October 2nd, 2013
09:39 AM ET

Will Bill Gates Get Forced Out Of Microsoft?

It looks like there might be a shareholder uprising building against Bill Gates.

Reuters says that three of the top 20 Microsoft investors are lobbying the board to press Gates to step down as chairman, CNN's Christine Romans reports.

The investors are concerned that Gates has too much influence and that he could clip the wings of any new CEO trying to turn the company around.

They point to Steve Ballmer's tenure at Microsoft.

Ballmer was a Gates confidant and was under pressure for years to improve the company's performance and share price.

Gates is on the committee to search for Ballmer's successor.

Microsoft is the second most widely held stock in mutual funds and it's been stagnant.

Though the stock jumped when Steve Ballmer announced he was stepping down as chairman, if you look at the last ten years, the stock has traded sideways.

Those big Microsoft shareholders want to see that change.

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October 2nd, 2013
09:30 AM ET

Government Shutdown Day 2: The Back And Forth

While up to 800,000 federal workers faced life without a paycheck as Day One of the government shutdown kicked in, Democrats and Republicans persisted in talking past each other without actually talking to each other to end the nation's latest fiscal crisis.

The Republican-led House offered its latest gambit on Tuesday night but failed in separate votes to approve piecemeal funding for three specific programs – the District of Columbia, veterans affairs and national parks, CNN's Brianna Keilar reports.

The votes required a two-thirds majority for passage, which would have required hefty Democratic support. That did not materialize, though House leadership aides say the plan is to bring up the same measures again Wednesday in a way that would require only a simple majority to pass.

Aside from conservative political calculations that calling these votes would put their ideological foes in a tough spot, it appears they'll have little practical impact since the Democratic-led Senate wasn't about to acquiesce and the White House promised a veto.


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October 2nd, 2013
08:51 AM ET

One Biker Arrested, Another Surrenders in New York Highway Brawl

One man has been arrested and another has surrendered in connection to the bitter highway battle in New York City Sunday.

Christopher Cruz, 28, and Allen Edwards, 42, face several charges, including reckless endangerment, for the incident, the New York City Police Department said.

Captured on video, the bizarre chase shows a swarm of motorcyclists surround an SUV with a couple and their two-year old daughter inside.

A violent chain of events ensues.

"When the video cuts off, police say the driver is pulled out and assaulted. But he's not the only victim of the dramatic ordeal that played out on New York City's West Side Highway,” reports CNN’s Susan Candiotti.

The confrontation ends with the driver brutally beaten and a biker in critical condition, and now police are investigating how it started and who’s to blame.

The video shows Edwin Mieses was dragged underneath the SUV when it was still trying to get away from bikers.

According to his mother Yolanda Santiago, “All of his ribs fractured. His lungs are so badly bruised that he's still on a ventilator.”

His wife Dayana Mieses says Mieses got off his bike to help the driver. She says,  “And whatever he did, he got scared, he went peeled off, and he paralyzed my husband on the way.”

“The driver of the SUV has not been charged, but NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly isn't ruling it out,” Candiotti says.

Follow along at CNN.com for developments on the case.

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October 2nd, 2013
08:29 AM ET

Kids Tell Congress to "Just Get Along"

Responsible for the government shutdown is a dysfunctional Congress, who many argue is bickering like children while American citizens are forced to face the consequences.

But when CNN’s Chris Cuomo asks some children at Immaculate Conception Elementary School in Queens, New York, how they perceive the situation, it turns out they have a good dose of common sense and some advice Congress might want to consider.

Jocelyn Harris says it simply. “You're supposed to share the things that you do, and you're supposed to agree, and compromise when you have different agreements.”

She also doesn’t think it’s fair that members of Congress continue to get paid during a shutdown while federal employees are furloughed.

“No, because if one person gets paid and the other person doesn't, that's not fair to the people that don't get paid!”

If Karl Hodge were President in this situation, he says he would encourage Congress to work together.

“I'll tell them, I'll tell them, just get along because people are going to be losing their jobs.”


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