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  • Today in History

    Today is Friday, August 29, the 241st day of 2014. There are 124 days left in the year.

  • Nasdaq stocks posting largest percentage decreases

    A look at the 10 biggest percentage decliners on Nasdaq at the close of trading: Sungy Mobile Ltd. fell 18.8 percent to $8.44. Bio-Reference Laboratories Inc. fell 9.2 percent to $29.60. Tecogen Inc. fell ...

  • After CEO Is Caught on Camera Kicking a Puppy, Outraged Animal Advocates Want Him Fired

    When Des Hague, the CEO of sports catering company Centerplate, kicked and choked a Doberman pinscher puppy on an elevator in Vancouver, British Columbia, in early August, he thought no one was looking. I'll bring my own food in from here on out,” wrote Yelp user Katharine F. on the page for AT&T Park in San Francisco. 

  • 'The audacity of taupe': Obama suit creates sartorial stir
    'The audacity of taupe': Obama suit creates sartorial stir

    The subjects were serious enough at President Barack Obama's impromptu press conference Thursday, but many viewers and the collective press corps seized on something more immediately visible: his tan suit. The president's decision to address the media in a breezy, light-colored summer suit swiftly took center stage for many even as he addressed Russian responsibility for rebel actions in Ukraine and ongoing US air strikes against Islamists in Iraq. "Yes we tan!" became the mocking rally cry on social media as Obama gave a statement and then took questions from what some have deemed a horrified press corps. Back in 2012 Obama told Vanity Fair that "I wear only gray or blue suits." By breaking that promise Thursday -- even with what many acknowledge was a sharp-looking, seasonal get-up -- Obama inadvertently gave birth to #suitgate.

  • Joan Rivers remains in medically induced coma
    Joan Rivers remains in medically induced coma

    81-year-old queen of comedy stopped breathing while having "routine" throat surgery

  • Nokia will have its revenge on the smartphone industry
    Nokia will have its revenge on the smartphone industry

    Business Korea has just published a very provocative piece that depicts a monstrous troll attacking its home country’s pride and joy, Samsung. That troll, you’ll be surprised to learn, is Nokia. The reason for this is easy to understand: Samsung may be forced to pay one of the history’s biggest patent royalty sums to Nokia, and fellow Korean electronics titan LG is not scot free, either. What unleashed the beast in the Finnish company was its decision to sell its handset division to Microsoft a while back. As long as Nokia was a phone company, it was bound by a web of cross-licensing deals limiting how much it can charge for its thousands of handset-related patents. Nokia needed to use both essential and

  • Hello Kitty not a cat, has never been: company
    Hello Kitty not a cat, has never been: company

    Hello Kitty is not a cat, the company behind Japan's global icon of cute insisted Thursday, despite an uproar from Internet users who spluttered: "But she's got whiskers!" "Hello Kitty is a cheerful and happy little girl with a heart of gold," brand owner Sanrio says on its website. The shocking revelation came to light when a Hawaii-based academic specialising in the epitome of "kawaii" ("cute" in Japanese) asked Sanrio to fact-check captions for an exhibition she was curating to mark the 40th anniversary of Hello Kitty "That's one correction Sanrio made for my script for the show," the paper quoted her as saying.

  • 11 stocks to buy now at bargain-basement prices
    11 stocks to buy now at bargain-basement prices

    With the S&P 500 hanging out right around that psychologically meaningful 2,000 mark, investors may be wondering if they can you still find some bargains. According to Matt Krantz, markets reporter for USA Today, the answer is yes. You can find 11 to be exact.

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