• Argentina’s central bank chief resigns

    Argentina’s central bank chief resigns

    Juan Carlos Fabrega’s old workplace The head of Argentina’s central bank, Juan Carlos Fabrega, resigned Wednesday after less than a year in office, according to the president’s press secretary. President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has...
  • Panthers’ Alexander suspended 10 games

    Charlotte, NC (SportsNetwork.com) – Carolina Panthers defensive end Frank Alexander was suspended 10 games without pay Wednesday for violating the NFL’s policy and program for substances of abuse, a violation he said occurred “many months...
  • Mexico arrests drug syndicate leader

    Mexico arrests drug syndicate leader

    2 October 2014 Last updated at 02:31 Most of Mexico’s violence is attributed to fighting between rival drug gangs The Mexican authorities say they have captured the head of a drug crime syndicate, Hector Beltran...
  • Is this why Microsoft named it Windows 10?

    Is this why Microsoft named it Windows 10?

    Nick Statt/CNET There are quite a few theories floating around out there as to why Microsoft decided to name the latest version of its flagship operating system Windows 10, skipping over Windows 9. On Tuesday,...
  • UK must restore aid for Sierra Leone and Liberia: report

    LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Britain must restore planned cuts in its aid budget for Sierra Leone and Liberia in light of the Ebola crisis sweeping through West Africa, a parliamentary committee said on Thursday....
  • Secret Service director resigns under fire

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned under fire on Wednesday after a series of security lapses came to light that exposed gaping holes in the protective cocoon around President Barack Obama....

Headline News

  • Suspect in Hannah Graham case mentioned in 2003 sexual assault


    NEWPORT NEWS, Va. –  The man charged with abducting a University of Virginia student was mentioned in a police file in connection with a sexual assault at a different university in 2003. Christopher Newport University said in a statement Wednesday that Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr. was included in a campus police file stemming from an on-campus sexual assault on September 7, 2003. Matthew left school afterward but was never charged with a crime. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Matthew was a student at CNU from January 2003 until October 2003. He transferred to the university after three years at Liberty University in Lynchburg. He was on the football team at both schools. Matthew is charged with abducting missing U.Va. student Hannah Graham with intent to defile, or sexually molest, her.

    October 1, 2014 8:56 pm
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Politics

  • Secret Service director resigns under fire


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned under fire on Wednesday after a series of security lapses came to light that exposed gaping holes in the protective cocoon around President Barack Obama. Pierson, in her position for just 18 months, faced mounting calls from lawmakers to step down in the fallout from a September 19 incident in which an Iraq war veteran with a knife scaled the White House fence, sprinted across the lawn and got deep inside the mansion before an off-duty agent stopped him. Pierson had told a congressional committee on Tuesday she took “full responsibility” for gaps in presidential security. On Wednesday, she offered her resignation in a meeting with Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, who accepted it. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Obama believed Pierson’s resignation was in the best interest of the agency, and that “recent and accumulating” reports of security lapses led the president to …

    October 1, 2014 8:16 pm
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Stocks

  • Argentina’s central bank chief resigns


    Juan Carlos Fabrega’s old workplace The head of Argentina’s central bank, Juan Carlos Fabrega, resigned Wednesday after less than a year in office, according to the president’s press secretary. President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has accepted the resignation. Argentina’s Merval stock index fell more than 8% on the news. Kirchner appointed Fabrega in November. Before that, he was at the state-controlled Banco de la Nacion Argentina. His replacement will be Alejandro Vanoli, head of Argentina’s National Securities Commission, which regulates the country’s capital markets. Related: I went to Argentina and its currency crisis is no joke Argentina has spent more than a decade battling with hedge funds seeking full payment on defaulted debts from 2001. Earlier this year, a U.S. judge told Argentina it had to pay up. Argentina has refused and instead defaulted on all its debts. Its economy, blocked from international debt markets, has slowed and is now in recession. One of Fabrega’s …

    October 1, 2014 9:17 pm
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Sports

  • Panthers’ Alexander suspended 10 games


    Charlotte, NC (SportsNetwork.com) – Carolina Panthers defensive end Frank Alexander was suspended 10 games without pay Wednesday for violating the NFL’s policy and program for substances of abuse, a violation he said occurred “many months ago.” Alexander will be eligible to return to Carolina’s roster on Monday, Dec. 15, following the team’s Week 15 game against Tampa Bay. The 24-year-old was just reinstated from a four-game suspension for a previous substance-abuse violation on Monday. “I’m very sorry to the Panthers organization, my teammates, and Panthers fans that my mistakes from many months ago will prevent me from contributing for several more weeks,” Alexander said in a statement released through the players union. “This discipline arose from a violation that occurred many months ago. Since that violation, I have continued to grow, and I will continue to work hard, as I have been doing, to stay in shape and be a major contributor upon my return. …

    October 1, 2014 8:57 pm
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World News

  • Mexico arrests drug syndicate leader


    2 October 2014 Last updated at 02:31 Most of Mexico’s violence is attributed to fighting between rival drug gangs The Mexican authorities say they have captured the head of a drug crime syndicate, Hector Beltran Leyva. They say DNA testing is being done to confirm his identity. This is the latest in a string of high-profile drug arrests in the country and if confirmed will be seen as a victory for President Enrique Pena Neto. The US authorities had offered a reward of up to $5m for information leading to Beltran Leyva’s capture. Hector Beltran Leyva assumed the leadership of the cartel named after his brother Arturo, when the latter was killed in a shootout with Mexican troops in 2009. Their cartel, known as the ABL, is responsible for arms and drug trafficking to and from the United States as well as kidnapping, murder and torture in Mexico. Two more Beltran Leyva brothers are already …

    October 1, 2014 8:57 pm
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Technology

  • Is this why Microsoft named it Windows 10?


    Nick Statt/CNET There are quite a few theories floating around out there as to why Microsoft decided to name the latest version of its flagship operating system Windows 10, skipping over Windows 9. On Tuesday, the company unveiled the name and showed off a brief demo of the OS at a press event in San Francisco. The leap from Windows 8 to Windows 10 easily stole the spotlight from any visual design and developmental changes Microsoft has baked in to the product. So what’s the deal? On the surface, it appears to be smart marketing. The Windows 8 brand has been mired in controversy for the last two years stemming from Microsoft’s bold yet unfamiliar design language and functionality decisions. So why not scrap any association with an entire numeric leap? Other theories are that there are 10 major consumer releases of Windows, making this a celebration of that progress, while some feel it should …

    October 1, 2014 8:16 pm
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Science

  • How dinosaur arms turned into bird wings


    Although we now appreciate that birds evolved from a branch of the dinosaur family tree, a crucial adaptation for flight has continued to puzzle evolutionary biologists. During the millions of years that elapsed, wrists went from straight to bent and hyperflexible, allowing birds to fold their wings neatly against their bodies when not flying. How this happened has been the subject of much debate, with substantial disagreement between developmental biologists, who study how the wings of modern birds develop in the growing embryo, and palaeontologists who study the bones of dinosaurs and early birds. A resolution to this impasse is now provided by an exciting new study publishing on September 30 in PLOS Biology. Underlying this striking evolutionary transformation change is a halving in the number of wrist bones, but developmental biologists and palaeontologists have different names for most of them, and seldom agree on the correspondence between specific dinosaur bones and those of their …

    October 1, 2014 8:25 am
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Health

  • UK must restore aid for Sierra Leone and Liberia: report


    LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Britain must restore planned cuts in its aid budget for Sierra Leone and Liberia in light of the Ebola crisis sweeping through West Africa, a parliamentary committee said on Thursday. The Department for International Development’s (DFID) bilateral budget for the two Ebola-stricken countries will drop by nearly a fifth from 2013-14 to 2015-16, a cut of 14.5 million pounds ($23.5 million), the International Development Committee said. The IDC report “Recovery and Development in Sierra Leone and Liberia” was issued on the day the British and Sierra Leonean governments hold an international conference in London to discuss what other countries can do to help tackle the oubreak. IDC chairman Sir Malcolm Bruce said it was wrong for Britain to cut its support to the two countries “in the midst of this devastating epidemic”. The IDC is a parliamentary committee which monitors the performance of DFID, Britain’s development aid ministry. “The scale …

    October 1, 2014 8:16 pm
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Entertainment

  • Ariana Grande enjoys Mariah Carey comparisons too much


    Nick Cannon goes on Twitter rant, still loves Mariah Carey Grande recently addressed the fact that comparisons are often made between herself and the legendary Mariah Carey and, suddenly, her behavior is put in a bit of context. If the media is constantly telling Grande that she is just like one of the people she looks up to the most, then obviously, it’s natural for an impressionable young person to emulate their idol. “Mariah has been a huge influence on me since I was a little girl,” Grande recently told Us Weekly. “I’ve even done a cover of one of her songs. I don’t think there are any negatives to being compared to one of the greatest vocalists of all time, it’s honestly a great honor.” Well, yeah, it’s a great honor. Carey’s got arguably the greatest pipes and vocal range of our time. While Grande is no slouch in the vocal department, either, it …

    October 1, 2014 7:56 pm
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Editorial

  • Hong Kong protests: How I found myself in the middle of an anti-American smear campaign


    Americans are now paying attention as hundreds of thousands of Hong Kong people take to the streets in protest demanding true democracy. It is a cause that tugs at our heart strings and our allegiances fall easily to a Hong Kong people seeking freedom.   The irony of American’s inactive moral support is that we are credited with much more. According to the Chinese state media, and pro-Beijing politicians, it is actually the U.S., with a little help from the Brits, who are behind these demonstrations. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT In 2014, that the response to unrest in Hong Kong would be the 1960’s communist line of “foreign interference” as the first and only answer China has for these protests is actually a bit funny. But they are deadly serious about this anti-western campaign. It is not meant to be true.  Rather it is meant to serve as justification for any action the Communist regime may need …

    October 1, 2014 8:16 pm
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Odd News

  • France’s Le Pen loses driving license, but says not her fault


    PARIS (Reuters) – French far-right leader Marine Le Pen said on Wednesday police had confiscated her driving license for a string of road offences – but insisted they had been committed by someone else. The National Front party leader, who recently called speed detection radars “another tax disguised as a life-saving campaign”, said she had taken the punishment in 2012 to prevent the real culprits from getting into trouble. “Not wishing to denounce those who were responsible, I saw my license go up in smoke,” Le Pen said, after the satirical Le Canard Enchaine newspaper ran a story headlined: “Marine wants to steer France but she no longer has a license”. She said the newspaper should have checked the photos of the traffic offences in question and that they would have shown she was not behind the wheel. Under the French system, a driver loses a number of points for every recorded traffic offence such …

    October 1, 2014 4:31 pm
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