• Full statement from fired Illinois coach Tim Beckman

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas fired Tim Beckman as football coach Friday after receiving findings of a report into allegations that Beckman had mistreated players. Beckman responded in a statement released to...
  • Travel secrets of tech execs

    Travel secrets of tech execs

    It’s not uncommon for startup executives to jump on a plane multiple times a month — or even within a week. They’re meeting with investors, scoping out office space and researching cities for expansion. But...
  • Brooks ‘to return as News Corp chief’

    Brooks ‘to return as News Corp chief’

    Image caption Rebekah Brooks stood down as chief executive four years ago but could now return News Corp says it is in talks with Rebekah Brooks after reports she will return as chief of its...
  • Paris talks focus on train security

    Paris talks focus on train security

    Image caption The attack highlighted the vulnerability of rail passengers European interior ministers and transport officials are due to hold emergency talks in Paris following last week’s foiled gun attack on a train. The BBC’s...
  • HSBC clears ‘99%’ of delayed payments

    HSBC clears ‘99%’ of delayed payments

    HSBC says it has processed “99%” of payments affected by an IT glitch, with the remainder due to be completed overnight. Earlier, the bank said 275,000 payments were hit by the problem, meaning many people...

Headline News

  • Houston sheriff’s deputy fatally shot at gas station


    A sheriff’s deputy pumping gas into his patrol car was shot and killed on Friday in an ambush at a Houston gas station, authorities said. A search was under way for the officer’s killer, who was described as a male dressed in a white t-shirt, driving a red truck, the Harris County Sheriff’s office said. The deputy was in uniform and filling up his car with gas when the gunman approached from behind and fired several shots, sheriff’s office spokesman Deputy Thomas Gilliland told reporters. “The deputy then fell to the ground. The suspect then continued over to him and shot the deputy again multiple times as the deputy laid on the ground,” he said. Live video from the scene in northwest Houston, about 20 miles from downtown, showed police tape across the perimeter of the gas station. Dozens of officers were on the scene. The deputy was described as a 10-year veteran assigned to …

    August 29, 2015 12:28 am
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Politics

  • Biden beloved by top Democrats; his candidacy, not so much


    MINNEAPOLIS Joe Biden got plenty of love from top Democrats on Friday, but their views about a possible White House run by the vice president were decidedly more mixed. While Biden was nowhere near the summer meeting of the Democratic National Committee, his potential late entry into the party’s presidential race against front-runner Hillary Clinton dominated conversations in meeting rooms and hallways. In more than a dozen interviews, top Democrats expressed admiration and affection for Biden, but several cast doubt on whether he should get in the race. Some questioned whether his late start would keep him from making much headway. “I like Joe Biden. We all love him,” said Alice Huffman of California, president of the state’s NAACP. “But I don’t see him overtaking Hillary.” Earl Fowlkes, chairman of the party’s LGBT caucus, said Biden was “a good man, a solid man” but wondered whether he would excite the minority and young voters who …

    August 28, 2015 10:47 pm
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Stocks

  • Travel secrets of tech execs


    It’s not uncommon for startup executives to jump on a plane multiple times a month — or even within a week. They’re meeting with investors, scoping out office space and researching cities for expansion. But without the luxury of a corporate jet or personal assistant, they have to make the most of coach — and maximize the time spent out of the office. From must-have apps to the perfect travel outfit, CNNMoney caught up with some tech founders to learn their tips and tricks for travel. Kathryn Minshew, cofounder of The Muse Minshew’s company, a career site for millennials, raised $10 million in funding earlier this year. Right now, it posts jobs in just six markets — but it plans to expand to 15 by the end of the year. “I’ve been known to hop on a plane and fly across the country and back in 24 hours,” she said. Minshew, who traveled often as …

    August 29, 2015 12:48 am
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Sports

  • Full statement from fired Illinois coach Tim Beckman


    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas fired Tim Beckman as football coach Friday after receiving findings of a report into allegations that Beckman had mistreated players. Beckman responded in a statement released to The Associated Press: ”I am shocked and extremely disappointed by the decision Mike Thomas and the University of Illinois made today regarding my employment as Head Coach of the football team. First and foremost, I firmly deny the implications in Mike’s statements that I took any action that was not in the best interests of the health, safety and well-being of my players. The health and well-being of our student athletes is of paramount importance to me, and any statement made to the contrary is utterly false. Additionally, in connection with scholarships for student-athletes, I have complied with the policies and regulations of both the University and the NCAA and I have fully supported the University’s compliance office. Moreover, all …

    August 29, 2015 12:48 am
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World News

  • Brooks ‘to return as News Corp chief’


    Image caption Rebekah Brooks stood down as chief executive four years ago but could now return News Corp says it is in talks with Rebekah Brooks after reports she will return as chief of its UK division. Former News of the World editor Mrs Brooks quit as chief executive four years ago amid the hacking scandal. She was later cleared at trial. Her re-appointment could be confirmed next month, the Financial Times said. Meanwhile, the Crown Prosecution Service said it was considering a file for possible corporate prosecution over phone-hacking at the News of the World. The file relates to evidence gathered as part of Operation Weeting, which investigated illegal voicemail interceptions at the tabloid, which was closed in 2011. Image caption Mrs Brooks, pictured with Rupert and James Murdoch, said she felt “vindicated” after her trial The CPS said: “We have received a full file of evidence for consideration of corporate liability charges relating …

    August 29, 2015 12:27 am
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Technology

  • HSBC clears ‘99%’ of delayed payments


    HSBC says it has processed “99%” of payments affected by an IT glitch, with the remainder due to be completed overnight. Earlier, the bank said 275,000 payments were hit by the problem, meaning many people were not paid on time ahead of this weekend’s bank holiday. HSBC apologised for the inconvenience caused to customers. It said it was “committed to ensuring that no one loses out as a result of today’s unacceptable problems”. “Customers who do not receive the delayed payment by Saturday morning should speak with their bank in the first instance,” the bank said in an earlier statement. “They should also contact their bank if they have suffered any costs as a result of today’s problems,” it continued. The fault meant that it was not just HSBC customers who were affected, but also customers of other banks who were expecting payments, such as wages, from HSBC accounts. ‘No communication’ One HSBC customer, Sam …

    August 28, 2015 11:07 pm
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Science

  • Future climate models greatly affected by fungi and bacteria


    When a plant dies, its leaves and branches fall to the ground. Decomposition of soil organic matter is then mainly carried out by fungi and bacteria, which convert dead plant materials into carbon dioxide and mineral nutrients. Until now, scientists have thought that high quality organic materials, such as leaves that are rich in soluble sugars, are mainly decomposed by bacteria. Lower quality materials, such as cellulose and lignin that are found in wood, are mainly broken down by fungi. Previous research has also shown that organic material that is broken down by fungi results in a reduced leakage of carbon dioxide and nutrients compared to material decomposed by bacteria. This has consequences for climate models, since more loss of carbon dioxide and mineral nitrogen would have a direct bearing on the soil’s contribution to greenhouse gases and eutrophication. In a 23-year experiment, researchers from Lund University and USA have examined the relative significance of …

    August 28, 2015 10:07 pm
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Health

  • Caffeine may chip a couple strokes off golf score


    (Reuters Health) – A moderate dose of caffeine may help combat fatigue and shave about two strokes off the scores of skilled collegiate players, according to a small study. “There’s not a lot of caffeine research in golf,” said lead author Petey W. Mumford of Auburn University in Alabama. Most studies focus on endurance sports. Professional golfers may walk up to five miles over four hours for a round of golf, which is physical activity, though not intense exercise, said senior author Dr. Kaelin C. Young of the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, also on the Auburn campus. A golf tournament involves physical and mental fatigue, Young said. The researchers studied 12 male golfers with a handicap of three to 18 as they played an 18-hole round of golf on two consecutive days for a 36-hole tournament. The golfers were already used to consuming caffeine in their daily lives. On each day of golf, …

    August 28, 2015 10:27 pm
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Entertainment

  • Pregnant Kim Kardashian And Mom Kris Jenner Takes Their Lady Lumps To The Grocery Store


    Posted on Fri Aug 28th, 2015 6:00am PDT       By X17 Staff Kourtney Kardashian is now the LEAST lady-lumpalicious of all the Kardashian-Jenner clan! Kim, Kris and Kourtney hit up Erewhon grocery store with Kourt’s son Mason, on Thursday — dressed to the nines, of course! Kim showed off her baby bump in a tight black dress and Kris wore a matching get-up that put her derriere on FULL display. Like mother, like daughter! And while Kim is certainly celebrating the fact Kanye was able to put another angel in her ultrasound, she chatted with C Magazine recently about her fertility struggles and how IVF took the fun out of conceiving their second child. “I had so many complications. I had this condition called placenta accreta. There were a couple little operations to fix all that, so that created a little hole in my uterus, which I think made it really tough to get pregnant again. It …

    August 28, 2015 9:47 pm
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Editorial

  • Why US must keep a close eye on Russia’s plans for the Arctic


    “The North Pole is Ours!” read the headline of Rossiiskaya Gazeta — the Russian government daily newspaper of record — on May 20. In today’s circumstances of heightened tensions with the West, Vladimir Putin needs victories, which may also make the country less pragmatic and more concerned about identity politics and symbols. Against that context, we have the most significant physical event on our planet since the end of the last ice age is taking place today – the opening of the Arctic. Activity in all the high north is likely to continue to increase, together with fish stocks and pursuing fishing fleets migrating farther north. Access to staggering amounts of hydrocarbon and mineral resources, of which Russia deeply depends, will expand. New maritime shipping routes can reduce shipping times, costs and accelerate ties among commercial centers and Indigenous populations will be affected profoundly and rapidly. All these facts are grounded in the reality that …

    August 28, 2015 9:27 pm
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Odd News

  • Trump says ‘no interest’ in buying Pope’s favorite soccer team


    BUENOS AIRES U.S. presidential hopeful Donald Trump denied a newspaper report on Friday that he wanted to buy top-tier Argentine soccer club San Lorenzo, Pope Francis’ favorite team. “Never even heard of the team – no interest!” the real estate magnate and contender for the Republican presidential nomination, tweeted after the New York Post reported that Trump and an associate had sent a letter to San Lorenzo expressing interest in a deal. Earlier in the day, the club’s vice president, Marcelo Tinelli, told Reuters in a text message that the story was “totally crazy” and that the team was not for sale. Pope Francis grew up near San Lorenzo’s original stadium in Buenos Aires and has been a fan ever since. San Lorenzo is one of the top five clubs in soccer-obsessed Argentina. Whether through soccer, the biggest sport in Latin America, or by other means, Trump might benefit from some connection with Latino voters …

    August 28, 2015 6:26 pm
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