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Report: Microsoft Considering Bid for Yahoo

Microsoft is making a renewed attempt to acquire Yahoo, Reuters reported.

Microsoft previously attempted to purchase the Internet giant in 2008. News of Microsoft's second attempt comes as Yahoo struggles. Last month, the company's board fired President and CEO Carol Bartz.

A number of companies are looking at possibly purchasing Yahoo, which is valued about $18 billion, Reuters reported.

Posted: Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 3:40pm

Panetta Warns Against 'Hollowing Out' of NATO Partnership

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Wednesday called on European members of NATO to pay their fair share, The New York Times reported.

Panetta offered both praise and criticism, backing away from predecessor Robert Gates’s fiery words to NATO members in June when he threatened a “dim if not dismal future” for the alliance unless European nations invest in defense.

Posted: Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 3:40pm

Lawmakers Debate Whether Teens Need More Privacy Protections

While most lawmakers agree that businesses should be required to follow special rules when dealing with children’s personal information online, a House Energy and Commerce panel was more divided during a Wednesday hearing over whether Congress needs to craft special protections for teens.

Posted: Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 3:40pm

First Lady Visits Secret Service Headquarters

Michelle Obama dropped by Secret Service Headquarters on Wednesday to thank employees and let them know how deeply they're appreciated by the first family.

“We love our detail,” the first lady told a crowd of about 200, according to White House pool reports. “People always ask, what is it like to have Secret Service? It’s like—for us, it’s like having family around.”

“I was sharing with some of the staff that we have a fight among our family of who’s getting which people,” Obama said. “Sasha will come in -- it’s like, 'You took Scott!'" 

Posted: Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 2:40pm

Public Knowledge To Defend Net Neutrality Rules In Court

Public Knowledge wants in on Verizon's lawsuit against federal Internet competition rules. But the advocacy group isn't joining the chorus of challenges. It wants to defend the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality regulations.

"The rules are worth defending, and the FCC's authority to make rules is worth defending," said Public Knowledge legal director Harold Feld.

Posted: Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 2:40pm

Can the CLASS Act Ever Work?

The future is increasingly uncertain for the CLASS Act, a controversial long-term care insurance program created by the 2010 federal health law and championed by the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass.

Posted: Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 2:40pm

As Wars Wind Down, Army General Worries About Troop Discipline

A senior Army general said on Wednesday that the military was beginning to face serious discipline problems as troops leave Iraq and Afghanistan and start returning to less-rigorous deployments at large bases in Europe and the U.S.

Posted: Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 2:40pm

Ron Paul Reports $8 Million Haul in Third Quarter Money Chase

And the money chase continues: Rep. Ron Paul’s presidential campaign announced Tuesday that it has raised more than $8 million in the third quarter, less than the likely totals for Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney but respectable showing for a second-tier candidate in the race for the Republican nomination.

Posted: Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 1:40pm

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Posted: Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 1:40pm

Monkey Think, Monkey Do, Monkey Feel

Researchers trying to find ways to make robots move by brain power alone have made the first two-way system, in which monkeys can not only make a virtual hand move, but can get feedback that their brain “feels” as a real object.

The research takes a big step toward allowing paralyzed patients and others to control a computer or even a robot using thoughts alone.

Posted: Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 1:40pm