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  • How Steve Ballmer became a rookie basketball mogul
    How Steve Ballmer became a rookie basketball mogul

    Microsoft ex-CEO charmed Shelly Sterling on road to $2 billion Clippers purchase.

  • Amazon's $1B deal for Twitch a game changer?
    Amazon's $1B deal for Twitch a game changer?

    Amazon has agreed to buy Twitch, an online video platform and community for gamers, for $970 million in cash

  • No sign of quick end to Ukraine conflict
    No sign of quick end to Ukraine conflict

    MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Ukraine's president said Wednesday that Vladimir Putin accepts the principles of a peace plan for Ukraine but the Russian leader insisted that only Kiev can reach a cease-fire deal with the pro-Moscow separatists.

  • New York risks 'return to bad old days'
    New York risks 'return to bad old days'

    New York is hurtling back to "the bad old days of high crime" under current Mayor Bill de Blasio, a major police union has warned, drawing a sharp rebuke from the Democrat. "The degradation of our streets is on the rise," said Ed Mullins, president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association, urging the Democratic Party to choose another city to hold its 2016 convention. In a full-page open letter in The New York Times, Mullins said that the city was "lurching backwards to the bad old days of high crime, danger-infested public spaces, and families that walk our streets worried for their safety." He accused de Blasio of making "dangerous choices" and said that the New York Police Department (NYPD) was "understaffed, overworked and underpaid."

  • Journalist held captive in Syria arrives in U.S.
    Journalist held captive in Syria arrives in U.S.

    American journalist Peter Theo Curtis has returned home to the United States, two days after being freed by a Syrian extremist group.

  • Talks optimism fades as Ukraine says Russia makes new incursion

    By Richard Balmforth and Anton Zverev KIEV/DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) - Ukraine accused Russian forces of launching a new military incursion across its border on Wednesday, a day after the leaders of both countries agreed to work towards ending a separatist war in the east of the country. The accusation, which could not be immediately verified, quickly dented any sense of cautious optimism from Tuesday's late-night talks between presidents Vladimir Putin and Petro Poroshenko on resolving the five-month conflict. Ukrainian military spokesman Andriy Lysenko said a group of Russian soldiers had crossed the border in armored infantry carriers and a truck and entered the eastern town of Amvrosiyivka, not far from where Ukraine detained 10 Russian soldiers on Monday. No comment was immediately available from the Russian defense ministry on the alleged incursion.

  • China’s falling real-estate prices trigger protests, clashes

    The sharp drop in China’s housing prices has reportedly led to an outburst of anger among property owners, leading to violent clashes in some cases.

  • Herd mentality: 'Sheepdog mystery' solved at last
    Herd mentality: 'Sheepdog mystery' solved at last

    There is the riddle of the Bermuda Triangle. The answer, revealed on Tuesday in a journal published by Britain's prestigious Royal Society, is that sheepdogs cleverly follow a simple rulebook. Researchers fitted highly accurate GPS tracking devices into backpacks that were then placed on a trained Australian Kelpie sheepdog and on a flock of 46 female merino sheep in a five-hectare (12-acre) field. "It basically sees white, fluffy things in front of it," said Andrew King of Swansea University in Wales.

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