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September 1, 2013 | By Deborah Blum
On April 17, a Pennsylvania physician named Autumn Klein, dreaming of a second child, sent her husband a hopeful text message: "According to my calendar I ovulate tomorrow. " "Perfect timing," her husband typed back. And, he reminded her, "Creatine" - referring to the energy drink he'd been mixing up. "Will it stimulate egg production too?" she asked. He answered simply - according to a police report - by sending an emoticon, a bright yellow smiley face. Three days later, Klein, 41, was dead; hospital tests found a lethal amount of cyanide in her blood.
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BUSINESS
August 16, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
Bloatware is the term given to programs that come pre-installed on computers even though it's unlikely they will be used by every owner. Sometimes they are difficult to get rid of and can consume resources unnecessarily.  Pre-installed anti-virus software has often fit that definition. Now, Skype looks to be joining that list. Microsoft owns the voice, audio and text messaging program and will be making it the default instant communications tool on the newest version of Windows.  "This is fantastic news for both Skype and Windows users," Skype said in a blog post . "Now you don't have to  download your favorite app  to stay in touch whenever you're apart.
BUSINESS
August 14, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Microsoft will roll out the first major update for Windows 8 nearly a year after the operating system made its debut. Windows 8.1 will be available to existing Windows 8 users as a free update that they can download from the Windows Store starting at 4 a.m. PDT on Oct. 17. The update will also be available at retail stores the next day. "Windows 8.1 continues the vision we began with Windows 8 and is an example of our commitment to continuous innovation...
BUSINESS
August 14, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
After a three-month absence, the YouTube app has returned to Windows Phone. Microsoft pulled the prior version, which it built on its own, after drawing the ire of Google because the app lacked support for ads. The two companies then began working on an updated version of the YouTube app. That app was released Tuesday, bringing native YouTube functionality back to Windows Phone devices. PHOTOS: Google Street View from 22,000 feet "We've released an updated YouTube app for Windows Phone that provides the great experience our consumers expect while addressing the concerns Google expressed in May, including the addition of ads," Microsoft told The Verge . The new app also includes more features than before.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 14, 2013 | By Matt Hamilton
When Michael Jackson couldn't sleep while touring Europe in the mid-1990s, his Munich hotel room was converted to a surgical suite, outfitted to administer the powerful anesthetic propofol, his ex-wife testified Wednesday. Debbie Rowe told jurors Jackson always had difficulty sleeping, but while on his European tour, his sleep disorder “kicked in high gear.” Rowe and Jackson, who were married at the time, contacted Dr. Allan Metzger, the singer's internist. Metzger arranged for a German medical team to administer propofol to the singer for eight hours, Rowe said.
BUSINESS
August 5, 2013 | David Lazarus
It never ceases to amaze me when large companies, which claim to put customers first, demonstrate their complete heartlessness. The behavior of airlines when a passenger faces a family emergency is a continuing source of such insensitivity. Sue Ogle, 57, and her husband recently paid $1,200 each to fly on American Airlines from Orange County to Toledo, Ohio. The Laguna Beach resident said she travels there often to see her 93-year-old father, who is in declining health. The day after she arrived in Toledo, Ogle's father had a heart attack, which wasn't fatal but nevertheless worrisome enough for her and her husband to rearrange their return flight.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 29, 2013 | By Emily Foxhall, Anh Do and Joseph Serna
The belligerent crowd poured onto Huntington Beach's Main Street at the surfing competition's conclusion near sundown, seemingly looking for trouble. They tipped over portable restrooms, the waste flowing into the roadway. They rocked a city pickup truck - a Huntington Beach logo plastered on its door panel - and threw traffic cones and wooden planks pulled from barricades at its windows after they failed to flip it. By the time the crowd reached the Easyrider bike shop Sunday night, pulling a stop sign from the ground and smashing it through the front window, employees had armed themselves with wrenches and bike seat posts.
BUSINESS
July 16, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
Microsoft scored a nice little victory this week when the city of San Jose announced it had selected Office 365 over Google Apps. The contract is not huge, only about $2 million, but still, a win is a win.  Perhaps the better news for Microsoft, though, emerged in a conversation with Vijay Sammeta, San Jose's chief information officer. He was talking about the fact that the cloud-based Office 365 is a much-needed upgrade that will replace the current Office 2003 versions the city is using.  PHOTOS: Tablets under $200 He noted that most of the city is also still running on Windows XP, which Microsoft will stop supporting next year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 16, 2013 | By Kate Mather
At least nine people were arrested in Oakland as a third night of demonstrations against the George Zimmerman verdict again grew violent, police said Tuesday. Unruly protesters broke windows Monday night, set off fireworks and lighted small fires along downtown streets, police said. Six men, two women and a male juvenile--most from outside Oakland--were arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, resisting arrest and vandalism, officer Johnna Watson of the Oakland Police Department said in a statement early Tuesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 14, 2013 | By Robert Faturechi
Protests in response to the acquittal of George Zimmerman turned destructive in the Bay Area Saturday night. People marching through Oakland broke windows, spray painted cars and buildings and attempted to start fires, according to The Oakland Tribune. Footage from television helicopters caught demonstrators vandalizing a police squad car, the newspaper reported. One BART police car reportedly was spray painted and had its windows smashed. Demonstrations against the verdict were taking place across the country Saturday night.
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