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  • Nasdaq stocks posting largest percentage decreases

    A look at the 10 biggest percentage decliners on Nasdaq at the close of trading: Adept Technology Inc. fell 19.0 percent to $9.01. Aquasition Corp. fell 13.1 percent to $8.60. Oxbridge Re Hldgs fell 9.4 ...

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Science just gave us another great reason to legalize pot
    Science just gave us another great reason to legalize pot

    We’ve learned about a couple of good medical benefits to marijuana this year and now it seems there’s another one: Using medicinal marijuana makes it less likely that you’ll become hooked on painkillers. CNN reports that a new study published this in the JAMA Internal Medicine journal finds that states that have legalized medicinal marijuana have significantly fewer deaths from painkiller overdoses. FROM EARLIER: Could pot be good for your heart? In all, the study found that states that had legalized medical pot experienced around 1,700 fewer painkiller overdose deaths in 2010 than what would have happened if those states didn’t make medical marijuana legal and available. “We found there was about a 25% lower rate of prescription painkiller overdose deaths on

  • Amish to build garage for pair who returned girls

    RICHVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — The Amish are famous for their barn raisings, when an entire community turns out to help a neighbor.

  • Trio Goes Bananas for Hong Kong Skyscraper Selfie
    Trio Goes Bananas for Hong Kong Skyscraper Selfie

    Self-expression is our God-given right and Photography is just one of the greatest mediums ever invented to do just that with. But who knew that the Selfie could become one the most indulgent forms of self-expression and self-indulgence. Now, taking the Selfie to a whole new level and brand new heights is a group of students in Hong Kong who have gone the distance to capture a Selfie unlike any other. Watch the video-- it's slightly unsettling and this team seems a little bananas to begin with.

  • Big Windows 9 leak reveals ‘awesome’ upgrade pricing for XP and Windows 8 users
    Big Windows 9 leak reveals ‘awesome’ upgrade pricing for XP and Windows 8 users

    As Microsoft is readying the public release of its Windows 9 Technical Preview, Myce reports that Russian hacker group WZOR has released more details about the upcoming operating system. FROM EARLIER: More big Windows 9 UI updates revealed in new leak According to the group, Microsoft is still toying with the idea of making Windows 9 a free upgrade for existing users who have purchased a retail or OEM version of Windows 8. The company is also toying with the idea of selling the upgrade to Windows 9 for just $20. Similarly, an “awesome” upgrade offer is apparently in the works for Windows XP users, whom Microsoft is desperately trying to move to a newer Windows versions. Specific details about

  • Rebels take Syria crossing with Israel-occupied Golan: NGO
    Rebels take Syria crossing with Israel-occupied Golan: NGO

    Syrian rebels, including Al-Qaeda's affiliate Al-Nusra Front, seized control of the Syrian crossing with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Wednesday, a monitoring group said. "Al-Nusra Front and other rebel groups took the Quneitra crossing, and heavy fighting with the Syrian army is continuing in the surrounding area," said Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. "In response to the errant fire from the internal fighting in Syria, which hit Israel earlier today and injured an IDF (Israel Defence Forces) officer, the IDF just targeted two Syrian army positions in the Syrian Golan Heights.

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