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  • Three children killed in China school stabbing

    A man has stabbed three children to death and wounded six others, including a teacher, at a primary school in China. The man, named Chen, died after jumping from a building shortly after the attack...
  • Russian bank offers cats with mortgages

    Russian bank offers cats with mortgages

    Russia’s Sberbank is delivering cats to new customers that take out mortgages. Would you like a cat with that mortgage? Russia’s biggest bank, Sberbank (SBRCY), is offering to deliver cats to the doorsteps of new...
  • Penn-NIH team discover new type of cell movement

    Penn-NIH team discover new type of cell movement

    Related images(click to enlarge) For decades, researchers have used petri dishes to study cell movement. These classic tissue culture tools, however, only permit two-dimensional movement, very different from the three-dimensional movements that cells make in...
  • BBC begins push to help kids code

    BBC begins push to help kids code

    1 September 2014 Last updated at 10:02 By Leo Kelion Technology desk editor BBC’s Bitesize site includes games and guides to support England’s new coding curriculum The BBC has published computer programming study guides, quizzes...

Headline News

  • Revel becomes latest Atlantic City casino, hotel to go bust


    FILE – In this July 23, 2014, file photo, people stand on a high deck at Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File) ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. –  The most spectacular and costly failure in Atlantic City’s 36-year history of casino gambling begins to play out Monday when the $2.4 billion Revel Casino Hotel empties its hotel. Its casino will close early Tuesday morning. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Revel is shutting down a little over two years after opening with high hopes of revitalizing Atlantic City’s struggling gambling market. But mired in its second bankruptcy in two years, Revel has been unable to find anyone willing to buy the property and keep it open as a casino. It has never turned a profit. So what killed Revel? Analysts and competitors say it was hampered by bad business decisions and a fundamental misunderstanding of the Atlantic City casino customer. “The timing of it could not …

    September 1, 2014 5:38 am
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Politics

  • Obama faces bipartisan criticism over his foreign policy


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama faced criticism over his foreign policy from both Democratic and Republican lawmakers on Sunday as he wrestled with crises in Iraq, Syria, Libya and Ukraine. Republican lawmakers seized on Obama’s comment on Thursday when he said, “We don’t have a strategy yet” for confronting the Islamic State militant group, saying it suggested indecisiveness. On Sunday, influential Democrats chimed in with their own critiques of Obama’s foreign policy, chiding him for being “too cautious” on Syria, and urging him to do more to help Ukraine resist Russian advances. “I’ve learned one thing about this president, and that is he’s very cautious. Maybe, in this instance, too cautious,” Democrat Dianne Feinstein, chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, told NBC’s “Meet the Press” program on Sunday when asked about Obama’s comments about dealing with Islamic State militants. Representative Adam Smith, the top Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee, cautioned that any …

    September 1, 2014 4:37 am
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Stocks

  • Russian bank offers cats with mortgages


    Russia’s Sberbank is delivering cats to new customers that take out mortgages. Would you like a cat with that mortgage? Russia’s biggest bank, Sberbank (SBRCY), is offering to deliver cats to the doorsteps of new mortgage clients as part of a quirky promotional campaign. In Russia, it’s considered good fortune if a cat enters a new home ahead of the owners. A few customers have already signed up, though cat lovers may be disappointed to hear that the kitties will be on loan for just two hours and then whisked away. Clients can choose from 10 felines with names like Caesar and Caramel. But they’ll have to hurry to secure one — the bank is limiting the cat campaign to 30 new mortgages only.   Sberbank’s promotion may be part of an effort to present a warm, fuzzy image since getting slapped with European sanctions one month ago. The bank, which serves more than half …

    September 1, 2014 5:37 am
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Sports

  • Person with knowledge says Manchester United agrees to loan deal for Falcao from Monaco


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    September 1, 2014 5:38 am
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World News

  • Three children killed in China school stabbing


    A man has stabbed three children to death and wounded six others, including a teacher, at a primary school in China. The man, named Chen, died after jumping from a building shortly after the attack in Shiyan, Hubei province, according to Xinhua news agency. Six people have been taken to hospital, the agency said, adding that two were seriously injured. Chen carried out the attack because he could not enrol his child at the school, local broadcaster Shiyan Television said on Sina Weibo, a microblogging website. A police official declined to provide further information on the incident, saying: “Police officials are at the school investigating.” Xinhua said it was not immediately clear how Chen entered the premises. “Security at many schools has been tightened after a spate of attacks on children in recent years,” it said. They include five incidents in 2010 that killed 17 people – 15 of whom were children – and wounded …

    September 1, 2014 5:38 am
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Technology

  • BBC begins push to help kids code


    1 September 2014 Last updated at 10:02 By Leo Kelion Technology desk editor BBC’s Bitesize site includes games and guides to support England’s new coding curriculum The BBC has published computer programming study guides, quizzes and other support materials on its Bitesize site to coincide with the new computing curriculum’s introduction in England. The broadcaster also revealed several programming-themed children’s TV shows will be broadcast in the autumn. The BBC described the move as an “early start” to a wider coding initiative planned for next year. That will come 30 years on from its last major programming campaign. The project’s organiser stressed it would be based on a wide range of partnerships. That contrasts with the 1980s’ BBC Computer Literacy Project. The previous initiative centred on the BBC Microcomputer, which was developed by Acorn Computers – a tie-up that was criticised for being detrimental to rivals, including the ZX Spectrum. “It’s about giving the next …

    September 1, 2014 4:38 am
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Science

  • Penn-NIH team discover new type of cell movement


    Related images(click to enlarge) For decades, researchers have used petri dishes to study cell movement. These classic tissue culture tools, however, only permit two-dimensional movement, very different from the three-dimensional movements that cells make in a human body. In a new study from the University of Pennsylvania and National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, scientists used an innovative technique to study how cells move in a three-dimensional matrix, similar to the structure of certain tissues, such as the skin. They discovered an entirely new type of cell movement whereby the nucleus helps propel cells through the matrix like a piston in an engine, generating pressure that thrusts the cell’s plasma membrane forward. “Our work elucidated a highly intriguing question: how cells move when they are in the complex and physiologically relevant environment of a 3-D extracellular matrix,” said Hyun (Michel) Koo, a professor in the Department of Orthodontics at Penn’s School of Dental Medicine. …

    September 1, 2014 4:58 am
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Health

  • ‘Most exciting ever’ Novartis drug points to huge sales


    BARCELONA (Reuters) – Sales forecasts for Novartis’s new heart failure drug are being ramped up by analysts after strikingly good clinical trial results for a medicine doctors expect to transform treatment of the deadly disease. Shares in the Swiss drugmaker jumped over 3 percent to a record high on Monday as data for LCZ696 released at the weekend beat expectations, showing the medicine slashed deaths and hospitalizations, worked across all groups of patients, and had no serious side effects. David Epstein, Novartis’ head of pharmaceuticals, said the launch of the drug next year promised to be the company’s most exciting ever and profit margins on the medicine would be good. The results of a keenly-awaited clinical trial on LCZ696 were released at the annual meeting of the European Society of Cardiology on Saturday and published in the New England Journal of Medicine with a glowing editorial. Investigators working on the study and the company itself …

    September 1, 2014 4:38 am
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Entertainment

  • Adam Levine has baby fever and wants them ASAP


    The Maroon 5 front man called in to Ryan Seacrest’s KIIS FM radio show on Friday, Aug. 29, and revealed that he has babies on the brain. Yes, that’s right, Levine wants to have children with his new wife. PHOTO: Adam Levine and wife post first honeymoon selfie Levine and Prinsloo wed in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, so what does the “It Was Always You” hit maker think about becoming a husband? “I think it does change, but in a great way,” Levine confessed of his relationship. “You feel like a man or something, it’s weird. “The relationship doesn’t change, but you feel slightly more masculine,” he added. “I feel like from a man’s perspective … at the end of the day, if you’re with the right person, the guy is supposed to feel like, I think, a little bit more of a man.” Adam Levine’s wife Behati Prinsloo has babies on the brain But …

    September 1, 2014 2:15 am
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Editorial

  • David Cameron stands up to Islamists: A lesson for Barack Obama


      The contrast between Friday’s press conference in London by British Prime Minister David Cameron and Thursday’s White House remarks by President Obama could not have been starker. Mr. Cameron delivered a robust assessment of the scale of the Islamist threat to Great Britain and to the free world.  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT He told journalists assembled at Downing Street that “what we are facing in Iraq now with ISIL (Islamic State) is a greater threat to our security than we have seen before.”  While David Cameron appeared self-assured and determined in his approach, Barack Obama came across as a deer in the headlights, unable to outline a coherent U.S. response to a rapidly growing crisis in the Middle East. He made it clear that ISIS must not be allowed to establish an Islamist caliphate in Iraq. If they succeeded, “we would be facing a terrorist state on the shores of the Mediterranean and bordering a NATO …

    August 30, 2014 3:41 am
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Odd News

  • Arizona man arrested for burning, urinating on Bible


    PHOENIX (Reuters) – A 22-year-old Arizona man calling himself “Dark Lord” has been arrested for allegedly burning a Bible and urinating on it outside a Christian-oriented homeless shelter in northern Arizona, police said on Friday. Eric Minerault was booked into the Yavapai County Detention Center late on Thursday on suspicion of one count of unlawful symbol burning stemming from the incident at the Gospel Rescue Mission, Prescott police spokesman Lieutenant Ken Morley said in a written statement. Police were called to the scene at about 9 p.m. by a mission representative reporting that someone was burning something on the mission’s front steps, Morley said. Officers found Minerault standing on the steps, with a burned and wet Bible on the ground near him. He quickly admitted to the act.  He told officers the mission was selected because he believed it was a place of Christian worship and he was “cursing the Christians,” police said. Asked why, …

    August 29, 2014 7:53 pm
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