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  • Receipt showing LeSean McCoy's 20-cent tip gets $99,000 bid on eBay
    Receipt showing LeSean McCoy's 20-cent tip gets $99,000 bid on eBay

    The receipt showing the 20-cent tip Eagles running back LeSean McCoy left on a $61.56 bill at a Philadelphia burger joint last week is up for sale on eBay. Current bid: $99,900.

  • Wildfires rage in California drought, hundreds forced to flee
    Wildfires rage in California drought, hundreds forced to flee

    By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Crews were battling about a dozen major wildfires across California on Tuesday that have forced thousands of people to flee, damaged or destroyed more than 100 buildings, and charred thousands of acres of drought-stricken forest. Three years of drought in the most populous U.S. state has forced farmers to let fields lie fallow and left communities reliant on well water, with bone-dry brush fueling wildfires in temperatures of more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 Celsius). ...

  • Select Committee Dems launch website as midterm elections loom
    Select Committee Dems launch website as midterm elections loom

    On the eve of the House Select Committee on Benghazi’s first open hearing, the panel’s Democrats on Tuesday will unveil a website dismissing some recurring Republican questions about the September 11, 2012, terrorist attack as “asked and answered.”

  • China rig finds gas after Vietnam sea standoff
    China rig finds gas after Vietnam sea standoff

    BEIJING (AP) — The Chinese exploration rig at the center of a tense maritime standoff with Vietnam earlier this year has made its first deep sea gas discovery in the politically volatile South China Sea, state media announced Tuesday.

  • Islamic State supporter warns of attacks against U.S.: SITE

    BEIRUT (Reuters) - A supporter of Islamic State militants has warned of attacks on the United States and its allies if they continue to carry out military action against the group that has seized large parts of Iraq and Syria, the SITE monitoring service said. The message on a well-known militant Islamist online forum is one of the few responses from supporters of Islamic State to Washington's announcement last week that it was prepared to extend airstrikes against the group into Syria. ...

  • Don't Underestimate Smartwatches
    Don't Underestimate Smartwatches

    It's important to understand that like the iPhone before it, the Apple Watch isn't at all what its name would imply. Just as smartphones have become supercomputers in our pockets, the Apple Watch and its many competitors, including Android-powered devices from Motorola and Samsung Electronics, are poised to become something more. "There's so much [the Apple Watch] can do that we haven't really even talked about," Tim Cook told USA Today on the day of the announcement. When a company like Google or Apple deliberately creates a place for other companies to sell their own, complementary wares, it is called a platform.

  • Obama to deploy 3,000 troops as Ebola crisis worsens

    By Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States announced on Tuesday it will send 3,000 troops to help tackle the Ebola outbreak as part of a ramped-up plan, including a major deployment in Liberia, the country where the epidemic is spiraling fastest out of control. The U.S. response to the crisis, to be formally unveiled later by President Barack Obama, includes plans to build 17 treatment centers, train thousands of healthcare workers and establish a military control center for coordination, U.S. officials told reporters. ...

  • Ukraine, EU ratify landmark pact at heart of crisis
    Ukraine, EU ratify landmark pact at heart of crisis

    Kiev (AFP) - The Ukrainian and European parliaments on Tuesday simultaneously ratified a landmark pact at the heart of the ex-Soviet country's bloodiest crisis since independence.

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