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  • The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store

    App Store Official Charts for the week ending September 1, 2014:

  • Midday Glance: Railroad companies

    Shares of some top railroad companies are mixed at 1 p.m.: CSX rose $.13 or .4 percent, to $31.04. Canadian National Railway Co. rose $.08 or .1 percent, to $71.94. Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. rose $2.22 ...

  • Breaking Down How Frankie Grande Became the Most Hated 'Big Brother' Contestant
    Breaking Down How Frankie Grande Became the Most Hated 'Big Brother' Contestant

    Last month, against our better judgment, we told you about Ariana Grande's brother, Big Brother season 16 contestant Frankie Grande, and his dramatic-in-his-own-head reveal of his own microcelebrity. Since then, Frankie has revealed himself to be a little bit self-obsessed and a lot bit deluded. The pitchforks have been out for Frankie among those who watch Big Brother's infamous 24/7 live feeds, who have seen a fuller picture of the guy than has been shown on TV. Though Frankie isn't to our taste, we don't know him, and we can't judge him as a person based on his behavior on a reality TV competition.

  • Ukraine rebels say they are poised to recapture Donetsk airport
    Ukraine rebels say they are poised to recapture Donetsk airport

    EU officials proposed sanctions on Tuesday to starve Russian firms of cash as punishment for Moscow's role in Ukraine, where rebels said they were storming Donetsk airport, potentially their biggest prize since turning the war's tide last week. Western countries accuse Moscow of sending armored columns of troops into Ukraine, where the momentum in a five-month war shifted last week decisively in favor of pro-Russian rebels, who are now advancing on a new front towards a major port. Russia denies its troops are involved in fighting on the ground, in the face of what Western countries and Ukraine say is overwhelming evidence. According to the United Nations, the war, in which pro-Russian separatists are fighting to throw off rule from Kiev, has killed more than 2,600 people and driven nearly a million from their homes in east Ukraine.

  • Putin orders building hastened at new Russian spaceport

    By Vladimir Soldatkin VOSTOCHNY Russia (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday ordered construction sped up on a multi-billion-dollar spaceport in Russia's Far East that he said would break reliance on the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and launch future missions to the Moon and Mars. Putin flew in a helicopter over the sprawling building site in Vostochny at a time when conflict with Ukraine, maker of Zenit and Dnepr rockets, is highlighting the fragility of Russia's dependence on former Soviet republics in defense and space. Building a new launchpad on its own soil is central to Putin's effort to reform a once-pioneering space industry hobbled by years of budget cuts and a brain drain in the 1990s. "Our own space infrastructure and modern network of cosmodromes ... will allow Russia to strengthen its standing as a leading space superpower and guarantee the independence of space activities," Putin said at Vostochny, near Russia's border with China.

  • iPhone 6 Video Shows Fully Assembled Design
    iPhone 6 Video Shows Fully Assembled Design

    As the Sept. 9 launch date approaches for the iPhone 6, a new video has surfaced showing what appears to be the fully assembled design of Apple's highly anticipated sequel. Using leaked parts, the device is bigger than the iPhone 5s (as expected) and also sports rounded edges. The body represents a stark departure from the iPhone 5 and 5s, which has a chassis with squarer edges.

  • Jolie's bridal gown 'adorned with her children's art'
    Jolie's bridal gown 'adorned with her children's art'

    Artwork drawn by Angelina Jolie's children was embroidered into her bridal gown and veil, adding a touch of whimsy to her wedding last month to Brad Pitt, celebrity magazines reported on Tuesday. Two magazines, People and Hello, published photos of the August 23 nuptials in France, with both publications featuring front page pictures of Jolie in the stunning Versace wedding gown. Luigi Massi, master tailor at Atelier Versace, sewed dozens of designs from her children's drawings into the veil and the back of the ivory satin dress, which was left unembellished on the front. "He knows and cares for the children and it was great fun putting it together."

  • Home Depot says probing 'unusual activity' after data breach report
    Home Depot says probing 'unusual activity' after data breach report

    Home Depot Inc said on Tuesday it was working with law enforcement to investigate "some unusual activity" related to customer data but that it could not confirm if it had become the latest retailer to be hit by a large-scale security breach. "At this point, I can confirm that we’re looking into some unusual activity and we are working with our banking partners and law enforcement to investigate," Home Depot representative Paula Drake wrote in an emailed statement to Reuters. "If we confirm that a breach has occurred, we will make sure customers are notified immediately." The statement came after security website KrebsonSecurity first reported that multiple banks had seen evidence that Home Depot may be the source of stolen credit and debit cards put up for sale on underground markets. Retail customers faced a massive data breach during last year's holiday season when hackers stole at least 40 million payment card numbers and 70 million other pieces of customer data from Target Corp .

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