Headline News

  • Second fence erected at White House


    24 September 2014 Last updated at 02:49 The fence, which the Secret Service has said is temporary, is a few feet in front of the main wrought-iron barrier The Secret Service has erected a second fence between the White House and a thoroughfare popular with tourists and local residents and workers, days after a man scaled the main fence and entered the mansion through an unlocked door. The Secret Service said the new fence created a “temporary buffer zone” while it reviewed its policies. The new barrier is a series of linked sections about a metre (3.2ft) high. Omar Gonzalez, 42, is being held in connection with the Friday intrusion. He was carrying a 9cm (3.5in) knife and faces charges of unlawfully entering a restricted building carrying a “deadly or dangerous weapon”. Mr Gonzalez, an Iraq War veteran, was previously stopped by Virginia police in July. Officers found two powerful rifles, four handguns and other …

    September 23, 2014 9:14 pm
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Politics

  • Judge temporarily restores federal protections to wolves in Wyoming


    (Reuters) – A U.S. judge temporarily restored federal protections to wolves in Wyoming on Tuesday in a victory for conservationists that is sure to draw criticism from ranchers and hunters who blame wolves for preying on livestock and big-game animals. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said in 2012 that wolves had successfully come back from the brink of extinction in Wyoming, and that the population of about 300 animals could be managed by the state, which established hunting seasons. But conservation groups filed suit alleging federal wildlife managers violated provisions of the Endangered Species Act by approving a wolf management plan in Wyoming that allowed the animals to be shot on sight in most of the state and failed to ensure their survival. In Tuesday’s ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson ruled that the decision by the Fish and Wildlife Service to hand Wyoming authority based on non-binding promises by the state …

    September 23, 2014 5:51 pm
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Stocks

  • Jack Ma was happy making $20 a month


      Jack Ma, the newly-minted richest man in China, was happy making just $20 a month. The founder of China’s online retail giant Alibaba (BABA, Tech30) spoke at a panel discussion at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York. Moderated by Chelsea Clinton, the discussion touched upon a wide range of topics, from Ma’s relationship with money, his vision for Alibaba and charity. Wearing a dark Mandarin collar jacket, the outspoken Ma did not hold back. Here are parts of the conversation, edited for clarity. More money more “headaches”? The former English teacher said he was paid $20 a month when he first graduated from college. Those were “fantastic days” he said, sounding nostalgic. He said anyone with $1 million is “a lucky person.” But if you have $10 million, “you’ve got troubles,” since you need to worry about how to invest and other “headaches.” But when you have $1 billion is when you have …

    September 23, 2014 8:54 pm
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Sports

  • Giants’ Pagan to have season-ending surgery


    Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) – The San Francisco Giants won’t have their center fielder and leadoff hitter available for the playoffs if they get there, as the club announced Tuesday that Angel Pagan will undergo surgery later in the week to repair a bulging disc in his back. Pagan missed 44 games due to back inflammation prior to returning to action on August 7. The veteran switch-hitter has sat out six of San Francisco’s last seven games after experiencing a setback. It’s a significant blow for the Giants, who have gone 56-35 in games Pagan has started this season. The 33-year-old is tied for the team lead with 16 stolen bases and hit .300 with three home runs, 27 RBI and 21 doubles in 96 games in 2014. San Francisco entered Tuesday’s game with Los Angeles five games ahead of Milwaukee in the National League Wild Card race with six left in the regular season. …

    September 23, 2014 9:14 pm
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World News

  • Gay asylum seekers on Manus Island write of fear of persecution in PNG


    Gay asylum seekers detained by Australia on Manus Island have written of suicidal thoughts, experiences of sexual assault and fear of persecution in Papua New Guinea in a series of handwritten letters seen by Guardian Australia. The six letters, written by four different men, paint a vivid portrait of life in the detention centre for gay asylum seekers – due to be resettled in PNG where homosexuality is illegal and can carry a jail term of over a decade. Many of the men write of their decision to flee societies where they were persecuted for their sexuality and detail instances of abuse and bullying inside the Manus centre and in their lives before arriving in Australia. The letters – all written by Iranian men and mostly in Farsi – were translated independently by Guardian Australia. ‘I am so sorry that I was born gay … I wish our boat had sunk in the ocean’ In …

    September 23, 2014 9:14 pm
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Technology

  • Retro spy tech revs up future of ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’


    With season 2 of “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” about to start again (September 23 in the US), I wanted to take a moment to look back at one of the coolest things about the end of season 1. No, not “Don’t Fear the Reaper”; not the part with the nail gun; not even Ming-Na Wen and Clark Gregg in nerdigans doing cross-talk comedy. Since this is CNET, and SHIELD in the comics had a great tech loadout, I’m going with Agent Triplett’s trunk of vintage Howling Commandos spy gear. Like the Sistine Chapel of vintage spy gear. Video screenshot by Kelsey Adams/CNET The Howling Commandos, as my Marvel-fan aunt has repeatedly explained to me, really belonged to Nick Fury, and while giving them to ’40s Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe was a good way to keep them in the story, the timeline has meant we didn’t get to see much of them. Ending season …

    September 23, 2014 5:51 pm
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Science

  • Climate Change Will Be Solved in Cities–Or Not at All


    In the 1980s, the Chinese city of Shenzhen had some 300,000 mostly impoverished inhabitants. Today, that city—the first to experience China’s reform and economic opening—has more than 15 million residents and also hosts another first in China’s history—a carbon market. Shenzhen’s market to reduce global warming pollution covers some 620 manufacturers and other industries that collectively grew by 9 percent in 2013. The buying and selling of permits to emit CO2 pollution resulted in a drop of 500,000 metric tons in the manufacturing sector and swapping cleaner energy for coal reduced carbon dioxide emissions by 2 million metric tons for the entire city.   “If you can know Shenzhen can do this then you can believe Chinese government can do this as well,” says Tang Jie, vice mayor of one of the largest megacities in China, who says the overall goal is to have total pollution peak as soon as possible. “In 2020, our city …

    September 23, 2014 6:11 pm
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Health

  • Celgene’s psoriasis drug gets approval for new indication


    (Reuters) – Celgene Corp said the U.S. Food and Drugs Administration has approved the expanded use of its drug Otezla for treating patients with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis.The drug, known chemically as apremilast, is already approved for treating psoriatic arthritis, a type of arthritis associated with the skin disease. The drug is also being studied as a potential treatment for a type of spondylitis. Celgene forecast in March annual Otezla sales of $1.5 billion to $2 billion by 2017. Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory disease of the skin resulting from an uncontrolled immune response. Shares of Celgene closed at $93.12 Tuesday on the Nasdaq. (Reporting by Shailesh Kuber in Bangalore; Editing by Don Sebastian)

    September 23, 2014 5:51 pm
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Entertainment

  • Chris Martin Is Barefoot And Fancy Free Now That He’s Off Gwyneth’s Leash


    Posted on Tue Sep 23rd, 2014 3:11pm PDT       By X17 Staff This looks like a man enjoying his freedom! Chris Martin took a stroll around his Malibu neighborhood today, and the Coldplay front man was barefoot and clad in a dirty t-shirt and sweatpants. Ex-wife Gwyneth Paltrow would never have let him get away with such carefree behavior, but something tells us new love Jennifer Lawrence encourages him to embrace this side of himself! Not that he’s totally out of the Goop queen’s grasp, though! A new report claims the Oscar winner isn’t bothered by her former husband’s conscious coupling with J.Law, but she is still “uncompromising with the amount of time she expects him to spend with their family” and she’s allegedly drawn up a schedule to make sure he doesn’t shirk his fatherly duties. “She’s drawn up a rota to balance his time living life as a bachelor and seeing Jennifer with honoring their …

    September 23, 2014 7:33 pm
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Editorial

  • GOP’s future: What Republicans can learn from Alibaba’s Jack Ma


    In the fairy tale “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves,” Ali Baba, a poor woodcutter, is in the forest when he hears a group of robbers approaching on horseback. Afraid, he climbs a tree and hears one of the men say, “open sesame.” A door opens in a rock and the men go in, the door shutting behind them when another says, “close sesame.” When they leave, Ali Baba climbs down and approaches the rock. He says, “open sesame” and it opens for him. Inside he discovers jewels and gold, which he takes, becoming rich himself. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Jack Ma is the founder of the Chinese Internet retailer Alibaba. According to The New York Times, Alibaba is “the world’s largest Internet commerce company, with 231 million active buyers using its site, 11.3 billion annual orders and $296 billion in annual merchandise sales.” Its initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange established its value …

    September 23, 2014 5:51 pm
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Odd News

  • Connecticut man arrested after driving stolen car to meeting with cops


    NEW HAVEN Conn. (Reuters) – A 26-year-old Connecticut man was in police custody on Tuesday after showing up to a phony probation meeting driving a car that police say he stole from a woman in a supermarket parking lot and later may have used to rob a bank. Gary Harding was arrested on Monday when he showed up at a state office in New Haven for what he thought was to be a meeting with his probation officer. “Thank God people aren’t always very bright, it really does make our job a lot easier,” said New Haven Police spokesman David Hartman. “Not only to make the apprehension, but then to also have the main piece of evidence delivered right to us … that was icing on the cake.” That main piece of evidence was an SUV stolen from a Stamford woman at a grocery store on Sept. 13 by a man who claimed to have …

    September 23, 2014 6:11 pm
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