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Facebook Puts $19 Billion Bet On WhatsApp

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Facebook is placing a $19 billion bet on reaching its next billion mobile users with the acquisition of WhatsApp, a popular messaging service that lets people send texts, photos and videos on their smartphones.

The $19 billion deal is by far Facebook’s largest and bigger than any that Google, Microsoft ...

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US, Canada To Play For Women's Hockey Gold Medal

Monday, February 17, 2014

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — The United States and Canada will play for the women's hockey gold medal for the fourth time in the five Olympics since the sport was added to the Winter Games.

"We feel like we've prepared all year for this game," said Natalie Spooner, who scored twice ...

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Duke Energy To Shed Midwest Generation Business

Monday, February 17, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy says it will get out of the wholesale power-generation business in the Midwest because the financial results are too volatile.

The company owns a stake in 11 power plants in Ohio and one each in Illinois and Pennsylvania.

Charlotte, N.C.-based Duke said Monday that ...

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Plushenko Retires After Olympic Withdrawal

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Evgeni Plushenko’s Olympics are over. His competitive career, too. The Russian star retired Thursday just after he withdrew from the men’s event at the Sochi Olympics for medical reasons.

The 31-year-old Plushenko is the only modern-era figure skater to win medals in four Olympics. He helped Russia win the team ...

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Deaths, Power Outages In South; Storm Heads North

Thursday, February 13, 2014

The latest storm to roll off nature’s assembly line this bustling winter spread heavy snow and sleet along the Northeast corridor Thursday, while utility crews in the ice-encrusted South labored to restore power to hundreds of thousands of shivering residents.

The sloppy weather shuttered schools and businesses, made driving scary, ...

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Former New Orleans Mayor Found Guilty On 20 Counts

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

A federal jury has convicted former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin on charges that he accepted bribes, free trips and other gratuities from contractors in exchange for helping them secure millions of dollars in city work while he was in office.

The jury today convicted Nagin of 20 of 21 ...

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Shirley Temple Dies At Age 85

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Shirley Temple, the dimpled, curly-haired child star who sang, danced, sobbed and grinned her way into the hearts of Depression-era moviegoers, has died, according to publicist Cheryl Kagan. She was 85.

Temple, known in private life as Shirley Temple Black, died Monday night at about 11 p.m. at her home ...

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Jay Leno Says Goodbye To 'Tonight Show'

Friday, February 07, 2014

Make way for Jimmy Fallon.

“Tonight Show” host Jay Leno ended a stellar if sometimes stormy run Thursday night with high emotion at concluding what he termed “the greatest 22 years of my life.”

Calling himself “the luckiest guy in the world,” Leno went out on top, which was where ...

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U.S. Prosecutors Seek Execution Of Marathon Suspect

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Federal prosecutors say they will seek the death penalty against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in the Boston Marathon bombing.

The final decision was made by Attorney General Eric Holder and was announced Thursday. The twin blasts in April killed three people and wounded more than 260 in one of the most prominent ...

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Atlanta Schools, Government Offices Still Shut Down

Thursday, January 30, 2014

The snow and sleet had stopped falling and traffic was moving again around Atlanta following a crippling storm – but officials warned that ice-covered roads remained a threat for drivers Thursday morning.

State officials were concerned with sub-freezing overnight lows potentially leading to layers of black ice coating roads that ...

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South Still Reeling From Snowstorm

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

After a rare snowstorm stopped Atlanta-area commuters in their tracks – forcing many to hunker down in their cars overnight or seek other shelter – the National Guard is sending military Humvees onto the city’s snarled freeway system.

Gov. Nathan Deal says it’s an attempt to move stranded school buses ...

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Remembering Folk Music Legend Pete Seeger

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Here are five essential songs by folk music legend Pete Seeger, who died Monday at age 94:

“If I Had a Hammer”: An all-time singalong co-written in 1949 by Seeger and Lee Hays and released a year later by the Weavers under the title “The Hammer Song.” Popularized in the ...

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Daft Punk, Macklemore & Lewis Top Grammy Awards

Monday, January 27, 2014

The Grammy Awards celebrated outcasts and outsiders, lionizing a couple of French robots, white rappers and a country gal espousing gay rights, and a Goth teenager who’s clearly uncomfortable with the current themes in pop music.

The Recording Academy’s voters mined some of pop music’s biggest hits to send an ...

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Bribery Trial Opens For Ex-New Orleans Mayor

Monday, January 27, 2014

Jury selection began Monday in the trial of former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, who faces charges that he accepted bribes and free trips among other things from contractors in exchange for helping them secure millions of dollars in city work.

Nagin, a Democrat who was mayor when Hurricane Katrina ...

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Bombings Rock Egyptian Capital

Friday, January 24, 2014

A string of four bombings hit around Cairo on Friday, including a car blast that ripped through the Egyptian capital’s main security headquarters and wrecked a nearby museum of Islamic artifacts. Six people were killed in the most significant attack yet in the city at a time of mounting confrontation ...

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Justices Hear Arguments In Restitution Case

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The Supreme Court lent a sympathetic ear Wednesday to a victim of child pornography who wants the court to make it easier for victims to collect money from people convicted of downloading and viewing the pornographic images.

The woman known as Amy was at the court, her legal team said, ...

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Obama Backs Limits On NSA Phone Collections

Friday, January 17, 2014

President Barack Obama is ordering changes to the government’s massive collection of phone records that he says will end the program “as it currently exists.”

Obama says intelligence officials have not intentionally abused the program to invade privacy. But he also says he believes critics of the program have been ...

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Pittsburgh Symphony Mulls Return Trip to Iran

Friday, January 17, 2014

The last American orchestra to perform in Iran is considering what would be a groundbreaking return concert tour this fall.

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