• UN calls for $1bn to fight Ebola

    UN calls for $1bn to fight Ebola

    16 September 2014 Last updated at 13:23 More than $1bn (£618m) is needed to fight the West Africa Ebola outbreak – a tenfold increase in the past month, the UN’s Ebola co-ordinator has said. David...
  • Amtrak service between Washington and Philly suspended

    WASHINGTON –  Downed wires have suspended Amtrak service between Washington and Philadelphia, and are affecting riders of Maryland Area Regional Commuter trains. Amtrak says in a statement that its Amtrak Acela Express and Northeast Regional...
  • FIFA executive committee probed over World Cup watches

    BERNE, (Reuters) – Soccer’s governing body FIFA is investigating whether any ethics rules were broken when members of its executive committee received commemorative watches from sponsors of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) at the World...
  • Ukraine rebels to get self-rule

    Ukraine rebels to get self-rule

    16 September 2014 Last updated at 12:28 A shaky ceasefire has been in place in eastern Ukraine since 5 September Rebel-controlled regions of eastern Ukraine have been granted self-rule and fighters have been given an...
  • Debate on internet fast lanes ends

    Debate on internet fast lanes ends

    16 September 2014 Last updated at 12:28 Should the internet have fast and slow lanes? ISPs think yes but content providers do not More than three million comments, from consumers, companies and other groups, have...
  • Obama to send 3,000 troops to tackle Ebola

    WASHINGTON/GENEVA (Reuters) – The United States announced on Tuesday that it would send 3,000 troops to help tackle the Ebola outbreak as part of a ramped-up response including a major deployment in Liberia, the country...

Headline News

  • Amtrak service between Washington and Philly suspended


    WASHINGTON –  Downed wires have suspended Amtrak service between Washington and Philadelphia, and are affecting riders of Maryland Area Regional Commuter trains. Amtrak says in a statement that its Amtrak Acela Express and Northeast Regional Service between Washington and Philadelphia are down because of the wires. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The company says engineers are working to fix the problem as quickly and safely as possible but there’s no estimate for service restoration. On its website, MARC says there’s no service at its Perryville and Aberdeen stations. MARC says commuters can use the Edgewood and Martins Airport stations, which are operating on a normal schedule. Spokespeople at MARC and Amtrak did not immediately return calls for comment early Tuesday morning. VIDEO: AMTRAK PULLING OUT OF SMALL TOWNS?

    September 16, 2014 7:23 am
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Politics

  • U.S. lawmakers move toward arming Syrian rebels, with conditions


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives will begin debating legislation on Tuesday to give President Barack Obama approval for arming and training rebels who oppose both Islamic State militants and Syria’s government. Republican lawmakers unveiled a measure, written with input from the White House, that would quickly provide the authority – but not the funding – that Obama wants to equip and train the moderate Syrian rebels. The measure sets conditions including barring the use of U.S. ground forces and requiring the administration to submit regular progress reports on the plan and its vetting of the rebels receiving the training and equipment. The plan is a major component of Obama’s campaign to stop Islamic State militants who have seized large swaths of Iraq and Syria, where both the Islamic State and the moderate rebels are waging a three-year-long civil war against the government of President Bashar al-Assad. “I think the new language is …

    September 16, 2014 2:36 am
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Stocks

  • United attendants can get up to $100,000 to leave their job


    United Airlines is about to make some of its flight attendants very happy on their way out the door. The airline and the flight attendants’ union have agreed to voluntary buyout packages worth up to $100,000 for the more senior flight attendants. The offer also means that flight attendants now on temporary layoff will be recalled to work. Related: Airlines’ annoying fees add up to $31.5 billion The airline did not disclose how many buyouts will be paid out, or if there will be net reduction of staff at the carrier as a result. United (UAL) has more than 23,000 flight attendants now on staff. The airline also did not disclose the typical pay for its flight attendants. Salary tracker glassdoor.com puts flight attendant annual pay at the airline at just under $36,000, which is in line with Labor Department estimates for pay for the job. Senior flight attendants who are being offered the buyouts …

    September 16, 2014 7:45 am
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Sports

  • FIFA executive committee probed over World Cup watches


    BERNE, (Reuters) – Soccer’s governing body FIFA is investigating whether any ethics rules were broken when members of its executive committee received commemorative watches from sponsors of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) at the World Cup. “The CBF distributed commemorative watches at the FIFA World Cup in Brazil from their own sponsor (as part of the association’s centennial celebrations) to various people, including the members of the FIFA executive committee,” said soccer’s governing body in a statement. “The ethics committee was informed about this accordingly in June 2014 and is dealing with the matter.” FIFA said the chairmen of its ethics committee, Michael Garcia, and audit and compliance committee, Domenico Scala, had previously barred the executive committee members, as well as president Sepp Blatter, from receiving watches provided by Hublot, its own official timekeeper. “The two chairmen determined in June 2014 that this would not be permitted under the organization’s compliance rules and as such …

    September 16, 2014 7:23 am
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World News

  • UN calls for $1bn to fight Ebola


    16 September 2014 Last updated at 13:23 More than $1bn (£618m) is needed to fight the West Africa Ebola outbreak – a tenfold increase in the past month, the UN’s Ebola co-ordinator has said. David Nabarro made the announcement as the World Health Organization (WHO) described the health crisis as “unparalleled in modern times”. It has killed 2,461 people this year, half of the 4,985 infected by the virus, the global health body said. There has been criticism of the slow international response to the epidemic. Later, the US president is to announce plans to send 3,000 troops to Liberia, one of countries worst-affected by the outbreak, to help fight the virus. It is understood the US military will oversee building new treatment centres and help train medical staff. The outbreak began in Guinea before spreading to its neighbours Sierra Leone and Liberia. Nigeria and Senegal have reported some cases, but seem to have contained …

    September 16, 2014 7:45 am
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Technology

  • Debate on internet fast lanes ends


    16 September 2014 Last updated at 12:28 Should the internet have fast and slow lanes? ISPs think yes but content providers do not More than three million comments, from consumers, companies and other groups, have been submitted to a controversial US debate on the future of the net. The debate centres on a proposal to allow ISPs, such as Comcast and Verizon, to introduce so-called fast lanes which would deliver paid-for traffic to users more quickly and reliably. Content providers and net advocate groups believe that would destroy the principle of net neutrality. The debate closed on 15 September. US regulation watchdog the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is in charge of making the changes. Devilish detail It has been forced to rethink its existing net neutrality rules following a court case in January which ruled that ISP Verizon could charge to carry traffic from bandwidth-heavy services such as Netflix. It was seen as a challenge …

    September 16, 2014 6:42 am
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Science

  • Rosetta reveals its target landing site


    On target: the primary landing location – Site J The European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission has pinpointed the spot where its Philae landing module will touch down on the surface of a comet in November this year. The site, along with a second “back-up” location, has been chosen after much deliberation, and sits in the “head” of the comet – an area that is thought to be relatively flat and devoid of large boulders. The region, dubbed Site J, was one of five locations that the team considered as potential landing sites on the oddly shaped Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, which is just over 4 km across at its widest point. The 100 kg Philae should reach the comet’s surface on 11 November, if all goes to plan. Images taken by Rosetta in July showed that the comet’s nucleus is made up of two distinct segments joined by a “neck”, giving it a “rubber-duck”-like appearance. The team revealed earlier today that the …

    September 16, 2014 2:57 am
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Health

  • Obama to send 3,000 troops to tackle Ebola


    WASHINGTON/GENEVA (Reuters) – The United States announced on Tuesday that it would send 3,000 troops to help tackle the Ebola outbreak as part of a ramped-up response including a major deployment in Liberia, the country where the epidemic is spiraling fastest out of control. The U.S. response to the crisis, to be formally unveiled later by President Barack Obama, includes plans to build 17 treatment centers, train thousands of healthcare workers and establish a military control center for coordination, U.S. officials told reporters. The World Health Organization has said it needs foreign medical teams with 500-600 experts as well as at least 10,000 local health workers, numbers that may rise if the number of cases increases, as it is widely expected to. So far Cuba and China have said they will send medical staff to Sierra Leone. Cuba will deploy 165 people in October while China is sending a mobile laboratory with 59 staff to …

    September 16, 2014 6:42 am
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Entertainment

  • Mindy Kaling admits B.J. Novak was the love of her life


    Mindy Kaling’s maternal clock is ticking and she knows it  Kaling joined Howard Stern on Monday, Sept. 15 and she opened up about her past love, B.J. Novak. Stern asked if she had any lost loves that got away. “He’s a good friend of mine, yeah. He’s my best friend. He broke up with me,” Kaling told Stern, according to Us Weekly. “It was years and years ago that that breakup happened. I was so sad, not angry, sad. That was the hottest I ever looked ’cause I stopped eating. When I get depressed, I stop eating. I was so miserable and so beautiful.” Even though Kaling was being vague, Stern pushed her and said he knew it had to be Novak, to which Kaling replied, “Yes, you’re correct. Not that you’re Sherlock Holmes, Howard. He’s legitimately one of my best friends. I love him, and I think he’s a great person, Kaling also joked …

    September 16, 2014 4:19 am
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Editorial

  • The jobs plan America needs: Let’s develop our untapped energy resources


    It’s the kind of stimulus that could get our country moving again—creating millions of jobs, lowering prices for consumers, revitalizing our economy. And unlike President Obama’s “stimulus” disaster—which created nearly a trillion dollars in spending and debt for the federal government—this jobs program would actually raise revenue for the federal government. What is this economic elixir? The answer is simple: affordable American energy. The energy sector creates millions of jobs on its own. But just as important are the jobs that affordable energy can create throughout our economy.  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Affordable energy prices mean more money in people’s pockets, allowing Americans access to better housing, nutrition, education, health care, environmental protections, and other consumer goods and services.  This in turn stimulates local economies across the nation, creating additional jobs.   Affordable energy also gives American businesses a competitive advantage relative to their peers. The hydraulic fracturing revolution has lowered energy and feedstock prices in the …

    September 16, 2014 6:42 am
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Odd News

  • Texas doctor poisoned lover’s coffee over obsession: prosecutor


    HOUSTON (Reuters) – A breast cancer physician charged with spiking her lover’s coffee with a compound used in antifreeze was obsessed with the man and even had a private investigator follow him, prosecutors said in opening statements at her trial on Monday. Dr. Ana Maria Gonzalez-Angulo, 43, is charged with aggravated assault of a family member, which also covers domestic violence in dating relationships, for allegedly spiking Dr. George Blumenschein’s coffee in January 2013. “This case is about a woman who had an attraction, which wound up with a rejection and it led to an absolute obsession with George Blumenschein,” Assistant Harris County District Attorney Justin Keiter said. Gonzalez-Angulo and Blumenschein, both oncologists with the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, had been in an affair for two years when she asked him to try a coffee blend during a rendezvous at her home, a criminal complaint said. She is accused of spiking the …

    September 15, 2014 10:51 pm
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