• Race to find Japan landslide victims

    Race to find Japan landslide victims

    23 August 2014 Last updated at 05:42 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. The BBC’s Rupert Wingfield-Hayes says “horrific stories” are beginning to emerge after the disaster Rescuers have been searching desperately...
  • Janet Yellen: Job market not recovered

    Janet Yellen: Job market not recovered

      The U.S. job market has improved over the past year, but it is still not fully recovered. That was Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen’s main message Friday in a much anticipated speech. “It speaks...
  • Collmenter stymies Padres; D-backs end skid

    Phoenix, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) – Josh Collmenter carried a shutout into the ninth inning and the Arizona Diamondbacks snapped a six-game losing streak with a 5-1 win over the San Diego Padres in the opener of...
  • Colombia military meet Farc rebels

    Colombia military meet Farc rebels

    22 August 2014 Last updated at 23:58 Colombia’s chief negotiator said the military would discuss ways of implementing a ceasefire if a peace deal is agreed. The Colombian military has held its first meeting with...
  • Phillies rally to beat Wainwright, Cardinals

    Philadelphia, PA –  Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) – Ben Revere collected three hits with two runs scored, Ryan Howard had two RBI and the Philadelphia Phillies rallied to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-4 in the...
  • Justin Bieber takes a drive on the sidewalk

    Justin Bieber shaves off his teeny mustache in clip (VIDEO) TMZ recently posted a video of the Biebs driving his new three-wheeled motorcycle over the curb onto a sidewalk, narrowly avoiding people on foot, including...

Headline News

  • University of New Mexico suspends soccer coach over hazing


    ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) – The University of New Mexico women’s soccer coach and 22 players on the team were ordered suspended on Friday over a hazing incident that landed one extremely intoxicated freshman athlete in the hospital last weekend, the athletic department said. The university athletic director, Paul Krebs, announced the disciplinary action as the school forfeited the team’s season-opening match against Texas Tech University, resulting in a $5,000 fine against UNM. But the brief duration of suspensions will allow the squad to avoid missing any further games. “We believe the disciplinary measures we have taken today send a clear message about the gravity of the incident, and that it is unacceptable and will not be tolerated,” Krebs said in a statement. Kit Vela, entering her 14th season as coach of women’s soccer at the university, will be placed on suspension for one week without pay, starting on Monday, forcing her to miss one scrimmage …

    August 22, 2014 11:56 pm
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Politics

  • Obama tech policy maven moves to Silicon Valley role


    WASHINGTON D.C./SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Todd Park, President Barack Obama’s chief technology officer who played a role in fixing the flawed Healthcare.gov website, is moving to a new job recruiting top Silicon Valley talent to government, a source familiar with the situation said on Friday. Park, a successful tech entrepreneur who became a top adviser to Obama, will move to the West Coast at the end of the month as part of a White House team, the source said on condition of anonymity because it has not been made public. Park became a political target last fall as Republican lawmakers tried to assign blame for the glitch-ridden rollout of the website, the main portal to buy healthcare coverage through federal exchanges. Park was heavily involved in the effort to try to fix the bugs. His move to California signals a growing effort by the government to try to recruit from Silicon Valley. Earlier this month, …

    August 22, 2014 9:15 pm
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Stocks

  • Janet Yellen: Job market not recovered


      The U.S. job market has improved over the past year, but it is still not fully recovered. That was Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen’s main message Friday in a much anticipated speech. “It speaks to the depth of the damage that, five years after the end of the recession, the labor market has yet to fully recover,” she said. The debate now is whether the job situation in America is healthy enough for the Federal Reserve to start raising interest rates, which have been at historic lows in recent years in an effort to jump start the economy. Yellen, however, said little new on Friday, and U.S. stock markets stayed flat. Related: Beware of social media and biotech stocks Yellen is chair of the committee that sets interest rates, but she only gets one vote. Other members have differing views. The Fed board and other top economists are spending the weekend in Jackson Hole, …

    August 23, 2014 12:16 am
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Sports

  • Collmenter stymies Padres; D-backs end skid


    Phoenix, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) – Josh Collmenter carried a shutout into the ninth inning and the Arizona Diamondbacks snapped a six-game losing streak with a 5-1 win over the San Diego Padres in the opener of a three-game series. Collmenter (9-7) had pitched to an 8.50 ERA over his previous four outings but was masterful on Friday, holding the Padres to a measly two hits over the first eight innings. He was pulled with one out in the ninth after giving up two more hits, and a wild pitch by Matt Stites allowed San Diego’s only run to score. Miguel Montero went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer while Jake Lamb scored a run and knocked in another to back Collmenter’s strong effort. Odrisamer Despaigne (3-5) gave up four runs — three earned — on five hits over as many innings for San Diego, which had dropped six of eight overall. David Peralta began a two-out rally …

    August 22, 2014 11:56 pm
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World News

  • Race to find Japan landslide victims


    23 August 2014 Last updated at 05:42 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. The BBC’s Rupert Wingfield-Hayes says “horrific stories” are beginning to emerge after the disaster Rescuers have been searching desperately for survivors in Japan’s Hiroshima prefecture where a landslide killed at least 42 people. At least 43 others are missing, officials told the Kyodo news agency. Police quoted by the agency say that more people could be unaccounted for, buried by mudslides and not yet reported as missing. About 3,000 rescue personnel have been trying to remove mud and debris hampering the search. Torrential rains have led to the evacuation of up to 100,000 people. Experts say the chances of survival for people trapped without food or water in such a disaster decreases significantly after the first 72 hours, which passed early on Saturday. On Friday afternoon all searches in the area were called off when the shape of nearby …

    August 23, 2014 12:17 am
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Technology

  • Records of up to 25,000 Homeland Security staff hacked in cyber-attack


    The internal records of as many as 25,000 employees of America’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) were exposed during a recent computer hack at a federal contractor that handles security clearances, an agency official said on Friday. The official, speaking anonymously, said the number of victims could be greater. The incident is under active federal criminal investigation. The department was informing employees whose files were exposed in the hacking against contractor USIS and warning them to monitor their financial accounts. Earlier this month, USIS acknowledged the break-in, saying its internal cybersecurity team had detected what appeared to be an intrusion with “all the markings of a state-sponsored attack”. Neither USIS nor government officials have speculated on the identity of the foreign government. USIS, once known as US Investigations Services, has been under criticism in Congress in recent months for its performance in conducting background checks on National Security Agency systems analyst Edward Snowden and on …

    August 22, 2014 9:15 pm
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Science

  • A breakthrough in imaging gold nanoparticles to atomic resolution by electron microscopy


    Related images(click to enlarge) Nanometre-scale gold particles are intensively investigated for application as catalysts, sensors, drug delivery devices, biological contrast agents and components in photonics and molecular electronics. Gaining knowledge of their atomic-scale structures, fundamental for understanding physical and chemical properties, has been challenging. Now, researchers at Stanford University, USA, have demonstrated that high-resolution electron microscopy can be used to reveal a three-dimensional structure in which all gold atoms are observed. The results are in close agreement with a structure predicted at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, on the basis of theoretical modelling and infrared spectroscopy. The research was published in Science on 22 August 2014. The revealed gold nanoparticle is 1.1 nm in diameter and contains 68 gold atoms organised in a crystalline fashion at the centre of the particle. The result was supported by small-angle X-ray scattering done in Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA, and by mass spectrometry done at Hokkaido University, Japan. …

    August 22, 2014 9:35 pm
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Health

  • U.S. hospitals overdo Ebola plans, posing new risks: researchers


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Fear of Ebola is causing U.S. hospitals to take precautions that, paradoxically, might backfire, increasing the risk to those caring for a patient with the deadly disease, researchers warned this week. The only confirmed Ebola cases on U.S. soil so far have been two American aid workers flown from Liberia for treatment at Emory University Hospital. They were discharged this week after recovering from the disease that has killed more than 1,400 people in Africa. While calling the extra steps “understandable given the horrific mortality of this disease,” Dr. Michael Klompas of Harvard Medical School and lead author of the paper in Annals of Internal Medicine, said they are unnecessary and could backfire. For instance, if nurses and doctors wear unfamiliar gear such as head-to-toe hazmat suits, “there is absolutely a risk of making mistakes and contaminating yourself” with a patient’s bodily fluids, said Dr. David Kuhar of the Centers for …

    August 22, 2014 9:15 pm
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Entertainment

  • Justin Bieber takes a drive on the sidewalk


    Justin Bieber shaves off his teeny mustache in clip (VIDEO) TMZ recently posted a video of the Biebs driving his new three-wheeled motorcycle over the curb onto a sidewalk, narrowly avoiding people on foot, including an elderly woman with a walker. After bypassing a busy intersection, he swerves back into traffic. Even though it looks like the “Never Say Never” singer takes it pretty slow on the sidewalk, whoever shot the video is clearly shocked by Bieber’s brazen disregard for the law and can be heard saying “Oh my god!” over and over in the video. But Bieber himself doesn’t seem too worried when he’s rocking out to music at the next stoplight. Beverly Hills Police Department told E! News that such reckless driving is in fact a “vehicle code violation, which is an infraction.” Are Selena and the Biebs back together — again? “We highly encourage Mr. Bieber to stay off the sidewalk and …

    August 22, 2014 10:56 pm
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Editorial

  • Mainstream media censors Soros’ connection to Rick Perry indictment


      On January 27, 1998, then First Lady Hillary Clinton – without a shred of credible evidence – infamously claimed during an NBC “Today Show” interview with Matt Lauer that a “vast right-wing conspiracy” had been working to destroy her husband “since the day he announced for president.” Sixteen years later we have tangible, documented proof that a vast left-wing conspiracy is in fact out to destroy conservative presidential hopeful Gov. Rick Perry, and the liberals who run the establishment media are doing everything possible to cover it up. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The alleged wrongdoing by Gov. Perry is a farce and the indictment a brazen political abuse, denounced by conservatives and liberals, Republicans and Democrats alike.  Who is behind this outrage? We have tangible, documented proof that a vast left-wing conspiracy is in fact out to destroy conservative presidential hopeful Gov. Rick Perry, and the liberals who run the establishment media are doing everything possible …

    August 22, 2014 9:15 pm
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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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