Headline News

  • In shift, U.S. officials fight release on bond of migrants: lawyers


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration is routinely arguing against the release on bond of Central American women and children at a New Mexico detention center in a policy shift meant to discourage others like them from entering the United States, say lawyers for the detainees. The lawyers, representing women and children being held at the detention center in Artesia, 170 miles (275 km) from El Paso, Texas, say the government has for the last two months routinely argued against granting bond. In a July 15 affidavit obtained by Reuters, the Department of Homeland Security argues against their release. Lawyers representing the migrants say that since then, the affidavit has been submitted at nearly all bond hearings before immigration judges. In the affidavit, Philip Miller, assistant director of Enforcement and Removal Operations, writes: “I have concluded that implementation of a ‘no bond’ or ‘high bond’ policy would significantly reduce the unlawful mass migration of Guatemalans, …

    September 19, 2014 12:37 am
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Politics

  • Bush family member angered by Republican Senate candidate’s ads in Georgia


    (Reuters) – Neil Bush, son and brother of two former presidents, has denounced assertions in political ads for Republican Senate nominee David Perdue in Georgia that an organization founded by Bush’s father funneled money to extremist groups. Bush is chairman of the Points of Light Foundation, which was run for several years by Perdue’s Democratic opponent, Michelle Nunn. A second critical ad was released on Wednesday, two days after Bush’s father, George H.W. Bush, endorsed Perdue. Though Georgia has not elected a Democratic senator since 2000 and Perdue has a slight edge in the polls, Democrats view the open seat as winnable as they fight to maintain control of the Senate. In an internal Nunn campaign memo published by National Review magazine in July, several vulnerabilities are listed for the first-time candidate, including the perception that Points of Light under Nunn gave “service awards to inmates, terrorists.” The memo is referring to $13,500 that eBay …

    September 18, 2014 11:56 pm
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Stocks

  • Retirement savings gap widens between rich and poor


    In 2013, households in the lowest income bracket had a median savings balance of just $13,000, while those in the top income bracket had median savings of $452,000. When it comes to retirement savings, the gap between the rich and poor is growing dramatically. Last year, the typical 55- to 64-year-old household had just $111,000 saved in their 401(k)s and IRAs, which would translate into just $500 a month in retirement income, according to a report from Boston College’s Center for Retirement Research that analyzed recent Federal Reserve data. Related: Retired women: How I’m getting by But when you break down the savings by income brackets, the numbers look even bleaker. Households in the lowest income bracket — those earning less than $39,000 a year — had a median savings balance of just $13,000. Meanwhile, those in the top income bracket — those earning $138,000 or more a year — had a median of $452,000 …

    September 18, 2014 10:55 pm
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Sports

  • Hester sets return record as Atlanta thrash Buccaneers


    (Reuters) – The Atlanta Falcons punished Tampa Bay on the ground and through the air as they blasted the Buccaneers 56-14 on Thursday with Devin Hester setting a record for touchdowns from kick returns. The Falcons scored 21 points in the first quarter and grabbed a 35-0 lead by halftime at the Georgia Dome. Hester scored two first-half touchdowns, the second of which was from a 62-yard punt return to set a NFL record with the 20th TD of his career from a kick return. Hester danced his way into the end zone with his best impersonation of Deion Sanders, the Hall of Famer he passed to set the mark. Quarterback Matt Ryan threw for 286 yards and three TDs while the Falcons also got three rushing touchdowns and one interception return as they scored the game’s first 56 points. The Buccaneers finally got on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter where backup quarterback Mike …

    September 19, 2014 12:37 am
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World News

  • China tennis star Li Na to retire


    19 September 2014 Last updated at 05:26 Li Na said representing China on the tennis court had been “an extraordinary privilege” China’s Li Na has announced her retirement from tennis at the age of 32, citing injury problems. Li, who has taken both the French and Australian Open titles, made the widely expected announcement in a statement on social media. After four knee surgeries, “my body is begging me to stop the pounding”, the tennis star wrote. The Chinese Tennis Association thanked her for the “shining moments” she had given to the sport. Li is one of China’s most high-profile athletes and a national hero. She is well-known for her outspoken independence, her humour and her reluctance to embrace the state-run training system. She won the Australian Open in January to add to her 2011 French Open title, but the world number six has not played since losing in the third round at Wimbledon in …

    September 19, 2014 12:37 am
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Technology

  • Apple iPhone 6 goes on sale around the world


    First buyers celebrate their purchase at the flagship Sydney Apple Store. Nic Healey/CNET As the world turns and the sun rises on Friday, September 19, Apple stores are opening their doors as the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus go on sale around the globe. This year’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are most noted for the new scaled-up sizes of 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch respectively, giving Apple attractive new options for fans of the larger handsets so common in the Android phone market. Both models include the new 64-bit A8 processor, an improved 8-megapixel rear camera, better battery life, and an NFC chip that, at launch, will be used exclusively by the Apple Pay payment service, which launches in the US in October. The iPhone 6 is available in silver, gold, and space gray in 16GB, 64GB, and 128GB sizes, with respective contract-free prices of $649, $749, and $849 in the US; £539, …

    September 18, 2014 11:57 pm
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Science

  • Gargantuan black hole found at the heart of dwarf galaxy


    Galaxy M60 and companion ultra-compact dwarf galaxy M60-UCD1 A supermassive black hole (SMBH) has been found lurking in an unexpected location – at the heart of an ultra-compact dwarf galaxy – according to new observations made by an international team of astronomers. Although SMBHs are thought to reside at the centre of most large galaxies including our own Milky Way, this is the smallest galaxy known to host a black hole. The team’s findings suggest that many other such ultra-compact dwarf galaxies may house black holes, meaning that there may be many more SMBHs in our galactic neighbourhood than previously thought. SMBHs are the largest type of black hole, and can have masses that are 105–109 times that of the Sun. On the other hand, ultra-compact dwarf galaxies are small galaxies that are also among the densest star systems in the universe. They are less than a few hundred light-years across as compared with our …

    September 19, 2014 12:17 am
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Health

  • U.N. to deploy Ebola mission as death toll reaches 2,630


    NEW YORK/PARIS (Reuters) – The United Nations Security Council on Thursday declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa a “threat to international peace and security” as the death toll hit 2,630 and France became the latest Western nation to step up its support. French President Francois Hollande announced the deployment of a military hospital to the remote Forest Region of southeastern Guinea, where the outbreak was first detected in March. Since then the virus has infected at least 5,357 people, according to World Health Organization (WHO), mostly in Guinea, neighboring Sierra Leone and Liberia. It has also spread to Senegal and Nigeria. With fragile West African healthcare systems overrun by the outbreak, Hollande said France’s response would not be limited to contributing to 150 million euros ($194 million) in aid promised by European Union nations. “We must save lives,” Hollande told a news conference. “I have asked the defense minister to coordinate this action and …

    September 18, 2014 11:56 pm
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Fortune

Entertainment

  • Aww alert! Ryan Gosling is "in love" with his baby girl


    Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes welcome a baby girl A source tells People that Ryan Gosling, who recently welcomed his first baby — a girl! — with longtime girlfriend, Eva Mendes, couldn’t be happier being a brand-new daddy. “Ryan is madly in love with the baby,” the source said of an “infatuated” Gosling. And the same report says Mendes is equally stoked with mommyhood. And who can blame the proud new parents? They’re probably the best-looking couple on the planet. We haven’t even seen that baby yet and we already love her, because (duh) who wouldn’t? Perfect man: Ryan Gosling is pregnant Eva Mendes’ chef According to the same source, Gosling and Mendes have a little help doting on their new bundle of joy: Grandmas Gosling and Mendes have been hanging around to lend a hand with the spoiling. “Ryan’s mom and Eva’s mom have both been helping,” the source said. “They have both been …

    September 18, 2014 11:36 pm
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Editorial

  • Arkansas State lifts ban on football helmet crosses, but players must foot bill for decals


    Arkansas State University called an audible and decided to reverse its decision banning memorial crosses that football players had placed on their helmets to honor two fallen teammates. The team had been ordered to either remove or modify the small cross decals, honoring former player Markel Owens and former team equipment manager Barry Weyer, following complaints that the cross violated the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT “It is the university’s position that any player who wishes to voluntarily place an NCAA-compliant sticker on their helmet to memorialize individuals will be able to do so,” the university announced in a letter. How sad that we live in a nation where it is against the law for a university football coach to design a memorial that includes a religious icon. Liberty Institute, a law firm that specializes in religious liberty issues, had given the university until Wednesday to reverse its decision or face a …

    September 18, 2014 11:57 pm
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Odd News

  • Chicago officials investigate human bones sent to Japanese consulate


    CHICAGO (Reuters) – Chicago authorities are trying to solve a mystery over a box of human bones that were sent to the Japanese consulate, along with a letter saying they were the remains of soldiers who died during World War Two, police said on Thursday. The box of bones, which included two human skulls, was sent to the Chicago consulate in mid-June from Rochester, Minnesota, said Chicago Police Officer Thomas Sweeney. Along with the package was a letter saying the bones belonged to two soldiers who died in the Pacific theater of the war, and requesting that they be returned to Japan, Sweeney said. Consulate officials reported the box to the Japanese government in Tokyo, according to consul Shinichiro Nakamura. Nakamura described what police called a letter as an “application form.” Police said that photos of the bones were reviewed by a Japanese pathologist, who indicated that they may not be of Japanese descent. Not …

    September 19, 2014 12:16 am
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