Headline News

  • Indianapolis teenager was asphyxiated, body burned: authorities


    (Reuters) – An Indianapolis teenager whose badly burned body was found behind a house over the weekend died of asphyxiation, authorities said on Tuesday. The body of Dominique Allen, 15, was found on Sunday afternoon by a homeowner in his backyard when he was walking his dog on the west side of the city, Indianapolis police said. He is not a suspect in the killing, police said. Allen’s death was caused by asphyxiation and has been ruled a homicide, Alfarena Ballew, chief deputy coroner of Marion County, said on Tuesday. The teenager was reported missing near midday on Sunday, about the time her body was found, Indianapolis police spokesman Christopher Wilburn said. Investigators believe Allen was killed elsewhere and her body was brought to the backyard, Wilburn said. Detectives found her purse and shoes about a block away from her body, he said. Wilburn declined to say where Allen had been seen alive last, saying …

    September 2, 2014 5:54 pm
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Politics

  • GOP’s Favorite Wins Arizona House Primary


    By Abby Livingston Posted at 5:56 p.m. today 0 Tweet Kirkpatrick is an Arizona Democrat. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) Arizona state Speaker Andy Tobin will take on Democratic Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick after his closest GOP primary opponent conceded the race Tuesday. Tobin led rancher Gary Kiehne by less than 600 votes after the Aug. 26 primary, according to The Associated Press. The race remained too close to call a week later, when Kiehne stepped aside in a show of party unity. “This was a hard-fought and very close election that we fell just short of winning,” Kiehne said in a statement. “But that doesn’t take away from how proud and grateful I am to my supporters for everything they did to help our campaign.” Tobin led 36 percent to 35 percent for Kiehne. A third candidate, state Rep. Adam Kwasman, surpassed many GOP expectations by taking 29 percent of the vote. The Tobin victory offers …

    September 2, 2014 5:33 pm
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Stocks

  • Why Jennifer Lawrence’s career won’t be hurt by nude photos


    The publication of nude photos belonging to Jennifer Lawrence and other celebrities has led to outrage, new concerns about privacy and security, and an FBI investigation. But history shows that the hacking and subsequent leaking — as embarrassing and infuriating as it might be for Lawrence — probably won’t impact the Oscar winner’s career much if at all. In the past, private turned public nude photos of celebrities have had little measurable effect on the careers of those involved. Back in 2011, for example, actress Scarlett Johansson dealt with a similar scandal when private photos of the star went viral on the internet. She felt violated, telling CNN in 2011, “just because you’re an actor… doesn’t mean you’re not entitled to your own personal privacy. If that is [taken away] in some way, it feels unjust. It feels wrong.” It didn’t seem to have a bottom-line impact, however. Just a year later the actress had …

    September 2, 2014 6:33 pm
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Sports

  • Djokovic, Murray renew rivalry in U.S. Open blockbuster


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Friends and rivals since they were 11, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray renew acquaintances on Wednesday in a blockbuster quarter-final match at the U.S. Open. Sixteen years after they first met in a junior competition in France, the pair are set to lock horns for the 21st time as professionals, their sixth grand slam clash but at the earliest stage of the lot. World number one Novak Djokovic will enter the match as the favourite, having reached the last eight without dropping a set, while Murray looked back on form in beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to make the quarter-finals. Murray beat Djokovic in the 2012 U.S. Open final and in the 2013 Wimbledon final and despite his form, the Serb is well aware of how tough a match he faces. “I think Andy also performs his best in the grand slams,” said Djokovic, who is 12-8 lifetime versus Murray. “In the big …

    September 2, 2014 5:54 pm
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World News

  • Gayet wins new French privacy case


    2 September 2014 Last updated at 17:32 Ms Gayet’s lawyer has accused journalists of “hunting” the actress French actress Julie Gayet has won a privacy case over a photo published by Closer magazine during its coverage of her alleged affair with President Francois Hollande. The photo shows Julie Gayet sitting inside her car, which under French law is considered to be a private space. The alleged affair made international headlines after it was revealed by the magazine in January this year. Closer has already paid damages to the actress for publishing the report. On Tuesday, a court in the western Paris suburb of Nanterre handed photographer Laurent Viers a suspended fine of 1,000 euros ($1,300, £790) for taking the photo of the actress sitting at the wheel of the car. The fine only needs to be paid if the defendant re-offends. Closer magazine published the picture with the caption: “It’s in her white Citroen that …

    September 2, 2014 5:54 pm
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Technology

  • UK entrepreneurs: we need better visas, better internet and a better ICO


    UK tech entrepreneurs are calling for tax breaks in return for volunteering to teach code, along with creating a legal framework for bitcoin and more investment for teachers grappling with the new computing curriculum – all part part of an ambitious tech manifesto launched on Wednesday. More than 150 entrepreneurs and investors have signed up to the non-partisan 24-point Startup Manifesto, which was published by the Coadec coalition that is sponsored by Google, TechHub, iHorizon and Intuit, and urges policymakers to prioritise investment in superfast internet connectivity, and make it easier for entrepreneurs to hire international talent, including streamlining visas for entrepreneurs and graduates. Written by Guy Levin, a former economic advisor to George Osborne, it also urges that laws and regulations need to be fit for purpose, including allocating more resources to the Information Commissioners’ Office which has struggled to keep up with regulatory challenges of consumer data protection in the internet era. The …

    September 2, 2014 5:33 pm
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Science

  • Ebola Now Poses a Threat to National Security in West Africa


    The Ebola virus outbreak entrenched in west Africa has become a real risk to the stability and security of society in the region, the top U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention official said today after returning yesterday from a visit there. Failure to tamp down Ebola’s spread is stressing the infrastructure of countries stricken with the disease that must still continue to provide basic health and security services and promote routine commercial activity. Fear of its spread is also hindering care for other maladies and may increasingly put the stability of neighboring nations at risk, said CDC director Tom Frieden in a press conference today. “It’s a problem for the world and the world needs to respond,” he said. The outbreak has spread from Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria to include Senegal. Fortunately, a separate smaller Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo does not appear to be related to the …

    September 2, 2014 5:54 pm
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Health

  • People with widespread pain more likely to develop insomnia


    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Older adults with pain for more than a day are more likely to report trouble sleeping years later, according to a new study. The risk of long-term sleep problems was even higher for people reporting widespread pain in the survey. It might not be just the pain that’s leading to insomnia, the researchers say. Instead, much of the connection could be explained by lifestyle changes that often happen due to persistent pain, said lead author Nicole K.Y. Tang of the University of Warwick in Coventry, U.K. “Although we know that people with chronic pain are more likely to report problems sleeping than people without any pain, we know very little about how the presence of pain leads to the development of insomnia,” said Tang. Tang and her team mailed questionnaires to all people age 50 or older registered with general medical practices in North Staffordshire, U.K. People with pain lasting …

    September 2, 2014 5:33 pm
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Entertainment

  • Are Celebrities Spoiling Their Kids?


    Posted on Tue Sep 2nd, 2014 2:20pm PDT       By X17 Staff A Mercedes for a toddler? And a $1450 purse for a 16-month-old? Are some stars teaching their youngsters that they should be obsessed with wealth and status and forgetting to instill real values in them? We made a huge fuss about Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s daughter Nori carrying a pricey Saint Laurent crossbody bag at the airport yesterday, and the same day 50 Cent posted a photo of his young son Sire cruising around in a miniature black Mercedes, which is similar to the rapper’s own luxury SUV. So much for playing with cardboard boxes and toting around pink plastic Hello Kitty purses! And these two kiddos aren’t the only ones who are being gifted with ridiculously expensive items! When Jay Z and Beyonce’s daughter Blue Ivy turned one, her parents reportedly dropped $80,000 on a custom-made diamond-encrusted Barbie doll and $30,000 on costumes. …

    September 2, 2014 5:12 pm
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Editorial

  • ISIS vs US: Why doesn’t Obama understand we are already at war?


      Tuesday, news broke that the Islamic State had released a “Second Message to America” in the form of an Internet video in which it claimed it had brutally murdered another American journalist, Steven Sotloff. It’s almost impossible to put into words the horror of it. One can only hope that the people who sympathize with the Islamic State aren’t the only ones now motivated to do something. But recent events don’t offer much encouragement. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Most tellingly, Fox News’ James Rosen asked State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki the question uesday that many of us have had on our minds: “A lot of Americans are sitting at home and they see Americans who are not even combatants, but who are journalists, being beheaded by this group overseas. From a common sense point of view, the average American will say to himself, ‘This group is at war with us. Why does our president or our …

    September 2, 2014 5:33 pm
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Odd News

  • Florida-bound Delta flight diverted over reclining seat dispute


    (Reuters) – An argument over leg room and reclining seats forced a Florida-bound flight from New York to divert to a different airport late on Monday, the third such incident of a midair disruption caused by passengers in about a week. Delta Air Lines said that “out of an abundance of caution” the captain of Flight 2370 from New York La Guardia to West Palm Beach chose to land instead at the closest airport, Jacksonville, where local law enforcement removed one passenger. It did not elaborate on the “disruption,” but a witness told Jacksonville TV station WJXT TV-4 that an argument broke out during the flight between one woman who wanted to recline her seat and another in the row behind who wanted to sleep while resting on her tray table. The witness said one of the women became loud and abusive when a flight attendant was called. The aircraft later flew on to West …

    September 2, 2014 1:48 pm
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