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  • UAW eyes bargaining rights at VW Tennessee plant within a year


    DETROIT (Reuters) – The United Auto Workers hopes to be recognized as the exclusive bargaining agent for workers at a Volkswagen AG (VOWG_p.DE) assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee within a year, the union’s President Dennis Williams said on Wednesday. That would mark the first tangible victory for the UAW at a foreign-owned auto assembly plant in the U.S. South, where it has long faced stiff opposition in its attempts to organize workers. Williams, elected to a four-year term in June, told Reuters he had not set a specific target date for the UAW to represent hourly workers at VW’s Chattanooga plant, in future talks about wages and benefits with the company. He said “I hope so,” however, when asked if the UAW would gain recognition to bargain for VW workers by the time contract talks with the three biggest U.S. automakers, General Motors Co, Ford Motor Co and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ Chrysler Group, begin next …

    October 22, 2014 7:01 pm
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Politics

  • South Dakota Senate Race Returns to Form


    By Stuart Rothenberg Posted at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 22 0 Tweet Attacks on Pressler appear to have worked. (Amy Sussman/Getty Images File Photo) Republican attacks on Democrat Rick Weiland and Independent Larry Pressler appear to have worked, making it more likely that the GOP will pick up the seat of retiring Democratic Senator Tim Johnson, as long expected. Republican Mike Rounds, a former two-term GOP governor, found himself in shockingly uncomfortable position earlier this month, but his standing has improved in the eyes of both strong and weak Republican voters, as well as among Independents. Support for Pressler, a one-time GOP senator who has said that he would be a friend of Obama if elected to the Senate and has acknowledged that he voted for Obama, has melted away over the past few weeks. Rounds’s improved position in the race — assuming that the trend holds — means GOP strategists will now have to worry …

    October 22, 2014 3:57 pm
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Stocks

  • NBC’s Dr. Nancy Snyderman to resume work in November


      The mandatory Ebola-related quarantine is over, but Dr. Nancy Snyderman and the crew members who traveled to Liberia with her are not coming back to work yet. In an internal memorandum on Wednesday, NBC News president Deborah Turness said the crew would be taking some more time off work, adding, “We very much look forward to their return next month.” Dr. Nancy Snyderman The timing is noteworthy because Dr. Snyderman’s apparent violation of a voluntary quarantine scared some members of her New Jersey community and stoked a major controversy earlier this month. Questions about her credibility have lingered, and she has not addressed those questions publicly. The additional time off-air seems to be an effort to “put some space between her and this story,” as one television blogger described it. Snyderman was covering Ebola in Liberia with a crew that included a freelance photojournalist, Ashoka Mukpo, who was infected with Ebola. Mukpo was brought …

    October 22, 2014 7:01 pm
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Sports

  • After solid performance and Harvin addition, Smith has 9 games to show he’s Jets’ answer at QB


    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. –  Geno Smith’s statistical line last week included a couple of zeroes in categories the New York Jets have been waiting to see all season. Interceptions: Zero. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Turnovers: Zero. The second-year quarterback had his first turnover-free game in the Jets’ 27-25 loss to the New England Patriots last Thursday. He was solid in defeat, throwing for 226 yards and a touchdown while also running for 37 yards on seven carries. It was a promising bounceback for Smith, who wasn’t quite in a celebratory mood. “Just playing football,” Smith said Wednesday when asked if the performance could be a springboard. “Go out there and do my job. That’s all I can do.” Not even a building block? A positive in what has been a dismal 1-6 start for the Jets? “No, we lost the game,” Smith said. “That’s that. I’m focused on the Bills.” New York takes on Buffalo (4-3) at …

    October 22, 2014 7:01 pm
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World News

  • Mexico orders Iguala mayor’s arrest


    22 October 2014 Last updated at 22:58 The students were last seen being bundled into police cars on 26 September Mexico’s government has ordered the arrest of the mayor of the southern town of Iguala, where six people died and 43 students disappeared after clashing with local police last month. Mexico’s chief prosecutor said Mayor Jose Luis Abarca ordered the police operation, to stop the students disrupting an event hosted by his wife. The couple are said to be on the run. The protesting students were last seen being bundled into police cars after the clashes on 26 September. Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam said Mr Abarca, his wife Maria de los Angeles Pineda and police chief Felipe Flores were wanted “as the individuals who likely organised the events that took place in Iguala on 26 September”. He also alleged that Ms Pineda had links to a local drug gang Guerreros Unidos (United Warriors). Municipal …

    October 22, 2014 6:41 pm
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Technology

  • Google releases USB security key for two-factor authentication


    Google has announced a physical USB Security Key that should ensure users keep their accounts safe from hackers, although it is not without its limitations. Anyone who buys a compatible USB from a third-party supplier and adds the Security Key functionality will be able to use it when logging in to Google’s sites, which include Gmail and Google Drive, as it will hold the code required when two-factor authentication has been switched on. Two-factor authentication is a security protection that asks for a password and an additional piece of information that verifies the identity of the person logging in. Previously, Google has only allowed users to receive the second chunk of authentication data as a code sent via text message or the Authenticator app, but the USB can now be used without any input needed on the keyboard. Unless hackers manage to steal the plastic key, accounts with Security Key enabled will almost certainly be …

    October 22, 2014 3:57 pm
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Science

  • Rescued ‘abandoned’ penguin chicks survival similar to colony rates


    Abandoned penguin chicks that were hand-reared and returned to the wild showed a similar survival rate to their naturally-reared counterparts, according to a study published October 22, 2014 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Richard Sherley from University of Cape Town and colleagues. The Endangered African penguin population has been rapidly decreasing since 2001. In the Western Cape of South Africa, penguins breed from February to September and moult between September and January, once chicks have fledged. If adult penguins begin the moulting process, a 21 day period where they no longer have the waterproofing necessary to dive for food, with chicks in the nest, the chicks may starve. Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) recovers ‘abandoned’ penguin chicks that are no longer being fed and cares for them until they can be reintroduced into breeding colonies. Researchers documented the care, release, and survival of over 840 and 480, in …

    October 22, 2014 4:17 pm
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Health

  • Obama says cautiously more optimistic about Ebola situation in U.S.


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama expressed cautious optimism about the Ebola situation in the United States on Wednesday after the U.S. government imposed new screening measures for travelers from West Africa. Obama sat down for talks with his Ebola response coordinator, Ron Klain, on Klain’s first day on the job since he was appointed last Friday. They were joined by other top officials. Obama, speaking to reporters, said he is confident that hospitals in Texas and Ohio are prepared if cases of Ebola emerged there. A nurse at a Dallas hospital that treated Ebola victim Thomas Duncan had flown to Ohio a day before she had symptoms of the virus. The president said modest signs of progress in the fight against the Ebola virus are being reported in hard-hit Liberia. (Reporting by Jeff Mason and Steve Holland; Editing by Eric Walsh)

    October 22, 2014 3:57 pm
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Entertainment

  • Khloe Kardashian Keeps Cool Amid Reports She Can’t Find Lamar Odom To Finalize Divorce


    Posted on Wed Oct 22nd, 2014 1:54pm PDT       By X17 Staff Khloe is one strong lady! Khloe Kardashian kept a stiff upper lip as she headed to the studio in Los Angeles, amid reports that she can’t find soon-to-be ex hubby Lamar Odom to finalize their divorce. Umm … yikes! Can’t Khloe get a break! Despite filing divorce papers over 10 months ago, Khloe and Lamar are still not officially dunzo, in part because the tallest Kardashian can’t get in touch with the former NBA star, reports Us Weekly. “Khloe can’t even get in touch with him right now,” an insider told the mag. Another source said, “He refuses to sign the divorce papers.” Despite the split snafu — Khloe is doing what she does best — rolling along! For her afternoon at the studio, the star wore a tan wrap blouse, white jeans and see-through heels. How very Kimmy K of her! Looks like things …

    October 22, 2014 5:38 pm
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Editorial

  • Five compromises Obama should embrace to boost the economy


    If Republicans win the Senate, President Obama risks another bruising recession if he doesn’t embrace compromise and abandon ineffective populist prescriptions. Slower growth in Europe and emerging markets like China and Brazil threaten U.S. exports and demand for American-made products. At home, stock market volatility threatens consumer confidence and sales of autos, new homes and other big ticket items. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Stimulus spending only temporarily boosts growth but permanently increases deficits. Specifically, before the financial crisis, the federal deficit was only $161 billion, but after five years of recovery it stands at $580 billion.   Here are five things Obama could do with Republicans to boost growth. 1. Tax Reform: The 35 percent U.S. corporate tax rate encourages business to move jobs and headquarters abroad. Obama and GOP leaders want to close loopholes to lower rates. However, Obama wants to use reform to boost revenues, while Republicans want lower taxes overall. Neither side wants to …

    October 22, 2014 3:57 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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