• Macy’s to pay $650,000 for racial profiling

    Macy’s to pay $650,000 for racial profiling

    Macy’s must pay a $650,000 fine to settle complaints that it’s staffers wrongfully accused minority shoppers of stealing. Macy’s must pay a $650,000 fine to settle complaints that it’s staffers wrongfully accused minority shoppers of...
  • Liberia troops enforce quarantine

    Liberia troops enforce quarantine

    20 August 2014 Last updated at 13:04 West Point, Liberia’s largest slum, lies on the Atlantic Ocean Security forces in Liberia’s capital have deployed to enforce a quarantine in a large slum area in Monrovia...
  • Meilutyte grabs second gold of Youth Games

    NANJING China (Reuters) – London Olympic champion Ruta Meilutyte finished more than two seconds ahead of her nearest rival in the women’s 100 meters breaststroke final on Wednesday to claim her second gold medal of...
  • Media Day at Wallops for NASA Hurricane Airborne Mission

    [image-36] As the Atlantic Ocean’s hurricane season hits its peak, media are invited to visit NASA’s latest airborne hurricane research mission using remotely piloted aircraft on Thursday, Sept. 11 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m....
  • Want to Stay Slim? Leave the Car at Home

    Want to Stay Slim? Leave the Car at Home

    WEDNESDAY, Aug. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Leaving the car at home and getting to work by walking, cycling or public transit is good for your health, a new study indicates. Researchers looked at thousands...
  • American journalist beheaded by Islamic extremists

    American journalist beheaded by Islamic extremists

    Journalist James Foley(AP Photo/Steven Senne) In a horrifying act of revenge for U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq, militants with the Islamic State extremist group have beheaded American journalist James Foley — and are threatening to...

Headline News

  • Evacuees return home as California wildfire’s progress slows


    August 19, 2014: A chimney stands amid the remains of a burnt structure near Oakhurst, Calif. (AP Photo/Scott Smith) OAKHURST, Calif. –  A wildfire that surged early and gave a scare to a community near Yosemite National Park has been tamed by firefighters, and some of the more than 1,000 people who evacuated their homes have returned. “We’re not seeing the fire expand like we thought,” Madera County Sheriff John Anderson said Tuesday after crews had the fire 35 percent contained amid higher humidity and lower wind speeds. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Eight structures were destroyed as the fire burned nearly 1 square mile in the foothills near Yosemite. Officials revised earlier estimates that it had spanned about twice as much ground. The flames erupted Monday near Oakhurst, a community of several thousand about 16 miles from a Yosemite entrance, forcing more than 1,000 people to evacuate and thousands more to prepare to leave. Some residents were …

    August 20, 2014 8:58 am
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Politics

  • American journalist beheaded by Islamic extremists


    Journalist James Foley(AP Photo/Steven Senne) In a horrifying act of revenge for U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq, militants with the Islamic State extremist group have beheaded American journalist James Foley — and are threatening to kill another hostage, U.S. officials say. The White House must now weigh the risks of adopting an aggressive policy to destroy the Islamic State against resisting any action that could result in the death of another American. It will also confront the potentially necessary step of pursuing the Islamic State in Syria, where President Barack Obama has resisted launching airstrikes or deploying significant American firepower. Obama was expected to make a statement Wednesday about Foley’s killing. U.S. officials confirmed a grisly video released Tuesday showing Islamic State militants beheading Foley. Separately, Foley’s family confirmed his death in a statement posted on a Facebook page that was created to rally support for his release, saying they “have never been prouder of …

    August 20, 2014 8:17 am
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Stocks

  • Macy’s to pay $650,000 for racial profiling


    Macy’s must pay a $650,000 fine to settle complaints that it’s staffers wrongfully accused minority shoppers of stealing. Macy’s must pay a $650,000 fine to settle complaints that it’s staffers wrongfully accused minority shoppers of stealing. New York’s Attorney General Eric Schneiderman started to investigate Macy’s, which has 42 stores in New York State, in February 2013 after receiving complaints about racial profiling. “The office has received complaints from close to two dozen African-American, Latino and other customers who are members of ethnic minority groups who claimed that they had been apprehended and detained at Macy’s, despite not having stolen or having attempted to steal any Macy’s merchandise,” Schneiderman said in a press release. Customers alleged that staffers at the flagship store in Herald Square in Manhattan “detained and falsely accused minorities at far greater rates than white customers of committing crimes,” according to the release Macy’s (M) will also have to designate an independent …

    August 20, 2014 9:18 am
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Sports

  • Meilutyte grabs second gold of Youth Games


    NANJING China (Reuters) – London Olympic champion Ruta Meilutyte finished more than two seconds ahead of her nearest rival in the women’s 100 meters breaststroke final on Wednesday to claim her second gold medal of the Youth Olympic Games. Meilutyte will now leave Nanjing and travel to Berlin for the European Championships, where she will compete in the 50m breaststroke. The Lithuanian, who won in a time of 1:05.39, was not the only Olympic champion at the Nanjing Olympic Sports Center on Wednesday. South African Chad le Clos, who won gold in the 200m butterfly in London, watched the action in his role as Youth Olympic Games ambassador and had some words of advice for the young swimmers. “I was told as a kid that I wasn’t a good butterfly swimmer, and that I was never going to make it as a pro,” he was quoted as saying by the Games official website. “I never …

    August 20, 2014 8:57 am
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World News

  • Liberia troops enforce quarantine


    20 August 2014 Last updated at 13:04 West Point, Liberia’s largest slum, lies on the Atlantic Ocean Security forces in Liberia’s capital have deployed to enforce a quarantine in a large slum area in Monrovia in order to contain the spread of Ebola. The isolation of West Point and a countrywide night-time curfew are the latest anti-Ebola measures to be ordered by the president. Since the beginning of the year, more than 1,200 people have died of the virus in four West African countries. In Nigeria, a top Lagos doctor has just died of the virus. Continue reading the main story “Start Quote We have been unable to control the spread due to continued denials… disregard for the advice of health workers and disrespect for the warnings by the government” End Quote Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Liberian president That brings the number of people who have died of Ebola in Nigeria to five, the health ministry …

    August 20, 2014 8:58 am
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Technology

  • Vexed in the city: The ‘sharing’ economy’s hidden toll on San Francisco


    Margarethe Wichert/Getty Images This story is part of a CNET special report that examines the controversy gripping San Francisco as a massive influx of techies feeds an unprecedented economic boom — and backlash. SAN FRANCISCO — When Brad Worrell visited San Francisco on business last summer, he stayed in an Airbnb rental for the first time in the city’s Castro district. He wasn’t sure what to expect. He typically stays in hotels, but his company booked him a “Castro Gem” just a short walk to the studio where he’d be working for a few weeks. He loved it. “I thought it was a really cute neighborhood. I was psyched when I got there,” Worrell says. “It was one of those classic San Francisco apartments with high ceilings.” Vexed in the city: CNET looks at how San Francisco is dealing with its tech boom. James Martin/CNET One other thing became quickly evident to Worrell: no one …

    August 20, 2014 8:17 am
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Science

  • Media Day at Wallops for NASA Hurricane Airborne Mission


    [image-36] As the Atlantic Ocean’s hurricane season hits its peak, media are invited to visit NASA’s latest airborne hurricane research mission using remotely piloted aircraft on Thursday, Sept. 11 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT, at the agency’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel (HS3) mission is flying two NASA instrumented Global Hawk aircraft to investigate how hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean basin form and change in intensity. The aircraft are capable of flying as high as to 55,000 feet and can stay airborne for 30 hours. This is the third and final year of the HS3 mission. During the media event, reporters will meet HS3 scientists and pilots and tour the Global Hawks and the aircraft control center. Reporters also will learn about NASA’s climate research program and the new technology the agency is using to better understand hurricanes. Speakers during the media day include: – Bill Wrobel, …

    August 20, 2014 8:38 am
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Health

  • Want to Stay Slim? Leave the Car at Home


    WEDNESDAY, Aug. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Leaving the car at home and getting to work by walking, cycling or public transit is good for your health, a new study indicates. Researchers looked at thousands of people in the United Kingdom and found that 76 percent of men and 72 percent of women drove to work, 10 percent of men and 11 percent of women used public transit, and 14 percent of men and 17 percent of women cycled or walked. Those who drove to work weighed more and had higher levels of body fat than those who walked, cycled or used public transit, according to the study published online Aug. 19 in the BMJ. Body mass index scores (an estimate of body fat based on height and weight) for men who drove to work were about one point higher than among those who walked, cycled or used public transit. That’s a weight difference of …

    August 20, 2014 8:17 am
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Entertainment

  • Ali Larter Puts Her Baby Bump On Display In A Pink Bikini


    Posted on Tue Aug 19th, 2014 12:05pm PDT       By X17 Staff It hasn’t even been two weeks since she revealed that she was expecting her second child with hubby Hayes MacArthur, and Ali Larter already looks like she’s going to pop! Well, not quite yet, but she’s definitely well into her second trimester… The 38-year-old actress is currently on vacation, and on Monday she posted the poolside shot above on Twitter and simply wrote,”Bumpin.” On August 8, Ali appeared on The Tonight Show to promote her new show Legends, and she confirmed that she was expecting baby number two. Before her interview, she posted a pic on Instagram and wrote, “Backstage at @fallontonight I’m going to surprise @jimmyfallon with some big news!” Larter and MacArthur already have a three-year-old son, Theodore, and the last time Larter appeared on the show, she announced that she was expecting. “Yeah, I came on and I was pregnant and it …

    August 20, 2014 7:57 am
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Editorial

  • Why is the New York Times pushing pot?


      The legalize-pot bandwagon has a new conductor. With the single-mindedness of Hillary Clinton seeking the Oval Office, the New York Times is pushing for legalization of marijuana. The paper has published no fewer than eight editorials or op-eds approving speedy decriminalization of pot in just the past few weeks. What’s it all about? Let us dismiss conjecture that the Times is gunning for a Public Service Pulitzer, which they have not won for a decade. Instead, two thoughts occur.   First, the Times may view decriminalizing marijuana as the next great progressive wave, following on the heels of same-sex marriage and, in earlier years, abortion rights. A smaller wave, to be sure, but one that liberals (and libertarians) can ride with enthusiasm.  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT A second reason may be more compelling — the Times needs to build its online circulation to survive. What better way than to embrace a cause especially popular with Millenials, …

    August 20, 2014 4:12 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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