Headline News

  • Ice bucket challenge charity stunt goes wrong when 4 firefighters shocked by power line


    A Campbellsville Fire Department truck with the ladder extended remained at the scene where two firefighters were injured during an ice bucket challenge during a fundraiser for ALS on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, in Campbellsville, Ky. Officials say the ladder got too close to a power line and electricity traveled to the ladder, electrocuting the firefighters. (AP Photo/Dylan Lovan)The Associated Press CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. –  A charity stunt that has grown into a social media phenomenon went terribly wrong for four Kentucky firefighters when a fire truck’s ladder got too close to a power line after they dumped water on college students who were taking part in an “ice bucket challenge.” Campbellsville Police Chief Tim Hazlette said the power line was never touched Thursday morning, but it carried such a high voltage that it was able to energize the ladder truck, shocking the firefighters. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The two in the bucket were at a hospital burn …

    August 22, 2014 4:42 am
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Politics

  • Calif. bill would pay for lawyers for unaccompanied minor immigrants


    SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) – California would spend $3 million on lawyers for unaccompanied minors arriving in California from Central America under a proposal announced Thursday by top California Democrats. Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, along with Attorney General Kamala Harris and the leaders of both houses of the legislature, said they planned to submit legislation authorizing the expenditure to help children who have been streaming over borders in Southwest states since last fall. The move follows prior advocacy by Harris, who had personally asked some of the state’s leading law firms to provide pro-bono representation for the children, many of whom are fleeing violence and poverty in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. “These young people have legal rights and responsibilities, but they cannot fully participate in complex immigration proceedings without an attorney,” said Harris said Thursday. “It is critical that these children, many of whom are fleeing extreme violence in Central America, have access to due …

    August 22, 2014 12:59 am
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Stocks

  • Rethinking the city building


    Skyscrapers and shanties, gleaming malls and run-down markets, palatial houses and the piss-poor guys who build them: those are the divides in cities like Mumbai, Nairobi and Manila. Rich and poor do not mingle much. But a movement’s afoot to change that. It aims to integrate the poor into the urban bloodstream, instead of shunting them from sight. For this “inclusive cities” movement, urban renewal doesn’t require razing slums and markets. Instead, a world-class city embraces its informal workers, those who work for cash and usually lie outside the tax system, uncounted. Some shining examples: Bogotá recently incorporated 15,000 informal trash pickers into its municipal rubbish and recycling program. In February, India’s parliament passed a law to regulate and protect street vendors, and last year saw the creation of the first worldwide domestic workers union. The poster child for inclusive-city efforts is Medellín, the Colombian city where a 1,300-foot escalator links hillside shanties with the …

    August 22, 2014 4:01 am
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Sports

  • Shoemaker, Angels one-hit Red Sox to complete sweep


    Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) – Matt Shoemaker flirted with a no-hitter and the Angels one-hit the Red Sox, 2-0, to complete a rare sweep in Boston. After plunking the first batter he faced, Shoemaker (12-4) retired 20 straight before Will Middlebrooks broke up the no-hit bid with a double down the left- field line with two outs in the seventh. The rookie right-hander wound up pitching 7 2/3 innings, striking out nine and only allowing one hit and one walk. Mike Morin recorded the final out of the eighth and Jason Grilli picked up his first AL save with a perfect ninth. “I didn’t even really know or even think about it until the fifth or sixth,” Shoemaker said of the no-hitter. Kole Calhoun scored a run and knocked in another as the Angels completed their second ever four-game sweep at Fenway Park, the other coming back in 1962. The AL West leaders head to Oakland …

    August 22, 2014 4:42 am
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World News

  • Russia aid convoy moves into Ukraine


    22 August 2014 Last updated at 10:32 It is not clear what route the convoy will take with fighting in the area still a danger Lorries from a Russian aid convoy are streaming into Ukraine, without permission, after Russia accused Ukraine of obstructing it. Russia’s foreign ministry said Ukraine had held up the convoy in order to pursue war against rebels in Luhansk, where the aid is destined. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said it was “not part of that convoy in any way”. Reports suggest the lorries are being escorted by rebel fighters. “Our humanitarian aid convoy is starting to move towards Luhansk,” the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement (in Russian). Ukraine fears that the aid convoy of at least 260 lorries, which arrived at the border more than a week ago, is part of a broader Russian intervention in eastern Ukraine. Russia denies accusations that it arms and …

    August 22, 2014 4:42 am
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Technology

  • Flappy Bird follow-up Swing Copters will drive you to insanity


    Failure. How sweet it is? Screenshot by Nick Statt/CNET There’s a certain type of video game genre called “masocore,” in which players engage with Nintendo-inspired games like Super Meat Boy or 1001 Spikes specifically because of their difficulty and the love-hate relationship it fosters. One false step results in death or failure. Overcoming the challenge provides the ultimate sense of accomplishment. Dong Nguyen, the Vietnamese developer behind DotGears Studio and the creator of the mobile hit Flappy Bird, would appear to transcend even that label. His follow-up title, Swing Copters, hit the iOS and Google Play app stores late Wednesday, San Francisco time, and it is unlike anything you have ever played. It’s already blowing up mobile gamers’ Twitter feeds and stirring online conversation. “For Swing Copters, what’s really happening is that it’s being driven by the success of Flappy Bird,” said Joost van Dreunen, the co-founder and CEO of SuperData Research. “People are saying, …

    August 22, 2014 1:00 am
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Science

  • Severe drought is causing the western US to rise


    The severe drought gripping the western United States in recent years is changing the landscape well beyond localized effects of water restrictions and browning lawns. Scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego have now discovered that the growing, broad-scale loss of water is causing the entire western U.S. to rise up like an uncoiled spring. Investigating ground positioning data from GPS stations throughout the west, Scripps researchers Adrian Borsa, Duncan Agnew, and Dan Cayan found that the water shortage is causing an “uplift” effect up to 15 millimeters (more than half an inch) in California’s mountains and on average four millimeters (0.15 of an inch) across the west. From the GPS data, they estimate the water deficit at nearly 240 gigatons (62 trillion gallons of water), equivalent to a six-inch layer of water spread out over the entire western U.S. Adrian Borsa, an assistant research geophysicist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC …

    August 22, 2014 1:20 am
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Health

  • Lack of leadership hurts Ebola fight in West Africa: MSF


    GENEVA (Reuters) – Efforts to curb the deadly Ebola epidemic that swept across four West African states are being undermined by a lack of leadership and emergency management skills, the international head of Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF) said on Thursday. In an interview, Joanne Liu also said the world’s worst ever outbreak of Ebola has caused widespread panic and the collapse of health care systems particularly in Liberia, where pregnant women have lost babies while seeking a safe place to deliver. She said Western nations must dispatch more experts in tropical medicine, especially field workers who know how to help communities prevent the often lethal virus from spreading. And the World Health Organization (WHO) must fulfill its leading role in coordinating the international response to the epidemic, the president of the global, Swiss-based medical charity told Reuters by telephone. “I think they are in the process of bringing more people from the WHO but the …

    August 22, 2014 1:00 am
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Entertainment

  • Pete Wentz is a dad again — this time to a Saint


    Music review: Fall Out Boy Save Rock and Roll Wentz and his girlfriend, Meagan Camper, welcomed their son. Saint Lazslo. on Wednesday, Aug. 20 in Los Angeles, according to People. “Mom and baby are happy and healthy,” Wentz’s rep said. “They are thrilled at the addition to the family and Bronx is over the moon to be a big brother.” Wentz and Camper decided not to learn the sex of their baby while she was pregnant and they didn’t find out it was a boy until he was born. Back in May, Wentz said, “We’re waiting. I think we’ll probably do a surprise on this one.” Saint is joining big brother, Bronx, who is now 5 years old — and the son of Wentz and his ex-wife, Ashlee Simpson. Wentz made the pregnancy announcement back in February by posting an Instagram photo of his hand on Camper’s stomach. He captioned it with, “We’re super excited …

    August 22, 2014 4:42 am
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Editorial

  • Pizza parlor’s church discount gives atheists indigestion


    Courtesy Bailey’s Pizza Steven Rose loves Jesus and pepperoni pizza. But when the Searcy, Arkansas restaurateur decided to mix church and cheese it gave a group of out-of-town atheists a bad case of indigestion. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) is threatening to sue Steven after he offered a discount to customers who bring in a church bulletin. They said Bailey’s Pizza is violating the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Steven is still contemplating what to do next. He fears a legal battle would be costly – and he’s quick to point out — he’s no Papa John’s. “The law requires places of public accommodation to offer their services to customers without regard to race, color, religion or national origin,” FFRF spokesperson Elizabeth Cavell told television station KTHV. Steven, who opened the pizza parlor in July, told me there’s nothing nefarious about the church bulletin discount. “It was a straight-up marketing tool to …

    August 22, 2014 1:00 am
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Odd News

  • It’s ‘bone-appétit’ for California pooches under new law


    (Reuters) – California diners can now legally enjoy a meal on a restaurant patio with their dogs in tow, under a law signed Thursday by Governor Jerry Brown that eliminates health code regulations banning restaurant owners from allowing pooches on the premises. Starting next year, California canines will be allowed to dine al fresco if they are wearing leashes or are relaxing in a carrier. ““I wish everyone ‘bone-appétit,’” quipped Democratic Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, the law’s author. “Restaurateurs in California will see more businesses catering to their customers and the canine companions they love.” The new law clarifies a section of the state’s health code that banned dogs from restaurants altogether, including on outdoor patios or courtyards. The rule has caused confusion because some local governments choose to enforce the law, while others turned a blind eye. In counties where local officials were more lax about enforcement, restaurant owners who encouraged their guests to bring …

    August 22, 2014 1:19 am
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