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Wal-Mart tests online grocery delivery service in California

San Jose, California -- Wal-Mart began testing an online grocery delivery system Saturday, but only in San Jose, according to the Mercury News.

In order to compete with other delivery services, the biggest grocer in the U.S. will allow customers to order groceries online and be delivered the next day, reported the New York Times.

The prices are the same as the ones in the stores, but an order must total $49 for delivery and can be bought three weeks in advance, the Mercury News said.

But the New York Times said there are some limitations, for example, oranges are not available for individual purchase and beef cannot be ordered to specification but in prepackaging.

Wal-Mart To Go has a delivery charge of $5 to $10, but does not allow tipping, according to the Mercury News.

Survey: gaming main use of tablets

Gaming tops the list of the uses for a tablet in a survey by a Google subsidiary of 1,400 U.S. owners, according to the Guardian.

Searching for information, at 78 percent, and emailing, at 74 percent, come in as close seconds, reported the Guardian.

The survey concludes the tablet is a domestic device, with 82 percent of respondents using their tablet at home while only 7 percent use them at work, said the Huffington Post.

Although 77 percent reported a decrease in the amount of time they spent on their desktop or laptop computer, reported the Huffington Post, only 23 percent said they regarded their tablet as their primary computer.

Online shopping, at 42 percent, and reading e-books, at 46 percent, bring up the rear, said the Guardian.

Companies warn clients after email addresses stolen

Major companies warned customers about possible hacking attempts over the weekend after millions of consumer email addresses were stolen from a marketing-email service, according to the Associated Press.

Email addresses or client names were the only information stolen in the security breach Friday, according to a press release from Epsilon.

This information could be used to conduct more efficient "phishing" attacks, in which a hacker would send emails claiming to be a company and ask for a consumer's login information, but instead steal their information to log into their account, said the Associated Press.

Data was stolen from Kroger Co., TiVo Inc., US Bancorp, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Capital One Financial Corp., Citigroup Inc., Home Shopping Network, Ameriprise, LL Bean Visa Card, McKinsey & Company, Ritz-Carlton Rewards, Marriott Rewards, New York & Co., Brookstone, Walgreen Co., The College Board, Disney Destinations and Best Buy Co. Inc., according to Security Week.

Epsilon has more than 2,500 clients and sends more than 40 billion emails each year, reported Security Week.

President Barack Obama tasked the U.S. with reducing foreign oil imports by one-third within the next decade in a speech Wednesday, reported the New York Times.

In a speech at Georgetown University, Obama said the U.S. needs to develop other energy sources, such as electric cars, biofuels and domestic drilling, according to the Christian Science Monitor.

Currently, the U.S. consumes one-fourth of the world's oil, but only contains 2 percent of global reserves, said the New York Times.

Obama said the U.S. "can't rush to propose action when prices are high, then push the snooze button when they go down again," like it has throughout history.

Despite Japan's ongoing crisis at its nuclear reactor complex, Obama said nuclear energy will continue to be an important electricity source, reported the Christian Science Monitor.

S. D. law requires women to be counseled before abortions

South Dakota's Republican governor signed a bill into law Tuesday that requires pregnant women to submit to counseling at a "public health center" before getting an abortion and extends the waiting-period to three days, according to the New York Times.

The new law, which was passed in a Legislature where Democrats are outnumbered 3 to 1 by Republicans, is one of many bills to reduce abortions being proposed in states around the country this year, said Reuters.

"South Dakota women should not need to submit to an in-person lecture from an unqualified, noncertified, faith-based counselor or volunteer at an antichoice crisis pregnancy center," Peggy Gibson, a Democratic state representative who voted against the bill, told the New York Times.

Planned Parenthood, which owns the only health center in South Dakota that performs abortions promised a lawsuit, reported Reuters.

The center must fly in doctors from Minnesota because none of the local doctors will consent to perform abortions, according to the New York Times.

CDC: Cancer survivor rate in US increases

The rate of cancers survivors increased to one in 12 adults in the United States due to better treatment and earlier detection, according to the Associated Press.

In 2007, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found the number of cancer survivors more than tripled since 1971, up to 11.7 million said Reuters.

Health officials told the Associated Press Thursday preventive steps, such as less smoking, as well as an increase in the number of the population that is 65 or older, who are more susceptible to cancer, could also have lead to the increase.

Women make up 54 percent of survivors, while those with breast cancer account for 22 percent of the increase reported Reuters.

The Associated Press said the survivor count includes anyone diagnosed with cancers, not including any skin types except for melanoma, who has been cured, is getting treatment or may be dying from the disease.

Wis. Gov's budget slashes aid to education

Wis. Gov. Scott Walker's proposed budget revealed Tuesday would cut $1.5 billion from public schools and local governments, according to the Associated Press.

The budget would reduce the aid given to school districts by 5.5 percent and cut $250 million from the University of Wisconsin system, said the Wisconsin State Journal.

Walker told Legislature that these cuts could be avoided by requiring government workers to pay more for their pensions and health care benefits, said the Associated Press.

The Associated Press reported that Walker's budget, which would reduce the rights of public workers in collective bargaining, drew thousands of protesters to the Capitol over the past three weeks.

Supreme Court to rule on material witness case

The Supreme Court will hear the case of a U.S. citizen against former attorney general John Ashcroft March 2 for violating the material witness statute, according to the Lipman Capitol Times.

In 2003, Abudallah al-Kidd, 38, was arrested by the FBI at Dulles International Airport as he tried to fly to Saudi Arabia, said the New York Times.

Kidd spent 11 days in custody as a material witness in Virginia, Oklahoma and Idaho where he told the New York Times that he was treated worse than convicted felons.

The New York Times reported that the outcome of the case will decide whether the U.S. government can detain citizens it is unable to charge with a crime if it fears they may engage in terrorism.

Since 9/11, the USA Patriot Act allows detention of suspected terrorists, but only for noncitizens and for a period of seven days, according to the New York Times.

Panel assesses FBI investigation of anthrax culprit

The culprit for the 2001 anthrax letters may not be the only source, according to a panel convened Tuesday to assess the validity of the FBI's investigation, reported the New York Times.

A independent panel of experts, convened by the national Academy of Sciences, found that genetic analysis "did not definitely demonstrate" but that evidence is "consistent with and supports an association" with the identified source of the anthrax, according to the New York Times.

USA Today said a match of anthrax spores to the ones in the laboratory of the late Bruce Ivins, 62, a vaccine researcher at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases, provided a link to the perpetrator.

The report blamed the FBI for failure to take advantage of new scientific methods developed between the incidents in 2001 and after Ivins' suicide in 2008, when it was concluded he was the sole person responsible for the anthrax, said the New York Times.

The panel did not comment on whether they believed Ivins was guilty for the anthrax mailings that killed five and sickened 17 by 2002, according to USA Today.

GOP Rep. Lee resigns following shirtless photo scandal

GOP Rep. Chris Lee of New York resigned Wednesday after a shirtless photo and e-mails sent to a woman over Craigslist were posted on-line, reported USA Today.

Lee, 46, identified himself as a 39-year-old divorced, "fit, fun, classy guy" in response to a 34-year-old Maryland woman who advertised on Craigslist, according to the New York Times.

USA Today said two-time congressman Lee is married with a young son.

"I regret the harm that my actions have caused my family, my staff and my constituents," Lee said in a statement released on his website.

The New York Times reported that the gossip website Gawker released the recent photo and e-mails.

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