Liz Smith, syndicated gossip columnist, dies at 94

For more than a quarter-century, Smith’s column — titled simply “Liz Smith” — was one of the most widely read in the world. The column’s success was due in part to Smith’s own celebrity status, giving her an insider’s access rather than relying largely on tipsters, press releases and publicists.

Uber seals multibillion-dollar investment from Softbank

The deal is a vote of confidence in the company’s potential and “will help fuel our investments in technology and our continued expansion at home and abroad, while strengthening our corporate governance,” a statement said.

Over 400 dead from earthquake in Iran-Iraq border area

Rescuers dug with their bare hands Monday through the debris of buildings brought down by a powerful earthquake that killed more than 400 people in the once-contested mountainous border region between Iraq and Iran, with nearly all of the victims in an area rebuilt since the end of the ruinous 1980s war.

City councilmen proposing to end ‘pay-to-play’ city contracts

By attempting to end “pay to play” contracts, two councilmen are suggesting that right now if a contractor wants to participate in working with the city on its projects, they have to help the politicians get into office. They believe it’s unfair to Fort Wayne residents.

Texas town holds 1st Sunday service since church attack

Hundreds of people will gather in the tiny town of Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Sunday to worship with surviving members of a local church where a shooting rampage left more than two dozen people dead.