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  • Oregon girl, 9, dies when sand hole collapses on her at beach

    A beach trip turned tragic for an Oregon family Friday when their 9-year-old daughter suffocated after the walls of a sand hole she was sitting in collapsed on her. Authorities have identified the girl as Isabel Grace Franks, who was visiting the coast with family and friends from Sandy, a town located 28 miles southeast of Portland.  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Lincoln City Police spokesman Lt. Jerry Palmer told the Associated Press that firefighters and police responded  shortly after 5 p.m. local time Friday and found a group of people trying to dig Isabel out of the sand. Police began CPR after Isabel was pulled free, unconscious and not breathing. North Lincoln Fire and Rescue and ambulance medical teams took over CPR, and Isabel was taken to a hospital. Witnesses told KATU-TV that the girl helped dig the hole along with her siblings and other friends at the beach located behind the Seagull Beach Front Motel. The …

    August 31, 2014 12:41 am


  • California governor lauds passage of ‘historic’ sick leave bill

    (Reuters) – A measure to grant California workers mandatory sick leave that passed the state legislature early on Saturday appeared poised to become law after Governor Jerry Brown lauded it as a historic achievement. The bill would require employers to provide at least three days of annual paid sick leave to workers, who would accrue the time off at a rate of one hour per 30 hours worked. If Brown signs the measure into law, California will join Connecticut as the only states mandating paid sick leave, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. “Tonight, the Legislature took historic action to help hardworking Californians,” Brown said in a statement. “This bill guarantees that millions of workers – from Eureka to San Diego – won’t lose their jobs or pay just because they get sick.” The bill passed the state Senate with a 22-8 vote late Friday and the Assembly early Saturday morning with a …

    August 30, 2014 11:59 pm


  • Struggling Angry Birds maker dumping CEO

    The maker of the Angry Birds video game is replacing its CEO. The maker of the Angry Birds mobile video game is dumping its CEO as the company struggles with increased competition and difficulties in changing its business model. Rovio Entertainment, the Finnish video game maker, announced that CEO Mikael Hed will “pass the hoodie” in January to former Nokia (NOK) executive Pekka Rantala, a reference to the typical clothing worn in the company’s offices. The company is shifting its business from a pay-to-play, in which players buy the video game, to a free-to-play model. It now gets about half its revenue from licensing Angry Birds images for toys, clothing and other novelty items. But while revenue has held up, profit in 2013 fell by more than 50%. Rovio has had trouble with its plans to charge users for purchases made in the games. Competitors such as King Digital Entertainment (KING), maker of the Candy …

    August 30, 2014 8:49 am


  • Freshman Marlon Mack rushes for 275 yards, 4 TDs to lead USF past Western Carolina 36-31

    TAMPA, Fla. –  Marlon Mack rushed for 275 yards and four touchdowns in his college debut, helping South Florida come from behind to beat Western Carolina 36-31 on Saturday night. The freshman scored on runs of 62, 60, 56 and 2 yards while matching the school single-game rushing record for the Bulls (1-0), who rallied from a 14-3 deficit to avoid losing its season opener to a Football Championship Subdivision team at home for the second straight year. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Troy Mitchell completed 46 of 66 passes for 374 yards and two TDs for Western Carolina (0-1), which has lost 22 consecutive road games. The quarterback scored on a 4-yard run and Darius Ramsey added a 2-yarder for the Catamounts, who led 17-16 before fading in the second half. The start of the game was delayed 73 minutes by bad weather.

    August 31, 2014 12:41 am

World News

  • Anti-PM clashes continue in Pakistan

    31 August 2014 Last updated at 04:54 At least 300 people were injured in the clashes Clashes are continuing in Pakistan between police and protesters demanding the resignation of PM Nawaz Sharif. Police again fired tear gas as the demonstrators tried to regroup after a night of violence near Mr Sharif’s residence in the capital, Islamabad. At least 300 people were injured in the clashes, including 26 policemen. Demonstrators loyal to opposition politician Imran Khan and cleric Tahirul Qadri have been taking part in a sit-in for two weeks. They want Mr Sharif to resign, alleging corruption and electoral fraud. The prime minister denies the accusation. Islamabad police chief Khalid Khattak told the BBC that close to 100 protesters had been arrested as the crowds tried to march on Mr Sharif’s official residence in the capital. On Sunday, police tried to disperse the protesters, who were regrouping Overnight, a number of protesters were seen carrying …

    August 31, 2014 12:41 am


  • Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Ultimate Evil Edition review a tangible feeling of growth

    Diablo III will be familiar already to console and PC gamers who lapped up the original and they will positively devour this Ultimate Evil Edition as Blizzard’s action RPG reaches its zenith. Buy it from XBox 360 Diablo 3 Ultimate Evil Edition Xbox 360 Revamped from both its 2012 and 2013 releases, the graphics are the most obvious improvement, with the slick visuals gorgeously rendering your wizard’s magic as it blasts into a gaggle of Hellions. As with the original, the task is seemingly straightforward: hack, shoot or spell (depending on the chosen class of warrior) a way through endless hordes of evil, while looting bodies and the landscape for new, more powerful weapons, elixirs and armours. The sheer scale of the enemy armies, however, soon makes life tough. The character levelling is well executed and there’s a tangible feeling of growth as your avatar powers through the levels. Much of the fun comes from …

    August 31, 2014 12:00 am


  • After Great Recession, Americans are unhappy, worried, pessimistic, Rutgers study finds

    The protracted and uneven recovery from the Great Recession has led most Americans to conclude that the U.S. economy has undergone a permanent change for the worse, according to a new national study at Rutgers. Seven in 10 now say the recession’s impact is permanent, up from half in 2009 when the recession officially ended, according to the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development. Among key findings in “Unhappy, Worried and Pessimistic: Americans in the Aftermath of the Great Recession,” the center’s latest Work Trends report, are: Despite sustained job growth and lower levels of employment, most Americans do not think the economy has improved in the last year or that it will in the next. Just one in six Americans believe that job opportunities for the next generation will be better than for theirs; five years ago, four in 10 held that view. Roughly four in five Americans have little or no confidence …

    August 31, 2014 12:20 am


  • Boston Scientific nerve device no help in heart failure study

    BARCELONA (Reuters) – A Boston Scientific device that stimulates the vagus nerve – a superhighway connecting the brain to the rest of the body – failed to help patients with heart failure in a mid-stage clinical trial. Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS), which involves delivering mild electrical pulses to the nerve in the neck, is already used to treat epilepsy and depression – and researchers have been looking to expand its use to other conditions. Faiez Zannad from the University of Lorraine in France, who led the study, said the failure of the device to improve cardiac function was surprising as pre-clinical research findings had been promising. Heart failure is a serious, progressive disease in which the heart fails to pump blood properly. It causes shortness of breath, fatigue and fluid retention, and is often fatal. Results from the U.S. medical technology company’s NECTAR-HF trial, involving 95 heart failure patients in Europe, were unveiled on Saturday …

    August 31, 2014 12:00 am


  • David Beckham crashes his motorcycle fleeing photographers

    David Beckham joins Prince William to stop animal poaching  According to E! News, the crash apparently happened on the Sunset Strip while he was being followed by photographers. Beckham crashed his motorcycle while trying to “avoid hitting another vehicle that had suddenly swerved towards him amid the ruckus.” The Beckhams are reportedly a hot commodity in the Los Angeles area and are often chased by photographers. Although Beckham crashed his motorcycle, news is mixed about whether he was injured in the incident. A source told E! News that “David is OK,” but TMZ said that he was later spotted in a cast. Beckham was reportedly leaving a tattoo parlor when he was followed, and he brought his bike back to the store after it all happened. Even though the former soccer player seemed to be mostly fine after the crash, the incident may have bigger repercussions. Beckham’s wife, former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham, rose to …

    August 30, 2014 11:39 pm


  • David Cameron stands up to Islamists: A lesson for Barack Obama

      The contrast between Friday’s press conference in London by British Prime Minister David Cameron and Thursday’s White House remarks by President Obama could not have been starker. Mr. Cameron delivered a robust assessment of the scale of the Islamist threat to Great Britain and to the free world.  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT He told journalists assembled at Downing Street that “what we are facing in Iraq now with ISIL (Islamic State) is a greater threat to our security than we have seen before.”  While David Cameron appeared self-assured and determined in his approach, Barack Obama came across as a deer in the headlights, unable to outline a coherent U.S. response to a rapidly growing crisis in the Middle East. He made it clear that ISIS must not be allowed to establish an Islamist caliphate in Iraq. If they succeeded, “we would be facing a terrorist state on the shores of the Mediterranean and bordering a NATO …

    August 30, 2014 3:41 am

Odd News

  • Arizona man arrested for burning, urinating on Bible

    PHOENIX (Reuters) – A 22-year-old Arizona man calling himself “Dark Lord” has been arrested for allegedly burning a Bible and urinating on it outside a Christian-oriented homeless shelter in northern Arizona, police said on Friday. Eric Minerault was booked into the Yavapai County Detention Center late on Thursday on suspicion of one count of unlawful symbol burning stemming from the incident at the Gospel Rescue Mission, Prescott police spokesman Lieutenant Ken Morley said in a written statement. Police were called to the scene at about 9 p.m. by a mission representative reporting that someone was burning something on the mission’s front steps, Morley said. Officers found Minerault standing on the steps, with a burned and wet Bible on the ground near him. He quickly admitted to the act.  He told officers the mission was selected because he believed it was a place of Christian worship and he was “cursing the Christians,” police said. Asked why, …

    August 29, 2014 7:53 pm