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US stores hire big with high hopes for holiday shopping

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A FedEx delivery man crosses 7th Avenue near New York's Times Square, as snow falls during the rush hour on January 21, 2014Package shipper FedEx said Tuesday it would add 50,000 temporary workers for the November-January holiday shopping season, aiming to avoid last year's debacle when it and rival UPS were overwhelmed by the online sales surge, resulting in a huge number of deliveries missing the December 25 Christmas target. UPS earlier said it was adding up to 95,000 holiday workers to meet what all analysts agree will be another banner season for shipper-dependent online sales. The National Retail Federation is optimistic, predicting consumers will go on a $617 billion splurge this holiday season, 4.1 percent higher than last year.


US urgent air bag warning affects 7.8 mn cars

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A crash-test dummy at Takata's crash-testing facility on August 19, 2010 in Auburn Hills, MichiganUS auto safety officials expanded an urgent warning over of autos with potentially deadly defective Takata air bags to 7.8 million vehicles, 3.1 million more than previously stated. Owners of the cars should "take immediate action" to address the airbag issue, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said. The agency said that recalls due to the air bag problem involved 10 different automakers, compared to six mentioned it its Monday warning. The vehicles are being recalled because of the risk an air bag could improperly inflate and rupture, potentially sending shrapnel into the car's occupants.


Blackwater guards found guilty in 2007 Iraq 'massacre'

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A helicopter from the US private security firm Blackwater flies over central Baghdad, Iraq in 2005Four former Blackwater security guards were found guilty Wednesday for their roles in a notorious 2007 mass shooting in Baghdad that left at least 14 civilians dead and deepened resentment of America's involvement in Iraq. The four ex-employees of the US private security firm were convicted on an array of charges ranging from first degree murder to voluntary manslaughter. Their convictions followed a two-month trial that heard how they opened fire with sniper rifles, machine guns and grenade launchers in Baghdad's bustling Nisour Square as they escorted a diplomatic convoy. The federal court jury in Washington found Nicholas Slatten guilty of first-degree murder.


Senate Democrats return to Ky. race with TV ads

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Alison Lundergan Grimes speaks to reporters, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, after her appearance at the Bowling Green Noon Rotary Club in Bowling Green, Kentucky. (AP Photo/Daily News, Miranda Pederson)WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats' official campaign arm and one of its largest outside allies on Wednesday reversed course in the Kentucky race and put campaign cash behind television ads for Alison Lundergan Grimes and her bid to oust Republican Mitch McConnell.


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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — AP NewsBreak: California prisons to end policy that segregated inmates by race after riots.

Texas' Davis says she would welcome Obama visit

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Democrat Wendy Davis said Wednesday she would welcome President Barack Obama campaigning for her in Texas after largely keeping distance from him throughout her underdog run for governor.

Early Apple computer sells for $905,000 at auction

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This undated photo provided by Bonhams shows a vintage 1976 Apple 1 computer that is among the items being offered for auction on Oct. 22, 2014 by Bonhams auction house in New York. The Steve Wozniak-designed computer is estimated to bring $300,000 to $500,000. Only 15 have been documented as operational with one selling at auction last year for $671,000. (AP Photo/Bonhams)NEW YORK (AP) — A vintage Apple computer that was one of only 50 made in Steve Jobs' garage in 1976 sold for $905,000 at auction on Wednesday, far exceeding pre-sale estimates and outdoing a previous high price of more than $671,000 paid in Germany last year.


Senator blasts CIA for censoring 'torture' report

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Ron Wyden says the CIA is trying to blunt the impact of an upcoming Senate report examining the harsh treatment of al-Qaida detainees by insisting on censoring the pseudonyms used for agency officers mentioned in the document.

Search for world's funniest person moves to Vegas

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — An international search to find the world's funniest person is moving to Las Vegas, where people will get to see five finalists square off in an Olympics of comedy that pits France, Finland and other countries against one another.

Probe: UNC academic fraud was 'shadow curriculum'

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Kenneth Wainstein, lead investigator into academic irregularities at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, holds a copy of his findings following a special joint meeting of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors and the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees in Chapel Hill, N.C., Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. The findings revealed academic fraud involving more than 3,100 students. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — A scandal involving bogus classes and inflated grades at the University of North Carolina was bigger than previously reported, encompassing about 1,500 athletes who got easy A's and B's over a span of nearly two decades, according to an investigation released Wednesday.


Senate candidates in Kan. seek to bolster support

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FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2014 file photo, Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., answers a question during a debate with independent candidate Greg Orman in Overland Park, Kansas. Embattled three-term incumbent Roberts is taking the endorsement of a former Kansas governor and hitting the road to the state’s rural west, where he needs to win big on Nov. 4 to fend off challenger Greg Orman. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)LENEXA, Kan. (AP) — Independent Senate candidate Greg Orman on Wednesday decried a "broken political system that does not work for Kansas" in asking voters to join him in his surprisingly competitive challenge to veteran Republican Sen. Pat Roberts.


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