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  • Business Highlights

    ___ 'Minecraft' could boost Microsoft's mobile reach Microsoft's decision to spend $2.5 billion for the creator of the hit game "Minecraft" could help the Xbox maker grab attention on mobile ...

  • Why hire? French confront reasons for malaise
    Why hire? French confront reasons for malaise

    Marc Winocour and his two sons have enjoyed some success transforming the family farm into a field-to-table company that includes bread ovens, delivery trucks and a boutique. Revenues are climbing more ...

  • Obama to deploy 3,000 troops as Eboola 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. ...

  • Smoking rates on the rise in New York City
    Smoking rates on the rise in New York City

    NEW YORK (AP) — For the first time in years, more than 1 million New Yorkers are smoking, according to data released Monday, marking a disturbing rise of tobacco use in the city that pioneered a number of anti-smoking initiatives that were emulated nationally.

  • Qatar steps back into line on Brotherhood
    Qatar steps back into line on Brotherhood

    Long seen as the "black sheep" of the Gulf monarchies for backing the Muslim Brotherhood, Qatar appears to have fallen into line with its neighbours and started to curb the group's activities, experts said. Doha's support for the Brotherhood -- banned by most Gulf monarchies, who see the group's political Islam as a threat to their stability -- harmed ties with Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. After the ouster of Egypt's Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013, Cairo labelled the Brotherhood a "terrorist organisation" and some of the group's leaders fled to Qatar.

  • Altered Cover Girl Ad Reveals Just How Awful the NFL’s ‘Game Face’ Is for Women

    It’s no secret that Photoshop is used to turn the female models in fashion and beauty advertisements into visions of unrealistic perfection—to the frustration of feminists and body image advocates. But in the wake of Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice’s firing for punching his wife, Janay Rice, in an elevator, a critic of the National Football League’s inept handling of the situation has used the photo-editing tool to keep the spotlight on the sport’s domestic violence problem.

  • HUSBAND'S 'EDUCATIONAL' DVDS GET FLUNKING GRADE FROM WIFE

    DEAR ABBY: I am a full-time mother of three young children and have been married for nine years. Since the beginning, my husband has pushed to have things "his way." He struggles with his temper and has yelled at me over little things. We have met with a counselor and were showing improvement in our marriage -- or so I thought -- until he started pushing me to watch explicit sex DVDs and read sex books. I feel very uncomfortable doing this. He claims he wants us to watch them for "educational reasons. ...

  • 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.”

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