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Last Update on November 28, 2014 10:07 GMT

CALIFORNIA-THANKSGIVING HEAT

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Pity those poor folks in California, where they had to endure record heat while much of the nation shivered on Thanksgiving Day. Records were set in a number of California cities. It hit 85 at San Diego's Lindbergh Field, breaking a 111-year-old record. The National Weather Service says Los Angeles had a high of 86 -- one degree hotter than the 1977 record. Record highs were also hit in downtown Oakland, Santa Ana and in Riverside, where it reached 91.

COAT COLLECTION

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- It's "Buy Nothing Day" to some folks in Rhode Island. Instead of hitting the malls on this Black Friday, the Buy Nothing organizers are collecting winter coats for the needy. Event spokesman Greg Gerritt says they hope the Buy Nothing Winter Coat Exchange will get people thinking about the negative effects of consumerism. Coats are being collected at a number of locations in the Ocean State including churches and YMCA branches.

ZOO THANKSGIVING

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- How does a Thanksgiving feast of horse meat, crickets and lard sound? Well, it wasn't a holiday meal for people. The animals at the Kansas City Zoo got to enjoy plenty of fruit, veggies and raw meat, while we humans were stuffing ourselves with turkey and stuffing. The Kansas City Star reports elephants are partial to hay, the lions like raw horse meat.

VOLVO OCEAN RACE-TURKEY JERKY

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- "The turkey jerky was as good as it gets." So says skipper Charlie Enright, who's with a U.S. based sailing team plowing through the Indian Ocean. The crew got to celebrate Thanksgiving with some treats stashed aboard their boat. It was a surprise from the sailors' wives, girlfriends and shore crew. They had turkey jerky, pumpkin cookies and even cranberry sauce to spread on their normal freeze-dried fare. The sailors are competing in the round-the-world Volvo Ocean Race.


Science & Tech News

Last Update on November 26, 2014 08:05 GMT

IN THE NEWS: APPLE WORTH $700 BILLION

NEW YORK (AP) -- Have an iPhone in your pocket? Well, you're making the company's stockholders happy.

Apple's market capitalization surpassed $700 billion for the first time Tuesday morning.

The iPhone maker is currently the most valuable company in the world, and its stock is up 48 percent in 2014.

The S&P 500 and other indexes are also at record highs.

IN THE NEWS: SONY SETTLES WITH GOV'T OVER GAMING CONSOLE ADS

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sony is settling government charges that it misled consumers about its PlayStation Vita hand-held gaming console.

The Federal Trade Commission says Sony's advertising claims about the "game changing" technology features of the PS Vita were deceiving. For example, the FTC says Sony wrongly claimed that people could play "cross platform" -- by starting a game on a PlayStation 3 and then continuing it `on the go,' right where they left off, on a PS Vita.

As part of the proposed settlement, the company will provide refunds to people who bought the PS Vita console before June 1, 2012. They'll be eligible for either a $25-cash or credit refund or a $50 merchandise voucher from Sony.

Sony will contact consumers about the refunds or vouchers via email.


National/International News

AP-AM Prep-Scores and Skeds
November 29, 2014 06:09 GMT

MORNING PREP - MORNING PREP - MORNING PREP - MORNING PREP

! SCORES AND SKEDS !

Editors: Not all schedules may be available at the time this fixture is prepared. Check your sports queue for a fixture slugged "Time Schedule" if you don't find the events you need listed here.

Friday's Scores

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Final Chicago 109 Boston 102

Final Golden State 106 Charlotte 101

Final Dallas 106 Toronto 102

Final Milwaukee 104 Detroit 88

Final Atlanta 100 New Orleans 91

Final L-A Clippers 102 Houston 85

Final Oklahoma City 105 New York 78

Final Indiana 98 Orlando 83

Final San Antonio 112 Sacramento 104

Final Denver 122 Phoenix 97

Final Memphis 112 Portland 99

Final Minnesota 120 L-A Lakers 119

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Final N-Y Rangers 3 Philadelphia 0

Final Chicago 4 Anaheim 1

Final Washington 5 N-Y Islanders 2

Final Carolina 4 Pittsburgh 2

Final 2OT Detroit 5 New Jersey 4 (SO Detroit 1-0)

Final Buffalo 2 Montreal 1

Final Vancouver 5 Columbus 0

Final OT Boston 2 Winnipeg 1

Final Florida 3 Ottawa 2

Final OT St. Louis 4 Edmonton 3

Final OT Minnesota 5 Dallas 4

TOP-25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Final Stanford 31 ( 9) U-C-L-A 10

Final (12) Arizona 42 (13) Arizona State 35

Final (17) Missouri 21 Arkansas 14

Final OT Western Kentucky 67 (19) Marshall 66

Final Air Force 27 (21) Colorado State 24

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Final ( 2) Wisconsin 69 Oklahoma 56

Final ( 5) North Carolina 75 (18) Florida 64

Final ( 8) Virginia 64 La Salle 56

Final (10) Gonzaga 73 St. John's 66

Final (11) Kansas 82 Tennessee 67

Final (16) Ohio St. 73 James Madison 56

Final (17) Miami 87 South Alabama 75

Final (20) Michigan St. 79 Marquette 68

Final (22) UCLA 88 UAB 76

Final Mississippi 75 (23) Creighton 68

Final (25) Arkansas 89 North Texas 73

TOP-25 WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Final ( 1) South Carolina 67 (22) Syracuse 63

Final ( 3) UConn 85 Coll. of Charleston 24

Final (11) North Carolina 70 ( 5) Stanford 54

Final ( 8) Duke 72 Stony Brook 42

Final OT ( 9) Kentucky 92 Oklahoma 88

Final (10) Maryland 80 James Madison 64

Final (12) Louisville 102 Lafayette 61

Final (13) Baylor 99 Utah St. 43

Final (14) California 110 San Jose St. 87

Final (15) Nebraska 71 UCLA 66

Final Arkansas 77 (17) Iowa 67

Final (21) Rutgers 60 Colgate 44

Saturday's Schedule - All Times EDT

TOP 25 FOOTBALL

No. 1 Florida State vs. Florida, 3:30 p.m.

No. 2 Alabama vs. No. 15 Auburn, 7:45 p.m.

No. 3 Oregon at Oregon State, 8 p.m.

No. 4 Mississippi State at No. 18 Mississippi, 3:30 p.m.

No. 5 Baylor vs. Texas Tech at Arlington, Texas, 3:30 p.m.

No. 7 Ohio State vs. Michigan, Noon

No. 8 Georgia vs. No. 16 Georgia Tech, Noon

No. 10 Michigan State at Penn State, 3:30 p.m.

No. 11 Kansas State vs. Kansas, 4 p.m.

No. 14 Wisconsin vs. No. 22 Minnesota, 3:30 p.m.

No. 23 Clemson vs. South Carolina, Noon

No. 24 Louisville vs. Kentucky, Noon

No. 25 Boise State vs. Utah State, 10:15 p.m.

TOP 25 BASKETBALL

Men

No. 8 Virginia vs. Rutgers at the Barclays Center, 9:30 p.m.

No. 9 Wichita State vs. Tulsa, 3 p.m.

No. 14 VCU at Old Dominion, 2 p.m.

No. 19 Michigan vs. Nicholls State, 4 p.m.

No. 21 West Virginia vs. College of Charleston, 7:30 p.m.

No. 23 Creighton vs. Middle Tennessee at The Arena, Niceville, Fla., 6 p.m.

Women

No. 3 UConn vs. Vanderbilt at Germain Arena, Estero, Fla., 8:30 p.m.

No. 5 Stanford at Hawaii, 9:30 p.m.

No. 9 Kentucky vs. South Florida at UVI Sports & Fitness Center, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, 8:15 p.m.

No. 10 Maryland vs. Washington State at Mario Morales Coliseum, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, 2:30 p.m.

No. 11 North Carolina vs. Prairie View at Stan Sheriff Center, Honolulu, 7 p.m.

No. 13 Baylor vs. Stetson, 1 p.m.

No. 14 California vs. Cincinnati or Creighton, 8 or 10 p.m.

No. 17 Iowa vs. Gonzaga at South Point Arena, Las Vegas, 6:30 p.m.

No. 18 DePaul vs. Northwestern, 8 p.m.

No. 19 Oregon State vs. BYU at at George Q. Cannon Activities Center, Laie, Hawaii, 6 p.m.

No. 20 Oklahoma State vs. Texas State, 3 p.m.

No. 22 Georgia at Tennessee Tech, 7 p.m.

No. 22 West Virginia vs. Fairfield, 2 p.m.

No. 25 Mississippi State at New Orleans, 3 p.m.

NBA

Dallas at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

New Orleans at Washington, 7 p.m.

Charlotte at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.

Indiana at Cleveland, 7:30 p.m.

L.A. Clippers at Utah, 9 p.m.

Houston at Milwaukee, 9 p.m.

NHL

Buffalo at Montreal, 7 p.m.

Ottawa at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Carolina, 7 p.m.

Washington at Toronto, 7 p.m.

Philadelphia at N.Y. Rangers, 7 p.m.

New Jersey at N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m.

St. Louis at Minnesota, 8 p.m.

Columbus at Nashville, 8 p.m.

Dallas at Colorado, 9 p.m.

Calgary at Arizona, 10 p.m.

Chicago at Los Angeles, 10 p.m.

Anaheim at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.

MLS PLAYOFFS

Conference Championships, Second Leg

New York at New England, 3 p.m.

Sunday

NFL

Tennessee at Houston, 1 p.m.

Oakland at St. Louis, 1 p.m.

Carolina at Minnesota, 1 p.m.

Washington at Indianapolis, 1 p.m.

Cleveland at Buffalo, 1 p.m.

San Diego at Baltimore, 1 p.m.

N.Y. Giants at Jacksonville, 1 p.m.

Cincinnati at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.

New Orleans at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m.

Arizona at Atlanta, 4:05 p.m.

New England at Green Bay, 4:25 p.m.

Denver at Kansas City, 8:30 p.m.

TOP 25 BASKETBALL

Men

No. 1 Kentucky vs. Providence, 2 p.m.

No. 4 Duke vs. Army, Noon

No. 7 Texas at No. 24 UConn, Noon

No. 11 Kansas vs. No. 20 Michigan St. at HP Field House, Lake Buena Vista, Fla., 4 p.m.

No. 12 Villanova vs. Delaware, 4:30 p.m.

No. 25 Arkansas vs. Iona, 3:30 p.m.

Women

No. 2 Notre Dame vs. Kansas at Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Conn., 1 p.m.

No. 3 UConn vs. TBA at Germain Arena, Estero, Fla., TBA

No. 4 Tennessee at No. 6 Texas, 6:30 p.m.

No. 5 Stanford vs. Prairie View at Stan Sheriff Center, Honolulu, 7 p.m.

No. 7 Texas A&M vs. No. 8 Duke, 1 p.m.

No. 11 North Carolina at Hawaii, 9:30 p.m.

No. 13 Baylor vs. Marist, 3 p.m.

No. 15 Nebraska vs. Northern Colorado, 3 p.m.

No. 16 Michigan State vs. Miami (Ohio), 2 p.m.

No. 21 Rutgers vs. Davidson, 1 p.m.

NBA

San Antonio at Boston, 1 p.m.

Chicago at Brooklyn, 3 p.m.

Golden State at Detroit, 3:30 p.m.

Memphis at Sacramento, 6 p.m.

Miami at New York, 7:30 p.m.

Orlando at Phoenix, 8 p.m.

Minnesota at Portland, 9 p.m.

Toronto at L.A. Lakers, 9:30 p.m.

NHL

Vancouver at Detroit, 2 p.m.

MLS PLAYOFFS

Conference Championships

LA Galaxy at Seattle, 9 p.m.


Prominent rights lawyer released in China
November 29, 2014 06:45 GMT

BEIJING (AP) -- A Chinese social justice group says a prominent human rights lawyer has been released from six months in police custody.

Chang Boyang has been campaigning for the rights of migrant workers, HIV patients and children poisoned in a 2008 tainted milk scandal.

Chang was detained on May 27 in the central Chinese city of Zhengzhou on suspicion of gathering a crowd to disrupt public order.

His detention was part of a string of prosecutions against artists, lawyers, scholars and journalists ahead of the June 4 Tiananmen Square massacre anniversary. He was officially arrested on suspicion of illegal business operations.

The group Beijing Yirenping says Chang was released Saturday.


Business/Consumer News

Mall reports brisk business late Thanksgiving night

UNDATED (AP) -- A lot of Americans seem willing to head out to the malls, right after Thanksgiving dinner.

   WEST PALM BEACH, FL -- (Marketwired) -- 03/21/14 --
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   Eco-conscious businesses can incorporate their mission into their attire
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   "Customers appreciate seeing your logo and knowing you support a cause
 they care about," said Christine Marion, MAS, director of retail
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   About EmbroidMe
  With hundreds of Resource Centers around the world,
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   Media Contact:
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 cmarion@embroidme.com
 P: 561-713-2503
   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
 platform."
   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
 www.punchtab.com/developer.
   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
 www.punchtab.com.
   Media Contacts:
 Ben Barenholtz
 Sparkpr for PunchTab
 ben@sparkpr.com
 415.241.5207
 Robyn Hannah
 PunchTab
 robyn@punchtab.com
 408.823.3863
   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
 time."
   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
 www.adp.com.
   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
 michelle.benko@adp.com
 847.485.4389
   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
 estate."
   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
 industries.
   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
 website.
   For further information contact:
 Jenny Werwa
 202-383-1193
 jwerwa@realtors.org
   AP-WF-02-26-14 2105GMT

Posted 5:26 AM EST on February 26, 2014

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