• Hypoallergenic nuts to solve nut allergies

    Hypoallergenic nuts to solve nut allergies

    It was just a baby-tooth-sized nibble of a peanut butter sandwich — but it was enough to send 18-month-old Gus into a violent coughing fit. Within minutes, his skin erupted into hives, and his eyelids...
  • Woman ‘saw Congo colonel order rape’

    22 August 2014 Last updated at 16:09 By Maud Jullien BBC Africa, Kalehe Lt Col Bedi Mobuli Engangela was a militia leader before joining the army A woman who was gang-raped and burned in her...
  • Israel vows response to boy’s death

    Israel vows response to boy’s death

    22 August 2014 Last updated at 20:31 Mr Netanyahu sent his condolences to the boy’s family and accused Hamas of firing the rocket that killed him Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said military operations...
  • Report: Wisconsin names McEvoy starting QB

    Philadelphia, PA –  Madison, WI (SportsNetwork.com) – Tanner McEvoy will reportedly be the starting quarterback for the 14th-ranked Wisconsin Badgers when the school kicks off its schedule Aug. 30 against 13th-ranked LSU. According to the...
  • Miley Cyrus Banned From The Dominican Republic

    Miley Cyrus Banned From The Dominican Republic

    Posted on Fri Aug 22nd, 2014 11:30am PDT       By X17 Staff Her vulgar antics aren’t welcome there! Miley Cyrus has been banned from performing in the Dominican Republic because her on-stage behavior is too raunchy. The...

Headline News

  • Penn ex-justice won’t have to send out photo of self in handcuffs


    HARRISBURG Pa. (Reuters) – A former Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice is studying an appeals court ruling that upheld her corruption conviction but released her from a requirement that she send a photo of herself in handcuffs to other judges, her lawyer said on Friday. The former justice, Joan Orie Melvin, was found guilty last year of using public employees to work in her 2009 campaign for a seat on the Supreme Court. In upholding the conviction, the Pennsylvania Superior Court ruled on Thursday that a requirement that she send the photographs as part of her punishment went too far and was not authorized under the state’s sentencing code. “This condition was not imposed to promote her rehabilitation, but rather to shame and humiliate her in the eyes of her former colleagues in the judiciary,” Superior Court Judge Christine Donohue wrote. Melvin’s lawyer, Patrick Casey of Scranton, said his client was disappointed the court had upheld …

    August 22, 2014 3:51 pm
    0 Comments

Politics

  • California Freshman Airs First Ad in Competitive House Race


    By Emily Cahn Posted at noon today 0 Tweet Brownley is a California Democrat. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo) Rep. Julia Brownley, D-Calif., went up Friday with her first ad of the cycle, touting her commitment to women’s issues. “I believe we are strongest when women are in charge of their own decisions,” Brownley says in the 30-second spot, which will air on cable districtwide and was provided first to CQ Roll Call. “That’s why I will always fight for equal pay for equal work, and defend your right to choose.” Brownley is seeking re-election in California’s 26th District, attempting to fend off GOP state Sen. Jeff Gorell. The Ventura County-based seat leans Democrat, but party officials are quietly sounding the alarm that a non-presidential cycle drop in turnout could imperil Brownley. The ad comes a day after House Majority PAC, a Democratic super PAC that supports House Democrats, also sent $46,000 in direct …

    August 22, 2014 1:08 pm
    0 Comments

Stocks

  • Hypoallergenic nuts to solve nut allergies


    It was just a baby-tooth-sized nibble of a peanut butter sandwich — but it was enough to send 18-month-old Gus into a violent coughing fit. Within minutes, his skin erupted into hives, and his eyelids swelled shut. His mother, Laura Hass, rushed him from their Palm Beach, Florida, home to the ER. At a red light, she glanced in the rearview mirror — her son’s head hung limply to one side, his cries replaced by silence. Gus had suffered — but luckily survived — anaphylaxis, a potentially fatal reaction. Tests later revealed he had allergies to peanuts and tree nuts, like almonds and hazelnuts, the mere scent of which makes his eyes and throat itch. Now 5 years old, Gus politely refuses his friends’ high fives, lest they bear traces of MM’s or other nut-containing products. Hass carries baby wipes everywhere, cleaning every surface within his reach. Yet Gus still suffers a reaction roughly once …

    August 22, 2014 4:11 pm
    0 Comments

Sports

  • Washington Post editorial board no longer using word ‘Redskins’


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Washington Post editorial board will generally avoid using the word “Redskins” when referring to Washington’s football team, it announced on Friday, saying the term denigrates Native Americans. A growing number of newspapers and sportswriters, including the Post’s Mike Wise, have said they will no longer use the team’s moniker. “While we wait for the NFL to catch up with public opinion and common decency we have decided not to use the slur ourselves except when it is essential for clarity or effect,” the board said in a statement, referring to the National Football League. The editorial board controls only the paper’s opinion pages and is separate from the Post’s news-gathering side, which will continue to use the name, Marty Baron, the paper’s executive editor, said. “Standard operating policy in the newsroom has been to use the names that established institutions choose for themselves,” Baron said. “That remains our policy, as we …

    August 22, 2014 3:51 pm
    0 Comments

World News

  • Woman ‘saw Congo colonel order rape’


    22 August 2014 Last updated at 16:09 By Maud Jullien BBC Africa, Kalehe Lt Col Bedi Mobuli Engangela was a militia leader before joining the army A woman who was gang-raped and burned in her house has told a military court in the Democratic Republic of Congo she saw an army colonel give the orders. She is one of some 1,000 people who have named Lt Col Bedi Mobuli Engangela, who is on trial for war crimes and crimes against humanity. He has denied all the charges. The UN says the trial is a test case for the Congolese military, which has often failed to convict high-ranking officers accused of sexual violence. The woman, whose name was not disclosed, insisted on showing her wounds to the judges. The woman covered up her entire body and face… But showed her injuries to the judges through a hole in this box But she did not want Col …

    August 22, 2014 3:51 pm
    0 Comments

Technology

  • Your keyboard might know what you’re feeling


    Josh Miller/CNET Go ahead and try to hide how you’re feeling. Your keystrokes could rat you out. Researchers in Bangladesh have designed a computer program that analyzes typing and text patterns to identify emotional states. While both methods have been used before to detect computer users’ emotions, the researchers combined them, for the first time, they say, and saw promising results — software that nails mood as much as 87 percent of the time. A.F.M. Nazmul Haque Nahin and his colleagues at the Islamic University of Technology detail their work in the latest issue of the journal Behavior and Information Technology. They say the findings could be significant to the development of emotionally aware computer systems as their approach relies on less expensive, and less intrusive, methods than tools like voice analysis, facial sensors, thermal imaging, and gesture tracking. “Combining both keyboard dynamics with text pattern analysis can be more effective to detect user emotion…however, …

    August 22, 2014 9:06 am
    0 Comments

Science

  • How the Jaguar Saved My Life [Excerpt]


    Excerpted with permission from An Indomitable Beast: The Remarkable Journey of the Jaguar, by Alan Rabinowitz. Copyright © Island Press, 2014.   My earliest memories are filled with pain, embarrassment, and coming to terms with the reality, reinforced by adults, that I was one of life’s broken creatures. Born with a debilitating stutter and placed in public school classes for “special” children, I found it easiest to live inside my own head and withdraw from the world of people as much as a child can. My place of greatest comfort in those early years was the closet in my room in my parent’s New York City home. In this small, dark world, I felt normal, I wasn’t scared to speak, and I could live out my fantasies. My companions, a little menagerie of chameleons, green turtles, garter snakes, and hamsters, were the only living beings around me that seemed to listen but not judge. They …

    August 22, 2014 9:27 am
    0 Comments

Health

  • WHO warns of ‘shadow zones’, hidden cases in Ebola outbreak


    GENEVA (Reuters) – The scale of the world’s worst Ebola outbreak has been concealed by families hiding infected loved ones in their homes and the existence of “shadow zones” that medics cannot enter, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday. The U.N. agency issued a statement detailing why the outbreak in West Africa had been underestimated, following criticism that it had moved too slowly to contain the killer virus, now spreading out of control. Independent experts raised similar concerns a month ago that the contagion could be worse than reported because suspicious local inhabitants are chasing away health workers and shunning treatment. More than 1,300 people have died from the disease and many experts do not expect the epidemic to be brought under control this year. Under-reporting of cases is a problem especially in Liberia and Sierra Leone. The WHO said it was now working with Medecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and the U.S. Centers …

    August 22, 2014 1:09 pm
    0 Comments

Entertainment

  • Miley Cyrus Banned From The Dominican Republic


    Posted on Fri Aug 22nd, 2014 11:30am PDT       By X17 Staff Her vulgar antics aren’t welcome there! Miley Cyrus has been banned from performing in the Dominican Republic because her on-stage behavior is too raunchy. The government commission released a statement Thursday that explained the singer “undertakes acts that go against morals and customs, which are punishable by Dominican law.” It sounds like they think riding a giant hot dog while flashing your crotch isn’t tasteful! This isn’t the first time the “We Can’t Stop” songstress has been criticized for being too sexual! We all remember her VMA performance with Robin Thicke!   Stories from around the Web

    August 22, 2014 2:50 pm
    0 Comments

Editorial

  • CDC director on Ebola crisis: Why I am going to Africa


      CDC disease detective Kelsey Mirkovic, just back from West Africa, tells of working to gain the confidence of village leaders and train community health workers to spread the word about how to avoid getting – and stop spreading – Ebola.  “The community health workers are key in the effort to stop Ebola because they are working with people in their villages every day. But if they meet with resistance, it’s the village chief who can make the difference. “ An encounter in one village, resolved with the help of the chief, taught Kelsey valuable lessons in how to reach people and communicate more effectively.  A grateful chief presented Kelsey with a symbolic gift of cocoa pods and a coffee plant.  For her, the gift symbolized the important connection made and confidence gained with a trusted community leader. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Kelsey and her colleagues are fulfilling our promise to the people of West Africa, Americans, …

    August 22, 2014 1:09 pm
    0 Comments

Odd News

  • It’s ‘bone-appétit’ for California pooches under new law


    (Reuters) – California diners can now legally enjoy a meal on a restaurant patio with their dogs in tow, under a law signed Thursday by Governor Jerry Brown that eliminates health code regulations banning restaurant owners from allowing pooches on the premises. Starting next year, California canines will be allowed to dine al fresco if they are wearing leashes or are relaxing in a carrier. ““I wish everyone ‘bone-appétit,’” quipped Democratic Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, the law’s author. “Restaurateurs in California will see more businesses catering to their customers and the canine companions they love.” The new law clarifies a section of the state’s health code that banned dogs from restaurants altogether, including on outdoor patios or courtyards. The rule has caused confusion because some local governments choose to enforce the law, while others turned a blind eye. In counties where local officials were more lax about enforcement, restaurant owners who encouraged their guests to bring …

    August 22, 2014 1:19 am
    0 Comments