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Chess world champ Carlsen launches app and criticizes own game

By Gwladys Fouche OSLO (Reuters) - Norway's Magnus Carlsen, the world's 23-year-old reigning chess champion, has launched an app based on his own past games to make chess more popular, but he'd prefer its players not get good enough to beat him. Carlsen, whose talent and boyish good looks have earned him lucrative sponsorships deals and front-page coverage in his native country, is king of the roost in the chess world since beating Viswanathan Anand of India in November.

How Candy Crush, Angry Birds get your money

They are free to download, fun to play, and fiendishly addictive: mobile games like Candy Crush Saga, Angry Birds and Clash of Clans want to get you hooked, then get your money. Whether you are paying to obtain extra lives, buy 'gems' to use as a virtual currency, or just to carry on playing without delay, the "freemium" games boom is a money-spinner for the most successful developers. In-app purchases helped to drive up spending on mobile games by more than 60 percent to $16.5 billion (12 billion euros) in 2013, according to research house IHS.

Baseball: Major Leagues move to limit home plate collisions

Major League Baseball on Monday adopted a rule aimed at limiting the most dangerous home plate collisions between baserunners and catchers. MLB's playing rules committee had voted in December to come up with rule changes designed to eliminate those types of plays, but needed to draft the regulation and obtain approval from owners and the players' union. Under the new guidelines, a runner attempting to score may not deviate from his direct pathway to home plate in order to initiate contact with the catcher or other player covering home plate.

Powerball, Mega Millions sales from big jackpots help boost state budgets - to a point

IOWA CITY, Iowa - The scores of losing players in this week's $425 million Powerball jackpot did more than take an extremely long shot at getting rich. Their ticket purchases also helped fund a small but increasingly important part of their states' budgets. Changes in the nationwide Powerball and Mega Millions games have led to some of the world's largest jackpots in the last two years, boosting sales.

Powerball, Mega Millions sales from big jackpots help boost state budgets - to a point

IOWA CITY, Iowa - The scores of losing players in this week's $425 million Powerball jackpot did more than take an extremely long shot at getting rich. Their ticket purchases also helped fund a small but increasingly important part of their states' budgets. Changes in the nationwide Powerball and Mega Millions games have led to some of the world's largest jackpots in the last two years, boosting sales.

No winning ticket sold for last night`s $50-million Lotto Max jackpot

TORONTO - The $50-million Lotto Max jackpot remains unclaimed. No winning tickets were sold for last night`s draw. Eight MaxMillions prizes of $1-million were also available, and the sole winning ticket was purchased in British Columbia. The jackpot for next Friday‘s draw will remain at $50-million, but there will be 20 MaxMillions prizes up for grabs. ---

Financial advice for the end of the world

By Chris Taylor NEW YORK (Reuters) - Investors have no shortage of things to fret about these days. An aggressive stock slump, emerging markets in turmoil, an agonizingly slow jobs recovery. But what if things really hit the fan? As in, a total financial system breakdown? Or runaway inflation, on the heels of money printing by the Federal Reserve? Or some unforeseen black swan, like overwhelming natural disasters or armed conflict?

Financial advice for the end of the world

By Chris Taylor NEW YORK (Reuters) - Investors have no shortage of things to fret about these days. An aggressive stock slump, emerging markets in turmoil, an agonizingly slow jobs recovery. But what if things really hit the fan? As in, a total financial system breakdown? Or runaway inflation, on the heels of money printing by the Federal Reserve? Or some unforeseen black swan, like overwhelming natural disasters or armed conflict?

Lottery officials wait for winner of $425 million Powerball to step up

By Laila Kearney MILPITAS, California (Reuters) - Lottery officials in California were waiting on Thursday to hear from the holder of the single winning ticket of a $425.3 million national Powerball prize, a day after announcing the sixth highest jackpot drawing in U.S. history. The winning ticket in the nationwide game was bought at a Chevron gas station next to a freeway ramp in the Northern California city of Milpitas, about 40 miles southeast of San Francisco. The retailer will receive a bonus of $1 million.

U.S. lottery winner scoops $425 million jackpot; 6th biggest ever

By Zachary Cook (Reuters) - A single ticket bought in the San Francisco bay area scooped the sixth highest lottery jackpot in U.S. history on Wednesday, winning roughly $425 million, lottery officials said. The ticket matched all six winning numbers in a nationwide game, California lottery officials said on Twitter. They were 1, 17, 35, 49, 54, and 34, according to organizer Powerball's website. There was no immediate word on the winner's identity.
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