• McGinley names picks for European Ryder Cup team

    Surrey, England (SportsNetwork.com) – European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley selected Stephen Gallacher, Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood as his three captains picks on Tuesday morning. This will be the first Ryder Cup for Gallacher....
  • Afghan militants ‘may join IS’

    2 September 2014 Last updated at 12:15 By John Simpson World Affairs Editor, BBC News Commander Mirwais says Muslims around the world are “thirsty for an Islamic caliphate” Fighters from a militant Islamic group in...
  • 1-800-Flowers is buying Harry & David

    1-800-Flowers is buying Harry & David

    1-800-Flowers is buying fruit basket company Harry and David for $142.5 million. An online flower peddler is paying big bucks to branch out to fruit baskets. 1-800-Flowers.com (FLWS) has agreed to buy the retailer Harry...
  • Westwood, Poulter, Gallacher named as wildcards

    LONDON (Reuters) – Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood and Stephen Gallacher were named as Europe’s wildcard picks for this month’s Ryder Cup against the United States by captain Paul McGinley at Wentworth on Tuesday. Westwood, Poulter...
  • Russia ‘to alter military strategy’

    Russia ‘to alter military strategy’

    2 September 2014 Last updated at 12:37 Tensions between Russia and Nato countries are high over the ongoing conflict in Ukraine Russia is to alter its military strategy as a result of the Ukraine crisis...
  • Celebrity nude photos we really don’t want to see

    Celebrity nude photos we really don’t want to see

    James Franco claims nude selfies are “what the people want”  The FBI is “aware of the allegations concerning computer intrusions and the unlawful release of material involving high profile individuals and is addressing the matter,”...

Headline News

  • Cross at Indiana state park veterans memorial targeted by atheist group


    The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter to Indiana’s Department of Natural Resources last month, saying that a cross attached to a new war-veterans memorial statute has no place at Whitewater Memorial State Park. (Submitted: Pal-Item.com) A national atheist group reportedly wants a 14-inch white cross in a new veterans memorial statute to be removed from an Indiana state park. The Palladium-Item reports that The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter last month to Indiana Department of Natural Resources Director Cameron Clark claiming that a cross attached to an 8-foot-tall statute has no place in Whitewater Memorial State Park. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT “No secular purpose, no matter how sincere, will detract from the overall message that the Latin cross stands for Christianity and the overall display promotes Christianity,” attorney Rebecca Markert wrote. The cross sends a “message that the government only cares about the deaths of Christian soldiers,” she continued. State officials are now …

    September 2, 2014 8:40 am
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Politics

  • Amid foreign crises, Obama takes solace in U.S. economic turnaround


    MILWAUKEE (Reuters) – Throughout much of his presidency, Barack Obama has been under siege about the state of the U.S. economy. But with economic growth now far more robust than when he took office, he is finding some measure of solace on the domestic front while a number of crises rage abroad. With his handling of foreign policy under fire in confronting challenges from Ukraine to the Middle East, Obama made a Labor Day trek to Milwaukee’s annual Laborfest event to underscore how he feels his leadership on the economy has paid off. “I just want everybody to understand because you wouldn’t always know it from watching the news,” he said. “By almost every measure, the American economy and American workers are better off than when I took office.” The national unemployment rate was 6.2 percent in August, down more than a percentage point from the year before, and a far cry from when he …

    September 2, 2014 5:15 am
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Stocks

  • 1-800-Flowers is buying Harry & David


    1-800-Flowers is buying fruit basket company Harry and David for $142.5 million. An online flower peddler is paying big bucks to branch out to fruit baskets. 1-800-Flowers.com (FLWS) has agreed to buy the retailer Harry David Holdings for $142.5 million in cash, the companies announced Tuesday. The 80-year-old Harry David specializes in its so-called Fruit of the Month gift baskets, but it also ships chocolate and wine. The Oregon company operates as an online retailer, though it also has 47 stores throughout the U.S.

    September 2, 2014 8:18 am
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Sports

  • McGinley names picks for European Ryder Cup team


    Surrey, England (SportsNetwork.com) – European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley selected Stephen Gallacher, Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood as his three captains picks on Tuesday morning. This will be the first Ryder Cup for Gallacher. Poulter has played in four Ryder Cups, including the last three. Westwood is the most senior member of the group as this will mark his ninth consecutive Ryder Cup. “I’m a very lucky man to have such a variety of talent to choose from. There’s some real, quality players, who performed incredibly well, who were not going to make the team, and it was a very difficult call to those guys involved,” McGinley stated. “On the positive side, I think that we have three players that will add a lot to the nine already qualified and make the European team as strong as it needs to be to take on the might of America.” Those three will join Rory McIlroy, …

    September 2, 2014 8:40 am
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World News

  • Afghan militants ‘may join IS’


    2 September 2014 Last updated at 12:15 By John Simpson World Affairs Editor, BBC News Commander Mirwais says Muslims around the world are “thirsty for an Islamic caliphate” Fighters from a militant Islamic group in Afghanistan, allied to the Taliban, have told the BBC they are considering joining forces with Islamic State (IS). Their commander also said they would still fight the Afghan government, even after Nato forces left in 2014. Commander Mirwais said that if IS, which he called by its Arabic acronym Daish, proved a true Islamic caliphate, they would link up with it. The news comes amid an ongoing row over Afghanistan’s presidential poll. The June election remains disputed, with no declared winner, while an audit of votes is taking place. ‘Great mujahideen’ “We know Daish and we have links with some Daish members. We are waiting to see if they meet the requirements for an Islamic caliphate,” Commander Mirwais said. “If …

    September 2, 2014 8:40 am
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Technology

  • FBI investigating hack and nude celebrity picture leak


    The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is investigating the hacking and leaking of celebrity nude photos including those of Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence, it has confirmed. Images of more than 100 well-known actors, singers and celebrities, including what appear to be nude photos and videos, have been exposed by a hacker using the internet forum 4chan. The hacker posted a list of targeted celebrities on Sunday, as well as a number of nude photos including of Lawrence, who was in The Hunger Games, and others, some of which may be faked. Lawrence and others affected by the leak have contacted law enforcement, causing an investigation by the FBI. “The FBI is aware of the allegations concerning computer intrusions and the unlawful release of material involving high profile individuals and is addressing the matter,” said a statement from the Los Angeles FBI. “Any further comment would be inappropriate at this time.” ‘Flagrant violation of …

    September 2, 2014 5:16 am
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Science

  • Nature’s tiny engineers


    Conventional wisdom has long held that corals — whose calcium-carbonate skeletons form the foundation of coral reefs — are passive organisms that rely entirely on ocean currents to deliver dissolved substances, such as nutrients and oxygen. But now scientists at MIT and the Weizmann Institute of Science (WIS) in Israel have found that they are far from passive, engineering their environment to sweep water into turbulent patterns that greatly enhance their ability to exchange nutrients and dissolved gases with their environment. “These microenvironmental processes are not only important, but also unexpected,” says Roman Stocker, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at MIT and senior author of a paper describing the results in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. When the team set up their experiment with living coral in tanks in the lab, “I was expecting that this would be a smooth microworld, there would be not much action except the …

    September 2, 2014 5:36 am
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Health

  • McDonald’s to boost China supplier audits after food safety scandal


    SHANGHAI (Reuters) – McDonald’s Corp will increase the number of audits it conducts of suppliers in China, the firm said on Tuesday, after a food scandal in July dented China sales at the U.S. fast food chain and rival Yum Brands Inc. In a statement emailed to Reuters on Tuesday, the restaurant chain said half of the audits would be done unannounced and would be carried out by third party auditors and internal teams. Industry insiders had told Reuters that suppliers in China often knew about audits in advance. McDonald’s will push for more video monitoring at its Chinese suppliers and send more quality control specialists to all meat production facilities, it added. The firm has also created a new role to oversee food safety governance in China and will launch a hotline later this year for whistleblowers to report food safety issues. Last week, Chinese police arrested six staff from McDonald’s supplier OSI Group …

    September 2, 2014 5:15 am
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Entertainment

  • Celebrity nude photos we really don’t want to see


    James Franco claims nude selfies are “what the people want”  The FBI is “aware of the allegations concerning computer intrusions and the unlawful release of material involving high profile individuals and is addressing the matter,” according to the Associated Press via USA Today. “Any further comment would be inappropriate at this time,” Laura Eimiller, a spokesperson for the bureau, said in a statement. Apple Inc. is also conducting their own investigation to see if any of the leaked photos were the result of iCloud accounts being compromised. Reactions from the actresses targeted have been mixed. So far, the only victims denying the authenticity of the photos are Nickelodeon’s Victoria Justice and Ariana Grande. Final Destination 3‘s Mary Elizabeth Winstead admits the leaked photos are indeed her, but she tweeted a statement shaming anyone who is checking them out. Both Upton and Lawrence have released statements through their representatives. “The authorities have been contacted and will …

    September 2, 2014 6:57 am
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Editorial

  • Labor Day: Congress must take action to protect workers, not Big Labor


    New legislation could repeal the current authority of the National Labor Relations Board.Reuters The U.S. economy has endured eleven recessions since World War II – and in each case jobs and wages bounced back quickly.   Not this time. America’s current “recovery” features the weakest wage growth of any economic rebound – with data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) showing real compensation per hour increasing by only 0.5 percent since 2009.  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT No agency has been more instrumental in the assault on American productivity than the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) – which was recently at the heart of a major constitutional crisis. By comparison, the average compensation increase at this point in previous recoveries clocked in at a whopping 9.2 percent – more than eighteen times higher.  Meanwhile a new study by the Chicago Fed reveals real wages should be at least 3.6 percentage points higher than they are based on prevailing labor …

    September 1, 2014 8:43 am
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Odd News

  • Arizona man arrested for burning, urinating on Bible


    PHOENIX (Reuters) – A 22-year-old Arizona man calling himself “Dark Lord” has been arrested for allegedly burning a Bible and urinating on it outside a Christian-oriented homeless shelter in northern Arizona, police said on Friday. Eric Minerault was booked into the Yavapai County Detention Center late on Thursday on suspicion of one count of unlawful symbol burning stemming from the incident at the Gospel Rescue Mission, Prescott police spokesman Lieutenant Ken Morley said in a written statement. Police were called to the scene at about 9 p.m. by a mission representative reporting that someone was burning something on the mission’s front steps, Morley said. Officers found Minerault standing on the steps, with a burned and wet Bible on the ground near him. He quickly admitted to the act.  He told officers the mission was selected because he believed it was a place of Christian worship and he was “cursing the Christians,” police said. Asked why, …

    August 29, 2014 7:53 pm
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