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ESPN casts shadow over 'Star Wars' success at Disney

Walt Disney Co’s ESPN sports network posted a decline in quarterly profit, overshadowing the blockbuster success of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which lifted the company to record income and topped Wall Street expectations. Investors nervous about the future prospects for Disney and other older media companies sent its shares down 3.5 percent to US$89.21 in after-hours trading. The media networks unit that includes ESPN, the Disney Channels and ABC recorded a 5.6 percent decline in operating income to US$1.41 billion.

ESPN takes edge off 'Star Wars' success at Disney

A character in costume takes part of an event held for the release of the film "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" in Disneyland ParisWalt Disney Co's ESPN network posted a decline in profit, overshadowing the blockbuster success of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," which drove quarterly income and revenue ahead of Wall Street expectations. Investors seemed nervous about the future prospects for Disney and other older media companies, sending its shares down 5.2 percent to $87.56 in after-hours trading. The media networks unit that includes sports network ESPN, the Disney Channels and ABC recorded a 5.6 percent decline in operating income to $1.41 billion.


Wall Street cuts losses late to end tad lower

Traders work on the floor of the NYSE(Reuters) - U.S. stocks ended a volatile session slightly lower on Tuesday as a late-day rally led by materials and healthcare shares offset another big drop in oil prices.


Viacom CEO rails against 'naysayers' as sales miss estimates, shares tumble

File photo of Philippe Dauman president and CEO of Viacom at the Reuters Global Media Summit in New YorkViacom Inc CEO Philippe Dauman railed at critics of his leadership after a fifth straight quarter missing Wall Street's sales estimates on Tuesday, unnerving investors and sending the media company's shares down more than 21 percent to a five-year low. Viacom and to a lesser extent CBS, both majority-owned by Redstone, have come under scrutiny in light of Redstone's declining health, which is the subject of a lawsuit brought by one of his ex-girlfriends.


More pain possible for Fitbit shareholders as lockup expires

Fitbit Blaze watches are displayed during the 2016 CES trade show in Las VegasFitbit Inc's stock, already at a record low, could take another hit on Wednesday, when insiders and employees will be allowed to sell some 127.3 million shares that had been locked up. "The stock is in a steep downtrend and negativity begets more negativity on Wall Street," said John Gardner, managing member at Aptus Capital Advisors LLC in Fairhope, Alabama. "Fitbit would be on our radar once price tells us that this negative downtrend is over.


Wall Street inches lower, Europe shares sink on growth fears

Traders work at their desks in front of the German share price index, DAX board, at the stock exchange in FrankfurtThe S&P energy index closed down 2.47 percent and stood out as the day's weakest sector after Brent crude settled 7.8 percent lower on the day. "There may be some hope there that (Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen) is going to say something to buoy the markets," said Peter Jankovskis, co-­chief investment officer at OakBrook Investments LLC in Lisle, Illinois. Yellen will address Congress on Wednesday.


Monsanto to pay $80 million in SEC settlement over Roundup earnings

Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller atomizers are displayed for sale at a garden shop at Bonneuil-Sur-Marne near ParisMonsanto Co will pay $80 million to settle civil accounting violations after it allegedly misstated its earnings in connection with its top-selling Roundup product, U.S. securities regulators said on Tuesday. The Securities and Exchange Commission also said that three accounting and sales executives have also agreed to settle charges in connection with the case. The SEC's case against Monsanto revolves around a corporate rebate program designed to boost sales of Roundup, a popular weed killer.


Deutsche Bank shares hit as markets fret over European banks

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The CEO of Deutsche Bank reassured employees and markets that the company's finances were "rock-solid" as Europe's banks took another a beating in the stock market Tuesday.

FTSE At 2012 Low Amid World Market Rout

A pedestrian holding an umbrella walks past an electronic board showing the graphs of the recent fluctuations of Japan's Nikkei average outside a brokerage in TokyoThe global stock market rout has intensified, with Japan's Nikkei losing 5.4% of its value in a horror show of a trading day that saw a rush for safe havens such as gold and the yen. Its share price has plunged almost 40% since the beginning of 2016.


Sanofi reports flat 2015 earnings

French drug maker Sanofi CEO Olivier Brandicourt presents the company's 2015 full year results in Paris, Tuesday Feb. 9, 2016. Sanofi says its bottom line was roughly stable last year as it advanced efforts to reshape its drug portfolio and pursue research and development tie-ups in oncology and diabetes. Sanofi made 4.29 billion euros ($4.8 billion) last year, compared to 4.39 billion in 2014. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)PARIS (AP) — French drug maker Sanofi says its bottom line was roughly stable last year as it advanced efforts to reshape its drug portfolio and pursue research and development tie-ups in oncology and diabetes.


Technology

Where aid fails, appropriate technology can succeed - Phys.Org


Phys.Org

Where aid fails, appropriate technology can succeed
Phys.Org
Even something as simple as a water pump might not work if it requires parts or power not readily available where it's installed. Credit: World Bank, CC BY-NC-ND. Technology can be a wonderful servant but a terrible master. As we know, its applications ...

Rocket Suggests North Korea Made Small Gains in Technology, South Says - New York Times


New York Times

Rocket Suggests North Korea Made Small Gains in Technology, South Says
New York Times
SEOUL, South Korea — The rocket launched by North Korea on Sunday had a longer range and carried a heavier payload than the one used to put a satellite in orbit in 2012, indicating that Pyongyang had made modest advances in its rocket technology, the ...

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Recap: Susan S. Szenasy and Phil Bernstein on What Computing Technology Can and Can't Do - Metropolis Magazine


Metropolis Magazine

Recap: Susan S. Szenasy and Phil Bernstein on What Computing Technology Can and Can't Do
Metropolis Magazine
Although our society is growing increasingly accepting of technology's ubiquity, the sheer speed of change has left little room for a thorough consideration of large-scale questions brought on by this shift. What impact does technology have on how ...

Engineers develop hybrid technology to create biorenewable nylon - Phys.Org


Phys.Org

Engineers develop hybrid technology to create biorenewable nylon
Phys.Org
Moving forward, the engineers will work to scale up their technology by developing a continuous conversion process, said Tessonnier, who's a Carol and Jack Johnson Faculty Fellow and also an associate scientist with the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames ...

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Travel

Top 10 Cheap Flight Deals of 2016 - Condé Nast Traveler


Condé Nast Traveler

Top 10 Cheap Flight Deals of 2016
Condé Nast Traveler
Scott Keyes of How to Fly For Free tells us the 10 best flight deals he's seen in the past few months. Getty. A flight from Toronto to Portugal's Azores islands is about $1,000 less than what it normally is. It sounds so friendly: Scott's Cheap Flights ...

February Travel Deals - Washingtonian.com


Washingtonian.com

February Travel Deals
Washingtonian.com
The deal: As a nod to leap year, both Kimpton hotels are offering Washingtonian readers the Book Before You Leap deal, with up to 29 percent off the best available rate. Use the rate code WASHDC when booking. With the discount, rates start at $198.09 ...

Chinese New Year: The best travel deals to visit Asia in 2016 as we ring in the year of the Monkey - Mirror.co.uk


Mirror.co.uk

Chinese New Year: The best travel deals to visit Asia in 2016 as we ring in the year of the Monkey
Mirror.co.uk
If you're in the spirit and are planning a trip to one of the cultural capitals of the world in 2016 - we've found some some amazing deals on flights, tour packages, and holidays to Asia - including Cambodia, Thailand and China. You can check out ...

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Winter travel deals for you and your valentine - The San Diego Union-Tribune


The San Diego Union-Tribune

Winter travel deals for you and your valentine
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Willing to go the distance for a getaway with a special valentine? Find romance — and rates you love — at these far-flung destinations: San Luis Obispo has a sweet treat for visitors. Stay two consecutive nights anytime before the end of March and ...

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The Margin: Oscar producers want to do away with boring acceptance speeches
Wed, 10 Feb 2016 00:42:18 +0000

During the Academy’s annual nominee luncheon, show producer David Hill said for this year’s show the list of people whom winners want to thank will scroll along the bottom of the screen.

The Wall Street Journal: Supreme Court blocks Obama’s carbon-emissions rules
Wed, 10 Feb 2016 00:30:00 +0000

The Supreme Court on Tuesday in a divided order blocked a key Obama administration environmental rule to limit carbon emissions from power plants, siding with states and industry groups that wanted the regulation delayed while they challenge its legality.

The Wall Street Journal: Burberry sues, saying J.C. Penney copied its designs
Wed, 10 Feb 2016 00:26:05 +0000

Burberry Group PLC accused J.C. Penney Co. in a lawsuit Tuesday of infringing on its famous “check” pattern by selling exact copies of its designs.

New Hampshire primary: Most polls close after a day of intense campaigning - Washington Post
Wed, 10 Feb 2016 00:08:28 +0000


Washington Post

New Hampshire primary: Most polls close after a day of intense campaigning
Washington Post
MANCHESTER, N.H. — Most polls have closed in New Hampshire, after a day of voting in this state's crucial presidential primaries — and after more than a year of campaigning, which ended with a pair of outsider candidates holding big leads in both ...
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Adnan Syed's Chance at New Trial Rests in Judge's Hands - ABC News
Wed, 10 Feb 2016 00:06:00 +0000


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Adnan Syed's Chance at New Trial Rests in Judge's Hands
ABC News
Officials escort "Serial" podcast subject Adnan Syed from the courthouse following the completion of the first day of hearings for a retrial in Baltimore on Feb. 3, 2016. 0 Shares. Email. The fate of Adnan Syed -- the man at the center of "Serial ...
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Live Updates: From the New Hampshire primary - Miami Herald
Tue, 09 Feb 2016 23:48:54 +0000


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Live Updates: From the New Hampshire primary
Miami Herald
New Hampshire hosts the first-in-the-nation presidential primary, featuring candidates for the Republican and Democratic nomination. Of the state's 1.33 million residents, more than 870,000 residents are registered to vote. Polls started opening at 7 a ...
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Supreme Court Deals Setback to Obama's Power Plant Regulations - New York Times
Tue, 09 Feb 2016 23:41:26 +0000


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Supreme Court Deals Setback to Obama's Power Plant Regulations
New York Times
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Tuesday temporarily blocked the Obama administration's effort to combat climate change by regulating emissions from coal-fired power plants. The brief order was not the last word on the case, which is most likely to ...
Supreme Court puts Obama's Clean Power Plan on holdWashington Post
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The Wall Street Journal: Flint mayor hopes to start replacing lead pipes within a month
Tue, 09 Feb 2016 23:34:26 +0000

The mayor of Flint, Mich., laid out a plan Tuesday to replace the lead pipes in the city that became a major source of drinking water contamination after the city began pumping water from the Flint River to homes in 2014.

Obama's final budget proposal calls for $4.15 trillion in new spending - Washington Post
Tue, 09 Feb 2016 23:26:16 +0000


Washington Post

Obama's final budget proposal calls for $4.15 trillion in new spending
Washington Post
President Obama sent the final budget proposal of his presidency to Congress on Tuesday, a $4.15 trillion package that will mark the closing rounds of a long-running fiscal battle with Republicans in Congress over the nation's spending priorities.
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The Tell: Calls for ‘dry powder’ ramp up, but anyone’s guess when to deploy it
Tue, 09 Feb 2016 22:52:56 +0000

Growing calls to stay in cash to ride out current market volatility and diminishing confidence in the Federal Reserve to control it could mean that we’re not looking at a comfortable bottom in stocks soon.

FBI can't figure out how to unlock encrypted phone in San Bernardino investigation - Los Angeles Times
Tue, 09 Feb 2016 22:46:40 +0000


Los Angeles Times

FBI can't figure out how to unlock encrypted phone in San Bernardino investigation
Los Angeles Times
A photo from July 27, 2014, provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection shows Tashfeen Malik, left, and Syed Rizwan Farook as they passed through O'Hare International Airport in Chicago. A photo from July 27, 2014, provided by U.S. Customs and ...
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Black Lives Matter activist kills self outside Ohio Statehouse, police say - Fox News
Tue, 09 Feb 2016 22:39:07 +0000


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Black Lives Matter activist kills self outside Ohio Statehouse, police say
Fox News
A community activist connected to the Black Lives Matter movement committed suicide outside the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus Monday night, according to the Columbus Dispatch. MarShawn McCarrel II, 23, was pronounced dead at the scene after ...
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Obama proposes $4.1 trillion spending plan in final White House budget
Tue, 09 Feb 2016 22:29:19 +0000

President Obama meets with his national security team in WashingtonBy Jeff Mason and David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama proposed a $4.1 trillion spending plan for fiscal year 2017 on Tuesday in a final White House budget that met immediate Republican resistance for its cost and reliance on tax hikes to fund domestic priorities. Obama, a Democrat who leaves office next January, sought to outline his fiscal and political vision for the country with proposed investments in infrastructure, cyber security, education, and job growth. Paul Ryan, the Republican speaker of the House of Representatives, called it a "manual for growing the federal government at the expense of hardworking Americans." The budget envisions a deficit of $503 billion in fiscal 2017 after a $616 billion budget gap in the current fiscal year ending on Sept. 30.


Raiders quarterback Stabler had traumatic brain condition, New York Times reports
Tue, 09 Feb 2016 22:23:32 +0000

Signal caller Ken “The Snake” Stabler, admitted posthumously to the Hall of Fame as a senior candidate over the weekend, had a history of severe concussions.

The Tell: Twitter’s ‘bullish divergence’ gives investors a glimmer of hope
Tue, 09 Feb 2016 22:14:18 +0000

Twitter Inc.’s stock chart has produced a ‘Class A’ bullish technical divergence ahead of fourth-quarter results, which suggests there is potential for an impending rally.

Personal Finance Daily: The myth of retirement, and how to score Beyoncé tickets
Tue, 09 Feb 2016 22:12:36 +0000

The myth of retirement, and how to score tickets to a Beyoncé concert.

The Margin: Super Bowl 50: The best (and worst) commercials
Tue, 09 Feb 2016 22:05:41 +0000

“Underwhelming” may have been the most appropriate word to sum up the commercials that ran during Super Bowl 50 on Sunday.

NewsWatch: 5 dividend stocks that have only gotten more attractive
Tue, 09 Feb 2016 22:00:08 +0000

T. Rowe Price and Microsoft are among companies that can provide you with income for years to come.

Record number of shark attacks in 2015 - WBAL Baltimore
Tue, 09 Feb 2016 21:25:00 +0000


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Record number of shark attacks in 2015
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German Train Crash Leaves 10 Dead and Scores Injured - New York Times
Tue, 09 Feb 2016 19:07:30 +0000


New York Times

German Train Crash Leaves 10 Dead and Scores Injured
New York Times
COLOGNE, Germany — Two commuter trains collided head-on in southern Germany on Tuesday, killing at least 10 people, injuring several dozen, and raising new questions about the safety and reliability of a rail network in Europe that has been the envy ...
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Indian Soldier Found Alive After Five Days Under 'Massive Ice Boulders' on Himalayan Glacier - New York Times
Tue, 09 Feb 2016 18:50:03 +0000


New York Times

Indian Soldier Found Alive After Five Days Under 'Massive Ice Boulders' on Himalayan Glacier
New York Times
NEW DELHI — Using ice picks and chain saws, Indian Army rescue teams had tunneled their way 35 feet down through the ice around Siachen Glacier, to the spot where they expected to find the bodies of 10 soldiers.
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Train crash in Germany kills at least 10, injures 80
Tue, 09 Feb 2016 18:25:27 +0000

RECROPED VERSION - Aerial view of rescue teams at the site where two trains collided head-on near Bad Aibling, Germany, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. Several people have been killed and dozens were injured. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)BAD AIBLING, Germany (AP) — Two commuter trains crashed head-on Tuesday in southern Germany, killing 10 people and injuring 80 as they slammed into each other on a curve after an automatic safety braking system apparently failed, the transport minister said.


Iraqi woman charged with role in Kayla Mueller's death
Tue, 09 Feb 2016 03:35:15 +0000

Family Mourns Death of ISIS Hostage Kayla Mueller, 1 Year LaterThe wife of a senior Islamic State leader who was killed in a U.S. raid last year has been charged in federal court with holding American Kayla Mueller hostage and with contributing to the aid worker's ...


FBI agent says evidence manipulated in Baltimore 'Serial' hearing
Tue, 09 Feb 2016 00:45:42 +0000

Convicted murderer Adnan Syed leaves the Baltimore City Circuit Courthouse in Baltimore, MarylandAdnan Syed, 35, is serving a life sentence for the 1999 strangulation of his 18-year-old ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee. Syed's lawyers are seeking a new trial based on new evidence amid questions about the fairness of the case that were raised by the podcast in late 2014. During the fourth day of a hearing in Baltimore City Circuit Court, Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Chad Fitzgerald said defense lawyers had shown him "manipulated evidence" of cell phone records when he was on the stand last week.


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