From the Wires

Twitter deemed suitable for Islamic investment

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

Philippines declares national calamity

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

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

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

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

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

Toronto mayor rants in newly released video

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.

FDA to ban trans fats from processed foods

Chicago Tribune: The Food and Drug Administration is trying to eliminate artificially created trans fats that are linked to heart disease from all processed foods.

Illinois to become 15th state to legalize gay marriage

New York Times: The Illinois House of Representatives voted to allow same-sex couples to wed.

Blockbuster closing all remaining stores

Huffington Post: Blockbuster plans to close all of its remaining stores, as well as its by-mail movie distribution by early 2014.

Portland, Maine approves recreational marijuana

AP: Voters in Portland, Maine voted to legalize possession of marijuana for recreational use.

India launches spacecraft to Mars

BBC: India successfully launched a spacecraft to Mars, with the aim of becoming the fourth space agency to reach the planet.

Kraft removing yellow dye from mac and cheese

ABC: Kraft announced plans to pull the yellow coloring from at least three of its kid-friendly mac and cheese types.