Headline News

  • Survey: Growth in US manufacturing drops again in August, slips to lowest level since May 2013


    FILE – In this July 1, 2015 file photo, Elder Brandao, working under ultraviolet lights, glues an outsole to a midsole of the New Balance proposed 950v2 sneaker, that has passed military testing, at one of company’s manufacturing facilities in Boston. The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, issues its index of manufacturing activity for August on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, File) (The Associated Press)

    September 1, 2015 10:27 am
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Politics

  • Obama predicts global warming doomsday


    President Barack Obama speaks at the Global Leadership in the Arctic: Cooperation, Innovation, Engagement and Resilience (GLACIER) Conference at Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) President Barack Obama is painting a doomsday scenario for the Arctic and beyond if climate change isn’t dealt with fast: entire nations submerged underwater, cities abandoned and refugees fleeing in droves as conflict breaks out across the globe. It’s a harrowing image of a future that Obama insists is inevitable unless the world follows his and America’s lead by making sweeping cuts to greenhouse gases. Lest his sense of urgency get lost, Obama was to drive the message home on Tuesday by hiking a melting glacier in Alaska. Obama is counting on Alaska’s exquisite but deteriorating landscape to elicit a sense of urgency that his previous calls to action on climate change have not. He opened his three-day trip to the nation’s largest state on Monday with a …

    September 1, 2015 7:06 am
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Stocks

  • Highway robbery: Small tolls spiral into thousand dollar debts and jail time


    Unpaid tolls of as little as a few dollars are turning into hundreds or even thousands of dollars in fines as toll road agencies aggressively pursue drivers — and revenue. Some agencies quickly send unpaid bills to debt collectors, which add their own steep fees that can carry effective interest rates of more than 100%. Many others work hand-in-hand with state and local governments to suspend drivers’ licenses, block car registration renewals and issue traffic tickets that come with even more fines and can lead to arrest warrants. Toll agencies say the hefty fees and fines are intended to deter frequent violators and that drivers are notified before the financial penalties escalate. But some drivers say they had no idea they owed the money in the first place since some toll roads don’t alert drivers when they have driven through without paying. Some say the bills were the result of faulty toll road equipment or …

    September 1, 2015 10:06 am
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Sports

  • Veteran punter Brandon Fields released by Dolphins


    DAVIE, Fla. (AP) Punter Brandon Fields has been released after eight seasons with the Miami Dolphins, who opted to go with Matt Darr, an undrafted rookie from Tennessee. Fields, whose release was announced before practice Tuesday, made the Pro Bowl in 2013, and his career average of 46.8 yards is the fourth-highest in NFL history. He averaged 46.3 yards last season, but his net average of 38.6 ranked only 25th in the league. Darr averaged 42.2 yards as a senior last season. — AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and http://twitter.com/AP-NFL

    September 1, 2015 10:27 am
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World News

  • Cooper: UK should take more refugees


    Image caption Ms Cooper says Greece, Italy and other points of entry need more support Labour leadership contender Yvette Cooper has said Britain should take in at least 10,000 more refugees from conflicts in Syria and other countries. Every city should be asked to accept families and she urged a meeting with local authorities to decide how many extra places could be offered. She added: “It is time for a national mission on this. It requires all of us to change our attitudes.” Germany’s Angela Merkel has urged fair distribution of refugees across Europe. The European Union is facing an unprecedented humanitarian challenge from the four-year civil war in Syria, and the situation in Iraq and Libya, as well as other conflicts in Africa. Record numbers of people have been trying to make it across the Mediterranean to Europe in recent months, resulting in chaotic scenes in a number of countries and the deaths of …

    September 1, 2015 10:27 am
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Technology

  • Google to ‘pause’ Flash-based ads


    Image caption Many malicious hackers exploit security holes in Flash to hijack computers and steal data Google’s Chrome browser will start blocking some internet adverts that use Adobe’s Flash technology, from Tuesday. Google said it had taken the step to help web pages load faster and preserve battery life on mobile devices. It has introduced tools that help people convert Flash adverts to ones that use an alternative technology. Many technology companies have turned against Flash in recent months, saying it slowed down web-browsing and was a security risk. The option to block or pause Flash-based adverts was added to a test version of Chrome earlier this year. The change was aimed at all add-ons for the Chrome browser that were hogging resources. Many of these handle content, such as adverts or browsing aids, not directly connected to the main page being viewed. This option has now been switched on by default and could mean …

    September 1, 2015 7:26 am
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Science

  • A Red Flag for a Neurodegenerative Disease that May Be Transmissible


    Scientists claim to have discovered the first new human prion in almost 50 years. Prions are misfolded proteins that make copies of themselves by inducing others to misfold. By so doing, they multiply and cause disease. The resulting illness in this case is multiple system atrophy (MSA), a neurodegenerative disease similar to Parkinson’s. The study, published August 31 in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, adds weight to the idea that many neurodegenerative diseases are caused by prions. In the 1960s researchers led by Carleton Gajdusek at the National Institutes of Health transmitted kuru, a rare neurodegenerative disease found in Papua New Guinea, and Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease (CJD), a rare human dementia, to chimpanzees by injecting samples from victims’ brains directly into those of chimps. It wasn’t until 1982, however, that Stanley Prusiner coined the term prion (for “proteinaceous infectious particle”) to describe the self-propagating protein responsible. Prusiner and colleagues at the University of California, …

    September 1, 2015 10:26 am
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Health

  • FDA issues warning letters to five caffeine distributors


    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday issued warning letters to five distributors of pure powdered caffeine, as the federal agency stepped up efforts to curtail ingestion of the stimulant in its pure form. The drug regulator had in 2014 issued a consumer advisory warning of the risk to taking pure powdered form of caffeine after two men died from overdose. Earlier in 2012, the FDA issued a warning letter to Breathable Foods Inc, a company that marketed an inhalable caffeine product as ‘breathable energy’. The agency had in the same year investigated reports of five deaths that may be associated with Monster Beverage Corp’s namesake energy drink that contains caffeine. (reut.rs/1fTme2j) Caffeine is commonly used in small and safe doses in products such as coffee, carbonated beverages and energy drinks. Common milder side-effects from taking increasing amounts of caffeine include nervousness and tremors. Pure powdered caffeine taken in large doses, however, can cause …

    September 1, 2015 10:46 am
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Entertainment

  • Kelly Slater’s Famous Friends Support His Clothing Launch


    Posted on Tue Sep 1st, 2015 7:00am PDT       By X17 Staff Getty Images for Outerknown Who knew pro surfer Kelly Slater was friends with everyone in Hollywood!? And who knew he had a line of goods with Pottery Barn? This is actually blowing our minds! Over the weekend Slater launched his Outerknown clothing line at architect Harry Gesner’s treehouse-inspired home in Malibu, and stars like Julia Roberts, Cindy Crawford, Jason Statham, Gerard Butler, Anthony Kiedis, Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky all showed up to support the athlete. So, aside from apparel, what about that Pottery Barn line? “We’re actually talking to PBteen about doing a second season,” he told WWD. “I love the sustainablity arm of what they did and the design was really nice.” Aside from surfing killer waves, Slater wants to be known for creating products that fit into the sustainable lifestyle category. “I’m trying to be as responsible as I can be with …

    September 1, 2015 10:27 am
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Editorial

  • Migrant crisis isn’t just Europe’s problem, it’s our problem, too


    Europe’s illegal immigration problems are daily growing more serious, evidenced by the human tragedies of North Africans and Middle Easterners dying at sea or in overcrowded vehicles.  Precise statistics are in short supply, but the numbers involved are unquestionably at crisis levels.  While Americans may believe that Europe, long disdainful of our own intense debate over border-security problems, is getting what it deserves, we should nonetheless focus on both the potential threats and lessons applicable to us.  One critical cause of Europe’s illegal-immigration spike is the growing chaos across the greater Middle East.  This spreading anarchy derives, in substantial part, from Barack Obama’s deliberate policy of “leading from behind” by reducing U.S. attention to and involvement in the region.  When America’s presence diminishes anywhere in the world, whatever minimal order and stability existed there can rapidly evaporate.    For years, the central cause of population movements into Europe was economic:  North Africans crossed the narrow …

    September 1, 2015 9:46 am
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Odd News

  • First Dane goes into space — to test bike gear


    COPENHAGEN Denmark will send its first man into space on Wednesday and in keeping with the country’s love of all things cycling, one of his jobs will be to test new equipment on Danish-made exercise bikes at the International Space Station. Dubbed “Denmark’s Gagarin” by European Space Agency officials after the first man in space, Andreas Mogensen will lift off at 0437 GMT (12:37 a.m. EDT) accompanied by Russian Sergei Volkov and Kazakh Aidyn Aimbetov on ESA’s 10-day “sprint” mission. The aim is to test equipment in areas of telerobotics and communications as well as monitoring the impact of space travel on Mogensen himself as his short voyage is unique in missions that normally last several months, according to ESA. But he will also test out a new heart rate monitor and force-measuring pedals on exercise bikes built by the Danish Aerospace Company (DAC), according to the company’s website. The Danish exercise bikes — with …

    September 1, 2015 10:46 am
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