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Billy Butler signs a 3-year contract with A’s

UPDATE: The A's announced Wednesday morning that Billy Buttler has signed a three-year,$30 million deal.<p>***<p>Billy Butler, a Bay Area postseason nemesis, is on the verge of joining the A’s.<p>The team late Tuesday confirmed only that there were talks ongoing with the free-agent designated hitter-first …

Marshawn Lynch fined $50K for snubbing media on regular basis

Seattle Seahawksstar running backMarshawn Lynchcontinues to give reporters the cold shoulder and it is once again hurting his pocketbook.<p>Lynch was fined $50,000 Wednesday for not talking to the media after games or practices, which is stipulated in the league’s media policy. In addition, the<p>NFLwill …

NFL

No Quick Fix in Sight for Buffalo Bills QB Situation

The Buffalo Bills have not made the postseason since 1999. Whether it's Kyle Orton or EJ Manuel at quarterback, it looks like that streak will continue.<p>Will that streak end next year? That may very much depend on whether or not the Bills can find a way to fix or upgrade the quarterback position. …

Hornets Jeffery Taylor suspended 24 games

NBA commissioner Adam Silver has suspended Charlotte Hornets forward Jeffery Taylor 24 games without pay for Taylor's role in a domestic violence incident.<p>Taylor has missed 11 games with pay from the start of the season, so he will miss an additional 13 games. Silver's ruling says that he will …

Beats Music to Be Bundled Into iOS Early Next Year, Will Remain Paid Subscription Service

As part of Apple's revamp of its recently acquired Beats Music streaming service, the company plans to bundle Beats directly into iOS, reports <i>Financial Times</i>.<p>Apple will bundle the subscription music service it acquired from Beats into its iOS operating system early next year, instantly making it …

Google's trusted places just made my life so much easier

I never have to unlock my Android phone at home again<p>I don't make a habit of counting how many times I unlock my phone, but I'm willing to believe the stats that say the average user does it hundreds of times each day. That can be an unnecessary chore when using a device in a place safe from …

RelativeWave Gets Acquired By Google And Starts Giving Its $80 App Design Tool Away For Free

RelativeWave, creators of an $80 “interaction design and prototyping” Mac app called Form, has been acquired by Google. As a result, Form is now free.<p>In case you’ve never used it, Form is a visual editor meant to help designers/developers make visually-functional prototypes of apps without writing …

App Store changes ‘Free’ button to ‘Get’, likely due to in-app purchase controversies

Apple has introduced a small but interesting tweak to the way it markets apps on the App Store. As you can see in the screenshot above, non-paid apps are now presented with the word ‘GET’ rather than ‘FREE’. While the reason for the change in how Apple is presenting non-paid apps isn’t clear, it’s …

Mozilla Switching Default Firefox Search Engine To Yahoo

Mozilla has announced on its blog today that its default search engine will be changing to Yahoo for US customers.<p>The company stated on its blog that “Google has been the Firefox global search default since 2004. Our agreement came up for renewal this year, and we took this as an opportunity to …

California man imprisoned for 36 years was wrongfully convicted, prosecutors say

A man who has spent more than 36 years behind bars for murder was wrongfully convicted and is expected to be released next week. But prosecutors, who said newly tested DNA evidence does not match the man, are leaving the door open for a new trial.<p>Michael Ray Hanline, 68, was convicted of …

Corruption

Colombian girl in critical condition after father reportedly forced her to swallow cocaine

Doctors removed 104 capsules containing about half a kilogram of narcotics Police searching for the father after he dropped the girl off at the hospital Girl is believed to be the youngest ‘drug mule’ ever detected<p>An 11-year-old Colombian girl narrowly escaped death after her father apparently made …

2nd Frenchman seen in ISIS beheading video, president says

A second French militant has been identified in the video showing a beheaded American aid worker and the deaths of Syrian soldiers, France's president said Wednesday, calling for vigilance on "how these young people can be indoctrinated."<p>Speaking in Canberra, Australia, President Francois Hollande …

5 questions you should be asking about Obama and immigration

It's coming next week. Or next month. It'll protect 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation. Or 3 million. Or less.<p>There's still a lot of uncertainty about President Obama's upcoming immigration executive order, since Obama himself has yet to make a final decision on an action to fix the …

Red Sox offer on table for Jon Lester

BOSTON -- The Red Sox made a contract offer to free-agent pitcher Jon Lester when he met with the team's owners earlier this week and are also …

Baseball

Sen. Franken questions Uber about 'troubling disregard' for user privacy

Minnesota Democrat wants answers in the wake of a report that an Uber executive monitored a reporter's movements on the ride-sharing service.<p>Recent reports of Uber's lack of regard for user privacy has raised the attention of Sen. Al Franken, who has sent a letter to Travis Kalanick that asks the …

Extension of Iran nuclear talks would be a hard sell in Congress

In its efforts to strike a nuclear<p>dealwith Iran, the Obama administration has faced a two-part challenge: forging an agreement in international negotiations and then selling it at home.<p>Now, with negotiators in Vienna five days from their deadline, it appears the second part of the task will be …