Headline News

  • Tired of the stoner stereotype, marijuana industry launches ad campaigns promoting moderation


    DENVER –  Marijuana activists in Colorado are tackling old stoner stereotypes in a new ad blitz aimed at promoting moderation and the safe consumption of pot. To get their message across, they are skewering some of the old Drug War-era ads that focused on the fears of marijuana. And they’re warning tourists and first-timers about the potential to get sick from accidentally eating too much medical-grade pot. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The Marijuana Policy Project plans on unveiling a billboard Wednesday in Denver. It shows a woman slumped in a hotel room with the tagline: “Don’t let a candy bar ruin your vacation.” The campaign is a direct response to the state’s post-legalization marijuana-education efforts. Activists say those ad campaigns rely on scare tactics or making fun of people who use marijuana.

    September 17, 2014 1:42 am
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Politics

  • Louisiana Governor Jindal, likely White House contender, touts energy plan


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, a Republican considering a 2016 U.S. presidential run, accused the Obama administration on Tuesday of being “science deniers” when it comes to energy, a critique often aimed at his own party. Jindal, whose state is a major energy producer, unveiled a plan intended to boost U.S. energy production and ease regulations. He said his plan would spur job creation and bolster the U.S. role in global energy. At a breakfast sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor, Jindal told reporters he considered the Obama administration “science deniers when it comes to harnessing America’s energy resources and potential.” He said the administration has delayed approving the expansion of the Keystone XL pipeline despite a favorable environmental assessment from the State Department. Jindal released a six-point energy platform that mirrors the positions taken by other likely Republican presidential contenders. He said that to leverage the energy renaissance fueled by booming shale …

    September 16, 2014 11:00 pm
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Stocks

  • 5 risks for investors buying Alibaba shares


      Alibaba is about to complete what could be the largest initial public offering in history. And by all accounts demand for the shares is huge. But potential investors should know a few things about the Chinese e-commerce juggernaut before buying. 1. Ownership: Alibaba is listing with an unusual corporate structure that will allow its partners to control the board of directors, leaving ordinary shareholders with very little influence. Hong Kong wouldn’t accept the structure, so Alibaba turned to New York, where regulators stopped insisting long ago that shareholders should be in charge. The move is designed to keep co-founder Jack Ma and his partners firmly in control. That’s cool with some investors, but others are rubbed the wrong way. 2. Counterfeits: Alibaba has been on a mission to rid its virtual shopping malls of counterfeit goods in the months leading up to the IPO. But industry experts and company executives say that fakes still …

    September 17, 2014 2:03 am
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Sports

  • Minnesota gov: Adrian Peterson should be suspended


    Minnesota’s governor on Tuesday called on the Minnesota Vikings to suspend star running back Adrian Peterson until an accusation of child abuse is resolved in the Texas legal system. Gov. Mark Dayton added his voice to those questioning the team’s decision to reinstate Peterson after benching him the week before. Peterson is accused of using a wooden switch to spank his 4-year-old son. He has said he was sorry for hurting the child but did not intend to and is not a child abuser. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT “Yes, Mr. Peterson is entitled to due process and should be ‘innocent until proven guilty,’” Dayton said in a written statement. “However, he is a public figure; and his actions, as described, are a public embarrassment to the Vikings organization and the state of Minnesota. Whipping a child to the extent of visible wounds, as has been alleged, should not be tolerated in our state.” Taxpayers in Minnesota are …

    September 17, 2014 1:42 am
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World News

  • Bangladesh Islamist militant spared death sentence


    Bangladesh‘s supreme court has commuted the death sentence of an Islamist political leader whose conviction last year for war crimes during the country’s 1971 war for independence sparked deadly protests. Delwar Hossain Sayedee, one of the leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami, must remain in prison “for the rest of his natural life”, said the chief justice, Muzammel Hossain. The judge did not explain his decision for reducing the sentence. A war crimes tribunal convicted Sayedee in February 2013 for eight counts involving mass killings, rape and atrocities committed during the nine-month war against Pakistan in 1971. His death sentence sparked days of clashes that killed at least 70 people across the country. Jamaat-e-Islami, the largest Islamist party in the Muslim-majority country, campaigned against the independence war but denies committing any atrocities. Bangladesh claims 3 million people died during the war and millions fled to neighbouring India. The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, has called the trials a long-overdue …

    September 17, 2014 2:03 am
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Technology

  • Leica M Edition 60 camera scraps the screen for photo purists


    All this luxury and limited edition status comes at a cost — namely 15,000 Euros, which equates to around US$19,429, AU$21,394, or £11,946. As mentioned earlier, only 600 of these cameras are being made, and each will come individually numbered. For us mere mortals who can’t afford that luxurious price tag, Leica has put together an unboxing video which gives you the experience of owning one of the cameras without needing to take out a hefty bank loan. The Leica M Edition 60 will be available from selected Leica stores from October.

    September 16, 2014 11:01 pm
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Science

  • Could Air Fresheners During Pregnancy Boost Childhood Asthma Risk?


    Everyday exposure to a ubiquitous compound that makes plastics flexible and stabilizes air fresheners may result in lasting damage to children’s respiratory systems. The first study to explore the relationship between phthalates during pregnancy and future childhood asthma reveals a strong link between the two, but cannot conclusively say that asthma is a result of the exposure.   Phthalates are known to impede the endocrine system, the regulatory mechanism that dictates hormonal distribution in the body. The chemicals’ disruptive prowess have been linked to health problems including birth defects, cancers and diabetes. Yet until now there has been no data to suggest they were also harming children’s respiratory systems.   This new study of 300 inner-city women and their children found that women who were exposed to elevated levels of two common phthalates—butylbenzl phthalate and di-n-butyl phthalate—during pregnancy were more likely to have children who developed asthma. The researchers discovered this by scouring metabolites in …

    September 16, 2014 11:21 pm
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Health

  • GAO report warns of security risks in U.S. healthcare website


    (Reuters) – HealthCare.gov, President Barack Obama’s health insurance exchange, has security and privacy protection vulnerabilities, a U.S. government watchdog reported on Tuesday, nearly a year after the website’s troubled rollout. The General Accounting Office (GAO) said that despite steps taken by the Centers for Medicare Medicaid Services (CMS) for security and privacy protection, weaknesses remain in the processes used for managing information security and privacy. The GAO also identified issues regarding the technical implementation of IT security controls. “Until these weaknesses are addressed, increased and unnecessary risks remain of unauthorized access, disclosure, or modification of the information collected and maintained by Healthcare.gov…”, the GAO said. The report follows a security breach on the website in August. An unknown computer hacker infiltrated the HealthCare.gov website, apparently uploading malicious files. “The president and his administration launched HealthCare.gov knowing that the personal information of Americans who bought insurance through the website was not safe. Their personal information was not …

    September 16, 2014 11:00 pm
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Entertainment

  • Joan Rivers’ doctor took a selfie in the OR


    Joan Rivers died after doctor went rogue But in Joan Rivers’ personal doctor’s case, it’s totally sleazy. According to the New York Daily News, the legendary comedienne’s personal doctor took a quick break while Rivers was under anesthesia during an Aug. 28 procedure — to grab a selfie with the star. CNN reports the snap happened just before Rivers went into cardiac arrest — the first in a series of events that would ultimately lead to her death a few days later. The doctor, who has not yet been named publicly by investigators, is already under fire for taking over during Rivers’ routine throat procedure at an outpatient endoscopy clinic in New York. Reports say the doctor wasn’t authorized to practice at the private facility and that, after seeing something suspicious on Rivers’ vocal cords that might have been a cancerous mass, he elected to perform an unplanned biopsy at the clinic that would have been …

    September 17, 2014 12:41 am
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Editorial

  • School orders girl to remove ‘Virginity Rocks’ shirt


    Virginity does not rock at Ramay Junior High School in Fayetteville, Arkansas. That’s the lesson 13-year-old Chloe Rubiano learned. Chloe is in the eighth grade. She is also a good church-going girl. So you can imagine her mom’s surprise when she got in trouble at school. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Chloe showed up at school wearing a T-shirt that reads: “Virginity Rocks.” “It’s a positive message,” said Bambi Crozier, Chloe’s mom. Apparently some folks at Ramay Junior High don’t understand the concept of virginity. But school officials disagreed. They said the shirt could cause a classroom disruption and contained sexual content. Apparently some folks at Ramay Junior High don’t understand the concept of virginity. The 13-year-old, who bought the shirt at a Christian music festival, was told she had to change shirts. “It was so bizarre,” Mrs. Crozier told me. “She had the shirt for several years at wore it a number of times to school.” CLICK …

    September 16, 2014 11:00 pm
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Odd News

  • Swiss keeper shocked after fans urinate in his water bottle


    (Reuters) – A Swiss goalkeeper has threatened legal action after fans of a rival lower league team urinated in his water bottle and then taunted him when, unawares, he took a sip during a match at the weekend. FC Muri goalkeeper Reto Felder said he had felt sick after tasting the warm contents of the bottle, which he had left near the goalpost during the 1. Liga (third tier) game at FC Baden near Zurich. “The idea of drinking piss is simply intolerable,” the Aargauer Zeitung website (www.aargauerzeitung.ch) quoted the 34-year-old player as saying, adding that he was waiting for an analysis of video evidence before further action. “What if next time it is something that knocks you out?,” added Felder. Swiss tabloid Blick reported that the unidentified fans had persuaded a ball boy behind the goal to pass them the bottle during the second half of the match. The paper said the fans shouted …

    September 16, 2014 7:17 pm
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