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    ‘I caught a plane by accident': Survey reveals inventive sick day excuses

    By Laura Smith-Spark (CNN) — Had a big night out? Don’t fancy leaving a cozy bed for the cold outdoors? Having a Ferris Bueller moment? We may not all admit it but surely everyone has done it: called in to work sick when we’re actually feeling fine. The challenge for playing hooky is always coming up with a credible excuse. But according to a survey for the online career site Careerbuilder.com, while honesty may be lacking, inventiveness is not. According […]

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    Doctors Without Borders physician tests positive for Ebola in New York

    NEW YORK (PIX11/CNN) — A New York City doctor has tested positive for Ebola  after treating patients of the deadly disease in West Africa, a law enforcement official briefed on the matter told CNN. Craig Spencer, a doctor at New York Presbyterian Columbia University Medical Center, traveled to Guinea with Doctors Without Borders in September. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio stressed all protocols in handling suspected Ebola patients have been followed. Spencer had the symptoms for a brief period […]

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    After six months of recall costs, GM making money again

    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — General Motors is back making money again, after six months in which recall costs essentially wiped out its profit. The nation’s No. 1 automaker earned $1.4 billion in the third quarter, down slightly from a year earlier but better than Wall Street was forecasting. The company posted a slight gain in revenue and the number of cars sold globally. “Strong global sales and growing margins in North America and China helped GM deliver very solid third […]

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    Facebook wants to bring back the anonymous chatroom

    (CNN) — Remember in the late ’90s when you would kill time in AOL and IRC chatrooms or post on Usenet? You’d strike up conversations with strangers about subjects you were all interested in, say “The X-Files,” container gardening or The Fugees. Facebook wants to bring some of that community back with a fun new iOS app called Rooms. The free app, released on Thursday, lets you create or join chatrooms based on shared interests. Start a “room” for “Law […]

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    Schools install gun detection technology

    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — What if cops can pinpoint exactly where a shooter is during a school shooting? Maybe that can prevent the next Newtown tragedy. That’s what some schools are betting on as they install technology in their buildings that will be wired to local law enforcement. “It’s basically a smoke alarm for gun fire detection,” said Christian Connors, CEO of Shooter Detection Systems, which has installed such a system at a school in Methuen, Mass. Developed originally for […]

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    Sears announces closure of 77 more stores

    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Sears is closing 77 Sears and Kmart stores and cutting 5,300 jobs. And that’s not even the worst news. The fact that most of these stores will close before Christmas is akin to raising a white flag, since holiday sales are the lynchpin for any retailer’s entire year. “They’re not giving anybody confidence that they’re going to be around long-term,” said Allan Ellinger is senior managing partner at MMG Advisors, an investment bank that specializes in […]

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    Microsoft sales soar 25%

    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Microsoft sales soared 25% in the last three months on the back of cloud, Xbox and, yes, even the Surface tablet and Nokia smartphones. This is a new Microsoft that doesn’t need to rely on its operating system to support it. Windows sales were just OK in the last quarter: Sales to businesses were up 10% and consumer upgrades were up just a bit, but consumer PC sales were down 1%. The real story was in […]

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    New trailer released for “Avengers: Age of Ultron”

    (CNN) — Avengers fans, assemble. The new trailer for “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is, in a word, “Hulktastic.” Marvel and Disney unleashed the first official look at the next Avengers movie on Wednesday night, not long after a leaked version made its way online, and now May can’t come fast enough. The two-minute clip features everything Marvel fans could’ve asked for, between James Spader’s chilling narration as Ultron, the introduction of Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch and Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s Quicksilver, and […]

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    Ebola Update: improving patient conditions in US; rising death toll in Africa

    (CNN) — Obama expresses cautious optimism. An infected nurse shows signs of improvement. And a military response team begins training. With multiple developments underway, here’s the latest on the Ebola outbreak: U.S. DEVELOPMENTS Obama cautiously optimistic President Barack Obama is “cautiously more optimistic” that we may be turning the corner in the fight against Ebola. Two infected Americans are cured; Nigeria and Senegal are Ebola-free; and dozens of people who came in contact with now-deceased Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan […]

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    Another fence-jumping incident at the White House

    (CNN) — A man who jumped the White House fence Wednesday night suffers from mental problems, and has been arrested there before, according to his father. Dominic Adesanya of Bel Air, Maryland, barely made it onto the lawn before he was subdued as he fought two police dogs, the Secret Service said. “Dog got him,” a Secret Service spokesman said. His father, who did not want to be named, told CNN affiliate WMAR that his son is paranoid and hears […]

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    Report: University of North Carolina athletes took fake classes to remain eligible

    CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina (CNN) — For 18 years, thousands of students at the prestigious University of North Carolina took fake “paper classes,” and advisers funneled athletes into the program to keep them eligible, according to a scathing independent report released Wednesday. “These counselors saw the paper classes and the artificially high grades they yielded as key to helping some student-athletes remain eligible,” Kenneth Wainstein wrote in his report. He conducted an eight-month investigation into the scandal, which has plagued […]

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    Man jumps White House fence Wednesday evening

    WASHINGTON, D.C. (CNN)- A man jumped over the White House fence on Wednesday night, but this time, the man barely made it onto the lawn before being taken down by a K-9 and quickly detained by Secret Service agents. “Dog got him,” a Secret Service spokesman said. It was the first fence jumper since Omar Gonzalez, who made it into the White House before being detained.

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