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Published: Fri, 21 Jul 2017 14:37:25 -0400

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GOP senator: We don’t have ‘luxury’ of knowing what health care plan we’ll move on

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 16:00:25 -0400

(image) Senate Republicans are asking members to allow debate on their plan to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, but it's not clear what that plan is.



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Man Will Spend Life in Prison for Killing 5-Year-Old Stepdaughter After She Asked For Food

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 12:47:00 -0400

(image) Thomas McClellan was found guilty of first-degree murder, first-degree child abuse and first-degree arson in the killing of Luna Younger.



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Parole Board Member to Simpson: You Look Great for 90-Years Old

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 06:08:45 -0400

(image) O.J. Simpson's parole hearing gets underway with a slight gaffe from one of the parole board members about Simpson's age.



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Germany cannot scare Turkey with 'threats': Erdogan

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:47:17 -0400

(image) Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday told Germany it cannot scare Ankara with threats, in an escalating row over a wave of arrests that prompted Berlin to step up warnings to German tourists and investors. "They (Germany) cannot scare us with these threats, they should know this," Erdogan said in a speech in Istanbul. "You (Germany) do not have the power to smear Turkey... or the power to scare us," he added.



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‘Give it hell, John’: Family, colleagues and former foes wish McCain well

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 09:17:05 -0400

(image) Sen. John McCain, who has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer, has gotten an outpouring of support from across the political spectrum.



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China aims to become world leader in AI, challenges U.S. dominance

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 04:00:26 -0400

(image) By Cate Cadell and Adam Jourdan BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China has outlined plans to become a world-leader in artificial intelligence by 2025, laying down a challenge to U.S. dominance in the sector amid heightened international tensions over military applications of the technology. China released a national AI development plan late on Thursday, aiming to grow the country's core AI industries to over 150 billion yuan ($22.15 billion) by 2020 and 400 billion yuan ($59.07 billion) by 2025, the State Council said. With this major push into AI, China is looking to rival U.S. market leaders such as Alphabet Inc's Google and Microsoft Corp, as it is keen not to be left behind in a technology that is increasingly key from smart cars to energy.



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In surrealist twist, Dali exhumed in paternity lawsuit

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 18:59:38 -0400

(image) FIGUERES, Spain (AP) — Salvador Dali's eccentric artistic and personal history has taken yet another bizarre turn with the exhumation of his embalmed remains in order to find genetic samples that could settle whether one of the founding figures of surrealism fathered a girl decades ago.



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For Trump to Fire Mueller, Sessions Has to Go

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:00:16 -0400

(image) Rachel Maddow looks at some of the background of former Donald Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort that is being looked at in the Trump Russia investigation and notes that if Trump is afraid the investigation is getting to close.



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US 'closely tracking' as Chinese navy in the Baltics for war games with Russia

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 04:15:54 -0400

Chinese warships will join Vladimir Putin’s navy in the Baltic Sea on Friday ahead of war games which are being watched closely by Western powers. The drills, which are a sign of both the growing reach of the Chinese military and closer strategic ties between Moscow and Beijing, kick off a busy summer of drills by Russia in eastern Europe which have raised alarm in Washington. China’s most advanced guided-missile destroyers are expected to arrive in the Russian enclave of Kalingrad on Friday before taking to the seas with a Russian flotilla on Monday for exercises that will run until July 31. The Type 052D destroyer, Changsha, missile frigate Yuncheng and supply ship Luoma Lake are taking part in the drills. PLA navy ships to enter Baltic Sea for the first time to hold joint exercises with Russia https://t.co/dhiqc5On0Bpic.twitter.com/SthAGIEu9c— China News 中国新闻网 (@Echinanews) July 19, 2017 The Changsha was described as China’s “most advanced guided-missile destroyer” by Chinese media, while the Yuncheng is also believed to be among the most capable frigates in the People Liberation Army (PLA) Navy’s arsenal. "By sending its most advanced guided-missile destroyers, China is expressing its sincerity to Russia and also sends a strong signal to other countries who plan to provoke us," Li Jie, a Beijing-based navy expert, told the state-run Global Times. The Royal Navy escorted a flotilla of Chinese warships through English waters as it prepared to carry out drills with Vladimir Putin's forces. Credit: Rob Verkerk While China has dispatched some of its most high-end warships to the joint exercise, the continent from Russia’s Baltic fleet is much smaller. Just two combat ships – new corvettes of the Steregushchy class – will be joined by a support tug, naval Ka-27 helicopters and land-based Su-24 fighter-bombers as air support.  The reason for such a small showing at this year’s Joint Sea exercise is straightforward, says Maxim Shepovalenko, a former Russian navy captain and expert at the Moscow-based Center for the Analysis of Strategies and Technologies (CAST), said the small Russian showing was because there was "no need for a large-scale exercise" in the Baltic, "merely a symbolic one". "I can’t imagine the Russian navy ever holding a large-scale naval drill even by itself. And for the Chinese Navy, this is just a way to get a taste for ‘global reach,’” Mr Shepovalenko said. The exercise will run the course of a week, and will feature anti-submarine, anti-aircraft, and anti-ship drills. The two sides will also practice anti-piracy as well as search and rescue operations. The joint flotilla is under the command of Russian Vice Admiral Alexander Fedotenkov and Chinese Vice-Admiral Tian Zhong.  The drills are being conducted in Russian, according to the Baltic Fleet’s press service. China has been expanding its military reach by building up its naval forces and establishing its first overseas military base in the tiny east African nation of Djibouti this year. The manoeuvres in the Baltic Sea are being seen by Chinese experts as a show of force following joint drills by the United States and Beijing's two key Asian rivals - India and Japan – in the Indian Ocean earlier this month. Observers also say they are directed at Nato, and underscore China’s aspirations to be a major blue sea power and a rival to US naval might. A statement from the United States European command said: “We are closely tracking Russian exercises with other participants, like China. “While we support their rights to train in international commons, we expect all nations adhere to international norms and laws,” the statement added, according the the Stars a[...]


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US sailors likely at fault in cargo-ship collision: official

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 14:17:15 -0400

(image) The crew of a Navy destroyer that collided with a Philippine-flagged cargo ship will "certainly" be held accountable for the crash that killed seven American sailors, a US defense official said Friday. "The way it looks now, it seems that the crew on the (USS) Fitzgerald is going to be at fault," the official told AFP on condition of anonymity. Senior spokeswoman Rear Admiral Dawn Cutler stressed the investigation was still in its "early stages" and said it was too soon to release any definitive information.



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McCain's brain tumor is particularly aggressive type

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 23:27:27 -0400

(image) WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. John McCain's tumor is one of the most aggressive forms of brain cancer, and his family and doctors are deliberating next treatment options.



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Hezbollah, Syria army launch offensive at Syrian-Lebanese border

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 12:03:55 -0400

(image) By Laila Bassam and Tom Perry BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon's Hezbollah and the Syrian army launched an offensive on Friday to drive Islamist insurgents from their last foothold on the Syrian-Lebanese border, a pro-Damascus military commander said. The operation targeted insurgents from the Nusra Front group in the mountainous outskirts of the Lebanese town of Arsal and areas near the Syrian town of Fleita, the commander said. Media run by Hezbollah reported significant gains by its side in the early stage of the operation.



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Philippine police arrest 43 foreigners for kidnap of Singapore woman

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 03:51:51 -0400

(image) By Karen Lema MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine police said on Thursday they had arrested 43 foreigners for kidnapping a Singaporean woman at a casino resort in the capital, highlighting security concerns that have scared high-stakes gamblers away from Manila. Police said the gang, including people from China and Southeast Asia, was believed to be a loan-shark syndicate targeting foreign high-rollers, with 11 similar cases reported since 2015. The Philippines is one of the fastest-growing casino hubs in Asia, after Macau and Singapore, with the opening of several resorts over the past two years.



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Trump Finances Part of Russia Investigation

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:51:39 -0400

(image) Greg Farrell, investigative reporter for Bloomberg News, talks with Rachel Maddow about Special Counsel Robert Mueller including Donald Trump's personal business and finances as part of the Trump Russia investigation.



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Man with DEVAST8 face tattoo finally accepts job offer  

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 04:38:15 -0400

(image) A New Zealand teenager who complained his large DEVAST8 face tattoo was hampering his employment prospects has finally landed a job. Mark Cropp’s photo was shared around the world after he admitted on social media the tattoo was a drunken mistake from his time in prison and he was devastated with the results. However, the former prison inmate made more headlines after revealing he had turned down 45 job offers, saying he was “waiting for the right one”. The amateur inking covers his cheeks, mouth and chin Credit: Caters  Now the 19-year-old father is ready to start work after accepting a job offer near his home in Auckland. “Mark has accepted a local scaffolding job,” his girlfriend, Taneia Ruki, told Daily Mail Australia. “He could be starting as early as Monday. We are all still locking in the starting day.” On rejecting dozens of job offers, she added: “Most of those were outside New Zealand, so they weren’t on the cards.” Mark Cropp with his girlfriend Taneia Ruki  Credit: Caters  Meanwhile, tattoo laser removal company Sacred Laser has offered to remove the DEVAST8 lettering from his face for free. It will take between eight and 12 sessions to completely remove the facial inking, the New Zealand Herald reports.  Bad celebrity tattoos Mr Cropp posted a job appeal on Facebook earlier this month after being turned away by several recruitment agencies over his appearance.   “I’m keen as to work but have one thing that is stopping me and that’s my tattoo on my face,” he wrote. “I don’t have a CV as of yet but have worked at NZ brick distributors before, also a scrap metal yard … Keen as on job or work place that will take me on.” This man’s Hebrew tattoo doesn’t say what he thinks it does Surprising celebrity tattoos



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Thai court charges disgraced 'jet-set monk' with rape

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 05:12:07 -0400

(image) A Thai court charged a disgraced former monk Thursday with the rape of an underage girl, fraud and money laundering, after he was extradited from the United States. Thailand is an overwhelmingly Buddhist nation with around 300,000 men in orange robes, but the clergy are beset by high-profile scandals. Wiraphon Sukphon, 37, was arrested on arrival at Bangkok's main airport late Wednesday from the US where he established an unofficial Buddhist teaching centre after fleeing Thailand in 2013.



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MH370 search reveals hidden undersea world

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 01:42:22 -0400

(image) The painstaking search for missing flight MH370 has uncovered a previously unknown undersea world of volcanoes, deep valleys and soaring ridges, according to detailed maps released by Australia. Although no trace of the Malaysia Airlines plane was found during the search in the southern Indian Ocean -- the most expensive ever of its kind -- large volumes of data showing a detailed picture of the sea floor had to be collected to guide the probe. "It is estimated that only 10 to 15 percent of the world's oceans have been surveyed with the kind of technology used in the search for MH370," Geoscience Australia's environmental geoscience chief Stuart Minchin said late Wednesday.



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Remains found likely is 10th victim of Arizona flash flood

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 22:05:32 -0400

(image) PHOENIX (AP) — Remains found Wednesday in a water- and debris-filled canyon in central Arizona are believed to be those of a missing 27-year-old man who's the 10th and final victim of last weekend's flash flood, authorities said.



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Woman becomes US Navy's first female SEAL candidate

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 11:13:00 -0400

(image) The US Navy has revealed it has its first two female candidates for special operations posts previously unavailable for women, including one who could become its first female Navy SEAL. One of the candidates is seeking to become a special warfare combatant crewman, while the second is seeking to become an officer with the SEALs. Neither of the candidates has been identified, as is usually the case with members of the special forces.



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Millions heed anti-Maduro shutdown in Venezuela

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 16:55:22 -0400

(image) By Andrew Cawthorne and Girish Gupta CARACAS (Reuters) - Many Venezuelan streets were barricaded and deserted on Thursday for a strike called by foes of President Nicolas Maduro to demand elections and the scrapping of plans for a new congress they fear will consolidate dictatorship in the OPEC country. From the Andes to the Amazon, millions joined the 24-hour shutdown, staying at home, closing businesses or manning roadblocks in a civil disobedience campaign the opposition hopes will end nearly two decades of socialist rule. "We must all do our best to get rid of this tyrant," said Miguel Lopez, 17, holding a homemade shield emblazoned with "No To Dictatorship!" at a barrier on a Caracas street devoid of traffic.



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Detained student's mother: China police want "ransom"

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 19:42:58 -0400

(image) BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The mother of an American college student arrested in central China following an altercation with a taxi driver five weeks earlier said police are demanding the equivalent of a $7,400 "ransom" for his release.



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Israel weighs removal of metal detectors at heart of religious row

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 14:38:30 -0400

(image) Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is debating whether to remove new metal detectors at the centre of a dispute with Palestinians over access to a religious site in annexed east Jerusalem, Israeli media said Wednesday. The reports came as thousands of Muslim worshippers prayed for a fourth night in a row outside the Haram al-Sharif compound, known to Jews as the Temple Mount, rather than enter through the metal detectors. After the prayers, the Palestinians staged a protest against the enhanced security measures, chanting they were ready "to sacrifice ourselves for Al-Aqsa (mosque) with our soul and our blood", as Israeli border guards looked on.



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Surviving Child Describes Horror of Mother's Alleged Family Stabbing Rampage

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:28:00 -0400

(image) In new Division of Family and Children's Services documents, Diana Romero, 9, recalls the sight of her mother getting a knife out of the kitchen.



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Utah's crowded Zion National Park may require reservations

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 10:59:13 -0400

(image) SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — It would be a first for a U.S. national park: Requiring reservations to get in. But it's an option that Utah's Zion National Park is considering to manage an overwhelming surge of visitors to its sweeping red-rock vistas and canyons.



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Saudi king overhauls security services following royal shakeup

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 17:14:30 -0400

(image) By Hadeel Al Sayegh DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi King Salman on Thursday decreed the consolidation of counter-terrorism and domestic intelligence under a new body, in a major overhaul of the security apparatus weeks after the interior minister was ousted from the royal succession. The string of late night royal decrees also ordered a shakeup of senior personnel, replacing the head of the elite royal guard and elevating the head of the newly created Presidency of State Security, Abdulaziz bin Mohammed al-Howairini, and his deputy to the rank of ministers. The moves inside the world's biggest oil exporting nation centralizes authority in security matters to the king and his young son, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who has made a rapid rise to the pinnacle of power at the expense of his cousin, Prince Mohammed bin Nayef.



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John McCain diagnosed with brain cancer as Trump and Obama lead outpouring of support for US senator

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 21:30:19 -0400

Senator John McCain has been diagnosed with a brain tumour after doctors removed a blood clot above his left eye last week, his office said on Wednesday. The news was met with shock in Washington and triggered an outpouring of support for the much-respected Republican lawmaker. “Senator John McCain has always been a fighter,” President Donald Trump said. “Melania and I send our thoughts and prayers to Senator McCain, Cindy, and their entire family. Get well soon.” The 80-year-old Republican has glioblastoma, an aggressive cancer, according to doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix. The senator and his family are reviewing further treatment, including a combination of chemotherapy and radiation. “On Friday, July 14, Sen. John McCain underwent a procedure to remove a blood clot from above his left eye at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix. Subsequent tissue pathology revealed that a primary brain tumor known as a glioblastoma was associated with the blood clot,” his office said in a statement. His daughter Meghan McCain said the family were in “shock” at the news as she released a touching tribute to her father. Statement regarding my father @SenJohnMcCain: pic.twitter.com/SMte9Hkwkq— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) July 20, 2017 “It won’t surprise you to learn that in all this, the one of us who is most confident and calm in my father,” she said. “He is the toughest person I know. The cruelest enemy could not break him. The aggressions of political life could not bend him. So he is meeting this challenge as he has every other. Cancer may afflict him in many ways: but it will not make him surrender. Nothing ever has. “He is a warrior at dusk, one of the greatest Americans of our age, and the worthy heir to his father’s and grandfather’s name. But to me he is something more. He is my strength, my example, my refuge, my confidante, my teacher, my rock, my hero - my Dad.” The Arizona senator and chairman of the Armed Services Committee had been recovering at his Arizona home. His absence had forced Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to delay action on health care legislation. Profile | John McCain In a statement, Mr McConnell said: “John McCain is a hero to our Conference and a hero to our country. He has never shied from a fight and I know that he will face this challenge with the same extraordinary courage that has characterised his life.  “The entire Senate family’s prayers are with John, Cindy and his family, his staff, and the people of Arizona he represents so well.” John McCain is an American hero & one of the bravest fighters I've ever known. Cancer doesn't know what it's up against. Give it hell, John.— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) July 20, 2017 Mr Obama hailed Mr McCain as  an “American hero & one of the bravest fighters I’ve ever known”.  “Cancer doesn’t know what it’s up against. Give it hell, John,” the former president tweeted. Sarah Palin, his running mate in the 2008 presidential election, described Mr McMain as “one tough fighter”. About 20,000 people in the [...]


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Audi voluntarily recalls up to 850,000 diesel vehicles

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 06:26:55 -0400

(image) German luxury carmaker Audi, a Volkswagen subsidiary, issued a voluntary recall of up to 850,000 diesel vehicles Friday, saying it would help reduce engine emissions. "Audi aims to maintain the future viability of diesel engines for its customers and to make a contribution towards improving air quality," the Bavaria-based manufacturer said in a statement. Vehicles with affected engines would receive a free software upgrade that "will further improve their emissions in real driving conditions beyond the current legal requirements," Audi added.



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'Oh He Just Died': Teens Laugh At Drowning Disabled Man In Disturbing Video

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 00:20:15 -0400

(image) In more than two-minute long video, the teens can be heard laughing, instead of calling for help as a Florida man struggled to stay afloat in a pond.



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Cameroon 'torturing people accused of supporting Boko Haram'

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 20:01:05 -0400

(image) Cameroon’s security forces have been accused in an Amnesty International report of torturing hundreds of people in secret chambers. Dozens of testimonies, as well as satellite imagery, photographs and videos add up to a pattern of terrible violence against people accused of supporting the Islamist group Boko Haram, which Amnesty says amounts to war crimes.



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Ina Garten's favorite kitchen tool costs less than $10

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 07:29:00 -0400

(image) If you've binge-watched a Saturday-morning marathon of Barefoot Contessa, chances are you're probably gawking at Ina Garten's magnificent kitchen in the Hamptons just as much as you are learning how to roast the perfect chicken.



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Small plane makes emergency landing on Long Island highway

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 00:03:51 -0400

(image) A Cessna plane pilot is being praised for his successful emergency landing on a Long Island highway that included flying under an overpass.



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The Latest: Officer in shooting exercising right to silence

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 16:59:53 -0400

(image) MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on the fatal shooting of an Australian woman by police in Minneapolis (all times local):



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Iraqi forces recapture village south of Mosul from Islamic State: police

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 03:04:13 -0400

(image) Iraqi forces on Thursday regained control over Imam Gharbi, a village south of Mosul, from Islamic State militants who had seized it as their defense of their stronghold in the city crumbled, Iraqi police said. The action formed part of the next phase of the U.S.-backed government's campaign to drive Islamic State from Iraq and dismantle their self-proclaimed caliphate. Police Colonel Kareem Aboud said government forces took full control of Imam Gharbi at dawn.





Break Out the Cuisinart: 12 Amazing Food Processor Recipes

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 19:26:34 -0400

(image) There are a few magical appliances that actually belong in your kitchen (ahem *you don’t actually need an Instant Pot*) and a food processor is definitely one of them. Perfect for keeping kitchen prep to a minimum, there are a few secrets to the food processor that go beyond blending hummus. Not all recipes are meant for the processor.



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By embracing Russia, Trump bumps up against top advisers

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 08:23:08 -0400

(image) WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's persistent overtures toward Russia are placing him increasingly at odds with his national security and foreign policy advisers, who have long urged a more cautious approach to dealing with the foreign adversary.



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5 Small-Cap Stocks with Big Dividends

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:00:00 -0400

(image) When most investors think of the best dividend stocks, they often think of Johnson & Johnson (ticker: JNJ) or Procter and Gamble Co. ( PG). Remember, small-cap dividend stocks come with more risk to cyclical trends in the economy or disruption to revenue. The best part for income investors, however, is that the reliable revenue stream from Extended Stay properties mean this $4 billion company can provide reliable dividends.