• Spain blames Israel for death of peacekeeper

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Spain's ambassador to the United Nations is blaming Israel for the death of a Spanish U.N. peacekeeper during the Israeli military's exchange of fire with the Lebanese militant Hezbollah group in a disputed border area. "It was because of this escalation of violence, and it came from the Israeli side," Spanish Ambassador Roman Oyarzun Marchesi told reporters. The U.N. peacekeeper has been identified as Cpl. Francisco Javier Soria Toledo, 36, and U.N. officials have said only that the cause of his death is under investigation. The Security Council condemned the peacekeeper's death in the strongest terms and offered its deepest sympathies.

  • Tupperware and Apple are big market movers

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Wednesday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market: NYSE United States Steel Corp., up $2.31 to $23.58 The steel company reported a drop in fourth-quarter profit and revenue, but the results beat Wall Street expectations. Freescale Semiconductor Ltd., up $4.81 to $31.16 The computer chip maker reported better-than-expected fourth-quarter earnings results and gave a positive revenue outlook. Tupperware Brands Corp., up $6.93 to $66.67 The direct seller of plastic storage containers reported better-than-expected fourth-quarter profit and revenue. Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., down $4.49 to $98.

  • Tiger fight: China and Alibaba face off over fake goods

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    BEIJING (AP) — There's a tiger fight going on in China. Regulators on Wednesday issued a scathing report against one of the country's biggest stars, accusing e-commerce giant Alibaba of failing to do enough to prevent fake goods from being sold on its websites. Uncowed, Alibaba fired back with charges of bias and misconduct by a named Chinese official. Such public defiance is almost unheard of in China. Even more dubious is the timing of the sternly worded report. The State Administration of Industry and Commerce wrote the report in July after meeting with Alibaba management, but postponed issuing it to avoid affecting the company's New York stock market listing.

  • Facebook's status update: Profit, revenue beat expectations

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — For the seventh quarter in a row Facebook beat profit and revenue forecasts, continuing to win more mobile advertising revenue as most users shift to using the site on smartphones and other portable devices. The world's biggest online social network said Wednesday that advertising revenue jumped 53 percent to $3.59 billion for the fourth quarter — with mobile ad revenue representing 69 percent of the total. That percentage has grown steadily in each quarter of this year. Facebook's massive user base also expanded. It had 1.39 billion monthly active users at the end of the year, up 13 percent from a year earlier. Daily users totaled 890 million, up 18 percent. Mobile monthly active users jumped 26 percent

  • Aide says Argentine prosecutor didn't trust security detail

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — The man who gave prosecutor Alberto Nisman the pistol that killed him said Wednesday that Nisman feared for the safety of his daughters and didn't trust the policemen protecting him. Diego Lagomarsino said at a news conference that Nisman borrowed the gun Jan. 17, the day before he was found dead with Lagomarsino's gun by his side. The prosecutor was scheduled to appear before congress the next day to detail his allegations that President Cristina Fernandez conspired to protect some of the Iranian suspects in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center. Lagomarsino, a computer specialist and long-time acquaintance of Nisman, said he had asked Nisman why he wanted the gun. He said Nisman told him it wa

  • Stocks fade late as oil dips, Fed gives investors pause

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    Investors struggled to figure out a barrage of signals from the Federal Reserve, oil markets and Corporate America Wednesday, and stocks fell sharply for second straight day. The Federal Reserve bank issued its first policy statement of the year, making clear that it would remain "patient" in raising interest rates from near zero, which was expected. But it also strengthened its assessment of the U.S. economy, noting it is expanding at a solid pace and generating strong job growth. That's good news for Main Street and Corporate America, but signals that the Fed is moving closer to raising rates, even if it's not contemplating an imminent hike. When interest rates remain low they tend to make stocks more attractive by comparis

  • FDA issues new requirements to improve defibrillator safety

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday it will require makers of heart-zapping defibrillators to submit more data on the emergency devices after years of recalls and manufacturing problems. Under the new requirements, manufacturers will have to submit more data on the reliability of their devices and components, including batteries, adapters and electrodes. Additionally, the FDA will inspect manufacturing plants before companies can begin marketing new devices. The rules take effect for new defibrillators July 2016. Accessories already on the market will have until January 2020 to meet the new standards. Defibrillators use electric shocks to jolt the heart back to normal after cardiac arrest or ot

  • Super Bowl advertisers aim not to offend

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Super Bowl advertisers are being careful not to offend. GoDaddy decided not to run an ad that showed a dog being sold online so as not to offend dog lovers. The Victoria's Secret angels are fully clothed in its teaser spot, at least, although they reveal more in their actual Super Bowl ad. And an anti-domestic abuse commercial will have a high profile-spot during the game after a year of domestic violence scandals in the NFL. Advertisers have to find a balance between grabbing people's attention and not going too far to shock or offend a broad base of more than 110 million viewers. They want to be sure to make the estimated $4.5 million they're spending for a 30-second Super Bowl ad worth it. This year, that

  • Pennsylvania shop owner makes deflated chocolate football

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    CANONSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania candy maker is getting a big kick out of the New England Patriots' scandal over some deflated footballs. The (Washington) Observer-Reporter (http://bit.ly/1wzxQsz ) reports that Bill Sarris had his Canonsburg staff make a chocolate football with a big dent in the side. It's not for sale, but he posted it on Facebook as a joke. It's named the Bradie ball. That's B-R-A-D-I-E to avoid any legal issues. The picture's caption says, "Net weight 13 lbs ... Oops! We meant 11.2 lbs." The Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady have been accused of using underinflated footballs in the AFC Championship game. They play Sunday in the Super Bowl. Sarris won't explain how the chocolate go

  • Alibaba spinoff likely to increase scrutiny on Yahoo CEO

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is losing a precious security blanket now that she is spinning off the Internet company's prized stake in China's Alibaba Group. The breakup announced Tuesday will transfer ownership of nearly 384 million shares of Alibaba stock, currently worth $38 billion, into a new entity called SpinCo. Those holdings, part of an astute investment made nearly a decade ago, represent the main reason that Yahoo's stock has more than tripled since Mayer became CEO two-and-half years ago. Investors viewed Yahoo as another way to own a piece of Alibaba, a rapidly growing e-commerce company that is expected to become even more successful during the next decade as more of China's population gains on

  • Sheriffs expand concerns about Waze mobile traffic app

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sheriffs said Wednesday that Google's popular Waze traffic app is making it harder to nab speeders, adding to earlier police complaints that a feature in the software that lets drivers warn others about nearby police activity is putting officers' lives at risk. The National Sheriffs' Association had previously focused its campaign against Waze on police safety after the fatal shootings of two New York police officers in December. It broadened its campaign with a new statement criticizing Google's software as hampering the use of speed traps. The trade association said radar guns and other speed enforcement techniques have reduced highways deaths.

  • Qualcomm tops Street 1Q forecasts

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM) on Wednesday reported fiscal first-quarter earnings of $1.97 billion. On a per-share basis, the San Diego-based company said it had profit of $1.17. Earnings, adjusted for stock option expense and non-recurring costs, were $1.34 per share. The results exceeded Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.25 per share. The chipmaker posted revenue of $7.1 billion in the period, which also beat Street forecasts. Analysts expected $6.92 billion, according to Zacks. For the current quarter ending in March, Qualcomm expects its per-share earnings to range from $1.28 to $1.40. Analysts surveyed by Zacks had

  • Venezuela's No. 2 distances himself from defecting bodyguard

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The powerful head of Venezuela's congress moved Wednesday to distance himself from a bodyguard who defected to the United States and reportedly has implicated his former boss as head of drug ring of political and military officials. National Assembly chief Diosdado Cabello, who has denied the drug allegation, told Blu Radio of Colombia that former bodyguard Leamsy Salazar was never his head of security, as had been reported. He acknowledged that Salazar worked for him, but added, "They want the world to understand that he was the person closest to me. It's a lie, a lie." The newspapers ABC of Spain and the Miami-based El Nuevo Herald reported this week that Salazar had gone to the U.S.

  • NFL players who started young show more thinking problems

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    BOSTON (AP) — A study published in the journal Neurology says NFL veterans who started playing tackle football before the age of 12 are more likely to have cognitive difficulties after their careers. The study published Wednesday says researchers tested 42 former players on their short-term memory, mental flexibility and problem solving. It found those who picked up the sport before they were 12 functioned about 20 percent worse. Robert Stern of the Boston University School of Medicine says both groups scored below average on many of the tests. Stern says there is a known period of critical brain development that happens around puberty. He says the research does not lead to any simple solutions.

  • Russia urged to free Ukrainian officer on hunger strike

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has come under pressure from Europe's human rights watchdog and the United States to free Nadezhda Savchenko, a Ukrainian air force officer who is on hunger strike in a Russian prison. Savchenko is awaiting trial on charges of involvement in the killing of two Russian journalists during the conflict in eastern Ukraine. Her lawyer says she has been on a hunger strike since Dec. 13. The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on Wednesday called on Russia to release her "within 24 hours and to ensure her return to Ukraine or to hand her over to a third country." State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the U.S. also was calling on Russia to release Savchenko immediately and was concerned

  • Ukraine rebels claim new key victory is within grasp

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Separatist forces in eastern Ukraine said Wednesday they have almost fully encircled government forces in a town that hosts a strategic railway hub, putting them within grasp of a decisive new victory. Eduard Basurin, the deputy commander of the separatist forces, said the highway linking the town, Debaltseve, to other government-held areas has now fallen into rebel hands. The encirclement of the town has not, however, been fully executed, Basurin said. Ukrainian military spokesman Andriy Lysenko confirmed Debaltseve is surrounded on two flanks and is being heavily targeted with Grad multiple rocket launchers. Other officials denied government forces were close to folding and said separatist claims w

  • Correction: GMO Labeling story

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — In a story Jan. 27 about hearings on food made with genetically modified organisms, The Associated Press reported erroneously on the state's plan. The state is writing rules governing the labeling of foods made with GMOs; it is not planning to ban GMOs. A corrected version of the story is below: Vermont calls more GMO hearings, extends comment deadline Vermont attorney general calls more hearings on GMO labeling law, extends comment deadline MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Attorney General's office is calling a second public hearing on the state's plan to implement rules on the labeling of food made with genetically modified organisms. In addition to the second hearing scheduled

  • Huge YouTube bulk makes it tough to catch all terror videos

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    BRUSSELS (AP) — Internet giant Google said Wednesday that the sheer volume of video on its YouTube website makes it tough to catch all terror related content, complicating the struggle to halt the spread of terrorist propaganda and hostage footage. Google Public Policy Manager Verity Harding said that about 300 hours of video material is being uploaded to YouTube every minute. She told a European Parliament meeting of the ALDE liberal group on a counter-terrorism action plan that "to pre-screen those videos before they are uploaded would be like screening a phone call before it's made." The European Union's counter-terror chief believes it's time to help companies to contain the security risk by having experts from me

  • Apple Replaces ‘Single of the Week’ with ‘Free on iTunes’

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    Consumers upset over the cancellation of Apple’s free single of the week got some consolation. The Cupertino-based giant launched a new section in its digital storefront titled “Free on iTunes.” Although the company hasn’t officially promoted this as its “Single of the Week” replacement, it’s still a move in the right direction for cash-strapped consumers. Available in the U.S. for the time being, the “Free on iTunes” section currently houses 16 MP3s and 24 full-length TV episodes. Musical titles include “Eyes” by Rogue Wave, “Feel the Volume” by Jauz, and “Tired Oak” by Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas.

  • How to: Change iPad wallpaper

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    Changing the wallpaper on your iPad or iPad Air is fairly simple. However, if you love the default home- or lock-screen image that came on your iPad, make sure it is in your iPad’s wallpaper library before you swap it out. The default image that came with our iPad Air is not in the iOS 8 library and we lost it after changing our home screen image. 1. Go to settings and, depending on your iPad’s operating system, select “Wallpaper” or “Wallpaper and Brightness.” 2. Select “Choose a New Wallpaper” or “Wallpaper” (depending on your iOS). In newer systems, there are two libraries. The “bubbles” in the Dynamic wallpapers are animated and gently move, while Stills are static images. Older operating systems h




Advertisement