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SAN MATEO, Calif. -- Sony's latest video game console, PlayStation 4, hit the market with a bang, even as the company said it was investigating reports of defective consoles.

Sony said gamers bought 1 million of the consoles in its first 24 hours on the market. The product went on sale in the United States and Canada on Friday.

The sales number is not much of a surprise: Sony said before the release that it had 1 million pre-orders for the PS4. Still, it represents a significant improvement over the introduction of the previous version of Sony's console, the PlayStation 3.

Insurance official fired

WASHINGTON -- The insurance commissioner for the District of Columbia was dismissed from his job just a day after he publicly questioned a decision by President Barack Obama to reverse a provision of the Affordable Care Act, a person with knowledge of the events said Sunday.

This person said that the commissioner, William P. White, had requested, but never received, permission from the office of Mayor Vincent C. Gray to publish a critique of Mr. Obama's surprise announcement Thursday that he would allow thousands of Americans to renew policies that might not provide the minimum coverage required by the health law.

Instead of waiting to hear back, Mr. White's office posted the statement on the city government's website. Later, when confronted by the mayor, Mr. White said that he had received permission from the mayor's staff even though he had not, the person said.

Forbes Media put on sale

NEW YORK -- The president and CEO of Forbes Media says the family owned magazine publisher has put itself up for sale.

In a Friday letter to employees, Mike Perlis said that Forbes Media has received "more than a few" indications of interest from potential buyers. Like other magazine publishers, Forbes has dealt with the continued consumer and advertiser shift away from print publications.

But Mr. Perlis noted that this year is expected to be company's best financial performance in the past six years, helped by growth in digital revenue, along with licensing and conferences.

Persian Gulf buys up planes

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Boeing Co.'s planned 777X long-haul airliner grabbed the bulk of orders Sunday at the first day of the Dubai Airshow, with at least 225 planes on the books in an eye-popping display of the spending power and aggressive expansion efforts of Gulf carriers.

In total, Boeing says that it netted at least 367 orders in deals believed to exceed $130 billion at the Middle East's premier aviation fair. Boeing CEO James McNerney Jr. called it part of the "largest commercial launch in aviation history" for a planned aircraft.

2 killed in mining accident

OURAY, Colo. -- Two workers were killed and 20 others were injured Sunday in a mining accident near the southwestern Colorado town of Ouray.

The Ouray County sheriff's office was called to the Revenue Virginius mine at about 7:20 a.m., county spokeswoman Marti Whitmore said. The miners were trapped underground and were confirmed dead Sunday afternoon. Star Mine Operations, LLC, owner of the mine, couldn't be reached for comment.

She said 20 people were taken to area hospitals, and all but two have been treated and released. The conditions of those two hospitalized workers haven't been released.


Compiled from news services


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