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  • U.S. reassesses Columbus Day, Native American plight in focus

    NEW YORK About four miles from the world’s largest Christopher Columbus parade in midtown Manhattan on Monday, hundreds of Native Americans and their supporters will hold a sunrise prayer circle to honor ancestors who were slain or driven from their land. The ceremony will begin the final day of a weekend “powwow” on Randall’s Island in New York’s East River, an event that features traditional dancing, story-telling and art. The Redhawk Native American Arts Council’s powwow is both a celebration of Native American culture and an unmistakable counterpoint to the parade, which many detractors say honors a man who symbolizes centuries of oppression of aboriginal people by Europeans. Organizers hope to call attention to issues of social and economic injustice that have dogged Native Americans since Christopher Columbus led his path-finding expedition to the “New World” in 1492. The powwow has been held for the past 20 years but never on Columbus Day. It is …

    October 9, 2015 7:50 pm


  • Exclusive: U.S. warns governments, bankers Iran sanctions still in place

    LONDON/WASHINGTON The Obama administration has privately reminded foreign governments and U.S. bankers that sanctions against Iran remain in effect, cautioning against a rush by Western companies to invest in Iran’s oil industry and other businesses until the country fully complies with the July nuclear agreement. The U.S. State Department recently cabled a message, known as a demarche, to embassies around the world to reiterate that sanctions on Iran are still in place, diplomatic and government sources told Reuters on Friday. The demarche stressed that sanctions on Iran would not be lifted until the International Atomic Energy Agency verifies that Tehran has complied with the terms of the deal. “The United States wants to tell governments not to get ahead of themselves when dealing with Iran,” said a London-based diplomatic source. It is uncertain exactly when the layers of Western sanctions might be lifted, but experts have said some international financial transactions with Iran would be possible sometime next year if …

    October 9, 2015 6:29 pm


  • Uh oh. Thousands of neighborhood bars have closed

    Love hanging out at your corner bar on a Friday night? You might have to kiss that ritual goodbye. In the last 10 years, more than 10,000 neighborhood bars around the country have shut down. In 2014, there were 59,555 neighborhood bars in the U.S., compared to 71,864 in 2004, according to a new report from Nielsen TDLinx. What’s fueling the decline of America’s local watering holes? “We’ve seen strong growth in specialty bars, such as premium wine bars and craft beer brew pubs,” said Mario Gutierrez, vice president with Nielsen TDLinx. “It shows that consumers don’t just want to go to places where they get drinks they already have at home.” Nielsen defined a neighborhood bar as having a regular clientele, no dress code, no obvious theme or cover charge — and those that typically sell a lot of shots. Although it’s worth noting that many of the new wine and beer bars around …

    October 9, 2015 6:50 pm


  • Davis out again as 49ers offense continues to struggle

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Tight end Vernon Davis won’t be around again this week to help the NFL’s worst passing attack but the 49ers are hoping two other injured players will be able to return for Sunday night’s game against the New York Giants. Davis was ruled out on Friday’s injury report with a knee injury, even though he practiced in a limited fashion throughout the week and both he and coach Jim Tomsula appeared to indicate earlier that Davis would return. ”I feel like I’m full speed,” Davis said after Friday’s practice. ”I can do the best that I can do right now. I can still be effective.” More from FoxSports San Francisco’s offense wasn’t very effective without the two-time Pro Bowl tight end during last week’s 17-3 loss to Green Bay, when the 49ers (1-3) produced a season-low in points and were held below 200 yards for the second consecutive game. Davis had …

    October 9, 2015 7:10 pm

World News

  • North Korea marks 70th anniversary

    Media captionNorth Korea is preparing to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the ruling Workers’ Party North Korea is holding what is expected to be one of its biggest celebrations ever, to mark the 70th anniversary of the ruling Workers’ Party. A cavalcade of armoured vehicles and ballistic missiles is expected to rumble through the capital Pyongyang accompanied by marching troops. North Korea’s supreme leader Kim Jong-un will preside over the ceremony, but no world leaders will be attending. Analysts say the event will be closely watched for any new military hardware. When it announced plans for the anniversary earlier this year, the government spoke of “cutting-edge” weaponry suitable for modern warfare. It is not known if Kim Jong-un – grandson of North Korea’s first leader, Kim Il-sung – will speak at any of the day’s events, although the anniversary is expected to send a signal of defiance, particularly to South Korea and the United States. …

    October 9, 2015 7:50 pm


  • Twitter looks to cut jobs and regain momentum – report

    Twitter is planning company-wide layoffs next week, technology news website Re/code reported on Friday. The news comes after Jack Dorsey was appointed permanent chief executive on Monday. It is unclear how many of Twitter’s staff will be laid off, but it is likely that it will affect most departments, Re/code said, citing company insiders. The company employs about 4,100 people in more than 35 offices around the world, according to its website. Twitter shares fell 3.1% to $29.90 in extended trading on Friday. The company is working to rekindle growth after its latest quarterly results in July revealed the slowest rise in monthly average users since it went public in 2013 – a performance that Dorsey at the time called “unacceptable”. Twitter’s layoffs come at the same time as it restructures its engineering organisation to make it more efficient, Re/code reported. It is likely that many of the people affected by the layoffs will be …

    October 9, 2015 6:49 pm


  • 125-million-year-old wing sheds new light on the evolution of flight

    Some of the most ancient birds were capable of performing aerodynamic feats in a manner similar to many living birds, according to a new study of the fossil wing of a primitive bird, led by a PhD student at the University of Bristol, UK. Birds have an enormously long evolutionary history: the earliest of them, the famed Archaeopteryx, lived 150 million years ago in what is now southern Germany. However, whether these early birds were capable of flying and, if so, how well has remained shrouded in scientific controversy. In new research published today in Scientific Reports, University of Bristol PhD student, Guillermo Navalón, together with a team of Spanish palaeontologists and Dr Luis M. Chiappe of the Natural History Museum, Los Angeles County, studied the exceptionally well-preserved right wing of a 125-million-year-old bird from central Spain. This new fossil preserves not only the articulated bones of the forelimb but also abundant remains of the …

    October 9, 2015 5:29 pm


  • Sientra suspends sales of medical implants made by Brazilian contract partner

    Breast implant maker Sientra Inc said it has placed a temporary hold on sales of medical implants made by a Brazilian contract manufacturer, sending its shares down 11 percent in extended trading. Sientra also said it recommends that plastic surgeons temporarily discontinue implanting all Sientra devices made by the Brazilian contractor, Silimed, until further notice. Sientra said its decision followed discussions with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration regarding Brazilian regulatory inquiries into products manufactured by Silimed. Sientra said it is also conducting its own review. The Brazilian health regulator on Monday suspended the manufacturing of all medical devices made by Silimed. Sientra said Brazilian regulators have been reviewing technical compliance issues at Silimed’s manufacturing facility. Sientra, based in Santa Barbara, California, said Brazilian and other regulators have not had any reports of adverse events or found any risks to patient health from the devices. Sientra shares have fallen about 32 percent since Monday. The …

    October 9, 2015 6:09 pm


  • Yolanda Foster Reveals Her Children Bella And Anwar Hadid Are Also Battling Lyme Disease

    Posted on Fri Oct 9th, 2015 7:20am PDT       By X17 Staff Getty Images for Global Lyme Alliance This poor family! Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Yolanda Foster has been bravely battling Lyme disease for several years, and at last night’s Global Lyme Alliance Gala in New York City, she revealed that her daughter Bella and son Anwar are also struggling with the autoimmune disorder. “When my two youngest children, Bella and Anwar, were also diagnosed with chronic Lyme disease in early 2012, watching my babies struggle in silence in order to support me in my journey, struck the deepest core of hopelessness inside of me,” the reality star told the crowd. “This award is for Anwar and Bella. This is my token and my promise to you that I will not allow you to live a life of pain and suffering. I will walk to the end of the earth to find a cure so …

    October 9, 2015 7:10 pm


  • Lawsuit: Baby Jesus doesn’t belong in Christmas play

    You would think the anti-Christmas crowd would wait until there’s frost on the pumpkin patch before pillaging and plundering our long-cherished yuletide traditions. But the Freedom From Religion Foundation has been chomping at the bit to bully those who celebrate the birth of Jesus. CLICK HERE TO JOIN TODD’S AMERICAN DISPATCH — A MUST-READ FOR AMERICAN CONSERVATIVES!  In recent days they’ve filed a federal lawsuit demanding an Indiana school district yank a Living Nativity from a Christmas production and they successfully forced an Oregon school district to ban choirs from performing at a Catholic shrine. Finally! A school district willing to tell the Freedom From Religion Foundation to go jingle their bells somewhere else. By way of introduction, the FFRF is a bunch of perpetually offended atheists, agnostics and free-thinkers that hasn’t met a lawsuit they couldn’t file. And they become especially grumpy grinches at Christmas time. On Wednesday they filed a federal lawsuit against …

    October 9, 2015 12:48 pm

Odd News

  • New England man offers to ship autumn foliage for $19.99

    BOSTON People who want to see New England’s colorful fall foliage no longer need to travel for the experience. A Boston-area man is offering to ship bundles of the dried up, multi-colored vegetation straight to your door for $19.99. Kyle Waring, of Somerville, Massachusetts, set up the website shipfoliage.com earlier this year and began sending his first packages of hand-picked leaves to U.S. customers this week. “I’ve hit over 200 sales so far,” he said. Waring came up with the idea while contemplating “seasonal monetization opportunities” with his wife. They settled on leaves, he said, because “fall in New England is especially gorgeous and really strikes an emotional chord.” It is not Waring’s first foray into seasonal offerings. Last winter, he shipped snow from Boston’s record snowfall for $89, using the website ShipSnowYo.com. He said he received requests for 718 pounds (326 kg) of snow from around the United States. According to shipfoliage.com, Kyle offers …

    October 9, 2015 5:49 pm