• Referendums ‘torpedo EU’

    Referendums ‘torpedo EU’

    17 September 2014 Last updated at 11:27 Spain’s prime minister says a referendum in Catalonia would be illegal and unconstitutional Independence referendums in Scotland or Spain’s Catalonia region are like a torpedo to European integration,...
  • American football back in London with extra game

    LONDON (Reuters) – The NFL roadshow rolls into London again next week for the first of three games designed to build its international fan base and lay the foundations for a team in the British...
  • Hong Kong tycoon buys 30 Rolls-Royce Phantoms

    Hong Kong tycoon buys 30 Rolls-Royce Phantoms

      One of Hong Kong’s flashiest tycoons has thrown down the gauntlet to high rollers: Buying 30 Rolls-Royce Phantoms, for $20 million, in a single order. Gambling magnate Stephen Hung is buying the luxury fleet...
  • Dozens killed in Syria air strikes

    Dozens killed in Syria air strikes

    17 September 2014 Last updated at 10:58 State media said the army had targeted a meeting of “terrorists” in the Talbiseh area Almost 50 people have been killed by Syrian government air strikes in an...
  • Thai princess going for gold at Asian Games

    INCHEON South Korea (Reuters) – The Thailand team for the 17th Asian Games includes a real-life princess with a down-to-earth approach to life and a heart set on winning gold. Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana, the granddaughter...

Headline News

  • Ohio prosecutors mulling charges for teens accused of duping boy with ice bucket challenge


    CLEVELAND –  Ohio prosecutors have started reviewing evidence to determine if charges should be filed against teens accused of duping a special-needs boy who thought he was participating in the ALS “Ice Bucket Challenge.” Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH’-guh) County prosecutors met for several hours on Tuesday with police from the Cleveland suburb of Bay Village, where the teens had dumped a mixture of urine and tobacco on the 15-year-old with autism who thought he was participating in the popular charity challenge. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reports that an attorney for one of the juveniles involved said the group of teens were all friends and had been playing pranks on each other over the summer. He said the boys were not aware the 15-year-old was diagnosed as autistic. The videotaped incident gained national attention. ___ Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com

    September 17, 2014 6:06 am
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Politics

  • Islamic State campaign tests Obama’s commitment to Mideast allies


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – After about 15 hours of flying and five hours of meetings, sleep finally caught up with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Baghdad. It was 6:04 p.m.  After sinking into his seat at the center of the cavernous interior of a C-17 military transport plane, he cradled his head in his palm, put his feet on a desk and shut his eyes. Visibly tired, too, were his retinue of aides as they took their seats, some clutching briefing papers with notes scribbled in the margin from meetings with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and the government he had formed a day earlier on Sept. 9. Kerry’s exhaustion was understandable after nearly 24 hours of non-stop travel and meetings. America’s fatigue in the Middle East could be a different story: the Iraqis who met Kerry may wonder if his boss, President Barack Obama, has the energy or stomach for what lies ahead …

    September 17, 2014 3:04 am
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Stocks

  • Hong Kong tycoon buys 30 Rolls-Royce Phantoms


      One of Hong Kong’s flashiest tycoons has thrown down the gauntlet to high rollers: Buying 30 Rolls-Royce Phantoms, for $20 million, in a single order. Gambling magnate Stephen Hung is buying the luxury fleet through his casino firm Louis XIII Holdings. The company is building a new casino in the Chinese territory of Macau, and Hung says the cars are needed to transport guests. Louis XIII says the fleet will be the largest in the world. Two of the cars, equipped with “external and internal gold plated accents,” are the most expensive Phantoms ever commissioned. “Louis XIII and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars share the same philosophy: to deliver the perfect experience to the world’s most discerning customers,” Hung said. Related: Where the billionaires are now Hung’s new casino is due to open in 2016 and will compete for a slice of Macau’s riches. Gambling revenue in the territory topped $45 billion last year — seven …

    September 17, 2014 6:06 am
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Sports

  • American football back in London with extra game


    LONDON (Reuters) – The NFL roadshow rolls into London again next week for the first of three games designed to build its international fan base and lay the foundations for a team in the British capital. The Oakland Raiders face the Miami Dolphins at Wembley Stadium on Sept. 28 and the home of English soccer will stage a further two NFL clashes over the autumn. The NFL has been playing regular season games in London since 2007 but the interest among European fans means that another fixture has been added this year. “We’re playing at Wembley with an 84,000 capacity. For three games, we’re selling a quarter of a million tickets which is basically the sort of inventory most teams are selling for half a season,” said Mark Waller, the NFL’s executive vice-president, international. That level of demand naturally prompts renewed speculation that London could become a permanent home to an NFL team. Waller, a …

    September 17, 2014 6:06 am
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World News

  • Referendums ‘torpedo EU’


    17 September 2014 Last updated at 11:27 Spain’s prime minister says a referendum in Catalonia would be illegal and unconstitutional Independence referendums in Scotland or Spain’s Catalonia region are like a torpedo to European integration, PM Mariano Rajoy has warned. He told MPs such processes created “more economic recession and poverty”. Pro-independence Catalans are watching Scotland’s referendum on independence on Thursday closely, with plans for a similar vote in Catalonia in November. If Scotland backed independence, it would have to reapply to the EU as a new member state, Mr Rajoy said. ‘Torpedo below the waterline’ Catalonia’s regional parliament is set to vote on a resolution on Wednesday that could pave the way for a November referendum on independence from Spain. Last Thursday, hundreds of thousands of Catalans formed a “V” for “vote” along two of Barcelona’s main roads calling for their right to vote. But Spain’s national government is opposed to any move towards …

    September 17, 2014 6:26 am
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Technology

  • Sony forecasts $2.1B loss this year


    Sony president and CEO Kazuo Hirai will have to figure out how to make the company’s mobiles profitable. CNET Sony may be doing very well with its latest console, with the PlayStation 4 outselling its main competitor, the Xbox One, but it hasn’t been enough to save the company from posting a loss for the fifth time in six years. The Japanese company has released a forecast stating that it expects to losses of up to 230 billion yen ($2.1 billion), partly due to a write-down of the value of the company’s mobile business to the tune of 180 billion yen ($1.67 billion). Sony says the “competitive environment of the mobile business” is to blame, and is expected to implement a change of strategy with regard to its Mobile Communications division by concentrating its efforts in “certain geographical areas, premium lineups and reducing the number of models in its mid-range lineup.” The company last reported …

    September 17, 2014 3:04 am
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Science

  • Novel capability enables first test of real turbine engine conditions


    Manufactures of turbine engines for airplanes, automobiles and electric generation plants could expedite the development of more durable, energy-efficient turbine blades thanks to a partnership between the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory, the German Aerospace Center and the universities of Central Florida and Cleveland State. The ability to operate turbine blades at higher temperatures improves efficiency and reduces energy costs. For example, energy companies estimate that raising the operating temperature by 1 percent at a single electric generation facility can save up to $20 million a year. In order to achieve the highest temperatures of 1,832 degrees Fahrenheit in engines, metallic turbine blades are coated with ceramic thermal-barrier coatings and actively air cooled, which together allows operating temperatures exceeding the metal’s melting point. Adding to these extreme conditions, during high-temperature operation, blade rotation induces thermo-mechanical stresses throughout the blade components. Because of the difficulty of monitoring engines in operation, most manufacturers test blades …

    September 17, 2014 3:24 am
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Health

  • Sanofi unveils heart disease partnership with MyoKardia


    PARIS (Reuters) – French drugmaker Sanofi announced on Wednesday a partnership with U.S.-based MyoKardia to develop therapies for patients with genetic heart diseases. The collaboration includes up to $200 million in equity investments, milestone payments, and research and development services through 2018, Sanofi said in a statement. MyoKardia was founded in 2012 and is funded by healthcare investor Third Rock Ventures. (Reporting by James Regan; Editing by Blaise Robinson)

    September 17, 2014 3:04 am
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Entertainment

  • Yanis Marshall struts all over Ariana Grande’s "Break Free"


    Yanis Marshall posted a new video to his YouTube account last week and, this time, he is tearing up the web with some positively fierce moves to Ariana Grande’s hit song, “Break Free.” Ariana Grande fires back at diva demand rumors  This isn’t the first time we’ve seen celebrity choreographer, Yanis Marshall, rock a pair of heels. In fact, those stiletto black booties are fast becoming his signature. But this may be the first time we’ve seen him strut quite like this. And it’s definitely the first time we’ve seen him whip his hair in such a positively smooth move. Marshall and his fellow dancers appeared on Britain’s Got Talent over the summer. The group made it all the way to the final round before getting the axe, but that hasn’t stopped their popularity from continuing to skyrocket in the past few months. They have continually dazzled the world with their viral videos. REVIEW: Ariana …

    September 17, 2014 4:45 am
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Editorial

  • School orders girl to remove ‘Virginity Rocks’ shirt


    Virginity does not rock at Ramay Junior High School in Fayetteville, Arkansas. That’s the lesson 13-year-old Chloe Rubiano learned. Chloe is in the eighth grade. She is also a good church-going girl. So you can imagine her mom’s surprise when she got in trouble at school. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Chloe showed up at school wearing a T-shirt that reads: “Virginity Rocks.” “It’s a positive message,” said Bambi Crozier, Chloe’s mom. Apparently some folks at Ramay Junior High don’t understand the concept of virginity. But school officials disagreed. They said the shirt could cause a classroom disruption and contained sexual content. Apparently some folks at Ramay Junior High don’t understand the concept of virginity. The 13-year-old, who bought the shirt at a Christian music festival, was told she had to change shirts. “It was so bizarre,” Mrs. Crozier told me. “She had the shirt for several years at wore it a number of times to school.” CLICK …

    September 16, 2014 11:00 pm
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Odd News

  • Swiss keeper shocked after fans urinate in his water bottle


    (Reuters) – A Swiss goalkeeper has threatened legal action after fans of a rival lower league team urinated in his water bottle and then taunted him when, unawares, he took a sip during a match at the weekend. FC Muri goalkeeper Reto Felder said he had felt sick after tasting the warm contents of the bottle, which he had left near the goalpost during the 1. Liga (third tier) game at FC Baden near Zurich. “The idea of drinking piss is simply intolerable,” the Aargauer Zeitung website (www.aargauerzeitung.ch) quoted the 34-year-old player as saying, adding that he was waiting for an analysis of video evidence before further action. “What if next time it is something that knocks you out?,” added Felder. Swiss tabloid Blick reported that the unidentified fans had persuaded a ball boy behind the goal to pass them the bottle during the second half of the match. The paper said the fans shouted …

    September 16, 2014 7:17 pm
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