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Wendy Davis can’t lose in 2014 — no matter the outcome

Yes, she’s a Democrat in a very red state — but regardless of the result, here’s why she should run for Governor<p>It’s not the job of outsiders to tell people what to do with their political careers. But if Wendy Davis asked my advice about whether she should throw her famous shoes into the ring for …

Brazil

Texas Passes One Of America's Strictest Abortion Laws

The bill -- similar to the one that state Senator Wendy Davis helped block in a 13-hour filibuster on June 25 -- was approved 19-11, with one Democrat joining the Republican majority, local media reported.<p>Davis became a national hero for Democrats and supporters of abortion. Pro-choice advocates …

Rights & Freedoms

The Secret To Finland's Success With Schools, Moms, Kids — And Everything

My cousin's husband gets 36 vacation days per year, not including holidays. If he wants, he can leave his job for a brief hiatus and come back to a guaranteed position months later.<p>Tuition at his daughter's university is free, though she took out a small loan for living expenses. Its interest rate …

Income Inequality

Eliot Spitzer runs gauntlet on Tonight Show with Jay Leno

Eliot Spitzer, whose 2008 resignation as New York governor amid a prostitution scandal provided no shortage of fuel for gibes to late-night TV …

Apple Learns The Hazards Of Innovation With E-Book Antitrust Ruling

A federal judge today held that Apple violated antitrust laws by orchestrating a scheme with publishers to raise electronic-book prices, meaning the tech innovator may face a trial for damages over the alleged scheme.<p>The decision by U.S. District Judge Denise Cote was a victory for the Justice …

Coursera Hits 4 Million Students -- And Triples Its Funding

Coursera founders Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng don’t think small. Their Mountain View, Calif., online-education company is less than two years old, yet it already has attracted more than 4 million student signups. Now Coursera has raised $43 million in fresh venture capital, tripling its cash …

Mobile

There’s a new 2560 x 1600 tablet in Samsung’s future

<i>Samsung’s UAProf site revealed that a new high-end tablet with a 2560 x 1600 display is in the works from the Korean giant. The device may be the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Plus.</i><p>There are several high-resolution Android tablets on the market, with another bunch about to hit the stores in the next few …

Phones

Budget iPhone Echoes Ive's First Eye Candy, The Original iMac

Plastic scraps of brightly-colored plastic buttons from a Chinese factory floor corroborate rumors of the look of the purported “Budget iPhone.” Designer Martin Hajek, famous for beautifully detailed renderings of mythological Apple products has produced the representations above. It is notable …

Dell Committee Has 'Substantial Reservations' about Carl Icahn's Latest Offer

Dell’s special committee has issued a statement acknowledging that it is reviewing activist investor Carl Icahn’s latest recapitalization offer for the company, while stating that it continues to have “substantial reservations” about his proposals.<p>Icahn had promised on Thursday to improve his …

Saks, Neiman Marcus seek capital, consider deals

Luxury stores for sale: Good or bad for shoppers?<p>Talk about a designer sale.<p>Hudson's Bay, the Canadian owner of Lord & Taylor, is circling Saks Fifth Ave., considering a purchase, Meanwhile, Neiman Marcus' private equity owners -- TPG Capital and Warburg Pincus -- have made the first moves toward …

eCommerce

U.S. Tax System Ranks 94th Out Of 100 -- Right Below Zimbabwe

Well, is the U.S. tax system competitive? Many global companies say it isn’t. In his recent Senate testimony, Apple CEO Tim Cook distanced Apple from tax gimmicks, but the Senate Permanent Investigation Subcommittee report on Apple paints a grim picture. Many companies are even more aggressive and …

Apple, Google, Intel TV Plans Thwarted: Who Wins?

Companies like Apple (AAPL), Google (GOOG) and Intel (INTC), which want to stream television programming, are getting stonewalled by the cable companies that don’t want to share the content, according to a variety of news reports last week. For Netflix (NFLX) shareholders, this is just a wonderful …

There's An Unusual Lack Of Agreement At The Fed About Future Policy

Bernanke has always maintained that a reduction of the amount of Fed bond buying did not constitute a tightening of policy since they would still be adding to the Fed's balance and that this was stimulative despite the reduction. He had also emphasized previously that the bond buying program and …

Federal Reserve

At $140 Billion, Amazon Is Bigger Than Ever, Still Smaller Than Google and Apple

For the first time in its history, Amazon shares traded above $300 a piece this week. When Jeff Bezos took his company public in the spring of 1997, …

Jeff Bezos

Hulu No Longer for Sale. Current Owners Pony Up $750M for Growth

Following numerous acquisition rumors, 21st Century Fox, NBCUniversal and The Walt Disney Company, the majority owners of Hulu, have decided not to sell the streaming company and will instead invest an additional $750 million in it “to propel future growth.”<p>Recently, everyone from Yahoo and …

UBS is taking a big step back from investment banking

UBS has become synonymous with wealth management, recently beating out Bank of America for the title of world’s largest private bank. Meanwhile, the company’s investment banking business has taken a hit. It has been scarred both by losses during the financial crisis and the scandal over …

Investing

AT&T to buy Leap Wireless for about $1.2 billion

LOS ANGELES (AP) — AT&T said Friday that it has agreed to acquire Leap Wireless International, the pre-paid cellphone carrier that operates under the Cricket brand, for about $1.19 billion in cash, or $15 a share.<p>The purchase gives America's No. 2 cellphone carrier a leg-up in serving customers who …

Telecoms

When a common currency is uncommon

Capital restrictions mean a euro in Cyprus no longer has the same value as one in France, Germany or Greece<p>Suppose you’re sitting at home in Rhode Island and you go online to order that Land’s End sweater you’ve been wanting. You’re clicking away when a box pops up and says, “Sorry, due to capital …

Associated Press News

Liverpool Care Pathway 'should be phased out'

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/health/994000/994544_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1518492119_ecc691b6d564931ea844076632f1bb09<p><b>The Liverpool Care Pathway, developed to support patients as they near death, should be phased out in England, an independent review is expected to say.</b><p>…

Radiation Therapy

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Obamacare's missing mandate

The massive coast-to-coast campaign to get people to sign up for Obamacare is light on mentions of one central element: the widely disliked individual mandate.<p>Poll after poll has found that Americans don’t like being told they have to get insurance or face a penalty. So the groups doing outreach …

The Sequester's Devastating Impact on America's Poor

It's fashionable in political circles to say the mandatory budgets cuts haven't been the predicted disaster. Cuts to programs like Head Start suggest otherwise.<p>Children at a Head Start facility in Frederick, Maryland. (Reuters)<p>The federal government's across-the-board sequestration cuts, which …

Egypt Unrest: Israel Officially Silent, but Many are Pleased by Morsi's Ouster | Public Radio International

The unrest and military takeover in Egypt is being followed especially closely by next door neighbor, Israel. Anchor Marco Werman finds out how Israel views the ongoing Egyptian crisis from reporter Daniel Estrin in Tel Aviv.

China evacuations as Typhoon Soulik hits

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/994000/994588_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1518094856_8c3f568f1e09a991bff61c62568061f1<p><b>Some 300,000 people in eastern China have fled their homes as Typhoon Soulik moves inland amid warnings of floods and landslides, state media …

Natural Disasters

Police Are Monitoring Social Media, Setting Up Areas for Possible Protests

Police in south Florida are bracing for the verdict in the racially charged George Zimmerman murder trial, creating places for people to peacefully …

Justice