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Samsung Electronics seeks China turnaround, unveils mid-tier handsets with premium feel

File picture of a man walking out of Samsung Electronics' headquarters in SeoulSEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd unveiled two new mid-tier handsets with a premium design as it prepared to deliver a riposte to its low-priced Chinese rivals and reclaim its title as the top brand in the world's biggest smartphone market. The Galaxy A3 and A5 will be Samsung's first devices to feature fully metal bodies and its thinnest smartphones to date. In size, they are comparable to those of the top-of-the-line Galaxy S5, though of lesser screen resolution quality. Samsung said on Friday that it will start selling the Galaxy A3 and A5 in China sometime in November. ...


Hiring business drives LinkedIn's revenue beat

The logo for LinkedIn Corporation, a social networking networking website for people in professional occupations, is shown in Mountain ViewBy Arathy S Nair and Lehar Maan (Reuters) - Corporate networking site LinkedIn Corp reported better-than-expected quarterly profit and revenue as more businesses used its services to hire staff. The company's hiring business has been thriving as employers find its services more helpful in assessing a candidate's suitability for a role. Strong growth in the hiring business and rapid expansion in international markets such as China are considered by analysts to be the main growth drivers for the company in the next few quarters. ...


Android co-founder Andy Rubin to leave Google
By Devika Krishna Kumar (Reuters) - Google Inc said on Thursday that Andy Rubin, co-founder of its Android mobile business and head of its nascent robotics effort is leaving the company. Rubin will start a company to support startups interested in building technology-hardware products, Google said in an emailed response for comment on a Wall Street Journal report about his move. James Kuffner, a research scientist at Google and a member of the robotics group, will replace Rubin, the company added. ...
Comcast, AT&T seek to reassure on no plans for Internet 'fast lanes'

View of the headquarters of Comcast on JFK Boulevard in PhiladelphiaBy Alina Selyukh WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Comcast Corp and AT&T Inc have no plans to create Internet "fast lanes" that may hurt consumers' freedom to roam the Web, the leading U.S. broadband providers told the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee chairman in recent letters. Senator Patrick Leahy last week wrote to top Internet service providers (ISPs), urging them to pledge that they would not enter any so-called paid prioritization deals, in which content companies would pay ISPs to ensure smooth and fast delivery of their traffic. ...


Samsung, LG turn to quantum dots as OLED still too pricey

Samsung Electronics' first curved, super-thin OLED television sets are displayed at the main office of the company in SeoulBy Se Young Lee SEOUL (Reuters) - The world's biggest TV makers, Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and LG Electronics Inc, are turning to quantum dot technology for their next-generation TVs as it could still be years before OLED is affordable for the mass market. The nascent technology involves incorporating a film of tiny light-emitting crystals into regular liquid crystal displays (LCD). The manufacturing process is relatively straightforward and offers improved picture quality at much cheaper cost than using organic light-emitting diodes (OLED). ...


GoPro sees strong holiday quarter sales; shares jump

GoPro Inc's founder and CEO Woodman celebrates GoPro Inc's IPO at the Nasdaq Market Site in New York CityBy Soham Chatterjee (Reuters) - GoPro Inc forecast better-than-expected holiday quarter sales, underscoring the increasing popularity of its wearable cameras among surfers, skydivers and other action junkies. GoPro's shares, which went public in June, shot up 14 percent in extended trading on Thursday after the company also reported strong third-quarter results. Videos taken using GoPro cameras, which can be mounted on helmets, boards, bikes and dog harnesses, have made a big splash on the Internet. ...


France doesn't know who's flying drones over its nuclear power plants

France doesn't know who's flying drones over its nuclear power plantsThe French government is investigating a series of unidentified drone flights recently conducted over state-owned nuclear power plants. Unmanned aerial vehicles were spotted over seven different nuclear power plants around the country in a two-week period between October 5th and October 20th. The drones were reportedly commercial models, available for purchase by the general public, but it's not yet clear who was behind the controls.


Bethesda confirms Prey 2 cancelled

Bethesda confirms Prey 2 cancelledNo longer just in development hell: Pete Hines, VP of Bethesda, has confirmed that the company has officially stopped working on Prey 2.>


Spain is making Google (and others) pay news publishers a tax

Spain is making Google (and others) pay news publishers a tax


Etsy competitor Minted hopes it has an indie artist for you

Minted expands to textiles and opens stores for its winning artists.The crowdsourced e-commerce site lands $38 million to expand its line of art-inspired printed products to textiles and open storefronts for its artists.>


Tomorrow Daily 078: A haunted ad, the zombie-proof bicycle, emergency drones, and more

Tomorrow Daily 078: A haunted ad, the zombie-proof bicycle, emergency drones, and moreOn today's show, we're gearing up to celebrate Halloween, so we showed up in costume and talked about haunted advertisements, a bike prepared for the zombie apocalypse, and a drone made for emergencies.>


Android co-founder Rubin leaving Google to lead startup incubator

Google chief Android engineer Andy Rubin answers questions during a press conference Tuesday following the keynote.Andy Rubin leaves Google and its ambitious robotics projects behind to return to another of his passions: Building successful startups.>


Apple's Cook: "I'm proud to be gay"

Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks at the WSJD Live conference in Laguna BeachBy Christina Farr and Sarah McBride (Reuters) - Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook on Thursday became the most prominent American corporate leader to come out as gay, saying he was trading his closely guarded privacy for the chance to help move civil rights forward. The 53-year-old Alabama native and self-described "son of the South", who has spoken out against discrimination of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, declared his sexual orientation in a magazine editorial, confirming a fact widely known in the close-knit Silicon Valley tech community but rarely discussed. ...


Amazon exec says 'we didn’t get the price right' on the Fire Phone

Amazon exec says 'we didn’t get the price right' on the Fire PhoneHindsight is 20-20, something Amazon now has about the launch of its first smartphone. Amazon debuted the $199 Fire Phone in June, though trimmed the price of the device to 99 cents (with a two-year contract) just two months after it went on sale, without explanation. Speaking to Fortune, Amazon's senior vice president of devices David Limp now says the company simply whiffed on the pricing. "We didn't get the price right," Limp said.


In his native Alabama, Apple CEO's announcement he is gay prompts discomfort for some
By Sherrel Wheeler Stewart BIRMINGHAM Ala. (Reuters) - Apple chief Tim Cook's announcement on Thursday that he is gay and wants to help further civil rights found strong support in some quarters, but his advocacy met less enthusiasm among some people in Alabama, where he was born and raised. Cook said in a magazine editorial he hopes his example will inspire others to push for change. ...
The latest Call of Duty trailer brings Advanced Warfare to the real world

The latest Call of Duty trailer brings Advanced Warfare to the real worldNext week, one of the most popular video game franchises of the past decade will return with its latest entry, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. It’s fair to say that the buzz has died down slightly from the record-breaking days of Modern Warfare 3 and Black Ops 2, but Activision has a great deal of faith in Sledgehammer Games, the recently minted developer which has yet to release a full game. Call of Duty: Ghosts didn’t do much to push the series forward. Based on what we’ve seen prerelease, Advanced Warfare will, for better or for worse. The exoskeleton suit adds a new dimension to maneuverability and gunplay, giving a new audience the opportunity to learn the systems alongside series regulars. This


Nintendo to develop "quality of life" device to track sleep, fatigue: CEO

Nintendo signage at the company's booth at the 2014 Electronic Entertainment Expo, known as E3, in Los AngelesTOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese video game maker Nintendo Co Ltd will develop a device to measure a user's fatigue and map their sleep, Chief Executive Satoru Iwata said on Thursday, the first offering from the company's newly created healthcare division. The device will be developed with U.S. firm ResMed Inc, which currently makes products to treat sleep disorders, and will be available in the financial year ending March 2016. "By using our know-how in gaming... to analyze sleep and fatigue, we can create something fun," Iwata said. ...


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T-Pain goes Auto-Tune-free and it sounds beautiful

T-Pain goes Auto-Tune-free and it sounds beautifulDeciding to unplug his voice from technology for NPR, the man who made Auto-Tune de rigueur shows that he didn't need it at all.>


Guess who might play Steve Wozniak in upcoming Jobs film?

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.The original geek behind Apple is rumored to be played by one of Hollywood's original geeks in the upcoming Aaron Sorkin flick inspired by Steve Jobs' biography.>


Apple CEO publicly acknowledges that he's gay

Apple CEO publicly acknowledges that he's gayNEW YORK (AP) — Apple CEO Tim Cook's declaration that he's "proud to be gay" wasn't exactly news in Silicon Valley, where his sexual orientation was no secret. But advocates say that given Apple's immense reach and visibility, his coming-out could help change attitudes in workplaces across America.


Android creator Andy Rubin is leaving Google

Android creator Andy Rubin is leaving GoogleAndy Rubin, who co-founded the Android project, is leaving Google. According to The Wall Street Journal, Rubin's departing to create an incubator for hardware startups. His role heading up the company's robotics will be taken up by James Kuffner, a research scientist at the company and a professor at Carnegie Mellon University.


Google to pay fine for showing woman's cleavage on Street View

Google to pay fine for showing woman's cleavage on Street ViewIn Canada, a judge rejects the defense that once you are doing something in public, you have no right to privacy.>


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The Vergecast 125: I have 23 children

The Vergecast 125: I have 23 childrenThe hype meter is off the charts this week. The sweat is real. This Vergecast is beef, not bust. Our hosts Nilay Patel, Chris Plante, and The Verge's social beast Sam Sheffer begin the hour with a reflection on various motorized death machines and enormous phones. Then David Pierce steps in to discuss super heroes, Apple Pay vs. CurrentC, Microsoft's fitness band, and Chris's alarming misunderstanding of contraception. Join us, won't you? Audio:


Warblr can identify that bird just by hearing its song

Warblr can identify that bird just by hearing its song


Twitter product chief sidelined as user engagement slides
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Twitter Inc has sidelined the product chief it recently poached from rival Google Inc, in the latest executive reshuffle at the online messaging service, according to a source familiar with the situation. Former consumer product chief Daniel Graf will now oversee strategic initiatives such as geo-location mobile features, the person said on condition of anonymity because the move was not public. Kevin Weil, who was head of revenue-generating products, will now take charge of all products at the company, the person said. ...
Graffiti found in 3 more national parks in West
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The National Park Service says it has found more graffiti in some of the West's most scenic locations in a case that sparked an uproar on social media last week.
One MCX member will bravely allow Apple Pay in its stores

One MCX member will bravely allow Apple Pay in its storesThe Apple Pay vs. MCX’s CurrentC war has been one of the highlights of the week, with MCX having to defend its position against Apple Pay and in favor of its own smartphones payments solution that will launch next year and will be available via its CurrentC app. MCX members, including Walmart, Best Buy, Target, CVS, Gap and many others must exclusively support CurrentC in stores, reports revealed, suggesting that a fine is involved if this contract requirement is broken. MCX sort-of denied the fines, saying there are no fines for anyone wishing to leave the MCX group. And it looks like at least one retailer wants to put this claim to the test by supporting both CurrentC and Apple Pay. FROM EARLIER: This


Why Twitter's new head of product could be the one to fix it

Why Twitter's new head of product could be the one to fix itIn the last 10 months, Twitter has lost: its chief operating officer, its chief financial officer, its head of product, its head of news, its head of engineering, and (just this week) one of his deputies. Then today came another twist: the company promoted Kevin Weil, its head of revenue products, to oversee the entire product organization. Goosing user growth is part of what the head of consumer product is supposed to do: Twitter remains difficult for newcomers to grok, and the company has experimented endlessly with tweaks to the service designed to make it more engaging.


Expedia's third-quarter profit soars 50 percent
By Jeffrey Dastin (Reuters) - Expedia Inc reported robust third-quarter earnings on Thursday and topped analyst estimates, as strong hotel bookings boosted the company's profit by more than 50 percent from the year-earlier quarter. The world's largest online travel company by bookings posted net income of $257.1 million and earned $1.94 per diluted share, well ahead of Wall Street's average estimate of $1.74, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. ...
Invention lets newborns in incubators feel mom's heartbeat

Invention lets newborns in incubators feel mom's heartbeatIntel "Make it Wearable" finalist Team Babybe created a wearable that lets preemies or other babies in incubators feel their parents' heartbeat while separated.>


Engadget Daily: The 'Microsoft Band,' life with the OnePlus One and more!

Engadget Daily: The 'Microsoft Band,' life with the OnePlus One and more!


Mark Zuckerberg will answer your questions for one hour next week

Mark Zuckerberg will answer your questions for one hour next weekMark Zuckerberg's not afraid of you, internet. The Facebook CEO has announced that he'll participate in a public Q&A session next Thursday afternoon, answering questions submitted and voted on by the social network's own users. Facebook holds its own internal Q&A each Friday, according to Zuckerberg, a forum that gives employees a frequent opportunity to ask the CEO anything they'd like. ...


Apple's Cook signals front line of new gay rights battle
By Dan Levine and Fiona Ortiz (Reuters) - In his essay coming out as gay, Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook criticized an Arizona proposal that would have given private business owners the ability to deny services to gay people on religious grounds. Cook on Thursday became the most prominent American corporate leader to come out, saying he was trading his closely guarded privacy for the chance to help move civil rights forward. ...

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Penn. trooper ambush suspect captured
A survivalist is accused of ambushing two state troopers, killing one and wounding the other.
Is Gov. Chris Christie's brash style presidential or bullying?

FILE - This July 17, 2014, file photo shows New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie greeting Iowans after speaking at a fundraiser for Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad in Davenport, Iowa. Christie is headlining Branstad's birthday bash in Clive, Iowa, Saturday Oct. 25, 2014, one of the biggest events on the state's political calendar, cementing his status as Branstad's favored 2016 candidate and giving him his biggest platform yet to appeal to activists in the state. (Charlie Neibergall, File/AP Photo)The "sit down and shut up" approach plays well in New Jersey, but it could be seen as phony bluster in some states.


Group: State Department too top-heavy with Obama picks

OBAMA/At a time when "The world is a mess," President Barack Obama has packed too many political appointees into top jobs at the State Department, and should replace retiring Deputy Secretary of State William Burns with a career diplomat, a foreign service group warns.


Nurse defies Ebola quarantine with bike ride; negotiations fail

Kaci Hickox and boyfriend Ted Wilbur go for a bike ride in Fort KentBy Steve Holland CAPE ELIZABETH Maine (Reuters) - A nurse who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone but has tested negative for the virus went for a bike ride on Thursday, defying Maine's order that she be quarantined in her home and setting up a legal collision with Governor Paul LePage. Attorneys for Kaci Hickox, 33, said they had not yet been served with a court order to enforce the 21-day quarantine - matching the virus's maximum incubation period - but remained prepared to fight such an order if necessary. ...


Lack of mechanics threatens U.S. Air Force target date for F-35
By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Air Force may miss its target of August 2016 to start using the Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jet in combat if Congress blocks the service's plan to retire its A-10 tank-killer aircraft, a top U.S. general said Thursday. Air Force Lieutenant General Chris Bogdan, the Pentagon's F-35 program chief, told reporters the Air Force was counting on training experienced A-10 mechanics to help reach the total 1,100 mechanics needed to declare that the F-35 had reached "initial operational capability" or IOC. ...
Flames, smoke after small plane crash in Kansas

In the image from video provided by KAKE News black smoke billows from a building at Mid-Continent Airport where officials say a plane crashed Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 in Wichita, Kan. AP Photo/KAKE News) MANDATORY CREDITWICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A small plane lost engine power after takeoff and crashed into a flight-training building at a Kansas airport Thursday, killing four people, injuring five others and igniting a fire that sent up towering plumes of black smoke that could be seen for miles.


Israel-Sweden tension builds even more

A Palestinian flag hangs outside the Palestinian Representative Office in Stockholm, Sweden capital, on October 30, 2014Israel responds to Sweden's recognition of a Palestinian state.


Halloween called off in Pennsylvania town

A private open-air bazaar is selling pumpkins of all sizes as decoration, ahead of Halloween that is taking root in Poland, especially among school children, but also for soup, cakes and sweet-and-sour preserves for the winter, in Warsaw, Poland, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)The police manhunt for Eric Frein costs kids the fun of trick-or-treating.


Big change comes to 'The View'

Big change comes to 'The View'


NATO says watching increased Russian miiltary moves in Europe airspace

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, seen here in Brussels on October 28, 2014, says the alliance "remains vigilant" over Russian military activity over EuropeNATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday that the transatlantic alliance remained vigilant after an increase in Russian military manoeuvres in European airspace. "NATO is strong, it remains vigilant," he said during a visit to Athens. Russian strategic bombers, fighters and tanker aircraft have been intercepted on Tuesday and Wednesday in what NATO said earlier was "unusual" activity. "This strength is our answer" to what NATO has termed large-scale Russian military manoeuvres over the Atlantic, Baltic, North and Black seas earlier this week, when they skirted NATO airspace.


Tuesday's elections will be landmark for conservation

In this photo taken Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, a rackoon rests on a tree at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park in Key Biscayne, Fla. Voters from Rhode Island to California this Election Day will decide whether billions of dollars should be set aside for parks and preservation, leading some environmentalists to highlight 2014 as one of the most significant elections for land conservation in American history. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Voters across the nation are deciding whether to set aside billions of dollars for parks and preservation in what some environmentalists are calling one of the most significant elections for land conservation in American history.


N. Korea imposes Ebola quarantine

This Monday, Oct. 27, 2014 photo shows medical personnel in protective suits standing by an ambulance, at the Sunan International Airport, in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea would seem like the last place on Earth that has anything to worry about from Ebola. But it's virtually gone on DefCon 1 over what it sees as a looming invasion from the outside world that threatens to infiltrate its borders and relentlessly attack its people unless dramatic measures are taken immediately. It has banned tourists, put business groups on hold and is looking even more suspiciously than usual at every foreign face coming across its borders. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)Foreigners will be isolated for 21 days over fears of the spread of the virus.


Longtime Boston Mayor Thomas Menino dies at 71

Menino smiles at the Boston College Chief Executives' Club of Boston luncheonBy Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Thomas Menino, the longest-serving mayor in Boston history who led the city after the 2013 marathon bombing, died on Thursday at age 71 from cancer, his family said in a statement. Menino, a Democrat, ran New England's largest city for two decades before he stepped down in early 2014 at the end of his fifth term, saying he could no longer keep up the intense schedule. Months after ending his final term, Menino disclosed he had been diagnosed with cancer. Last week, he said he would halt cancer treatments to spend more time with his family. ...


NC courthouse shooting: One suspect in jail, one pursued

Crime scene investigator Larry Bryant with the Nash Co. Sheriff's Dept. gathers evidence from the courthouse steps after two people were shot in front of the Nash Co. Courthouse in Nashville N.C., Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. A manhunt involving helicopters and dozens of armed officers patrolling a nearby highway was underway for two men who Nash County Sheriff Dick Jenkins said fled in a white car. (AP Photo/The News & Observer, Chris Seward)RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — One suspect has been arrested and another is being sought on an assault charges in the shooting at a North Carolina courthouse that wounded two men.


Hawaii's Big Island watches lava slowly reshape community

This Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014 photo provided by the U.S. Geological Survey shows an aerial view of the lava flow over Cemetery Road and Apa?a Street near the town of Pahoa on the Big Island of Hawaii. Rain fell Wednesday on a red-hot river of lava as it threatened to consume its first home on its slow advance into a rural Hawaii town. (AP Photo/U.S. Geological Survey)PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — The Hawaii National Guard is deploying troops to a rural Hawaii town as lava makes a slow crawl toward a major road and threatens to further isolate the community that got its start during the lumber and sugar-plantation heyday.


World must do more to fight Ebola: UN envoy Power

The U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power speaks during a lecture regarding the Ebola virus at the Residence Palace in Brussels on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. Power, who recently traveled to the Ebola-infected countries of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, is trying to draw support for more international aid in the stricken areas. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)Returning from W. Africa, ambassador to UN says world must confront "greatest public health crisis ever."


On Politics: Obama, Christie and Ebola

Political bromance? Obama, Christie to meet again on NJ shoreSomehow, Chris Christie has again managed to make himself the most talked-about Republican in the country on the eve of an election in which he isn't on the ballot.


150 found in Iraq mass grave

Iraqi security forces and gunmen take position following clashes with jihadists on September 19, 2014, in Ramadi, the capital of Anbar provinceMilitants from Islamic State said to have rounded up Sunni men from villages and executed them Wednesday.


Nurse defies Maine's Ebola quarantine, goes for bike ride

This undated image provided by University of Texas at Arlington shows Kaci Hickox. In a Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014 telephone interview with CNN, Hickox, the nurse quarantined at a New Jersey hospital because she had contact with Ebola patients in West Africa, said the process of keeping her isolated is "inhumane." (AP Photo/University of Texas at Arlington)FORT KENT, Maine (AP) — Insisting she is perfectly healthy, nurse Kaci Hickox again defied the state's Ebola quarantine Thursday by taking a bike ride with her boyfriend, and Maine health authorities struggled to reach a compromise that would limit her contact with others.


'I'm proud to be gay,' says Apple CEO Tim Cook

FILE - Apple chief executive and Alabama native Tim Cook laughs with a group before an Alabama Academy of Honor ceremony at the state Capitol in this Oct. 27, 2014 file photo taken in Montgomery, Ala. In an essay written for Bloomberg Businessweek, and published Thursday Oct. 30, 2014 Cook says that while he never denied his sexuality, he never publicly acknowledged it, either. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)Apple CEO Tim Cook on Thursday made a surprising announcement in an opinion piece on Bloomberg Businessweek, which is very much in line with his many public notes in the recent past about diversity at the workplace. “While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven’t publicly acknowledged it either, until now. So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me,” Cook said  in the essay. FROM EARLIER: Tim Cook offers a heartfelt tribute to Steve Jobs on the 3rd anniversary of his passing The executive admitted that he never hid his sexual orientation while working at Apple, even though he had not publicly declared it until now. “For


Apple's chief exec Tim Cook: 'I'm proud to be gay'

Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks at the WSJD Live conference in Laguna BeachApple Inc CEO Tim Cook on Thursday became the most prominent American corporate leader to come out as gay, saying he was trading his closely guarded privacy for the chance to help move civil rights forward. The 53-year-old Alabama native and self-described "son of the South", who has spoken out against discrimination of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, declared his sexual orientation in a magazine editorial, confirming a fact widely known in the close-knit Silicon Valley tech community but rarely discussed. Cook's announcement comes as gay marriage is becoming widespread, but the nation remains divided over gay rights.


Giants win 3rd Series title in 5 years

Madison Bumgarner comes out of the bullpen to shut down the Royals in a classic Game 7.


Lava 100 feet from Hawaii home, nearing main road
PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — Rain fell Wednesday on a red-hot river of lava as it threatened to consume its first home on its slow advance into a rural Hawaii town.
China fears Hong Kong protests now national security issue

Umbrella rally marks one month of Hong Kong protestsMonth-old pro-democracy demonstrations a threat to China's rule; time for neutrality is over, political operative says.


Russia's $25 billion plan for North Korea

North Koreans are seen from the window of a train along the railway line between Pyongyang and the North Phyongan Province on the west coast on April 8, 2012Russia is eyeing a 'mammoth' and lucrative project for the hermit state.


Report: Red Cross was totally unprepared for Sandy relief

Recovery Continues Two Weeks After Superstorm SandyTwo years after Superstorm Sandy, a former Red Cross official says "as many as 40 percent" of the relief organization's emergency vehicles were used as backdrops for press conferences during the group's response to the storm, a new report by ProPublica and NPR finds.


Obama on Ebola fight: We can’t seal ourselves off

President Barack Obama shakes hands with Ebola survivor Dr. Kent Brantly during an event with American health care workers fighting the Ebola virus, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)The president says it is essential that the U.S. and other countries work to stop the outbreak at its source.


Hundreds feared buried under Sri Lanka mudslide

Sri Lankan men stand by a damaged house caused by mudslide at the Koslanda tea plantation in Badulla district, about 220 kilometers (140 miles) east of Colombo, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. The mudslide triggered by monsoon rains buried scores of workers' houses at the tea plantation, killing at least 10 people and leaving more than 250 missing, an official said. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)KOSLANDA, Sri Lanka (AP) — A mudslide triggered by monsoon rains buried scores of workers' houses at a tea plantation in central Sri Lanka, raising fears that hundreds may have been killed.


Probe of Virginia rocket blast begins; space station supplied

An unmanned Antares rocket is seen exploding seconds after lift off from a commercial launch pad in this still image from NASA video at Wallops IslandBy Ian Simpson and Irene Klotz WALLOPS Va./CAPE CANAVERAL Fla. (Reuters) - Authorities on Wednesday started investigating what caused an unmanned U.S. supply rocket to explode in a fireball moments after liftoff from a Virginia launch pad, destroying supplies and equipment bound for the International Space Station. The 14-story Antares rocket, built and launched by Orbital Sciences Corp, blasted off from the NASA Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island at 6:22 p.m. on Tuesday but burst into flames moments later. ...


Elton John's bold words about Pope Francis

Elton John performs at the Elton John AIDS Foundation’s 13th Annual "An Enduring Vision" benefit at Cipriani's Wall Street on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)NEW YORK (AP) — Elton John called Pope Francis "my hero" for his compassion and push to accept gays in the Catholic church at his annual AIDS benefit.


FBI under fire for 'completely unacceptable' act

FBI Agents on August 16, 2014, investigate the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown at the location where he was killed on Canfield Drive in Ferguson, MissouriThe FBI has come under fire from media organizations following disclosures that it created a fake news website to track down a suspect in a bomb threat case. Documents revealed the FBI created a fake Associated Press news article that appeared to be in the Seattle Times, to trick the suspect to install malware that would reveal his location. The incident dates back to 2007, but the documents surfaced this week after a security research for the American Civil Liberties Union tweeted a link to the case file on Monday. "The FBI impersonating the press is just as irresponsible as the CIA running fake immunization programs.


Purdue University accused killer found dead

This photo provided by Indiana State Prison shows Cody Cousins. The Indiana Department of Correction said Wednesday in a statement that 24-year-old Cody Cousins was pronounced dead about 30 minutes after he was found unresponsive Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in his cell at the prison in Michigan City. The DOC says Cousins apparently took his own life with self-inflicted lacerations to his neck and both arms. Cousins pleaded guilty to murder in the Jan. 21 attack inside a Purdue University classroom filled with students that killed 21-year-old Andrew Boldt (AP Photo/ Indiana State Prison)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana man who fatally stabbed and shot a fellow Purdue University student earlier this year has been found dead from an apparent suicide in his prison cell, state correction officials said Wednesday.


Nation 'unprepared' for Ebola oubreak

In this Oct. 24, 2014, file photo, members of the Department of Defense's Ebola Military Medical Support Team dress with protective gear during training at San Antonio Military Medical Center in San Antonio. Even small clusters of Ebola cases could overwhelm parts of US medical care system, according to an Associated Press review of readiness at hospitals and other components of the emergency medical network. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)An independent review gives dire warnings about the U.S. health care system's readiness.


After U.S. rocket explodes, Russians deliver food to Int'l Space Station

Russia Launches Unmanned Supply Ship Toward Space StationAn unmanned Antares rocket exploded seconds after liftoff in Virginia.


Ebola nurse fights quarantine in Maine

The home Theodore Wilbur boyfriend of Kaci Hickox the nurse who was released from quarantine is seen in Fort Kent MaineKaci Hickox tested negative for the virus and refuses to stay put for 21 days.


American couple held in Qatar for death of adopted daughter

YAHOO EXCLUSIVE: American couple held in Qatar speaks: “We Are Being Kidnapped”. Watch here .An American couple feels trapped and abandoned by the U.S. Government as they await a possible death sentence following the death of their daughter in the oil rich country of Qatar. Grace and Matthew Huang were accused of starving their adopted daughter Gloria to death almost two years ago. Since the tragic night of Gloria's passing, the Huangs have been jailed, separated from their other two children. Their lives are in the hands of a foreign government whose judicial process is mysterious and terrifying to them.They decided to share their story exclusively with Yahoo’s Global News Anchor Katie Couric.


Storied Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee remembered

Quinn Bradlee, son of Ben Bradlee, is embraced by Carl BernsteinWASHINGTON (AP) — Ben Bradlee, the longtime executive editor of The Washington Post during some of its proudest moments, was remembered as a "journalistic warrior" Wednesday during his funeral at Washington National Cathedral.


'I don't feel safe anymore'

a couple surveys the remains of the home owned by the woman’s parentsResidents still feel mental anguish two years after Sandy ravaged the East Coast.


Increasing diabetes cases lead to new global health fears

A tuberculosis patientHaving diabetes triples a person's risk of contracting TB, which killed about 1.5 million people last year, said the report compiled by the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease and the World Diabetes Foundation. A growing link has been observed between diabetes -- a disease of diet, lifestyle and genes -- and TB, a respiratory disease spread by bacteria, it said. "This is largely because diabetes rates are skyrocketing around the world, and having diabetes increases the risk that a person will become sick with TB." According to the report, it was estimated that there were more people in the world living with a combination of TB and diabetes than there were people living with TB and HIV -- a well-known duo that has claimed millions of lives.


Chrysler recalling 381K trucks over fire hazard

A Chrysler sign is seen outside the Warren Truck Assembly plant where the Dodge Ram pickup truck is assembled in Warren, MichiganDETROIT (Reuters) - Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV's Chrysler Group said on Wednesday it is recalling 381,876 Ram trucks mostly in the United States to correct a potential fire hazard. Chrysler said in a statement that problems with 2010-2014 Ram 2500 and 3500 pickups and 4500 and 5500 chassis cabs equipped with Cummins diesel engines could cause fuel-heater housings to overheat and fuel to leak. It said 314,704 of the trucks are in the United States, 59,432 in Canada and the rest outside North America. Chrysler said it was not aware of any accidents or injuries related to the condition. ...



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