• Flat Russian beer market hits Carlsberg

    Flat Russian beer market hits Carlsberg

    Carlsberg is Russia’s biggest brewer with about 37% of the market. Beer sales in Russia are losing their fizz as the economy grinds to a halt, hurting Western brewers such as Carlsberg. The Danish company...
  • Ferguson protests largely peaceful

    Ferguson protests largely peaceful

    20 August 2014 Last updated at 10:02 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Ferguson police captain: “Tonight we saw a different dynamic… there were no Molotov cocktails tonight, there were no shootings”...
  • Streaking Braves send Pirates to 7th straight loss

    Pittsburgh, PA –  Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) – The way the Braves have been hitting, the Pirates needed a lot more than the return of Andrew McCutchen to slow them down. Justin Upton homered and drove...
  • Love makes sex better for most women

    Love and commitment can make sex physically more satisfying for many women, according to a Penn State Abington sociologist. In a series of interviews, heterosexual women between the ages of 20 and 68 and from...
  • Why is the New York Times pushing pot?

    Why is the New York Times pushing pot?

      The legalize-pot bandwagon has a new conductor. With the single-mindedness of Hillary Clinton seeking the Oval Office, the New York Times is pushing for legalization of marijuana. The paper has published no fewer than...
  • Pat Quinn Could be Drag on Illinois Democrats

    By Emily Cahn Posted at 5:02 a.m. today 0 Tweet Schock, left, and Davis, watch Rauner fire up the crowd. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The national political tide isn’t looking good for...

Headline News

  • Ferguson protests largely peaceful


    20 August 2014 Last updated at 10:02 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Ferguson police captain: “Tonight we saw a different dynamic… there were no Molotov cocktails tonight, there were no shootings” Police in Ferguson, Missouri say they have arrested 47 people during a mostly peaceful protest over the police shooting of a black teenager. Despite the arrests, Tuesday evening’s protest was more subdued than previous nights which had seen serious violence. US Attorney General Eric Holder is due in Ferguson later, as central authorities try to calm the situation. A police officer shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was unarmed, on 9 August. Ferguson, a suburb of the city of St Louis, has seen 10 nights of clashes between police and demonstrators since the shooting. ‘Different dynamic’ Missouri Highway Patrol Capt Ron Johnson, who has led the police response since Thursday, said that the protest began peacefully but that during …

    August 20, 2014 4:53 am
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Politics

  • Pat Quinn Could be Drag on Illinois Democrats


    By Emily Cahn Posted at 5:02 a.m. today 0 Tweet Schock, left, and Davis, watch Rauner fire up the crowd. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The national political tide isn’t looking good for Democrats, but in Illinois this November, down-ballot candidates have an even bigger problem: the drag of Gov. Pat Quinn. The Land of Lincoln is a hotbed of political activity this cycle, with Democrats defending three freshmen House incumbents and looking to pick-off one more — Republican Rep. Rodney Davis in the ultra-competitive 13th District. All but one of those races take place outside of Chicago’s Cook County — the last bastion of support for Quinn and one of just three counties he carried in the state when he narrowly won the role in 2010. That geography is bad news for Democrats looking to tamp down losses in the midterms. There was no clearer example of Quinn’s problems than last week’s Illinois State Fair, where …

    August 20, 2014 4:12 am
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Stocks

  • Flat Russian beer market hits Carlsberg


    Carlsberg is Russia’s biggest brewer with about 37% of the market. Beer sales in Russia are losing their fizz as the economy grinds to a halt, hurting Western brewers such as Carlsberg. The Danish company warned Wednesday that profits would fall this year as the crisis over Ukraine hits consumer sentiment and growth in eastern Europe. “Unfortunately, we believe that the eastern European beer markets will be impacted further as consumers are facing increased challenges and this will impact the group’s profits,” said Carlsberg (CABGY)CEO Jorgen Buhl Rasmussen. Russian beer market volumes fell by as much as 7% in the first six months of 2014, the brewer said, hit by the uncertain environment, weak growth and bad weather in June. Related: The world’s most popular beer is… Carlsberg is heavily dependent on sales in Russia, where it is the biggest brewer supplying local brands such as Baltika. It’s also been hit by a 10% fall …

    August 20, 2014 5:13 am
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Sports

  • Streaking Braves send Pirates to 7th straight loss


    Pittsburgh, PA –  Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) – The way the Braves have been hitting, the Pirates needed a lot more than the return of Andrew McCutchen to slow them down. Justin Upton homered and drove in five runs to highlight Atlanta’s fifth straight win, an 11-3 drubbing that sent Pittsburgh to a seventh consecutive loss. Jason Heyward added two hits and three RBI and Evan Gattis hit a solo homer for the Braves, who have scored 33 runs during their winning streak. Aaron Harang (10-7) tossed 8 1/3 innings and limited Pittsburgh to three runs on nine hits to pick up his first victory since July 10. “He navigates through lineups and he doesn’t give you anything good to hit over the middle of the plate,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said of Harang. McCutchen went 0-for-4 in his return from missing two weeks with a fractured rib, and all the Pirates managed offensively was an …

    August 20, 2014 4:52 am
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World News

  • FSA meat inspectors to stage two strikes in pay row


    Meat inspectors at the Food Standards Agency (FSA) are to stage two four-hour strikes next week in a row over pay. Members of Unison in England, Wales and Scotland will walk out from 6.30am on Tuesday and Wednesday. The move follows a ballot earlier this month, which saw an overwhelming vote for strike action over an imposed pay offer of 0.75%. Unison has urged the FSA to resolve the pay dispute through independent conciliation. General secretary Dave Prentis said: “Staff in slaughterhouses work in some of the most dirty, difficult and stressful conditions, surrounded by blood and faeces, to keep the public safe from contaminated meat. “It is only fair that our members receive a pay increase that is at least in line with inflation. They should be recognised for the vital role they play in safeguarding the human food chain against harmful and repulsive dirt and diseases. “It is not too late for the …

    August 20, 2014 4:53 am
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Technology

  • Fifa 15 hands-on, part one: physics and physicality


    The ball drops deep into the Liverpool half. There’s a brief scramble, a moment of panic, and then a defender belts it toward the touchline; it hits the shoulder of Manchester City’s Samir Nasri and spins out of play. Later in the match, the ball goes out again after a tackle between Lovren and Kolarov – the City player thinks that the throw is about to be given to Liverpool and wheels around the complain to the ref – but the decision goes his way, and he immediately backs off. These are small moments of drama, the sorts of things we’re going to see every weekend of the forthcoming season. But for the Fifa series, they represent brand new elements of the simulation. Every year, the team at EA Sports in Vancouver tells us about major overhauls, and every year we have to squint to see them. However, in the several matches I played at …

    August 20, 2014 4:12 am
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Science

  • Love makes sex better for most women


    Love and commitment can make sex physically more satisfying for many women, according to a Penn State Abington sociologist. In a series of interviews, heterosexual women between the ages of 20 and 68 and from a range of backgrounds said that they believed love was necessary for maximum satisfaction in both sexual relationships and marriage. The benefits of being in love with a sexual partner are more than just emotional. Most of the women in the study said that love made sex physically more pleasurable. “Women said that they connected love with sex and that love actually enhanced the physical experience of sex,” said Beth Montemurro, associate professor of sociology. Women who loved their sexual partners also said they felt less inhibited and more willing to explore their sexuality. “When women feel love, they may feel greater sexual agency because they not only trust their partners but because they feel that it is OK to …

    August 20, 2014 4:32 am
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Health

  • Liberia fights Ebola in capital, West Africa toll tops 1,200


    MONROVIA/GENEVA (Reuters) – Liberia battled on Tuesday to halt the spread of the Ebola disease in its crowded, run-down oceanside capital Monrovia, recording the most new deaths as fatalities from the world’s worst outbreak of the deadly virus rose above 1,200. The epidemic of the hemorrhagic disease, which can kill up to 90 percent of those it infects, is ravaging the three small West African states of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, and also has a toehold in Nigeria, Africa’s biggest economy. As the Geneva-based World Health Organization rushed to ramp up the global response to the outbreak, including emergency food deliveries to quarantined zones, it announced that deaths had risen to 1,229 as of Aug. 16, out of 2,240 cases. Between Aug. 14 and 16, Liberia recorded the most new deaths, 53, followed by Sierra Leone with 17 and Guinea with 14. On a more hopeful note, the WHO expressed “cautious optimism” that the …

    August 20, 2014 12:07 am
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Entertainment

  • Kim Kardashian’s Nephew Mason Makes A Stink About Holding Aunt Kimmie’s Hand


    Posted on Tue Aug 19th, 2014 3:25pm PDT       By X17 Staff We can just hear Kourtney Kardashian’s oldest son Mason Disick saying, “Ewww, gross!” On Tuesday afternoon Kim Kardashian went to the movies in Calabasas with her nephew, and when fans started approaching the bootilicious reality star, she scooted up next to Mason to grab his hand. Of course, he wasn’t having any of it, and he scrunched his face up in protest. We totally get it… For the second day in a row, Mr. Mason wore a tiny Yeezus tee, but we doubt he picked this out himself. We’re totally blaming Kim for this! And speaking of Yeezy, Kim and her “sexy man” jetted back in from Mexico yesterday on a private jet, and this morning she posted the Instagram pic below and wrote, “I will miss you.” Hmm, seems like she’s just looking for a reason to post yet ANOTHER pic of her bikini …

    August 20, 2014 3:52 am
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Editorial

  • Why is the New York Times pushing pot?


      The legalize-pot bandwagon has a new conductor. With the single-mindedness of Hillary Clinton seeking the Oval Office, the New York Times is pushing for legalization of marijuana. The paper has published no fewer than eight editorials or op-eds approving speedy decriminalization of pot in just the past few weeks. What’s it all about? Let us dismiss conjecture that the Times is gunning for a Public Service Pulitzer, which they have not won for a decade. Instead, two thoughts occur.   First, the Times may view decriminalizing marijuana as the next great progressive wave, following on the heels of same-sex marriage and, in earlier years, abortion rights. A smaller wave, to be sure, but one that liberals (and libertarians) can ride with enthusiasm.  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT A second reason may be more compelling — the Times needs to build its online circulation to survive. What better way than to embrace a cause especially popular with Millenials, …

    August 20, 2014 4:12 am
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Odd News

  • China Eastern plane aborts landing as traffic controllers take a nap


    BEIJING (Reuters) – A China Eastern Airlines Corp passenger plane that had started its night-time descent into a Wuhan airport was forced to abort its landing after air traffic controllers had dozed off, an investigation report found. The incident, which took place on July 8, is the third mishap in two months involving the Chinese carrier. A transcript of the flight recording released by the Civil Aviation Administration of China on Tuesday shows that the China Eastern flight crew made repeated attempts to contact the duty flight controllers at Wuhan Tianhe Airport – twice in English and once in Chinese. Those calls went unanswered. The airplane was forced to return to 900 meters and circle the airport for about 10 minutes before landing, the report said. The incident occurred at between 2 to 3 a.m. China Eastern has suffered other mishaps in recent weeks. On July 17, a China Eastern airplane landed off the runway …

    August 19, 2014 8:06 am
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