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'Issues' with Trump audio confirmed

Commission admits ‘issues’ with Trump audio during debateRepublican presidential nominee Donald Trump was right when he complained about audio in the debate hall.




Right-leaning newspapers spurn Trump

Right-leaning newspapers are rejecting Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. (John Locher/AP)The Dallas Morning News, Arizona Republic, and Cincinnati Enquirer endorsed HIllary Clinton, despite backing the GOP for years.




'Nasty' ads are mainly Trump's own words

Donald Trump (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)Donald Trump says that Hillary Clinton has been making mean ads about him, but the spots are mostly clips of him speaking.




Alicia Machado fires back at Trump

(Instagram)The former Miss Universe punches back after Donald Trump attacks her in a 5 a.m. Twitter rant.




Houston taco trucks register voters too

Carlos Zamora shows a voter registration card from a pile placed on the counter of the Tierra Caliente taco truck on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, in Houston. Zamora is with Mi Familia Vota, a Latino activist group that seeks to register more voters in the Latino community. Mi Familia Vota partnered with a local design firm to make eight of the city's taco trucks into mobile voter registration booths after a surrogate of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump recently suggested that unless the United States fortifies its borders and tightens immigration limits, "You're going to have taco trucks on every corner." (AP Photo/John L. Mone)The city's food trucks are doubling as voter registration sites as Latinos in Texas flex their political muscle before the election.




Outrage over Russia’s 'barbarous' airstrikes

Outrage over Russia’s 'barbarous' airstrikes (Reuters)Moscow defies global censure over an escalation in Syria that the West says has torpedoed diplomacy.




Clinton pitches 'National Service Reserve'

Clinton pitches "National Service Reserve." (AP)“Reservists” under Clinton’s plan would respond to natural disasters, help the homeless, or tackle other local problems, the campaign said.




Hurricane Matthew upgraded, now a 'major' storm

Hurricane Matthew in the Caribbean Sea at 1845 GMT on September 29, 2016Now intensified to Category 3, it's bringing winds of 115 miles per hour over the Caribbean.




Alabama chief justice removed from bench

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore testifies during his ethics trial before the Alabama Court of the Judiciary at the Alabama Judicial Building in Montgomery, Ala., on Wednesday Sept. 28, 2016. He is accused of encouraging judges to defy the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling legalizing gay marriage. (Mickey Welsh/Montgomery Advertiser via AP, Pool)Justice Roy Moore's defiance of federal rulings on gay marriage violated judicial ethics, a disciplinary court finds.




Trump unleashes Twitter tirade against Machado

Clinton announces ‘National Service Reserve’ for millennialsThe presidential nominee suggests checking out the former Miss Universe's "sex tape and past."





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Right-leaning newspapers spurn Trump

Right-leaning newspapers are rejecting Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. (John Locher/AP)The Dallas Morning News, Arizona Republic, and Cincinnati Enquirer endorsed HIllary Clinton, despite backing the GOP for years.




'Nasty' ads are mainly Trump's own words

Donald Trump (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)Donald Trump says that Hillary Clinton has been making mean ads about him, but the spots are mostly clips of him speaking.




Alicia Machado fires back at Trump

(Instagram)The former Miss Universe punches back after Donald Trump attacks her in a 5 a.m. Twitter rant.




Houston taco trucks register voters too

Carlos Zamora shows a voter registration card from a pile placed on the counter of the Tierra Caliente taco truck on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, in Houston. Zamora is with Mi Familia Vota, a Latino activist group that seeks to register more voters in the Latino community. Mi Familia Vota partnered with a local design firm to make eight of the city's taco trucks into mobile voter registration booths after a surrogate of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump recently suggested that unless the United States fortifies its borders and tightens immigration limits, "You're going to have taco trucks on every corner." (AP Photo/John L. Mone)The city's food trucks are doubling as voter registration sites as Latinos in Texas flex their political muscle before the election.




Outrage over Russia’s 'barbarous' airstrikes

Outrage over Russia’s 'barbarous' airstrikes (Reuters)Moscow defies global censure over an escalation in Syria that the West says has torpedoed diplomacy.




Clinton pitches 'National Service Reserve'

Clinton pitches "National Service Reserve." (AP)“Reservists” under Clinton’s plan would respond to natural disasters, help the homeless, or tackle other local problems, the campaign said.




Hurricane Matthew upgraded, now a 'major' storm

Hurricane Matthew in the Caribbean Sea at 1845 GMT on September 29, 2016Now intensified to Category 3, it's bringing winds of 115 miles per hour over the Caribbean.




Alabama chief justice removed from bench

Embattled Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore testifies during his ethics trial before the Alabama Court of the Judiciary at the Alabama Judicial Building in Montgomery, Ala., on Wednesday Sept. 28, 2016. (Mickey Welsh/Montgomery Advertiser via AP)Justice Roy Moore's defiance of federal rulings on gay marriage violated judicial ethics, a disciplinary court finds.




Trump unleashes Twitter tirade against Machado

Clinton announces ‘National Service Reserve’ for millennialsThe presidential nominee suggests checking out the former Miss Universe's "sex tape and past."




Stolen Van Gogh paintings recovered in Italy

Two stolen Van Gogh paintings recovered in Italy. (AFP)Two masterpieces stolen in Amsterdam 14 years ago were discovered in the home of an Italian drug boss near Naples.





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China is cutting off cash to Venezuela
China is no longer offering Venezuela new loans, according to experts. It spells bad news for Venezuela, which relied heavily on Chinese finance.

Op-Ed: Why 1 million workers are getting paid sick leave
U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez writes about why the Labor Department introduced a new rule requiring federal contractors to provide paid sick leave to workers.

100 days after Brexit vote: No meltdown (yet)
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Chipotle to pay 16-year-old nearly $8 million for 'outrageous' sexual assault
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Why this railroad stock is tied to Donald Trump
If you're looking for indicators on who might win the election, these 4 proxies indicate whether Trump or Clinton is winning.

The worker shortage facing America's farmers
With tougher enforcement of immigration laws and more undocumented workers leaving the country, American farmers say they are facing a severe worker shortage -- and they can't get American workers to fill the jobs.

Why OPEC's oil deal won't mean a spike in gas prices
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OPEC agrees to cut production; oil prices surge
Oil prices rose 5% Wednesday after OPEC leaders announced the first oil production cut in 8 years.

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.

Congressman grills Fed chief on political motives
Congressman Scott Garrett (R-NJ) grilled Fed Chair Janet Yellen for another Fed leader's donation to Hillary Clinton's campaign.


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Mission Complete: Rosetta says farewell with comet crash-landing

Artist's impression of Rosetta spacecraft shortly before hitting Comet 67P/Churyumov–GerasimenkoBy Victoria Bryan BERLIN (Reuters) - The Rosetta spacecraft ended its historic mission on Friday, crashing on the surface of the dusty, icy comet it has spent 12 years chasing in a hunt that has provided insight into the early days of the solar system and captured the public's imagination. Scientists in the European Space Agency control center in Darmstadt, Germany, clapped and hugged as confirmation of the end of the mission came at 1119 GMT. Rosetta completed its free-fall descent at the speed of a sedate walk, joining the probe Philae, which landed on the comet in November 2014 in what was considered a remarkable feat of precision space travel.




Billionaire Elon Musk outlines plans for humans to colonize Mars

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk unveils his plans to colonize Mars during the International Astronautical Congress in GuadalajaraBy Irene Klotz GUADALAJARA, Mexico (Reuters) - SpaceX is developing a massive rocket and capsule to transport large numbers of people and cargo to Mars with the ultimate goal of colonizing the planet, company chief and tech billionaire Elon Musk said on Tuesday. Musk outlined his plans for the Mars rocket, capable of carrying 100 passengers plus cargo per voyage, even as SpaceX is still investigating why a different rocket carrying a $200 million Israeli satellite blew up on a launch pad in Florida earlier this month. SpaceX intends to fly to Mars about every 26 months when Earth and Mars are favorably aligned.




Scientists fix fractures with 3D-printed synthetic bone
By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists in the United States have successfully treated broken spines and skulls in animals using 3D-printed synthetic bone, opening the possibility of future personalized bone implants for humans to fix dental, spinal other bone injuries. Unlike real bone grafts, the synthetic material - called hyper-elastic bone - is able to regenerate bone without the need for added growth factors, is flexible and strong, and can be easily and rapidly deployed in the operating room. Giving details in a teleconference, the scientists said the results of their animal trials - published on Wednesday in the Science Translational Medicine journal - were "quite astounding".

Hubble spots evidence of water plumes on Jupiter's moon Europa

This Jan. 26, 2014 image provided by NASA shows a composite image of possible water plumes on the south pole of Jupiter's moon Europa. Europa is among several moons in the solar system where evidence of an underground ocean has been discovered in recent years. The Hubble data were taken on January 26, 2014. The image of Europa, superimposed on the Hubble data, is assembled from data from the Galileo and Voyager missions. (NASA via AP)Astronomers on Monday said they have spotted evidence of water vapor plumes rising from Jupiter's moon Europa, a finding that might make it easier to learn whether life exists in the warm, salty ocean hidden beneath its icy surface. The apparent plumes detected by the Hubble Space Telescope shoot about 125 miles (200 km) above Europa's surface before, presumably, raining material back down onto the moon's surface, NASA said. Europa, considered one of the most promising candidates for life in the solar system beyond Earth, boasts a global ocean with twice as much water as in all of Earth's seas hidden under a layer of extremely cold and hard ice of unknown thickness.




Scientists find new fat clues in faeces
By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists in Britain have found a new link between the diversity of bacteria in human poo - the human fecal microbiome - and levels of harmful types of body fat. In research that may help explain why excessive weight problems and obesity tend to run in families, the scientists said high levels of visceral fat - which is linked to risks of chronic disease - were linked to having a relatively small range of bacteria in faeces. People with a high diversity of bacteria in their faeces had lower levels of visceral fat, according to the study published on Monday in the journal Genome Biology.

Leprosy Found in California Child: How Doctors Diagnosed It

Leprosy has been confirmed in one of two California schoolchildren suspected to have the disease, according to CBS Los Angeles. Health officials were first notified in early September about the two possible cases of leprosy, now usually called Hansen's disease. The diagnosis was confirmed at the National Hansen's Disease Laboratory Research Program (NHDP) in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.




In Shift, Most Americans Now Say President Should Release All Medical Records
A majority of Americans now say that a U.S. president should release all of his or her medical information. The poll, which was conducted by Gallup last week, found that a slim majority of Americans, 51 percent, said that a president should release all medical information that might affect that person's ability to serve in office, whereas 46 percent said that a president should have the right to keep those medical records private. The new poll results are a change from the results in 2004, when just 38 percent of Americans said that a president should release all of his or her medical information, and 61 percent said that a president should be able to keep those records private, according to Gallup.

Drug Overdose Cluster in Canada Tied to Opioid-Laced Cocaine

Drug Overdose Cluster in Canada Tied to Opioid-Laced CocaineMore than 40 people in a Canadian city were treated for an opioid overdose this summer after they smoked crack cocaine that had been contaminated with an opioid drug related to fentanyl, according to a new report. In mid-July, a hospital in the city of Surrey, British Columbia, experienced a large spike in patients needing treatment for an opioid overdose — about 11 patients per day needed treatment, up from the usual four patients per day. Most of the patients had become unconscious after smoking what they thought was crack cocaine, the report said.




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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Clinton leads Trump by 5 points: Reuters/Ipsos poll

Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks as Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Hillary Clinton listens during their first presidential debate at Hofstra University in HempsteadBy Chris Kahn NEW YORK (Reuters) - Democrat Hillary Clinton has a 5 percentage point lead over Republican Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential race, according to the latest Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Friday, roughly the same advantage she has held all month. The survey result showed little movement following Monday night's presidential debate, the first of three debates before the Nov. 8 election. The Sept. 23-29 national tracking poll showed that likely voters support Clinton over Trump by 43 percent to 38 percent, while another 19 percent said they would not pick either candidate.




Trump deepens attack on former Miss Universe, Clinton calls him 'unhinged'

Trump holds a rally with supporters in Council Bluffs, Iowa, U.S.By Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump deepened his attacks on a former beauty queen Alicia Machado on Friday, calling her "disgusting" and alleging the existence of a sex tape as he refused to back away from an issue that threatens to damage his already weak standing among women and Hispanics. Trump was quickly and sharply rebuked by his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, and by Machado, a Venezuelan-born former Miss Universe who was criticized by Trump for gaining weight after she won the crown in 1996. Clinton called the Republican candidate "unhinged." Clinton had raised Trump's treatment of Machado during the two candidates' first debate on Monday night as an example of how he views women.




Betting on the U.S. election via the 'Trump ETF'

Trump holds a rally with supporters in Bedford, New Hampshire, U.S.An exchange-traded fund focused on Mexico has become a weather vane for Republican Donald Trump's chances winning the U.S. presidential election in November, investors said. Mexico has been a prime target for Trump, who has accused the country of taking away jobs from Americans, focusing particular ire on a landmark 1990s trade agreement with the United States' southern neighbor and Canada. Although a range of factors influence all markets, investors said this week that the U.S.-listed iShares MSCI Mexico Capped ETF (EWW) is increasingly being driven by the prospect of the New York businessman's election.




U.S. lawmakers may change September 11 law after rejecting veto

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks at the Republican National Convention in ClevelandBy Patricia Zengerle and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers expressed doubts on Thursday about Sept. 11 legislation they forced on President Barack Obama, saying the new law allowing lawsuits against Saudi Arabia could be narrowed to ease concerns about its effect on Americans abroad. A day after a rare overwhelming rejection of a presidential veto, the first during Obama's eight years in the White House, the Republican leaders of the Senate and House of Representatives opened the door to fixing the law as they blamed the Democratic president for not consulting them adequately. "I do think it is worth further discussing," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters, acknowledging that there could be "potential consequences" of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, known as JASTA.




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.

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.

Obama seeks to loosen restrictions on opioid abuse medication
President Obama outlined a number of new actions aimed at combating the country’s deadly opioid epidemic on Tuesday.

Clinton Touts National Service Agenda While Taking a Few Shots at Trump

Clinton Touts National Service Agenda While Taking a Few Shots at TrumpHillary Clinton on Friday touted her plans to increase national service as president, while taking shots at her opponent Donald Trump, who, she said, in contrast thinks only of himself. “You may have noticed that my opponent and I have different views about, well, nearly everything,” the Democratic nominee said during her speech on national service at the Sunrise Theatre in Fort Pierce, Florida. Clinton accused Trump of believing in a “strongman approach” to governing and knocked him for saying, “I alone can fix it” during his remarks at the Republican National Convention.





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German lawyer makes hate-speech complaint against Facebook

File photo of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg during a town hall at Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park, CaliforniaGerman prosecutors are again considering whether to press charges against Mark Zuckerberg and other Facebook executives for failing to staunch a tide of racist and threatening posts on the social network during an influx of migrants into Europe. Munich prosecutors said they had received a complaint filed by a German technology law firm two weeks ago alleging that Facebook broke strict national laws against hate speech, sedition and support for terrorist organizations. Attorney Chan-jo Jun, who filed a similar complaint in Hamburg a year ago, is demanding that Facebook executives be compelled to comply with anti-hate speech laws by removing racist or violent postings from their site.




Qualcomm to fight EU antitrust charge at November 10 hearing: sources

A man walks past Qualcomm stand while attending during the Mobile World Congress in BarcelonaU.S. chipmaker Qualcomm will attempt to fend off EU antitrust charges at a hearing on Nov. 10 that it used anti-competitive methods to squeeze out a rival, two people familiar with the matter said on Friday. The European Commission may take Qualcomm's arguments at the hearing into account in the case, which could delay the Commission's decision and possible fine against the company if it is found to have infringed EU antitrust rules. Qualcomm requested the closed-door hearing nine months after the European Commission accused it of forcing British phone software maker Icera out of the market by selling certain baseband chipsets below cost between 2009 and 2011.




Avast not done with deal-making after AVG buy, but no rush

An AVG logo is seen during the International CTIA WIRELESS Conference & Exposition in New Orleans, LouisianaBy Jason Hovet PRAGUE (Reuters) - Avast Software, maker of the world's most popular computer antivirus program, will need a year to absorb its $1.3 billion buy of rival AVG but may seek further acquisitions before an expected flotation, its chief executive said in an interview. Prague-based Avast closed its purchase on Friday of AVG Technologies, another software firm with Czech roots specializing in consumer security. The combined company will have over 400 million users and 40 percent of the consumer computer market outside of China.




BMW says it plans to offer electric X3 SUV and Mini models

A BMW vehicle is being charged on media day at the Paris auto show, in ParisGerman luxury auto maker BMW AG said on Friday it will offer all electric versions of its next generation BMW X3 compact sport utility vehicle and electric Mini models, expanding its entries in the emerging electric luxury vehicle market. BMW confirmed a report earlier Friday by Bloomberg News. Reuters reported on Sept. 9 that top BMW executives were skipping Paris auto show events this week to resolve differences over electric vehicle strategy and chart a new electric product offensive, including a possible electric Mini.




Cognizant says conducting corruption probe; president replaced
(Reuters) - IT services provider Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp said it was conducting an internal investigation into possible violations of U.S. anti-corrupt practices laws related to payments in India, sending its shares tumbling on Friday. Cognizant also said President Gordon Coburn had resigned and would be replaced by Rajeev Mehta, the head of IT services. Cognizant said the investigation was looking at whether certain payments related to Cognizant facilities in India violated the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and other laws.

Samsung slammed by Chinese state TV over Note 7 recall 'discrimination'

A Samsung Electronics' Galaxy Note 7 new smartphone is displayed at its store in SeoulBy Sijia Jiang HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese state broadcaster CCTV has slammed South Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics Co for what it said was "discrimination" against China consumers in its handling of a global recall of Galaxy Note 7 smartphones to replace batteries. In a commentary piece posted on its website on Thursday evening, CCTV said Samsung's behavior in China after the Sept. 2 recall of 2.5 million phones was "full of arrogance". CCTV said a video apology Samsung issued to U.S. consumers, along with various replacement options and compensation, was in stark contrast to its treatment of those in China, where the company issued a brief statement saying most phones didn't need to be replaced.




Nutanix exceeds expectations in upsized IPO
(Corrects revenue figure in paragraph 9 to $445 million, not $351 million) By Lauren Hirsch (Reuters) - Nutanix Inc said on Thursday it sold a more than expected 14.87 million shares priced at $16, valuing the company at more than $2 billion. San Jose, California-based Nutanix's share price exceeds the $13.40 value last placed on its shares in a 2014 funding round, an upgrade encouraging for the many unprofitable technology companies that, like Nutanix, have been weary of testing public market valuations. Its $16 IPO price was above its indicated range of $13 and $15.

A $10 dongle will fix the iPhone 7’s biggest problem, but not your broken soul
Hey, did you hear? The iPhone 7 doesn't have a headphone jack! Sure, Apple included a Lightning-to-3.5mm adapter in the box, but that doesn't help when you want to charge your phone and listen to music at the same time. Enter a bigger, better dongle. The iLDock is still a Kickstarter with a lot of hurdles to clear, but if it makes it to market, it could be the best solution yet to the headphone jack problem. Of course, that's not saying a lot. DON'T MISS:  iPhone 8 isn’t even here yet and details are leaking about its successor The premise of the iLDock is simple: it's a tiny rectangle about the size of a couple quarters that plugs into the Lighting port on your iPhone 7. It then gives you a Lightning port and a 3.5mm jack to connect to. If you buy the bigger, more stupid-looking model, you also get a USB port and SD card ports. The impressive thing about this dock is how cheap it's being sold for. On Kickstarter pre-order (which has some serious caveats -- see below) it's going for $10, which is exactly $1 more than the official Lightning-to-3.5mm jack adapter from Apple. If the project delivers (and on time), that's an absolute steal. As I said, I have some reservations. The project is promising delivery in late November. Given that it hasn't started manufacturing yet -- and doesn't have the cash to do so until its Kickstarter ends in four weeks' time, that is a delivery goal somewhere between "ambitious" and "never gonna happen." A $10 price is also cause for concern. Officially, Apple won't say how much it charges to license the technology behind its Lightning port, but rumors put it at around $4 per accessory. Then you've got the cost of actually manufacturing the case, the headphone port, all the circuitry, shipping, Kickstarter's cut, and paying the people to produce the awful promo video. I'm struggling to see how that will be done for less than $10 per unit. The fact that the "lightening" port is also misspelt doesn't fill me with confidence, either. In any case, those misgivings haven't stopped hundreds of people spending thousands of dollars to pre-order dongles over the last 24 hours. Let's hope for their sake, as well as the future sanity of all iPhone 7 owners, that the iLDock pulls through.

Trump rants hit at Alicia Machado supposed 'sex tape'

Trump tweets: Check out sex tape of ex-Miss UniverseDonald Trump unleashes a Twitter storm on the former Miss Universe and his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. There's no evidence a sex tape exists.




So long, Phoneys! Apple is about to ban everyone’s favorite iOS 10 stickers app
Apple, as opposed to Google , just doesn’t know how to kick back and relax sometimes. After a prank app called Phoneys skyrocketed to the top of the iMessage App Store charts, Apple informed the developer of the app, Adam Howell, that the app will be removed  in a week if he doesn’t implement some design tweaks that would fundamentally alter the appeal and overall utility of the app. For those unfamiliar, Phoneys is a fun iMessage app that let users send stickers designed to look exactly like the blue iMessage bubbles iOS users are accustomed to. The end result is that users can send their friends messages and make it seem as if they were the ones who sent it. DON'T MISS:  Yup, now the iPhone 7 is exploding As Sara Perez noted , “And thanks to the new layering feature in the updated version of iMessage, you can place these stickers — which say things like “ My political views are totally wrong ” or “ I have terrible taste in music ” — overtop your friend’s message to make it look like they texted these self-deprecating statements to you.” Intrigued, I actually paid for the app earlier this week and, suffice it to say, it’s a whole lot of fun. Now the app doesn’t work exactly as advertised because the font within the iMessage bubble is bigger than it should be. What’s more, the placement of the sticker itself isn’t always aligned correctly. Nonetheless, it still makes for a fun, if not confusing prank to pull on friends. Alas, it turns out that Apple wasn’t on-board with the shenanigans. Detailing Apple’s reaction, Howell recounts ( via Medium ) a phone conversation he had with Apple. Bill was nice, but to the point. Apple’s lawyers weren’t happy that Phoneys got through the review process. The stickers couldn’t be blue or green, they couldn’t use San Francisco as the typeface, and the app could no longer be marketed as a “prank” app, because Apple doesn’t approve prank apps (even though I myself had never used the word “prank” when marketing Phoneys, others did, and I certainly understood where he was coming from). They were not going to pull the app, Bill made sure to emphasize. They’d give me a week, until next Thursday, to fundamentally change it so that the bubbles looked nothing like iMessage bubbles, instead looking something closer to “comic book cartoon bubbles”. I said okay, thanks a lot Bill, and that was the end of the conversation.   All that said, you might want to grab the app here while it’s hot ... and still available.


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Drop in U.S. consumer spending clouds Fed rate hike outlook

Shoppers ride escalators at the Beverly Center mall in Los AngelesU.S. consumer spending fell in August for the first time in seven months while inflation showed signs of accelerating, mixed signals that could keep the Federal Reserve cautious about raising interest rates. The Commerce Department said on Friday that consumer spending, which accounts for more than two-thirds of U.S. economic activity, fell 0.1 percent last month after accounting for inflation. "Consumers took a breather in August," said Chris Christopher of IHS Global Insight.




Wall Street jumps as Deutsche Bank bounces back

Traders work on the floor of the NYSEThe S&P financial sector gained 1.8 percent, putting it on track for its best day in about two months. Deutsche Bank's U.S.-listed shares jumped 15.2 percent, a day after sinking to a record low. French news agency AFP reported that Deutsche Bank was nearing a $5.4 billion settlement with U.S. officials over charges related to selling toxic mortgage bonds.




Atlanta Fed trims U.S. third-quarter growth forecast to 2.4 percent

The Federal Reserve Building in WashingtonThe U.S. economy is on track to grow at a 2.4 percent annualized rate in the third quarter, the Atlanta Federal Reserve's GDP Now forecast model showed on Friday, following the latest data on inventories, trade and consumer spending this week. The Atlanta Fed said its forecast of third-quarter real consumer spending growth fell from 3.0 percent to 2.7 percent, in the wake of Friday's personal income and spending data for August. Its forecast of the contribution of inventory investment to third-quarter growth fell from 0.60 percentage point to 0.26 percentage point, while its forecast of the contribution from net exports increased from -0.13 percentage point to 0.13 percentage point.




Deutsche lifted by CEO letter, settlement report

A statue is seen next to the logo of Germany's Deutsche Bank in FrankfurtBy Andreas Kröner and Maiya Keidan FRANKFURT/LONDON (Reuters) - A report that Deutsche Bank was close to a cut-price settlement with U.S. authorities over the sale of toxic mortgage bonds helped to fuel a recovery in its shares on Friday after its chief executive said the group remained stable. Deutsche, which is Germany's largest bank and employs around 100,000 people, has been engulfed by crisis after being handed the demand for up to $14 billion earlier in September by the Department of Justice (DOJ) for misselling mortgage-backed securities before the financial crisis. Deutsche and the German finance ministry declined to comment on the report.




Betting on the U.S. election via the 'Trump ETF'

Trump holds a rally with supporters in Bedford, New Hampshire, U.S.An exchange-traded fund focused on Mexico has become a weather vane for Republican Donald Trump's chances winning the U.S. presidential election in November, investors said. Mexico has been a prime target for Trump, who has accused the country of taking away jobs from Americans, focusing particular ire on a landmark 1990s trade agreement with the United States' southern neighbor and Canada. Although a range of factors influence all markets, investors said this week that the U.S.-listed iShares MSCI Mexico Capped ETF (EWW) is increasingly being driven by the prospect of the New York businessman's election.




Russia, bowing to budget pressures, revives oil firm sell-off

People walk past headquarters of Russian state-owned oil producer Bashneft in MoscowBy Darya Korsunskaya SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - Russia said on Friday that it was resuming the shelved privatisation of oil firm Bashneft, in a sign of how anxious the Kremlin is to raise money to fill holes in the budget left by the economic slump. Sources close to the government and the bidding process said at the time the postponement was ordered by the Kremlin to staunch infighting among rival clans over who would be the eventual buyer.




Indonesia's Garuda's U.S. return to generate 5 percent of 2017 revenue: CEO

Workers clean the body of a Garuda Indonesia Airbus A320 aircraft inside Hangar 4 of PT Garuda Maintenance Facility Aero Asia at Soekarno-Hatta airport in JakartaBy Allison Lampert MONTREAL (Reuters) - Garuda Indonesia's , the country's national carrier, expects its return to the United States next year with three flights a week to generate about 5 percent of the airline's top-line passenger revenue for 2017, its chief executive said. The airline is now negotiating rights to start service from Jakarta to Los Angeles via Japan, Chief Executive Officer Arif Wibowo said in an interview. Garuda's plans follow an August announcement by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that Indonesia's aviation safety performance now meets international standards, allowing its carriers to fly to the United States.




Former drug company CEO charged in $100 million fraud scheme in U.S

Canadian businessman Jack Kachkar addresses a news conference in MarseilleWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The former CEO of drug company Inyx Inc has been charged in connection with a fraud scheme that caused more than $100 million in losses and led to the collapse of one of Puerto Rico's largest banks, the U.S. Justice Department said on Friday.




Anthem judge considering splitting merger trial into two sections

The office building of health insurer Anthem is seen in Los Angeles, CaliforniaBy Diane Bartz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The judge who will rule on whether the government may stop health insurer Anthem from buying competitor Cigna said Friday that she was considering splitting the trial into phases. Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia said that she was mulling hearing separately about the effect of the merger on the national market in one phase and on local markets in a second phase with a potential decision after the first set of arguments. The Justice Department argues that the deal would reduce competition and raise prices for consumers.




OPEC oil output hits record on Iraq, Libya boost: Reuters survey

The word oil is pictured on an oil bank at a recycling yard in LondonOPEC's oil output is likely to reach its highest in recent history in September, a Reuters survey found on Friday, as Iraq boosted northern exports and Libya reopened some of its main oil terminals. The increase comes despite lower output in top exporter Saudi Arabia and this week's agreement by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries in Algeria to limit supply to support prices, its first such decision since 2008. Supply from OPEC has risen to 33.60 million barrels per day (bpd) in September from a revised 33.53 million bpd in August, according to the survey based on shipping data and information from industry sources.





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Jimmy Kimmel rolls out red carpet as Emmy host

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




Savannah Film Festival to open with Portman as 'Jackie'
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The Savannah Film Festival will open in October with a screening of the biographical film "Jackie," starring Natalie Portman as first lady Jacqueline Kennedy.

Man who got generations humming Oscar Mayer Wiener song dies

CORRECTS SPELLING TO WIENER INSTEAD OF WEINER - In this March 7, 2000 photo, Richard Trentlage, of Fox River Grove, who was the creator of the Oscar Mayer Wiener Jingle "I wish I was an Oscar Mayer Wiener " and other jingle songs, smiles in Fox River Grove, Ill. The man who got generations of hot dog lovers humming along to the Oscar Mayer Wiener song has died. An obituary posted online by a northern Illinois funeral home says Trentlage died on Sept. 21, 2016, at age 87. (Jim Prisching/Chicago Tribune)CHICAGO (AP) — The man who got generations of hot dog lovers singing along to the Oscar Mayer Wiener song has died.




AP Sources: Deal will allow Pitt visitation with children

FILE - In this Jan. 15, 2007 file photo, Brad Pitt, and actress Angelina Jolie arrive for the 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. The couple have reached a temporary agreement that will allow the actor to visit with his six children, sources familiar with the arrangement told The Associated Press on Friday, Sept. 30, 2016. Jolie Pitt filed for divorce last week. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Angelina Jolie Pitt and Brad Pitt have reached a temporary custody agreement that will allow the actor to visit with his six children, sources said Friday.




Clinton in a landslide _ in endorsements: Do they matter?

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton meets with attendees during a campaign stop in Fort Pierce, Fla., Friday, Sept. 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)NEW YORK (AP) — "A clear and present danger to our country." ''Xenophobia, racism and misogyny." ''Beneath our national dignity."




John Legend to portray Frederick Douglass on 'Underground'
ATLANTA (AP) — Grammy-winning singer John Legend will play an iconic runaway slave-turned abolitionist on WGN America's drama series "Underground."

Multiday music and camping festival planned for east Texas
The brains behind such multi-day music festivals as Electric Daisy Carnival and Lollapalooza are combining to create a new one in Texas called Middlelands.

A topical disc from rock 'n' roll's Southern conscience

Members of the alternative country band Drive-By Truckers, from left, Brad Morgan, Mike Cooley, Patterson Hood, Jay Gonzalez, and Matt Patton pose for a photo, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, before playing a show in Seattle. The band's latest album "American Band," was released on Friday. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)NEW YORK (AP) — Two shootings nearly 85 years apart drove the creation of the Drive-By Truckers' pointed new music.




The top 10 songs and albums on the iTunes Store
iTunes' Official Music Charts for the week ending September 29, 2016:

USA TODAY BEST-SELLERS
1. "The Girl on the Train" by Paula Hawkins (Riverhead)


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