From the Wires

OkCupid now lets you filter out plus-size people

New York Post: is now allowing users to filter their prospects by "body type."

For Lego, rising affluence mean more play

Reuters: The Danish company become the world's second-biggest toy maker as it clicks with fast-growing Asia and builds on its popular plastic bricks with video games and theme parks.

France approves 'anti-Amazon' bill

BBC: France has approved a bill to support independent bookstores against competition from online retailers.

Retailers pull Osama bin Laden costume

Huffington Post: An Osama bin Laden costume was pulled from Walmart stores and other retailers after complaints from the Sikh community.

Website maps 1.2 billion Facebook faces

CNN: A new project, "The Faces of Facebook," collects more than 1.27 billion Facebook profile photos on one site.

Spy novelist Tom Clancy dies

BBC: Best-selling US author Tom Clancy, known to millions for his Jack Ryan series of novels, has died aged 66.

Vaccine refusals fuel whooping cough epidemic

NPR: A 2010 whooping cough outbreak in California was found to be due to parents refusing to vaccinate their children.

Barilla president apologizes for anti-gay remarks

CNN: The head of Barilla pasta issued a new apology and said he will meet with gay groups.

Apple passes Coke as top brand The tech giant has ended Coca-Cola's 13-year run as the world's most valuable brand on a highly regarded annual list.

Canada launches $1.3B medical marijuana market

Globe and Mail: Canada is launching a $1.3 billion free market in medical marijuana, that will cater to an expected 450,000 Canadians.

Plane crashes at Santa Monica Airport

CNN: A business jet crashed into a hangar at the Santa Monica Airport.

The death of home stereo system

CNN: The days of the old-fashioned component stereo system are pretty much over.

Government shutdown looms

BBC: A US government shutdown looms as Democrat and Republican lawmakers remain unable to strike a deal on a new plan to continue funding its operation.