• Resilient Murray sets up Djokovic showdown

    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Andy Murray fended off Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-5 7-5 6-4 in intense heat at Flushing Meadows on Monday to reach the quarter-finals of the U.S. Open. The 2012 champion earned his first...
  • Spain returns Colombian treasure

    Spain returns Colombian treasure

    2 September 2014 Last updated at 00:08 The pre-Columbian archaeological art pieces were taken to Spain illegally Spain has returned to Colombia 691 indigenous artefacts seized in a police operation 11 years ago. Most of...
  • Fast-food workers plan nationwide protest Thursday

    Fast-food workers plan nationwide protest Thursday

    Nancy Salgado, a cashier at a Chicago McDonald’s, plans to strike this Thursday. Union organizers say workers are prepared to be arrested if need be. The campaign to get fast-food workers paid at least $15...
  • Carr to start over Schaub in Raiders’ opener

    Alameda, CA (SportsNetwork.com) – The Oakland Raiders will start the regular season with rookie Derek Carr under center. Raiders coach Dennis Allen informed the team Monday that Carr will start over veteran Matt Schaub against...
  • Nigeria militants ‘suffer losses’

    Nigeria militants ‘suffer losses’

    1 September 2014 Last updated at 22:59 Leader Abubakar Shekau has announced a caliphate in areas Boko Haram controls The Nigerian army says it has repelled an attack by Islamist militants Boko Haram on the...
  • Embarking on the path to jihad

    Embarking on the path to jihad

    2 September 2014 Last updated at 02:54 By Tara McKelvey BBC News, Washington Douglas McAuthur McCain was reportedly killed in a battle in Syria Douglas McAuthur McCain went to Syria, one of the many Americans...

Headline News

  • New York City’s West Indian Day Parade marred by deadly shooting before festivities


    September 1, 2014: A dancer performs for spectators during the West Indian Day Parade in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) NEW YORK –  Colorful floats, elaborate costumes, politicians and merrymakers filled Brooklyn’s streets Monday for the annual West Indian Day Parade, a massive Caribbean celebration that was marred by a fatal shooting nearby before the official festivities got underway. The annual parade — which draws about 1 million people — features loud music and louder costumes. Many revelers dance their way through much of the 2-mile-long route, which winds through some of the city’s most diverse neighborhoods and draws scores of politicians eager for a big statement just a week before primary day. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT “I love the culture, the dancing, the food and the fun,” said Giovanni Oriol, 35, a Brooklyn resident of Haitian descent. “My culture is very important to me, and this is a celebration of all that …

    September 1, 2014 10:24 pm
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Politics

  • The 10 Most Vulnerable Senators


    By Kyle Trygstad and Alexis Levinson Posted at 8:40 p.m. on Sept. 1 0 Tweet Roll Call ranks Landrieu as the most vulnerable senator. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo) There is a new chart-topper in Roll Call’s latest monthly ranking of the 10 most vulnerable senators. Montana’s appointed Sen. John Walsh was by far the most endangered incumbent in the chamber at the time of the previous installment in early August, but his decision last month to not seek a full term opened the top slot to a couple other worthy contenders. Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., is still in a perilous political position, but Louisiana Sen. Mary L. Landrieu has leapfrogged him on the list to become the Senate’s most vulnerable incumbent. The Democrat is pushing hard to eclipse 50 percent on Nov. 4, the day of Louisiana’s jungle primary and possibly Landrieu’s best opportunity for re-election. She will undoubtedly get close. But if Landrieu …

    September 1, 2014 9:01 pm
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Stocks

  • Fast-food workers plan nationwide protest Thursday


    Nancy Salgado, a cashier at a Chicago McDonald’s, plans to strike this Thursday. Union organizers say workers are prepared to be arrested if need be. The campaign to get fast-food workers paid at least $15 a hour resumes later this week. Union organizers say workers will walk off their jobs Thursday in 150 cities nationwide. Restaurants that they say will be affected include McDonald’s (MCD), Burger King (BKW) , Wendy’s and KFC, which is owned by Yum Brands (YUM). The action would be the latest in a two-year effort to get employers to pay them a minimum wage of $15 an hour and allow them to form unions without retaliation. Nancy Salgado, a 27 year old single mother of a 3 year old boy and an 8 year old girl, plans to strike. Salgado works at a McDonald’s in the Logan Square area of Chicago earning $8.25 an hour, or about $600 a month take …

    September 1, 2014 10:03 pm
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Sports

  • Resilient Murray sets up Djokovic showdown


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Andy Murray fended off Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-5 7-5 6-4 in intense heat at Flushing Meadows on Monday to reach the quarter-finals of the U.S. Open. The 2012 champion earned his first win over a top-10 player since his Wimbledon triumph last year to set up a clash with world number one Novak Djokovic. Murray said he hoped Wednesday’s quarter-final between the two would go the same way as both their battle for the Wimbledon title and the 2012 U.S. Open final, which he won. “It’ll be a tough match,” the Scot said after a two hour, 35-minute battle in humid conditions with temperatures close over 32 degrees Celcius (90 degrees Fahrenheit). “We’ve had a lot of long ones, normally a lot of rallies, long points. We played a lot of long ones here a couple of years ago and I have great memories of that match. “It’s going to be very …

    September 1, 2014 10:25 pm
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World News

  • Spain returns Colombian treasure


    2 September 2014 Last updated at 00:08 The pre-Columbian archaeological art pieces were taken to Spain illegally Spain has returned to Colombia 691 indigenous artefacts seized in a police operation 11 years ago. Most of the ceramic items are of huge cultural and archaeological value, and date back to 1400BC. They had been smuggled out of South America by a man linked to the drug gangs, the embassy in Madrid said. Following a court order in Spain in June, the items have now been handed over to the Colombian authorities and taken back to Bogota. They were placed in the Museum of America in Madrid while the long legal battle proceeded. ‘Money laundering’ Some of the items, including ceramic sculptures, funeral urns and musical instruments, went on display at the museum in June. They were taken out of the country illegally by a man who specialised in laundering money for the drug cartels, said Mr …

    September 1, 2014 10:24 pm
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Technology

  • FBI probes ‘Cloud’ celebrity leaks


    2 September 2014 Last updated at 02:38 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Tim Allman reports on the hacking allegations surrounding private photos of several celebrities, including actress Jennifer Lawrence. The FBI is looking into allegations that intimate pictures of celebrities have been stolen and posted online. About 20 personalities, including the US actress Jennifer Lawrence, have had images of themselves leaked over the Internet. 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 says it is investigating whether iCloud accounts have been hacked. Ms Lawrence, who stars in The Hunger Games films, has requested an investigation after a hacker apparently obtained photographs, with graphic content, from the mobile phones of numerous celebrities. The pop stat Rihanna is among those targeted by the hackers Kim Kardashian is believed to be another celebrity whose account was …

    September 1, 2014 9:02 pm
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Science

  • Memory in silent neurons


    When we learn, we associate a sensory experience either with other stimuli or with a certain type of behaviour. The neurons in the cerebral cortex that transmit the information modify the synaptic connections that they have with the other neurons. According to a generally-accepted model of synaptic plasticity, a neuron that communicates with others of the same kind emits an electrical impulse as well as activating its synapses transiently. This electrical pulse, combined with the signal received from other neurons, acts to stimulate the synapses. How is it that some neurons are caught up in the communication interplay even when they are barely connected? This is the crucial chicken-or-egg puzzle of synaptic plasticity that a team led by Anthony Holtmaat, professor in the Department of Basic Neurosciences in the Faculty of Medicine at UNIGE, is aiming to solve. The results of their research into memory in silent neurons can be found in the latest edition …

    September 1, 2014 9:22 pm
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Health

  • China poultry farm hit in new outbreak of H5N6 bird flu


    SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Nearly 18,000 geese died on a poultry farm in northeast China after being stricken by the H5N6 bird flu virus last month, the agriculture ministry said. As many as 20,550 geese on the farm in Harbin, the capital of Heilongjiang province, showed symptoms of avian flu and 17,790 birds died, the ministry said on its website on Monday. The ministry sealed off and sterilized the infected area, besides culling and safely disposing of almost 69,000 geese, it added. The National Avian Influenza Reference Laboratory confirmed that the geese had the H5N6 virus. In May, a 49-year-old man in China’s Sichuan province died of the H5N6 bird flu virus, which domestic media described as the world’s first known human infection with the strain. (Reporting by Brenda Goh; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

    September 1, 2014 9:01 pm
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Entertainment

  • Miley Cyrus admits she and Liam Hemsworth are still in love


    Emotional Miley Cyrus sends homeless youth to accept VMA  According to ABC News, Miley Cyrus was speaking with Australian show, Sunday Night, and said Bangerz is about her breakup with her former fiancé, saying it’s “not only a breakup album, it’s a total story.” The comment seems a little off since Cyrus was working on the album while she was still with Hemsworth, but she said songs like “Wrecking Ball” are “speaking to women and it’s not because I went through a breakup — I love Liam, Liam loves me and it’s about finding yourself. I had to set myself free.” Cyrus was only 16 years old when she and Hemsworth began dating and, at some point, she apparently felt like she didn’t want to be in a couple anymore. The singer’s controversial performance at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards seemed to be the beginning of the end for the couple, but it looks like …

    September 1, 2014 10:44 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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