There's trouble in paradise as Apple tries to fire one of it's own, and Halloween spending is up. Here is Wednesday's edtion of "The Pulse".
Brad Pitt's Donation
Actor brad pitt is donating 100-thousand-dollars to the human rights campaign. The group made the announcement today. H-r-c is the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization. Pitt's money will help support the organization's national marriage efforts.
Reportedly, Apple asked scott forstall to leave the company because forstall refused to sign his name on a letter apologizing for apple's maps app. Citing "people familiar with the matter," the wall street journal reports that wanted the company to address the poor reception for maps without apologizing. Forstall, who oversaw apple's mobile software unit, was one of two top execs who left apple on monday.
In case you forgot it's Halloween. Despite much of the country recovering from superstorm Sandy, 170 million Americans are still planning to celebrate the holiday, and spend. According to the National Retail Federation, Americans will spend an average of $79.82 on Halloween candy, costumes, and decorations. That's up 11 % from last year.
The Romney Campaign
At his first rally in the aftermath of Sandy, Mitt Romney steered clear of any direct attacks on the president. But it was clear, the political winds were picking back up again, mentioning that he won't simply talk about change, but act on it too. On a three stop swing through Florida, Romney had big name supporters at his side, namely the state's former governor Jeb Bush, who gave Romney his support. With less than one week to go, the Romney campaign is trying to expand the battleground map, from the eight states both sides agree are in play, to opportunities Republicans now see in Michigan, Minnesota, and Pennsylvania.
The President Tours Sandy
President Obama joined governor Chris Christie on a tour of storm-ravaged New Jersey Wednesday afternoon. The state's shoreline took the worst battering from superstorm Sandy. With the blue skies on Wednesday, came a clearer picture of the damage. Including the twisted remains of the iconic Seaside Heights amusement park on the Jersey Shore.