• Fresh clashes in Pakistan capital

    Fresh clashes in Pakistan capital

    1 September 2014 Last updated at 19:47 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Protesters cut cables and smashed broadcast equipment, as Shahzeb Jillani reports Clashes between security forces and protesters have continued...
  • Titans, Succop agree to 1-year deal

    Nashville, TN (SportsNetwork.com) – The Tennessee Titans and kicker Ryan Succop have agreed to terms on a one-year contract. The Tennessean was first to report the news on Monday, revealing that Succop traveled to Nashville...
  • Facts on the ground at either end of Iraq

    Why is it strange that Garsdale Design, a family firm of architects in Sedbergh, are designing for cities like Nasiriyah (The Yorkshire Dales family who are designing entire cities in Iraq, theguardian.com, 26 August)? What...
  • US works to free trio in N Korea

    US works to free trio in N Korea

    1 September 2014 Last updated at 20:31 Miller after his interview in Pyongyang. He and Fowle are facing trials in the next month The White House has said securing the release of three American citizens...
  • Serena charges into U.S. Open quarters

    Flushing Meadows, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – Five-time champion Serena Williams was an easy fourth-round winner Monday at the U.S. Open. The world No. 1 superstar won her 18th straight match in New York and reached her...

Headline News

  • All 25 aboard rescued after US helicopter crashes in Gulf of Aden

    WASHINGTON –  The Navy says a Marine Corps helicopter with 25 aboard has crashed in the Gulf of Aden, but all aboard have been rescued. The 17 Marines and eight Navy sailors were recovered and are on board the USS Mesa Verde, and some who sustained minor injuries were treated on the ship. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter crashed Monday as it attempted to land on the ship, which has a big landing deck on the back. The Navy said the crash was not the result of hostile activity, but the aircraft was transferring troops back to the ship from training in nearby Djibouti.

    September 1, 2014 3:54 pm


  • Obama notifies Congress of ordering air strikes in Iraq

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Monday formally notified Congress that he had authorized targeted air strikes in Iraq to help deliver a humanitarian aid to the besieged Shi’ite town of Amerli, the White House said in a statement. Iraqi security forces backed by Shi’ite militias on Sunday broke the two-month siege of Amerli by Islamic State militants and entered the northern town, after U.S. military carried out air strikes on IS militant positions near the town and airdropped humanitarian supplies to the trapped residents there. Obama has to notify Congress of the authorization under the the War Powers Resolution. “This operation is consistent with the military missions we have outlined to date in Iraq – to protect U.S. personnel and facilities and to address the humanitarian situation on the ground,” National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said in a statement. (Reporting by Alina Selyukh Editing by W Simon)

    September 1, 2014 12:49 pm


  • Russia’s ruble at lowest level ever as new sanctions loom

    Russia’s currency has hit its lowest level ever against the U.S. dollar as the risk of new Western sanctions threatens more economic damage. The European Union said Saturday that it was preparing to issue new sanctions as soon as this week in response to signs that Russia had sent troops into Ukraine. Russia has denied that its armed forces are active in the country. The ruble slid 0.5% against the dollar Monday, taking its losses for the year to about 13%. One dollar will now buy you about 37.5 rubles. The sliding currency will make life harder for Russians by raising the cost of imports, which could further fuel inflation that has already risen to about 7.5%. Related: 10 Western companies getting slammed in Russia Russia’s central bank has hiked interest rates three times since March to tame inflation and defend the ruble, but may find it politically tricky to raise the cost of borrowing …

    September 1, 2014 11:48 am


World News

  • Fresh clashes in Pakistan capital

    1 September 2014 Last updated at 19:47 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Protesters cut cables and smashed broadcast equipment, as Shahzeb Jillani reports Clashes between security forces and protesters have continued for a third day in the Pakistani capital Islamabad. The army has denied suggestions it is backing anti-government groups, insisting it is “apolitical”. Earlier Pakistan’s national television channel was briefly taken off air after anti-government protesters stormed its headquarters in Islamabad. Troops were sent in to regain control from demonstrators who had forced their way into the PTV offices. Protesters loyal to opposition leader Imran Khan and cleric Tahirul Qadri want PM Nawaz Sharif to resign. He denies corruption and electoral fraud. Both Mr Khan and Mr Qadri have called for calm and asked their supporters to co-operate with the army. Police fired tear gas to try to disperse protesters near government buildings Monday was the third day of clashes …

    September 1, 2014 3:54 pm


  • DIY Dalek and dapper Time Lord battle in ‘Japanese Doctor Who’

    This Time Lord is ready for battle in his retro threads in “Japanese Doctor Who.” Video screenshot by Bonnie Burton/CNET Whovians have paid tribute to the British sci-fi series “Doctor Who” by making their own fan films for decades. The iconic show has been re-imagined as a cartoon, as anime, and even as a musical mashup with Sherlock. So why not as a Japanese sci-fi superhero show? London-based filmmaker Joshua Kahan pays tribute to the older “Doctor Who” series from the 1970s and ’80s as well as the live-action Japanese sci-fi genre known as Tokusatsu in his video, “Japanese Doctor Who.” The video, which he shot in 4:3 aspect ratio to give the video a vintage appearance, features a suave-looking Time Lord, an angry Dalek with legs called Dalekor, and his Cybermen henchmen. The sound design includes sampling from various episodes of retro Tokusatsu shows “Kamen Rider X” and “Supaidaman” (Japanese Spider-Man). Any Whovian worth …

    September 1, 2014 12:50 pm


  • New solutions needed to recycle fracking water

    Related images(click to enlarge) Rice University scientists have performed a detailed analysis of water produced by hydraulic fracturing (aka fracking) of three gas reservoirs and suggested environmentally friendly remedies are needed to treat and reuse it. Rice University researchers performed a detailed analysis of “produced” water from three underground shale gas formations subject to hydraulic fracturing. The chart shows the amounts of total carbon (TC), nonpurgeable organic carbon (NPOC) and total inorganic carbon (TIC) in the samples. Courtesy of the Barron Research Group More advanced recycling rather than disposal of “produced” water pumped back out of wells could calm fears of accidental spillage and save millions of gallons of fresh water a year, said Rice chemist Andrew Barron. He led the study that appeared this week in the Royal Society of Chemistry journal Environmental Science: Processes and Impacts. The amount of water used by Texas drillers for fracking may only be 1.5 percent of that …

    September 1, 2014 1:10 pm


  • Train Your Brain to Choose Fruit Salad Over French Fries

    MONDAY, Sept. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) — You may be able to convince your brain that healthy foods taste better than unhealthy ones, new research suggests. The study included eight overweight and obese people who were enrolled in a newly designed weight-loss program meant to change how people react to different foods. These participants were compared to a control group of five overweight and obese people who weren’t in the program. Both groups had MRI brain scans at the start of the study and again six months later. The scans revealed that the people in the weight-loss program had changes in areas of the brain reward center involved in learning and addiction. Specifically, this area showed increased sensitivity to healthy, low-calorie foods and decreased sensitivity to higher-calorie foods, according to the study published online Sept. 1 in the journal Nutrition Diabetes. “We don’t start out in life loving French fries and hating, for example, whole …

    September 1, 2014 12:49 pm


  • Kendall Jenner Sips On A Smoothie And Then Gets Soaked For The Ice Bucket Challenge

    Posted on Mon Sep 1st, 2014 12:25pm PDT       By X17 Staff Over the Labor Day weekend Kendall Jenner stepped out in New York City to grab a smoothie, and the 18-year-old reality star/model covered up her lanky figure in a flowy white dress. For once a member of the Kardashian family isn’t wearing something skintight or cut down to their navel — shocking! Shortly after these pics were taken, Kendall participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge with a little help from pal Hailey Baldwin. Kendall was nominated two weeks ago by little sister Kylie, so we’re glad she finally stripped down to a bikini and did it! Kendall posted the Instagram video below and wrote, “thanks @nevillejacobs for the ALS ice bucket challenge nomination. I nominate @kourtneykardash @riccardotisci17 @mertalas @macpiggott.”   SEE THE GALLERY Kendall Jenner Wears A Long White Dress Stories from around the Web

    September 1, 2014 2:31 pm


  • Labor Day: Congress must take action to protect workers, not Big Labor

    New legislation could repeal the current authority of the National Labor Relations Board.Reuters The U.S. economy has endured eleven recessions since World War II – and in each case jobs and wages bounced back quickly.   Not this time. America’s current “recovery” features the weakest wage growth of any economic rebound – with data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) showing real compensation per hour increasing by only 0.5 percent since 2009.  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT No agency has been more instrumental in the assault on American productivity than the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) – which was recently at the heart of a major constitutional crisis. By comparison, the average compensation increase at this point in previous recoveries clocked in at a whopping 9.2 percent – more than eighteen times higher.  Meanwhile a new study by the Chicago Fed reveals real wages should be at least 3.6 percentage points higher than they are based on prevailing labor …

    September 1, 2014 8:43 am

Odd News

  • Arizona man arrested for burning, urinating on Bible

    PHOENIX (Reuters) – A 22-year-old Arizona man calling himself “Dark Lord” has been arrested for allegedly burning a Bible and urinating on it outside a Christian-oriented homeless shelter in northern Arizona, police said on Friday. Eric Minerault was booked into the Yavapai County Detention Center late on Thursday on suspicion of one count of unlawful symbol burning stemming from the incident at the Gospel Rescue Mission, Prescott police spokesman Lieutenant Ken Morley said in a written statement. Police were called to the scene at about 9 p.m. by a mission representative reporting that someone was burning something on the mission’s front steps, Morley said. Officers found Minerault standing on the steps, with a burned and wet Bible on the ground near him. He quickly admitted to the act.  He told officers the mission was selected because he believed it was a place of Christian worship and he was “cursing the Christians,” police said. Asked why, …

    August 29, 2014 7:53 pm