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Apple iPhone Becomes Available Through Verizon Wireless
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Apple CEO 'Proud to Be Gay'

Apple CEO Tim Cook announced Thursday that he's gay, in an essay that puts him among the highest-profile publicly out business leaders in the world. “I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me,” Cook wrote

Nurse Kaci Hickox and her boyfriend Ted Wilbur address the media during an informal meeting with the news media outside their home in Fort Kent, Maine, Oct. 29, 2014.

Nurse Defies Ebola Quarantine

A nurse who vowed to defy Maine's voluntary Ebola quarantine followed through on her promise Thursday, leaving her home for a bike ride

World Series - San Francisco Giants v Kansas City Royals - Game Seven

Giants Win the World Series

The San Francisco Giants held off the Kansas City Royals 3-2 Wednesday night in Game 7 of the World Series for their third championship in five seasons

Rosa Pantoja sews a bullet proof vest together in the Research and Development department of the Point Blank Body Armor factory in Pompano Beach, Fla., Sept. 19, 2014

Economy Grew Faster Than Expected Over the Summer

The Commerce Department reports that the U.S. posted a better-than-expected jump in growth in the third quarter, just the latest indication that the world’s largest economy is performing well even as the global economy faces headwinds

App Tinder

Men Swipe Right on Tinder 3 Times as Much as Women

Men are almost three times as likely to swipe right on the dating app than women, doing it 46% of the time compared to just 14% for women. Co-founder and CEO Sean Rad touted its more realistic appeal to physical attraction over algorithms that others say yield compatibility

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers the keynote address at the Dreamforce convention Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, in San Francisco.

Obama Political Guru Secretly Advised Hillary on 2016

A longtime top political adviser to President Barack Obama secretly met with Hillary Clinton recently to offer up his advice for how to avoid another presidential campaign loss if she runs again in 2016, according to a new report

An Afghan National Army soldier holds the Afghanistan flag during training exercise at the Kabul Military Training Centre in Kabul, Oct. 22, 2014.

U.S. Conceals Afghan Military Capabilities

The American-led military command in Afghanistan has suddenly made information about the country's military capabilities a secret, according to a congressional watchdog, just as the U.S. prepares to withdraw most of its 34,000 troops still there

Hawaii Volcano

Lava Flows Near Hawaii Main Road

A breakout of the lava flow was about 100 ft. from a Pahoa residence — about the length of a basketball court — said Hawaii County civil-defense director Darryl Oliveira. Dozens of homes, business and other structures are within the area

Marco Rubio Speech On Innovation At Uber's DC Offices

Uber Allowed to Roll on in Las Vegas

Ride-sharing app Uber received a minor breakthrough in Nevada on Wednesday when a Clark County judge ruled that the company will be able to continue operating in the Las Vegas area. The service launched on Friday in the gambling hub despite state opposition

Dissident Says He Was Tortured for Challenging Putin

From London to Berlin, exiled opponents of Russia are increasingly fearing for their safety. Not since the Cold War have Russian operatives been accused of such violence and intimidation abroad. The story of one man who says he was tortured for challenging Putin

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven speaks during a media conference at an EU summit in Brussels, Oct. 24, 2014.

Sweden Says It Recognizes Palestinian State

The Swedish government became the first E.U. member to officially recognize a Palestinian state Thursday. Newly elected Prime Minister Stefan Lofven first announced the move at his swearing-in ceremony on Oct. 3, but he was not expected to follow through so soon