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  • You can finally buy Motorola’s beautiful Moto 360 smartwatch again
    You can finally buy Motorola’s beautiful Moto 360 smartwatch again

    The only watch that seems to have customer demand enough to sell out is back in stock. The Motorola Moto 360 smartwatch — which sold out quickly at the beginning of September — is now available for people to buy and wonder if it’s worth it. Sure, the jury is still out as to whether smartwatches can become practical and ubiquitous gadgets, but that won’t stop the big companies from investing in their production. Apple is coming out with one, Samsung has one, and people seem to be wary on whether they should get one. What makes the Motorola’s Moto 360 different is that it doesn’t look like a smartwatch. It looks like a fancy watch which is probably why they’re selling out

  • Prolonged Hong Kong protest could harm financial image, says envoy
    Prolonged Hong Kong protest could harm financial image, says envoy

    By John Ruwitch and Donny Kwok HONG KONG (Reuters) - A top Chinese envoy warned that drawn-out pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong could tarnish the city's reputation as one of the world's leading financial hubs, as defiant protesters vowed on Thursday they would not budge. Both sides hunkered down for what could be a prolonged stand-off, although the number of protesters blocking the streets in the financial and administrative districts for the past six days tapered off on Thursday. ...

  • Ukrainians gear up for winter without Russian gas
    Ukrainians gear up for winter without Russian gas

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — For Alexei Polezhai, who sells water heaters and wood-burning stoves at his two shops in Kiev, sales this fall have been remarkably good considering the dramatic collapse in the rest of the Ukrainian economy this year.

  • 'Real Housewives' couple face sentencing for fraud
    'Real Housewives' couple face sentencing for fraud

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The married stars of the "Real Housewives of New Jersey" are due for a dose of unscripted reality.

  • Firm says phone apps spy on Hong Kong protesters
    Firm says phone apps spy on Hong Kong protesters

    HONG KONG (AP) — The Chinese government might be using smartphone apps to spy on pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, a U.S. security firm said.

  • Elk nose into Grand Canyon water stations
    Elk nose into Grand Canyon water stations

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Grand Canyon officials have reduced waste by banning disposable plastic water bottles and installing water stations for visitors.

  • Reporter Finds Missing 10-Year-Old Boy While Covering Story
    Reporter Finds Missing 10-Year-Old Boy While Covering Story

    Reporters sometimes face a dilemma: Witnessing events in their communities, they are tasked to report what they see, for their viewers and readers, without crossing any lines of involvement. But sometimes, on a human level, that is just not possible.

  • Yoga pants too distracting for boys? A N.D. school cracks down on girls

    A North Dakota high school assembly on the school dress code – stipulating that yoga pants and skinny jeans must be appropriately covered – was expected to last five minutes.

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