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Report: Child allegedly told Joe Paterno of Sandusky abuse in 1976

Penn Staters, victim advocates don't embrace NCAA over dealA child “allegedly reported” to Joe Paterno he was “sexually molested by Sandusky,” according to a court order.




Paul Ryan ‘just not ready’ to support Donald Trump

Paul Ryan ‘just not ready’ to support Donald TrumpHouse Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday that he is not ready to support presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. In an appearance on CNN’s “The Lead with Jake Tapper,” Ryan said he wants to support his party’s nominee, but that he simply cannot do so just yet. “I hope to though, and I want to,” Ryan said just after 4 p.m. ET.




Canadian wildfire edges south, leaves thousands stranded

A Canadian Joint Operations Command aerial photo shows wildfires in Fort McMurray Alberta CanadaBy Rod Nickel and Liz Hampton CONKLIN/LAC LA BICHE, Alberta (Reuters) - The 88,000 residents who fled a wildfire that has ravaged the Canadian oil town of Fort McMurray in Alberta will not be able to return home anytime soon, officials warned on Thursday, even as the inferno edged slowly south. The out-of-control blaze has consumed entire neighborhoods of Fort McMurray in Canada's energy heartland and officials warn its spread now threatens two oil sands sites south of the city. "The damage to the community of Fort McMurray is extensive and the city is not safe for residents," said Alberta Premier Rachel Notley in a press briefing late Thursday, as those stranded in camps and on the roadside to the north of the city clamored for answers.




SpaceX successfully lands rocket's first stage after space launch

Space X's Falcon 9 rocket lifts off on April 8, 2016SpaceX successfully landed the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket on a floating platform in the Atlantic Ocean early Friday after launching a Japanese communications satellite into orbit. Shouts of "USA, USA, USA" and applause from the ground control crew greeted the feat, only the second time it has been accomplished by SpaceX, which is headed by Internet entrepreneur Elon Musk. The two-stage rocket lifted off on schedule from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 1:21 am (0521 GMT) with a telecommunications satellite owned by Japanese operator SKY Perfect JSAT.




Ex-sanitation worker guilty of 'Grim Sleeper' murders in Los Angeles

Lonnie Franklin Jr. seen in court in Los Angeles, CaliforniaA former sanitation worker was convicted on Thursday of murdering nine women and a teenage girl as the "Grim Sleeper," a Los Angeles serial killer who preyed on prostitutes and drugs addicts in a crime spree dating back 30 years. The Superior Court jury reached its verdict on all 10 counts of first-degree murder against Lonnie David Franklin Jr., 63, after deliberating a day and a half, capping a trial that ran more than 11 weeks. Franklin, who could face the death penalty, also was convicted of attempted murder for an attack on an 11th victim, Enierta Washington, who survived being shot in the chest, raped, pushed out of a car and left for dead in 1988.




Prince had painkiller Percocet in his system : reports

Prince performs during the halftime show of the NFL's Super Bowl XLI football game in MiamiPrince also had a dangerously low red blood cell count, indicating he had been ill, Minneapolis ABC affiliate KSTP-TV said, citing two unnamed law enforcement officials. A spokeswoman for the local medical examiner’s office that conducted a post-mortem examination of Prince declined to confirm the reports. The cause of Prince’s death remained undetermined.




Former Texas Gov. Perry endorses Trump, says open to running mate role: CNN

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry discusses his economic plan at a National Press Club luncheon speech in WashingtonFormer Texas Governor Rick Perry has endorsed Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and is open to being his running mate, CNN reported on Thursday. In September, Perry was the first member of the initially crowded Republican field to drop out of the 2016 White House race, following a failed bid in the 2012 race. The longest-serving governor in Texas history had languished near the bottom of the 17-strong Republican presidential pack since entering the current race in June.




Air strikes on Syria displaced camp kill 28 as Aleppo truce holds

A 48-hour ceasefire took hold in Aleppo on Thursday after fierce violence in and around the cityAir strikes killed at least 28 civilians in a camp for the displaced in northern Syria near the Turkish border as a 48-hour ceasefire took hold in Aleppo. The truce came after fierce violence in and around Aleppo and was made possible as President Bashar al-Assad's regime and rebel forces gave in to mounting diplomatic pressure for a pause.




Ben Sasse: U.S. deserves better than Trump or Clinton

Ben Sasse: U.S. deserves better than Trump or ClintonBen Sasse speaks at the American Conservative Union 2016 annual conference in Maryland on March 3, 2016. In a lengthy open letter late Wednesday night, Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., gave voice to the countless Americans who feel frustrated with their likely options for the next commander in chief. “If you are one of those rare souls who genuinely believe Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are honorable people — if they are the role models you want for your kids — then this letter is not for you,” he wrote.




Hillary Clinton won’t call Donald Trump a bigot — but her campaign will
In a preview of what could be a six-month-long political tap dance, the Democratic frontrunner is choosing her words about the likely Republican nominee carefully. Her campaign, on the other hand, is not holding back.


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Report: Child allegedly told Joe Paterno of Sandusky abuse in 1976

Penn Staters, victim advocates don't embrace NCAA over dealA child “allegedly reported” to Joe Paterno he was “sexually molested by Sandusky,” according to a court order.




Paul Ryan ‘just not ready’ to support Donald Trump

Paul Ryan ‘just not ready’ to support Donald TrumpHouse Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday that he is not ready to support presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. In an appearance on CNN’s “The Lead with Jake Tapper,” Ryan said he wants to support his party’s nominee, but that he simply cannot do so just yet. “I hope to though, and I want to,” Ryan said just after 4 p.m. ET.




Canadian wildfire edges south, leaves thousands stranded

A Canadian Joint Operations Command aerial photo shows wildfires in Fort McMurray Alberta CanadaBy Rod Nickel and Liz Hampton CONKLIN/LAC LA BICHE, Alberta (Reuters) - The 88,000 residents who fled a wildfire that has ravaged the Canadian oil town of Fort McMurray in Alberta will not be able to return home anytime soon, officials warned on Thursday, even as the inferno edged slowly south. The out-of-control blaze has consumed entire neighborhoods of Fort McMurray in Canada's energy heartland and officials warn its spread now threatens two oil sands sites south of the city. "The damage to the community of Fort McMurray is extensive and the city is not safe for residents," said Alberta Premier Rachel Notley in a press briefing late Thursday, as those stranded in camps and on the roadside to the north of the city clamored for answers.




SpaceX successfully lands rocket's first stage after space launch

Space X's Falcon 9 rocket lifts off on April 8, 2016SpaceX successfully landed the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket on a floating platform in the Atlantic Ocean early Friday after launching a Japanese communications satellite into orbit. Shouts of "USA, USA, USA" and applause from the ground control crew greeted the feat, only the second time it has been accomplished by SpaceX, which is headed by Internet entrepreneur Elon Musk. The two-stage rocket lifted off on schedule from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 1:21 am (0521 GMT) with a telecommunications satellite owned by Japanese operator SKY Perfect JSAT.




Ex-sanitation worker guilty of 'Grim Sleeper' murders in Los Angeles

Lonnie Franklin Jr. seen in court in Los Angeles, CaliforniaA former sanitation worker was convicted on Thursday of murdering nine women and a teenage girl as the "Grim Sleeper," a Los Angeles serial killer who preyed on prostitutes and drugs addicts in a crime spree dating back 30 years. The Superior Court jury reached its verdict on all 10 counts of first-degree murder against Lonnie David Franklin Jr., 63, after deliberating a day and a half, capping a trial that ran more than 11 weeks. Franklin, who could face the death penalty, also was convicted of attempted murder for an attack on an 11th victim, Enierta Washington, who survived being shot in the chest, raped, pushed out of a car and left for dead in 1988.




Prince had painkiller Percocet in his system : reports

Prince performs during the halftime show of the NFL's Super Bowl XLI football game in MiamiPrince also had a dangerously low red blood cell count, indicating he had been ill, Minneapolis ABC affiliate KSTP-TV said, citing two unnamed law enforcement officials. A spokeswoman for the local medical examiner’s office that conducted a post-mortem examination of Prince declined to confirm the reports. The cause of Prince’s death remained undetermined.




Former Texas Gov. Perry endorses Trump, says open to running mate role: CNN

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry discusses his economic plan at a National Press Club luncheon speech in WashingtonFormer Texas Governor Rick Perry has endorsed Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and is open to being his running mate, CNN reported on Thursday. In September, Perry was the first member of the initially crowded Republican field to drop out of the 2016 White House race, following a failed bid in the 2012 race. The longest-serving governor in Texas history had languished near the bottom of the 17-strong Republican presidential pack since entering the current race in June.




Air strikes on Syria displaced camp kill 28 as Aleppo truce holds

A 48-hour ceasefire took hold in Aleppo on Thursday after fierce violence in and around the cityAir strikes killed at least 28 civilians in a camp for the displaced in northern Syria near the Turkish border as a 48-hour ceasefire took hold in Aleppo. The truce came after fierce violence in and around Aleppo and was made possible as President Bashar al-Assad's regime and rebel forces gave in to mounting diplomatic pressure for a pause.




Ben Sasse: U.S. deserves better than Trump or Clinton

Ben Sasse: U.S. deserves better than Trump or ClintonBen Sasse speaks at the American Conservative Union 2016 annual conference in Maryland on March 3, 2016. In a lengthy open letter late Wednesday night, Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., gave voice to the countless Americans who feel frustrated with their likely options for the next commander in chief. “If you are one of those rare souls who genuinely believe Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are honorable people — if they are the role models you want for your kids — then this letter is not for you,” he wrote.




Hillary Clinton won’t call Donald Trump a bigot — but her campaign will
In a preview of what could be a six-month-long political tap dance, the Democratic frontrunner is choosing her words about the likely Republican nominee carefully. Her campaign, on the other hand, is not holding back.


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This report could cause a major market move
CNNMoney predicts 197,000 jobs added in April and the unemployment rate remaining at 5%.



Zimbabwe is running out of cash
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These skills will get you a job
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Famed investor sounds the crisis alarm on U.S., China
Hedge fund billionaire Stanley Druckenmiller warned on Wednesday at the Sohn Investment Conference a debt-fueled disaster is coming in the U.S. and China.

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U.S. billionaire: China wants the American dream
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Daughter of immigrants challenges the American Dream
Iris Hu's Taiwanese immigrants who wanted her to become a doctor or lawyer. Instead she found her own path through art.

The economy needs a Cheerleader-in-Chief
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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.

America's free trade deal with Europe is dying
Donald Trump's victory in Indiana might turn out to be the final nail in the coffin for a big free trade deal between the U.S. and Europe.

Countries with higher wages than the U.S.
Some Republicans say high wages in the U.S. are hurting America's global competitiveness. See the countries where wages are even higher.

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Primate fate: Chinese fossils illuminate key evolutionary period

The left lower jaw of Yunnanadapis folivorus, one of six new fossil primate species found in southern China, is pictured in this handout photoBy Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A treasure trove of fossils of six furry critters that inhabited the trees of southern China 34 million years ago is providing a deeper understanding of a pivotal moment in the evolution of primates, the group that eventually gave rise to people. Scientists on Thursday announced the discovery of the remains of six previously unknown extinct primate species: four similar to Madagascar's lemurs, one similar to the nocturnal insect- and lizard-eating tarsiers of the Philippines and Indonesia, and one monkey-like primate. The primate lineage that led to monkeys, apes and people, called anthropoids, originated in Asia, with their earliest fossils dating from 45 million years ago.




SpaceX rocket launches satellite, then lands on ship at sea
By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - An unmanned SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Florida on Friday to put a communications satellite into orbit, then made a swift return landing on an ocean platform, a live webcast showed. It was the second successful landing at sea for entrepreneur Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, which intends to offer cut-rate launch services by re-using its rockets. "Woohoo!!" Musk wrote on social media website Twitter after the landing.

Scientists win $3 million for detecting Einstein's waves

File photo of Dr. Thorne of Caltech listening during news conference on detection of gravitational waves, in WashingtonBy Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - Researchers who helped detect gravitational waves for the first time, confirming part of Albert Einstein's theory in a landmark moment in scientific history, will share a $3 million Special Breakthrough Prize, according to the prize's selection committee. The Breakthrough Prizes for scientific achievements were created by Russian billionaire Yuri Milner along with several technology pioneers, including Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Google co-founder Sergey Brin. In February, a team from the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) announced a pair of giant laser detectors had measured the tiny ripples in space and time first theorized by Einstein a century ago, capping a decades-long quest.




For first time, scientists grow two-week-old human embryos in lab
By Kate Kelland LONDON(Reuters) - Scientists have for the first time grown human embryos outside of the mother for almost two full weeks into development, giving unique insight into what they say is the most mysterious stage of early human life. Scientists had previously only been able to study human embryos as a culture in a lab dish until the seventh day of development when they had to implant them into the mother's uterus to survive and develop further. "This it the most enigmatic and mysterious stage of human development," said Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz, a University of Cambridge professor who co-led the work.

Solar-powered plane lands in Arizona on round-the-world flight

Pilots Borschberg and Piccard react after landing Solar Impulse 2 on the San Francisco to Phoenix leg of what they hope will be the first round-the-world solar-powered flight, in PhoenixBy Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A solar-powered airplane midway through a historic bid to circle the globe completed the 10th leg of its journey on Monday, landing in Arizona after a 16-hour flight from California, the project team said. The Swiss team flying the aircraft in a campaign to build support for clean energy technologies hopes eventually to complete its circumnavigation in Abu Dhabi, where the journey began in March 2015. The spindly, single-seat experimental aircraft, dubbed Solar Impulse 2, arrived in Phoenix shortly before 9 p.m., following a flight from San Francisco that took it over the Mojave Desert.




There Might Be 1 Trillion Species on Earth

There Might Be 1 Trillion Species on EarthCalculating how many species exist on Earth is a tough challenge. On the other hand, a study published in the journal Science in 2013 suggested that where there's a will, there's a way: The authors said it would cost a mere $500 million to $1 billion a year for 50 years to describe most species on Earth.




Mysterious Braided Hair May Belong to Medieval Saint

Mysterious Braided Hair May Belong to Medieval SaintJamie Cameron, an archaeological research assistant at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, first visited Romsey Abbey, near the city of Southampton, on a school field trip when he was 7 years old. The Relics Cluster — dubbed the "Da Vinci Code Unit" by British newspapers, after the popular novel by author Dan Brown — is an interdisciplinary group of scientists that specializes in testing sacred objects and religious relics.




World's Tiniest Engines Could Power Microscopic Robots

World's Tiniest Engines Could Power Microscopic Robots"There have been many small machines, but they operate incredibly slowly — taking many seconds or minutes to move a single arm, for instance — and with very low forces," said Jeremy Baumberg, director of the University of Cambridge's NanoPhotonics Centre and senior author of the new study. "For a nanomachine floating in water, swimming is like us swimming in a pool of treacle [a blend of molasses, sugar and corn syrup] — very, very viscous — so you need very large forces to move," Baumberg told Live Science. When the engine is cooled, the gel takes on water and expands, and the gold nanoparticles are strongly and quickly pushed apart, like a spring, the researchers explained.




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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Trump, under pressure to unite Republicans, sharpens attack on Clinton

Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to supporters in Charleston, West VirginiaBy Steve Holland CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Reuters) - Donald Trump is testing out themes to use against Democrat Hillary Clinton as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee tries to persuade disgruntled party loyalists to get behind his campaign. At a rally in West Virginia on Thursday night, the billionaire businessman criticized Clinton for the vast sums of money that she and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, accepted for the Clinton Foundation, which he called a "scam." The Clintons have dismissed criticisms of the charitable organization as politically motivated. Trump also linked her with some of her husband's decisions when he was president in the 1990s, like the NAFTA trade deal that opened up trade among the United States, Mexico and Canada.




Exclusive: Top reason Americans will vote for Trump: 'To stop Clinton' - poll

A combination photo of Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump and Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary ClintonThe U.S. presidential election may turn out to be one of the world's biggest un-popularity contests. Nearly half of American voters who support either Democrat Hillary Clinton or Republican Donald Trump for the White House said they will mainly be trying to block the other side from winning, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released Thursday. The results reflect a deepening ideological divide in the United States, where people are becoming increasingly fearful of the opposing party, a feeling worsened by the likely matchup between the New York real estate tycoon and the former first lady, said Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics.




Trump says Britain would be better off outside EU

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Trump speaks at a campaign event at The Palladium at the Center for Performing Arts in Carmel, IndianaWASHINGTON/LONDON (Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said on Thursday he thought Britain would be better off out of the European Union, the opposite stance to that taken by his likely rival Hillary Clinton and by many political leaders around the world. Britons will vote in a referendum on June 23 on whether to leave the 28-member EU, a momentous decision with trade, investment, defense and political ramifications that stretch far beyond Britain's borders. "I would say that they're better off without it personally, but I'm not making that as a recommendation - just my feeling," Trump said in an interview with Fox News television, adding that he wanted Britons to make their own decision.




FBI likely to interview Clinton soon in emails probe: CNN

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a visit to the California African American Museum in Los AngelesBy Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Bureau of Investigation is likely to interview Hillary Clinton in the next few weeks about her use of a private email server while she was U.S. secretary of state and have already interviewed some of her aides, CNN reported on Thursday. The nine-month investigation into whether laws were broken as a result of the server kept in her New York home has overshadowed Clinton's campaign to become the Democratic Party's candidate in November's presidential election. With only a few states left to vote in primary elections, she retains a commanding lead over her rival, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont.




Party faithful: Inside look at the California GOP convention
Hundreds of protesters surrounded the Hyatt Regency in a normally sleepy suburb of San Francisco. Some even attempted to charge through police barricades into the lobby. The source of their frustration: Donald Trump.

What Colorado has learned from legalizing marijuana so far
ER visits are up, and heavier use among young adults reported, but the decreased stigma surrounding recreational pot blunts findings.

Bernie Sanders: ‘I appreciate Bill Clinton being my psychoanalyst. It’s always nice.’
Bernie Sanders rebutted former President Bill Clinton's contention that he's questioning Hillary's qualifications because she's a woman, saying the Clinton campaign is going negative because of Sanders' momentum in the primaries.

Marine Corps dog who lost leg in Afghanistan awarded gallantry medal
The People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals awarded a 12-year-old U.S. Marine Corps dog named Lucca the prestigious Dickin Medal.

Spate of police officers fatally shot is ‘very chilling’
Virginia state trooper Chad Dermyer, a Marine veteran and father of two, is the 16th law enforcement officer to be killed by a gunman this year — a 129 percent increase over the first three months of 2015. “The numbers are very chilling,” said Jim Pasco, executive director of the Fraternal Order of Police.

FDA Issues New Regulations for E-Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products

FDA Issues New Regulations for E-Cigarettes and Other Tobacco ProductsE-cigarettes will face new regulations by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, including requirements that affect manufacturing, ingredient labeling and not selling the product to those under the age of 18, the agency announced today. The FDA announced a plan to regulate e-cigarettes two years ago, but these are the first concrete regulations issued. The new rules affect not only e-cigarettes but more traditional tobacco products, including cigars, pipe tobacco and hookah tobacco.





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Exclusive: Apple's Tim Cook to visit China for government meetings - source

Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks during an event at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, CaliforniaApple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook plans to visit Beijing later this month to meet high-level government officials, at a time when it is facing some setbacks in its most important overseas market, a source familiar with the matter said. Cook has frequently traveled to China since taking the helm of Apple five years ago, but his latest visit comes during a critical period. Last week, billionaire activist investor Carl Icahn said in an interview with cable television network CNBC that he had sold his entire stake in Apple, citing China's economic slowdown and worries about whether the government could make it very difficult for Apple to conduct business.




Toshiba nominates new CEO in bid to put accounting scandal behind it

Toshiba Corp incoming President and chief executive Satoshi Tsunakawa is surrounded by reporters as he leave a news conference at the company headquarters in Tokyo, JapanBy Makiko Yamazaki TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Toshiba Corp said it had nominated Satoshi Tsunakawa, a former head of its medical equipment division, to be its next chief executive officer - a move that it hopes will draw a line under a damaging accounting scandal. Sixty-year-old Tsunakawa, who was not embroiled in the scandal, is credited with having grown the medical equipment unit into a major profit driver. "I would place the most immediate priority on beefing up the capital base." A $1.3 billion book-keeping scandal last year has pushed Toshiba to streamline its businesses, announce plans for 14,000 job cuts and the sale of the medical unit to Canon Inc for $5.9 billion.




U.S. trade panel to probe devices of eight smartphone vendors

An illustration picture shows a network cable next to a pack of smartphones in BerlinThe U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) is launching an investigation into mobile devices made by eight smartphone vendors including Samsung Electronics Co over an alleged patent violation, the trade panel said on its website. The probe follows a complaint filed by Singapore-based Creative Technology Ltd and U.S.-based Creative Labs Inc that several handset makers have infringed on their patent, the ITC said in a statement. The accused vendors are ZTE Corp , Sony Corp , Samsung, LG Electronics Inc , Lenovo Group Ltd , Motorola Mobility, HTC Corp and Blackberry Ltd .




Cognizant posts slowest quarterly revenue growth in 14 years
(Reuters) - IT services provider Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp reported its slowest quarterly revenue growth in 14 years as its clients in the financial and healthcare services held back on spending. "As anticipated, during the first quarter we saw softness in our healthcare segment due to M&A activity, as well as softness in our banking segment due to financial market volatility." president Gordon Coburn said on Friday. Like its Indian rivals Tata Consultancy Services Ltd , and Infosys Ltd , Cognizant also gets the largest chunk of its revenue from financial services clients.

Facebook loses first round in suit over storing biometric data

A picture illustration shows a Facebook logo reflected in a person's eye, in Zenica(Reuters) - Facebook Inc lost the first round in a court fight against some of its users who sued the social networking company, alleging it "unlawfully" collected and stored users' biometric data derived from their faces in photographs. Facebook filed the motion arguing that the users could not file a complaint under Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) as they had agreed in their user agreement that California law would govern their disputes with the company, and that BIPA does not apply to "tag suggestions." The court found that Illinois law applies and that the plaintiffs have stated a claim under BIPA. The complainants had alleged that Facebook's face recognition feature that suggests "tags" on photos unlawfully collected and stored biometric data, in violation of the Illinois BIPA.




Expert helped Los Angeles police hack Apple iPhone: court records

The Apple logo is pictured at its flagship retail store in San FranciscoBy Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A cellphone expert overrode the lock function on an Apple iPhone to help Los Angeles police in a homicide investigation around the time U.S. authorities were battling the company to open other phones in criminal cases, court records showed on Thursday. The successful hack of the iPhone 5s in the Los Angeles case is another sign U.S. authorities are turning to third-party contractors to unlock smartphones rather than relying on manufacturers like Apple Inc , which helped in the past. The third-party hacks have Apple racing to strengthen its encryption technology.




Save your drone from an expensive fall with this mini parachute

Save your drone from an expensive fall with this mini parachuteIf a drone's rotors stop working meters above the ground, the only option for pilots is usually to watch and pray. The SafeAir Pyrotechnic Parachute Recovery Solution (we'll just call it the SafeAir) clips on to the top of the drone and automatically deploys when free fall is detected by a built-in chip. Creator ParaZero offers the reusable SafeAir in a range of sizes — from a compact unit for drones weighing 2 kilograms, to a larger chute for "manned drones" (it was built specifically for the Martin Jetpack).




First Click: Is GoPro the next Flip Video camera?

First Click: Is GoPro the next Flip Video camera?Do you remember Pure Digital Technologies’ Flip Video camera? The singularly-focused maker of small dedicated video cameras was an industry darling back in March 2009 when Cisco acquired it for $590 million. Its reasons were two-fold: 1) the company was restructuring around its core networking business, and 2) HD-capable smartphones like the iPhone 4 were eating its lunch.




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Apple eying a huge land purchase to test self-driving car tech
Though Apple's  plan to develop and release an electric car has reportedly hit a few speed bumps over the past few months, the company seemingly has no intention of slowing down its car-oriented R&D anytime soon. According to a new report from The Wall Street Journal , Apple is currently eyeing an 800,000 square foot property in Silicon Valley as a testing ground for autonomous driving technologies it's working on. News of Apple's interest in acquiring such a large parcel of land was sourced from Victor Coleman, the CEO of Hudson Pacific Properties Inc. For those unfamiliar, Hudson Pacific Properties a few years ago began buying up a ton of real estate in Silicon Valley, and today, the company commands an impressive inventory of real estate listings in the area. In any event, Coleman during a recent earnings conference call said that a number of big name companies - from Toyota to Google to Apple - have increasingly been eyeing large swaths of real estate across the entire Silicon Valley area. DON'T MISS:  What people don’t get about the Apple Watch "We are seeing a definitive movement in the autonomous car from named companies and non-named companies," Coleman said. "So we're seeing the Toyotas of the world, the Teslas of the world, BMWs, Mercedes, Ford now is out in the marketplace looking for space. And so the name brand automobile guys for R&D and IP are looking for space in and around that area. And it seems to be a hot demand item..." "That being said," Coleman continued, "what we're also seeing is, we have tenants that are looking at expanding – they are not named tenants that you would [recognize] -- the core brand names like Toyotas... We're looking at right now two of those companies that are name related. And I haven't even mentioned the 400,000 feet that Google is looking to take down and the 800,000 feet that Apple's looking to take down for their autonomous cars as well." And so the plot surrounding Apple's mythical electric car plan thickens. One additional point of interest relayed by the Journal is that Apple "is in the process of expanding a [car] team that had about 600 employees last year..." As to the Apple Car development roadblocks we mentioned above, you might remember that the head of Apple's electric car project - Steve Zadesky - recently announced his  plans to leave the company due to undisclosed personal reasons. What's more, Jony Ive this past January was reportedly none too thrilled with the progress that Apple's car team had been making.


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Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks during an event at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, CaliforniaApple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook plans to visit Beijing later this month to meet high-level government officials, at a time when it is facing some setbacks in its most important overseas market, a source familiar with the matter said. Cook has frequently traveled to China since taking the helm of Apple five years ago, but his latest visit comes during a critical period. Last week, billionaire activist investor Carl Icahn said in an interview with cable television network CNBC that he had sold his entire stake in Apple, citing China's economic slowdown and worries about whether the government could make it very difficult for Apple to conduct business.




Global stocks head for worst week since mid-February

People walk through the lobby of the London Stock Exchange in LondonBy Patrick Graham LONDON (Reuters) - Stock markets in Europe and Asia struggled on Friday, with only monthly U.S. non-farm payrolls numbers standing in the way of shares globally racking up their biggest weekly fall since mid-February. Concerns over growth, the failure of extraordinary central bank stimulus and banking profitability in an era of negative interest rates, allied to a still tepid recovery in oil prices , has kept a lid on any optimism over the past month. Money markets show investors have all but abandoned betting that U.S. and global growth will be strong enough to swallow further rises in official U.S. interest rates this year.




Good U.S. payrolls gains seen, but swelling labor force to cap wage growth

Job applicant Rose is interviewed at a "Hiring Our Heroes" military job fair in WashingtonU.S. employment likely rose again in April, but a rush of job seekers into the labor market should keep wage gains moderate and buy a cautious Federal Reserve more time before raising interest rates again. Nonfarm payrolls probably increased by 202,000 last month in U.S. Labor Department data due for publication on Friday, after growing by 215,000 in March, according to a Reuters survey of economists. The unemployment rate is forecast to have held at 5.0 percent as improving labor market conditions lured some previously discouraged job seekers back into the workforce.




Evonik buys specialty chemical ops from Air Products for $3.8 billion

The logo of German specialty chemical company Evonik Industries AG is pictured at their plant in BitterfeldFRANKFURT (Reuters) - Evonik Industries AG said on Friday it agreed to buy the Specialty and Coating Additives operations of U.S. industrial gas producer Air Products and Chemicals Inc for $3.8 billion to balance out its dependence on European markets and on its volatile feed ingredients unit.




U.S. trade panel to probe devices of eight smartphone vendors

An illustration picture shows a network cable next to a pack of smartphones in BerlinThe U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) is launching an investigation into mobile devices made by eight smartphone vendors including Samsung Electronics Co over an alleged patent violation, the trade panel said on its website. The probe follows a complaint filed by Singapore-based Creative Technology Ltd and U.S.-based Creative Labs Inc that several handset makers have infringed on their patent, the ITC said in a statement. The accused vendors are ZTE Corp , Sony Corp , Samsung, LG Electronics Inc , Lenovo Group Ltd , Motorola Mobility, HTC Corp and Blackberry Ltd .




Oil falls as investors cash in on month-long gains

Pumpjacks are seen in LagunillasOil prices fell on Friday as investors cashed in on a 20-percent rise over the past month, outweighing the impact of crude production cuts in Canada where a huge wildfire has disrupted oil sands operations. Oil prices were down around one percent in early European trading, with global benchmark Brent prices set for their first weekly loss in five weeks. "Currently prices are falling even with only few bearish fundamentals," said Frank Klumpp, oil analyst at Stuttgart-based Landesbank Baden-Wuerttemberg.




Redstone competence trial to start with mogul's testimony

File photo of Redstone, executive chairman of CBS Corp. and Viacom, arriving at the premiere of "The Guilt Trip" starring Streisand and Rogen in Los AngelesA high-stakes trial to settle questions about the mental competence of media mogul Sumner Redstone begins on Friday in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom. Redstone is the controlling shareholder of Viacom Inc and CBS Corp , and the trial's outcome could affect the future of both media companies. On the proceeding's opening day, Judge David Cowan will view a video of the 92-year-old Redstone being questioned by his own lawyer and a lawyer for his former girlfriend, Manuela Herzer, who is suing over her removal in October as the billioniaire's designated healthcare agent.




Deutsche Bank says cooperating with Italian authorities on bond sale investigation

A statue is seen next to the logo of Germany's Deutsche Bank in FrankfurtDeutsche Bank said on Friday it is cooperating with authorities in Italy in an inquiry regarding the sale of Italian sovereign bonds in 2011. "In 2011 we responded to a related inquiry made by (Italian market regulator) Consob, and we provided information and relevant documents at that time," Deutsche Bank said in a statement. A source had told Reuters earlier on Friday that Deutsche Bank is under investigation over the sale of 7 billion euros ($7.99 billion) worth of Italian state debt.




Toshiba nominates new CEO in bid to put accounting scandal behind it

Toshiba Corp incoming President and chief executive Satoshi Tsunakawa is surrounded by reporters as he leave a news conference at the company headquarters in Tokyo, JapanBy Makiko Yamazaki TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Toshiba Corp said it had nominated Satoshi Tsunakawa, a former head of its medical equipment division, to be its next chief executive officer - a move that it hopes will draw a line under a damaging accounting scandal. Sixty-year-old Tsunakawa, who was not embroiled in the scandal, is credited with having grown the medical equipment unit into a major profit driver. "I would place the most immediate priority on beefing up the capital base." A $1.3 billion book-keeping scandal last year has pushed Toshiba to streamline its businesses, announce plans for 14,000 job cuts and the sale of the medical unit to Canon Inc for $5.9 billion.




Facebook loses first round in suit over storing biometric data

A picture illustration shows a Facebook logo reflected in a person's eye, in Zenica(Reuters) - Facebook Inc lost the first round in a court fight against some of its users who sued the social networking company, alleging it "unlawfully" collected and stored users' biometric data derived from their faces in photographs. Facebook filed the motion arguing that the users could not file a complaint under Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) as they had agreed in their user agreement that California law would govern their disputes with the company, and that BIPA does not apply to "tag suggestions." The court found that Illinois law applies and that the plaintiffs have stated a claim under BIPA. The complainants had alleged that Facebook's face recognition feature that suggests "tags" on photos unlawfully collected and stored biometric data, in violation of the Illinois BIPA.





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Keith Urban explores rhythmic roots on diverse new record

In this April 14, 2016, photo, Keith Urban poses in Nashville, Tenn., to promote his latest album, "Ripcord." (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Keith Urban was on a cross-country flight last year trying to finish a new song about living in the moment and not holding onto regrets. But he was also thinking about two men close to him that had recently passed away.




Playwright wrestles with past in changing Cuba

The story of Cuban playwright Carlos Celdran's acclaimed new play, "Ten Million," a coming-of-age tale set in a time of national turmoil has finally made it to the stage, decades later, in a Cuba that is slowly but steadily changingA boy growing up in the tumultuous aftermath of Fidel Castro's revolution is torn between his communist mother and alienated middle-class father, seeking to find his own way in a world turned upside down by history. This is the story of Cuban playwright Carlos Celdran's acclaimed new play, "Ten Million," a coming-of-age tale set in a time of national turmoil that has finally made it to the stage, decades later, in a Cuba that is slowly but steadily changing. Celdran, 52, takes a searing look at the fallout of the 1959 revolution, something that could never have made it past the communist government's censors in the era the play depicts.




Fanciful 'Boaty McBoatface' passed over for vessel name
LONDON (AP) — Boaty McBoatface had captured the public's fancy but British officials said Friday the country's newest polar research vessel will be christened Sir David Attenborough, in honor of the prominent naturalist and broadcaster.

Questions arise about California doctor's response to Prince

A star honoring Prince, now painted gold, stands out on the wall Thursday, May 5, 2016 at a memorial for the singer at First Avenue in Minneapolis, a venue where he often performed. The pop rock singer died on April 21 at the age of 57. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Was a California doctor acting legally when he sent his son to Prince's home with a drug often used to treat people addicted to opiates such as prescription painkillers?




Carnegie Hall celebrates 125 years and counting

From left, Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, Lang Lang, Emanuel Ax, Michael Feinstein, Isabel Leonard, Renee Fleming and James Taylor perform during Carnegie Hall's 125th Anniversary Concert, Thursday, May 5, 2016, in, New York. The Oratorio Society of New York sang along as the Orchestra of St. Lukes played conducted by Pablo Heras-Casado. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)NEW YORK (AP) — James Taylor thought back four decades to his Carnegie Hall debut and said it was "the sort of cultural sign" that he had made it to a certain level of stardom.




Vinyl revival: Czech record maker aims for global dominance

In this picture taken on Monday, April 25, 2016, Zdenek Vesely checks a master record at vinyl plant in Lodenice, Czech Republic. As vinyl records make a global comeback in popularity, a little-known Czech company is riding the market surge to establish itself as the world’s biggest record manufacturers, with plans to expand in North America and Asia. GZ Media, based in a small town south west of the Czech capital, has made deals with all the major music labels and is running its plant day and night, every day of the year - even on Christmas - to satisfy booming demand. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)LODENICE, Czech Republic (AP) — As vinyl records make a global comeback, a little-known Czech company is riding the market surge to establish itself as the world's biggest record manufacturer, with plans to expand in North America and Asia.




Hollywood cashes in on golden age cinema revival

LA-based American Cinematheque hosts a three-day festival of the work of Stan Laurel (L) and Oliver Hardy, photochemically and digitally restoredCinema from Hollywood's golden age is enjoying a revival with the emergence of retro video streaming and a burgeoning festival scene belying the old joke that nostalgia ain't what it used to be. More than 25,000 fans from as far afield as Australia and Japan hit Hollywood over the weekend for the TCM Classic Film Festival, run by cable network Turner Classic Movies for a seventh year. Meanwhile LA-based American Cinematheque hosts a three-day festival over the weekend of Laurel and Hardy's work, photochemically and digitally restored from the original 35mm film.




Arsenio Hall sues Sinead O'Connor for libel over Prince post

FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2015 file photo, Arsenio Hall attends EBONY Magazine's Power 100 Gala in Beverly Hills, Calif. Hall sued Sinead O'Connor for libel on Thursday, May 5, 2016, in Los Angeles Superior Court over a Facebook post by the singer in which she accused the comedian of furnishing drugs to Prince, who died on April 21, 2016. Investigators are looking into whether he overdosed. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Arsenio Hall is suing Sinead O'Connor over a Facebook post in which the singer accused him of furnishing Prince with drugs.




Russian orchestra performs in Syria's war-scarred Palmyra

The Islamic State group held public executions in the ancient theatre in Palmyra before the site was captured by Russia-backed Syrian forcesLeading Russian musicians staged a classical concert in the ancient theatre of Syria's ravaged Palmyra in a show by the Kremlin to herald its successes in the war-torn country. Famed conductor Valery Gergiev led Saint Petersburg's celebrated Mariinsky orchestra through pieces by Johann Sebastian Bach, Sergei Prokofiev and Rodion Shchedrin in front of a crowd of Russian soldiers, government ministers and journalists.




Obama challenges Americans to give back to vets, families

President Barack Obama watches as first lady Michelle Obama and comedian David Letterman embrace during a show presented by the United Service Organizations (USO) and the military at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Thursday, May 5, 2016. The event marks the USO's 75th anniversary and the 5th anniversary of Joining Forces. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)WASHINGTON (AP) — Taking a cue from his wife, President Barack Obama challenged Americans on Thursday to consider how they might give back to those who have served in the military and their families.





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