• MH370 search faces tough next phase

    MH370 search faces tough next phase

    23 August 2014 Last updated at 08:01 By Jonathan Amos Science correspondent, BBC News The view from Fugro Equator: The ship has had to contend with some terrible weather The next phase of the hunt...
  • Obama to business: tell your lawmakers to renew Ex-Im Bank

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Saturday urged business owners to press Congress to reauthorize the U.S. Export-Import Bank, which could halt any new financing Sept. 30 – as some conservative Republicans hope it...
  • In the FCS Huddle: 2014 Patriot League Preview

    Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) – Each time he walks past the trophy case at the Colgate football offices, Dan Hunt gets a reminder of where the bar has been set for the Raiders. He has been...
  • UN call to ‘prevent Iraq massacre’

    UN call to ‘prevent Iraq massacre’

    23 August 2014 Last updated at 11:46 Amerli has been besieged by Islamic State for two months The UN has called for action to prevent what it says may be a possible massacre in the...
  • Bottas fastest in final Spa practice

    SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS Belgium (Reuters) – Valtteri Bottas ended Mercedes’ run of fastest laps with the top time for Williams in a damp final Belgian Grand Prix practice on Saturday. The Finn clocked a time of one...
  • Spectacular supernova’s mysteries revealed

    New research by a team of UK and European-based astronomers is helping to solve the mystery of what caused a spectacular supernova in a galaxy 11 million light years away, seen earlier this year. The...

Headline News

  • Obama to business: tell your lawmakers to renew Ex-Im Bank


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Saturday urged business owners to press Congress to reauthorize the U.S. Export-Import Bank, which could halt any new financing Sept. 30 – as some conservative Republicans hope it will – if lawmakers fail to act. The little-known institution provides loans to buyers of U.S. products abroad. Obama said in his weekly radio address that if Congress lets the bank close, it would be stunting U.S. export growth and impeding economic expansion. “If Congress fails to act, thousands of businesses, large and small, that sell their products abroad will take a completely unnecessary hit,” the president said. While playing a relatively small role in the U.S. export universe, the bank has become a political flashpoint. Conservative Republicans single it out as an unnecessary and potentially risky government program, while moderates and most Democrats defend it as providing a useful boost to businesses seeking new markets. Household names such as …

    August 23, 2014 7:22 am
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Politics

  • Hagan Criticizes Obama Ahead of North Carolina Visit


    By Christina Bellantoni Posted at 6:21 p.m. on Aug. 22 0 Tweet Hagan has been campaigning on the VA issue. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo) Updated 6:38 p.m. | Sen. Kay Hagan doesn’t sound thrilled President Barack Obama is coming to town. The North Carolina Democrat, one of the most vulnerable senators, issued a terse statement about Obama’s veterans policy ahead of his planned Tuesday visit to her home state. The White House announced late Friday that Obama will deliver remarks at the American Legion’s 96th National Convention. The appearance gave Hagan an opportunity to criticize the president in the wake of a scandal that has captured national attention. Hagan’s office blasted her statement just 31 minutes after the White House released the schedule. “The Obama Administration has not yet done enough to earn the lasting trust of our veterans and implement real and permanent reforms at the VA,” Hagan said. She added, “I hope …

    August 23, 2014 5:21 am
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Stocks

  • ‘Secret’ app didn’t actually keep you anonymous


    The Secret app is supposed to keep you anonymous. But until last week, it was possible to trace posts directly to you. Secret is supposed to be the anonymous social network. But until this week, Secret allowed your friends to trace every one of your posts back to you. Hackers at Rhino Security Labs figured out a way to dupe Secret’s system. To join Secret’s community, the app imports your contacts. It then labels which posts are from your friends. To prevent you from tracking a particular person, Secret requires that seven of your contacts post to the network before it labels their posts. But here’s the hack: Fill your phone’s contact list with fake people and only one real contact — your target. If you control posts coming from these dummy Secret accounts, it’s easy to spot when your real “friend” is posting. “Poison the data on the outside, bring it in as trusted …

    August 23, 2014 4:21 am
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Sports

  • In the FCS Huddle: 2014 Patriot League Preview


    Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) – Each time he walks past the trophy case at the Colgate football offices, Dan Hunt gets a reminder of where the bar has been set for the Raiders. He has been a big part of raising that bar since arriving on campus in 1995 as an assistant coach, but the stakes were raised for him last December when he was named the successor to long-time head coach Dick Biddle, who stepped down following the 2013 season. Georgetown also underwent a head coaching change in the offseason, and, like Colgate, its Patriot League programs has continuity leading into the 2014 season. The Hoyas elevated assistant Rob Sgarlata to head coach after he served for 18 seasons as an assistant coach – the last nine under Kevin Kelly. “Knowing both of those guys, I think it’s going to work out very well for both of those schools because they’re both really good coaches,” …

    August 23, 2014 7:22 am
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World News

  • MH370 search faces tough next phase


    23 August 2014 Last updated at 08:01 By Jonathan Amos Science correspondent, BBC News The view from Fugro Equator: The ship has had to contend with some terrible weather The next phase of the hunt for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet MH370 will be very challenging in places. Detailed information being gathered about the shape of the ocean floor west of Australia confirms the seabed in some locations to be extremely rugged. Two vessels – the Fugro Equator and the Zhu Kezhen – are currently mapping an area covering 60,000 sq km. This survey will guide a metre-by-metre search using towed instruments and submersibles. This is likely to get under way towards the end of September. The Australian authorities have warned that this could take a year to complete. The Dutch-owned Fugro Equator and the Chinese naval vessel Zhu Kezhen are presently assembling a bathymetric (depth) map. The Dutch vessel is equipped with a state-of-the-art …

    August 23, 2014 7:22 am
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Technology

  • Mario Kart 8 news


    Although the Wii comfortably outsold PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, Nintendo’s latest console, the Wii U, hasn’t been as successful. That’s left Nintendo open to ideas it might previously have dismissed. For example, next week sees the launch of free downloadable content for Mario Kart 8 that adds three Mercedes Benz models to the game’s list of wacky cartoon vehicles. Naturally, the sturdily engineered German automobiles have been given cute, bulbous makeovers and are just as susceptible to spinning out when they hit a banana skin as the game’s existing karts, but this still marks a significant departure for the usually highly conservative Japanese game-maker. There will be a special Mercedes Cup online tournament available to players with an internet connection from 27 Aug (the 22nd anniversary of the launch of the very first Mario Kart) to 23 Sep.

    August 23, 2014 5:22 am
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Science

  • Spectacular supernova’s mysteries revealed


    New research by a team of UK and European-based astronomers is helping to solve the mystery of what caused a spectacular supernova in a galaxy 11 million light years away, seen earlier this year. The supernova, a giant explosion of a star and the closest one to Earth in decades, was discovered earlier this year by chance at the University of London Observatory. These phenomena are extremely important to study because they provide key information about our universe, including how it is expanding and how galaxies evolve. The new research into its cause, published in the latest issue of the Astrophysical Journal, used vast networks of radio telescopes in the UK and across Europe including the seven telescopes of e-MERLIN operated from The University of Manchester’s Jodrell Bank Observatory. These enabled them to obtain extremely deep images revealing a lack of radio emission from the supernova. Known as 2014J, this was a Type la supernova …

    August 23, 2014 5:42 am
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Health

  • Philippines recalls peacekeepers from Liberia over Ebola threat


    MANILA (Reuters) – The Philippines on Saturday ordered 115 troops to return home from peace-keeping operations in Liberia, spurred by a worsening Ebola epidemic in West Africa that has killed almost 1,500 people. The Philippines has about 800 to 1,000 soldiers and police officers serving under the United Nations flag in conflict and disaster-stricken areas, including Haiti, Sudan, East Timor, Cote d’Ivoire and the Korean peninsula. “The president is getting worried over the Ebola outbreak in Liberia and has ordered all 115 Filipino troops to return home as soon as possible,” a senior defense official told Reuters. The Philippine contingent would cut short its tour of duty, added the official, who declined to be named because he was not authorized to speak to the media. The Philippines has been sending soldiers to Liberia since 2003. A Philippine seaman is being monitored in Togo for signs of the disease but authorities say the country is still …

    August 23, 2014 5:21 am
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Entertainment

  • Steve-O under criminal investigation for SeaWorld protest


    Steve-O says Mom gave him booze  The prankster may be facing criminal charges for giving a face-lift to a public sign off the 5 Freeway in San Diego, according to TMZ. Steve-O scaled the massive sign along the roadway in protest of a controversial amusement park by changing the wording from “Sea World Drive” to “Sea World Sucks.” Steve-O is now under investigation by the California Highway Patrol, and sources tell TMZ that the case will most likely be turned over to prosecutors who will charge him with defacing public property. Though charges may be imminent, Steve-O does not seem to be backing down or hiding from his actions and is quite aware that he was committing a crime while taking a stand against SeaWorld. He recorded himself performing the sign change and uploaded the video to YouTube, in addition to posting a picture and a clip on Instagram. The social media still shows Steve-O …

    August 23, 2014 7:02 am
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Editorial

  • Find Yourself: 5 ways to let go and embrace life


      In 2010, just a year after I finished graduate school and only months after I’d secured my first full-time job, I realized something was very wrong. I’d spent nearly a decade working to get the degrees and experience I would need in order to get to this place and yet, now—here I was—and I was really unhappy. I began to wonder if the life I was living was a life I really wanted. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT I confided in a friend who asked me to consider what I would do if I could do anything I wanted. Immediately, I knew the answer: I would quit my job and spend the next year traveling across the country to do what I had always wanted to do—write a book. I confided in a friend who asked me to consider what I would do if I could do anything I wanted. Immediately, I knew the answer: I would …

    August 23, 2014 1:18 am
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Odd News

  • It’s ‘bone-appétit’ for California pooches under new law


    (Reuters) – California diners can now legally enjoy a meal on a restaurant patio with their dogs in tow, under a law signed Thursday by Governor Jerry Brown that eliminates health code regulations banning restaurant owners from allowing pooches on the premises. Starting next year, California canines will be allowed to dine al fresco if they are wearing leashes or are relaxing in a carrier. ““I wish everyone ‘bone-appétit,’” quipped Democratic Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, the law’s author. “Restaurateurs in California will see more businesses catering to their customers and the canine companions they love.” The new law clarifies a section of the state’s health code that banned dogs from restaurants altogether, including on outdoor patios or courtyards. The rule has caused confusion because some local governments choose to enforce the law, while others turned a blind eye. In counties where local officials were more lax about enforcement, restaurant owners who encouraged their guests to bring …

    August 22, 2014 1:19 am
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