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Exclusive: Apple, Google to pay $324 million to settle conspiracy lawsuit

A Google logo is seen at the garage where the company was founded on Google's 15th anniversary in Menlo Park, CaliforniaBy Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Four major tech companies including Apple and Google have agreed to pay a total of $324 million to settle a lawsuit accusing them of conspiring to hold down salaries in Silicon Valley, sources familiar with the deal said, just weeks before a high profile trial had been scheduled to begin. Tech workers filed a class action lawsuit against Apple Inc, Google Inc, Intel Inc and Adobe Systems Inc in 2011, alleging they conspired to refrain from soliciting one another's employees in order to avert a salary war. The case has been closely watched due to the potentially high damages award and the opportunity to peek into the world of Silicon Valley's elite. The case was based largely on emails in which Apple's late co-founder Steve Jobs, former Google CEO Eric Schmidt and some of their Silicon Valley rivals hatched plans to avoid poaching each other's prized engineers.


Amazon's revenue increases even as spending rises

A parcel moves on the conveyor belt at Amazon's logistics centre in GrabenBy Deepa Seetharaman SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc's revenue grew more than expected for the first quarter, largely offset by a sharp increase in spending on technology, content and new warehouses as the e-commerce company branches into new businesses. Amazon's international unit, which accounts for 40 percent of sales, continued to be a drag as sales growth slowed to 18 percent during the quarter. Global unit sales, a closely watched measure of how many items Amazon has sold, also decelerated, rising only 23 percent. "A lot of the things that we've done - making sure that we have the right pricing in place on behalf of the customers, making sure that our service levels are where we need them to be - those are the things we continue to work on in China," Chief Financial Officer Tom Szkutak said during a conference call.


Apple, Google agree to settle lawsuit alleging hiring conspiracy

The Apple logo is pictured at a retail store in the Marina neighborhood in San FranciscoBy Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Four major tech companies including Apple and Google have agreed to settle a lawsuit accusing them of conspiring to hold down salaries in Silicon Valley, just weeks before a high profile trial had been scheduled to begin. The settlement was disclosed in a court filing on Thursday, which did not spell out terms. The case has been closely watched due to the potentially high damages award and a steady disclosure of emails in which Apple's late co-founder Steve Jobs, former Google CEO Eric Schmidt and some of their Silicon Valley rivals hatched plans to avoid poaching each other's prized engineers. Tech workers filed a class action lawsuit against Apple Inc, Google Inc, Intel Inc and Adobe Systems Inc in 2011, alleging they conspired to refrain from soliciting one another's employees in order to avert a salary war.


Google social networking boss Gundotra leaving company

Senior VP of Engineering at Google Vic Gundotra before a Google event in San FranciscoBy Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc's head of social networking services, Vic Gundotra, is leaving the Internet search company, he said on Thursday, three years after overseeing the launch of the Google+ social network. Gundotra, who has worked at Google for eight years, announced the move in a Google+ post. "We pour our heart and soul into our work and it becomes something we love and cherish," Gundotra wrote.


Facebook acquires fitness tracking mobile app Moves

Facebook CEO Zuckerberg smiles in the stage before delivering a keynote speech during the Mobile World Congress in BarcelonaBy Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc has acquired the maker of a mobile app that can track the distance consumers walk or run and measure the calories burned, giving the social networking company an entree into the nascent market for fitness and health monitoring technology. Facebook did not disclose the price it paid for ProtoGeo Oy, the 2-year-old Helsinki company that makes the Moves app. A Facebook spokesman said the price for ProtoGeo, which has fewer than 10 employees, was not anywhere near what the company had paid for other higher-profile acquisitions recently. Facebook has begun 2014 by going on a shopping spree, paying $19 billion for mobile messaging service WhatsApp in February and $2.3 billion for virtual reality headset maker Oculus VR a couple of weeks later.


Trend-setter Apple's stock split could bring out the copycats

A man poses for a photo in front of the Apple store on 5th Avenue in New YorkBy Rodrigo Campos NEW YORK (Reuters) - Apple has long been a trend-setter whose hot products attract imitators, and now its recent stock split might help revive a trend from the 1990s that has all but disappeared on Wall Street. Apple Inc's move might inspire others, some believe, but only modestly. "It could become a bit of a trend when you see a name like Apple decide to split the stock," said Ken Polcari, director of the NYSE floor division at O'Neil Securities. Polcari said Priceline Group Inc, the most expensive single stock on the S&P 500, is a prime candidate.


Minecraft on Xbox One will transfer saves from Xbox 360

Minecraft on Xbox One will transfer saves from Xbox 360Due to a lack of backwards compatibility, upgrading to new-gen systems like the Xbox One and PS4 has meant mostly leaving your old games and the progress made in them behind, but not in this case. Phil Spencer, ...


Pinterest introduces guided search feature to help you explore your interests

Pinterest introduces guided search feature to help you explore your interestsPinterest is rolling out an expanded search engine on its mobile apps for iOS and Android designed to help you browse your interests more effectively than you can on a traditional search engine. "Guided search," as Pinterest is calling the feature, returns a list of Pinterest tiles for your searches that are popular among users. Guided search represents the most significant of three announcements Pinterest made tonight at its headquarters. Guided search and related pins offer advertisers the opportunity to target potential customers with a high level of precision.


Notebook sales still appear doomed, but some companies thrive

Notebook sales still appear doomed, but some companies thriveNotebook sales were still on the decline in the first quarter of the year, Digitimes Research says, although the “on-year declines were the slowest compared to those in the past five quarters,” and some laptop makers have enjoyed renewed success in the business during the period. Even so, it’s not clear yet whether the notebook market has started to recover, the publication noted.  In Taiwan, notebook shipments dropped by 13.8% sequentially in the first quarter of 2014, and by 6.8% compared to the same period last year. When it comes to worldwide shipments, the trend is similar, with notebook sales dropping by 14.2% sequentially and 5.5% compared to last year. Companies including HP, Asus, Apple and Lenovo thrived, the publication shows, with the


​California's smartphone kill-switch bill flops in the state senate

​California's smartphone kill-switch bill flops in the state senateUS carriers can all collectively breathe a sigh of relief today: California's mobile kill-switch bill is dead, at least for now. The would have required all smartphones sold in the state to include a remote-kill feature designed to render stolen phones useless. The bill was designed to curb phone robberies by making the crime less lucrative. If carriers didn't comply, the state would have been able to fine them $2,500 for every unsupported device sold.


Google, Apple settle high-tech workers' lawsuit

FILE - In this Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012, file photo, employees cheer customers as they enter a newly-opened Apple Store in the Wangfujing shopping district in Beijing. Google, Apple, Intel and Adobe Systems announced Thursday, April 24, 2014, they have settled a class-action lawsuit alleging they conspired to prevent their engineers and other highly sought technology workers from getting better job offers from one another. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google, Apple, Intel and Adobe Systems have settled a class-action lawsuit alleging they conspired to prevent their engineers and other highly sought technology workers from getting better job offers from one another.


eBay's new mobile apps are all about you, borrow some Pinterest looks

eBay's new mobile apps are all about you, borrow some Pinterest lookseBay's mobile apps just got a little more personal. The company refreshed its offerings for the iPhone, iPad, Android and Windows Phone 8 today, unveiling a new look for the apps that's customized to your habits. The highlight of the update is a new "My Feed" section on the home screen which populates with large photos of items you've indicated you want (like this epic collection of 125 Goat books).


Netflix joining lineup of 3 US cable-TV services
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Netflix's Internet video service is about to join the programming lineup of three small cable-TV providers in the U.S., a breakthrough that acknowledges the growing popularity of online entertainment.
Android 4.4.3 tipped to bring major Dialer redesign

Android 4.4.3 tipped to bring major Dialer redesignGoogle has yet to roll out its Android 4.4.3 KitKat update, which is believed to bring various bug fixes and improvements, but a leaked screenshot seems to indicate that at least one major new feature may also be part of the upcoming software update. According to an image posted on the xda-developers forum, the Google Dialer is getting a completely new look. The Android 4.4.3 Dialer app features a series of cards for each contact instead of a list. The cards have a colored background with the first initial of the name placed on them, but they can apparently also show a picture of the contact when one is assigned to it. Other elements in the screenshot include the top search bar and


FTC: State bans on Tesla's direct sales model are hurting competition

FTC: State bans on Tesla's direct sales model are hurting competitionTesla has just gained a valuable ally in its battle to sell cars directly to customers: the Federal Trade Commission. The regulator now argues that state bans on direct sales are "protectionist," propping up the traditional dealership business model rather than protecting companies from unfair abuses by automakers. It's the "competitive process" that should decide which sales model is better, not the law.


Learning the Lessons of the InBloom Failure

Learning the Lessons of the InBloom FailureThe controversy over how to manage and store sensitive student data reached boiling point this week. InBloom, the non-profit organization backed by a $100M grant from the Gates Foundation, closed its doors over parental concerns about the potential misuse of that data and other privacy and security fears about how students' information might be used, manipulated or get into the wrong hands.


Chipmaker Synaptics rides popularity of fingerprint ID phones
The growing popularity of using fingerprints to unlock mobile phones and other devices is expected to drive growth at Synaptics Inc , which makes the chips enabling the technology popularized by Apple Inc's iPhone 5S. Synaptics' chips for fingerprint ID and touchscreens are used in Samsung Electronics Co Ltd's Galaxy S5, and strong sales of the smartphone will help Synaptics post its strongest annual revenue growth since 2007. Synaptics could boast of a market share of as much as 80 percent in fingerprint recognition technology for the next few quarters as the S5 will be the dominant smartphone being shipped with the technology, Feltl & Co analyst Jeffrey Schreiner said.
Play this: burglary is a puzzle in 'Third Eye Crime'

Play this: burglary is a puzzle in 'Third Eye Crime'Third Eye Crime opens with a familiar scene: a young woman walks into a dimly lit office, while a trench coat-clad man sits behind a desk. Slow, jazzy music plays in the background.


These guys created the PlayStation 4 and here's how they did it (video)

These guys created the PlayStation 4 and here's how they did it (video)Earlier this month we were in the audience to see two gaming legends talk at length about the history of PlayStation, but if you want to watch PlayStation's head of Worldwide Studios and the PS4's lead designer have a ...


Daily Roundup: rediscovered Andy Warhol art, Google Glass available to all, and more!

Daily Roundup: rediscovered Andy Warhol art, Google Glass available to all, and more!You might say the day is never really done in consumer technology news. Your workday, however, hopefully draws to a close at some point. This is the Daily Roundup on Engadget, a quick peek back at the top headlines for the past 24 hours -- all handpicked by the editors here at the site. Click on through the break, and enjoy.


Cloud strength helps Microsoft earnings top Street

FILE - In this April 2, 2014 file photo, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella gestures during the keynote address of the Build Conference in San Francisco. Microsoft reports quarterly earnings on Thursday, April 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Results from Microsoft's first quarterly earnings release under new CEO Satya Nadella offered fresh justification for his focus on cloud computing.


Galaxy S5 launch sales reportedly better than iPhone 5s launch

Galaxy S5 launch sales reportedly better than iPhone 5s launchAfter multiple reports revealed that the Galaxy S5 is apparently selling better than its predecessor, a new infographic says that the Galaxy S5 has enjoyed better launch sales than the iPhone 5s did a few months ago during its own launch. iQmetrix measured Galaxy S5 sales during its launch weekend, from April 11th to April 13th, sampling over 15,000 stores across North America, and compared them with iPhone 5s sales from September 20th to September 23rd. The company has gathered its data from its RQ Retail Management system that’s used by wireless retailers in North America to process some 14.5 million handset transactions each year. According to the infographic, the Galaxy S5 accounted for 23% of total phones sold in the U.S. and Canada


Starbucks eyes soda and lunch as US sales climb

FILE - In this March 19, 2014 file photo, Sandy Roberts, Starbucks strategy manager for global coffee engagement, pours samples of coffee for shareholders and other guests, at Starbucks' annual shareholders meeting in Seattle. Starbucks reports quarterly earnings on Thursday, April 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Starbucks keeps finding ways to squeeze more money out of people.


New FCC rules could destroy net neutrality

New FCC rules could destroy net neutrality"The great revolution in the internet is how it empowers individuals to both consume and create... and to do so requires an accessible and open internet. And we will fight to preserve that capability." — FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, January 16th, 2014.


Crowdfunding project aims to bring a forgotten space probe back to life

Crowdfunding project aims to bring a forgotten space probe back to lifeThe International Sun/Earth Explorer 3 probe is slated to come home in August after 36 years in space, but a group of engineers wants to use it as a platform for citizen science before it does. Sadly, NASA ...


FCC pushes back against criticism over Internet traffic plan

Attendees surf the internet at the Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly HillsBy Alina Selyukh NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. communications regulator on Thursday sought to tame an outcry over its plan to allow "fast lanes" for some content on the Internet, insisting that the agency will monitor and punish broadband providers that treat Web traffic "unreasonably." The Federal Communications Commission is weighing rules that would ban Internet providers from blocking access to websites or applications, but would allow content companies to pay for faster Internet speeds delivering their traffic as long as such deals are deemed "commercially reasonable." Consumer advocates assailed the proposal from FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, saying it would let certain content providers pay for access to fast lanes and discourage consumers from going to competitors' sites where videos or other content may load more slowly by comparison. The five-member FCC will negotiate the rules before they vote on May 15 to formally propose them and seek public comment. The debate is over the principle known as open Internet or net neutrality, which establishes that owners of networks that deliver online content should treat all of that content equally.


Starbucks eyes US expansion as sales climb
NEW YORK (AP) — Starbucks keeps finding ways to squeeze more money out of people.
Exclusive: Apple, Google agree to pay over $300 million to settle conspiracy lawsuit

A Google logo is seen at the garage where the company was founded on Google's 15th anniversary in Menlo Park, CaliforniaBy Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Four major tech companies including Apple and Google have agreed to pay a total of $324 million to settle a lawsuit accusing them of conspiring to hold down salaries in Silicon Valley, sources familiar with the deal said, just weeks before a high profile trial had been scheduled to begin. Tech workers filed a class action lawsuit against Apple Inc, Google Inc, Intel Inc and Adobe Systems Inc in 2011, alleging they conspired to refrain from soliciting one another's employees in order to avert a salary war. The case has been closely watched due to the potentially high damages award and the opportunity to peek into the world of Silicon Valley's elite. The case was based largely on emails in which Apple's late co-founder Steve Jobs, former Google CEO Eric Schmidt and some of their Silicon Valley rivals hatched plans to avoid poaching each other's prized engineers.


What Your Cell Phone Conversations Inspire

What Your Cell Phone Conversations InspireThis phenomenon isn't unique to New York, of course. But with so many more people crammed into so much less space, I decided to meditate on the lives I sampled -- and to renew a few promises to myself.


Oregon moves to dump health exchange website

Cover Oregon interim chief information officer Alex Pettit speaks during an advisory committee meeting in Portland, Ore., Thursday, April 24, 2014. After months of deliberation over what to do with Oregon's botched online health exchange, the advisory panel recommended that the state drop its trouble-plagued online health exchange for private policies and have Oregonians instead shop for them on the federal online marketplace. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon, once expected to be a national leader in the federal health care overhaul, on Thursday moved to become the first state to dump its troubled online health exchange and use the federal marketplace instead.


​Having trouble spending your digital currency? Get a Bitcoin debit card

​Having trouble spending your digital currency? Get a Bitcoin debit cardFor all its advantages, Bitcoin has one major drawback: it's rather hard to spend. While the digital currency has legs in online marketplaces like Overstock and Square Market, few brick and mortar stores are equipped to trade in Bitcoin. Special ATMs help a little, but there has to be a better way.


FTC comes to Tesla's defense, warns states not to shut down retail sales

FTC comes to Tesla's defense, warns states not to shut down retail salesTesla's ongoing battle for the right to sell its electric cars directly to consumers is one that's currently being waged with individual US states. But that's not stopping the Federal Trade Commission from weighing in on the matter. In a decidedly pro-Tesla blog post, the FTC today cautioned states that shutting down the automaker's retail operation is "bad policy for a number of reasons." Tesla has found itself locked in a battle with state lawmakers in an attempt to preserve and expand its direct sales model. Texas, Arizona, Virginia, and New Jersey have banned the company from selling its popular Model S to consumers in those states. "American consumers and businesses benefit from a dynamic and diverse economy where new technologies and business models can and have disrupted stable and stagnant industries," the FTC said.


Amazon 1st quarter net income jumps
NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon's first-quarter profit rose 18 percent as shoppers continued to flock to the online mega retailer to buy goods.
Best Buy has a killer Xbox One deal that might be too good to pass up

Best Buy has a killer Xbox One deal that might be too good to pass upIf you’ve been holding off on getting an Xbox One, then next week might be the perfect time to pick one up at Best Buy. Best Buy announced on Thursday that if you trade in your Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 between April 27th and May 3rd, you’ll get a $50 gift card and a $50 coupon that you’ll be able to use toward buying an Xbox One. In other words, if you trade in your old console to Best Buy next week, you’ll be able to get $100 off the purchase price of Microsoft’s newest console. Not all stores are participating in the program so you’ll want to check out Best Buy’s trade-in webpage to find the store nearest


Amazon CFO: first-quarter unit sales growth slowed from previous quarter
Amazon.com Inc, the largest U.S. online retailer, said global growth in unit sales during the first three months of the year slowed to 23 percent from the previous quarter. The e-commerce giant's year-over-year unit sales, a closely watched measure of how many items Amazon has sold, has slowed considerably over the last two years. Unit sales growth was 25 percent in the fourth quarter. During a call with analysts to discuss the company's first-quarter results, Chief Financial Officer Tom Szkutak also said Amazon now has 244 million active customer accounts.
Verizon Blockbuster Data Breach Report Is Bad News for Organizations
co-authored by Dr. Stephen Bryen, CTO, Ziklag Systems Verizon has published a blockbuster report on Internet "data breaches" which has garnered major headlines because it fingers Eastern Europe (primarily Russia) as a greater source of attacks than those from East Asia, primarily China. Prepared with the cooperation of 50 companies in different parts of the world, the Verizon study classifies "data breaches" into different categories --but the two most important stand out visibly from all the others. These are "point of sale" attacks and "cyber espionage" attacks. ...
Netflix gets specific about its battle with Comcast and opposition to the TWC merger

Netflix gets specific about its battle with Comcast and opposition to the TWC mergerIn the months since announcing a "mutually beneficial" interconnection agreement, Netflix and Comcast have seen eye to eye on very little. Throw in Comcast's attempt to swallow up Time Warner Cable and grow even larger, and you have ...


Your Netflix Bill Could Go Up Even More. Blame The Government

Your Netflix Bill Could Go Up Even More. Blame The GovernmentNetflix made clear earlier this week that by the end of June, the streaming company will raise prices by $1 or $2 per month. But if new rules proposed by the FCC go into effect, that increase could be just be the beginning. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler circulated new rules to his fellow commissioners Thursday related to "net neutrality," or the idea that all web traffic should be treated equally. The rules would allow Internet service providers, like Verizon, AT&T and Time Warner Cable, to charge companies for faster delivery of content to their customers. Consumer advocates say that companies



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Kerry bluntly warns Russia of new sanctions

Secretary of State John Kerry speaks about the situation with Ukraine and Russia from the State Department in Washington, Thursday, April 24, 2014. Kerry is accusing Russia of failing to live up to commitments it made to ease the crisis in Ukraine. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)He says the U.S. will have no choice if Russia fails to de-escalate the crisis in Ukraine.


Nevada rancher stands by racially charged comments

Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy speaks with a supporter (Reuters)Cliven Bundy's musings about slavery have made him a liability for conservative lawmakers.


New Jersey fire burns 300 acres; some let back into homes

Homes damaged by Ocean County forest fireA large brush fire had burned more than 300 acres in central New Jersey, yet some residents are being allowed back into their homes after earlier evacuations.


Ex-Marine convicted of three murders, sentenced to death

FILE - These undated family photos provided by the Zion, Ill., Police department show Krystal Tobias, 9, and Laura Hobbs, 8. Prosecutors have urged a federal jury to impose the death penalty on an ex-Marine who murdered a Navy sailor, saying it's the only adequate punishment for a man who has committed a series of sexually motivated attacks. The jury heard closing arguments Thursday in federal court in Alexandria in the trial of 25-year-old Jorge Torrez. Prosecutor James Trump told jurors that execution is the only adequate punishment for a man who not only murdered Snell but killed two girls in his Illinois hometown. Torrez is charged but has not been convicted in those slayings. (AP Photo/Family photo via the Zion Police Department)Jorge Torrez was sentenced to death Thursday for murdering a fellow service member in 2009, after a federal jury concluded he had been responsible for a series of violent, sexually motivated attacks on women and young girls over the last nine years.


Ukraine military operation kills 5

A woman bandages the head of a pro-Russian activist injured outside the Mariupol town hall, East UkraineRussia launched army drills near the border in response, raising fears its troops would invade.


VIDEO: 'Crabster' underwater robot assists in sunken ferry search

VIDEO: 'Crabster' underwater robot assists in sunken ferry search


Senate's newest class speaks out on foreign policy

FILE - This April 2, 2014 file photo shows Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-NH. speaking on Capitol Hill in Washington. Fresh voices in the U.S. Senate are speaking loudly on foreign policy, a new generation of Republicans and Democrats who reflect a war-weary nation cautious about America’s next moves. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)New generation of Republicans and Democrats reflect a war-weary nation cautious about America's next moves.


U.S. unwilling to give up Mideast peace process yet

Secretary of State John Kerry addresses a gathering of the Export-Import Bank at the Omni-Shoreham Hotel in Washington, Thursday, April 24, 2014. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)Despite Israel breaking off talks with Palestinian leaders aiming to create a coalition government, Secretary of State John Kerry says the U.S. plans to continue pursuing peace negotiations.


Two in custody at San Diego naval base after alert

Military police stand guard outside Naval Base Point Loma in San Diego as San Diego police officers and federal agents search for former Los Angeles officer Christopher Dorner who police believe is responsible for three murders Thursday Feb. 7, 2013. Thousands of police officers throughout Southern California and Nevada searched for Dorner, who was angry over his firing and began a deadly shooting rampage that he warned in an online posting would target those on the force who wronged him. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)Two people were taken into custody at a San Diego-area naval base on Thursday after a report of a person with a gun prompted a shelter-in-place warning at the facility, but there were no reports of shots fired or injuries, officials said. Naval Base Point Loma, one of three main U.S. Navy bases in San Diego, went on lockdown and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service and naval security forces responded to the incident, said Navy spokesman Lieutenant Benjamin Addison. A post on the Facebook page for Naval Base San Diego, a separate facility, had warned "all hands" to stay away from Naval Base Point Loma due to a "law enforcement incident." A number of U.S. submarines dock at Naval Base Point Loma, which also has training schools. A representative for the San Diego Police Department could not immediately be reached for comment.


Families of ferry's lost confront SKorea officials

Choi Sang-hwan, South Korean Coast Guard police officer, is surround by relatives of passengers aboard the sunken ferry Sewol in the water off the southern coast as they demand for faster rescue operation, at a port in Jindo, South Korea, Thursday, April 24, 2014. Divers made their way deeper Thursday into the submerged wreck of a ferry that sank more than a week ago as the death toll continues to rise and relatives of the missing passengers pressed the government to finish the grim task of recovery soon. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)Angry relatives of those still missing from the ferry sinking surround officials, demanding answers.


Meet the Banking Caucus, Wall St.'s secret weapon in Washington

Scott GarrettIndustry campaign cash flows to pro-bank activists in Congress, yielding big returns.


Obama breaks promise to commemorate Armenian 'genocide'

Demonstrators attend a torch-bearing march marking the anniversary of the 1915 mass killings of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire, in YerevanThe president in 2008 assured that the word "genocide" would be applied to mass killings of Armenians. Why did he break it (again) this year?


Tornadoes, yes, but earthquakes?

2011 Oklahoma EarthquakeSeries of tremors has Oklahomans wondering if the "Big One" is about to hit.


U.S. journalist released in east Ukraine

In this photo taken on Sunday, April 13, 2014, a U.S. reporter Simon Ostrovsky, right, stands with a Pro-Russian gunman at seized police station in the eastern Ukraine town of Slovyansk. Pro-Russian gunmen in eastern Ukraine admitted on Wednesday April 23, 2014, that they are holding captive American journalist for Vice News Simon Ostrovsky who has not been seen since early Tuesday. Ostrovsky has been covering the crisis in Ukraine for some weeks and was reporting about groups of masked gunmen seizing government buildings in eastern Ukrainian. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)Simon Ostrovsky, an American reporter for VICE News, has been released and is in good condition after being held by pro-Russia insurgents in eastern Ukraine for several days.


Chicago doctor ID'd as Kabul shooting victim

An ambulance leaves Cure Hospital after three foreigners were killed in KabulJerry Umanos was one of three U.S. physicians killed at Afghanistan's Cure International Hospital.


Israel stops peace talks after Palestine-Hamas deal

Palestinian Fatah delegation chief Azzam al-Ahmed (left) celebrates with Hamas prime minister Ismail Haniya after a signing ceremony in Gaza City, on April 23, 2014Ramallah (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) - The Palestinians are considering "all options" in response to Israel's decision to halt peace talks and punish the Palestinian Authority over its unity deal with Hamas, an official said Thursday. “The Palestinian leadership will look into all options to respond to Israeli government decisions against the PA,” senior Palestinian official Saeb Erakat told AFP. “The priority now for the Palestinians is reconciliation and national unity,” he added. On Wednesday, the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) -- internationally recognised as the sole representative of the Palestinian people -- and Islamist rulers of the Gaza Strip Hamas signed a reconciliation agreement.


Tech firms pony up cash to prevent next Heartbleed


Afghan hospital guard kills 3 American doctors

An Afghan policeman outside the Cure International Hospital in KabulA U.S. nurse was also wounded in the attack at a Kabul hospital, officials said.


Matt Bai: Is Warren really Hillary's nightmare? Hardly

BAI Warren ClintonLet's talk about Elizabeth Warren and her political ambitions. Because, you know, somebody has to.


Obama holds hope for Pacific trade deal

President Barack Obama, left, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shake hands at the conclusion of their joint news conference at the Akasaka State Guest House in Tokyo, Thursday, April 24, 2014. Obama said Thursday that he wants to see a dispute between China and Japan over islands in the East China Sea resolved peacefully, while affirming that America's mutual security treaty with Japan applies to the islands. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)The president urges U.S. and Japan to be bold in completing agreement.


Clashes in east Ukraine leave at least 2 dead

Ukrainian security force officers are deployed at a checkpoint set on fire and left by pro-Russian separatists near SlavianskUkrainian government troops moved against pro-Russia forces in the east of the country on Thursday and killed at least two of them in clashes at checkpoints manned by the insurgents, the government and insurgents said. Russian President Vladimir Putin decried what he described as a "punitive operation."


Obama: New sanctions against Russia are 'teed up'

President Barack Obama speaks as he participates in a joint news conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Akasaka Palace state guest house in Tokyo Thursday, April 24, 2014. Obama says the time is now to resolve issues preventing the conclusion of a major, 12-nation trade agreement. Opening a four-country swing through the Asia-Pacific region, Obama is aiming to promote the U.S. as a committed economic, military and political partner, but the West's dispute with Russia over Ukraine threatens to cast a shadow over the president's sales mission. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)TOKYO (AP) — Warning Russia that new economic sanctions are "teed up," President Barack Obama accused Moscow of failing to live up to an agreement last week to ease tensions in eastern Ukraine.


Classes begin at S. Korean school after ferry disaster

A mourner pays tribute to the victims of the sunken ferry Sewol near condolence flowers during a temporary memorial at the auditorium of the Olympic Memorial Museum in Ansan, south of Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, April 24, 2014. Divers made their way deeper Thursday into the submerged wreck of a ferry that sank more than a week ago as the death toll neared 160 and relatives of the more than 140 still missing pressed the government to finish the grim task of recovery soon. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)ANSAN, South Korea (AP) — Students in the city hit hardest by the South Korean ferry disaster returned to classes Thursday, their school campus a tragic landscape of yellow ribbons, chrysanthemums and photos of classmates and teachers who make up the vast majority of the more than 300 people feared dead.


FDA proposes first regulations for e-cigarettes

FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2014 photo, Talia Eisenberg, co-founder of the Henley Vaporium, uses her vaping device in New York. Soon, the Food and Drug Administration will propose rules for e-cigarettes. The rules will have big implications for a fast-growing industry and its legions of customers. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)The government wants to ban sales to minors and require health warning labels.


Oklahoma court rejects death-row inmates' claims

This photo combo of images provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections shows Clayton Lockett, left, and Charles Warner. Lockett and Warner, two death-row inmates who want to know the source of drugs that will be used to execute them, have placed Oklahoma’s two highest courts at odds and prompted aggravated members of the Legislature to call for the impeachment of Oklahoma Supreme Court justices. (AP Photo/Oklahoma Department of Corrections)Court says inmates are not entitled to know source of drugs that will be used to kill them.


FCC reversal on 'net neutrality' would permit Internet fast lane


Women held in Cleveland basement seek Joan Rivers' apology

SiriusXM's "Howard Stern Birthday Bash" - ArrivalsCLEVELAND (AP) — Attorneys for two women held in a Cleveland home and abused for a decade say Joan Rivers should apologize for comparing living in her daughter's guest room with the captivity they experienced.


Formula One racing boss set to go on trial for bribery

Canadian F1 Grand Prix - RaceBy Keith Weir MUNICH (Reuters) - Formula One chief executive Bernie Ecclestone goes on trial for bribery in Germany on Thursday in a case that could see the Briton's long dominance of the motor sport ended by a jail sentence. Prosecutors in Munich have charged Ecclestone, 83, with bribing jailed German banker Gerhard Gribkowsky to smooth the sale eight years ago of a stake in Formula One to private equity firm CVC. Ecclestone, a former used car salesman who became a billionaire by building the sport into a global money spinner over the past four decades, denies wrongdoing and says he will fight to clear his name. CVC remains the largest shareholder in Formula One, a business that generates annual revenues of over $1.5 billion from its series of grand prix races held around the world.


CEO of 'Russian Facebook' flees country

In this photo taken Saturday, May 19, 2012, Pavel Durov, founder of Russia's leading social network site VKontakte, or "in contact", sits in a cafe in Red Square in Moscow, Russia. Creator of Russia's leading social network Durov left his post as CEO on Tuesday April 22, 2014, and is understood to have left Russia, one week after he posted online what he said were documents from the security services demanding personal details from 39 Ukraine-linked groups on VKontakte.(AP Photo/Roman Kulik)Social media wunderkind quits post after Putin cronies stage ownership takeover.


Man killed in Utah court had promised judge he'd behave

This Feburary 2012 photo, provided by the Utah Department of Corrections, shows Siale Angilau. A U.S. marshal shot and critically wounded Angilau on Monday, April 21, 2014, in a new federal courthouse after Angilau rushed the witness stand with a pen at his trial in Salt Lake City, authorities said. Angilau was one of 17 people named in a 29-count racketeering indictment filed in 2008 accusing gang members of conspiracy, assault, robbery and weapons offenses. The FBI said Angilau died Monday at the hospital. (AP Photo/Utah Department of Corrections)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Tongan Crip gang defendant who was fatally shot by a U.S. marshal while attacking a witness during a federal court trial had promised a judge earlier that he would behave, a court transcript shows.


3-D imaging captures 1888 wreckage discovered in San Francisco Bay

A profile view of the shipwreck of the iron and wood steamship City of Chester.SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The first images of the newly discovered wreckage of a steamship that sank in San Francisco Bay in 1888, killing 16 people, were released Wednesday by federal ocean scientists.


Bungling N.C. kidnap plot spotlights justice workers' exposure

FILE - In this undated file photo provided by Raleigh/Wake City-County Bureau of Identification, Kelvin Melton is shown. A North Carolina prosecutor was the intended target of an elaborate kidnapping plot, but the kidnappers looked up the wrong address on the Internet and abducted the prosecutor's father instead, according to an indictment released Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Authorities have said the kidnapping was retaliation for Colleen Janssen's prosecution of Melton for his involvement in a 2011 shooting. Melton, a high-ranking member of the Bloods gang, orchestrated the abduction from behind bars using a cellphone, the indictment said. (AP Photo/Raleigh/Wake City-County Bureau of Identification, File)Part bumbling, part dead serious, the sprawling jailhouse plot to kidnap a North Carolina prosecutor who put a seasoned gang member in prison for life has shaken a US justice system already enduring a slew of deadly attacks. A federal indictment released Tuesday details a complex plot said to be orchestrated by Kelvin “Dizzy” Melton, a North Carolina prison inmate and alleged higher-up in the Bloods street gang, to pay $10,000 to a group of henchmen on the outside to kidnap and kill his defense attorney and the prosecutor who put him in prison for a 2011 murder.  The plot led the group of nine accomplices first on a goose chase in March from Atlanta to New Orleans, and then to the small town of Wake Forest, N.C., where the group on April 5 grabbed Frank Janssen, the father of Wake County prosecutor Colleen Janssen, after stun-gunning him on the threshold of his home. Ms. Janssen, the actual target, was part of the team that put Mr. Melton away last year.


Prince's bird hunt stirs outrage in Pakistan after Saudi loan

houbara bustardPakistan has long enjoyed close ties to Gulf Arab sheiks, but a prince's recent shooting spree that culled more than 2,000 rare birds from the country's preserves have stirred outrage in the country, following a $1.5 billion Saudi "gift" to the country's ailing economy.


Court tosses $3.4M award to child porn victim

FILE - This Dec. 19, 2013, file photo shows a view of the Supreme Court from near the top of the Capitol Dome on Capitol Hill, in Washington. The Supreme Court is hearing arguments in a case that asks whether a victim of child pornography can seek millions of dollars from a defendant who had just two images of her on his computer. The woman known only as Amy is trying to persuade the justices in arguments on Jan. 22, 2014, that people convicted of possessing child pornography should be held liable for the entire cost of the harm their victims suffer, including in psychiatric care, lost income and legal fees. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)Supreme Court says man found with pictures not responsible for entirety of woman's losses.


Ukraine militants: We're holding U.S. journalist over 'destabilizing' reports

In this photo taken on Sunday, April 13, 2014, a reporter Simon Ostrovsky, right, stands next to a Pro-Russian gunman at a seized police station in the eastern Ukraine town of Slovyansk. Pro-Russian gunmen in eastern Ukraine say they are holding an American journalist captive. Ostrovsky, a journalist for Vice News, has not been seen since early Tuesday. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday confirmed they are detaining a U.S. journalist working with Vice News. The self-declared separatist mayor of Slaviansk told reporters the journalist, Simon Ostrovsky, had been detained for reporting what he said was false information that was "destabilizing for us" but that he was being treated well. Mayor Vyacheslav Ponomaryov attempted to joke about the situation. Vice News has said on its website that it is in contact with the U.S. State Department and other government authorities to work toward securing the safety of its journalist.


Oldest living ex-MLB player dies in Cuba at 102

Conrado Marrero, oldest living ex-MLB player, dies at 102 (Photo taken on April 25, 2012.) (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)HAVANA (AP) — Conrado Marrero, the diminutive Cuban right-hander who pitched for the Washington Senators in the 1950s and in 2011 became the oldest living former Major League Baseball player, died in Havana on Wednesday. He was 102, just two days short of his 103rd birthday.


Prince Charles' brother-in-law dies in NYC after fall

Mark ShandNEW YORK (AP) — The brother-in-law of the Prince of Wales died Wednesday after falling outside a hotel bar and suffering a head injury, police said.


Shakeup marks new era for pardon process

United States Attorney General Eric Holder speaks at the National Action Network convention in New York, Wednesday, April 9, 2014. The 16th annual convention will run through April 12. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)New program focused on thousands of clemency petitions from nonviolent federal inmates.


Obama's Japan visit kicks off with dreams of sushi

President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe depart Sukiyabashi Jiro sushi restaurant in Tokyo, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Opening a four-country swing through the Asia-Pacific region, Obama is aiming to promote the U.S. as a committed economic, military and political partner, but the West's dispute with Russia over Ukraine threatens to cast a shadow over the president's sales mission. Japanese at right in the background reads: "Sushi." (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)But for two special guests at Sukiyabashi Jiro on Wednesday evening, mouthfuls of melt-in-the-mouth tuna, squid, and octopus were the culinary backdrop to discussing urgent matters of regional security. Soon after Air Force One touched down here, Barack Obama found himself in Tokyo’s upmarket Ginza district, tucked behind the counter of arguably the world’s best sushi restaurant with his Japanese host, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Sukiyabashi Jiro’s modest size – it has just 10 seats – is inversely proportionate to its reputation. The 19-piece special course, featuring a selection chosen by owner Jiro Ono, costs around $300, not including drinks.


Revisiting NYC's 1964 World's Fair
Revisiting NYC's 1964 World's FairUnisphere, symbol of the New York World's Fair which opens on April 22, dominates this low-level shot of the fairgrounds, shown April 20, 1964 in the Queens borough of New York. (AP Photo)

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