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  • NYSE stocks posting largest percentage increases

    A look at the 10 biggest percentage gainers on New York Stock Exchange at the close of trading: Teekay Shipping Corp. rose 13.7 percent to $66.36. OCI Partners LP rose 7.5 percent to $21.48. Heritage Insurance ...

  • Indian Spacecraft Snaps Spectacular Portrait of Mars (Photo)
    Indian Spacecraft Snaps Spectacular Portrait of Mars (Photo)

    India's first spacecraft to visit Mars has beamed home its greatest photo of the Red Planet yet, a view that reveals the planet from pole to pole.  The new photo of Mars from India's Mangalyaan probe was unveiled today (Sept. 29) by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). "Something's brewing here!" ISRO officials wrote in a Twitter post for the Mars orbiter.  The Mangalyaan spacecraft used its Mars Color Camera to capture the amazing photo from a distance of 46,292 miles (74,500 kilometers) above the Red Planet on Sunday (Sept. 28), according to an ISRO photo description.

  • Julian Assange appears in the United States live onstage — as a hologram
    Julian Assange appears in the United States live onstage — as a hologram

    The WikiLeaks co-founder's appearance as a 3D, life-size, high-definition projection was produced by Hologram USA, the same company behind the Michael Jackson and Tupac Shakur holograms.

  • Hong Kong democracy protesters flock to new messaging app
    Hong Kong democracy protesters flock to new messaging app

    A social messaging app that allows users to contact each other even if a mobile phone network is overloaded or switched off has become a hit among tens of thousands of Hong Kong protesters.

  • Hong Kong's student protesters ignite campaign against Beijing

    By Clare Baldwin and Kinling Lo HONG KONG (Reuters) - They are dubbed the "umbrella generation" - teenaged students who have stormed the streets of Hong Kong in their tens of thousands and electrified a long-running protest campaign against Beijing's attempts to control the financial hub. Organised, determined and idealistic, they pose a major challenge to mainland China as they demand it gives them the freedom to nominate election candidates. China recently announced that it would not go that far. ...

  • 10 things Starbucks won't tell you
    10 things Starbucks won't tell you

    Starbucks has changed the way you drink coffee—even if you don’t drink Starbucks coffee.

  • Why the EU is really going after Apple over taxes
    Why the EU is really going after Apple over taxes

    What exactly is behind the European Union's gripe with Apple over taxes? Tuesday we found out, as E.U. regulators for the first time revealed why they believe the tax deals Ireland granted to Apple constitute illegal state support in their "preliminary view," according to multiple media reports.

  • Sophisticated 600-Year-Old Canoe Discovered in New Zealand
    Sophisticated 600-Year-Old Canoe Discovered in New Zealand

    Sophisticated oceangoing canoes and favorable winds may have helped early human settlers colonize New Zealand, a pair of new studies shows. The remote archipelagos of East Polynesia were among the last habitable places on Earth that humans were able to colonize. In New Zealand, human history only began around 1200-1300, when intrepid voyagers arrived by boat through several journeys over some generations. A piece of that early heritage was recently revealed on a beach in New Zealand, when a 600-year-old canoe with a turtle carved on its hull emerged from a sand dune after a harsh storm.

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