Headline News

  • Cold War US spy dies in prison


    29 August 2014 Last updated at 22:17 Officials said Walker’s motive for passing secret codes to the Soviets was greed, not ideology A former US navy sailor who led a spy ring for the Soviet Union has died in a prison medical centre at the age of 77. Retired Navy Warrant Officer John Walker Jr was sentenced to life in prison in 1985 for passing codes and other sensitive data to the USSR. He had recruited his son, his brother and friend to continue spying after he retired. All were convicted. The breach was considered among the largest leaks of military secrets in US history at the time. Walker pleaded guilty in 1985, in a deal to gain a lighter sentence for his son, who was released in 2000 after serving 15 years in prison. The spy ring began when Walker walked into the Soviet embassy in Washington DC in 1967, and offered to hand …

    August 29, 2014 4:47 pm
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Politics

  • Judge dismisses Mississippi Senate election challenge


    JACKSON Miss. (Reuters) – A Mississippi judge on Friday dismissed an election challenge brought by Tea Party-backed U.S. Senate candidate Chris McDaniel, who claims incumbent Thad Cochran stole the Republican primary by encouraging voter fraud. Ruling on a contest once seen as a test of Tea Party clout, Special Judge Hollis McGehee found that McDaniel waited too long to file an initial complaint with the state Republican Party. “The undisputed facts are that McDaniel filed his complaint 41 days after the date of the election,” McGehee said, speaking from a Gulfport courthouse. “The law requires it to be done within 20 days.” The McDaniel campaign has the option to appeal, campaign spokesman Noel Fritsch said. “We certainly respect the legal process, but we absolutely disagree on this point of law. We are going to take the weekend to take stock and see whether it’s prudent to elevate this to the next level. We’ll announce something …

    August 29, 2014 3:24 pm
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Stocks

  • Wall Street bets on prison growth from border crisis


      There’s a crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border, and Wall Street is betting that it will result in a boom for private prisons. Geo Group (GEO)and Corrections Corporation of America (CXW) are two of America’s largest for-profit prison operators. They have thousands of open beds, and they have deep relationships with the federal agencies charged with doling out contracts to house undocumented immigrants, including children. “It’s highly likely that the federal government will have to turn to the private sector for help with this crisis. Both companies are extremely well positioned,” said Brian Ruttenbur, an analyst at CRT Capital Group who covers the stocks of Geo Group and Corrections Corporation of America (CCA). Investors are clearly seeing dollar signs. Shares of both CCA and Geo Group have spiked since the border crisis landed on front pages this summer. CCA has climbed 8.5% since July 30, and Geo Group is up over 7%. That’s a lot …

    August 29, 2014 4:26 pm
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Sports

  • Shock waves hit U.S. Open as Halep, Kerber and Venus fall


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Shock waves hit the U.S. Open on Friday as veteran Mirjana Lucic-Baroni spearheaded a series of stunning third-round surprises that claimed two of the top women’s seeds and seven-times grand slam winner Venus Williams. Lucic-Baroni ousted second seed Simona Halep, Italy’s Sara Errani posted her first career win over Williams and Swiss teen Belinda Bencic ousted sixth-seeded German Angelique Kerber on a sunny day that opened up the women’s draw. Croatian Lucic-Baroni, a 32-year-old qualifier ranked 121st in the world, dismissed Romania’s Halep 7-6 (6) 6-2 to reach the fourth round for her best grand slam result since a 1999 run to the Wimbledon semi-finals. With nothing to lose, Lucic-Baroni cut loose and rifled in 31 winners against Halep, who was on the defensive throughout the 94-minute grandstand match. Bencic, 17, last year’s French Open and Wimbledon junior champion, defeated Kerber 6-1 7-5 to reach the round of 16 in her …

    August 29, 2014 4:47 pm
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World News

  • Iceland’s volcano ash alert lifted


    29 August 2014 Last updated at 22:33 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Bardarbunga is part of a large volcano system hidden beneath the Vatnajokull ice cap in central Iceland An eruption near Iceland’s Bardarbunga volcano that briefly threatened flights has ended, local officials say. The fissure eruption at the Holuhraun lava field north of the Vatnajokull glacier stopped at 04:00 GMT on Friday. Before lifting air travel curbs, the Icelandic Met Office (IMO) lowered its aviation warning from red to orange – the second-highest level. Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull volcano erupted in 2010, producing ash that disrupted air travel across Europe. The IMO said the eruption had started just after 00:00 GMT on Friday and lasted about four hours. The fissure eruption took place between Dyngjujokull Glacier and the Askja caldera, according to a statement from the Department of Civil Protection. No ash has been detected in the eruption but steam has been …

    August 29, 2014 4:47 pm
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Technology

Science

  • Astrophysicists report radioactive cobalt in supernova explosion


    Related images(click to enlarge) A group of astrophysicists, including researchers from MIPT, has detected the formation of radioactive cobalt during a supernova explosion, lending credence to a corresponding theory of supernova explosions. Details are given in the journal Nature. The article’s main author, Yevgeny Churazov (Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences), together with his co-authors, including Sergei Sazonov of the Space Research Institute and MIPT, reported the results of their analysis of data collected with the INTEGRAL gamma-ray orbital telescope, which they used to detect the radioactive isotope cobalt-56(56Co). Isotope 56Co has a half-life of just 77 days, and does not exist in normal conditions. However, during a giant thermonuclear explosion of a supernova, this short-lived radioactive isotope is produced in large quantities. Radiating cobalt was registered at the supernova SN2014J, located 11 million light-years from Earth. Astrophysicists never obtained similar spectra before. The reason was the rarity of explosions at such …

    August 29, 2014 3:46 pm
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Health

  • Ebola outbreak reaches Senegal, riots break out in Guinea


    DAKAR/CONAKRY (Reuters) – The West African state of Senegal became the fifth country to be touched by the world’s worst Ebola outbreak on Friday, while riots broke out in neighboring Guinea’s remote southeast where infection rates are rising fast. In the latest sign that the outbreak of the virus, which has already killed at least 1,550 people, is spinning out of control, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said that Ebola cases rose last week at the fastest pace since the epidemic began in West Africa in March. The epidemic has defied efforts by governments to control it, prompting the leading charity fighting the outbreak, Medicins Sans Frontieres, to call for the U.N. Security Council to take charge of efforts to stop it. Including the fatalities, more than 3,000 have been infected since the virus was detected in the remote jungles of southeastern Guinea in March, and quickly spread across the border to Liberia and Sierra …

    August 29, 2014 3:24 pm
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Entertainment

  • Kristen Stewart Hates Everything After Long Flight From Japan


    Posted on Fri Aug 29th, 2014 2:15pm PDT       By X17 Staff Well, at least that’s what she’s telling us on her shirt! Kristen Stewart touched down in L.A. after a long flight back from Japan today, and her “It’s Awful I Hate” t-shirt did all the talking for her! True to form, the A-lister didn’t once crack a smile on her way through the terminal, but we can’t exactly blame her considering she just flew half way around the world and she’s probably exhausted! The Twilight actress isn’t known for caring about her appearance, which is maybe why she rocks the grungy and unshowered look so frequently! We love K-Stew, but she could stand to shampoo her greasy hair a little more often! R-Patz’s former lady love recently confessed that she makes no effort to cultivate her image, though. “I never really thought of anything in terms of designing a career. I never tried to shape …

    August 29, 2014 5:07 pm
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Editorial

  • Will Jews turn on Obama, Dems in 2014 and turn out for GOP?


      This year, as in every election year since Barack Obama has been in the White House, we are hearing the cry of the hopeful Republican: This is the year that Jewish voters and donors and activists are going to turn on the president and his party and turn out for the GOP. The hope stems from a few observable truths. President Obama is not a great friend of Israel and he visibly doesn’t get along with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.  The American Jewish community – white, assimilated and prosperous – is out-of-place in a Democratic Party determined to build a coalition around an appeal to racial gender minorities, unmarried women, the LGBT community, immigrants and the dependent poor. And while the Jewish community is shrinking because of low birthrates and intermarriage, its Orthodox wing – strongly pro-Israel and socially conservative – is gaining in numbers and self-confidence. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The great majority of American …

    August 29, 2014 3:24 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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