• Israel PM vows further Gaza campaign

    Israel PM vows further Gaza campaign

    20 August 2014 Last updated at 20:32 Mr Netanyahu said the military campaign would continue “with all means and as is needed” The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed a continued campaign against Gaza...
  • UN begins huge aid drop in Iraq

    UN begins huge aid drop in Iraq

    20 August 2014 Last updated at 18:35 The UN has warned of a ‘humanitarian crisis’ in northern Iraq The UN has begun what is says is its largest aid operation for a decade as it...
  • Bolt wants roof over his head for Polish race

    WARSAW (Reuters) – Six-times Olympic champion Usain Bolt is hoping the roof will be closed when he runs his first-ever race in Poland at the Kamila Skolimowska Memorial in Warsaw on Saturday. The Jamaican world...

Headline News

  • Lightning hits New Mexico school football practice, six hurt


    ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) – Six people were injured, one critically, when a lightning bolt struck during a middle school football practice in southern New Mexico, a school spokesman said on Wednesday. The Picacho Middle School football team stopped training as the skies darkened and a light drizzle began to fall on Tuesday afternoon over the city of Las Cruces. Then the lightning hit a nearby tree, causing the victims to collapse. “It was totally out of the blue, with no warning,” said Jo Galvan, spokeswoman for the Las Cruces School District. “They fell over as the current went through the ground.” The Las Cruces Police Department said one student was taken to a burns unit at an El Paso, Texas, trauma center. Two other children, an assistant coach and a fifth injured person were also treated in hospital, added police spokesman Dan Trujillo, while a sixth declined medical treatment at the scene. The ages of …

    August 20, 2014 3:04 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

  • Buffett: ‘We made a mistake,’ will pay $900,000 settlement


      Warren Buffett says his firm made a mistake and will pay a nearly $900,000 settlement to the federal government. On Wednesday, Berkshire Hathaway (BRKA) acknowledged that it should have given regulators a heads-up about its plans to acquire a building supply company last December. The Justice Department said in a lawsuit filed Thursday the firm needed to disclose the deal with USG Corp. (USG) to allow for an antitrust review. If a judge signs off, Berkshire Hathaway will settle the suit for $896,000. “We made a mistake when we overlooked the filing requirement,” Buffett said. Chicago-based USG makes wallboard, ceiling suspension systems and acoustic panels. Berkshire became the largest owner of the company and currently holds a 28% stake. –CNNMoney’s Matt Egan contributed to this report

    August 20, 2014 3:24 pm
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Sports

  • Hoyer wins Browns’ quarterback job over Johnny Manziel


    (Reuters) – Journeyman Brian Hoyer got the nod over charismatic rookie Johnny Manziel on Wednesday when the Cleveland Browns named their starting quarterback. The two had been vying for the job for most of the off-season before Browns coach Mike Pettine and his staff opted for Hoyer, mainly because of his previous experience in the National Football League (NFL) and his leadership qualities. “He was the clear leader from the beginning,” Pettine, who consulted with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains before reaching a decision, said in a statement. “We’ve maintained all along that if it was close, I would prefer to go with the more experienced player. Brian has done a great job in the meeting rooms and with his team mates on the practice field and in the locker room.” The Browns will launch their NFL regular season on Sept. 7 in Pittsburgh against the Steelers. Though Hoyer completed only …

    August 20, 2014 3:04 pm
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World News

  • Israel PM vows further Gaza campaign


    20 August 2014 Last updated at 20:32 Mr Netanyahu said the military campaign would continue “with all means and as is needed” The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed a continued campaign against Gaza militants, amid renewed fighting between the two sides. The Israeli military says it has carried out 92 air strikes, in response to 137 rockets fired at its territory. Hamas says the wife and child of its military commander, Mohammed Deif, have been killed in an Israeli air strike. Hostilities resumed on Tuesday, with both sides blaming each other for the collapse of the Cairo peace talks. Six weeks of fierce fighting have left at least 2,103 people dead. Egypt has expressed “profound regret” at the end of the 10-day period of calm and said it will continue trying to secure a lasting truce. ‘We will not stop’ In a televised address, Mr Netanyahu said he was “determined to continue the …

    August 20, 2014 3:04 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

  • Another Day, Another Pair Of Uncomfortably Tight Pants For Hilary Duff


    Posted on Wed Aug 20th, 2014 11:55am PDT       By X17 Staff Hilary Duff looks amazing and we know how hard she worked to get her butt back into a pair of size 26 pants, but it seems like she never gives her legs a day off from skinny jeans! We get that it’s kinda her uniform, but it doesn’t matter what size you are — they’re NOT comfy. Still, she doesn’t seem to mind, so more power to her… On Tuesday afternoon Hilary Duff stepped out in Beverly Hills to grab a snack from a local restaurant, and she was all smiles when X17 photographers snapped her photo. The 26-year-old singer/actress is about ready to begin a crazy promotional tour for her soon-to-be released album, and just yesterday she released a lyric video for her new single, “All About You”:   SEE THE GALLERY Hilary Duff Grabs A Snack Stories from around the Web

    August 20, 2014 2:03 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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