• US Marine held for Philippine murder

    US Marine held for Philippine murder

    22 October 2014 Last updated at 05:22 The case has sparked anger in recent weeks over the Philippines’ agreement with the US Army A US Marine accused of murdering a woman in the Philippines has...
  • Will your retirement savings last?

    Will your retirement savings last?

      My financial adviser ran Monte Carlo simulations that say I have an 85% chance my retirement savings will last into my 90s. Is an 85% probability safe enough? — Tracey G. The short answer...
  • Could I squeeze by you?

    Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory have developed deeper understanding of the ideal design for mesoporous nanoparticles used in catalytic reactions, such as hydrocarbon conversion to biofuels. The research will help determine...
  • UN chief plans Gaza conflict inquiry

    UN chief plans Gaza conflict inquiry

    22 October 2014 Last updated at 04:54 The 50-day conflict devastated the Gaza Strip The UN secretary general has said he is setting up an inquiry into attacks on UN facilities during Israel’s recent offensive...
  • Famed Texas oilman Nelson Bunker Hunt dead at 88

    (Reuters) – Nelson Bunker Hunt, the Texas oilman who was considered the richest man in the world before his fortunes were undone by Muammar Gaddafi and his own epic overreaching in the silver market, died...
  • Bumgarner, Giants roll over Royals in World Series opener

    October 21, 2014: San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner throws during the fifth inning of Game 1 of baseball’s World Series against the Kansas City Royals. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) Madison Bumgarner allowed one run...

Headline News

  • U.S. government probes medical devices for possible cyber flaws


    BOSTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is investigating about two dozen cases of suspected cybersecurity flaws in medical devices and hospital equipment that officials fear could be exploited by hackers, a senior official at the agency told Reuters. The products under review by the agency’s Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team, or ICS-CERT, include an infusion pump from Hospira Inc and implantable heart devices from Medtronic Inc and St Jude Medical Inc, according to other people familiar with the cases, who asked not to be identified because the probes are confidential. These people said they do not know of any instances of hackers attacking patients through these devices, so the cyber threat should not be overstated. Still, the agency is concerned that malicious actors may try to gain control of the devices remotely and create problems, such as instructing an infusion pump to overdose a patient with drugs, or forcing a …

    October 22, 2014 12:39 am
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Politics

  • Florida candidates stake out political differences in third debate


    TALLAHASSEE Fla. (Reuters) – Florida Governor Rick Scott and former Governor Charlie Crist traded barbs on Tuesday over the minimum wage, the death penalty and racism in the Republican Party in the third and final debate of a close, bitterly contested race for governor. Polls show the two in an expensive, neck-and-neck race for the country’s largest swing state, saturated in recent weeks by tens of millions of dollars of negative TV advertising. This time, both candidates took the stage on cue, avoiding another repeat of last week’s embarrassing debate-delaying squabble over a cooling fan. The debates have exposed a yawning political gulf between the two candidates on issues including healthcare, gay marriage, climate change, education and the minimum wage. As incumbent Scott is riding the wave of economic recovery while Crist, a former Republican who switched parties, faces the challenge of convincing Democrats he is one of them. Crist repeatedly called the Republican incumbent …

    October 21, 2014 11:39 pm
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Stocks

  • Will your retirement savings last?


      My financial adviser ran Monte Carlo simulations that say I have an 85% chance my retirement savings will last into my 90s. Is an 85% probability safe enough? — Tracey G. The short answer is yes. Although there’s no official benchmark for the appropriate margin of safety, I think most advisers would say that an 80% to 90% probability of success is about right for most people. Fall below 80% and you could find yourself short on money later in retirement. Shoot for a chance of success higher than 90%, on the other hand, and you may end up sitting on a big pile of savings very late in life. That may not sound like a bad thing, but it could mean that you lived more frugally than you had to during your career and stinted more than necessary in retirement. In other words, you might have been able to spend more freely and …

    October 22, 2014 12:39 am
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Sports

  • McGuire, Harris help Louisiana-Lafayette beat Arkansas State 55-40


    LAFAYETTE, La. –  Elijah McGuire and Alonzo Harris each had four rushing touchdowns, and Louisiana-Lafayette rolled to 419 yards on the ground in a 55-40 victory over Arkansas State on Tuesday night. McGuire had 19 carries for 265 yards, including scoring runs of 74, 13, 43 and 54 yards. Harris had three TDs in the first half and finished with 107 yards on 27 carries. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The Ragin’ Cajuns (4-3, 3-0 Sun Belt) have won three in a row since a three-game slide that included losses at Boise State and No. 3 Mississippi. Fredi Knighten threw for 344 yards and three touchdowns for Arkansas State (4-3, 2-1), which had 595 yards of offense. Michael Gordon had 15 carries for 134 yards and a touchdown. Knighten also threw an interception and was sacked five times.

    October 22, 2014 12:39 am
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World News

  • US Marine held for Philippine murder


    22 October 2014 Last updated at 05:22 The case has sparked anger in recent weeks over the Philippines’ agreement with the US Army A US Marine accused of murdering a woman in the Philippines has been transferred to a Philippine army base, the US Marine Corps has said. Pte First Class Joseph Pemberton is suspected of killing Jennifer Laude, a transgender woman who was found dead in a hotel bathroom on 12 October. He failed to appear at an initial court hearing on Tuesday, but his lawyers said his presence was not required. Ms Laude’s family have called on the US to ensure justice is done. “We hope the Americans will bring him out. They’re coddling a worthless man,” her mother, Julita Laude, told reporters. Pte Pemberton was on leave in the northern port city of Olongapo on 11 October after joint military exercises with the Philippine army when he met Ms Laude – previously …

    October 22, 2014 12:40 am
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Technology

  • The Quest to Put More Reality in Virtual Reality


    Philip Rosedale is telling me about his new company, but I can’t stop myself from looking down at my hands. With palms up, I watch with fascination as I slowly wiggle my fingers and form the “OK” sign. I curl my hands into fists as I reach my arms out in front. They look pinker than normal but work as usual. When I look back up at Rosedale, he’s wearing a smile, and his eyebrows rise slightly. “Isn’t it cool?” he says. In my right ear, I hear a quiet chuckle from one of his colleagues, Ryan Karpf, standing just outside my vision. It is cool, because nothing that I’m seeing is real. Though our conversation appears to be happening in a tastefully lit club, I am actually sitting in front of a laptop in a San Francisco office wearing a virtual-reality headset and headphones. I’m trying out a new platform for virtual worlds in …

    October 21, 2014 11:39 pm
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Science

  • Could I squeeze by you?


    Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory have developed deeper understanding of the ideal design for mesoporous nanoparticles used in catalytic reactions, such as hydrocarbon conversion to biofuels. The research will help determine the optimal diameter of channels within the nanoparticles to maximize catalytic output. Porous nanoparticles are lab-created tiny spheres that incorporate even tinier parallel channels or pores. In catalytic processes, each channel within a particle is lined with catalytic sites that convert a reactant to a product. What’s appealing about porous nanoparticles is that the walls of the pores provide significant surface area to support catalytic sites within a super-small sphere. And, as one might expect, the more pores, the more surface area, the better the catalytic reaction. “Downside is that when the catalytic sites are within narrow pores, as is the case with mesoporous nanoparticles, the entire reaction, including the movement of reactants and products has to happen within the …

    October 21, 2014 11:59 pm
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Health

  • Tekmira starts limited manufacturing of therapeutic for Ebola


    (Reuters) – Canadian drugmaker Tekmira Pharmaceuticals Corp has begun limited manufacturing of a therapeutic targeting the Ebola-Guinea virus. The pharmaceutical company said on Tuesday that the new drug, part of its TKM-Ebola program, would be available by early December but did not specify how many doses it was making. Tekmira was not available for comment on the therapeutic, including whether it was manufacturing a drug or vaccine. Tekmira’s investigational new drug application to U.S. regulators for TKM-Ebola remains on partial clinical hold, with the issue expected to be resolved in the quarter. U.S.-listed shares of the company rose as much as 6 percent in trading after the company gave an update on its Ebola program. Tekmira has completed the design of a modified RNAi (ribonucleic acid interference) drug that targets the Ebola-Guinea variant, the virus responsible for the worst outbreak on record that has hit hardest Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. TKM-Ebola, an RNAi therapeutic, …

    October 21, 2014 11:39 pm
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Entertainment

  • Zoe Saldana knows how to fight back against bullies


    Zoe Saldana is pregnant with twins Saldana admitted she wasn’t exactly a girly girl and that led to her having an interesting relationship with the children around her. She explained, “But I was always adventurous. And anything that felt too feminine and girly, like ‘don’t get up because you have this beautiful dress. And I don’t want you to mess up the dress.’ I would look at my mom, like, come on now. What’s the point of bringing me into a kiddie birthday to put me in a dress and tell me I can’t play with the kids. Are you out of your mind? I would take off the dress, give it to my mom and go run around in my panties.” According to E! News, that led to a childhood of female friends who didn’t understand her and, eventually, women around her who treated her badly. “It was really hard. Because I love women. …

    October 21, 2014 11:18 pm
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Editorial

  • The real reason gas prices are falling


    FILE — Sept. 24, 2014: A customer reaches for the regular switch to fill her tank with the $2.92-a-gallon regular gas at a RaceWay gas station in Richland, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) American workers and motorists got some badly-needed relief this week when the price of oil plunged to its lowest level in years. The oil price has fallen by about 20 to 25 percent since its peak back in June of $105 a barrel. This is translating to lower prices at the pump with many states now below $3 a gallon. At present levels, these Already the lower oil and gas prices are the equivalent of a $70 to 200 billion cost saving to American consumers and businesses. That’s $70 to 200 billion a year we don’t have to send to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and other foreign nations. Now that’s an economic stimulus par excellence. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT There are many global reasons why gas …

    October 21, 2014 11:39 pm
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Odd News

  • San Francisco stations banish ‘Royals’ song ahead of World Series


    (Reuters) – At least two Northern California radio stations have pledged not to play New Zealand artist Lorde’s song “Royals,” in solidarity with the San Francisco Giants during their World Series matchup with the Kansas City Royals. The decision by San Francisco stations KOIT and KFOG to drop the song, which has nothing to do with the baseball team, comes as the Giants and Royals prepare to play Game One of the championship series on Tuesday. In response, Kansas City station KZPT said it would play the song every hour on Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. KZPT said it was a sister station of KOIT. “They’re our sister station, and as the old saying goes: ‘You can pick your friends but you can’t necessarily pick your family,’ and if they don’t play it, then we will,” KZPT programming director Tony Lorino said in a phone interview. Last week, KOIT posted a small image …

    October 20, 2014 7:16 pm
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