• Trapped Nicaraguan miners freed

    Trapped Nicaraguan miners freed

    30 August 2014 Last updated at 06:23 Twenty-four trapped Nicaraguan gold miners in the process of being freed, officials say. Eleven men had been rescued and others were expected to be freed soon said Deputy...
  • Oil train regulation passes in California

    SANFRANCISO (Reuters) – California lawmakers on Friday passed legislation requiring railroad companies to tell emergency officials when crude oil trains will chug through the state. The bill would require railroads to notify the state’s Office...
  • American, US Air tickets back on Orbitz

    American, US Air tickets back on Orbitz

    The companies reached a deal, just three days after cutting ties. That was fast. American Airlines tickets are back on Orbitz. It’s been just three days since the nation’s largest airline said it was cutting...
  • Santana, Indians down Royals

    Kansas City, MO (SportsNetwork.com) – Carlos Santana hit a two-run homer and knocked in three as Cleveland took down Kansas City, 6-1, in the first portion of a three-game series. Zach Walters, Jason Kipnis and...
  • EU mulls fresh response to Russia

    EU mulls fresh response to Russia

    30 August 2014 Last updated at 05:11 Ukraine says Russian forces are fighting alongside rebels in the east of the country EU leaders are to meet in Brussels to consider fresh sanctions against Russia following...
  • Breakthrough in light sources for new quantum technology

    Related images(click to enlarge) Electronic circuits are based on electrons, but one of the most promising technologies for future quantum circuits are photonic circuits, i.e. circuits based on light (photons) instead of electrons. First, it...

Headline News

  • Oil train regulation passes in California


    SANFRANCISO (Reuters) – California lawmakers on Friday passed legislation requiring railroad companies to tell emergency officials when crude oil trains will chug through the state. The bill would require railroads to notify the state’s Office of Emergency Services when trains carrying crude oil from Canada and North Dakota are headed to refineries in the most populous U.S. state. It passed its final vote in the Assembly 61-1, with strong bipartisan support in the state legislature in Sacramento. The bill now goes to Democratic Governor Jerry Brown for his signature. “We have a spotlight on this issue because of the seriousness of the risk to public safety that it presents,” said the bill’s author, Democratic Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, whose district encompasses parts of Sacramento along the trains’ route. The legislation follows a disastrous oil train derailment in Canada that killed 47 people and spilled 1.6 million gallons of crude last year. Worried that a similar spill …

    August 30, 2014 12:57 am
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Politics

  • Bill to reform California’s near-solitary prison units dies


    SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) – A bill aimed at easing some conditions for inmates in near-solitary confinement in California prisons has died in the state legislature amid concerns that Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, who has held a tough line on prison issues, would veto it. The measure to allow inmates in the state’s Security Housing Units to keep photographs and make a phone call after three months of good behavior was listed as inactive on Friday after a decision on Thursday evening by state Senator Loni Hancock to drop it, a spokesman said. “I became convinced that to get a bill signed into law would require further weakening it to a point where it could no longer accomplish it goals,” Hancock said.  California has drawn criticism from human rights organizations for its use of prolonged, indeterminate sentencing in its security housing units, which keep some inmates by themselves for nearly 23 hours a day. Last year, …

    August 29, 2014 11:35 pm
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Stocks

  • American, US Air tickets back on Orbitz


    The companies reached a deal, just three days after cutting ties. That was fast. American Airlines tickets are back on Orbitz. It’s been just three days since the nation’s largest airline said it was cutting ties with the online booking agent. Consumers should see that available flights are back on the site immediately, said Orbitz Friday in a statement. The agreement applies to tickets for both American Airlines and US Airways, which merged to form American Airlines Group (AAL) last year. The companies had disagreed over the portion of ticket sales that Orbitz would receive. The online service also offers tickets for United Airlines (UAL), Delta Airlines (DAL) and JetBlue (JBLU), as well as many smaller carriers.   Shares of Orbitz (OWW) rose more than 1% on the news. 8 must have travel apps Annoying airline fees add up to $31.5 billion

    August 30, 2014 12:37 am
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Sports

  • Homer-happy Nationals rock Seattle ace Felix Hernandez in 8-3 Washington win


    A fan reaches for a home run by Washington Nationals’ Bryce Harper as Seattle Mariners center fielder Austin Jackson stretches for it in the eighth inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)The Associated Press Washington Nationals’ Jayson Werth swings on a home run against the Seattle Mariners in the third inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)The Associated Press Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Felix Hernandez (34) waits as Washington Nationals’ Wilson Ramos rounds the bases on a home run in the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)The Associated Press SEATTLE –  Anthony Rendon hit one of Washington’s four homers off Felix Hernandez, and the Nationals showed off their power in an 8-3 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Friday night that snapped a three-game losing streak. Rendon hit a solo shot in …

    August 30, 2014 12:57 am
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World News

  • Trapped Nicaraguan miners freed


    30 August 2014 Last updated at 06:23 Twenty-four trapped Nicaraguan gold miners in the process of being freed, officials say. Eleven men had been rescued and others were expected to be freed soon said Deputy Interior Minister Carlos Najjar. The miners were slightly dehydrated but otherwise in good health, he added. They were trapped when their mine shaft collapsed after heavy rains on Thursday. The collapse happened near Bonanza, a town 420km (260 miles) north-east of the capital Managua.

    August 30, 2014 12:57 am
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Technology

  • Bitcoin entrepreneur Charlie Shrem will plead guilty on US charges


    Bitcoin entrepreneur Charlie Shrem has reached a plea deal to resolve US charges that he engaged in a scheme to sell over $1m of the digital currency to users of the illicit online marketplace Silk Road, his lawyer said on Friday. Shrem, the former vice chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation, will plead guilty next Thursday in New York federal court to unlicensed money transmission, Marc Agnifilo, his lawyer, told Reuters in an email. Prosecutors had previously charged Shrem with operating an unlicensed money transmitting business, money laundering conspiracy and failing to file suspicious activity reports with government banking authorities. Federal authorities shut down Silk Road last year, though a new internet marketplace under the same name was launched in November. Prosecutors contend Silk Road enabled users to buy and sell illegal drugs and other illicit goods and services. Soon after his arrest in January, Shrem stepped down from his role at the Bitcoin Foundation. He …

    August 29, 2014 11:35 pm
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Science

  • Breakthrough in light sources for new quantum technology


    Related images(click to enlarge) Electronic circuits are based on electrons, but one of the most promising technologies for future quantum circuits are photonic circuits, i.e. circuits based on light (photons) instead of electrons. First, it is necessary to be able to create a stream of single photons and control their direction. Researchers around the world have made all sorts of attempts to achieve this control, but now scientists at the Niels Bohr Institute have succeeded in creating a steady stream of photons emitted one at a time and in a particular direction. The breakthrough has been published in the scientific journal Physical Review Letters. Photons and electrons behave very differently at the quantum level. A quantum is the smallest unit in the atomic world and photons are the basic units of light and electrons of electrical current. Electrons are so-called fermions and can easily flow individually, while photons are bosons that prefer to clump together. …

    August 29, 2014 11:56 pm
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Health

  • Better education on breast reconstruction may be needed after cancer


    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – When it comes to deciding to have breast reconstruction after surgery for breast cancer, most women are generally satisfied with the decision-making process, a new study suggests. “Our findings generally were good news – women who wanted reconstruction got it, those who didn’t were generally satisfied with the decision process,” said Dr. Monica Morrow, the study’s lead author from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. The study findings also revealed misunderstandings on the part of some patients. For example, some women who didn’t undergo breast reconstruction said they worried that the implants would interfere with cancer screenings later on, or that they feared the implants. “Our study points to specific topics doctors can address with patients – safety of implants, lack of interference with cancer detection by reconstruction that are of concern to patients,” Morrow wrote in an email. She said that the study also indicates that …

    August 29, 2014 11:35 pm
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Entertainment

  • Ariana Grande explains fan meet-and-greet gone wrong


    Ariana Grande defends her bro Frankie after homophobic slur  Several fans won the chance to meet their idol backstage at the VMAs in an MTV-sponsored contest but said the experience left them crying tears of disappointment rather than tears of joy, according to Yahoo Music. Grande’s teenage superfans Jen and Kelly made the trek from Las Vegas, Nevada, to Los Angeles for a meet-and-greet, but they were horrified by what they say was a too-brief encounter with Grande, who was allegedly very distant. The girls also say that Grande only posed for one selfie with each fan before exiting and ordered her security team to make sure all other pictures of her were deleted from the fans’ phones. Both girls took to Twitter to express their dismay. We won a #MTV contest to meet @ArianaGrande we ended up in tears. Disappointed our idol would treat us like this pic.twitter.com/afeb7irAJv — Jennifer (@HerNamesJen) August 24, 2014 …

    August 29, 2014 11:15 pm
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Editorial

  • What’s in your summer burger? Why your government doesn’t want you to know


      Even if they are not the hippest foodies, most people who buy hamburger for a late summer cookout want to know the source of their ground beef. If not the specific farm or state or even region, whether the meat is American-raised or has traveled across the globe from who knows where matters to a lot of Americans. That insistence on our right to know about our food is why federal law requires that meat be labeled with the country of origin. Or it used to do that. In Washington, a corporate lobby called the American Meat Institute filed a federal lawsuit in support of an effort by foreign countries and international lobbyists to block our right-to-know law. The corporate lobby claims that the “country of origin” rule violates the corporations’ First Amendment “right to refrain from speaking at all.” ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Undaunted by rejection in a federal court in Washington, the global meat …

    August 29, 2014 11:35 pm
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Odd News

  • Arizona man arrested for burning, urinating on Bible


    PHOENIX (Reuters) – A 22-year-old Arizona man calling himself “Dark Lord” has been arrested for allegedly burning a Bible and urinating on it outside a Christian-oriented homeless shelter in northern Arizona, police said on Friday. Eric Minerault was booked into the Yavapai County Detention Center late on Thursday on suspicion of one count of unlawful symbol burning stemming from the incident at the Gospel Rescue Mission, Prescott police spokesman Lieutenant Ken Morley said in a written statement. Police were called to the scene at about 9 p.m. by a mission representative reporting that someone was burning something on the mission’s front steps, Morley said. Officers found Minerault standing on the steps, with a burned and wet Bible on the ground near him. He quickly admitted to the act.  He told officers the mission was selected because he believed it was a place of Christian worship and he was “cursing the Christians,” police said. Asked why, …

    August 29, 2014 7:53 pm
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