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  • Iowa enters 2015 with questions at WR

    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Iowa wide receiver Tevaun Smith drew attention this offseason by catching 41 passes in 60 seconds with just one hand, a feat captured for a video that’s been viewed over 200,000...
  • ‘Turkish workers seized’ in Iraq

    ‘Turkish workers seized’ in Iraq

    At least 17 Turkish construction workers have been kidnapped by gunmen in the north of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, security officials say. The workers were employees of a company building a sports complex in the...
  • Knee and hip replacements may be bad for the heart

    Contrary to recent reports, Boston-based researchers found that osteoarthritis patients who had total knee or hip joint replacement surgery, known as arthroplasty, were at increased risk of heart attack (myocardial infarction) in the early post-operative...

Headline News

  • California agrees to end unlimited isolation of imprisoned gang leaders


    April 26, 2002: This file photo provided by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, shows Todd Ashker, a validated leader of the Aryan Brotherhood, who has been in the Security Housing Unit since 1992. (AP) SACRAMENTO, Calif. –  California agreed Tuesday to end its unlimited isolation of imprisoned gang leaders, restricting a practice that once kept hundreds of inmates in notorious segregation units for a decade or longer. No other state keeps so many inmates segregated for so long, according to the Center for Constitutional Rights. The New York City-based nonprofit center represents inmates in a class-action federal lawsuit settled on behalf of nearly 3,000 California inmates held in segregation statewide. The state is agreeing to segregate only inmates who commit new crimes behind bars and will no longer lock gang members in soundproofed, windowless cells solely to keep them from directing illegal activities by gang members. “It will move California more into the mainstream …

    September 2, 2015 2:56 am
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Politics

  • Senate Majority PAC Releases Second Ad Attacking Ayotte at Home


    By Emily Cahn Posted at 12:01 a.m. today 0 Tweet Ayotte, center, is the target of a new ad by a Democratic super PAC. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) Senate Majority PAC, a super PAC that backs Senate Democrats, on Wednesday released its second ad attacking Sen. Kelly Ayotte, the New Hampshire Republican who is a top target in 2016. The 30-second spot, which runs through Sept. 17, blasts Ayotte for “helping the Washington special interests, not you,” charging the freshman Republican with supporting tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas. The ad is backed by a $300,000 buy, WMUR reported Monday. It’s Senate Majority PAC’s second ad in the race, and brings Democrats’ total spending in the state to $550,000. Republican groups, on the other hand, have spent more than $2 million attacking Gov. Maggie Hassan — who Democrats hope will challenge Ayotte in 2016. Hassan is still mulling whether to run, a decision she’s put on hold …

    September 2, 2015 3:15 am
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Stocks

  • Buying a laptop? Here’s how to make sense of Intel’s new Core chips


    Intel’s new sixth-generation Core processors double performance over the past generation. Kids are going back to school and Microsoft released a new version of Windows. That means it’s officially laptop buying season. Buying a new laptop is difficult. You have to choose between a dozen or so computer brands, each with its own multiple lines of laptops, each of which comes in various iterations and confusing specifications. (What’s better: The HP Spectre x360 13-4100dx or the MacBook MK4M2LL/A?) It’s enough to make your head hurt. Now you’ve got yet another consideration: Intel (INTC, Tech30) introduced a new lineup of Core processors on Wednesday, and you’ve got not one, not two, but six to choose from. The new chips are Intel’s sixth-generation Core processors. Intel claims that the new chips double the performance, triple the battery life and deliver improved graphics over the previous models. The smaller-sized chips will also let PC makers build their new …

    September 2, 2015 2:15 am
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Sports

  • Iowa enters 2015 with questions at WR


    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Iowa wide receiver Tevaun Smith drew attention this offseason by catching 41 passes in 60 seconds with just one hand, a feat captured for a video that’s been viewed over 200,000 times on YouTube. Hardly anyone outside of Iowa City has seen much from of the rest of the Hawkeyes receivers, though. One of Iowa’s biggest question marks – outside of Smith, of course – is who is going to emerge from an inexperienced group of wideouts. Senior Jacob Hillyer and junior Matt VandeBerg, the two starters listed alongside Smith for Saturday’s opener against Illinois State, combined for just 25 receptions last season. Junior Riley McCarron, the first guy off the bench, didn’t catch a pass last year. Still, Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz believes those four receivers give the Hawkeyes a strong core to build around. ”I think that group has really improved. We have four guys we have great confidence …

    September 2, 2015 2:56 am
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World News

  • ‘Turkish workers seized’ in Iraq


    At least 17 Turkish construction workers have been kidnapped by gunmen in the north of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, security officials say. The workers were employees of a company building a sports complex in the Sadr City district. They had been sleeping in caravans at the site when the gunmen arrived in vehicles at dawn and took them away, officials told the Associated Press. Neither the identity nor the motive of the kidnappers was immediately known. Turkey recently began carrying out air strikes against Islamic State (IS) in northern Iraq and allowing US warplanes to use its bases to bomb the jihadist group.

    September 2, 2015 2:36 am
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Technology

  • Intel launches Skylake processors


    Image caption Skylake uses the same 14 nanometre-sized transistors as the last-generation Broadwell chips, but arranges them in a new design Intel has launched its latest range of processors, codenamed Skylake, targeting everything from high-powered gaming rigs to computes the size of a USB stick. The “sixth generation” Core family promises improved performance, battery life and graphics-power thanks to a new microarchitecture. The chips have also been optimised to handle 4K videos better. But the US company may find it hard to convince users they need new devices. Microsoft is offering its latest operating system – Windows 10 – as a free upgrade to consumers and suggests its software should not be more taxing on processors than Windows 7 or Windows 8. In the past, many households bought new PCs when they wanted to upgrade the operating systems, but they might not do so this time round. In addition, a slowdown in China’s economy and …

    September 1, 2015 11:30 pm
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Science

  • Knee and hip replacements may be bad for the heart


    Contrary to recent reports, Boston-based researchers found that osteoarthritis patients who had total knee or hip joint replacement surgery, known as arthroplasty, were at increased risk of heart attack (myocardial infarction) in the early post-operative period. However, findings published in Arthritis Rheumatology, a journal of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR), indicate that long-term risk of heart attack did not persist, while the risk for venous thromboembolism–blood clot in veins and lungs–remained years after the procedure. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, affecting 27 million Americans over the age of 25 according to the ACR. As the joint cartilage and bone deteriorates, knee or hip replacement surgery may be the only option to relieve pain and stiffness, and restore mobility. Previous studies estimate that 1.8 million arthroplasty procedures are performed each year worldwide, and that number may increase as the population ages. “While evidence shows that joint replacement surgery improves pain, function, and …

    September 2, 2015 2:36 am
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Health

  • Cutting-Edge Gene Tests May Improve Management of Autism


    TUESDAY, Sept. 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A pair of genetic tests could help parents and doctors better understand the numerous challenges that a child newly diagnosed with autism might face throughout life, a new study suggests. The tests tracked down genes that could explain the nature of a child’s autism susceptibility in nearly 16 percent of cases, according to findings published Sept. 1 in the Journal of the American Medical Association. That number increased to almost 38 percent when researchers used the cutting-edge tests to assess children with certain physical abnormalities. These birth defects are an indication that those children had suffered developmental problems stretching back to the womb, said senior study author Dr. Bridget Fernandez, chair of genetic medicine at Memorial University of Newfoundland in Canada. Fernandez and her colleagues anticipate that genetic testing of children with autism will continue to increase. She and some other experts believe that, based on the study …

    September 2, 2015 2:56 am
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Entertainment

  • Melissa Rivers Takes Over For Her Mom On Fashion Police, Kelly Osbourne Shows Her Support


    Posted on Tue Sep 1st, 2015 8:04am PDT       By X17 Staff Christopher Polk/NBCUniversal Melissa Rivers took the reigns on Fashion Police on Monday night. It’s the now-controversial show’s first show since March — and it was a hot one! Rivers took over hosting after her mother, Joan Rivers, unexpectedly died on Sept. 4, 2014. In the cold open, the 47-year-old said, “Hi, yeah, it’s been a little bit of a crazy year around here, and, well, I’m still cleaning up messes. But the good news is, Fashion Police is back.” On the show, which is also hosted by Brad Goreski and Giuliana Rancic, the trio and some fun guests took aim at Sunday night’s MTV Video Music Awards. The episode also featured a new segment called “What Would Joan Say?” which is a tribute to the late host. Surprisingly, former co-host Kelly Osbourne was on board, sending flowers and tweeting her support,”@MelRivers congratulations on an awesome …

    September 2, 2015 2:56 am
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Editorial

  • Is Joe Biden Democrats’ Plan B?


    Someone is trying to send Hillary Clinton a message. Actually, a whole lot of someones — including Democrats — seem to be sending Clinton a series of messages. Politicians communicate in the oddest way. They make speeches, have meetings, attend events — all to send signals to one another. Like the one that Clinton has been getting: “Watch out. You’re losing support.”  What are Clinton’s fellow Democrats supposed to do to get her attention? Send an email?   Every few days it seems, there is another signal that Vice President Joe Biden might be getting ready to do something that would have seemed unthinkable at this time last year — challenge the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination. It’s been a cruel summer for Clinton, who has lost a third of her support in Iowa since May. In the latest indication that a major political bombshell could be coming after Labor Day, Biden said this during …

    September 2, 2015 1:55 am
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Odd News

  • First Dane goes into space — to test bike gear


    COPENHAGEN Denmark will send its first man into space on Wednesday and in keeping with the country’s love of all things cycling, one of his jobs will be to test new equipment on Danish-made exercise bikes at the International Space Station. Dubbed “Denmark’s Gagarin” by European Space Agency officials after the first man in space, Andreas Mogensen will lift off at 0437 GMT (12:37 a.m. EDT) accompanied by Russian Sergei Volkov and Kazakh Aidyn Aimbetov on ESA’s 10-day “sprint” mission. The aim is to test equipment in areas of telerobotics and communications as well as monitoring the impact of space travel on Mogensen himself as his short voyage is unique in missions that normally last several months, according to ESA. But he will also test out a new heart rate monitor and force-measuring pedals on exercise bikes built by the Danish Aerospace Company (DAC), according to the company’s website. The Danish exercise bikes — with …

    September 1, 2015 10:46 am
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