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  • Former Yale professor takes on elite colleges: They’re 'exacerbating income inequality'
    Former Yale professor takes on elite colleges: They’re 'exacerbating income inequality'

    William Deresiewicz, a former Yale professor and author of the new book 'Excellent Sheep,' argues that admissions standards, especially at the most elite colleges in the country, exacerbate income inequality.

  • New Brazil poll shows Silva beating Rousseff in runoff

    By Anthony Boadle BRASILIA (Reuters) - Environmentalist Marina Silva would handily beat President Dilma Rousseff if Brazil's October election goes to a runoff, a poll showed on Wednesday, an outcome that seemed unimaginable just a few weeks ago and one that would put an end to 12 years of Workers' Party rule. Silva would win 43.7 percent of the votes to 37.8 percent for Rousseff in a runoff, said the survey by polling firm MDA. Both polls point to a probable runoff because Rousseff looks unlikely to win more than 50 percent of votes in the Oct. 5 election. Silva has clearly pushed the other main opposition candidate and market favorite, centrist Aecio Neves, into third place and is luring away some of his potential voters, the polls showed.

  • It looks like Apple’s iWatch may come with a painful compromise
    It looks like Apple’s iWatch may come with a painful compromise

    Despite the fact that the iWatch represents Apple’s first dive into an “exciting new product category” since it unleashed the original iPad back in 2010, the new device isn’t Apple’s most hotly anticipated launch this fall. In fact, it likely falls into the No. 3 spot behind the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the 5.5-inch iPhone phablet. Consumers and investors alike are still waiting anxiously to see Apple’s take on wrist-worn wearables, but a new report suggests that the company may have been forced to forgo its typical no-compromise approach to mobile devices, and the result could be a big letdown for users. DisplaySearch analyst Charles Annis issued a note recently that explores some key issues surrounding Apple’s upcoming debut smartwatch. Considering the firm’s focus — displays

  • Billy Crystal on Robin Williams: "What a concept"
    Billy Crystal on Robin Williams: "What a concept"

    Crystal called the late actor "the brightest star in a comedy galaxy" during a moving tribute at the 2014 Emmy Awards

  • U.S., Blackwater defense clash on jury summary of shooting

    The guards "took something that didn't belong to them, the lives of 14 human beings," prosecutor Anthony Asuncion told the jury. There were "no insurgents, no AK-47s, just people seeking shelter from these men," Asuncion said, pointing to the defendants who sat in the courtroom. Later, a lawyer for Paul Slough, one of the guards, told the same jury that he "didn't recognize" the prosecutor's summary of the trial, saying that "witness after witness" had testified about incoming gunfire and pervasive threats to the Blackwater convoy. Asuncion said a different guard, Nicholas Slatten, fired the first shots.

  • Islamic State executes soldiers, takes hostages at Syria base: social media

    By Sylvia Westall BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamic State militants have executed Syrian army soldiers and are holding a group hostage after capturing an air base in northeast Syria at the weekend, pictures posted on social media by supporters showed on Wednesday. Islamic State, an offshoot of al Qaeda, stormed Tabqa air base near Raqqa city on Sunday after days of fighting with the army that cost more than 500 lives, according to monitoring group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Tabqa was the army's last foothold in an area otherwise controlled by the militants, who have seized large areas of Syria and Iraq. The United States has carried out air strikes on the group in Iraq and is considering its options in Syria.

  • Donors give nearly $700K after police shooting
    Donors give nearly $700K after police shooting

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Donors have given nearly $700,000 to online fundraising sites set up to collect money for the family of a black 18-year-old and the white police officer who fatally shot him in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.

  • 'Super Smash Bros' leaks beget official Nintendo Direct
    'Super Smash Bros' leaks beget official Nintendo Direct

    The 3DS version of upcoming party pummler "Super Smash Bros." will be the subject of an August 29 Nintendo Direct webcast, seemingly in response to a barrel-load of details leaked over the past week.

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