Headline News

  • Family buries remains of Air Force veteran killed in 1952 Alaska crash


    June 20, 2012: A specialized eight-person recovery team, with team members from the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command and Northern Warefare Training Center, searches for aircraft wreckage, remains, or other personal affects while conducting recovery operations at an aircraft crash site on Knik Glacier near Anchorage, Alaska.Reuters WHITTIER, Calif. –  An Air Force veteran whose body lay lost in the snow of an Alaskan glacier for six decades has been buried with military honors in California. The remains of Engolf Welton Hagen were laid to rest on Friday near his parents’ grave at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier, the Orange County Register reported. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT His youngest sister, 84-year-old Eleanor Yeager of Corona del Mar, attended the burial. She gingerly touched the box carrying his cremated rib, forearm and hand — all that could be recovered from the crash site. The remains were identified through DNA supplied by Hagen’s oldest female relative — Eleanor’s sister …

    August 23, 2014 1:29 pm
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Politics

  • Texas Governor Perry tries to turn felony indictment into election gold


    PORTSMOUTH N.H. (Reuters) – Texas Governor Rick Perry has sought to parlay attention over a felony indictment into a fresh political push in New Hampshire, the crucial presidential primary state where his dismal showing in 2012 led him to drop out of the race. Perry returned to New Hampshire on Friday and Saturday in his first visit to the state since his presidential bid unraveled, laying out his message for a business-friendly government, stronger border security and a more muscular foreign policy. With Congress in recess and President Barack Obama on vacation, Perry has become one of the most talked-about politicians since he was indicted last week on two felony counts of abusing power for trying to force a Democratic district attorney convicted of drunk driving out of office by cutting off funds for an integrity unit in her office. Perry has held news conferences to denounce the indictment and turned his police booking into a …

    August 23, 2014 1:28 pm
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Stocks

  • 10 Western companies getting slammed in Russia


      Name brand American and European conglomerates are feeling the impact from the turmoil in Russia. Many are reporting slower Russian sales and, in some cases, store closures as the Ukraine-Russia conflict drags on. Most have seen their share price fall since the start of the year. Cold War-style tensions and escalating sanctions are slamming these companies, as American and European leaders blame Russian President Vladimir Putin for the unfolding crisis and violence in Ukraine. Here are 10 of the highest profile, worst hit companies: 1.McDonald’s: Russian officials and regulators have been cracking down on the restaurant chain. Officials shut a handful of popular McDonald’s (MCD) restaurants in Moscow this week, and state media report that Russia’s consumer watchdog will be conducting checks on outlets as part of a food standards investigation. Meanwhile, Wendy’s (WEN) was recently forced to exit Russia due to what it said was a change in management at its local partner …

    August 23, 2014 10:25 am
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Sports

  • Big names missing in final U.S. roster for Spain


    (Reuters) – The United States team will travel to Spain without some of the sport’s biggest names to defend their title at the Basketball World Cup after a selection process described as one of the “most difficult” in recent years. With marquee players LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant and Kevin Love opting out of selection and All-Star Paul George hurt, the U.S. will be led by the emerging talents such as Anthony Davis, Stephen Curry and Kyrie Irving at the Aug. 30-Sept. 14 tournament. “Since taking over the USA Basketball men’s national team program in 2005, this was without doubt the most difficult selection process we’ve gone through,” USA Basketball chief Jerry Colangelo said after the 12-man team was finalized. “In the end it was about assembling the best team, selecting guys who we felt would be able to best play the kind of style we envision this team playing.” In recent …

    August 23, 2014 1:29 pm
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World News

  • Ivorian land border shut over Ebola


    23 August 2014 Last updated at 17:45 Already more people have died in this outbreak of Ebola than in any other Ivory Coast has become the latest African country to close its land borders to prevent the spread of the deadly Ebola virus on to its territory. Days after banning flights from three countries, it said land borders with Liberia and Guinea were being shut. Gabon, Senegal, Cameroon and South Africa have taken similar measures. The World Health Organization says such restrictions are counterproductive. So far 1,427 people have died – more than in any other Ebola outbreak. The number of cases now stands at 2,615. The speed and extent of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa are “unprecedented”, according to the WHO. Elsewhere: A British national living in Sierra Leone has tested positive for the Ebola virus, the UK Department of Health said on Saturday Sierra Leone is making it a criminal offence to …

    August 23, 2014 1:29 pm
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Technology

  • Four ways Coin can save its connected credit card


    Nick Statt/CNET Coin, a startup that makes an electronic device which stores multiple credit and debit cards, is entering a rocky weekend. On Friday, the company disclosed that it would miss its original summer 2014 shipping deadline. Coin has now pushed back the device’s release until spring 2015. Instead, Coin is launching a nationwide beta program for only 10,000 preorder customers, a move the company said would help better fine-tune its device and gear up for mass production. For now, the beta product works only in 85 percent of US card terminals. The San Francisco-based company arrived on the scene in November and began taking preorders for its device through its own website as part of a crowdfunding campaign. Unlike more traditional methods like Kickstarter, however, Coin explicitly sold customers a device for $55 — no pledging or donating was involved. Coin’s product promised to slim down your wallet and communicate with your smartphone via …

    August 23, 2014 1:28 pm
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Science

  • Canola genome sequence reveals evolutionary ‘love triangle’


    An international team of scientists including researchers from the University of Georgia recently published the genome of Brassica napus-commonly known as canola — in the journal Science. Their discovery paves the way for improved versions of the plant, which is used widely in farming and industry. Canola is grown across much of Canada and its native Europe, but the winter crop is increasingly cultivated in Georgia. Canola oil used for cooking is prized for its naturally low levels of saturated fat and rich supply of omega-3 fatty acids, but the plant is also used to produce feed for farm animals and as an efficient source for biodiesel. “This genome sequence opens new doors to accelerating the improvement of canola,” said Andrew Paterson, Regents Professor, director of UGA’s Plant Genome Mapping Laboratory and co-corresponding author for the study. “We can use this knowledge to tailor the plant’s flowering time, make it more resistant to disease and …

    August 23, 2014 1:49 pm
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Health

  • Sierra Leone makes harboring Ebola victims a crime


    FREETOWN (Reuters) – Sierra Leone’s parliament has made the harboring of Ebola victims a crime drawing a two-year prison sentence in an attempt to stop the spread of the deadly virus, the justice minister said on Saturday. “The amendment is needed at this time taking into account the fact that when the 1960 ordinance was drafted and passed into law, a disease such as Ebola did not exist,” Justice Minister Frank Kargbo told Reuters. (Reporting by Umaru Fofana; Writing by Joe Bavier, Editing by Angus MacSwan)

    August 23, 2014 1:28 pm
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Entertainment

  • Iggy Azalea Takes A Spill During A Pre-VMA Performance


    Posted on Sat Aug 23rd, 2014 10:05am PDT       By X17 Staff Getty Images for MTV Hope she’s ok! Last night, Iggy Azalea experienced the opposite of her rise to stardom when she fell off stage during an MTV Video Music Awards benefit concert. The 24-year-old Australian rapper was performing her hit song Fancy alongside Charli XCX at the Avalon theatre in Hollywood when the incident occurred. Luckily, security guards were quick to pull Iggy back on stage as she barely missed a beat despite the tumble. The budding entertainer took it all in good spirits as she posted a video of the fall on her Instagram account shortly after. “Sorry but it would be a crime not to share this with you all, I know I laughed. #StillFinishedtheSongTho #KeptOnRapping #TheShowMustGoOn,” she posted along with the short clip. Glad she still has some humility to go with the fame!   SEE THE GALLERY Rita Ora Leaves Iggy …

    August 23, 2014 1:08 pm
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Editorial

  • Yes, Gaza’s Palestinians are suffering from an occupation, but Hamas is the occupier


      Two countries that border Gaza impose entry restrictions, but only one, Israel, is constantly criticized and pressured by the U.N., European governments and others to lift the blockade. The nation that doesn’t get noticed is Egypt, which has hosted indirect talks between Hamas and Israel to try to end the current war and set the stage toward a long-term, sustainable solution for Gaza. Egypt, however, is hardly impartial. It is the only Arab country that has occupied Gaza, from 1948 to 1967, and its rule was not benevolent. Moreover, there was never any discussion about Gaza’s independence. Since Hamas seized control in 2007, Egypt has treated its neighbor with contempt. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT During the past year, Egyptian forces destroyed more than 1,600 tunnels under its border with Gaza. It has kept Rafah, the only land crossing, shut since 2007, so the tunnels were important for smuggling a variety of goods, including weapons, into Gaza. …

    August 23, 2014 1:28 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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