• Scotland ‘ready to take refugees’

    Scotland ‘ready to take refugees’

    Image caption Nicola Sturgeon said Scotland had a moral obligation to help Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said Scotland “stands ready to offer sanctuary” to refugees. Ms Sturgeon said Scotland should accept 1,000 refugees...
  • Doc trades white coat for walking shoes

    Doc trades white coat for walking shoes

    Westerville, Ohio (CNN)Cardiologist Dr. David Sabgir thought he was doing everything he could to help his patients.  He spent extra time during appointments, listening to their issues and giving advice on how to live a healthier life. “But in the end, I just wasn’t...
  • Fans out in force for new Star Wars toys

    Fans out in force for new Star Wars toys

    The force of global commerce was strong Friday. But good luck finding any Captain Phasma toys! Stores around the world opened their doors early on what has been dubbed “Force Friday” to sell new Star...
  • Drowned boy back in Syria for burial

    Drowned boy back in Syria for burial

    Image copyright BBC Turkish Image caption The funeral of Alan and his brother and mother has taken place in Syria The bodies of drowned Syrian boy Alan Kurdi and his family have been buried the...
  • Max Wittek leads Hawaii over Colorado 28-20

    HONOLULU (AP) Max Wittek threw three touchdown passes and Rigoberto Sanchez kicked a pair of field goals to lead Hawaii over Colorado 28-20 Thursday night. Wittek, who was making his first career start for the...

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  • Doc trades white coat for walking shoes


    Westerville, Ohio (CNN)Cardiologist Dr. David Sabgir thought he was doing everything he could to help his patients.  He spent extra time during appointments, listening to their issues and giving advice on how to live a healthier life. “But in the end, I just wasn’t successful at encouraging them to get out there and get physically active,” said Sabgir, who has been in practice for 12 years. Heart disease is the number one killer in America. But 80% of cardiovascular disease is preventable with more exercise and simple lifestyle changes.Yet Sabgir found that only five percent of his patients were getting the recommended 150 minutes a week of moderate physical activity. “I was frustrated,” he said. “So one day I asked a few patients to meet me and my family in the park to take a walk.” At the first walk in 2005, 101 people showed up. Today, Sabgir’s nonprofit, Walk with a Doc, has expanded to more than 160 chapters around the country. Doctors …

    September 4, 2015 6:46 am
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Politics

  • Biden says cannot say yet whether he will mount White House run


    ATLANTA U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said on Thursday he is still trying to determine whether he has the emotional energy to mount a White House bid in 2016 but cannot say yet whether he will. In his first extensive public comments about a possible run for the Democratic presidential nomination, Biden said, “I can’t look you straight in the eye now and say I know I can do it.” Biden, 72, has been huddling with advisers for weeks to determine whether he will challenge Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, who has seen her favorability ratings plummet over her use of a private email server while working as the nation’s top diplomat. “The most relevant factor in my decision is whether my family and I have the emotional energy to run,” Biden, who lost his son, Beau, to cancer earlier this year, said in response to a question. “The factor is, can I do it?” he …

    September 4, 2015 3:25 am
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Stocks

  • Fans out in force for new Star Wars toys


    The force of global commerce was strong Friday. But good luck finding any Captain Phasma toys! Stores around the world opened their doors early on what has been dubbed “Force Friday” to sell new Star Wars merchandise to eager fans. New lightsabers, action figures and bobblehead dolls tied to “Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens” went on sale at Toys R Us, Walmart (WMT), Target (TGT) and other retailers. That followed hours of live streaming Wednesday and Thursday on YouTube of people “unboxing” some of the hottest new Jedi fare. At Toys R Us in New York’s Times Square just before midnight, hundreds of people were waiting for hours to be first in line. Many of the people who spoke to CNNMoney said they knew they could have stayed home and ordered toys on Amazon (AMZN, Tech30). But where’s the fun in that? Fans who made the trip to Times Square were rewarded …

    September 4, 2015 6:26 am
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Sports

  • For US, roster spots up for grabs in Friday match vs Peru


    WASHINGTON (AP) U.S. center back John Brooks plays in Germany’s top pro league and has even scored a winning goal in a World Cup match. Still, the ferociousness of the competition in July at the CONCACAF Gold Cup surprised him. ”It was a completely different game,” Brooks said. ”Every game was like a war.” The U.S. performed unevenly in the regional tournament and suffered a disappointing semifinal exit against Jamaica, forcing the Americans into a playoff against Mexico next month for a place at the 2017 Confederations Cup. As a result, Brooks and other players find themselves with two chances to impress in exhibitions against Peru on Friday night and Brazil on Tuesday night as October roster decisions loom. ”We want to hopefully give them as much exposure as possible and give them a chance to prove a point,” coach Jurgen Klinsmann said, ”even if it’s in just a few minutes.” The stakes are especially …

    September 4, 2015 6:46 am
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World News

  • Scotland ‘ready to take refugees’


    Image caption Nicola Sturgeon said Scotland had a moral obligation to help Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said Scotland “stands ready to offer sanctuary” to refugees. Ms Sturgeon said Scotland should accept 1,000 refugees “as a starting point for a meaningful discussion”. She was speaking at a summit aimed at examining what Scotland can do to help ease the international refugee crisis. The first minister earlier wrote to Prime Minister David Cameron calling for the UK to accept more refugees. On Friday morning, the prime minister said he would set out plans next week for the UK to take “thousands more” refugees from camps on the Syrian borders. Image copyright AFP Image caption The UK has been criticised for not agreeing to take in more refugees He said the extra refugees would come from UN camps bordering Syria, and not from among people already in Europe. Britain would act with its “head and heart”, …

    September 4, 2015 6:47 am
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Technology

  • Meltdown-Proof Nuclear Reactors Get a Safety Check in Europe


    Molten salt reactors like this one, built at Oak Ridge, could be operating by the early 2020s. For years nuclear scientists have talked about a revival of molten salt reactors, which are powered by a liquid fuel rather than solid fuel rods, that will help spark the long-awaited “nuclear renaissance.” Recent developments indicate that this alternative nuclear power technology is finally making gradual progress toward commercialization. A consortium of research institutes and universities working under the aegis of the European Commission, including the Technology University of Delft (TU Delft), in the Netherlands, France’s National Center for Scientific Research, and the Commission’s Joint Research Center, in Brussels, in August embarked on a four-year research program designed to demonstrate the safety benefits of molten salt reactors. Called “Safety Assessment of the Molten Salt Fast Reactor,” or Samofar, the effort will lead to the building of a prototype reactor in the early 2020s if all goes as planned. …

    September 4, 2015 3:45 am
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Science

  • ASU team develops quick way to determine bacteria’s antibiotic resistance


    Related images(click to enlarge) Bacteria’s ability to become resistant to antibiotics is a growing issue in health care: Resistant strains result in prolonged illnesses and higher mortality rates. One way to combat this is to determine bacteria’s antibiotic resistance in a given patient, but that often takes days — and time is crucial in treatment. ASU scientists have developed a technique that can sort antibiotic-resistant from “susceptible” bacteria, and it happens in a matter of minutes. The microfluidic technology, developed in the lab of professor Mark Hayes in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Arizona State University, uses microscale electric field gradients, acting on extremely small samples, to tell the difference between the two strains (antibiotic-resistant and antibiotic-susceptible) of Staphylococcus epidermidis. It’s part of a changing approach to bacteria. After a multi-decade “sledgehammer” approach, focused on killing all bacteria via soaps, detergents, antibiotics and hand sanitizers, scientists are now moving to subtler methods based …

    September 4, 2015 6:46 am
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Health

  • Novartis wins EU approval for multiple myeloma drug Farydak


    ZURICH Novartis AG said on Friday it received European Union approval for Farydak, a treatment for multiple myeloma that the company said gives new options for adult patients whose disease has progressed following standard therapy. Novartis received similar approval for Farydak from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in February for treating multiple myeloma, a form of blood cancer that arises from plasma cells found in bone marrow. Analysts at Bank Vontobel wrote that they estimate global peak annual sales at $250 million. The EU approval is for use of Farydak capsules in combination with bortezomib, sold by Takeda Pharmaceutical Co.’s oncology unit as Velcade, and the anti-inflammatory steroid dexamethasone. The Basle-based company said Farydak represents the first therapy for multiple myeloma that inhibits the activity of certain enzymes, potentially slowing over-development of plasma cells. This can crowd out other healthy blood cells from bone marrow, leading to anemia or bone and kidney problems. The …

    September 4, 2015 7:07 am
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Entertainment

  • Can’t Buy Me Love Star Amanda Peterson Died Of Acute Morphine Toxicity


    Posted on Thu Sep 3rd, 2015 6:35am PDT       By X17 Staff Can’t Buy Me Love star Amanda Peterson, who passed away on July 5, died from acute morphine toxicity, the Weld County Coroner’s Office in Colorado has confirmed. Peterson was found dead inside her Greeley, Colorado home last month, and the cause of death is being labeled as an accidental drug overdose. Peterson, who was 43 at the time of her death, reportedly ingested a deadly cocktail of prescription drugs, including benzodizepines, opiates and phenothiazines. Marijuana was also found in her system and the coroner’s report stated the starlet died of a “morphine effect,” which apparently triggers respiratory failure. Though the actress was arrested in May 2012 for DUI and possession of narcotic equipment, her mother Sylvia Peterson previously told Entertainment Tonight she was confident her daughter’s death was NOT related to substance abuse. “This was not, in any way, a drug thing,” she told the …

    September 4, 2015 5:26 am
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Editorial

  • EXCLUSIVE: Kentucky Clerk: ‘This is a fight worth fighting’


    UPDATE: A federal judge has ordered a defiant Kentucky clerk to jail after she refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. U.S. District Judge David Bunning told Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis she would be jailed until she complied with his order to issue the licenses. Davis said “thank you” before she was led out of the courtroom by a U.S. marshal. She was not in handcuffs. Bunning also warned deputy clerks around the state that they could suffer the same fate should they refuse to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. Davis has refused to issue marriages licenses for two months since the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage. She argues that her Christian faith should exempt her from signing the licenses. I’m very steadfast in what I believe. I don’t leave my conscience and my Christian soul out in my vehicle and come in here and pretend to be something I’m not. It’s …

    September 4, 2015 2:05 am
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Odd News

  • Pope makes surprise visit to Rome optician for new eyeglasses


    ROME Pope Francis slipped out of the Vatican on Thursday evening to make a surprise visit to a Rome optician’s shop to get a new pair of eyeglasses, insisting that his old frames be re-used and that he would pay for them. Francis was driven to Ottica Spiezia on Rome’s fancy Via del Babuino in the small Ford Focus car he normally uses, drawing a large crowd of curious tourists and Romans outside, footage on Italian television showed. The shop owner, Alessandro Spiezia, who has made eyeglasses for the pope before but always delivered them to the Vatican though aides, said he did not know that the pope would come to the shop himself. “He had told me to use the old frames again because he did not want to spend much money and insisted on paying for them,” Spiezia said on Italian television. The pope arrived with one of his secretaries and a driver …

    September 3, 2015 7:04 pm
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