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  • Burger King eyes Tim Hortons for tax inversion deal

    Published: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    Burger King is working on a whopper of a business deal, according to USA TODAY. The burger chain is in talks with Canadian restaurant chain Tim Hortons about merging, a plan that, if accomplished, would create the world's third-largest fast food restaurant company, with more than 18,000 outlets in 100 countries and about $22 billion in system sales, the companies said in a statement. Shares of Burger King (BKW) jumped 16% in pre-market trading on the news that the companies were looking to create a new, publicly traded company headquartered in Canada.

  • Can Taco Bell's upscale eatery succeed?

    Published: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    It's not typical for nationwide buzz to accompany a Taco Bell restaurant opening. But when it's Taco Bell's new store, U.S. Taco Co., a higher-scale eatery whose first location is now operating, it starts to make some sense, according to Yahoo Finance. And when considering this particular store is at the center of what's working awfully well for chain restaurants these days, it makes a great deal more. While U.S. Taco borrows from elements of Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisine, its leadership wants to focus messaging on the menu's attempts to reinvent the "best regional dishes" from America.

  • A blood test can cost from $10 to $10,000 in Calif. hospitals, according to a study

    Published: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    Imagine walking into a hospital and being charged more than $10,000 for a blood test to check your cholesterol level. Imagine then going to another hospital in the same state and being charged $10 for the same test. That’s what a team led by a researcher at the University of California at San Francisco found when it looked at the prices California hospitals charge for 10 common blood tests.

  • Chesapeake reaches tentative deal with city of Arlington on royalties

    Published: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    The city of Arlington contended Chesapeake improperly calculated its royalties by deducting post-production costs and sales to affiliates, but the sides appear to have reached a settlement, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

  • A Murder Suspect Asked Siri Where He Should Hide His Roommate

    Published: Wed, Aug 13, 2014

    Guess what? She gave him a few suggestions. A man accused of killing his roommate in Gainesville, Fla., told the Siri application on his iPhone that he needed “to hide my roommate” on the day the two men were last seen together.

  • NSA, struggling to recruit top talent, turns to Silicon Valley

    Published: Thu, Aug 7, 2014

    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The U.S. National Security Agency is turning to Silicon Valley for topflight talent, but first it has to rebuild trust.   Anne Neuberger, special assistant to NSA Director Michael Rogers, said this week she feared the agency would no longer be able to recruit top technologists, since former contractor Edward Snowden blew the lid off the extent of its spying activities.

  • Americans worry that illegal migrants threaten way of life, economy

    Published: Thu, Aug 7, 2014

    (Reuters) - As President Barack Obama considers sidestepping Congress to loosen U.S. immigration policy, a Reuters/Ipsos poll shows Americans are deeply worried that illegal immigration is threatening the nation's culture and economy. Seventy percent of Americans - including 86 percent of Republicans - believe undocumented immigrants threaten traditional U.S. beliefs and customs, according to the poll.

  • Floating Restaurant Sinks Into River

    Published: Thu, Aug 7, 2014

    Jeff Ruby opened his floating restaurant, The Waterfront, in Kentucky in 1996, but lately it's seen a run of misfortune, according to Yahoo News. “We’ve been hit by runaway barges. We’ve been hit by a tugboat. We’ve been hit by a runaway iceberg,” Ruby told ABC News today. “I almost lost an employee last year when an iceberg hit us.” This week, he finally lost the restaurant for good. On Tuesday, it sank into the Ohio River.

  • NJ Hospital Charges Man Nearly $9K to Bandage Cut Finger

    Published: Wed, Aug 6, 2014

    A New Jersey hospital charged a teacher nearly $9,000 to put a bandage on his middle finger, an NBC 4 New York I-Team investigation has found. Last August, Baer Hanusz-Rajkowski, of Bayonne, accidentally cut his finger with the claw-end of a hammer. He says he waited a few days for it to heal but the cut didn’t seem to be closing, so he went to the Bayonne Medical Center emergency room to ask whether he should get stitches.

  • Gannett, owner of USA Today, to spin off publishing business

    Published: Tue, Aug 5, 2014

    Gannett, the owner of USA TODAY, said Tuesday that it will create two publicly traded companies next year as it moves to separate its broadcasting and digital businesses from its publishing division, a strategic move similarly adopted by competitors to shield more profitable business lines from the decline in print advertising. The broadcasting and digital company, which will be renamed and headed by Martore, will own or provide services to 46 television stations and operate several websites — CareerBuilder.com and Cars.com — that are not tied to newspapers. Gannett also said Tuesday that it will buy all Cars.com shares it doesn't already own from Classified Ventures, totaling about 73%, for $1.8. billion in cash, and the move nearly doubles its digital business. The planned spinoff of the publishing business, including USA TODAY, 81 other daily newspapers and their affiliated websites, will be implemented through a tax-free distribution of its publishing assets to shareholders.

  • Hacker says to show passenger jets at risk of cyber attack

    Published: Mon, Aug 4, 2014

    (Reuters) - Cyber security researcher Ruben Santamarta says he has figured out how to hack the satellite communications equipment on passenger jets through their WiFi and inflight entertainment systems - a claim that, if confirmed, could prompt a review of aircraft security. Santamarta, a consultant with cyber security firm IOActive, is scheduled to lay out the technical details of his research at this week's Black Hat hacking conference in Las Vegas, an annual convention where thousands of hackers and security experts meet to discuss emerging cyber threats and improve security measures.

  • Affordable housing draws middle class to inland cities, like Oklahoma City

    Published: Mon, Aug 4, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY — The country’s fastest-growing cities are now those where housing is more affordable than average, a decisive reversal from the early years of the millennium, when easy credit allowed cities to grow without regard to housing cost and when the fastest-growing cities had housing that was less affordable than the national average, says The New York Times. Rising rents and the difficulty of securing a mortgage on the coasts have proved a boon to inland cities that offer the middle class a firmer footing and an easier life. In the eternal competition among urban centers, the shift has produced some new winners. Oklahoma City, for example, has outpaced most other cities in growth since 2011, becoming the 12th-fastest-growing city last year. It has also won over a coveted demographic, young adults age 25 to 34, going from a net loss of millennials to a net gain. Other affordable cities that have jumped in the growth rankings include several in Texas, including El Paso and San Antonio, as well as Columbus, Ohio, and Little Rock, Ark.

  • People are actually buying the Amazon Fire phone

    Published: Sat, Aug 2, 2014

    Amazon’s first phone— the Fire Phone —is not a hit with critics, who have  mostly panned its interface and app selection. But it is finding some sort of audience: The standard-issue Fire Phone has been Amazon’s top-selling mobile phone all week, Quartz reports. Quartz has saved a copy of Amazon’s feed of its top-ten best-selling contract phones each hour since midday Monday, graphed below. The basic, 32 GB Fire Phone has been in the top position every hour—except once in the second position. The 64 GB version, which costs $100 more, has mostly been outside the top ten. (At the time of writing, it’s no. 16.) Assorted Samsung and LG phones usually fill the rest of the ten.

  • Cheesecake Factory Blasted for Offering Unhealthiest Meal in America

    Published: Fri, Aug 1, 2014

    If you want to indulge in Cheesecake Factory's Bruleed French Toast, you'll have to spend seven hours swimming laps to burn off its 2,780 calories, Ad Age reports. Such a calorie count lands that dish -- and two others from Cheesecake Factory -- atop the worst meals in America, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest Xtreme Eating awards. In all, Cheesecake Factory has three meals that made the top nine. The french toast meal, which comes with a side of ham or bacon, has almost five days' worth of saturated fat (93 grams), 2,230 milligrams of sodium (more than a day's worth), and 24 teaspoons of (mostly) added sugar, according to CSPI, which tallies the worst meals each year. CSPI noted that "to put that load of sugar into context, the American Heart Association recommends a daily limit of nine teaspoons of added sugar for men and six for women."

  • Police: Gunman and victim in Loop shooting 'had been friends for years'

    Published: Fri, Aug 1, 2014

    Less than a week after Tony DeFrances learned that he was being demoted as part of a downsizing of his company, authorities said he walked into his boss’s office Thursday morning for a one-on-one, reports the Chicago Tribune. Apparently upset about his demotion, DeFrances, armed with a gun, confronted CEO Steven LaVoie, a longtime colleague and friend at the supply technology firm ArrowStream in the Loop, police said. At some point, DeFrances, 60, and LaVoie, 54, struggled over the gun. LaVoie was shot twice before DeFrances shot himself in the head, Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said. DeFrances was found dead in LaVoie’s office on the 17th floor of the Bank of America building. LaVoie was in “grave” condition at Northwestern Hospital with head and stomach wounds, McCarthy said after the shooting. He was critical condition this evening, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

  • OKCupid Publishes Findings of User Experiments

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    OKCupid on Monday published results of three experiments it recently conducted on users. In one test, it obscured profile pictures. In another, the site hid profile text to see how it affected personality ratings. And in a third, it told some hopeful daters that they were a better or worse potential match with someone than the company’s software actually determined. “If you use the Internet, you’re the subject of hundreds of experiments at any given time, on every site,” Christian Rudder, president of OKCupid, wrote on the company's blog. “That’s how websites work.” The research found that if an OKCupid user was told that another user had a high compatibility score instead of a low one — the numbers are based on a mathematical formula created by the company — the user was slightly more likely to reach out with a message. Those who believed they were corresponding with a good match were almost twice as likely to send at least four messages compared with people who were told they were a low match.

  • 22 cars that won't be back next year

    Published: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    The best new cars of the 2015 model year are springing to life, but what about the walking dead -- the cars that are meeting their demise, timely or untimely? asks Yahoo Autos. View the Death list 2015: 22 cars that won't be back next year, and some will surprise you.

  • Americans Think Women, People With Business Experience Govern Better - The Numbers - WSJ

    Published: Sun, Jul 27, 2014

    More than 80% of Americans think the U.S. would be better governed by people with business experience or women, the Wall Street Journal reports. Results from a  Gallup Poll published Monday showed business experience, women, compromise and moderates were top traits Americans think lead to better governing. About 81% of respondents said they thought the country would be better governed by people with business and management experience, while 63% said they thought better governing would come from women and people who think it is more important to compromise to get things done than to hold firm to their principles.

  • 1 in 7 girls living in developing countries is married before her 15th birthday

    Published: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    After she got married, she had to drop out of 7th grade. This is the beginning of a story I heard at the +SocialGood event last month from Miriam Enerstrida, a young woman who escaped child marriage in Zambia, Huffington Post reports. When she was in 7th grade, Miriam was sold into marriage. Her husband's family kept her in their basement, naked, so she could not run away. When she asked about going back to school, she said she was beaten and they made her repeat the phrase "school is for boys and not for the girl child." I'm sure just by reading this you can tell what is wrong here. Although marriage below the age of 18 is not permitted in most countries, social norms and discriminatory laws often allow the practice to continue even where laws are on the books. Every day, 39,000 girls under the age of 18 will be forced into early marriage. One in seven girls living in developing countries is married before her 15th birthday.

  • Wendy's: Tests build-your-own burger

    Published: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    Wendy's is joining the build-your-own parade, USA Today reports. The burger chain is testing, in two Columbus-area locations, a "build your sandwich" program that allows customer to choose the kind of meat, bun, cheese, sauce and toppings they want on their sandwiches. "This is a very limited operational test," wrote spokesman Bob Bertini in an e-mail. He declined to discuss the test "for competitive reasons."