Headline News

  • Judge rejects bid for hearing on moving Boston bombing trial


    BOSTON (Reuters) – A U.S. judge on Thursday denied a request by lawyers for the accused Boston Marathon bomber to hold a hearing on their request to move the trial out of the city where the attack occurred, saying he would decide based on prior court filings. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 21, could face execution if he is convicted of killing three people and injuring more than 260 with a pair of homemade pressure-cooker bombs on April 15, 2013, and with fatally shooting a university police officer three days later as he and his older brother, Tamerlan, attempted to flee the city. Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, died after an overnight gunbattle with police shortly after that shooting. His brother was captured late the following evening following a daylong lockdown of most of the Boston metropolitan area. Tsarnaev’s attorneys have asked U.S. District Judge George O’Toole to delay the trial beyond its scheduled November start and to move it …

    September 18, 2014 4:30 pm
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Politics

  • Obama to nominate Indian-American as India ambassador


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama nominated former State Department official Richard Verma as U.S. ambassador to India on Thursday, just ahead of a visit to Washington by new Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a White House statement said. Verma, an Indian-American, served as assistant secretary of state for legislative affairs at the State Department in the Obama administration from 2009 to 2011. He is currently a senior counselor at Steptoe Johnson law firm and the Albright Stonebridge Group, a business advisory company, led by former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. White House officials said Verma has close relationships with Obama’s White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, National Security Adviser Susan Rice, and senior adviser John Podesta. He will be the first Indian-American to do the job. If he is confirmed by Congress, Verma will replace Nancy Powell, who resigned in March after a damaging row over the treatment of a junior Indian …

    September 18, 2014 3:50 pm
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Stocks

  • Yum Brands’ cultural snafu forces logo change


    Yum Brands’ Banh Shop red star logo has sparked controversy among the Vietnamese community. A perceived lack of cultural awareness has forced Yum brands to change the red star logo on its just-opened Vietnamese Banh Shop in Dallas. Thanh Cung, President of the Vietnamese-American Community of Greater Dallas started an online petition Wednesday that called on the restaurant to make the change. “While we are very pleased with the name of the restaurant, we are hurt and offended by your chosen logo, a red star, which is a symbol of communism and will offend thousands of South Vietnamese refugees in my community,” Cung wrote. “The heavy majority of Vietnamese living in the Dallas area are political and religious refugees who fled Vietnam when North Vietnamese communist rule started in 1975.” Related: Air BnB runs into its own logo trouble The restaurant, which serves banh mi sandwiches and other Vietnamese food, uses lots of Saigon-focused imagery …

    September 18, 2014 2:50 pm
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Sports

  • Patrick Tallent wins US Senior Amateur, edging Bryan Norton 2 and 1


    NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. –  Former George Washington basketball player Patrick Tallent won the U.S. Senior Amateur on Thursday, beating Bryan Norton 2 and 1 at Big Canyon. The 61-year-old Tallent, from Vienna, Virginia, survived a 15-for-13 playoff Monday to advance to match play in the event for players 55 and older. He was the runner-up in 2010. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Tallent won the par-4 first hole with a par and took a 4-up lead with a birdie win on the par-4 ninth. Norton, a 55-year-old reinstated amateur from Overland Park, Kansas, won Nos. 11, 12 and 14 to cut his deficit to a hole, but Tallent rebounded to take the par-3 15th with a birdie. Tallent matched Norton with a bogey on the par-5 16th and a birdie on the par-3 17th to close out the match.

    September 18, 2014 4:30 pm
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World News

  • Senate to back arming Syria rebels


    18 September 2014 Last updated at 21:40 A rebel fighter makes improvised mortar shells near Idlib, Syria The US Senate is expected to approve President Barack Obama’s plan to train and arm Syrian rebel groups to fight Islamic State (IS) militants. The vote comes a day after the House easily passed the president’s plan by 273 votes to 156, with both Democrats and Republicans voting yes. On Thursday, the US continued to strike IS targets in Iraq. Air strikes are expected in Syria, but Mr Obama has pledged to not authorise a ground operation in either country. “It is more effective to use our unique capabilities in support of our partners on the ground so they can secure their own countries’ futures,” he said on Wednesday. The jihadist group controls large areas of Syria and northern Iraq, and the US has undertaken 174 air strikes against IS in Iraq since mid-August. Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel …

    September 18, 2014 4:31 pm
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Technology

  • Oracle boss Larry Ellison steps down


    18 September 2014 Last updated at 21:38 Safra Catz (l) and Mark Hurd (r) will serve as chief executives, each responsible for different parts of Oracle Long-serving Oracle boss Larry Ellison is stepping down, the technology giant announced on Thursday. Mark Hurd and Safra Catz have been named as successors, with both being given the chief executive title. Mr Ellison, who is estimated to be the world’s fifth wealthiest man, will stay on as executive chairman and chief technology officer. He co-founded what would become Oracle with Bob Miner and Ed Oates in 1977. In a statement, Oracle board president Michael Boskin said: “Larry has made it very clear that he wants to keep working full time and focus his energy on product engineering, technology development and strategy. “Safra and Mark are exceptional executives who have repeatedly demonstrated their ability to lead, manage and grow the company. The Directors are thrilled that the best senior …

    September 18, 2014 3:50 pm
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Science

  • NASA’s 2015 Sample Return Robot Challenge Open for Registration


    [image-36] Registration is open for the fourth running of the NASA Centennial Challenge program’s Sample Return Robot Challenge, which will take place June 8-13, 2015. The autonomous robot competition, which carries a prize purse of $1.5 million, will be held at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts, which has hosted the event since 2012. Teams must demonstrate a robot that can locate and collect geologic samples from a wide and varied landscape without human control in two levels of competition that increase in difficulty. The objective is to encourage innovations in autonomous navigation and robotic manipulator technologies. Innovations stemming from this challenge may improve NASA’s capability to explore a variety of destinations in space, as well as enhance the nation’s robotic technology for use in industries and applications on Earth. “The teams’ robots are growing more sophisticated each year,” said Sam Ortega, program manager for Centennial Challenges at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, …

    September 18, 2014 4:11 pm
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Health

  • Falls indoors may signal frailty, linked to shorter survival


    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Women in their eighties who fell indoors, rather than outdoors or from a height like a ladder, died sooner than their peers, a new French study finds. Indoor falls could be an indicator of frailty and a sign that protective measures should be taken, say the authors. The study was led by Sebastien Bailly, a researcher with Hospices Civils de Lyon in France. He and his coauthors write in the journal Maturitas, “The mean survival time of women with inside falls was nearly 1.6 years shorter than that of women with other falling profiles.” Bailly and his colleagues studied 4,574 women who were over the age of 74 when they joined the study, could walk by themselves and were not living in institutional settings. The researchers called the women every four months for the first four years of the study to find out if they had fallen at some time …

    September 18, 2014 3:50 pm
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Entertainment

  • Jessica Simpson Says She’s Done Having Kids


    Posted on Thu Sep 18th, 2014 12:29pm PDT       By X17 Staff Jessica Simpson called in to On Air with Ryan Seacrest this morning, and not only did she chat about her fashion line, but she also gushed about married life and her family. Jessica and hubby Eric Johnson have a daughter Maxwell, 2, and son Ace, 14 months, and when Ryan asked the singer if she was planning on having more kids, she said: Oh, we are done. I say we’re done. I don’t want to accidentally get pregnant one day and then that poor kid feels like it wasn’t meant to be or something. We’ve got the girl and we’ve got the boy.” But just because they’re not having more children doesn’t mean they’re not uh, practicing. Ugh. We don’t want to think about this! When Ellen K. pointed out that “there must not be many times” Jess can turn down her hunky hubby, Jess …

    September 18, 2014 3:30 pm
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Editorial

  • We must tell the truth about ISIS because President Obama won’t


    In his address to the nation last week, President Obama declared to the nation — to the world — that ISIS (also known as ISIL, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) was not Islamic. Across the globe, jaws dropped. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT It’s not my purpose today to cite chapter and verse why President Obama is wrong. Pundits have been doing that for days. Instead, I want to focus on the deeper question: Why is ISIS’ Islamic identity critical to its appeal to the Muslim world? The truth is that ISIS’ core appeal is in its Islamic identity, and it is that identity that makes ISIS so dangerous. After all, if ISIS isn’t “Islamic,” then tens of thousand of devout young Muslims wouldn’t be flocking to its banner. If ISIS isn’t “Islamic,” then opposing Islamic militias would swell with the ranks of the faithful, eager to root out the apostates in their midst. Instead, …

    September 18, 2014 3:50 pm
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Odd News

  • Drunken Tennessee man vows to join Islamic State after arrest -police


    NASHVILLE Tenn. (Reuters) – A Tennessee man charged with drunken driving on Thursday told the police officer who arrested him that he would join the Islamic State militant group and seek revenge, Nashville police said. “I am going to join ISIS. When I do, you will be the first person I will kill,” suspect Marco Antonio Dominguez, using an acronym for the group, said from the back seat of the Nashville police car that took him to jail, according to a prosecution affidavit. Dominguez, 24, “had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage” on his breath and showed other signs of intoxication when he was being questioned prior to his arrest, the affidavit said. He was first questioned by officers after he pulled into a gas station with his car smoking and the windshield smashed in, authorities said. Police said the man continued to make threats even after he had been taken to jail. He faces charges of …

    September 18, 2014 4:10 pm
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