Headline News

  • Slain journalist’s parents say he died a hero for telling stories of people trying to be free


    A ribbon is seen on the front door of the family home of freelance journalist James Foley, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 in Rochester, N.H. Foley was abducted in November 2012 while covering the Syrian conflict. On Tuesday, Aug. 19, militants with the Islamic State extremist group released a video showing Islamic State militants beheading Foley in an act of revenge for U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq . (AP Photo/Jim Cole)The Associated Press ROCHESTER, N.H. –  The parents of an American journalist slain by Islamic State militants say their son died a hero for revealing the stories of oppressed people in war-torn lands. James Foley, was abducted in 2012 and held for nearly two years. The Islamic militants posted a video showing his murder on Tuesday and said they killed him because the U.S. had launched airstrikes in northern Iraq. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Diane and John Foley addressed the media outside their Rochester, New Hampshire, home on …

    August 20, 2014 1:01 pm
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Politics

  • Super PAC Greets Sullivan Win With Attack Ad


    By Kyle Trygstad Posted at 12:13 p.m. today 0 Tweet Begich-friendly super PAC has a TV ad against Sullivan. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo) Alaska’s newly minted Republican Senate nominee will awake the morning after his primary victory to a negative TV ad from a Democratic super PAC. Put Alaska First, a group formed to support Democratic Sen. Mark Begich, launched an ad Wednesday against Republican Dan Sullivan targeting his lack of Alaska roots and using a controversial mining project in the state as a wedge issue. “There’s two things you need to know about Dan Sullivan,” a Dillingham, Alaska, resident says in the ad, which is airing statewide on broadcast and cable. “He’s not from Alaska, and he supports the Pebble Mine.” The Pebble Mine is one of a trio of initiatives that will grace the general-election ballot and are expected to drive up turnout among single-issue voters potentially more likely to support …

    August 20, 2014 12:20 pm
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Stocks

  • Income is on the rise … finally!


    The typical American is finally bringing home a bigger paycheck. Median household income has been on the rise for the past three years, climbing 3.8% to $53,891 in June, according to newly released data by Sentier Research. It’s yet another indication that the economic recovery is taking hold. But Americans have yet to fully heal from the Great Recession, which officially ended five years ago. Median income remains 3.1% below its June 2009 level of $55,589. That’s in large part because unemployment remained high in the early years of the recovery, according to Sentier. “Even though technically the recovery began in June 2009 … the broad measures of unemployment were still high,” said Gordon Green, a partner at Sentier. “As people found jobs, their incomes went up and then we started to see incomes turn around.” Though many people are doing better nowadays, the gains are not spread evenly. Calculator: How close are you to …

    August 20, 2014 1:22 pm
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Sports

  • Cowboys extend reign as NFL’s most valuable team: Forbes


    (Reuters) – The Dallas Cowboys are the most valuable National Football League (NFL) team for an eighth consecutive year, more than double the average league value, according to an annual survey by business magazine Forbes The Cowboys, whose total revenue during the 2013 season was $560 million, are worth $3.2 billion, a whopping rise of 39 percent over last year, Forbes said in a statement on Wednesday. Dallas, who two years ago became the first North American sports franchise to top the $2 billion mark, have missed the playoffs for four consecutive seasons and have not won a Super Bowl since the 1995 season. Yet the only sports franchise in the world worth more than the Cowboys is Spanish soccer club Real Madrid, valued at $3.4 billion, Forbes said. The New England Patriots ($2.6 billion), Washington Redskins ($2.4 billion), New York Giants ($2.1 billion) and Houston Texans ($1.85 billion) completed the top five. Forbes said …

    August 20, 2014 1:01 pm
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World News

  • US attorney general vows swift investigation into Michael Brown killing


    The US attorney general, Eric Holder, launched the most concerted federal response yet about the shooting of Michael Brown on Wednesday, pledging a swift and thorough investigation into the killing of the unarmed Missouri teenager by a Ferguson police officer. In an opinion piece for the St Louis Post-Dispatch that appeared as he arrived in Ferguson to meet local community leaders, Holder sharply criticised both the violence of protestors and police behaviour that many blame for sparking the unrest. “Good law enforcement requires forging bonds of trust between the police and the public. This trust is all-important, but it is also fragile. It requires that force be used in appropriate ways,” he wrote. “Enforcement priorities and arrest patterns must not lead to disparate treatment under the law, even if such treatment is unintended. And police forces should reflect the diversity of the communities they serve.” The FBI announced last week that it was carrying out …

    August 20, 2014 1:01 pm
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Technology

  • Vexed in the city: The ‘sharing’ economy’s hidden toll on San Francisco


    Margarethe Wichert/Getty Images This story is part of a CNET special report that examines the controversy gripping San Francisco as a massive influx of techies feeds an unprecedented economic boom — and backlash. SAN FRANCISCO — When Brad Worrell visited San Francisco on business last summer, he stayed in an Airbnb rental for the first time in the city’s Castro district. He wasn’t sure what to expect. He typically stays in hotels, but his company booked him a “Castro Gem” just a short walk to the studio where he’d be working for a few weeks. He loved it. “I thought it was a really cute neighborhood. I was psyched when I got there,” Worrell says. “It was one of those classic San Francisco apartments with high ceilings.” Vexed in the city: CNET looks at how San Francisco is dealing with its tech boom. James Martin/CNET One other thing became quickly evident to Worrell: no one …

    August 20, 2014 8:17 am
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Science

  • Diabetes calculator helps identify A&E patients at risk of disease


    A new online tool will help doctors predict which patients are most likely to develop diabetes. The calculator will help doctors identify high risk patients so that they can be tested for the disease and offered lifestyle advice. The test is targeted at people who have been admitted to hospital for emergency care. Experts say it could offer a cost-effective way to identify people with diabetes in Scotland as it avoids the need for significant investment in screening. The test calculates a person’s risk of developing diabetes over the next three years based on their age, sex and the level of sugar in their blood, which is routinely measured on admission to AE. Blood sugar levels often rise during serious illness but usually drop back to normal when patients get better. This can make it difficult for doctors to identify patients who are at risk of diabetes, which is also associated with high levels of …

    August 20, 2014 12:40 pm
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Health

  • Experimental Ebola drugs needed for ‘up to 30,000 people’


    LONDON (Reuters) – Up to 30,000 people could have used experimental treatments or vaccines so far in the world’s worst outbreak of Ebola currently plaguing West Africa, British scientists said on Wednesday. The calculation highlights the dilemma facing officials considering how to distribute the tiny quantities of unproven drugs that are likely to be available in the near term to fight the deadly disease. The World Health Organization (WHO) is hoping for improved supplies of experimental treatments and progress with a vaccine by the end of the year, after last week backing the use of untested drugs and vaccines. Oliver Brady, an epidemiologist at the University of Oxford, and colleagues have been crunching the numbers and believe the number of people needing such treatment or protection is very large, even under a conservative scenario. “This demand is likely to be higher than many people realize,” Brady wrote in a commentary in the science journal Nature. …

    August 20, 2014 12:21 pm
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Entertainment

  • Robin Thicke Has To Do His Own Grocery Shopping Now That He’s Single


    Posted on Wed Aug 20th, 2014 9:45am PDT       By X17 Staff It doesn’t look like his split is getting him down! Robin Thicke was all smiles as he lugged grocery bags back to his car at Bristol Farms yesterday, and it appears he doesn’t mind having to do all the household chores for himself now that he and wife Paula Patton are dunzo! The sexy soul singer might not be single for very much longer, though. If you believe the rumors, the “Blurred Lines” crooner is being courted by none other than Katie Holmes! The actress allegedly reached out to the hit maker, and they have since made plans for a rendezvous! “She dropped him an email recently to see how he was, knowing he was going through divorce hell. And he was so happy to hear from her,” a source told MSN’s Celebrity Fix. “They’ve arranged a date in New York after his tour ends …

    August 20, 2014 12:00 pm
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Editorial

  • ISIS hounds of Hell unleashed: How US can stop them


      The Gates of Hades are open and the Hounds of Hell let loose. They are raping, torturing and beheading their way through Iraq and Syria, killing everyone who stands in their way – Americans, Christians, even their fellow Muslims. We can’t negotiate with them, or buy them off, or contain them. They cannot be rehabilitated or intimidated. They must be stopped in their tracks and killed. Evil doesn’t disappear with benign neglect; it grows, expands and is emboldened. The question is – what is the best way to do it? American boots on the ground haven’t worked in Iraq, or Afghanistan, or even Vietnam, and sending them back into the region not only won’t succeed, it will give ISIS even more opportunities to take prisoners. If we have learned anything from dealing with evil, it’s that it can be stopped only in the neighborhood, by its neighbors. First, arm the Kurds with everything they …

    August 20, 2014 12:21 pm
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Odd News

  • Dutch spend 461,000 euros to fence off king’s Greek holiday home


    AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – The Dutch government paid 461,000 euros ($615,000) to erect a fence around King Willem-Alexander’s seaside villa in southern Greece, RTL News reported on Wednesday, drawing media criticism and demands for an explanation. The Dutch monarchy remains popular one year after Willem-Alexander ascended the throne after the abdication of his mother Queen Beatrix, but critics say it costs too much, especially at a time when the country is struggling to emerge from recession. The RTL broadcaster published documents showing a neighbor had received 461,000 euros for allowing the Dutch the right to erect a fence on two strips of land bordering the property. The strips of land had a market value of only about 35,000 euros. Dutch media jumped on the report, with popular web portals questioning the use of taxpayers’ money. “Dutch state ripped off,” read one headline. “Dutch state forks out half a million for fence”, said another. On Wednesday, opposition …

    August 20, 2014 12:40 pm
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