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Facebook buys fitness app Moves

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:42 | AFP

Apps are arranged on the display of a smartphone in Berlin, Germany on February 20, 2014Facebook has bought the fitness app Moves, which helps users monitor daily physical activity and their calorie counts on a smartphone. The two-year-old Finnish startup ProtoGeo, which developed the app, said Thursday it had been acquired by the US social networking giant, and that key members of its team would be moving to the Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, California. Both companies said Moves would continue as a standalone application, rather than be integrated into the Facebook framework. "The Moves team has built an incredible tool for the millions of people who want to better understand their daily fitness activity, and we're looking forward to the app continuing to gain momentum," Facebook said in a statement.



Bloody souvenir 'not from decapitated French King Louis XVI'

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:22 | AFP

A picture taken on October 7, 2010 shows the memorial built in 1830 to King Louis XVI (left) and Queen Marie-Antoinette in the Basilica of Saint-Denis, outside ParisTwo centuries after the French people beheaded King Louis XVI and dipped their handkerchiefs in his blood, DNA analysis has thrown new doubt on the authenticity of one such rag kept as a morbid souvenir. Researchers have been trying for years to verify a claim imprinted on the calabash that: "On January 21, Maximilien Bourdaloue dipped his handkerchief in the blood of Louis XVI after his decapitation" in Paris in 1793. In 2010, a study said DNA analysis of blood traces found inside the ornate vegetable revealed a match for someone of Louis' description, including his blue eyes. One of the authors of that paper, Carles Lalueza-Fox of the Institute of Evolutionary Biology in Barcelona, also participated in the latest study, which contradicts the blue-eyed finding.



Ukraine rebel chief says held US journalist to be freed soon

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:55 | AFP

This picture taken on April 21, 2014 shows US journalist Simon Ostrowsky (C) working in front of the City Hall of SlavyanskSlavyansk (Ukraine) (AFP) - An American journalist being held by pro-Kremlin separatists in the eastern Ukrainian town of Slavyansk will be freed soon, the local rebel chief said Thursday.



US stocks mixed after good economic data, Apple results

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:38 | AFP

A trader works on the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on November 7, 2013 in New YorkNew York (AFP) - US stocks were mixed in early trade Thursday following a good report on US durable goods and strong earnings from Apple and some other big companies.



E-cigarettes to be regulated under new US plan

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:34 | AFP

This September 25, 2013 photo illustration taken in Washington, DC, shows a woman smoking a "Blu" e-cigaretteThe changes would also apply to other, previously unregulated tobacco products, including cigars, hookahs, nicotine gels, and pipe tobacco, and are aimed in large part at keeping these substances away from young people. "This proposed rule is the latest step in our efforts to make the next generation tobacco-free," said Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in a press release announcing the reform. The proposal by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) would bring these products under the same rules that already apply to traditional cigarettes. And they would be prevented from advertising a lower health risk, compared to traditional cigarettes, unless the FDA confirms scientific evidence backing up the claim.



Apple earnings, expanded buyback lead US stocks higher

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:57 | AFP

A trader works on the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on November 7, 2013 in New YorkNew York (AFP) - Apple's shareholder-friendly measures including a stock split and an expanded buyback helped lead US shares higher in opening trade Thursday.



Ukraine launches deadly assault on rebel-held towns

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:48 | AFP

A pro-Russian armed man stands guard near the state security service building in SlavianskSlavyansk (Ukraine) (AFP) - Ukraine's military launched assaults to retake rebel-held eastern towns on Thursday in which up to five people were reported killed, a move Russian President Vladimir Putin warned would have "consequences". The offensive sent international tensions soaring and oil prices up, raising the prospect of Russia making good on its threat of a massive response in the ex-Soviet republic. In Slavyansk, a flashpoint east Ukrainian town held by rebels since mid-April, armoured military vehicles drove past an abandoned roadblock in flames to take up position, AFP reporters saw.



American Airlines profitable in 1st quarter since deal

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:15 | AFP

An American Airlines Boeing 737 airplane takes off from a runway at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Virginia, in this September 23, 2013American Airlines Thursday reported a profit in its first full quarter since acquiring US Airways, benefitting from lower fuel costs and a gain from the sale of some airport slots. American, the biggest US airline by revenue, said first-quarter net income was $480 million, compared with a loss of $297 million from the combined year-ago results of American and US Airways. American and US Airways closed their merger in December 2013. The airline also notched $137 million in special credits due mainly to the sale of airport slots at Reagan National Airport in Washington that was mandated by antitrust regulators for approval of the US Airways deal.



F1 boss Ecclestone denies bribery at German trial

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:01 | AFP

Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone arrives at court for his trial in Munich, southern Germany, on April 24, 2014Munich (Germany) (AFP) - Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone went on trial in Germany on Thursday, denying charges of bribery that threaten to land the British billionaire in jail. Ecclestone, 83, is accused of paying a German banker tens of millions of dollars to ensure his continued grip on the motor sports empire he built up virtually single-handedly over four decades. The mop-topped, diminutive F1 magnate entered the packed Munich courtroom in his trademark black suit and white shirt, saying only: "I'm confident, the sun is shining." He also declared that Ecclestone does not intend to speak for now in the trial that is set to run until September.



Kate shows off new royal style in Down Under tour

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:37 | Associated Press

FILE - This is a Wednesday, April 16, 2014 file photo of Britain's Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, as she meets with people on the steps of the Sydney Opera House following a reception in Sydney, Australia. Kate’s dilemma: What to pack for a two-week trip, when your itinerary includes everything from state receptions and church services to toddler playdates and cricket games? For the Duchess of Cambridge, who’s rounding up her trip to Australia and New Zealand with husband Prince William and 8-month-old son George, there were additional sartorial dilemmas: Do royals take off their shoes at the beach? And what’s the most ladylike way to climb into a fighter jet while in a pencil dress and high heels? (AP Photo/Jason Reed, Pool, File)LONDON (AP) — Kate's dilemma: What to pack for a two-week trip, when your itinerary includes everything from state receptions and church services to toddler playdates and cricket games?



U.S. jobless claims rise more than expected last week

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:36 | Reuters

Job seekers apply for the 300 available positions at a new Target retail store in San FranciscoThe number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits increased more than expected last week, but the rise probably does not suggest a shift in labor market conditions as the underlying trend continued to point to strength. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits rose 24,000 to a seasonally adjusted 329,000 for the week ended April 19, the Labor Department said on Thursday.



Applications for US unemployment aid jump to 329K

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:35 | Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits surged 24,000 to a seasonally adjusted 329,000 last week, though the gain likely reflected temporary layoffs in the week before Easter.

US durable goods orders up 2.6 percent in March

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:35 | Associated Press

In this April 15, 2014 photo, Charles Rajecky packs a completed blender for warehousing at the Vitamix manufacturing facility in Strongsville, Ohio. The Commerce Department releases durable goods for March on Thursday, April 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories for long-lasting manufactured goods posted a solid gain for the second straight month in March. A key category that signals business investment plans increased at the fastest pace in four months.



U.S. durable goods orders rise broadly, boost growth outlook

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:34 | Reuters

File image of shoppers looking at durable goods appliances at a Home Depot store in New YorkOrders for long-lasting U.S. manufactured goods rose more than expected in March and a measure of business capital spending plans surged, bolstering views of an acceleration in growth in the second quarter. The Commerce Department said on Thursday durable goods orders increased 2.6 percent as demand rose across all categories. Durable goods range from toasters to aircraft and are meant to last three years.







Today's Horoscope

What's special today for you

Born on the 24th, you have a greater capacity for responsibility and helping others than may have shown in your life path. You may also become the mediator and peacemaker in inharmonious situations. Devoted to family, you tend to manage and protect. This birth date adds to the emotional nature and perhaps to the sensitivities. Affections are important to you; both the giving and the receiving.
Aries
Get out there and face the day head-on, Aries. Physical activity makes you feel alive and in charge. this is a great time to join a gym or sign up to play in an intramural sports league. Don`t worry about your skill level -- just go for it! Now is also a good time to complete small, satisfying tasks around the house. Clean out the garage or rearrange the furniture. A change in scenery will do you good. This evening is better for first dates than it is for the more serious stages of courtship.
Taurus

You can`t help but feel like you`re talking into thin air today. Remember that you can say what needs to be said, but it is best received by those who are ready to hear it. Be charming and congenial to people you don`t trust, but keep your eyes open for something that seems amiss. In regards to business issues, avoid signing legal documents or entering into agreements before you have all of the facts. Ask for an extra day or so to read the fine print.
Gemini
You are in high demand today as word gets around that you have an interesting outlook on something important. If the idea people are smart, they will include you in a creative development meeting. Your brain is in overdrive. Your wit and curiosity know no bounds. A brainstorming session is likely to produce more creative ideas than you or anyone else could possibly make use of. This is a day when you are likely to surprise yourself. Tonight your special wish comes true, and all seems right in the world of romance.
Cancer

No person is an island, and you may need the company today. Do not be ashamed to ask for help, especially from people whom you have helped in the past. Everybody gets overwhelmed at one point or another. If no help is available, take your problem one step at a time. Sometimes the first step is the hardest anyway. You can still accomplish something on your own. Tonight do something to take your mind off of the day`s events. Escape into a good book or go see a movie.
Leo
You are called on to settle more than one argument. You can argue a point from all sides, but you cannot settle on one right answer. Others are likely to seek your services as a negotiator. You are especially adaptable when faced with a flood of new data. Do your best not to take sides, especially if the discussion is between two family members. The outcome may be forgiven, but it won`t be easily forgotten.
Virgo

This isn`t the best day to have lengthy discussions with anyone. Anything you say might just confuse the situation further. The path is rocky for communications, whether on the computer network or in an intimate personal discussion. Understand your own motivations and do your best to explain them in simple terms. Doing your best in the face of overwhelming odds is what makes you a success.
Libra
Look for new opportunities to abound right now. An intellectual discussion or a brand new experience opens doors that you never knew existed. Take advantage of a fresh inspiration and do something different. Surprise your friends and family with a new outlook on an old worn-out topic. Convince them that you`ve changed for good. Tonight make time for that special someone even though you have something else on your mind. It is possible to work and play at the same time.
Scorpio

Why is it that so few people are able to live up to your expectations right now? Today you must face the realization that others may not be as reliable as you had hoped. If unprepared to go off on your own, be more cautious about the allies you choose this time. Look at things from a different side. Seeing things from the other person`s vantage point may help you be less critical. Tonight, expect a sweet surprise from the Valentine of your choice.
Sagittarius
Someone might be testing you by throwing a radically different opinion in your face. With your passionate convictions, you may rise to the bait. This is a good time to know when to say enough is enough. The sooner you figure out that it`s only a test, the sooner you can learn from the experience. Do your best not to be influenced by someone who has an extremely negative point of view. Remember that words are not as final as actions. You know where the point of no return is, so be careful not to pass it.
Capricorn

Something unexpected suddenly becomes important to you after you hear an unflattering rumor from a friend or coworker. Spend part of the day making minor adjustments in the way others see you. Spend another part cleaning up the mess someone else left behind. Do your best to stop ugly gossip in its tracks before it really does some damage. Actions ultimately have an effect on appearance, so keep that in mind when you lose your temper. Flowers and candy may not be enough tonight.
Aquarius
What better time to let your emotions loose? There`s nothing that certain someone would like better than to hear those three precious words come out of our mouth. You need to express your feelings, but you may have to come up with an unconventional way of doing it. A unique and creative gesture launches you into romance. Don`t settle for the same old flowers and candy routine. Learn how to communicate in a more direct and sophisticated manner if you want this to last.
Pisces

Togetherness is the keyword today. If you had visions of spending time alone, you may as well face reality. Spend part of your day with parents, in-laws or other family members. Having a positive attitude will make the time pass by more quickly, and who knows -- you may even have some fun! Learn about their lives or have them remind you of your own early years. Sometimes you have to look back before you can move ahead. A special treat is headed your way tonight!