• Wozniacki close to semis after Radwanska victory

    SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki all but booked her place in the semi-finals of the WTA Finals with an impressive 7-5 6-3 win over Agnieszka Radwanska on Thursday. Showing no signs of fatigue after...
  • Customers up, profit up at Comcast

    Customers up, profit up at Comcast

      As it awaits approval of its merger with Time Warner Cable, Comcast continues to show solid growth, both in profit and in the number of new customers. That’s significant because Comcast (CCV) is the...
  • North Korea to bar tourists over Ebola concerns

    North Korea will bar entry to foreigners on tourist trips from Friday, because of worries over the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, according to operators of tours to the isolated country. At least 4,877...
  • Canada ‘will never be intimidated’

    Canada ‘will never be intimidated’

    23 October 2014 Last updated at 12:09 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Footage from the Toronto Globe and Mail show a hail of bullets being fired inside the Canadian parliament building...
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  • Coalition Syria strikes ‘kill 553′

    Coalition Syria strikes ‘kill 553′

    23 October 2014 Last updated at 10:46 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. The BBC’s Kasra Naji reports from the Turkey-Syria border US-led air strikes against Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria...

Headline News

  • Canada ‘will never be intimidated’


    23 October 2014 Last updated at 12:09 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Footage from the Toronto Globe and Mail show a hail of bullets being fired inside the Canadian parliament building Canada’s prime minister has insisted his country will not be intimidated, after a gunman rampaged through parliament before being shot dead. Stephen Harper described the attacker as a terrorist and promised to “redouble” anti-terror efforts. The gunman, reportedly a Muslim convert named Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, shot and killed a soldier at an Ottawa war memorial before entering parliament. It came a day after a Muslim convert killed a soldier in Quebec. Mr Harper described that earlier attack as a plot inspired by the Islamic State (IS) militant group. Earlier this month, Canada announced plans to join the US-led campaign of air strikes against IS militants in Iraq. However, there is no official confirmation that any of this week’s attacks are directly …

    October 23, 2014 6:20 am
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Politics

  • What Counts As a GOP Wave in 2014?


    By Stuart Rothenberg Posted at 5 a.m. Oct. 23 0 Tweet Will Roberts hold on in Kansas? (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo) Most neutral observers expect Republicans to take the Senate and make at least small gains in the House, but talk about a possible GOP political wave has all but disappeared. However, ten days to go until Election Day, I wouldn’t rule out the possibility of a “wave” election just yet. I know of no formal, widely accepted definition of the term “wave.” On the other hand, as United States Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart once said when referring to obscenity, “I know it when I see it.” Clearly, a wave requires one party to make sizable net gains in the House and/or the Senate. In the past, I’ve often used a net change of 20 House seats as the minimum for a wave, but that number is arbitrary and not set in …

    October 23, 2014 4:17 am
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Stocks

  • Customers up, profit up at Comcast


      As it awaits approval of its merger with Time Warner Cable, Comcast continues to show solid growth, both in profit and in the number of new customers. That’s significant because Comcast (CCV) is the biggest cable provider and one of the biggest entertainment producers in the United States. Its earnings are a reflection of the industry’s stability — or lack thereof. In the third quarter, Comcast posted a 12% uptick in earnings, to 73 cents per share, once one-time tax adjustments and merger-related costs were excluded. Overall revenue increased 4% to $16.8 billion for the quarter. On the distribution side, revenue was up 5.2% to $11 billion; on the production side, NBCUniversal, revenue climbed 1.2% to $5.9 billion. NBC’s broadcast division was the standout in the quarter, gaining ground faster than the division that includes cable channels such as USA, E! and MSNBC. Tellingly, the cable division saw revenue from cable subscriber fees grow …

    October 23, 2014 7:20 am
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Sports

  • Wozniacki close to semis after Radwanska victory


    SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki all but booked her place in the semi-finals of the WTA Finals with an impressive 7-5 6-3 win over Agnieszka Radwanska on Thursday. Showing no signs of fatigue after her exhausting three-set win over Maria Sharapova two days earlier, Wozniacki rebounded from a slow start to overrun Radwanska with an ominous display. Wozniacki was down an early service break in the opening set but quickly got back on terms and proved too strong for Radwanska, running the Pole ragged on Singapore’s purple hardcourts. “I just kept fighting for every point. There was some ridiculous shot making there at times,” said Wozniacki. “I just had to keep going and keep trying to stay close to the baseline really. “I’ve been pleased with the way I’ve been running a lot of balls down, been serving well, just taking advantage of the important points.” With one group match still to go against …

    October 23, 2014 7:20 am
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World News

  • North Korea to bar tourists over Ebola concerns


    North Korea will bar entry to foreigners on tourist trips from Friday, because of worries over the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, according to operators of tours to the isolated country. At least 4,877 people have died in the world’s worst recorded outbreak of Ebola, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates, with nearly 10,000 cases recorded by 19 October, though the true toll could be three times as much. It was not immediately clear if the North Korean ban also covered non-tourist members of the diplomatic or business community with ties to Pyongyang. “We have just received official news from our partners in the DPRK that, as of tomorrow, tourists from any country, regardless of where they have recently visited, will not be permitted to enter,” said Gareth Johnson of Young Pioneer Tours, a travel company based in China that runs tours in North Korea. DPRK is short for the North’s official name, the …

    October 23, 2014 7:00 am
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Technology

  • Mark Zuckerberg speaks Mandarin during Q&A session in China


    Facebook is blocked in China, but its co-founder Mark Zuckerberg appears determined to win over hearts and minds in Beijing – surprising a hall full of students by conducting a QA session in Mandarin. Zuckerberg charmed his audience comprising Chinese and international students when he kicked off the half-hour session at the elite Tsinghua University with the words “Hello, everyone” in heavily accented Chinese. The 30-year-old head of the US-based networking site elicited cheers and applause from the shocked crowd in a video of the event he posted on Thursday. Zuckerberg discussed topics including his philosophy on founding a company and his view of Chinese innovation, as well as more personal matters such as his favourite colour, favourite Chinese dish and the Chinese-American family of his wife, Priscilla Chan. “I want to study Chinese culture,” he said. “Studying the language helps me study the culture. So I’m trying to learn the language. Also, I like …

    October 23, 2014 4:17 am
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Science

  • Children who drink non-cow’s milk are twice as likely to have low vitamin D


    Children who drink non-cow’s milk such as rice, almond, soy or goat’s milk, have lower levels of vitamin D in their blood than those who drink cow’s milk, according to a new study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. Non-cow’s milk is becoming increasingly popular because of perceived health benefits, milk allergies or lactose intolerance. “Children drinking only non-cow’s milk were more than twice as likely to be vitamin D deficient as children drinking only cow’s milk,” said Dr. Jonathon Maguire, a pediatrician and researcher with St. Michael’s Hospital. “Among children who drank non-cow’s milk, every additional cup of non-cow’s milk was associated with a five per cent drop in vitamin D levels per month.” Vitamin D is an essential nutrient produced through sun exposure or found in fortified cow’s milk, fish and other foods. It plays an important role in the development and strengthening of bones. In children, low levels of vitamin D …

    October 23, 2014 4:37 am
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Health

  • Drugmakers may need indemnity for fast-tracked Ebola vaccines


    LONDON/GENEVA (Reuters) – Drugmakers are looking for some kind of indemnity from governments or multilateral agencies for the widespread emergency use of new Ebola vaccines in Africa. While the issue will not delay the industry’s ongoing work to accelerate production and clinical testing of three experimental vaccines, it is likely to be discussed at a high-level meeting in Geneva on Thursday. World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Margaret Chan will chair the meeting, which includes industry executives, representatives from countries including those affected by Ebola, drug regulators and funders. GlaxoSmithKline Chief Executive Andrew Witty said a system of indemnity made sense given the unique situation in which companies are being urged by the WHO to fast-track the supply of novel vaccines in a matter of months rather than years. There is currently no proven vaccine against Ebola and drug companies have been wary in the past of investing in the area, since the commercial opportunity is …

    October 23, 2014 4:17 am
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Entertainment

  • Modern Family cast helped Sarah Hyland get rid of her abusive boyfriend


    3 Reasons we’re in shock over Sarah Hyland’s domestic violence story “In every aspect of life they’re the best for me,” the actress told People. “We’re always there for each other. And it’s wonderful. I love them.” The restraining order against Prokop was awarded in September, after Hyland had broken up with him. The court documents revealed that Prokop had allegedly assaulted Hyland, physically and verbally, while they were together — including attempting to choke her while calling her names back in May. Hyland and Prokop were together for five years and the abuse allegedly happened throughout their relationship. It was Hyland’s TV mom, Julie Bowen, who finally talked to Hyland about breaking it off with him. After she ended it, Prokop allegedly threatened to kill Hyland’s dog and burn her house down. “His grip was so tight that I could not breathe or speak,” Hyland said in the court documents. “I was scared and …

    October 23, 2014 5:59 am
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Editorial

  • Safe Schools Week: Three things we can do right now to better secure our schools


    Members of the Newton community mourn those lost in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. (AP Photo) It has been almost two years since 20 children and six adult staff members lost their lives in a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.  The tragedy wounded the nation and made parents everywhere ask themselves: Are my children safe at school?  Unfortunately, the answer is no in too many cases.  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Today’s school leaders face unprecedented safety and security challenges, whether from intruders or natural disasters.  Such risks make it essential for schools to stay current on the latest advances in construction, technological tools and safety protocols.  Yet, many of our nation’s K-12 buildings are antiquated, and access to funding for upgrades is often difficult to prioritize against other capital requirements.   Every school can use the resources and knowledge at its disposal now to enact measures that protect children and make them feel …

    October 23, 2014 4:17 am
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Odd News

  • Woman who gouged her eyes in California sues over viral photo


    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A nurse at a Los Angeles hospital took a photo of a woman who gouged out her own eyes with pencils, and the patient sued the hospital and its administrators after the picture went viral on the Internet, her attorney said on Wednesday. The plaintiff, who is not named in the lawsuit, was treated at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center in 2012 after she tried to commit suicide by jamming the pencils through her eyes at another facility and was rushed to the hospital, her lawyer, Douglas Johnson, said. The injury left the woman blind, according to the lawsuit, filed on Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court. The as-yet unidentified nurse took the photograph of the patient with the “intact pencils sticking out of her eyes,” then shared the unauthorized picture with another person, who passed the image to Joshua Shivers, the lawsuit said. Shivers, in turn, used his mother’s computer …

    October 22, 2014 8:26 pm
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