July 18th, 2011
08:54 AM GMT
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Hong Kong (CNN) – Flat-faced canines can no longer fly Cathay Pacific. And their feline friends need to make other travel plans, too.

As of Monday, the airline has banned the so-called brachycephalic breeds due to concerns that certain types of short-nosed animals have an increased risk of breathing problems and overheating due to the stress of flying.

According to the airline’s travel advisory, the ban comes out of concern for the “negative health impact to the animal” caused by air transportation.

Banned are popular breeds such as pugs, bulldogs, and boxers, as well Himalayan, Persian and exotic short-hair cats.
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July 14th, 2011
08:16 AM GMT
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(CNN) – The latest Harry Potter movie has already broken box office records – and it hasn’t even opened yet.

Pre-ordered tickets for “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” have brought in $25 million in the U.S. alone. The film is due for release this Friday.

Not exactly a surprise for a movie franchise that is already king of the box office. Raking in $6.37 billion worldwide, Harry Potter has banked more billions than any movie featuring Luke Skywalker, Frodo and James Bond. The Potter franchise has also made more money than the Matrix, Twilight and X-Men franchises combined.

Take a look at the highest worldwide grossing franchises and number of installments, according to box-office research website The Numbers.
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July 13th, 2011
07:27 AM GMT
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Hong Kong (CNN) – The world’s second largest economy is putting on the brakes. But will it be a slow decline, or a rapid stop?

China’s red hot economy eased, with second quarter figures showing Beijing’s GDP dropped to 9.5% compared to 9.7% year-on-year growth in the previous quarter, CNNMoney reports.

This is the lowest reported GDP for China since the third quarter of 2009. China’s GDP has been rising at an annual rate of around 10% for most of the past 30 years, growing 10.3% in 2010 alone.

Yet the most recent figures are not to be mistaken for a downturn – the second quarter growth rate was stronger than the market expectation of 9.4% forecast by economists in a Dow Jones Newswires survey. Analysts now expect the GDP to settle at around 9% growth for the full year of 2011.

This much-needed ease in growth reflects a temperate cooling of China’s overheated economy, amid increasing alarm that China’s boom is headed for a crash.
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July 12th, 2011
02:44 AM GMT
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(CNN) - A recent study released by the Nielsen Company that examines the consumer and media habits of women in emerging and developed countries has found that women in India are the most stressed – and they spend differently.

The Women of Tomorrow Study, which examined 6,500 women across 21 different nations from February through April 2011, found that an overwhelming 87% of Indian women said they felt stressed most of the time, with 82% claiming they had no time to relax.

Indian women are not alone. The vast majority of Mexican (74%) and Russian (69%) women surveyed also reported feeling stressed.

List of 21 countries surveyed in order of most stressed women:
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July 7th, 2011
10:36 PM GMT
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Hong Kong (CNN) – I was walking down the street the other day when one half of my $350 Bose headphones quit working. Frustrated, I sent a quick tweet to my friends.

Within an hour, I got a reply – but not from my followers. From Bose.

Bose Service responded:

@natrobe Hi. We saw your tweet. Please follow @BoseService and reply to this message. We'll do all we can to help. Thanks.”

Despite not addressing my tweet to Bose – I did not @mention or even hashtag the name - Bose Service proceeded to send me a direct message with the contact information necessary to repair my headphones. This occurred within one working day.
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