Headline News

  • South Carolina prosecutor to announce death penalty decision in church massacre: reports


    CHARLESTON, S.C. A South Carolina prosecutor is expected to announce a decision on Thursday over whether to seek the death penalty in the June massacre of nine worshippers at a Charleston church, local media reported. Dylann Roof, 21, is facing charges of murdering nine members of Emanuel AME Church during Bible study. Ninth Judicial Circuit Solicitor Scarlett Wilson scheduled a news conference on Thursday regarding the case against Roof, without specifying what aspect she would address. The Post and Courier newspaper reported that the state planned to pursue the death penalty, citing unnamed sources familiar with the case. Reuters was not able to independently confirm that prosecutors had reached that decision. Roof, who is white, is accused of massacring the “Emanuel 9” on the night of June 17 after he had entered the church, joined their group and sat with them. The victims were black. Among the dead was the Reverend Clementa Pinckney, the church …

    September 3, 2015 11:23 am
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Politics

  • Minnesota’s John Kline Will Not Seek Eighth Term


    By Simone Pathé and Emily Cahn Posted at 11:53 a.m. today 0 Tweet Kline will not seek re-election. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo) Updated 12:10 p.m.| Seven-term Minnesota GOP Rep. John Kline announced Thursday he will not run for re-election, putting Republicans in a tough spot to hold the southeastern Minnesota district in a presidential year. “It has been and will continue to be a privilege serving the men and women of Minnesota’s 2nd District for the next 16 months,” he said in a statement Thursday morning. Kline was first elected in 2002 and won re-election last November by 17 points. But his seat has been a perennial Democratic target since President Barack Obama narrowly carried the district twice. His retirement announcement is prompting The Rothenberg Gonzales Political Report/Roll Call to move the race from Safe Republican to Tossup. Adding to Republican challenges this cycle is that there’s no gubernatorial or Senate race in Minnesota. And as the state …

    September 3, 2015 11:22 am
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Stocks

  • Al Jazeera America digital journalists vote to unionize


    Another day, another unionization effort at an online news organization. This time, it’s Al Jazeera America, whose digital journalists announced Thursday that they have voted to unionize. They are represented by NewsGuild of New York. Whether AJAM’s management recognizes the union remains unclear. The company said in a statement that it is “currently considering the request to voluntarily recognize the NewsGuild as the exclusive bargaining representative of the digital department employees.” Related: Salon staff votes to unionize The move by AJAM’s digital employees is the latest development within a growing labor movement throughout online journalism. The organizing surge began in June, when employees at Gawker Media voted to unionize. In July, employees at Salon and Guardian US did the same. And the pro-labor movement landed its biggest coup last month when the digital writers and editors at Vice Media voted to unionize. Management at all of those companies recognized their employees’ unions, a point that …

    September 3, 2015 10:22 am
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Sports

  • Scott Jamieson and Daniel Gaunt lead on 1st day of European Tour’s Russian Open


    MOSCOW –  Scott Jamieson and Daniel Gaunt took a share of the lead at the Russian Open with 6-under 65s in Thursday’s first round. Jamieson started his day at Skolkovo Golf Club with four straight birdies. Gaunt had an eagle on No. 12. Lee Slattery and Bradley Dredge (both 66) are tied for third place, one stroke ahead of a group of eight others, including Made in Denmark winner David Horsey. Former top-ranked tennis player Yevgeny Kafelnikov shot a 77 and was tied for 121st.

    September 3, 2015 11:42 am
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World News

  • How can EU resolve migrant crisis?


    Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Many migrants have been squeezing onto trains in central Budapest bound for western Europe The EU admits that its asylum procedures are inadequate, faced with the biggest influx of migrants since the Balkan wars of the 1990s. Europe has been shocked by migrant tragedies in the Mediterranean and the misery of refugees – many from war-torn Syria – exploited by people traffickers. So can Europe’s governments, instead of accusing each other, take joint action to end the crisis? Here are five key areas where EU agreement could at least ease the crisis. Agreeing on asylum rules Hungary has joined Greece and Italy as a migrant hotspot, overwhelmed by the numbers hoping to settle in the EU. Reception centres in the “frontline” countries are overcrowded. In many cases officials are overwhelmed with asylum claims. Effective common rules would mean sharing data on migrants, such as fingerprints and other key ID, …

    September 3, 2015 11:43 am
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Technology

  • AOL’s Millennial Media deal underlines rise in automated ad buying


    AOL’s acquisition of mobile ad firm Millennial Media underlines the rapid rise of programmatic advertising, as new research shows that automated buying will grow massively this year and account for more than half of the UK’s £3bn digital display market. AOL, which was acquired by telecoms giant Verizon for $4.4bn in May, has paid $238m for the publicly listed Millennial Media. For AOL, which boosted its programmatic ad technology buying video platform adap.TV for $405m in 2013, the deal marks a major move into computerised ad buying on mobile devices. Millennial Media operates a mobile ad network with more than 65,000 apps, and in-app ads have the added benefit of avoiding content-blocking software. AOL said that the deal means it now has access to about 1 billion global active unique users, scale critical in its battle against rivals including Facebook and Google. Bob Lord, president of AOL, said: “AOL is well positioned as consumers spend …

    September 3, 2015 11:42 am
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Science

  • Brazilian wasp venom kills cancer cells by opening them up


    Related images(click to enlarge) The social wasp Polybia paulista protects itself against predators by producing venom known to contain a powerful cancer-fighting ingredient. A Biophysical Journal study published September 1 reveals exactly how the venom’s toxin–called MP1 (Polybia-MP1)–selectively kills cancer cells without harming normal cells. MP1 interacts with lipids that are abnormally distributed on the surface of cancer cells, creating gaping holes that allow molecules crucial for cell function to leak out. “Cancer therapies that attack the lipid composition of the cell membrane would be an entirely new class of anticancer drugs,” says co-senior study author Paul Beales, of the University of Leeds in the UK. “This could be useful in developing new combination therapies, where multiple drugs are used simultaneously to treat a cancer by attacking different parts of the cancer cells at the same time.” MP1 acts against microbial pathogens by disrupting the bacterial cell membrane. Serendipitously, the antimicrobial peptide shows promise for …

    September 3, 2015 10:42 am
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Health

  • ‘Mixed depression,’ agitation may signal suicide risk


    (Reuters Health) – Certain behavior patterns often precede suicide attempts by people with major depression, suggesting signs that doctors can and should watch out for, a large study suggests. The hallmarks of suicide risk may include risky behavior, agitated behavior, impulsivity and the presence of “depressive mixed states” that include both depression and mania symptoms, the investigators say. “The results of this study are important because they may guide clinicians (from GPs to specialists) to which symptoms to pay special attention to and to search for in any depressed patient,” Dr. Dina Popovic, psychiatrist at the Hospital Clinic of Barcelona, Spain, told Reuters Health by email. “Due to the large number of patients in this study, we were able to identify specific symptoms which mostly increase the risk to attempt suicide,” said Popovic, who led the study. Results of the BRIDGE-II-MIX study were released August 30 at the 28th European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP) Congress …

    September 3, 2015 11:02 am
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Entertainment

  • Justin Bieber Explains His VMA Breakdown To Jimmy Fallon


    Posted on Thu Sep 3rd, 2015 8:35am PDT       By X17 Staff Aww! He’s so sensitive! Justin Bieber sat down with Jimmy Fallon last night and of course the host had to ask what was on everyone’s mind — his MTV VMA breakdown on Sunday night. The Biebs explained the emotional outpouring, “It was just so overwhelming for me,” the “Baby” singer explained. “Everything, the performance, I missed some cues so I was a little disappointed with that,” he added. The 21-year-old added, “And everyone — the support — I was honestly wasn’t expecting them to support me in the way they did. Last time I was at an awards show I was booed. I’ve worked so hard at this album, I’ve worked so hard at becoming the man I want to become. Then, standing in the situation, you just can’t help but feel judged, so I was just feeling judged and wanting to win so badly, …

    September 3, 2015 11:22 am
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Editorial

  • Will migrants flooding Europe embrace Western values?


    Back when I was in school, I performed a scientific experiment in which I poured a liquid of one color into a beaker that contained liquid of a different color. At first the liquid in the beaker was diluted, but as I kept pouring, the poured liquid eventually overtook the liquid in the beaker, creating an entirely new substance. That’s what is happening in Europe as thousands of migrants flee their home countries, seeking refuge in the European Union. Germany, alone, is expected to have received 800,000 migrants by the end of the year, four times last year’s number. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has suspended the EU’s Dublin Regulation for Syrian migrants. Under the rule, writes The Telegraph, “…migrants can only apply for asylum in the first EU member state they enter, and face deportation if they try to apply in another. But Germany … has now ordered its officers to process applications from Syrians …

    September 3, 2015 10:02 am
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Odd News

  • Spanish pensioner offers cash to find job for ‘desperate’ son


    MADRID A Spanish pensioner has placed a newspaper advertisement offering 5,000 euros ($5,600) to any employer who would hire his 39-year-old son, a “desperate” unemployed father of one. “Pensioner offers 5,000 euros to company who hires his unemployed son, qualified, responsible and hard-working with good references, pay negotiable according to contract, absolute discretion,” the advertisement in El Heraldo de Aragon newspaper said. Concerns about Spanish unemployment, the second-highest in Europe at 22.4 percent, are at the center of the campaign for a general election to be held in December. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, ahead in polls but expected to fall short of a majority, is seeking to overcome scepticism that an economic recovery is truly filtering down. The pensioner, a retired lawyer, told the newspaper he could not watch his son suffer without doing anything. “The advert might look undignified, but I lost my sense of shame a long time ago,” said the pensioner, who …

    September 3, 2015 11:02 am
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