• Triathlons test the mettle of the middle-aged athlete

    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Triathlons, the swim-bike-run races of varying lengths, are scaling the bucket lists of many middle-aged athletes, according to U.S. fitness experts. Multi-tasking, ego-boosting, and far from cheap, the competitions cater to...
  • Texas voter ID law heads to trial in U.S. court

    (Reuters) – A U.S. court in Texas will hear arguments on Tuesday in a case over a law requiring voters to present photo identification, a move the state’s Republican leaders say will prevent fraud while...
  • For $3 million, an IMAX theater for your home

    For $3 million, an IMAX theater for your home

    For $3 million, the super rich can put an IMAX theater in their homes. Tired of racing to your local IMAX theater only to be crammed next to a loud, texting stranger, or worse, find...
  • Jacklin thrilled rookie Gallacher proved him wrong

    LONDON (Reuters) – Former captain Tony Jacklin is delighted Ryder Cup rookie Stephen Gallacher made him eat his words by securing a place in Europe’s team for the showdown with the United States in Scotland...
  • Crimea does not need gay people, says top official

    Crimea’s most senior official has said sexual minorities “have no chance” on the peninsula that Russia annexed from Ukraine in March. Speaking about gay people during a Crimean government session on Tuesday, the region’s de...
  • Mass escape from juvenile US prison

    Mass escape from juvenile US prison

    2 September 2014 Last updated at 15:18 Seventeen teenagers were still at large on Tuesday morning Seventeen teenagers are still being sought after more than 30 held at a juvenile detention centre in Tennessee escaped...

Headline News

  • Texas voter ID law heads to trial in U.S. court


    (Reuters) – A U.S. court in Texas will hear arguments on Tuesday in a case over a law requiring voters to present photo identification, a move the state’s Republican leaders say will prevent fraud while plaintiffs call it a veiled attempt at suppressing minority turnout. The case is also part of a new strategy by the Obama administration to challenge voting laws it says discriminate by race in order to counter a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June that freed states from strict federal oversight.. The trial at the U.S. district court in Corpus Christi stems from a three-year legal battle over stringent voter ID measures signed into law by Texas Governor Rick Perry, a Republican, in 2011. The trial heard by District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos is expected to last two weeks with a decision handed down before the Nov. 4 congressional election. The law requires voters to present a photo IDs such as …

    September 2, 2014 10:45 am
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Politics

  • Jury to start deliberations in corruption trial of Virginia ex-governor


    RICHMOND Va. (Reuters) – Jury deliberations are set to begin on Tuesday in the federal corruption trial of former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell and his wife, who are charged with taking sweetheart loans and lavish gifts from a businessman. The jury of seven men and five women will start deciding the fate of McDonnell and former first lady Maureen McDonnell, both 60, after instructions from U.S. District Court Judge James Spencer. Closing arguments wrapped up five weeks of testimony on Friday. McDonnell and his wife face a 14-count indictment charging they accepted $177,000 in loans and gifts from dietary supplement entrepreneur Jonnie Williams Sr. in exchange for promoting his company and its main product, the anti-inflammatory Anatabloc. If convicted on all charges, they could be sentenced to 20 years in prison and hefty fines. Prosecutors said that to win their case, they must prove that the McDonnells conspired to help Williams, and it does not …

    September 2, 2014 9:21 am
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Stocks

  • For $3 million, an IMAX theater for your home


    For $3 million, the super rich can put an IMAX theater in their homes. Tired of racing to your local IMAX theater only to be crammed next to a loud, texting stranger, or worse, find the movie is sold out completely? You can now build an in-home IMAX of your very own, for a price. For about $3 million, the 3D theater company can install one of its screens, along with the necessary carpeting, projectors, seats and lighting in the comfort of your own mansion. Then you can watch Hollywood blockbusters the day they hit theaters — for an additional $500 a pop. You can also watch sports, play video games and stream concerts as the enormous, crystal-clear projection screen and custom sound system throws you into the action. Related: The babysitter costs HOW much? So far, there is only one in-home IMAX. The company installed it last November in the California home of someone …

    September 2, 2014 10:24 am
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Sports

  • Triathlons test the mettle of the middle-aged athlete


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Triathlons, the swim-bike-run races of varying lengths, are scaling the bucket lists of many middle-aged athletes, according to U.S. fitness experts. Multi-tasking, ego-boosting, and far from cheap, the competitions cater to different levels of fitness while rewarding endurance over speed, and cardiovascular versatility over single-minded focus. “It’s not about who goes the fastest, it about who slows down the least,” said Connecticut-based running coach Tom Holland, 45, who has run more than 50 triathlons. Holland, the author of “The 12-Week Triathlete” said as people get older they are willing to bide their time and to pace themselves. He added that generally it is the older people who win the competitions. “The older athlete has built endurance that one just doesn’t have at 20,” he explained. USA Triathlon, the sport’s governing body in the United States, said the 40 to 44 age group comprises the highest percentage of its members and just …

    September 2, 2014 10:45 am
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World News

  • Al-Shabaab confirms leader was targeted in US drone strike


    Al-Shabaab‘s top leader was travelling in one of two vehicles hit by a US military strike, a member of the Somali Islamist insurgent group has confirmed. The spokesman would not say whether Ahmed Abdi Godane, leader of the Somali rebels, was among the six militants killed on Monday night. The two vehicles were heading toward the coastal town of Barawe, al-Shabaab’s main base, when they were hit, Abu Mohammed said on Tuesday. US military forces attacked the extremist al-Shabaab network in Somalia on Monday, the Pentagon confirmed. A witness in Somalia described ground-shaking explosions caused by the strike. Somali government and African Union forces heading to a town in the district heard what sounded like an “earthquake” as al-Shabaab’s bases were hit, the governor of Somalia’s Lower Shabelle region, Abdiqadir Mohamed Nor, said. “There was an airstrike near Sablale. We saw something,” Nor added. Al-Shabaab attacked the Westgate shopping centre in Nairobi, Kenya, killing at …

    September 2, 2014 10:45 am
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Technology

  • Google’s Android Wear team: We’ll update early and often


    David Singleton, director of Android engineering, says “several” updates Android Wear updates are coming before the end of the year. Stephen Lam/Getty Images MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — David Singleton, Google’s engineering director for Android Wear, the company’s platform tailor-made for wearable devices, is sitting in Google’s headquarters here playing air guitar. As he strums his right hand in front of his Moto 360, the Motorola smartwatch set to hit the market this week, Singleton praises the third-party software developers using Wear. The company debuted the software in March, modified from Android, the most popular operating system in the world for smartphones and tablets. “There are a lot of apps out there,” he says after he stops strumming, during an interview here. As for the guitar-playing program: “We would have never thought of that.” He won’t say exactly how many apps there are, but offers that “thousands” of the more than 1 million programs in the …

    September 2, 2014 9:21 am
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Science

  • Time Travel Simulation Resolves “Grandfather Paradox”


    On June 28, 2009, the world-famous physicist Stephen Hawking threw a party at the University of Cambridge, complete with balloons, hors d’oeuvres and iced champagne. Everyone was invited but no one showed up. Hawking had expected as much, because he only sent out invitations after his party had concluded. It was, he said, “a welcome reception for future time travelers,” a tongue-in-cheek experiment to reinforce his “1992 conjecture that travel into the past is effectively impossible. But Hawking may be on the wrong side of history. Recent experiments offer tentative support for time travel’s feasibility—at least from a mathematical perspective. The study cuts to the core of our understanding of the universe, and the resolution of the possibility of time travel, far from being a topic worthy only of science fiction, would have profound implications for fundamental physics as well as for practical applications such as quantum cryptography and computing. Closed timelike curves The source …

    September 2, 2014 9:42 am
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Health

  • Health Highlights: Sept. 2, 2014


    Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: First Human Tests of Ebola Vaccine Begin This Week The first human tests of an experimental Ebola vaccine are scheduled to begin this week, the U.S. National Institutes of Health says. The vaccine, which the NIH is developing with drug company GlaxoSmithKline, has “performed extremely well” in primates, but has not yet been tested in people, NIH Director Dr. Anthony Fauci said in a statement, ABC News reported. The phase 1 clinical trial with 20 people, ages 18 to 50 will begin this week at the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, Md., and is meant to determine if the vaccine is safe and whether it triggers an immune response that would protect against Ebola. The participants will not be infected with Ebola. Ebola vaccine trials will also begin this month in England, Gambia and Mali, GlaxoSmithKline said. Since …

    September 2, 2014 9:21 am
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Entertainment

  • The Kardashian Women Color Coordinate In White For Baby Shower


    Posted on Tue Sep 2nd, 2014 9:00am PDT       By X17 Staff We love these looks! Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian were joined by mom Kris Jenner at Joe Francis’ girlfriend Abbey Wilson’s baby shower in Bel Air on Monday, and the reality stars took their last opportunity to wear white before Labor Day passed! Out of the three ensembles, we are definitely digging Kourtney’s decision to add some edge with that fringe leather jacket! The season finale of Keeping Up with the Kardashians just aired, so we’re curious how they’re going to top last season? From Kimye’s elaborate Italian wedding to Nori’s birth, they had more than enough material to make for good story lines. We bet Khloe and French Montana’s relationship and Rob’s weight loss will take center stage next time around. Kourtney is set to give birth to her third child, too, so it seems the most famous K sister might take a back seat …

    September 2, 2014 11:05 am
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Editorial

  • Texas governor’s race: Democrats and the dream of a Wendy Davis win


      To the extent that Democrats dream in Technicolor, the grand dream would be turning Texas from red to blue in future presidential elections. Why? Add Texas’ 38 electoral votes to the mega-state troika of California, Illinois and New York and the sum is 142 – more than midway to the magical 270. Toss in another dozen reliably blue states and the Democrats’ haul climbs to 256. Republicans would have to all but run the table in the remaining 34 states – including battleground Colorado, Florida, Ohio and Virginia – to ever have a viable shot at the Oval Office. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT As Jerry Seinfeld would say: “good luck with all that.” How close are Democrats to flipping the Lone Star State? Barack Obama received only 41% of the statewide vote in 2012, down 2.5% from 2008 (by contrast, Michael Dukakis received 43.3% of the November 1988 presidential election running against Texas transplant George H. …

    September 2, 2014 9:21 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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