• Get paid to click on ads

    Get paid to click on ads

    Qmee search results (and their reward amounts) show up in the left panel of web browsers. If you’ve ever searched online (so, pretty much everyone) this applies to you. A London-based startup called Qmee will...
  • Russian aid convoy ‘invades Ukraine’

    Russian aid convoy ‘invades Ukraine’

    22 August 2014 Last updated at 12:59 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Daniel Sandford: “Around 70 trucks have now physically entered Ukraine” A senior official in Kiev has accused Russia of...
  • Women’s British Open awarded to Kingsbarns

    St. Andrews, Scotland (SportsNetwork.com) – Kingsbarns Golf Links will host its first major championship as the venue was awarded the 2017 Women’s British Open on Friday. “People have said many flattering things about our course...
  • Hamas executes 11 suspected informers

    Hamas has executed 11 suspected informers a day after three of its senior military commanders were killed in an Israeli air strike that was probably carried out on the basis of intelligence provided by collaborators....
  • Violence-weary Missouri town sees second night of calm

    FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) – The violence-weary town of Ferguson, Missouri, saw a second straight evening of relative calm on Thursday after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen nearly two weeks ago. Police, who...
  • F1 has no argument with Russia, says Ecclestone

    SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS Belgium (Reuters) – Formula One has no argument with Russia and the country’s debut grand prix will go ahead as planned in October despite the crisis in Ukraine, Bernie Ecclestone said on Friday. “We...
  • 50 Cent dares Floyd Mayweather to read for charity

    Tom Cruise readily accepts ALS Ice Bucket Challenge (VIDEO)  50 Cent has issued the ultimate anti-Ice Bucket Challenge to boxer and former business partner, Floyd Mayweather. In a series of Instagram posts, Fiddy has mockingly...

Headline News

  • Journalist Foley’s parents, after call with pope, call for prayer and action


    ROME (Reuters) – The parents of James Foley, the American journalist killed by Islamic State militants in Iraq, on Friday called for prayer and support to free the remaining captives held by Islamic State fighters. “We do pray, we beg the international community to help the remaining hostages,” his mother, Diane Foley, said in an interview with her husband, John, on MSNBC. “We just pray that they will be set free.” Their plea comes after a long conversation with Pope Francis, who the Vatican said called the couple on Thursday afternoon to offer his condolences and support. James Foley, who was abducted in Syria in late 2012, was beheaded by a masked member of the Islamic State group in an act filmed in a video released on Tuesday that also threatened a second American journalist, Steven Sotloff. The United States has opened a criminal investigation into Foley’s death and said the Islamic State is an …

    August 22, 2014 7:45 am
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Politics

  • Top 5 Races to Watch in the Midwest


    By Nathan L. Gonzales Posted at 5 a.m. Aug. 22 0 Tweet The Midwest continues to be the land of competitive House races. The open-seat Senate race in Michigan and Republicans’ challenge to Sen. Al Franken continue to be third-tier GOP opportunities. But a quartet of House races provide a glimpse into the broader political landscape in 2014. A couple of races dropped off the regional top five watch list since last summer. Democrat Mike Obermueller’s second race against GOP Rep. John Kline just isn’t coming together in Minnesota’s 2nd District. And Republican Rep. Jackie Walorski starts the general-election sprint in surprisingly solid position against Democrat Joe Bock. Here are the top five races to watch in the Midwest this fall: Illinois’ 10th District. Former GOP Rep. Bob Dold and Democratic Rep. Brad Schneider are locked in a tight rematch of 2012. Sen. Mark S. Kirk represented the area in the House for years, but …

    August 22, 2014 5:02 am
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Stocks

  • Get paid to click on ads


    Qmee search results (and their reward amounts) show up in the left panel of web browsers. If you’ve ever searched online (so, pretty much everyone) this applies to you. A London-based startup called Qmee will pay you to click on links that surface in search queries. Once you’ve installed the Qmee toolbar in your browser, searches on every major engine (Google (GOOG), Yahoo (YAHOF) and Bing, as well as Ebay (EBAY, Tech30) and Amazon (AMZN, Tech30)) will yield a list of results in the left-hand column. Clicking on these links (which look a lot like Google ads) can earn you four to 15 cents apiece. “Why wouldn’t you want to get something back for something you do every day?” said Qmee founder Jonathan Knight. The more common the search (like “men’s shoes” or “plane tickets”), the more likely there will be Qmee results. Theoretically, the results are directly related, although one search for women’s dresses …

    August 22, 2014 8:05 am
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Sports

  • Women’s British Open awarded to Kingsbarns


    St. Andrews, Scotland (SportsNetwork.com) – Kingsbarns Golf Links will host its first major championship as the venue was awarded the 2017 Women’s British Open on Friday. “People have said many flattering things about our course and facilities since we opened in 2000, but being selected to host our first major championship is the greatest accolade of all,” said Art Dunkley, the Director of Kingsbarns Golf Links. Kingsbarns has been part of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship since 2001 and has hosted final qualifying for the 2010 Open Championship and the 2013 Women’s British Open. “We believe Kingsbarns will be a wonderful addition to the Women’s Open rota. Their excitement at hosting their first major will make the 2017 edition very special and we look forward to a long relationship with them,” said Shona Malcolm, the CEO of the Ladies Golf Union, which oversees the championship. Mo Martin made eagle on the final hole to win …

    August 22, 2014 7:45 am
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World News

  • Russian aid convoy ‘invades Ukraine’


    22 August 2014 Last updated at 12:59 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Daniel Sandford: “Around 70 trucks have now physically entered Ukraine” A senior official in Kiev has accused Russia of invading Ukraine after Russian humanitarian aid lorries crossed the border without permission. Security chief Valentyn Nalyvaychenko said it was a “direct invasion” but no force would be used against the convoy. Russia began sending in its lorries, stranded at the border for more than a week, after formally accusing Ukraine of unreasonable obstruction. The aid is destined for civilians in the east Ukraine war zone. Reports suggest the lorries are being escorted by rebel fighters. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said it was not part of the convoy “in any way”. Russia’s foreign ministry has warned Ukraine not to take any action against the convoy, without specifying the consequences. Analysis: Daniel Sandford, BBC News The risk of …

    August 22, 2014 7:46 am
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Technology

  • Can computers replace historians?


    22 August 2014 Last updated at 10:15 Article written by Rory Cellan-Jones Technology correspondent More from Rory Follow Rory on Twitter All kinds of big claims have been made about the potential of Big Data. It seems it can predict the course of an election, map the spread of flu, even help police to solve crimes. But here is the biggest claim so far – crunching through the big data of history can help us spot patterns and work out where the world is heading next. That is what Kalev Leetaru, a data scientist at Washington’s Georgetown University, believes may be possible. Using a tool called Google Big Query, designed for interrogating vast collections of data, he has been sifting through a database of events stretching back to 1979. This is GDELT, which has collected media reports of events from innumerable sources in more than 100 languages for 35 years. “What we did here,” Leetaru …

    August 22, 2014 5:03 am
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Science

  • Of bees, mites, and viruses


    Honeybee colonies are dying at alarming rates worldwide. A variety of factors have been proposed to explain their decline, but the exact cause — and how bees can be saved — remains unclear. An article published on August 21st in PLOS Pathogens examines the viral landscape in honeybee colonies in New Zealand after the recent arrival of the parasitic Varroa destructor mite. Varroa is thought to be one of the main stressors that reduce bee fitness. As they feed on the blood of pupae and adult bees, the mites can transmit several honeybee viruses with high efficiency. Uncontrolled Varroa infestation can thereby cause an accelerating virus epidemic and so kill a bee colony within two to three years. Interested in the complex interplay between bees, mites, and viruses, Fanny Mondet, from the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, and INRA, Avignon, France, and colleagues took advantage of a unique situation in New Zealand: The country …

    August 22, 2014 5:23 am
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Health

  • After food safety scares, China retailer offers baby milk insurance


    HONG KONG (Reuters) – A Chinese retailer is offering insurance to customers who buy infant milk powder, highlighting the lengths to which companies are going to address concerns about food safety in China. Suning Commerce Group Ltd, which owns the Redbaby chain of stores, told Reuters it had launched the policy this week, backed by China’s second largest insurer Ping An Insurance Group. The policy stipulates that if a brand of milk powder is recalled, customers who bought cans from any Redbaby store or its e-commerce website would be paid up to 2,000 yuan ($325) per can, with payments capped at 100,000 yuan. “In recent years, the milk powder market in China has been in a mess,” Suning said in an email. “We realized that parents pay a great deal of attention to their children’s health and safety, and in particular, the safety of their infants’ foods,” it added. Insurer Ping An said Suning’s policy …

    August 22, 2014 5:03 am
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Entertainment

  • 50 Cent dares Floyd Mayweather to read for charity


    Tom Cruise readily accepts ALS Ice Bucket Challenge (VIDEO)  50 Cent has issued the ultimate anti-Ice Bucket Challenge to boxer and former business partner, Floyd Mayweather. In a series of Instagram posts, Fiddy has mockingly asked Mayweather to publicly read a page out of a book. If he’s able to complete the task, Fiddy will donate $750,000 to the charity of Mayweather’s choosing. Turns out, the rapper would rather throw around cold, hard cash than cold, hard ice. 50 Cent has dubbed his call to action the “ALS-ESL Challenge,” implying that Mayweather has difficulty reading. On Thursday morning, he posted a video of himself hurling a bucket of ice off a balcony and included the caption, “Floyd will you except my ALS/ESL CHALLENGE: I will donate $750k to a charity of your choice, if you can read a full page out of a Harry Potter book out loud without starting or stopping and f***ing up. …

    August 22, 2014 6:44 am
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Editorial

  • Iraq’s future: Why the next 22 days are critical


      The coming twenty-two days could make or break Iraq’s medium-term future. With the help of a few moves from Washington, each of them well within current U.S. capabilities, a tolerable outcome to this phase of the crisis is in reach. The Obama administration handled the emergence of Prime Minister-designate Heidar al Abadi well, secretly encouraging him since June to split current Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki’s Dawa party from within. Tehran considers Abadi is far too Western and independent for their liking, and his designation for the top post has been a clear win for both Iraq and the West. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT For reasons by now all too familiar, Iraq is a fundamentally turbulent place. The Kurds want independence from the Arabs, but no one will let them have it.  The Sunni-Shia split is riven with charges of apostasy, a sin theoretically punishable—for tiny literal-minded minorities on both sides—by death in Islam.  Meanwhile Iraqi …

    August 22, 2014 5:03 am
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Odd News

  • It’s ‘bone-appétit’ for California pooches under new law


    (Reuters) – California diners can now legally enjoy a meal on a restaurant patio with their dogs in tow, under a law signed Thursday by Governor Jerry Brown that eliminates health code regulations banning restaurant owners from allowing pooches on the premises. Starting next year, California canines will be allowed to dine al fresco if they are wearing leashes or are relaxing in a carrier. ““I wish everyone ‘bone-appétit,’” quipped Democratic Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, the law’s author. “Restaurateurs in California will see more businesses catering to their customers and the canine companions they love.” The new law clarifies a section of the state’s health code that banned dogs from restaurants altogether, including on outdoor patios or courtyards. The rule has caused confusion because some local governments choose to enforce the law, while others turned a blind eye. In counties where local officials were more lax about enforcement, restaurant owners who encouraged their guests to bring …

    August 22, 2014 1:19 am
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