• NSA and GCHQ agents ‘leak Tor bugs’

    NSA and GCHQ agents ‘leak Tor bugs’

    22 August 2014 Last updated at 00:01 By Leo Kelion Technology desk editor Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Andrew Lewman: “The fact that we take a completely anonymous bug report allows...
  • Van Pelt tops crowded Barclays leaderboard

    Paramus, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) – Bo Van Pelt fired a 6-under 65 on Thursday and grabbed a 1-stroke lead after the opening round of The Barclays. Van Pelt hasn’t won since 2009 and has just one...
  • Comcast’s latest location: on campus

    Comcast’s latest location: on campus

    If young people get hooked on Comcast cable in college, perhaps they’ll pay the company for cable when they graduate. That’s one of the theories behind Comcast (CCV)‘s introduction of a streaming TV service on...
  • Malaysian MH17 bodies to arrive home

    Malaysian MH17 bodies to arrive home

    22 August 2014 Last updated at 00:48 Debris from MH17 was scattered across 35 sq km (13 sq miles) of territory held by pro-Russian rebels The bodies of 20 Malaysian victims of Flight MH17 that...

Headline News

  • Alabama band teacher accused of bondage-style sex with students


    BIRMINGHAM Ala. (Reuters) – A popular former Alabama high school band teacher suspected of forcing at least eight underage female students into bondage-style sex over a three-year period was arrested in Georgia, authorities said Thursday. Jeffery Lance Gainous, 32, is suspected of gagging and tying up several of his then-students and using other bondage devices on them both in the band room at T. R. Miller High School in Brewton, Alabama, and at his home, police said. “I know what kids said about him,” said Brewton Police Chief Monte McGougin said. “They loved him. They say he was great, but this is terrible.”  Gainous, who taught at the school in southern Alabama for six years, was arrested on Wednesday in Thomas, Georgia, where he had recently moved to work at a local high school, McGougin said. Gainous was returned to Brewton on Thursday evening and faces one count of a school employee engaging in a …

    August 21, 2014 8:37 pm
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Politics

  • Florida governor vows record education spending in re-election bid


    TALLAHASSEE (Reuters) – Governor Rick Scott, under intense criticism by his main opponent for cuts in school spending, on Thursday promised record spending on education next year if he wins a tough re-election campaign. “My mom taught me that a good education was the way out of poverty and I want all Floridians to have the opportunity to receive a great education and have their shot at the American Dream,” Scott said in announcing his plan. “By increasing per-pupil spending to historic levels next year, school districts will have more resources to provide Florida children the best education possible.”    Scott said he will budget more than $19.6 billion for education in 2015 legislative session, if he is in office. That is about $700 million more than this year’s spending, and would raise per-student spending to $7,176.    The governor’s office said such a funding level would be $232 per student more than this year’s …

    August 21, 2014 4:52 pm
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Stocks

  • Comcast’s latest location: on campus


    If young people get hooked on Comcast cable in college, perhaps they’ll pay the company for cable when they graduate. That’s one of the theories behind Comcast (CCV)‘s introduction of a streaming TV service on five college campuses this fall. The service supplements the old-fashioned way students who live in on-campus housing watch TV: by plugging a TV set into the dorm room cable pipe. Comcast promoted the new option, which it calls “Xfinity On Campus,” in a news release on Thursday, ahead of the fall semester. It will be included with resident students’ room and board, just like traditional TV hook-ups have been, and will initially be available at the University of Delaware, Drexel University, Bridgewater College, Emerson College, and Lasell College. Executives say they can rapidly expand the service to other campuses — there are hundreds of colleges and universities in regions of the country where Comcast operates. Comcast and other companies that …

    August 21, 2014 7:56 pm
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Sports

  • Van Pelt tops crowded Barclays leaderboard


    Paramus, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) – Bo Van Pelt fired a 6-under 65 on Thursday and grabbed a 1-stroke lead after the opening round of The Barclays. Van Pelt hasn’t won since 2009 and has just one top-10 finish this season. In his last three starts, he has one missed cut and a pair of top-15 finishes. Hunter Mahan posted a 5-under 66 and is tied for second place with eight other players. Including this tournament, Mahan is the only player that has competed in all 29 FedExCup playoff events. The five-time PGA Tour winner was joined at minus-5 at Ridgewood Country Club by Jim Furyk, Paul Casey, Charles Howell III, Brendon de Jonge, Brendon Todd, Ben Martin and Cameron Tringale. Danny Lee, Ryo Ishikawa and Russell Knox share 11th place at minus-4. Keegan Bradley, Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler, 2010 winner Matt Kuchar and Justin Rose, who shared second place last year, are among 19 players tied …

    August 21, 2014 8:37 pm
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World News

  • NSA and GCHQ agents ‘leak Tor bugs’


    22 August 2014 Last updated at 00:01 By Leo Kelion Technology desk editor Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Andrew Lewman: “The fact that we take a completely anonymous bug report allows them to report to us safely” Some US and UK cyberspies are deliberately undermining their workmates’ “dark web” surveillance efforts, according to the leading developer of software used to access hidden parts of the internet. The Tor Project’s executive director has alleged members of the NSA and GCHQ regularly leak it details of flaws the agencies have discovered in its code. By fixing these flaws, the project can protect users’ anonymity, he explained. The agencies declined to comment. The allegations were made in an interview given to the BBC by Andrew Lewman, who is responsible for all the Tor Project’s operations. “There are plenty of people in both organisations who can anonymously leak data to us to say – maybe …

    August 21, 2014 8:37 pm
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Technology

  • ​Sprint attacks T-Mobile with $60 unlimited data plan


    Sprint’s unlimited data plan lives on. as the company takes its new pricing assault to rival T-Mobile. On Thursday, Sprint unveiled a $60 Unlimited Plan for individual customers. The new service offers unlimited voice, text messaging, and data for $60 a month. Sprint is marketing the new plan as the cheapest around, beating T-Mobile, its only national competitor offering unlimited data by $20 a month. ATT and Verizon abandoned unlimited data plans more than two years ago. Today, ATT and Verizon only offer new customers their shared plans, which include unlimited talk and text messaging and different tiers of data per month that can be shared among family members or devices. The new unlimited pricing plan along with a new Family Share Pack introduced on Monday are meant to kick-start Sprint’s competitiveness in the market and help right a ship that has been going off course for several quarters. Sprint — which has fallen to …

    August 21, 2014 4:52 pm
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Science

  • Marine protected areas might not be enough to help overfished reefs recover


    Related images(click to enlarge) Pacific corals and fish can both smell a bad neighborhood, and use that ability to avoid settling in damaged reefs. Damaged coral reefs emit chemical cues that repulse young coral and fish, discouraging them from settling in the degraded habitat, according to new research. The study shows for the first time that coral larvae can smell the difference between healthy and damaged reefs when they decide where to settle. Coral reefs are declining around the world. Overfishing is one cause of coral collapse, depleting the herbivorous fish that remove the seaweed that sprouts in damaged reefs. Once seaweed takes hold of a reef, a tipping point can occur where coral growth is choked and new corals rarely settle. The new study shows how chemical signals from seaweed repel young coral from settling in a seaweed-dominated area. Young fish were also not attracted to the smell of water from damaged reefs. The …

    August 21, 2014 5:12 pm
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Health

  • U.S. to tighten restrictions on common opioid painkillers


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government is tightening restrictions on hydrocodone, an opioid painkiller contained in Vicodin and other addictive drugs. The move comes as health and law enforcement officials try to curb a rising tide of prescription drug abuse. Nearly three out of four prescription drug overdoses are caused by opioid painkillers, according to federal data. “Almost seven million Americans abuse controlled-substance prescription medications, including opioid painkillers, resulting in more deaths from prescription drug overdoses than auto accidents,” DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart said in a statement announcing the move on Thursday. In the future, products such as Vicodin that combine hydrocodone with another substance such as acetaminophen or aspirin, will be classed as Schedule II products, in line with the opioids oxycodone and morphine. Reclassifying the products will make them harder to obtain, both by addicts and legitimate pain patients. Physicians will not be allowed to call in a prescription to a pharmacy. Patients …

    August 21, 2014 4:52 pm
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Entertainment

  • Future responds to cheating rumors by changing the subject


    INTERVIEW: Ciara just wants to get lost in her music and nothing will slow her down  “She’s very embarrassed and keeping to herself right now,” a source told E! News. “She’s usually so outgoing but most of her friends haven’t heard from her since the news broke.” Another friend said, “She’s definitely not talking about it. Who could blame her? It’s a hard time for her. She’s humiliated and angry.” Not only was the couple supposed to be married soon, but Ciara gave birth to their child only three months ago. Future is also not saying much, although he did post a vague Instagram photo on Thursday with the caption, “I Dnt respond to rumors I respond to money.” Future may be saying that the rumors are so ridiculous he is focusing on his work. Or that he is only talking to his friends who don’t bring up the breakup. However, it is also possible …

    August 21, 2014 8:37 pm
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Editorial

  • Beyond the Ice Bucket Challenge: What’s really shocking about ALS


      By the year 2025, one in every 25 American adults will be diagnosed with ALS, Parkinson’s, or Alzheimer’s. If you think that taking the Ice Bucket Challenge is a shock to the system, please consider the following fact: Soon we will all know someone—or be the person–with one of these devastating brain disorders. Experts agree that unless we declare war on ALS, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s, these neurodegenerative diseases, as they are known, will become a global health crisis. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT I know the devastation of brain disease first hand. My sister, Jenifer Estess, was diagnosed with ALS, seemingly out of nowhere, at age 35. We started Project A.L.S. together, as a family, with our friends, because we wanted more results from medical research. My sister, Jenifer Estess, was diagnosed with ALS, seemingly out of nowhere, at age 35. We started Project A.L.S. together, as a family, with our friends, because we wanted more results …

    August 21, 2014 4:52 pm
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Odd News

  • Eight lives left; Utah cat revived after rescue from inside wall


    SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) – A Utah cat has used up one of its nine lives after it was discovered near death and trapped in a wall of an empty house that was listed for sale. Named “Lazarus” by staff at the Utah Humane Society, the 4-year-old male Lynx Point and Siamese mix was found last month at the height of Utah’s steamy summer heat, Carl Arky, a spokesman for the society, said on Thursday. He said a female appraiser working at the home in Layton, about 25 miles north of Salt Lake City, heard noises coming from behind a sheetrock wall and made a hole to rescue the cat. Temperatures in the home were thought to be well above 100 Fahrenheit, as it was unoccupied and the air conditioner was off. “He was near death’s door,” said Arky. “I give a lot of credit to that women who drilled a hole in the wall …

    August 21, 2014 5:12 pm
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