Filmmaker and Chairman of the Board of Lucasfilm Ltd. George Lucas waits to do a television interview in Beverly Hills
Culture

Chicago selected for George Lucas’ ‘storytelling’ museum

(Reuters) – (This June 24 story has been corrected in paragraph 5 to say Norman instead of Normal, to drop extraneous word “the”. Also adds dropped word “of” in penultimate paragraph.) Chicago has been selected by “Star Wars” filmmaker George Lucas as the home ...

Shi'ite volunteers, who have joined the Iraqi army to fight the ISIL, take part in a parade in Kanaan
News, World

Iraq helicopter crashes in Tikrit

By Oliver Holmes and Isabel Coles BAGHDAD/ARBIL (Reuters) – Iraqi forces launched an airborne assault on rebel-held Tikrit on Thursday with commandos flown into a stadium in helicopters, at least one of which crashed after taking fire from insurgents who have seized northern cities. Witnesses ...

Ukraine's President Poroshenko poses with European Commission President Barroso and European Council President Van Rompuy at EU Council in Brussels
World

Ukraine draws Russian threat

By Adrian Croft and Robin Emmott BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Ukraine signed on Friday an historic free-trade agreement with the European Union that has been at the heart of months of violence and upheaval in the country, drawing an immediate threat of “grave consequences” from ...

Culture

Who's hiding in Picasso's 'Blue Room'?0

Who’s hiding in Picasso’s ‘Blue Room’?

By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) – Art experts will be combing the archives, analyzing correspondence and scrutinizing sketches and photographs to try to identity a mystery man whose portrait was discovered hidden under “The Blue Room,” ...

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News

Day of reckoning arrives for Britain over EU's Juncker0

Day of reckoning arrives for Britain over EU’s Juncker

By Luke Baker BRUSSELS (Reuters) – David Cameron set out a last-ditch case against the nomination of Jean-Claude Juncker for European Commission president on Friday, trying to enforce a point of principle that raises the risk of ...

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Business

GM recalls 194,107 Buicks in China due to headlight issue0

GM recalls 194,107 Buicks in China due to headlight issue

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – A joint venture of General Motors Co in China will recall 194,107 locally made Buick vehicles due to Chinese consumer complaints about the cars’ headlights, the country’s quality watchdog said on Friday. Shanghai ...

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Google Books wins lawsuit as federal judge invokes fair use

Google has won a long-running lawsuit over its Google Books program, as a federal judge today ruled that the project falls under fair use protections. The plaintiffs, led by the Authors Guild, alleged the program had infringed on the books copyright protections by scanning them and rendering the full text available for search. The court took as a given that Google had scanned copyright-protected books without permission.

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MacBook Pro with Retina display review (13-inch, 2013)

When Apple held its last big keynote, it unveiled some new iPads, just like we knew it would. But it also used the 80-minute news conference to refresh its Mac lineup, announcing a new Mac Pro desktop and some slimmed-down MacBook Pros, all running Apple's brand-new operating system, OS X 10.9 Mavericks. In particular, the MacBook Pros sort of flew under the radar that day, mostly because they look more or less like last year's models, just with slightly thinner chassis. 

This time around, as you'd expect, Apple used Haswell processors, though it also went with Intel's brand-newIris and Iris Pro chipsets, which haven't actually been used in that many notebooks yet. Meanwhile, Apple moved to PCI Express SSDs for much-improved transfer rates, and upgraded the wireless card to 802.11ac for faster streaming

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