Rosie O'Donnell, Michelle Rounds in Love : People.com

11 Mar 2016 
Michelle Rounds (left) and Rosie O'Donnell

Rosalie O'Connor

By Tim Nudd

10/10/2011 AT 08:20 AM EDT

Rosie O'Donnell was attracted to Michelle Rounds the moment she saw her in a Starbucks this summer. But she never thought it would be reciprocated.

"I thought she was a 28-year-old heterosexual girl, because that's what she looked like to me. And she's a 40-year-old gay woman," O'Donnell, 49, tells ABC's Nightline in an interview airing Monday night.

She adds with a laugh: "My gaydar was way off!"

But O'Donnell, who recently said she's in love, thinks maybe it's a good thing she thought Rounds was straight. "I think if I had known that she was gay, I wouldn't have been brave enough to talk to her," she says.



O'Donnell's new nightly talk show, The Rosie Show, debuts Monday on the OWN network.

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Siberian Husky - The Domesticated Wolf Dog

11 Mar 2016 
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Although not a descendant of wolves, this dog is also colloquially called the Siberian wolf dog or the Husky wolf dog. Other nicknames are Sibe, Husky, and Icee.

The Siberian husky is one of the oldest breeds of dogs. It is a descendant of the Chukchi sled dogs, just like the Samoyed and the Alaskan malamute, which makes these breeds relatives of the husky. The Chukchi tribe, who lived in the northeastern part of Siberia, first started to selectively breed the Siberian husky as a sled dog and to herd reindeer. In 1908, the breed was taken to Alaska to compete in the the All-Alaska Sweepstakes, a 408-mile race of dog-pulled sleds.

The popularity of this breed increased after the year 1925, when the diphtheria epidemic struck the village of Nome Alaska. The antidote that was necessary to cure it was 600 miles away in the town of Nenana. Many teams of these sled dogs together made the journey and back, covering small distances each, bringing the serum with them. The two dogs that were especially commended for their efforts were Huskies named Togo and Balto. Togo ran the most distance of the journey, while Balto was the one who made the final leg of the journey and brought the antitoxin to Nome Alaska.

The people of New England were the ones that took over the selective breeding of the Siberian husky. This breed was officially recognized by the AKC in 1930, and the first Siberian Husky Club of America was started in 1938.

Appearance

Physical Description: This is a medium-sized breed. The height is normally between 21 to 24 inches (53 to 60 cm) for the males and between 20 to 22 inches (51 to 56 cm) for females. Males may weigh not more than 45 to 60 pounds (21 to 27 kg), and females may weigh not more than 35 to 50 pounds (16 to 23 kg).

Coat: The coat of this dog is thick, with a very dense undercoat and a longer top coat. The coat can tolerate temperatures as low as -58 to -75F (-50 to -60C). It also reflects heat during summer and can alter itself to help the dog adapt to the rising temperature. Coat colors are numerous, and also come in patterns. Colors can be black-and-white, gray-and-white, copper-and-white, and pure white. Agouti and piebald patterns are also found. Except for the merle pattern, the AKC allows all coat colors from complete black to pure white.



Eyes: The eyes are almond-shaped, moderately spaced apart, and come in colors such as brown, amber, glassy blue, dark blue, or green.

Sometimes, either one or both the eyes can have both blue and brown colors in each (partially colored), which is called partial heterochromia.

One eye can be blue and the other brown, which called complete heterochromia.

Nose: The nose color differs according to the coat color. It is black for a gray coat, tan for a black coat, liver for a copper coat, and a lighter tan for a white coat.

Tail: The tail is thick, bushy, and curved, but not so much as to touch the back, and does not deviate to any one side.

Temperament

Attributes: This dog is intelligent, affectionate, playful, gentle, alert, and very loyal. Thus, it is neither suitable nor useful for guarding. It does not bark, but rather howls like a wolf. It loves children and also other people. Its extremely loving and tolerant nature makes this dog suitable for children. However, it is also an independent, resourceful, and intelligent breed. Thus, training a husky can be a bit difficult.

As a Pet: It is not a suitable breed for first-time dog owners, as it needs a firm owner who can establish himself/herself as the alpha dog or leader of the pack. This is because the husky is a thorough pack animal. An owner who becomes even a little lenient and lets the dog take over may be pushed around a little by his/her pet. Hence, this breed needs guidance so that it does not get carried away.

Behavioral Problems: These include its tendency to try and escape. Thus, if you have a yard, then it must have a fence that is at least 6 feet high and also a few feet below the ground because this dog loves to both jump as well as dig! It may free hacked games jump over the fence or dig a hole in the ground and escape from under the fence. Also, keep smaller pets such as rats or hamsters away from this dog, as all the training in the world may be compromised, and the smaller animal will be pursued. Also, do not let your husky off the leash except in a fenced yard, as this dog also has the tendency to take off running.

Exercise: This breed needs considerable exercise daily, otherwise it will get bored, destructive, and will find creative ways to pass its time, which includes escaping, digging, and the like. Daily jogs or brisk walks are needed except when the weather is hot. The exceptional and unique temperament of this breed makes it a wonderful sled dog and even a suitable therapy dog.

Living Conditions

This breed is more suitable for a house that comes with at least a moderate-sized yard, but it can also be kept in an apartment if it has been accustomed to it since puppyhood and if sufficient amount of daily exercise is provided.

The dog will love to run and play around in the fenced yard in cooler weather, but will need a cool indoor atmosphere, and if possible, an air-conditioned environment in the warmer seasons.

Grooming and Shedding

This breed requires regular grooming; at least a few times a week if it is not possible daily.

The coat sheds twice a year, and it sheds quite heavily. During the shedding season, the grooming session must be carried out more frequently than other times.

Health Issues

The average lifespan of a husky is 12 to 14 years. This breed is not very susceptible to hip dysplasia like other medium-sized breeds, but an individual dog can be affected by it.

Other health concerns of this breed include juvenile cataracts, corneal dystrophy, canine glaucoma, and progressive retinal atrophy. Ectopy and zinc responsive dermatitis are also likely to affect this breed. Sled dogs can contract bronchitis, gastric diseases, and ulcerations.

This breed requires less quantity of food. Thus, overfeeding must be strictly avoided as it will only make the dog obese and lead to a host of health problems.

Amusing Facts

This breed is believed to be more than 3,000 years old.

A husky is fast, and can reach speeds of 30 mph.

This dog loves to lick people!

Unlike other medium-sized breeds like Labradors or Golden Retrievers, this breed has ears that stand up.

This dog can travel distances of more than 100 miles every day.

There is a bronze statue of the dog hero Balto at the entrance of New York's Central Park.

A male husky that is more than 23.5 inches tall is disqualified as per the AKC breed standards.

A Siberian husky is a one-of-a-kind and remarkable dog that has many lovable qualities. Its adapting and hardy nature combined with its sweet disposition has caught the attention of many across the world. It is not one of the most popular dogs for nothing.

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Esurance Pass It On Sweepstakes Gives Away Over $1 Million | Reuters

08 Mar 2016 
PR Newswire

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 4, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- In this year's big game, Esurance is passing its savings on and giving away over $1 million in its Esurance Pass It On Sweepstakes. Beginning today, people can simply Retweet messages from the Esurance Twitter handle tagged #EsuranceSweepstakes for chances to win. And for the first time ever, Esurance will select multiple prize winners each quarter who could win money in real time during the big game.

Experience the interactive Multimedia News Release here:

There will be more surprises in store along the way, so people should keep a close eye on the Esurance Twitter channel as details are revealed.

"The Esurance Pass It On Sweepstakes allows us to engage with people before and throughout the game, while also sharing information about who we are in a fun, memorable way," said Nancy Abraham, Vice President of Integrated Marketing Communications at Esurance. "We want people to become more aware of and familiar with Esurance, so with every Retweet they'll learn something different."

A new television commercial airing just before kickoff will remind fans to "pass it on" for chances to win throughout the big game. The spot, with John Krasinski's voiceover, features people in everyday situations dropping everything they're doing to catch a football made of money and pass it on. The message emphasizes that Esurance saves money, so they can pass those savings on to you. Viewers will be encouraged to pass it on too by Retweeting an Esurance Tweet with the hashtag #EsuranceSweepstakes. Each Retweet is an entry to win in the Esurance Pass It On Sweepstakes.

Esurance has always used innovative technology to make the insurance experience better. From Coverage Counselor®, helping customers find the right coverage and qualified experts available to answer any questions, to Photo Claims, helping settle claims fairly, quickly and efficiently, Esurance is modernizing protection and empowering customers to make smart insurance decisions. The Esurance Pass It On Sweepstakes is another example of using technology to improve experiences by selecting winners in real time during the game.

"With the rise of multi-screen viewing, especially around large-scale events, we wanted to connect with fans where they are already engaging with content - online and on social media," said Alan Gellman, Chief Marketing Officer at Esurance. "Our fully integrated program around the big game is a great example of how Esurance operates - fast, efficient and innovative in everything it does."

The entry period for the sweepstakes begins at 12:01am PST on Feb. 4, 2016. Winners will be revealed during and following the Sunday, Feb. 7 game.

Sweepstakes Guidelines

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. Sweepstakes ends 11:59pm on 2/8/16. Open to legal residents of any of the 48 contiguous states who are at least 18 & age of majority (excluding AK, HI, and PR). Entry by Twitter only. Void in AK, HI, and PR and where prohibited. SUBJECT TO OFFICIAL RULES located at esurance.com/PassItOnRules. Odds of winning depend upon the number of eligible entries received. Sponsor: Esurance Insurance Services, Inc., 650 Davis St., San Francisco, California 94111.

UNOFFICIAL WINNER MUST MONITOR TWITTER AND RESPOND PROMPTLY TO DIRECT MESSAGE FROM SPONSOR PRIZE OR FORFEIT PRIZE.

About Esurance®

Esurance provides auto, homeowners, motorcycle, and renters insurance direct to consumers online, over the phone, and through select agents. With an easy-to-use mobile app, quick comparison quotes, and video claims appraisals, Esurance is the smart choice for today's web-savvy consumer. And as a member of the Allstate family with an A+ rating from A.M. Best, Esurance is a reliable choice for car insurance, offering anytime, anywhere service just a click, call, or tap away. For more information, visit www.esurance.com or call 1-800-ESURANCE (1-800-378-7262).

Follow Esurance on the Esurance Blog, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.



Media Contact:

Dolleen Cross

Public Relations at Esurance

[email protected]

415-875-4722

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SOURCE Esurance Insurance Services, Inc.

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Rare Civil War-era shipwreck discovered in the ocean

08 Mar 2016 
Rare Civil War-era shipwreck discovered in the ocean - CNET

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This shipwreck could offer a look into the maritime conflicts of the American Civil War.



North Carolina Office of State Archaeology/Institute of International Maritime Research

There's a historical enigma lying on the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of North Carolina. A sonar search of the ocean floor in late February revealed an iron-hulled steamer ship dating to the days of the Civil War, a conflict that lasted from 1861 to 1865.

Famous Civil War land battles like Gettysburg and the First Battle of Bull Run may dominate general knowledge, but the warfare spilled into the Atlantic in the form of Union blockades designed to cut off trading to the Confederates in the South. There were also conflicts between armor-plated ironclad warships.

The wreck appears to be a blockade runner, a steam-powered ship built to evade the Union blockade. The North Carolina Office of State Archaeology announced on Monday the discovery from near the mouth of the Cape Fear River. The office notes this "is the first Civil War-era vessel discovered in the area in decades."

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"The state of preservation on this wreck is among the best we've ever had," Billy Ray Morris, an archaeologist with the North Carolina Office of State Archaeology, said in a statement. He describes the wreck as "a really big deal."

There are three likely candidates for the vessel's identity. The Agnes E. Fry, Spunkie and Georgianna McCaw are all blockade runners known to have gone down in the area where the wreck was found.

Last year, a research vessel examined an even older shipwreck off the coast of North Carolina. Submersibles went in for a close look at the ship, estimated to date as far back as the late 1700s, and discovered glass bottles, a metal compass, a navigational instrument and an iron chain.

Scientists will continue to investigate and gather data on the shipwreck site as weather allows. There is no word yet on whether or not they plan to dive down or send submersibles to the ship.

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7 totally unfair ways to make more money

04 Mar 2016 
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(MoneyWatch) Debrahlee Lorenzana, the "too hot" banker, apparently was not familiar with the old adage about too much of a good thing, and her plastic-surgery enhanced good looks cost her a job at Citigroup (C). But for the rest of us, the right nips and tucks just might translate into promotions and better pay.



A growing, albeit disturbing, body of research suggests that frivolous attributes can lead to serious consequences for salary and career. So if you don't feel like working hard in the office this week, just transform yourself into a tall, blonde, handsome, southpaw male who likes to drink and go to religious services. And soon you'll have the keys to the corner office.

Here are seven ways to make more money.

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