• US posts better-than-expected growth

    US posts better-than-expected growth

    30 October 2014 Last updated at 13:30 The US economy grew at an annual rate of 3.5% in the July-September quarter, the Commerce Department has said. That was better than the 3% pace that economists...
  • US Ebola nurse defies quarantine

    US Ebola nurse defies quarantine

    30 October 2014 Last updated at 13:35 A US nurse who returned from treating patients in Sierra Leone has defied a voluntary quarantine order, leaving her house in Maine for a bike ride. Kaci Hickox...
  • US economy chugging along at 3.5% growth

    US economy chugging along at 3.5% growth

    The economy had a smooth summer. Gross domestic product, the broadest measure of economic activity, increased 3.5% between July and September over the same period last year, according to the U.S. Commerce Department. It exceeded...
  • US grows at annual rate of 3.5%

    US grows at annual rate of 3.5%

    30 October 2014 Last updated at 12:36 The US economy grew at an annual rate of 3.5% in the July-September quarter, the Commerce Department has said. That is a slowdown from the 4.6% growth rate...
  • Karlberg leads by 2 at the CIMB Classic

    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (SportsNetwork.com) – Sweden’s Rikard Karlberg opened with a 7-under 65 on Thursday and he stands two strokes clear of the field after one round of the CIMB Classic. Karlberg, a two-time winner...
  • Burkina Faso parliament set ablaze

    Burkina Faso parliament set ablaze

    30 October 2014 Last updated at 11:46 Demonstrators breached the security around parliament and set it on fire Protesters angry at plans to allow Burkina Faso’s President Blaise Compaore to extend his 27-year-rule have set...

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  • US posts better-than-expected growth


    30 October 2014 Last updated at 13:30 The US economy grew at an annual rate of 3.5% in the July-September quarter, the Commerce Department has said. That was better than the 3% pace that economists had been expecting and follows the 4.6% growth rate recorded in the April-June quarter. Strong export growth and higher government spending helped to boost growth in the third quarter. In a sign of confidence in the US recovery, on Wednesday the Federal Reserve ended its stimulus scheme. The fall in the unemployment rate to a six-year low has helped to boost that confidence. “Today’s number represents a return to a healthy-looking trend. The most recent IMF forecasts suggest the US economy will grow 3.1% next year and 3.0% in 2016, and these could be revised further upwards in the coming months,” said Ben Brettell, senior economist at Hargreaves Lansdown stockbrokers. Growth was lifted in the third quarter by a sharp …

    October 30, 2014 8:45 am
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Politics

  • Record five black women seek state offices in Georgia, showing shift


    ATLANTA (Reuters) – Five black women are on the November ballot for statewide offices in Georgia, a record in a state that just 11 years ago featured a Confederate battle emblem on its flag. The candidates, all Democrats, have come to be known as the “Georgia Five.” Political commentators say that while only one of them has a real shot at cracking the Republican stronghold on statewide offices in Georgia, their nominations signal a shift in where the state’s politics are headed. “It’s a sign of tremendous change happening right now in Georgia politics,” said Sean Richey, an associate professor of political science at Georgia State University. “I’d say within 10 years that Georgia will turn from a reliable Republican state to a battleground state.” An increase in minority residents is playing a role. In 2000, Georgia was 65 percent white and 35 percent black and non-white. Now the state is about 54 percent white …

    October 30, 2014 7:02 am
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Stocks

  • US economy chugging along at 3.5% growth


    The economy had a smooth summer. Gross domestic product, the broadest measure of economic activity, increased 3.5% between July and September over the same period last year, according to the U.S. Commerce Department. It exceeded analysts’ expectations and offered more proof of an economy gaining momentum. The GDP news comes on the heels of the Federal Reserve’s announcement Wednesday to end its bond-buying stimulus program now that the economy is improving. Economists viewed the Fed’s decision as a mostly positive sign that growth is picking up, even in the job market. Related: Fed ends 6-year effort to stimulate economy Analysts projected GDP growth to hit 3% this quarter, according to data from FactSet. Consumer spending is the largest factor for U.S. economic growth, and it rose 1.8% in this quarter, a slight drop from the same time a year ago, but better than the bleak first quarter this year. Related: ‘Mediocre’ growth plagues world economy …

    October 30, 2014 8:04 am
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Sports

  • Titans rookie Taylor Lewan makes plea deal to resolve assault case involving Ohio State fan


    ANN ARBOR, Mich. –  Tennessee Titans rookie Taylor Lewan has pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors to resolve an assault case involving an Ohio State fan. The 23-year-old former Michigan offensive tackle entered the pleas Thursday to charges of disturbing the peace and being drunk and disorderly. Under an agreement with prosecutors he’s expected to get probation when he’s sentenced Dec. 15. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Lewan was accused of hitting the Ohio State fan after the Buckeyes beat the Wolverines last season. He was originally charged with one count of aggravated assault and two counts of assault and battery. Lewan and his lawyer declined to comment after the hearing. He’s previously said he was breaking up a dispute and wasn’t involved in a fight. The 6-foot-7 Lewan has started the past three games for Tennessee.

    October 30, 2014 8:45 am
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World News

  • US Ebola nurse defies quarantine


    30 October 2014 Last updated at 13:35 A US nurse who returned from treating patients in Sierra Leone has defied a voluntary quarantine order, leaving her house in Maine for a bike ride. Kaci Hickox says a quarantine is unnecessary as she has no symptoms and has tested negative for Ebola. Maine officials vow to go to court to try to enforce her isolation. About 5,000 people have died of the disease in West Africa, but only nine patients have been treated for the virus on US soil.

    October 30, 2014 8:44 am
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Technology

  • Papers Please wins 2014 GameCity Prize


    Border control simulation Papers, Please has won the fourth annual GameCity prize. Jurors from outside of the games industry, including the musician Peter Gabriel and the film director Darren Aronofsky, spent the summer playing and discussing six games from a varied shortlist, and their winner was announced on Wednesday night during the ongoing GameCity festival in Nottingham. The game, which puts players into the role of an immigration officer in a fictitious eastern European country, beat the Nintendo 3DS life simulation Animal Crossing: New Leaf, puzzle-platformer Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, first-person story exploration game Gone Home, the infamous big-budget open-world shooter Grand Theft Auto V, and episodic point and click adventure game Kentucky Route Zero. “Unlike previous years there wasn’t a clear critical consensus,” said the journalist Samira Ahmed, who led the jury. “Some jurors found games that felt like interactive movies or impressionistic models, while others found liberating creative worlds in which …

    October 30, 2014 7:03 am
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Science

  • Ancient auditory illusions reflected in prehistoric art?


    Related images(click to enlarge) Some of humankind’s earliest and most mysterious artistic achievements — including prehistoric cave paintings, canyon petroglyphs and megalithic structures such as Stonehenge — may have been inspired by the behaviors of sound waves being misinterpreted as “supernatural.” During the 168th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA), to be held October 27-31, 2014 at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown Hotel, Steven J. Waller, of Rock Art Acoustics, will describe several ways virtual sound images and absorbers can appear supernatural. “Ancient mythology explained echoes from the mouths of caves as replies from spirits, so our ancestors may have made cave paintings in response to these echoes and their belief that echo spirits inhabited rocky places such as caves or canyons,” explained Waller. Just as light reflection gives an illusion of seeing yourself duplicated in a mirror, sound waves reflecting off a surface are mathematically identical to sound waves emanating from a virtual …

    October 30, 2014 3:19 am
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Health

  • India’s universal healthcare rollout to cost $26 billion: official


    NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s universal health plan that aims to offer guaranteed benefits to a sixth of the world’s population will cost an estimated 1.6 trillion rupees ($26 billion) over the next four years, a senior health ministry official said. Under the National Health Assurance Mission, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government would provide all citizens with free drugs and diagnostic treatment, as well as insurance cover to treat serious ailments. The proposed plan would be rolled out in phases from April 2015 and will cover the entire population by March 2019, C.K. Mishra, an additional secretary at the health ministry, told Reuters. When the entire population is covered, it would cost an estimated $11.4 billion annually. “If you want to deliver the service, that is what it will take,” Mishra said, disclosing for the first time an expert group’s cost estimates that will be considered by the finance ministry for inclusion in the government’s …

    October 30, 2014 7:02 am
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Entertainment

  • 25 Pics that prove celebs always look better with a beard


    Photo credit: WENN.com Dare we say Chris Pine’s beard is out of this world? ‘Cause, sweet Deep Space Nine, this man is a thing of beauty. Photo credit: Adriana M. Barraza/WENN.com Aaron Paul certainly cleans up well, and we personally can’t imagine the Breaking Bad hunk without his well-manicured facial hair. Photo credit: Daniel Tanner/WENN.com Dear Adam Levine, if you ever decide again to experiment with your hair to dramatically alter your looks, please consider growing your beard back out and do not — we repeat, do not — go anywhere near a box of peroxide. Photo credit: Brian To/WENN.com Bradley Cooper with a beard is almost as cute as Bradley Cooper voicing a rageaholic, bounty-hunting raccoon. Almost. Photo credit: Apega/WENN.com Those freckles! Those lashes! That smile! There is nothing common about Common’s beautiful bearded face. Photo credit: WENN.com Chris Evans has played clean-shaven Captain America in so many movies now, we almost forgot how sexy …

    October 30, 2014 8:44 am
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Editorial

  • The presumption of liberty: Ebola, the IRS and your rights


    In the years following the adoption of the Constitution, before he was Secretary of State under President Thomas Jefferson and then president himself, James Madison, who wrote the Constitution, was a member of the House of Representatives. During that period of his life, he gave illuminating speeches and wrote elegant essays and letters about human freedom. In one of his essays, Madison noted that freedom came about in Europe when the people rose up and cast off or intimidated tyrants, who reluctantly granted the people the freedoms they sought. That was, in Madison’s words, “power granting liberty.” The American experience was the opposite, he argued.  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT After we seceded from Great Britain, the free people of the 13 independent states voluntarily came together and through the states delegated discrete amounts of power to a central government. That was, in Madison’s words, “liberty granting power,” especially since the people reserved to themselves the liberties they …

    October 30, 2014 7:02 am
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Odd News

  • Man who vanished from Denver NFL game said he ‘had his fill of football’


    DENVER (Reuters) – A man who vanished during a National Football League game in Denver last week only to be found safe days later told police afterward that he had had his “fill of football” and had wanted to go somewhere warmer, authorities said on Wednesday. Paul Kitterman made national headlines this week when his family and friends asked the public for help in finding the 53-year-old who failed to return to his seat after halftime of the Denver Broncos-San Diego Chargers game last Thursday. Kitterman was found unharmed on Tuesday night in Pueblo, Colorado, about 115 miles south of Denver, police said. Pueblo Police said in a statement that they had received a tip that Kitterman was in the area, and officers located him in the parking lot of a Kmart department store. Kitterman was fatigued but coherent when evaluated by paramedics, police said, adding that he told officers he had had “his fill …

    October 29, 2014 3:08 pm
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