• Spurrier dealing with offensive unknowns

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) So Steve Spurrier finally settled on South Carolina’s starting quarterback. He just wishes that was his only question on offense. The coach went with third-year sophomore Connor Mitch for Thursday night’s opener...
  • Ferries disrupted by Calais blockade

    Ferries disrupted by Calais blockade

    Passengers are facing Bank Holiday delays at the Port of Calais following a fresh protest by former workers of a dissolved ferry company. Protesters – believed to be from former operator MyFerryLink – have blockaded...
  • Hynde under fire for rape remarks

    Hynde under fire for rape remarks

    Image caption US-born Hynde has lived in the UK for the past 42 years Singer Chrissie Hynde has come under fire for suggesting it can be a woman’s fault if she is raped. “You know...
  • Egypt election dates set for autumn

    Egypt election dates set for autumn

    Image caption Egypt’s parliament has been dissolved for three years Egypt’s election commission has announced that a long-awaited parliamentary election will be held in two stages in October and November. The poll had been scheduled...
  • Verizon will let you keep your contract

    Verizon will let you keep your contract

    You can continue to keep your two-year contract on Verizon, but the no-contract plans will save you money. Verizon hasn’t quite killed off two-year contracts just yet. The nation’s largest wireless carrier stopped offering two-year...

Headline News

  • Obama to rename North America’s highest peak as Denali on Alaska trip


    WASHINGTON President Barack Obama on Monday will officially restore Denali as the name of North America’s tallest mountain, ending a 40-year battle over what to call the peak that has been known as Mount McKinley. The symbolic gesture comes at the beginning of a three-day trip to Alaska where Obama hopes to build support for his efforts to address climate change during his remaining 16 months in office. The peak was named Mount McKinley in 1896 after a gold prospector exploring the region heard that Ohioan William McKinley, a champion of the gold standard, had won the Republican nomination for president. But Alaska natives had long before called the mountain Denali, meaning “the High One.” In 1975, the state of Alaska officially designated the mountain as Denali, and has since been pressing the federal government to do the same. Alaskans had been blocked in Congress by Ohio politicians, who wanted to stick with McKinley as …

    August 30, 2015 4:38 pm
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Politics

  • U.S. presidential hopeful Sanders gains ground on Clinton in Iowa poll


    WASHINGTON U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders narrowed the gap with leading Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in a recent opinion poll in the political bellwether state of Iowa as support for the front-runner fell below 50 percent for the first time this year. Clinton, former secretary of state and first lady, remained the top choice for 37 percent of likely Democratic voters in the party’s nomination contest, down from 50 percent in June, according to the Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics Iowa Poll released late on Saturday. But Sanders, a longtime independent lawmaker from Vermont, was favored by 30 percent of respondents, skyrocketing from single-digit support early this year in the race to become the Democratic Party nominee for the November 2016 presidential election. On Sunday’s talk shows, Sanders attributed his gains to his own growing popularity and not Clinton’s losses. But Clinton has faced eroding support in several opinion polls as she struggles with an image …

    August 30, 2015 2:57 pm
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Stocks

  • Verizon will let you keep your contract


    You can continue to keep your two-year contract on Verizon, but the no-contract plans will save you money. Verizon hasn’t quite killed off two-year contracts just yet. The nation’s largest wireless carrier stopped offering two-year contracts to new customers earlier this month. But Verizon clarified last week that if you are currently under contract, you can renew your two-year deal with Verizon when you upgrade your phone. You shouldn’t do that. Every single one of Verizon’s new contract-free plans will save you money over the course of two years, when compared to Verizon’s old two-year contract plans. At minimum, you’ll save $3 a month by going contract-free. You can save up to $40 each month, depending on how much data you use. Verizon’s (VZ, Tech30) new no-contract plans come in just four flavors: small (1 GB of data per month), medium (3 GB), large (6 GB) and extra-large (12 GB). The new plans have no …

    August 30, 2015 3:37 pm
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Sports

  • Spurrier dealing with offensive unknowns


    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) So Steve Spurrier finally settled on South Carolina’s starting quarterback. He just wishes that was his only question on offense. The coach went with third-year sophomore Connor Mitch for Thursday night’s opener against North Carolina, and the third-year sophomore is one of several variables on the offensive side of the ball. Junior Pharoh Cooper is the lone receiver with significant experience and perhaps the only player on offense with any star power. There are worries at running back after Mike Davis left for the NFL and at tight end where starter Jarrell Adams has just three career touchdowns despite playing 26 games the past two seasons. ”Yeah, a lot of unknowns,” Spurrier said Sunday. Spurrier has had a productive – at times, dynamic – offense the past five seasons, scoring 30 points or more 36 times in his last 66 games. Much of that came from all-Southeastern Conference performers on offense like …

    August 30, 2015 4:38 pm
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World News

  • Ferries disrupted by Calais blockade


    Passengers are facing Bank Holiday delays at the Port of Calais following a fresh protest by former workers of a dissolved ferry company. Protesters – believed to be from former operator MyFerryLink – have blockaded the port with lifeboats, affecting services between France and the UK. Port of Dover officials said services at the port in northern France were suspended owing to industrial action. PO Ferries told passengers it did not know how long delays would last. The ferry operator told waiting passengers: “We regret to inform you that currently there are no movements permitted in or out of the port for any ferries. “Protesting crew from the recently dissolved My Ferry Link has blocked the Port entrance. “This means our ferries cannot leave or enter for the time being. We have no information how long this will last but negotiations are ongoing to resolve the situation as soon as possible.” Operator DFDS Seaways said …

    August 30, 2015 4:37 pm
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Technology

  • Instagram images no longer all square


    Image caption It’s no longer hip to be square, according to Instagram Facebook-owned image-sharing platform Instagram is allowing its 300 million users to post landscape and portrait videos and pictures for the first time. Until now, images shared via the site could only be uploaded in a square format. Disney, maker of the new Star Wars film, has already taken advantage of yesterday’s change to upload a landscape-orientated teaser video. Instagram recently announced plans to carry more advertising. “It turns out that nearly one in five photos or videos people post aren’t in the square format, and we know that it hasn’t been easy to share this type of content on Instagram,” the firm said in a blog post.. “Friends get cut out of group shots, the subject of your video feels cramped and you can’t capture the Golden Gate Bridge from end to end.” The move will also appeal to advertisers, said analyst Debra …

    August 30, 2015 3:17 pm
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Science

  • Researchers thwart cancer cells by triggering ‘virus alert’


    Working with human cancer cell lines and mice, researchers at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center and elsewhere have found a way to trigger a type of immune system “virus alert” that may one day boost cancer patients’ response to immunotherapy drugs. An increasingly promising focus of cancer research, the drugs are designed to disarm cancer cells’ ability to avoid detection and destruction by the immune system. In a report on the work published in the Aug. 27 issue of Cell, the Johns Hopkins-led research team says it has found a core group of genes related to both a viral defense warning system and susceptibility to a demethylating drug called 5-azacytidine that chemically alters their ability to operate through a process called demethylation. A study with similar findings authored by Daniel De Carvalho, Ph.D., at the Ontario Cancer Institute/Princess Margaret Hospital, and Peter Jones, Ph.D., D.Sc., director of research at the Van Andel Institute, focused …

    August 30, 2015 2:17 pm
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Health

  • Neurologist, author Oliver Sacks dies at age 82


    Oliver Sacks, the neurologist who studied the intricacies of the brain and wrote eloquently about them in books such as “Awakenings” and “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat,” died on Sunday at the age of 82, his personal assistant said. The British-born Sacks, who announced in February that he had terminal liver cancer, died at his home in New York City at 1:30 a.m. with his partner, the writer Billy Hayes, and his personal assistant, Kate Edgar, at his side, Edgar told Reuters. “He definitely wrote to the very end,” said Edgar, noting Sacks in his final days never stopped penning a legacy that will be published posthumously and may include “several books.” NYU School of Medicine, where Sacks taught, said in a statement mourning his death that his “breakthrough work” in the fields of neurology and neuro psychiatry led to important understandings in these fields. “Equally important, his prolific, award-winning writing …

    August 30, 2015 2:37 pm
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Entertainment

  • Jennifer Garner Forgets About Ben Affleck’s Alleged Affair And Has The Best Day Ever


    Posted on Sun Aug 30th, 2015 1:15pm PDT       By X17 Staff No wedding ring, no problem! On Sunday morning Jennifer Garner worked out with a gal pal, and after that she took her three kids to the local farmer’s market. Not only did Jen look better than ever, but we caught her having a laugh with the nanny when she was heading back to the car. We doubt she actually forgot about estranged husband Ben Affleck allegedly banging their former nanny, but she certainly didn’t seem bothered by it one bit. On Friday X17 photographers snapped Ben without his wedding ring, and this is the third day in a row we’ve seen Jen without hers. We haven’t seen the two together since they returned from Atlanta, so it seems like those reports of them living together are totally bogus. Ben flew back from Atlanta first with the kids, and Jen came him a few days later …

    August 30, 2015 3:57 pm
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Editorial

  • Christians, Martin Luther King and race: What we must do now


    Armed with a handful of warmed-over sermons and big dreams to grow a small church, the newly ordained Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. arrived at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama in May of 1954. According to biographer Richard Lischer, King came to Dexter with a 39-point plan. Included in King’s plan was the purchase of a new pulpit. The two pulpits the church owned – one in the sanctuary and the other in the basement for use in Sunday School – had virtually been there since the last brick was laid at Dexter in 1889. Within a year of arriving, King was the recognized leader of America’s protest for civil rights. Soon, America was marching for change. King had become more than the pastor at Dexter, but he never stopped preaching. In fact, he believed the church was the center for necessary, creative, loving change. The rhetoric that soared at state houses …

    August 29, 2015 5:29 am
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Odd News

  • Trump says ‘no interest’ in buying Pope’s favorite soccer team


    BUENOS AIRES U.S. presidential hopeful Donald Trump denied a newspaper report on Friday that he wanted to buy top-tier Argentine soccer club San Lorenzo, Pope Francis’ favorite team. “Never even heard of the team – no interest!” the real estate magnate and contender for the Republican presidential nomination, tweeted after the New York Post reported that Trump and an associate had sent a letter to San Lorenzo expressing interest in a deal. Earlier in the day, the club’s vice president, Marcelo Tinelli, told Reuters in a text message that the story was “totally crazy” and that the team was not for sale. Pope Francis grew up near San Lorenzo’s original stadium in Buenos Aires and has been a fan ever since. San Lorenzo is one of the top five clubs in soccer-obsessed Argentina. Whether through soccer, the biggest sport in Latin America, or by other means, Trump might benefit from some connection with Latino voters …

    August 28, 2015 6:26 pm
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