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Complex probe follows killing of deputies

Law enforcement officers gather at the site where a Sacramento County Sheriff's deputy was shot by an assailant who then carjacked two vehicles prompting a manhunt in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. The deputy was taken to a hospital but his condition is not immediately known.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Authorities search for answers after an attack leaves two California officers dead.




Hawaii officials warn of possible lava evacuation

This Oct. 22, 2014 photo provided by the United States Geological Survey shows the front of a lava flow with numerous smoke plumes arising from active breakouts burning vegetation at the flow margin, near the town of Pahoa on the Big Island of Hawaii. The growing stream of lava threatening homes is expanding and speeding up as it heads toward the small rural town. Officials say the lava advanced nearly 460 yards from Thursday morning to Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/U.S. Geological Survey)HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii authorities on Saturday told several dozen residents near an active lava flow to prepare for a possible evacuation in the next three to five days as molten rock oozed across a country road and edged closer to homes.




U.S. nurse quarantined over Ebola criticizes her treatment

Members of the Brooklyn Borough President's office hand out fliers detailing the risks of Ebola outside The Gutter bowling alley, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in the Williamsburg neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York. Since there's no specific treatment, care is focused on easing symptoms to give the body enough time to fight off an infection. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)The first person quarantined under strict new rules in the New York City area for people with a high risk of Ebola tested negative, New Jersey officials said on Saturday, as President Barack Obama said the response to domestic cases of the deadly disease needs to be based on "facts, not fear." Under the new policy, anyone arriving at the two international airports serving New York City after having contact with Ebola patients in Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea must submit to a mandatory 21-day quarantine. The requirement exceeds current federal ...




U.S. recognizes gay marriages in six more states

A gay couple holds hands during a rally in support of the United States Supreme Court decision on marriage rights in San DiegoWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said on Saturday the U.S. government will recognize same-sex marriages in six more states, bringing to 32 the number of states where couples in gay unions qualify for federal benefits. Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, North Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming were added to the list on Saturday, a week after Holder made a similar announcement concerning seven other states. The move comes after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear appeals of cases that sought to overturn bans on same-sex marriages. ...




Police seek motive in fatal Washington state school shooting

Student Tyanna Davis and others place flowers outside Marysville-Pilchuck High School the day after a shooting at the school in Marysville, WashingtonBy Eric M. Johnson and Victoria Cavaliere MARYSVILLE Wash. (Reuters) - Authorities in Washington state worked on Saturday to find out what led a popular high school student to open fire on a group of classmates seated at a cafeteria table, killing one and wounding four others, including a pair of his cousins, before killing himself. The Friday incident at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in the city of Marysville, north of Seattle, sent students fleeing from the building and sheltering under desks in the latest in a series of U.S. school shootings. ...




U.S. car safety regulators face review over safety lapses

Pedestrians cross the street as cars wait at an intersection in BostonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Transportation Department will conduct an internal review of U.S. auto safety regulators in response to a series of safety lapses, including this week's reports of defective air bags, a senior administration official said on Saturday. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the review of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration would look at what has occurred and what can be done better to ensure safety. ...




US to recognize same-sex marriage in 6 more states

Supporters rally outside of the Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in Sioux Falls, S.D., Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. A federal judge heard arguments Friday on South Dakota's request to throw out a lawsuit challenging its ban on gay marriage but will file her decision later. (AP Photo/The Argus Leader, Jay Pickthorn) NO SALESWASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government is recognizing gay marriage in six more states and extending federal benefits to those couples, Attorney General Eric Holder announced Saturday.




Teacher tried to stop Washington state shooting

Teen Gunman Terrorizes Wash. State High SchoolTULALIP, Wash. (AP) — A newly hired teacher confronted a gunman and was being hailed as a hero on Saturday after a deadly shooting rampage in the cafeteria of a Washington state high school.




Egypt leader: 'Foreign hands' behind Sinai attack

In this photo provided by Egypt's state news agency MENA, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi speaks in front of the state-run TV ahead of a military funeral for troops killed in an assault in the Sinai Peninsula, as he stands with army commanders in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. El-Sissi said the deadly assault on an army checkpoint in northern Sinai that killed at least 30 troops was a "foreign-funded operation." No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack. (AP Photo/MENA, Mohammed Samaha)CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said Saturday that an assault on an army checkpoint in the Sinai Peninsula that killed 31 troops was a "foreign-funded operation" and vowed to take drastic action against militants.




2 dead in Washington state school shooting

MarysvilleA student opened fire in Marysville, fatally wounding one before he was killed.





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Complex probe follows killing of deputies

Law enforcement officers gather at the site where a Sacramento County Sheriff's deputy was shot by an assailant who then carjacked two vehicles prompting a manhunt in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. The deputy was taken to a hospital but his condition is not immediately known.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Authorities search for answers after an attack leaves two California officers dead.




Hawaii officials warn of possible lava evacuation

This Oct. 22, 2014 photo provided by the United States Geological Survey shows the front of a lava flow with numerous smoke plumes arising from active breakouts burning vegetation at the flow margin, near the town of Pahoa on the Big Island of Hawaii. The growing stream of lava threatening homes is expanding and speeding up as it heads toward the small rural town. Officials say the lava advanced nearly 460 yards from Thursday morning to Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/U.S. Geological Survey)HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii authorities on Saturday told several dozen residents near an active lava flow to prepare for a possible evacuation in the next three to five days as molten rock oozed across a country road and edged closer to homes.




U.S. nurse quarantined over Ebola criticizes her treatment

Members of the Brooklyn Borough President's office hand out fliers detailing the risks of Ebola outside The Gutter bowling alley, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in the Williamsburg neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York. Since there's no specific treatment, care is focused on easing symptoms to give the body enough time to fight off an infection. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)The first person quarantined under strict new rules in the New York City area for people with a high risk of Ebola tested negative, New Jersey officials said on Saturday, as President Barack Obama said the response to domestic cases of the deadly disease needs to be based on "facts, not fear." Under the new policy, anyone arriving at the two international airports serving New York City after having contact with Ebola patients in Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea must submit to a mandatory 21-day quarantine. The requirement exceeds current federal ...




U.S. recognizes gay marriages in six more states

A gay couple holds hands during a rally in support of the United States Supreme Court decision on marriage rights in San DiegoWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said on Saturday the U.S. government will recognize same-sex marriages in six more states, bringing to 32 the number of states where couples in gay unions qualify for federal benefits. Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, North Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming were added to the list on Saturday, a week after Holder made a similar announcement concerning seven other states. The move comes after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear appeals of cases that sought to overturn bans on same-sex marriages. ...




Police seek motive in fatal Washington state school shooting

Student Tyanna Davis and others place flowers outside Marysville-Pilchuck High School the day after a shooting at the school in Marysville, WashingtonBy Eric M. Johnson and Victoria Cavaliere MARYSVILLE Wash. (Reuters) - Authorities in Washington state worked on Saturday to find out what led a popular high school student to open fire on a group of classmates seated at a cafeteria table, killing one and wounding four others, including a pair of his cousins, before killing himself. The Friday incident at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in the city of Marysville, north of Seattle, sent students fleeing from the building and sheltering under desks in the latest in a series of U.S. school shootings. ...




U.S. car safety regulators face review over safety lapses

Pedestrians cross the street as cars wait at an intersection in BostonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Transportation Department will conduct an internal review of U.S. auto safety regulators in response to a series of safety lapses, including this week's reports of defective air bags, a senior administration official said on Saturday. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the review of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration would look at what has occurred and what can be done better to ensure safety. ...




US to recognize same-sex marriage in 6 more states

Supporters rally outside of the Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in Sioux Falls, S.D., Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. A federal judge heard arguments Friday on South Dakota's request to throw out a lawsuit challenging its ban on gay marriage but will file her decision later. (AP Photo/The Argus Leader, Jay Pickthorn) NO SALESWASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government is recognizing gay marriage in six more states and extending federal benefits to those couples, Attorney General Eric Holder announced Saturday.




Teacher tried to stop Washington state shooting

Teen Gunman Terrorizes Wash. State High SchoolTULALIP, Wash. (AP) — A newly hired teacher confronted a gunman and was being hailed as a hero on Saturday after a deadly shooting rampage in the cafeteria of a Washington state high school.




Egypt leader: 'Foreign hands' behind Sinai attack

In this photo provided by Egypt's state news agency MENA, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi speaks in front of the state-run TV ahead of a military funeral for troops killed in an assault in the Sinai Peninsula, as he stands with army commanders in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. El-Sissi said the deadly assault on an army checkpoint in northern Sinai that killed at least 30 troops was a "foreign-funded operation." No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack. (AP Photo/MENA, Mohammed Samaha)CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said Saturday that an assault on an army checkpoint in the Sinai Peninsula that killed 31 troops was a "foreign-funded operation" and vowed to take drastic action against militants.




2 dead in Washington state school shooting

MarysvilleA student opened fire in Marysville, fatally wounding one before he was killed.





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Election issue: Why people still feel the economy stinks
The midterm elections are around the corner, and the economy remains a top concern. With unemployment down and inflation low, why do people still feel the economy stinks?

Is the U.S. holding too much oil in reserve?
With oil and gas prices falling, some in Washington are questioning whether it makes sense to hold 106 days worth of supply in storage.

Just how sick are Europe's top banks?
Regulators are about to reveal the results of an extensive health check of Europe's top 130 banks, indicating which may need a cash infusion.

China one of top 3 destinations for expats
Many Chinese want to swap Beijing pollution for greener foreign shores, but it seems plenty of expats are happy to head in the opposite direction.

Jimmy John's under fire for worker contracts
Read full story for latest details.

What next for Turkey's roller-coaster economy?
Turkey's finance minister is cautiously optimistic about the future despite slowing growth and regional unrest.

U.S. companies return to Mexico's one-time 'murder capital'
Read full story for latest details.

Colorado health officials want to ban pot-laced candy
The recommendation was made Monday during a meeting of a state task force that is working on new rules to require retailers to clearly label food with marijuana.

Wealth is outpacing income...and that's a scary sign
More wealth in America is always good news. Except when it grows too fast compared to income.

China's economy suffers its worst quarter since the financial crisis
Read full story for latest details.


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Google executive sets new stratosphere skydive world record

Handout of still image taken from video shows Google's vice president Alan Eustace returning to earth after a record-breaking skydive over New Mexico(Reuters) - A skydiving Google executive is safely back on Earth after jumping out of a giant balloon floating in the stratosphere more than 25 miles (40 km) above New Mexico, a feat that broke the sound barrier and shattered a world altitude record. Alan Eustace, a senior vice president at the Mountain View, California-based company, was lifted up 135,890 feet (41,419 meters) by an enormous balloon shortly before dawn on Friday, the Paragon Space Development Corp said. ...




SpaceX Dragon capsule splashes down in Pacific Ocean

With the Earth in the background the SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo craft is seen as it is grappled by the International Space Station's Canadarm2.(Reuters) - A Space Exploration Technologies Dragon cargo ship ended a monthlong stay at the International Space Station on Saturday and splashed down on schedule in the Pacific Ocean near Mexico. Reid Wiseman and Barry Wilmore, astronauts with U.S. space agency NASA, used the station’s robotic crane to release the capsule, built and operated by California-based SpaceX, as the company is known, at 9:57 a.m. EDT (1357 GMT) as the two vehicles soared 260 miles (418 km) over the northwest coast of Australia. “Dragon is free,” mission commentator Rob Navias said during a live broadcast on NASA TV. ...




Easter Island's ancient inhabitants weren't so lonely after all

20070422-AMX-TRAVEL_WLT-EASTERISLAND_1_MBy Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - They lived on a remote dot of land in the middle of the Pacific, 2,300 miles (3,700 km) west of South America and 1,100 miles (1,770 km) from the closest island, erecting huge stone figures that still stare enigmatically from the hillsides. But the ancient Polynesian people who populated Easter Island, or Rapa Nui, were not as isolated as long believed. ...




Old, cold and bold: Ice Age people dwelled high in Peru's Andes

Cunchaicha rock shelter in Peruvian AndesBy Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In a bleak, treeless landscape high in the southern Peruvian Andes, bands of intrepid Ice Age people hunkered down in rudimentary dwellings and withstood frigid weather, thin air and other hardships. Scientists on Thursday described the world's highest known Ice Age settlements, two archaeological sites about 2.8 miles (4.5 km) above sea level and about 12,000 years old packed with artifacts including a rock shelter, stone tools, animal bones, food remnants and primitive artwork. ...




Fixing 'Ebolanomics' in pursuit of vaccines and drugs

Scientists at the National Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg prepare an experimental Ebola vaccine for shipment to the World Health OrganizationBy Kate Kelland and Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - As researchers from Africa to China to America race to develop vaccines and treatments to fight Ebola, health experts are grappling with the economics of a disease that until this year had been off the drug industry's radar. Whether or not effective drugs come in time to turn around the world's worst epidemic of the virus ravaging three West African countries, the world will want stockpiles to protect against inevitable future outbreaks, experts say. ...




No Proof That 'Brain Training' Games Work, Some Experts Say
Sixty-nine scientists from around the world issued a statement this week, saying that there's no compelling scientific evidence supporting the claims that playing brain games may actually help people enhance their mental powers or overcome the effects of aging on the brain. The scientists didn't indicate which brain-training products are making misleading claims and which aren't. California-based Happy Neuron has nearly 11 million users and offers brain training programs to stimulate the main five cognitive functions, including memory, attention, language, and logical thinking. Rosetta Stone's Fit Brains offers games, designed by neuroscientists to help train crucial brain skills, the company says.

This Family Doesn't Sweat: Here's Why
People with a rare disorder called anhidrosis cannot produce sweat, and now a new study finds that the condition may be caused by a mutation in a single gene. Researchers studied a Pakistani family with several children who could not sweat. The researchers' analysis of the family members' genomes revealed that a genetic mutation may have caused the condition in this family. The mutation was in a gene, called ITPR2, that controls a basic cellular process in sweat glands, according to the researchers, led by Katsuhiko Mikoshiba, a molecular cell biologist at the RIKEN Brain Science Institute in Japan, and Niklas Dahl, a genetics researcher at Uppsala University in Sweden.

Man Recovers From Ebola in Germany After Routine Intensive Care

Man Recovers From Ebola in Germany After Routine Intensive CareOne man who contracted Ebola and even had further complications of the infection has now recovered after receiving routine intensive care at a hospital in Germany. The man's case suggests that even if patients do not have access to experimental Ebola drugs, health care workers can still help them recover from the disease, the doctors who treated him wrote in their report of the case. When it comes to treating Ebola patients, "It's supportive care, supportive care, supportive care," Schaffner told Live Science.




Splashdown! SpaceX's Dragon Cargo Spaceship Returns to Earth

Splashdown! SpaceX's Dragon Cargo Spaceship Returns to EarthA private SpaceX Dragon capsule dropped into the Pacific Ocean today (Oct. 25), returning almost 2 tons of cargo and science experiments to Earth from the International Space Station. The unmanned Dragon was released from the space station at 9:57 a.m. EDT (1357 GMT). Its parachute-guided splashdown west of Baja California, which was confirmed around 3:38 p.m. EDT (1938 GMT), marked an end to SpaceX's fourth of 12 unmanned delivery missions to the space station for NASA under a $1.6 billion contract. Dragon had been attached to the orbiting lab for a little more than month.




Private Astronaut Training Company Picks Spacesuits for Spacewalk Simulator

Private Astronaut Training Company Picks Spacesuits for Spacewalk SimulatorThe company plans to work with Brooklyn-based Final Frontier Design to integrate life support systems into the spacewalk simulator and other training systems. "Our experts looked at several excellent space suit designs along with ways to incorporate these life support systems into our core pre-suborbital program," said Kelly Soich, director of programs and chief payload specialist for Waypoint, in a press release. "In the end, FFD [Final Frontier Design] presented an innovative solution, embodying the core efforts of commercial space and providing us the capability to maximize spaceflight training for a large segment of the population." [Photos of Final Frontier Design's Private Spacesuit] Final Frontier Design was founded after winning the NASA 2009 Astronaut Glove Challenge.





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How a surge in Puerto Rican voters is changing Florida politics
The road to political victory in Florida is not just a metaphor, it's a place: Interstate 4, the busy highway that cuts across the vote-heavy heart of the state from Tampa to Daytona Beach. And the I-4 corridor, as it's called, now runs through a swing-vote region undergoing significant demographic change.

Ann Romney: If Mitt had been elected president, ‘I do not believe there would have been an invasion in Ukraine’
Ann Romney says Russia wouldn’t have invaded Ukraine had her husband Mitt been elected president. In a clear shot at the Obama administration, Romney told Yahoo News and Finance Anchor Bianna Golodryga, “I do not believe there would have been an invasion, of course, in Ukraine. I believe Putin would have known there would've been consequences to that.”

Florida governor's race a dead heat, poll shows

Former Florida Governor Charlie Crist and Florida Governor Rick Scott take part in a gubernatorial debateBy Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE Fla. (Reuters) - Florida Governor Rick Scott and his challenger for re-election, former Governor Charlie Crist, are locked in a dead heat in their race to run the nation's largest swing state, poll results released on Wednesday show. The Quinnipiac University Poll results show Scott, a Republican, and Crist, a former Republican running as a Democrat, each with 42 percent support, with both candidates struggling with low popularity. "Mr. Crist and Mr. ...




Oklahoma judge allows law banning abortion pills to take effect
By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - An Oklahoma judge said on Wednesday he will allow a law that bans abortion-inducing drugs to take effect as planned on Nov. 1, over the objections of abortion rights advocates who said the measure is poor public health policy that could put women at risk. Oklahoma District Court Judge Robert Stuart turned down a request by abortion rights groups to halt the measure from taking effect. Stuart also allowed a provision that would limit liability claims against physicians due to the law. ...

Former U.S. president candidate Hart to be representative for Northern Ireland

Funeral for former U.S. Senator George McGovern in Sioux Falls, South DakotaWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday named former Senator Gary Hart as his representative on Northern Ireland, nearly 30 years after the Democratic politician's bid for the U.S. presidency was cut short by a sex scandal. Kerry said in a statement that Hart, 77, who in recent years gained a name as a national security expert and author, would play a "direct, on-the-ground diplomatic role. ...




Corruption charges against Alabama House speaker 'gutter politics': Congressman
By Sherrel Wheeler Stewart BIRMINGHAM Ala. (Reuters) - A prominent supporter of Alabama state House Speaker Mike Hubbard, a Republican indicted on 23 felony counts of corruption, condemned the charges against him on Tuesday as "Chicago-style gutter politics." Hubbard, a powerful figure in Alabama politics who helped guide Republicans to majorities in both houses of the state legislature in 2010 for the first time in 136 years, was indicted on Friday on charges that include using his office for personal gain and legislating with a conflict of interest. U.S. ...

How the North Carolina Senate race became ground zero for what's wrong with 2014

Senate North Carolina DebateBut with less than two weeks left until the midterm elections, it’s clear the Tar Heel State has indeed emerged as a ground zero — though not in the way the GOP chairman meant. The highly competitive Senate race in North Carolina is the multimillion-dollar epicenter of the negative campaigning that has come to define this election and that parties are using to try to win tight races nationwide.




Smuggled oil, sex slaves, kidnappings, crime: Inside the Islamic State’s million-dollar money stream
The Islamic State militants got rich off smuggled oil, kidnappings for ransom, and extortion. Here is how the United States is responding.

Pat Robertson calls gay rights activists 'terrorists'
A day after his controversial comments about AIDS were obliterated by Anderson Cooper, the conservative televangelist called gay rights activists “terrorists."

On Politics: The silliest emails of the week
I've been traveling around the country plugging my book on the collision of politics and celebrity in 1987 (see, I just did it again), so I haven't had a lot of time to check in on the latest election polls and midterm controversies. I did spend a half-hour watching TV in a Denver hotel, during which I saw a total of three 30-second ads that did not feature one candidate slandering another. Colorado, I feel for you.


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Google launches new email service dubbed 'Inbox'

A Google logo is seen at the garage where the company was founded on Google's 15th anniversary in Menlo Park, California(Reuters) - Google Inc launched an email service called "Inbox" on Wednesday that will better organize emails and display information such as appointments, flight bookings and package deliveries in a more user-friendly way. Google said it was sending out invitations to selected Gmail users to try out the new service. Users can also email the company at inbox@google.com to get an invitation. For now the new service is being provided alongside Gmail, which was launched in 2004. It will be available on the Web as well as on Android smartphones and iPhones. ...




Microsoft looks set to drop Nokia name from phones

A Nokia Lumia 1020 smartphone is displayed during the 2014 Computex exhibition at the TWTC Nangang exhibition hall in TaipeiSEATTLE (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp looks set to ditch the Nokia name from its Lumia range of smartphones just months after buying the Finnish company's handset business. According to a post on Nokia France's Facebook page on Tuesday, the page will change its name to Microsoft Lumia "in the coming days." Microsoft declined comment. Under the terms of the $7.2 billion deal - struck in September 2013 and completed in April - Microsoft acquired Nokia's handset business, though not the name of the company itself. ...




Lufthansa close to deal with IBM for IT infrastructure unit

Barrier tape of German airline Lufthansa is seen at Munich airportBERLIN/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German airline Lufthansa is close to a deal to sell its IT infrastructure unit to IBM , including an outsourcing agreement for the services, as part of a shake-up of its technology activities, it said on Wednesday. Europe's largest airline by revenue is undergoing restructuring and cost-cutting efforts to better position itself to compete with low-cost carriers and Gulf rivals. ...




Apple CEO discusses security with top Chinese official amid hacking claims: Xinhua

Apple Inc. CEO Cook walks down a sidewalk during the Allen and Co. media conference in Sun ValleyBEIJING (Reuters) - Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook discussed user data security at a meeting on Wednesday with a top Chinese government official in Beijing, the official Xinhua news agency reported. The meeting comes days after a Chinese web monitoring group published a report saying Apple users in China have been targeted in a sophisticated and widespread attack by hackers seeking private user data stored on the iCloud service. The group, Greatfire.org, has alleged Chinese government involvement in the hack, a claim the government has strongly refuted. ...




Big Tech winning battle with 'patent trolls'

A visitor walks past a Cisco advertising panel as she looks at her mobile phone at the Mobile World Congress in BarcelonaBy Andrew Chung and Dan Levine (Reuters) - For two decades, companies that buy software patents to sue technology giants have been the scourge of Silicon Valley. Reviled as patent trolls, they have attacked everything from Google's online ads to Apple's iPhone features, sometimes winning hundreds of millions of dollars. But now the trolls are in retreat from the tech titans, interviews and data reviewed by Reuters show. In the wake of several changes in U.S. ...




California venture firm does not have to release documents in discrimination suit


Nexus 9, riding a real-life hoverboard and other stories you might've missed

Nexus 9, riding a real-life hoverboard and other stories you might've missed




Twitpic links, photo archive will 'stay alive' due to deal with Twitter

Twitpic links, photo archive will 'stay alive' due to deal with TwitterThe popular service for sharing photos on Twitter is set to close today, but its founder says the Twitpic domain and photo archive have been "given" to Twitter, so photos and links will be around awhile.>




Come to Daddy: here's the only Aphex Twin playlist you need

Come to Daddy: here's the only Aphex Twin playlist you needIf you told me Richard D. James — better known as Aphex Twin — was an alien, I’d believe you. With Aphex Twin, the bass isn't "dropped," it's swung, torn, spun, fermented, and sent into space. Here's a bite from a recent interview with Richard: "My 5-year-old's made loads of totally insane music on his computer, and I'm just like, 'What the fuck is that?




Roku wants to grow its media hub empire with a public stock filing

Roku wants to grow its media hub empire with a public stock filing





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Wall St. lower after shooting at Canadian parliament

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock ExchangeBy Yasmeen Abutaleb NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks were lower in afternoon trading on Wednesday, with major indexes erasing earlier gains as a shooting at the Canadian parliament unnerved investors and Boeing and Biogen sold off following results. Indexes had traded in positive territory for much of the session, putting the S&P 500 on track for a fifth straight day of gains. Earnings initially drove the move higher, with technology and material shares up on the back of strong results. ...




U.S. inflation muted in September as energy costs drop

Current gas prices are shown at a Shell gas station in Encinitas, CaliforniaBy Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. consumer prices rose marginally in September, painting a weak inflation picture that should give the Federal Reserve ample room to keep interest rates low for a while. The Labor Department said on Wednesday its Consumer Price Index edged up 0.1 percent last month as a rise in food and shelter costs offset a decline in energy prices. ...




Boeing profit jumps 18 percent, but cash is scarce

The Boeing logo is seen at their headquarters in ChicagoBy Alwyn Scott (Reuters) - Boeing Co reported an 18 percent increase in quarterly profit and raised its full-year core earnings forecast for the third time, reflecting booming commercial aircraft demand and increasing profitability in its defense business. But shares of the Chicago-based aerospace and defense giant slipped 4.3 percent, as analysts viewed the profit gain as a given and were more concerned that costs of the 787 Dreamliner are creeping higher, while the company's cash generation, a key measure for investors, was low. Last year, Boeing blew past its cash forecast, booking $9. ...




U.S. regulators expand number of vehicles affected by Takata recalls

File photo of the Takata logo at its factory near MonclovaBy Ben Klayman DETROIT (Reuters) - U.S. safety regulators on Wednesday expanded the number of vehicles in the United States that may be affected by recalls for potentially defective Takata Corp air bags that could spray shrapnel at occupants. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said in a statement the number of vehicles from 10 automakers covered by recalls this year and in 2013 is now 7.8 million, up 28 percent from the 6.1 million announced on Tuesday. ...




Total names refining boss to replace de Margerie

Thierry Desmarest, Chairman of French oil company Total, speaks during the company's annual shareholders meeting in ParisBy Michel Rose PARIS (Reuters) - French oil company Total has appointed refining boss Patrick Pouyanne as chief executive to succeed Christophe de Margerie who was killed in a plane crash in Moscow this week. Pouyanne, 51, head of refining, had been considered as possible candidate to succeed de Margerie in the past and has a reputation as a shrewd cost-cutter. The world's fourth largest oil company also named Thierry Desmarest, a former Total CEO, as non-executive chairman. The appointments came less than 48 hours after de Margerie's death. ...




Divided SEC adopts mortgage rule, decries lax lending

A sign for the SEC is pictured in the foyer of the Fort Worth Regional Office in Fort WorthBy Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. securities regulators adopted a rule on Wednesday designed to avert another financial crisis, but two officials dissented, saying it did not do enough to discourage banks from lending to borrowers with shaky credit and then passing the mortgage risk to investors. The Securities and Exchange Commission approved the so-called "risk retention" rule by a 3-2 vote, while the U.S. Federal Reserve unanimously adopted it later in the day in a public board meeting. ...




Toyota executive stands by Takata as supplier despite air bag troubles

Worker is reflected next to the emblem of a Toyota Vios sedan at a stockyard of the Toyota Philippines manufacturing plant in Sta Rosa, Laguna, south of ManilaBy Maki Shiraki TOKYO (Reuters) - A top Toyota Motor Corp executive said on Wednesday the Japanese automaker has no plans to abandon Takata Corp despite the supplier's struggles with air bag inflators that could rupture and spray metal shrapnel at vehicle occupants. U.S. safety regulators on Wednesday expanded the number of vehicles in the United States affected by recalls for this problem by 28 percent to 7.8 million vehicles. Toyota has the second largest number of vehicles affected by the U.S. recalls at 877,000, trailing only Honda Motor Co's 5.1 million vehicles, according to the U.S. ...




Dow Chemical to cut $1 billion in costs over three years

Dow Chairman and CEO Liveris participates in discussion during the second day of the Clinton Global Initiative 2012 (CGI) in New YorkBy Swetha Gopinath (Reuters) - Dow Chemical Co , the No. 1 U.S. chemical maker by sales, said it was looking to cut fixed costs by $1 billion over the next three years, building on reductions that have helped boost margins. Shares of the company, which reported a better-than-expected profit for the fourth straight quarter, rose nearly 4 percent. Rival Dupont has said it plans to shave off $1 billion of annual costs by 2019. Dow, which said it had been cutting fixed costs annually by 3 percent since 2012, did not elaborate on the latest cost cuts. ...




UK's Lloyds to cut 9,000 jobs over next three years: sources

The signage is seen at a branch of Lloyds bank in central LondonLONDON (Reuters) - Lloyds Banking Group will next week announce plans to cut 9,000 jobs over the next three years, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters on Wednesday. The cuts amount to about 10 percent of Lloyds' workforce and will be announced as part of Chief Executive Antonio Horta-Osorio's strategy review next Tuesday, the sources said. Horta-Osorio's new three-year plan is expected to include the closure of some branches as the bank responds to a growing number of transactions being executed online, and the automation of some back-office functions. ...




Look to energy names for global demand clues

A Wall Street sign is pictured in the rain outside the New York Stock ExchangeBy Caroline Valetkevitch NEW YORK (Reuters) - Slumping energy shares drove the recent U.S. stock market selloff more than any other major group, so investors are turning to next week's slate of earnings to see if the sector can pull itself out of the pit. The third-quarter earnings picture for energy looks grim. Profit growth expectations for S&P 500 energy companies have fallen more than any other sector - from a forecast of 13.8 percent on July 1 to the current 1.8 percent, Thomson Reuters data showed. Energy shares dropped 9. ...





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Spotify's Top 10 most viral tracks

FILE - This May 18, 2013 file photo shows Hannah Hooper, left, and Christian Zucconi of Grouplove performing as part of Party in the Park at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta. Grouplove's, “Ways to Go,” was the most viral track on Spotify, from Monday, June 10, to Sunday, June 16, via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify. (Photo by Robb D. Cohen/RobbsPhotos/Invision/AP, file)The following list represents the most viral tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, Sept. 1 to Sunday, Sept. 7 via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify.




Spotify's Top 10 most streamed tracks

FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2012 file photo, musician Robin Thicke performs during Macy's Passport presents Glamorama 2012 at The Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles. Thicke's "Blurred Lines (feat. T.I. & Pharrell)" was the top streamed tracks on Spotify from Monday, June 10, to Sunday, June 16, 2013. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)The following list represents the most streamed tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, Sept. 1 to Sunday Sept. 7 via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify.




World Series TV rating down from '13, up over '12

The Kansas City Royals celebrate after their 3-2 win over the San Francisco Giants in Game 3 of baseball's World Series Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. The Royals lead the series 2-1. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The World Series is averaging a 7.5 rating through three games, down 7 percent from last year but up 4 percent over San Francisco's last appearance in 2012.




Cream vocalist and bassist Jack Bruce dies at 71

FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 12, 1993 file photo, Eric Clapton, left, Ginger Baker, center, and Jack Bruce, members of the 1960s rock and roll group Cream, pose during the induction ceremony for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Los Angeles, Ca. British musician Jack Bruce, best known as the bassist from the 1960s group Cream, has died. He was 71. A statement released by his family on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014 said “the world of music will be a poorer place without him but he lives on in his music and forever in our hearts." Cream, a blues-oriented power trio that also included guitarist Eric Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker, sold 35 million albums in just over two years and were awarded the world's first ever platinum disc for their album “Wheels of Fire.” Bruce wrote and sang most of the songs, including "I Feel Free", "White Room," "Politician" and ''Sunshine Of Your Love." (AP Photo/Chris Martinez, file)LONDON (AP) — Jack Bruce was part Mississippi Delta and part Carnaby Street. In his glorious heyday as bassist and lead vocalist of 1960s power trio Cream he helped create a sound that combined American blues and psychedelia to thrill audiences throughout the world.




British-Brazilian film 'Trash' wins top prize at Rome film fest

(L-R) Actors Eduardo Luis, Rooney Mara, Gabriel Weinstein and Rickson Tevez arrive for the screening of the movie "Trash" during the Rome Film Festival, on October 18, 2014 in RomeBritish director Stephen Daldry, of "Billy Elliot" and "The Reader" fame, won the Rome Film Festival's top prize Saturday with his adventure thriller "Trash" set in Brazilian favelas. The film about children who forage in landfills for a living until they come across a wallet and key sought after by a corrupt police officer edged out 17 other contenders at the ninth edition of the festival, with prizes decided for the first time by the viewing public. Starring a trio of youngsters with no previous acting experience, the film sees the boys race to try and solve the riddle before the police can, helped along by an American priest and an aid worker, played by Martin Sheen and Rooney Mara. Richard Curtis, the man behind "Four Weddings and a Funeral" and "Notting Hill", wrote the script, based on Andy Mulligan's novel of the same name.




Hancock honored at jazz benefit concert at Apollo

Vernice White, Chaka Khan, and Ray Parker Jr. perform at the 13th annual "A Great Night in Harlem" gala concert, presented by The Jazz Foundation of America to benefit The Jazz Musicians Emergency Fund, at The Apollo Theater on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in New York. This year's Lifetime Achievement Award honoree is musician Herbie Hancock. (Photo by Mark Von Holden/Invision/AP)NEW YORK (AP) — Herbie Hancock enjoyed "A Great Night in Harlem" with a look to the past and the future as the legendary jazz pianist received a lifetime achievement award from the Jazz Foundation of America at a benefit concert at the historic Apollo Theater.




Paris's Picasso Museum re-opens after long-delayed refit

A visitor looks at Picasso paintings 'Large nude in a red armchair 1929' (R) and 'Large still life with a pedestal table 1931', at the Picasso museum in Paris, on October 18, 2014After a five-year closure for what was supposed to be a two-year refurbishment, Paris's Picasso Museum re-opened Saturday with arguments over the 52-million-euro ($66-million) project still reverberating. French President Francois Hollande said at a ceremony the museum was "one of the most beautiful in the world and one of the most moving because it brings together the considerable and prolific work of the best-known artist of the 20th century". The museum -- housed in a 17th-century mansion in Paris's trendy Marais quarter -- has been extensively modernised and enlarged to more than twice its previous size. The gallery, which first opened in 1985, boasts one of the world's most extensive collections of Picasso's work with 5,000 paintings, drawings, sculptures, ceramics, photographs and documents.




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Father of country star Reba McEntire dies
COALGATE, Okla. (AP) — The father of country music star Reba McEntire has died in Oklahoma.

TLC cancels its 'Honey Boo Boo' series

FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 10, 2012, file photo, beauty pageant regular and reality show star Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson speaks during an interview as her mother, June Shannon, looks on in her home in McIntyre, Ga. On Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, the TLC network canceled the “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” series, following published reports that Shannon was in a relationship with a man who had a criminal past. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The TLC network on Friday canceled its colorful series about child beauty pageant contestant Honey Boo Boo and her Georgia family.





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