Headline News

  • 3 Japanese students killed, 5 injured in California car crash


    SAN MARCOS, Calif. –  Eight incoming freshman college students from Japan were riding in a small car that ran off a California freeway and hit a power pole, leaving three of them dead and five of them injured, officials said. All eight students were in an international program at Palomar College, where 135 Japanese students were staying with host families in the San Diego area, school president Robert Deegan said Friday. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT “Any time you lose a student it’s a terrible, terrible pain that many people feel has a ripple effect about it, and this is just multiplied by three,” he said. The injured students were expected to survive, Deegan said. He declined to release the names of the victims and said he didn’t have any personal information about them. They were in a 2000 Honda Prelude that crashed late Thursday on state Route 78 in Oceanside, California Highway Patrol Officer Jim Bettencourt said. …

    August 23, 2014 4:01 am
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Politics

  • Tech chief during Healthcare.gov rollout leaves White House: source


    WASHINGTON D.C./SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The U.S. chief technology officer at the time of the troubled rollout of Healthcare.gov is stepping down and moving into a new role recruiting top Silicon Valley talent to government, a source familiar with the situation said on Friday. Todd Park, a successful tech entrepreneur who became a top adviser to President Barack Obama, will move to the West Coast at the end of the month as part of a White House team, the source said on condition of anonymity because it has not been made public. The move signals a growing effort by the government to try to recruit from Silicon Valley. Earlier this month, the White House lured Google engineer Mikey Dickerson to a role bolstering the government’s computer systems. The National Security Agency has also been urging technology workers to consider public-service careers. In his new role, Park will help channel ideas from the tech community, the …

    August 23, 2014 1:18 am
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Stocks

  • ‘Secret’ app didn’t actually keep you anonymous


    The Secret app is supposed to keep you anonymous. But until last week, it was possible to trace posts directly to you. Secret is supposed to be the anonymous social network. But until this week, Secret allowed your friends to trace every one of your posts back to you. Hackers at Rhino Security Labs figured out a way to dupe Secret’s system. To join Secret’s community, the app imports your contacts. It then labels which posts are from your friends. To prevent you from tracking a particular person, Secret requires that seven of your contacts post to the network before it labels their posts. But here’s the hack: Fill your phone’s contact list with fake people and only one real contact — your target. If you control posts coming from these dummy Secret accounts, it’s easy to spot when your real “friend” is posting. “Poison the data on the outside, bring it in as trusted …

    August 23, 2014 4:21 am
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Sports

  • Mariners rally for five in ninth, stun Red Sox


    Boston, MA –  Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) – The playoff-hopeful Seattle Mariners stunned the Fenway Park faithful with five runs — all with two outs — in a ninth- inning rally that sent them to an improbable 5-3 win over the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox were the only team in the big leagues this season that had not lost when leading entering the ninth, going 44-0 in such games. They held a seemingly comfortable 3-0 cushion heading into Seattle’s last at- bat in the opener of this three-game series before Koji Uehara (5-4) imploded. With two outs and a runner on second, Endy Chavez extended things with a hard- earned 10-pitch walk. Chris Denorfia dropped a base hit into right field to load the bases, and Austin Jackson lined a two-run double off the left-field wall on an 0-2 count to make it a one-run game. “Unfortunately, Ackley found the Bermuda Triangle out there …

    August 23, 2014 4:01 am
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World News

  • Galileo satellites on wrong orbit


    23 August 2014 Last updated at 09:56 The satellites Doresa and Milena went up on a Soyuz rocket from French Guiana on Friday The European Space Agency (Esa) says the latest two satellites for Europe’s version of the American GPS satellite navigation system have not gone into the correct orbit. However, it says the fifth and sixth satellites launched from French Guiana on Friday are under control. The agency is examining the implications of the anomaly. The satellites Doresa and Milena went up on a Soyuz rocket after a 24-hour delay because of bad weather. “Observations taken after the separation of the satellites from the Soyuz VS09 (rocket) for the Galileo Mission show a gap between the orbit achieved and that which was planned,” said manufacturer Arianespace, in a statement. “They have been placed on a lower orbit than expected. Teams are studying the impact this could have on the satellites,” it added. Arianespace declined …

    August 23, 2014 4:21 am
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Technology

  • Plants Vs Zombies: Garden Warfare review


    Starting life as a PC game, before being recreated on nearly a dozen other formats, Plants Vs Zombies has been a surprise hit. And, because Electronic Arts now owns the developer that made it, that success is in the process of being turned into a franchise. This involves churning out new episodes, one of which was the dreadful freemium Plants Vs Zombies 2. The other is this excellent third-person shooter. In its game of floral combat you pick a side in the flowerbed war and partake in heroically chaotic online battles and co-op levels, its distinctly offbeat sense of humour and essential silliness removing the usual horror of war in favour of something more lighthearted. Garden Warfare was one of the Xbox One’s early – and slightly mystifying – exclusives, but now PlayStation owners have their turn to play this unusually family-friendly shooter. ALSO OUT THIS WEEK 80 Days, iOS Breaching the line between interactive …

    August 23, 2014 1:18 am
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Science

  • In our digital world, are young people losing the ability to read emotions?


    Related images(click to enlarge) Children’s social skills may be declining as they have less time for face-to-face interaction due to their increased use of digital media, according to a UCLA psychology study. UCLA scientists found that sixth-graders who went five days without even glancing at a smartphone, television or other digital screen did substantially better at reading human emotions than sixth-graders from the same school who continued to spend hours each day looking at their electronic devices. “Many people are looking at the benefits of digital media in education, and not many are looking at the costs,” said Patricia Greenfield, a distinguished professor of psychology in the UCLA College and senior author of the study. “Decreased sensitivity to emotional cues — losing the ability to understand the emotions of other people — is one of the costs. The displacement of in-person social interaction by screen interaction seems to be reducing social skills.” The research will …

    August 23, 2014 1:38 am
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Health

  • U.S. moves to ensure birth control access at religious companies


    (Reuters) – The Obama administration will ensure access to birth control coverage for employees of closely held companies that object on religious grounds to contraception, one of the health benefits mandated by the Affordable Care Act. The move follows a Supreme Court ruling in June that allowed certain for-profit companies to refuse to cover contraceptives due to the religious beliefs of their owners. It provides for insurers to offer contraception to employees through separate coverage. President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform law requires companies to provide free birth control coverage as a preventive service included in their health plans. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services had already provided an exception to non-profit groups with religious affiliations, such as certain universities or hospitals, in 2013. The exception requires insurers to cover the cost of birth control for employees of such organizations, separate from the benefits paid for by the employers. On Friday, it proposed an …

    August 23, 2014 1:18 am
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Entertainment

  • Julianne Moore is raising her kids to be charitable


    Julianne Moore joins the Mommalogues In an interview with People, the actress, children’s book author and app designer talks about how she’s raised her kids to know that they’re lucky. “We talk about how lucky we are as a family to have what we need, that the kids are able to go to grade school and whenever we need to go to the doctor, we can go to the doctor,” the actress says of her kids Caleb, 16, and Liv, 12, with director husband Bart Freundlich. Apparently, Moore is also making sure the kids know how to give back to those who aren’t so lucky. “They have lots of opportunities, and they’re aware that they’re lucky that way,” she says. “We do talk about giving back or giving to charity or what it means to be less fortunate — they’re aware of everything.” Julianne Moore dishes on her new app, the holidays and The Hunger Games …

    August 23, 2014 2:59 am
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Editorial

  • Find Yourself: 5 ways to let go and embrace life


      In 2010, just a year after I finished graduate school and only months after I’d secured my first full-time job, I realized something was very wrong. I’d spent nearly a decade working to get the degrees and experience I would need in order to get to this place and yet, now—here I was—and I was really unhappy. I began to wonder if the life I was living was a life I really wanted. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT I confided in a friend who asked me to consider what I would do if I could do anything I wanted. Immediately, I knew the answer: I would quit my job and spend the next year traveling across the country to do what I had always wanted to do—write a book. I confided in a friend who asked me to consider what I would do if I could do anything I wanted. Immediately, I knew the answer: I would …

    August 23, 2014 1:18 am
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Odd News

  • It’s ‘bone-appétit’ for California pooches under new law


    (Reuters) – California diners can now legally enjoy a meal on a restaurant patio with their dogs in tow, under a law signed Thursday by Governor Jerry Brown that eliminates health code regulations banning restaurant owners from allowing pooches on the premises. Starting next year, California canines will be allowed to dine al fresco if they are wearing leashes or are relaxing in a carrier. ““I wish everyone ‘bone-appétit,’” quipped Democratic Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, the law’s author. “Restaurateurs in California will see more businesses catering to their customers and the canine companions they love.” The new law clarifies a section of the state’s health code that banned dogs from restaurants altogether, including on outdoor patios or courtyards. The rule has caused confusion because some local governments choose to enforce the law, while others turned a blind eye. In counties where local officials were more lax about enforcement, restaurant owners who encouraged their guests to bring …

    August 22, 2014 1:19 am
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