• Tour buses collide near Egypt resort

    Tour buses collide near Egypt resort

    22 August 2014 Last updated at 07:29 Sharm El-Sheikh is a major foreign holiday destination in Egypt Two tour buses have collided near Sharm El-Sheikh in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula, leaving 33 people dead and 41...
  • Giants down Cubs in rubber match

    Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) – Buster Posey went 4-for-4 and hit a go-ahead solo home run in the fifth inning as the San Francisco Giants earned a 5-3 win over the Cubs to wrap up an...
  • Pam Anderson slams ALS for testing on animals

    4 Celebs whose Ice Bucket Challenges failed (VIDEO)  The former Baywatch actress didn’t just turn down the Ice Bucket Challenge — she dissed the ALS Foundation super hard for supposedly testing treatments and cures on...
  • Rain hampers Japan landslide rescue

    Rain hampers Japan landslide rescue

    22 August 2014 Last updated at 04:40 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. The BBC’s Rupert Wingfield-Hayes says “horrific stories” are beginning to emerge after the disaster Heavy rain has hampered rescue...
  • Phelps impresses in first international comeback race

    (Reuters) – Michael Phelps made an ominous return to international competition on Friday, qualifying for the final of the 100 meters freestyle at the Pan Pacific championships at Australia’s Gold Coast. Taking on the world’s...

Headline News

  • National Guard to withdraw from a quieter Ferguson; night saw no unrest, few arrests


    Protesters march Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Protesters again gathered Thursday evening, walking in laps near the spot where Michael Brown was shot. Some were in organized groups, such as clergy members. More signs reflected calls by protesters to remove the prosecutor, Robert McCulloch, from the case. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)The Associated Press Protesters march Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Protesters again gathered Thursday evening, walking in laps near the spot where Michael Brown was shot. Some were in organized groups, such as clergy members. More signs reflected calls by protesters to remove the prosecutor from the case. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)The Associated Press A line of protesters march into the evening Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Protesters again gathered Thursday evening, walking in laps near the spot where Michael Brown was shot. Some were in organized groups, such as clergy members. More signs reflected calls by protesters to remove the …

    August 22, 2014 2:41 am
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Politics

  • Calif. bill would pay for lawyers for unaccompanied minor immigrants


    SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) – California would spend $3 million on lawyers for unaccompanied minors arriving in California from Central America under a proposal announced Thursday by top California Democrats. Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, along with Attorney General Kamala Harris and the leaders of both houses of the legislature, said they planned to submit legislation authorizing the expenditure to help children who have been streaming over borders in Southwest states since last fall. The move follows prior advocacy by Harris, who had personally asked some of the state’s leading law firms to provide pro-bono representation for the children, many of whom are fleeing violence and poverty in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. “These young people have legal rights and responsibilities, but they cannot fully participate in complex immigration proceedings without an attorney,” said Harris said Thursday. “It is critical that these children, many of whom are fleeing extreme violence in Central America, have access to due …

    August 22, 2014 12:59 am
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Stocks

  • Reselling old jeans on eBay is a great professional move


    Here’s a funny truth about jobs: As much as we tell graduating college seniors and new job-market entries to build their resumes with a nice, clear, linear story, sometimes you’re actually much better at the job you end up doing because you’ve been doing something else for much longer. There are plenty of examples: Steve Jobs’s affinity for calligraphy made him think about fonts and design differently. Hakeem Olajuwon and Jason Kidd were both soccer players before they made it big in basketball. Elite athletes like Roger Staubach and Magic Johnson later became CEOs. But even if we’re to accept that experience as a community activist might make you a better business leader — or time spent as an actor or a doctor might prepare you for politics — we tend to be blind to these examples in our own lives. Just last year, I saw something like this hitting close to home: I learned …

    August 22, 2014 2:00 am
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Sports

  • Giants down Cubs in rubber match


    Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) – Buster Posey went 4-for-4 and hit a go-ahead solo home run in the fifth inning as the San Francisco Giants earned a 5-3 win over the Cubs to wrap up an elongated three-game series at Wrigley Field. The finale of this set wound up being a rubber match after all when the Cubs took the conclusion of Tuesday’s protested game, 2-1. The Giants’ bats woke up for the nightcap, as Pablo Sandoval complemented Posey with three hits and two RBI in the club’s fifth win in seven games. Madison Bumgarner (14-9) allowed back-to-back home runs to Justin Ruggiano and Welington Castillo in the first inning but settled in to pitch seven frames. The left-hander struck out a dozen and scattered seven hits and a walk. The winless streak for Travis Wood (7-11) continued, with the lefty giving up four runs on eight hits over six innings of work. Wood has not …

    August 22, 2014 2:41 am
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World News

  • Tour buses collide near Egypt resort


    22 August 2014 Last updated at 07:29 Sharm El-Sheikh is a major foreign holiday destination in Egypt Two tour buses have collided near Sharm El-Sheikh in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula, leaving 33 people dead and 41 injured, officials say. One of the vehicles overturned in the crash which happened early in the morning about 50km (31 miles) from the popular holiday destination. Ukrainian, Saudi and Yemeni citizens are said to be among the injured, some of whom are in a critical condition. Egypt’s roads and railways have a notoriously poor safety record. Thirty ambulances were sent to the scene to take the injured to nearby hospitals and the local motorway was closed off. According to Egypt’s state news agency Mena, one of the buses was heading from Sharm El-Sheikh to Cairo when it hit a bus coming in the opposite direction. First reports said that Russian citizens may have been among those hurt but updates referred …

    August 22, 2014 2:41 am
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Technology

  • Flappy Bird follow-up Swing Copters will drive you to insanity


    Failure. How sweet it is? Screenshot by Nick Statt/CNET There’s a certain type of video game genre called “masocore,” in which players engage with Nintendo-inspired games like Super Meat Boy or 1001 Spikes specifically because of their difficulty and the love-hate relationship it fosters. One false step results in death or failure. Overcoming the challenge provides the ultimate sense of accomplishment. Dong Nguyen, the Vietnamese developer behind DotGears Studio and the creator of the mobile hit Flappy Bird, would appear to transcend even that label. His follow-up title, Swing Copters, hit the iOS and Google Play app stores late Wednesday, San Francisco time, and it is unlike anything you have ever played. It’s already blowing up mobile gamers’ Twitter feeds and stirring online conversation. “For Swing Copters, what’s really happening is that it’s being driven by the success of Flappy Bird,” said Joost van Dreunen, the co-founder and CEO of SuperData Research. “People are saying, …

    August 22, 2014 1:00 am
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Science

  • Severe drought is causing the western US to rise


    The severe drought gripping the western United States in recent years is changing the landscape well beyond localized effects of water restrictions and browning lawns. Scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego have now discovered that the growing, broad-scale loss of water is causing the entire western U.S. to rise up like an uncoiled spring. Investigating ground positioning data from GPS stations throughout the west, Scripps researchers Adrian Borsa, Duncan Agnew, and Dan Cayan found that the water shortage is causing an “uplift” effect up to 15 millimeters (more than half an inch) in California’s mountains and on average four millimeters (0.15 of an inch) across the west. From the GPS data, they estimate the water deficit at nearly 240 gigatons (62 trillion gallons of water), equivalent to a six-inch layer of water spread out over the entire western U.S. Adrian Borsa, an assistant research geophysicist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC …

    August 22, 2014 1:20 am
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Health

  • Lack of leadership hurts Ebola fight in West Africa: MSF


    GENEVA (Reuters) – Efforts to curb the deadly Ebola epidemic that swept across four West African states are being undermined by a lack of leadership and emergency management skills, the international head of Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF) said on Thursday. In an interview, Joanne Liu also said the world’s worst ever outbreak of Ebola has caused widespread panic and the collapse of health care systems particularly in Liberia, where pregnant women have lost babies while seeking a safe place to deliver. She said Western nations must dispatch more experts in tropical medicine, especially field workers who know how to help communities prevent the often lethal virus from spreading. And the World Health Organization (WHO) must fulfill its leading role in coordinating the international response to the epidemic, the president of the global, Swiss-based medical charity told Reuters by telephone. “I think they are in the process of bringing more people from the WHO but the …

    August 22, 2014 1:00 am
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Entertainment

  • Pam Anderson slams ALS for testing on animals


    4 Celebs whose Ice Bucket Challenges failed (VIDEO)  The former Baywatch actress didn’t just turn down the Ice Bucket Challenge — she dissed the ALS Foundation super hard for supposedly testing treatments and cures on animals. The foundation says the campaign has been a massive success, rallying almost a million new donors who have forked over more than $42 million so far. But Anderson won’t be one of them any time soon. In a post to her Facebook page Wednesday, Anderson called the foundation’s practices “cruel” and “outdated.” Pamela Anderson shares kiss with husband amid divorce “Mice had holes drilled into their skulls, were inflicted with crippling illnesses, and were forced to run on an inclined treadmill until they collapsed from exhaustion,” she wrote. “Monkeys had chemicals injected into their brains and backs and were later killed and dissected.” Anderson, who has been a longtime animal rights activist and currently serves as an ambassador for …

    August 22, 2014 2:40 am
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Editorial

  • Pizza parlor’s church discount gives atheists indigestion


    Courtesy Bailey’s Pizza Steven Rose loves Jesus and pepperoni pizza. But when the Searcy, Arkansas restaurateur decided to mix church and cheese it gave a group of out-of-town atheists a bad case of indigestion. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) is threatening to sue Steven after he offered a discount to customers who bring in a church bulletin. They said Bailey’s Pizza is violating the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Steven is still contemplating what to do next. He fears a legal battle would be costly – and he’s quick to point out — he’s no Papa John’s. “The law requires places of public accommodation to offer their services to customers without regard to race, color, religion or national origin,” FFRF spokesperson Elizabeth Cavell told television station KTHV. Steven, who opened the pizza parlor in July, told me there’s nothing nefarious about the church bulletin discount. “It was a straight-up marketing tool to …

    August 22, 2014 1:00 am
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Odd News

  • It’s ‘bone-appétit’ for California pooches under new law


    (Reuters) – California diners can now legally enjoy a meal on a restaurant patio with their dogs in tow, under a law signed Thursday by Governor Jerry Brown that eliminates health code regulations banning restaurant owners from allowing pooches on the premises. Starting next year, California canines will be allowed to dine al fresco if they are wearing leashes or are relaxing in a carrier. ““I wish everyone ‘bone-appétit,’” quipped Democratic Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, the law’s author. “Restaurateurs in California will see more businesses catering to their customers and the canine companions they love.” The new law clarifies a section of the state’s health code that banned dogs from restaurants altogether, including on outdoor patios or courtyards. The rule has caused confusion because some local governments choose to enforce the law, while others turned a blind eye. In counties where local officials were more lax about enforcement, restaurant owners who encouraged their guests to bring …

    August 22, 2014 1:19 am
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