• Defender Serena Williams reaches quarter-finals

    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Serena Williams dealt with her grand slam frustrations this year by trying to appreciate the big picture, and a more relaxed top seed reaped the benefits with a straight-set win into...
  • Iraq forces push against jihadists

    Iraq forces push against jihadists

    1 September 2014 Last updated at 23:42 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Gabriel Gatehouse in Amerli: “Even the grannies fancy a pop at the Islamic State” Iraqi Shia militias and Kurdish...
  • How celebrities’ nude photos get leaked

    How celebrities’ nude photos get leaked

    It’s possible that hacked celebrities, like Jennifer Lawrence, had easy-to-guess passwords. How did private, nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence and other celebrities get leaked all over the Internet Sunday? A combination of a common Internet...
  • China accuses MPs of ‘interference’

    1 September 2014 Last updated at 21:00 By Laura Kuenssberg BBC Newsnight Benny Tai is a founder of the Occupy Central protest group The Chinese authorities have accused British MPs of interfering in Hong Kong’s...
  • Obama renews minimum wage push

    Obama renews minimum wage push

    1 September 2014 Last updated at 22:28 Mr Obama delivered a positive message about the economy to his audience in Milwaukee President Barack Obama has said he will continue to press Congress to raise the...

Headline News

  • Portland, Oregon, police shoot man suspected of trying to carjack motorists on I-84 offramp


    PORTLAND, Ore. –  Police in Portland, Oregon, say an officer shot a man who was a pointing a gun at passing cars on an Interstate 84 offramp Monday. Sgt. Pete Simpson says the man ran from the freeway after he was struck by a bullet, and he collapsed on a nearby street. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Police negotiators got the man to surrender, and he was taken to a hospital with an injury that’s not considered life-threatening. Simpson says people had called 911 to report that the man appeared to be trying to carjack drivers on the ramp. Police haven’t said if the man’s gun was real or a replica. The state Department of Transportation says the freeway will be closed throughout the afternoon as authorities investigate.

    September 1, 2014 6:16 pm
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Politics

  • Exclusive: From Seoul to Mexico City, pressure mounts to ease U.S. oil export ban


    WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) – Washington is facing growing international pressure to ease its long standing ban on crude oil exports, with South Korea and Mexico joining the European Union in pressing the case for U.S. oil shipments overseas. South Korean President Park Geun-hye told a visiting U.S. delegation of lawmakers on the House of Representatives energy committee on Aug. 11 that tapping into the gusher of ultra-light, sweet crude emerging from places like Texas and North Dakota was a priority, the lawmakers said. One of South Korea’s leading refiners has opened discussions with the government in Seoul over how to encourage Washington to open the taps, three sources in South Korea with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters. Mexico is also eagerly awaiting word from the U.S. Department of Commerce on possible shipments and the EU wants U.S. oil and natural gas exports covered by a proposed trade agreement with Washington, the Transatlantic Trade and …

    September 1, 2014 4:55 pm
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Stocks

  • How celebrities’ nude photos get leaked


    It’s possible that hacked celebrities, like Jennifer Lawrence, had easy-to-guess passwords. How did private, nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence and other celebrities get leaked all over the Internet Sunday? A combination of a common Internet scam, weak passwords and a since-fixed vulnerability in Apple’s photo backup service could be to blame. Hackers usually send fake emails, posing as their bank, Facebook (FB, Tech30) or an email provider. Those so-called phishing scams make people think they’re coming from a trusted source leading them to enter their user names and passwords onto a fake website owned by hackers. It’s also possible that the hacked celebrities had easy-to-guess passwords. Typically, online services only let users guess passwords a handful of times before blocking access. But until this week, Apple’s iCloud backup service allowed people to guess passwords over and over — it would never lock people out. Related: FBI investigating hacking attack on JPMorgan “We take user privacy …

    September 1, 2014 5:55 pm
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Sports

  • Defender Serena Williams reaches quarter-finals


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Serena Williams dealt with her grand slam frustrations this year by trying to appreciate the big picture, and a more relaxed top seed reaped the benefits with a straight-set win into the U.S. Open quarter-finals. Williams is gunning for her third U.S. Open title in a row but for the moment she saw her 6-3 6-3 Monday victory over Kaia Kanepi as an important hurdle after failing to get past the fourth round in this year’s other grand slams. “I never thought it would be so exciting,” the world number one told reporters with a big smile after her 65-minute victory over the Estonian. “Yeah! It feels good.” So eager to get back to her accustomed presence late in a slam event, Williams celebrated prematurely in the second set when she jumped up and thrust her arms after 50th-ranked Kanepi netted a backhand on break point that made it 5-3 in …

    September 1, 2014 6:16 pm
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World News

  • Iraq forces push against jihadists


    1 September 2014 Last updated at 23:42 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Gabriel Gatehouse in Amerli: “Even the grannies fancy a pop at the Islamic State” Iraqi Shia militias and Kurdish forces are continuing their advance against Islamic State (IS) militants, a day after breaking the siege of Amerli in northern Iraq. A BBC team entered the town on Monday, finding residents who had endured more than two months under siege. Meanwhile the joint forces have seized the IS stronghold of Suleiman Beg. The UN says it is sending a team to Iraq to investigate “acts of inhumanity on an unimaginable scale” by IS. Violence in Iraq has escalated dramatically in recent months as the group, formerly known as Isis, and allied Sunni rebels have taken control of large parts of northern and western Iraq. Thousands of people have been killed, the majority of them civilians, and more than a million …

    September 1, 2014 6:16 pm
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Technology

  • DIY Dalek and dapper Time Lord battle in ‘Japanese Doctor Who’


    This Time Lord is ready for battle in his retro threads in “Japanese Doctor Who.” Video screenshot by Bonnie Burton/CNET Whovians have paid tribute to the British sci-fi series “Doctor Who” by making their own fan films for decades. The iconic show has been re-imagined as a cartoon, as anime, and even as a musical mashup with Sherlock. So why not as a Japanese sci-fi superhero show? London-based filmmaker Joshua Kahan pays tribute to the older “Doctor Who” series from the 1970s and ’80s as well as the live-action Japanese sci-fi genre known as Tokusatsu in his video, “Japanese Doctor Who.” The video, which he shot in 4:3 aspect ratio to give the video a vintage appearance, features a suave-looking Time Lord, an angry Dalek with legs called Dalekor, and his Cybermen henchmen. The sound design includes sampling from various episodes of retro Tokusatsu shows “Kamen Rider X” and “Supaidaman” (Japanese Spider-Man). Any Whovian worth …

    September 1, 2014 12:50 pm
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Science

  • NASA Probes Studying Earth’s Radiation Belts to Celebrate Two Year Anniversary


    [image-36] NASA’s twin Van Allen Probes will celebrate on Saturday two years of studying the sun’s influence on our planet and near-Earth space. The probes, shortly after launch in August 2012, discovered a third radiation belt around Earth when only two had previously been detected. The radiation belts are layers of energetic charged particles held in place by the magnetic field surrounding our planet. The new third belt occurred only occasionally but persisted for as long as a month. This revealed to scientists the dynamic and variable nature of the radiation belts and provided new insight into how they respond to solar activity. “The primary science objective of the Van Allen Probes is to provide understanding of how particles in the radiation belts form and change in response to energy input from the sun,” said Mona Kessel, the mission’s program scientist at NASA Headquarters in Washington.  “The discoveries and understanding gained have far exceeded expectations.” …

    September 1, 2014 5:15 pm
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Health

  • Family dinners may help kids cope with cyberbullying


    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Like victims of face-to-face bullying, kids who experience internet bullying are vulnerable to mental health and substance use problems – but spending more time communicating with their parents may help protect them from these harmful consequences, a new study suggests. For example, the researchers found, regular family dinners seemed to help kids cope with online bullying. But they say talk time with parents in cars or other settings can also help protect against the effects of cyberbullying. “In a way, cyberbullying is more insidious because it’s so hard to detect,” said lead author Frank J. Elgar of the Institute for Health and Social Policy at McGill University in Montreal. “It’s hard for teachers and parents to pick up on,” Elgar told Reuters Health by phone. He and his team used voluntary, anonymous survey data from more than 18,000 teens at 49 schools in Wisconsin. About one in five students said …

    September 1, 2014 4:55 pm
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Entertainment

  • Kim Kardashian’s Ample Assets Are Busting Out On Labor Day


    Posted on Mon Sep 1st, 2014 12:28pm PDT       By X17 Staff She’s baaaaack! After a whirlwind weekend of travel, Kim Kardashian (and her boobs) are back in the City of Angels and doing what they do best — making headlines. Look at those Golden Globes of hers — they’re practically bursting out of her top, looking for some attention! Did Kimbo’s nips miss seeing our photogs?! We thought so too! The 33-year-old donned a wrap crop top and her skintight camel-colored suede skirt for an outing at a Los Angeles hotel. You gotta hand it to Kimmy K, only a true fashion warrior can wear skintight suede on a hot and sunny day in L.A. She really knows how to brave the elements for a good cause. Speaking of which — we don’t recall seeing her ALS Ice Bucket Challenge … Over the weekend, Kim was hubby Kanye West’s travel companion while he performed on the …

    September 1, 2014 4:34 pm
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Editorial

  • Labor Day: Congress must take action to protect workers, not Big Labor


    New legislation could repeal the current authority of the National Labor Relations Board.Reuters The U.S. economy has endured eleven recessions since World War II – and in each case jobs and wages bounced back quickly.   Not this time. America’s current “recovery” features the weakest wage growth of any economic rebound – with data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) showing real compensation per hour increasing by only 0.5 percent since 2009.  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT No agency has been more instrumental in the assault on American productivity than the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) – which was recently at the heart of a major constitutional crisis. By comparison, the average compensation increase at this point in previous recoveries clocked in at a whopping 9.2 percent – more than eighteen times higher.  Meanwhile a new study by the Chicago Fed reveals real wages should be at least 3.6 percentage points higher than they are based on prevailing labor …

    September 1, 2014 8:43 am
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Odd News

  • Arizona man arrested for burning, urinating on Bible


    PHOENIX (Reuters) – A 22-year-old Arizona man calling himself “Dark Lord” has been arrested for allegedly burning a Bible and urinating on it outside a Christian-oriented homeless shelter in northern Arizona, police said on Friday. Eric Minerault was booked into the Yavapai County Detention Center late on Thursday on suspicion of one count of unlawful symbol burning stemming from the incident at the Gospel Rescue Mission, Prescott police spokesman Lieutenant Ken Morley said in a written statement. Police were called to the scene at about 9 p.m. by a mission representative reporting that someone was burning something on the mission’s front steps, Morley said. Officers found Minerault standing on the steps, with a burned and wet Bible on the ground near him. He quickly admitted to the act.  He told officers the mission was selected because he believed it was a place of Christian worship and he was “cursing the Christians,” police said. Asked why, …

    August 29, 2014 7:53 pm
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