Headline News

  • Boeing, Liquid Robotics to cooperate on maritime surveillance


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Boeing Co (BA.N), the No. 2 supplier to the U.S. Defense Department, and Liquid Robotics, a top supplier of autonomous ocean vehicles, on Tuesday said they had signed a multiyear agreement to collaborate on products for maritime surveillance. The companies said the initial focus would be to develop solutions for anti-submarine warfare, maritime domain awareness and other defense equipment. The announcement comes a week after Chris Chadwick, chief executive officer of Boeing’s defense division, called on weapon makers to be more innovative in meeting the Pentagon’s requirements at a time when budgets are shrinking. Liquid Robotics makes Wave Glider ocean drones for ocean observation, data collection and monitoring. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. (Reporting by Andrea Shalal; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)

    September 23, 2014 7:05 am
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Politics

  • U.S.-led coalition air strikes begin in Syria


    F/A-18F Super Hornets assigned to Carrier Air Wing One (CVW-1) launch from the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise in the Red Sea in this U.S. Navy handout photo dated March 17, 2011. U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jared M. King/Handout) The U.S. and five Arab countries launched airstrikes Monday night on Islamic State group targets in eastern Syria, and the U.S. undertook a separate, unilateral air attack on what it called an al-Qaida affiliate elsewhere in Syria. Several hours after the Pentagon announced the airstrikes against Islamic State targets, U.S. Central Command said American warplanes launched eight airstrikes “to disrupt the imminent attack plotting against the United States and Western interests” by a network of “seasoned al-Qaida veterans” — sometimes known as the Khorasan Group — who have established a haven in Syria. It provided no details on the plotting. Central Command said that separate bombing mission was undertaken solely by U.S. aircraft and took place …

    September 23, 2014 5:44 am
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Stocks

  • Alibaba founder Jack Ma now China’s richest man


    Jack Ma pocketed over $800 million from last week’s Alibaba IPO and held onto a big stake in the company. Jack Ma is now officially China’s richest man, just days after he floated Alibaba in the world’s biggest IPO. Ma has soared to the top of the China annual rich list, compiled by the Hurun Report, with an estimated fortune of $25 billion. Ma — who didn’t even make the top 10 last year — has seen his wealth balloon after Alibaba (BABA, Tech30)‘s stock rocketed 38% in New York on Friday, its first day of trading. His firm raised $25 billion in its debut, smashing the previous record for a stock market listing. The former English teacher’s wealth is derived primarily from his holdings in Alibaba, and closely-related company Alipay, according to Hurun. Another Alibaba co-founder, Simon Xie Shihuang, also makes the Hurun list. He’s worth $1.6 billion. Related: Alibaba IPO means a big …

    September 23, 2014 6:44 am
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Sports

  • McDowell hints at fourballs break-up with pal McIlroy


    GLENEAGLES Scotland (Reuters) – Former U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell has given a strong hint that his Ryder Cup fourballs partnership with world number one Rory McIlroy is a thing of the past. There has been much media speculation suggesting the two Northern Irish friends are not as close as they were, mainly because of the court case surrounding McIlroy’s split from the Horizon management camp the pair once shared. McDowell said that, if anything, there was more warmth between them now and any break-up on the course will be simply down to the fact they have evolved as individual players since the duo first formed their Ryder Cup partnership four years ago. “There is no doubt our personal issues have been well documented over the last couple of years,” the 2010 U.S. Open champion told a news conference on Tuesday. “I believe we’ve both come out of the other end of that probably better …

    September 23, 2014 7:05 am
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World News

  • Tiger kills student at Delhi zoo


    23 September 2014 Last updated at 11:51 Television pictures showed the student crouching against a wall while the tiger stood facing him A white tiger has attacked and killed an Indian student at Delhi zoo, officials and witnesses say. Zoo manager Riaz Khan said the young man “leapt over the railing into the tiger enclosure”. Initial reports described him as a schoolboy. Television pictures showed the student crouching against a wall while the tiger stood near him. An eyewitness said he was leaning over the barricade which was “very low” and may have fallen inside the enclosure. “Around 1.30 pm, we were in the reptiles area when we heard loud screams,” eyewitness Himanshu told CNN-IBN news channel. “I ran to the tiger enclosure where we saw that a white tiger had caught the student by his neck and he was writhing in pain. Some children threw small sticks and stones at the tiger. “He suffered …

    September 23, 2014 7:05 am
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Technology

  • Apple will not shut down Dr Dres Beats Music but could fold it into iTunes


    Apple will not shut down its Beats Music service, acquired in May as part of its $3bn purchase with Beats headphones, but may rebrand it as part of iTunes. A company spokesman told the Guardian that the reports of Beats Music closure were not true, corroborating a report from technology site Re/code that Apple would maintain the Beats Music subscription service. Apple did not rule out a rebranding of the service, which could bring it in line with the company’s iTunes music brand. It already operates a streaming music service in the US called iTunes Radio, which operates as an ad-supported personalised radio service, using particular songs or artists to build a playlist rather than allowing the user to choose tracks individually. Unlike the Beats headphone brand, which has worldwide recognition, Beats Music has failed to gain widespread recognition. The service was launched in January in the US, but has not expanded to the UK …

    September 23, 2014 5:44 am
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Science

  • Cheater, cheater: UGA study shows what happens when employees feel excluded at work


    Related images(click to enlarge) When employees feel left out, they act out. That’s the message that new research from the University of Georgia Terry College of Business delivers as it explains why employees can become weasels to benefit their work group. “Everybody has a need for social approval. It’s the basis of our human functioning,” said Marie Mitchell, co-author of the research and professor of management at UGA. “But when individuals are faced with a risk of social exclusion, it motivates some pretty unsavory behaviors. We already know how people react when they’re definitely being excluded from a group, when someone is mistreating them or abusing them. But what we sought to examine this time is: What if you’re not sure?” Employees can feel disconnected from their work when they think they weren’t invited to lunch or when they feel isolated from group activities like getting coffee. These actions are often so subtle that it’s …

    September 23, 2014 6:05 am
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Health

  • U.S. agency moves to end sex bias in biomedical research


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. National Institutes of Health began putting in place on Tuesday its new policy aimed at ending long-standing sex bias in biomedical research favoring male lab animals and cells in the pivotal studies that are done before human clinical trials. The NIH, the U.S. government’s medical research agency, said it had approved about $10 million in funds to supplement grants already given to 82 recipients from various universities and hospitals to expand studies to better explore possible sex differences in numerous types of medical conditions. Research has shown that men and women sometimes experience diseases differently and respond to treatments differently. Before new medicines or treatments can be tried on people in clinical trials, they are tested on animals or cells in a lab in so-called preclinical studies. An over-reliance on male lab animals like mice and rats and male cells in lab dishes in such research has obscured important sex …

    September 23, 2014 5:44 am
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Entertainment

  • Aaron Carter finally gives up on rekindling Hilary Duff romance


    Aaron Carter is finally admitting that, despite his best efforts, things with Hilary Duff really are over. Hilary Duff trades work for the beach in new music video  “If I’m too open about how I feel, then people wanna nag and pick and poke at me,” Carter said during an interview with Wenn. “I don’t know Hilary [Duff] either. She don’t know me and I don’t know her. I just need to shut up now about it. I think it’s time…” A few months ago, the singer made headlines when he professed he still had feelings for his ex, Hilary Duff. “I don’t know who she is today, she doesn’t know who I am today, but I would sweep her off her feet if I ever got a chance to again and fix what I did wrong,” Carter said in a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight. Aaron Carter’s desperate to get ex-girlfriend Hilary Duff back  …

    September 23, 2014 5:24 am
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Editorial

  • ISIS threat: Americans are passengers on Titanic with Obama at helm


    President Obama’s recent speech on how to defeat the terrorist group ISIS — as America faces the greatest threat in its history — represented “one small step for man” but no “giant leap for mankind” in attacking the source of the problem. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey were on the hot seat defending Obama’s ISIS game plan at a Sept. 16 hearing in the Senate. Their testimony suggested a disconnect between the White House and the Pentagon on the need for ground troops, the former having said no and the latter now saying maybe. ISIS’ destruction may be Obama’s goal, but he still lacks a strategy. The Senate testimony did nothing to suggest otherwise. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Violence encountered by the West is but the tip of an Islamic iceberg. By failing to attack it, we become passengers onboard an ill-fated Titanic. Imagine if BP had focused …

    September 23, 2014 1:43 am
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Odd News

  • Virginia preschool teacher accused of biting toddler is arrested


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Virginia preschool teacher has been arrested and charged with assault and battery after she allegedly punished a 13-month-old boy by biting his shoulder, police said on Monday. Theresa Brown, 24, is accused of biting the toddler on Sept. 11 at The Goddard School in Woodbridge, Virginia, a private school about 22 miles (35 km) southwest of Washington, according to Prince William County police. Brown bit the child who was enrolled at the school, leaving a visible mark, as punishment after he had bitten another teacher, police said. A witness reported the incident to the school’s 24-year-old co-owner, Nadia Choudhry. Choudhry did not report the incident and was charged with failing to report the offense to authorities, which state law requires, police said. Officials at the school, described on its website as serving infants to school-age children, declined to comment. As of Monday, Brown was no longer listed online as a member …

    September 22, 2014 10:01 pm
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