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Managers delighted their stores sold winning lottery tickets

Nov 30 2012 Published by under General Interest

Trex Mart truck stop manager Chris Naverz points to lottery tickets as he talks to a customer at the location, where one of two winning tickets in a $587.5 million Powerball lottery was sold at, in Dearborn, MissouriManagers of a Missouri gas station and an Arizona food store expressed delight on Thursday that they may have handed tickets to the two prospective winners of a record $587.5 million Powerball lottery jackpot.


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    Feds seize toys hazardous to kids’ health

    Nov 30 2012 Published by under General Interest

    Feds Seize Toys Hazardous to Kids' HealthFederal customs and consumer protection officials have intercepted more than 2 million units of dangerous toys and children's products so far this year at U.S. ports of entry, they said Thursday.


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      Senate backs quicker withdrawal from Afghanistan

      Nov 30 2012 Published by under General Interest

      FILE - In this June 27, 2006 file photo, reviewed by a U.S. Department of Defense official, U.S. military guards walk within Camp Delta military-run prison, at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base, Cuba. The White House is threatening that President Barack Obama would veto the defense bill unless Congress makes changes. The Office of Management and Budget issued a statement Thursday as the Senate debated the $631 billion bill. Specifically, the White House complained about provisions restricting the administration's ability to transfer detainees from the U.S. Naval facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to foreign countries. The White House also complained about the prohibition on funds to build a detention facility in the US. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)Reflecting a war-weary nation, the Senate voted overwhelmingly Thursday for an accelerated withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan after more than a decade of fighting.


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        Shoppers’ habits not changed by garment plant fire

        Nov 30 2012 Published by under General Interest

        Boxes of garments lay near equipment charred in the fire that killed 112 workers Saturday at the Tazreen Fashions Ltd. factory,on the outskirts of Dhaha, Bangladesh, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012. Garments and documents left behind in the factory show it was used by a host of major American and European retailers, though at least one of them — Wal-Mart — had been aware of safety problems. Wal-Mart blames a supplier for using Tazreen Fashions without its knowledge. (AP Photo/Ashraful Alam Tito)Before purchasing a shirt, shoppers will run their hands over the fabric, look at the price tag and wonder how it will hold up in the washing machine. Some might even ask if it makes them look fat.


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          Republicans already announcing U.S. Senate campaigns for 2014

          Nov 30 2012 Published by under General Interest

          The U.S. Capitol Dome and the entrance to the U.S. Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington(Reuters) – Former South Dakota Republican Governor Mike Rounds said on Thursday he will run in 2014 for a U.S. Senate seat now held by a Democrat, the second state where a Republican has jumped into the campaign two years before the election. The announcement by Rounds came just weeks after President Barack Obama won re-election and Democrats unexpectedly strengthened their U.S. Senate majority. Rounds is running for the seat now held by Democratic Senator Tim Johnson. Republican U.S. Representative Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia on Monday said she would run for the U.S. …


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            Mo. Powerball winner verified; Ariz.’s a mystery

            Nov 30 2012 Published by under General Interest

            An unidentified customer walks out of the Trex Mart convenience store, right, while manager Chris Nauerz, left, and son of the owner Baron Hartell stand outside, in Dearborn, Mo., Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012. Lottery officials confirmed Thursday that one of two winning Powerball tickets sold before Wednesday's drawing was bought at a Trex Mart convenience store in Dearborn. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)Missouri Lottery officials on Thursday verified one of two tickets that matched all six numbers to split a record $588 million Powerball jackpot, but that ticket holder — and another in Arizona — remained a mystery, even as neighbors and co-workers lamented their losses and gossiped about who may have won.


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              Apple overcomes last hurdle, iPhone 5 cleared for sale in China as Android continues to dominate

              Nov 30 2012 Published by under General Interest

              Apple overcomes last hurdle, iPhone 5 cleared for sale in China as Android continues to dominateFans waiting for Apple (AAPL) to sell the iPhone 5 in China won’t have to wait much longer, according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal. After receiving certification from China’s State Radio Management earlier this month, Apple has now been awarded a “network access license” that allows it to flip the switch on the iPhone 5 on China Telecom, the country’s third-largest wireless carrier. The WSJ’s report also suggests that China’s second-largest carrier, China Unicom, may not receive the iPhone 5 at launch and that by not making it available on multiple carriers, Apple could cede even more market share to Google’s (GOOG) Android platform. A recent report indicates over 90% of China’s smartphones now run on Android as Apple’s market share has declined.


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                Cyber security pioneer predicts Apple’s closed philosophy will end its dominance

                Nov 30 2012 Published by under General Interest

                Cyber security pioneer predicts Apple’s closed philosophy will end its dominanceIn an interview with Reuters, cyber security expert and Kaspersky Lab CEO Eugene Kaspersky said that Apple (AAPL) won’t be able to sustain its growth following its closed philosophy. The Cupertino-based company is known for its tight integration of hardware and software throughout its computer, music, smartphone and tablet line of devices. Despite this, Apple has seen great success and at one point cornered the music, mobile and tablet market. In recent times, however, the iPhone maker has lost market share from increased competition from both Google (GOOG) and Microsoft (MSFT). “Now I think it is time for open systems like Android,” Kaspersky said. “I’m sure that Apple will lose their market share.” The security guru notes that the idea that


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                  Future iPhones could have true wireless charging with no station required

                  Nov 30 2012 Published by under General Interest

                  Cyber security pioneer predicts Apple’s closed philosophy will end its dominanceWireless charging is set to take off this year with the likes of  HTC’s (2498) Windows Phone 8X, Nokia’s (NOK) Lumia 920 and 820 and Google’s (GOOG) Nexus 4. By comparison, Apple’s (AAPL) iPhone 5 feels decidedly last-gen without wireless charging or NFC. Apple’s reason for omitting wireless charging is that smartphones still need charging stations/plates plugged into the wall to work. A new Apple patent discovered by AppleInsider suggests the company is investigating a more elegant solution – wireless charging that uses “near-field magnetic resonance” to recharge an iPhone’s battery. The patent details a “virtual charging area” about one meter wide that can be used to provide electricity to devices simply by stepping within a certain radius of a power source. The patent calls the idea a “realistic and


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                    How Google Stole Christmas (And is Bringing it Back)

                    Nov 30 2012 Published by under General Interest

                    Google’s Nexus smartphones and tablets have a unique feature that’s also a curse. They come with the latest version of Android (which is actually unusual among Android devices), and they’re basically guaranteed to get updates throughout their lifespan (which is also unusual). But on the downside, Nexus owners are also the first to discover new “features” in each version of Android … like Google’s new 11-month calendar.

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