From the Wires

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

CNN.com: 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.

NSA workers spied on significant others

Reuters: At least a dozen U.S. National Security Agency employees have abused secret surveillance programs in the past decade, most often to spy on their significant others.

Yelp says quarter of reviews are fake

BBC: The online directory and consumer review site, says a quarter of the reviews it receives could be fake.

Bill Gates calls Ctrl-Alt-Del a mistake

King 5: Bill Gates admitted in front of a live audience that the three-key logon system known as "Ctrl-Alt-Del" was a mistake.

Mars' soil traps surprising amount of water

BBC: Analysis by Nasa's Curiosity rover on Mars has found more water than expected saturating Martian soil.

World worships a 'God called money,' Pope says

Business Insider: Pope Francis called out the global economic system, saying it could no longer be based on a "God called money."

JP Morgan CEO meets with attorney general

Reuters: JPMorgan Chase & Co CEO Jamie Dimon met Thursday morning with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder as the nation's biggest bank attempts to end federal and state investigations into its liability for selling shoddy mortgage securities.

Qatar World Cup organizers appalled by working conditions

The Guardian: Qatar 2022 World Cup organizers say they are "appalled" by the findings of an investigation into the treatment of migrant workers in the country.