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Homeowner: 2 teens shot were 'vermin,' not human

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:24 | Associated Press

Byron Smith, center, makes his way through security at the Morrison County Courthouse, Monday, April 21, 2014, in Little Fall, Minn. The 65-year-old faces two counts of premeditated first-degree murder for the killings of Haile Kifer, 18, and Nick Brady, 17, who broke into his home on Thanksgiving Day 2012. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Elizabeth Flores) MANDATORY CREDIT; ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS OUT; MAGAZINES OUT; TWIN CITIES TV OUT.LITTLE FALLS, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota man who killed two teenagers after they broke into his home called them "vermin" on an audio recording shortly after the shootings.



US weighs clemency for inmates jailed for 10 years

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:49 | Associated Press

Deputy Attorney General James Cole concludes his news conference at the Justice Department in Washington, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Cole announced the new standards that will be considered in deciding whether to recommend clemency for certain non-violent drug prisoners. Wednesday's announcement is part of an ongoing effort to trim the nation’s prison population and help convicts who were given what the Obama administration says were unduly harsh sentences for drug crimes. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is encouraging many nonviolent federal prisoners to apply for early release — and expecting thousands to take up the offer. It's an effort to deal with high costs and overcrowding in prisons, and also a matter of fairness, the government says.



Facebook 1Q results soar; CFO to step down

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:47 | Associated Press

FILE - This Tuesday, July 16, 2013 file photo shows a sign at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. Facebook reports quarterly earnings on Wednesday, April 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook's earnings nearly tripled and revenue grew sharply in the first quarter, surpassing Wall Street's expectations thanks to an 82 percent increase in advertising revenue.



Apple to boost share buyback and split stock

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:46 | AFP

Pedestrians walk by a window display featuring the iPhone 4 at an Apple Store on May 9, 2011 in San Francisco, CaliforniaApple on Wednesday said that it plans to buy back an additional $30 billion worth of shares and split its stock. The moves backed by the Apple board were announced as the California company reported a profit of $10.2 billion on $45.6 billion in revenue in the first three months of this year. The earnings figures came with Apple chief Tim Cook hinting that new products are on the way from the maker of iPhones, iPads, iPods, and Macintosh computers. "We’re eagerly looking forward to introducing more new products and services that only Apple could bring to market."



Apple expands buybacks by $30 billion, OKs seven-for-one stock split

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:41 | Reuters

The Apple logo is pictured on the front of the company's flagship retail store near signs for the central subway project in San Francisco, CaliforniaBy Edwin Chan SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc has approved another $30 billion in share buybacks till the end of 2015 and authorized a rarely seen seven-for-one stock split, addressing calls to share more of its cash hoard while broadening the stock's appeal to individual investors. Activist investor Carl Icahn, who had famously called on the iPhone maker to boost its buyback program, tweeted his approval of the move on Wednesday. On Wednesday, Apple reported sales of 43.7 million iPhones in the quarter ended March, far outpacing the roughly 38 million that Wall Street had predicted. But whether Apple can again produce a revolutionary new product remains the central question in investors' and Silicon Valley executives' minds.



Facebook first-quarter revenue grows 72 percent on rising mobile ads

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:40 | Reuters

A smartphone user shows the Facebook application on his phone in Zenica, in this photo illustrationBy Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc's mobile advertising business accelerated in the first three months of the year, helping the Internet social networking company top Wall Street's financial targets. Shares of Facebook were up nearly 3 percent at $63.05 in after-hours trading on Wednesday. Facebook said that mobile ads represented 59 percent of its ad revenue in the first quarter, up from 30 percent in the year-ago period. Facebook's overall revenue grew 72 percent year-on-year to $2.5 billion in the first quarter, above the $2.36 billion expected by analysts polled by Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. "They've got the right products for what advertisers are looking for and that's manifesting itself in the results you're seeing," said JMP Securities analyst Ronald Josey.



High court nixes $3.4M award to child porn victim

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:39 | Associated Press

FILE - This Oct. 13, 2013 file photo shows Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy speaking in Philadelphia. The Supreme Court on Wednesday said a federal law limits how much money victims of child pornography can recover from people who viewed their images online, throwing out a nearly $3.4 million judgment in favor of a woman whose childhood rape has been widely seen on the Internet. Kennedy said for the court that federal judges should exercise discretion in awarding restitution. The case involved a woman known in court papers by the pseudonym "Amy." Her losses have been pegged at nearly $3.4 million, based on the ongoing Internet trade and viewing of images of her being raped by her uncle when she was 8 and 9 years old. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a plea to make it easier for victims of child pornography to collect money from people who view their images online, throwing out a nearly $3.4 million judgment in favor of a woman whose childhood rape has been widely seen on the Internet. Two dissenting justices said Congress should change the law to benefit victims.



Turkish PM offers first condolences for Armenian massacre

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:39 | AFP

Armenian people hold candles to commemorate the 99th anniversary of the Ottoman Turkish genocide against the Armenian people, in Yerevan on April 23, 2014Turkey's prime minister offered his condolences on Wednesday over the massacre of Armenians during World War I, calling it "our shared pain", the country's most significant overture yet over the deeply divisive episode. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's statement, on the eve of the 99th anniversary of the start of mass deportations of Armenians in 1915, is the first such overt comment by a Turkish leader over the killings, considered by many as the first genocide of the 20th century. He acknowledged that the events of 1915 had "inhumane consequences" but also said it was "inadmissable" for them to be used as an excuse today for hostility against Turkey. Armenia has been trying to get Turkey to recognise the killings of up to 1.5 million people under the Ottoman Empire as genocide.



Buffett disapproves of Coca-Cola's pay plan

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:37 | Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) — Warren Buffett says he disapproves of Coca-Cola's highly contested pay plan for its executives.

Hillary Clinton dares women to compete

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:35 | Associated Press

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers her Simmons College Leadership Conference keynote address at the Seaport World Trade Center Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in Boston. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)BOSTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton is daring women to compete, but not saying whether she will herself in 2016.



Soldier convicted in WikiLeaks case gets new name

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:32 | Associated Press

U.S. Army, Pfc. Chelsea ManningLEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) — An Army private convicted of providing classified documents to WikiLeaks won an initial victory Wednesday toward living as a woman when a Kansas judge granted a petition to change her name to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning.



Oldest living ex-MLB player dies in Cuba at 102

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:32 | Associated Press

Conrado Marrero, oldest living ex-MLB player, dies at 102 (Photo taken on April 23, 2013.) (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)HAVANA (AP) — Conrado Marrero, the diminutive Cuban right-hander who pitched for the Washington Senators in the 1950s and in 2011 became the oldest living former Major League Baseball player, died in Havana on Wednesday. He was 102, just two days short of his 103rd birthday.



US actress Jodie Foster marries girlfriend

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:30 | AFP

Actress Jodie Foster arrives at a movie premiere in Westwood, California, on August 7, 2013Two-time Oscar winner Jodie Foster has married her girlfriend Alexandra Hedison, a spokeswoman for the veteran US actress told AFP on Wednesday. Foster, who made a speech at last year's Golden Globes widely seen as her official coming-out, tied the knot with photographer Hedison at the weekend, according to People magazine. The 51-year-old star's publicist, Jennifer Allen, confirmed the details, but gave no further comment. Hedison, 44, dated TV talk show host Ellen DeGeneres for three years before splitting in 2004, when DeGeneres began dating her now wife Portia de Rossi.



Zynga founder Pincus leaving operations role

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:28 | Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) — Online game maker Zynga's founder Mark Pincus is stepping down as chief product officer, less than a year after he was replaced as the company's CEO, as the company's sales slide.




Today's Horoscope

What's special today for you

With a birthday on the 23rd of the month (5 energy) you are inclined to work well with people and enjoy them. You are talented and versatile, very good at presenting ideas. You may have a tendency to get itchy feet at times and need change and travel. You tend to be very progressive, imaginative and adaptable. Your mind is quick, clever and analytical. A restlessness in your nature may make you a bit impatient and easily bored with routine. You may have a tendency to shirk responsibility.
Aries
When you`re successful, it`s easy to forget all of the little people who helped you make it to the top. As the Stars begin to shift and change, it`s important to be considerate of others, no matter what your own needs might be. Your success lies in being inclusive rather than a loner. Be careful who you step on while going up the corporate ladder. There has never been a better time than now to share your hidden talents. This is the time to unwrap your secret weapon and pass it around for inspection.
Taurus

All you want to do is shut the door and work in peace today, but the Stars have other things in mind. You have no patience for working with this team, but you may have no choice in the matter. Your own ambitions make it difficult to accept someone else`s reality. Reaching a compromise is the only answer to this dilemma. Since it looks doubtful that you`ll ever be on the same wavelength with these people, a third party may need to intervene.
Gemini
Colors and sounds and textures all blend together beautifully as the Universe smiles in your direction. The spirit of the world speaks to you in the private language of alchemy. You have the gift of turning arcane secrets into prime-time entertainment. Everyone gathers around in amazement at the stories you have to tell. You stand at the beginning of a long, exciting adventure. Be sure to invite a group of close, loving friends along for the ride of your life.
Cancer

There`s nothing more boring than someone who constantly agrees with you, right Cancer? Keep this in mind when doing battle over the ridiculous. Just because you like somebody doesn`t mean that he or she has to share your opinion about everything. Before you take it too personally, try to remember that infatuation and blame are fickle emotions. As the Stars change position, the friends you decide to lose may not have been worth keeping. You`ll know who is true and who isn`t by this evening.
Leo
Non-altruistic actions won`t bring the desired result today, Leo. The situation has changed, and a relationship is suddenly an arena for the testing of your mettle. Your actions define who you are. This is no time to be hotheaded and filled with moral outrage. Rehearsals are over. This is for real. Make sure you aren`t playing devil`s advocate or you may end up fighting over something you don`t even believe in. Your partner is playing for keeps this time, so make sure you are, too.
Virgo

Just when you thought the play was over, the curtain rises again and the scenery and actors are all different! This has some promising potential. Creativity springs up during a tedious routine. With the help of an outside source, you find a workable solution to an irritating problem. Method is just as important as meaning right now, so be sure to pay attention to past experience. If it didn`t work then, chances are it won`t work now. Tonight, accept an invitation for fun.
Libra
You never know when something is going to surprise you, so don`t rule out new experiences. Novelty enriches your life, sometimes as a new aspect of the familiar. You`ll be most successful looking for love right under your nose. Putting unrealistic or unreasonable conditions on a relationship only serves to lessen it. For single Libras, an intellectual connection sparks and rekindles under the glow of the Stars. Lucky for you that people in love become fantastically creative.
Scorpio

There`s no avoiding the inevitable today, so don`t even try to duck out. As much as you hate to do it, you have to get involved in messy business. Choosing to enter the fray now is better than being dragged in later. You know it will only get worse with each passing day that you ignore it. Early intervention may lead to early settlement. Luckily the Stars provide some support from family members and friends that might make this a little easier. Put your pride aside long enough to accept some comforting words.
Sagittarius
Yes, it`s true -- it`s time for a personal celebration. A tedious process is finally over, and you don`t miss it at all. Go off and do something creative, or just plain fun. Others may not share your good mood, and they might even find it contagious. Try to include your friends and family members who supported you on the way up in tonight`s festivities. Whether it`s having a simple dinner at home or going out for a night out on the town, you deserve whatever fun the evening has to offer.
Capricorn

You may feel like a stranger in a strange land. If others are getting too weird for you, enjoy the normalcy of your own thoughts. Change may be inevitable in this situation, but you lack the energy for it today. You have a hard time shifting gears right now, let alone moving at a quick pace. It`s okay to settle for studying the situation from afar in case you want to join in later. Take mental notes if you desire, but don`t worry too much about the tiny details. Everything will come back to you once you wake up from this surreal dream.
Aquarius
The Stars aren`t just smiling upon you -- they`re grinning from ear to ear, and it`s a great time to be inspired by everything around you. Even as you make changes, you let yourself be changed. Be sure to get all of your important tasks done early so you can relax freely later tonight. Mull over the day`s events with a satisfied smile. As you drift off to sleep, the electric frenzy of the last few days takes on a dreamy quality.
Pisces

How is it that you are able to read everyone`s mind today, Pisces? Today`s events may serve as concrete proof for your telepathic abilities, but be careful with this awesome power. Try not to lose your temper with others who cannot accept your truths. Just because you want to help someone doesn`t mean they are in the mood to be helped. Pointing out the obvious may only serve to alienate you from the group you want to be a part of. Watch your intake of food, and know when you`re full. Daydreaming is a good creative outlet late in the day.