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Number of Ebola cases nears 16,000 as Sierra Leone loses ground

A car drives past a public health advertisement against the Ebola virus in MonroviaThe death toll has risen to 5,689 out of 15,935 cases reported in eight countries.




You can buy Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation – for $8 million
President George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation is truly historic, but would you fork over $8.4 million to own one of two copies of the original document?

IAEA says needs more money to monitor extended Iran nuclear deal

A general view of the Bushehr main nuclear reactorThe U.N. atomic agency will need more funds from member states.




Consumer drones are coming from GoPro

GoPro Inc's founder and CEO Woodman holds a GoPro camera as he celebrates GoPro Inc's IPO at the Nasdaq Market Site in New YorkThe multi-rotor helicopters, priced between $500 and $1,000, will go on sale late next year, the Journal said. GoPro was not immediately available for comment. The company already provides the cameras used in many drones. (Reporting by Anya George Tharakan and Sai Sachin R in Bangalore; Editing by Kirti Pandey)




Officer Darren Wilson Discusses His Personal Life

Wilson revealed that he and his wife are expecting a baby.




Ginsburg gets heart stent to clear artery clog

Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in her Supreme Court chambers in Washington, Thursday, July 31, 2014. Ginsburg says the Supreme Court won't duck the issue of same-sex marriage the next time a case comes to the court. The 81-year-old Ginsburg said in an interview with The Associated Press on Thursday that she expects a same-sex marriage case to be heard and decided by June 2016, and possibly a year earlier. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had a heart stent implanted Wednesday to clear a blocked coronary artery but was expected to be back at work for the start of next week, court officials said.




Applications for US jobless aid jump

In this Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014 photo, job seekers Stevens de la Pena, foreground left, and Eduardo Perez, foreground right, fill out a job application at a job fair in Miami Lakes, Fla. The Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims on Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)The number of people seeking unemployment benefits hit a surprising number.




Russian troops giving 'backbone' to Ukraine rebels: NATO commander

Pro-Russian separatists from the rebel Interior ministry attend an oath-taking ceremony in DonetskKIEV (Reuters) - Russian forces are still operating in eastern Ukraine, providing the backbone of separatist rebels fighting the Kiev government, NATO's top military commander said on Wednesday after talks with Ukrainian leaders. U.S. Air Force General Philip Breedlove, visiting Kiev as head of U.S. forces in Europe, said Russia's "militarization" of the Crimea peninsula it annexed from Ukraine in March meant Moscow could exert influence over almost the entire Black Sea region. ...




Ferguson protests spread across U.S.

Amanda Ashe of Oakland faces off with a police officer during a demonstration in Oakland, CaliforniaPeople from New York to L.A. took to the streets for a second straight night.




Guard reinforcements contain damage in Ferguson

Protesters vandalize a police vehicle outside of the Ferguson city hall on Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Missouri's governor ordered hundreds more state militia into Ferguson on Tuesday, after a night of protests and rioting over a grand jury's decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, a case that has inflamed racial tensions in the U.S. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — National Guard reinforcements helped contain the latest protests in Ferguson, preventing a second night of the chaos that led to arson and looting after a grand jury decided not to indict the white police officer who killed Michael Brown.





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Number of Ebola cases nears 16,000 as Sierra Leone loses ground

A car drives past a public health advertisement against the Ebola virus in MonroviaThe death toll has risen to 5,689 out of 15,935 cases reported in eight countries.




You can buy Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation – for $8 million
President George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation is truly historic, but would you fork over $8.4 million to own one of two copies of the original document?

IAEA says needs more money to monitor extended Iran nuclear deal

A general view of the Bushehr main nuclear reactorThe U.N. atomic agency will need more funds from member states.




Consumer drones are coming from GoPro

GoPro Inc's founder and CEO Woodman holds a GoPro camera as he celebrates GoPro Inc's IPO at the Nasdaq Market Site in New YorkThe multi-rotor helicopters, priced between $500 and $1,000, will go on sale late next year, the Journal said. GoPro was not immediately available for comment. The company already provides the cameras used in many drones. (Reporting by Anya George Tharakan and Sai Sachin R in Bangalore; Editing by Kirti Pandey)




Officer Darren Wilson Discusses His Personal Life

Wilson revealed that he and his wife are expecting a baby.




Ginsburg gets heart stent to clear artery clog

Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in her Supreme Court chambers in Washington, Thursday, July 31, 2014. Ginsburg says the Supreme Court won't duck the issue of same-sex marriage the next time a case comes to the court. The 81-year-old Ginsburg said in an interview with The Associated Press on Thursday that she expects a same-sex marriage case to be heard and decided by June 2016, and possibly a year earlier. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had a heart stent implanted Wednesday to clear a blocked coronary artery but was expected to be back at work for the start of next week, court officials said.




Applications for US jobless aid jump

In this Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014 photo, job seekers Stevens de la Pena, foreground left, and Eduardo Perez, foreground right, fill out a job application at a job fair in Miami Lakes, Fla. The Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims on Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)The number of people seeking unemployment benefits hit a surprising number.




Russian troops giving 'backbone' to Ukraine rebels: NATO commander

Pro-Russian separatists from the rebel Interior ministry attend an oath-taking ceremony in DonetskKIEV (Reuters) - Russian forces are still operating in eastern Ukraine, providing the backbone of separatist rebels fighting the Kiev government, NATO's top military commander said on Wednesday after talks with Ukrainian leaders. U.S. Air Force General Philip Breedlove, visiting Kiev as head of U.S. forces in Europe, said Russia's "militarization" of the Crimea peninsula it annexed from Ukraine in March meant Moscow could exert influence over almost the entire Black Sea region. ...




Ferguson protests spread across U.S.

Amanda Ashe of Oakland faces off with a police officer during a demonstration in Oakland, CaliforniaPeople from New York to L.A. took to the streets for a second straight night.




Guard reinforcements contain damage in Ferguson

Protesters vandalize a police vehicle outside of the Ferguson city hall on Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Missouri's governor ordered hundreds more state militia into Ferguson on Tuesday, after a night of protests and rioting over a grand jury's decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, a case that has inflamed racial tensions in the U.S. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — National Guard reinforcements helped contain the latest protests in Ferguson, preventing a second night of the chaos that led to arson and looting after a grand jury decided not to indict the white police officer who killed Michael Brown.





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Opening stores on Thanksgiving doesn't boost sales
More retailers start their deals on Thanksgiving, but it's merely shifted some customers from Black Friday to Thursday.

U.S. EPA: We need tougher ozone standards
Over four decades, we've cut air pollution by nearly 70%, while our economy has tripled in size.

San Francisco passes retail worker 'bill of rights'
Retail and restaurant workers in San Francisco may soon benefit from an expansive, first-of-its-kind bill of rights for retail workers, which the city's Board of Supervisors passed unanimously this week.

Black Friday: Europe's stores educate shoppers
Black Friday is spreading to Europe -- although some shoppers need a little nudge to understand why they are getting a deal.

Why Black Friday deals aren't really deals
Retailers are repeating Black Friday deals from year to year, and offering the same discounts at other times.

Don't panic! OPEC not ready to reverse oil price slide
Wealthy Gulf oil producing countries are in a strong position ahead of the OPEC meeting -- unlike Russia, they're not worrying about prices yet.

U.S. economy picks up speed
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Ferguson library sees donations roll in
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5 disturbing stats on black-white inequality
The financial inequality between black and white Americans is staggering.

Polluting factories cost Europe $235 billion
Air pollution costs Europe up to $235 billion a year -- roughly the GDP of Connecticut -- according to a new report.


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Exclusive: First gene therapy drug sets million-euro price record

An operator installs a chromatography column to purify the gene therapy drug Glybera at Dutch biotech company uniQure in AmsterdamBy Ludwig Burger and Ben Hirschler FRANKFURT/LONDON (Reuters) - The Western world's first gene therapy drug is set to go on sale in Germany with a 1.1 million euro ($1.4 million) price tag, a new record for a medicine to treat a rare disease. The sky-high cost of Glybera, from Dutch biotech firm UniQure and its unlisted Italian marketing partner Chiesi, shows how single curative therapies to fix faulty genes may upend the conventional pharmaceutical business model. ...




Ultra-strong graphene's weak spot could be key to fuel cells
By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - In a discovery that experts say could revolutionize fuel cell technology, scientists in Britain have found that graphene, the world's thinnest, strongest and most impermeable material, can allow protons to pass through it. The researchers, led by the Nobel prize winner and discoverer of graphene Andre Geim of Manchester University, said their finding also raised the possibility that, in future, graphene membranes could be used to "sieve" hydrogen gas from the atmosphere to then generate electricity. ...

Gut check: how vultures dine on rotting flesh, and like it

File of vultures feasting on a road kill as commuters pass by real estate for sale in Great FallsBy Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - They snack on danger and dine on death, merrily munching on rotting flesh that would certainly sicken or kill any person and most other animals. But how do vultures do it? These feathery scavengers have one of the toughest guts on the planet, that is how. Scientists said on Tuesday that their analysis of two species of North American vultures showed that the birds possess a ferociously acidic digestive system and intestines loaded with two fiendish kinds of bacteria. ...




Multi-national crew reaches space station

ISS crew Shkaplerov matches palm with his daughter Kira from a bus window before the launch of the Soyuz-FG rocket at the Baikonur cosmodromeBy Irene Klotz (Reuters) - A Russian Soyuz rocket blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazahkstan on Sunday to deliver three new crew members to the International Space Station, including Italy's first female astronaut. A Soyuz capsule carrying incoming station commander Terry Virts from U.S. space agency NASA, Soyuz commander Anton Shkaplerov from the Russian Federal Space Agency and first-time flier Samantha Cristoforetti of the European Space Agency lifted off at 2101 GMT (4.01 p.m. EST) Sunday. ...




Physicists solve mystery of why cats rule, dogs drool

File picture shows a Greyhound dog drinking water after a race in Santiago city(Reuters) - Popular web videos showing that "cats rule and dogs drool" have new scientific evidence to support that felinophilic sentiment, at least when it comes to drinking. While cats expertly manipulate water to quench thirst neatly, dogs smash, slosh, spill, and splash their way, according to research unveiled on Monday. The latest findings, which focus on dogs and were presented at a meeting in San Francisco of the American Physical Society, build on an earlier discovery of how cats drink. ...




Mysterious Roman God Baffles Experts

Mysterious Roman God Baffles ExpertsA sculpture of a mysterious, never-before-seen Roman deity has been unearthed in an ancient temple in Turkey. "It's clearly a god, but at the moment it's difficult to say who exactly it is," said Michael Blömer, an archaeologist at the University of Muenster in Germany, who is excavating the site.




No Turkey, Thanks! Stay Vegan for Healthier Holiday
Vegans can face their turkey-eating family and friends with a bit more confidence this Thanksgiving. Two new studies have demonstrated why a plant-based diet is best for losing weight and lowering the risk of diabetes and heart disease.

Plant-Based Compound May Protect Against Weight Gain
A compound found in plants and some Chinese herbal medicines may trigger the body to burn calories by stimulating the activity of heat-producing tissue called brown fat, a new study in mice found. In the study, researchers found that the mice that were injected daily with the compound, called berberine, for four weeks burned more calories than the mice that were not injected with the compound. In addition, the bodies of the mice injected with berberine  generated more heat when they were exposed to cold air — between 39 and 46 degrees Fahrenheit (4 to 8 degrees Celsius) — than the mice that were not injected with the compound. The researchers also found that berberine seemed to protect the mice from weight gain during the study period.

'Wishing Well' Star Cluster Sparkles in Colorful New Views (Photos, Video)

'Wishing Well' Star Cluster Sparkles in Colorful New Views (Photos, Video)The European Southern Observatory's (ESO) La Silla Observatory in Chile captured the amazing blues, reds and oranges of the star cluster. You can also explore the ESO photo in a video of the star cluster released by the astronomy organization. "This very bright star cluster is easily seen with the naked eye from the Southern Hemisphere," ESO representatives said in a statement. It is one of the most spectacular open star clusters in the whole sky.




Supermassive Black Holes Even Heavier Than Thought

Supermassive Black Holes Even Heavier Than ThoughtThe enormous black holes that lurk at the hearts of all galaxies are significantly bigger than astronomers had imagined, a new study suggests. Researchers have used a new method to measure the distance to the active spiral galaxy NGC 4151 — whose core is dubbed the "Eye of Sauron" because of its resemblance to the structure in the "Lord of the Rings" films — with unprecedented precision. This calculation enabled them to determine the mass of NGC 4151's central black hole more accurately — and the results were surprising. ?"Our calculations show that the supermassive black holes are 40 percent heavier than previously thought," study co-author Darach Watson, of the ?University of Copenhagen's ?Niels Bohr Institute (NBI), said in a statement.





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U.N. investigators urge Obama to release CIA report

U.S. President Obama speaks about immigration reform in ChicagoGENEVA (Reuters) - United Nations human rights investigators called on President Barack Obama to live up to principles preached by the United States around the world and release a long completed report on CIA interrogation methods. In an open letter issued in Geneva, the seven investigators and academic legal experts, said publication of the report by a Senate committee would be welcomed by victims of torture and their supporters everywhere. Among the signatories were the world body's special rapporteurs for torture and for freedom of expression. ...




Romney tops Republican poll for '16; ahead of Clinton in election

Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney speaks at a campaign rally with Republican candidate for the United States Senate Scott Brown at Gilchrist Metal Fabricating in HudsonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Mitt Romney, the Republican Party's unsuccessful presidential nominee in 2012, leads the field for the 2016 election among Republican voters, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released on Wednesday. The former Massachusetts governor would have a slight edge over potential Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton by 45 percent to 44 percent in a general election, the poll found. ...




Utah agrees to drop parts of disputed 2011 immigration law
(Reuters) - Utah has agreed to roll back key provisions of a 2011 state law allowing police to check the immigration status of anyone suspected of being undocumented, a civil liberties group said on Tuesday. As part of a deal settling a legal challenge to the law, the state agreed police will not be allowed to detain or stop a person merely to check immigration status or to transport him or her to federal officials based on officers' suspicions, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said in a statement. ...

In blow to tax negotiators, Obama threatens veto

U.S. President Obama talks about immigration reform in ChicagoWASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama pledged on Tuesday to veto a deal still under negotiation in Congress that would make several expiring business tax breaks permanent. The warning marks a major setback to House and Senate negotiators who were trying to reach a deal on so-called "tax extender" breaks worth some $440 billion over 10 years. "The President would veto the proposed deal because it would provide permanent tax breaks to help well-connected corporations while neglecting working families," White House spokeswoman Jennifer Friedman said in a statement. ...




'Burn this b---- down!' Michael Brown's stepfather criticized for reaction to grand jury decision

FergusonMichael Brown's stepfather is being criticized for inflammatory comments he made to a crowd of protesters shortly after learning of the grand jury's decision not to indict Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of his unarmed stepson.




Videos show nationwide protests over Ferguson decision Monday night
Witnesses shot many videos of the protests that erupted across the country Monday night after a grand jury decided not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown.

Chuck Hagel’s resignation: strategic pivot or sacrificial lamb?
President Barack Obama’s acceptance yesterday of the resignation of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel left little doubt that the administration wants to turn a page on a foreign and national security policy mired in crisis and controversy. Less clear is the internal role that Hagel played in crises ranging from the Islamic State to Ebola and what policy change the White House hopes to telegraph by pressuring him to resign.

Extremely rare for grand jury not to return indictment, statistics show
The grand jury's decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the Aug. 9 fatal shooting of teenager Michael Brown was historic for many reasons, including the fiery protests that erupted in its wake. It was also historic in how rare it is for a grand jury not to return an indictment.

Boehner: I'm ready to 'reappoint' members to special Benghazi panel in new Congress

House Speaker John BoehnerSpeaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Monday evening announced that he is reappointing Republican Trey Gowdy of South Carolina to head the Select Committee on Benghazi next Congress. The problem, however, is that by doing so, Boehner named a chairman to a panel that does not yet exist. Because the Benghazi committee is select and not permanent or standing, the House will have to vote again to re-create it when Congress returns for a new session in January. Boehner’s statement did not mention that another vote would need to occur in order for Gowdy to have a panel to lead or for other Republicans to serve on it.




How Chuck Hagel's Resignation Might Affect ISIS Fight

How Chuck Hagel's Resignation Might Affect ISIS FightChuck Hagel’s departure as Defense Secretary will probably have a minimal impact on the administration’s three part strategy to fight ISIS in Iraq and Syria that is expected to take years. Hagel had raised questions about the strategy’s lack of focus on the Syrian regime of Bashar al Assad, but not about the president’s decision that American troops sent to Iraq will not serve as combat troops.Online supporters of the Islamic terror group ISIS have taken to Twitter to cheer the resignation of Chuck Hagel, claiming it was ISIS that forced him out. ...





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Behind Google's Europe woes, American accents

People pose with laptops in front of projection of Google logo in this picture illustration taken in ZenicaBy Foo Yun Chee BRUSSELS (Reuters) - When EU politicians call for the break-up of Google, it can sound like sour grapes, the anti-American backlash of an aging Europe envious, and fearful, of the wealth and growing power of young U.S. tech giants. But should any American take time on Thanksgiving to scoff at Thursday's non-binding vote in the European Parliament, when lawmakers may urge EU regulators to get tough with the search engine Goliath, they should know that behind the EU antitrust probe of Google stand not only Europeans but U.S. competitors. ...




Samsung Electronics to buy back $2 billion in shares

The company logo is displayed at the Samsung news conference at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las VegasSEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Wednesday announced a $2 billion share buyback plan, its first since 2007, following investor calls for higher returns against a backdrop of rapidly declining profits. The world's largest smartphone maker will buy back 1.65 million common shares and 250,000 preferred shares to stabilise its share price and boost value for shareholders, it said in a regulatory filing, its second-largest buyback ever. ...




AT&T says fiber spending pause affects only new commitments

An AT&T logo and communication equipment is shown on a building in Los AngelesWASHINGTON (Reuters) - AT&T Inc sought to clarify to U.S. regulators its plans to pause investments in high-speed Internet connections until "net neutrality" rules are settled, saying in a letter on Wednesday that the plans related to new and not existing commitments. The Federal Communications Commission earlier this month pressed the company to explain its plans to stop investing in high-speed Internet connections in 100 cities until the agency sorts out new "net neutrality" rules for how Internet service providers manage web traffic on their networks. ...




EU watchdogs to apply 'right to be forgotten' rule on Web worldwide

A Google search page is seen through the spectacles of a computer user in LeicesterBy Julia Fioretti BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European privacy regulators want Internet search engines such as Google and Microsoft's Bing to scrub results globally, not just in Europe, when people invoke their "right to be forgotten" as ruled by an EU court. The European Union's privacy watchdogs agreed on a set of guidelines on Wednesday to help them implement a ruling from Europe's supreme court that gives people the right to ask search engines to remove personal information that is "inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant". ...




U.S. court rejects Motorola Mobility price-fixing appeal

A Motorola Mobility logo is seen on a screen at the public unveiling of their global headquarters in ChicagoBy Jonathan Stempel (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Wednesday rejected Motorola Mobility LLC's attempt to hold several Asian suppliers liable under U.S. antitrust law for fixing prices of mobile phone displays sold to its foreign units. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago said Motorola Mobility, a unit of Lenovo Group Ltd, could not invoke U.S. antitrust law because its foreign subsidiaries had been the "immediate victims" of a conspiracy to boost prices on liquid crystal display screens. ...




GoPro to roll out consumer drones: WSJ

GoPro Inc's founder and CEO Nick Woodman(Reuters) - Wearable camera maker GoPro Inc is developing its own line of consumer drones, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. The multi-rotor helicopters, priced between $500 and $1,000, will go on sale late next year, the Journal said. GoPro was not immediately available for comment. The company already provides the cameras used in many drones. (Reporting by Anya George Tharakan and Sai Sachin R in Bangalore; Editing by Kirti Pandey)




James Cameron says the 'Avatar' sequels will make you 'shit yourself with your mouth wide open'

James Cameron says the 'Avatar' sequels will make you 'shit yourself with your mouth wide open'Prolific documentary filmmaker James Cameron has only directed three feature-length films in the last 20 years: True Lies (1994), Titanic (1997), and Avatar (2009). Before that, he made The Abyss, Aliens, and the first two Terminator films. And every single one of those films was a huge box office success for its time — the last two films each crossed the $2 billion mark worldwide.




Here’s a sneak peak at Apple’s new Beats commercial

Here’s a sneak peak at Apple’s new Beats commercialBGR has just learned through multiple sources that Apple is set to release a celebrity-packed commercial for the company’s new Beats Solo2 headphones either today or tomorrow. The video itself looks like something Beats would have done on its own, but it definitely has an Apple-like feel and vibe to it, which actually works quite nicely with the Beats theme. Look for Kendall and Kylie Jenner, Funkmaster Flex, Big Sean, Nicki Minaj, Fabolous, Norman Reedus, Serena Williams, Alesso, Victor Cruz and more. It also looks like the video was shot with only iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus devices, all with only the front-facing camera as part of something Apple’s doing called the #SoloSelfie campaign. Here’s the full spot: UPDATE: It




Steam celebrates Black Friday with deals on 'Watch Dogs, 'Civilization,' and more

Steam celebrates Black Friday with deals on 'Watch Dogs, 'Civilization,' and moreSteam is getting in on the Black Friday fun with a huge collection of great deals dubbed the "Steam Exploration Sale." It includes a pretty massive selection of games — Valve says there are "thousands of titles" on sale — and features some big-name new releases for cheap. You can grab Watch Dogs for only $29.99, for example, or Civilization: Beyond Earth for $34.99. Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami's new game, The Evil Within, might just be the best deal, at only $22.60. ...




Black Friday outweighs Thanksgiving on social media, suggests Salesforce data

Black Friday outweighs Thanksgiving on social media, suggests Salesforce dataSo much for all those recipes listing dozens of new ways to cook stuffing and pumpkin pie.





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U.S. regulator orders national Takata driver-side air bag recall

Takata airbag official Shimizu waits to testify on defective airbags at Senate Commerce Science and Transportation Committee hearing in WashingtonBy Bernie Woodall DETROIT (Reuters) - The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Wednesday ordered air bag supplier Takata Corp to expand its regional recall of driver-side air bags to cover the entire United States. Such a nationwide recall would affect vehicles made by five automakers: Ford Motor Co ; Honda Motor Co ; Chrysler Group LLC, a unit of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles ; Mazda Motor Corp and BMW AG . NHTSA gave Takata until Tuesday to issue a recall. ...




Wall Street edges up ahead of market holiday

A street sign is seen in front of the New York Stock Exchange on Wall Street in New YorkNEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks ticked higher on Wednesday as the market's recent upward bias held ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, even as a round of economic data came in below expectations.




U.S. consumer, business spending data point to slowing growth

Matt Giardina carries his purchase, a HDTV, at a Best Buy store on the shopping day dubbed "Black Friday" in FraminghamWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. consumer spending rose modestly in October and a measure of business spending plans fell for a second straight month, suggesting some slowing in the pace of economic growth.




Behind Google's Europe woes, American accents

People pose with laptops in front of projection of Google logo in this picture illustration taken in ZenicaBy Foo Yun Chee BRUSSELS (Reuters) - When EU politicians call for the break-up of Google, it can sound like sour grapes, the anti-American backlash of an aging Europe envious, and fearful, of the wealth and growing power of young U.S. tech giants. But should any American take time on Thanksgiving to scoff at Thursday's non-binding vote in the European Parliament, when lawmakers may urge EU regulators to get tough with the search engine Goliath, they should know that behind the EU antitrust probe of Google stand not only Europeans but U.S. competitors. ...




U.S. new home sales rise in October, but September revised down

A newly built single-family home that is sold is seen in San Marcos, CaliforniaWASHINGTON, Nov 26 (Reuters) - Sales of new U.S. single-family homes rose for a third straight month in October, but a downward revision to the prior month's sales pace indicated the housing market recovery would remain gradual.




Wal-Mart dismisses several China executives to cut costs

A Wal-Mart Stores Inc company distribution center in Bentonville(Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc said it had dismissed several executives in China as part of an effort to lower costs in the country, where it has been grappling with slower sales and tough price competition. Wal-Mart spokeswoman Brooke Buchanan said several executives were let go to help "create a more efficient structure that positions our business competitively for the future." Buchanan did not disclose further details, such as the number of people dismissed or their ranks. ...




Saudi, UAE signal no push for OPEC oil cut

File photo of Saudi Arabia's Oil Minister al-Naimi talking to journalists before a meeting of OPEC oil ministers in ViennaBy Alex Lawler, Amena Bakr and Rania El Gamal VIENNA (Reuters) - OPEC leader Saudi Arabia and fellow member the United Arab Emirates signaled on Wednesday they were unlikely to push for a major change in oil output at the group's meeting this week to prop up prices that have sunk by a third since June. Saudi Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi said he expected the oil market "to stabilize itself eventually", after talks with non-OPEC member Russia on Tuesday yielded no pledge from Moscow to tackle a global oil glut jointly. ...




Exclusive: Apollo Global in the lead to acquire Presidio: sources

Leon Black, Chairman and CEO Apollo Global Management, LLC, takes part in Private Equity: Rebalancing Risk session during the 2014 Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills(Reuters) - Apollo Global Management LLC is in advanced talks to acquire Presidio Inc in a deal that could value the information technology consulting company at close to $1.3 billion, including debt, according to people familiar with the matter.




Deere forecasts drop in equipment sales as farm incomes fall

John Deere commercial vehicles are seen at a dealer in Longmont(Reuters) - Deere & Co forecast a drop in equipment sales in the current quarter as lower grain prices discourage farmers from buying tractors, harvesters and other agricultural machinery.




Goldman, BASF, HSBC accused of metals price fixing: U.S. lawsuit

A view of the Goldman Sachs stall on the floor of the New York Stock ExchangeBy Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - Goldman Sachs Group Inc , Germany's BASF SE and two other big platinum and palladium dealers have been sued in the United States in what the plaintiff's law firm called the first nationwide class action over alleged price-fixing of the metals. In a complaint filed on Tuesday in the U.S. ...





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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, Oct. 20 to Sunday, Oct. 26 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, Oct. 20 to Sunday Oct. 26 via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify.




'Mad Men' creator to receive honorary Int'l Emmy
NEW YORK (AP) — "Mad Men" creator and executive producer Matthew Weiner is being honored with the 2014 International Emmy Founders Award.

Witherspoon goes on a soul-baring ride in 'Wild'

This image released by Fox Searchlight Pictures shows Reese Witherspoon in a scene from the film, "Wild." The movie opens in U.S. theaters on Dec. 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Fox Searchlight Pictures, Anne Marie Fox)NEW YORK (AP) — Once she'd decided to take on her gritty new role in "Wild," there were a few things Reese Witherspoon knew she DIDN'T want to hear from movie studio executives:




University in Tennessee cancels Cosby appearance
HENDERSON, Tenn. (AP) — A university in Tennessee says it has canceled Bill Cosby's scheduled appearance at a benefit dinner amid allegations made by women accusing the comedian of sexual assault.

Model-restaurateur B. Smith reported missing in NY
SAG HARBOR, N.Y. (AP) — Police on New York's Long Island say former model and restaurateur B. Smith has been reported missing.

Garth Brooks cites Ferguson for cancellation

FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2014 file photo, Garth Brooks attends the 2014 ASCAP Centennial Awards, benefiting the ASCAP Foundation and its music education, talent development and humanitarian activities, at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York. Brooks has canceled a Thanksgiving appearance on NBC's "Tonight" show because he said it "seemed distasteful" given the reaction to the decision not to prosecute Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for the shooting of Michael Brown this summer. NBC on Wednesday, Nov. 26, confirmed the postponement, saying Brooks was being replaced on the show by Whoopi Goldberg and Tom Colicchio. (Photo by Stephen Chernin/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Singer Garth Brooks has canceled a Thanksgiving appearance on NBC's "Tonight" show because he said it "seemed distasteful" given the reaction to the decision not to prosecute Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson for the shooting of Michael Brown this summer.




New sentencing for 'Bernie' mortician
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas' highest court has granted a new sentencing hearing for the mortician whose conviction for killing his longtime companion and storing her body in a freezer inspired the dark-comedy movie "Bernie."

Prison theater transforms Colombian inmates

Inmates from El Buen Pastor women's prison perform the Greek tragedy "Antigone" during the second annual Inmate Theater Festival at a theater in Bogota, Colombia, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A group of handcuffed female inmates file onto a dark stage as prison guards carrying assault rifles watch nervously from the sparsely filled seats of Colombia's National Theater. On the playbill is the Greek tragedy "Antigone."




Rare Shakespeare Folio discovered in French town

The newly discovered Shakespeare's original first folio is seen in the Saint-Omer library, northern France, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014. The accidental discovery in the small library in northern France of an original first folio of the bard’s plays _ one of the rarest books in the world _ has sent jitters of excitement around the world of Shakespeare enthusiasts, especially those partial to the theory that the bard was a secret Catholic. The find brings the total of known folios in the world to 233, and is significant as each first folio can contain variations that shed light on Shakespeare’s intentions. Among the 900 pages of the most recent discovery are rare annotations that suggest it was used for performance. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler)PARIS (AP) — The accidental discovery in a small library in northern France of an original first folio of Shakespeare's plays has sent a jolt of excitement around the world of Shakespeare scholars.





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