• Black Lives Matter marches on Minnesota State Fair

    ST PAUL, Minn. Several hundred protesters from the Black Lives Matter movement marched to the Minnesota State Fair on Saturday to bring attention to race issues ranging from policing to underrepresentation of minorities at one...
  • Drinking water ‘no hangover cure’

    Drinking water ‘no hangover cure’

    Image caption Researchers concluded there was only one proven way to prevent a hangover: drink less Raiding the fridge or downing glasses of water after a night of heavy drinking won’t improve your sore head...
  • Brazil falls deep into recession

    Brazil falls deep into recession

    Brazil is going bust. Its currency is plummeting, unemployment is rising, its stock market is down 20% from a year ago and its president, Dilma Rousseff, has an 8% approval rating — the lowest since...
  • Healthy workplace tied to fewer obese young workers

    (Reuters Health) – Workplaces that encourage healthy lifestyle practices are tied to fewer obese employees among millennials, according to a new study. About 17 percent of young employees in workplaces that encouraged several healthy lifestyle...

Headline News

  • Black Lives Matter marches on Minnesota State Fair


    ST PAUL, Minn. Several hundred protesters from the Black Lives Matter movement marched to the Minnesota State Fair on Saturday to bring attention to race issues ranging from policing to underrepresentation of minorities at one of the nation’s biggest state fairs. The mixed-race crowd, including senior citizens and children, chanted slogans along the 1-1/2 mile route and briefly lay down on a bridge south of the fairgrounds. “There’s a cliche that Minnesota is nice to everyone, but that’s not the case for people of color,” said 51-year-old marcher Tim, who did not want to give his last name because event organizers said they had received death threats. “As a white person I want to be vocal about that … This (protest march) is a small inconvenience to state fair traffic compared to what people of color experience every day,” he said. Fairgoers stopped to take photos of the marchers, organized by Black Lives St. Paul. “We’re …

    August 29, 2015 2:52 pm
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Politics

  • Obama heads north to Alaska, where drilling decision looms large


    WASHINGTON President Barack Obama on Saturday defended his decision to allow Royal Dutch Shell to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean under what he said were rigorous standards, fending off criticism by environmental groups. His message comes on the eve of a three-day tour of Alaska aimed at drawing attention to powerful images of melting glaciers and eroding coastlines as a “wakeup call” to Americans in the Lower 48 states about the urgent need to address climate change. The trip is part of a broad campaign to seal an international deal later this year to curb carbon emissions, something the White House hopes will cap Obama’s legacy on climate during his time in office. It also highlights inherent contradictions in his climate and energy policies. While Obama pushes the world to wean itself from fossil fuels, his administration gave Shell the green light earlier this month to drill in the oil-rich Chukchi Sea. Environmental …

    August 29, 2015 2:51 pm
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Stocks

  • Brazil falls deep into recession


    Brazil is going bust. Its currency is plummeting, unemployment is rising, its stock market is down 20% from a year ago and its president, Dilma Rousseff, has an 8% approval rating — the lowest since 1992 when Brazil’s president was impeached. Once a major economic success story, Brazil sank into recession on Friday. Its economy contracted 1.9% in the second quarter compared to the first. It was the second consecutive quarter of contraction. “Pretty much everything is turning down,” says Neil Shearing, chief emerging market economist at Capital Economics. Compared with the same quarter last year, its economy shrank 2.6%, by far the worst performance in years, according to government statistics published Friday. Here are the major reasons why Brazil, the second largest economy in the Western Hemisphere behind the U.S., is now in a recession: Related: Brazil’s economy is a mess 1. Brazil’s exports to China had exploded over the last decade. Now that …

    August 29, 2015 2:52 pm
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Sports

  • Bayern Munich smack Leverkusen to stay perfect in Bundesliga


    MUNICH, GERMANY – AUGUST 29: Thomas Mueller (L-R), Arjen Robben and Arturo Vidal of FC Bayern Muenchen celebrate scoring the opening goal during the Bundesliga match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Bayer Leverkusen at Allianz Arena on August 29, 2015 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by L. Preiss/Getty Images for FC Bayern) Thomas Müller’s two goals helped fire Bayern Munich to the top of the league with a 3-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen. Müller broke the deadlock on 26 minutes before scoring on 60 to put the game beyond doubt from the penalty spot. Arjen Robben dispatched from the spot 10 minutes later as Bayern Munich maintained its 100% record after wins over Hamburg and Hoffenheim this season. The German champions had only lose once in 28 competitive home games against Bayer Leverkusen and with Jerome Boateng and Medhi Benatia missing, this match threatened to be a test for Josep Guardiola’s men. Third-choice centerback Dante was …

    August 29, 2015 2:52 pm
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World News

  • Drinking water ‘no hangover cure’


    Image caption Researchers concluded there was only one proven way to prevent a hangover: drink less Raiding the fridge or downing glasses of water after a night of heavy drinking won’t improve your sore head the next day, Dutch research suggests. Instead, a study concluded, the only way to prevent a hangover is to drink less alcohol. More than 800 students were asked how they tried to relieve hangover symptoms, but neither food nor water was found to have any positive effect. The findings are being presented at a conference in Amsterdam. A team of international researchers from the Netherlands and Canada surveyed students’ drinking habits to find out whether hangovers could be eased or if some people were immune to them. Among 826 Dutch students, 54% ate food after drinking alcohol, including fatty food and heavy breakfasts, in the hope of staving off a hangover. With the same aim, more than two-thirds drank water …

    August 29, 2015 2:52 pm
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Technology

  • Gadget Ogling: Smart Bikes, Contactless Cards, and Roll-Up Keyboards


    Welcome to Gadget Dreams and Nightmares, the column that sifts through the latest gadget announcement for nuggets of gold. In our precious metal collection this week are an adapter that converts a run-of-the-mill bicycle into a smart bike, a new spin on the singular credit card, a TV remote-speaker combo, and a roll-up keyboard. As always, these are not reviews, as I haven’t even seen any of these items in the real world. The rating for each product denotes only my interest in trying it out with my cynical writer’s hands. Bright Bike Regular readers may recall previous acknowledgments of my inability to ride a bicycle. I never had much interest as a child, and although I now live in a tremendously bike-friendly city, I haven’t found a way to learn without feeling like a total chump in public. Yet I am more interested than ever in leading a life on two wheels after discovering …

    August 29, 2015 3:11 pm
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Science

  • Caltech chemists solve major piece of cellular mystery


    Related images(click to enlarge) Not just anything is allowed to enter the nucleus, the heart of eukaryotic cells where, among other things, genetic information is stored. A double membrane, called the nuclear envelope, serves as a wall, protecting the contents of the nucleus. Any molecules trying to enter or exit the nucleus must do so via a cellular gatekeeper known as the nuclear pore complex (NPC), or pore, that exists within the envelope. How can the NPC be such an effective gatekeeper–preventing much from entering the nucleus while helping to shuttle certain molecules across the nuclear envelope? Scientists have been trying to figure that out for decades, at least in part because the NPC is targeted by a number of diseases, including some aggressive forms of leukemia and nervous system disorders such as a hereditary form of Lou Gehrig’s disease. Now a team led by André Hoelz, assistant professor of biochemistry at Caltech, has solved …

    August 29, 2015 2:13 pm
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Health

  • Healthy workplace tied to fewer obese young workers


    (Reuters Health) – Workplaces that encourage healthy lifestyle practices are tied to fewer obese employees among millennials, according to a new study. About 17 percent of young employees in workplaces that encouraged several healthy lifestyle practices were obese, compared to about 24 percent in spaces that promoted one or no healthy practices, researchers found. “I have personally experienced a range of workplace environments that I feel have influenced my eating habits and my physical activity, both positively and negatively,” said lead author Allison Watts, of the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Those environmental factors include support for colleagues, lunchtime yoga classes and food availability, she said in an email to Reuters Health. “I wanted to see if this was true of other young adults as well,” she added. Researchers used data collected on 1,538 people who answered surveys while in middle or high school during 1998 and 1999. As …

    August 29, 2015 2:31 pm
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Entertainment

  • Khloe Kardashian Supports Mom Kris Jenner At Cookbook Signing


    Posted on Sat Aug 29th, 2015 12:30pm PDT       By X17 Staff On Saturday morning Kris Jenner had a book signing at the grand opening of Williams-Sonoma in Calabasas, where she happily hawked autographed copies of In the Kitchen with Kris. According to a blurb on the event invite, “Ever since Kris discovered a passion for cooking as a young wife, her kitchen has been the glue that holds her extraordinary family together. Kourtney, Kim, Khloe, Rob, Kendall, and Kylie all grew up in the kitchen with Kris, making as many heartwarming memories as delicious meals.” We’re curious to see how many copies of this book PMK can sell! Kris’ boy toy Corey Gamble was there, but interestingly enough, Khloe was the only family member we snapped at the launch!   SEE THE GALLERY Kris Jenner Attends Her Cookbook Signing Stories from around the Web

    August 29, 2015 3:51 pm
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Editorial

  • Christians, Martin Luther King and race: What we must do now


    Armed with a handful of warmed-over sermons and big dreams to grow a small church, the newly ordained Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. arrived at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama in May of 1954. According to biographer Richard Lischer, King came to Dexter with a 39-point plan. Included in King’s plan was the purchase of a new pulpit. The two pulpits the church owned – one in the sanctuary and the other in the basement for use in Sunday School – had virtually been there since the last brick was laid at Dexter in 1889. Within a year of arriving, King was the recognized leader of America’s protest for civil rights. Soon, America was marching for change. King had become more than the pastor at Dexter, but he never stopped preaching. In fact, he believed the church was the center for necessary, creative, loving change. The rhetoric that soared at state houses …

    August 29, 2015 5:29 am
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Odd News

  • Trump says ‘no interest’ in buying Pope’s favorite soccer team


    BUENOS AIRES U.S. presidential hopeful Donald Trump denied a newspaper report on Friday that he wanted to buy top-tier Argentine soccer club San Lorenzo, Pope Francis’ favorite team. “Never even heard of the team – no interest!” the real estate magnate and contender for the Republican presidential nomination, tweeted after the New York Post reported that Trump and an associate had sent a letter to San Lorenzo expressing interest in a deal. Earlier in the day, the club’s vice president, Marcelo Tinelli, told Reuters in a text message that the story was “totally crazy” and that the team was not for sale. Pope Francis grew up near San Lorenzo’s original stadium in Buenos Aires and has been a fan ever since. San Lorenzo is one of the top five clubs in soccer-obsessed Argentina. Whether through soccer, the biggest sport in Latin America, or by other means, Trump might benefit from some connection with Latino voters …

    August 28, 2015 6:26 pm
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