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Investigators, Branson go to spacecraft crash site

This three image combo photo shows the Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo rocket separating from the carrier aircraft, left, prior to it exploding in the air, right, during a test flight on Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. The Virgin Galactic rocket that exploded during a test flight, killed a pilot aboard and seriously injured another while scattering wreckage in Southern California's Mojave Desert, witnesses and officials said. (AP Photo/Kenneth Brown)Investigators will examine the wreckage of the winged spaceship designed to give wealthy tourists a high-altitude view of Earth.




New question in Texas: Can Wendy Davis survive defeat?

FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2014 FILE photo, Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis visits with supporters at a book signing in Austin, Texas. With just days before the election, Davis isn’t addressing an arena packed with adoring supporters, speaking on national television or working a hotel ballroom of top donors. Instead, the Democratic candidate for Texas governor is addressing a small group of volunteers in a backyard. The woman who once stirred excitement among Democrats nationwide now faces seemingly insurmountable odds to beat her well-funded and popular Republican opponent. So the question looming over the race is whether defeat will reduce her to a spent political force (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)KILLEEN, Texas (AP) — It's a sunny afternoon just before the election and Wendy Davis isn't addressing an arena packed with adoring supporters, speaking on national television or working a hotel ballroom of top donors.




Ebola quarantines a 'disincentive' for health workers

Dr Anthony Fauci appears at the Washington Ideas Forum in WashingtonAnthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, told Yahoo News Friday that “blanket restrictions” on health care workers returning from West Africa could worsen the Ebola epidemic in the region.




Branson to meet Virgin Galactic space team after crash

The Virgin Galactic SpaceShip Two rocket explodes in mid-air during a test flight above the Mojave DesertBy Alex Dobuzinskis MOJAVE Calif. (Reuters) - Richard Branson is set to meet his Virgin Galactic space team in California's Mojave Desert on Saturday following the crash of a passenger spaceship being developed by his company that killed one pilot and seriously injured the other. The entrepreneur has pledged to keep up the drive for space travel, saying on the company's web site: "Space is hard - but worth it. We will persevere and move forward together. ...




Ebola costs encourage budget flexibility among U.S. Republicans
By David Lawder and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Worries about Ebola are chipping away at some congressional Republicans' support for maintaining across-the-board spending caps on U.S. government agencies and the military. An increasing number of Republicans are speaking out in favor of Ebola "emergency" funds, which would be passed outside of the normal budget process, and would not require offsetting spending cuts or explicit sources of revenue. ...

Judge rejects isolation for U.S. nurse who treated Ebola patients

Nurse Kaci Hickox joined by her boyfriend Ted Wilbur speak with the media outside of their home in Fort Kent, MaineBy Joel Page FORT KENT Maine (Reuters) - A Maine judge ruled on Friday that a U.S. nurse who treated victims of Ebola in West Africa does not need to be confined to her home, declaring Ebola fears in the United States "not entirely rational." Nurse Kaci Hickox's challenge of Maine's 21-day isolation regime became a key battle in the dispute between some U.S. states and the federal government. ...




Driver sought in crash that killed 3 on Halloween

Police and emergency respoders at the scene where three teenage girls trick-or-treating in costume were hit by a vehicle and killed while walking across a Southern California intersection in Santa Ana Calif., Friday Oct. 31, 2014. Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna says the girls were hit while in a crosswalk near an elementary school early Friday evening. (AP Photo/The Orange County Register, Paul Rodriguez)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles area authorities say they're looking for a motorist who crashed into three teenage girls trick-or-treating in Halloween costumes, leaving them with fatal injuries and fleeing the scene.




3 girls trick-or-treating killed in hit-and-run

Police and emergency respoders at the scene where three teenage girls trick-or-treating in costume were hit by a vehicle and killed while walking across a Southern California intersection in Santa Ana Calif., Friday Oct. 31, 2014. Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna says the girls were hit while in a crosswalk near an elementary school early Friday evening. (AP Photo/The Orange County Register, Paul Rodriguez)The girls were hit at an intersection in Santa Ana, Calif., authorities said.




Tech-savvy grandma saves Kansas Democrats

Kansas Democratic Party Chairwoman Joan Wagnon answers questions from reporters following a court ruling that the party does not have to pick a new nominee for the U.S. Senate, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, in Topeka, Kan. The ruling comes in a lawsuit filed by a disgruntled voter after the previous nominee dropped out of the race against Republican Sen. Pat Roberts. (AP Photo/John Hanna)Joan Wagnon, 74, is close to reviving her party after a stunning GOP defeat in 2010.




Why judge sided with nurse Kaci Hickox against restrictions

Nurse Kaci Hickox is accompanied by her boyfriend Ted Wilbur as she speaks to reporters outside their home, Friday, Oct. 31, 2014, in Fort Kent, Maine. A Maine judge gave Hickox the OK to go wherever she pleases, handing state officials a defeat Friday in their bid to restrict her movements as a precaution against Ebola. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)A state judge in Maine has sided with nurse Kaci Hickox and rejected a request by state officials that her movements be restricted out of an abundance of caution over her recent exposure to the Ebola virus while treating patients in West Africa.





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Investigators, Branson go to spacecraft crash site

This three image combo photo shows the Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo rocket separating from the carrier aircraft, left, prior to it exploding in the air, right, during a test flight on Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. The Virgin Galactic rocket that exploded during a test flight, killed a pilot aboard and seriously injured another while scattering wreckage in Southern California's Mojave Desert, witnesses and officials said. (AP Photo/Kenneth Brown)Investigators will examine the wreckage of the winged spaceship designed to give wealthy tourists a high-altitude view of Earth.




New question in Texas: Can Wendy Davis survive defeat?

FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2014 FILE photo, Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis visits with supporters at a book signing in Austin, Texas. With just days before the election, Davis isn’t addressing an arena packed with adoring supporters, speaking on national television or working a hotel ballroom of top donors. Instead, the Democratic candidate for Texas governor is addressing a small group of volunteers in a backyard. The woman who once stirred excitement among Democrats nationwide now faces seemingly insurmountable odds to beat her well-funded and popular Republican opponent. So the question looming over the race is whether defeat will reduce her to a spent political force (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)KILLEEN, Texas (AP) — It's a sunny afternoon just before the election and Wendy Davis isn't addressing an arena packed with adoring supporters, speaking on national television or working a hotel ballroom of top donors.




Ebola quarantines a 'disincentive' for health workers

Dr Anthony Fauci appears at the Washington Ideas Forum in WashingtonAnthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, told Yahoo News Friday that “blanket restrictions” on health care workers returning from West Africa could worsen the Ebola epidemic in the region.




Branson to meet Virgin Galactic space team after crash

The Virgin Galactic SpaceShip Two rocket explodes in mid-air during a test flight above the Mojave DesertBy Alex Dobuzinskis MOJAVE Calif. (Reuters) - Richard Branson is set to meet his Virgin Galactic space team in California's Mojave Desert on Saturday following the crash of a passenger spaceship being developed by his company that killed one pilot and seriously injured the other. The entrepreneur has pledged to keep up the drive for space travel, saying on the company's web site: "Space is hard - but worth it. We will persevere and move forward together. ...




Ebola costs encourage budget flexibility among U.S. Republicans
By David Lawder and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Worries about Ebola are chipping away at some congressional Republicans' support for maintaining across-the-board spending caps on U.S. government agencies and the military. An increasing number of Republicans are speaking out in favor of Ebola "emergency" funds, which would be passed outside of the normal budget process, and would not require offsetting spending cuts or explicit sources of revenue. ...

Judge rejects isolation for U.S. nurse who treated Ebola patients

Nurse Kaci Hickox joined by her boyfriend Ted Wilbur speak with the media outside of their home in Fort Kent, MaineBy Joel Page FORT KENT Maine (Reuters) - A Maine judge ruled on Friday that a U.S. nurse who treated victims of Ebola in West Africa does not need to be confined to her home, declaring Ebola fears in the United States "not entirely rational." Nurse Kaci Hickox's challenge of Maine's 21-day isolation regime became a key battle in the dispute between some U.S. states and the federal government. ...




Driver sought in crash that killed 3 on Halloween

Police and emergency respoders at the scene where three teenage girls trick-or-treating in costume were hit by a vehicle and killed while walking across a Southern California intersection in Santa Ana Calif., Friday Oct. 31, 2014. Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna says the girls were hit while in a crosswalk near an elementary school early Friday evening. (AP Photo/The Orange County Register, Paul Rodriguez)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles area authorities say they're looking for a motorist who crashed into three teenage girls trick-or-treating in Halloween costumes, leaving them with fatal injuries and fleeing the scene.




3 girls trick-or-treating killed in hit-and-run

Police and emergency respoders at the scene where three teenage girls trick-or-treating in costume were hit by a vehicle and killed while walking across a Southern California intersection in Santa Ana Calif., Friday Oct. 31, 2014. Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna says the girls were hit while in a crosswalk near an elementary school early Friday evening. (AP Photo/The Orange County Register, Paul Rodriguez)The girls were hit at an intersection in Santa Ana, Calif., authorities said.




Tech-savvy grandma saves Kansas Democrats

Kansas Democratic Party Chairwoman Joan Wagnon answers questions from reporters following a court ruling that the party does not have to pick a new nominee for the U.S. Senate, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, in Topeka, Kan. The ruling comes in a lawsuit filed by a disgruntled voter after the previous nominee dropped out of the race against Republican Sen. Pat Roberts. (AP Photo/John Hanna)Joan Wagnon, 74, is close to reviving her party after a stunning GOP defeat in 2010.




Why judge sided with nurse Kaci Hickox against restrictions

Nurse Kaci Hickox is accompanied by her boyfriend Ted Wilbur as she speaks to reporters outside their home, Friday, Oct. 31, 2014, in Fort Kent, Maine. A Maine judge gave Hickox the OK to go wherever she pleases, handing state officials a defeat Friday in their bid to restrict her movements as a precaution against Ebola. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)A state judge in Maine has sided with nurse Kaci Hickox and rejected a request by state officials that her movements be restricted out of an abundance of caution over her recent exposure to the Ebola virus while treating patients in West Africa.





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Homes for the homeless...inside billboards
Project Gregory is raising money on Kickstarter to fund a billboard home prototype in Slovakia.

Wall Street firm pushes for student loan forgiveness
BlackRock proposes stimulating the economy by erasing some student debt for first-time homebuyers.

Bank of Japan stuns market with even more stimulus
The Bank of Japan is going for broke and expanding its already aggressive stimulus plan.

Russia-Ukraine gas deal to keep Europe warm
Russia and Ukraine's new energy deal ensures gas will flow freely to Europe just in time for winter.

North Dakota leads decline in homelessness
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US economy chugging along at 3.5% growth
More proof America is gaining momentum: GDP beat expectations from July to September.

Forget dating apps. These millennials want to save the world
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Fed ends 6-year effort to stimulate economy
Despite the headwinds, the Fed believes the economy is strong enough to stop the bond buying crutch.

Taylor Swift's new single to benefit NYC schools
Swift pledges to donate all of the proceeds from her new song "Welcome to New York" to the city's public schools.

Costco isn't only store closed on Thanksgiving
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Branson to meet Virgin Galactic space team after crash

The Virgin Galactic SpaceShip Two rocket explodes in mid-air during a test flight above the Mojave DesertBy Alex Dobuzinskis MOJAVE Calif. (Reuters) - Richard Branson is set to meet his Virgin Galactic space team in California's Mojave Desert on Saturday following the crash of a passenger spaceship being developed by his company that killed one pilot and seriously injured the other. The entrepreneur has pledged to keep up the drive for space travel, saying on the company's web site: "Space is hard - but worth it. We will persevere and move forward together. ...




U.S. rocket explosion investigation suspects main engine failure

An unmanned Antares rocket is seen exploding seconds after lift off from a commercial launch pad in this still image from NASA video at Wallops IslandBy Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL Fla. (Reuters) - As Orbital Sciences picks up the pieces, literally and figuratively, after its high-profile rocket launch explosion, accident investigators are looking closely at a potential first-stage engine problem. Technical data relayed from Orbital’s Antares rocket before and after Tuesday’s liftoff from Wallops Island, Virginia, show everything was fine until the rocket’s ascent stopped 15 seconds into the flight, the company said in a status report issued late Thursday. ...




New U.S. rockets include crew launch-escape systems

NASA handout photo of an aerial view of the Wallops Island launch facilities in Wallops Island, VirginiaBy Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL Fla (Reuters) - Heeding a lesson from history, designers of a new generation of U.S. rockets will include escape systems to give crew members a fighting chance of surviving launch accidents such as the one that felled an unmanned Orbital Sciences Antares rocket on Tuesday. The U.S. space agency NASA bypassed escape systems for the now-retired space shuttle fleet, believing the spaceships to be far safer than they turned out to be. The illusion was shattered on Jan. ...




Boeing exec says NASA crash underscores need for new U.S. engine
By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The crash of an unmanned Orbital Sciences Antares rocket is a "wake-up call" to the U.S. space community about the need to develop a new U.S. rocket engine, the head of Boeing Co's defense division said on Thursday. Chris Chadwick, chief executive of Boeing Defense, Space and Security, said the failure of the rocket on Tuesday was a "sad and tragic" reminder that the space business was complex and difficult, but he did not expect a lasting setback to the overall industry. The incident underscored growing concerns about U.S. ...

Skin-eating Asian fungus imperils world's salamanders

Handout photo of an Eastern red-spotted newt at the Jefferson National Forest in VirginiaBy Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A skin-eating fungus that infiltrated Europe through the global wildlife trade is threatening to inflict massive losses on the continent's native salamanders including extinction of whole species and could do the same in North America, scientists say. An international research team said on Thursday the fungus, first detected in Europe last year, has killed salamanders in the Netherlands and Belgium and is expected soon to reach other European nations. They said it is closely related to another fungus that already has wiped out some amphibian species. ...




Rare Look Inside Tiny Mouth Wins 'Small World' Photo Contest

Rare Look Inside Tiny Mouth Wins 'Small World' Photo ContestIn a photo contest that honors all things small, it's tough to beat a shot of a rotifer: A view into the mouth of one of the tiniest animals on the planet won the top prize in this year's Nikon Small World competition. Rotifers rank among tardigrades as the smallest creatures in the animal kingdom. The winning photo, captured by Rogelio Moreno, a programmer and self-taught microscopist from Panama, shows the open mouth of a rotifer surrounded by a heart-shaped corona, or a crown of cilia that sweep water into its maw. Moreno watched the rotifer for hours, waiting for the right opportunity to snap a shot of the constantly moving creature at the moment it opened its mouth, according to Nikon.




Brraaiins! How Zombies Overran Pop Culture

Brraaiins! How Zombies Overran Pop CultureUnlike Dracula or Frankenstein, these Halloween monsters aren't based on a literary resource. In fact, the modern conception of a zombie dates back to 1968, in a movie that doesn't so much as use the word: George Romero's "Night of the Living Dead." "He didn't call them zombies, and he didn't think about them as zombies," said Ozzy Inguanzo, a screenwriter and author of "Zombies on Film: The Definitive Story of Undead Cinema" (Rizzoli, 2014). Since then, the walking undead have wormed their way into video games, comic books — and even the classics (witness 2009's novel "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies).




Great Pumpkin! 9 Fun Facts About the Halloween Gourd
Autumn is a time for leaf peeping, jack-o'-lanterns and pumpkin pie. The bright orange globes are the quintessential symbols of the season, and spooky jack-o'-lanterns have become a staple of Halloween celebrations everywhere. Pumpkins are perhaps the oldest domesticated plants on Earth, with archaeological and botanical evidence suggesting that people cultivated pumpkins as far back as 10,000 B.C., said Cindy Ott, an American studies professor at Saint Louis University in Missouri, and the author of "Pumpkin: The Curious History of an American Icon," (University of Washington Press, 2012).

Chinese Moon Probe Returns to Earth

Chinese Moon Probe Returns to EarthA Chinese moon probe came screaming back to Earth Friday (Oct. 31), just as many folks were heading out to go trick-or-treating.




Virgin Galactic Spaceship Crash Caps Terrible Week for Commercial Spaceflight

Virgin Galactic Spaceship Crash Caps Terrible Week for Commercial SpaceflightThe bad news began on Tuesday (Oct. 28), when Orbital Sciences Corp.'s Antares rocket exploded just seconds after blasting off on an unmanned cargo mission to the International Space Station for NASA. Then, on Friday (Oct. 31), Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo crashed during a test flight; Virginia-based Orbital Sciences holds a $1.9 billion contract with NASA to make eight robotic cargo runs to the space station using Antares and the company's Cygnus spacecraft.





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Fired-up Republicans have edge in midterm turnout war

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton makes remarks at a campaign rally for Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown and Ken Ulman in MarylandBy Jason Lange WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A daunting reality looms for President Barack Obama's Democrats ahead of U.S. congressional elections on Tuesday: Voters from the Republican Party are much more fired up. Reuters/Ipsos polling data shows Republicans are more certain they will vote, and see their ballot as a way to voice disapproval of Obama's handling of the Ebola outbreak and his health insurance reform law. The expectation of robust Republican turnout is why many forecasters see strong odds that the party will take over the Senate and expand its majority in the House of Representatives. ...




Obama puts spotlight on women in quest for midterm votes

U.S. President Barack Obama joins Rhode Island candidate for Governor Gina Raimondo at Gregg's Restaurant in Providence, Rhode IslandBy Steve Holland PROVIDENCE R.I. (Reuters) - President Barack Obama, hoping for a strong turnout from female voters for Democratic candidates in congressional and gubernatorial elections next week, put women in the spotlight on Friday at an economic-focused event in Rhode Island. Obama has made only a handful of appearances on the campaign trail for the mid-term elections in addition to a series of fundraising swings, but his limited public stops have been aimed at shoring up support among key Democratic constituents including African Americans. ...




California mayor at center of immigration debate charged with DUI

Booking photo of Marrieta, California mayor Alan LongBy Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Southern California mayor who made headlines leading a local backlash against a flood of Central American immigrants across the U.S. border, has been charged with felony drunk driving in connection with an accident that injured four teenage girls. Alan Long, who resigned as mayor of Murrieta, California, last week, days after his arrest, was formally charged on Thursday with one count of driving while under the influence of alcohol causing bodily injury, Riverside County prosecutors said. ...




U.S. spy budget down by over 15 percent since 2010: official data
By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The combined budget for U.S. civilian and military intelligence operations has shrunk by more than 15 percent since 2010, official figures show. The total U.S. intelligence budget was $67.9 billion in the fiscal year to Sept. 30, according to official figures. That was up only marginally from $67.6 billion the previous year, but followed a steady decline since a peak in 2010. A variety of factors comes into play, official sources say. ...

State Dept. defends balance of career vs. political posts
Foreign service officers vs. political appointees, round 1 million. The State Department rejects criticism that President Barack Obama's administration has given too many diplomatic jobs to political appointees.

How a tech-savvy grandma is trying to lead Kansas Democrats out of the wilderness
In 2010, a historic Election Day sweep in Kansas saw Democrats lose every statewide office. Many people wrote them off for dead, but Joan Wagnon reused to believe it. Now the 74-year-old state chair is using technology to rebuild and modernize the party.

Hillary Clinton heckled by immigration activists in Maryland
Hillary Clinton was heckled repeatedly by immigration activists while speaking at a campaign rally for Anthony Brown, the Democratic nominee for Maryland governor.

The State Department is too top-heavy with Obama political picks, says foreign service group
At a time when "The world is a mess," President Barack Obama has packed too many political appointees into top jobs at the State Department, and should replace retiring Deputy Secretary of State William Burns with a career diplomat, a foreign service group warns.

Will Christie's 'sit down and shut up' style work outside New Jersey?

FILE - This July 17, 2014, file photo shows New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie greeting Iowans after speaking at a fundraiser for Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad in Davenport, Iowa. Christie is headlining Branstad's birthday bash in Clive, Iowa, Saturday Oct. 25, 2014, one of the biggest events on the state's political calendar, cementing his status as Branstad's favored 2016 candidate and giving him his biggest platform yet to appeal to activists in the state. (Charlie Neibergall, File/AP Photo)New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's brash style of politics was on full display Wednesday when he told a heckler critical of the state's response to Superstorm Sandy to "sit down and shut up." But will it work in places like Iowa?




Chuck Hagel and Martin Dempsey Explain Support for 21-Day Quarantine for Troops

Chuck Hagel and Martin Dempsey Explain Support for 21-Day Quarantine for TroopsSafety concerns prompted the decision to put in place a 21-day quarantine for American troops serving in the Ebola mission in West Africa, top Pentagon officials said today. Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters today that he and the...





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KPN's America Movil board member sells part of KPN stake

The company logo of Dutch telecoms group KPN is seen on the headquarters in the HagueBRUSSELS (Reuters) - The Chief Financial Officer of Mexico's America Movil has reduced his personal stake in Dutch telecoms group KPN , of which he is a supervisory board member, by more than a quarter, regulatory filings showed on Saturday. Carlos Garcia Moreno Elizondo, one of two America Movil members on KPN's supervisory board, sold about 28.5 percent of his stake in KPN in three transactions and now owns just under 200,000 shares, according to Dutch regulator AFM. ...




J.P. Morgan found hackers through breach of corporate event website: media

JP Morgan Chase & Co sign outside headquarters in New York(Reuters) - J.P. Morgan Chase & Co learned about hackers who stole the bank's contact information for 76 million households and 7 million small businesses through a corporate event that it sponsors, the New York Times and Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. According to the reports, the bank discovered that the intruders had used some of the same offshore servers to hack both the bank and the website of the JPMorgan Corporate Challenge. ...




Samsung says Microsoft deal invites 'charges of collusion': filing

People pose with mobile devices in front of projection of Samsung logo in this picture illustration taken in ZenicaBy Dan Levine (Reuters) - Samsung said its collaboration with Microsoft on Windows phones raised antitrust problems once Microsoft completed its acquisition of Nokia's handset business, according to a court filing. The filing late on Thursday stems from Microsoft Corp's lawsuit accusing Samsung Electronics Co Ltd of breaching a business collaboration agreement. The lawsuit, filed earlier this year in a New York federal court, says South Korean smartphone company Samsung still owes $6.9 million in interest on more than $1 billion in patent royalties it delayed paying. ...




Foreign access to China's card clearing market next August: report
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese regulators will allow foreign firms access to the yuan-denominated credit card clearing business from August next year, Hong Kong's South China Morning Post newspaper reported on Saturday. The paper quoted a source from China's largest credit card supplier, Goldpac Group, saying People's Bank of China (PBOC) officials had informed them of the date in September. "When the central bank gives a date, they always follow through with that," the source, an unidentified department head, was quoted as saying. ...

UBS cannot arbitrate vs Nasdaq over Facebook IPO: court

The falling price of Facebook's stock is seen on a screen reflected in the window of the Nasdaq building in New YorkBy Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - A divided U.S. appeals court rejected UBS AG's bid to force Nasdaq OMX Group Inc to arbitrate a dispute over the exchange operator's alleged "catastrophic mismanagement" of Facebook Inc's $16 billion initial public offering. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York on Friday said UBS' agreement with Nasdaq to help make a market for Facebook shares did not entitle the Swiss bank to arbitration, in its effort to recoup more than $350 million of losses. ...




Pirate Bay co-founder sentenced to 42 months in jail in Denmark

Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, the co-founder of Pirate bay, is pictured in StockholmCOPENHAGEN (Reuters) - A co-founder of the Swedish file-sharing website The Pirate Bay was sentenced on Friday to three and a half years in prison, in what the prosecutor called Denmark's biggest-ever hacking case. Gottfrid Warg, 30, also known under his hacker alias "Anakata", was found guilty of hacking into the mainframe of IT provider CSC in Denmark, accessing the Danish Civil Registration System and local police's criminal register in 2012. When sentencing, the Court of Frederiksberg in Copenhagen said the attack was systematic, intensive and took place over a long period of time. ...




As HP moves into 3D printing, there may still be room for the little guys

As HP moves into 3D printing, there may still be room for the little guysThe 3D-printing market should be big enough for HP and incumbent companies to thrive, some experts say. In fact, smaller rivals could benefit.>




Researchers find a way to listen in on vehicular vibrations

Researchers find a way to listen in on vehicular vibrations




AT&T and Verizon are upping bandwidth on select data plans

AT&T and Verizon are upping bandwidth on select data plans




Man who owns a smart TV says he’s ‘afraid’ of using it after reading its privacy policy

Man who owns a smart TV says he’s ‘afraid’ of using it after reading its privacy policyJust like with other electronic devices that used to be “dumb,” TVs have become increasingly smart lately, but that doesn’t mean that’s necessarily a good thing, especially when it comes to user privacy. At least that’s what Brennan Center’s Michael Price seems to think after he replaced his older TV that could offer access just to TV programs with a smart TV model that also delivers “streaming multimedia content, games, apps, social media and Internet browsing.” FROM EARLIER: Agree to share stuff with LG or it’ll make your Smart TV ‘stupid’ “The only problem is that I’m now afraid to use it. You would be too — if you read through the 46-page privacy policy,” Price wrote. “The amount of data





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Unknown election outcome is stocks' big fear

A trader looks up at screen as he works on floor of New York Stock Exchange shortly before closing of the market in New YorkBy Ryan Vlastelica NEW YORK (Reuters) - A handful of toss-up U.S. Senate races next week could hold the key to whether the stock market glides through the year-end in a typical post-midterm election rally or gets hit with a fresh bout of volatility. U.S. investors appear less concerned with whether Republicans take control of the Senate, as expected, or Democrats hang on to their majority by a slim margin. They just want to know - come Wednesday morning - the actual outcome. ...




China's October factory growth unexpectedly hits five-month low: official PMI

An employee works at the production line of an automobile factory in DalianBEIJING (Reuters) - China's factory activity unexpectedly fell to a five-month low in October as firms fought slowing orders and rising costs in the cooling economy, reinforcing views that the country's growth outlook is hazy at best. The official Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) eased to 50.8 in October from September's 51.1, the National Bureau of Statistics said on Saturday, but above the 50-point level that separates growth from contraction on a monthly basis. Analysts polled by Reuters had forecast a reading of 51.2. ...




U.S. consumer spending falters; wage gains highest since 2008

Woman eats ice cream as she looks at the display in the window of a Gold Standard jewellery store in New YorkBy Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. consumer spending fell for the first time in eight months in September, suggesting the economy lost some momentum heading into the fourth quarter. But rising consumer sentiment and faster wage growth suggest the weakness in spending will be temporary, with the economy remaining on firm ground. "The fundamentals ... remain very solid," said Gus Faucher, a senior economist at PNC Financial Services in Pittsburgh. "The conditions are in place for continued above-trend growth. ...




J.P. Morgan found hackers through breach of corporate event website: media

JP Morgan Chase & Co sign outside headquarters in New York(Reuters) - J.P. Morgan Chase & Co learned about hackers who stole the bank's contact information for 76 million households and 7 million small businesses through a corporate event that it sponsors, the New York Times and Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. According to the reports, the bank discovered that the intruders had used some of the same offshore servers to hack both the bank and the website of the JPMorgan Corporate Challenge. ...




German pilots won't strike during negotiations with Lufthansa: Focus

A picture taken with the multiple exposure function of the camera shows cancelled flights on a flight schedule board and the logo of German air carrier Lufthansa at the Fraport airport in FrankfurtFRANKFURT (Reuters) - German pilots' union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) will abstain from industrial action during negotiations with airline Lufthansa over pay and early retirement benefits, Germany's Focus magazine reported. A dispute between Lufthansa and the union has resulted in repeated strikes at Lufthansa this year affecting thousands of passengers. Shares in Lufthansa have lost 15 percent of their value over the last three months due to the strikes as well as concerns over Ebola. "We are currently in talks with Lufthansa. ...




U.S. consumer sentiment at highest since July 2007

File photo of shopper walking down aisle in newly opened Walmart Neighborhood Market in ChicagoNEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. consumer sentiment rose in October to its highest level since in more than seven years on growing optimism about the economy and more favorable personal financial expectations, a survey released on Friday showed. The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan's final October reading on the overall index on consumer sentiment finished at 86.9, the highest level since July 2007, up from 84.6 at the end of September. The late October reading was up slightly from its initial figure of 86.4, which was also the expected reading of economists polled by Reuters. ...




Exxon, Chevron results boosted by refining as oil prices slip

A Exxon Mobil gas station is shown in Encinitas ,California(Reuters) - A surge in refining profits boosted quarterly results at Exxon Mobil Corp and Chevron Corp , helping to offset declining oil and gas production and falling crude oil prices. Both companies reported better-than-expected third-quarter profits on Friday, with executives touting the importance of owning massive refineries alongside oil and gas wells. Refining profits tend to rise when oil prices fall, though low prices dent the profitability of wells. Having both in a company stable can allow for a bit of insurance during price swings. ...




Top U.S. oil companies see more pressure to clamp down on spending

A view of the Exxon Mobil refinery in Baytown, TexasBy Anna Driver HOUSTON (Reuters) - Top U.S. oil producers, which already were reining in spending before crude prices started to slip in June, are now looking to trim more fat from their budgets while reminding investors they must spend to grow. Exxon Mobil Corp on Friday it would keep its current spending plan intact, though it is about 15 percent less than 2013. ConocoPhillips said it will spend less money next year, and Chevron Corp said it is looking for budget "flexibility." Crude oil prices have slumped 25 percent since June as global supplies grow and demand weakens. ...




Dollar General extends tender offer for Family Dollar shares again

A price sign at a Dollar General store in Arvada, Colorado(Reuters) - Dollar General Corp extended its tender offer for shares of Family Dollar Stores Inc to Dec. 31, until after a shareholder vote that will decide the fate of a rival bid by Dollar Tree Inc . Dollar General had received offers for only about 4 million Family Dollar shares of a total 114 million outstanding shares as of Oct. 30, a day before the offer was to expire. Dollar General's perseverance to close a deal highlights its struggles in a weak economy where penny-pinching customers look for more discounts and deals. ...




Herbalife to pay $15 million to settle class action lawsuit

The Herbalife logo is seen on a building housing some of their offices in downtown Los Angeles, CaliforniaBy Devika Krishna Kumar (Reuters) - Herbalife Ltd would pay $15 million to settle an 18-month battle over a class action lawsuit brought by a former distributor claiming that the nutrition and supplements company is running an alleged pyramid scheme, according to a U.S. court filing. The company would pay $15 million in cash, plus up to $2.5 million for product returns, according to the court filing that granted preliminary approval for the settlement on Friday. ...





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Mammy has her moment in 'Gone with the Wind' prequel

A copy of "Gone With the Wind" by Margaret Mitchell, signed by producer, director and most of the speaking cast of the 1939 Hollywood film, on October 18, 2007 in Los AngelesNearly eight decades after she became one of the most famous supporting figures in American popular literature, Mammy has become the heroine of her own story in a prequel to "Gone with the Wind." "Ruth's Journey" by novelist and poet Donald McCaig comes 75 years after the film version of Margaret Mitchell's Pulitzer-winning epic work of fiction set in the Deep South during the US Civil War. In both the original book and the movie, he said, Mammy's real name was not even clear, as was usual for an African-American slave character tasked with raising her children of the family that owned her. In imagining Mammy's back story, McCaig -- whose book has been authorized by Mitchell's estate -- baptized her Ruth, in reference to the biblical character that symbolizes faith and fidelity.




Hello Kitty celebrates 40th birthday

Hello Kitty (centre), a one-day manager of the Mitsukoshi department store in Tokyo's glitzy Ginza district, poses with clerks during a morning meeting before the opening on November 1, 2014Hello Kitty, Japan's global icon of cute, marked her 40th anniversary on Saturday with a human-size version of the feline character regaling fans at an upscale Tokyo department store and a theme park. The moon-faced creation, who has spawned a multi-billion dollar industry, began her birthday by trying her hand as manager of the Mitsukoshi department store in Tokyo's glitzy Ginza district. Kitty, who adorns everything from pencil cases to pyjamas the world over, also celebrated her birthday with fans at her creators' theme park Sanrio Puroland in western Tokyo. The Keio Plaza Hotel chain, meanwhile, opened Hello Kitty hotel rooms in Tokyo on Saturday, decorated floor to ceiling with pictures of the cuddly character.




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Creator of Operation couldn't afford own operation

John Spinello sits in front of merchandise from the game "Operation" at his Bloomingdale, Ill. home on Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. Spinello, the game's creator, is finding out how much people love the 50-year-old game after friends raised funds beyond their expectations in an online campaign in October 2014. He invented the buzzing game as a college student and sold the concept for $500 to a toy invention firm. The game was later licensed to Milton Bradley. But Spinello never got any royalties from the game or merchandise. Now he can't afford the $25,000 for oral surgery. (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger)BLOOMINGDALE, Ill. (AP) — The creator of the board game Operation needed his own operation, and it turned out he couldn't afford to pay for it.




Wallenda ready for windy Chicago tightrope walks

Daredevil Nik Wallenda, responds to a question during a news conference Friday, Oct. 31, 2014, in Chicago. On Sunday, Wallenda will attempt to walk uphill at a 15-degree angle from the Marina City west tower across the Chicago River to the top of the 635-foot Leo Burnett Building. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)CHICAGO (AP) — With Chicago's chilling winds howling in the background, tightrope walker Nik Wallenda declared Friday he's ready to attempt two back-to-back skyscraper crossings, one of them blindfolded.




Hello Kitty's 40 years of cuteness and cool

FILE - In this June 30, 2012 file photo, people ride on a sightseeing bus painted with a Hello Kitty character in Tokyo. When she came to life in 1974, she was a kitty without a name, sitting sideways in blue overalls and a big red bow, on a coin purse for Japanese girls. On Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014, fans around the world celebrate the 40th anniversary of this global icon of "cute-cool." That is, Hello Kitty. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)TOKYO (AP) — When she came to life in 1974, she was a kitty without a name, sitting sideways in blue overalls and a big red bow, on a coin purse for Japanese girls. On Saturday, fans around the world celebrate the 40th anniversary of this global icon of "cute-cool." That is, Hello Kitty.




Kristin Scott Thomas to play UK queen onstage

FILE - This is a Monday, Jan. 27, 2014 file photo of British actress Kristin Scott Thomas as she arrives on the red carpet for the British Premiere of "The Invisible Woman" at a cinema in west London. Producers announced Friday Oct. 31, 2014 that Scott Thomas will star as Queen Elizabeth II in a new West End production of “The Audience.” (AP Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision, File)LONDON (AP) — Kristin Scott Thomas is about to don Helen Mirren's tiara.




Instagram bans US comedienne's topless Putin jab

Chelsea Handler walks the red carpet during the 2014 Kennedy Center's Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on October 19, 2014 in Washington, DCUS comedienne Chelsea Handler is fighting with Instagram after it took down a topless picture she posted looking similar to a famous shirtless picture of Russian President Vladmir Putin on horseback. I have every right to show I have a better body than Putin," the 39-year-old actress and talk show host said on her Twitter feed after the spat erupted Thursday night. The picture showed Handler on a horse, next to one of a similar pose to Putin in 2009, which provoked much amused debate at the time over his attempts to present him as an all-action leader. Are we in 1825?" adding: "If Instagram takes this down again, you're saying Vladimir Putin Has more 1st amendment rights than me.




Downey, Watson, Dench honored by British Academy

Honorees Robert Downey Jr., from left, Emma Watson and Judi Dench appear on stage at the BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — There was a bit of a British invasion at the Beverly Hilton hotel, as BAFTA Los Angeles hosted its annual Britannia Awards, honoring film and television talent from both sides of the pond, including director Mike Leigh and actors Dame Judi Dench, Emma Watson, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Robert Downey Jr.




Son to Usher: Dad, you're not a great singer

FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2014 file photo, Usher performs on NBC's "Today" show in New York. Usher launches his UR Experience World Tour in Montreal on Saturday, Nov. 1. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — One of Usher's sons studies his dance moves meticulously, while the other has said to the Grammy-winning star: "You're not a great singer."





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