Headline News

  • U.S. aid workers released from Atlanta hospital after cleared of Ebola


    ABIDJAN (Reuters) – Two American aid workers who just weeks ago were gravely ill with Ebola they contracted in Liberia now pose no health risk to the public after being cleared of the virus and released from an Atlanta hospital, one of their doctors said on Thursday. Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, who both contracted the deadly virus while working for Christian organizations, were discharged after blood tests showed no evidence of the virus and eased symptoms, said Dr. Bruce Ribner, medical director of the infectious disease unit at Emory University Hospital. They are likely to make a complete recovery from the disease that has killed 1,350 people in West Africa, Ribner said. “I am forever thankful to God for sparing my life,” Brantly, who was working for the Christian relief group Samaritan’s Purse, said during a news conference that marked his first public appearance since walking into the hospital wearing a bio-hazard suit …

    August 21, 2014 12:29 pm
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Politics

  • Alaska Post-Primary Outside Spending Surge Continues


    By Kyle Trygstad Posted at 11:03 a.m. today 0 Tweet Democrat Begich is targeted in a new post-primary ad from an outside-group. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo) A Republican-aligned outside group launched a $1.25 million ad buy Thursday against Alaska Sen. Mark Begich. Crossroads GPS, the issue advocacy arm of American Crossroads, is hitting Begich on equal pay for women. It’s a strike back on women’s issues after Democrats leveled attacks against Begich’s Republican challenger Dan Sullivan ahead of his primary victory Tuesday. The ad, which is running through Sept. 3, comes a day after a pro-Begich super PAC spent $490,000 on an ad portraying Sullivan as someone Alaskans can’t trust. Both national parties and outside groups aligned with both sides have reserved millions in airtime in the state leading up to November. The race is rated Tilts Democratic by the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call. Related stories: Dan Sullivan Wins Republican Primary Begich Could …

    August 21, 2014 12:48 pm
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Stocks

  • Bank of America to pay $16.65 billion over mortgages


      Bank of America (BAC)‘s tab for the financial crisis is now nearly $74 billion. On Thursday, the bank reached a $16.65 billion agreement to pay the biggest settlement in history, adding to what was already a hefty bill for the bank. The latest agreement settles probes by the Justice Department and six states that accused the bank of misleading the buyers of mortgage-backed bonds about the quality of the loans. The bank admitted responsibility, but the announcement did not include criminal charges. The settlement includes almost $10 billion in various penalties and civil suit claims from federal and state regulators, with the rest earmarked for homeowner relief. It’s been an expensive few years for Bank of America: In 2010, it paid $2.8 billion to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac over mortgages. In 2011, it paid trustee Bank of New York $8.6 billion and bond insurer Assured Guaranty $1.6 billion after they filed lawsuits over …

    August 21, 2014 11:48 am
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Sports

  • Former NFL quarterback Jim Kelly has ‘no evidence’ of sinus cancer


    Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly received encouraging news in his battle with cancer. An initial physical exam showed no evidence of sinus cancer three months after the former Buffalo Bills quarterback completed radiation and chemotherapy treatments, Dr. Peter Costantino said in a release issued by New York City’s Lenox Hill Hospital on Wednesday. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT “The treatments have so far completely eliminated Mr. Kelly’s pain, and his level of function has essentially returned to normal,” said Costantino, who heads the hospital’s head and neck institute. “Further, on physical examination, there is no evidence of the cancer.” The statement was issued a day after Kelly visited the hospital for a follow-up examination. Costantino said a series of tests over the next week will determine if further treatments are necessary. “It is possible that no further treatment will be required,” he said. Kelly had surgery in June 2013 to remove cancerous cells in his upper jaw. The cancer then spread to his sinus in …

    August 21, 2014 12:29 pm
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World News

  • Foley killers ‘wanted $132m ransom’


    21 August 2014 Last updated at 18:18 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Pentagon officials say “nearly every branch of the military was involved” in an attempt to free James Foley, as Mike Wooldridge reports Jihadists holding US journalist James Foley wanted a $132m (£80m) ransom for his release, his employer has said. GlobalPost CEO Philip Balboni said the Islamic State (IS) militants first demanded money last year. Mr Foley was abducted in November 2012, and a video of his beheading was released by IS earlier this week. In it, they threatened to kill another American if the US did not stop its air strikes against the group in northern Iraq. US air strikes have continued near Mosul despite the warning. The US has begun a formal criminal investigation into the Mr Foley’s death, with Attorney General Eric Holder saying that the US has a “long memory and our reach is very …

    August 21, 2014 12:29 pm
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Technology

  • Google lobbies to test self-driving cars in Matrix-style virtual world


    Google has built a “Matrix-style” digital simulation of the entire Californian road system in which it is testing its self-driving cars – and is lobbying the state’s regulators to certify them based on virtual rather than real driving. The extensive simulation – reminiscent of the virtual cities created for human captives in sci-fi blockbuster The Matrix – exists entirely inside computers at the company’s Mountain View location, and the cars have so far virtually “driven” more than 4 million miles inside it, facing challenges just like those in the real world, such as lane-weaving motorists, wobbly cyclists and unpredictable pedestrians. The ambition of the simulation illustrates how serious the tech company is at developing self-driving cars, an innovation that has been independently estimated as worth billions of pounds if widely implemented. California‘s regulations stipulate autonomous vehicles must be tested under “controlled conditions” that mimic real-world driving as closely as possible. Usually, that has meant a …

    August 21, 2014 12:49 pm
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Science

  • Paleolithic ‘escargot’


    Related images(click to enlarge) Paleolithic inhabitants of modern-day Spain may have eaten snails 10,000 years earlier than their Mediterranean neighbors, according to a study published August 20, 2014 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Javier Fernández-López de Pablo from Institut Català de Paleoecologia Humana i Evolució Social and colleagues. Snails were widespread in the Late Pleistocene and Holocene, but it is still unknown when and how they were incorporated into human diets. The authors of this study found land snail shell remains from ~30,000 years ago at a recently discovered site in Cova de la Barriada, Spain. To better understand if the inhabitants may have eaten snails, the researchers investigated patterns of land snail selection, consumption, and accumulation at the site, and then analyzed the shells’ decay, fossilization process, composition, and age at death by measuring the shell size. Scientists found groupings of complete shells from a large land snail species at three areas …

    August 21, 2014 9:03 am
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Health

  • Lilly psoriasis drug impresses; battle nears with Amgen, Novartis


    (Reuters) – An experimental new psoriasis treatment from Eli Lilly and Co proved superior to Amgen Inc’s blockbuster Enbrel, drawing it closer to a potential marketing battle with new products being developed by Amgen and Novartis AG. Based on favorable results from Phase III trials, Lilly said Thursday it would seek marketing approval in the first half of 2015 for its drug ixekizumab for patients with moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis. Cowen and Company analysts have forecast that ixekizumab, if approved, could generate annual sales for Lilly of $600 million by 2020. That would make it a mid-sized product for the company, which has annual sales of about $20 billion. Lilly needs new drugs to restore earnings growth, as profits have dropped for several years due to the expiration of patents on big products. Like rival injectable drugs being tested by Amgen and Novartis, Lilly’s treatment works by blocking an inflammation-causing protein called IL-17, deemed to be …

    August 21, 2014 12:49 pm
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Entertainment

  • Jennifer Lawrence And Chris Martin Enjoy A Romantic Dinner Date At A Vineyard In New York


    Posted on Thu Aug 21st, 2014 9:43am PDT       By X17 Staff Last week the news broke that Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Martin had quietly started seeing each other, and now E! News is reporting that the duo had a romantic lunch at the Wolffer Estate Vineyard in New York, just a few days before J. Law celebrated her 24th birthday! “They were there on a date,” a source tells the site. “They were very low-key, nobody realized who they were. The setting was super-romantic. They watched the sun go down together, then quietly left.” Despite the 13 year age gap and the fact that both of the stars are newly single (Lawrence split from boyfriend Nicholas Hoult last month while Martin announced he was ending his ten-year marriage to Gwyneth Paltrow in March), it seems like the two are spending quite a bit of time together! The Hunger Games star was recently spotted at the British …

    August 21, 2014 12:28 pm
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Editorial

Odd News

  • Pimco NYC office tackles bed bug infestation, fumigates


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – The New York offices of Pimco, the massive asset manager run by Bill Gross, are being fumigated this week because of a bed bug infestation. “Our New York office is addressing an isolated issue with insects, and as a precautionary measure the firm is fumigating certain areas of the office space,” a spokesman said on Wednesday. “During this period, our employees are working remotely, and we expect to resume full on-premises staffing over the coming days.” Pimco’s New York offices, located in the Paramount Plaza on 1633 Broadway, are one of a dozen global locations. Pimco, a unit of Allianz SE, has its headquarters in Newport Beach, Calif. “This is an issue that is far from uncommon in New York City,” the spokesman said, regarding New York City’s battle with the epidemic of tiny blood-sucking insects. Two weeks ago, three New York City subway trains had to be fumigated after riders …

    August 20, 2014 4:45 pm
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