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Austrian robot commits 'suicide'

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The Daily Mail: Cleaning gadget apparently 'switches itself on' and moves onto kitchen hotplate in 'suicide bid.'

 

New world trade center tallest in nation

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

CNN: New York City has needled out Chicago for the title of America's tallest building.

 

Sweden closing four prisons as number of inmates decreases

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The Guardian: Prison numbers in Sweden dropped 6% between 2011 and 2012 and are expected to do the same in the next few years.

 

Wal-Mart's Black Friday to start earlier than ever

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Yahoo: WalMart's Black Friday deal bonanza starts earlier than ever this year, at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.

 

Somalia gets first fiber optic link

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Reuters: African fiber optic company Liquid Telecom has delivered a broadband Internet cable to Somalia's doorstep.

 

Amazon, Postal Service to deliver on Sundays

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Monday, November 11, 2013

Bloomberg: Amazon.com and the U.S. Postal Service are teaming up to offer Sunday delivery.

 

Twitter deemed suitable for Islamic investment

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Monday, November 11, 2013

Reuters: Shares in Twitter Inc have been found eligible for investment by Islamic funds, according to IdealRatings.

 

Philippines declares national calamity

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Monday, November 11, 2013

BBC: Philippine President Benigno Aquino has declared a state of national calamity to speed relief efforts for victims of Typhoon Haiyan.

 

Mormon church will own nearly 2 percent of Florida

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Friday, November 08, 2013

Orlando Sentinel: The Mormon church will soon own almost 2% of Florida when it completes a deal to buy most of the real estate of the St. Joe Co.

 

How infant formula companies bought China

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Friday, November 08, 2013

Reuters: An investigation reveals that global infant formula companies have found ways to skirt and violate a 1995 Chinese code barring promotion of formula in hospitals.

 

Amazon e-book offer riles bookshop owners

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Friday, November 08, 2013

BBC: Bookshop owners have hit back at an initiative by Amazon to sell its Kindle e-book reader in independent shops.

 

Washington city votes to raise minimum wage

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Thursday, November 07, 2013

CNN: SeaTac, Wash. residents voted to raise the minimum wage to $15.

 

Toronto mayor rants in newly released video

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Thursday, November 07, 2013

Toronto Star: The mayor of Canada’s biggest city, Rob Ford, who is already accused of smoking crack, was captured on video stumbling about someone's living room ranting.

 
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