Headline News

  • Six people die in fire at North Carolina mobile home

    (Reuters) – Six people have died in a fire at a mobile home in rural North Carolina, and investigators are seeking to find the cause of the deadly blaze, police said on Saturday. The fire at the home just outside the town of Garland was reported to emergency responders at 1 a.m. local time on Saturday, and firefighters found bodies inside the residence, the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. The names of the six people killed in the fire and other details about the victims were not released. There was no sign of foul play, but investigators were still processing evidence, the sheriff’s department statement said. (Reporting by Kevin Murphy in Kansas City, Writing by Alex Dobuzinskis)

    August 30, 2014 6:34 pm


  • Obama, Harper discuss NATO summit, Iraq in phone call: White House

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper talked by telephone on Saturday to discuss next week’s NATO summit in Wales and the situation in Iraq, the White House said. “Both leaders agreed on the importance of ensuring Alliance unity on measures to strengthen NATO’s readiness and responsiveness to the full range of current and future threats,” the White House said in a statement. Obama stressed that agreeing on increased defense investment in all areas would be a top priority at the NATO summit, it added. (Reporting by Sandra Maler; Editing by Mohammad Zargham)

    August 30, 2014 3:52 pm


  • Struggling Angry Birds maker dumping CEO

    The maker of the Angry Birds video game is replacing its CEO. The maker of the Angry Birds mobile video game is dumping its CEO as the company struggles with increased competition and difficulties in changing its business model. Rovio Entertainment, the Finnish video game maker, announced that CEO Mikael Hed will “pass the hoodie” in January to former Nokia (NOK) executive Pekka Rantala, a reference to the typical clothing worn in the company’s offices. The company is shifting its business from a pay-to-play, in which players buy the video game, to a free-to-play model. It now gets about half its revenue from licensing Angry Birds images for toys, clothing and other novelty items. But while revenue has held up, profit in 2013 fell by more than 50%. Rovio has had trouble with its plans to charge users for purchases made in the games. Competitors such as King Digital Entertainment (KING), maker of the Candy …

    August 30, 2014 8:49 am


  • Wawrinka through to fourth round after Kavcic withdrawal

    New YORK (Reuters) – Third seed Stan Wawrinka was handed a walkover into the fourth round of the U.S. Open on Saturday when Slovenian Blaz Kavcic was forced out with a right foot injury. Kavcic, the world number 92, said he had taken an injection to numb his foot but still was unable to play, prompting the withdrawal just before the start of the match. “The pain is too much, now it is like under the ball of the foot,” Kavcic told Reuters. “The doctors tried to do everything they could but nothing helped. “I tried with injection, without injection but there was not even one percent chance to play the pain was too much. “It was impossible.” Australian Open champion Wawrinka will now await the winner between Spanish 16th seed Tommy Robredo and Australia’s Nick Kyrgios who clash later on Saturday. (Reporting by Steve Keating, Editing by Gene Cherry)

    August 30, 2014 6:34 pm

World News

  • EU sets Russia sanctions ultimatum

    31 August 2014 Last updated at 00:10 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko: “We are very close to the point of no return” The EU has given Russia one week to reduce its military involvement in Ukraine or face a new package of sanctions. European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said the EU was working urgently on further restrictive measures. Earlier Ukraine’s president said his country was “close to a point of no return – full scale-war” with Russia. Petro Poroshenko spoke at the EU summit in Brussels. Pro-Russian rebels have made gains against Ukrainian troops. Western leaders say there is clear evidence of regular Russian military units operating inside Ukraine with heavy weapons. Mr Van Rompuy said the EU “stands ready to take further significant steps in light of the evolution of the situation on the ground. “Everybody is fully aware that we have to act quickly.” …

    August 30, 2014 6:34 pm


  • These Pizza Hut cats want to serve and entertain you

    The “Pizza Cat” Web series features feline employees who have to wear hats but not hairnets. Video screenshot by Bonnie Burton/CNET Pizza and cute cats are both good things, so why not merge the two? Pizza Hut Japan did just that. Not in a pizza, mind you, but in a delightfully charming and weird Web series called “Pizza Cat.” The show centers around the cats, decked out in red caps and jaunty scarves, who work at a special Pizza Hut restaurant. Their names are Tencho, Hime, Dora, and Detch. In the episode “It’s time for work, y’all,” we see the cat boss push a giant red alarm button with his paw to wake up the lazy feline employees asleep on the job, to no avail. In another episode entitled “Dressed to kill for the day!” all the cat employees are suited up with their tiny red caps and scarves except for one haphazard tabby who …

    August 30, 2014 3:53 pm


  • Argonne scientists pioneer strategy for creating new materials

    Making something new is never easy. Scientists constantly theorize about new materials, but when the material is manufactured it doesn’t always work as expected. To create a new strategy for designing materials, scientists at the Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory combined two different approaches at two different facilities to synthesize new materials. This new strategy gives faster feedback on what growth schemes are best, thus shortening the timeframe to manufacture a new, stable material for energy transport and conversion applications. A recent article in Nature Materials describes how researchers used X-ray scattering during a process called molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) to observe the behavior of atoms as a type of material known as layered oxides were being formed. These observations were then used as data for computational predictions of new materials, leading to insights on how to best combine atoms to form new, stable structures. “MBE is the construction of new materials one layer …

    August 30, 2014 4:13 pm


  • Celebration in Liberia slum as Ebola quarantine lifted

    MONROVIA/CONAKRY (Reuters) – Crowds sang and danced in the streets of a seaside neighborhood in Liberia on Saturday as the government lifted quarantine measures designed to contain the spread of the deadly Ebola virus. Faced with the worst Ebola outbreak in history, West African governments have struggled to find an effective response. More than 1,550 people have died from the hemorrhagic fever since it was first detected in the forests of Guinea in March. Residents of the impoverished seaside district of West Point in Monrovia were forcibly cut off from the rest of the capital in mid-August after a crowd attacked an Ebola center there, allowing the sick to flee. The quarantine sparked protests and security forces responded with tear gas and bullets, killing a teenaged boy. But at dawn on Saturday, the community woke up to find the soldiers and barricades gone. “I tell God thank you. I tell everyone thank you,” said Koffa, …

    August 30, 2014 3:52 pm


  • Kendall Jenner And Hailey Baldwin Strut Their Stuff At The Supermarket

    Posted on Sat Aug 30th, 2014 10:02am PDT       By X17 Staff There’s no way they could dine and dash here! On Friday afternoon Kendall Jenner and BFF Hailey Baldwin went to the Dean and DeLuca supermarket in Manhattan, and after stocking up on some groceries, the girls strutted down the sidewalk like they owned it. Hailey hasn’t exactly had the same success as Kendall when it comes to modeling, but we have a feeling her big break will come sooner or later. Just look at her — and she’s such a Baldwin! In other news, Kendall has reportedly decided to drop her last name in an attempt to be taken more seriously in the fashion world. “She just wants some independence from her family,” according to a source for HollywoodLife. “Everyone in the business refers to her on a first-name basis, anyway. Plus, she thinks it’s cool! She’s always looked up to Twiggy and Giselle, and …

    August 30, 2014 5:34 pm


  • David Cameron stands up to Islamists: A lesson for Barack Obama

      The contrast between Friday’s press conference in London by British Prime Minister David Cameron and Thursday’s White House remarks by President Obama could not have been starker. Mr. Cameron delivered a robust assessment of the scale of the Islamist threat to Great Britain and to the free world.  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT He told journalists assembled at Downing Street that “what we are facing in Iraq now with ISIL (Islamic State) is a greater threat to our security than we have seen before.”  While David Cameron appeared self-assured and determined in his approach, Barack Obama came across as a deer in the headlights, unable to outline a coherent U.S. response to a rapidly growing crisis in the Middle East. He made it clear that ISIS must not be allowed to establish an Islamist caliphate in Iraq. If they succeeded, “we would be facing a terrorist state on the shores of the Mediterranean and bordering a NATO …

    August 30, 2014 3:41 am

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