Headline News

  • Three Afghan soldiers reported missing from Cape Cod base


    Three Afghan National Army soldiers are missing from a Cape Cod military base where they had been taking part in a training exercise.  The Massachusetts National Guard reported that the three were reported missing by security personnel at Joint Base Cape Cod late Saturday, and said there is no indication that they pose a public threat. A statement identified the soldiers as Maj. Jan Mohammad Arash, Cpt. Mohammad Nasir Askarzada, and Cpt. Noorullah Aminyar. U.S. military officials told The Associated Press that the men were last seen at the Cape Cod Mall in Hyannis. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Base and exercise officials were working with local and state authorities to locate the soldiers, who were taking part in a a U.S. Central Command Regional Cooperation exercise. The exercises have been held annually since 2004 to promote cooperation and interoperability among forces, build functional capacity, practice peacekeeping operations and enhance readiness. This year’s exercise, which involves more than …

    September 21, 2014 11:01 pm
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Politics

  • The Best TV Shows for Political Advertisements


    By Abby Livingston Posted at 9 p.m. on Sept. 21 0 Tweet The Good Wife’s Julianna Margulies on CBS. (Screengrab/YouTube) Think of it as must-book TV. Six weeks before Election Day, campaigns are deciding where and when they want to air their political ads all over the country. But not all shows and networks are equal in the eyes of media buyers. They have more choices than ever, and they approach these decisions with deliberation and armed with ratings data. In interviews, operatives repeatedly said they look for three kinds of programs for political ads: Live events, and shows that attract women and seniors. Both parties fight fiercely for the female demographic, and seniors serve as one of the most reliable voting blocs in a midterm. In an ever-increasing effort to target voters, media buyers are attracted to cable’s niche audiences. But they also rely on a few broadcast gems for their desirable voters, er, viewers. …

    September 21, 2014 9:20 pm
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Stocks

  • Climate protesters to ‘flood’ Wall Street on Monday


    Activists say Wall Street Capitalism is fueling the climate crisis. Hundreds of environmental activists plan to “flood” Wall Street on Monday to protest the role Big Business plays in climate change. The #FloodWallStreet campaign is part of a series of demonstrations taking place this week as world leaders gather in New York for a climate change summit on Tuesday at the United Nations. The goal is to highlight “a financial system that’s perpetuating the climate crisis,” said Bessie Schwarz, a spokeswoman for the group behind the #FloodWallStreet campaign. Thousands of protesters took to the streets Sunday in New York as part of the People’s Climate March, which organizers said was the largest climate change demonstration ever. “One day after the biggest climate march ever, we plan to take this energy down to Wall Street,” said Schwarz, who was reached while taking part in Sunday’s protest. On Monday protesters will decry the “financial profiteering” they say …

    September 21, 2014 6:18 pm
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Sports

  • Reds beat playoff-bound Cardinals to avoid sweep


    St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) – Jay Bruce homered twice and knocked in three runs to help the Cincinnati Reds to a 7-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in the finale of a three-game set. Devin Mesoraco hit a three-run home run and Todd Frazier also homered for the Reds, who snapped a six-game losing streak. Alfredo Simon (15-10) earned the win after going six innings and allowing two runs on seven hits. St. Louis, which clinched its fourth consecutive playoff berth earlier in the day via Milwaukee’s loss to Pittsburgh, leads the Pirates by 2 1/2 games in the NL Central. Lance Lynn (15-10) took the loss after he yielded three runs on four hits with nine strikeouts over six innings. Xavier Scruggs and Randal Grichuk each knocked in a run for the Cardinals, who had four straight and seven of eight overall. Bruce got the scoring started with a solo shot to right …

    September 21, 2014 11:01 pm
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World News

  • Turkey clamps down on Syria border


    22 September 2014 Last updated at 04:34 Turkey opened border crossings to Syrian refugees on Friday but began to close them on Sunday Turkey has begun to close some of its border crossings with Syria after at least 70,000 Kurdish refugees entered the country since Friday. This follows clashes on Sunday between Turkish security forces and protesting Kurds. The closures may stop Kurdish fighters entering Syria to fight IS. Most refugees are from the town of Kobane, where a massacre by the approaching militants is feared. IS has taken over large swathes of Iraq and Syria in recent months. Turkey has taken in more than 847,000 refugees since the uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad began three years ago. Some of the new arrivals are being sheltered in overcrowded schools, as Turkey struggles to cope with the influx. ‘Huge numbers’ Turkey opened its border on Friday to Syrians fleeing the town of Kobane, also known …

    September 21, 2014 11:01 pm
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Technology

  • Minecraft role for British Museum


    22 September 2014 Last updated at 02:18 By Joe Miller Technology Reporter The British Museum has a collection of eight million objects The British Museum in London – complete with all of its exhibits – is to be recreated in the video game Minecraft. The project is part of the Museum of the Future scheme, which aims to expand the institution’s appeal. Many real-life organisations have been recreated in the Minecraft universe, including Ordnance Survey and the Danish government, who aim to make young people more aware of their work. Last week, Minecraft was sold to Microsoft for $2.5bn (£1.5bn). A spokeswoman for the museum emphasised that the project was still at “an early planning stage”, and the “build” had not yet begun. She added that the organisation was intending to recruit members of the public to help with the “construction”. The British Museum The first national public museum in the world, founded in 1753 …

    September 21, 2014 9:21 pm
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Science

  • For legume plants, a new route from shoot to root


    A new study shows that legume plants regulate their symbiotic relationship with soil bacteria by using cytokinins — signaling molecules — that are transmitted through the plant structure from leaves into the roots to control the number of bacteria-holding nodules in the roots. This collaborative study was conducted by researchers from the National Institute for Basic Biology, the Graduate University for Advanced Studies (SOKENDAI), and the RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science in Japan. Legumes, an important plant family which includes lentils, soybeans, and peanuts, have the ability to prosper in nitrogen-poor soil environments thanks to an ingenious adaptation: they develop a symbiotic relationship with nitrogen-fixing bacteria called rhizobia, allowing the bacteria to infect them within special structures known as nodules that are located along their roots. However, it takes energy to produce and maintain these nodules, hurting the ability of the plant to grow, so legumes also have means to reduce their number when …

    September 21, 2014 9:41 pm
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Health

  • Sierra Leone wraps up three-day Ebola lockdown


    FREETOWN (Reuters) – Sierra Leoneans on Sunday celebrated the end of a three-day lockdown aimed at stemming the world’s worst ever Ebola epidemic, as authorities claimed the controversial operation had identified dozens of new infections and located scores of bodies. In the most extreme strategy employed by a nation since the epidemic began, Sierra Leone ordered its 6 million residents to stay indoors as volunteers circulated to educate households as well as isolate the sick and remove the dead. In the early evening, even before the lockdown officially ended at midnight, residents in some parts of the capital Freetown emerged onto the streets to sing and dance. Police in the western part of the city said they had made a number of arrests in an attempt to enforce the measure in its final hours. Earlier in the day, Stephen Gaojia, head of the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) that leads the national Ebola response, said a …

    September 21, 2014 9:20 pm
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Entertainment

  • Kim Kardashian And Rihanna Nude Photos Leaked After New Hack Attack


    Posted on Sun Sep 21st, 2014 9:56am PDT       By X17 Staff It’s nothing we haven’t seen before! Frankly, what’s the big deal about nude photos of Kim Kardashian and Rihanna being leaked online? We’ve already seen pretty much all there is to see on both of them … Still, reports that the same hacker or group of hackers that targeted Jennifer Lawrence, Vanessa Hudgens and others in a recent iCloud photo theft have now gained access to nude pix of Kim Kardashian, Rihanna and Kaley Cuoco is making headlines. Apparently the FBI is investigating the security breech and celebrities’ lawyers are on the attack. Image-sharing site 4chan and online content aggregator Reddit posted the new photos but site monitors quickly removed them. One photo reportedly shows a woman who appears to resemble Kim, taking nude selfies in a bathroom mirror. Three weeks ago, photos of dozens of celebs like Jennifer Lawrence, Cara Delevigne, Avril Lavigne, Hayden …

    September 21, 2014 11:01 pm
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Editorial

Odd News

  • Armed with banana, man robs Philadelphia store, slips away on bike


    PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – A man armed with a banana robbed a convenience store in Philadelphia and rode away on a bicycle with cash and cigarettes, a security surveillance tape showed. The suspect strolled into Tejada Grocery and got in line behind another customer at the counter, where individual bananas were available for sale, according to the tape of Tuesday’s robbery, which was released by police on Wednesday. As his turn at the cash register approached, the man stuffed a banana into the pocket of his hoodie and used it to simulate a gun. Police said the man demanded cash and cigarettes. The robber rode then away on a bicycle, surveillance video showed. Authorities, who did not say how much cash was taken, said the suspect was still being sought on Thursday. (Editing by Barbara Goldberg)

    September 20, 2014 12:46 am
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