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ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Overseers of Abu Dhabi’s Grand Mosque say they asked pop star Rihanna to leave the compound after she posed for photographs considered to be at odds with the “sanctity” of the site.

Rihanna hasn’t publicly responded to the actions by staff at the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Her show took place on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.

Photos posted on various websites show the singer posing on white marble, dressed fully in black, with her hair covered according to the mosque’s guidelines.

The mosque statement, published Monday in local newspapers, said Rihanna was in an area normally off limits for visitors. It says the fashion-style photo session violated rules on the “status and sanctity of the mosque.”

The mosque is a major tourist site in the United Arab Emirates’ capital.

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/uae-mosque-shows-rihanna-door-over-photo-shoot-105652469.html
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DNP The Daily RoundUp

You might say the day is never really done in consumer technology news. Your workday, however, hopefully draws to a close at some point. This is the Daily Roundup on Engadget, a quick peek back at the top headlines for the past 24 hours — all handpicked by the editors here at the site. Click on through the break, and enjoy.

HTC One Max review

The debate over giant smartphones is over: the big screen has emerged victorious. Now, it’s HTC’s turn. Take a gander at our review of the 5.9-inch One Max and find out if its swollen display and fingerprint scanner are the right combination for you.

Apple hires Burberry CEO

Angela Ahrendts, currently CEO of Burberry, has been recruited by Apple to fill a position that doesn’t currently exist. Once she leaves the British fashion brand, she’ll directly report to Tim Cook as a senior VP in charge of the “strategic direction expansion and operation” of Apple’s shopping experience.

Apple confirms October 22nd event

The rumors were true:Apple’s ready to take the wraps off something big next week. And this comes just over a month after the new iPhones were revealed — apparently Apple’s looking to put a serious dent in our holiday shopping budgets.

Nike+ FuelBand SE unveiled

The sportswear giant from Beaverton, Oregon has just unveiled its latest fitness wearable, the Nike+ FuelBand SE. Additionally, Nike tweaked the FuelBand iOS app to help users get the most movement out of their day. Hit the link to read all about the new band.

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2013/10/15/one-max-apple-event-burberry-hire-nike-fuelband-se/?ncid=rss_truncated
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The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday passed a measure to waive fees for producers who shoot television pilots on location in the city.

The measure, which comes after years of declining pilot production in L.A., was first authored last year by Eric Garcetti, who in his recent campaign for mayor promised to find ways to stem runaway production and improve the environment for movie and TV production.

Garcetti is expected to sign the measure into law within a week and it should take effect soon after.

EXCLUSIVE: L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti Calls Runaway Film Production a Civic ‘Emergency’

“Our economy is my top priority” said Garcetti, “and the entertainment industry generates more than 500,000 jobs in L.A. Focusing on TV pilots not only supports a key part of the industry, it can lead to a huge long-term dividend if a series gets picked up.”

The production of TV pilots in Los Angeles, as tracked by Film L.A., has fallen from 2006-2007 when 82 percent were shot in the city to about 52 percent in the most recent pilot season. Studies have shown that there is a direct link between where a pilot is shot and where the show is ultimately produced, so grabbing pilot activity is crucial to keeping the jobs in Los Angeles.

In urging passage, L.A. City Councilman Paul Krekorian told his fellow council members: ““When production leaves Los Angeles, the loser is not the big studio, the loser is not the famous producer, the loser is not the A-list actor. The loser is the person who gets up early in the morning, drives to work in a pick-up truck in order to serve as a carpenter on a set, or the person who has been working their entire career as an electrician in the film industry, or the seamstress, or the other below-the-line workers or other middle class workers who don’t travel to Vancouver or to New Mexico or New York to go with a production. Those are the people who don’t work when we don’t have production here in Los Angeles. 

This is another step by Garcetti, who in late September appointed former TV Academy president and Hollywood executive Tom Sherak as his film czar, to work to stem runaway production and lobby Sacramento legislators to increase and extend the current $100 million annual allocation of tax incentives to keep movie and TV jobs in California.

 

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It’s no exaggeration to call Bill Monroe one of the most influential and important musicians America has ever produced. He’s the undisputed father of bluegrass music: The style itself was created by and named for his band, The Blue Grass Boys, in the late ’40s.

Along with Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs and The Stanley Brothers, Monroe — who died in 1996 — created a sound as distinctive as any musical genre in the world. Over the years, Monroe’s bands have included a true “Who’s Who” list of bluegrass and country musicians. His influence has woven itself into country, folk, rock and jazz.

It was late in Bill Monroe’s career — May 21, 1989, to be exact — when he made this visit to Mountain Stage, but his spirit and energy were as strong as ever. “Give me a call if you ever need a mandolin player in the Mountain Stage band,” he told host Larry Groce. There’s no doubt he would have been up to the task.

Set List
  • “My Sweet Blue Eyed Darlin’”
  • “Muleskinner”
  • “Southern Flavor”
  • “A Beautiful Life”
  • “Uncle Pen”
  • “Blue Moon Of Kentucky”
  • “Sugarloaf Mountain”
  • “Workin’ Of A Building”
  • “Rawhide”
  • “Rollin’ In My Sweet Baby’s Arms”

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HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – High school football season kicks off the second week of action on Friday. Here are Friday’s matchups, and a personalized forecast from WMBF Storm Team Meteorologist Robert Whitehurst for each of the games:

High School Football Week One Schedule

All games begin at 7:30

Andrews at St. James?

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Aynor?at Creek Bridge

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Carolina Forest?at Fort Dorchester

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Carvers Bay at Johnsonville

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Cheraw at Marlboro Co.

Pregame: ??Partly Cloudy? ? ? ?86?

Halftime: ? ?Partly Cloudy? ? ? ?83?

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New Hanover at Conway (Saturday)

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Darlington at Wilson

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Halftime: ? ?Partly Cloudy? ? ? ?81?

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Dillon?at Lake View

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Halftime: ? ?Partly Cloudy? ? ? ?81?

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East Clarendon?at Latta

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Halftime: ? ?Partly Cloudy? ? ? ?81?

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Waccamaw at Green Sea-Floyds?

Pregame: ??Partly Cloudy? 84?

Halftime: ? ?Partly Cloudy? ? ? ?80?

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Hannah-Pamplico?at Mullins

Pregame: ??Partly Cloudy? ? ? ?85?

Halftime: ? ?Partly Cloudy? ? ? ?81?

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Lamar?at Hartsville

Pregame: ??Partly Cloudy? ? ? ?86?

Halftime: ? ?Partly Cloudy? ? ? ?82?

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Kingstree?at?Hemingway

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Halftime: ? ?Partly Cloudy? ? ? ?82?

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South Florence?at?Lake City

Pregame: ??Partly Cloudy? ? ? ?85?

Halftime: ? ?Partly Cloudy? ? ? ?81?

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North Myrtle Beach?at?Loris

Pregame: ??Partly Cloudy? ? ? ?84?

Halftime: ? ?Partly Cloudy? ? ? ?81?

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Marion?at?Lee Central

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Halftime: ? ?Partly Cloudy? ? ? ?82?

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Richmond County?at?Myrtle Beach

Pregame: ??Partly Cloudy? ? ? ?82?

Halftime: ? ?Partly Cloudy? ? ? ?80?

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West Brunswick?at?Socastee

Pregame: ??Partly Cloudy? ? ? ?83?

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Timmonsville?at?McBee

Pregame: ??Partly Cloudy? ? ? ?86?

Halftime: ? ?Partly Cloudy? ? ? ?81?

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West Florence?at?Camden

Pregame: ??Partly Cloudy? ? ? ?87?

Halftime: ? ?Partly Cloudy? ? ? ?83?

Postgame:?night? ? ? ?79?

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Diebold said it will provide a full line of integrated services to help the Arkansas Federal Credit Union streamline operations.

The service agreement will simplify management, maintenance and compliance for the credit union?s system of automated teller machines, Diebold said. That should free the credit union?s staff to focus on helping its members.

The Arkansas Federal Credit Union has 14 branches and 32 ATMs that serve more than 89,000 members.

Diebold said it will provide a comprehensive program ? maintenance and other service features ? as a single services provider. Diebold also will team with CO-OP Financial Services to provide transaction processing and leverage shared branching at ATMs.

Source: http://www.cantonrep.com/newsnow/x1213259852/Diebold-makes-service-deal-with-Arkansas-credit-union?rssfeed=true

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OAKLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) ? The FBI saw enough merit in a reputed Mafia captain’s tip to once again break out the digging equipment to search for the remains of former Teamsters union leader Jimmy Hoffa, last seen alive before a lunch meeting with two mobsters nearly 40 years ago.

Tony Zerilli told his lawyer that Hoffa was buried beneath a concrete slab in a barn in a field in suburban Detroit in 1975. The barn no longer exists, and a full day of digging Monday turned up no sign of Hoffa. Federal agents were to resume the search Tuesday.

Zerilli, 85, told Detroit television station WDIV in February that he knew the location of the remains, and his lawyer, David Chasnick, said Zerilli was “thrilled” that investigators were acting on the information.

“This has finally come to an end. It has been an arduous project to get to this point,” Chasnick said. “Hoffa’s body is somewhere in that field, no doubt about it.”

Detroit FBI chief Robert Foley made no mention of Zerilli’s claims, merely saying investigators had obtained a warrant to search the field in Oakland Township, 25 miles north of Detroit.

Zerilli was convicted of organized crime and was in prison when Hoffa disappeared. But he told New York TV station WNBC in January that he was informed about Hoffa’s whereabouts after his release. Chasnick said he is “intimately involved” with people who know where the body is buried.

Hoffa, Teamsters president from 1957-71, was an acquaintance of mobsters and an adversary of federal officials. The day in 1975 when he disappeared from a Detroit-area restaurant, he was supposed to be meeting with a New Jersey Teamsters boss and a Detroit Mafia captain.

Since then, multiple leads to his remains have turned out to be red herrings.

In September, police took soil from a suburban backyard after a tip Hoffa had been buried there. It was just one of many fruitless searches. Previous tips led police to a horse farm northwest of Detroit in 2006, a Detroit home in 2004 and a backyard pool two hours north of the city in 2003.

Andrew Arena, who was head of the FBI in Detroit until he retired in 2012, said Zerilli “would have been in a position to have been told” where Hoffa was buried.

“I still don’t know if this was a guess on his part. I don’t know if he was actually brought here by the Detroit (mob) family,” Arena said. “It’s his position as the reputed underboss. That’s the significance.”

Keith Corbett, a former federal prosecutor in Detroit who was active in Mafia prosecutions touching on the Hoffa case, said it was appropriate for the FBI to act on Zerilli’s assertions.

“You have a witness who is in a position to know, who says he has specific information,” Corbett said. “The bureau has left no stone unturned.”

Corbett also defended authorities for repeatedly spending time on what turned out to be dead ends.

“Anytime you look for somebody and don’t find the body, it is embarrassing,” Corbett said. “The thing the public isn’t aware of, but police know, is there are a lot of dead ends in an investigation.”

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Associated Press writer Ed White in Detroit contributed to this report.

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/reputed-mafioso-tip-triggers-hoffa-body-search-070541493.html

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A supporter of Iranian presidential candidate Hasan Rowhani holds up his poster while celebrating Rowhani’s victory, in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, June 15, 2013. Wild celebrations broke out on Tehran streets that were battlefields four years ago as reformist-backed Rowhani capped a stunning surge to claim Iran’s presidency on Saturday, throwing open the political order after relentless crackdowns by hard-liners to consolidate and safeguard their grip on power. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

A supporter of Iranian presidential candidate Hasan Rowhani holds up his poster while celebrating Rowhani’s victory, in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, June 15, 2013. Wild celebrations broke out on Tehran streets that were battlefields four years ago as reformist-backed Rowhani capped a stunning surge to claim Iran’s presidency on Saturday, throwing open the political order after relentless crackdowns by hard-liners to consolidate and safeguard their grip on power. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

A supporter of Iranian presidential candidate Hasan Rowhani holds up a poster of Green Movement leader Mir Hossein Mousavi, who was a candidate in 2009 and is currently under house arrest, while celebrating Rowhani’s victory, in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, June 15, 2013. Wild celebrations broke out on Tehran streets that were battlefields four years ago as reformist-backed Rowhani capped a stunning surge to claim Iran’s presidency on Saturday, throwing open the political order after relentless crackdowns by hard-liners to consolidate and safeguard their grip on power. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

(AP) ? Iran’s stock exchange on Sunday climbed for the second continuous day following the surprise election of a reformist-backed president.

The morning’s rise came after a night of a celebration in Tehran, as the announcement of Hasan Rowhani’s victory sent tens of thousands of jubilant supporters into the streets. Cars honked and blared music ranging from patriotic songs to the Lambada.

Riot police, who were frequently deployed on Tehran streets in the run-up to Friday’s vote, were conspicuous in their absence. State TV showed footage of the celebrations and rebroadcast a speech he made after his victory was announced Saturday, asserting Iran’s readiness to improve its ties with the world.

“Now, there is an opportunity in the international scene for those who support democracy to speak to this great nation through respectful and fair language while admitting its rights,” Rowhani said.

Sanctions imposed on Iran by West over its suspect nuclear program have devastated the economy. The West suspects Iran is pursuing weapons technology, a charge Iran denies.

The website of the Tehran Stock Exchange said the market jumped 837 points by mid-morning Sunday, reaching 47,460 from its Saturday close of 46,623, almost a 1.8 percent increase.

On Saturday the stock exchange index improved by 2 percent while Iran’s national currency, the rial, strengthened by 9 percent against the U.S. dollar.

Foreign currency shops Sunday traded each U.S. dollar for 34,200 rials compared to 36,300 rials Thursday, the eve of the election.

Associated Press

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MAPUTO, Mozambique (AP) ? Regional presidents meeting at a special summit on Zimbabwe asked President Robert Mugabe to delay crucial elections he has set for the end of July while asking the nation to guarantee conditions for free and fair elections, officials said Saturday.

The summit took note of a ruling by Zimbabwe’s highest court ordering Mugabe to hold crucial polls by July 31 but “agreed on the need for Zimbabwe to engage the Constitutional Court to seek more time beyond July 31,” said Tomaz Salomao, secretary general of the regional economic and political bloc known as the Southern Africa Development Community, or SADC.

They also endorsed a report presented by South Africa President Jacob Zuma, the chief regional mediator on Zimbabwe, on the need for media reform and the “upholding of the rule of law and the validity of electoral regulations” along with the adequate deployment of regional poll monitors and consensus on an election date ahead of voting, Salomao said, quoting from the summit’s closing communique.

No comment was immediately available from Mugabe or members of his delegation.

Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai said on Friday that Mugabe’s unilateral proclamation of the July 31 election date breached terms of the power sharing agreement forged by regional leaders after the last violent and disputed elections in 2008. That agreement required the coalition partners to agree on policy decisions and the holding of elections, he said.

Tsvangirai said democratic reforms also demanded in a new constitution and by mediators ensuring free and fair polls cannot be completed by July.

Zuma said in a statement earlier Saturday the regional leaders were to consider “a roadmap” to elections in Zimbabwe. But a top Mugabe party official told South African state radio Saturday the summit will only seek financial help from the region to fund polls in July.

The Crisis Coalition, an alliance of Zimbabwean pro-democracy and rights groups in the Mozambique capital said at the beginning of the talks, that early elections risked not being recognized regionally or by Zimbabweans themselves unless reforms are in place and political violence and intimidation are brought to an end.

“Conditions are not ripe for free and fair elections. The security situation is not good …we want SADC to ensure that violence is stopped and the media is free to report without intimidation,” MacDonald Lewanika, the Crisis Coalition director, told reporters.

A new constitution, overwhelmingly accepted in a referendum in March, has demanded reforms to sweeping media and security laws along with reforms within Mugabe’s loyalist police and military blamed for state orchestrated violence in previous polls.

None of those reforms have been completed, Tsvangirai’s party says.

Mugabe’s party insists he was abiding by the ruling of the Constitutional Court, the nation’s highest court, ordering him to hold presidential and parliamentary elections by the end of July, linked to the automatic dissolution of the Harare parliament on June 29, the end of its current five year term.

Independent lawyers’ groups say that ruling does not follow provisions in the new constitution and can only be rescinded by the same court on an application from Mugabe.

Continuing amendments to electoral laws called for in the constitution and by regional leaders were effectively blocked by Mugabe’s announcement of the poll date on Thursday, said Veritas, a legal research group.

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/regional-leaders-urge-zimbabwe-poll-delay-213423366.html

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