• Portion of Newark Liberty Airport evacuated, police say

    NEWARK, N.J. –  A portion of Newark Liberty International Airport has been evacuated after police say a man made his way into a secure hallway. Port Authority Police Department spokesman Joe Pentangelo (pehn-TAN’-jeh-loh) says it...
  • EU calls crisis talks on migration

    EU calls crisis talks on migration

    Image caption The discovery of 71 bodies in an abandoned lorry in Austria has heaped pressure on EU governments The European Union has called emergency talks on tackling the bloc’s escalating migration crisis. The EU...
  • Why does South Sudan matter so much to the US?

    Why does South Sudan matter so much to the US?

    It wasn’t so much a collective sigh of relief when President Salva Kiir finally signed the peace deal this week. It was more a sense of “let’s see” as the US issued a warning that...
  • Are we addicted to technology?

    Are we addicted to technology?

    Image caption Sleep problems are often a symptom of excessive screen time, experts say Just five minutes after meeting sleep and energy expert Dr Nerina Ramlakhan in her central London clinic, she delivers some bad...

Headline News

  • Portion of Newark Liberty Airport evacuated, police say


    NEWARK, N.J. –  A portion of Newark Liberty International Airport has been evacuated after police say a man made his way into a secure hallway. Port Authority Police Department spokesman Joe Pentangelo (pehn-TAN’-jeh-loh) says it happened around 7 p.m. He says the man entered the secure hallway at through an exit door at the airport’s “C” terminal. Pentangelo says the man, whose name was not immediately released, was stopped by Customs and Border Protection agents. He says a portion of the airport has been evacuated while officers with canines conduct a security sweep.

    August 30, 2015 8:58 pm
    0 Comments

Politics

  • Obama changing name of Alaska’s Mount McKinley to Denali


    WASHINGTON President Barack Obama on Monday will officially restore Denali as the name of North America’s tallest mountain, siding with the state of Alaska in ending a 40-year battle over what to call a peak that has been known as Mount McKinley. The historic change, coming at the beginning of a three-day presidential trip to Alaska, is a sign of how hard the White House will push during Obama’s remaining 16 months as president to ensure his fight to address climate change is part of his legacy. Renaming the mountain, which has an elevation of more than 20,000 feet (6,100 meters), makes headlines for his climate quest while also creating goodwill in a state that has not been broadly supportive to the Democratic president. Obama is slated to tour a receding glacier and meet with people in remote Arctic communities whose way of life is affected by rising ocean levels, creating images designed to build …

    August 30, 2015 6:58 pm
    0 Comments

Stocks

  • Verizon will let you keep your contract


    You can continue to keep your two-year contract on Verizon, but the no-contract plans will save you money. Verizon hasn’t quite killed off two-year contracts just yet. The nation’s largest wireless carrier stopped offering two-year contracts to new customers earlier this month. But Verizon clarified last week that if you are currently under contract, you can renew your two-year deal with Verizon when you upgrade your phone. You shouldn’t do that. Every single one of Verizon’s new contract-free plans will save you money over the course of two years, when compared to Verizon’s old two-year contract plans. At minimum, you’ll save $3 a month by going contract-free. You can save up to $40 each month, depending on how much data you use. Verizon’s (VZ, Tech30) new no-contract plans come in just four flavors: small (1 GB of data per month), medium (3 GB), large (6 GB) and extra-large (12 GB). The new plans have no …

    August 30, 2015 3:37 pm
    0 Comments

Sports

  • Cubs don 1-piece pajamas at end of West Coast trip


    LOS ANGELES (AP) With the Cubs wrapping up a six-game West Coast trip, it was time for manager Joe Maddon to break out the pajamas. PJs for the Cubbies? Yep. Known for coming up with inventive themed apparel for his team at the end of a trip, Maddon’s latest stab at sartorial splendor involved one-piece pajamas. Some have feet in them, just like the ones little kids wear. Maddon said he and the coaching staff would wear them when the team boards an overnight flight to Chicago after Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. ”Mine’s got a front trap and not a back trap door,” he said, declining to reveal any other details. ”That’s the most necessary thing on the plane ride.” Before the game, some of the players donned their get-ups in the clubhouse. Second baseman Starlin Castro smiled in a Super Mario Bros. T-shirt and pants bearing the characters’ faces, pitcher Hector …

    August 30, 2015 8:58 pm
    0 Comments

World News

  • EU calls crisis talks on migration


    Image caption The discovery of 71 bodies in an abandoned lorry in Austria has heaped pressure on EU governments The European Union has called emergency talks on tackling the bloc’s escalating migration crisis. The EU presidency said interior ministers from all 28 member states would hold an extraordinary meeting on 14 September, and the crisis had reached “unprecedented proportions”. It follows a week that saw hundreds more people drown in the Mediterranean and 71 die in a lorry in Austria. A record number of 107,500 migrants reached the EU’s borders last month. The UN says the continuing conflict in Syria is a major factor behind the rise in numbers. Border controls in Greece, Italy and Hungary have particularly struggled with the stem of migrants from not only Syria but the rest of the Middle East and Africa. Next month’s extraordinary meeting was announced by late on Sunday Luxembourg, which holds the EU’s rotating presidency. “The …

    August 30, 2015 8:58 pm
    0 Comments

Technology

  • Are we addicted to technology?


    Image caption Sleep problems are often a symptom of excessive screen time, experts say Just five minutes after meeting sleep and energy expert Dr Nerina Ramlakhan in her central London clinic, she delivers some bad news. “You’ve got the classic pattern of someone who’s in a fatigue cycle,” she says. “You’re running on survival energy. Your sympathetic nervous system is in overdrive. I would guess you feel pretty shattered mid-afternoon which would mean you are running on adrenalin, noradrenalin, cortisol.” I’m turning into a dopamine junkie – the brain chemical associated with pleasure that is released when we are stimulated, whether that is by food, sex, excitement… or screen time. It sounds convincing. Or am I being blinded by pseudo-science? Dr Ramlakhan works at the privately run Nightingale Hospital, and is a member of its technology addiction treatment team. Surely tiredness is a by-product of a busy modern life – children, work, hobbies etc – …

    August 30, 2015 7:18 pm
    0 Comments

Science

  • Research identifies a protein that helps determine the fate of RNA


    Related images(click to enlarge) After it is transcribed from DNA, RNA can go on to many fates. While the most familiar path may lead directly to the production of protein, RNA molecules themselves can also become capable of altering the expression of genes. New research helps explain how the destiny of an RNA sequence is achieved. In a study published August 27 in Cell, Rockefeller University scientists and a colleague at Columbia University have identified a protein that recognizes a chemical instruction tag affixed to an RNA sequence, an important step in the decision-making process. “This tag, known as m6A, was identified more than four decades ago on RNA sequences. Since then, this abundant label has been implicated in several important processes that influence the production of proteins, as well as so-called microRNAs,” says study author Sohail Tavazoie, Leon Hess Associate Professor, and head of the Elizabeth and Vincent Meyer Laboratory of Systems Cancer Biology. …

    August 30, 2015 6:18 pm
    0 Comments

Health

  • Dead woman tests positive for Ebola in Sierra Leone


    FREETOWN The body of a woman who died in Sierra Leone has tested positive for the Ebola virus, less than a week after the last person confirmed to have had the disease was released from hospital, health officials said. The new death, if confirmed, would represent a setback for efforts to end an 18-month regional epidemic that has infected more than 28,000 people and killed more than a third of them. In the latest case, a 67-year-old woman from the Kambia District along Sierra Leone’s border with Guinea, died on Saturday. Sierra Leone’s chief medical officer Brima Kargbo told Reuters that two samples tested in Kambia had tested positive for Ebola. However, he said further tests were being carried out in Makeni, the main town in the Northern Province, and in the capital Freetown. “We are particularly concerned because Kambia has gone 50 days without a confirmed Ebola case, suggesting the possibility of an error,” …

    August 30, 2015 6:38 pm
    0 Comments

Entertainment

  • Jay Z’s First And Last Instagram Post Honors The Late Michael Jackson


    Posted on Sun Aug 30th, 2015 12:00pm PDT       By X17 Staff Jay Z had an Instagram account for a hot minute, but after uploading one photo, apparently the music mogul decided he was over it. Perhaps he should have given it just a little bit more time? After Hov’s pal, music executive Michael Kyser, posted a pic of Jay Z on Saturday and wrote, “Follow my brother @Hovsince96 ASAP,” the account gained over 100,000 followers. Jay (or whoever was behind the account) posted the above throwback shot and wrote, “Happy Birthday to the King. This may be my first and last post.” Of course, the account was never verified by Instagram and it’s now unavailable, so who knows whether Jay Z was really behind it…   Stories from around the Web

    August 30, 2015 7:58 pm
    0 Comments

Editorial

  • Christians, Martin Luther King and race: What we must do now


    Armed with a handful of warmed-over sermons and big dreams to grow a small church, the newly ordained Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. arrived at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama in May of 1954. According to biographer Richard Lischer, King came to Dexter with a 39-point plan. Included in King’s plan was the purchase of a new pulpit. The two pulpits the church owned – one in the sanctuary and the other in the basement for use in Sunday School – had virtually been there since the last brick was laid at Dexter in 1889. Within a year of arriving, King was the recognized leader of America’s protest for civil rights. Soon, America was marching for change. King had become more than the pastor at Dexter, but he never stopped preaching. In fact, he believed the church was the center for necessary, creative, loving change. The rhetoric that soared at state houses …

    August 29, 2015 5:29 am
    0 Comments

Odd News

  • Trump says ‘no interest’ in buying Pope’s favorite soccer team


    BUENOS AIRES U.S. presidential hopeful Donald Trump denied a newspaper report on Friday that he wanted to buy top-tier Argentine soccer club San Lorenzo, Pope Francis’ favorite team. “Never even heard of the team – no interest!” the real estate magnate and contender for the Republican presidential nomination, tweeted after the New York Post reported that Trump and an associate had sent a letter to San Lorenzo expressing interest in a deal. Earlier in the day, the club’s vice president, Marcelo Tinelli, told Reuters in a text message that the story was “totally crazy” and that the team was not for sale. Pope Francis grew up near San Lorenzo’s original stadium in Buenos Aires and has been a fan ever since. San Lorenzo is one of the top five clubs in soccer-obsessed Argentina. Whether through soccer, the biggest sport in Latin America, or by other means, Trump might benefit from some connection with Latino voters …

    August 28, 2015 6:26 pm
    0 Comments