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Black Swan Hunting for 2011

This article has been adapted from our sister site across the pond, Fool U.K.

The entire point of author Nassim Taleb's ironically now ubiquitous "Black Swan" metaphor was that nobody in the white swan-strewn Old World foresaw the black version of the bird until they encountered Australia, where millions of black swans were waddling about their business.

Skype Teases iPad App, Voice Calling, Verizon iPhone

VoIP provider Skype published and then quickly removed support documents suggesting voice calling on Apple's(Nasdaq: AAPL) iPhone akin to FaceTime, the native iPad app, and even a mythical Verizon (NYSE: VZ) iPhone.

Valero Energy's Dividends May Not Last Forever

Whether you're a beginning investor or a near-retiree, the importance of purchasing stocks that pay dividends cannot be overstated. Not only do companies that have quarterly or annual payouts provide you with a steady stream of income, they also have the potential for capital appreciation. Simply put, dividend stocks can give your portfolio what almost no other investment can -- both income and growth.

'Narnia' takes No. 1 spot at box office

Los Angeles -- "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader," directed by Michael Apted, took in $24.5 million during the weekend for the No. 1 U.S. spot.

"The Tourist," starring Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie, settled into the No. 2 spot with $17 million at the weekend box office.

The animated "Tangled" was a strong No. 3 with more than $14.55 million.
All estimated gross box office figures are from the studios via Box Office Mojo.

Cooling down a little bit was "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1," No. 4 for the weekend with $8.5 million.

Is Realty Income's Management Creating Value?

 Warren Buffett's partner, Charlie Munger, once said, "I think I've been in the top 5% of my age cohort all my life in understanding the power of incentives, and all my life I've underestimated it. And never a year passes but I get some surprise that pushes my limit a little farther."


Wall Street's Best Hidden Stocks

 When asked for the secret of his success, baseball player Wee Willie Keeler replied, "Hit 'em where they ain't." What worked for Willie at the plate applies equally well in investing.  Seeking stocks that others ignore, shun, or simply forget gives individual investors like you an edge over the professionals. When Wall Street turns a blind eye, you have a chance to get in before these stocks get discovered -- or rediscovered -- and start taking off. 


NCAA seeks tighter recruiting rules

Indianapolis -- NCAA President Mark Emmert said Thursday his organization would do its best to avoid a repeat of the recent turmoil surrounding Auburn star Cam Newton.

"We will work aggressively with our members to amend our bylaws so that this type of behavior is not a part of intercollegiate athletics," Emmert said.

His comments came one day after the NCAA ruled that Newton would not lose his eligibility at Auburn despite evidence that Newton's father had attempted to obtain money from at least one university in exchange for the quarterback's services.

The NCAA announced Wednesday that Newton's father would be limited in his association with the Auburn athletic program.

Should You Sell Hologic Right Now?

 Should you sell Hologic (Nasdaq: HOLX) today? The decision to sell a stock you've researched and followed for months or years is never easy. If you fall in love with your stock holdings, you risk becoming vulnerable to confirmation bias -- listening only to information that supports your theories, and rejecting any contradictions.


Combination of weight training and aerobics best for diabetic patients

Weight training along with aerobics is the most effective way of lowering blood sugar in people suffering from diabetes, according to a recent study by Timothy S. Church, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., of Louisiana State University System, Baton Rouge, Los Angeles.

Report: Sebastian Bach bites bartender

Toronto -- Rocker Sebastian Bach was arrested in Ontario after he allegedly bit the hand of a bartender trying to throw him out of Riley's Olde Towne Pub, police said.

Bach, 42, is best known as the former lead singer of the rock band Skid Row.

TMZ said surveillance video shows Bach smashing his wine glass on the ground early Monday morning and walking towards the entrance of the tavern after he was asked to the leave the establishment due to his allegedly rowdy behavior.

While waiting for police to arrive, the unidentified bartender attempted to restrain Bach from behind, prompting the musician to flail around and eventually bite the man, the celebrity news Web site reported.

Bach was arrested for assault, possession of marijuana and mischief.