise; What pilots eat when they fly; Why MoviePass is the future–even if it doesn’t survive; Market – now pricing in four interest rate hikes this year; Everyone’s getting married in…barns!?; Steve Wynn’s bad luck w/Picassos; Casino stocks – jackpot w/court ruling; Most outrageous ice cream flavors you can try this summer; Self-chilling cold brew (just in time for iced coffee season); Hostess bite-sized snack cakes; Reese’s-Pieces stuffed chocolate bars.

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Tesla executives step away, adding to automaker’s challenges; Bitcoin conferences flood New York, bringing millions in ticket sales; Chili’s restaurants hit by data breach; Rockefeller art collection breaks 22 world records at auction; Apple-Goldman Sachs credit card…good deal or just good branding?; Tinder launching new features ahead of Facebook’s dating app launch; Fast food having do-or-die delivery moment; Spirit latest to embrace in-flight Wi-Fi access; Birthday cakes even a birthdayzilla would approve of; Rolls-Royce’s first SUV (Yours for $325,000); World’s best beaches; Justin Timberlake’s “braspberries”

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Wall Street likes Sears-Amazon tire service partnership, but as for Walmart’s acquisition of India’s Flipkart, ehh–notsomuch; Apple plans to sell video subscriptions through TV app; Facebook making its own bitcoin rival?; American workers using more vacation time (highest level since 2010!), but drinking less…beer; Oil and the dollar rallying in tandem (a rarity!); Two new scams targeting seniors are on rise; Ina Garten going on tour; The new online service that lands you the campsite of your dreams, last minute; A look at Uber’s flying car dream; Disney’s citrus-flavored soft serve (People are waiting an hour in line to get it!); Emoji pool floats.

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Did a Dish Network telemarketer call you? You could get $1200 from lawsuit; Facebook shakes up management, eyes blockchain; Equifax reveals vast scale of 2017 consumer data breach; JetBlue begins flying NYC pizza to LA (3-day “Pie In The Sky” promotion); Gmail will soon be able to finish some sentences for you; Apple w/in 6% of being first trillion dollar company; Attendance up at SeaWorld – so….is the worst over?; What a Comcast-Disney duel for Fox could mean for you .. and the Marvel Universe; Why Wall Street is so mad at Zillow; A record 6.6 million job openings; 3 boring stocks that could make you rich; Open Table’s Best Brunch Restaurants in America; World’s most extreme airports; MoviePass cash crunch; Taco Bell’s Naked Chicken Chalupas.

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