Stand-up comedy is a notoriously hard slog. It's all about getting up in front of as many people as you can, as often as you can, almost wherever you can. But there is a comedian out there who, after years of in-person stand up, has gotten almost a million fans from the comfort of his own living room.
And he's done it all with jokes of 140 characters or less.
Rob Delaney got famous on Twitter, and now he's gotten a book deal out of it. It's called "Rob Delaney: Mother. Wife. Sister. Human. Warrior. Falcon. Yardstick. Turban. Cabbage."
Click the player below to hear how Rob inked his book deal. Fittingly, it all started with a tweet...
Veteran guard Richie Incognito is alleged to have left intimidating messages and texts on the phone of second-year offensive tackle Jonathan Martin, who left the team last week. The NFL and the Dolphins have transcripts of some of the messages.
Democrat Bill de Blasio is poised to become the next mayor of New York, in part because he made income inequality the central issue of his campaign. His "tale of two cities" narrative has resonated with voters. But there's debate about what he could do as mayor to narrow the income gap.
There was no mention of the president or the Affordable Care Act at a rally for gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe. The omission signaled how the law's recent troubles have turned Obama's signature domestic legislation from an asset to a liability. It may have also signaled something else.
A ham and cheese sandwich floats in midair. A Weber grill is sliced in half to expose a burger sizzling inside. The Photography of Modern Cuisine is both a visual feast and a practical guide to food photography.
Brain scans may help people who were ill treated as children realize that they process fear differently than others. They may have a harder time realizing what's truly a threat and what's not. Researchers say that can lead to increased risk of anxiety and depression.
Huge stone slabs weighing up to 300 tons that now reside in Beijing's Forbidden City were slid more than 40 miles in 15th- and 16th-century China over water-lubricated ice roads in the dead of winter. Though spoked wheels had been around for almost 3,000 years, the ice roads were smoother and required less manpower.
Charlie Crist left the Republican Party during a failed bid for Senate and later became a Democrat. Now he's running against Florida's current Republican governor, Rick Scott, a conservative elected with strong Tea Party support.
Oregon's health exchange has yet to enroll a single person. Problems with Cover Oregon's website have reduced the state to asking people to submit paper applications for insurance coverage. Then the state has to send them back a form saying how much that insurance will cost. Then a person would send it back to actually enroll.
Aja Brown made history in the city this past summer when she became the youngest mayor to ever be elected there. She has strong family roots in the place made famous by "gangsta rap," and a long list of ambitious reforms for the long-struggling city south of L.A.
You may know Sportvision as the creators of the yellow line you see on the field during football broadcasts. But the company makes graphical enhancements for all kinds of sports — and hopes its innovations will make watching games on TV even better than cheering from the sidelines.
Three years after bariatic surgery, most people experienced health improvements. Yet some people benefited much more than others. Figuring out those differences would help doctors and patients understand who should have surgery and who should avoid it.
Maine Democratic Rep. Mike Michaud's announcement Monday that he's gay is expected to have little effect on his run for governor — except, perhaps, when it comes to the money race.
There's a curious twist in the contentious debate over feeding antibiotics to animals in order to make them grow faster. Evidence suggests using antibiotics for growth promotion, at least among pigs, doesn't even make economic sense. But some pork producers don't believe it.
Kellogg announced big staff cuts today -- 7 percent of its work force. That’s about 2,200 people. It’s cutting costs and trying to boost profits, because cereal just isn’t selling the way it used to.
Cereal got its start as a health food -- a super convenient health food (You don’t have to cook your breakfast anymore! Just pour it!).
But today, cereal is a drag; people want to be free of the tyranny of spoons!
"Today, you’ve got the splurge of breakfast bars, those breakfast sandwiches that you throw in your microwave and they heat up in a minute, and then you're in your car eating it,” says Brian Yarbrough, analyst from Edward Jones. We want to multi-task our breakfast. “That saves you 15 minutes in the morning,” says Yarbrough.
Our inability to sit to eat is one of Kellogg’s problems, leading to a 2 percent decline in sales of breakfast foods. Another issue, say analysts, is that Kellogg needs to innovate to keep up.
Show us a little sparkle in the cereal aisle.
“There has been further innovation in other breakfast categories,” says Erin Lash, an analyst at Morningstar. "Yogurt is a category where there has been a lot of innovation.”
Those yogurt guys are always so ahead of the curve.
Kellogg’s innovation is probably not going to be tropical marshmallow flavored Special K. Sorry. No such luck.
Instead, says IBISWorld cereal analyst Jeffery Cohen, expect more “cereals enhanced with fiber, cereals that our full of grains.” Cereals that adults want-to want to eat.
And, Kellogg knows that for some people, a bowl of cereal just isn’t going to happen. So it's introduced other products, like Kellogg’s To Go, a spoon-free breakfast shake.
A bill to ban workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity has more Senate support than ever before. But its prospects are grim in the GOP-controlled House.
Residents reported their houses shook for one or two seconds. The waves registered by the USGS, however, were consistent with a blast, not an earthquake.
These final notes on the way out can be seen as key data points on the state of the American economy.
The first comes to us from the Wall Street Journal, which happened upon some research showing the percentage of Americans over the age of 16 who say they don't want a job.
The top-line number? 34.3 percent of people over the age of 16 say they just don't want to work at all.
The way things have been going for BlackBerry, it’s almost a surprise that the company’s still around. There was a plan to sell BlackBerry and take it private. Today we found out that the deal is off. Instead, BlackBerry is getting an investment of a Billion dollars and a new CEO.
But is that really enough to keep the company in business?
Uncertainty about the company’s future has scared away customers. For about seven years, Joanna Cazden was a loyal BlackBerry user. A few months ago, that changed.
“My last BlackBerry sort of died. It wasn’t holding its charge. It was clearly time to let go of it. And rather than get another one knowing that the company was in trouble, I got an Android,” says Cazden.
She didn’t want to invest in a company that could go bust.
Other consumers prefer all the apps available on other smart phones. But despite all the bells and whistles that came with her new phone, Cazden didn’t want to give up her old BlackBerry.
“I resisted because I like the touch-feel of the keyboard on BlackBerry. And I still miss that,” says Cazden.
BlackBerry has tried to go head-to-head with the touch-screen phones. But it’s BlackBerry’s physical keyboard that keeps consumers hooked.
It also has an advantage in terms of its power supply.
“A lot of phones struggle to make it through the day. BlackBerries have no trouble doing that. So that’s another key focus for business users,” says Jim Moorman, an equity analyst at S&P Capital IQ.
Another thing business users care about -- security. Moorman says BlackBerry beats the competition when it comes to protecting against viruses.
If BlackBerry builds on its strengths, he says it could maintain a solid base of customers.
“They have a chance to be a niche provider, but they have a lot of work to do,” says Moorman.
Investors aren’t waiting to see if the company turns itself around. They’ve been selling off the stock in a hurry. Today, shares of BlackBerry fell more than 16 percent.
Sorry may be the hardest word, but 'insider trading' might just take the cake for the most expensive couplet. Hedge fund SAC Capital pled guilty today to insider trading violations. It paid a whopping $1.8 billion and became the first Wall Street firm in years to own up to criminal conduct.
Insider information is knowledge of an event that’s going to affect a company’s stock price, things like bankruptcies; a merger with another company; and a drug getting approved or not.
"If some people have access to information that other investors don’t have, they know whether to buy a stock or sell a stock," says Lance Jon Kimmel, securities attorney with SEC lawfirm. "If we allowed that, we would have a massive collapse of confidence in our market."
SAC Capital admitted to getting earnings information from a mole at Dell Computers. The hedge fund used that information to decide whether or not to buy Dell stock, which helped it make more than a million dollars.
But drawing lines in insider trading cases isn't always easy. "If what they know is not material, simply interesting, maybe the kind of thing, where if you patch it together with various other facts, that's perfectly fine," says Donald Langevoort, a law professor at Georgetown University.
For instance, if Dell had retail stores, it wouldn’t be illegal for a worker to tell a hedge fund those stores had seen more foot traffic. It would be illegal to reveal the increase in foot traffic meant a higher quarterly profit.
Heavy fines, like today's, as well as harsh jail sentences, have deterred insider trading to some extent, says John Coffee, a law professor at Columbia University, but it's not going to go away.
"Definitely that will discourage, it will never stop it," says Coffee. "There are always risk takers and sometimes you’re getting a once in a lifetime opportunity to profit."
In fact, Hollywood's most famous insider trader, Gordon Gekko, is released from serving a jail sentence for insider trading in the movie Wall Street 2... and he goes right back to a life of (very lucrative) crime.