Headline News

  • 2-year-old girl left in van dies in Virginia


    ROANOKE, Va. –  Police say a 2-year-old girl who was left in a van for an extended period of time has died in Virginia. Police spokesman Scott Leamon says in a news release that authorities received a report of an unresponsive child at 4:27 p.m. Sunday in Roanoke. Emergency responders pronounced the girl dead at the scene. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Leamon says a preliminary investigation indicates that a parent accidentally left the girl in a car seat in the van. The van was parked in the driveway of a residence. According to the National Weather Service, temperatures in Roanoke reached 90 degrees Sunday afternoon. Leamon says the investigation is continuing. He did not say whether the heat was responsible for the death or whether anyone would be charged.

    September 1, 2014 12:50 pm
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Politics

  • Obama notifies Congress of ordering air strikes in Iraq


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Monday formally notified Congress that he had authorized targeted air strikes in Iraq to help deliver a humanitarian aid to the besieged Shi’ite town of Amerli, the White House said in a statement. Iraqi security forces backed by Shi’ite militias on Sunday broke the two-month siege of Amerli by Islamic State militants and entered the northern town, after U.S. military carried out air strikes on IS militant positions near the town and airdropped humanitarian supplies to the trapped residents there. Obama has to notify Congress of the authorization under the the War Powers Resolution. “This operation is consistent with the military missions we have outlined to date in Iraq – to protect U.S. personnel and facilities and to address the humanitarian situation on the ground,” National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said in a statement. (Reporting by Alina Selyukh Editing by W Simon)

    September 1, 2014 12:49 pm
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Stocks

  • Russia’s ruble at lowest level ever as new sanctions loom


    Russia’s currency has hit its lowest level ever against the U.S. dollar as the risk of new Western sanctions threatens more economic damage. The European Union said Saturday that it was preparing to issue new sanctions as soon as this week in response to signs that Russia had sent troops into Ukraine. Russia has denied that its armed forces are active in the country. The ruble slid 0.5% against the dollar Monday, taking its losses for the year to about 13%. One dollar will now buy you about 37.5 rubles. The sliding currency will make life harder for Russians by raising the cost of imports, which could further fuel inflation that has already risen to about 7.5%. Related: 10 Western companies getting slammed in Russia Russia’s central bank has hiked interest rates three times since March to tame inflation and defend the ruble, but may find it politically tricky to raise the cost of borrowing …

    September 1, 2014 11:48 am
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Sports

  • In the FCS Huddle: Bison reclaim No. 1 ranking


    Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) – It’s not that Eastern Washington has done anything wrong in beginning its season with two straight victories. It’s just North Dakota State continues to do everything better than the rest of the FCS. Fresh off Saturday’s season-opening thrashing of Iowa State, North Dakota State reclaimed the No. 1 ranking from Eastern Washington in The Sports Network FCS Top 25 on Monday. The Bison, who defeated Iowa State, 34-14, for their fifth straight victory over an FBS program, collected 93 of the 156 first-place votes and 3,830 points in supplanting Eastern Washington at No. 1. The No. 2 Eagles had 63 first- place votes and 3,804 points. Despite the Bison winning the last three FCS national championships, Eastern Washington – the 2010 national champion and a semifinalist in the last two seasons – was installed as the preseason No. 1 last month. While Eastern Washington has opened the season strong with a …

    September 1, 2014 12:50 pm
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World News

  • ‘Cloud’ concerns after celeb leaks


    1 September 2014 Last updated at 17:35 Jennifer Lawrence was one of the celebrities who had images leaked Experts have raised concerns over the security of “cloud” storage sites following the leak of intimate pictures of celebrities. It is understood some of the images were obtained from services such as Apple iCloud that back up content from devices on to the internet. Apple is understood to be looking into the issue. One expert said that private data “becomes much more difficult to control” when using cloud services. “It is important for celebrities and the general public to remember that images and data no longer just reside on the device that captured it,” said Ken Westin, security analyst at Tripwire. “Although many cloud providers may encrypt the data communications between the device and the cloud, it does not mean that the image and data is encrypted when the data is at rest. “If you can view …

    September 1, 2014 12:50 pm
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Technology

  • DIY Dalek and dapper Time Lord battle in ‘Japanese Doctor Who’


    This Time Lord is ready for battle in his retro threads in “Japanese Doctor Who.” Video screenshot by Bonnie Burton/CNET Whovians have paid tribute to the British sci-fi series “Doctor Who” by making their own fan films for decades. The iconic show has been re-imagined as a cartoon, as anime, and even as a musical mashup with Sherlock. So why not as a Japanese sci-fi superhero show? London-based filmmaker Joshua Kahan pays tribute to the older “Doctor Who” series from the 1970s and ’80s as well as the live-action Japanese sci-fi genre known as Tokusatsu in his video, “Japanese Doctor Who.” The video, which he shot in 4:3 aspect ratio to give the video a vintage appearance, features a suave-looking Time Lord, an angry Dalek with legs called Dalekor, and his Cybermen henchmen. The sound design includes sampling from various episodes of retro Tokusatsu shows “Kamen Rider X” and “Supaidaman” (Japanese Spider-Man). Any Whovian worth …

    September 1, 2014 12:50 pm
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Science

  • New solutions needed to recycle fracking water


    Related images(click to enlarge) Rice University scientists have performed a detailed analysis of water produced by hydraulic fracturing (aka fracking) of three gas reservoirs and suggested environmentally friendly remedies are needed to treat and reuse it. Rice University researchers performed a detailed analysis of “produced” water from three underground shale gas formations subject to hydraulic fracturing. The chart shows the amounts of total carbon (TC), nonpurgeable organic carbon (NPOC) and total inorganic carbon (TIC) in the samples. Courtesy of the Barron Research Group More advanced recycling rather than disposal of “produced” water pumped back out of wells could calm fears of accidental spillage and save millions of gallons of fresh water a year, said Rice chemist Andrew Barron. He led the study that appeared this week in the Royal Society of Chemistry journal Environmental Science: Processes and Impacts. The amount of water used by Texas drillers for fracking may only be 1.5 percent of that …

    September 1, 2014 1:10 pm
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Health

  • Train Your Brain to Choose Fruit Salad Over French Fries


    MONDAY, Sept. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) — You may be able to convince your brain that healthy foods taste better than unhealthy ones, new research suggests. The study included eight overweight and obese people who were enrolled in a newly designed weight-loss program meant to change how people react to different foods. These participants were compared to a control group of five overweight and obese people who weren’t in the program. Both groups had MRI brain scans at the start of the study and again six months later. The scans revealed that the people in the weight-loss program had changes in areas of the brain reward center involved in learning and addiction. Specifically, this area showed increased sensitivity to healthy, low-calorie foods and decreased sensitivity to higher-calorie foods, according to the study published online Sept. 1 in the journal Nutrition Diabetes. “We don’t start out in life loving French fries and hating, for example, whole …

    September 1, 2014 12:49 pm
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Entertainment

  • Reggie Bush And His Kim Kardashian Look-Alike Wife Lilit Avagyan Take A Break From Parenting Duties


    Posted on Mon Sep 1st, 2014 10:15am PDT       By X17 Staff From the boobs to the pout, we still can’t get over how much NFL star Reggie Bush’s wifey Lilit Avagyan looks like his ex-girlfriend Kim Kardashian! And let’s not forget, the newlyweds welcomed their daughter Briseis in May of 2013, just one month before Kim and hubby Kanye West had Nori… Reggie and Lilit stepped out in New York City on Sunday afternoon, and the dressed-down couple kept a low profile when they hopped into their chauffeured ride. They got married just last month at The Grand Del Mar in San Diego, and they’ve been together since 2011. Fun fact: Kim Kardashian’s stepbrother Brody Jenner attended Reggie’s wedding, but not Kim’s — we kinda love that! After several years with the New Orleans Saints, Reggie played a season with the Miami Dolphins, and last year he signed with the Detroit Lions, so it looks like …

    September 1, 2014 12:29 pm
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Editorial

  • Labor Day: Congress must take action to protect workers, not Big Labor


    New legislation could repeal the current authority of the National Labor Relations Board.Reuters The U.S. economy has endured eleven recessions since World War II – and in each case jobs and wages bounced back quickly.   Not this time. America’s current “recovery” features the weakest wage growth of any economic rebound – with data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) showing real compensation per hour increasing by only 0.5 percent since 2009.  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT No agency has been more instrumental in the assault on American productivity than the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) – which was recently at the heart of a major constitutional crisis. By comparison, the average compensation increase at this point in previous recoveries clocked in at a whopping 9.2 percent – more than eighteen times higher.  Meanwhile a new study by the Chicago Fed reveals real wages should be at least 3.6 percentage points higher than they are based on prevailing labor …

    September 1, 2014 8:43 am
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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
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