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Obama: After 9/11, ‘we tortured some folks’

President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. The president spoke on various topics including the economy, immigration, Ukraine and the Middle East. (AP Photo/Connor Radnovich)President Obama urged that US officials who used torture not be judged too harshly.




Official: NYC Police chokehold ruled a homicide

NYPD 'Chokehold' Death Raises Questions Over Use of ForceNEW YORK (AP) — A chokehold used by a police officer on a New York City man during his arrest for selling untaxed, loose cigarettes last month caused his death, the medical examiner announced Friday, ruling it a homicide.




2 Americans with Ebola land arrive in the US

Dr. Kent Brantly in Liberia (Courtesy Samaritan's Purse)Two Americans seriously ill with the deadly Ebola virus should arrive in the U.S. from West Africa by early next week.




War of words erupts between Larry King & Piers Morgan

IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR DISCOVERY COMMUNICATIONS - Legendary journalist Larry King speaks to Brian Lowry, TV Critic, Variety, as a part of a panel during the "OJ: Trial of the Century" Premiere at The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Thursday, June 12, 2014. (Danny Moloshok/ AP Images for Discovery Communications Inc.)NEW YORK (AP) — Clearly, former CNN prime-time stars Larry King and Piers Morgan aren't big fans of each other.




Canadian police launch anti-sexting app for kids

A Canadian police sex crimes unit offered a sneak peak Friday of an app to help kids rebuff requests for naked pics online, amid what authorities called a sexting "epidemic"A Canadian police sex crimes unit offered a sneak peak Friday of an app to help kids rebuff requests for naked pics online, amid what authorities called a sexting "epidemic." The "Send This Instead" free app, to be offered by the Ontario Provincial Police, provides 57 humorous and sarcastic retorts to sexting requests, as well as a link to police to report sexual harassment. It is aimed at Canadian teens, but will be available worldwide when it is officially launched at the Crimes Against Children Conference in Dallas, Texas on August 11-14. "When you are feeling pressured to send intimate images to someone online, Send This Instead," reads a description of the app on Apple's and Google's app stores.




Virginia ex-governor's corruption trial jury sees racy email

Former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell arrives with his legal team for his trial in RichmondBy Gary Robertson RICHMOND Va. (Reuters) - The federal jury hearing the corruption trial of former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell on Friday saw a racy email his wife sent to a businessman, a communication defense attorneys said was proof that the two were having an affair. Lawyers for McDonnell's wife, Maureen, said at the start of the trial that the couple's marriage had been unraveling at the time they accepted gifts from a businessman they said Maureen McDonnell had a "crush" on. Maureen McDonnell's attorney on Friday showed the jury at U.S. District Court in Richmond an email his client sent to Williams on Aug. 23, 2011, the day an earthquake rocked the U.S. East Coast. Defense attorneys tried to distance the former governor from Williams, saying the interaction was primarily between the businessman and Maureen McDonnell.




Obama: Israeli soldier must be freed

President Barack Obama speaks about Congress, foreign policy and immigration, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)'Unconditional release' is required If Hamas wants to resolve Gaza conflict, Obama says.




Ebola-hit countries move to seal off hot zones, borders

Some of the ultrastructural morphology displayed by an Ebola virus virion is revealed in this undated handout colorized transmission electron micrographWest Africa's Ebola-hit nations announced a cross-border isolation zone on Friday, sealing off the epicentre of the world's worst-ever outbreak as health chiefs warned the epidemic was spiralling out of control. The announcement came at an emergency summit in the Guinean capital to discuss the outbreak, which has killed more than 700 people, with the World Health Organization warning Ebola could cause "catastrophic" loss of life and severe economic disruption if it continued to spread. "We have agreed to take important and extraordinary actions at the inter-country level to focus on cross-border regions that have more than 70 percent of the epidemic," said Hadja Saran Darab, the secretary-general of the Mano River Union bloc grouping the nations. The leaders of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea used the summit to launch a $100 million (75 million euro) action plan which will see several hundred more medical staff deployed to battle the epidemic.




Teen girl to get head examined after setting 2K acre wildfire

San Diego wildfireA teenage girl charged with setting a California wildfire that burned 2,000 acres (800 hectares) and destroyed some 40 structures north of San Diego in May has been ordered by a judge to submit to a mental competency exam, prosecutors said on Friday. She has been identified only by her first name, Cheyenne, because she is a minor. Cheyenne, who could be required to stand trial as an adult, was ordered to undergo the mental competency evaluation by a judge during a hearing earlier this week, San Diego County District Attorney's spokeswoman Tanya Sierra said.




New alcohol rehab center opens in...Iran?

Female Iranian worshippers take part in the Eid al-Fitr prayer that marks the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, in Shahr-e-Ray, south of Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran has opened the country's first, state-run rehab and treatment center for alcoholism, an Iranian semi-official news agency reported on Friday.





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Obama: After 9/11, ‘we tortured some folks’

President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. The president spoke on various topics including the economy, immigration, Ukraine and the Middle East. (AP Photo/Connor Radnovich)President Obama urged that US officials who used torture not be judged too harshly.




Official: NYC Police chokehold ruled a homicide

NYPD 'Chokehold' Death Raises Questions Over Use of ForceNEW YORK (AP) — A chokehold used by a police officer on a New York City man during his arrest for selling untaxed, loose cigarettes last month caused his death, the medical examiner announced Friday, ruling it a homicide.




2 Americans with Ebola land arrive in the US

Dr. Kent Brantly in Liberia (Courtesy Samaritan's Purse)Two Americans seriously ill with the deadly Ebola virus should arrive in the U.S. from West Africa by early next week.




War of words erupts between Larry King & Piers Morgan

IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR DISCOVERY COMMUNICATIONS - Legendary journalist Larry King speaks to Brian Lowry, TV Critic, Variety, as a part of a panel during the "OJ: Trial of the Century" Premiere at The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Thursday, June 12, 2014. (Danny Moloshok/ AP Images for Discovery Communications Inc.)NEW YORK (AP) — Clearly, former CNN prime-time stars Larry King and Piers Morgan aren't big fans of each other.




Canadian police launch anti-sexting app for kids

A Canadian police sex crimes unit offered a sneak peak Friday of an app to help kids rebuff requests for naked pics online, amid what authorities called a sexting "epidemic"A Canadian police sex crimes unit offered a sneak peak Friday of an app to help kids rebuff requests for naked pics online, amid what authorities called a sexting "epidemic." The "Send This Instead" free app, to be offered by the Ontario Provincial Police, provides 57 humorous and sarcastic retorts to sexting requests, as well as a link to police to report sexual harassment. It is aimed at Canadian teens, but will be available worldwide when it is officially launched at the Crimes Against Children Conference in Dallas, Texas on August 11-14. "When you are feeling pressured to send intimate images to someone online, Send This Instead," reads a description of the app on Apple's and Google's app stores.




Virginia ex-governor's corruption trial jury sees racy email

Former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell arrives with his legal team for his trial in RichmondBy Gary Robertson RICHMOND Va. (Reuters) - The federal jury hearing the corruption trial of former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell on Friday saw a racy email his wife sent to a businessman, a communication defense attorneys said was proof that the two were having an affair. Lawyers for McDonnell's wife, Maureen, said at the start of the trial that the couple's marriage had been unraveling at the time they accepted gifts from a businessman they said Maureen McDonnell had a "crush" on. Maureen McDonnell's attorney on Friday showed the jury at U.S. District Court in Richmond an email his client sent to Williams on Aug. 23, 2011, the day an earthquake rocked the U.S. East Coast. Defense attorneys tried to distance the former governor from Williams, saying the interaction was primarily between the businessman and Maureen McDonnell.




Obama: Israeli soldier must be freed

President Barack Obama speaks about Congress, foreign policy and immigration, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)'Unconditional release' is required If Hamas wants to resolve Gaza conflict, Obama says.




Ebola-hit countries move to seal off hot zones, borders

Some of the ultrastructural morphology displayed by an Ebola virus virion is revealed in this undated handout colorized transmission electron micrographWest Africa's Ebola-hit nations announced a cross-border isolation zone on Friday, sealing off the epicentre of the world's worst-ever outbreak as health chiefs warned the epidemic was spiralling out of control. The announcement came at an emergency summit in the Guinean capital to discuss the outbreak, which has killed more than 700 people, with the World Health Organization warning Ebola could cause "catastrophic" loss of life and severe economic disruption if it continued to spread. "We have agreed to take important and extraordinary actions at the inter-country level to focus on cross-border regions that have more than 70 percent of the epidemic," said Hadja Saran Darab, the secretary-general of the Mano River Union bloc grouping the nations. The leaders of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea used the summit to launch a $100 million (75 million euro) action plan which will see several hundred more medical staff deployed to battle the epidemic.




Teen girl to get head examined after setting 2K acre wildfire

San Diego wildfireA teenage girl charged with setting a California wildfire that burned 2,000 acres (800 hectares) and destroyed some 40 structures north of San Diego in May has been ordered by a judge to submit to a mental competency exam, prosecutors said on Friday. She has been identified only by her first name, Cheyenne, because she is a minor. Cheyenne, who could be required to stand trial as an adult, was ordered to undergo the mental competency evaluation by a judge during a hearing earlier this week, San Diego County District Attorney's spokeswoman Tanya Sierra said.




New alcohol rehab center opens in...Iran?

Female Iranian worshippers take part in the Eid al-Fitr prayer that marks the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, in Shahr-e-Ray, south of Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran has opened the country's first, state-run rehab and treatment center for alcoholism, an Iranian semi-official news agency reported on Friday.





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Lowest August gas prices in four years
Gas prices are also forecast for four-year lows at year's end.

India move halts $1 trillion trade deal
A trade deal that could have added $1 trillion to the world economy has collapsed after India refused to ratify a pact struck last year in Bali.

Jobs recovery marches on, but at slower pace
The U.S. economy added 209,000 jobs in July. But that's lower than the number of jobs added In June ... and it was not as strong as what economists expected.

Middle class jobs are finally coming back
Read full story for latest details.

RadioShack's days are numbered
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There are a lot more 50-somethings working 3 jobs
At an age when they should be thinking about retirement, these workers are working harder and in more jobs than ever.

Russia sanctions: West's top 15 targets
Here are the 15 most significant targets of U.S. and European sanctions:

BofA hit with $1.3 billion mortgage penalty
The case involves bad mortgages sold by Countrywide Financial ahead of the Great Recession and its multi-billion dollar rescue by Bank of America.

Europe hits Russia's biggest banks
Europe cranked up the pressure on Russia on Thursday by including the country's top two banks on a list of sanctions.

Women on U.S. currency? 'A pretty good idea,' says Obama
After a young girl wrote a letter to President Barack Obama asking why women aren't on more currency, the discussion has gone viral.


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Octopus mom protects her eggs for an astonishing 4-1/2 years

Handout of a deep-sea octopus is shown on the ledge near the bottom of Monterey CanyonBy Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - If someone were to create an award for "mother of the year" in the animal kingdom, a remarkably dedicated eight-limbed mom from the dark and frigid depths of the Pacific Ocean might be a strong contender. Scientists on Wednesday described how the female of an octopus species that dwells almost a mile below the sea surface spends about 4-1/2 years brooding her eggs, protecting them vigilantly until they hatch while forgoing any food for herself. It is the longest known egg-brooding period for any animal, they wrote in the scientific journal PLOS ONE. ...




How do you make a bird? Shrink a dinosaur for 50 million years

Handout illustration of the dinosaur lineage that evolved into birdsAn international team of scientists on Thursday described an extraordinary evolutionary process that unfolded over a period of 50 million years in which a lineage of carnivorous dinosaurs shrank steadily and acquired numerous traits that led to the first appearance of birds. The researchers, using techniques developed by molecular biologists to reconstruct virus evolution, examined 1,500 anatomical traits in 120 different dinosaurs from the theropod group. "Our study measured the rate of evolution of different groups of theropod dinosaurs," said lead researcher Michael Lee, a paleontologist at the University of Adelaide and the South Australian Museum.




Fly Fido to the moon in space send off for deceased pets

People stand and look at the moon one day ahead of the Supermoon phenomenon from a bridge over 42nd St. in the Manhattan borough of New YorkBy Amanda Orr HOUSTON (Reuters) - A Texas company is offering a unique send off for beloved pets by placing a portion of their cremated remains in a capsule and blasting them off into space. Celestis Inc, which has provided memorial space flights for human remains since 1997, will launch its first commercial pet memorial spaceflight in October 2014 with the remains of a blue merle Australian shepherd, named Apollo, the company said. The space send-off options go up to $12,500, which allows the pet’s remains to be launched into deep space or to visit the moon. "Our pet service flights are an idea that’s been a long time coming," Celestis Chief Executive Charles Chafer said.




Lead in teeth holds secrets of person's origins, research shows
By Barbara Liston ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) - The lead in human teeth holds clues about where a person grew up and can help criminal investigators and archaeologists working with old or decomposed corpses, according to a University of Florida researcher. Because lead ore deposits around the world differ, and as young people's teeth absorb traces of the metal in the environment, the region where a person grew up can be distinguished through lead analysis of a tooth, said geologist George Kamenov. "If you were born in Europe and then came to the U.S., yes, I will be able to see that," Kamenov said. In addition to aiding authorities in identifying bodies, the analysis can help archaeologists locate human remains on an historical timeline, he said.

Airbus, Safran name Alain Charmeau to run space joint venture

A view of the Safran Composites, their new research center dedicated to next-generation aerospace materials in Itteville near ParisAirbus Group and Safran on Wednesday named Alain Charmeau as the head of a new venture designed to reorganize Europe's space launch activities. The two companies said in June they had agreed to create a 50-50 joint venture in space launchers, combining Airbus's launch systems with Safran's propulsion systems. The venture is expected eventually to incorporate the marketing teams for Europe's Ariane space rocket, currently in the European consortium Arianespace, and some design teams from French and German space agencies. It is the first concrete step toward consolidation after Airbus Group Chief Executive Tom Enders called for a shake-up to preserve Europe's commercial access to space in the face of new competition.




Why Millions of 'Sailing' Creatures Are Invading West Coast Beaches

Why Millions of 'Sailing' Creatures Are Invading West Coast BeachesAn invasion is afoot along beaches from Oregon to California: Millions of glassy purple, jellyfish-like sea creatures that look like sailboats have been washing ashore.




Blood Test Could Predict Oral Cancer Recurrence
A new blood and saliva test that looks for traces of the human papillomavirus (HPV) can predict whether some people with oral cancers will have their cancer come back, early research suggests. It helps to know as soon as possible that cancer has returned, because tumors that are caught early are easier to treat. In the study, the researchers analyzed blood and saliva samples from 93 people with head and neck cancers; The researchers looked for fragments of DNA from HPV-16, a strain of the virus that is strongly linked with head and neck cancer.

See Which Cities Attract the World's Greatest Minds

See Which Cities Attract the World's Greatest MindsBe born in Boston and move to New York City. Using a database of more than 2,000 years of notable names, stretching back to King David of Israel and Judah in 1069 B.C., researchers tracked the rise and fall of cultural centers in Europe and North America over hundreds of years. They found that Paris was a magnet for talent, drawing 70 percent of France's notables over the centuries, and that Germany has long consisted of multiple, smaller, cultural centers competing for brains and creativity. "This paper is the first step," study researcher Maximilian Schich, an art historian at the University of Texas at Dallas, told Live Science.




Marketing the Moon: How Space Collectors Retold the Story of Apollo's Success

Marketing the Moon: How Space Collectors Retold the Story of Apollo's SuccessAt an upcoming space artifact auction, among the selection of astronauts' autographs, spacecraft parts and mission patches, is a 45-year-old press kit from the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing. That's the case laid out — both figuratively and literally — by David Meerman Scott and Richard Jurek in "Marketing the Moon" (MIT Press, 2014), a richly-illustrated, engaging coffee-table-style book covering why the secret to NASA's Apollo success was not just its astronauts, engineers and scientists, but also the public relations officers who helped to make "landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to Earth" more than just a political tagline.




US Air Force to Launch New GPS Satellite Tonight

US Air Force to Launch New GPS Satellite TonightThe United States Air Force will loft a new, advanced GPS satellite into orbit tonight (Aug. 1), and you can watch the launch live online. The Air Force's GPS 2F-7 is set to launch to space atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket at 11:23 p.m. EDT (0323 Aug. 2 GMT) on Friday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. "GPS is a system of satellites, ground stations and user equipment that produce the signals needed to enable positioning, navigation and timing services to users worldwide," Col. Bill Cooley, director of the Global Positioning System Directorate, told reporters last week. "The GPS constellation is healthy, robust and more capable than it has ever been in GPS history." [The World's Tallest Rockets Compared]





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Obama says that after 9/11, 'we tortured some folks'

US President Barack Obama makes a statement while at the White House in WashingtonBy Roberta Rampton and Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Friday the CIA "tortured some folks" after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, and that the White House had handed over to Congress a report about an investigation into "enhanced interrogation techniques." "We did a whole lot of things that were right, but we tortured some folks. We did some things that were contrary to our values," Obama told a White House news conference. Obama's comment was a reaffirmation of his decision to ban the use of interrogation techniques such as waterboarding shortly after he took office in January 2009. The administration of President George W. Bush, Obama's predecessor, authorized the use of harsh questioning techniques of militant detainees in the wake of the 9/11 attacks after deciding they did not amount to torture.




Obama calls House immigration bill extreme, vows action

US President Barack Obama makes a statement while at the White House in WashingtonBy Mark Felsenthal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Friday immigration legislation on track to pass in the House of Representatives is unworkable and will force him to act on his own to address pressures from a surge of illegal immigrants on the southwestern border. "House Republicans, as we speak, are trying to pass the most extreme and unworkable versions of a bill that they already know is going nowhere," he told reporters at a news conference. "Without additional resources and help, we're just not going to have the resources we need to fully solve the problem," Obama said. "That means that while they're out on vacation, I'm going to have to make some tough choices to meet the challenge, with or without Congress." Republicans on Friday were set to vote on border security measures that would make it easier to deport Central American child migrants, satisfying demands from conservative Republicans.




Border security bill clears procedural vote in U.S. House
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A $694 million bill to further secure the U.S. border with Mexico, amid a flood of Central American migrants, cleared a procedural vote in the House of Representatives on Friday. By a vote of 218-191, the Republican-controlled House paved the way for debate and a final vote on passage of the bill later on Friday. No Democrats voted in favor of advancing the controversial legislation. (Reporting By Richard Cowan and David Lawder; Editing by Sandra Maler)

U.S. Senate report to suggest harsh CIA interrogations were unnecessary: officials
Foreshadowing the impending release of a report expected to suggest that the "enhanced" techniques were unnecessary and also to accuse some CIA officers of misleading Congress about the effectiveness of the program, President Barack Obama said on Friday that the CIA "tortured some folks." He had banned the practices soon after taking office in 2009. Officials said the Senate Intelligence Committee was unlikely to release the report to the public without some additional review. The voluminous report does not state that the use of "enhanced interrogation techniques" - which included measures such as "waterboarding," or simulated drowning, on captured al Qaeda militants - produced no information of value whatsoever, the officials said. The report will criticize some CIA officials by name, the officials said.

Obama: Senate report will show ‘we tortured some folks’
President Barack Obama somberly warned on Friday that a forthcoming Senate Intelligence Committee report will show that the United States “tortured some folks” before he took office. But he dismissed “sanctimonious” calls to punish any individuals responsible and rejected calls for CIA Director John Brennan’s resignation.

Congresswoman who co-sponsored Bush impeachment bill said Democrats never tried to impeach Bush

Sheila Jackson Lee in charge of Homeland Security?!Texas Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee said Democrats had never moved to impeach former President George W. Bush, but she co-sponsored a bill to do just that in 2008.




Why is Rand Paul reaching out to black voters?
You've got to give this much to Rand Paul: Kentucky's junior senator is willing to do something almost unheard of in modern presidential politics, which is to make arguments that not everyone in his party already cares about. For this reason alone, Paul is probably the most interesting presidential hopeful out there, if not the most likely to succeed.

McConnelling McConnell: Grimes’ new video relies entirely on opponent’s B-roll

FILE - This Jan. 7, 2014, file photo shows Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., joined by Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., right, as he speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, during a news conference. The Senate voted to advance an election-year bill limiting tax breaks for U.S. companies that move operations overseas. But big hurdles remain. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)Mitch McConnell's opponent, Alison Lundergan Grimes, uses his campaign's own footage in attack video against him.




Ebola virus outbreak will not change plans for Obama to host African leaders summit

FILE In this March 28, 2013 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, after a meeting with, from left, Senegal President Macky Sall; Malawi President Joyce Banda; Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma; and Cape Verde Prime Minister José Maria Pereira Neves. The U.S. embassy in Abidjan, Ivory Coast made history in June 2013 by hosting a gay pride reception attended by about two dozen openly gay Ivorians. Despite the groundbreaking nature of the event, reporters were barred from attending, and the only mention of it was a short blurb on the embassy website posted the following week. The discreet handling of the event encapsulates the Obama administration's cautious promotion of gay rights in Africa, an issue that is likely to come up during his visit, beginning June 26, 2013 to three African nations, two of which punish homosexuality with jail time. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)President Barack Obama will welcome leaders from nearly 50 African nations to Washington next week for the first-ever U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit amid the West Africa Ebola outbreak health officials say is the deadliest in history.




7 Ways Obama Basically Called Republicans Bums Today

7 Ways Obama Basically Called Republicans Bums TodayObama: GOP's Immigration Bill Is Merely A 'Message Bill'





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Microsoft sues Samsung in U.S. over patent royalties

A visitor walks past a Microsoft booth at a computer software expo in BeijingMicrosoft Corp sued Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Friday, claiming the South Korean smartphone maker refused to make a royalty payment last fall on patent licenses after Microsoft announced its intention to acquire Nokia's handset business. The Microsoft lawsuit, filed in a Manhattan federal court, seeks monetary recovery from Samsung but does not publicly disclose the amount in dispute. In a blog post on Friday, Microsoft deputy general counsel David Howard wrote that Microsoft "values and respects our partnership" with Samsung, but differs with Samsung over how to interpret the licensing agreement. In a statement, Samsung said it will review the complaint "in detail" and determine an appropriate response.




Facebook restores service after outage in many countries

Facebook errorBy Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc said service to the world's largest online social network was fully restored on Friday, following a widespread outage that affected users in multiple countries. "Earlier this morning, some people had trouble accessing Facebook for a short time. We quickly investigated and have fully restored service for everyone. We’re sorry for the inconvenience," Facebook said in an emailed statement.




Apple $450 million e-book settlement wins court approval

Apple logo is pictured inside the newly opened Omotesando Apple store at a shopping district in TokyoBy Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - Apple Inc on Friday won preliminary court approval for its $450 million settlement of claims it harmed consumers by conspiring with five publishers to raise e-book prices. In approving the accord, U.S. District Judge Denise Cote in Manhattan overcame concerns she had expressed over a settlement provision allowing Apple to pay just $70 million if related litigation were to drag out. Apple has been appealing Cote's July 2013 finding, in a case brought by the U.S. Department of Justice, that it violated antitrust laws for colluding with the publishers to drive up e-book prices and impede rivals such as Amazon.com Inc . In June, Apple agreed to settle related class-action litigation brought on behalf of consumers and 33 U.S. states.




Film world's cast of toys teleport into digital playground

Angry Birds Transformers Telepods racerBy Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Those ubiquitous Angry Birds flew from the mobile screen to the toy store, hooked up with Hollywood, and are headed back to the digital world thanks to the telepod. Hasbro's Angry Bird telepods were a big attraction last weekend at San Diego's Comic-Con, an annual gathering of 130,000 comic and entertainment enthusiasts, with fans lining up to preview new Transformers-themed bird figurines containing miniscule codes that can be read by tablets. The Angry Birds Transformers telepods, featuring "Autobirds" and "Deceptihogs," is due out on October 15, spinning off the success of Paramount Pictures' June box office hit, "Transformers: Age of Extinction." Licensed toys have become a key to extending the entertainment content revenue stream, with U.S. retail sales in 2013 of $5.3 billion, according to research company The NPD Group. In the first quarter of 2014, the top licensed toys included Disney's princess lines and "Frozen" toys, which helped Disney bring in $885 million in consumer products revenue, about 8 percent of the company's overall revenue during that time.




Chinese employees at Microsoft's Nokia arm protest mass layoffs

A shadow of a man using his mobile phone is cast near Microsoft logo at the 2014 Computex exhibition in TaipeiBEIJING (Reuters) - "Hundreds" of Chinese employees at Microsoft Corp's Nokia phone business protested on Friday against mass layoffs that the U.S. tech company announced last month, according to an employee present and pictures posted on social media networks. Protesters held banners and shouted slogans against "Microsoft's hostile takeover and violent layoffs" for five hours until "they had sore throats," said the employee who participated in the demonstration and so declined to be identified. Microsoft announced on July 17 the deepest job cuts in its 39-year history, amounting to 18,000 positions. Microsoft said up to 12,500 of those jobs would come from Nokia, the Finnish handset maker it bought in April in a $7.2 billion friendly takeover.




BlackBerry opens up BBM to Windows phone users

The Blackberry sign is pictured in WaterlooBlackBerry Ltd said on Thursday its popular messaging system BBM, or BlackBerry Messenger, would now be open to those using the Windows phone platform, a move that potentially makes the messaging service more appealing to its enterprise clients. BlackBerry, which is seeking to reinvent itself as a more software and services driven company as its smartphone market share has dwindled, has been lately touting new BBM features in a bid to make it a more viable messaging tool for clients such as corporations and government agencies that are on the lookout for a secure messaging service. The company, last year, opened the service to phones powered by Google Inc's wildly popular Android operating system and Apple's iOS platform.




Popular to-do app Wunderlist gets major redesign and awesome new features

Popular to-do app Wunderlist gets major redesign and awesome new featuresWunderlist is a well-known to-do list app that’s available on iOS, Android, Mac, Chrome and the web, with developer 6Wunderkinder on Thursday announcing a major redesign and completely new features for the popular applications. The company also revealed that its app has more than 8 million users who have generated over 450 million lists since the app was first launched four years ago. “Wunderlist has always been about enabling people to create and manage their lists,” 6Wunderkinder Founder and CEO Christian Reber said. “Now, with Wunderlist 3, we are introducing a platform, for all the world’s lists, where people can discover and benefit from the knowledge of others. Whether you share your grocery list with a loved one, or create a public list




World Health Organization chief says latest ebola outbreak is moving too fast to control

World Health Organization chief says latest ebola outbreak is moving too fast to controlIn a speech to three countries hit hard by an ebola outbreak, the director of the World Health Organization today said that efforts to halt the spread of the deadly virus have not been good enough. "This is an unprecedented outbreak accompanied by unprecedented challenges. According to the WHO's latest tally, the virus has infected 1,323 and led to 729 deaths across Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone. Most of those cases have been in Sierra Leone, while the most deaths — 339 — have been recorded in Guinea.




Microsoft sues Samsung in royalty dispute
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Microsoft said Friday it is suing Samsung for threatening to stop paying Microsoft royalties for patents behind the Android operating system.

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U.S. job growth cools, unemployment rate rises

Workers work on installing the motherboard to a 32-inch TV at Element Electronics in WinnsboroBy Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. job growth slowed a bit in July and the unemployment rate unexpectedly rose, pointing to slack in the labor market that could give the Federal Reserve room to keep interest rates low for a while. Nonfarm payrolls increased 209,000 last month after surging by 298,000 in June, the Labor Department said on Friday. Although job growth was below expectations, July marked the sixth straight month employment expanded by more than 200,000, a signal of strength last seen in 1997. The one tenth of a percentage point increase in the unemployment rate to 6.2 percent came as more people entered the labor market, an indication of confidence in job prospects.




S&P 500 posts biggest weekly decline since 2012

A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange shortly after the market's opening in New YorkBy Caroline Valetkevitch NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks ended lower for a second day and the S&P 500 posted its biggest weekly decline since 2012 on Friday as concerns over Argentina's default continued to dog sentiment. Data showing U.S. job growth slowed in July and the unemployment rate unexpectedly rose suggested the Federal Reserve has room to keep interest rates low for a while. The jobs growth, which came in below economists' forecasts, relieved some investors worried about how soon the Fed could bump up interest rates after data on Thursday showed U.S. labor costs recorded their biggest gain in more than 5-1/2 years in the second quarter. A U.S. judge on Friday criticized Argentina's decision to default and ordered negotiations between the country and holdout investors to continue.




U.S. auto sales fall short of expectations in July

A Chrysler logo is pictured at the Jacob Javits Convention Center during the New York International Auto Show in New YorkBy Bernie Woodall, Ben Klayman and Paul Lienert DETROIT (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co and Toyota Motor Corp posted stronger-than-expected growth in U.S. auto sales in July but most manufacturers on Friday reported gains below expectations as several months of strong demand pushed optimism too high. Ford's sales were up 10 percent at 212,236, with Toyota's up 12 percent at 215,802 due to strong demand for their SUVs as well as offering larger discounts. "I wouldn't say the industry missed the mark too egregiously." Toyota was the No. 2 seller in July, edging past Ford, which had held that spot for the first half of this year and for 2013 overall. Average industry discounts last month rose slightly to just over $3,000 per vehicle, with Ford incentives averaging close to $3,919.




Microsoft sues Samsung in U.S. over patent royalties

A visitor walks past a Microsoft booth at a computer software expo in BeijingMicrosoft Corp sued Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Friday, claiming the South Korean smartphone maker refused to make a royalty payment last fall on patent licenses after Microsoft announced its intention to acquire Nokia's handset business. The Microsoft lawsuit, filed in a Manhattan federal court, seeks monetary recovery from Samsung but does not publicly disclose the amount in dispute. In a blog post on Friday, Microsoft deputy general counsel David Howard wrote that Microsoft "values and respects our partnership" with Samsung, but differs with Samsung over how to interpret the licensing agreement. In a statement, Samsung said it will review the complaint "in detail" and determine an appropriate response.




Argentina debt talks must continue after default: U.S. Judge

Attorney Carmine Boccuzzi, lead lawyer representing Argentina in its ongoing debt talks, arrives at federal court for a hearing in New YorkBy Joseph Ax, Nicholas Brown and Sarah Marsh NEW YORK/BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentina cannot turn its back on negotiations with holdout creditors after defaulting on its sovereign debt, a U.S. judge instructed on Friday, just as the country's failure to service a June interest payment was declared a "credit event." In a stern tone, U.S. District Judge Thomas Griesa in New York slammed the decision by Latin America's third-biggest economy to defy his order to pay holdout investors in full and instead default on $29 billion in debt. As Griesa was speaking, a 15-member committee facilitated by the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) voted unanimously to call the missed coupon payment a "credit event." The move triggers a payout process for holders of insurance on Argentine debt, which analysts estimate could amount to roughly $1 billion. Argentina's economy ministry said later in a combative statement that Griesa's attitude sought to favor "vulture funds". It has asked Argentina's securities watchdog to investigate whether the litigation against the nation by holdouts was merely the "facade of speculative maneuver".




Berkshire profit soars 41 pct to a record on investment gains

Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett listens to a shareholder at the Berkshire-owned Borsheims jewelry store where Buffett was selling jewelry as part of the company annual meeting weekend in OmahaWarren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc on Friday said second-quarter profit soared 41 percent to a record high, reflecting substantial investment gains and improved results in manufacturing, service and retail businesses. "It's clear that Warren Buffett's bet on the U.S. economy is paying off," said Michael Yoshikami, president of Destination Wealth Management in Walnut Creek, California, and a longtime Berkshire investor. Results included $1.96 billion of investment gains. Berkshire shed $2.86 billion of equities in the quarter, including a swap of a 40-year investment in former Washington Post publisher Graham Holdings Co for a Miami television station and other assets.




Exclusive: JPMorgan's proposed $4.5 billion deal to be accepted for most trusts

People walk by the JP Morgan & Chase Co. building in New YorkBy Karen Freifeld NEW YORK (Reuters) - Trustees representing investors in JPMorgan Chase & Co's $4.5 billion settlement over money-losing mortgage-backed securities are expected to accept the bank's proposal for the vast majority of their trusts, according to a person familiar with the matter. The seven trustees overseeing the securities will accept the deal for all but perhaps two dozen of the 330 trusts included in the offer, the person said. Trustees may poll bondholders in some trusts to see if they would pursue claims if the offer is rejected, the person said. JPMorgan reached the $4.5 billion agreement in November with 21 institutional investors in 330 residential mortgage-backed securities trusts issued by JPMorgan and Bear Stearns, which it took over during the financial crisis.




Apple $450 million e-book settlement wins court approval

Apple logo is pictured inside the newly opened Omotesando Apple store at a shopping district in TokyoBy Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - Apple Inc on Friday won preliminary court approval for its $450 million settlement of claims it harmed consumers by conspiring with five publishers to raise e-book prices. In approving the accord, U.S. District Judge Denise Cote in Manhattan overcame concerns she had expressed over a settlement provision allowing Apple to pay just $70 million if related litigation were to drag out. Apple has been appealing Cote's July 2013 finding, in a case brought by the U.S. Department of Justice, that it violated antitrust laws for colluding with the publishers to drive up e-book prices and impede rivals such as Amazon.com Inc . In June, Apple agreed to settle related class-action litigation brought on behalf of consumers and 33 U.S. states.




Allergan sues Valeant, Ackman for alleged insider trading

Ackman, founder and CEO of hedge fund Pershing Square Capital Management, speaks at the Sohn Investment Conference in New YorkBy Svea Herbst-Bayliss and Caroline Humer (Reuters) - Botox maker Allergan Inc on Friday accused rival Valeant Pharmaceuticals International and billionaire investor William Ackman of violating securities laws by using insider information as they prepared a takeover bid for the drug company. In a civil lawsuit filed in federal court in California, Allergan said Ackman's Pershing Square Capital Management and Valeant "hatched" an "improper and illicit insider-trading scheme" that allowed the hedge fund to buy Allergan shares, knowing about Valeant's planned $51 billion takeover bid.




Jobs data bolsters Yellen's argument on labor market slack

U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Yellen testifies before the Senate Banking Committee on Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy Jason Lange WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Reserve has made a big bet that recovery of the labor market is a long way from creating a worrisome surge of inflation. A range of economic data on Friday suggested the Fed has been reading the odds well. While the Labor Department's monthly employment report showed more than 200,000 jobs created for the sixth straight month, wages were about flat in the private sector and there was little improvement in America's blight of long-term unemployment. The report supported Fed Chair Janet Yellen's view that a sharp drop in the unemployment rate over the last year has masked substantial weakness in the labor market.





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Robert Kennedy Jr. to marry actress Cheryl Hines

FILE - This March 21, 2014 file photo shows actress Cheryl Hines, right, posing with her fiance Robert F. Kennedy Jr., at the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability's An Evening of Environmental Excellence in Beverly Hills, Calif. Kennedy Jr. and Hines are planning to wed at the Kennedy compound on Cape Cod. Kennedy's cousin, former Rep. Patrick Kennedy, says the wedding is planned for Saturday afternoon, Aug. 2, at Ethel Kennedy's home in Hyannis Port, Mass. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)HYANNIS, Mass. (AP) — Robert Kennedy Jr. and "Curb Your Enthusiasm" actress Cheryl Hines are planning to tie the knot in a wedding at the Kennedy compound in Massachusetts.




Concerts on Yahoo make best of industry struggles

FILE - In this June 28, 2013 file photo, Dave Matthews of The Dave Matthews Band performs on stage at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, N.J. Live Nation’s partnership with Yahoo to stream one concert live every day _ which began with the Dave Matthews Band on July 15, 2014 _ is a rare win for music fans because it gives them high-quality concert footage for free in a way that also helps the companies providing it. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sometimes the struggles of an industry can bring music to your ears. And your screens.




Guitarist, songwriter for Alice Cooper dies at 71

This June 17, 2014 photo released by Danny Zelisko shows Dick Wagner, left, and Alice Cooper. Wagner, the skilled guitarist who worked with Alice Cooper, Lou Reed, Kiss and Aerosmith, and also co-wrote many of Cooper’s hits, died of respiratory failure Wednesday, July 30, his personal manager and business partner said Friday. He was 71. (AP Photo/Danny Zelisko)NEW YORK (AP) — Dick Wagner, the skilled guitarist who worked with Alice Cooper, Lou Reed, Kiss and Aerosmith, and also co-wrote many of Cooper's hits, died of respiratory failure Wednesday, his personal manager and business partner said Friday. He was 71.




Stars willing to risk opinions on Gaza clash

FILE - In this Aug. 30, 2012 file photo, film director Jonathan Demme poses for a portrait at the 69th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy. Wallace Shawn participated in a Jewish Voice for Peace video earlier this week along with other celebrities like Public Enemy rapper Chuck D and the Academy Award-winning director Demme and Nobel Peace Prize laureates that showed dozens holding up signs with the names of Palestinian killed in the violence. Demme feels much the same way as Wallace - that he's a passive participant in the attacks because of his status as a U.S. citizen - and says he's never thought once about holding back his feelings. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)When director Jonathan Demme was approached to show support for all victims of the conflict in Gaza, he didn't hesitate to sign on. Actor Wallace Shawn is willing to put up with jeers on the street for his opinions about the violence. And Mark Ruffalo is determined to air his views about the fighting on Twitter, no matter the cost to his social media numbers.




Could Helen Mirren forget how to act? She worries

In this Saturday, July 12, 2014 photo, Helen Mirren and Lasse Hallstrom embrace during press day for "The Hundred-Foot Journey" at The Four Seasons in Los Angeles. In the film directed by Hallstrom, Mirren plays Madame Mallory, a prickly and particular restaurateur who takes overcooked asparagus as a personal affront. Her Michelin-starred restaurant, set in a quaint village that looks like a postcard, is among the most celebrated in France, and Mallory presides unforgivingly over its staff and cuisine. (Photo by Casey Curry/Invision/APLOS ANGELES (AP) — Helen Mirren lowers her voice to a whisper and her eyes take on a devious twinkle as she makes a confession: When she has a really good time making a movie, as she did on "The Hundred-Foot Journey," she fears: "Oh my God, is it going to suck?"




Met Opera workers say they hope to avert lockout

Demonstrators play their musical instruments outside Lincoln Center during a protest over a labor dispute with New York's Metropolitan Opera, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, in New York. Metropolitan Opera says labor talks with its unions have been extended for an additional 72 hours, averting a threatened midnight lockout. The company announced late Thursday that the delay was requested by a federal mediator who had arrived just hours earlier to try to resolve the labor standoff. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)NEW YORK (AP) — Unionized workers at the Metropolitan Opera said Friday they want to work with management to avoid shutting down one of the world's most prestigious cultural institutions.




Wein to lead Newport All-Stars 1 more time

FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2009 file photo, Newport Jazz Festival founder George Wein speaks during the festival in Newport, R.I. Wein introduced his Newport All-Stars band at the festival in 1954, and is scheduled to perform with the latest edition of the band 60 years later on the festival's closing day Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, at Fort Adams Park. (AP Photo/Joe Giblin, File)NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Newport Jazz Festival founder George Wein doesn't know if this year will mark the end of a tradition dating back to the inaugural event 60 years ago: playing with his Newport All-Stars band.




At White House gala, Obama honors Special Olympics

Singer Katy Perry performs her song "Roar" at an event for the Special Olympics hosted by President Barack Obama in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, Thursday, July 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)WASHINGTON (AP) — Singers Katy Perry and Stevie Wonder joined other A-list celebrities, world-famous athletes and American legends who donned their best suits and gowns Thursday as President Barack Obama hosted a White House celebration honoring the Special Olympics.




Banksy's 'Spy Booth' artwork defaced

A view of the Banksy mural which targets the issue of Government surveillance with silver and red paint sprayed over it, Cheltenham, England, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. A mural by street artist Banksy that sparked a local preservation campaign has been defaced. "Spy Booth" shows three agents in trench coats and trilby hats eavesdropping on a phone booth. It appeared in April on a wall in Cheltenham, western England, home of spy agency GCHQ. A local group formed to save the work after the building's owner attempted to have it removed and sold. Campaigner Angela De Souza said a local businessman had agreed to buy and preserve the work. But on Friday it was covered in scrawled graffiti letters. De Souza said conservators were in “a race against time” to save it. Banksy works have fetched as much as $1.8 million at auction, and several of his outdoor pieces have recently been stripped from walls and sold. (AP Photo/Claire Hayhurst/PA Wire) UNITED KINGDOM OUTLONDON (AP) — A mural by street artist Banksy that sparked a local preservation campaign has been defaced.




Batman creator's personal copies to be auctioned

This undated image provided by ComicConnect.com shows a a nearly mint 1962 copy of the first Incredible Hulk comic book. It is being actioned online along with a 1939 copy of Detective Comics, which featured one of the earliest appearances of Batman and a 1942 Archie comic book, Archie No. 1, which marked the first time the red-headed character appeared in his own magazine. (AP Photo/ComicConnect.com)NEW YORK (AP) — Batman creator Bob Kane's own copies of the Caped Crusader's earliest appearances are going up for auction.





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