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Quake hits central Italy, brings down buildings

Rescuers at a collapsed house following a quake in Amatrice, central Italy, on Aug. 24. (Emiliano Grillotti/Reuters)"There are houses that aren't here anymore.,” the mayor of Amatrice says after a 6.2-magnitude quake struck the area.




Trump to meet with black, Latino activists

Donald Trump campaigns in Virginia. (Getty Images)The GOP nominee is making outreach efforts in the African-American and Latino communities.




Cops pressured to release body-cam videos

A crime scene in Milwaukee. (AP)Internet outcries force police departments to swiftly release body-cam footage of shootings by officers.




Many donors gained access to Secy. Clinton

FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2016 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks in Philadelphia. More than half the people outside the government who met with Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state gave money, either personally or through companies or groups, to the Clinton Foundation. It's an extraordinary proportion indicating her possible ethics challenges if elected president. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)More than half the people outside government who met with Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state gave to the Clinton Foundation.




Trump refocuses his tough talk on immigration

Donald Trump muddles hardline immigration stance from GOP primaryThe candidate’s nebulous policy appears to be shifting away from the promises of mass deportations to something a bit more tenable.




Amid criticism, Obama visits flood-ravaged La.

President Obama Pledges to Rebuild Louisiana After Surveying Flood DamageSome have criticized the president for not cutting short his two-week vacation to Martha's Vineyard.




Drug’s skyrocketing cost sparks outrage

The price of a two-pack of EpiPen has gone from $100 without insurance in 2009 to $600 today. (AP)Senators demand to know why the EpiPen two-pack price has risen from $100 without insurance in 2009 to $600 today.




Obama tours flood-ravaged Louisiana

President Barack Obama (Getty Images)Some have criticized the president for not cutting short his two-week vacation to Martha's Vineyard.




Kareem to Trump: Go visit a black community

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Trump has no credibility with black votersThe NBA Hall of Famer, who questions the GOP nominee’s motives, received a nasty note from him after a critical op-ed piece.




Kimmel’s ‘fitness’ test for Clinton

Kimmel’s ‘fitness’ test for Clinton (Screengrab)The Democratic nominee rises to the TV host's challenge to read Trump quotes with straight face.





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Quake hits central Italy, brings down buildings

Rescuers at a collapsed house following a quake in Amatrice, central Italy, on Aug. 24. (Emiliano Grillotti/Reuters)"There are houses that aren't here anymore.,” the mayor of Amatrice says after a 6.2-magnitude quake struck the area.




Trump to meet with black, Latino activists

Donald Trump campaigns in Virginia. (Getty Images)The GOP nominee is making outreach efforts in the African-American and Latino communities.




Cops pressured to release body-cam videos

A crime scene in Milwaukee. (AP)Internet outcries force police departments to swiftly release body-cam footage of shootings by officers.




Many donors gained access to Secy. Clinton

FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2016 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks in Philadelphia. More than half the people outside the government who met with Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state gave money, either personally or through companies or groups, to the Clinton Foundation. It's an extraordinary proportion indicating her possible ethics challenges if elected president. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)More than half the people outside government who met with Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state gave to the Clinton Foundation.




Trump refocuses his tough talk on immigration

Donald Trump muddles hardline immigration stance from GOP primaryThe candidate’s nebulous policy appears to be shifting away from the promises of mass deportations to something a bit more tenable.




Amid criticism, Obama visits flood-ravaged La.

President Obama Pledges to Rebuild Louisiana After Surveying Flood DamageSome have criticized the president for not cutting short his two-week vacation to Martha's Vineyard.




Drug’s skyrocketing cost sparks outrage

The price of a two-pack of EpiPen has gone from $100 without insurance in 2009 to $600 today. (AP)Senators demand to know why the EpiPen two-pack price has risen from $100 without insurance in 2009 to $600 today.




Obama tours flood-ravaged Louisiana

President Barack Obama (Getty Images)Some have criticized the president for not cutting short his two-week vacation to Martha's Vineyard.




Kareem to Trump: Go visit a black community

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Trump has no credibility with black votersThe NBA Hall of Famer, who questions the GOP nominee’s motives, received a nasty note from him after a critical op-ed piece.




Kimmel’s ‘fitness’ test for Clinton

Kimmel’s ‘fitness’ test for Clinton (Screengrab)The Democratic nominee rises to the TV host's challenge to read Trump quotes with straight face.





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Nobel prize winner Stiglitz calls TPP 'outrageous'
Joseph Stiglitz, a Nobel prize-winning economist and adviser to Hillary Clinton tells CNN it's 'absolutely wrong' for President Obama to try to push through the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal.

Can Tokyo avoid the curse of the Olympics?
Tokyo's preparations to host the 2020 Olympic Games have already been plagued by scandal and cost overruns. And experts doubt the event will help Japan's stagnant economy.

Budget deficit to climb for the first time since 2009
Due to slower than expected growth and lower than expected revenue, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office projects this will be the first year since 2009 that the annual deficit will come in higher than the prior year.

U.S. economy's biggest problem now: the smartphone?
America's economy has a problem: Workers just aren't producing as much as they once did. Worker productivity is at its lowest level since the 1970s.

Student workers can now unionize at private colleges
Graduate and undergraduate students who work at private universities are now covered by collective bargaining law per a National Labor Relations Board ruling handed down Tuesday.

Hillary Clinton's new plan to help small business owners
Hillary Clinton promised to make starting a small business "as easy as setting up a lemonade stand in the front yard."

Choices dwindling for Obamacare customers
Obamacare customers will likely have fewer choices of insurers on the exchanges next year.

This country went from boom to economic nightmare in 5 years
Mongolia is facing an economic crisis and possible default because of low commodity prices and a slowdown in China.

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.

Mothers still lag behind in pay for years
The gender pay gap is narrowing but new research in the U.K. shows it still widens significantly once women have a child.


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China shows first images of Mars rover, aims for 2020 mission

Concept portrayal of China's Mars rover and landerChina has showed off its first images of a rover it plans to sent to Mars in mid-2020, which is designed to explore the planet surface for three months, state media said, the latest aim of China's ambitious space program. China in 2003 became the third country to put a man in space with its own rocket after the former Soviet Union and the United States. It has touted its plans for moon exploration and in late 2013 completed the first lunar "soft landing" since 1976 with the Chang'e-3 craft and its Jade Rabbit rover.




What are the origins of life? There's a rocket for that

Artist rendering of NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is seen in an undated handout imageBy Ben Gruber CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - NASA scientists are putting the finishing touches on a spacecraft designed to rendezvous with Asteroid Bennu in 2018 to find clues about the origins of life. "We are days away from encapsulating into our rocket faring and lifting this spacecraft on to the Atlas V vehicle and beginning the journey to Bennu and back," Dante Lauretta, the principal investigator of the mission told Reuters at the Kennedy Space Center. The $1 billion mission, known as OSIRIS-REx, is scheduled for launch on Sept. 8, 2016 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.




U.S. astronauts prepare station for commercial space taxis

NASA astronaut Jeff Williams works inside the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module attached to the International Space StationTwo NASA astronauts completed a six-hour spacewalk outside the International Space Station on Friday to install a parking spot for upcoming commercial space taxis, which will end U.S. reliance on Russia for rides to the orbiting outpost. Station commander Jeff Williams and flight engineer Kate Rubins floated outside the station's airlock and headed toward the berthing slip once used by NASA's now-retired space shuttles, a NASA TV broadcast showed.




China launches 'hack-proof' communications satellite

World's first quantum satellite is launched in Jiuquan,China on Tuesday launched the world's first quantum satellite, which will help it establish "hack-proof" communications between space and the ground, state media said, the latest advance in an ambitious space program. The program is a priority as President Xi Jinping has urged China to establish itself as a space power, and apart from its civilian ambitions, it has tested anti-satellite missiles. The Quantum Experiments at Space Scale, or QUESS, satellite, was launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in the remote northwestern province of Gansu in the early hours of Tuesday, the official Xinhua news agency said.




Long-term study links neonicotinoids to wild bee declines

A bumble bee collects pollen from a flower in a garden near YorkBy Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - Wild bees that forage from oilseed rape crops treated with insecticides known as neonicotinoids are more likely to undergo long-term population declines than bees that forage from other sources, according to the findings of an 18-year study. The new research covered 62 species of bee found in the wild in Britain and found a link between their shrinking populations and the use of neonicotinoid pesticides. Neonicotinoids are used worldwide in a range of crops and have been shown in lab-based studies to be harmful to certain species of bee - notably commercial honeybees and bumblebees.




Here's How Many US Mothers Breastfeed
The percentage of U.S. mothers who breast-feed their newborns continues to rise, but many stop breast-feeding before their infant is 6 months old, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2013, 81.1 percent of U.S. mothers said they started out breast-feeding their baby. Breast-feeding rates were highest in Utah, where 94.4 percent of mothers said they breast-fed their newborns in 2013.

Deadly Case of 'Bagpipe Lung' Highlights Danger of Fungal Infections
One man's fatal lung infection highlights a rare danger that musicians may face: getting sick from fungi growing within their instruments, according to a recent report of the case. The 61-year-old man developed what his doctors in England described as "bagpipe lung," and died just a month after he was hospitalized for his infection, according to the case report, published today (Aug. 22) in the journal Thorax. The man had previously been diagnosed with a lung condition called hypersensitivity pneumonitis, in 2009, the doctors who treated him wrote.

Sea Anemone Proteins Could Help Fix Damaged Hearing
When it comes to creatures with keen hearing ability, sea anemones are not at the top of the list. In mammals, including humans, sound is translated from vibrations in the air into nerve signals that can be sent to the brain by highly specialized cells called hair cells. Damage to these hair cells, which can be caused by exposure to loud noise, can result in hearing loss, and mammals are not able to repair hair cells once they are harmed.

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 suggests potential softening in hardline position on immigration

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks onstage during a campaign rally in AkronBy Steve Holland AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump held out the possibility on Tuesday of a softening of his hardline position on illegal immigration, a move that could help move him to the political center but hurt him with his most ardent supporters. In an immigration town hall event with Fox News anchor Sean Hannity, Trump was asked whether he would be willing to change U.S. law to accommodate those illegal immigrants who have been contributing to American society, obeyed laws and have children. "There certainly can be a softening because we're not looking to hurt people," Trump replied, insisting there were some "great people" among the immigrant population.




Clinton leads Trump by 12 points in Reuters/Ipsos poll

A combination photo of U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican presidential candidate Donald TrumpThe Aug. 18-22 poll showed that 45 percent of voters supported Clinton, while 33 percent backed Trump ahead of the Nov. 8 election. Clinton, the former U.S. secretary of state, has led Trump, a New York businessman, throughout most of the 2016 campaign.




In attacking Clinton foundation, Trump seeks a Republican rallying cry

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump attends a campaign rally in AkronBy Ginger Gibson and Emily Stephenson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - After struggling to find a consistent message and consolidate party support, Donald Trump is honing his attack on Democratic presidential rival Hillary Clinton and the foundation bearing her family's name in hopes of making it a rallying cry for fellow Republicans. Trump began hammering the Democrat this week over the Clinton Foundation, an organization created by her and her husband former President Bill Clinton that funds aid programs in developing countries. On Monday, Trump called for the foundation to be shut down and for a special prosecutor to be named to investigate it.




Clinton details plans to boost small businesses

U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton delivers remarks at a gathering of law enforcement leaders at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New YorkDemocrat Hillary Clinton on Tuesday vowed to make starting a small business in the United States as easy as opening a lemonade stand if elected president, targeting a large economic sector and a significant voting bloc. Clinton would also expand healthcare tax credits in the Affordable Care Act for small businesses that employ up to 50 workers and create new federal incentives for local and state governments to streamline the business licensing process, according to background provided by her campaign. Since launching her campaign in April 2015, Clinton has said she wants to be the "small business president" if she wins the Nov. 8 election against businessman Donald Trump, the Republican nominee.




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.

Major Mitt Romney 2012 Donors Shun Donald Trump in Favor of Down-Ballot Races

Major Mitt Romney 2012 Donors Shun Donald Trump in Favor of Down-Ballot RacesSeveral top Republican donors have made hefty contributions this election cycle — just not to the top of the GOP ticket. An ABC News analysis of several of Mitt Romney’s biggest donors in 2012 revealed that they have so far declined to help fund Donald Trump’s campaign, his joint victory fund or super PACs backing him, instead shifting their contributions to congressional election campaigns. Hedge fund manager Paul Singer, an outspoken critic of Trump, donated $1 million to Restore Our Future, a super PAC that backed Romney in 2012, and $5 million this election cycle to Conservative Solutions, a super PAC supporting Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.





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New York Times says suspected Russian hackers targeted Moscow bureau

The sun peaks over the New York Times Building in New YorkThe New York Times said on Tuesday its Moscow bureau was targeted by a cyber attack this month but that there was no evidence the hackers, believed to be Russian, were successful. "We are constantly monitoring our systems with the latest available intelligence and tools," Times spokeswoman Eileen Murphy told the newspaper. "We have seen no evidence that any of our internal systems, including our systems in the Moscow bureau, have been breached or compromised." Earlier on Tuesday, CNN, citing unnamed U.S. officials, reported that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other U.S. security agencies were investigating cyber breaches targeting reporters at the Times and other U.S. news organizations that were thought to have been carried out by hackers working for Russian intelligence.




Samsung, Tencent surge in race to become Asia's most valuable firm

People pose with mobile devices in front of projection of Samsung logo in this picture illustration taken in ZenicaBy Nichola Saminather SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Tencent Holdings Ltd and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd are racing to be crowned Asia's most valuable company as expectations for robust earnings growth push their share prices to record highs. "These companies can grow earnings despite weaker global growth," said Andrew Gillan, head of Asia ex-Japan equities at fund managing firm Henderson Global Investors, which is overweight on Asian technology firms. "The operating fundamentals of the Chinese internet sector particularly have surprised positively in the most recent quarterly results." While many investors remain upbeat about Samsung and Tencent, some caution the firms are vulnerable to rapid swings in sentiment on any sign of slowing momentum.




Tesla touts speed and driving range with new upgraded battery

A Tesla Model S charges at a Tesla Supercharger station in Cabazon, CaliforniaSAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Tesla Motors Inc crowned itself the maker of the world's fastest production car on Tuesday, saying a new version of its Model S all-electric sedan can accelerate from 0-60 miles per hour in just 2-1/2 seconds. Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk said the company will offer a larger upgraded battery pack for performance versions of its Model S and X vehicles that will extend range, while also allowing for super fast acceleration. Tesla has long laid claim to bragging rights in the highly competitive luxury car market.




BuzzFeed splits itself into news, entertainment departments

The BuzzFeed logo is seen outside their offices in New York(Reuters) - Online media outlet BuzzFeed will split itself into two new departments that will focus on news and entertainment, CEO Jonah Peretti wrote in a memo sent to employees. The move to create two departments - BuzzFeed News and BuzzFeed Entertainment Group - comes at a time when online media companies are grappling with the balance between covering news and politics, and lighter fare like social media, entertainment and lifestyle. BuzzFeed will integrate some existing groups like the health team and video news into BuzzFeed News, which will be run by Ben Smith, editor in chief of BuzzFeed.




Mind the air-gap: Singapore's web cut-off balances security, inconvenience

Public servants and contractors sit at their desks at a public housing administration center in SingaporeBy Jeremy Wagstaff and Aradhana Aravindan SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore is working on how to implement a policy to cut off web access for public servants as a defense against potential cyber attack - a move closely watched by critics who say it marks a retreat for a technologically advanced city-state that has trademarked the term "smart nation". Some security experts say the policy, due to be in place by May, risks damaging productivity among civil servants and those working at more than four dozen statutory boards, and cutting them off from the people they serve. It may only raise slightly the defensive walls against cyber attack, they say.




Strong demand for Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 tests supply chain

A model poses for photographs with a Galaxy Note 7 new smartphone during its launching ceremony in SeoulBy Se Young Lee SEOUL (Reuters) - Better-than-expected demand for Samsung Electronics Co Ltd's new Galaxy Note 7 is causing supply constraints globally, the South Korean tech giant said on Wednesday, suggesting strong initial sales for the new premium smartphone. While robust demand could help deliver another solid quarter of earnings, Samsung also risks missing out on potential sales if it cannot boost supply quickly. Rivals such as Apple Inc are poised to launch new phones which could pull customers away from Samsung if a shortage persists.




This is what Goldeneye 007 might have looked like on Xbox 360

This is what Goldeneye 007 might have looked like on Xbox 360For a time, the Nintendo 64's Goldeneye 007 was the greatest game in the world, but Rare's shooter hasn't aged gracefully, the two decades since its launch making its controls feel clunky and its graphics look sludgy. It's hard to confirm the veracity of the footage, posted to YouTube by Rare Thief, but there's certainly enough history to indicate a Goldeneye 007 remake was indeed in the works at British developer Rare. The problem was money: Microsoft, Rare's new owner, couldn't reach a licensing agreement with Nintendo, the two companies battling over whether Nintendo would receive an one-off fee or a continued cut of the game's sales revenue.




Super-size snake sheds skin, samples social media

Super-size snake sheds skin, samples social mediaWessie the Westbrook, Maine, snake decided to discard its 10-foot-long skin in the woods, and then it discovered Twitter.




Jawbone fails to block Fitbit from the US in court case

Jawbone fails to block Fitbit from the US in court caseJawbone has failed in a legal bid to block rival Fitbit from operating in the United States, after a US International Trade Commission judge ruled that Fitbit had not stolen trade secrets from the manufacturer. Jawbone had alleged that its rival had stolen classified information in a complaint to the International Trade Commission in July last year — an action would violate the the US Tariff Act, and potentially allow the ITC to block the import of Fitbit's products into the US.




As China e-commerce booms, private equity sees room for growth in storage space

An employee works at a JD.com logistics centre in LangfangBy Elzio Barreto HONG KONG (Reuters) - When U.S. private equity heavyweight Warburg Pincus [WP.UL] started looking at China's logistics sector in late 2009, there were more modern warehouses in Boston than in the whole of the world's most populous country. Deep-pocket investors including Carlyle Group LP, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) and Warburg Pincus have splashed $12 billion on the sector in China since 2013, says real estate consultancy Jones Lang LaSalle.





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Asian stocks slip on profit-taking; oil falls

A man stands next to an electronic board showing stock prices in TokyoHONG KONG (Reuters) - Asian stocks edged lower on Wednesday as strong U.S housing data overnight increased the chances of an interest rate increase in coming months, prompting some investors to take profits, while oil prices slipped after a surprise jump in U.S. inventories.




Tesla touts speed and driving range with new upgraded battery

A Tesla Model S charges at a Tesla Supercharger station in Cabazon, CaliforniaSAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Tesla Motors Inc crowned itself the maker of the world's fastest production car on Tuesday, saying a new version of its Model S all-electric sedan can accelerate from 0-60 miles per hour in just 2-1/2 seconds. Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk said the company will offer a larger upgraded battery pack for performance versions of its Model S and X vehicles that will extend range, while also allowing for super fast acceleration. Tesla has long laid claim to bragging rights in the highly competitive luxury car market.




VW, suppliers settle dispute after marathon talks

A general view shows the Volkswagen production site in WolfsburgBy Andreas Cremer BERLIN (Reuters) - Volkswagen and two of its parts suppliers on Tuesday resolved a contract dispute that had hit output at more than half of the carmaker's German plants and threatened to undermine its recovery from a diesel emissions scandal. After more than 20 hours of negotiations that went on through the night, VW said it had settled its differences with CarTrim, which makes seats, and ES Automobilguss, which produces cast iron parts needed to make gearboxes, but gave no details. The conflict had threatened VW's profitability following last year's diesel emissions test cheating scandal and also risked hurting hundreds of other VW suppliers.




Oil prices fall on U.S. crude stocks build; fears over China demand

Crude oil storage tanks are seen from above at the Cushing oil hub in CushingOil prices fell on Wednesday as an unexpected build in U.S. crude inventories weighed on markets, along with concerns that Chinese crude demand could falter as Beijing clamps down on alleged tax evasion in the oil industry. International Brent crude oil futures were trading at $49.32 a barrel at 0614 GMT (0214 ET), down 64 cents, or 1.3 percent, from their last close. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude was down 72 cents, or 1.5 percent, at $47.38 a barrel.




U.S. trade judge clears Fitbit of stealing Jawbone's trade secrets

The ticker symbol for Fitbit is displayed at the post where it is traded on the floor of the NYSEBy Andrew Chung NEW YORK (Reuters) - Fitbit Inc did not steal rival Jawbone's trade secrets, a U.S. International Trade Commission judge ruled on Tuesday, dashing Jawbone's hopes of securing an import ban against Fitbit's wearable fitness tracking devices. The judge, Dee Lord, said that there had been no violation of the Tariff Act, which gives the commission the power to block products that infringe U.S. intellectual property, because "no party has been shown to have misappropriated any trade secret." The ruling means Jawbone comes away with nothing from a complaint it filed with the trade agency in July 2015, accusing Fitbit of infringing six patents and poaching employees who took with them confidential data about Jawbone's business, such as plans, supply chains and technical details.




Strong demand for Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 tests supply chain

A model poses for photographs with a Galaxy Note 7 new smartphone during its launching ceremony in SeoulBy Se Young Lee SEOUL (Reuters) - Better-than-expected demand for Samsung Electronics Co Ltd's new Galaxy Note 7 is causing supply constraints globally, the South Korean tech giant said on Wednesday, suggesting strong initial sales for the new premium smartphone. While robust demand could help deliver another solid quarter of earnings, Samsung also risks missing out on potential sales if it cannot boost supply quickly. Rivals such as Apple Inc are poised to launch new phones which could pull customers away from Samsung if a shortage persists.




Clinton details plans to boost small businesses

U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton delivers remarks at a gathering of law enforcement leaders at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New YorkDemocrat Hillary Clinton on Tuesday vowed to make starting a small business in the United States as easy as opening a lemonade stand if elected president, targeting a large economic sector and a significant voting bloc. Clinton would also expand healthcare tax credits in the Affordable Care Act for small businesses that employ up to 50 workers and create new federal incentives for local and state governments to streamline the business licensing process, according to background provided by her campaign. Since launching her campaign in April 2015, Clinton has said she wants to be the "small business president" if she wins the Nov. 8 election against businessman Donald Trump, the Republican nominee.




Judge denies GM's mid-trial bid to toss Texas ignition switch case

A recalled Chevy Cobalt ignition switch is seen at Raymond Chevrolet in AntiochGeneral Motors Co said Tuesday a Texas judge had denied its bid to throw out a lawsuit over a fatal 2011 crash blamed on a faulty ignition switch, after the company accused a car driver and his lawyers of fabricating evidence about the vehicle’s key. Harris County Judge Robert Schaffer said in his mid-trial ruling, however, that he would instruct jurors that a key shown to them was not the one used by Zachary Stevens to drive the 2007 Saturn Sky involved in the crash, according to GM. GM moved to dismiss the case on Monday, saying the key displayed in the courtroom did not belong to that vehicle and accused Stevens and his parents of trying to buttress their case by displaying a key chain carrying more weight than the one actually used in the crash.




Lamborghini sees worldwide sales doubling by 2019 after SUV launch

A model poses beside a Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 during a media presentation at the 37th Bangkok International Motor Show in BangkokLuxury automaker Lamborghini expects to at least double production to 7,000 vehicles a year by 2019 once it rolls out a new SUV, but it will not lose its focus on making sports cars, Chief Executive Officer Stefano Domenicali said Tuesday. The Italian automaker is owned by Volkswagen Group through its Audi unit. "We will push like hell to" sell 3,500 or more of the SUVs, Domenicali said in an interview, adding interest in it is high in the United States and elsewhere.




Tesla's Musk buying over half of SolarCity bond offer - filing

Elon Musk, Chairman of SolarCity and CEO of Tesla Motors, speaks at SolarCity?s Inside Energy Summit in Midtown, New YorkTesla Motors Chief Executive Elon Musk is buying $65 million of bonds from SolarCity Corp in the latest debt offering by the solar panel company that Tesla plans to acquire for $2.6 billion, according to a filing on Tuesday. Musk's purchase of the so-called "solar bonds" comes after money-losing SolarCity last week said it would cut operating costs to bring expenses in line with its reduced solar installation outlook. SolarCity Chief Executive Lyndon Rive and Chief Technology Officer Peter Rive are each buying another $17.5 million of the $124 million offer, according to the SolarCity filing.





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Spotify's Top 10 most viral tracks

FILE - This May 18, 2013 file photo shows Hannah Hooper, left, and Christian Zucconi of Grouplove performing as part of Party in the Park at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta. Grouplove's, “Ways to Go,” was the most viral track on Spotify, from Monday, June 10, to Sunday, June 16, via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify. (Photo by Robb D. Cohen/RobbsPhotos/Invision/AP, file)The following list represents the most viral tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, Oct. 20 to Sunday, Oct. 26 via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify.




US women's gymnastics team flips over Broadway's 'Hamilton'

US women's gymnastics team flips over Broadway's 'Hamilton'How do you follow winning Olympic gold at the Rio Olympics? How about a chance to see "Hamilton" on Broadway? The Tony Award-winning smash musical on Tuesday night welcomed the U.S. women's gymnastics ...




Burt Bacharach cancels 2 concerts to recover from broken arm

FILE - In this April 23, 2016 file photo, Burt Bacharach attends the 2016 Newport Beach Film Festival Honors in Newport Beach, Calif. Bacharach is canceling two September concerts to recover from a broken arm. A spokeswoman for the 88-year-old composer and conductor said Tuesday that Bacharach will skip scheduled performances on Sept. 3 in Curacao and Sept. 17 in Lancaster, California. Publicist Tina Brausam said Bacharach plans to resume his touring schedule in October. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Burt Bacharach is canceling two September concerts to recover from a broken arm.




'Amazing Race' contestant loses Oklahoma Senate runoff
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A former Ada mayor and current city councilman has defeated a cowboy turned reality show contestant for the Republican nomination in a race for an open Oklahoma state Senate seat.

US judge: Renowned artist didn't create disputed painting

This undated photo provided by Bartlow Gallery, Ltd. shows a painting of a landscape that was once valued at more than $10 million. A federal judge in Chicago is set to issue a verdict in a peculiar civil trial over a celebrated Scottish-born artist's insistence that he did not paint the landscape work. The painting's owner maintains that the painting of the desert landscape, which he paid $100 for in the ’70s, is by Scottish-born Peter Doig. (Bartlow Gallery, Ltd. via AP)CHICAGO (AP) — A U.S. judge said Tuesday that a celebrated artist was right when he insisted he didn't paint a work now owned by a retired prison worker, a finding that likely ensures the piece will now be worth a fraction of the previous estimated value of $10 million or more.




Latest: Artist says 'justice prevailed' in painting trial

This undated photo provided by Bartlow Gallery, Ltd. shows a painting of a landscape that was once valued at more than $10 million. A federal judge in Chicago is set to issue a verdict in a peculiar civil trial over a celebrated Scottish-born artist's insistence that he did not paint the landscape work. The painting's owner maintains that the painting of the desert landscape, which he paid $100 for in the ’70s, is by Scottish-born Peter Doig. (Bartlow Gallery, Ltd. via AP)CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on an art dispute that landed in federal court in Chicago (all times local):




Nick Cannon begins freshman year at Howard University

FILE - In this March 3, 2016 file photo, Nick Cannon arrives at the "America's Got Talent" Season 11 Red Carpet Kickoff at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, Calif. Cannon, the host of "America's Got Talent" and "Wild 'n Out" has begun his freshman year at Howard University. Cannon posted photos on social media earlier this week of his first day on campus in Washington, D.C. Cannon was back on set of "America's Got Talent" on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016. (Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nick Cannon's got talent — and homework.




Daily fantasy sports sites aim to make Nevada comeback

FILE - In this May 13, 2016, file photo, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, left, Bill Murren, CEO of MGM Resorts International, and Tony Alamo, chairman of Nevada Gaming Commission, talk during the Gaming Policy Committee meeting to discuss "esports" in Las Vegas. Daily fantasy sports websites are trying to get legal after a series of state-level setbacks that shut them down in some parts of the country, but decision-makers in the gambling mecca of Nevada indicated they won't be bending too far backward for the companies. (Jeff Scheid/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP, File)LAS VEGAS (AP) — Daily fantasy sports websites are trying to get legal after a series of state-level setbacks that shut them down in some parts of the country, but officials who set policy in the gambling mecca of Nevada indicated they won't be bending too far backward for the companies.




Steven Hill, who played 'Law & Order' DA Schiff, dies at 94

Steven Hill, who played 'Law & Order' DA Schiff, dies at 94Steven Hill, a versatile character actor in theater, films and television who achieved his greatest success late in life as grumpy District Attorney Adam Schiff on TV's long-running "Law & Order," ...




Harry Belafonte weighs in on Nate Parker and his new film

FILE - In this July 20, 2014 file photo, singer and activist Harry Belafonte speaks during a memorial tribute concert for folk icon Pete Seeger at Lincoln Center's Damrosch Park in New York. Belafonte says it’s unfair that actor-filmmaker Nate Parker’s film “The Birth of a Nation” is being overshadowed by a 17-year-old rape case, but the iconic performer and activist added that he’s not clear about the facts. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Harry Belafonte says it's unfair that Nate Parker's shining moment with his film "The Birth of a Nation" is being overshadowed by a 17-year-old rape case. But the iconic performer and activist adds that he's not clear about the facts and wants to look more into the story that's been dominating entertainment headlines.





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