• ‘No closure’ for Pistorius family

    ‘No closure’ for Pistorius family

    21 October 2014 Last updated at 03:07 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Aimee Pistorius said “truths had been twisted and manipulated”. Oscar Pistorius’ siblings have criticised media coverage of his trial,...
  • Designer Oscar de la Renta dies

    Designer Oscar de la Renta dies

    21 October 2014 Last updated at 03:30 Oscar de la Renta made his name in the early 1960s US fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, who dressed former first ladies Jackie Kennedy and Hillary Clinton,...
  • Amazon and Simon & Schuster reach compromise deal

    Amazon and Simon & Schuster reach compromise deal

    The tug of war between Amazon and one major book publisher just ended — and both sides are declaring victory. The publisher is Simon Schuster, a unit of CBS Corporation, which had been locked in...
  • Total boss dies in Moscow air crash

    Total boss dies in Moscow air crash

    21 October 2014 Last updated at 02:30 Christophe de Margerie, the chief executive of French oil company Total, has died in an air crash in Moscow. Airport spokeswoman Elena Krylova said: “Tonight, a plane crashed...

Headline News

  • Designer Oscar de la Renta dies


    21 October 2014 Last updated at 03:30 Oscar de la Renta made his name in the early 1960s US fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, who dressed former first ladies Jackie Kennedy and Hillary Clinton, has died aged 82, US media report. De La Renta, who most recently designed Amal Clooney’s wedding dress, was diagnosed with cancer in 2006. Born in the Dominican Republic in 1932, he left home at 18 to study painting in Madrid, Spain. He soon developed a love of fashion design and began an apprenticeship with Spain’s designer Cristobal Balenciaga. De la Renta made his name in the early 1960s when the then first lady Jackie Kennedy frequently wore his designs. He launched his own label several years later.

    October 20, 2014 10:01 pm
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Politics

  • Alabama state House speaker indicted on corruption charges


    (Reuters) – Alabama’s powerful Republican state house speaker was indicted on 23 criminal counts of corruption by a grand jury, court records released on Monday show. Mike Hubbard, who helped guide Republicans to majorities in both houses of the Alabama legislature in 2010 for the first time in 136 years, was indicted on Friday on charges that include using his office for personal gain and legislating with a conflict of interest. According to the indictment, handed down by a grand jury in Lee County, Hubbard solicited favors from a range of powerful Alabamans, including former Governor Bob Riley, a fellow Republican, along with several business leaders. The charges are all Class B felonies, which under state law each carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $30,000 fine. Speaking on Monday outside the Lee County Jail, where Hubbard was booked, Mark White, his attorney, said Hubbard would fight the charges, the Alabama …

    October 20, 2014 6:56 pm
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Stocks

  • Amazon and Simon & Schuster reach compromise deal


    The tug of war between Amazon and one major book publisher just ended — and both sides are declaring victory. The publisher is Simon Schuster, a unit of CBS Corporation, which had been locked in negotiations with Amazon for upwards of three months. In signing the deal, Amazon has rid itself of one thorny negotiation. But its too early to say whether the company will enjoy improved relations across the publishing industry — or soon find a way to resolve its six-month dispute with another big publisher, Hachette. CBS Corporation (CBS) CEO Les Moonves revealed that Simon Schuster was negotiating with Amazon back in July. “Obviously Amazon has a very definitive point of view on what should be done in the publishing business,” Moonves said at the time. “Those in the publishing world are not totally copacetic with it.” Amazon (AMZN, Tech30) wants lower prices for books, particularly e-books, because it believes that will stimulate …

    October 20, 2014 10:01 pm
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Sports

  • Royals manager lets young player ‘be themselves’


    (Reuters) – After nine seasons as a Major League Baseball manager Kansas City Royals skipper Ned Yost decided to put games in the hands of his young players, who repaid the trust by reaching the World Series. Yost said on the eve of Tuesday’s World Series opener against the San Francisco Giants that he quit trying to fashion his players into an ideal about two seasons ago and encouraged them to be themselves. “My mindset was always try to mould my players into what I thought they should be,” Yost, who managed the Milwaukee Brewers for six years before joining the Royals in 2010. “That comes from growing up in an environment with Bobby Cox, who had very strict rules and ideas about the game,” added the former catcher who was on the staff of Hall of Fame manager Cox when he took the Atlanta Braves to five World Series. “But you realize now that …

    October 20, 2014 10:01 pm
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World News

  • ‘No closure’ for Pistorius family


    21 October 2014 Last updated at 03:07 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Aimee Pistorius said “truths had been twisted and manipulated”. Oscar Pistorius’ siblings have criticised media coverage of his trial, on the eve of the South African athlete’s sentencing. Aimee and Carl Pistorius said they were anxious ahead of Tuesday’s hearing, and that the truth had been “twisted and manipulated” and “sensationalised”. Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide after shooting dead girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, but cleared of murder. The prosecution has argued for a minimum 10-year jail sentence. ‘Polarised publicity’ Speaking to South African broadcaster eNCA, Aimee Pistorius said there was “obviously a lot of anxiety” ahead of the sentencing, and that the last 20 months had been “very taxing”. She said she felt “heartache for both my brother, our family and of course Steenkamp’s family and her friends”, adding that both families would struggle to move on. “It’s something …

    October 20, 2014 10:02 pm
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Technology

  • Connecting India’s offline millions


    21 October 2014 Last updated at 00:05 Most Indians access the internet through mobile phones but access can be very slow. Does Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg have the answer? Most parents would love to get their teenagers away from computers. Continue reading the main story Special Report: The Technology of Business The world’s fastest ambulance When does an app need regulating? ‘Air’ plastic and mushroom cushions Health tech start-ups go the long way Senegal’s expats flock to buy rams Coding for cannabis cash Dublin dotcom – the Celtic kitten But not in one poor suburb on the outskirts of Delhi, where youngsters are sent to learn. Sharing a few laptops between them, they’re being taught some basic online skills – how to search for information, how to send money to their families in the villages and how to book train tickets. None of the children have access to computers in school. Nor do they own one. …

    October 20, 2014 6:56 pm
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Science

  • Secrets of dinosaur ecology found in fragile amber


    Ryan McKellar’s research sounds like it was plucked from Jurassic Park: he studies pieces of amber found buried with dinosaur skeletons. But rather than re-creating dinosaurs, McKellar uses the tiny pieces of fossilized tree resin to study the world in which the now-extinct behemoths lived. New techniques for investigating very tiny pieces of fragile amber buried in dinosaur bonebeds could close the gaps in knowledge about the ecology of the dinosaurs, said McKellar, who is a research scientist at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum in Saskatchewan, Canada. “Basically it puts a backdrop to these dinosaur digs, it tells us a bit about the habitat,” said McKellar. The amber can show what kinds of plants were abundant, and what the atmosphere was like at the time the amber was formed, he explained. Scientists can then put together details regarding what kind of habitat the dinosaur lived in and how the bonebed formed. The preliminary findings about dinosaur …

    October 20, 2014 3:12 pm
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Health

  • Cell transplant helps paralyzed man walk with frame


    LONDON (Reuters) – A Bulgarian man who was paralyzed from the chest down in a knife attack can now walk with the aid of a frame after receiving pioneering transplant treatment using cells from his nose. The technique, described as a breakthrough by a study in the journal Cell Transplantation, involved transplanting what are known as olfactory ensheathing cells into the patient’s spinal cord and constructing a “nerve bridge” between two stumps of the damaged spinal column. “We believe… this procedure is the breakthrough which, as it is further developed, will result in a historic change in the currently hopeless outlook for people disabled by spinal cord injury,” said Geoffrey Raisman, a professor at University College London’s (UCL) institute of neurology, who led the research. The 38-year-old patient, Darek Fidyka, was paralyzed after suffering stab wounds to his back in 2010. Following 19 months of treatment, he has recovered some voluntary movement and some sensation …

    October 20, 2014 6:56 pm
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Entertainment

  • Julia Roberts plans to be George Clooney’s new marital advisor


    Amal Clooney isn’t anti-feminist for taking her husband’s last name Julia Roberts and Clooney have been friends for years, and she has some life advice to give to her suddenly off-the-market friend. “We’ve spoken many times since he’s gone from a bridegroom to a husband,” Roberts told Access Hollywood, joking that she would be helping him with his relationship from now on. “I’ll be advising George Clooney on his marital life. I’ll get right on that!” Clooney and Amal Alamuddin’s romance was a whirlwind — they were engaged in April 2014 and married only a few months later, in September. It looks like Roberts approves of Clooney’s bride. She only had one piece of advice for the new husband: “Well, the only advice for that is finding your person — and he’s found his person.” Roberts and Clooney first starred together in Ocean’s Eleven back in 2001 and Ocean’s Twelve in 2004, and they have …

    October 20, 2014 8:40 pm
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Editorial

  • Sayerville football saga: In praise of victims who spoke up about abuse


    Imagine what it was like when they turned off the locker room lights. A young football player, just a freshman in high school, is suddenly grabbed by upperclassmen. The gang pins him to the ground, immobilizing his arms and legs. Horrified, he pleads for mercy and help. To no avail. He can hear others cheering on the bullies. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Then, the boy is sexually assaulted. The details are too wretched and disgusting to recount here. But, according to police, there was force. And penetration. And abject terror. It is not enough for the defendants to claim that the same thing had been done to them by upperclassmen when they were freshmen, as has been reported. That may help explain their actions as “learned behavior,” but it cannot excuse them in a court of law. Other players stood by and watched. Some laughed. They did nothing. No one had the decency or strength of character …

    October 20, 2014 6:56 pm
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Odd News

  • San Francisco stations banish ‘Royals’ song ahead of World Series


    (Reuters) – At least two Northern California radio stations have pledged not to play New Zealand artist Lorde’s song “Royals,” in solidarity with the San Francisco Giants during their World Series matchup with the Kansas City Royals. The decision by San Francisco stations KOIT and KFOG to drop the song, which has nothing to do with the baseball team, comes as the Giants and Royals prepare to play Game One of the championship series on Tuesday. In response, Kansas City station KZPT said it would play the song every hour on Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. KZPT said it was a sister station of KOIT. “They’re our sister station, and as the old saying goes: ‘You can pick your friends but you can’t necessarily pick your family,’ and if they don’t play it, then we will,” KZPT programming director Tony Lorino said in a phone interview. Last week, KOIT posted a small image …

    October 20, 2014 7:16 pm
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