• WHO emergency team holds Ebola talks

    WHO emergency team holds Ebola talks

    22 October 2014 Last updated at 12:10 The current outbreak of the virus has already killed more than 4,500 people The World Health Organisation’s emergency committee is set to hold talks to discuss the Ebola...
  • World number one Williams walloped by Halep

    SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Simona Halep handed an out of sorts Serena Williams the joint heaviest defeat of her long and illustrious career as the Romanian beat the world number one 6-0 6-2 at the WTA...
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    Today’s Toons 10/22/14

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  • WHO set for emergency Ebola talks

    WHO set for emergency Ebola talks

    22 October 2014 Last updated at 11:32 The current outbreak of the virus has already killed more than 4,500 people The World Health Organisation is set to hold emergency talks to discuss the Ebola epidemic....
  • Canada lifts terror threat level

    Canada lifts terror threat level

    22 October 2014 Last updated at 11:35 Experts say that terror-related incidents such as that on Monday are rare in Canada Canada has raised its terror threat level from low to medium but has stressed...

Headline News

  • New York school fires varsity football coach 2 days after game was halted because of brawl


    WHITEHALL, N.Y. –  Officials in an upstate New York school district have fired the head coach of the varsity football team after his players got into a brawl with opposing players during last weekend’s game. The Post-Star of Glens Falls reports (http://bit.ly/1DzTVx0 ) that the Board of Education in Whitehall voted to fire Justin Culligan during a meeting held Monday. Athletic Director Keith Redmond said he’s overseeing the football program, with the assistant coaches leading practices. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Saturday’s Class D game between visiting Rensselaer (rehn-suh-LEER’) and Whitehall was halted with six minutes remaining in the third quarter after tensions rose when a Whitehall player was ejected for a personal foul. The ejection followed a second-quarter brawl that nearly cleared both benches. Whitehall was leading 28-6 when a referee ended the game, after Redmond raised concerns about the safety of players and spectators. ___ Information from: The Post-Star, http://www.poststar.com

    October 22, 2014 6:48 am
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Politics

  • Former U.S. president candidate Hart to be representative for Northern Ireland


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday named former Senator Gary Hart as his representative on Northern Ireland, nearly 30 years after the Democratic politician’s bid for the U.S. presidency was cut short by a sex scandal. Kerry said in a statement that Hart, 77, who in recent years gained a name as a national security expert and author, would play a “direct, on-the-ground diplomatic role.” “I’ve asked Senator Hart to support the parties in Northern Ireland as they enter a new round of talks to achieve a lasting peace,” Kerry said, referring to talks that resumed on Oct. 16. A contender for the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination, Hart saw his White House dreams dashed in 1987 after a newspaper published a photo of a woman sitting on the married candidate’s lap aboard a boat named “Monkey Business.” The picture of him and model Donna Rice in the Bahamas, and newspaper …

    October 22, 2014 3:44 am
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Stocks

  • 6-figure oil jobs lead to massive shortage of home builders


      In the oil boom towns of North Dakota, Texas and Colorado there’s a big demand for new homes — but there’s no one to build them. That’s because construction companies keep losing skilled workers to the oil companies, which are offering big bonuses and six-figure salaries. Even when a new construction worker is hired for a job, it’s often not be long before he’s poached by an oil company, said Granger MacDonald, owner of The MacDonald Companies, a home builder in Kerrville, Texas. Recruiters even loiter at truck stops and offer drivers $10,000 signing bonuses to take jobs driving for the oil companies, he said. Some drivers will abandon their loads on the spot, leaving others to finish delivering the goods. “If you can pass a drug test and have a truck license, you can earn $100,000 a year driving an oil truck,” said MacDonald. With so many carpenters, plumbers, electricians and other trade …

    October 22, 2014 6:47 am
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Sports

  • World number one Williams walloped by Halep


    SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Simona Halep handed an out of sorts Serena Williams the joint heaviest defeat of her long and illustrious career as the Romanian beat the world number one 6-0 6-2 at the WTA Finals on Wednesday. As well as Halep played in moving her opponent back and around Singapore’s purple Indoor hardcourt, the 33-year-old American only had herself to blame for the defeat after her serve fell apart and the errors flowed. The loss halted the double defending champion’s winning streak at the season-ending event at 16 matches and leaves her needing to beat Eugenie Bouchard, who plays Ana Ivanovic later on Wednesday, to make it through to the last four from the Red Group. “It was actually embarrassing I think describes the way I played. Yeah, very embarrassing,” Williams told reporters, before heaping praise on Halep. “I’ve seen her play a lot. Like I said, she’s never played like this before.” Williams …

    October 22, 2014 6:47 am
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World News

  • WHO emergency team holds Ebola talks


    22 October 2014 Last updated at 12:10 The current outbreak of the virus has already killed more than 4,500 people The World Health Organisation’s emergency committee is set to hold talks to discuss the Ebola epidemic. The meeting in Geneva will examine screening measures at borders and consider whether stricter travel regulations should be put in place. New rules in the US require travellers from the worst affected countries to arrive at one of five airports. A curfew has been imposed in a town in Sierra Leone after two people were shot dead in riots on Tuesday. The current outbreak of the virus has already killed more than 4,500 people – mostly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Enhanced screening The WHO has faced criticism it reacted too slowly to the spread of the disease. Its emergency committee will meet to discuss Ebola for the third time with the aim of assessing the efforts so …

    October 22, 2014 6:48 am
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Technology

  • YouTube games channels continue their rise: PewDiePie, Stampy, KSI and more


    YouTube games channels have become one of the most popular categories on Google’s online video site, with the 100 biggest notching up nearly 4.4bn video views in September alone. That’s up from 3.5bn views in May, according to a chart published by industry site Tubefilter based on data from analytics firm OpenSlate. The chart, which ranks YouTube gaming channels based on their monthly views, reveals that seven had more than 100m views in September, led by YouTube’s biggest star PewDiePie with 392.1m views that month. He was followed by child-friendly Minecraft channel Stampy (189.6m views), Spanish channel Vegetta777 (164m) and another Minecraft channel, The Diamond Minecart (161.8m). All four channels belong to multi-channel network (MCN) Maker Studios, which was acquired by Disney earlier this year in a deal that could eventually be worth up to $950m. The company has become one of the new powerhouses of games media, with 22 of the top 100 YouTube …

    October 22, 2014 3:44 am
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Science

  • Super stable garnet ceramics may be ideal for high-energy lithium batteries


    Related images(click to enlarge) Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have discovered exceptional properties in a garnet material that could enable development of higher-energy battery designs. The ORNL-led team used scanning transmission electron microscopy to take an atomic-level look at a cubic garnet material called LLZO. The researchers found the material to be highly stable in a range of aqueous environments, making the compound a promising component in new battery configurations. Researchers frequently seek to improve a battery’s energy density by using a pure lithium anode, which offers the highest known theoretical capacity, and an aqueous electrolyte that can speedily transport lithium. The ORNL scientists believe the LLZO would be an ideal separator material, which is crucial. “Many novel batteries adopt these two features [lithium anode and aqueous electrolyte], but if you integrate both into a single battery, a problem arises because the water is very reactive when in direct contact …

    October 22, 2014 4:04 am
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Health

  • French developer of ‘peanut allergy patch’ makes U.S. debut


    PARIS (Reuters) – French biotech firm DBV Technologies – developer of what it says is a breakthrough treatment for peanut allergy sufferers – makes its U.S. market debut on Wednesday, with a Nasdaq listing set to raise funds for further research. The Paris-listed company, which develops immunotherapy patches for patients with potentially fatal food allergies, is issuing 2.67 million new shares worldwide via a U.S. listing and a private placement which together will raise at least 90 million euros ($114 million). “This fundraising will enable us to significantly strengthen our structures in France, notably in research and development,” Chief Executive Pierre-Henri Benhamou told Reuters in an interview earlier this week. DBV also develops patches for milk and dust mite allergies, but its “Viaskin Peanut” product is the most advanced and represents up to 75 percent of the company’s potential value, according to some analysts. Benhamou believes the product could be a blockbuster with over $1 …

    October 22, 2014 3:44 am
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Entertainment

  • Jill Duggar’s baby registry includes Gatorade and butt paste


    Jim Bob Duggar says birth control causes miscarriages Good thing 19 Kids and Counting stars and parents-to-be, Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard, have a registry, because what they’re asking for is not what you’d expect. The newlywed couple’s gift registry, created at their local Walmart, contains a handful of splurges, but mostly everyday items. Some of the more surprising requests? An eight-pack of orange Gatorade and no fewer than three kinds of diaper rash ointments, including Boudreaux’s Butt Paste. Beyond that, though, it’s a pretty practical registry, full of items like Purell hand sanitizer, bottles, baby oil, dish detergent, paper towels and a lot of diapers. Jessa Duggar compares abortion to the Holocaust The most expensive items on the registry are a Baby Trend jogging stroller for $199, a Graco portable changing station for $159 and a convertible car seat and baby swing, each for about $140. Almost everything on the list of requests is …

    October 22, 2014 5:25 am
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Editorial

  • Why single, white women (and minority voters) are Dems last line of defense


    The following column originally appeared in The Hill newspaper and on TheHill.com. Republicans have more women running for Congress this year than ever before. They have five female Senate nominees, one less than the record high set during the 2012 campaign. They also have 50 female House candidates, two more than in 2012. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT This high-water mark for Republicans is important because single, white women, along with minority voters, are the last line of defense for Democrats hoping to keep the GOP from a wave election. Single, white women, along with minority voters, are the last line of defense for Democrats hoping to keep the GOP from a wave election. Historically speaking, minority voters are less inclined to go to the polls in midterm elections than in presidential contests. That being so, Democrats are focusing on pumping up turnout among college-educated, young, single women, who are considered more likely to vote. “I haven’t seen …

    October 22, 2014 3:44 am
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Odd News

  • San Francisco stations banish ‘Royals’ song ahead of World Series


    (Reuters) – At least two Northern California radio stations have pledged not to play New Zealand artist Lorde’s song “Royals,” in solidarity with the San Francisco Giants during their World Series matchup with the Kansas City Royals. The decision by San Francisco stations KOIT and KFOG to drop the song, which has nothing to do with the baseball team, comes as the Giants and Royals prepare to play Game One of the championship series on Tuesday. In response, Kansas City station KZPT said it would play the song every hour on Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. KZPT said it was a sister station of KOIT. “They’re our sister station, and as the old saying goes: ‘You can pick your friends but you can’t necessarily pick your family,’ and if they don’t play it, then we will,” KZPT programming director Tony Lorino said in a phone interview. Last week, KOIT posted a small image …

    October 20, 2014 7:16 pm
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