Headline News

  • Chile avalanche kills extreme skiers


    1 October 2014 Last updated at 10:14 The avalanche struck in a remote area of the San Lorenzo mountain in southern Chile Police in Chile have found the bodies of two extreme skiers who had been missing since an avalanche struck a mountain in southern Chile on Tuesday. Canadian Jean-Philippe Auclair, 37, and Swede Carl Andreas Fransson had been hiking the 3,600m-high (11,800ft) San Lorenzo mountain in Patagonia when they were swept away by the avalanche. Two other Swedish nationals in their party survived. They are reportedly in a good condition and sustained no injuries. The group of four had arrived in Chile’s Aysen region on Thursday. Fransson wrote on his website how much he was looking forward to climbing and skiing in the region. Both he and Auclair were experienced in extreme skiiing, which involves skiing down extremely long, steep slopes on often dangerous terrain. JP Auclair started out in freestyle skiing but also …

    October 1, 2014 4:43 am
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Politics

  • Amid differences, Israel’s Netanyahu to seek reassurances from Obama on Iran


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu meet for a new round in their often-tense relationship on Wednesday, facing differences over Iran diplomacy and Middle East peace efforts as well as complications from the U.S.-led fight against Islamic State militants. Hosting the Israeli prime minister in a brief visit to Washington, Obama is expected to try to find common ground with Israel, a traditionally close ally, on the most pressing issues but may have a difficult time narrowing the gap. Netanyahu has set Iran as his top priority in the White House talks. He will seek Obama’s assurance that he will stick to his pledge that “no deal is better than a bad deal” in Tehran’s nuclear talks with world powers aimed at reaching a final agreement in November, an Israeli official said. While Obama probably will try to ease Netanyahu’s suspicions about diplomacy with Iran, the U.S. president will stop short …

    October 1, 2014 4:03 am
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Stocks

  • Hong Kong protesters are so freaking nice


      Big demonstrations are always a little uncomfortable. Trash piles up, personal space is non-existent and bathrooms are in short supply. Add the threat of tear gas, pepper spray or the sting of a police baton, and political protests can often make for angry crowds. Not so in Hong Kong, where protesters will help you over a police barricade, recycle your water bottle, ply you with fruit, and never forget to say please and thank you. It’s tough to say for sure, but the pro-democracy demonstrators of the “Umbrella Revolution” might just be the world’s nicest protesters. The crowds camping out across Hong Kong have already set up a recycling system, and teenagers can be seen sorting through rubbish at every protest site. On Twitter, there are even photos of kids helping the trash man load his truck. Related: This app is helping Hong Kong protesters organize Some protesters have set about distributing food and …

    October 1, 2014 5:03 am
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Sports

  • Bielema expects Arkansas to bounce back from tough OT loss to Texas A&M


    Arkansas quarterback Brandon Allen (10) hands off to running back Jonathan Williams (32) in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Texas AM, Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. The Aggie Corps. of Cadets fill the stadium seats at rear during the game. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) (The Associated Press) FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. –  Bret Bielema isn’t sure if last year’s Arkansas team could have bounced back emotionally from a disheartening overtime loss to Texas AM. The second-year coach, however, has little doubt this year’s resurgent version of the Razorbacks will recover and rebound — particularly with the benefit of a bye this week. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Arkansas (3-2, 0-2 Southeastern Conference) lost its 14th straight conference game last week, doing so after leading by 14 points early in the fourth quarter against the No. 6 Aggies. Several untimely penalties by the Razorbacks — as well as a missed field goal attempt in the closing …

    October 1, 2014 4:43 am
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World News

  • Karadzic takes blame for Serb crimes


    1 October 2014 Last updated at 10:18 Radovan Karadzic faces a life sentence if convicted Radovan Karadzic is closing his defence saying he takes “moral responsibility” for crimes committed by Bosnian Serbs but denying he ordered killings. The wartime Bosnian Serb leader set out his case in a written brief before telling the UN tribunal there was not a shred of evidence against him. He is accused in The Hague of genocide and other crimes, with one charge relating to the Srebrenica massacre. Prosecutors have called for him to be given a life sentence if convicted. The 69-year-old political leader of the Bosnian Serbs in the 1990s was handed over to the tribunal when he was arrested in 2008 after 13 years on the run. Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Radovan Karadzic is facing 11 charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity, as Anna Holligan reports More than 7,500 Bosniak …

    October 1, 2014 4:43 am
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Technology

  • DVLA website buckles under pressure of new online vehicle tax renewals


    The DVLA’s new vehicle tax site has crashed due to the large volume of people attempting to renew their tax online after paper discs were abolished in favour of digital records. The site was experiencing more than 6,000 visits a minute at 9.43pm on Tuesday, according to the DVLA, but remained up but by Wednesday morning when the new rules came into effect it was overwhelmed. “We are currently experiencing high volumes of traffic to our online vehicle tax service please keep trying. Sorry for the inconvenience,” the DVLA said via its official Twitter account. The site labelled as a “beta” service despite alternatives to the new system not being in place, is part of the government’s new digital-first policy led by the Government Digital Service (GDS), which the head of the civil service declared was unlikely to change. The DVLA said that over 250,000 motorists had managed to renew their vehicle tax by 9.43pm …

    October 1, 2014 4:03 am
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Science

  • NASA’s Swift mission observes mega flares from a mini star


    Related images(click to enlarge) On April 23, NASA’s Swift satellite detected the strongest, hottest, and longest-lasting sequence of stellar flares ever seen from a nearby red dwarf star. The initial blast from this record-setting series of explosions was as much as 10,000 times more powerful than the largest solar flare ever recorded. “We used to think major flaring episodes from red dwarfs lasted no more than a day, but Swift detected at least seven powerful eruptions over a period of about two weeks,” said Stephen Drake, an astrophysicist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, who gave a presentation on the “superflare” at the August meeting of the American Astronomical Society’s High Energy Astrophysics Division. “This was a very complex event.” At its peak, the flare reached temperatures of 360 million degrees Fahrenheit (200 million Celsius), more than 12 times hotter than the center of the sun. In April 2014, NASA’s Swift mission …

    October 1, 2014 4:23 am
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Health

  • Exclusive: India set to run out of critical free drug for HIV/AIDS program


    NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India could run out of a critical medicine in its free HIV/AIDS drugs program in three weeks due to bureaucratic bungling, a senior government official said, leaving more than 150,000 sufferers without life-saving drugs for about a month. Missed dosages for long durations can increase patients’ drug resistance and result in faster spread of the virus, while changes in medication regimens expose patients to side effects. The supply crunch will be an embarrassment for the four-month-old government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has promised to deliver more affordable and better health services. As drugs in the open market are expensive, the government provides more than one-third of India’s 2.1 million HIV/AIDS patients with free antiretroviral drugs that are procured from pharmaceutical companies via a tender process. Delays in approving such tenders has left the National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) scrambling to secure supplies of tenofovir/lamivudine tablets that are prescribed to …

    October 1, 2014 4:03 am
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Entertainment

  • Acting is the only thing Jessica Chastain knows


    Is Jessica Chastain going to be on True Detective? Chastain spoke with Harper’s Bazaar UK about her career and her life and she admitted she doesn’t like the attention her job brings her. “Probably there are some people who feel great about themselves and don’t second-guess anything they say or do or wear,” she said, according to E! News. “But that’s just not me.” Like many actors, Chastain enjoys burying herself in her characters and she enjoys her life most when she is busy working. She remembered a moment recently where she was between projects and she didn’t know what to do with herself. “[It felt] a little bit like grief and I started to feel really negative about myself, down on who I am, and then I realized it’s because I’ve had so much time away from me that I don’t really know what I like to do any more,” she explained. “I’m out …

    October 1, 2014 3:42 am
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Editorial

  • Why I’m glad the NFL called an audible on Muslim prayer


    Sept. 29, 2014: Kansas City Chiefs free safety Husain Abdullah prays after intercepting a pass and running it back for a touchdown. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga) Sept. 29, 2014: Kansas City Chiefs free safety Husain Abdullah, left, gets up in the end zone after dropping to his knees in prayer as New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman, right, walks past. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) It’s been said that football is the unofficial religion of America. And while that point might be debatable, there’s no denying the relationship between God and the Gridiron. From Dixie to the Dakotas, you can be certain find churches serving up plates of chicken and biscuits before the Friday night game or cheerleaders writing Bible verses on run-through banners. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT And it’s almost guaranteed there’s a Baptist preacher invoking the Almighty in a makeshift press box (provided some ill-tempered atheist doesn’t object.) If a Christian football player can pray after scoring touchdown, a …

    October 1, 2014 4:03 am
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Odd News

  • Silicon Valley man unwittingly invites fugitive into home amid manhunt


    (Reuters) – A Silicon Valley homeowner unwittingly welcomed a fugitive into his home and shared a meal with the wanted man as California law enforcement officers canvassed the neighborhood in a manhunt, police said on Tuesday. Police in Palo Alto launched the search after receiving an emergency call on Monday about a possible fraudulent bank transaction linked to a man wanted in Oklahoma for a sex crime with a minor, the city’s police department said. Officers tried to nab 35-year-old Dominique Tabb of San Francisco at the bank, but he hopped a fence and ran into a residential neighborhood where officers began a yard-to-yard search, Palo Alto Detective Sergeant Brian Philip said. A homeowner in his 60s saw Tabb in his yard with some minor scrapes, and Tabb told him that assailants had beaten him up and that he was trying to escape, police said. Believing his story, the homeowner invited Tabb into his home …

    October 1, 2014 12:17 am
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