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Jack Sim, the founder of World Toilet Day, travels the world promoting access to safe and clean toilets.

Toilets 'R' Him: Jack Sim Wants A Potty In Every Pad

Jack Sim's career is in the toilet — literally.

The 57-year-old Singaporean made his fortune in the construction industry when he was in his 40s. And he wanted to make a meaningful contribution to the world.

Sim tried his hand at saving historic buildings and answering phone calls from people in distress, but neither felt right. "I was looking for something that was neglected and able to serve large number of people," he says.

Julien Blanc

U.K. To Deny Entry To Controversial U.S. Dating Guru

Britain says it won't allow a controversial American dating coach to enter the country as his presence isn't "conducive to the public good."

[Fair warning: If you click on any of the links in this story, you will see offensive material.]

The American in question is 25-year-old Julien Blanc. His Twitter profile says he is the executive coach for Real Social Dynamics, a dating advice company. Blanc was scheduled to make public appearances in the U.K. in February 2015.

The Owlet, which is not yet on the market, is designed to measure a baby's heart rate and blood oxygen levels.

You Can Monitor Your Baby's Vital Signs 24/7, But Should You?

I'm sure I'm not the only parent who hovered over my newborn's crib, wondering if she was breathing. Tech companies are now offering to help parents manage that anxiety with devices that monitor a baby's vital signs and beam them to a smartphone.

But that might not be such a good idea, according to Dr. David King, a pediatric researcher at the University of Sheffield. He first heard baby vital signs monitors being discussed on the radio, and "I suspected there wasn't much evidence behind it, because I knew cardiovascular monitoring wasn't recommended in SIDS."

Carbon dioxide is represented by the red on this map.

WATCH: How Carbon Dioxide Travels Around The Globe

We're a few days late on this, but it's too cool not to share.

Here's a NASA video made from a new model that shows how carbon dioxide moves throughout Earth:

NASA explains what you just watched:

Mexico's President Enrique Peña Nieto and first lady Angélica Rivera arrive in Brisbane, Australia, on Nov. 14 for the G20 summit.

Amid Scandal, Mexican First Lady Decides To Sell Mansion

Amid rumblings about conflict of interest and corruption, Mexico's first lady says she will sell a multimillion-dollar home in one of the most glamorous areas of Mexico City.

In a YouTube video released late Tuesday, Angélica Rivera defiantly proclaims that she has "nothing to hide."

"I have worked all my life, and because of that I am an independent woman capable of building a patrimony with honesty," she said.

6 Pitfalls To Avoid When Picking Insurance On The Job

You don't get a pass this year on big health insurance decisions because you're not shopping in an Affordable Care Act marketplace. Employer medical plans — where most working-age folks get coverage — are changing too.

Rising costs, a looming tax on rich benefits packages and the idea that people should buy medical treatment the way they shop for cellphones have increased odds that workplace plans will be very different in 2015.

Ultra Orthodox Jews look at bullet holes in the main window of a synagogue in Jerusalem on Wednesday.

A Day After Attack, Worshippers Return To Jerusalem Synagogue

A day after an attack that left five dead at a Jerusalem synagogue, worshippers returned for morning prayers.

The Associated Press reports:

Wilbur Sargunaraj "How to Use An Eastern Toilet" from YouTube

Take The Plunge Into World Toilet Day

Today is a day to celebrate the wonders of the toilet — and to make a commitment to bringing toilets to all those in need. In case you're wondering, there are 2.5 billion people who are toiletless.

That's the mission of World Toilet Day, founded by Singapore entrepreneur Jack Sim, head of the World Toilet Organization, in 2001 and officially established as a United Nations day just last year.

A house is obscured by windblown, lake-effect snow on Tuesday.

Historic Snowstorm Buries Western New York, Kills 5

Driven by the lake effect, a massive snowstorm dumped up to 60 inches of snow on some parts of western New York, killing at least five people and paralyzing an area used to huge snow totals.

In a news conference Wednesday morning, Mark Poloncarz, Erie County's executive, said plows were out on the roads trying to dig out the city of Buffalo and its surroundings. A new storm was moving across the area but was "only expected" to bring 3 to 5 inches of snow.

"That is a nice respite," Poloncarz said.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent, says "the average person is working longer hours, lower wages, and they do not see any political party standing up and fighting for their rights."

Sen. Bernie Sanders On How Democrats Lost White Voters

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is one of two independents in the Senate. Now, the self-described socialist says he may run for president.

Sanders is aligned with Senate Democrats, but he has spoken lately of a problem with the Democratic coalition that elected President Obama. He says working-class white voters have abandoned Democrats in large numbers. The party, he says, has "not made it clear that they are prepared to stand with the working-class people of this country, take on the big money interests."

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