Headline News

  • Old mark of slavery used on sex trafficking victims


    (CNN)When Adriana walks into a room, people take notice. Her neon pink dress and pearls could not even come close to her electric persona. “Before we begin. I want to know — what do you want from me?” Adriana asked before our interview. We explained we wanted to hear her story if she wanted to share it. Minutes later, Adriana giggled so disarmingly that she seemed to turn into a different person. It turns out she may have been trying to do just that. After an hour of talking, she explained that she often had to pretend to be someone else in order to live the life she’d been living. A clear sign of that life is tattooed in big bold letters across her chest. “This right here,” she said pointing to her tattoo. “I call it my wall wound. I got it when I was 14 years old, and he was one of my …

    August 31, 2015 2:22 pm
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Politics

  • Hillary Clinton supports ban on ‘revolving door’ corporate bonuses


    NEW YORK U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton endorsed a proposed law on Monday that would prevent corporate firms paying bonuses to their executives for leaving to take senior government jobs. Clinton, in an op-ed published by the Huffington Post, was critical of the “so-called revolving door” between government and Wall Street firms in particular, saying it erodes public trust “if a public servant’s past and future are tied to the financial industry.” “That’s when people start worrying that the foxes are guarding the hen house,” Clinton, the front-runner in the race to win the Democratic Party’s nomination for the 2016 election, wrote. “If you’re working for the government, you’re working for the people — not for an oil company, drug company, or Wall Street bank or money manager.” Support for the proposed Financial Services Conflict of Interest Act had become a sort of litmus test for the Democratic Party’s progressive wing, which is seeking far …

    August 31, 2015 11:00 am
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Stocks

  • Conservative group’s Times Square billboard attacks a $15 minimum wage


    Slackers don’t deserve $15 an hour. That’s the message of a Times Square billboard sponsored by a conservative group that opposes a new minimum wage rule for fast food workers in New York state. “What? I get $30,000 a year with no experience or skills?” asks the lackadaisical-looking young man, wearing sunglasses, headphones and a baseball cap turned backward. The billboard is part of a $100,000 campaign by the Employment Policies Institute. Richard Berman, the group’s executive director, has a public relations and lobbying firm that has worked for the restaurant industry. “Who needs an education or hard work when Gov. Cuomo is raising the minimum wage to 15 dollars an hour?” reads the sign. It’s referring to the New York governor’s plan to raise the minimum wage plan to $15 an hour for fast food workers in New York City by 2018 and statewide by 2021. The billboard mentions the web site FastFoodFlop.com, which …

    August 31, 2015 2:01 pm
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Sports

  • Suh: Even after ‘good start,’ Dolphins defense needs more polish


    Few first-team defenses in the NFL have had as much success as the Miami Dolphins’. They’ve surrendered just three points in four quarters of play and have looked stout up front all preseason. Free agent acquisition Ndamukong Suh has been at the center of that success, stuffing running backs and wreaking havoc up front. But even with all that success in the preseason, Suh isn’t ready to crown this defense dominant. There’s still work to be done as it’s just the preseason, and Suh is well aware of that. “Honestly, there’s nothing I like just because consistency is going to be the key with us being a successful defense,” Suh said via James Walker of ESPN. “Any defense can have spurts and make big plays and do things of that nature. But if you can’t do it for a full four quarters and consistently do it game after game, it doesn’t mean anything because teams …

    August 31, 2015 2:22 pm
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World News

  • Obama to appear on Bear Grylls show


    Image caption President Obama will be the most high profile person to appear on Bear Grylls’s NBC show US President Barack Obama will trek through the wilderness in Alaska this week with British TV adventurer Bear Grylls, the NBC channel has announced. He is due to tape an episode of Running Wild with Bear Grylls to observe the effects of climate change on the area, it said. He is the first president to appear on the show, to be aired later this year. President Obama is on a three-day tour of Alaska aimed at highlighting the pace of climate change. It is part of his administration’s efforts to build support for new legislation significantly capping carbon dioxide emissions from power plants in the US, as well as raise attention to the ways climate change has damaged Alaska’s natural landscape. Mr Obama follows several other high profile figures, including actresses Kate Winslet and Kate Hudson, who …

    August 31, 2015 2:21 pm
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Technology

  • How the Windows Phone Could Rise Up and Dominate


    Last week marked the 20th anniversary of the launch of Windows 95. What people often forget about Windows 95 is that it not only kicked Apple’s butt, but also kicked IBM’s — and it wasn’t even a complete product. The thing was an operating system. Most of us can see lining up to buy a complete product, but lining up to buy the software that makes a product complete would be kind of like lining up to get the latest software patch for your car or TV. It’s especially hard to imagine now that these things typically are downloaded from the Web, and there’s no need to stand in line. However, if a company can do something once, that suggests it could do it again. Apple clearly spanked the entire cellphone market when it released the iPhone, through a process very similar to the one Microsoft used for Windows 95. I’m not saying Microsoft will …

    August 31, 2015 11:20 am
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Science

  • An engineered surface unsticks sticky water droplets


    Related images(click to enlarge) The leaves of the lotus flower, and other natural surfaces that repel water and dirt, have been the model for many types of engineered liquid-repelling surfaces. As slippery as these surfaces are, however, tiny water droplets still stick to them. Now, Penn State researchers have developed nano/micro-textured, highly slippery surfaces able to outperform these naturally inspired coatings, particularly when the water is a vapor or tiny droplets. Enhancing the mobility of liquid droplets on rough surfaces could improve condensation heat transfer for power-plant heat exchangers, create more efficient water harvesting in arid regions, and prevent icing and frosting on aircraft wings. “This represents a fundamentally new concept in engineered surfaces,” said Tak-Sing Wong, assistant professor of mechanical engineering and a faculty member in the Penn State Materials Research Institute. “Our surfaces combine the unique surface architectures of lotus leaves and pitcher plants in such a way that these surfaces possess both …

    August 31, 2015 2:21 pm
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Health

  • Religion rarely part of ICU conversation


    (Reuters Health) – In less than 20 percent of family meetings in the intensive care unit do doctors and other health care providers discuss religion or spirituality a new study finds. For many patients and families, religion and spirituality are important near the end of life, and understanding these beliefs may be “important to delivering care that is respectful of the patient as an individual,” said senior author Dr. Douglas B. White of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, in email to Reuters Health. Researchers used audio recordings to analyze 249 meetings between health care professionals and an ICU patient’s surrogate decision maker at six medical centers between 2009 and 2012. Three-quarters of the decision makers rated religion or spirituality as fairly or very important in their lives. Religion or spirituality came up in 40 of the 249 conversations. More than half of the time, the surrogate decision maker, rather than the doctor, brought …

    August 31, 2015 2:41 pm
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Entertainment

  • Newlyweds Benji Madden And Cameron Diaz Are Back From Australia Amid Pregnancy Rumors


    Posted on Mon Aug 31st, 2015 10:51am PDT       By X17 Staff They’re back from Down Under! After filming The Voice‘s grand finale in Australia, Good Charlotte’s Benji Madden and his new wife Cameron Diaz jetted out of Sydney on Monday morning and back to Los Angeles. Even though he was on duty working — it seems as though the musician wanted his lady love by his side! For the long flight, the 43-year-old actress went for a casual white sweater, skinny jeans and booties. Benji looked cool in an all-black, which he paired with black and white running shoes. The duo were married secretly back in January and despite their hush hush romance — things seem to be going along swimmingly! Rumors have also been flying around that Cameron is expecting her first child with Benji — which would be amazing news for the aging actress. A source told Australian mag NW, “It’s no secret they’ve …

    August 31, 2015 2:01 pm
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Editorial

  • America, you’re watching the beginning of the end of the Republican Party


    The beginning of the end of the Republican Party has started. On Friday, I told you the Republican Party is dying. Then, yesterday, Ross Douthat in the New York Times echoed my key point. Mine was that the Republican leaders in Washington would see the decline of Donald Trump as proof that they need do nothing to change. Like the Bourbons of France, they’d forget nothing and learn nothing. On Sunday, Douthat wrote, “In an unhealthy system, the kind I suspect we inhabit, the Republicans will find a way to crush Trump without adapting to his message. In which case the pressure the Donald has tapped will continue to build — and when it bursts, the G.O.P. as we know it may go with it.” Yes, exactly. The Republican Party is dying because the GOP in DC has gone corporate and K Street. They attack any Republicans who dare hold them to their promises. They’ve …

    August 31, 2015 1:41 pm
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Odd News

  • Bartender finds $20 bill, wins $1 million California lottery with it


    A Bay Area man who found a $20 bill on a street outside San Francisco International Airport used it to play the California lottery and won $1 million, a lottery spokesman said on Monday. Hubert Tang used the lucky bill to buy two scratcher tickets at a store near the airport on Wednesday and won the top prize with one of them, lottery spokesman Greg Parashak said. “I scratched the ticket outside of the store. I told my friend who I was with that I didn’t know if it was real but, ‘I think I just won a million dollars,’” Tang said, according to Parashak. Tang, a bartender at the airport, had not played the lottery in about a decade before using the found money to buy two tickets, Parashak said. Tang said he did not yet have plans for the money, but joked that he might use it to place $20 bills in random …

    August 31, 2015 2:41 pm
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