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How 'bout Them Apples?
Washington might want to consider getting a loan from Apple as Congress and the White House discuss a debt ceiling compromise. It seems the tech giant has more cash on hand than Uncle Sam.
Apple's latest earnings report from June shows the company had $76 billion in cash and marketable securities. Compare that to Wednesday's daily Treasury statement. It said the government's total operating balance --- a volatile number that is always changing -- was almost $74 billion. A hefty sum, but still $2 billion less than Apple.
And Thursday's balance was down to $53 billion.
NASA satellite data from the last decade appears to be blowing a hole in global warming. It shows the Earth's atmosphere is allowing far more heat to be released into space than computer models predicted. That's from a new study by a University of Alabama at Huntsville research scientist.
An environmental policy expert with the conservative Heartland Institute says of the findings -- quote -- "when objective NASA satellite data reported in a peer-reviewed scientific journal show a huge discrepancy between alarmist climate models and real-world facts, climate scientists, the media and our elected officials would be wise to take notice."
The man who has confessed to carrying out the deadly attacks in Norway could end up in a swanky prison that looks more like a plush hotel.
Foreign Policy reports the country's second largest -- and most secure facility -- was created to avoid an institutional feel.
Halden Prison is spread over 75 acres and features wooded jogging trails, private rooms have in-suite baths, large windows, mini-refrigerators and flat-screen televisions.
The prison boasts a large state-of-the-art gym with a climbing wall and personal trainers. There is even a professional recording studio, since inmates can form their own bands.