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Mexican billionaire more than doubles New York Times stake

Carlos Slim, the world's second-richest man, has more than doubled his stake in the New York Times Company, becoming the company's top stakeholder.<p>The company has received more than $100 million in the transaction, and has been authorized by the board to use the funds to repurchase class A …

Secret Service cleans house after scandals

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Top Secret Service officials are out of their jobs following months of scandal at the law enforcement agency, sources said on Wednesday.<p>Four senior officials -- responsible for investigations, technology, protections and public affairs -- are being asked to leave their posts, …

Why Mitt Romney wants in on 2016

<b>(CNN) —</b> I suppose we should have seen it coming, really. Back in the fall, when Romneyworld was buzzing about another candidacy, the storyline was this: It's in the realm of the "truly hypothetical," I was told, with a strong suggestion that Mitt Romney would only run as part of a late-entrant …

Sleepy Switzerland jolts currency markets

Switzerland stunned markets Thursday by allowing its currency to trade freely against the euro.<p>The Swiss National Bank said it was removing a cap of 1.2 Swiss francs to the euro, introduced during the eurozone crisis in 2011 when a flood of cash sought refuge in the traditional safe …

Paris terror attacks: Where are we now?

<b>(CNN) —</b> More than a week after the Paris terror attacks and with an investigation in full swing, the evidence points to an international conspiracy by militants to bring terror to the streets of France's capital.<p>There are reports of a new accomplice, in addition to the three gunmen killed by French …

Reality Check: Are Obama's State of the Union proposals realistic?

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> In the span of a week there were three new proposals from President Barack Obama as the White House unveiled ambitious plans to fight cyber crime and expand broadband access, help kids go to college and give workers paid family leave.<p>Add those new proposals to an existing plan to …

Is this why 'Selma' was snubbed?

<b>(CNN) —</b> A best picture nomination is not exactly nothing. Many would argue that it's just about everything.<p>Yet there was brush-fire-level rage on and off the Internet -- see #OscarsSoWhite -- following Thursday morning's announcement of this year's Academy Award nominations over the fact that …

Duke reverses decision to allow Muslim call to prayer

<b>(CNN) —</b> Duke University officials on Friday cited security concerns as part of the reason for the school's reversal of its decision to allow a Muslim call to prayer to sound from a campus chapel bell tower.<p>Neither the Durham, North Carolina, school nor the local FBI office, which was made aware of …

Dough pours in for pizza delivery guy after 'belittling' at car business

<b>(CNN) —</b> Seven dollars multiplied by empathy on an online fundraising page equals more than $11,000 for a pizza delivery guy who received an apology for how he was treated at a Massachusetts business.<p>The sales manager of a Westport car dealership has apologized "for the actions" of employees caught …

Online Life

Belgian operation thwarted 'major terrorist attacks,' kills 2 suspects

<b>(CNN) —</b> <b>[Breaking news update, posted at 11:50 p.m. ET]</b><p>A Western Intelligence source tells CNN that the ongoing terror threat appears to involve up to 20 sleeper cells of between 120 to 180 people ready to strike in France, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. The source said that European Union …

U.S. Republicans struggle to block Obama immigration moves | Reuters

HERSHEY, Pa. (Reuters) - U.S. Republican lawmakers acknowledged on Thursday it will be difficult for the Senate to pass a House of Representatives bill blocking President Barack Obama’s immigration initiatives, and vowed not to put security funding at risk in the process.<p>U.S. President Barack Obama …

The Myth of Jeb’s Protégé

If you believe their stories, Bush was a mentor to Rubio. The truth is more complicated.<p>Plato and Aristotle. Freud and Jung. Obi-wan and Anakin. Jeb and Marco? Under today’s received political wisdom, the two Florida Republicans and would-be presidents are a first-ballot, sure-fire bet for the …

Obama: I'm going on offense

The president said he’s prepared to veto hostile legislation, including an Iran sanctions package.<p>President Barack Obama made clear Thursday in a closed-door session with Senate Democrats that he’s prepared to veto hostile legislation from the GOP-controlled Congress, including an Iran sanctions …

Carson makes case for White House bid

<b>Coronado, California (CNN) —</b> Ben Carson presented his case for a potential run for the White House on Thursday, addressing past controversies and emphasizing his connection to the Republican Party, in a speech to GOP activists and party leaders.<p>"We don't need to change America, we need to fix …

Belgium raids give Republicans pause over plan to block immigration action

A House Republican plan to defeat Barack Obama on immigration by tying the issue to counter-terrorism spending showed signs of stalling on Thursday, as Senate Republicans hesitated to back the strategy and a lethal anti-terror raid in Belgium underscored security concerns.<p>The House attached …

Homeland Security

Four Reasons Why Romney Is a 2016 Long-Shot

When Mitt Rom­ney speaks at the Re­pub­lic­an Na­tion­al Com­mit­tee’s winter meet­ing Fri­day even­ing, it will be the first time that he’s …

GOP Congressman: Mitt Romney Can Raise “$1 Billion To Beat Hillary Clinton”

Romney called Rep. Jason Chaffetz on Saturday to talk 2016.<p>HERSHEY, Pennsylvania — A top GOP congressman said Thursday he would fully support Mitt Romney if he chooses to run a third time.<p>Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the new chairman of the House Oversight Committee, told reporters at the Republican …

Republicans Struggle To Find Way Forward On Immigration

HERSHEY, Pa. -- Republican senators and House members huddled in a resort Thursday to figure out, among other things, what to do with people like Jorge Gonzalez. The 18-year-old, who moved to the U.S. from Mexico when he was 8 months old, was about 70 miles away in Malvern, Pennsylvania, studying …

Boehner: Surveillance helped foil alleged plot on Capitol

HERSHEY, Pa. — House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday that secret government surveillance had helped stop an alleged plot to bomb and shoot up the United States Capitol.<p>Christopher Lee Cornell of Ohio was arrested Wednesday after federal authorities said the 20-year-old had bought guns and 600 …

Air Force taking steps to fill drone pilot shortage

The Air Force is taking several steps to fill a significant shortfall in drone pilots, laying out plans to increase incentive pay, bring more National Guard and Reserve pilots onto active duty, and seek volunteers to fill needed slots, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said Thursday.<p>Calling …

First exercise to combat growing internet security threats will be simulated attack on City of London and Wall Street<p>A rolling programme of transatlantic cyber “war games” are to be conducted by British and US intelligence agencies to test their resilience in the face of mounting global …

Cybersecurity

GOP brass not ready for Romney

Top party officials meeting in San Diego are deeply skeptical of a third Romney run.<p>CORONADO, Calif. — On Friday night, Mitt Romney will step aboard the deck of the USS Midway to address GOP brass gathered here for the Republican National Committee’s annual winter meeting. It will be a pivotal …

Fund this: Kraftwerk mobile charger puts a power plant in your pocket

With most mobile chargers, you're lucky to be able to recharge your phone two or three times before the charger itself needs recharging. And to do that, you need to find an AC outlet, fish out your AC adapter and cable, then wait a couple hours.<p>Kraftwerk is a mobile charger that solves both these …

Fuel Cell

Elon Musk Says He's Going To Build A 5-Mile Hyperloop Test Track, Probably In Texas

Musk said on Thursday that he plans on building a five-mile Hyperloop test track so that companies and student teams can "test out their pods." He says this test track will likely be built in Texas.<p>Though Musk introduced the Hyperloop idea, he handed it off to a crowdfunded team of about 100 …

Gogo gets FCC approval for faster Wi-Fi on aircraft

Gogo, the Itasca-based provider of Wi-Fi service on aircraft, said Thursday it cleared a "major hurdle" when it received federal approval for its new, faster Internet connection technology.<p>The service called 2Ku is several times faster than existing technology and is satellite-based so it offers …

Aviation

This One Number Shows How Advertisers Are Wrong About Social Media

Companies like McDonalds, Apple, and Ford all have something in common: They make and sell physical stuff, be it Big Macs, computers or cars. So if …

Hoping To Engage More Readers, Wikipedia Rolls Out A Redesigned Mobile App

The Wikimedia Foundation is rolling out a new version of its Wikipedia mobile application beginning this afternoon, which offers an improved reading experience, better search and an image-centric design, the company says. The updated app will be released on Android first, with an iOS release …

Patient 3D prints his own kidney to guide surgeons

Despite having millions of dollars of imaging technology at their disposal, surgeons often have to wait until they open a patient up before deciding the best course of action. Even for the simplest procedure, knowing the actual size and composition of the affected body part can make all the …

Medicine