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Missing Afghan soldiers found at Canadian border

Three Afghan soldiers who went missing from a Cape Cod military base over the weekend have reportedly been found.




American would-be jihadis return home to FBI scrutiny

Travelers wait to have their passports stamped at the departure hall of the Rafah border crossing with Egypt, which was damaged by nearby Israeli airtrikes, in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)An estimated 100 Americans have tried to get to Syria and join up with groups like the Islamic State.




Arias trial: Judge maintains camera restrictions

FILE - This Jan. 9, 2013 file photo shows Jodi Arias appearing for her trial in Maricopa County Superior court in Phoenix. A judge has ruled, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, that Arias can represent herself in the upcoming penalty phase of her murder trial. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)A judge refused to lift camera coverage restrictions in the penalty phase of Jodi Arias' retrial.




Texas soldier beat daughter to death for soiled diaper, police say

Fort BlissBy Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - A Fort Bliss, Texas, soldier beat his 2-year-old daughter to death after he became upset that she soiled her diaper, police said on Monday. Dartarious Graham, a 20-year-old U.S. Army specialist, was arrested by El Paso police and charged with capital murder in the death of his daughter. Peyton Graham was found unresponsive with suspicious injuries in her father's apartment and later died at a hospital on Saturday, police said. ...




Lawyer: Exonerated NYC man dies from asthma attack

William Lopez (Facebook)A New York City man freed after serving 23 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit died over the weekend.




NTSB investigating fatal Delaware bus crash

Passengers from a tour bus are treated for injuries near the overturned bus at the Tybouts Corner on ramp from southbound Del. 1 to Red Lion Road. Officials at the scene reported one fatality and several injuries from the crash the 4:20 p.m. crash on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, in Bear, Del. (AP Photo/The Wilmington News-Journal, John J. Jankowski)Vehicle overturned, leaving 2 dead, dozens injured; police say no drugs, alcohol involved.




Australian jets to join fight against Islamic State

Two US F-15C's flank a Canadian F-18 as they take part in a flypast over the NATO summit at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, South Wales, on September 5, 2014BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Australia's defense minister David Johnston said on Monday during a visit to Baghdad that his country's fighter jets will play a part in U.S.-led air strikes on Islamic State positions in Iraq. Johnston told reporters that up to eight Super Hornet aircraft will participate in a U.S.-led coalition "delivering air strikes to degrade, disrupt and ultimately seek to destroy ISIL (Islamic State)". Australian Special Forces will be serving as advisers to Iraqi forces, Johnston said after a meeting with Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. ...




Weather may worsen for Calif. wildfires

Wildfires Head Toward Tahoe National ForestHotter temperatures and erratic winds are expected after a cooler, wet weekend.




White House intruder to face charges in court

The White House seen from outside the north lawn fence in WashingtonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The man who jumped the fence at the White House in a major security breach was due in court on Monday amid reports that U.S. authorities are considering widening the security buffer around the executive mansion. Omar Gonzalez, 42, who ran into the White House on Friday while carrying a knife, faced charges of unlawfully entering a restricted building or grounds while carrying a "deadly or dangerous weapon." The charge carries up to 10 years in prison. Gonzalez was expected in U.S. District Court in Washington, a court spokesman said. ...




Climate protesters to risk arrest during Wall Street sit-in
By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hundreds of protesters marched through New York City's financial district on Monday to call attention to what organizers say is capitalism's contribution to climate change, snarling traffic and risking arrest as they sought to block Wall Street. The Flood Wall Street demonstration comes on the heels of Sunday's international day of action that brought some 310,000 people to the streets of New York City in the largest single protest ever held over climate change. ...


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Missing Afghan soldiers found at Canadian border

Three Afghan soldiers who went missing from a Cape Cod military base over the weekend have reportedly been found.




American would-be jihadis return home to FBI scrutiny

Travelers wait to have their passports stamped at the departure hall of the Rafah border crossing with Egypt, which was damaged by nearby Israeli airtrikes, in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)An estimated 100 Americans have tried to get to Syria and join up with groups like the Islamic State.




Arias trial: Judge maintains camera restrictions

FILE - This Jan. 9, 2013 file photo shows Jodi Arias appearing for her trial in Maricopa County Superior court in Phoenix. A judge has ruled, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, that Arias can represent herself in the upcoming penalty phase of her murder trial. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)A judge refused to lift camera coverage restrictions in the penalty phase of Jodi Arias' retrial.




Texas soldier beat daughter to death for soiled diaper, police say

Fort BlissBy Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - A Fort Bliss, Texas, soldier beat his 2-year-old daughter to death after he became upset that she soiled her diaper, police said on Monday. Dartarious Graham, a 20-year-old U.S. Army specialist, was arrested by El Paso police and charged with capital murder in the death of his daughter. Peyton Graham was found unresponsive with suspicious injuries in her father's apartment and later died at a hospital on Saturday, police said. ...




Lawyer: Exonerated NYC man dies from asthma attack

William Lopez (Facebook)A New York City man freed after serving 23 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit died over the weekend.




NTSB investigating fatal Delaware bus crash

Passengers from a tour bus are treated for injuries near the overturned bus at the Tybouts Corner on ramp from southbound Del. 1 to Red Lion Road. Officials at the scene reported one fatality and several injuries from the crash the 4:20 p.m. crash on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, in Bear, Del. (AP Photo/The Wilmington News-Journal, John J. Jankowski)Vehicle overturned, leaving 2 dead, dozens injured; police say no drugs, alcohol involved.




Australian jets to join fight against Islamic State

Two US F-15C's flank a Canadian F-18 as they take part in a flypast over the NATO summit at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, South Wales, on September 5, 2014BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Australia's defense minister David Johnston said on Monday during a visit to Baghdad that his country's fighter jets will play a part in U.S.-led air strikes on Islamic State positions in Iraq. Johnston told reporters that up to eight Super Hornet aircraft will participate in a U.S.-led coalition "delivering air strikes to degrade, disrupt and ultimately seek to destroy ISIL (Islamic State)". Australian Special Forces will be serving as advisers to Iraqi forces, Johnston said after a meeting with Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. ...




Weather may worsen for Calif. wildfires

Wildfires Head Toward Tahoe National ForestHotter temperatures and erratic winds are expected after a cooler, wet weekend.




White House intruder to face charges in court

The White House seen from outside the north lawn fence in WashingtonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The man who jumped the fence at the White House in a major security breach was due in court on Monday amid reports that U.S. authorities are considering widening the security buffer around the executive mansion. Omar Gonzalez, 42, who ran into the White House on Friday while carrying a knife, faced charges of unlawfully entering a restricted building or grounds while carrying a "deadly or dangerous weapon." The charge carries up to 10 years in prison. Gonzalez was expected in U.S. District Court in Washington, a court spokesman said. ...




Climate protesters to risk arrest during Wall Street sit-in
By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hundreds of protesters marched through New York City's financial district on Monday to call attention to what organizers say is capitalism's contribution to climate change, snarling traffic and risking arrest as they sought to block Wall Street. The Flood Wall Street demonstration comes on the heels of Sunday's international day of action that brought some 310,000 people to the streets of New York City in the largest single protest ever held over climate change. ...


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Gen Xers are poorer than their parents
Gen Xers have higher salaries than their parents, but they have so much debt that they have a hard time saving, investing and buying homes.

The fight against Ebola is grossly underfunded
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has given more money than many western nations.

Scotland should avoid Quebec's fate
Scotland's clear rejection of independence has eased fears that it could suffer the kind of decline seen in Quebec after it failed to break away from Canada.

Climate protesters to 'flood' Wall Street on Monday
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Thank Janet Yellen: stocks hit new record
Read full story for latest details.

Spending cuts to education and nutrition will hurt kids
Federal spending is projected to grow by more than $1.4 trillion over the next decade, but only 2% will be dedicated to spending on programs for children, and then only in health.

VA hikes top pay for doctors by $20,000 to $35,000
Doctors who passed on a career at the VA because of pay will soon have a reason to give the agency a second look.

How immigrant entrepreneurs are making it
Immigrant entrepreneurs leverage connections abroad to boost international exports -- and non-immigrants could stand to learn from their tactics.

Millennials are staying put at mom and dad's place
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Judging by inflation, it's good to be American
U.S. inflation came in below expectations. That's good news for Americans and certainly a lot better than what's happening in Europe, Japan and Argentina.


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India's Mars mission a step closer to success with engine test

India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, carrying the Mars orbiter, blasts off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in SriharikotaBy Aditya Kalra NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian scientists successfully tested the main engine of a spacecraft bound for Mars on Monday and performed a course correction that puts the low-cost project on track to enter the red planet's orbit. The $74-million mission will attempt to enter orbit around Mars early on Wednesday. If successful, it will be the first time a mission has entered Mars' orbit on its first attempt, enhancing India's position in the global space race. "Main liquid engine test firing successful ... ...




Aireon to offer satellite tracking free to help search for missing planes
By Alwyn Scott and Jeffrey Dastin NEW YORK (Reuters) - Aireon LLC, a provider of satellite-based aircraft monitoring, said on Monday it will offer its tracking data for free to help authorities search for future missing planes. The system will go live in 2017, when its parent company Iridium Communications Inc finishes installing 66 next-generation satellites plus spares that will provide real-time data to air traffic control centers. ...

SpaceX Falcon rocket blasts off from Florida

Falcon 9 rocket is launched by Space Exploration Technologies on its fourth cargo resupply service mission to the International Space Station, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in FloridaBy Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL Fla (Reuters) - An unmanned Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Sunday to deliver a cargo ship to the International Space Station for NASA. The 208-foot (63-meter) tall booster, built and launched by privately owned Space Exploration Technologies, bolted off its seaside launch pad at 1:52 a.m. EDT/0552 GMT, slicing the night-time sky with a bright plume of light as it headed into orbit. ...




NASA robotic probe slips into orbit around Mars

NASA's MAVEN spacecraft is seen in this undated artist's conceptBy Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL Fla (Reuters) - A NASA robotic spacecraft fired its braking rockets on Sunday, ending a 10-month journey to put itself into orbit around Mars and begin a hunt for the planet’s lost water. After traveling 442 million miles (71 million km), the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution, or MAVEN, spacecraft fired its six rocket thrusters, trimming its speed from 12,800 mph (20,600 kph) to 10,000 mph (16,093 kph). ...




No quick fix in U.S. bid to end reliance on Russian rocket engines
By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. drive to end its reliance on Russian rocket motors got a boost this week when Amazon.com Inc founder Jeff Bezos unveiled a new engine project, but officials and industry insiders say it will take years and hundreds of millions of dollars to develop a locally built alternative. ...

Tiny Implants Could Give Humans Self-Healing Superpowers

Tiny Implants Could Give Humans Self-Healing SuperpowersA new military-sponsored program aims to develop a tiny device that can be implanted in the body, where it will use electrical impulses to monitor the body's organs, healing these crucial parts when they become infected or injured. Known as Electrical Prescriptions, or ElectRx, the program could reduce dependence on pharmaceutical drugs and offer a new way to treat illnesses, according to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the branch of the U.S. "The technology DARPA plans to develop through the ElectRx program could fundamentally change the manner in which doctors diagnose, monitor and treat injury and illness," Doug Weber, program manager for DARPA's biological technologies office, said in a statement. The implant that DARPA hopes to develop is something akin to a tiny, intelligent pacemaker, Weber said.




Scientists Lead Huge Climate Change March in NYC

Scientists Lead Huge Climate Change March in NYCNEW YORK — Lab-coat-clad and picket-sign-wielding scientists were on the frontlines of the People's Climate Change march yesterday (Sept. 21) along with hordes of students and others concerned about the planet's changing climate.




Exercising May Bolster Your Brain Wires in Old Age
People who stay physically active into old age may be improving their brain health by preventing a decline in the brain's white matter, a new study suggests. The white matter is composed of fiberlike parts of brain cells that enable communication between brain regions. "We hope that this will encourage people to take better care of their brains by being more active," said study co-author Agnieszka Burzynska, a researcher at the University of Illinois. In the study, 88 people between ages 60 and 78 who had low cardiovascular fitness but were otherwise healthy wore accelerometers for a week to track their daily physical activity, as well as how much time they spent sitting.

NASA Hails Mars Probe's 'Flawless' Arrival at Red Planet

NASA Hails Mars Probe's 'Flawless' Arrival at Red PlanetNASA's newest Mars spacecraft is safely in orbit around the Red Planet, and the probe's handlers couldn't be happier. The MAVEN spacecraft arrived at Mars late Sunday (Sept. 21) after a picture-perfect orbital insertion burn that slowed the probe down enough to be captured by the Red Planet's gravity in a feat that had mission team members cheering with excitement and relief. "Wow! What a night," MAVEN project manager David Mitchell, of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, said Sunday during a press briefing after the probe reached the Red Planet. "You get one shot with Mars orbit insertion, and MAVEN nailed it tonight." [See images from the MAVEN mission]




NASA Spacecraft Arrives at Mars to Probe Mysteries of Red Planet's Air

NASA Spacecraft Arrives at Mars to Probe Mysteries of Red Planet's AirAfter a 10-month journey through deep space, NASA's MAVEN probe arrived in Mars orbit late Sunday (Sept. 21), on a mission to help scientists figure out why the Red Planet changed from a relatively warm and wet place in the ancient past to the cold, arid world it is today. MAVEN, whose name is short for Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution, fired its engines in a crucial 30-minute braking burn Sunday night, slowing down enough to be captured by the planet's gravity around 10:24 p.m. EDT (0224 GMT Monday, Sept. 22). "Congratulations! MAVEN is now in Mars orbit," MAVEN navigation team member Dave Folta, of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, announced to a round of cheers from mission control.  MAVEN joins three other operational probes in Mars orbit — NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft and Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), and the European Space Agency's Mars Express.





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U.S. says won't link Iran cooperation on Islamic State to nuclear talks

Josh Earnest answers questions at the White House in WashingtonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States said on Monday it will refuse any effort by Iran to gain its cooperation on fighting Islamic State forces by being more flexible about Tehran's nuclear program. Senior Iranian officials told Reuters that Iran is ready to work with the United States and its allies to stop Islamic State militants but would like more flexibility on Iran's uranium enrichment program in exchange. Asked to respond, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the idea was unacceptable. ...




White House intruder to face charges in court

The White House seen from outside the north lawn fence in WashingtonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The man who jumped the fence at the White House in a major security breach was due in court on Monday amid reports that U.S. authorities are considering widening the security buffer around the executive mansion. Omar Gonzalez, 42, who ran into the White House on Friday while carrying a knife, faced charges of unlawfully entering a restricted building or grounds while carrying a "deadly or dangerous weapon." The charge carries up to 10 years in prison. Gonzalez was expected in U.S. District Court in Washington, a court spokesman said. ...




Ex-New York Mayor Giuliani to defend Activision in Noriega lawsuit

Former New York mayor Giuliani speaks at protest organized against presence of Iranian president Ahmadinejad at U.N. General Assembly in New YorkBy Andrew Chung NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said on Monday he would defend Activision Blizzard Inc in a lawsuit filed by former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega over his depiction in the company's popular "Call of Duty: Black Ops II" video game. As co-counsel, Giuliani will defend Activision on the grounds that Noriega's depiction in the game is protected under the right to free speech. ...




Leader of Iran sanctions group launches non-profit to fight terror financing
By Emily Flitter NEW YORK (Reuters) - The leader of a Manhattan-based non-profit that tries to put pressure on Iran by publicly criticizing people and firms who do business there announced on Monday he is launching a new non-profit devoted to tracking terrorist financing. The announcement comes less than two weeks after an unusual move by the U.S. government to intervene in a private lawsuit against the group, United Against Nuclear Iran. ...

Official: Some Americans who fought in Syria have returned

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officerSome of the estimated 100 Americans who have tried to get to Syria and join up with groups like the Islamic State have returned to the United States and are under FBI scrutiny, a top official told reporters on Monday.




New video shows White House intruder's path across lawn, into residence
A new surveillance video shows the path taken by the White House intruder on Friday after he hopped the fence, ran across the North Lawn, up the stairs and through the front door before he was stopped.

Rep. Peter King on White House security breach: 'Absolutely inexcusable'
Congressmen, security experts express shock at Secret Service's latest gaffe.

Why the Secret Service didn’t shoot the White House fence-jumper

Uniformed Secret Service officers walk along the lawn on the North side of the White House in Washington, Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. The Secret Service is coming under intense scrutiny after a man who hopped the White House fence made it all the way through the front door before being apprehended. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)The small army of Secret Service agents guarding the White House carry a wide range of weapons and get training on how to repel armed assaults – so why did no one shoot the intruder who jumped the fence on Friday and got all the way to the mansion’s doors?




Duncan slams Jindal's Common Core lawsuit: 'Take politics out, take presidential ambitions out, do the right thing for children'
Education Secretary Arne Duncan has hit back at Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal for mounting a lawsuit over the Obama administration’s Common Core academic standards, implying that the Republican lawmaker’s opposition to the controversial policy has been driven by his desire to run for president.

Samantha Power Predicts: U.S. Won't Conduct Airstrikes in Syria Alone

Samantha Power Predicts: U.S. Won't Conduct Airstrikes in Syria AloneThis morning on “This Week,”  U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power made the bold prediction that if the United States should go forward with airstrikes against ISIS targets in Syria, it would not do so alone — even though no country has yet to...





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Apple sells more than 10 million new iPhones in first 3 days

Customers stand in a line on the first day of sale for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, outside the Apple store in Hong KongBy Soham Chatterjee (Reuters) - Apple Inc said it sold more than 10 million iPhones in the first weekend after its new models went on sale on Friday, underscoring strong demand for phones with larger displays. Chief Executive Tim Cook said the company could have sold even more iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models if supplies had been available. Analysts had estimated first-weekend sales of up to 10 million iPhones, after Apple booked record pre-orders of 4 million on Sept. 12, the day pre-orders opened. Apple's shares were little changed at $100.98 in afternoon trading on the Nasdaq on Monday. ...




Alibaba IPO ranks as world's biggest after additional shares sold

Traders work on the floor of the NYSE as they wait for a final price on the Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. IPO, in New YorkBy Elzio Barreto HONG KONG (Reuters) - Alibaba's initial public offering now ranks as the world's biggest at $25 billion, netting underwriters of the sale a more than $300 million windfall after the e-commerce giant and some shareholders parted with additional shares. The fees are equivalent to 1.2 percent of the total deal, with Alibaba paying $121.8 million in commissions. Selling shareholders are set to pay another $178.6 million, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday. Overwhelming demand saw the IPO initially raise $21. ...




Naver says no 2014 float for Line, clouding deal outlook

The icon of a free communication app "Line" is pictured on an Apple Inc's iPhone in this photo illustration in TokyoBy Se Young Lee SEOUL (Reuters) - Japanese messaging app operator Line Corp will not list this year, its parent Naver Corp said on Monday, having been readying a much-anticipated flotation that a source said could value it at up to $20 billion. South Korea's Naver said the operator of the Line app, first developed to overcome communication problems in Japan after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, is still considering whether to seek a listing, either in Japan, the United States, or both, but gave no details on possible timing. ...




New smartphone app gives sight to the blind

File of Inventor Raymond Kurzweil speaking at the Fortune Brainstorm Tech conference in Pasadena, CaliforniaBy Christina Farr and Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Jonathan Mosen, who has been blind since birth, spent his evening snapping photos of packages in the mail, his son's school report and labels on bottles in the fridge. In seconds, he was listening to audio of the printed words the camera captured, courtesy of a new app on his Apple Inc iPhone. "I couldn't believe how accurate it was," said Mosen, an assistive technology consultant from New Zealand. ...




Israel approves Intel's $6 billion investment in chip plant

An employee walks past an Intel logo during the 2014 Computex exhibition at the TWTC Nangang exhibition hall in TaipeiTEL AVIV (Reuters) - Israel's finance and economy ministries on Monday approved a plan by Intel Corp to invest $6 billion in the upgrade of its chip manufacturing plant, in what would be the largest single investment by a foreign company in the country. Intel will receive a government grant of $300 million over five years and will be eligible to pay a corporate tax rate of only 5 percent for a 10-year period, the ministries said. The U.S. ...




New apps to aid in home design and renovations
By Natasha Baker NEW YORK (Reuters) - Home owners and renters looking to redesign or renovate can turn to new apps to help simplify the process and get the job done sooner and more efficiently. Last year Americans spent approximately $130 billion on home remodeling projects, the highest amount since 2007, according the U.S. Census Bureau. As home spending ramps up, apps aim to ease some of the pain and expense. A free web app called Sweeten links homeowners to contractors, interior designers and architects to help create their dream house or apartment. ...

Fire hydrants are due for an upgrade

Fire hydrants are due for an upgradeThe fire hydrant is still key to fire-fighting, and one retired New York City firefighter has designed a new hydrant that lasts longer and breaks down less frequently. Tune in Wednesday for the full episode.




A fire hydrant for the 21st century: Detours episode 5 debuts Wednesday

A fire hydrant for the 21st century: Detours episode 5 debuts WednesdayCome along with The Verge for the second season of Detours. We’ve traveled across the country to find the people, groups, and companies that are solving America’s problems in new and unconventional ways. Check in for new dispatches every Wednesday.




NASA challenges you to design experiments for Mars and beyond

NASA challenges you to design experiments for Mars and beyond




Good news: You can still roll back to iOS 7.1.2 if you hate iOS 8

Good news: You can still roll back to iOS 7.1.2 if you hate iOS 8Apple released iOS 8 last week, and while the operating system brings several interesting features to iPhone and iPad, some users may simply not be thrilled by the new OS, especially those iPhone 4S and iPad 2 owners that might not enjoy iOS 8 on their older devices. Luckily, OS X Daily reports that, for a limited time, people will be able to downgrade back to iOS 7.1.2, the version that was previously installed on their devices. FROM EARLIER: Don’t install iOS 8 on your iPhone 4S or iPad 2 yet Because iOS 8 has just been released, Apple still supports the last iOS 7 version before it, in this case iOS 7.1.2. This means any iOS device users who want





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Clorox shares rise on Venezuela exit; options volume surges

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock ExchangeNEW YORK (Reuters) - Clorox Co's shares hit a new year-high on Monday and volume on the home cleaning products maker's options soared after the company said it is discontinuing its Venezuela operations and will look to divest its assets as the business is no longer viable. Clorox shares were up 7 percent at $97.09 on Monday. Options volume in Clorox spiked to 61 times normal with 31,000 calls and 2,750 puts traded so far on Monday, according to data from options analytics firm Trade Alert. Calls betting on an 8 percent gain in Clorox shares by Jan. ...




Plosser, hawkish chief of Philadelphia Fed, to retire in March

Philadelphia Federal Reserve President Charles Plosser speaks at the Council on Foreign Relations in New YorkBy Ann Saphir (Reuters) - Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank President Charles Plosser, one of the sharpest internal critics of the central bank's loose monetary policy, will retire next year in a move that could ease pressure to raise interest rates more quickly. Plosser, 66, has dissented on policy decisions six times during his eight-year stint at the Fed, including at the central bank's last two meetings. ...




U.S. existing home sales fall, investors pulling back

An existing home for sale is seen in Silver Spring MarylandBy Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. home resales unexpectedly fell in August as investors stepped away from the market, but the decline probably does not signal renewed weakness. The National Association of Realtors said on Monday existing home sales dropped 1.8 percent to an annual rate of 5.05 million units. The decrease was the first in four months, although the sales pace was still the second highest for the year. "There is no fundamental economic weakness story in the fall. ...




Apple sells more than 10 million new iPhones in first 3 days

Customers stand in a line on the first day of sale for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, outside the Apple store in Hong KongBy Soham Chatterjee (Reuters) - Apple Inc said it sold more than 10 million iPhones in the first weekend after its new models went on sale on Friday, underscoring strong demand for phones with larger displays. Chief Executive Tim Cook said the company could have sold even more iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models if supplies had been available. Analysts had estimated first-weekend sales of up to 10 million iPhones, after Apple booked record pre-orders of 4 million on Sept. 12, the day pre-orders opened. Apple's shares were little changed at $100.98 in afternoon trading on the Nasdaq on Monday. ...




Deaths linked to GM ignition-switch defect rise to 21

A recalled Chevy Cobalt ignition switch is seen at Raymond Chevrolet in AntiochBy Jessica Dye (Reuters) - The number of deaths linked to a faulty ignition switch in General Motors Co vehicles rose by two last week to 21, according to a report Monday from a lawyer overseeing a program to compensate victims of accidents caused by the recalled part. Since Aug. 1, 675 claims for serious injuries or deaths said to have been caused by the switch had been received by the program, which is being overseen by lawyer Kenneth Feinberg. ...




Germany's Merck to buy Sigma-Aldrich for $17 billion to boost lab supplies operation

Branch of drugs and chemicals group Merck is pictured in central German city of DarmstadtBy Ludwig Burger FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Drugs and chemicals maker Merck KGaA agreed on Monday to acquire U.S.-based Sigma-Aldrich Corp for $17 billion in cash to boost its lab supplies business, the biggest takeover in the German group's history. The deal helps Merck, 70 percent controlled by the descendants of its 17th century founder, to focus more on supplying drugmakers and academic institutions with chemicals and services, seen as offering a steadier income stream than drug development. ...




Air France strike crisis deepens as both sides dig in

Chairman and CEO of Air France-KLM Alexandre de Juniac and Air France CEO Frederic Gagey attend a news conference in Paris on the second week of a strike by Air France pilotsBy Gregory Blachier PARIS (Reuters) - A bitter Air France labor dispute deepened on Monday as management pledged to press ahead with its low-cost airline ambitions and pilots said that an eight day-old strike over the proposals would continue indefinitely as a result. Air France's Franco-Dutch parent Air France-KLM wants to develop its own low-cost brand, Transavia, with hubs in France, the Netherlands and Europe in an attempt to maintain market share for Europe's second-largest carrier by revenue in the face of fierce competition in the sector. ...




Argentina's Fernandez to meet billionaire investor Soros in New York

George Soros speaks on stage at the Annual Freedom Award Benefit Event hosted by the International Rescue Committee at the Waldorf-Astoria in New YorkBUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentine President Cristina Fernandez on Monday will meet bondholder and billionaire financier George Soros, who is suing a U.S. bank caught in the middle of the country's latest debt default, a government minister said. The meeting comes as Fernandez's leftist government struggles to kick-start growth and contain runaway consumer prices after failing to complete a June interest payment to Soros and other holders of bonds restructured after a previous default. Soros' portfolio also includes a 3.5 percent stake in Argentina's state-controlled energy firm YPF . ...




Alibaba IPO ranks as world's biggest after additional shares sold

Traders work on the floor of the NYSE as they wait for a final price on the Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. IPO, in New YorkBy Elzio Barreto HONG KONG (Reuters) - Alibaba's initial public offering now ranks as the world's biggest at $25 billion, netting underwriters of the sale a more than $300 million windfall after the e-commerce giant and some shareholders parted with additional shares. The fees are equivalent to 1.2 percent of the total deal, with Alibaba paying $121.8 million in commissions. Selling shareholders are set to pay another $178.6 million, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday. Overwhelming demand saw the IPO initially raise $21. ...




Siemens splurges $7.6 billion on Dresser-Rand in U.S. shale market bet

The Siemens logo is seen during the IFA Electronics show in BerlinBy Georgina Prodhan and Ludwig Burger FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany's Siemens AG has agreed to buy U.S. oilfield equipment maker Dresser-Rand Group Inc for $7.6 billion in cash, paying a relatively rich price to belatedly beef up its presence in the U.S. shale oil and gas industry. The acquisition, which ranks among the biggest in the history of the industrial group, will strengthen Siemens' position in the United States, its weakest region, and bring it nearer catching up with rival General Electric Co . ...





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Pink Floyd sets Nov. 10 release date for new album

This CD cover image released by Columbia Records shows "The Endless River," a new album by Pink Floyd to be released on Nov. 10. The album was assembled from 20 hours of material recorded during the band's 1993 sessions for "The Division Bell." (AP Photo/Columbia)NEW YORK (AP) — Pink Floyd's new album will arrive on Nov. 10.




Chicago museum only US site for Bowie exhibit
CHICAGO (AP) — An art exhibition chronicling the five-decade career of musician David Bowie opens Tuesday at Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art, the only U.S. stop on its schedule.

Milan perfects the wearable lightness of fashion

A model wears a creation for Missoni women's spring-summer 2015 collection, part of the Milan Fashion Week, unveiled in Milan, Italy, Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)MILAN (AP) — Reflecting on a Milan Fashion Week that marked the re-emergence of denim and the pre-eminence of the flat Birkenstock-inspired sandal, the question was bound to surface: Wherein lies luxury?




Yves Saint Laurent film is French pick for Oscar bid

French director Bertrand Bonello arrives for the screening of "Saint-Laurent" at the Cannes Film Festival in France, on May 17, 2014Paris (AFP) - A biopic exploring the darker side of the late French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent is to represent France as a possible contender in the Best Foreign Language Film category at next year's Oscars.




Review: Easy Rawlins eyes Hearst-like case

This book cover image released by Doubleday shows "Rose Gold," by Walter Mosley. (AP Photo/Doubleday)"Rose Gold" (Doubleday), by Walter Mosley




LA attorney faces suspension over doctored photos
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge has recommended a six-month suspension for a Los Angeles attorney who posted doctored photos on her firm's website that show her arm-in-arm with high-profile people like President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Leonardo DiCaprio and George Clooney.

Cuban salsa singer split between island and US

In this Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 photo, salsa musician Manuel Gonzalez, poses for a photograph in Miami. Gonzalez, a one-time medical student, is known as the salsa doctor. He is a one-time medical student who decided to devote himself to music instead, and has toured around the world and his native Cuba. In 2001, he left the island and settled in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)MIAMI (AP) — In his most famous song, Cuban salsa singer Manuel Gonzalez croons about creating a bridge between Miami and Havana.




Competency hearing slated for boy in artist death
DETROIT (AP) — A boy accused of helping rob and kill a French street artist outside an abandoned Detroit housing project has been ordered to undergo a psychological competency exam.

Review: Bezmozgis novel explores loyalty, betrayal

This book cover image released by Hachette shows "The Betrayers," by David Bezmozgis. (AP Photo/Hachette)"The Betrayers" (Little, Brown and Co.), by David Bezmozgis




Brilliant new biography of Tennessee Williams

This book cover image released by W. W. Norton & Company shows "Tennessee Williams" Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh," by John Lahr. (AP Photo/W. W. Norton & Company)"Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh" (W.W. Norton & Co.), by John Lahr





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