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Microsoft’s Bing Search Engine Is Finally Profitable

Microsoft’s quixotic quest to upset Google in search is finally turning a profit. The Bing search engine is in the black, the tech giant announced …

Say Hello to the First New U.S. Nuclear Plant in Almost 20 Years

The Tennessee Valley Authority’s Watts Bar 2 reactor just got approval to operate. What does this mean for the future of American nuclear energy?<p>Remember the last time a new nuclear power plant opened up in the U.S.? If not, that’s excusable. It wasn’t in this century. It was Watts Bar in …

Nuclear Energy

11 Benghazi takeaways: One for each hour

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The House Benghazi committee took its best swings at Hillary Clinton in a day-long hearing Thursday -- but the former secretary of state remained mostly calm throughout the hearing, save for a few animated moments in which she struggled to mask her contempt for her Republican …

Government

Yum Brands to separate China unit amid activist pressure | Reuters

(Reuters) - KFC owner Yum Brands Inc (YUM.N) said it plans to spin off its dominant China business, which has been besieged by food scandals and marketing missteps, amid pressure from an activist shareholder who recently joined its board of directors.<p>Shares of the parent company of the KFC, Pizza …

Pizza Hut

U.S. Stocks Slip as Health-Care Sector, IBM Weigh

IBM shares fall after downbeat earnings report<p>U.S. stocks were dragged down by health-care shares and a downbeat report from International Business Machines that drove its shares to a nearly five-year low.<p>The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 13.43 points, or 0.1%, to 17217.11. The S&P 500 declined …

Stock Markets

Israel-Palestinian Violence: U.N.'s Ban Ki-Moon Jets to Region Amid Tensions

The United Nations' Secretary General jetted to the Middle East on a last-minute trip Tuesday in an attempt to defuse a deadly spiral of violence gripping the region.<p>Ban Ki-moon said his visit “reflects the sense of global alarm" over a dangerous escalation in violence between Israelis and …

Israel

New Joint Chiefs chairman looks over war zone in Iraq

The new top U.S. military officer said Tuesday he sees no prospect right now for Russia to expand its airstrike campaign into Iraq, speaking after briefings to update him on the battle against Islamic State militants.<p>Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, made his first …

The real reason germs spread in the winter

Flu season is a fact of life – but until recently, no one knew why. The answer hinges on the disgusting ways that germs pass between people.<p>It begins as surely as the leaves dropping off the trees. As the mercury drops and the sunlight fades, the sniffles set in. At best, it’s just a cold that …

Microbiology

The Ethics of Exercise Pills

Medications designed to mimic the health benefits of exercise could help the disabled or immobile—but they might also keep the rest of us on the couch.<p>In his 1932 novel <i>Brave New World</i>, Aldous Huxley described a fictional drug called Soma. In the novel, a soma was something akin to an opiate, which …

Fox News got scammed: Turns out their CIA “terrorism expert” was never in the CIA

He claimed to be ex-CIA on Fox News. It was all a lie<p>Fox News hosted a man with a “significant criminal history, including convictions for a crime of violence and firearms offenses” as its longtime "terrorism analyst" who federal authorities allege has been lying about his past as a “former CIA …

Russia is thinking about taking over Tajikistan's border with Afghanistan

Taliban insurgents have made advances in the Afghan province of Kunduz, bordering Tajikistan, while the prospect of Islamic State-trained militants arriving in the region from the conflict in Syria have increased security fears among Russia and its Central Asian allies.<p>Speaking after meeting …

Putin is already looking for an exit strategy in Syria

Now the Russian president could already be on the lookout for an exit strategy to prevent his gains from turning into a liability.<p>Putin certainly realizes that some 30 Russian combat jets won't be able to change the course of the war, and allow Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces to win. His …

Bradley Cooper Comments on His 'Engagement' to Amy Schumer

Jason Merritt—Getty Images<p>Dan Steinberg—Invision/Television Acad<p>Charles Sykes—Invision<p>Danny Moloshok—Invision/Television Acad<p>Vince …

Social Media Cracked the Case of MH17

The report issued Tuesday by the Dutch Safety Board determined that Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was brought down by a Russian-developed Buk missile …

Goldman just reported a sharp drop in profit

Goldman Sachs (GS) has reported a sharp drop in third-quarter profit, as concerns over a stagnating global economy affected its bond trading revenues.<p>…

Dow jumps 217 points, Nasdaq up 1.8% on hike delay hope

Stocks jumped Thursday, the Nasdaq gaining 1.8% and the Dow climbing 217 points amid mixed profit results from major banks and as less-than-stellar incoming economic data lowered chances of Federal Reserve interest rate hike later this year.<p>The rebound came a day after shares tumbled sharply after …

Markets

Yahoo Launches New Mobile Mail App And Eliminates Passwords

Yahoo on Thursday launched a new mobile mail app that allows you to integrate multiple accounts and rid yourself of passwords.<p>Although the app for the first time supports other email providers, it does not support Gmail or enterprise Outlook accounts. So it’s a great tool for receiving all the …

LG G4 owners: you'll be getting Marshmallow soon

Good news, if you’re hanging out for the latest Android bits on your LG G4: it’ll start rolling out from next week.<p>LG said today that the Marshmallow update will begin rollout in Poland, followed by other European countries, Asia and the Americas and that further dates for those countries will be …

Android Marshmallow

AT&T and T-Mobile working on one number for multiple phones

Shutterstock<p>T-Mobile Operating Chief Mike Sievert has stated that the company is working to offer customers the ability to share a single phone number across multiple devices. This could certainly be a useful feature if you’ve ever had to keep track of several numbers and devices, and is seen as a …

Mobile

Barack Obama to slow US troop withdrawals from Afghanistan

Thousands of troops will remain in the country through 2017, the US president announces<p>US President Barack Obama has broken his promise to end the war in Afghanistan on his watch and will leave thousands of troops in the country when he departs the White House, passing the task of resolving …

Israeli-Palestinian violence: What you need to know

<b>Jerusalem (CNN) —</b> Over the past few weeks, violence in the decades long Israeli-Palestinian conflict has flared up.<p>Bloodshed is not unusual in this part of the Middle East but this particular wave of aggression -- stabbings as well as a shooting and driving into crowds -- is very different from …

Israel

Holiday plane tickets: When's the best time to buy? | CNN Travel

Travel

A Little Bit Country: Five Southern Sojourns for the Whole Family

As the temperatures go south, consider doing the same: these southern cities are high in temperatures, appeal, and charm.<p>As temperatures start …

5 Cheap Travel Gadgets You Need in Your Carry-On

<i>By Kristen Mitchell for the CheapTickets Travel Blog</i><p>When you're prepping for a flight there's a few things you always know to bring: a few magazines or a book to keep you busy, headphones to listen to music or drown out any annoying neighbors and a phone charger. These are crucial, but there is so …

EMC-Dell talks highlight Elliott's clout across tech sector | Reuters

(Reuters) - Acquisition talks between EMC Corp. and Dell Inc. are significant not just for the size of the potential transaction but also for a common element behind this and dozens of other major tech deals over the past decade: Elliott Management.<p>Paul Singer, founder and CEO of hedge fund Elliott …

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