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  • Midday Glance: Gold companies

    Shares of some top gold companies are down at 1 p.m.: Barrick Gold Corp. fell $.38 or 2.0 percent, to $18.35. Gold Fields fell $.10 or 2.4 percent, to $4.13. GoldCorp. fell $.95 or 3.3 percent, to $27.44. ...

  • Midday Glance: Railroad companies

    Shares of some top railroad companies are mixed at 1 p.m.: CSX fell $.24 or .8 percent, to $30.63. Canadian National Railway Co. rose $.38 or .5 percent, to $69.86. Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. fell $.74 ...

  • AP NewsBreak: Navy kicks out 34 for nuke cheating
    AP NewsBreak: Navy kicks out 34 for nuke cheating

    WASHINGTON (AP) — At least 34 sailors are being kicked out of the Navy for their roles in a cheating ring that operated undetected for at least seven years at a nuclear power training site, and 10 others are under criminal investigation, the admiral in charge of the Navy's nuclear reactors program told The Associated Press.

  • Accused bitcoin exchanger loses bid to narrow criminal charges

    A Florida man accused of engaging in a scheme to sell more than $1 million in bitcoins to users of the illicit online marketplace Silk Road on Tuesday lost a bid to narrow his criminal case. Robert Faiella, 54, who prosecutors say was an underground exchanger of bitcoins, had urged a New York federal judge to dismiss one of two counts against him, operating an unlicensed money transmitting business, because bitcoins are not money. District Judge Jed Rakoff rejected that argument, saying bitcoins "clearly qualifies as 'money' or 'funds,'" under dictionary definitions, a position supported by legislative history in interpreting the law. The judge also rejected Faiella's arguments that his activities on Silk Road did not constitute "transmitting" money under federal law, saying that in sending customer funds to the website, he transferred the money to others for a profit.

  • US aircraft bomb targets in northern Iraq
    US aircraft bomb targets in northern Iraq

    American warplanes have bombed Islamist militants in northern Iraq near the Mosul dam, the US military's Central Command said on Thursday, in the latest air attack on the extremists. "US military forces continued to attack ISIL (Islamic State) terrorists in support of Iraqi Security Force operations, using fighter and attack aircraft to conduct six airstrikes in the vicinity of the Mosul Dam," it said in a statement. The air raids were carried out over the last 24 hours, a US defense official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told AFP. The air attacks come after President Barack Obama called for decisive international action against the "cancer" of jihadist extremism in Iraq and Syria.

  • Good riddance to Windows 8: Microsoft will unveil Windows 9 next month
    Good riddance to Windows 8: Microsoft will unveil Windows 9 next month

    After months of leaks and hints, Microsoft is finally prepared to unveil the next version Windows. The Verge reports that Microsoft will hold a press event on September 30th to officially announce Windows 9 and discuss details of the upcoming release. Microsoft is expected to launch a preview version of the new OS on the same day or in the first days of October, following earlier reports from ZDNet which pegged the same dates for the release. The technology preview will allow developers and consumers alike to test out some of the new features of Windows 9, including the return of the Start menu and possibly an early version of Cortana for PC. We’ve seen some of the UI alterations in leaks

  • First Malaysian bodies from MH17 crash fly home
    First Malaysian bodies from MH17 crash fly home

    A plane carrying the bodies of 20 Malaysian victims of flight MH17, which crashed in Ukraine in July, took off from Amsterdam for Kuala Lumpur on Thursday, Dutch media reported. There was no ceremony for the departure from Schiphol airport, local news agency ANP reported, with the plane to land in Malaysia on Friday, which has been declared a day of national mourning. The plane will be met by Malaysia's king, prime minister and other dignitaries accompanied by a minute of silence at Kuala Lumpur's main international airport, Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said last week. The Malaysia Airlines plane was shot down over rebel-held eastern Ukraine on July 17 en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, killing all 298 on board.

  • Becker surprised by criticism of appointment by Djokovic

    (Reuters) - Boris Becker says he was surprised by the level of criticism when world number one Novak Djokovic took him on as his coach last year. The former Wimbledon champion had been seen on television as a commentator but many felt Becker, whose off-court escapades threatened to eclipse his tennis achievements, did not have much to offer the Serbian 15 years after his retirement. "This is a part of sometimes being Boris Becker, being so much in the front row of life, that a lot of people feel like they are entitled to their opinion even though they have no idea about me." The German said he was honored when approached by Djokovic in October, but he has had to be tough. "I was a little bit worried to say the least, I thought Novak was on the ropes - Roger did another Roger." But Djokovic held on to win the fifth set and his seventh major title.

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