Headline News

  • Michelle Knight tells Ohio crowd she forgives captor Ariel Castro, now has peace in her life


    CHARDON, Ohio –  One of the three women held captive in a Cleveland home for about a decade says she has been able to forgive her kidnapper and find peace in her life. Michelle Knight made the comments during an interview conducted by a radio host on Sunday at Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin High School in Chardon, Ohio. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus broke out of the house in May 2013 after suffering years of torture. The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer (http://bit.ly/ZLrDkm ) reports that the 33-year-old Knight, who was kidnapped in August 2002 when she was 21, says she realizes now that Ariel Castro had a disease, and therapy has taught her that what he did hadn’t been his fault. Castro pleaded guilty to a long list of charges and committed suicide in prison in September 2013. ___ Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com

    October 20, 2014 6:12 am
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Politics

  • Court allows use of controversial Texas voter ID law


    By SAM HANANEL October 18, 2014 A roll of “I Voted” stickers rests on a table near a voter registration list at the Old Train Depot in Denmark, South Carolina.(REUTERS/Chris Keane) The Supreme Court said Saturday that Texas can use its controversial new voter identification law for the November election. A majority of the justices rejected an emergency request from the Justice Department and civil rights groups to prohibit the state from requiring voters to produce certain forms of photo identification in order to cast ballots. Three justices dissented. The law was struck down by a federal judge last week, but a federal appeals court had put that ruling on hold. The judge found that roughly 600,000 voters, many of them black or Latino, could be turned away at the polls because they lack acceptable identification. Early voting in Texas begins Monday. The Supreme Court’s order was unsigned, as it typically is in these situations. …

    October 20, 2014 2:28 am
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Stocks

  • Debt-laden ‘zombie’ firms threaten China’s economy


    Economists concerned over rapidly rising corporate debt levels in China are sounding the alarm, warning that major changes are needed to avoid an increase in “zombie” banks and firms. After expanding at a lightning-fast rate, China’s corporate debt market recently became the largest in the world at $14.2 trillion, according to Standard and Poor’s. Experts worry that too many of the loans have gone to underperforming firms that will never be able to repay — especially in a slowing economy. Economists surveyed by CNNMoney often cite concerns over runaway credit growth, but many now single out corporate debt as a major threat to China’s economy. “The risk is that the high debt burden will eventually result in unproductive zombie banks and zombie firms, which are a drag on the economy,” said Julian Evans-Pritchard of Capital Economics. Related: The Chinese like capitalism more than Americans As China’s economy slows, companies are seeing a lower rate of …

    October 19, 2014 9:19 pm
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Sports

  • Hulkenberg secures Force India seat for 2015


    LONDON (Reuters) – Germany’s Nico Hulkenberg will continue to race for the Force India next season, the Formula One team said on Monday. The highly-rated 27-year-old has enjoyed his best season to date, with points finishes in 13 races, including four fifth place finishes. “Everybody in the team is delighted to see Nico remain a Sahara Force India driver for next season,” team principal and managing director Vijay Mallya said in a statement. “We rate him very highly and he has done a tremendous job this year by consistently picking up crucial championship points. He’s a true racer and he knows how to motivate the team.” Hulkenberg is eighth in the drivers’ standings this season, three places ahead of team mate Sergio Perez. (Reporting by Martyn Herman; Editing by Amlan Chakraborty)

    October 20, 2014 6:12 am
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World News

  • Nigeria declared free of Ebola


    20 October 2014 Last updated at 11:50 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Son of Nigeria’s hero doctor, who spotted Ebola patient, speaks of pride Nigeria has been declared officially free of Ebola after six weeks with no new cases, the World Health Organization (WHO) says. WHO representative Rui Gama Vaz, speaking in the capital Abuja, said it was a “spectacular success story”. Nigeria won praise for its swift response after a Liberian diplomat brought the disease there in July. The outbreak has killed more than 4,500 people in West Africa, mostly in Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone. An estimated 70% of those infected have died in those countries. The WHO officially declared Senegal Ebola-free on Friday. Meanwhile, European Union foreign ministers are meeting in Luxembourg to discuss how to strengthen their response to the threat posed by Ebola. European countries have committed more than 500m euros (£400m; $600m) but the UK …

    October 20, 2014 6:13 am
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Technology

  • Marketing agencies have completely missed the potential of digital


    We sit here in 2014 and we think we’ve “got” digital. We’ve been talking about it forever and we’ve introduced new processes, expressions, agencies. We’ve acquired, hired and rebuilt. What more evidence is needed? How could it be in an age where Unilever has a YouTube Channel, Oreo can put tweets on cookies and where we make TV ads out of recycled vines, that we’re not on top of it? I believe we’ve accomplished nothing with new technology in marketing. We’ve missed the entire point of it all; we’ve taken the revolutionary power of digital and found a way to adapt it to what we had. It’s always been this way because paradigm shifts are hard, be it the onset of the steam age, or the beginning of electricity. We tend to view the future through the mirror of the past, unable to start afresh with what the new technology means. We become fixated on …

    October 20, 2014 2:28 am
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Science

  • Journey to the center of the earth


    Related images(click to enlarge) A UC Santa Barbara geochemist studying Samoan volcanoes has found evidence of the planet’s early formation still trapped inside the Earth. Known as hotspots, volcanic island chains such as Samoa can ancient primordial signatures from the early solar system that have somehow survived billions of years. Matthew Jackson, an associate professor in UCSB’s Department of Earth Science, and colleagues utilized high-precision lead and helium isotope measurements to unravel the chemical composition and geometry of the deep mantle plume feeding Samoa’s volcanoes. Their findings appear today in the journal Nature. In most cases, volcanoes are located at the point where two tectonic plates meet, and are created when those plates collide or diverge. Hotspot volcanoes, however, are not located at plate boundaries but rather represent the anomalous melting in the interior of the plates. Such intraplate volcanoes form above a plume-fed hotspot where the Earth’s mantle is melting. The plate moves over …

    October 20, 2014 2:49 am
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Health

  • Has sugar lost its sweet spot? Paraguayan plant upends market


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – The maker of America’s top sugar brand Domino Sugar is launching its first no-calorie “natural” sweetener extracted from the stevia plant in Paraguay, the strongest sign yet that the upstart product is threatening to eat into raw-sugar demand. In less than a decade, the sweet-tasting stevia powder has stolen a big chunk of the $1.3-billion global market for artificial sweeteners as more health-conscious consumers use it in what they eat and drink. Consumers’ appetite for artificial sweeteners like Cumberland Packing Co.’s Sweet’N Low and corn syrup has waned amid rising interest in foods perceived as natural. The powerful corporations that dominate the global sugar market are also facing slowing demand, especially in the United States, for refined sugar that is used in everything from coffee to cakes. The U.S. slowdown is due in part to concerns about extremely high rates of obesity and diabetes. Big Sugar’s response? To offer new non-sugar …

    October 20, 2014 2:28 am
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Entertainment

  • EXCLUSIVE: Lionel Richie isn’t Khloé Kardashian’s dad, Elvis is


    Photo credit Adriana M. Barraza/WENN, WENN Lionel Richie InTouch magazine, known for its “inside sources,” has recently pinned the Khloé Kardashian paternity tail on the Lionel Richie donkey. An unnamed source told the mag that Khloé’s mom, Kris Jenner, had an affair with Richie in the ’80s (because he’s easy like Sunday morning — sorry, couldn’t resist). Says the source, “They had a sexual affair — he bragged about it. He said he was on the outs with his wife at the time. Everyone was sleeping around with everyone else back then, and Kris was hot in those days.” That’s pretty compelling proof, but we think our photo above provides irrefutable evidence that Richie is not Khloé’s dad. There is zero resemblance between these two. Lionel Richie wrote his hit track “Lady” on the loo Photo credit: Adriana M. Barraza, Lee Celano/Wire Image/Getty Images Robert Kardashian Speaking of zero resemblance, Khloé doesn’t look a thing like the …

    October 20, 2014 6:12 am
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Editorial

  • Ebola threat: Our military must be on front line of US fight, not on the sidelines


    As Americans grow increasingly concerned about Ebola both here and around the world, I’ve been speaking with respected doctors who have spent most of their lives working for our government.  The concern they have about the Ebola threat to the American people is very real.  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT They have spent their lives making sure America has the right systems and technologies in place to prevent potentially catastrophic medical events, such as hemorrhagic fevers.  These doctors are not alarmists; they are patriots who have dedicated most of their lives to making sure that our nation was adequately prepared for an event such as this.  The U.S. military is best prepared to deal with Ebola. They have a much better understanding of medical logistics and proper protocols to be taken when dealing with deadly biological threats. As one physician told me, “This is a civilizational challenge, but I’m afraid our government is treating it as a political …

    October 18, 2014 1:40 pm
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Odd News

  • Washington teacher told not to use disciplinary ‘Wheel of Misfortune’


    SEATTLE (Reuters) – A Washington state high school teacher has been warned not to have students spin a disciplinary “Wheel of Misfortune” to assign punishments for misbehavior that included being pelted with rubber balls by fellow students, school officials said. The Stevenson High School science teacher used the wheel to punish “low-level misconduct” instead of sending the students to lunch-time detention, Superintendent Dan Read wrote in a letter to parents on Thursday. Results from a third-party investigation on Wednesday showed the teacher’s spinning punishment prop to be “inappropriate, but well-intentioned” and that the teacher did not “desire to embarrass, intimidate or harm any student,” Read said. “Poor judgment by any teacher is concerning and we plan to work with the teacher on more positive and productive classroom management skills going forward,” he added. The school, in Skamania County near the Washington-Oregon border, did not immediately respond to a request for comment, nor did the teacher. …

    October 17, 2014 9:43 pm
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