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Obama Vows HealthCare.gov Problems Will Be Fixed ‘ASAP’

President Obama speaks Wednesday at Boston’s Faneuil Hall about the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

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President Obama speaks Wednesday at Boston’s Faneuil Hall about the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

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President Obama on Wednesday said he takes full responsibility for the troubled HealthCare.gov website and is determined to make sure it gets fixed “ASAP.”

“The website hasn’t worked the way it’s supposed to in these past few weeks,” he told an audience in Boston. “There’s no denying it. The website is too slow … and I’m not happy about it.”

His remarks followed testimony on Wednesday morning in which Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius took blame for the botched website and told Americans during testimony at a congressional hearing: “You deserve better. … I apologize. … I’m accountable to you.”

The president compared the problems to the rollout of the health care overhaul in Massachusetts that occurred under then-Gov. Mitt Romney in 2006.

“Health care reform in this state was a success,” he said. “But there were problems at the start. There were changes that needed to be made.”

Even so, the president said, the “parade of horribles” predicted for what’s been dubbed “Romneycare” never materialized.

Today, he said, the “vast majority” of Massachusetts citizens are happy with their coverage.

He pointed to popular aspects of the 3-year-old federal law, including an end to discrimination against children with pre-existing conditions and the ability of parents to keep children on their plans until age 26.

As The Associated Press reports:

“Underscoring the president’s challenge, the healthcare.gov website was down, because of technical difficulties, during his remarks.”

Source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/10/30/241923064/obama-vows-healthcare-gov-problems-will-be-fixed-asap?ft=1&f=1001
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A look at opening night in the NBA

Miami Heat’s LeBron James gestures during an NBA championship ring ceremony, before the Heat’s basketball game against the Chicago Bulls in Miami, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013 (AP Photo/El Nuevo Herald, Hector Gabino) MAGS OUT

Miami Heat’s LeBron James gestures during an NBA championship ring ceremony, before the Heat’s basketball game against the Chicago Bulls in Miami, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013 (AP Photo/El Nuevo Herald, Hector Gabino) MAGS OUT

Miami Heat’s LeBron James watches a replay during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls in Miami, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

Miami Heat players and coaches watch as the 2013 NBA championship banner is raised before the Heat’s season-opener basketball game against the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, in Miami. (AP Photo/Miami Herald, Charles Trainor Jr.) MAGS OUT

Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant smiles as he sits behind the team’s bench against the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)

Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo (5) puts up a shot while defended by Indiana Pacers guard George Hill in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/R Brent Smith)

The NBA begins another season with three matchups on opening night. Some highlights from around the courts:

HOME TEAM SUPREMECY: Opening night in the NBA led to three easy victories by the home teams. The Heat, Lakers and Pacers all came away with double digit wins. Indiana beat Orlando 97-87; Miami topped Chicago 107-95; and the Lakers beat the Clippers 116-103.

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BATTLE FOR LA: No Kobe, no problem. The Los Angeles Lakers stunned the Clippers 116-103 as Xavier Henry and the reserves paved the way. With Kobe Bryant watching in street clothes behind Pau Gasol and Steve Nash on the Lakers’ bench, Jodie Meeks scored nine of his 13 points in the fourth quarter as the Lakers spoiled Clippers coach Doc Rivers’ debut.

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RETURN OF THE KING: LeBron James scored 17 points, Shane Battier made all four of his 3-point tries, and the Miami Heat took control with 17 straight second-quarter points on the way to spoiling Derrick Rose’s return and beating the Chicago Bulls 107-95 on Tuesday night.

The Heat trailed 9-2 early, then outscored Chicago 52-24 over the remainder of the first half and finished with seven players in double figures. Miami also contained Derrick Rose, who was playing his first game since injuring his knee in April 2012. Rose finished with 12 points in 34 minutes. Carlos Boozer carried the Bulls, scoring 31 points and grabbing seven rebounds.

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EVERYBODY PLAYS: Mike D’Antoni said the Lakers might use 11 players in many games this season, since he saw little separation in training camp between the fourth and 11th players on his roster. He was true to his word in the first half of the season opener, using 11 players before halftime. The strategy continued as the reserves scored 76 of the team’s points.

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MONEY MAY: Floyd Mayweather Jr. sat courtside at Staples Center next to Diddy. Boxing’s pound-for-pound champion recently bought an apartment across the street in a luxury development, and he spends much of his time between training camps in Hollywood.

At halftime, Mayweather shook hands with Steve Nash. Fans leaned around Mayweather’s imposing bodyguards to get photos.

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NO KOBE: The Lakers opened a season without Kobe Bryant on the floor for the first time since 2006.

Bryant is still recovering from surgery on his torn Achilles tendon last April. Coach Mike D’Antoni doesn’t know whether Kobe will be tweeting during games, as he did occasionally last year, but is confident he’s doing everything possible to return.

“We want to get him back as soon as we can, so he’s really concentrating on that,” D’Antoni said. “He talks to the guys on the side. He’ll take Nick (Young) to the side, and I’ll see him talking to different guys. He’ll be there. We touch base all the time, and I’ll get his opinion.”

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LET THE BANNERS FLY: Doc Rivers made preseason headlines when he directed the Clippers to cover up the Lakers’ championship banners with larger-than-life portraits of his players during Clippers home games.

Since the Lakers were the home team in Tuesday’s opener, the banners were hanging unobstructed on the Staples Center wall. Rivers took the opportunity to make it clear he meant no disrespect to the 16-time champions down the hallway.

“I didn’t do that because, ‘Man, I don’t like the Lakers,'” Rivers said. “That was no intent at all, and I’ve said that 100 times. That was about, ‘We’re the Clippers, and when we play in our arena, it should be our arena.’ It’s just like thousands of other arenas around the country where two teams share.”

But the longtime Celtics coach slightly wavered from that description a moment later.

“That 2010 banner, I’ve got to say I don’t like seeing,” Rivers said of the banner celebrating the Lakers’ last win over Boston in the NBA finals. “I can ‘fess up to that part.”

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HOME COOKING: Paul George and Roy Hibbert picked up where they left off last season leading Indiana to a 97-87 win over Orlando. The two-man tandem looked every bit as dominant in the season opener as they did leading the Pacers to the Eastern Conference finals last season.

George’s buzzer-beating 3-pointer at the end of the third quarter gave Indiana a 69-64 lead and sparked the decisive 17-4 run to open the fourth.

Hibbert nearly matched his career-high for rebounds (17) in the first half. He had eight points but left the game midway through the fourth quarter after injuring his knee in a spill underneath his own basket. Team officials said it was not serious and he could have returned.

But it was George’s 3 that provided the spark Indiana needed to seize control.

“I just think tonight was opening night nerves and jitters and feeling a different environment and different vibe for the first time,” Pacers coach Frank Vogel said.

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NO MORE DELAYS: LeBron James knew it was coming.

He threw an alley-oop lob to Chris Andersen with 20.7 seconds left in the first half, and the ball sort of caromed back to him after the play. As decades of instinct told him to do, he grabbed it.

That’s a no-no this season.

James was whistled for delay of game, a point of emphasis for the league this season in an effort to speed up play. James had a resigned look on his face, knowing the call was coming.

A look at the scoreboard probably put him in a better mood: The Heat led 54-33 at halftime.

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ROUGH START: Maybe they were blinded by the rings which weighed nearly 5 ounces each and included 242 round-cut diamonds, 1½ carats of custom baguette-cut diamonds, and three black onyx stones totaling 10.3 carats, but Miami and Chicago got off to a slow start. The Heat lead 17-15 after one quarter as neither team could find much rhythm on offense.

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PRESIDENTIAL TWEET: Pat Riley, the President of the Miami Heat, received his ninth NBA championship ring on Tuesday night.

Barack Obama, the President of the United States, was rooting for the other guys.

At 7:07 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, about an hour before tipoff, the following message — “Welcome back, @drose. (hashtag)BullsNation” — was posted to Obama’s Twitter account.

Probably a good chance it’ll get brought up when the Heat visit the White House sometime later this season in recognition of their 2013 NBA title. Obama makes no secret of the fact that he’s a Bulls fan.

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CELEBRATION: Tuesday was a day for Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade to celebrate. There was a new banner for his team to raise, a third NBA championship team for his finger, and an 11th pro season for him to begin.

Oh, and there was birthday cake as well.

Wade’s longtime girlfriend, actress Gabrielle Union, turned 41 on Tuesday night. And a few months ago, when Wade saw the schedule for the first time, his first thought was that “we can’t lose on my lady’s birthday.”

How did he do on the birthday-present shopping front?

“Solid,” Wade said. “What can you do? There really isn’t much you can do. A couple nice gifts.”

For the record, Wade will be working on his birthday this year as well. He turns 32 on Jan. 17, a night the Heat play in Philadelphia.

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BIG BIRD: Larry Bird has been a larger-than-life personality in his home state.

On Tuesday night, fans got to see just how big. A statue of Bird, which will be dedicated at his alma mater, Indiana State, next weekend was on display inside the Bankers Life Fieldhouse for the Pacers’ season opener.

The statue, which shows Bird in a shooting motion and an Indiana State uniform, stands 15-feet tall, and though Bird said he was “sort of embarrassed” by it, he was happy that it the statue is taller than Magic Johnson’s on the Michigan State campus.

“It should be, c’mon,” Bird said with a chuckle.

Pacers fans won’t get to see it for long. The dedication of the statue is scheduled for Nov. 9, before the Sycamores face Ball State at Terre Haute, Ind.

Bankers Life Fieldhouse is one of the few newer NBA arenas that does not have any permanent statues, so when Bird, a former Pacers coach and the current president of basketball operations, was asked whether he would support putting one in for Reggie Miller, Bird was in favor.

“My feeling was always more along the lines of get your number retired and those sorts of things,” Bird said. “But if they put one in, I would be the first one to see it.”

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Why Obamacare Isn’t Like Iraq

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Miley Cyrus in Cosmopolitan December 2013: “Katy Perry Has Been So Cool”

She called it quits with her fiance Liam Hemsworth in September, and now Miley Cyrus reveals her primary focus in the December 2013 issue of Cosmopolitan magazine.

While rocking a few poses for the Peter Pedonomou-shot spread, the “Wrecking Ball” hitmaker dished about her recent relationship drama and shared her feelings about the constant criticism of her VMA performance.

Check out GossipCenter’s recap of Miss Cyrus’ Q&A session below. For more, be sure to visit Cosmopolitan!

On being single:
“I need to treat my music like a relationship. – give it my time and all the attention it deserves – and that’s my main love right now. This is the best time of my life. I’m not going to look back on it and be like, I wish I hadn’t been dwelling over a breakup,’ you know? Because that’s not what God wants my life to be about right now. God wants my life to be about being successful and being happy and blessing other people and being blessed.”

On her big year of change:
“Everything is so chaotic and crazy right now and it’s so much all at once, but I’m living for it. I’m just having the best time ever and everything’s falling into place like it’s supposed to. Even people who want to hate me, they can’t even shut down the fact that I’m literally what everyone is talking about. I don’t want to say that I’m top right now – I feel like I’m kind of an underdog in a cool way. It’s almost punk rock to me because it’s not the right thing to do. Like, society wants to shut me down.”

On her controversial performance of “We Can’t Stop”:
“When people are complaining about the awards show, I was like, ‘Have you never seen the f***ing video?’ And what if I hadn’t done that performance? The VMAs would have been bad. They would have been missing something. The show was kind of making fun of how series the pop industry is.”

On her haters:
“I don’t really care. I think everyone would have given anything to be at that moment, because I was being one hundred percent true to myself… and not many people can say that. At the end of the day, I would say I’m a nice person, and I take pride in the fact that I treat everyone really well, so there’s no reason for anyone to ever come at me because I only want the best for everybody else. I have a song that’s like, ‘Stay in your lane,’ because I’m not going to be you and you’re definitely not going to be me, so don’t throw shade. I don’t ever throw shade at anyone.”

On her “Team Miley” celebrity supporters:
“The support of other artists is important because there are not many people who can relate to what I’m going through right now. Kanye West is one of those people, and even Katy Perry has been so cool. It’s easy for Kanye to support me because we’re in totally separate lanes of competition, but for Katy to say that she appreciate what I’m really doing for the pop industry, that keeps you going. And I mean, who cares what the media buzz is if Kanye West is telling you that you’re the s***?”

Source: http://celebrity-gossip.net/magazines/miley-cyrus-cosmopolitan-december-2013-katy-perry-has-been-so-cool-1030200
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Moore wins CIMB Classic in playoff

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Ryan Moore birdied the first hole of a playoff with Gary Woodland on Monday to win the CIMB Classic after an overnight wait caused by thunderstorms.

Moore made a 5-foot birdie putt on par-5 18th hole after Woodland was short with his chip from just off the green.

Woodland and Moore finished regulation at 14-under 274 on Sunday with darkness descending on the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club, forcing the playoff to be postponed until Monday morning. The players endured about 3½ hours of delays Sunday.

The tournament was an official PGA Tour event for the first time. Moore received a two-year PGA Tour exemption and a spot in the Masters.

The 30-year-old American won for the third time on the PGA Tour. He also won the 2009 Wyndham Championship and 2012 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

On Sunday, in a steady rain with shadows being cast by floodlights, Woodland had a chance to win on the 18th hole but missed a 10-foot birdie putt just wide by an inch.

Woodland settled for a 3-under 69, and Moore had a 70.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Chris Stroud finished a stroke back.

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/moore-wins-cimb-classic-playoff-000636675–spt.html
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NASA sees Tropical Storm Raymond finally moving away from Mexico

NASA sees Tropical Storm Raymond finally moving away from Mexico

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Satellite data revealed that Raymond, formerly a hurricane, now a tropical storm is finally moving away from the coast of south-central Mexico.

NASA’s Terra satellite captured a visible image of Raymond over Mexico on Oct. 22 at 1:50 p.m. EDT when it was still a hurricane. On Oct. 23, at 11 a.m. EDT/1500 UTC, visible imagery from NOAA’s GOES-West satellite showed that Raymond had moved slightly away from the Mexican coast. The image was created by NASA’s GOES Project at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.



Microwave satellite imagery revealed today that Raymond has finally started to move away from coastal Mexico and head in a west-southwesterly direction. Satellite imagery also showed that a remnant mid-level circulation is now located northeast of the low-level center. Whenever the circulations at different levels of the atmosphere don’t stack up, the storm’s spin is affected. Imagery also showed that there was little build-up of thunderstorms near the center today, which is another indication the storm was weakening.

Despite weakening to a tropical storm, Raymond is still expected to drop more rain on the already drenched Mexican state of Guerrero today. Another 1 to 2 inches of rain, with isolated totals to 15 inches are possible. Meanwhile, as Raymond continues to linger off the coast, ocean swells continue to create large and dangerous waves along Mexico’s south-central coast.

On Oct. 23, at 11 a.m. EDT, the center of Tropical Storm Raymond was located near latitude 15.4 north and longitude 103.0 west. That’s about 185 miles/295 km south-southwest of Zihuatanejo, Mexico. Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 60 mph/95 kph and the National Hurricane Center noted that some additional weakening is possible over the next couple of days.

Raymond is moving toward the west-southwest near 8 mph/13 kph and is expected to continue in that direction over the next two days, taking the storm farther away from the coast.

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Satellite data revealed that Raymond, formerly a hurricane, now a tropical storm is finally moving away from the coast of south-central Mexico.

NASA’s Terra satellite captured a visible image of Raymond over Mexico on Oct. 22 at 1:50 p.m. EDT when it was still a hurricane. On Oct. 23, at 11 a.m. EDT/1500 UTC, visible imagery from NOAA’s GOES-West satellite showed that Raymond had moved slightly away from the Mexican coast. The image was created by NASA’s GOES Project at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.



Microwave satellite imagery revealed today that Raymond has finally started to move away from coastal Mexico and head in a west-southwesterly direction. Satellite imagery also showed that a remnant mid-level circulation is now located northeast of the low-level center. Whenever the circulations at different levels of the atmosphere don’t stack up, the storm’s spin is affected. Imagery also showed that there was little build-up of thunderstorms near the center today, which is another indication the storm was weakening.

Despite weakening to a tropical storm, Raymond is still expected to drop more rain on the already drenched Mexican state of Guerrero today. Another 1 to 2 inches of rain, with isolated totals to 15 inches are possible. Meanwhile, as Raymond continues to linger off the coast, ocean swells continue to create large and dangerous waves along Mexico’s south-central coast.

On Oct. 23, at 11 a.m. EDT, the center of Tropical Storm Raymond was located near latitude 15.4 north and longitude 103.0 west. That’s about 185 miles/295 km south-southwest of Zihuatanejo, Mexico. Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 60 mph/95 kph and the National Hurricane Center noted that some additional weakening is possible over the next couple of days.

Raymond is moving toward the west-southwest near 8 mph/13 kph and is expected to continue in that direction over the next two days, taking the storm farther away from the coast.

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Daily Roundup: McLaren’s futuristic P1 ‘hypercar,’ Moto X price drop, Scentee hands-on and more!

DNP The Daily RoundUp

You might say the day is never really done in consumer technology news. Your workday, however, hopefully draws to a close at some point. This is the Daily Roundup on Engadget, a quick peek back at the top headlines for the past 24 hours — all handpicked by the editors here at the site. Click on through the break, and enjoy.

Scentee hands-on

Scentee’s a smartphone accessory that brings a new kind of notification to your smartphone experience; smell. Sound silly? Wait until you hear about the selection of aromas. Follow the link to find out what scents it’s got in store.

A closer look at McLaren’s P1 hypercar

Engadget’s Mat Smith takes a stroll though McLaren’s fantastical base of operations for a glimpse of the P1 hypercar. If regular high-octane supercars aren’t enough to rev your engines, this might be the machine you’ve been waiting for — and it’s a hybrid. Click through for the complete tour.

Moto X price drops to $100

If you’ve been eyeing that perfect Moto X color combination, but weren’t too keen on the $200 on-contract price point, now might be the time to grab an X for half that. Follow the link to learn who’s eligible for this welcome price drop.

We have a winner!

Congratulations to David Simkins, winner of our Gogo “High Above” sweepstakes! He’ll receive a flight aboard the “Gogo One” straight to Engadget Expand this November. Click the link to find out more about the conference and how you can purchase tickets.

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‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ Teaser Trailer Video Starring Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson

Watch the first teaser trailer for ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ with Chris Evans as the title character, the iconic patriotic Marvel superhero and his alter ego Steve Rogers. Anticipation builds for the new movie which is the sequel to ‘Captain America: The First Avenger.’ The full teaser trailer video has been added below. It was kept under wraps, and for a day it was still under wraps. Marvel Entertainment gave us a teaser of the teaser trailer. It was the first glimpse of the movie, which was followed, a day later by full-length version which was added below as soon as it debuted. But for a full 24 hours, we had nothing but 10 seconds which, in retrospect, was better than zero so we can count ourselves lucky! The movie’s star, the 32-year-old Chris Evans has become a veteran of superhero movies, having portrayed Johnny Storm a.k.a. Human Torch in two of the ‘Fantastic Four’ movies, as well as Captain America in the original 2011 movie — which saw his transformation from the frail and ill Steve Rogers into the patriotic superhero. He also starred as Captain America in ‘The Avengers’ of 2012. The movie also stars Scarlett Johansson […]Source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/RightCelebrity/~3/NcabURgvnGY/
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Cardinals, Red Sox set to renew October rivalry

IN this image taken with a fisheye lens, Boston Red Sox players take batting practice as a rainbow appears in the sky above Fenway Park Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, in Boston. The Red Sox are scheduled to host the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 1 of baseball’s World Series on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

IN this image taken with a fisheye lens, Boston Red Sox players take batting practice as a rainbow appears in the sky above Fenway Park Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, in Boston. The Red Sox are scheduled to host the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 1 of baseball’s World Series on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

St. Louis Cardinals’ Lance Lynn looks out of a scoreboard under the Green Monster before batting practice for Game 1 of baseball’s World Series against the Boston Red Sox Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

St. Louis Cardinals’ Carlos Beltran throws during batting practice for Game 1 of baseball’s World Series against the Boston Red Sox Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Boston Red Sox players and coaches gather in the infield before a workout at Fenway Park Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, in Boston. The Red Sox are scheduled to host the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 1 of baseball’s World Series on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Boston Red Sox players take batting practice as a rainbow appears in the sky above Fenway Park Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, in Boston. The Red Sox are scheduled to host the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 1 of baseball’s World Series on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

(AP) — David Freese launched a high drive to deep left-center field, watching the whole way until the ball loudly thwacked off the Green Monster.

“That’s my Wall ball!” he hooted to St. Louis teammate Matt Holliday.

Freese enjoyed his first look at century-old Fenway Park, exploring its many quirks Tuesday. Michael Wacha, Lance Lynn and a couple more Cardinals squeezed through a door leading to the cramped space behind the famed wall.

“Like a bunch of kids,” manager Mike Matheny said.

No kidding come Wednesday night, when the Cardinals play the Boston Red Sox in Game 1 of the World Series.

From Stan the Man vs. the Splendid Splinter, to Gibby vs. Yaz, to Pujols vs. Pedro, the Redbirds and Red Sox are set to renew their fall rivalry. They’ll meet for the fourth time in “that Octobery kind of air,” as Cardinals Game 1 starter Adam Wainwright described it.

“The historical nature of both teams doesn’t go unnoticed,” Freese said.

Jon Lester will pitch the opener for Boston, facing a lineup that got a late boost. Allen Craig, who hit a major league-leading .454 with runners in scoring position but hasn’t played since Sept. 4 because of sprained left foot, is ready to return.

“I feel like I’m in a good spot,” said the cleanup man, who will be the Cardinals’ designated hitter.

Weather could be a factor. Temperatures are supposed to dip into the low 40s and rain is in the forecast.

Boston was listed as a slim favorite in the matchup between teams that tied for the big league lead in wins. The clubs haven’t met in the regular season since 2008, and Red Sox speedster Jacoby Ellsbury was looking forward to this pairing that some are billing as the Beards vs. the Birds.

“It will be exciting to see some unfamiliar faces,” he said.

Dustin Pedroia, Mike Napoli and many of their scraggly Boston teammates figure to get a good look at the Cardinals’ crop of young arms, led by Wacha and relievers Trevor Rosenthal, Carlos Martinez and Kevin Siegrist.

David Ortiz is the link to the Red Sox team that swept St. Louis in the 2004 Series — Boston never trailed at any point — and ended an 86-year championship drought.

“Obviously I’m aware of the history of the two teams,” Ellsbury said. “Once the first pitch happens, all that goes out the window.”

The Red Sox are trying to win their third crown in 10 years. St. Louis is aiming to take its second title in three years and third in eight seasons.

“Some of us have some pretty bad memories of being here in 2004, and we’re looking to kind of right that ship,” Matheny said.

Matheny was the Cardinals’ catcher that year, backed up by rookie Yadier Molina. Now Molina is considered the best defensive catcher in baseball, charged with trying to stop Ellsbury and a Red Sox team that’s run a lot in the postseason.

“It’s fun to be part of this history, to be here in Fenway Park, to be part of this Series against Boston,” Molina said.

“It’s different to play here overall. Playing defense, offense, pitching. It’s different, but at the same time it’s fun,” he said.

Freese grew up in St. Louis and became MVP of the 2011 Series. He heard about Stan Musial and Ted Williams in 1946, knew about Bob Gibson facing Carl Yastrzemski in ’67 and recalled watching on TV when Red Sox reliever Keith Foulke fielded Edgar Renteria’s tapper to finish off 2004.

“I remember the comebacker that ended it. The sweep. You don’t expect a World Series to end in four games,” the 30-year-old third baseman said.

Freese said he’d always hoped to get a chance to play at Fenway, and he got his first swings at the workout.

An inviting target for a hitter, an imposing background for a pitcher. Especially a 22-year-old rookie, even one who’s gone 3-0 this postseason.

“A ballgame can change with one swing of the bat in this ballpark,” Wacha said. “It’s pretty crazy. Crazy dimensions, that’s for sure.”

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Snapdragon 800-powered Galaxy S4 with LTE-A coming to parts of Europe

Galaxy S4 LTE+

Faster LTE speeds and a more advanced CPU for Samsung's upgraded GS4

We managed to track down Samsung's LTE-Advanced-capable, Snapdragon 800-powered Galaxy S4 (GT-i9506) last month at IFA 2013, but until now there's been little in the way of official info from Samsung on the device. Today press releases have been issued by Samsung Sweden, and the handset has popped up on the company's German site, dubbed simply "Galaxy S4 with LTE+."

Based on our experienced with the Snapdragon 800-powered Galaxy S4 at IFA, the overall user experience is much the same as what we know on the Snapdragon 600 model. The new device is advertised with Samsung KNOX support, however, so it Samsung's latest enterprise software package should be included. Besides that, the faster chip should bring the GS4 in line with the Galaxy Note 3 in terms of raw computational horsepower and 4G LTE data speeds, with download speeds of up to 150Mbps supported on the new model. According to the Swedish press release, the new S4 ships with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.

The Galaxy S4 with LTE+ is due to arrive in Sweden this November, priced at 6,000 Krona (around $940). There's no word on availability or pricing for any other countries, however a similar device has been available in Samsung's native South Korea for the past several months.

More: Hands-on with the Snadragon 800-powered Galaxy S4

Source: PhoneArena, Press Release (Swedish), Samsung (German)

    



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