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Dutch East India Company Established (1602)
Chartered by the parliament of the Netherlands to expand trade and assure close ties between the government and its colonial enterprises in Asia, the Dutch East India Company was the world's first multinational corporation. It had quasi-governmental powers, including the ability to wage war, and wrested control of the Spice Islands trade from Portugal. However, it was plagued by corruption and insolvency in the late 18th century and was dissolved. What issues contributed to its decline? Discuss

René Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, Murdered by His Own Men (1687)
La Salle was a celebrated French explorer of North America. He began exploring the Great Lakes in 1679, setting up forts in the region and organizing a federation of native American tribes to fight the Iroquois. Given power to colonize the region between Lake Michigan and the Gulf of Mexico, he set sail in 1684 for the mouth of the Mississippi River, which he was ultimately unable to locate. Beset by losses of men and ships, La Salle was killed by mutineers after having mistakenly landed where?

UK Recognizes British Sign Language as Official Language (2003)
Making use of space and involving movement of the hands, body, face, and head, British Sign Language (BSL) is the preferred language of deaf people in the UK and those who communicate with them, such as relatives and interpreters. BSL has regional and local dialects, and some signs go in and out of fashion or evolve over time, just like spoken words. Although English is the predominant spoken language in both the UK and US, BSL differs from American Sign Language in what ways?

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Retirement contribution limits will rise in 2019
Good news retirement savers: The Internal Revenue Service announced cost of living increases to the contribution limits for retirement-related plans in 2019.

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Uruguay eliminates Italy; Did Suarez bite again?
Uruguay is moving on. Italy is out of the World Cup after a 1-0 loss. Meanwhile, Luis Suarez apparently bit an opponent again.

Report: Heat forward LeBron James to opt out of deal, become free agent
Get ready for the Decision, Part II. LeBron James is opting out of his contract with the Heat, and will become a free agent.

NBA Mock Draft: Another change at the top
Just when you thought the NBA draft pecking order was starting to get predictable, Joel Embiid shakes it up.

Mexico beats Cameroon, advances to knockout round
After a tough 2013, Mexico completed its magical turnaround by taking down Croatia 3-1 and advancing out of Group A.

World Cup analysis: Costa Rica-England

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20 hot destinations you can visit for less than $100 a day
These cheap vacation spots boast inexpensive hotels, food and local transportation, along with all the sightseeing and experiences you could want.      

Get wild with cute critters that call the Caribbean home
Take a trip off the beaches to see dogs, hummingbirds, goats, monkeys and flamingos.      

These are the best — and worst — airlines in the U.S., according to new ranking
Delta led this year's list, edging out Alaska Airlines, the leader the past two years, and Southwest Airlines, the largest domestic carrier.      

Planespotters' paradise: Miami's eclectic airline lineup
More than 100 passenger and cargo carriers fly from the Florida hub, more than any other U.S. airport. See some of the more eclectic ones in this gallery.      

The top 50 US landmarks on Instagram
From Times Square in New York to the Hollywood sign in California, see which landmarks have been tagged the most on Instagram.      

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Remember when 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' made us listen to each other
"The Oprah Winfrey Show" used to air at 4 p.m. every day on my local station in South Texas.

Kristoff St. John died of heart disease
Actor Kristoff St. John, who appeared on the CBS daytime soap opera "The Young & the Restless," died of heart disease, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner.

Wendy Williams reveals she's seeking treatment and living in a sober house
Wendy Williams got incredibly candid during her show Tuesday about her struggle with addiction.

Amy Schumer reveals husband is on autism spectrum
Amy Schumer opens up about her husband in her new Netflix special "Growing," which started streaming Tuesday.

Stephen Colbert cancels trip to New Zealand
Stephen Colbert will not be taking his show to New Zealand this month.