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Analog Devices selling microphone unit for $100M ... SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Analog Devices Inc. is selling its microphone business to InvenSense Inc. for $100 million, saying that will help it better focus on businesses in other markets.
BlackBerry ad campaign seeks to reassure customers ... TORONTO (AP) — BlackBerry is publishing an open letter in major publications around the world in a bid to reassure customers that they can count on the distressed smartphone company.
Suspension over, Von Miller asks for time, trust ...

File-This file photo of Aug. 24, 2013 shows Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller looking on during an NFL pre-season football game against the St. Louis Rams in Denver. After six weeks on the sideline, Miller returns to the Denver Broncos on Monday Oct. 14, 2013. They can use him. Ranked last in pass defense, the Broncos gave up another 303 yards to Jacksonville and their next game is against Andrew Luck and the Colts. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey, File)ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — No apologies. No promises. No explanations.



Senators close in on deal as threat of default nears ...

Federal workers demonstrate for an end to the U.S. government shutdown on the west front of the U.S. Capitol in WashingtonBy Richard Cowan and Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. senators said they were closing in on a deal Monday that would reopen the government and push back a possible default for several months, though many hurdles remained as a Thursday deadline drew near. The Senate's top Democrat and top Republican both said they hoped they could soon reach an agreement that would allow them to avert a looming default and end a partial government shutdown that has dragged on for 14 days so far. ...



Tigers turn to Verlander after Game 2 collapse ...

Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander points to himself while answering a question during a media availability at Comerica Park before practice for Game 3 of the American League baseball championship series against the Boston Red Sox in Detroit, Monday, Oct. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)DETROIT (AP) — The last time Justin Verlander took the mound, his team's season was on the line.



Hajj pilgrims set for Eid al-Adha feast ... Muzdalifah (Saudi Arabia) (AFP) - Throngs of Muslim pilgrims converged Monday on Muzdalifah to prepare for Eid al-Adha feast after a day of prayer on Mount Arafat for an end to disputes and bloodshed.
US trio win Nobel Economics Prize for asset price work ...

Portraits of US trio Eugene F Fama, Lars Peter Hansen and Robert J Shiller, who won the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences, on a computer screen at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm, on October 14, 2013Stockholm (AFP) - Three US academics got the Nobel Economic Prize Monday for research on financial markets, an area of immense real-world implications following the crises rattling the global economy in recent years.



Hope for shutdown deal: Reid, McConnell optimistic ...

Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ken., is surrounded by reporters as he walks to the Senate floor after meeting with Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., in his office on Capitol Hill on Monday, Oct. 14, 2013 in Washington. The Senate's top two leaders both expressed optimism Monday that they were closing in on an agreement to prevent a national financial default and reopen the government after a two-week partial shutdown. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON (AP) — After weeks of stubborn gridlock, the Senate's top two leaders raced on Monday to reach an agreement that could head off a Treasury default that threatens severe national economic damage and reopen the government after a two-week partial shutdown.



Hanley Ramirez says he will play against Cardinals ...

Los Angeles Dodgers' Hanley Ramirez is hit by a pitch during the first inning of Game 1 of the National League baseball championship series against the St. Louis Cardinals, Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hanley Ramirez will start for the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 3 of the NL championship series despite a broken left rib.



AP NewsBreak: World doping agency to probe Jamaica ...

FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2010 file photo, a laboratory technician prepares samples of urine for doping tests during a media open day, at the King's College London Drug Control Centre, London. The world’s anti-doping authority is launching an “extraordinary” audit of Jamaica’s drug-testing agency following allegations that its policing of the island’s sprinting superstars all but collapsed in the months before they dazzled at the London Games, The Associated Press has learned. (AP Photo/Sang Tan, File)A year after Usain Bolt made history at the London Olympics and declared himself "a living legend," a bombshell dropped largely unnoticed in The Gleaner, the Caribbean's oldest newspaper: A former director of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission alleged the island didn't drug-test its athletes for entire months before they dazzled at the Summer Games.



Portly Taft helped usher in modern obesity care ...

FILE - This Feb. 5, 1930, file photo shows former President and U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice William Howard Taft in his judicial robes. History buffs know Taft is the only president-turned-Supreme Court chief justice, but he's also remembered as the president whose weight, at times well over 300 pounds, made headlines. But in the early 1900s, way before Weight Watchers, the nation's 27th president was helping to usher in a modern approach to treating obesity according to a report released Monday, Oct. 14, 2013, in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine. (AP Photo/Files)WASHINGTON (AP) — Way before Weight Watchers or "The Biggest Loser," a president known for his girth was helping to usher in a modern approach to treating obesity.



For Obama, budget fight has high stakes for agenda ...

President Barack Obama walks back to the Oval Office after he visited Martha's Table, which assists the poor and where furloughed federal employees are volunteering, in Washington, Monday, Oct. 14, 2013. Speaking there Obama said that if Republicans can't resolve the standoff over the debt ceiling and the partial government shutdown, quote, "we stand a good chance of defaulting." (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)WASHINGTON (AP) — For President Barack Obama, the outcome of this week's fiscal fights with Republicans could have broad consequences for his stalled second-term agenda.



U.S. to delay release of TIC, currency reports due shutdown ... WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Treasury said on Monday it would delay the release of reports on exchange rate policies and international securities holdings due to the partial shutdown of the federal government. The Treasury said it was postponing a semi-annual report to Congress on foreign exchange policies, which was due on October 15. That report often chides nations such as China for keeping their currencies undervalued in order to boost exports. ...
Powell, Motown Records' chief of charm, dies at 98 ...

FILE - This Jan. 12, 2009 file photo shows Maxine Powell, a former Motown Records artists developer talking to school children touring the Motown Museum in Detroit. Powell, who was responsible for developing the charm, grace and style of Motown Records’ artists during the Detroit label’s 1960s heyday, died Monday, Oct. 14, 2013 at a hospital in Southfield, Mich. She was 98. Powell directed the label’s Artists Development Department, also known as “Motown’s Finishing School.” She guided many, including Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, the Jackson Five and the Supremes. (AP Photo/Tony Ding, File)DETROIT (AP) — Maxine Powell, who was responsible for developing the charm, grace and style of Motown Records' artists during the Detroit label's 1960s heyday, died Monday at age 98.



Minnesota Lynx celebrate WNBA title with parade ...

Minnesota Lynx forward Maya Moore, left, and guard Seimone Augustus, right, celebrate during the parade for their WNBA basketball championship title, Monday, Oct. 14, 2013, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Behind a curtain in the bowels of Target Center, the Minnesota Lynx gathered as a team for one last time this season. A few thousand jubilant fans waited in the arena, watching a video introduction for the team that had just captured its second WNBA championship in three seasons.



Focus on video testimony as Cuban case winds down ...

FILE - In this March 28, 2013, file photo, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban smiles during an NBA game in Dallas. After six days of testimony, closing arguments in the government's insider-trading case against Cuban are expected Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 15, 2013, in federal court in Dallas. (AP Photo/Mike Fuentes, File)DALLAS (AP) — The government's insider-trading case against billionaire and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is heading toward the final buzzer.



Why Chicago leads the way in Nobel economics prizes ...

University of Chicago professors Eugene Fama (L) and Lars Peter Hansen speak to collegues, students and media at the university after learning they had won the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences on October 14, 2013 in Chicago, IllinoisStockholm (AFP) - The University of Chicago may be best known for inspiring neo-liberal economic ideas but it is unmatched when it comes to Nobel economics prizes.



Nobel economists celebrate by teaching class ...

University of Chicago professor Eugene Fama speaks to students in his classroom at the university on October 14, 2013 in Chicago, IllinoisChicago (AFP) - Winning a Nobel prize was no excuse for cancelling class for two economics professors who were feted by the University of Chicago Monday.



SF-area transit strike averted _ at least for day ...

A man enters the Lake Merritt BART station Monday, Oct. 14, 2013, in Oakland, Calif. San Francisco Bay Area rapid trains are running Monday morning after the transit agency and two of its largest unions agreed to extend contract talks over the weekend to avoid a strike. Tense negotiations ended around 3 a.m. after the unions gave a 24-hour reprieve from a planned midnight Sunday strike. Representatives of Bay Area Rapid Transit leaders and the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555 and the Service Employees International Union Local 1021 resumed negotiations shortly before noon Monday (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — San Francisco Bay Area commuters faced another day of uncertainty Monday as a major regional transit agency and two of its largest unions held talks under the ever-present threat of a strike.



'Gravity' keeps spinning with $43.2M at box office ... "Gravity" isn't leaving orbit.
Review: Bridget Jones older, shallower and boring ...

This book cover image released by Alfred A. Knopf shows "Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy," by Helen Fielding. (AP Photo/Alfred A. Knopf)"Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy" (Alfred A. Knopf), by Helen Fielding



UN rights monitor slams Republicans over US shutdown ...

The US Capitol as the partial government shutdown approaches the two-week mark, on October 13, 2013 in Washington, DCGeneva (AFP) - The head of a UN watchdog on Monday slammed Republicans over the US government shutdown, after a planned review of the country's rights record became the latest casualty of the budget impasse.



Libyan Al-Qaeda suspect due in New York court ...

This image provided by the FBI shows Abu Anas al-Libi on their wanted list October 5, 2013New York City (AFP) - A Libyan Al-Qaeda suspect captured in Tripoli is to appear in court on Tuesday in New York where he faces trial over the 1998 US embassy bombings in East Africa.



Libyan al-Qaeda suspect to appear in court in New York ...

Senior al Qaeda figure Anas al-Liby is seen in an undated FBI handout photoBy David Ingram and Mark Hosenball NEW YORK (Reuters) - An alleged senior al Qaeda figure captured in Libya by U.S. special forces earlier this month has been brought to the United States to face arraignment on federal terrorism charges, U.S. officials said on Monday. The Libyan, Nazih al-Ragye, better known as Abu Anas al-Liby, is a suspect in the 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 civilians. He was seized by a U.S. Army Delta Force squad on the streets of Tripoli on October 5 and whisked onto a Navy ship in the Mediterranean Sea. ...



Vickers to miss rest of season with blood clot ...

Driver Brett Moffitt takes his car through Turn 4 during a testing session for NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race cars at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., Monday, Oct. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Brian Vickers will miss the rest of the NASCAR season because of a blood clot in his right calf.



US stocks higher as budget-debt cap deal appears near ...

A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on October 2, 2013 in New York CityNew York City (AFP) - US stocks reversed losses and finished higher Monday amid encouraging signs from the White House and Congress that a deal was in reach on the budget and debt ceiling.



Hanley Ramirez has broken rib; game-time decision ...

Los Angeles Dodgers' Hanley Ramirez is hit by a pitch during the first inning of Game 1 of the National League baseball championship series against the St. Louis Cardinals, Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hanley Ramirez has a broken left rib, and the Los Angeles Dodgers said they'll wait until closer to first pitch to decide whether he will start in Game 3 of the NL championship series.



Votes sell for about $5 in Afghanistan as presidential race begins ...

A vendor waits for customers at a livestock market in KabulBy Hamid Shalizi MARCO, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Sayed Gul walked into a small mud brick room in eastern Afghanistan, a bundle wrapped in a shawl on his back. With a flick, he plonked the package onto a threadbare carpet and hundreds of voter cards spilled out. "How many do you want to buy?" he asked with a grin. Like many others, Gul left a routine job - in his case, repairing cars in Marco, a small town in the east - to join a thriving industry selling the outcome of next year's presidential elections. ...



Georgia man charged with breaking NC agent law ... HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (AP) — Another person has been charged with violating North Carolina sports agents law for providing $725 to former Tar Heels football player Robert Quinn.
Israeli leader vows hard-line in Palestinian talks ...

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during the opening session of the Knesset, Israel's parliament, in Jerusalem, Monday, Oct. 14, 2013. Israel’s prime minister says he is making a “real effort” to reach peace with the Palestinians, but is giving no signs of progress in recently relaunched negotiations. In a speech to parliament on Monday, Netanyahu vowed to maintain a hard line in the negotiations. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister on Monday said he is making a "real effort" to reach peace with the Palestinians, but vowed to maintain a hard-line stance in recently relaunched negotiations.



UK police charge man with knife outside palace ...

Tourists gather at the area in front of Buckingham Palace in central London, Monday, Oct. 14, 2013. British police arrested a man with a knife after he tried to dart through a gate at Buckingham Palace in London on Monday. The palace said Queen Elizabeth II was not in residence. Breaches of royal security are rare, but just a month ago police arrested two men over a suspected break-in at the palace. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)LONDON (AP) — A man with a knife is facing charges after he tried to dart through a gate at Buckingham Palace in London on Monday, police said. The palace said Queen Elizabeth II was not in residence.



Egypt urged to probe killing of Morsi protesters ... CAIRO (AP) — Rights group Amnesty International called on Egypt's government on Monday to launch a full and impartial investigation into the use of live ammunition by police to disperse protesters last week.
Ethiopia: Blast likely an accidental detonation ... NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A blast in Ethiopia's capital over the weekend appears to have been an accidental detonation of explosives by two Somali militants who may have planned to attack a soccer game, a state TV report said Monday.
Messi returns to Barcelona training ...

Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi gives the thumbs up at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on September 18, 2013Madrid (AFP) - World Player of the Year Lionel Messi returned to full training with his Barcelona teammates on Monday for the first time since suffering a thigh injury two weeks ago.



Carnival: Boy, 6, drowns in pool on cruise ...

The Carnival Cruise line ship, Victory, sits in port in Miami, Monday, Oct. 14, 2013. A 6-year-old boy drowned on a Carnival Cruise ship, according to Miami-Dade police. The boy, Qwentyn Hunter of Winter Garden, Fla. was in the pool with his 10-year-old brother when he went under water and didn’t surface. Other passengers pulled the boy from the water and tried to revive him, according to police. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)MIAMI (AP) — A 6-year-old boy drowned in one of the pools aboard a Carnival Cruise Lines ship while at sea, the company said in a statement Monday.



Reid, McConnell optimistic on debt-shutdown deal ...

Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ken., is surrounded by reporters as he walks to the Senate floor after meeting with Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., in his office on Capitol Hill on Monday, Oct. 14, 2013 in Washington. The Senate's top two leaders both expressed optimism Monday that they were closing in on an agreement to prevent a national financial default and reopen the government after a two-week partial shutdown. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON (AP) — After weeks of stubborn gridlock, the Senate's top two leaders raced to reach an agreement Monday that could head off a Treasury default threatening severe economic damage at midweek and end the 14-day partial government shutdown.



Oil rises on hopes for debt deal ... The price of oil rose slightly Monday amid alternating hope and uncertainty about the looming deadline for U.S. lawmakers to reach an agreement over the government's borrowing limit and shutdown.
BlackBerry seeks to reassure customers in new campaign ...

A BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Bold are offered for sale at an AT&T store on March 28, 2013 in Chicago, IllinoisWashington (AFP) - BlackBerry is launching a campaign aiming to reassure its customers it intends to stay in business, brushing aside suggestions of its impending demise.



Hunter found in California forest ate squirrels ...

This undated photo provided by the Mendocino County Sheriff's Department, shows Gene Penaflor. Penaflor, a 72-year-old hunter who got hurt in a Northern California forest, was rescued Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. He was lost for 19 days and survived the ordeal by eating squirrels and lizards and covering himself with leaves to stay warm. (AP Photo/Mendocino County Sheriff's Department)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The 72-year-old hunter who was lost for more than two weeks in a California forest survived by eating squirrels and other animals he shot with his rifle, and by making fires and packing leaves and grasses around his body to stay warm, his family said Monday.



Vegas nightclub closes after battle over sex shows ... LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas Strip nightclub closed over the weekend, a month after a judge ordered it to clean up its envelope-pushing sex shows.

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Senators close in on deal as threat of default nears ...

Federal workers demonstrate for an end to the U.S. government shutdown on the west front of the U.S. Capitol in WashingtonBy Richard Cowan and Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. senators said they were closing in on a deal Monday that would reopen the government and push back a possible default for several months, though many hurdles remained as a Thursday deadline drew near. The Senate's top Democrat and top Republican both said they hoped they could soon reach an agreement that would allow them to avert a looming default and end a partial government shutdown that has dragged on for 14 days so far. ...



Penn State's sex-scandal bill crosses $50 million mark ... By Dave Warner PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Penn State has spent more than $50 million on fines, legal bills and other costs linked to a sex abuse scandal that has roiled the university for nearly two years, according to the school's website. That figure does not include up to $60 million the university has set aside to settle civil claims from some 32 now-grown men who said they were sexually abused by former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, a university spokesman said on Monday. ...
Trial of accused killer of NFL's Sean Taylor to begin in Miami ... MIAMI (Reuters) - Jury selection is due to begin in Miami on Tuesday in the trial of the man accused of being the triggerman in the killing of Washington Redskins star defensive player Sean Taylor in 2007. Taylor, a University of Miami standout chosen by the Redskins in the 2004 National Football League draft, was killed during an attempted burglary at his home south of Miami, in the Palmetto Bay area. Intruders broke into Taylor's home and one of them shot him in the groin during a confrontation. He suffered massive blood loss and died at a hospital a day later. ...
Hope for shutdown deal: Reid, McConnell optimistic ...

Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ken., is surrounded by reporters as he walks to the Senate floor after meeting with Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., in his office on Capitol Hill on Monday, Oct. 14, 2013 in Washington. The Senate's top two leaders both expressed optimism Monday that they were closing in on an agreement to prevent a national financial default and reopen the government after a two-week partial shutdown. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON (AP) — After weeks of stubborn gridlock, the Senate's top two leaders raced on Monday to reach an agreement that could head off a Treasury default that threatens severe national economic damage and reopen the government after a two-week partial shutdown.



Portly Taft helped usher in modern obesity care ...

FILE - This Feb. 5, 1930, file photo shows former President and U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice William Howard Taft in his judicial robes. History buffs know Taft is the only president-turned-Supreme Court chief justice, but he's also remembered as the president whose weight, at times well over 300 pounds, made headlines. But in the early 1900s, way before Weight Watchers, the nation's 27th president was helping to usher in a modern approach to treating obesity according to a report released Monday, Oct. 14, 2013, in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine. (AP Photo/Files)WASHINGTON (AP) — Way before Weight Watchers or "The Biggest Loser," a president known for his girth was helping to usher in a modern approach to treating obesity.



U.S. to delay release of TIC, currency reports due shutdown ... WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Treasury said on Monday it would delay the release of reports on exchange rate policies and international securities holdings due to the partial shutdown of the federal government. The Treasury said it was postponing a semi-annual report to Congress on foreign exchange policies, which was due on October 15. That report often chides nations such as China for keeping their currencies undervalued in order to boost exports. ...
SF-area transit strike averted _ at least for day ...

A man enters the Lake Merritt BART station Monday, Oct. 14, 2013, in Oakland, Calif. San Francisco Bay Area rapid trains are running Monday morning after the transit agency and two of its largest unions agreed to extend contract talks over the weekend to avoid a strike. Tense negotiations ended around 3 a.m. after the unions gave a 24-hour reprieve from a planned midnight Sunday strike. Representatives of Bay Area Rapid Transit leaders and the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555 and the Service Employees International Union Local 1021 resumed negotiations shortly before noon Monday (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — San Francisco Bay Area commuters faced another day of uncertainty Monday as a major regional transit agency and two of its largest unions held talks under the ever-present threat of a strike.



ABQ Trolley Co. expands 'Breaking Bad' tours in NM ... ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico trolley company that takes "Breaking Bad" fanatics on a tour around Albuquerque is lengthening its season.
San Francisco girds for transit strike as midnight deadline nears ... By Sharon Bernstein (Reuters) - Contract talks were set to resume on Monday in a last-ditch effort to avert a transit strike that could cripple a rail system serving 400,000 riders a day in the San Francisco Bay Area, as unions and management wrangle over pay and benefits. A strike could come as early as Tuesday morning if the sides fail to agree on a contract by midnight on Monday, the latest of several missed deadlines. Unionized drivers and other employees at Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) have been working without a contract since June 30. ...
Tens of thousands of cattle feared dead after South Dakota storm ... By Carey Gillam (Reuters) - The storm was just so sudden, South Dakota cattle rancher Kathy Jobgen remembers. A freezing rain, followed by an avalanche of four feet of snow and winds of 70 miles an hour, hit thousands of cattle still grazing on "summer pastures" at a time when the animals had not yet grown their protective winter coats and were ill prepared for the harsh conditions. Swirling snow lodged in some of the animals' lungs, suffocating them. Hypothermia killed more. And others were caught in gullies, or plunged off slickened rock ledges, livestock experts said. ...
Carnival: Boy, 6, drowns in pool on cruise ...

The Carnival Cruise line ship, Victory, sits in port in Miami, Monday, Oct. 14, 2013. A 6-year-old boy drowned on a Carnival Cruise ship, according to Miami-Dade police. The boy, Qwentyn Hunter of Winter Garden, Fla. was in the pool with his 10-year-old brother when he went under water and didn’t surface. Other passengers pulled the boy from the water and tried to revive him, according to police. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)MIAMI (AP) — A 6-year-old boy drowned in one of the pools aboard a Carnival Cruise Lines ship while at sea, the company said in a statement Monday.



Reid, McConnell optimistic on debt-shutdown deal ...

Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ken., is surrounded by reporters as he walks to the Senate floor after meeting with Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., in his office on Capitol Hill on Monday, Oct. 14, 2013 in Washington. The Senate's top two leaders both expressed optimism Monday that they were closing in on an agreement to prevent a national financial default and reopen the government after a two-week partial shutdown. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON (AP) — After weeks of stubborn gridlock, the Senate's top two leaders raced to reach an agreement Monday that could head off a Treasury default threatening severe economic damage at midweek and end the 14-day partial government shutdown.



Florida counts on experimental trees to fight orange plague ...

File photo of a grove manager holding a malformed star ruby grapefruit affected by 'greening', an insect-borne bacterial disease in a grove in Vero BeachBy Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - Florida citrus researchers are preparing to launch a large-scale test of new disease-tolerant orange tree rootstock in what one likened to a leap of faith to save the $9 billion state industry from a deadly citrus greening "tsunami." Florida, second to Brazil in global orange juice production, has lost billions of dollars in revenues from the disease that is killing orange trees faster than they can be replaced. ...



Police investigating dry ice explosion at LAX ... LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles police have taken over the investigation into who was responsible for planting a plastic bottle containing dry ice that exploded in an employee bathroom at Los Angeles International Airport.
Hunter found in California forest ate squirrels ...

This undated photo provided by the Mendocino County Sheriff's Department, shows Gene Penaflor. Penaflor, a 72-year-old hunter who got hurt in a Northern California forest, was rescued Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. He was lost for 19 days and survived the ordeal by eating squirrels and lizards and covering himself with leaves to stay warm. (AP Photo/Mendocino County Sheriff's Department)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The 72-year-old hunter who was lost for more than two weeks in a California forest survived by eating squirrels and other animals he shot with his rifle, and by making fires and packing leaves and grasses around his body to stay warm, his family said Monday.



Vegas nightclub closes after battle over sex shows ... LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas Strip nightclub closed over the weekend, a month after a judge ordered it to clean up its envelope-pushing sex shows.
Delaware judge lifts secrecy surrounding Al Jazeera-AT&T case ... By Tom Hals (Reuters) - Al Jazeera must unseal its lawsuit against AT&T Inc within five business days after a Delaware judge sided on Monday with news organizations that objected to secrecy in the case. The dispute stems from AT&T's refusal to carry the U.S. news network that was launched by the Qatar-based Al Jazeera in August. The two sides have sought to keep under seal all information regarding their contract, which Al Jazeera said was breached and wrongfully terminated by AT&T. ...
Man with muscular dystrophy finishes marathon ...

This photo from video provided by Ken Herzlich of Embargo Chicago shows Maickel Melamed, 38, center, of Venezuela, who has muscular dystrophy, nearing the finish line early Monday, Oct. 14, 2013, to be the last runner to finish the Chicago Marathon _ nearly 17 hours after he started the race. About 100 people cheered him on as he finished. Melamed started running marathons two years ago and has competed in marathons in Berlin and New York City. His time for the Chicago Marathon was 16 hours and 46 minutes. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Ken Herzlich, Embargo Chicago) MANDATORY CREDITCHICAGO (AP) — A man with muscular dystrophy was the last runner to cross the finish line of the Chicago Marathon — nearly 17 hours after he started the race.



Graffiti artist Banksy sells works at N.Y. pop-up stall for bargain prices ...

A woman walks past a new work by British graffiti artist Bansky on West 24th street in New York CityNEW YORK (Reuters) - Art collectors and tourists in New York got a bargain during the weekend when British graffiti artist Banksy, whose work is expected to fetch upwards of $150,000 at an auction later this year, sold paintings at a pop-up stall in Central Park for $60. "Yesterday I set up a stall in the park selling 100 percent authentic original signed Banksy canvases. For $60 each," the elusive artist said in a posting on his website on Monday. The stall, which is shown in a video on the website, was manned by a gray-haired man wearing a cap who was not Banksy. ...



Libyan arrives in US to face terrorism charges ...

FILE - This file image from the FBI website shows Al Qaeda leader Abu Anas al-Libi. Al-Libi, who was captured in an Oct. 5, 2013, raid and held aboard a U.S. warship, is now in the United States. He is expected to stand trial over whether he helped plan and conduct surveillance for the bombings of U.S. embassies in Africa in 1998. (AP Photo/FBI, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — After a weeklong interrogation aboard a U.S. warship, a Libyan al-Qaida suspect is now in New York awaiting trial on terrorism charges, U.S. officials said Monday.



Justices consider Michigan affirmative action ban ... WASHINGTON (AP) — Affirmative action opponents persuaded Michigan voters to outlaw any consideration of race after the Supreme Court ruled a decade ago that race could be a factor in college admissions.
Mind-blowing music video created using 350 faces and 4,000 photos took 17 days to produce ... The hypnotic stop-motion animation for the Paper Kites' "Young," shot over the course of a week last month, took 10 days of postproduction work to assemble.
Tesoro has no timeline yet for North Dakota pipeline restart ... NEW YORK (Reuters) - Tesoro Logistics LP does not have a specific date for the restart of the North Dakota pipeline that spilled 20,600 barrels of Bakken oil onto farmland in late September, the company said on Monday. The six-inch pipeline was carrying crude oil from the Bakken shale to a rail facility outside Columbus, North Dakota, when it ruptured, leaking the largest volume of oil on U.S. land since March, when an Exxon Mobil pipeline spilled nearly 7,000 barrels of Canadian crude in Mayflower, Arkansas. ...
APNewsBreak: Son of slain Sikh to challenge Ryan ...

In this Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 photo, film director and producer Amardeep Kaleka poses for a photo in Los Angeles. Kaleka, whose father Satwant Singh Kaleka, the president of the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin, was slain at the Oak Creek temple shooting in Milwaukee suburb in 2012, plans to challenge Rep. Paul Ryan in next year's congressional election. Kaleka says he'll file paperwork Oct. 16 to form an exploratory congressional committee. The 35-year-old Democrat plans to announce his candidacy formally next month. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)MILWAUKEE (AP) — The son of a slain Sikh temple president plans to challenge U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan in next year's congressional election, in a Wisconsin district where support for the 2012 Republican vice presidential nominee has been strong but slipping.



Officials: Libyan al-Qaida suspect arrives in US ...

FILE - This file image from the FBI website shows Al Qaeda leader Abu Anas al-Libi. Al-Libi, who was captured in an Oct. 5, 2013, raid and held aboard a U.S. warship, is now in the United States. He is expected to stand trial over whether he helped plan and conduct surveillance for the bombings of U.S. embassies in Africa in 1998. (AP Photo/FBI, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — A Libyan who has been held and interrogated for a week aboard a U.S. warship is now in New York awaiting trial on terrorism charges, U.S. officials said Monday.



Reformers hail limit on U.S. crop insurance subsidies ... By Charles Abbott WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Farm subsidy reformers praised a vote by the U.S. House of Representatives to make the wealthiest growers pay more for federally subsidized crop insurance, the first eligibility limit on a program that costs $9 billion a year. The non binding House vote late on Friday will be a factor in upcoming negotiations with the Senate on a final version of the new farm bill, which is a year overdue. Senators put a similar restriction on farmers with more than $750,000 adjusted gross income (AGI) a year in their bill. ...
Poll: Half of older workers delay retirement plans ...

Retirement planCHICAGO (AP) — There was a time when Tom Sadowski thought he'd stop working after turning 65 earlier this year. But he's put off retirement for at least five years — and now anticipates continuing to do some work afterward.



Historians put an asterisk on US debt claim ...

FILE - This Aug. 19, 2012, file photo, shows military re-enactors in the uniforms of U.S. Marines from the War of 1812, marching in front of the USS Constitution, moments after the vessel arrived at her berth in Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the ship's victory over HMS Guerriere in the War of 1812. As Washington wrestles with the debt limit, historians point out that America has stiffed creditors at least twice before, including defaulting in 1814, when the Treasury was empty, the White House and Capitol were charred ruins, and even the troops fighting the 32-month War of 1812 against the British weren't getting paid. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — You hear a perfect record cited over and over in the debt limit debate: The United States has never defaulted. Better put an asterisk by that.



Southern Democrats mostly careful on shutdown ...

FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2013, file photo Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., center, with Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., left, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., right, and others, speaks at a news conference and Capitol Hill in Washington with small business owners about the impact the government shutdown is having on business. With the shutdown continuing and the nation’s credit rating under threat, Landrieu stands out among Southern Democratic candidates with her embrace of the three-year-old health care law at the core of Capitol Hill dysfunction. She called Republicans “reckless and irresponsible and radical” for using the federal budget and looming vote to raise the debt ceiling as leverage for demands to scrap health care reform. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File)ATLANTA (AP) — In the tempest over shutdown politics, Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu stands out among Southern Democratic candidates with her embrace of the three-year-old health care law at the core of Capitol Hill dysfunction.



Brokers simplify, confuse health exchange shopping ...

In this Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 photo, insurance broker Jeff Lindstrom, right, meets with Brandi and Darren Litchfield to discuss health insurance plan options, at their home in the Seattle suburb of Bothell, Wash. Darren works for a startup company that doesn't yet offer an employee insurance plan, so they invited Lindstrom to outline the options of different healthcare plans that he offers as a broker. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)This month's glitch-filled rollout of the health insurance marketplaces created by federal law is a business opportunity for brokers and agents, but regulators warn that it also opened the door for those who would seek to line their pockets by misleading consumers.




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Wall Street rises on hopes for a budget deal ...

A trader looks up at a screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange at the market open in New YorkBy Ryan Vlastelica NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks ended a volatile session with modest gains on Monday, as investors bet that there would soon be a deal in Washington to increase the debt limit, though there were no obvious signs of progress. President Barack Obama was scheduled to meet with several congressional leaders, and while the White House said the meeting had been delayed, signs of negotiations were taken as a positive by the market. ...



Analysis: U.S. race to clinch debt sales may prove costly ...

General view of the U.S. Federal Reserve building as the morning sky breaks over WashingtonBy Richard Leong NEW YORK (Reuters) - It sounds like the plot of a pulpy Hollywood thriller: a mad dash for more than $100 billion in cash in the 48 hours before the clock runs out. Except in this case, the U.S. government is racing, and the money would come from normally staid, uneventful sales of short-dated Treasury bills. ...



JPMorgan trader examined in currency probe: WSJ ...

JP Morgan Chase & Co sign outside headquarters in New York(Reuters) - British authorities investigating potential manipulation in the currency markets are looking at the role of a senior trader at JPMorgan Chase & Co while he worked for another firm, the Wall Street Journal reported on its website on Monday. The bank's London-based head of spot currency trading participated in certain electronic chat sessions while at his former employer, Royal Bank of Scotland Group PLC , that authorities have homed in on, the WSJ said. The chat sessions were with a group of traders from other banks who were called "The Bandits' Club" and "The Cartel," the WSJ said. ...



Senators close in on deal as threat of default nears ...

Federal workers demonstrate for an end to the U.S. government shutdown on the west front of the U.S. Capitol in WashingtonBy Richard Cowan and Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. senators said they were closing in on a deal Monday that would reopen the government and push back a possible default for several months, though many hurdles remained as a Thursday deadline drew near. The Senate's top Democrat and top Republican both said they hoped they could soon reach an agreement that would allow them to avert a looming default and end a partial government shutdown that has dragged on for 14 days so far. ...



Insight: Philippines infrastructure: taking the slow train to nowhere ...

A train operator on Southeast Asia's first light rail transit network signals to a colleague in another train in ManilaBy Rosemarie Francisco MANILA (Reuters) - Images of a portion of the Philippines' oldest light rail transit line ablaze in the middle of the night were exactly what private sector bidders for a $1.4 billion rehabilitation of the country's rail system had feared. The fire last week, caused by a short circuit that ignited power cables lining the tracks, was the second on Manila's elevated rail system in two months and one of many mishaps in its 29-year life - telltale signs that Southeast Asia's first light rail transit (LRT) network is in dire need of an upgrade. ...



Franco-German divisions cloud efforts to fix broken banks ...

Greece's Finance Minister Stournaras talks to ECB Executive Board Member Asmussen during a eurozone finance ministers meeting in LuxembourgBy John O'Donnell and Robin Emmott LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) - The euro zone wrestled on Monday with the question of who should pay for a clean-up of bust banks, as Franco-German divisions cast a cloud over efforts to seal a landmark reform and draw a line under the region's financial crisis. As Spain and Ireland prepare to end their reliance on international aid that shored up their banks, finance ministers sought to devise a long-term action plan to deal with problems likely to be uncovered in bank health checks next year. ...



BlackBerry issues open letter to calm customers and partners ...

A Blackberry logo is seen at the Blackberry campus in WaterlooTORONTO (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd on Monday sought to reassure its restive customers and partners that it was financially stable and "here to stay," even though it announced massive layoffs and sources say it is in talks to sell all or part of the company. In an open letter published in 30 news outlets across nine countries, the Waterloo, Ontario-based company stressed that its customers can continue to count on BlackBerry and its products, despite the challenges it is facing and the changes it is undergoing. ...



Asmussen rejects Athens' call for ECB to roll over Greek bonds ...

Greece's Finance Minister Stournaras and ECB Executive Board Member Asmussen attend a eurozone finance ministers meeting in LuxembourgBy George Georgiopoulos and Martin Santa ATHENS/LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) - The European Central Bank cannot roll over Greek bonds as this goes against a ban on financing governments, a senior ECB policymaker said on Monday, dashing Athens' hopes it will help plug a funding gap next year through such a move. Athens will be financed by bailout loans until the second half of 2014, when it hopes to tap bond markets again. It then faces a funding gap of nearly 11 billion euros for 2014-15, the International Monetary Fund and Athens estimate. ...



Boeing rebuts critical Pentagon report on helicopter parts ...

The Boeing logo is seen at their headquarters in ChicagoWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Boeing Co on Monday rebutted a Pentagon's inspector general report that said the company overcharged the U.S. Army by up to $16.6 million on a $4.4 billion helicopter contract and said it was still waiting to receive the final report under a Freedom of Information Act request. The report said Boeing overestimated how many new parts it would need to build the 181 CH-47F Chinook helicopters under the five-year contract, and then installed largely used parts, resulting in overcharges of $7.4 million to $16.6 million. ...



GSW accepts Deutsche Wohnen offer, group to raise dividend ...

The logo of the GSW property firm is seen at its headquarters in BerlinBy Peter Dinkloh FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German Real estate company GSW said on Monday it would recommend its shareholders accept Deutsche Wohnen's takeover offer, taking the 1.7 billion euro bid ($2.3 billion) one step closer to a possible completion. The proposed all-share deal would push Deutsche Wohnen closer to the top five European real estate firms by market value by growing its portfolio in Berlin's booming rental market, where it is tapping increasing interest from international investors. ...



US stocks turn higher on hopes for debt talks ...

In this Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013 photo, trader Frank O'Connell, right, works, on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. U.S. futures are down sharply, Monday, Oct. 14, 2013, as the nation heads into the third week of a partial government shutdown. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are ending higher following signs that Washington was moving closer to an agreement to avoid a debt default and re-open the federal government.



3 US economists win Nobel for work on asset prices ...

FILE - In this Monday, June 15, 2009, file photo, Rober Shiller, a professor of economics at Yale, participates in a panel discussion at Time Warner's headquarters in New York. Americans Shiller, Eugene Fama and Lars Peter Hansen have won the Nobel prize for economics, Monday, Oct. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)Ordinary investors don't stand much chance of beating the market. It moves way too fast and efficiently. Or it behaves in ways that make no sense at all.



A glance at the Nobel economics prize winners ...

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences Torsten Persson, from left, Per Krusell, Staffan Normark and Per Stromberg announce the winners of 2013 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences as Eugene Fama, Lars Peter Hansen and Robert Shiller during a press conference at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm, Monday Oct. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/TT/Claudio Bresciani) SWEDEN OUTWHO WON?



Hope for shutdown deal: Reid, McConnell optimistic ...

Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ken., is surrounded by reporters as he walks to the Senate floor after meeting with Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., in his office on Capitol Hill on Monday, Oct. 14, 2013 in Washington. The Senate's top two leaders both expressed optimism Monday that they were closing in on an agreement to prevent a national financial default and reopen the government after a two-week partial shutdown. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON (AP) — After weeks of stubborn gridlock, the Senate's top two leaders raced on Monday to reach an agreement that could head off a Treasury default that threatens severe national economic damage and reopen the government after a two-week partial shutdown.



'Gravity' keeps spinning with $43.2M at box office ... "Gravity" isn't leaving orbit.
Study ties chemical to possible miscarriage risk ...

FILE - This Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012 file photo shows a sculpture made of empty water bottles in Burlington, Vt. New research presented by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine on Monday, Oct. 14, 2013 suggests that high levels of BPA, a chemical in many plastics and canned food linings, might raise the risk of miscarriage in women prone to that problem or having trouble getting pregnant. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)BOSTON (AP) — New research suggests that high levels of BPA, a chemical in many plastics and canned food linings, might raise the risk of miscarriage in women prone to that problem or having trouble getting pregnant.



Focus on video testimony as Cuban case winds down ...

FILE - In this March 28, 2013, file photo, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban smiles during an NBA game in Dallas. After six days of testimony, closing arguments in the government's insider-trading case against Cuban are expected Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 15, 2013, in federal court in Dallas. (AP Photo/Mike Fuentes, File)DALLAS (AP) — The government's insider-trading case against billionaire and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is heading toward the final buzzer.



Microsoft's phone update to feature driving mode ...

FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012, file photo, a new Microsoft Corp. logo, left, is seen on an exterior wall of a new Microsoft store inside the Prudential Center mall, in Boston. Microsoft is updating its Windows software for cellphones to accommodate larger devices and make it easier for motorists to reduce distractions while driving. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Microsoft is updating its Windows software for cellphones to accommodate larger devices and make it easier for motorists to reduce distractions while driving.



Vegas nightclub closes after battle over sex shows ... LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas Strip nightclub closed over the weekend, a month after a judge ordered it to clean up its envelope-pushing sex shows.
Reid, McConnell optimistic on debt-shutdown deal ...

Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ken., is surrounded by reporters as he walks to the Senate floor after meeting with Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., in his office on Capitol Hill on Monday, Oct. 14, 2013 in Washington. The Senate's top two leaders both expressed optimism Monday that they were closing in on an agreement to prevent a national financial default and reopen the government after a two-week partial shutdown. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON (AP) — After weeks of stubborn gridlock, the Senate's top two leaders raced to reach an agreement Monday that could head off a Treasury default threatening severe economic damage at midweek and end the 14-day partial government shutdown.



Xbox One Friends app gets detailed in video walkthrough ...

Xbox One Friends app gets detailed in videoAre you a friend or a follower? In the world of the Xbox One, the distinction is based on reciprocation. Xbox sage Major Nelson has broken down the forthcoming console's Friends app, detailing the distinction between the two groups.



Google readying 'Mobile Meter' app that offers rewards for tracking mobile usage ...

Google readying 'Mobile Meter' app that offers rewards for tracking mobile usageGoogle already knows better than most how we use the internet. Now it wants to dig a little deeper and monitor your app usage as well. Engadget has learned that the company is readying a new mobile service that compensates users if they allow their mobile behavior to be monitored. We're told that the project, known internally as "Mobile Meter," utilizes iOS and Android apps that intelligently monitor app usage and web browsing habits and send the data back to Google.



Microsoft announces Windows Phone GDR3 update, adds 1080p and large screen support ...

Microsoft announces Windows Phone GDR3 update, adds 1080p and large screen supportEnable incredible new Windows Phone devices.



Windows Phone 8 Update 3 now available for developers (hands-on) ...

Windows Phone 8 Update 3 now available for developers (hands-on)Microsoft promised it was planning to release Windows Phone 8 Update 3 early to developers, and it's now available to download. The software maker has published the required application in the Windows Phone Store, allowing Windows Phone 8 General Distribution Release 2 (GDR2) users to update to Update 3 immediately. Microsoft's "Preview for Developers" app simply changes a flag in Windows Phone 8 to allow access to Update 3 and the regular update process will download and install the update.



Facebook acquires mobile data startup to help further its global internet ambitions ...

Facebook acquires mobile data startup to help further its global internet ambitionsFacebook is acquiring the three-year-old startup Onavo, which creates software designed to optimize mobile data consumption and provide analytics services for mobile apps. According to Onavo, its Extend app allows users to receive up to five times more mobile data at no extra cost, using a method that first compresses internet traffic before routing it through the company's VPN. Other services include monitoring individual apps to provide insights into each service's data usage.



Rumored Sony A7 and A7r full-frame mirrorless cameras appear in leaked photos ...

Rumored Sony A7 and A7r full-frame mirrorless cameras appear in leaked photosNew images of two unannounced Sony cameras suggest the company is preparing to expand its full-frame mirrorless camera lineup in the near future. Digicame-Info has posted apparent promotional photos of both the A7 and A7r. The cameras combine design traits of Sony's NEX cameras with those of slightly larger DSLRs, though the overall form factor seems to be fairly compact. There's a built-in electronic viewfinder from the looks of it, meaning buyers won't have to cough up extra as was the case with the RX1. ...



Galaxy S 4 software leak offers near-final Android 4.3 build ...

DNP Samsung Galaxy S 4 reviewTrying to jump the queue in the real world? Forget about it, all you'll get is a host of hostile glares. In the world of technology however, it's a very different story.



HTC One max review: a lot more of the same ...

HTC One max review: a lot more of the sameHomer’s two great works, The Iliad and The Odyssey, are technically poems. In the exact same way that an inch-thick tome can be a poem, the HTC One max is a phone. It has all the requisite characteristics: 3G and 4G connectivity, an earpiece and multiple microphones, and a design that invites you to use it like a regular smartphone. And yet, it’s just so big.



Windows Phone 8 'Update 3' adds top requested features ahead of 1080p devices ...

Windows Phone 8 'Update 3' adds top requested features ahead of 1080p devicesMicrosoft is making its Windows Phone 8 Update 3 official today. Known previously as General Distribution Release 3, the update has a more friendly name for Windows Phone 8 users as Microsoft looks to expand its feature set and hardware support. As expected, Windows Phone 8 Update 3 (8.0.10512) is primarily designed for upcoming hardware. It will ship with new devices from Nokia that are expected to be unveiled later this month, and it provides support for Qualcomm’s Snapdragon MSM8974 quad-core processor alongside 5- and 6-inch displays at 1080p resolution. ...



Microsoft bypasses carriers to deliver early Windows Phone updates ...

Microsoft bypasses carriers to deliver early Windows Phone updatesMicrosoft may have only just announced Windows Phone 8 Update 3, but the company plans to start delivering it to developers later today. After over a year in the making, Microsoft is finally launching its Windows Phone Preview for developers. The program will provide registered developers with early access to Windows Phone 8 updates, bypassing the complex and lengthy carrier testing process. Microsoft is specifically targeting developers with this program, but for $19 a year any Windows Phone 8 user can sign up and get early access to updates. ...



HTC launches One Max with huge 5.9-inch display and fingerprint scanner ...

HTC launches One Max with enormous display and fingerprint scannerCPU: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 600, 1.7GHz quad-



LG G Flex leaks out with a spectacularly curved 6-inch display ...

LG G Flex leaks out with a spectacularly curved 6-inch displayNever willing to let Samsung have the upper hand for too long, LG is planning a counter to the Samsung Galaxy Round with its own curved smartphone, called the G Flex. The first rendered images of that handset have now leaked and The Verge has verified their authenticity. Though it's not shown turned on, the display in question is the same 6-inch OLED panel that was detailed in a recent press release from LG Display.



WSJ: Netflix could come to US cable boxes soon, Comcast and Suddenlink in talks ...

WSJ: Netflix could come to US cable boxes soon, Comcast and Suddenlink in talksOver the last few years cable providers have begun rolling out cable boxes with extra features and internet hookups, but almost all of them -- even TiVo, when provided by a cable service -- have been missing access ...



Microsoft and EA's CoachGlass Madden app for Xbox One lets you act as a defensive coordinator (video) ...

Microsoft and EA's CoachGlass Madden app for Xbox One lets you act as a defensive coordinator videoAt this year's E3, EA briefly mentioned that we would see a Madden 25 integration of sorts with SmartGlass in the near future, but that's as much as the gaming developer was willing to share back then. Now, some four months after the Electronic Entertainment Expo 2013 took place, EA Sports and Microsoft are finally prepared to show off what they've been working on. Meet CoachGlass.



Records show NY Police will spy on practically anyone ...

Records show NY Police will spy on practically anyoneThe New York City Police Department sent spies to infiltrate Islamic youth groups and mosques, but also deployed them to such organizations as Occupy Wall Street and Critical Mass, the people who advocate for the rights of bicyclists, according to a report in The New York Times. In the years since the September 11 attacks in New York and Washington DC, NYPD saw a need to covertly collect information on Occupy Sandy, a group that handed out food and other supplies to victims of last year's disaster.



Microsoft admits Surface RT naming caused 'some confusion' ...

Microsoft admits Surface RT naming caused 'some confusion'In the days leading up to the Surface RT release last year, Microsoft had largely failed to explain the differences between Windows 8 and Windows RT to consumers. The software maker picked the Windows RT moniker to power its own ARM-based Surface RT tablet alongside others from PC makers. Dell urged Microsoft to drop the branding, and Samsung opted not to launch its own Windows RT tablets in the US because of confusion and weak demand. Now Microsoft has admitted its decision to drop the "RT" brand from its upcoming Surface 2 tablet was to address consumer confusion. ...



Spec Sheet: Nikon's D610 lowers the price on full frame cameras ...

Spec Sheet: Nikon's D610 lowers the price on full frame camerasA lot of products come out each week — we don't highlight all of them, but all of them make it into The Verge Database. In Spec Sheet, a weekly series, we survey the latest product entries to keep track of the state of the art.



Bob Odenkirk and Glenn Howerton join cast of 'Fargo' miniseries ...

Bob Odenkirk and Glenn Howerton join cast of 'Fargo' miniseriesThe Fargo TV miniseries is getting its cast together in time for its spring air date. Breaking Bad's Bob Odenkirk will be joining the team in a supporting role as a deputy, according to The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. He'll be joining It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia's Glenn Howerton, who'll be playing an "ambitious personal trainer." Kate Walsh and Oliver Platt will be co-staring with Martin Freeman and Billy Bob Thornton, both of whose involvement was previously announced. ...



Here's the retail packaging for PlayStation 4 and its many accessories ...

Here's the retail box for PlayStation 4 and its many accessoriesYou probably could've guessed, but the retail box for the PlayStation 4 rocks the same blue and white color scheme Sony's been employing for some time now. That box and the packaging for the DualShock 4, its charger, the PlayStation 4 Eye, and the console's vertical stand (yes, seriously) were all revealed on PlayStation Europe community manager Chris Owen's Twitter account earlier today, and they all look like pieces of one big family.



Krokodil users thought they were buying heroin ...

Krokodil users thought they were buying heroinTwo more patients have checked into a Chicago-area hospital after developing skin lesions from using a drug they thought was cheap heroin. The substance turned out to be krokodil, doctors told Fox News 32, a nasty street drug typically made from codeine and lighter fluid. Injecting the mixture causes the skin to become yellow and hard, before developing lesions and falling off. "When I walked in the room, all you could smell was rotting flesh," says Dr. Abhin Singla, director of addiction services at Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, Ill.




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10 years later, ‘Star Wars Kid’ speaks ... Star Wars Kid was one of the first breakthrough Internet memes. But whatever came of the kid parodied by millions as he clumsily swings his imaginary lightsaber with reckless abandon? He recently spoke out publicly for the first time, sharing his thoughts on being arguably the first large-scale victim of cyberbullying. “What I saw was [...]
Bold turkey: woman hits cop to kick smoking habit ...

In this booking image released by the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, is Etta Mae Lopez who was arrested for slapping a Sacramento County Sheriff's Deputy, Tuesday, May 7, 2013, so she could go to jail in an effort to quit smoking. Lopez, 31, pleaded no contest Thursday for slapping deputy Matt Campoy as he stood outside the main jail. Lopez was sentenced to 63 days in jail, with credit for the three days she served this week. (AP Photo/Sacramento County Sheriff's Dept.SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Think you've heard of every way possible to quit smoking? Etta Mae Lopez came up with a new one: slap a cop and go to jail, where smoking isn't allowed.



With cicadas come cicada-killing wasps ... The cicada invasion is about to begin. Bring on the cicada-killer wasps. Residents from North Carolina to Connecticut are bracing for the Brood II cicada invasion, 17 years in the making. The numbers are staggering. According to Charlotte, N.C., NBC station WCNC, Gary Hevel of the Smithsonian Institution says as many as 1 trillion lie [...]
Calif. woman hit cop to go to jail to quit smoking ...

In this booking image released by the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, is Etta Mae Lopez who was arrested for slapping a Sacramento County Sheriff's Deputy, Tuesday, May 7, 2013, so she could go to jail in an effort to quit smoking. Lopez, 31, pleaded no contest Thursday for slapping deputy Matt Campoy as he stood outside the main jail. Lopez was sentenced to 63 days in jail, with credit for the three days she served this week. (AP Photo/Sacramento County Sheriff's Dept.SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Think you've heard of every way possible to quit smoking? Etta Mae Lopez came up with a new one: slap a cop so you'll go to jail, where smoking isn't allowed.



Movie theater publicity stunt results in police response ... The manager of a movie theater in Jefferson City, Mo., is defending himself after a publicity stunt resulted in a police response last weekend. KMIZ reports that management of Goodrich Capital 8 Theaters hired an actor to dress in full tactical gear (complete with a fake gun) and walk into the movie theater during the [...]
Man awarded $59K for being wrongly diagnosed as near death ... It’s everyone’s worst nightmare: Being diagnosed with a terminal illness and given only months to live. Of course, there's always the extremely rare chance it was all a mistake. Luckily for a traumatized Mark Templin, it was an incorrect diagnosis—one that resulted in an almost $60,000 settlement. In 2009, Templin had gone to the Fort [...]
Durango, Colo., area couple gives up catwalk fight ... DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — A Durango area couple is giving up their fight to keep a 13-foot escape route for their cats outside their Colorado apartment.
Celebrity panda at center of Thai-China deal ...

In this photo taken May 2, 2013, Lin Ping, a four-year-old Panda chews bamboo at Chiang Mai zoo in Chiang Mai province, northern Thailand. A breakthrough was announced Friday, May 10, 2013 when the Chinese Embassy informed Thai authorities that Lin Ping can stay in Thailand until October, said Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul. Lin Ping will then relocate to China, where authorities will find her a male partner, and the two will be allowed to return to Thailand to mate, he said. (AP Photo/Wichsi Taprieu)BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's celebrity baby panda Lin Ping is almost 4 years old now. It's time to move to China, find a mate and have cubs.



"Too pretty" label mars South Korean boxing starlet's win ...

Lee Si-young prepares for her match in the 48 kg (106 lb) class at the South Korean national team tryouts in ChungjuBy Narae Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - When romantic actress Lee Si-young swapped her glamorous roles in South Korean dramas for boxing gloves in a bid to win an Olympic medal, her victories triggered a storm of protest that has marred her unexpected success in the ring. The 31-year-old, better known for her roles in TV shows such as "Wild Romance" and "Boys Before Flowers", had tears of joy in her eyes when she defeated 19-year-old Kim Da-som by 22 points to 20 in the 48 kg (106 lb) class at the South Korean national team tryouts in late April. ...



Sophia top baby name for U.S. girls; Messiah and King on the rise for boys ...

A couple pushes a stroller at the base of the Washington Monument in WashingtonBy Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Sophia tops the list of names for American baby girls for the second year in a row, while King and Messiah are becoming increasingly popular names for boys, the U.S. Social Security Administration said on Thursday. Jacob has become a standby for boys' names, topping that category for the 14th straight year. Liam and Elizabeth broke into the Top 10 at No. 6 and No. 10 respectively, the SSA said in a statement. But rising on the list are a couple of less traditional, but more attention-grabbing names. ...



Ore. smokejumpers skydive into illegal pot garden ... MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — A team of smokejumpers parachuting into a fire in the mountains of Southern Oregon landed in an illegal marijuana garden being prepared for growing season.
Landlord mistakes tenant’s tomato plants for pot, calls cops ... You say “tomato”, I say, “illegal pot farm on a Brooklyn rooftop.” A resident in a Brooklyn apartment building got an unexpected, and unmerited, visit from the police after his superintendent called the cops to report an illegal pot-growing operation on the building’s roof. There was just one small problem―the plants growing on the building’s [...]
Your Prius does not impress them. Workers commute via excavators ... Think your commute is fraught with peril? Check out what these workers in Siberia go through to get to their jobs. This video is a few months old, but it's getting renewed interest, thanks to a segment on "Today." In the clip, bridge builders take turns climbing into the scooper of an excavator and taking [...]
Animated graphic illustrates impact of meteorites on Earth ... Meteroites-–debris from space that falls to Earth, usually in a fiery blaze-–are few and far between. And they’re especially rare to witness. But over the millennia, they add up. A cool animated visualization by Carlo Zapponi called Bolides tracks the meteorites that have collided with Earth, focusing on ones that were seen falling and then [...]
16-year-old girl, born without legs and one arm, is now a swimming champ ... Kayla Wheeler was born with three congenital amputations: missing both legs and one arm. Her doctor recommended swimming as a form of physical therapy. And now, at age 16, Wheeler is literally breaking world records. Washington CNN affiliate KCPQ reports that Wheeler already has competed in Brazil, Mexico and the Netherlands and has her sights [...]
Woman accused of slapping deputy so she’d go to jail and quit smoking ... File this one under "B" for "Bad Ideas." A woman allegedly slapped a Sacramento County deputy in order to get arrested. Why? So she would go to jail and be forced to give up smoking cigarettes. CBS-Sacramento reports that Deputy Matt Campoy was leaving his shift when he felt a slap across his face. "It [...]
Mass. panel: No profanity on rapper's headstone ... LYNN, Mass. (AP) — Commissioners at a Massachusetts cemetery have said no to profanity on headstones.
Arizona climber and his dog apparently stung to death by bees ... PHOENIX (Reuters) - An Arizona climber has been found dead, dangling from a rope on a cliff face south of Tucson, after apparently being stung to death by bees, police said on Wednesday. Steven Wallace Johnson, 55, a counselor with some 30 years experience hiking and climbing, headed into the mountains south of Tucson on Friday, Santa Cruz County Sheriff Tony Estrada said. Johnson was reported missing on Monday by co-workers after he failed to show up for work. A Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office search and rescue team found his body that afternoon, Estrada said. ...
China probes reports of film director Zhang Yimou's seven children ...

File photo of Chinese director Zhang waving as he poses for media during news conference for his opening film at 15th Pusan International Film Festival in BusanBEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese authorities have begun investigating reports that Zhang Yimou, one of China's best-known movie directors, has seven children in violation of strict family planning rules, which could result in a fine of 160 million yuan ($26.05 million), state media said on Thursday. Online reports have surfaced that Zhang, who dazzled the world in 2008 with his Beijing Olympic ceremonies, "has at least seven children and will face a 160 million yuan fine," said the website of the People's Daily, the Chinese Communist Party mouthpiece. ...



Man uses spoon to break out of Russian maximum-security prison ... One man, using only a spoon, has escaped from one of Russia’s most infamous prisons. Sky News reports that 33-year-old Oleg Topalov escaped from Matrosskaya Tishina, apparently by using a single spoon to dig a hole through his cell’s ceiling. He is only the fourth person in 20 years to escape from the prison. Russian [...]
Brazilian woman survives harpoon shooting ...

This May 6, 2013 image released Wednesday, May 8, 2013, by Rio de Janeiro State Health Department, shows the spear that was accidentally shot through the mouth of Elisangela Borborema Rosa, in the coastal city of Arrial do Cabo, Brazil. Brazilian health officials say the 28-year-old woman "miraculously"survived after a harpoon entered her mouth and struck her cervical spine. Officials said that the woman's husband was cleaning his spear gun when it accidentally went off, firing the harpoon that injured his wife. (AP Photo/Rio de Janeiro State Health Department)RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A 28-year-old woman miraculously survived after her husband accidentally shot her in the mouth with a harpoon, Brazilian officials said Wednesday.



Scratch-and-sniff cards prompt natural gas scare ... GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — Those scratch-and-sniff cards the energy company sends to customers to teach them to recognize the artificial smell added to natural gas? Turns out they work pretty well.
Kenya co. turns old sandals into colorful objects ...

In this photo taken Monday, April 29, 2013, carver Jackson Mbatha, 40, poses next to an unfinished large toy giraffe he is making from pieces of discarded flip-flops, in front of a painted workshop wall at the Ocean Sole flip-flop recycling company in Nairobi, Kenya. The company is cleaning the East African country's beaches of used, washed-up flip-flops and the dirty pieces of rubber that were once cruising the Indian Ocean's currents are now being turned into colorful handmade giraffes, elephants and other toy animals. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The colorful handmade giraffes, elephants and warthogs made in a Nairobi workshop were once only dirty pieces of rubber cruising the Indian Ocean's currents.



Senior class president suspended after tweet about high-school sports ... Was his tweet a bullying act, or merely the stating of a fact? Either way, reports the Wichita Eagle, the senior class president of Heights High School in Kansas has been suspended and banned from participating in most of this year’s graduation activities after posting a tweet about the school’s athletic program. “‘Heights U’ is [...]
Brazilian woman survives harpoon accident ... RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian health officials say a 28-year-old woman miraculously survived after her husband accidentally shot her in the mouth with a harpoon.
Charles Ramsey gets autotuned, and not everyone is pleased ... Charles Ramsey’s account of his rescue of Amanda Berry, believed to have been held captive along with two other young women in a Cleveland home for a decade, already had gotten attention on the Web. Now, Ramsey is being celebrated for his way with words the way only the Internet can do it: with a [...]
Puppy survives after being locked in car for nearly a month ... A 12-week-old puppy has miraculously overcome a harrowing ordeal and survived being locked inside an impounded car for nearly a month. The Kansas City, Mo., animal shelter now caring for the terrier and schnauzer mix they’ve named Kia said she survived by eating trash left in the car from a McDonald’s restaurant. However, she apparently [...]
Houston braces for giant snail invasion ... Houston, we have a problem. A giant African land snail has been spotted in a Houston garden, and residents are being warned to stay away from it—and to watch out for others. Texas station KPRC reports that the slow-moving menaces are sometimes carriers of a life-threatening meningitis. It "can cause a lot of harm to [...]
Rodman to Kim: 'Do me a solid' and free American ... SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Former NBA star Dennis Rodman is tapping his friendship with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to ask for the release of a Korean-American man sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in the North.
Japan hopes for a lift from "Abenomics" bra ...

Models present lingerie maker Triumph's new concept bra, the "Branomics Bra", during its unveiling in TokyoTOKYO (Reuters) - The Japanese division of lingerie maker Triumph International unveiled on Wednesday an "Abenomics" bra, a special edition it says offers a "growth strategy" and a potential lift towards Japan's elusive inflation target. Launches of Triumph's concept bras in Tokyo have become a regular event over the past quarter of a century and are an important publicity tool for 127-year-old, Swiss-headquartered company. The latest "Branomics Bra" follows earlier solar-powered, recycled and "husband-hunting" models but, like its predecessors, will not go on sale. ...



Dozens of climbers caught in middle of deadly volcanic eruption ... Five mountain climbers were killed and either others injured when a sudden volcanic eruption in the Philippines sent down rocks “big as cars.” “I heard a sound similar to a sudden drop of coconuts. Then I heard noise of cascading rocks. But the thick fog clouding us that time blinded us from seeing the falling [...]
Authorities tried earlier visit to house where Ohio women found ...

Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus in a combination image. REUTERS/FBIBy Kim Palmer and Daniel Trotta CLEVELAND (Reuters) - As three Cleveland women reunited with their families on Tuesday after vanishing for about a decade in their own neighborhood, police scoured the house they escaped from for clues on how they could be held captive for so long with no one noticing. Cleveland authorities said there was one attempt to visit the home in 2004 on an unrelated matter but no one answered the door. They said they combed through records and found no other calls to the house nor reports of anything amiss in the years the women were missing. ...



Critter cams provide peek into the lives of bears ... ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Biologists at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game are getting a peek into what city bears do all day.
Stop motion effects pioneer Ray Harryhausen dies at 92 ... The name Ray Harryhausen probably isn’t familiar to the average moviegoer, but fans of today’s science fiction and fantasy films owe a debt to the legendary effects wizard, who died Tuesday at the age of 92. For decades, Harryhausen was Hollywood’s premiere stop motion effects artist, building models that would seemingly interact with actors on [...]
Woman seeks home for World War II letters found in hatbox ... About 15 years ago, Pamela Gilliland bought a hatbox at an estate sale in Oklahoma for a dollar. When she got around to opening the box a few days later, she discovered it was full of letters from World War II. Tulsa World has the story. Gilliland, it reports, recently enlisted the help of history [...]
Dad helps deliver baby boy in Sam’s Club parking lot ... When Fritz Rosales and Josephine Rosales, who was in labor, realized they wouldn't make it to the hospital in time, they pulled into a Sam's Club parking lot to deliver their fifth child. CBS-Sacramento interviewed the proud parents. Fritz Rosales explained that events seemed to conspire against them. First, they needed to stop at a [...]
British economy claims new victim: Prince Charles' veg shop ...

Britain's Prince Charles arrives to meets with Qataris who studied in Britain during a reception at a hotel in DohaLONDON (Reuters) - Britain's weak economy has taken its toll on the nation's poshest greengrocer with Prince Charles forced to close his organic vegetable store, citing falling trade and rising prices. Prince Charles, the heir to the throne and a champion of the environment, opened a store near to his country home Highgrove in Gloucestershire, south-west England, about eight years ago after converting his estate to organic farming in 1986. ...



Urban Outfitters under fire for Rx-related products ... Popular retailer Urban Outfitters is under fire for selling a line of products that some say glamorizes prescription drug abuse. KABC in Los Angeles reports that the store is selling shot glasses that resemble pill bottles, flasks that feature a prescriptionlike label for "Boozemin" and "syringe shot shooters." The gag products are available in stores [...]
NJ governor 'saves' children from spider ... TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie wasn't in a pardoning mood when an itsy, bitsy spider crawled on his desk while he spoke to a group of schoolchildren.
Newsreel footage shows Hindenburg disaster in stunning detail ... Rarely seen footage of the Hindenburg airship's tragic end, posted by the Public Domain Review, is an amazingly intimate look at a 76-year-old disaster. While the exact cause of the airship’s fiery demise is still debated, the video—which also includes historical newsreel coverage of the Hindenburg on safely executed flights—is a moving look at the [...]