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Charles Munger, Warren Buffett's Longtime Business Partner, Makes $65 Million Gift

New York Times - California News - October 23, 2014 - 9:01pm
The gift — the largest in the school’s history — will go toward building a 61-bed residence for visitors to the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, which brings together physicists for weeks at a time to exchange ideas.

A Billionaire’s $65 Million Gift to Theoretical Physics

New York Times - California News - October 23, 2014 - 9:00pm
Charles T. Munger, a longtime business partner of Warren Buffett, is donating $65 million to the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

U.S. Bid to Prosecute Syrian Officials Slows

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - October 23, 2014 - 6:29pm
A U.S. review of thousands of postmortem photographs allegedly showing systematic torture in Syrian prisons has tentatively identified only a handful of victims, none of them Americans, frustrating hopes of prosecuting regime officials in federal court, U.S. officials say.

Man Who Struck NYPD Officers with Ax Shot to Death

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - October 23, 2014 - 6:23pm
The suspect in the Queens attack was pronounced dead while the officer was taken to Jamaica Hospital.

S.C. House Speaker Resigns, Pleads Guilty to Violations

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - October 23, 2014 - 5:27pm
South Carolina House Speaker Bobby Harrell resigned his office and pleaded guilty to a slate of campaign-finance violations, a stunning fall for a man who had been one of the state’s most powerful leaders for more than a decade.

Lawmakers Seek Greater Bio-Research Funding

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - October 23, 2014 - 4:56pm
A bipartisan pair of senators is putting together a proposal to significantly increase federal funding for biomedical research, an issue that has taken on greater urgency in light of the Ebola outbreak.

In Reversal, Barnes & Noble Executives Say Store Will Remain in the Bronx

NY Times Books - October 23, 2014 - 4:45pm
Executives said the bookstore in the Bay Plaza in Co-op City will remain open for at least two more years.






ArtsBeat: Lily King, Roz Chast and Kate Samworth Win Kirkus Prizes

NY Times Books - October 23, 2014 - 4:31pm
The prizes, which each come with a $50,000 award, were handed out for the first time.






Buffett Puts Wind in Berkshire's Sails

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - October 23, 2014 - 4:27pm
Famed billionaire Warren Buffett has doubled down on renewables—and wind power in particular—in his energy strategy.

Fallout Grows From Faulty Air Bags

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - October 23, 2014 - 4:19pm
The spotlight on defective air bags intensified, with one of Germany’s largest auto makers issuing a recall and Honda imposing pay cuts on executives.

Fed's 'Stress Test' to Look at Corporate Debt Exposure

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - October 23, 2014 - 4:00pm
The Federal Reserve will examine how exposed the largest U.S. banks are to “risky corporate borrowers” as part of the 2015 edition of its stress tests.

Canada Gunman Sought to Travel To Syria, Police Say

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - October 23, 2014 - 1:57pm
Canadian police said Michael Zehaf-Bibeau came to Ottawa to straighten out a passport issue with the intention of traveling to Syria.

‘A Brief History of Seven Killings,’ by Marlon James

NY Times Books - October 23, 2014 - 12:47pm
Marlon James’s novel examines complicated politics and the growth of gang violence in Jamaica.

How Medicare 'Self-Referral' Thrives on Loophole

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - October 23, 2014 - 11:30am
A Florida medical group shows how doctors can order Medicare-funded procedures from entities in which they have financial interests, despite a decades-old federal law seeking to ban most ‘self-referral.’

Books of The Times: ‘The Secret History of Wonder Woman,’ by Jill Lepore

NY Times Books - October 23, 2014 - 11:20am
“The Secret History of Wonder Woman,” by Jill Lepore, is fundamentally a biography of Wonder Woman’s larger-than-life creator, William Moulton Marston.






Why You Can't Trust You're Getting the Best Deal Online

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - October 23, 2014 - 11:20am
A new study of top e-commerce sites found the practice of personalizing prices for the same goods, or pushing some people toward higher-priced offers, is more widespread than previously understood.

Airlines Post Strong Profits, Offer Bullish Outlooks

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - October 23, 2014 - 11:07am
Several U.S. airlines posted stronger third-quarter profits and expressed bullish sentiments for the fourth quarter, based on falling fuel prices, strong holiday bookings, domestic capacity discipline and a slight easing of Ebola jitters.

Hurray for Nollywood

New York Times - California News - October 23, 2014 - 11:00am
Nigerian cinema may be little known outside of Africa, but the country’s homegrown movie business eclipses Hollywood’s and is second only to India’s Bollywood.

Party Preparations: Senate Maneuvering Begins

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - October 23, 2014 - 8:54am
With Republicans looking increasingly likely to take control of the Senate, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are already considering how they will operate in the chamber if the levers of power are reversed.

ArtsBeat: Filling In an ’80s Comic With Real Graffiti Tags

NY Times Books - October 23, 2014 - 8:05am
The creators of the first issue of DMC, a new series of comics, are using tags belonging to real graffiti artists.






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