Headline News

  • U.S. mother pleads to Islamic State leader for her son’s release


    BOSTON (Reuters) – The mother of an American journalist held captive by militant group Islamic State released a video on Wednesday appealing directly to the group’s leader for his release. “I am sending this message to you, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi al-Quraishi al-Hussaini, the caliph of the Islamic State. I am Shirley Sotloff. My son Steven is in your hands,” Sotloff said in the video, obtained by the New York Times. “I ask you to use your authority to spare his life and to follow the example set by the Prophet Mohammed, who protected people of The Book (Christians and Jews),” she said. She added that her son is an “honorable man and has always tried to help the weak.” Sotloff, 31, went missing in Syria last year while covering the conflict there. Islamic State released of video last week in which he could be seen kneeling following the filmed decapitation of fellow journalist James Foley. …

    August 27, 2014 1:46 pm
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Politics

  • Death certificates would reflect gender identity under California bill


    SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) – Death certificates in California would be changed to reflect the gender identity of people at the time of their death rather than their sex at birth under a bill passed by lawmakers on Wednesday, the latest effort by the state to further the rights of transgender residents. The bill, which passed the state senate on Wednesday and has already passed the state assembly, must now go back to the assembly for final approval of amendments before it is sent to Democratic Governor Jerry Brown to be signed and become law. It is one of several measures aimed at furthering the family rights of LGBT Californians passed this session, including a measure allowing same-sex couples to be listed as mother, father or parent on a child’s birth certificate. “Once we are deceased, we are often at the mercy of others to treat us with dignity,” said California Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, a …

    August 27, 2014 2:47 pm
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Stocks

  • WeedHire: The job search app for the legal pot biz


      Looking for a job in the legal marijuana industry? There’s an app for that. WeedHire is a new app that connects pot labs, dispensaries and even government regulators to potential employees. The Android app debuted this week, and the startup says an iPhone app is now under review by Apple (AAPL, Tech30). Nearly 300 employers nationwide have already posted jobs, ranging from salespeople to weed police. Marijuana is now fully legal in two states — Colorado and Washington. It is also legal for medical use in 21 other states, plus the District of Columbia. Despite an unwavering federal prohibition on weed, it’s a quickly growing industry. The app lets employers post openings. Job seekers can search in a specific geographic area, upload resumes, submit them and share job posts with friends. CNN exclusive: Legal marijuana’s all-cash business and secret banking WeedHire isn’t perfect. The search and contact-saving features are a little buggy. And there …

    August 27, 2014 3:47 pm
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Sports

  • No Franklin, no problem; Vanderbilt Commodores eager for opener vs. Temple with new coach


    NASHVILLE, Tenn. –  The Vanderbilt Commodores have a new coach and are ready to start proving that their winning ways didn’t leave when their last one departed. Derek Mason makes his coaching debut against Temple on Thursday in the nightcap game on the new SEC Network ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT With James Franklin leading them, the Commodores went 9-4 and finished in the Top 25 rankings each of the past two seasons. They are 16-4 over their past 20 games, tied with South Carolina for the second-best record in the Southeastern Conference in that span. Franklin now is coaching Penn State, but he brought plenty of talent to Vanderbilt that’s still on campus. The Commodores feel like they’ve been overlooked in all the success of the past two seasons. “We as players feel that was us,” quarterback Patton Robinette said. “That was what we did . and I feel like we’re ready to show that, indeed, was …

    August 27, 2014 3:48 pm
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World News

  • Netanyahu declares ‘victory’ in Gaza


    27 August 2014 Last updated at 21:29 Mr Netanyahu said the conflict had left Hamas isolated and badly damaged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said the seven-week conflict in Gaza ended in “victory”. The Palestinian Islamist Hamas movement was “hit hard and got none of its demands,” Mr Netanyahu said. Hamas has also claimed the truce represents a victory for Gaza and held a large rally to celebrate it. On Tuesday a ceasefire came into effect after 50 days of fierce fighting in which more than 2,200 people died, most of them Palestinians. In a televised news conference, Mr Netanyahu said Hamas had been “hit hard” and threatened an even tougher response should there be so much as a “sprinkle” of rocket fire from Gaza. He added that Israel “didn’t agree to accept any of Hamas’ demands”. On Wednesday, the UN’s World Food Programme said one of its convoys had entered Gaza for the …

    August 27, 2014 3:48 pm
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Technology

  • Apple wearable rumored to debut with iPhone 6 in September


    More rumors point to a September arrival of an Apple wearable device. But don’t call it the “iWatch” just yet. James Martin/CNET Apple’s long-rumored wrist-worn wearable device will make an appearance at the company’s September iPhone event, according to a new report. Recode is reporting that the event, typically reserved only for the company’s annual refresh of its smartphone line, will also include the introduction of a new wearable device alongside two new iPhones. It’s unclear whether this device will be a smartwatch, already dubbed the “iWatch” by Apple observers. Apple is expected to unveil a 4.7-inch iPhone and possibly a 5.5-inch model as well next month. Less certain is whether the announcement of Apple’s wearable will be pushed back until October, when Apple has typically announced new iPad tablets and Mac computers. If Apple does introduce a wearable at its iPhone event, that would be a departure from the company’s product rollout strategy. It …

    August 27, 2014 2:47 pm
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Science

  • Strange Neutrinos from the Sun Detected for the First Time


    Deep inside the sun pairs of protons fuse to form heavier atoms, releasing mysterious particles called neutrinos in the process. These reactions are thought to be the first step in the chain responsible for 99 percent of the energy the sun radiates, but scientists have never found proof until now. For the first time, physicists have captured the elusive neutrinos produced by the sun’s basic proton fusion reactions.   Earth should be teeming with such neutrinos—calculations suggest about 420 billion of them stream from the sun onto every square inch of our planet’s surface each second—yet they are incredibly hard to find. Neutrinos almost never interact with regular particles and usually fly straight through the empty spaces between the atoms in our bodies and all other normal matter. But occasionally they will collide with an atom and knock an electron loose, creating a quick flash of light visible to extremely sensitive detectors. That is how …

    August 27, 2014 3:07 pm
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Health

  • U.S. CDC says flies home staffer who had ‘low-risk’ contact with Ebola


    CHICAGO (Reuters) – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday it flew an employee back to the United States from West Africa by chartered plane after the staff member came in contact with an international healthcare worker who later tested positive for Ebola. CDC spokesman Tom Skinner said the employee was “feeling fine” and had been scheduled to return to the United States from West Africa anyway. The staffer’s exposure was “low-risk”, the CDC said in a statement. According to the statement, the staff member worked in “close proximity”, which it defined as within three feet, and in the same room with the ill person for a prolonged period during the period that that individual had symptoms. The CDC transported the staff member via chartered plane because its regulations require that people who have contact with Ebola patients who travel long distances must travel by private means for 21 days after …

    August 27, 2014 2:47 pm
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Entertainment

  • Event In South Korea


    Posted on Wed Aug 27th, 2014 12:19pm PDT       By X17 Staff Getty Images for Paramount Megan Fox is looking out of this world in her intergalactic print dress! The mom of two looked stunning at a press conference for her new movie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, in South Korea. For the event, the 28-year-old donned a her thigh-baring, star-print dress. Brian Austin Green’s lady love wore her hair down in loose waves a la old Hollywood glamor. Arriving with her 23-month-old son Noah and six-month-old son Bodhi, the Transformers star flew into Seoul less than 48 hours prior. That’s really a mom on the go! At the press conference, Megan was accompanied by the film’s director Jonathan Liebesman as well as producers Andrew Form and Brad Fuller. Her co-stars Will Arnett and William Fichtner were not in attendance. After the box-office success of the film, Paramount Pictures issued a statement that it plans to release a sequel on …

    August 27, 2014 2:27 pm
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Editorial

  • Florida governor’s race: Expect expensive, bloody battle in Scott vs. Crist showdown


      Florida Republicans and Democrats selected their nominees for governor this week. The voter turnout in Tuesday’s primary for the November election was light and the expected winners prevailed. Republican Rick Scott, the Sunshine State’s incumbent governor was renominated. He will face off against his predecessor – the state’s former GOP Governor Charlie Crist – who is now running for another term as a Democrat. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Christ chose not to run for reelection four years ago and instead decided to run for his state’s vacant U.S. Senate seat. He was heavily favored in the beginning but was blindsided by the candidacy of former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio. Florida is now tied with New York for 3rd place in Electoral votes at 29 and is viewed as the ultimate swing state — having voted for Bush in 2000 and 2004 and for Obama in 2008 and 2012. Rubio was a Tea Party and conservative …

    August 27, 2014 2:47 pm
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Odd News

  • Shaun the sheep, when shorn, may turn out to be world’s woolliest


    SYDNEY (Reuters) – Two Australian farmers say that they may have found the world’s woolliest sheep, whose estimated 25 kg (55 lb) coat, if confirmed, could shatter the world record currently held by neighboring New Zealand. Shaun the sheep was found on Sunday wandering in a country area near the town of Oatlands, 84 km (52 miles) from Hobart, the capital of Tasmania, the largely rural island state off Australia’s southeastern coast. “He couldn’t see very well because of the wool over his face, so I snuck up behind him and grabbed ahold of him,” farmer Peter Hazell told reporters. The six-year-old merino sheep had likely never been shorn in his life, the farmers said, but he was due to have a date with the clippers in the next few days. The Australian farmers say they anticipate Shaun will overtake the current world record, held by a New Zealand sheep called Shrek. (Reporting by Samantha …

    August 27, 2014 2:55 am
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