Headline News

  • Canada ‘not intimidated’ by attacks


    23 October 2014 Last updated at 04:57 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Footage from the Toronto Globe and Mail show a hail of bullets being fired inside the Canadian parliament building Canadian PM Stephen Harper has said his country “will never be intimidated” after a deadly attack near the national parliament in the capital Ottawa. He pledged to “redouble our efforts” in fighting “terrorist” groups. Earlier a gunman killed a soldier at an Ottawa war memorial, before dying in a shootout with police inside parliament. This came hours after Canada raised its terror threat level. On Monday, another soldier was killed in a hit-and-run attack by a Muslim convert in Quebec. Canada earlier this month announced plans to join the US-led campaign of air strikes against Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq. There is no confirmation that any of this week’s attacks are linked to IS or the new military campaign. …

    October 22, 2014 11:10 pm
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Politics

  • Suspended South Carolina speaker to plead guilty to ethics charges: report


    CHARLESTON S.C. (Reuters) – Suspended South Carolina House of Representatives Speaker Bobby Harrell is expected to plead guilty to criminal ethics charges related to misuse of campaign money and misconduct in office, a local newspaper reported on Wednesday. Harrell, a Republican indicted on nine counts that include falsifying his private plane’s logbook to seek payment for non-existent travel, is scheduled to appear at a hearing on Thursday morning in Columbia, the prosecutor in the case said. The Charleston Post and Courier, citing an anonymous source close to the investigation, said Harrell planned to enter a guilty plea. The paper added it was not clear whether the plea would involve all or some of the charges. David Pascoe, the prosecutor, declined to comment further, and Reuters could not verify that Harrell planned to plead guilty. Neither Harrell nor his attorney immediately responded to messages seeking comment. Harrell, who suspended himself from the Legislature after his indictment …

    October 22, 2014 8:05 pm
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Stocks

  • World Series strikes out with lowest Game 1 ratings in history


    The ratings for Game 1 of the World Series weren’t a home run. Game 1 of the 2014 World Series was no “royal” in terms of the ratings. Tuesday night’s opening game of the Major League Baseball World Series brought in 12.1 million viewers for Fox, making it the lowest rated game 1 and the fifth lowest rated World Series game of all time. The game, which saw the San Francisco Giants stomp the Kansas City Royals 7-1, rated a 3.4 among viewers aged 18 to 49, down 15% from last year’s Series, a match-up of the Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals. Alternatively, this year’s Series includes the small market Royals. They haven’t been in the World Series since “Back to the Future” was in theaters. Kansas City tuned in. Game 1 scored a huge 48.2 overnight in Kansas City. In San Francisco, however, it rated a 29.3 overnight. Related: Fall TV: the …

    October 22, 2014 11:09 pm
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Sports

  • Timeout as Canadians digest day of terror


    TORONTO (Reuters) – A National Basketball Association (NBA) pre-season game rarely holds any importance and a meeting between the Toronto Raptors and Maccabi Haifa on Wednesday held even less relevance as Canadians digested a day of terror. The exhibition contest in Toronto went on but a National Hockey League game in Ottawa between the home-town Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs did not after a morning of gunfire in the Canadian capital left two men dead and a city on edge. Minutes after a soldier on guard at the National War Memorial was shot and fatally wounded, a suspected gunman was shot dead in the parliament building, prompting police to lock down large sections of the downtown core as they assessed an uncertain threat. While Canadians were left stunned and shaken by the unfolding events, coaches and players on Maccabi Haifa were respectful but unrattled. For a team that plays under constant threat of all manner …

    October 22, 2014 11:09 pm
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World News

  • Kazakhstan to offer caviar baths as luxury tourist attraction


    What to get the oligarch who has everything? How about a caviar spa experience on the shores of the Caspian Sea? The “black caviar spa for real gourmands,” is just one of the leisure options that will be on offer at Kazakhstan’s Kenderli resort, which is due to open its doors in a few years time. If a bath of fish eggs is not to your taste, “dances with seals” might just do the trick. These once-in-a-lifetime experiences are being touted to lure tourists to a part of Kazakhstan not familiar to the holiday hordes: the eastern shores of the Caspian Sea. If developers get their way, the luxury resort, costing $3.3 billion, will soon emerge out of the desert reports Tengri News. They expect that by 2020 over half a million tourists will visit every year, with foreigners should make-up over half of the numbers. Russia is considered the most promising market, but the …

    October 22, 2014 11:51 pm
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Technology

  • Search for world’s smartest city


    23 October 2014 Last updated at 01:51 Masdar in the the United Arab Emirates aims to be carbon neutral Mention “smart cities” to people and the first questions they ask are: “What is a smart city?” and “Where is the smartest one?” Unfortunately neither are particularly easy to answer. Smart means different things to different cities. For some, it may be finding ways to relieve pollution or congestion – using sensors and data analysis. For others, it is more about finding ways to make cities greener – with bike-sharing schemes or more parks. Some cities have been built with smartness in mind, such as Songdo in South Korea, which has hi-tech plumbed into its infrastructure, or green city Masdar in the United Arab Emirates. Even cities in some of the least technically advanced areas of the world have aspects of smartness, whether it be the plan to monitor urbanisation in Dar es Salaam with apps …

    October 22, 2014 8:05 pm
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Science

  • Thermal paper cash register receipts account for high bisphenol A (BPA) levels in humans


    Related images(click to enlarge) Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical that is used in a variety of consumer products, such as water bottles, dental composites and resins used to line metal food and beverage containers, and also is used in thermal paper cash register receipts. Now, research conducted at the University of Missouri is providing the first data that BPA from thermal paper used in cash register receipts accounts for high levels of BPA in humans. Subjects studied showed a rapid increase of BPA in their blood after using a skin care product and then touching a store receipt with BPA. “BPA first was developed by a biochemist and tested as an artificial estrogen supplement,” said Frederick vom Saal, Curators Professor of Biological Sciences in the College of Arts and Science at MU. “As an endocrine disrupting chemical, BPA has been demonstrated to alter signaling mechanisms involving estrogen and other hormones. Store and fast food …

    October 22, 2014 8:26 pm
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Health

  • Some U.S. hospitals weigh withholding care to Ebola patients


    CHICAGO/NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Ebola crisis is forcing the American healthcare system to consider the previously unthinkable: withholding some medical interventions because they are too dangerous to doctors and nurses and unlikely to help a patient. U.S. hospitals have over the years come under criticism for undertaking measures that prolong dying rather than improve patients’ quality of life. But the care of the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States, who received dialysis and intubation and infected two nurses caring for him, is spurring hospitals and medical associations to develop the first guidelines for what can reasonably be done and what should be withheld. Officials from at least three hospital systems interviewed by Reuters said they were considering whether to withhold individual procedures or leave it up to individual doctors to determine whether an intervention would be performed. Ethics experts say they are also fielding more calls from doctors asking what their professional …

    October 22, 2014 8:05 pm
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Entertainment

  • - Justin Bieber Wears Bunches Of Bling, Rides In New $500K Rolls Royce For Dinner At Flavor Of India


    Posted on Wed Oct 22nd, 2014 9:35pm PDT       By X17 Staff Justin Bieber treated pal Lil Za to dinner at Flavor of India Wednesday night and X17online got the exclusive shots of the bad boys’ new half a million-dollar Rolls Royce Phantom! The Biebs is growing up and stepping up the swag factor with a $500K grown-up car. Looks like he’s left behind the hot box-mobile and traded it in for this lovely ride … and we don’t see Lil Za complaining! That’s not the only expensive purchase Justin’s made lately … check out the bling around his neck! Apparently being pop royalty afford you the equivalent of the palace jewels ’cause this boy just bought three over-the-top gold necklaces with rubies, diamonds and a sapphire. Bet that cost a pretty penny … Despite having all the money in the world, Bieber brought home doggy bags from the Beverly Hills restaurant. Waste not, want not! #munchies …

    October 22, 2014 11:51 pm
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Editorial

  • Met Opera’s ‘Klinghoffer’: The musical bastardization of a cold-blooded  terrorist murder


    In this image released by the Metropolitan Opera, Aubrey Allicock as Mamoud, foreground from left, Sean Pannikar as Molqui, and Paulo Szot as the Captain, perform with the cast in “The Death of Klinghoffer,” at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. (AP Photo/Metropolitan Opera, Ken Howard) New York’s Metropolitan Opera premiered “The Death of Klinghoffer” Monday night. The Washington Post describes the opera as “based on the brutal murder in 1985 of Leon Klinghoffer, an elderly Jewish tourist shot by Palestinian terrorists and pushed into the sea from the deck of the cruise ship Achille Lauro.” In the weeks leading up to Monday’s opening night performance Peter Gelb, the Met’s general manager,  led an unprecedented marketing campaign to promote the opera: “See It –Then Decide.” ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT And so I did.  Defenders of the opera would have us believe the opera is worth staging because “Klinghoffer” is a work of art. It does not justify terrorism, …

    October 22, 2014 8:05 pm
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Odd News

  • Woman who gouged her eyes in California sues over viral photo


    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A nurse at a Los Angeles hospital took a photo of a woman who gouged out her own eyes with pencils, and the patient sued the hospital and its administrators after the picture went viral on the Internet, her attorney said on Wednesday. The plaintiff, who is not named in the lawsuit, was treated at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center in 2012 after she tried to commit suicide by jamming the pencils through her eyes at another facility and was rushed to the hospital, her lawyer, Douglas Johnson, said. The injury left the woman blind, according to the lawsuit, filed on Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court. The as-yet unidentified nurse took the photograph of the patient with the “intact pencils sticking out of her eyes,” then shared the unauthorized picture with another person, who passed the image to Joshua Shivers, the lawsuit said. Shivers, in turn, used his mother’s computer …

    October 22, 2014 8:26 pm
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