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What the inauguration costs, and who pays

Construction on the platform in preparation for inauguration ceremonies. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)Public funds are involved, but so are private donations, which have increased markedly over the past 40 years.




Audio contradicts Trump on Putin meeting

New audio proves Trump and Putin have met. (AP)In 2015, the president-elect told a radio host that he had met the Russian president, saying he "got along with him great."




Some taxpayers can expect refund delays

In this Jan. 14, 2017, photo, tax professional and tax preparation firm owner Alicia Utley reaches for hard copies of tax forms while working to stay caught up on a Saturday at the start of the tax season rush, in her offices at Infinite Tax Solutions, in Boulder, Colo. The IRS will begin accepting returns on Jan. 23, and tax experts recommend that Americans continue to file their returns early. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)As the IRS battle against fraud and identity theft intensifies, many needy taxpayers are getting caught in the middle.




Obama commutes Chelsea Manning’s sentence

An undated photo provided by the U.S. Army showing Pfc. Chelsea Manning. (U.S. Army via AP)The former Army intelligence analyst was sentenced to 35 years in prison for leaking classified information in 2010 to WikiLeaks.




Obama won't keep one high-profile promise

White House rips Trump health pick over stock dealThe detention facility at Guantánamo Bay won't close by the time the president leaves office, his press secretary admits.




White House blasts Trump pick on stock buy

Elevator doors close on Rep. Tom Price as he arrives at Trump Tower. (Carolyn Kaster/AP)Tom Price, the president-elect's choice for health secretary, is facing a call for an investigation into a vote he cast in 2016.




Abortions drop to lowest level since 1974

Abortions in U.S. drop to lowest level since 1974. (AP)According to a new survey, abortions for women between 15-44 have reached their lowest rates since the passage of Roe v. Wade.




German court rejects ban on neo-Nazi party

A supporter of Germany's National Democratic Party. (AP)The country's high court rules that the political group does not pose an existential threat to the republic.




Orlando gunman's wife faces charges

An Orlando resident wears an "Orlando Strong" T-shirt during a vigil at Lake Eola Park for victims of an early morning shooting attack at a gay nightclub in OrlandoShe is accused of knowingly aiding and abetting her husband, Omar Mateen, and misleading police.




Fort Lauderdale suspect blames 'mind control'

Fort Lauderdale suspect blames "mind control." (AP)Alleged airport gunman Esteban Santiago tells investigators he was under government mind control before claiming to be inspired by ISIS.





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AARP's top 4 priorities for Trumpcare

AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins. (Yahoo Finance)The advocacy group points to basic policy principles that will continue to be key for Americans 50 and older.




What the inauguration costs, and who pays

Construction on the platform in preparation for inauguration ceremonies. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)Public funds are involved, but so are private donations, which have increased markedly over the past 40 years.




Audio contradicts Trump on Putin meeting

New audio proves Trump and Putin have met. (AP)In 2015, the president-elect told a radio host that he had met the Russian president, saying he "got along with him great."




Some taxpayers can expect refund delays

In this Jan. 14, 2017, photo, tax professional and tax preparation firm owner Alicia Utley reaches for hard copies of tax forms while working to stay caught up on a Saturday at the start of the tax season rush, in her offices at Infinite Tax Solutions, in Boulder, Colo. The IRS will begin accepting returns on Jan. 23, and tax experts recommend that Americans continue to file their returns early. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)As the IRS battle against fraud and identity theft intensifies, many needy taxpayers are getting caught in the middle.




Obama commutes Chelsea Manning’s sentence

An undated photo provided by the U.S. Army showing Pfc. Chelsea Manning. (U.S. Army via AP)The former Army intelligence analyst was sentenced to 35 years in prison for leaking classified information in 2010 to WikiLeaks.




Obama won't keep one high-profile promise

White House rips Trump health pick over stock dealThe detention facility at Guantánamo Bay won't close by the time the president leaves office, his press secretary admits.




White House blasts Trump pick on stock buy

Elevator doors close on Rep. Tom Price as he arrives at Trump Tower. (Carolyn Kaster/AP)Tom Price, the president-elect's choice for health secretary, is facing a call for an investigation into a vote he cast in 2016.




Abortions drop to lowest level since 1974

Abortions in U.S. drop to lowest level since 1974. (AP)According to a new survey, abortions for women between 15-44 have reached their lowest rates since the passage of Roe v. Wade.




German court rejects ban on neo-Nazi party

A supporter of Germany's National Democratic Party. (AP)The country's high court rules that the political group does not pose an existential threat to the republic.




Orlando gunman's wife faces charges

An Orlando resident wears an "Orlando Strong" T-shirt during a vigil at Lake Eola Park for victims of an early morning shooting attack at a gay nightclub in OrlandoShe is accused of knowingly aiding and abetting her husband, Omar Mateen, and misleading police.





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Trump takes credit for saving Monsanto jobs, but ...
Germany's Bayer and Monsanto are merging. Their CEOs recently met with Trump and pledged their commitment to the U.S. Trump's team is touting that as a win. But Bayer and Monsanto were never going to leave the U.S.

Trump commerce pick once blasted 'protectionist monster mindset,' 'mindless China bashing'
Wilbur Ross, Donald Trump's pick to be Commerce Secretary, criticized in 2007, politicians, who, he said, mindlessly bashed China in order to pander to voters.

Deutsche Bank finalizes $7.2 billion settlement
The Department of Justice on Tuesday cemented a $7.2 billion settlement with the Deutsche Bank for selling toxic mortgage-backed securities in the years before the market meltdown of 2008.

Billionaire Wilbur Ross auditions before Congress
Wilbur Ross is likely to face tough questions during his Senate confirmation hearing about the muscular trade agenda President-elect Donald Trump hopes will resurrect U.S. manufacturing.

Dems vow fight if Trump fires consumer protection chief
Senator Elizabeth Warren warned the incoming Trump administration that she and other Democrats would fight a move to fire the head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which she helped create.

Britain gambles on free trade deal with Europe
The U.K. wants a free trade deal to replace its membership of the EU. Getting a deal before Brexit will be a huge challenge, and even then, the economy may still suffer.

Trump trade talk sends dollar lower
President-elect Donald Trump criticized the House GOP tax reform plan, which sent the dollar down against many major currencies.

Even as they repeal Obamacare, Republicans still have to fund it
Congressional Republicans will have to spend billions on Obamacare subsidies, even as they move to repeal the law.

Minimum wage since 1938
When the federal minimum wage first became law in 1938, it was 25 cents. Adjusted for inflation, that would be worth $4.19 today. Scroll over the chart to see historical minimum wage amounts, and their corresponding values in today's dollars.

Chinese President Xi Jinping: No one can win a trade war
Xi Jinping has mounted a robust defense of free trade and global investment at the World Economic Forum in Davos.


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Antarctic ice floe crack forces UK scientists to leave

Halley VI Research Station modules at the old site_The decision was taken after a huge crack appeared in the Brunt Ice Shelf, just 10 miles away from the Halley VI research station. "We want to do the right thing for our people,” said Captain Tim Stocking, Director of Operations at the British Antarctic Society (BAS). "Bringing them home for winter is a prudent precaution given the changes that our glaciologists have seen in the ice shelf in recent months." There are currently 88 scientists stationed at the Halley VI research centre, which monitors climate data and played a key role in discovering the ozone hole in 1986.




Southern African maize munching pest is South American invader: experts

Small scale farmer Mutale Sikaona and agricultural officials examine maize plants affected by armyworms in Keembe districtBy Chris Mfula LUSAKA (Reuters) - A maize pest that has devastated crops in southern Africa is a South American species which is harder to detect and eradicate than its African counterpart, agriculture officials and experts said on Tuesday. The fall armyworm outbreak has erupted in Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi and follows a crippling El Nino-triggered drought which scorched much of the region last year. The pest devours maize and other crops.




Gene Cernan, last astronaut to walk on moon, dies at 82

FORMER ASTRONAUT GENE CERNAN WITH LUNAR PHOTOGRAPHS IN NEW YORK.Cernan, who was also the second American to walk in space, died surrounded by his family, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration said in a statement without providing details. Cernan and fellow Apollo 17 astronaut Harrison Schmitt became members of the most exclusive club in the universe on Dec. 11, 1972, when they stepped from their lunar landing module onto the moon's surface. "Oh, my golly," Cernan told mission control in Houston as he touched the moon.




Japan space agency fails to launch mini rocket

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's SS-520 satellite launches at its Uchinoura Space Center in KimotsukiJapan's space agency said on Sunday it failed to launch a mini rocket carrying a satellite into space due to failure of the communications systems. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) said in a statement it had fired the SS-520 rocket at 0833 JST on Sunday at its Uchinoura Space Center in southern Japan. JAXA said it was unable to receive data from the rocket, which has fallen back to earth in a spot it had expected.




SpaceX returns to flight, sending satellites into orbit

SpaceX Falcon rocket lifts off from Space Launch Complex 4E at Vandenberg Air Force BaseA SpaceX Falcon rocket blasted off from California on Saturday, returning the company to flight for the first time since a fiery launchpad explosion in September. The 230-foot (70-meter) rocket launched from VandenbergAir Force Base at 9:54 a.m. PST (1754 GMT) to deliver 10satellites into orbit for Iridium Communications Inc. "It's a clean sweep – 10 for 10," SpaceX launch commentator John Insprucker said after the satellites were released. SpaceX founder and entrepreneur Elon Musk's ambitious flight plans had been grounded since the Sept. 1 explosion during fueling ahead of a pre-flight test in Florida.




Phew! Taking Selfies Doesn't Make You a Narcissist

Phew! Taking Selfies Doesn't Make You a NarcissistInstead, the researchers found that selfie-takers fall into three categories: communicators, self-publicists and autobiographers. "It's important to recognize that not everyone [who takes selfies] is a narcissist," study co-author Steven Holiday, who was a graduate student at Brigham Young University while working on the study, said in a statement.




Can Cannabis Oil Help Heal Wounds?

Can Cannabis Oil Help Heal Wounds?A middle-age man in Canada with oral cancer found that medical cannabis oil may have helped to slightly reduce the size of a wound that his cancer caused on his cheek, according to a new report of his case. The cannabis oil treatment also reduced the man's pain after the cancer created a hole in his right cheek, according to the report published in the January issue of the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. Studies have suggested that marijuana may work to treat cancer patients' pain.




New You: Personality May Change After Therapy

Optimistic Outlook May Lower Women's Risk of DyingPersonality, once thought to be fundamental and resistant to change, can shift in response to therapy, new research finds. The study synthesizes data from 207 published research papers that measured personality traits as one outcome of various psychotherapies. But that doesn't mean that personality change is easy, warned study researcher Brent Roberts, a social and personality psychologist at the University of Illinois.




Spaceflight Is Entering a New Golden Age, Says Blue Origin Founder Jeff Bezos

Spaceflight Is Entering a New Golden Age, Says Blue Origin Founder Jeff BezosEarly Monday (Nov. 23), the private spaceflight company Blue Origin made a major stride in the pursuit of fully reusable rockets, when it launched an uncrewed vehicle into space and then soft-landed the rocket booster on the ground. "It was one of the greatest moments of my life," said Jeff Bezos, Blue Origin's founder, speaking about the landing in a press briefing yesterday (Nov. 24). "And my teammates here at Blue Origin, I could see felt the same way.




Turkey and Football: How Astronauts Celebrate Thanksgiving in Space

Turkey and Football: How Astronauts Celebrate Thanksgiving in SpaceThanksgiving in space will be a lot like the holiday down here on the ground — minus the gravity, of course. Like most Americans, NASA astronauts Scott Kelly and Kjell Lindgren have Thanksgiving (Nov. 26) off, and they'll spend the day aboard the International Space Station (ISS) watching football and enjoying a turkey-centric feast, agency officials said. Kelly and Lindgren gave viewers a look at that feast in a special Thanksgiving video this week, breaking out bags of smoked turkey, rehydratable corn, candied yams and potatoes au gratin.





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Despite showman reputation, Trump inauguration shaping up as low-key

Preparations are finalized at US Capitol for Trump inauguration in Washington DCBy Ayesha Rascoe WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Donald Trump made his name with opulent hotels and a dramatic reality TV show, but his inauguration on Friday as the 45th U.S. president is shaping up as a more understated affair, with big names in entertainment staying away. Like those who came before him, Trump will take his oath on the steps of the U.S. Capitol building and lead a parade down Pennsylvania Avenue, but there will be fewer official balls and less glitz and celebrity talent to welcome in the new president. Inaugurations have been star-studded affairs since 1941, when President Franklin Roosevelt held a gala with actors Charlie Chaplin, Mickey Rooney and other stars of the era, said Jim Bendat, a historian who has written a book on U.S. inaugurations.




Senate Democrats ask Trump attorney general pick to recuse himself from Russia probes

Sessions testifies during his confirmation hearing to become U.S. attorney generalBy Dustin Volz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Nine Democratic senators asked President-elect Donald Trump's nominee to be U.S. attorney general, Senator Jeff Sessions, on Tuesday to recuse himself from any FBI or Justice Department investigation into Russia's efforts to interfere with the 2016 presidential election. The request was signed by every Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, the panel responsible for confirming Sessions' appointment. It comes amid growing concern in the U.S. Congress about what U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded was hacking and other actions by Russia during the election campaign aimed at tilting the November vote in Trump's favor, and about potential personal or financial connections between Trump associates and Moscow.




Quarter of Republicans would keep Obamacare: Reuters/Ipsos poll

FILE PHOTO - Applications are seen at a rally held by supporters of the Affordable Care Act in Jackson MississippiBy Jilian Mincer NEW YORK (Reuters) - About a quarter of U.S. Republicans do not want to see Obamacare repealed, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Tuesday. Trump and his fellow Republicans, who control Congress, have promised to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, but a majority of Americans, including 25 percent of Republicans polled, do not want it to be repealed. Only one in five Americans would repeal the law immediately, the poll found.




Senate Democrat leader attacks Price on ethics charge

Chairman of the House Budget Committee Tom Price (R-GA) announces the House Budget during a press conferenceBy Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's choice to run the Department of Health and Human Services may have broken the law by making a stock purchase just before he introduced legislation that would have benefited the firm, the Senate's leading Democrat charged on Tuesday. A confirmation hearing for Tom Price, a Republican congressman and orthopedic surgeon from Georgia, was scheduled for Wednesday before the Senate health committee. If confirmed, he would be a key player in carrying out Trump's plans to overhaul Democratic President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law.




Obama’s “favorite general” wins pardon in leak probe

Obama’s “favorite general” wins pardon in leak probeRetired Marine Gen. James Cartwright arrives at US District Court in Washington on Oct. 17, 2016. President Obama Tuesday gave a full pardon to retired Gen. James “Hoss” Cartwright, who was convicted of lying to the FBI during an investigation into a leak about American efforts to sabotage the Iranian nuclear program. The pardon followed an intense lobbying campaign on behalf of Cartwright, that included expressions of support, relayed by Cartwright’s lawyer, from former presidents George W. Bush and vice president Dick Cheney, according to sources familiar with the effort.




Who is Nikki Haley?
With South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley set to begin confirmation hearings to be the next United States ambassador to the United Nations, Yahoo News and Finance Anchor Bianna Golodryga gives an update on her life and explores Haley’s rise in Republican politics and her past battles with President-elect Donald Trump.

Obama commutes Chelsea Manning’s sentence

Obama commutes Chelsea Manning’s sentencePresident Obama has commuted the 35-year prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, paving the way for the Army intelligence analyst turned high-profile leaker to be freed on May 17, the White House announced Tuesday. Manning was on a list of 209 commutations and 64 pardons released Tuesday, though they may not be Obama’s final acts of clemency before he leaves office at midday on Jan. 20. Edward Snowden’s name was not on the list.




Tape shows Trump contradicting himself (again) on Putin meeting

Tape shows Trump contradicting himself (again) on Putin meetingPresident-elect Donald Trump told a radio interviewer in October 2015 that he had met Vladimir Putin “one time … a long time ago” and that he “got along with him great” — a statement that conflicts with his later denials during the campaign that he had ever met or spoken with the Russian president. The newly surfaced audiotape, uncovered by a political opposition-research group, could fuel new questions about the precise nature of Trump’s past relations with the Russian president — a subject about which he has made multiple contradictory comments. It was released just hours after Putin, speaking from Moscow, denounced officials in the Obama administration as “worse than prostitutes” for circulating “nonsense” personal allegations about Trump that were allegedly collected by Russian intelligence.




White House admits Obama won’t close Guantánamo

White House rips Trump health pick over stock dealPresident Obama will fail to keep one of his most high-profile promises — closing the detention facility for suspected terrorists at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba — the White House acknowledged on Tuesday. “At this point, I don’t anticipate that we will succeed in that goal of closing the prison, but it’s not for a lack of trying,” press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters at his final media briefing. “The only reason it didn’t happen is because of the politics that members of Congress of both parties, frankly, played with this issue,” Earnest said with just two full days left in Obama’s term.




18 Million Could Lose Insurance in a Year Under 'Obamacare' Repeal, Congressional Budget Office Says

18 Million Could Lose Insurance in a Year Under 'Obamacare' Repeal, Congressional Budget Office SaysRepealing "Obamacare" without a replacement could leave 18 million Americans without health insurance within a year and 32 million by 2026, according to a new estimate from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. The estimate, prepared at the request of Senate Democrats, is based on the partial repeal bill Republicans sent to President Obama's desk in 2015. Obama vetoed the measure, and Congress was not able to override it.





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Facebook's Zuckerberg questioned at trial over virtual-reality technology

File photo of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg during a town hall at Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park, CaliforniaBy Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - Facebook Inc chief executive Mark Zuckerberg took the witness stand in Dallas federal court on Tuesday and denied an allegation by a rival company that the virtual-reality technology of Facebook's Oculus unit was stolen. Zuckerberg, the founder of one of the world's largest companies, faced hours of tough, public questioning about where Oculus obtained its ideas and how much he knew about the startup when Facebook bought it for $2 billion. A jury is hearing evidence in a civil lawsuit brought by videogame publisher ZeniMax Media Inc against Oculus in 2014, in the middle of the Facebook-Oculus deal.




Uber to invest more than $60 million in Sao Paulo support center

A photo illustration shows the Uber app logo displayed on a mobile telephone, as it is held up for a posed photograph in central LondonRide-hailing service Uber inaugurated a support center in Brazil's biggest city on Tuesday with plans to invest 200 million reais ($62 million) and create 2,000 jobs, underscoring an aggressive growth strategy in Latin America's biggest nation. The new facility in Sao Paulo may employ up to 7,000 people by the end of the year, providing technical support for around 9 million users in Brazil along with thousands of drivers, the company said in a statement. Uber's latest investment in Brazil comes just weeks after Didi Chuxing, China's largest ride-hailing company, announced it was investing more than $100 million in Brazilian company 99, an on-demand taxi and ride sharing service.




U.S. antitrust agency sues Qualcomm over patent licensing

A Qualcomm building in San Diego CaliforniaThe U.S. Federal Trade Commission filed a lawsuit against Qualcomm Inc on Tuesday, accusing the company of using "anticompetitive" tactics to maintain its monopoly on a key semiconductor used in mobile phones. The FTC, which works with the Justice Department to enforce antitrust law, said that San Diego-based Qualcomm used its dominant position as a supplier of certain phone chips to impose "onerous" supply and licensing terms on cellphone manufacturers and to weaken competitors. Qualcomm said in a statement that it would "vigorously contest" the complaint and denied FTC allegations that it threatened to withhold chips in order to collect unreasonable licensing fees.




After pound's fall, Apple to hike British app store prices

The Apple logo is seen on the facade of the new Apple Store in ParisTech giant Apple is set to raise the prices of its apps in Britain by around 25 percent after the steep drop in sterling following Britain's vote to leave the European Union. Apps which currently cost British consumers 0.79 pounds ($0.97) will cost 0.99 pounds following the hike, which is set to take place over the next seven days. The move follows similar price rises in Apple hardware in September and October last year.




Samsung scion Lee faces court hearing on arrest warrant

FILE PHOTO: Jay Y. Lee, vice chairman of Samsung Electronics, arrives to be questioned in SeoulJay Y. Lee, the 48-year-old leader of the Samsung Group, is due to appear at a court hearing on Wednesday when a judge will decide whether to issue an arrest warrant over his alleged role in a corruption scandal that has rocked South Korea. A special prosecutor on Monday said it would seek a warrant to arrest the third-generation leader of the country's largest conglomerate on suspicion of bribery, embezzlement and perjury. Lee, questioned last week for 22 straight hours at the prosecutor's office in Seoul, has denied wrongdoing.




Bitcoin exchange employee pleads guilty in U.S. case tied to hacking

FILE PHOTO: An illustration photo of Bitcoin (virtual currency) coins are seen at La Maison du Bitcoin in ParisBy Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Florida man pleaded guilty on Tuesday to charges stemming from his employment with an unlicensed bitcoin exchange that prosecutors say was owned by an Israeli who oversaw a massive scheme to hack companies including JPMorgan Chase & Co. Ricardo Hill, 38, entered his plea in Manhattan federal court to seven counts, including conspiracy to operate an unlicensed money transmitting business, wire fraud and bank fraud. The Brandon, Florida-resident is one of nine people to face charges following an investigation connected to a data breach that JPMorgan disclosed in 2014 involving records for more than 83 million accounts. The charges against Hill stemmed from his employment as a finance support manager and business development consultant for an unlicensed bitcoin exchange called Coin.mx, according to court papers.




Toshiba mulls chip business stake sale to Western Digital: Nikkei

FILE PHOTO: The logo of Toshiba Corp is pictured at its headquarters in TokyoToshiba Corp is looking to spin off its semiconductor business assets and sell a roughly 20 percent stake in the unit to Western Digital Corp for up to $2.7 billion, the Nikkei business daily reported on Wednesday. Some U.S. investment funds are also showing interest in Toshiba's semiconductor business, the Nikkei reported, citing sources familiar with the matter. California-based data storage company Western Digital did not immediately respond to requests for comment.




Samsung Group leader Lee appears to attend hearing on arrest warrant
SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Group scion Jay Y. Lee appeared at the special prosecutor's office on Wednesday en route to a court hearing where a judge will decide whether to issue an arrest warrant over his alleged role in a corruption scandal that has engulfed the administration of President Park Geun-hye.

South Korea finance minister says not time yet to discuss Samsung leader's possible arrest
South Korea's finance minister said on Wednesday it was "not yet time" to discuss what impact the arrest of Samsung leader Jay Y. Lee would have on the economy if it happens. Jay Y. Lee, the 48-year-old leader of Samsung Group, is due to appear at a court hearing on Wednesday morning where a judge will decide whether to issue an arrest warrant over his alleged role in a corruption scandal that has engulfed South Korea.

Nintendo kicks off limited-time Loads of Coins event in ‘Super Mario Run’
Following in the footsteps of Pokemon Go (and virtually every other online mobile game on the App Store), Nintendo introduced a limited-time event called "Loads of Coins" in Super Mario Run this week. Throughout the event, which lasts from January 16th to January 26th, players will be able to collect 1.5 times as many coins as usual by competing in the game's Toad Rally mode. "The Loads of Coins event in now on!" reads the event notification that popped up this week. "Win at Toad Rally during this period, and you'll get 1.5 times as many coins as usual. Now's your time to rake it in!" The notification goes on to explain that players will need to have completed the Kingdom Builder tutorial before they can join in on the fun. Players will also need to use Rally Tickets to enter into a Toad Rally, as usual, and will still be awarded the standard amount of coins if they lose a match. It's a shame that Super Mario Run is likely never going to receive the kind of substantial updates that revived Pokemon Go at the end of 2016, but it's nice to see that Nintendo hasn't completely abandoned the app following its release in December. Hopefully this will be the first of many events to come.


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Microsoft wants to make conversing with your computer the new normal

Microsoft wants to make conversing with your computer the new normalIn a mobile-first, cloud-first world, conversing with a computer through your smartphone may be the best way to communicate. Microsoft's research is heading that way.




10 years supporting Apple's iconic iPhone: An IT consultant's reflections

10 years supporting Apple's iconic iPhone: An IT consultant's reflectionsApple's iPhone celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2017. The revolutionary device not only reset smartphone expectations, but it introduced an entirely new BYOD paradigm. Erik Eckel explains.




Startup Sndr planning encrypted file management for small businesses

Startup Sndr planning encrypted file management for small businessesThere are plenty of enterprise systems for remote file management and data encryption. A startup, Sndr, hopes to bring similar functions to small businesses.




Microsoft CEO Nadella: AI should augment human workers, not replace them

Microsoft CEO Nadella: AI should augment human workers, not replace themAt a recent World Economic Forum annual meeting, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella spoke on his company's approach to AI and how it will affect the future of work.




A data visualization of Trump trends on social media

A data visualization of Trump trends on social mediaThe internet is on fire with conversation about the next president of the United States. Twitter data illuminates Trump's trending topics and shows just how partisan the online conversation really is.




Batteries to blame for exploding Samsung Galaxy Note7 phones

Batteries to blame for exploding Samsung Galaxy Note7 phonesThe results of an internal investigation into Samsung's Galaxy Note7 are expected to be announced January 23, but a Reuter's report claims the battery is the cause of all the phone's problems.




3 guiding principles for ethical AI, from IBM CEO Ginni Rometty

3 guiding principles for ethical AI, from IBM CEO Ginni RomettyAt the World Economic Forum on Tuesday, IBM CEO Ginni Rometty laid out three principles to guide technologists for responsible AI use as cognitive abilities continue to develop.




Why native apps aren't really doomed, for now

Why native apps aren't really doomed, for nowWeb zealots persist in believing native apps are dying. They're wrong, and here's why.




How to avoid public cloud headaches with proper IP address planning

How to avoid public cloud headaches with proper IP address planningEven if you don't use public cloud services today, there's value in planning for IP addressing in preparation for public cloud integration.




If Windows 7's security is so outdated, why doesn't Microsoft make it as good as Windows 10's?

If Windows 7's security is so outdated, why doesn't Microsoft make it as good as Windows 10's?Why can't Microsoft update the 'long-outdated security architectures' it says Windows 7 is based upon?





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List of nominees for the Golden Globe Awards

FILE - This undated publicity photo released by DreamWorks and Twentieth Century Fox shows, Daniel Day-Lewis, center rear, as Abraham Lincoln, in a scene from the film, "Lincoln." The film was nominated for a Golden Globe for best drama on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012. Daniel Day Lewis was also nominated for best actor. The 70th annual Golden Globe Awards will be held on Jan. 13. (AP Photo/DreamWorks, Twentieth Century Fox, David James, File)Nominees for the 70th annual Golden Globe Awards, announced Thursday in Beverly Hills, Calif.:




Jimmy Kimmel rolls out red carpet as Emmy host

 Don Mischer, executive producer of the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards, left, host Jimmy Kimmel, center, and Television Academy chairman and chief executive Bruce Rosenblum attend the Emmy Awards Red Carpet Rollout at the Nokia Theatre on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, in Los Angeles. The Emmy Awards will be held Sunday, Sept 23. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)After rolling out the red carpet Wednesday morning in anticipation of Sunday's Emmy ceremony, host Jimmy Kimmel warned he's planning a prank on folks not watching the show.




The Latest: Prosecutor calls hip-hop podcast host a killer
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the arrest of a hip-hop podcast host in connection with the fatal shooting of a rapper's bodyguard (all times local):

Lin-Manuel Miranda to play 'Hamilton' for Oscar Lopez Rivera
CHICAGO (AP) — "Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda says he will play Alexander Hamilton at a Chicago performance in honor of the commutation of Oscar Lopez Rivera's sentence by President Obama.

Red Hot Chili Peppers to head new Lollapalooza Paris

U.S band Red Hot Chili Peppers perform at the orange stage at Roskilde festival in Roskilde, on June 29, 2016The Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Weeknd and the Pixies will play the inaugural Paris edition of Lollapalooza as the longstanding US alternative culture festival expands. Lollapalooza will take place on July 22-23 at the Longchamp Racecourse in the west of the French capital, the Parisian government announced in November. Unveiling the lineup on Tuesday, promoter Live Nation said the headliners would include veteran Los Angeles alternative band Red Hot Chili Peppers, fellow US rockers Imagine Dragons and R&B sensation The Weeknd.




'My mother didn't love me enough' says French writer Houellebecq

Controversial, award-winning French author Michel Houellebecq stands next to his x-rayed skull as he visits his exhibition at Manifesta 11, the roving European Biennial of contemporary art, on June 10, 2016 in ZurichControversial French novelist Michel Houellebecq admitted Tuesday that the bleakness at the heart of his work was because his mother didn't love him enough. "It explains everything else, my personality, the most painful parts anyway," he said in the book, which also includes tributes to his work penned by fellow novelists Salman Rushdie and Julian Barnes as well as the rock star Iggy Pop. Although Houellebecq later played down the emotional privations of his childhood in an interview on French public television, his relations with the hippy doctor he once branded "my old slut of a mother" were notoriously bad.




Long-awaited Tupac biopic set for 2017 release

A wall dedicated to the memory of US rapper Tupac Shakur, whose life is set for the biopic treatment in June 2017, is seen on May 26, 2016 in Los Angeles, CaliforniaA long-awaited biopic on slain rap legend Tupac Shakur is set for release in mid-2017, the film production company said Tuesday. "All Eyez On Me," named after the title of one of Tupac's albums, will come out in US theaters on June 16, which would have been the rapper's 46th birthday, Summit Entertainment said. The movie project was announced nearly six years ago with previous participants to include John Singleton, a director closely linked with hip-hop culture whose previous films included 1993's "Poetic Justice," a drama starring Tupac and Janet Jackson.




A-Rod takes swing at new TV show for cash-strapped jocks
NEW YORK (AP) — Alex Rodriguez is no stranger to big money. Now the former New York Yankees slugger will host a new CNBC show in which he guides financially distressed athletes.

Police: Man posed as Bieber online to extort nude photos

This undated booking photo provided by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department shows Bryan Asrary, who was arrested on suspicion of soliciting nude photos from a 9-year-old California girl while posing online as Justin Bieber. Asrary was taken into custody Dec. 18, 2016, near Boston and could face local charges including possession of child pornography, Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said. Asrary could also face multiple charges in California, officials said. (Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department via AP)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Massachusetts man was arrested on suspicion of soliciting nude photos from a 9-year-old California girl while posing online as Justin Bieber, authorities said Tuesday.




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