Headline News

  • NYC officials urge blogger to remove anti-Islam ads from public transit, call them hateful


    NEW YORK –  Elected officials and faith leaders are denouncing anti-Islamic ads soon to appear on New York City transit buses and subway stations. Six different ads will appear next week on 100 buses. Some depict American journalist James Foley just before his beheading. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT A group led by anti-Islam blogger Pamela Geller is paying $100,000 for the ads. Geller says they’re meant to warn of a “coming jihad” that politicians ignore. City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Comptroller Scott Stringer and others said Tuesday the ads represent “hate speech.” Mark-Viverito said they “have no place in New York City” and urged Geller to remove them. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is required to run so-called viewpoint ads. The agency requires a disclaimer saying it doesn’t endorse the views.

    September 23, 2014 3:10 pm
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Politics

  • When NOT to Air Political Ads on TV


    By Abby Livingston Posted at 2 p.m. today 0 Tweet Maury Povich. (Screengrab/YouTube) No matter how cluttered the airwaves become this fall with political ads, there are some television shows during which campaign operatives don’t dare air their spots. Earlier this week, Roll Call detailed campaigns’ favorite shows and programs to buy political ad time. Here’s a look at the handful of shows political operatives avoid for a variety of reasons. Jerry Springer. (Screengrab/YouTube) “The Maury Show”/”The Jerry Springer Show” Trash and politics don’t mix. Or as Ondine Fortune, a Democratic media buyer said, “You’re watching it and these people are screaming and yelling at each other about a baby daddy, and I don’t want my handsome congressman coming on next about how he’s making a difference.” “It just seems those people who are sitting there watching this crap … are they really who I want to reach?” she added. Dora the Explorer. (Screengrab/YouTube) Nickelodeon A …

    September 23, 2014 1:48 pm
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Stocks

  • Jared Leto, Snoop Dogg invest in Robinhood


    Jared Leto, Nas and Snoop Dogg have invested in trading app Robinhood. What do actor Jared Leto and rappers Snoop Dogg and Nas have in common? Besides signature looks and big bank accounts, they are co-investors in Robinhood, a new app that aims to make trading stocks simple and free. At the moment, average Joes who want to invest go online or call someone at a brokerage such as E*Trade (ETFC) or Charles Schwab (SCHW). Those companies typically charge $7 to $10 fees per trade. Robinhood wants to eliminate those commissions and make trading as easy as ordering a car on Uber or Lyft. “The reason why other brokers charge between $7 and $10 a trade isn’t because it costs that much to execute a trade. That $7 to $10 is going toward marketing budgets and brick and mortar locations,” says Vladimir Tenev, co-founder of Robinhood. So far, the app is hitting a lot of …

    September 23, 2014 2:49 pm
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Sports

  • Jaguars sign linebacker Jeremiah George, tight end Nic Jacobs off practice squads


    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. –  The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed rookie linebacker Jeremiah George from the New York Jets’ practice squad and rookie tight end Nic Jacobs off New Orleans’ practice squad. The team also re-signed veteran safety Sherrod Martin, who was waived in final cuts earlier this month. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Jacksonville waived/injured safety Chris Prosinski, and waived tight end Marcel Jensen and receiver Kerry Taylor. The team also signed fullback Eric Kettani to the practice squad, replacing defensive tackle DeAndre Coleman after he was signed by Miami. George was a fifth-round draft pick by the Jets in 2014. Jacobs spent the preseason with the Saints after signing as an undrafted rookie. Martin was a second-round draft pick by Carolina in 2009. He played in 59 games and started 36 in four seasons. ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL

    September 23, 2014 3:10 pm
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World News

  • Spain scraps tighter abortion law


    23 September 2014 Last updated at 17:49 Anti-abortion protesters with the slogan “Right to live” had urged the government not to scrap the reform Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy has dropped plans to limit abortion to cases of rape or where the mother’s health is at serious risk. The proposals had drawn widespread opposition and prompted dissent in Mr Rajoy’s Popular Party, despite being part of its election programme in 2011. The government will instead seek to stop 16 and 17-year-olds having an abortion without parental consent. Abortion is legal in Spain in the first 14 weeks of a woman’s pregnancy. It was first legalised in 1985 in cases of rape or physical damage to the mother or child. The scope of the law was broadened in 2010 by the last, socialist government and allowed abortion up to 22 weeks in cases of foetal deformities. The Popular Party (PP) had planned to roll back the changes …

    September 23, 2014 3:10 pm
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Technology

  • Google may face $6bn EU anti-trust fine


    Google’s anti-trust row with the European commission could turn into a case bigger than the one that cost Microsoft more than €2.2bn (£1.7bn), the outgoing competition commissioner warned on Tuesday. In a dramatic change of position, Joaquín Almunia, the EC’s competition commissioner, told the European parliament that unless Google altered its offer to settle complaints, it could face a “statement of objections”, the formal path towards a fine that could equate to 10% of the company’s global revenue, or about $6bn (£3.7bn). “Microsoft was investigated [by the EC] for 16 years, which is four times as much as the Google investigation has taken, and there are more problems with Google than there were with Microsoft,” Almunia told MEPs. His comments marked a reversal from his position before the summer, when he was poised to accept Google’s third set of proposals to settle the long-running dispute, which he opened formally in November 2010. Rivals including Microsoft, …

    September 23, 2014 1:48 pm
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Science

  • NASA Manager Honored for Launching New Era of Private-Sector Spacecraft


    [image-36] Alan Lindenmoyer, manager of NASA’s Commercial Crew and Cargo Program at the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, was presented a prestigious medal for government service at a gala in Washington Monday. Lindenmoyer was selected from more than 400 nominees to receive a Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal (Sammies) for his significant work to stimulate efforts within the private sector to develop and demonstrate commercial cargo and human spaceflight services. “Day in and day out, the employees of NASA go above and beyond the call of duty, and along the way, they turn science fiction into science fact,” said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. “A little more than a year after we retired the space shuttle, Alan and his team returned space station cargo resupply missions to the U.S., partnering with American industry to get the job done. This ‘Launch America’ initiative laid the groundwork for the return of human spaceflight launches to …

    September 23, 2014 2:08 pm
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Health

  • U.S. soda makers pledge 20 percent calorie cut by 2025


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – The largest U.S. soda makers pledged on Tuesday to cut sugary drink calories by 20 percent in 10 years through education, marketing and packaging. The American Beverage Association, whose members include Coca-Cola Co, PepsiCo Inc, and Dr. Pepper Snapple Group Inc, and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, announced the plan at the Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting in New York. The alliance was founded by the American Heart Association and the Clinton Foundation. Soda makers plan to reach their goal by 2025 by educating communities to reduce the calories they are drinking, and offering more zero or low calorie drinks including bottled water. The American Beverage Association will select an independent evaluator to monitor progress, but it is unclear how many calories a 20 percent reduction would entail. The measure will likely be based on sales volume, calories per serving and the U.S. census population, said Susan K. Neely, president …

    September 23, 2014 1:48 pm
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Entertainment

  • Christina Aguilera Gets Support From Friends After Drake Concert


    Posted on Tue Sep 23rd, 2014 11:05am PDT       By X17 Staff Sky high heels aren’t the easiest to walk in! Christina Aguilera left her newborn baby Summer and son Max at home to attend the Drake and Lil’ Wayne concert at the Hollywood Bowl last night with friends, and the singer held on tight to her pals on the way out of the venue to make sure she didn’t take a tumble! Xtina gave birth to her daughter with fiancé Matt Rutler less than two months ago, but it looks like she’s already back to her pre-pregnancy physique!   Stories from around the Web

    September 23, 2014 1:28 pm
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Editorial

  • School accused of ‘purging’ Christian books


    It’s hard to imagine that any school would have a problem with a book about a Christian family that helped Jews escape the Holocaust. But Springs Charter Schools in Temecula, Calif., not only had a problem with “The Hiding Place,” they also took issue with any other book that was written by a Christian author or included a Christian message. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT “We do not purchase sectarian educational materials and do not allow sectarian materials on our state-authorized lending shelves,” Superintendent Kathleen Hermsmeyer wrote in a letter to attorneys at the Pacific Justice Institute (PJI). Why would a public charter school take issue with books written by Christians?Pacific Justice Institute is representing a parent who discovered what they called a “Christian purging” of the charter school’s library. Pacific Justice Institute is representing a parent who discovered what they called a “Christian purging” of the charter school’s library. “She was told by one of the library …

    September 23, 2014 1:48 pm
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Odd News

  • Thai PM Prayuth says ‘no harm’ listening to fortune-tellers


    BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thai Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha admitted on Tuesday he had sought advice from fortune-tellers following media speculation over his spiritual beliefs. Prayuth led a May coup that toppled a democratically elected government after months of mass protests that brought much of the capital Bangkok to a halt. He was named prime minister last month in an appointment that was condemned by opponents. “There’s no harm in listening to fortune-tellers. Fortune- telling is an art. But if a fortune-teller tells a person that they will be rich and then they stay in bed all day, then what is the use?” Prayuth told reporters on Tuesday. “I listen to their words. They warn me that I might clash with the media,” he quipped. Prayuth told an audience earlier this month he had doused himself from head to toe in holy water to ward off curses his enemies had put on him. Bangkok’s skyline …

    September 23, 2014 10:06 am
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