• Who’s getting rich off the stock market?

    Who’s getting rich off the stock market?

    Only 49% of Americans own stocks. The United States is enjoying one of the best stock market surges in its history. But the phenomenal gains in recent years are going mostly to white, college-educated individuals...
  • Syria infant deaths ‘due to mix-up’

    Syria infant deaths ‘due to mix-up’

    18 September 2014 Last updated at 11:17 This girl survived the immunisation mistake but 15 other children died Medics carrying out a vaccination programme in rebel-held northern Syria accidentally administered a muscle relaxant to up...
  • Syria infants deaths ‘due to mix-up’

    Syria infants deaths ‘due to mix-up’

    18 September 2014 Last updated at 11:04 Medics carrying out a vaccination programme in rebel-held northern Syria accidentally administered a muscle relaxant to up to 75 infants, killing 15 of them, the opposition says. A...
  • Alibaba set to announce share price

    Alibaba set to announce share price

    18 September 2014 Last updated at 10:20 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Alibaba’s charismatic founder Jack Ma is arguably China’s richest man Chinese online giant Alibaba is expected to set the...
  • Southern says player was eligible

    Baton Rouge, LA (SportsNetwork.com) – Southern University announced Wednesday starting left tackle Reginald Redding was eligible to play in a non-conference game this past Saturday despite his comment to the media this week. Redding told...

Headline News

  • Detroit policeman faces retrial in shooting death of girl in raid


    DETROIT (Reuters) – A Detroit police officer charged in the shooting death of a 7-year-old girl during a raid is being retried following a mistrial last year, with opening statements expected on Thursday in a case that has sparked concerns over police use of force. A jury failed to reach a verdict last year for Officer Joseph Weekley, who faces involuntary manslaughter charges in the 2010 death of Aiyana Stanley-Jones, who was sleeping on a couch when officers stormed her home in search of a murder suspect, court documents said. Weekley’s gun fired, and a bullet struck Aiyana in the head. The shooting has stirred tension in Detroit, heightening ongoing concerns about police brutality and use of excessive force. The trial begins with heightened national scrutiny on police conduct after a white officer in Ferguson, Missouri, fatally shot an unarmed black teenager on Aug. 9, sparking a wave of protests. After more than a decade …

    September 18, 2014 6:14 am
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Politics

  • San Francisco lawmaker says he takes anti-HIV drug, urges wider use


    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – An openly gay San Francisco lawmaker went public on Wednesday with his daily use of a highly effective HIV-prevention drug and urged more at-risk city dwellers to do the same. Scott Wiener, a member of the city’s Board of Supervisors, said in an op-ed published by the Huffington Post that he takes Truvada, in an effort to raise awareness about the drug’s benefits. The pill, part of a therapy called pre-exposure prophylaxis or PrEP, can cut the likelihood of HIV infection for those at high risk by as much as 92 percent if taken daily, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But Wiener, who appears to be the first public official to publicly attest to taking the drug, said many people avoid using it because of the stigma surrounding the human immunodeficiency virus, which causes AIDS. “We still see enormous stigma, shame, and judgment around HIV, …

    September 18, 2014 3:32 am
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Stocks

  • Who’s getting rich off the stock market?


    Only 49% of Americans own stocks. The United States is enjoying one of the best stock market surges in its history. But the phenomenal gains in recent years are going mostly to white, college-educated individuals who are already pretty well off. Only 49% of Americans have any money in stocks at all, according to the latest data from the Federal Reserve. That figure includes everyone invested in retirement funds (think pensions and 401(k) plans) as well as those who take the time to buy specific stocks such as Apple (AAPL, Tech30), Ford (F) and Facebook (FB, Tech30). “Part of the reason there is so much discussion about income inequality is there is a group of people who participated in the stock market over a period where it nearly tripled, and there’s another group of people that didn’t,” said Mark Grinblatt, a professor of finance at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management. Related: More families own cats …

    September 18, 2014 6:35 am
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Sports

  • WR Cooper squares off against CB Hargreaves when Florida, No. 3 Alabama clash in SEC showdown


    Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk throws a pass during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against Central Florida Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, in Columbia, Mo. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson) (The Associated Press) A look at things to watch in the Southeastern Conference during Week 4 of the season: GAME OF THE WEEK: Florida at No. 3 Alabama: The Gators lead the nation in turnover margin, and they’ll likely need to force more takeaways to have a shot at pulling the upset in Tuscaloosa. Alabama has won its last three meetings with Florida by an average margin of 24 points, and the Tide are favored by 14 ½ points in the latest matchup between two of the SEC’s heavyweight programs. This game features a star-studded individual matchup between Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper and Florida cornerback Vernon Hargreaves. Cooper leads all Football Bowl Subdivision players with 33 catches and ranks third nationally with 454 yards receiving. …

    September 18, 2014 6:14 am
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World News

  • Syria infant deaths ‘due to mix-up’


    18 September 2014 Last updated at 11:17 This girl survived the immunisation mistake but 15 other children died Medics carrying out a vaccination programme in rebel-held northern Syria accidentally administered a muscle relaxant to up to 75 children, killing 15 of them, the opposition says. A preliminary investigation by the National Coalition found atracurium was given to the children instead of a solution used to mix measles vaccines. The packaging for the drug is said to be similar to that of the solution. All of the children who died on Tuesday were between six and 18 months old. Their parents initially accused the opposition health authorities of not storing the vaccines properly or using out-of-date medication The National Coalition meanwhile said it suspected a “security breach by vandals” linked to the government of President Bashar al-Assad. Immunisation drive The three-year-old conflict in Syria and the resultant breakdown in state institutions have meant that diseases such …

    September 18, 2014 6:15 am
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Technology

  • Amazon reveals new Kindles and Fire tablet that will compete with iPad Air


    Amazon, the online retailer, has revealed a complete refresh of its tablet computer and e-reader devices, including a child-friendly version of its Fire HD tablet. The company, based in Seattle, US, said new two versions of its Kindle e-reader will start shipping in October, as well as a new Fire HDX tablet that is designed to compete with the iPad Air. The announcement in New York completes an extensive round of hardware news from Amazon; it recently confirmed that it will bring both its TV streaming box, Fire TV, and its first smartphone, the Fire Phone, to the UK for the first time. Amazon’s news comes at the end of a busy summer for consumer technology, with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus hitting stores worldwide on Friday, and Samsung having introduced a new version of its 6-inch smartphone, the Galaxy Note, which has a curved screen on one side, operating as a news ticker …

    September 18, 2014 3:32 am
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Science

  • NASA Seeks America’s Best and Brightest for Space Technology Research Fellowships


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    September 17, 2014 11:46 pm
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Health

  • Bayer to float plastics, focus on life sciences


    FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Germany’s largest drugmaker, Bayer, plans to float its plastics business on the stock market and focus entirely on healthcare and crop science, lifting its shares. “In this way Bayer would position itself as a world-leading company in the field of human, animal and plant health,” it said in a statement, adding that its supervisory board would discuss the plans at a board meeting on Thursday. Shares in Bayer were up 4.8 percent at 111.20 euros by 0716 GMT, lifting the European chemicals index 1.3 percent. “The business has underperformed the company’s life-sciences operations,” brokerage Close Brothers Seydler said in a note. Bayer’s plastics unit, MaterialScience, makes polycarbonate plastics for panoramic roofs in luxury cars and for blu-ray disks, among other products. The unit’s sales fell 2 percent to 11.2 billion euros ($14.4) in 2013 and its earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) fell 25 percent to 435 million euros, compared with a …

    September 18, 2014 3:32 am
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Entertainment

  • Ariana Grande tweets back at rumors she insulted fans


    Big Sean says he has great chemistry with Ariana Grande The story goes like this: Ariana’s loving fans surround her as she heads towards an elevator. The singer smiles gamely at them as she walks into the elevator. And then, as the doors close, she allegedly says, “I hope they all f***ing die.” Yikes! But, like other allegations of rude behavior, Ariana says it’s not true. She’s denied them all, like the now-discredited rumor that she threw a tantrum at a cancer telethon and another report that says she stormed out of a photo shoot (Ariana claims she just stepped out to change clothes). Without directly mentioning the latest rumor, Ariana posted a series of tweets Tuesday that seemed to take it to task. Ariana Grande is all grown up and she’s willing to prove it “Man some of these rumors that have been coming out about me lately actually have me laughing out loud. …

    September 18, 2014 5:14 am
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Editorial

  • The Foxhole: West examines lives of the super rich in ‘Billionaires: Reflections on the Upper Crust’


    Everybody, as Tears for Fears once reminded us, wants to rule the world. Among those not presently entrusted with that privilege – and its attendant burdens – it is commonly assumed that such power is concentrated in the hands of the super-rich. So who are these Masters of the Universe? And how influential are they in our daily lives, really? Such questions excite emotions but seldom receive dispassionate, statistical analysis – but they have now. In “Billionaires: Reflections on the Upper Crust” (Brookings Institution Press, 2014), political scientist Darrell M. West examines the political activities of the world’s billionaires and ranks them according to their relative influence in the United States and abroad. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT West, the vice president and director of Governance Studies at Brookings, an influential Washington think tank, determined that there are presently some 1,600 billionaires – controlling approximately $6.5 trillion in assets –  in dozens of countries around the world. While …

    September 18, 2014 3:32 am
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Odd News

  • Prankster’s caper led to Idaho car crash


    (Reuters) – A sport utility vehicle carrying five Idaho teens crashed after one of the passengers burned the driver’s armpit hair with a lighter in a prank that went horribly awry, police said on Wednesday. The teenagers, including two girls who were thrown out of the Ford Bronco, were not wearing seatbelts when their car flipped early on Sunday morning following the antic, the Ada County Sheriff’s Office said. Three of the teens were taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said. The driver, 18-year-old Tristian Myers, initially told deputies that he swerved to avoid hitting an animal on the road, before later admitting that it was the prank that led to the accident. Police also said that Myers was speeding and driving erratically before the accident. Myers was cited with inattentive driving, and the 16-year-old passenger who wielded the lighter was cited for interfering with the safe operation of a vehicle, police …

    September 18, 2014 3:52 am
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