• The babysitter costs HOW much?

    The babysitter costs HOW much?

      It seems like a parental dream: A college-educated babysitter shows up, leads your kids through homework, dinnertime and a masterpiece art project, cleans the house and then gives you a report card of how...
  • ‘Nine killed’ in Gaza as truce ends

    ‘Nine killed’ in Gaza as truce ends

    20 August 2014 Last updated at 06:15 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. The BBC’s Kevin Connolly: “As Israel blamed Hamas… so Hamas in turn blamed Israel” Palestinian officials say at least...
  • Kazmir pitches A’s past Mets

    Oakland, CA (SportsNetwork.com) – Scott Kazmir struck out six over six innings strong innings and the Oakland Athletics snapped a five-game losing skid with a 6-2 win over the New York Mets. Kazmir (14-5) set...
  • Teacher omits God from Pledge of Allegiance

    Teacher omits God from Pledge of Allegiance

    Courtesy Jessica Andrews Jessica Andrews could not believe her eyes. “It was like an ‘Oh my gosh’ type of feeling,” the mother of six from Aiken, South Carolina told me. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The item that...

Headline News

  • Oregon prosecutor says gunman killed father, sleeping man in drive-by shooting


    August 19, 2014: Investigators leave the scene of a drive-by shooting at Bastendorf Beach, Ore. Authorities said a gunman killed his father before shooting five vehicles in a parking lot, killing a Michigan man as he slept, then killing himself. (AP Photo/KCBY, Angelica Carrillo) COOS BAY, Ore. –  A gunman lured his father to a remote Oregon campsite and killed him, then drove to a beach where he shot five cars in a parking lot, killing a Michigan camper who was sleeping in his vehicle, a prosecutor said Tuesday. The gunman then killed himself. Zachary Brimhall’s father, 58-year-old William Ray Brimhall of Dillard, Oregon, had been shot multiple times, Coos County District Attorney Paul Frasier said. The older man’s body was found Tuesday near his vehicle on a remote logging road in the Coast Range about 50 miles from Bastendorff Beach, where the drive-by shooting took place earlier in the day. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT “No question …

    August 20, 2014 12:49 am
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Politics

  • Judge blocks Louisiana governor’s move to scrap Common Core tests


    NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – In a blow to Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal’s move to withdraw his state from Common Core education standards, a state judge on Tuesday blocked Jindal’s plan to scrap a key set of standardized tests due to be introduced in the coming school year. Jindal’s push to ditch Common Core, announced in June and given teeth by his orders to scrap the multistate tests, came amid a backlash against the English and math standards aimed at boosting critical-thinking skills and unifying state guidelines. Judge Todd Hernandez, in issuing a preliminary injunction against the governor in a lawsuit filed by Common Core backers that is awaiting trial, said plans to drop the tests, slated to serve as a must-pass benchmark for fourth-graders, had sowed uncertainty. “The evidence is clear that this state of the unknown has caused anxiety and other harm to the parents, teachers, administrators and students in Louisiana,” he wrote. Jindal’s …

    August 20, 2014 12:07 am
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Stocks

  • The babysitter costs HOW much?


      It seems like a parental dream: A college-educated babysitter shows up, leads your kids through homework, dinnertime and a masterpiece art project, cleans the house and then gives you a report card of how the evening went. This dream can be a reality thanks to high-end babysitting services in New York City, but it comes at a price — up to $33 an hour. That’s more than twice the rate NYC parents typically shell out for sitters. And it’s a far cry from the paid-in-pizza, put-the-kids-in-front-of-a-TV approach many suburban families are used to. Sitters Studio, a network of more than 100 caretakers in New York and Chicago, charges about $25 for one child, and the rate goes up depending on how many kids are at home. There’s also a $20 booking fee each time a parent reserves a sitter and a four-hour minimum. That means for one night out, a one-child family would pay …

    August 20, 2014 1:09 am
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Sports

  • Kazmir pitches A’s past Mets


    Oakland, CA (SportsNetwork.com) – Scott Kazmir struck out six over six innings strong innings and the Oakland Athletics snapped a five-game losing skid with a 6-2 win over the New York Mets. Kazmir (14-5) set a new career-high in wins and helped the A’s win the first game of this brief two-game interleague set. The southpaw allowed a run, four hits and three walks. Coco Crisp cleared the bases with a three-run triple in the fourth inning and Josh Reddick added a two-run homer for Oakland, which returned home following a road trip in which the club went just 1-6. The A’s sit a half-game back of the Angels, who were winners in Boston on Tuesday night, for the best record in the American League West. Dillon Gee’s (4-6) pitching woes continued, surrendering four runs on eight hits over 5 2/3 innings to absorb the loss. Gee dropped to 0-5 over his last seven starts. …

    August 20, 2014 12:49 am
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World News

  • ‘Nine killed’ in Gaza as truce ends


    20 August 2014 Last updated at 06:15 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. The BBC’s Kevin Connolly: “As Israel blamed Hamas… so Hamas in turn blamed Israel” Palestinian officials say at least nine people have been killed in Gaza in new Israeli air strikes – the first deaths in more than a week. A young child and a woman were among the victims. Some reports said they were the wife and daughter of prominent military commander Mohammed Deif. Israel said about 50 rockets were launched from Gaza on Tuesday, but there were no injuries reported. The hostilities resumed hours before a temporary ceasefire was due to expire. Talks in Egypt’s capital Cairo to end the violence broke up with no deal, and Israeli delegates said they would return home. Siren alert The three people were killed in the Israeli strikes in Gaza City on Tuesday, Palestinian health officials said. Please turn on …

    August 20, 2014 12:49 am
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Technology

Science

  • Worm virus details come to light


    Related images(click to enlarge) Rice University scientists have won a race to find the crystal structure of the first virus known to infect the most abundant animal on Earth. The Rice labs of structural biologist Yizhi Jane Tao and geneticist Weiwei Zhong, with help from researchers at Baylor College of Medicine and Washington University, analyzed the Orsay virus that naturally infects a certain type of nematode, the worms that make up 80 percent of the living animal population. The research reported today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences will help scientists study how viruses interact with their nematode hosts. It may also allow them to customize the virus to attack parasitic or pathogenic worms. The research may also lead to new information about how viruses attack other species, including humans, which have thousands of genes that are identical to those found in nematodes. Tao’s lab specializes in X-ray crystallography, through which scientists …

    August 19, 2014 12:09 pm
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Health

  • Liberia fights Ebola in capital, West Africa toll tops 1,200


    MONROVIA/GENEVA (Reuters) – Liberia battled on Tuesday to halt the spread of the Ebola disease in its crowded, run-down oceanside capital Monrovia, recording the most new deaths as fatalities from the world’s worst outbreak of the deadly virus rose above 1,200. The epidemic of the hemorrhagic disease, which can kill up to 90 percent of those it infects, is ravaging the three small West African states of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, and also has a toehold in Nigeria, Africa’s biggest economy. As the Geneva-based World Health Organization rushed to ramp up the global response to the outbreak, including emergency food deliveries to quarantined zones, it announced that deaths had risen to 1,229 as of Aug. 16, out of 2,240 cases. Between Aug. 14 and 16, Liberia recorded the most new deaths, 53, followed by Sierra Leone with 17 and Guinea with 14. On a more hopeful note, the WHO expressed “cautious optimism” that the …

    August 20, 2014 12:07 am
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Entertainment

  • Julia Roberts and Danny Moder pick up humanitarian award


    Julia Roberts reveals the surprising way she selects her roles Julia Roberts and her husband, Danny Moder, are set to be honored by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network for their teamwork on the HBO movie, The Normal Heart, People reports. Roberts starred in the film, while Moder worked as director of photography. The movie, based on Larry Kramer’s 1985 play about the beginning of the AIDS epidemic, is up for 11 Emmy Awards after receiving rave reviews from critics. Since 1990, GLSEN has promoted LGBT awareness and safe schools through national campaigns like the GLSEN Day of Silence and No Name-Calling Week, both of which have been used in tens of thousands of classrooms nationwide. Roberts is a longtime GLSEN supporter — last year, she donated a “Lunch with Julia Roberts” to an online auction and netted $40,000 for the organization. 6 reasons to watch HBO’s The Normal Heart The GLSEN is awarding the …

    August 19, 2014 11:46 pm
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Editorial

  • Teacher omits God from Pledge of Allegiance


    Courtesy Jessica Andrews Jessica Andrews could not believe her eyes. “It was like an ‘Oh my gosh’ type of feeling,” the mother of six from Aiken, South Carolina told me. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The item that caused her angst came from her daughter’s school. It was a copy of the Pledge of Allegiance. But the school’s version of the pledge was just a few words short – two to be exact. “It didn’t have ‘under God’,” she said. Jessica’s daughter is a fourth grader at Chukker Creek Elementary School. She said Aiken is a very religious community and they are a religious family. So you can imagine her surprise when she realized the school’s version of the pledge did not include a shout-out to the Almighty. CLICK HERE TO JOIN TODD ON FACEBOOK FOR CONSERVATIVE CONVERSATION! “It’s outrageous, to be honest,” she told me. “It seems like the government is doing everything they can to take …

    August 20, 2014 12:07 am
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Odd News

  • China Eastern plane aborts landing as traffic controllers take a nap


    BEIJING (Reuters) – A China Eastern Airlines Corp passenger plane that had started its night-time descent into a Wuhan airport was forced to abort its landing after air traffic controllers had dozed off, an investigation report found. The incident, which took place on July 8, is the third mishap in two months involving the Chinese carrier. A transcript of the flight recording released by the Civil Aviation Administration of China on Tuesday shows that the China Eastern flight crew made repeated attempts to contact the duty flight controllers at Wuhan Tianhe Airport – twice in English and once in Chinese. Those calls went unanswered. The airplane was forced to return to 900 meters and circle the airport for about 10 minutes before landing, the report said. The incident occurred at between 2 to 3 a.m. China Eastern has suffered other mishaps in recent weeks. On July 17, a China Eastern airplane landed off the runway …

    August 19, 2014 8:06 am
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