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Apple chief Tim Cook puts focus on gay rights

Apple CEO Tim Cook shows off the new iPhone 6 and the Apple Watch earlier this year as the company seeks to carve out its niche in the increasingly popular "phablet" marketApple's Tim Cook on Thursday became the most prominent chief executive to acknowledge his homosexuality, putting fresh focus on gay representation in the boardroom. Cook's announcement, in an essay written for Bloomberg Businessweek, is a watershed since he is the first CEO of a major US corporation to make such a declaration. "I think the result is that it will make gay culture more mainstream," said Roger Kay of Endpoint Technologies Associates, a consultant and analyst who follows the tech sector.



Ebola fears infect Louisiana medical conference

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Ebola fears have infected a medical conference on the subject. Louisiana state health officials told thousands of doctors planning to attend a tropical diseases meeting this weekend in New Orleans to stay away if they have been to certain African countries or have had contact with an Ebola patient in the last 21 days.
Fire chief: At least 2 dead inside Kansas airport building where small plane crashed

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Fire chief: At least 2 dead inside Kansas airport building where small plane crashed.
Hall of fame for mustaches? Why not?

ST. LOUIS (AP) — There are halls of fame for everything from baseball to rock 'n' roll, so why shouldn't those with a hairy upper lip get their just rewards?
US economy grew 3.5% in third quarter

The American flag flutters in the breeze before the US Capitol, cocooned in scaffolding, October 28, 2014US economic growth was robust in the third quarter, according to the first government estimate Thursday, appearing to underscore the Federal Reserve's decision to end its asset-buying stimulus program. The world's largest economy expanded at an annual rate of 3.5 percent in the July-September period as defense spending surged and exports climbed, narrowing the trade gap, the Commerce Department said. The economy contracted 2.1 percent in the first quarter largely due to severe winter weather. "Growth above three percent in four of the past five quarters is starting to look like a trend," said Ian Shepherdson of Pantheon Macroeconomics.





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