• Today’s Toons 9/23/14

    Today’s Toons 9/23/14

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  • Students to protest in HK centre

    Students to protest in HK centre

    23 September 2014 Last updated at 05:44 Students occupied the Chinese University of Hong Kong’s campus on Monday as part of their boycott Thousands of Hong Kong students are set to hold demonstrations in a...
  • Giants beat Dodgers in 13th

    Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) – Pinch-hitter Andrew Susac’s RBI single in the top of the 13th inning highlighted a three-run frame that gave the San Francisco Giants a 5-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers...
  • Student homelessness hits another record high

    Student homelessness hits another record high

    Homelessness is a growing problem for children in U.S. public schools. A growing number of students don’t have homes to return to once classes are out. Approximately 1.3 million students enrolled in U.S. public preschools,...
  • Quantum Entanglement Creates New State of Matter

    Physicists have used a quantum connection Albert Einstein called “spooky action at a distance” to link 500,000 atoms together so that their fates were entwined. The atoms were connected via “entanglement,” which means an action...
  • Uighur academic jailed for life

    Uighur academic jailed for life

    23 September 2014 Last updated at 07:32 Ilham Tohti has been detained since January and was barred from seeing a lawyer for months. A court in China has found a prominent Uighur scholar guilty of...

Headline News

  • Virgin America flight diverted to Omaha after passenger ‘became disruptive’


    (Reuters) – A Los Angeles-bound Virgin America Inc flight was diverted to Omaha on Monday after a passenger “became disruptive” and had to be restrained, an airport official said. Passengers reported the 28-year-old man tried to open an aircraft door during the flight from Boston. The Airbus A-319 made an emergency landing at Eppley Airfield just before 10 a.m. local time, said Dennis Messina, an airport operations supervisor. “The man became disruptive … and had possibly taken medication of some kind,” Messina said. Police entered the plane after it landed and removed the man. About an hour later, it resumed its path to Los Angeles International Airport, Messina said. No injuries were reported and the man was taken to an hospital. A CBS-affiliate in Los Angeles quoted passenger Sam Slater as saying a doctor was called after the man started mumbling about not wanting to become violent and later demanded a seat change after arguing …

    September 23, 2014 2:44 am
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Politics

  • White House intruder had 800 rounds of ammunition in car: prosecutor


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A decorated Iraq war veteran who scaled a fence on Friday night and got into the White House had more than 800 rounds of ammunition in his car and had been arrested in July with a sniper rifle and a map on which the executive mansion was marked, a federal prosecutor said on Monday. An internal review of the United States Secret Service will examine how Omar Gonzalez, 42, made it into the White House before being stopped, his previous interactions with the Secret Service, and what must be done to prevent future security breaches. The Secret Service is charged with safeguarding the leaders of the United States and visiting heads of state and government, and with protecting the country’s economy by watching over its financial infrastructure and payment systems. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson, who ordered the review, has been asked to testify about Friday’s security breach before a House of …

    September 23, 2014 1:42 am
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Stocks

  • Student homelessness hits another record high


    Homelessness is a growing problem for children in U.S. public schools. A growing number of students don’t have homes to return to once classes are out. Approximately 1.3 million students enrolled in U.S. public preschools, elementary schools, middle schools and high schools schools were homeless during the 2012-13 school year. That’s up 8% from the prior year, and the highest number on record, according to the National Center for Homeless Education, funded by the Department of Education. A lack of affordable housing is a big reason, forcing many families to live in the streets, shelters, motels or to double up with other families, said Jeremy Rosen, director of advocacy at the National Law Center on Homelessness Poverty. “This problem continues to get worse because in terms of government programs and support for homelessness, budgets have been cut in recent years, and there’s less affordable housing available,” said Rosen. Related: Stylist gives free haircuts to the …

    September 23, 2014 2:43 am
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Sports

  • Giants beat Dodgers in 13th


    Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) – Pinch-hitter Andrew Susac’s RBI single in the top of the 13th inning highlighted a three-run frame that gave the San Francisco Giants a 5-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday. Brandon Belt singled with one out against Kevin Correia (2-4) and Brandon Crawford was walked intentionally following Juan Perez’s groundout to put two on. Susac hit for Santiago Casilla (3-3) and ripped a single to left, easily scoring Belt. Gregor Blanco followed with a two-run double to right. He was tagged out in between second and third base, but the damage was done. “I wanted to hit something hard so we could go home, I was tired,” said Susac. “I saw a curveball up and got enough of it.” Hunter Strickland pitched a 1-2-3 inning to pick up his first career save in the bottom of the 13th. Four Giants relievers combined to toss six no-hit innings behind …

    September 23, 2014 2:44 am
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World News

  • Students to protest in HK centre


    23 September 2014 Last updated at 05:44 Students occupied the Chinese University of Hong Kong’s campus on Monday as part of their boycott Thousands of Hong Kong students are set to hold demonstrations in a city centre park in front of government offices, on the second day of a week-long protest. Students have been boycotting classes to protest against China’s recent decision how Hong Kong’s leader should be elected. On Monday demonstrators wearing white shirts and yellow ribbons occupied the Chinese University of Hong Kong campus. Student leaders said about 13,000 took part in the boycott. They are planning a series of rallies and public lectures at Tamar Park for Tuesday, where activists last gathered on 31 August to protest against Beijing’s decision. Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Pro-democracy campaigners clashed with police after the Chinese government issued its ruling The boycott is seen as a prelude to a larger demonstration …

    September 23, 2014 2:44 am
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Technology

  • Boot Up: Google+ optional, iPhone benchmarked, Phones4U by an insider


    A barrel of 10 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology team iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus: preliminary results AnandTech While we’re still working on the full review, I want to get out some preliminary results for the iPhone 6. For now, this means some basic performance data and battery life, which include browser benchmarks, game-type benchmarks, and our standard web browsing battery life test. There’s definitely a lot more to talk about for this phone, but this should give an idea of what to expect in the full review. To start, we’ll look at the browser benchmarks, which can serve as a relatively useful proxy for CPU performance. If you like benchmarks, here are some. Mandatory Google+ Gmail integration quietly shelved WordStream Rumours of the decoupling of Google+ and Gmail first surfaced in the spring. Google, unsurprisingly, hasn’t exactly gone out of its way to shout about the change …

    September 23, 2014 1:43 am
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Science

  • Quantum Entanglement Creates New State of Matter


    Physicists have used a quantum connection Albert Einstein called “spooky action at a distance” to link 500,000 atoms together so that their fates were entwined. The atoms were connected via “entanglement,” which means an action performed on one atom will reverberate on any atom entangled with it, even if the particles are far apart. The huge cloud of entangled atoms is the first “macroscopic spin singlet,” a new state of matter that was predicted but never before realized.   Entanglement is a consequence of the strange probabilistic rules of quantum mechanics and seems to permit an eerie instantaneous connection over long distances that defies the laws of our macroscopic world (hence Einstein’s “spooky” remark). A spin singlet is one form of entanglement where multiple particles’ spins—their intrinsic angular momentum—add up to 0, meaning the system has zero total angular momentum.   The experimenters worked with rubidium atoms, which have a constant spin value of 1. …

    September 23, 2014 2:04 am
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Health

  • More patients could wear regular clothing in hospital: study


    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Although doctors say many patients in hospitals could be wearing their own clothing below the waist, and most want to, a majority still don’t, according to a small Canadian study. That could have an important effect on patient dignity, the authors suggest. Dr. Todd C. Lee, who participated in the research, said he was struck by how bizarre it was to see one of his patients leave the ward briefly to attend to business wearing a suit, and then return and don an undignified open-backed hospital gown again. “Clearly he was capable of wearing normal clothes – it was our system and its expectations (and perhaps his preconceived notion of them) that led to him awkwardly strutting down the hall in that fashion,” Lee told Reuters Health in an email. “Since then, I have always believed that patients should be encouraged to wear their own clothing if it is appropriate,” …

    September 23, 2014 1:43 am
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Entertainment

  • - Rob Pattinson And FKA Twigs Take Romantic Drive Around LA


    Posted on Mon Sep 22nd, 2014 9:19pm PDT       By X17 Staff Looks like this romance is heating up! We spotted Rob Pattinson and girlfriend FKA Twigs out tooling around LA today just a day after they were seen holding hands, walking the Venice Beach boardwalk over the weekend. FKA Twigs, nee Tahliah Barnett, is reportedly staying at Rob’s LA pad, having moved from New York to be closer to the Twilight hunk. Pattinson, 26, was introduced to the Jamaican-Spanish singer by Rob’s pal Tom Sturridge last month. Of course Rob’s most famous paramour, Kristen Stewart, left the stay in May, last year. Since then, many Twihards have been hunkering for a reunion. But between Rob’s budding romance with Twigs and Kristen’s questionable relationship with Equals co-star Nicholas Hoult (Jennifer Lawrence’s ex), it looks like the former lovers may be headed in different directions!   SEE THE GALLERY Rob Pattinson Takes His Twiggy For A Spin Stories …

    September 23, 2014 1:22 am
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Editorial

  • ISIS threat: Americans are passengers on Titanic with Obama at helm


    President Obama’s recent speech on how to defeat the terrorist group ISIS — as America faces the greatest threat in its history — represented “one small step for man” but no “giant leap for mankind” in attacking the source of the problem. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey were on the hot seat defending Obama’s ISIS game plan at a Sept. 16 hearing in the Senate. Their testimony suggested a disconnect between the White House and the Pentagon on the need for ground troops, the former having said no and the latter now saying maybe. ISIS’ destruction may be Obama’s goal, but he still lacks a strategy. The Senate testimony did nothing to suggest otherwise. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Violence encountered by the West is but the tip of an Islamic iceberg. By failing to attack it, we become passengers onboard an ill-fated Titanic. Imagine if BP had focused …

    September 23, 2014 1:43 am
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Odd News

  • Virginia preschool teacher accused of biting toddler is arrested


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Virginia preschool teacher has been arrested and charged with assault and battery after she allegedly punished a 13-month-old boy by biting his shoulder, police said on Monday. Theresa Brown, 24, is accused of biting the toddler on Sept. 11 at The Goddard School in Woodbridge, Virginia, a private school about 22 miles (35 km) southwest of Washington, according to Prince William County police. Brown bit the child who was enrolled at the school, leaving a visible mark, as punishment after he had bitten another teacher, police said. A witness reported the incident to the school’s 24-year-old co-owner, Nadia Choudhry. Choudhry did not report the incident and was charged with failing to report the offense to authorities, which state law requires, police said. Officials at the school, described on its website as serving infants to school-age children, declined to comment. As of Monday, Brown was no longer listed online as a member …

    September 22, 2014 10:01 pm
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