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  • Midday Glance: Railroad companies

    Shares of some top railroad companies are mixed at 1 p.m.: CSX rose $.04 or .1 percent, to $35.44. Canadian National Railway Co. rose $.53 or .8 percent, to $69.91. Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. rose $.72 ...

  • Would Disney spin off Disneyland? Corporate breakup talk 'jumps the shark'
    Would Disney spin off Disneyland? Corporate breakup talk 'jumps the shark'

    The suggestion that Disney spin off its theme parks says more about the lengths investment pros are now going to promote financial engineering feats than about any shortcoming of Disney itself.

  • Frances McDormand: 'I’m happy with the way I look and how I age'
    Frances McDormand: 'I’m happy with the way I look and how I age'

    HBO strikes again. This Sunday, the network premieres "Olive Kitteridge," a two-part miniseries based on Elizabeth Strout's Pulitzer Prize-winning collection of short stories about residents in a small town in Maine. Dubbed a "traumedy" by director Lisa Cholodenko, the screen version features Frances McDormand as Olive, the retired math teacher with a dysfunctional marriage and a son who, like her, suffers from depression.

  • East Ukraine separatists hold vote to gain legitimacy, promise normalcy

    By Thomas Grove and Gabriela Baczynska DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) - On a campaign trip, the leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic lit candles at a Russian Orthodox Church and kissed icons of Jesus and the Virgin Mary before dashing off to meet about 100 voters in a local factory. There, the barrel-chested 38-year-old former mine electrician Alexander Zakharchenko assured voters that he wanted pensions to be "higher than in Poland". The elderly should have enough money to "travel to Australia at least once a year to shoot a dozen kangaroos on Safari", he said. ...

  • Apple CEO Tim Cook comes out as gay in Bloomberg Businessweek column
    Apple CEO Tim Cook comes out as gay in Bloomberg Businessweek column

    Apple CEO Tim Cook on Thursday made a surprising announcement in an opinion piece on Bloomberg Businessweek, which is very much in line with his many public notes in the recent past about diversity at the workplace. “While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven’t publicly acknowledged it either, until now. So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me,” Cook said  in the essay. FROM EARLIER: Tim Cook offers a heartfelt tribute to Steve Jobs on the 3rd anniversary of his passing The executive admitted that he never hid his sexual orientation while working at Apple, even though he had not publicly declared it until now. “For

  • Apple's Cook: 'I'm proud to be gay'
    Apple's Cook: 'I'm proud to be gay'

    By Anya George Tharakan and Edwin Chan (Reuters) - Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook on Thursday became the most prominent American corporate leader to come out as gay, saying he was trading his closely guarded privacy for the chance to help move civil rights forward. The 53-year-old Alabama native and self-described "son of the South", who has spoken out against discrimination of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, declared his sexual orientation in a magazine editorial, confirming a fact widely known in the close-knit Silicon Valley tech community but rarely discussed. ...

  • N. Korea to quarantine foreigners over Ebola fears
    N. Korea to quarantine foreigners over Ebola fears

    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korean officials have announced they will quarantine foreigners for 21 days over fears of the spread of the Ebola virus.

  • 10 most annoying Facebook users
    10 most annoying Facebook users

    Who is the most tiresome of them all? The relentless liker.

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