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  • Dole Food CEO and former chief operating officer ordered to pay $148M related to buyout

    DOVER, Del. –  A Delaware judge has ordered the CEO of Dole Food Co. and his former right-hand man to pay $148 million in damages for misleading directors and shareholders in a deal that took the company private in 2013. The judge on Thursday said David Murdock and former Dole chief operating officer and general counsel C. Michael Carter breached their fiduciary duties of loyalty in structuring a $1.2 billion cash buyout that left the company in Murdock’s hands. The judge said the 92-year-old Murdock and Carter deliberately took steps to drive down the stock price and understate the value of the food conglomerate. A Dole Food spokeswoman said the company had no comment on the ruling. Lawyers for Murdock and Carter did not immediately respond to email messages seeking comment.

    August 27, 2015 2:02 pm


  • Biden to meet with AFL-CIO chief as he ponders White House run

    WASHINGTON U.S. Vice President Joe Biden will meet on Thursday with AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka as he explores whether to launch a run for the White House in 2016, a source familiar with the meeting said. Biden, who failed in two previous presidential bids, has been huddling with advisers and senior Democratic Party figures before he decides whether to jump into the race for the presidential nomination against front-runner Hillary Clinton. Clinton has struggled to overcome fallout from her use of a private email server while working as the nation’s top diplomat. The AFL-CIO labor federation, an umbrella group for 56 member unions representing more than 12.5 million workers, has not made an endorsement in the Democratic race. In a conference call with Democratic National Committee members on Wednesday, Biden said he was giving the race a lot of thought but was trying to gauge whether he had the energy and commitment for it. “If …

    August 27, 2015 10:40 am


  • Stephen Colbert may go in search of himself on ‘Late Show’

    Who is Stephen Colbert? That’s the question that many viewers will be curious to find out when the comedian takes over CBS’s “The Late Show” on September 8. Colbert, who played a caricature of a cable news blowhard on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report,” looks to find that answer by having “a planned series” called “Who Am Me?” according to Time Magazine. Colbert is hoping his identity crisis could be good for laughs. “We’ve got a series of field pieces, packages that are ways for me to try to figure out who that is, as if I don’t know who I am,” Colbert told Time TV critic James Poniewozik. The planned series involved sending a crew to Colbert’s hometown of Charleston, S.C., to track down “childhood friends to ask about his early years.” One idea the crew had was to have the host “investigated by a private eye,” according to the Time cover story. Poniewozik …

    August 27, 2015 12:41 pm


  • Cubs face gauntlet of Bumgarner, Kershaw in consecutive nights

    Sometimes in a three-game series it’s possible to miss an opponent’s face. If you do, you consider yourself fortunate. Over these next two days, the Chicago Cubs are probably thinking of another word as they get set to face two of the best pitchers in baseball on back-to-back nights. On Thursday, the Cubs face San Francisco Giants lefty Madison Bumgarner. On Friday, they fly south to Los Angeles to get a close-up of Dodgers southpaw Clayton Kershaw. On Monday, the Cubs faced Indians ace Corey Kluber, last year’s AL Cy Young Award winner. Of course, Kershaw won the NL Cy Young last season and Bumgarner was a postseason hero, dominating to lead the Giants to a World Series championship. Before facing Kluber, Cubs manager Joe Maddon joked that his club was moving from “American Legion Week” to “Cy Young Week.” The Cubs barely got by Kluber. Now two-third of the test awaits. (h/t Chicago Daily …

    August 27, 2015 2:01 pm

World News

  • UK jihadist ‘killed in drone strike’

    Image caption Junaid Hussain referred to himself as Abu Hussain Al Britani A British man described as a “top cyber jihadist” has been killed in a military drone strike in Syria, US officials say. They said Junaid Hussain, a convicted computer hacker from Birmingham who fled to Syria in 2013, aged 20, had been a “high-value target” within the Islamic State group. The US called it a serious blow to IS. Michael McCaul, chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, said his death sent an “unmistakable message”. “We need to maintain vigilance and good intelligence to stop future plotting, and ultimately we must destroy the group’s terrorist sanctuary,” Mr McCaul said. Earlier, a UK government spokesman said: “We are aware of reports that an Isil terrorist of British nationality is believed to have been killed in a coalition air strike in Syria.” Analysis by Frank Gardner, BBC security correspondent Hussain’s activities made him a key target …

    August 27, 2015 2:01 pm


  • Social media ‘must rethink autoplay’

    Image caption Journalists Alison Parker and Adam Ward were murdered while filming a live broadcast MPs have called on Twitter and Facebook to take action after many users were confronted with autoplaying videos of the murder of a US TV news crew. The footage was suspected to have been posted by the murderer on Wednesday. Because the sites have set video to play automatically by default, many people saw the video without choosing to when it was shared into their feeds. A parliamentary group said the firms should ensure that users are warned about graphic content before it plays. The chair of the cross-party Parliamentary Internet, Communications and Technology Forum (Pictfor) said that both social media sites should automatically sift for such content. “Facebook, Google, Microsoft and others have already worked together with government and regulators to prevent people being exposed to illegal, extremist content, using both automatic and manual techniques to identify footage. “Social …

    August 27, 2015 11:00 am


  • Intensity of desert storms may affect ocean phytoplankton

    Each spring, powerful dust storms in the deserts of Mongolia and northern China send thick clouds of particles into the atmosphere. Eastward winds sweep these particles as far as the Pacific, where dust ultimately settles in the open ocean. This desert dust contains, among other minerals, iron — an essential nutrient for hundreds of species of phytoplankton that make up the ocean’s food base. Now scientists at MIT, Columbia University, and Florida State University have determined that once iron is deposited in the ocean, it has a very short residence time, spending only six months in surface waters before sinking into the deep ocean. This high turnover of iron signals that large seasonal changes in desert dust may have dramatic effects on surface phytoplankton that depend on iron. “If there are changes to the sizes of deserts in Asia, or changes in the way people are using land, there could be a larger source of …

    August 27, 2015 2:01 pm


  • Liver Damage From Hepatitis C More Widespread Than Thought

    THURSDAY, Aug. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Severe liver damage may be four times more common among Americans with the liver infection hepatitis C than previously believed, a new study suggests. Analyzing nearly 9,800 patients with hepatitis C, researchers learned that using a biopsy alone to reveal liver cirrhosis — indicating scarring in the organ — is likely to seriously underestimate its prevalence. The recent emergence of medications that can cure hepatitis C, a “silent killer” that often goes undetected until advanced disease sets in years later, adds weight to the new findings, doctors said. “We thought it would be important to provide the health care community with some estimate as to the severity of liver disease among patients with hepatitis C because it’s a question that comes up very frequently: Just how sick is this community?” said study author Dr. Stuart Gordon, director of hepatology at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. Hepatitis C is …

    August 27, 2015 10:21 am


  • Brad Pitt And Angelina Jolie Are House Hunting In London

    Posted on Thu Aug 27th, 2015 10:42am PDT       By X17 Staff Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are ready to take London by storm! “They’re house hunting in London,” a source told Us Weekly. “Angie wants to slowly immerse herself in E.U. politics.” The megastars toured a $39 million, seven-bedroom Westminster mansion in June, but have yet to put down an offer. The source says, “It’s a huge investment. Neither of them wants to throw down that amount of cash.” Angie has gotten very active in London. In late June, the Salt star went to a luncheon as part of her work on UK foreign policy and her ongoing campaign to end sexual violence in war crimes. While the duo are actively looking, the source insists there’s no rush to make the big move. Angelina isn’t interested in making, “a sudden career change,” adds the source. “She doesn’t want to lose her directing momentum.”   Stories from …

    August 27, 2015 1:41 pm


  • Call me ‘ze,’ not ‘he’: University wants everyone to use ‘gender inclusive’ pronouns

    Educators in the Volunteer State are very concerned that students might be offended by the usage of traditional pronouns like she, he, him and hers, according to a document from the University of Tennessee – Knoxville’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion. “With the new semester beginning and an influx of new students on campus, it is important to participate in making our campus welcoming and inclusive for all,” wrote Donna Braquet in a posting on the university’s website. “One way to do that is to use a student’s chosen name and their correct pronouns.” Click here to join Todd’s American Dispatch – a MUST READ for Conservatives! Braquet, who is director of the university’s Pride Center, suggested using a variety of gender neutral pronouns instead of traditional pronouns. For all you folks who went to school back when there were only him and her – here’s a primer: some of the new gender neutral pronouns …

    August 27, 2015 1:21 pm

Odd News

  • California man bitten by rattlesnake he picked up for photo: local media

    LOS ANGELES A Southern California man who picked up a rattlesnake to pose for a photograph was badly hurt when the reptile bit him on the hand, a Los Angeles television station reported. Alex Gomez, 36, was bitten on Monday by the 4-foot (1.2-meter) rattler in a field at his family’s ranch in Lake Elsinore, a community about 60 miles (100 km) southeast of Los Angeles, according to TV station KCBS which showed a picture of the man holding the snake around his neck. Alex Gomez’s mother, Deborah, told KCBS on Tuesday that her son might lose his hand because of the bite wound to the extremity. The man’s hand swelled up after the bite, and he was taken to a local hospital and treated with anti-venom, according to the station. “I’m shocked that he would have that thing around his neck,” she told the station. “It could’ve bit his neck, and that would have …

    August 27, 2015 2:18 am