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Cafe Customers Complain About Early Christmas Music

Shoppers always complain the Christmas season begins earlier every year. And this year, those lunching at Pret A Manger cafes in New York City were treated to Christmas carols starting last week. Only the location in Rockefeller Center managed to override the apparently mistaken holiday tunes …

We can rebuild him, we just need the money

Prosthetics are advancing fast: in just a few decades they've gone from rudimentary tools to high-tech limbs capable of advanced movements. Researchers are now working on ways to integrate prosthetics even more closely with the human body, but there could be one big issue on the horizon: funding. …

The Obamacare Goof That Is Biting Hard Now

You already know how the Affordable Care Act failed to provide funding for the federally run health insurance exchanges. These are the exchanges HHS …

Here's What This Debt Ceiling Debate Of 2013 Means For The US Credit Rating

So, what does this due to the credibility of the U.S. in the eyes of its creditors.<p>Well, in the wake of the 2011 debt ceiling debate, the U.S. saw its AAA credit rating stripped by S&P. It's worth noting, however, that interest rates actually trended lower for two years.<p>In a note to clients on …

Boehner the Scrooge?: How the GOP congress could ruin your holiday

Many alarms about the debt limit posturing are misplaced. But another New Year’s showdown could be on the horizon<p>Yesterday afternoon, in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, the Treasury Department set a firm (or firmer) deadline of mid-October by which Congress has to increase the debt limit. …

Young Gitmo soldiers get 9/11 history lesson

The FBI are making sure the attacks are still fresh in the minds of military personnel stationed at Guantanamo Bay<p>Young soldiers at Guantanamo Bay would have been in grade school when the 9/11 attacks occurred. But the government is making sure the terrorist attacks are fresh in their minds.<p>The FBI …

NSA surveillance program violates the constitution, ACLU says

In a detailed court motion filed Monday as part of an ongoing lawsuit against the NSA, ACLU says program has 'chilling effect'<p>The National Security Agency's mass tracking and collection of Americans' phone call data violates the constitution, has a chilling effect on first amendment rights and …

Los Angeles could become the largest U.S. city to offer free Wi-Fi

Councilman Bob Blumenfield wants to connect more Angelenos with the digital economy, but it would be costly<p>Will Los Angeles become the country's biggest city to boast free, city-wide Wi-Fi? Such a plan may be in the works, based on recent discussions at a city hall meeting last week.<p>Councilman Bob …

Nissan says it will bring multiple self-driving cars to market by 2020

Move over Google: automaker Nissan says it's aiming to have multiple self-driving cars on the market by 2020. The company made the ambitious announcement on Tuesday in a presentation to reporters, where it also revealed that it's not collaborating with Mountain View on the effort. Instead, Nissan …

Wall Street's 'fear' trade takes hold

As U.S. puts military strike against Syria on the table, investors move their chips out of harm's way.<p>NEW YORK -- The flight-to-safety trade is back in vogue on Wall Street.<p>Investors are rushing to shed risk amid growing speculation the U.S. is nearing a military strike in Syria in reaction to the …

Some schools quitting healthier lunch programs - TODAY.com

After just one year, some schools around the country are dropping out of the healthier new federal lunch program, complaining that so many students turned up their noses at meals packed with whole grains, fruits and vegetables that the cafeterias were losing money.<p>Federal officials say they don't …

Facebook Report Shows It Denies U.S. Surveillance Requests More Often Than Google

When Edward Snowden’s PRISM leak earlier this summer inspired Facebook to reveal for the first time how often governments demand it turn over users’ data, it seems that wasn’t a one-off confession. Now the company has announced it will be regularly publishing reports on government surveillance …

NFL Will Study Hits to Knees on Defenseless Players; Rule Change Possible

The NFL's crusade to ensure the safety of its players could take another significant step forward in the near future. According to the Associated Press via ESPN.com, the league will monitor hits to the knees on defenseless players this season in an effort to gauge if rule changes are necessary.<p>The …

Football (U.S.)

Williams Sisters Win At U.S. Open, Move To Second Round

Serena Williams dispatched Francesca Schiavone, 6-0, 6-1, in the first round of the U.S. Open Monday night, in a game played under the lights at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York.<p>With the win, Serena Williams, 31, joined her older sister Venus in the second round — only the second time this year that …