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Next attempt to break world free-fall record is set for Sunday

After two postponed attempts, daredevil Felix Baumgartner will try again to break the world’s free-fall record at 23 miles above Roswell, N.M. and become the first skydiver to surpass the speed of sound.

The next attempt at the jump from 120,000 feet is now set for Sunday.

Baumgartner, 43, is seeking to shatter a record set by Air Force test pilot Joe Kittinger in 1960. The world record stands at 102,800 feet, more than 19 miles.
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The stealth attack on Social Security gains ground

The Social Security Administration is getting better all the time — at quietly slashing services to Americans.

The agency has closed dozens of field offices and sharply cut back the staff and hours of those still open. The cutbacks threaten to make wait times on its phone lines longer. Rulings on disability applications will take longer too. Put it all together, and client service at the Social Security Administration begins to look more like customer service at your cable company every day.
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How to make your phone number more private on Facebook

Facebook says being able to look someone up by searching for their phone number on Facebook is a feature, not a bug. (Nicholas Kamm / AFP/Getty Images)
Facebook has restricted phone number searches on its mobile site after a security researcher was able to find Facebook users by searching random phone numbers.

Facebook says being able to look someone up by searching for their phone number on Facebook is a feature, not a bug.
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Expendables 2 beats Dark Knight Rises, Spider-Man in China

“The Expendables 2” has outgrossed “The Amazing Spider-Man” and “The Dark Knight Rises” in China. From left, cast members Yu Nan, Terry Crews, Sylvester Stallone, Randy Couture and Dolph Lundgren. (Frank Masi / October 10, 2012)
BEIJING — China’s battle of the superheroes ended up being won by … a group of aging action stars.

In a surprising outcome, “The Expendables 2” has outgrossed both “The Dark Knight Rises” and “The Amazing Spider-Man” in China.
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A’s rally for three runs in ninth inning to beat Tigers, 4-3

Seth Smith has a tying two-run double before Coco Crisp drives him in with a two-out single to help Oakland avoid elimination and force a deciding Game 5 in an AL division series.

OAKLAND — Seth Smith , Coco Crisp and the Oakland Athletics forced a Game 5 of an American League division series against the Detroit Tigers with another comeback victory.
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Prop. 39 would end tax giveaway, raise $1 billion for California

The initiative would do away with an incentive for out-of-state corporations not to invest in California.

During the middle of a winter night in 2009, sleep-deprived legislators and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger devised the deal from hell. It included a tax incentive for out-of-state corporations not to build facilities or hire employees in California.
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