• Journey to the center of the earth

    Journey to the center of the earth

    Related images(click to enlarge) A UC Santa Barbara geochemist studying Samoan volcanoes has found evidence of the planet’s early formation still trapped inside the Earth. Known as hotspots, volcanic island chains such as Samoa can...
  • Court allows use of controversial Texas voter ID law

    Court allows use of controversial Texas voter ID law

    By SAM HANANEL October 18, 2014 A roll of “I Voted” stickers rests on a table near a voter registration list at the Old Train Depot in Denmark, South Carolina.(REUTERS/Chris Keane) The Supreme Court said...
  • Two Japan ministers quit amid rows

    Two Japan ministers quit amid rows

    20 October 2014 Last updated at 07:45 Yuko Obuchi bowed in apology at a press conference on Monday announcing her resignation Japan’s Justice Minister Midori Matsushima has resigned, hours after the resignation of Trade and...
  • Broncos smash 49ers as Manning sets touchdown record

    (Reuters) – Peyton Manning broke the National Football League career touchdown pass record as the Denver Broncos thrashed the San Francisco 49ers 42-17 on Sunday. With his third touchdown of the game late in the...

Headline News

  • Prosecutors, lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect due in court


    BOSTON –  Federal prosecutors and lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are due in court for a status conference. Tsarnaev is charged with carrying out the deadly 2013 attack that killed three people and injured more than 260. He has pleaded not guilty to 30 federal charges and could face the death penalty if convicted. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Prosecutors say Tsarnaev and his older brother, Tamerlan, planted two bombs near the marathon finish line. Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in a shootout with police several days after the bombing. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s lawyers and prosecutors are set to meet with Judge George O’Toole Jr., Monday in U.S. District Court. In a court filing Thursday, the two sides said they are awaiting rulings from the judge on several requests, including a defense request to order prosecutors to turn over any evidence they have linking Tamerlan Tsarnaev to a 2011 triple slaying in Waltham. The defense says a …

    October 20, 2014 2:08 am
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Politics

  • Court allows use of controversial Texas voter ID law


    By SAM HANANEL October 18, 2014 A roll of “I Voted” stickers rests on a table near a voter registration list at the Old Train Depot in Denmark, South Carolina.(REUTERS/Chris Keane) The Supreme Court said Saturday that Texas can use its controversial new voter identification law for the November election. A majority of the justices rejected an emergency request from the Justice Department and civil rights groups to prohibit the state from requiring voters to produce certain forms of photo identification in order to cast ballots. Three justices dissented. The law was struck down by a federal judge last week, but a federal appeals court had put that ruling on hold. The judge found that roughly 600,000 voters, many of them black or Latino, could be turned away at the polls because they lack acceptable identification. Early voting in Texas begins Monday. The Supreme Court’s order was unsigned, as it typically is in these situations. …

    October 20, 2014 2:28 am
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Stocks

  • Debt-laden ‘zombie’ firms threaten China’s economy


    Economists concerned over rapidly rising corporate debt levels in China are sounding the alarm, warning that major changes are needed to avoid an increase in “zombie” banks and firms. After expanding at a lightning-fast rate, China’s corporate debt market recently became the largest in the world at $14.2 trillion, according to Standard and Poor’s. Experts worry that too many of the loans have gone to underperforming firms that will never be able to repay — especially in a slowing economy. Economists surveyed by CNNMoney often cite concerns over runaway credit growth, but many now single out corporate debt as a major threat to China’s economy. “The risk is that the high debt burden will eventually result in unproductive zombie banks and zombie firms, which are a drag on the economy,” said Julian Evans-Pritchard of Capital Economics. Related: The Chinese like capitalism more than Americans As China’s economy slows, companies are seeing a lower rate of …

    October 19, 2014 9:19 pm
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Sports

  • Broncos smash 49ers as Manning sets touchdown record


    (Reuters) – Peyton Manning broke the National Football League career touchdown pass record as the Denver Broncos thrashed the San Francisco 49ers 42-17 on Sunday. With his third touchdown of the game late in the first half, the Denver quarterback notched his 509th regular season touchdown pass, surpassing the previous record held by Brett Favre. Manning’s record stole the show for the Broncos, who completely dominated the visiting 49ers to improve to 5-1 for the season and consolidate first place in the AFC West. With victory assured, Manning left the game early after taking his career touchdown tally to 510 with a pass to Demaryius Thomas, who had earlier caught the record-breaking 509th touchdown. Manning completed 22-of-26 passes for 318 yards and four touchdowns. Manning downplayed his accomplishment, saying that winning the game was the most important outcome. “It was a great win tonight, that’s first and foremost,” he told reporters. “It was a special …

    October 20, 2014 2:08 am
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World News

  • Two Japan ministers quit amid rows


    20 October 2014 Last updated at 07:45 Yuko Obuchi bowed in apology at a press conference on Monday announcing her resignation Japan’s Justice Minister Midori Matsushima has resigned, hours after the resignation of Trade and Industry Minister Yuko Obuchi. Ms Matsushima had been accused by the opposition of violating election laws. Ms Obuchi is alleged to have misused funds from her political support groups and other donations. Correspondents say the resignations are a major setback for PM Shinzo Abe, who wants to bring more women into the top levels of government. Mr Abe said he took responsibility for having appointed both women, and that they would be replaced within a day. Both are members of his governing conservative Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). Ms Obuchi, 40, was one of five women appointed by Mr Abe in his cabinet reshuffle last month and was tipped by some as a future prime minister. But allegations emerged last week …

    October 20, 2014 2:08 am
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Technology

  • Marketing agencies have completely missed the potential of digital


    We sit here in 2014 and we think we’ve “got” digital. We’ve been talking about it forever and we’ve introduced new processes, expressions, agencies. We’ve acquired, hired and rebuilt. What more evidence is needed? How could it be in an age where Unilever has a YouTube Channel, Oreo can put tweets on cookies and where we make TV ads out of recycled vines, that we’re not on top of it? I believe we’ve accomplished nothing with new technology in marketing. We’ve missed the entire point of it all; we’ve taken the revolutionary power of digital and found a way to adapt it to what we had. It’s always been this way because paradigm shifts are hard, be it the onset of the steam age, or the beginning of electricity. We tend to view the future through the mirror of the past, unable to start afresh with what the new technology means. We become fixated on …

    October 20, 2014 2:28 am
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Science

  • Journey to the center of the earth


    Related images(click to enlarge) A UC Santa Barbara geochemist studying Samoan volcanoes has found evidence of the planet’s early formation still trapped inside the Earth. Known as hotspots, volcanic island chains such as Samoa can ancient primordial signatures from the early solar system that have somehow survived billions of years. Matthew Jackson, an associate professor in UCSB’s Department of Earth Science, and colleagues utilized high-precision lead and helium isotope measurements to unravel the chemical composition and geometry of the deep mantle plume feeding Samoa’s volcanoes. Their findings appear today in the journal Nature. In most cases, volcanoes are located at the point where two tectonic plates meet, and are created when those plates collide or diverge. Hotspot volcanoes, however, are not located at plate boundaries but rather represent the anomalous melting in the interior of the plates. Such intraplate volcanoes form above a plume-fed hotspot where the Earth’s mantle is melting. The plate moves over …

    October 20, 2014 2:49 am
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Health

  • Has sugar lost its sweet spot? Paraguayan plant upends market


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – The maker of America’s top sugar brand Domino Sugar is launching its first no-calorie “natural” sweetener extracted from the stevia plant in Paraguay, the strongest sign yet that the upstart product is threatening to eat into raw-sugar demand. In less than a decade, the sweet-tasting stevia powder has stolen a big chunk of the $1.3-billion global market for artificial sweeteners as more health-conscious consumers use it in what they eat and drink. Consumers’ appetite for artificial sweeteners like Cumberland Packing Co.’s Sweet’N Low and corn syrup has waned amid rising interest in foods perceived as natural. The powerful corporations that dominate the global sugar market are also facing slowing demand, especially in the United States, for refined sugar that is used in everything from coffee to cakes. The U.S. slowdown is due in part to concerns about extremely high rates of obesity and diabetes. Big Sugar’s response? To offer new non-sugar …

    October 20, 2014 2:28 am
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Entertainment

  • Sara Gilbert Stands Out In Yellow While With The Family


    Posted on Sun Oct 19th, 2014 12:35pm PDT       By X17 Staff On Saturday, a pregnant Sara Gilbert made sure to stick out like a sore thumb as she sported a bright yellow baseball shirt while out with her family in West Hollywood. The 39-year-old The Talk host, who announced that she’s expecting last month on the show, was wife Linda Perry and her two kids at Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch a.k.a. the place to be around Halloween. Sounds like a great way to spend a Saturday!   SEE THE GALLERY Sara Gilbert And Her Family Hit Up The Pumpkin Patch Stories from around the Web

    October 20, 2014 2:07 am
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Editorial

  • Ebola threat: Our military must be on front line of US fight, not on the sidelines


    As Americans grow increasingly concerned about Ebola both here and around the world, I’ve been speaking with respected doctors who have spent most of their lives working for our government.  The concern they have about the Ebola threat to the American people is very real.  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT They have spent their lives making sure America has the right systems and technologies in place to prevent potentially catastrophic medical events, such as hemorrhagic fevers.  These doctors are not alarmists; they are patriots who have dedicated most of their lives to making sure that our nation was adequately prepared for an event such as this.  The U.S. military is best prepared to deal with Ebola. They have a much better understanding of medical logistics and proper protocols to be taken when dealing with deadly biological threats. As one physician told me, “This is a civilizational challenge, but I’m afraid our government is treating it as a political …

    October 18, 2014 1:40 pm
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Odd News

  • Washington teacher told not to use disciplinary ‘Wheel of Misfortune’


    SEATTLE (Reuters) – A Washington state high school teacher has been warned not to have students spin a disciplinary “Wheel of Misfortune” to assign punishments for misbehavior that included being pelted with rubber balls by fellow students, school officials said. The Stevenson High School science teacher used the wheel to punish “low-level misconduct” instead of sending the students to lunch-time detention, Superintendent Dan Read wrote in a letter to parents on Thursday. Results from a third-party investigation on Wednesday showed the teacher’s spinning punishment prop to be “inappropriate, but well-intentioned” and that the teacher did not “desire to embarrass, intimidate or harm any student,” Read said. “Poor judgment by any teacher is concerning and we plan to work with the teacher on more positive and productive classroom management skills going forward,” he added. The school, in Skamania County near the Washington-Oregon border, did not immediately respond to a request for comment, nor did the teacher. …

    October 17, 2014 9:43 pm
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