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  • Pakistan nabs militants linked to attack on Malala Sep 12, 2014 12:42 PM
    Pakistan’s army said Friday that it has arrested 10 militants suspected of involvement in the 2012 attack on teenage activist Malala Yousafzai, who won world acclaim after she was shot in the head by the Taliban for advocating gender equality and education for women.

     
  • Union: Prison learned of escape plans day earlier Sep 12, 2014 1:34 PM
    The state had eliminated some security posts at the prison five years ago, the union said. Warden Kevin Jones said he saw Lane after he was captured and that the teen did not say anything. An investigation is underway to determine how the men, who were outside for recreation, managed to climb over the perimeter fence, the warden said.

     
  • Police: Zimmerman accused of threatening driver Sep 12, 2014 1:04 PM
    Police say a driver has reported that George Zimmerman threatened to kill him after a confrontation on the road. Police are investigating two reports involving the driver and 30-year-old Zimmerman, who was acquitted last year of a second-degree murder charge for shooting an unarmed teenager.

     
  • Police: Two boys confess to preschool pumpkin heist Sep 12, 2014 4:31 PM
    School officials found the handful of pumpkins missing and vines destroyed Monday morning. The Portales school’s 26 students had studied and watered them since they were sprouts, officials said.

     
  • Arizona gay man wins fight for death benefits Sep 12, 2014 4:25 PM
    George Martinez was a Vietnam War veteran in the throes of the final stages of cancer when he and his partner of 45 years traveled from Arizona to California to fulfill one of his final wishes and get married. He died two weeks ago, and now his surviving spouse is in the midst of a legal battle over Arizona’s ban on gay marriage.

     
  • Special wedding guest: Man who saved groom’s life Sep 12, 2014 4:25 PM
    When Adam Myers and Sloan Braith get married Saturday, they’ll have a special guest present: the man whose bone marrow made their big day possible. Jeremy Gitzlaff, of Pewaukee, Wisconsin, donated the marrow last year that’s credited with saving Myers’ life from leukemia.

     
  • Nevada governor enacts Tesla tax break package Sep 12, 2014 8:36 AM
    Calling it one of the most important pieces of legislation in Nevada history, Gov. Brian Sandoval signed into law an unprecedented package of incentives to seal a deal to bring Tesla Motors’ $5 billion battery factory to the Silver State. The “gigafactory” is expected to bring more than 20,000 jobs and $100 billion to Nevada’s economy over the next 20 years.

     
  • Pope to marry couples with kids, cohabitating Sep 12, 2014 6:24 PM
    The diocese of Rome, which is organizing the ceremony, said the 20 couples being married range in age from those in their mid-20s to those in their 50s and include “those who are already living together, those who already have children, those who met in church.”

     
  • Banks prepare for fallout if Scotland leaves United Kingdom Sep 12, 2014 6:17 PM
    Less than a week before a referendum that could see Scotland ending its 307-year political bond with the United Kingdom, officials at the Bank of England and the Treasury are gaming out how they would shore up the financial system if that happens. With the result being announced ahead of a normal trading day in the U.K., among the chief risks facing officials in the first 24 hours after any “yes” vote: a flight of deposits, a run on the pound and a drying up of bank liquidity.

     
  • Google taps app market in effort to close Apple gap Sep 12, 2014 8:36 AM
    Though Google Inc.’s Android is the most popular smartphone software, the company lags behind Apple Inc. in generating revenue from mobile applications. Now Google is turning to a white cat and a gang of monsters to catch up. Google, which sells games and other media through its Play online store, is boosting support for developers in Japan to take more of their apps overseas.

     
  • Pistorius could get 15 years for culpable homicide Sep 12, 2014 11:10 AM
    A South African judge on Friday found Oscar Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide in the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp but declared him not guilty of murder. Prosecutors said they were disappointed by the ruling but would decide on whether to appeal only after sentencing. Judge Thokozile Masipa said there was not enough evidence to support the contention that Pistorius intended to kill Steenkamp.

     
  • Peterson indicted on child abuse, won't play Sunday Sep 12, 2014 10:42 PM
    Star Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has been indicted on Texas on a charge of child abuse after using a branch to spank his son and the team benched him for this weekend's game against New England. Peterson's attorney, Rusty Hardin, said Friday that the charge in Montgomery County accuses Peterson of using a branch, or switch, to spank one of his sons, whose age was not disclosed. Hardin said Peterson has cooperated with authorities and didn't mean any harm.

     
  • Yahoo says gov’t threatened $250,000 a day fine Sep 12, 2014 8:49 AM
    Yahoo said Thursday the government threatened to fine the company $250,000 a day if it did not comply with demands to go along with an expansion of U.S. surveillance by surrendering online information, a step the company regarded as unconstitutional. The outlines of Yahoo’s secret and ultimately unsuccessful court fight against government surveillance emerged when a federal judge ordered the unsealing of some material about Yahoo’s court challenge.

     
  • Rare snowstorm slams Rockies, South Dakota Sep 12, 2014 1:30 PM
    The National Weather Service reported 20 inches of snow falling in the Bighorn Mountains in north-central Wyoming.Eight inches fell in Custer, South Dakota.The 3 to 5 inches that fell in Cody, a busy summer tourist town in northwest Wyoming, is the earliest recorded snowfall there since records were kept in 1915.

     
  • Scottish celebrities take sides on independence Sep 12, 2014 9:30 AM
    Scotland’s independence battle is a tough one to call. The Yes side has James Bond, but the No campaign has Harry Potter. Former 007 Sean Connery has long been a vocal Scottish nationalist — from his home in the Bahamas. Earlier this year he backed independence and the “core democratic value that the people of Scotland are the best guardians of their own future.” In the other corner stands J.K. Rowling, Edinburgh-based creator of the boy wizard.

     
  • Twitter seeks up to $1.5 Billion in convertible debt offering Sep 11, 2014 8:33 AM
    Twitter Inc. is tapping debt markets for the first time, with plans to raise as much as $1.5 billion to invest in acquisitions and expansion. The San Francisco-based microblogging company is selling the convertible bonds in two $650 million pieces, one maturing in five years and one coming due in seven years, according to a regulatory filing yesterday. The offering size may rise to $1.5 billion if the banks involved exercise an overallotment option.

     
  • Facebook says China consumers want service Sep 11, 2014 8:29 AM
    Facebook Inc., operator of the world’s largest social-networking site, said China consumers routinely ask about accessing its services even as a regulator indicated there’s little chance a ban will be lifted. “When I’m in China, I often get asked,” Facebook Vice President Vaughan Smith told a conference sponsored by the World Economic Forum in Tianjin, China, today.

     
  • MasterCard loses fight at top EU court over card-fees Sep 11, 2014 8:31 AM
    MasterCard Inc. lost its final court challenge to a European Union antitrust order for it to cap fees it sets for cross-border card payments in Europe. The EU’s Court of Justice ruled that the fees had unfairly restricted competition and that MasterCard failed to show benefits of the fees to justify its system.

     
  • Radioshack says it’s seeking ways to boost cash Sep 11, 2014 8:29 AM
    RadioShack Corp., the struggling electronics retailer, said it’s working with creditors and other parties to get more capital after posting another quarter of plunging same-store sales and mounting losses. The company is in advanced discussions to explore a number of options to revamp its balance sheet, including debt restructuring, a plan to consolidate stores and other measures, according to a statement today.

     
  • Caterpillar’s Petrobras sales boosted by build-in-Brazil policy Sep 11, 2014 10:49 AM
    Peoria-based Caterpillar Inc., the largest maker of diesel and natural gas engines, is increasing sales to state-run Petroleo Brasileiro SA and its suppliers after expanding a Brazilian manufacturing plant. The company has been able to boost sales of its power generators for offshore vessels used by Petrobras, as the Rio de Janeiro-based producer is known,.

     
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