• Today’s Toons 8/20/14

    Today’s Toons 8/20/14

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  • Aeropostale hires old CEO to save teen brand

    Aeropostale hires old CEO to save teen brand

    Aeropostale is bringing back the 1990s. The company announced Monday that Julian Geiger, the previous CEO of Aeropostale (ARO) from 1998 to 2010, is retaking the reigns after a disastrous few years for the teen-focused...
  • Israel strike ‘targeted Hamas chief’

    Israel strike ‘targeted Hamas chief’

    20 August 2014 Last updated at 07:45 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. The BBC’s Yolande Knell in Gaza says “four or five blasts” were heard as the house was targeted The...
  • Crawford leads Dodgers past Padres

    Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) – Carl Crawford smacked a two-run homer among his three hits, three RBI and three runs scored as the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the San Diego Padres, 8-6, in the opener...

Headline News

  • Police move against protesters as calm dissolves in Ferguson, Missouri


    FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) – Police in riot gear ordered lingering demonstrators in Ferguson, Missouri, to disperse late on Tuesday, then charged into the crowd to make arrests as relative calm dissolved in an 11th night of protests over the fatal shooting of a black teenager. Protests in the town of 21,000, a predominantly African-American suburb of St. Louis, have been punctuated by looting, vandalism and clashes between demonstrators and police every night since Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old, was killed by a white police officer on Aug. 9. Community leaders, politicians and city officials had redoubled their appeals for order on Tuesday, calling for citizens to stay off the streets after sunset, even though a mandatory curfew had been lifted. In the hours after darkness fell, protesters were notably fewer in number and more subdued than on previous nights. Onlookers milled about as civic activists, members of the clergy and even Missouri Attorney General Chris …

    August 20, 2014 2:51 am
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Politics

  • Judge blocks Louisiana governor’s move to scrap Common Core tests


    NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – In a blow to Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal’s move to withdraw his state from Common Core education standards, a state judge on Tuesday blocked Jindal’s plan to scrap a key set of standardized tests due to be introduced in the coming school year. Jindal’s push to ditch Common Core, announced in June and given teeth by his orders to scrap the multistate tests, came amid a backlash against the English and math standards aimed at boosting critical-thinking skills and unifying state guidelines. Judge Todd Hernandez, in issuing a preliminary injunction against the governor in a lawsuit filed by Common Core backers that is awaiting trial, said plans to drop the tests, slated to serve as a must-pass benchmark for fourth-graders, had sowed uncertainty. “The evidence is clear that this state of the unknown has caused anxiety and other harm to the parents, teachers, administrators and students in Louisiana,” he wrote. Jindal’s …

    August 20, 2014 12:07 am
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Stocks

  • Aeropostale hires old CEO to save teen brand


    Aeropostale is bringing back the 1990s. The company announced Monday that Julian Geiger, the previous CEO of Aeropostale (ARO) from 1998 to 2010, is retaking the reigns after a disastrous few years for the teen-focused retailer. Investors are cheering the news, sending shares up nearly 20% on Tuesday. Thomas Johnson, the current CEO, is stepping down as both the company’s head and its board chairman. Since Johnson came abroad in December 2010, Aeropostale’s business has weakened on all fronts. Revenues, profits and margins are all down since Johnson took the helm and the company began bleeding money. The chain tried to roll out clothing lines last year that were styled by popular YouTube fashion blogger Bethany Mota, but it didn’t help much. There’s even a joke circulating on social media sites like Twitter and Tumblr that if anarchy were to break out, people should seek shelter at Aeropostale because nobody’s been there in so long. …

    August 20, 2014 3:11 am
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Sports

  • Olympics-Australia win women’s rugby, France take men’s gold


    NANJING China (Reuters) – Unbeaten Australia claimed women’s rugby sevens gold in the sport’s debut at the Youth Olympic Games on Wednesday after a hat-trick from flying winger Dominique du Toit helped them to a 38-10 win over Canada. In the men’s tournament, France scored three late tries to record a comfortable 45-22 win over Argentina. “We knew that we were just about to make history, whether it be a silver or a gold, but we were so hungry for that gold medal and we’ve just made history,” said Australia’s Tiana Penitani. Du Toit scored her first try after less than a minute, finishing off a sweeping move across the pitch to touch down, but Penitani was then yellow carded for an infringement in the eighth minute. Canada, who stunned hosts China in the semi-finals, took full advantage of their numerical superiority and got back on level terms at 5-5 through Charity Williams’ try. The …

    August 20, 2014 2:51 am
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World News

  • Israel strike ‘targeted Hamas chief’


    20 August 2014 Last updated at 07:45 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. The BBC’s Yolande Knell in Gaza says “four or five blasts” were heard as the house was targeted The wife and child of a Hamas militant leader have reportedly been killed in Israeli air strikes on Gaza which have left 11 people dead. A Hamas official in Cairo said Israel had been targeting Mohammed Deif, the head of its armed wing. Israel said about 50 rockets had been fired from Gaza on Tuesday and another 20 on Wednesday, although no injuries have been reported. The hostilities resumed hours before a temporary ceasefire was due to expire. Talks in Egypt’s capital to end the violence broke up without a deal. Israeli delegates said they would return home. Siren alert It was not known whether Mohammed Deif had survived Tuesday night’s attack, although Hamas’ exiled deputy leader Mussa Abu Marzuk was …

    August 20, 2014 2:51 am
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Technology

  • Uber hires former Obama strategist David Plouffe


    David Plouffe (right), a senior adviser to President Barack Obama, is greeted by the president after introducing him at a 2012 fundraising reception in Chicago. Scott Olson/Getty Images Uber has hired former White House strategist David Plouffe as it gears up to fight the country’s well-established taxi industry in the political arena, the tech startup announced Tuesday. Plouffe, best known as President Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign manager, starts his job as Uber’s senior vice president of policy and strategy in late September, according to a blog post from Uber CEO Travis Kalanick. He said is gearing up the taxi industry by spreading a more positive message about its service. The company, which allows users to order a ride through a smartphone app, is often plagued by controversy prompted by upset taxi drivers, inflated pricing, and most recently, accusations of sabotaging its competitor Lyft. “Our roots are technology, not politics, writing code and rolling out …

    August 19, 2014 8:01 pm
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Science

  • Worm virus details come to light


    Related images(click to enlarge) Rice University scientists have won a race to find the crystal structure of the first virus known to infect the most abundant animal on Earth. The Rice labs of structural biologist Yizhi Jane Tao and geneticist Weiwei Zhong, with help from researchers at Baylor College of Medicine and Washington University, analyzed the Orsay virus that naturally infects a certain type of nematode, the worms that make up 80 percent of the living animal population. The research reported today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences will help scientists study how viruses interact with their nematode hosts. It may also allow them to customize the virus to attack parasitic or pathogenic worms. The research may also lead to new information about how viruses attack other species, including humans, which have thousands of genes that are identical to those found in nematodes. Tao’s lab specializes in X-ray crystallography, through which scientists …

    August 19, 2014 12:09 pm
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Health

  • Liberia fights Ebola in capital, West Africa toll tops 1,200


    MONROVIA/GENEVA (Reuters) – Liberia battled on Tuesday to halt the spread of the Ebola disease in its crowded, run-down oceanside capital Monrovia, recording the most new deaths as fatalities from the world’s worst outbreak of the deadly virus rose above 1,200. The epidemic of the hemorrhagic disease, which can kill up to 90 percent of those it infects, is ravaging the three small West African states of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, and also has a toehold in Nigeria, Africa’s biggest economy. As the Geneva-based World Health Organization rushed to ramp up the global response to the outbreak, including emergency food deliveries to quarantined zones, it announced that deaths had risen to 1,229 as of Aug. 16, out of 2,240 cases. Between Aug. 14 and 16, Liberia recorded the most new deaths, 53, followed by Sierra Leone with 17 and Guinea with 14. On a more hopeful note, the WHO expressed “cautious optimism” that the …

    August 20, 2014 12:07 am
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Entertainment

  • T.I. talks Ferguson: "America has created a monster"


    Donald Glover tweets poem about being black in America “Look at us,” he writes. “America has created a monster.” T.I. posted a pair of iconic photos out of Ferguson to his Instagram, both with long messages attached. Is Ferguson, Missouri, a glimpse into our future? The first, a photo of a protestor throwing a tear gas canister back at police, was accompanied by comments on the police’s mishandling of the situation. Look at us….America has created a monster. The result of ignoring mishandling an already fragile spirited, recently enslaved, presently oppressed race/generation of people. Look at us. We’re the monster that now refuses to be dismissed, overlooked, ignored. We were brought to this place,unaware of our own cultures,religion,traditions therefore,we created our own. Now look at us. For years we’ve been crying out for the nation to address the substandard education systems disparaging treatment of our citizens in communities across America. Our people have had an …

    August 20, 2014 1:49 am
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Editorial

  • Teacher omits God from Pledge of Allegiance


    Courtesy Jessica Andrews Jessica Andrews could not believe her eyes. “It was like an ‘Oh my gosh’ type of feeling,” the mother of six from Aiken, South Carolina told me. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The item that caused her angst came from her daughter’s school. It was a copy of the Pledge of Allegiance. But the school’s version of the pledge was just a few words short – two to be exact. “It didn’t have ‘under God’,” she said. Jessica’s daughter is a fourth grader at Chukker Creek Elementary School. She said Aiken is a very religious community and they are a religious family. So you can imagine her surprise when she realized the school’s version of the pledge did not include a shout-out to the Almighty. CLICK HERE TO JOIN TODD ON FACEBOOK FOR CONSERVATIVE CONVERSATION! “It’s outrageous, to be honest,” she told me. “It seems like the government is doing everything they can to take …

    August 20, 2014 12:07 am
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Odd News

  • China Eastern plane aborts landing as traffic controllers take a nap


    BEIJING (Reuters) – A China Eastern Airlines Corp passenger plane that had started its night-time descent into a Wuhan airport was forced to abort its landing after air traffic controllers had dozed off, an investigation report found. The incident, which took place on July 8, is the third mishap in two months involving the Chinese carrier. A transcript of the flight recording released by the Civil Aviation Administration of China on Tuesday shows that the China Eastern flight crew made repeated attempts to contact the duty flight controllers at Wuhan Tianhe Airport – twice in English and once in Chinese. Those calls went unanswered. The airplane was forced to return to 900 meters and circle the airport for about 10 minutes before landing, the report said. The incident occurred at between 2 to 3 a.m. China Eastern has suffered other mishaps in recent weeks. On July 17, a China Eastern airplane landed off the runway …

    August 19, 2014 8:06 am
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