This article was originally published on the Motley Fool. Whether you realize it or not, investors are witnessing history with the rise of cryptocurrencies. Aside from the fact that there's never been an asset class like virtual currencies, in 2017 we witnessed what could be the single greatest year for an asset class in history. Between the beginning and end of the year, the aggregate value of all digital currencies exploded higher by more than 3,300% to $613 billion, and as recently as Jan. 5 touched $835 billion in aggregate market cap. It's truly been a sight to marvel considering that the broad-based S&P 500 has taken decades to deliver similar returns. Bitcoin (CCC: BTC-USD), the largest cryptocurrency by market cap and the virtual coin most likely to be accepted by merchants, is heralded with having led the charge higher. After all, it was the first tradable cryptocurrency, and it brought blockchain technology into the mainstream. Blockchain is … [Read more...] about XRP News 2018: Ripple Lands Its Second Brand-Name Partner in 2 Months
California suspect calls slain deputy's partner 'coward' January 16, 2018 Updated: January 16, 2018 2:37pm SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The suspect being tried in the slayings of two Northern California sheriff's deputies called one slain officer's partner a "coward" and repeatedly and profanely interrupted the start of his murder trial Tuesday. Express Newsletters Get the latest news, sports and food features sent directly to your inbox. Sign up Most Popular 1 Warning as icy storm nears: Stay off the road 2 Brockhouse tempers criticism of McManus 3 Light snow may hit San Antonio and surrounding counties... 4 San Antonio area will get more wintry mix - snow reported on... 5 TxDOT: Ice, crashes reported on San Antonio highways as arctic... Prosecutor Rod Norgaard was describing in his opening statement how Deputy Scott Brown retreated under heavy fire that killed his partner, Sacramento sheriff's Deputy Danny Oliver, outside a Sacramento … [Read more...] about California suspect calls slain deputy’s partner ‘coward’
Published 10:07 am, Tuesday, January 16, 2018 LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) — Authorities say a police officer in southeastern North Carolina was injured when his partner's gun accidentally discharged. Multiple media outlets report Lumberton police Officer James Walters suffered injuries that aren't life-threatening when he was shot Friday. Lumberton police said in a news release that Walters was injured when Officer Aaron Revels' service weapon accidentally discharged. The release says the Lumberton Police Department has requested assistance from the State Bureau of Investigation, which is standard operating procedure. … [Read more...] about Officer injured when partner’s gun accidentally discharges
There's no denying that Calumet Specialty Products Partners LP (NASDAQ: CLMT) is on the right track regarding its turnaround. The company dazzled with its second-quarter 2017 results, finally returning to profitability and delivering a sharp about-face from the year-ago period. A focus on higher-margin products and organic growth promised to make the chemical manufacturer solidly profitable. But then third-quarter 2017 results were delayed. And then they showed that the company's business couldn't stay in the black for a second consecutive quarter. There were easy explanations, such as the recent hurricane in Texas that disrupted deliveries to customers and one-time costs from implementing a new internal enterprise resources planning system that will ultimately provide real-time business insights, but Wall Street sent the stock lower anyway. Should investors be worried about the company's turnaround strategy, or will 2018 be the best year yet for Calumet Specialty Products … [Read more...] about Will 2018 Be Calumet Specialty Products Partners LP’s Best Year Yet?
Ashley and Whitney say they prefer to design and build furniture one-offs for themselves and post the plans for free for anyone to use on shanty-2-chic.com. And they'll still be doing that. Their latest is a farmhouse table, and the materials to make it cost $65. They started building furniture in 2009 decided to put what they learned online. They soon discovered there was money to make from hosting advertising on their website for building tools, wood stains and other materials. Turner and Gainer also starred in three episodes of Open Concept, their own HGTV show that aired in 2015 and 2016. While the show wasn't picked up, their brand has earned more than 500,000 followers on Instagram, 3 million visitors a month to shanty-2-chic.com and now a retail partner. The beginning The sisters were born and raised in Fort Worth and graduated from Colleyville High School. "Everyone thinks our dad taught us to build furniture, but he left our mom with five young kids and we all learned a strong … [Read more...] about Plano retailer At Home partners with Fort Worth sisters who built a furniture following online