Headline News

  • Top general: Too early to say who was killed in strikes against an al-Qaida cell in Syria


    WASHINGTON –  In a separate action from the air strikes against the Islamic State group, the U.S. bombed a cell of al-Qaida militants in northwestern Syria after concluding they were close to attacking the U.S. or Europe, Pentagon officials say. Gen. William Mayville, the Pentagon’s operations chief, told reporters that the Khorasan Group was nearing “the execution phase of an attack either in Europe or the homeland.” ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The Khorasan Group, which consists of al-Qaida veterans who fought in Afghanistan and Pakistan, is focused on attacking the West, not the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad, Mayville said. The general added that it was too early to describe the effects of the eight air strikes against Khorasan Group targets, or say who may have been killed.

    September 23, 2014 11:07 am
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Politics

  • U.S.-led coalition air strikes begin in Syria


    F/A-18F Super Hornets assigned to Carrier Air Wing One (CVW-1) launch from the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise in the Red Sea in this U.S. Navy handout photo dated March 17, 2011. U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jared M. King/Handout) The U.S. and five Arab countries launched airstrikes Monday night on Islamic State group targets in eastern Syria, and the U.S. undertook a separate, unilateral air attack on what it called an al-Qaida affiliate elsewhere in Syria. Several hours after the Pentagon announced the airstrikes against Islamic State targets, U.S. Central Command said American warplanes launched eight airstrikes “to disrupt the imminent attack plotting against the United States and Western interests” by a network of “seasoned al-Qaida veterans” — sometimes known as the Khorasan Group — who have established a haven in Syria. It provided no details on the plotting. Central Command said that separate bombing mission was undertaken solely by U.S. aircraft and took place …

    September 23, 2014 5:44 am
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Stocks

  • Baby GEs? General Electric may need a breakup


      Should General Electric break up into a bunch of Baby GEs? One Wall Street analyst thinks so. In a harshly worded research note last week, Barclays analyst Scott Davis wrote that “GE and CEO Jeff Immelt have failed to capture the attention of investors,” adding that many big mutual funds appear to have “thrown in the towel” on the stock. GE (GE) is the worst performing stock in the Dow Jones Industrial Average this year, down 7%. It has lagged the Dow and SP 500 over the past 12 months as well. Davis thinks GE needs to do something drastic to convince investors that the stock is worth owning. He proposes a “full ATT style break-up” for the company, referring to ATT (T, Tech30)‘s split into seven Baby Bells in 1982. (Funny how that worked out though. The company now known as ATT consists of four of the old Baby Bells it was forced …

    September 23, 2014 10:46 am
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Sports

  • James Harrison ends retirement and returns to Steelers team in need of help at linebacker


    FILE – In this Dec. 27, 2009, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison (92) rushes against the Baltimore Ravens during an NFL football game in Pittsburgh. Harrison is itching to get back to work. The commute could be an easy one. The five-time Pro Bowl linebacker posted a thinly veiled message via Instagram on Monday night that hinted at an imminent return to the Pittsburgh Steelers. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File) (The Associated Press) PITTSBURGH –  So much for James Harrison’s retirement. The Pittsburgh Steelers are bringing back the volatile five-time Pro Bowler to bring a veteran presence to a depleted linebacker group. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The 36-year-old posted a picture on Twitter on Tuesday morning, writing done deal next to a photo of him signing a contract. Harrison retired as a member of the Steelers less than three weeks ago after spending the 2013 season with the Cincinnati Bengals. He cited the need to be close …

    September 23, 2014 11:06 am
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World News

  • ‘Crucial’ climate talks begin in US


    23 September 2014 Last updated at 08:09 Campaigners say that time is running out for a climate change agreement to be made World leaders including US President Barack Obama are holding a summit on climate change at the United Nations. The aim at the New York meeting is to galvanise member states to sign up to a comprehensive new global climate agreement at talks in Paris next year. “Today, we must set the world on a new course,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told leaders from 120 countries, “I am asking you to lead”. It is the first high-level gathering since the Copenhagen summit in 2009. With so many nations attending the summit at the UN headquarters and so little time at the one-day meeting, three separate sessions will run simultaneously in three different rooms. The BBC’s Nick Bryant says it will be a feat of huge choreographic complexity. Mr Ban has organised the summit and …

    September 23, 2014 11:07 am
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Technology

  • Apple will not shut down Dr Dres Beats Music but could fold it into iTunes


    Apple will not shut down its Beats Music service, acquired in May as part of its $3bn purchase with Beats headphones, but may rebrand it as part of iTunes. A company spokesman told the Guardian that the reports of Beats Music closure were not true, corroborating a report from technology site Re/code that Apple would maintain the Beats Music subscription service. Apple did not rule out a rebranding of the service, which could bring it in line with the company’s iTunes music brand. It already operates a streaming music service in the US called iTunes Radio, which operates as an ad-supported personalised radio service, using particular songs or artists to build a playlist rather than allowing the user to choose tracks individually. Unlike the Beats headphone brand, which has worldwide recognition, Beats Music has failed to gain widespread recognition. The service was launched in January in the US, but has not expanded to the UK …

    September 23, 2014 5:44 am
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Science

  • NASA Astronaut to Speak to Clinton Global Initiative Meeting Attendees from International Space Station


    NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman, a flight engineer with Expedition 40 currently aboard the International Space Station, and Expedition 26/27 NASA astronaut Cady Coleman will speak with former President Bill Clinton during the closing session of the 2014 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting in New York at 4:10 p.m. EDT Wednesday, Sept. 24. The event will be broadcast live on NASA Television and the agency’s website.  Wiseman and Coleman will discuss the immense value in observing Earth from space, as well as the benefits of conducting such research with a diverse, international team. The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) convenes global leaders to create and implement solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than 180 heads of state, 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and NGOs, major philanthropists, and members of the media. Wednesday’s event comes a week after NASA selected The Boeing Company …

    September 23, 2014 10:06 am
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Health

  • U.S. agency moves to end sex bias in biomedical research


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. National Institutes of Health began putting in place on Tuesday its new policy aimed at ending long-standing sex bias in biomedical research favoring male lab animals and cells in the pivotal studies that are done before human clinical trials. The NIH, the U.S. government’s medical research agency, said it had approved about $10 million in funds to supplement grants already given to 82 recipients from various universities and hospitals to expand studies to better explore possible sex differences in numerous types of medical conditions. Research has shown that men and women sometimes experience diseases differently and respond to treatments differently. Before new medicines or treatments can be tried on people in clinical trials, they are tested on animals or cells in a lab in so-called preclinical studies. An over-reliance on male lab animals like mice and rats and male cells in lab dishes in such research has obscured important sex …

    September 23, 2014 5:44 am
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Entertainment

  • Nicolas Cage explains why he still feels like an outsider


    During a recent interview with The Times Magazine, Cage opened up about the choices he has taken in his career (some very good and some complete flops). Nicolas Cage’s steamy sex photos have been stolen! “I’m proud of the chances I’ve taken. They haven’t all worked, but I had a concept and I’ve pushed for it. It’s probably annoyed a lot of critics and a lot of people who didn’t get in step with it, but I’m proud I did it,” the Leaving Las Vegas actor confessed. “Tolstoy said something to the effect of, it doesn’t matter whether the response you get is love or hatred, because you’ve created an effect. What’s not worthwhile is when it sits there and people forget about it. But whether people love it or hate it, at least you’ve done something. That gives me some solace.” VIDEO: Nicolas Cage as Superman? It almost happened Cage went on to admit …

    September 23, 2014 9:25 am
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Editorial

  • UN Climate Summit: The dirty little secret about global warming Obama doesn’t want you to know


    President Obama will speak Tuesday, as world leaders assemble at the United Nations in New York for “Climate Summit 2014,” “to galvanize and catalyze climate action.” Environmentalists have taken note, organizing “the largest climate march in history,” to pressure governments to regulate “a world safe from the ravages of climate change.” The message is clear: Pernicious global warming is upon us, and the government must act. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Bolstering this barrage of alarmism is last week’s finding from the federal government’s National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that the global average surface temperature for August 2014 was the highest ever recorded for the month. But the anomalous warmth in August still fell short of the all-time record for all months. That record was set nearly 200 months ago in February 1998. And that’s the real news. In this era of human-caused global warming, what is taking so long to set a new global temperature record? …

    September 23, 2014 9:46 am
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Odd News

  • Thai PM Prayuth says ‘no harm’ listening to fortune-tellers


    BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thai Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha admitted on Tuesday he had sought advice from fortune-tellers following media speculation over his spiritual beliefs. Prayuth led a May coup that toppled a democratically elected government after months of mass protests that brought much of the capital Bangkok to a halt. He was named prime minister last month in an appointment that was condemned by opponents. “There’s no harm in listening to fortune-tellers. Fortune- telling is an art. But if a fortune-teller tells a person that they will be rich and then they stay in bed all day, then what is the use?” Prayuth told reporters on Tuesday. “I listen to their words. They warn me that I might clash with the media,” he quipped. Prayuth told an audience earlier this month he had doused himself from head to toe in holy water to ward off curses his enemies had put on him. Bangkok’s skyline …

    September 23, 2014 10:06 am
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