Headline News

  • Federal government sues Minnesota city for rejecting proposed Islamic center


    The Abu Huraira Islamic Center planned to convert the lower level of Medtronic headquarters into a space for prayer and community gathering.MyFoxTwinCities.com ST. ANTHONY, Minn –  The U.S. government is suing the city of St. Anthony for alleged religious discrimination for rejecting a proposed Islamic center in 2012, U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger said Wednesday. The complaint, filed in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, alleges that the St. Anthony Village City Council treated the group’s application for a conditional use permit at the St. Anthony Business Center on less-than-equal terms as other, non-religious permits to assemble. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT “Freedom of religion and the right to assembly peaceably are enshrined for all Americans in the Bill of Rights,” Luger said in a news release. “The people of Abu Huraira have a right to assembly peaceably — they have a right to practice their religion, and it’s our job to enforce that right.” The lawsuit contends the Minneapolis …

    August 28, 2014 10:00 am
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Politics

  • Romanoff Courts Latinos Crucial to Colorado Race


    By Humberto Sanchez Posted at 5 a.m. today 0 Tweet Romanoff, left, toured the theater that caters to the Latino community. Becerra joined the Democratic House candidate on the campaign trail. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) Aurora, Colo. | Outside the Cinema Latino as he campaigned against Rep. Mike Coffman, Democratic House hopeful Andrew Romanoff outlines his strategy for winning over Hispanic voters critical to his chances in the Nov. 4 contest. Romanoff told CQ Roll Call he is optimistic turnout will be high, thanks in part to a state law passed last year to allow same-day registration and voting, as well as a requirement every voters is automatically sent mail-in ballots. “Those two things – universal mail-in balloting, Election Day registration – will increase turnout and that’s good not just for my campaign…but I think for democracy,” said Romanoff, the former state house speaker. To win here, Democrats need Latinos to vote. Romanoff, who speaks …

    August 28, 2014 6:58 am
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Stocks

  • Spider webs cause car recall again


    The Suzuki Kizashi is the latest car to be recalled due to problems caused by spiders. Apparently spiders like Japanese cars a little too much. Suzuki became the fourth Japanese automaker forced to recall cars because of problems caused by spiders spinning webs inside of the cars. In 2011 Mazda and Honda Motor (HMC) were both forced to recall cars because of spider-related problems, followed by an even larger recall of 870,000 cars by Toyota Motor (TM) in 2013. Mazda had another spider-related recall of 42,000 cars earlier this year. The Suzuki recall covers 19,000 of its Kizashi sedans from model years 2010 to 2013. In this case, spider webs were found in the vent line from the fuel tank. That can cause pressure problems in the tanks and lead to cracks and potential fires.   But Suzuki told U.S. safety regulators that it is not aware of any accidents or injuries that have been …

    August 28, 2014 9:59 am
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Sports

  • Platini wants FIFA to reward Europe with 1 extra World Cup place after Germany wins title


    FILE – In this Feb.22, 2014 file photo, UEFA President Michel Platini arrives at a press conference, one day prior to the UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying draw in Nice, southeastern France. Michel Platini will not challenge Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency, saying Thursday Aug.28, 2014 there was “no shadow of doubt” about his decision. The former France great was expected to avoid a contest against Blatter after a successful World Cup strengthened the FIFA president’s position. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau, File)The Associated Press MONACO –  UEFA President Michel Platini says Europe deserves an extra team at the next World Cup and he will ask FIFA for it. Platini says “European football proved it’s the leader” with Germany’s World Cup title following wins for Italy and Spain since 2006. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Europe had 13 of 32 teams in Brazil, and Platini wants 14 qualifying places in 2018 plus host Russia. Platini says “I have the intention …

    August 28, 2014 9:19 am
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World News

  • Ebola spreads to Nigeria oil hub


    28 August 2014 Last updated at 13:02 More than 240 health workers have been infected with Ebola in West Africa Nigeria has confirmed its first Ebola death outside Lagos – a doctor in the oil hub of Port Harcourt. His wife has been put under quarantine, while a further 70 people in the city are under surveillance. Latest figures show more than 1,550 people have died of Ebola, with at least 3,000 confirmed cases – mostly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that the total number of cases could potentially exceed 20,000. In an action plan to deal with the outbreak, the WHO said that “the actual number of cases may be 2-4 fold higher than that currently reported” in some areas. Speaking to reporters, the WHO assistant director-general, Bruce Aylward, said the possibility of 20,000 cases “is a scale that I think has not ever been anticipated in …

    August 28, 2014 9:19 am
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Technology

  • ‘Fashionable’ smartwatches announced


    28 August 2014 Last updated at 12:51 By Dave Lee Technology reporter, BBC News The Samsung Gear S has a curved screen, designed to be better suited to the wrist South Korean tech firms LG and Samsung have announced more smartwatches, ahead of a widely anticipated entry to the sector from Apple. The devices, from LG and Samsung, suggest renewed attempts to create a smartwatch that is perhaps more fashionable than previous efforts. Samsung’s Gear S features a curved screen, while LG’s G Watch R has a more classic watch design. Apple is rumoured to be preparing to launch its device next month. Technology news site Recode has said the smartwatch – dubbed iWatch by Apple’s fans and some of the press – will debut on 9 September. However, in typically tight-lipped fashion, Apple has yet to confirm its plans. Other sources, including the Wall Street Journal, also anticipate the unveiling of a 12.9in iPad. …

    August 28, 2014 6:58 am
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Science

  • Novel ‘butterfly’ molecule could build new sensors, photoenergy conversion devices


    Exciting new work by a Florida State University research team has led to a novel molecular system that can take your temperature, emit white light, and convert photon energy directly to mechanical motions. And, the molecule looks like a butterfly. Biwu Ma, associate professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering in the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, created the molecule in a lab about a decade ago, but has continued to discover that his creation has many other unique capabilities. For example, the molecular butterfly can flap its “wings” and emit both blue and red light simultaneously in certain environments. This dual emission means it can create white light from a single molecule, something that usually takes several luminescent molecules to achieve. And, it is extremely sensitive to temperature, which makes it a thermometer, registering temperature change by emission color. “This work is about basic, fundamental science, but also about how we can use …

    August 28, 2014 7:18 am
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Health

  • Ebola vaccine from GSK fast-tracked into clinical trials


    LONDON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – An experimental Ebola vaccine from GlaxoSmithKline is being fast-tracked into human studies and the company plans to build a stockpile of up to 10,000 doses for emergency deployment, if results are good. The research work is being accelerated with funding from an international consortium, reflecting mounting concern over the worst outbreak of the disease that has killed more than 1,500 people in West Africa. GSK’s candidate vaccine, being co-developed with the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), is expected to be given to healthy volunteers in Britain and the United States from about mid-September, with the program then being extended to Gambia and Mali. Britain’s biggest drugmaker said on Thursday the Phase I trials would start as soon as they received ethical and regulatory approvals. The NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases is also working on a wider program of clinical trials, including tests of a version of the …

    August 28, 2014 6:58 am
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Entertainment

  • Justin Bieber And Selena Gomez Just Can’t Quit Each Other!


    Posted on Thu Aug 28th, 2014 6:30am PDT       By X17 Staff Finally — what we’ve been waiting for! On Wednesday night around 7:40pm PST Justin Bieber posted a sweet selfie with on-again girlfriend Selena Gomez, and the two aren’t in bed or smooching, but still — we TOLD you they’d Instagram a shot together sooner or later! We’re not sure if Biebs posted the pic yesterday, because a few hours earlier he uploaded some shots of himself in a different outfit on a private plane, but who cares! This is all the confirmation we needed that Jelena are 100% back on! Well, this week anyway. If Bieber is jetting off somewhere for a few days, can we count on him to stay faithful to his lady love? Over the last week and a half the pop stars have hardly spent a day apart — on Sunday August 17 he drove her home from his Hollywood Hills …

    August 28, 2014 8:38 am
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Editorial

  • What President Obama could learn from Queen Elizabeth


    June 6, 2014: President Obama talks with Britain’s Queen Elizabeth during a family photo for the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Benouville, France.REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque FILE – June 20, 2013: Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, with her daughter Princess Anne and her horse Estimate, after it won the Gold Cup horse race on the third day of the Royal Ascot horse race meeting.AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File When even left wing journalists and foreign newspapers begin to question President Obama’s commitment to duty in the face of the world’s current turbulence, our country’s leader should take a cue from a revered and respected chief of state who is known for commitment to duty and service to nation rather than for golf outings and fundraisers. Over the weekend, columnist Maureen Dowd noted her disapproval in Sunday’s New York Times, commenting on Obama’s “…grinning in a golf cart juxtaposed with ones of James Foley’s parents crying, and a …

    August 28, 2014 2:54 am
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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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