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19
Dec
Dennis Rodman lands in North Korea to train basketball team, news agency says

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman arrived in North Korea on Thursday, the country's state-run media reported. Rodman was there for his latest round of controversial "basketball diplomacy" in a country ruled by one of the world's most repressive regimes. The former player and a documentary crew were scheduled to spend four days helping to train a team of North Korean basketball players for a January exhibition in Pyongyang. That January 8... [read news]

07
Dec
'Call of Duty: Ghosts' review – a right-wing spectacular?

“Call of Duty: Ghosts," the newest version of the highly popular military first person-shooter series, is out this week -- and arguably has one of the most right-wing premises in video game history. The COD games are the video game equivalents of Michael Bay movies: loud, shouty, full of explosions, ever so slightly ridiculous, and outrageously popular in spite of the critics. “Call of Duty: Ghosts” is very much the same, which is... [read news]

06
Dec
Rare material shortages could put gadgets at risk

Modern technology is too reliant on rare materials whose scarcity could drastically set back innovation, a new report has warned. It suggested that as more and more devices are manufactured, supplies of key elements, particularly metals, will be strained. Potential substitute materials are either inadequate or non-existent, researchers said. One scientist called the findings "an important wake-up call". Andrea Sella, of University College... [read news]

02
Dec
Aramark Expects IPO Pricing at $20-$23 a Share

Aramark Holdings expects its planned initial public offering to total 36.3 million shares at $20 to $23 a share, according to an SEC filing on Monday. The food-service provider plans to offer 28 million shares, while selling holders will offer 8.3 million shares. Aramark’s private equity owners, including Warburg Pincus, Thomas H. Lee Partners, CCMP Capital Advisors and Goldman Sachs Capital Partners, are among the holders who plan to... [read news]

01
Dec
Drones used to try to smuggle contraband into jail

Drones appear to have become the latest tool for those wishing to smuggle contraband into prisons. Four people have been arrested after a remote-controlled helicopter was allegedly used to fly tobacco into Calhoun state prison, Georgia. Prison officers noticed the device hovering over the prison yard and alerted the police. A similar attempt in Canada has led a prison officers' union to call for tighter security in jails. Tobacco... [read news]

22
Nov
Federal cuts biting into home heating aid

Another little-known result of forced federal budget cuts: Some 300,000 households will be scrambling to find ways to heat their homes this winter. This is the second year that so-called sequester, or deep government spending cuts, will hit a federal program that pays the tab to heat and cool homes for the nation's poorest. The dollars won't stretch far. It means Lyman Curtis, single dad of five kids, will only be able to reliably heat his... [read news]

21
Nov
Service Members Left Vulnerable to Payday Loans

Petty Officer First Class Vernaye Kelly winces when roughly $350 is automatically deducted from her Navy paycheck twice a month. Month after month, the money goes to cover payments on loans with annual interest rates of nearly 40 percent. The monthly scramble — the scrimping, saving and going without — is a familiar one to her. More than a decade ago, she received her first payday loan to pay for moving expenses while her husband, a... [read news]

18
Nov
US stocks dip after Dow hits 16,000

The US Dow Jones index broke through the 16,000 level for the first time on Monday before giving up some of the gains in late trade. At one point the Dow touched 16,030.28, but it ended 14.32 points up on the day at 15,976.02. The S&P 500 index rose above 1,800 for the first time, before a late sell-off pushed it down 6.65 points to 1,791.53. Stocks have been buoyed by hopes that the US central bank will continue with its economic stimulus... [read news]

16
Nov
Libyan militia fires on protesters, killing at least 43

At least 43 people were killed and at least 460 injured as a result of the bloodiest day of fighting on Friday in the Libyan capital since the fall of Tripoli in 2011, state-run Libya News Agency reported Saturday. Fighting broke out after protesters marched on the Tripoli headquarters of militias from the coastal city of Misrata. Protesters and eyewitnesses said militiamen opened fire on the hundreds who marched on Gharghour, a southern... [read news]

13
Nov
Energy bill hikes to last 17 more years - watchdog

Consumers face 17 more years of above-inflation increases in energy and water bills as they help pay for the renewal of the UK's infrastructure, Whitehall's spending watchdog has warned. The National Audit Office added that "gaps" in the official analysis meant government lacked "an overall picture of affordability". It expressed particular concern about low-income households. But the government said it was "committed" to keeping bills... [read news]


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