Headline News

  • New York man accused of trying to recruit, aid ISIS militants


    June 2, 2014: This photo shows Mufid Elfgeeh, 30, a Rochester, N.Y., business owner from Yemen who was arrested Saturday, May 31 2014 on terror charges. On September 16, 2014: Elfgeeh was accused of attempting to recruit would-be terrorists on behalf of ISIS. (AP/Monroe County Sheriff’s Office) Federal authorities have accused an upstate New York man of attempting to aid and recruit fighters for the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq. Mufid Elfgeeh, 30, of Rochester, was indicted by a federal grand jury on three counts of attempting to provide material support and resources to the group widely known as ISIS that has been designated by the U.S. as a foreign terrorist organization, federal prosecutors said Tuesday. Elfgeeh, who was born in Yemen and is a naturalized U.S. citizen, is one of the first people accused by the U.S. of recruiting on behalf of ISIS.  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT According to court documents seen by the …

    September 16, 2014 11:41 pm
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Politics

  • Louisiana Governor Jindal, likely White House contender, touts energy plan


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, a Republican considering a 2016 U.S. presidential run, accused the Obama administration on Tuesday of being “science deniers” when it comes to energy, a critique often aimed at his own party. Jindal, whose state is a major energy producer, unveiled a plan intended to boost U.S. energy production and ease regulations. He said his plan would spur job creation and bolster the U.S. role in global energy. At a breakfast sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor, Jindal told reporters he considered the Obama administration “science deniers when it comes to harnessing America’s energy resources and potential.” He said the administration has delayed approving the expansion of the Keystone XL pipeline despite a favorable environmental assessment from the State Department. Jindal released a six-point energy platform that mirrors the positions taken by other likely Republican presidential contenders. He said that to leverage the energy renaissance fueled by booming shale …

    September 16, 2014 11:00 pm
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Stocks

  • Occupy abolishes $4 million in other people’s student loan debt


      After forgiving millions of dollars in medical debt, Occupy Wall Street is tackling a new beast: student loans. Marking the third anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement, the group’s Strike Debt initiative announced Wednesday it has abolished $3.8 million worth of private student loan debt since January. It said it has been buying the debts for pennies on the dollar from debt collectors, and then simply forgiving that money rather than trying to collect it. In total, the group spent a little more than $100,000 to purchase the $3.8 million in debt. While the group is unable to purchase the majority of the country’s $1.2 trillion in outstanding student loan debt because it is backed by the federal government, private student debt is fair game. Related: U.S. government to Corinthian Colleges: Forgive $500 million in student loans This debt Occupy bought belonged to 2,700 people who had taken out private student loans to …

    September 17, 2014 12:01 am
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Sports

  • Rice appeals against indefinite NFL suspension for knocking out wife


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Ray Rice appealed against his indefinite suspension by the National Football League on Tuesday for a one-punch knockout of his wife as the former Baltimore Ravens running back tries to resuscitate his once-flourishing career. Meanwhile, the NFL continues to grapple with domestic violence issues as some of its top players, including Adrian Peterson, are under scrutiny both by the league and the public. Rice was originally suspended for two games by the NFL for beating up then-fiancee Janay Palmer in the elevator of an Atlanta City, New Jersey casino in February. But after a grainy video surfaced last week showing the punch inside the elevator, the Ravens cut Rice and the league suspended him indefinitely. Both NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and the Ravens insist they never saw the video showing the punch until last week. “This action taken by our union is to protect the due process rights of all NFL players,” …

    September 16, 2014 11:41 pm
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World News

  • US man tried to ‘swim to N Korea’


    17 September 2014 Last updated at 04:29 Attempts to cross the river into North Korea are rare and very dangerous South Korean authorities say they have detained an American man they believe was trying to swim to North Korea. Guards arrested the man, in his late 20s or early 30s, on Tuesday at a river border near the demilitarised zone. Border patrol troops found the American lying on the southern shore of the Han River, a government source told South Korea’s Yonhap news agency. Yonhap said he told investigators he wanted to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. The arrest comes days after a court in North Korea sentenced an American citizen to six years of hard labour for “hostile acts”. Matthew Miller and two other Americans are currently being detained by the North. ‘Drunken dare’ Attempts to cross the river in the heavily-guarded demilitarised zone are very rare and dangerous. In September, a South …

    September 17, 2014 12:01 am
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Technology

  • Leica M Edition 60 camera scraps the screen for photo purists


    All this luxury and limited edition status comes at a cost — namely 15,000 Euros, which equates to around US$19,429, AU$21,394, or £11,946. As mentioned earlier, only 600 of these cameras are being made, and each will come individually numbered. For us mere mortals who can’t afford that luxurious price tag, Leica has put together an unboxing video which gives you the experience of owning one of the cameras without needing to take out a hefty bank loan. The Leica M Edition 60 will be available from selected Leica stores from October.

    September 16, 2014 11:01 pm
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Science

  • Could Air Fresheners During Pregnancy Boost Childhood Asthma Risk?


    Everyday exposure to a ubiquitous compound that makes plastics flexible and stabilizes air fresheners may result in lasting damage to children’s respiratory systems. The first study to explore the relationship between phthalates during pregnancy and future childhood asthma reveals a strong link between the two, but cannot conclusively say that asthma is a result of the exposure.   Phthalates are known to impede the endocrine system, the regulatory mechanism that dictates hormonal distribution in the body. The chemicals’ disruptive prowess have been linked to health problems including birth defects, cancers and diabetes. Yet until now there has been no data to suggest they were also harming children’s respiratory systems.   This new study of 300 inner-city women and their children found that women who were exposed to elevated levels of two common phthalates—butylbenzl phthalate and di-n-butyl phthalate—during pregnancy were more likely to have children who developed asthma. The researchers discovered this by scouring metabolites in …

    September 16, 2014 11:21 pm
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Health

  • GAO report warns of security risks in U.S. healthcare website


    (Reuters) – HealthCare.gov, President Barack Obama’s health insurance exchange, has security and privacy protection vulnerabilities, a U.S. government watchdog reported on Tuesday, nearly a year after the website’s troubled rollout. The General Accounting Office (GAO) said that despite steps taken by the Centers for Medicare Medicaid Services (CMS) for security and privacy protection, weaknesses remain in the processes used for managing information security and privacy. The GAO also identified issues regarding the technical implementation of IT security controls. “Until these weaknesses are addressed, increased and unnecessary risks remain of unauthorized access, disclosure, or modification of the information collected and maintained by Healthcare.gov…”, the GAO said. The report follows a security breach on the website in August. An unknown computer hacker infiltrated the HealthCare.gov website, apparently uploading malicious files. “The president and his administration launched HealthCare.gov knowing that the personal information of Americans who bought insurance through the website was not safe. Their personal information was not …

    September 16, 2014 11:00 pm
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Entertainment

  • Sharon Osbourne trashes U2′s Apple promotion


    Why general outrage over the new U2 album leaves me disappointed in humanity  The band is already embroiled in a slight controversy right now, because Apple downloaded their new album to every iPhone — without telling anyone. The idea backfired so badly that Apple set up a how-to page on how to delete the album off your Apple product. It looks like even rich people have an opinion on the idea. U2 you are business moguls not musicians anymore. No wonder you have to give your mediocre music away for free cause no one wants to buy it. —Sharon Osbourne (@MrsSOsbourne) September 15, 2014 During Apple’s new iPhone announcement, an announcement was also made about U2′s new album, Songs of Innocence. Osbourne was the manager for her husband, Ozzy Osbourne, and she still works with artists in the industry. Although she has always seemed to appreciate a good music promotion, for some reason, she was …

    September 16, 2014 10:40 pm
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Editorial

  • School orders girl to remove ‘Virginity Rocks’ shirt


    Virginity does not rock at Ramay Junior High School in Fayetteville, Arkansas. That’s the lesson 13-year-old Chloe Rubiano learned. Chloe is in the eighth grade. She is also a good church-going girl. So you can imagine her mom’s surprise when she got in trouble at school. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Chloe showed up at school wearing a T-shirt that reads: “Virginity Rocks.” “It’s a positive message,” said Bambi Crozier, Chloe’s mom. Apparently some folks at Ramay Junior High don’t understand the concept of virginity. But school officials disagreed. They said the shirt could cause a classroom disruption and contained sexual content. Apparently some folks at Ramay Junior High don’t understand the concept of virginity. The 13-year-old, who bought the shirt at a Christian music festival, was told she had to change shirts. “It was so bizarre,” Mrs. Crozier told me. “She had the shirt for several years at wore it a number of times to school.” CLICK …

    September 16, 2014 11:00 pm
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Odd News

  • Swiss keeper shocked after fans urinate in his water bottle


    (Reuters) – A Swiss goalkeeper has threatened legal action after fans of a rival lower league team urinated in his water bottle and then taunted him when, unawares, he took a sip during a match at the weekend. FC Muri goalkeeper Reto Felder said he had felt sick after tasting the warm contents of the bottle, which he had left near the goalpost during the 1. Liga (third tier) game at FC Baden near Zurich. “The idea of drinking piss is simply intolerable,” the Aargauer Zeitung website (www.aargauerzeitung.ch) quoted the 34-year-old player as saying, adding that he was waiting for an analysis of video evidence before further action. “What if next time it is something that knocks you out?,” added Felder. Swiss tabloid Blick reported that the unidentified fans had persuaded a ball boy behind the goal to pass them the bottle during the second half of the match. The paper said the fans shouted …

    September 16, 2014 7:17 pm
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