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LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. (AP) -- The Royals could have used Mickey Cobb's ring last night. Cobb was Kansas City's long-time athletic trainer. He says some crooks have ripped-off his 1985 World Series Championship ring. Cobb tells WDAF-TV the ring is a good luck charm. He had hoped to wear it as the Royals opened the American League Division Series against Houston. The Royals lost to the Astros in Game 1, 5-2.


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- That's a wrap -- for filming at L.A. public schools. The Los Angeles Unified School District has temporarily banned movie and TV filming on campuses. The move follows a report that a porno was shot at Hamilton High School, including a scene featuring public nudity in the school's front parking lot. KNBC-TV also reports some productions caused parking problems for teachers and led to classes being relocated or cancelled sports practices. The district has earned an estimated $10 million from filming over the past five years.


TACOMA, Wash. (AP) -- Hey buddy, can you spare some pandas? That was the gist of a message sent by Washington state lawmakers to Chinese President Xi Jinping (shee jihn-peeng). The Chinese leader visited the U.S. last month, including a stop in Washington state. State lawmakers gave the Chinese president a letter asking that his nation consider lending pandas to the Pacific Northwest. One state senator tells the News Tribune in Tacoma that it could take a year or more for pandas to arrive if the Chinese want to proceed. Only four zoos in the U.S. have pandas, including the National Zoo in the nation's capital.


ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- In this case, Elvis isn't the king of rock-and-roll. He's a king cobra snake and now Elvis is back. A woman in the Orlando, Florida, area heard hissing coming from under a clothes dryer in her garage. The sound was from a king cobra snake that had been missing for more than a month. Three animal control officers used special tongs to capture the 10-foot-long serpent. The snake was returned to owner Mike Kennedy, who lives about a-half mile from where it was found. Kennedy has also pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge for failing to immediately report the snake missing.

Science & Tech News

Last Update on October 09, 2015 07:10 GMT


NEW YORK (AP) -- It's happened to all of us on Facebook: someone says a loved one is ill or that they're going through some other kind of tough time. You want to express empathy -- but you don't want to give the wrong idea by clicking the "Like" button. Facebook is giving us more options -- though not just yet. The social networking site is adding buttons that let you click "Love," "Angry," "Haha," or "Sad," "Yay" or "Wow." The new buttons won't be ready for the clicking right away -- unless you live in Ireland or Spain. Those two nations get those new options starting today.


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NEW YORK (AP) -- Harry Potter is getting a makeover. And no, that doesn't mean he's about to ditch the round wire-rimmed glasses. The books featuring the boy wizard are entering the modern age -- thanks to a facelift that will make them work with Apple devices. The enhanced version of the e-books will feature hundreds of new illustrations -- more than half of the animated or interactive. The new versions of the Potter books are exclusive to Apple's iBooks Store and require an Apple mobile device or a Mac computer to read.

National/International News

US weighing Russian response on flight safety guildlines
October 10, 2015 00:48 GMT

By LOLITA C. BALDOR Associated Press

ABOARD A US MILITARY AIRCRAFT (AP) -- The Pentagon says Russian leaders have responded to a proposed draft of safety guidelines for military aircraft flying missions in the increasingly crowded skies over Syria.

Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook says a second round of talks between the two countries about the plan could take place as soon as this weekend. The U.S. and Russia are trying to hash out flight procedures to ensure that there are no collisions or other incidents as both countries conduct bombing operations in Syria.

The negotiations come on the heels of a series of Russian aircraft incidents that raised concerns about the potential for mishaps, as the U.S.-led coalition continues to launch daily airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Syria.

China starts operating lighthouses on South China Sea reef
October 10, 2015 04:26 GMT

BEIJING (AP) -- China's official news agency says two lighthouses have started operating on a reef on a disputed island chain in the South China Sea, amid rising concerns among the U.S. and China's neighbors about Beijing's maritime ambitions.

Xinhua News Agency says the Ministry of Transport held a completion ceremony Friday for the 50-meter-high (164-foot-high) Huayang and Chigua lighthouses on Huayang Reef in the Spratly Islands, which are mostly barren islands, reefs and atolls that are believed to be atop oil and natural gas deposits. They also straddle one of the world's busiest sea lanes.

The Spratlys are also claimed by Taiwan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Brunei.

Business/Consumer News

US wholesale stockpiles rise in August, but sales fall

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Cheaper oil and less demand for autos and machinery weighed on wholesalers in August, as their inventories edged up just slightly while sales dropped.

   WEST PALM BEACH, FL -- (Marketwired) -- 03/21/14 --
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   AP-WF-03-21-14 1926GMT

Posted 5:30 AM EDT on March 21, 2014

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   BEAVERTON, Ore. (AP) -- Nike says strong global demand for its athletic goods helped third-quarter net income beat expectations as it readies for the upcoming World Cup in Brazil.
   The world's largest athletic clothing maker says that not counting income from discontinued operations, earnings rose 3 percent, to $685 million, or 76 cents per share, in the three months ended on Feb. 28. The year before, profit came to $662 million, or 73 cents per share. The discontinued operations added another $204 million in profit to last year's period. Analysts expected 72 cents per share, according to FactSet. Nike sold its Cole Haan and Umbro brands last year.
   Revenue rose 13 percent to $6.97 billion, beating analysts' expectation of $6.81 billion.
   The Beaverton, Ore.-based company said Thursday that future orders worldwide rose 12 percent.
   AP-WF-03-20-14 2110GMT

Posted 5:27 AM EDT on March 20, 2014

PALO ALTO, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 03/06/14 --
 PunchTab, the leading omni-channel loyalty and engagement platform,
 announced today the release of their Android SDK. The SDK is a free
 toolkit that provides Android mobile and tablet developers the capability
 to add customized loyalty and engagement programs to any app to help
 increase usage, purchase, awareness, and brand engagement.
   With tens of thousands of apps hitting the market every month and
 billions of dollars spent on mobile marketing, the world of mobile
 development has become a congested, competitive marketplace to carve out
 success. Generating user awareness and continued use remain critical
 challenges for organizations that utilize mobile applications to engage
 customers, or add mobile as part of larger omni-channel initiatives.
 Android developers can now implement PunchTab's loyalty and engagement
 infrastructure in mobile apps, incentivizing users to take actions that
 meet marketing agendas and business goals.
   "Mobile is the most important channel for brands when it comes to
 engaging consumers with relevant, real-time messages and offers.
 According to a recent study, 83% of consumers expect to make more
 purchases via mobile in the next 12 months, a 15% increase from today's
 current statistics -- this is a critical proof point of how important
 mobile has become for brands. Awareness, engagement, and enhanced loyalty
 are essential components in the success of a mobile app," said PunchTab
 Founder and CEO Ranjith Kumaran. "With our Android SDK we can provide
 Android developers with the same high-quality, easy-to-use functionality
 that the PunchTab platform offers to over 19,000 active programs on our
   The Android opportunity is significant. Google Play accounted for almost
 75 percent of total app downloads in 2013 and according to Distimo,
 Google Play's revenue share has actually been growing at the expense of
 Apple's. Since June 2013, Google Play's revenue jumped 51 percent. The
 statistics are a window into the continuously growing Android mobile
 application market that does not appear to be slowing down. Brands have
 taken notice and with the PunchTab Android SDK, they have an opportunity
 to reach even more consumers on mobile.
   Analyst and TIME tech columnist, Ben Bajarin estimates that over one
 billion Android smartphones will be sold in 2014, and by the end of 2014
 mobile web users will be three times that of the desktop web. "Mobile can
 no longer be a side strategy for brands, it needs to be a central
 strategy as it's an essential element for maintaining consumer
 engagement. The Android opportunity is one that cannot be overlooked,"
 Bajarin reports.
   PunchTab's Android SDK offers mobile developers a free toolkit with an
 easy to integrate static library and customizable features to most
 effectively meet bottom line business goals. Developers can easily
 reward-enable engagement, repeat usage, social sharing, and more.
   For more information on PunchTab's developer kit visit
   About PunchTab, Inc.
  Founded in January 2011, PunchTab is an
 omni-channel loyalty and engagement platform that enables agencies,
 brands, and enterprise organizations to incentivize user behavior and
 drive business success. PunchTab's customers use the company's flexible
 solutions to deepen audience engagement, drive purchase, and build
 awareness by leveraging everything from social sharing and UGC and
 awareness campaigns, to sophisticated B2E and B2B programs. PunchTab
 offers both an out-of-the-box product and a fully customizable,
 white-labeled solution that can reward any action with virtual, social
 and real-world rewards. For more information, please visit
   Media Contacts:
 Ben Barenholtz
 Sparkpr for PunchTab
 Robyn Hannah
   AP-WF-03-06-14 1315GMT

Posted 12:49 PM EST on March 06, 2014

HOFFMAN ESTATES, IL -- (Marketwired) -- 02/28/14 --
 ADP Dealer Services, Inc., a division of ADP(R) and a leading global
 technology solutions provider dedicated to helping dealerships drive
 measurable results across every area of their operation, announced today
 that due to the overwhelming interest and positive feedback they received
 surrounding their Fixed Ops Expos, they will be launching a new round of
 Dealer Solutions Expos for automotive retail dealers. They will be
 thought leadership events designed to show what successful dealerships
 are doing to change the way they do business in order to meet
 technology-driven consumers' demand.
   Last year, over 600 dealers attended 25 expos across the country, touting
 them as very insightful and informative. One dealer described their
 experience as the "best three-hour time investment I've made in a long
   ADP Dealer Services will offer dealers a unique opportunity to join an
 interactive discussion with industry thought leaders as well as their
 peers during each event. The first subject will feature automotive retail
 expert, Mike Stoll, presenting, "How to Optimize Your Front Office for
 Maximum Customer Retention" and business security expert, Jim Foote,
 presenting "Who Let the Data Out?". They will each share strategic best
 practices and insider knowledge designed to give attendees a competitive
 edge around customer retention and security.
   These expos are a key pillar in Dealer Services' strategy to provide
 insights that help their dealer clients transform how vehicles are
 marketed, sold, and serviced using technology.
   The Dealer Solutions Expos is open to all dealership management across
 the country and will begin in early March, extending throughout 2014. For
 more information or to register for an event in your area, please visit
 our website, email events@adp.com or call 866.722.1844.
   About ADP
  With more than $11 billion in revenues and more than 60 years
 of experience, ADP(R) (NASDAQ: ADP) serves approximately 620,000 clients
 in more than 125 countries. As one of the world's largest providers of
 business outsourcing and Human Capital Management solutions, ADP offers a
 wide range of human resource, payroll, talent management, tax and
 benefits administration solutions from a single source, and helps clients
 comply with regulatory and legislative changes, such as the Affordable
 Care Act (ACA). ADP's easy-to-use solutions for employers provide
 superior value to companies of all types and sizes. ADP is also a leading
 provider of integrated computing solutions to auto, truck, motorcycle,
 marine, recreational vehicle, and heavy equipment dealers throughout the
 world. For more information about ADP, visit the company's Web site at
   The ADP logo and ADP are registered trademarks of ADP, Inc. All other
 marks are the property of their respective owners. Copyright Copyright
 2014 ADP, Inc.
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   Media Contact:
 Michelle Benko
 ADP Dealer Services
   AP-WF-02-28-14 1106GMT

Posted 5:27 AM EST on February 28, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC -- (Marketwired) -- 02/26/14 --
 The following is a statement by National Association of Realtors(R)
 President Steve Brown:
   "NAR supports reforms that promote economic growth, but we strongly
 oppose severely altering the rules that govern ownership and investment
 in real estate. Real estate powers almost one-fifth of the U.S. economy,
 employs more than 17 million Americans, and contributes a quarter of all
 federal and state tax revenue and as much as 70 percent of local taxes.
   "We are extremely disappointed with several of the provisions contained
 in U.S. House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp's tax reform draft
 released today, namely proposed limits on the mortgage interest deduction
 and capital gains, and the repeal of deductions for state and local
 property taxes. These proposed changes to the taxation of real estate
 will impact every single American, either directly or indirectly.
   "NAR will carefully analyze the details of the Chairman's plan so we can
 best educate Congress and the public about how this plan would impact the
 owners, consumers, and producers of both residential and commercial real
   The National Association of Realtors(R), "The Voice for Real Estate," is
 America's largest trade association, representing 1 million members
 involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate
   Information about NAR is available at www.realtor.org. This and other
 news releases are posted in the "News, Blogs and Videos" tab on the
   For further information contact:
 Jenny Werwa
   AP-WF-02-26-14 2105GMT

Posted 5:26 AM EST on February 26, 2014

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