• Longer work-week looms for French workers

    Longer work-week looms for French workers

    The French prepare to say “au revoir” to short work-weeks. Sacre bleu! French workers may face the end of their cushy 35-hour work-week. In an interview with a French newspaper before becoming the nation’s economics...
  • U.S. Open darling Bellis falls in second round

    NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Cinderella grand slam debut of 15-year-old Catherine Bellis ended in the second round of the U.S. Open on Thursday when she was beaten by emerging Kazakh talent Zarina Diyas in...
  • No charges in US accidental shooting

    No charges in US accidental shooting

    29 August 2014 Last updated at 03:26 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Video released by the Mojave County Sheriff’s Department shows Charles Vacca teaching the nine-year-old shortly before the accident happened...
  • NASA’s Spitzer Telescope Witnesses Asteroid Smashup

    [image-36][image-51] NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope has spotted an eruption of dust around a young star, possibly the result of a smashup between large asteroids. This type of collision can eventually lead to the formation of...
  • Detroit bankruptcy judge tosses hold-out creditor’s charges

    (Reuters) – A U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge late on Thursday removed allegations made by one of Detroit’s remaining hold-out creditors against mediators in the city’s historic municipal bankruptcy case. Judge Steven Rhodes chastised Syncora Guarantee...
  • Google joins Amazon in testing home delivery drones

    Google has become the latest tech giant to get into the drone business. The company announced late on Thursday that its advanced-research arm, Google X, is developing a system of drones to deliver goods. Amazon...

Headline News

  • Pilot of crashed U.S. fighter plane found dead in Virginia


    (Reuters) – The pilot of a Massachusetts Air National Guard F-15C fighter that crashed in mountainous western Virginia was found dead on Thursday, officials said. The plane went down on Wednesday in the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests about 100 miles (160 km) southwest of Washington, sending up a thick plume of smoke. More than 100 police and rescue personnel searched the rugged area, backed by helicopters and other aircraft, Massachusetts’ Barnes Air National Guard Base said in a statement. The base said on Thursday that the pilot was fatally injured in the crash in the remote mountains near Deerfield Valley, Virginia. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and we are doing all we can to support them during this very difficult time,” Col. James Keefe, Commander, 104th Fighter Wing, said in a statement. The pilot’s name was being withheld pending notification of family members and will be released when appropriate, the …

    August 29, 2014 12:12 am
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Politics

  • Obama signals timing of new immigration measures in question


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Thursday that he still planned to take steps on his own to improve the U.S. immigration system but that his timeline for taking action has been affected by the need to deal with a flood of migrant children from central America. Obama had previously said he planned by the end of summer to find ways to change immigration regulations, unilateral action he said was made necessary by the failure of Congress to pass comprehensive reforms. But at a news conference on Thursday, Obama was circumspect about the timing of his announcement, which will be controversial ahead of November midterm elections where Democratic control of the U.S. Senate is at stake. Asked whether he would delay his decision on immigration changes, Obama talked about the time his administration has invested on apprehending migrant children, nearly 63,000 of whom have come across the southwestern border since October 2013. “Some …

    August 28, 2014 11:10 pm
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Stocks

  • Longer work-week looms for French workers


    The French prepare to say “au revoir” to short work-weeks. Sacre bleu! French workers may face the end of their cushy 35-hour work-week. In an interview with a French newspaper before becoming the nation’s economics minister, Emmanuel Macron said he’s open to loosening strict government regulations that enforce 35-hour work weeks. France’s economy has been stagnant for years, and any substantial boost to working hours could improve its competitiveness. The country registered zero growth in the second quarter and is struggling with high levels of unemployment. Macron said he supported allowing employees to vote within their workplace to expand their work week. If the majority of workers wanted an expanded week, the employer could extend hours. “The key to a recovery in France is to liberate our potential energy to create activity,” he told Le Point. His words have re-ignited the debate about working hours across the country. Most politicians within President Francois Hollande’s Socialist …

    August 29, 2014 12:11 am
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Sports

  • U.S. Open darling Bellis falls in second round


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Cinderella grand slam debut of 15-year-old Catherine Bellis ended in the second round of the U.S. Open on Thursday when she was beaten by emerging Kazakh talent Zarina Diyas in three sets. Bellis became an instant darling of the 2014 U.S. Open by upsetting 12th-seeded Australian Open finalist Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia, making her the youngest player to win a match at Flushing Meadows in 18 years since Anna Kournikova. Fans packed Court 17 and lines of spectators waited at every entrance to the cozy 2,800-seat stadium on Thursday for a chance to cheer on the pony-tailed Bellis. The mega screen outside Arthur Ashe Stadium by the fountains in the main plaza was trained on the outer court drama while former U.S. Open and Wimbledon champion Andy Murray battled on the center court. In the end, hopeful vibes from the local crowd at the U.S. National Tennis Center could not …

    August 28, 2014 11:31 pm
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World News

  • No charges in US accidental shooting


    29 August 2014 Last updated at 03:26 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Video released by the Mojave County Sheriff’s Department shows Charles Vacca teaching the nine-year-old shortly before the accident happened Officials say there will be no charges for a nine-year-old girl who killed her shooting instructor by accident. The death of Charles Vacca, 39, was “being viewed as an industrial accident,” Mohave County Sheriff’s office said in a statement. Vacca was giving the girl a lesson at an Arizona shooting range when the recoil from a firearm caused her to lose control of the Uzi submachine gun. He died after being airlifted to a hospital in Las Vegas. The girl was at the shooting range with her parents, who filmed the lesson. The footage shows the instructor coaching her as she fires a single shot at a target at the Last Stop shooting range in White Hills, Arizona. The Uzi …

    August 28, 2014 11:31 pm
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Technology

  • Google joins Amazon in testing home delivery drones


    Google has become the latest tech giant to get into the drone business. The company announced late on Thursday that its advanced-research arm, Google X, is developing a system of drones to deliver goods. Amazon announced a similar scheme to great fanfare but little actual progress late last year. The search giant said it had been exploring self-flying vehicles for the past couple of years, and had now hired a new team leader, Dave Vos, a longtime expert in automating systems for aviation, to take Project Wing from research to product. In a recent research trip in Australia, the company delivered packages including chocolate bars, dog treats and cattle vaccines to two farmers in Queensland. The deliveries were made by a 1.5m-wide (5ft) single-wing drone prototype that has four propellers that move into different positions for different stages of flight. Packages fit into a gap in the middle of the wing. “Self-flying vehicles could open …

    August 28, 2014 11:10 pm
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Science

  • NASA’s Spitzer Telescope Witnesses Asteroid Smashup


    [image-36][image-51] NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope has spotted an eruption of dust around a young star, possibly the result of a smashup between large asteroids. This type of collision can eventually lead to the formation of planets. Scientists had been regularly tracking the star, called NGC 2547-ID8, when it surged with a huge amount of fresh dust between August 2012 and January 2013. “We think two big asteroids crashed into each other, creating a huge cloud of grains the size of very fine sand, which are now smashing themselves into smithereens and slowly leaking away from the star,” said lead author and graduate student Huan Meng of the University of Arizona, Tucson. While dusty aftermaths of suspected asteroid collisions have been observed by Spitzer before, this is the first time scientists have collected data before and after a planetary system smashup. The viewing offers a glimpse into the violent process of making rocky planets like ours. …

    August 28, 2014 11:31 pm
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Health

  • U.S. startups get OK for smartphone-based heart tracking


    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – For a growing U.S. aging population, tracking heart health via a smartphone can mean the difference between life and death. This week, two Silicon Valley startups received a green-light from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for mobile applications that monitor patients from home, a step forward for a nascent digital health industry that has pressed for more clarity from the agency on regulations. AliveCor said it received the FDA’s approval to detect serious heart conditions in electrocardiogram (ECG) readings taken from a mobile device. The company says its newly-approved algorithm can detect atrial fibrillation, a form of cardiac arrhythmia that affects about one in four adults over the age of 40. If its smartphone-compatible heart-monitor device detects an abnormality, a physician could intervene before the patient experiences a stroke or other life-threatening event. The device fits most smartphones and rests on a patient’s finger or chest to record an ECG. …

    August 28, 2014 7:08 pm
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Entertainment

  • Tracy Morgan’s lawyer says actor won’t walk for months


    Tracy Morgan released from rehab, sues Walmart for crash Morgan’s lawyer tells People that the comedian and 30 Rock star is struggling during his recovery from injuries he sustained in a car crash in June. “He’s really having a tough time,” his New York lawyer, Benedict P. Morelli, said. The six-car crash left Morgan in a critical condition and ended the life of his longtime friend, James “Jimmy Mack” McNair. Morgan was sent to a long-term rehab facility, then released in July, though he’s still undergoing at-home physical therapy. Driver in Tracy Morgan crash was 20mph over speed limit Morgan suffered traumatic brain injuries, a broken leg and several fractures to his face. He’s been spotted using a walker, but his lawyer says he still relies on a wheelchair and probably won’t be able to walk normally for several months. “He’s making incremental progress,” Morelli says. “But they’ll have to wait another month before they …

    August 28, 2014 10:49 pm
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Editorial

  • New Hampshire senate race: Could Scott Brown score an upset victory again?


      Will Republican and former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown catch lightning in a bottle a second time by defeating his Democratic opponent, New Hampshire Senator and former Governor Jeanne Shaheen in November? Leading indicators from past elections and the current political environment make the case that he could. Let’s start with recent public opinion research which finds Brown gaining enthusiasm and solidifying support in the state’s Republican base.   ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT A survey by the University of New Hampshire showed Brown now winning more than 75% of Republicans. To be sure, he will need to improve that number into the 90s to succeed in November.  Unlike most of the rest of the states in the New England region which are reliable for the Democrats, New Hampshire is a competitive one.   Fortunately for Brown, this is well within reach given that the Republican primary election does not happen until September 9 and he has the …

    August 28, 2014 11:10 pm
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Odd News

  • Singaporeans go barking mad over bid to silence dogs


    SINGAPORE (Reuters) – A suggestion by Singapore’s public housing authority that owners of noisy dogs consider “debarking” their pets to avoid inconveniencing neighbors, has raised animal lovers’ hackles in the city-state and prompted much ridicule on social media. The authority, the Housing and Development Board (HDB), recommended in a notice posted in a residential block that one option for dogs that will not keep quiet is to “debark” them. Debarking involves removing a section of a dog’s vocal cord to reduce the volume of its bark and is recommended as a solution of “last resort” to control noisy pets, according to Singapore’s Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority’s website. Animal welfare groups say the practice is cruel and unfair. “A dog also barks when it is in a stressed or anxious mode, and not hearing the dog does not mean the dog is in a stable state of mind,” said Action for Singapore Dogs in a Facebook …

    August 28, 2014 7:18 am
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