• Coming soon: The Maxwell House K-Cup

    Coming soon: The Maxwell House K-Cup

    The coffee menu for your Keurig machine is getting even longer. Starting this fall, Keurig (GMCR) will partner with Kraft (KRFT) to offer Maxwell House, Yuban and Gevalia K-Cups. Call it the morning beverage friendship....
  • Anger over Russian convoy in Ukraine

    Anger over Russian convoy in Ukraine

    22 August 2014 Last updated at 19:39 Russia’s aid convoy parked near the Ukrainian border on Thursday Russia’s decision to send more than 100 aid lorries into war-torn eastern Ukraine without permission has been widely...
  • Furyk shares lead, Stenson surges with a 64

    PARAMUS New Jersey (Reuters) – Jim Furyk shot a two-under-par 69 for a share of the clubhouse lead at The Barclays, while Sweden’s Henrik Stenson surged into contention with a sizzling 64 midway through the...
  • German policeman in ‘cannibal’ trial

    German policeman in ‘cannibal’ trial

    22 August 2014 Last updated at 17:43 Defendant Detlev Guenzel (right) filmed himself chopping up the body, prosecutors say A German police officer has gone on trial in eastern Germany accused of murdering a businessman...

Headline News

  • 3 blacks are among 12 grand jurors hearing evidence on whether to charge Ferguson officer


    CLAYTON, Mo. –  Three black people are among the 12-member grand jury hearing evidence in the Michael Brown case. Paul Fox, director of judicial administration for St. Louis County Circuit Court, confirmed the racial and gender makeup of the grand jury on Friday. St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch has said it will be several weeks before a decision is made on whether to charge Darren Wilson, the Ferguson officer who shot and killed Brown on Aug. 9. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The grand jury consists of six white men, three white women, two black women and one black man. Nine votes are needed to convict. The ages and hometowns of the jurors weren’t released. A judge is expected to consider Monday whether to make that information public. The Justice Department also is investigating Brown’s death.

    August 22, 2014 1:49 pm
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Politics

  • California Freshman Airs First Ad in Competitive House Race


    By Emily Cahn Posted at noon today 0 Tweet Brownley is a California Democrat. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo) Rep. Julia Brownley, D-Calif., went up Friday with her first ad of the cycle, touting her commitment to women’s issues. “I believe we are strongest when women are in charge of their own decisions,” Brownley says in the 30-second spot, which will air on cable districtwide and was provided first to CQ Roll Call. “That’s why I will always fight for equal pay for equal work, and defend your right to choose.” Brownley is seeking re-election in California’s 26th District, attempting to fend off GOP state Sen. Jeff Gorell. The Ventura County-based seat leans Democrat, but party officials are quietly sounding the alarm that a non-presidential cycle drop in turnout could imperil Brownley. The ad comes a day after House Majority PAC, a Democratic super PAC that supports House Democrats, also sent $46,000 in direct …

    August 22, 2014 1:08 pm
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Stocks

  • Coming soon: The Maxwell House K-Cup


    The coffee menu for your Keurig machine is getting even longer. Starting this fall, Keurig (GMCR) will partner with Kraft (KRFT) to offer Maxwell House, Yuban and Gevalia K-Cups. Call it the morning beverage friendship. It’s already caffeinating returns, at least for Keurig Green Mountain. The company’s stock soared 15% Friday after the news, sending the stock to its highest price ever — over $135 a share. To put it another way, you can buy roughly 220 K-Cups at the grocery store for the same price as one share of Keurig stock. The deal hasn’t done much for Kraft, however. Its stock was flat after the announcement. Related: Should Coke buy Keurig Green Mountain? Keurig already has dozens of K-cup partnerships, including ones with Dunkin’ Donuts (DNKN), Starbucks (SBUX) and Snapple (DPS). This latest deal also adds McCafe, the McDonald’s (MCD) coffee that is sold in stores, to the K-Cup offerings, since Kraft helps promote …

    August 22, 2014 2:09 pm
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Sports

  • Furyk shares lead, Stenson surges with a 64


    PARAMUS New Jersey (Reuters) – Jim Furyk shot a two-under-par 69 for a share of the clubhouse lead at The Barclays, while Sweden’s Henrik Stenson surged into contention with a sizzling 64 midway through the second round on Friday. Furyk was joined on seven-under-par 135 by fellow Americans Kevin Chappell (67) and Brendon Todd (69) on an overcast day at Ridgewood Country Club in the opening tournament of the PGA Tour’s season-ending, four-event FedExCup playoffs. Stenson, who failed to make a single birdie in his opening round 72, had eight of them on Friday against a lone bogey to reach the halfway mark at 136 along with Ernie Els (68) and overnight leader Bo Van Pelt (71). “To be honest, it was pretty much only on the greens,” said Stenson about his dramatic turnaround. “I played nicely yesterday but I couldn’t make one single putt out there,” added the Swede, who won the FedExCup playoffs …

    August 22, 2014 1:49 pm
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World News

  • Anger over Russian convoy in Ukraine


    22 August 2014 Last updated at 19:39 Russia’s aid convoy parked near the Ukrainian border on Thursday Russia’s decision to send more than 100 aid lorries into war-torn eastern Ukraine without permission has been widely condemned in the West. The European Union and the US called for them to be withdrawn as it was a violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty, and Nato said it would deepen the crisis. But Russia said further delays were unacceptable – and also denied its troops and artillery were in Ukraine. The first trucks have reached the besieged rebel-held city of Luhansk. The UN is to hold an emergency meeting to discuss the convoy’s entry, which Ukraine has described as an “invasion”. Nato chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said in a statement that the developments were “even more worrying as they coincide with a major escalation in Russian military involvement in eastern Ukraine since mid-August, including the use of Russian forces”. Analysis: …

    August 22, 2014 1:49 pm
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Technology

  • Your keyboard might know what you’re feeling


    Josh Miller/CNET Go ahead and try to hide how you’re feeling. Your keystrokes could rat you out. Researchers in Bangladesh have designed a computer program that analyzes typing and text patterns to identify emotional states. While both methods have been used before to detect computer users’ emotions, the researchers combined them, for the first time, they say, and saw promising results — software that nails mood as much as 87 percent of the time. A.F.M. Nazmul Haque Nahin and his colleagues at the Islamic University of Technology detail their work in the latest issue of the journal Behavior and Information Technology. They say the findings could be significant to the development of emotionally aware computer systems as their approach relies on less expensive, and less intrusive, methods than tools like voice analysis, facial sensors, thermal imaging, and gesture tracking. “Combining both keyboard dynamics with text pattern analysis can be more effective to detect user emotion…however, …

    August 22, 2014 9:06 am
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Science

  • How the Jaguar Saved My Life [Excerpt]


    Excerpted with permission from An Indomitable Beast: The Remarkable Journey of the Jaguar, by Alan Rabinowitz. Copyright © Island Press, 2014.   My earliest memories are filled with pain, embarrassment, and coming to terms with the reality, reinforced by adults, that I was one of life’s broken creatures. Born with a debilitating stutter and placed in public school classes for “special” children, I found it easiest to live inside my own head and withdraw from the world of people as much as a child can. My place of greatest comfort in those early years was the closet in my room in my parent’s New York City home. In this small, dark world, I felt normal, I wasn’t scared to speak, and I could live out my fantasies. My companions, a little menagerie of chameleons, green turtles, garter snakes, and hamsters, were the only living beings around me that seemed to listen but not judge. They …

    August 22, 2014 9:27 am
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Health

  • WHO warns of ‘shadow zones’, hidden cases in Ebola outbreak


    GENEVA (Reuters) – The scale of the world’s worst Ebola outbreak has been concealed by families hiding infected loved ones in their homes and the existence of “shadow zones” that medics cannot enter, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday. The U.N. agency issued a statement detailing why the outbreak in West Africa had been underestimated, following criticism that it had moved too slowly to contain the killer virus, now spreading out of control. Independent experts raised similar concerns a month ago that the contagion could be worse than reported because suspicious local inhabitants are chasing away health workers and shunning treatment. More than 1,300 people have died from the disease and many experts do not expect the epidemic to be brought under control this year. Under-reporting of cases is a problem especially in Liberia and Sierra Leone. The WHO said it was now working with Medecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and the U.S. Centers …

    August 22, 2014 1:09 pm
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Entertainment

  • Jennifer Lopez Tells Chelsea Handler: "I Don’t Like To Wh*re Around"


    Posted on Fri Aug 22nd, 2014 9:55am PDT       By X17 Staff JLo isn’t holding back! While on Chelsea Lately last night, Jennifer Lopez got pretty blunt — and we love it! When asked about her single lady status, the 45-year-old told host Chelsea Handler, “I like being in a relationship. I’m not one to like whore around and stuff like that—that’s not my thing.” We are pretty in awe of Lopez’s star power — but it seems like we’re not the only ones. Handler seemed enamored by the always glowing star — and asked how she always managed to look so good. “I try take care of myself… I try to live right, try to healthy and happy. I don’t drink. I never smoked… I don’t like it (alcohol)… I never got accustomed to the taste of alcohol, the mom of twins added. “My mom used to scare us about alcohol and drugs. We grew up …

    August 22, 2014 12:48 pm
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Editorial

  • CDC director on Ebola crisis: Why I am going to Africa


      CDC disease detective Kelsey Mirkovic, just back from West Africa, tells of working to gain the confidence of village leaders and train community health workers to spread the word about how to avoid getting – and stop spreading – Ebola.  “The community health workers are key in the effort to stop Ebola because they are working with people in their villages every day. But if they meet with resistance, it’s the village chief who can make the difference. “ An encounter in one village, resolved with the help of the chief, taught Kelsey valuable lessons in how to reach people and communicate more effectively.  A grateful chief presented Kelsey with a symbolic gift of cocoa pods and a coffee plant.  For her, the gift symbolized the important connection made and confidence gained with a trusted community leader. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Kelsey and her colleagues are fulfilling our promise to the people of West Africa, Americans, …

    August 22, 2014 1:09 pm
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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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