• Desperate Housewives actress Polly Bergen has died

    Cancer claims Kathryn Joosten and DH‘s Mrs. McCluskey According to People, the actress’ publicist Judy Katz revealed that she had died of natural causes and was surrounded by her family and longtime manager at the...
  • S Leone hails lockdown ‘success’

    S Leone hails lockdown ‘success’

    22 September 2014 Last updated at 13:10 Streets in the capital Freetown have been largely deserted during the three-day lockdown A three-day curfew aimed at containing the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone has been declared...
  • Federer replaces injured Nadal in new league

    NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Rafa Nadal has withdrawn from the inaugural International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) but the organizers pulled off a coup on Monday by naming Swiss maestro Roger Federer as replacement for the...
  • German giants spend $25 billion to buy U.S. rivals

    German giants spend $25 billion to buy U.S. rivals

    Germany’s Merck has agreed to pay $17 billion for Sigma-Aldrich. European companies just can’t get enough of their U.S. rivals. Two German firms snapped up U.S. competitors for $25 billion before the opening bell Monday,...
  • Rockefellers to divest fossil fuels

    Rockefellers to divest fossil fuels

    22 September 2014 Last updated at 12:26 Heirs to the Rockefeller family, which made its vast fortune from oil, are to sell investments in fossil fuels and reinvest in clean energy, reports say. The Rockefeller...

Headline News

  • Clorox out of Venezuela, citing govt restrictions, supply problems and economic uncertainty


    OAKLAND, Calif. –  Clorox is shutting down its operations in Venezuela, citing restrictions by the government, supply disruptions and economic uncertainty. Shares jumped 3 percent before the opening bell Monday. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The U.S. consumer products company said that for almost three years it has had to sell more than two-thirds of its products at prices frozen by the Venezuelan government. Over that same time span, there has been a sharp rise in inflation that resulted in significantly higher costs for Clorox. The company says it’s selling products at a loss in the country. The Clorox Co. met repeatedly met with government authorities and said it had expected significant price hikes. However, the increases that were approved were “nowhere near sufficient” and it said the company would be forced to continue operating at a loss.

    September 22, 2014 8:29 am
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Politics

  • Poll: Davis Holds Large Lead in Top Illinois Contest


    By Emily Cahn Posted at 5 a.m. today 0 Tweet Davis greets a voter at Republican Day during the August Illinois State Fair in Springfield. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo) Freshman Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., a top Democratic target this cycle, had a 19-point lead over his opponent with six weeks to go until Election Day, according to a poll conducted for his campaign and provided first to CQ Roll Call. Davis led Democratic rival Ann Callis by 55 percent to 36 percent in the survey of the 13th District conducted by the GOP firm Public Opinion Strategies. Just 7 percent of voters were undecided. The poll found atmospherics in the district also are stacked against Callis, making it tougher for her to make up ground in the short amount of time left until the election. President Barack Obama’s approval rating stood at just 38 percent in this Springfield-based seat in his home state. …

    September 22, 2014 5:27 am
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Stocks

  • German giants spend $25 billion to buy U.S. rivals


    Germany’s Merck has agreed to pay $17 billion for Sigma-Aldrich. European companies just can’t get enough of their U.S. rivals. Two German firms snapped up U.S. competitors for $25 billion before the opening bell Monday, looking beyond record stock prices and a stronger dollar to acquire advanced technology in booming sectors. In the bigger of the two takeovers, German drug group Merck KGaA (MKGAF) will buy Sigma-Aldrich (SIAL), based in St Louis, Missouri, for about $17 billion in cash. Merck is offering Sigma shareholders a 37% premium to Friday’s closing price. Merck described the deal as a “quantum leap” that would create a life sciences business better able to compete in the market for research, drugs and biotechnology. Aging populations in the rich world and rising disposable incomes in many emerging markets are boosting demand for health care, even as many governments demand lower costs, driving a surge in corporate activity. There were 33 mergers …

    September 22, 2014 8:29 am
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Sports

  • Federer replaces injured Nadal in new league


    NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Rafa Nadal has withdrawn from the inaugural International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) but the organizers pulled off a coup on Monday by naming Swiss maestro Roger Federer as replacement for the injured Spaniard. Fourteen times grand slam winner Nadal dealt a big blow to the fledgling tournament by pulling out of the Indian franchise citing ‘health problems’. “When you are talking of profile as high as Rafa Nadal, there was probably only one name that could have helped ease the pain and for us fortunately Roger was available and we made it happen,” IPTL founder Mahesh Bhupathi told reporters. “Rafa has been hurt since Wimbledon, he has not played any tennis. So obviously there was a risk there, in the format we have neither party wanted to take a chance. Nadal, who has a 23-10 head-to-head lead against Federer, missed the U.S. Open last month after failing to recover from a …

    September 22, 2014 8:29 am
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World News

  • S Leone hails lockdown ‘success’


    22 September 2014 Last updated at 13:10 Streets in the capital Freetown have been largely deserted during the three-day lockdown A three-day curfew aimed at containing the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone has been declared a success by authorities. The wide-ranging curfew ended at midnight on Sunday (GMT) and will not be extended, authorities said. Sierra Leone has been one of the countries worst affected by the outbreak, with more than 550 of the almost 2,800 deaths so far recorded. Some health groups have criticised the lockdown, saying it would destroy trust between patients and doctors. The World Health Organization (WHO) says the situations in Senegal and Nigeria have been “pretty much contained”, reports the Reuters news agency. Nearly all of the deaths in the world’s worst Ebola outbreak have been recorded in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The deadly virus is transmitted through sweat, blood and saliva, and there is no proven cure. A …

    September 22, 2014 8:29 am
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Technology

  • Perfectly imperfect silicon chips: the electronic brains that run the world


    The silicon chip in your mobile phone is not perfect because it is a single crystal like diamond, even though it is; nor because it is ultra pure, even though it is. No, it is perfect because it is an orchestrated collection of defects; it is these that give your phone its immense social power. Silicon chips are the electronic brains that run the world. They fly our planes, drive our trains, take care of the washing while we are out, keep us alive in hospital and handle our most intimate conversations. We get all this from a thin sliver of material the size of a postage stamp that was invented in the 20th century when the popularity of the telephone and the radio led to a general enthusiasm for all things electronic. Harnessing electricity to do more complicated things like computation relied then on thermionic valves that were essentially souped-up electric light bulbs. They …

    September 22, 2014 5:27 am
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Science

  • Program predicts placement of chemical tags that control gene activity


    Biochemists working at the University of California, San Diego, have developed a program that predicts the placement of chemical marks that control the activity of genes based on sequences of DNA. They describe their analysis and report results from its application to human embryonic cells in a paper published in Nature Methods online September 21. “All of our cells have the same blueprint, the same DNA, although they serve separate functions,” said John Whitaker, lead author of the report. “Skin cells protect, nerve cells send signals, and these differences emerge because different subsets of genes are active or silent within particular kinds of cells.” These patterns of activity are controlled by modifications of the DNA that do not alter its sequence — chemical tags that influence which genes are read and which are skipped within a particular cell. By comparing sequences with and without epigenomic modification, the researchers identified DNA patterns associated with the changes. …

    September 22, 2014 5:47 am
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Health

  • UK opens first clinic for child victims of female genital mutilation


    LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Britain’s first specialist clinic for child victims of female genital mutilation (FGM) opened in London on Monday as part of a push to eradicate the illegal ritual in the country. The University College Hospital clinic, initially to be held once a month while demand is assessed, will offer medical treatment and psychological help to girls up to 18, who have suffered or may be at risk of FGM – a ritual usually involving the partial or total removal of external genitalia. In its most extreme form the vaginal opening is also sewn up. Gynaecologist Sarah Creighton and paediatrician Deborah Hodes decided to set up the clinic after noticing an increase in young patients with suspected FGM. The clinic will liaise closely with police, social care and community groups and will provide evidence and expert witness statements for court cases. It will also help identify and protect girls at risk. “If …

    September 22, 2014 5:27 am
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Entertainment

  • Desperate Housewives actress Polly Bergen has died


    Cancer claims Kathryn Joosten and DH‘s Mrs. McCluskey According to People, the actress’ publicist Judy Katz revealed that she had died of natural causes and was surrounded by her family and longtime manager at the time of her death. Bergen enjoyed a successful career that spanned across several decades and included multiple roles in films, TV dramas and stage musicals. In 1953, she made her Broadway debut with Harry Belafonte in the revue John Murray Anderson’s Almanac. She also starred in several popular films including Cape Fear, Kisses for My President and Move Over, Darling. In her later years, Bergen was loved for her roles as Felicity Huffman’s mother on Desperate Housewives and the mistress of Tony Soprano’s late father on The Sopranos. Bergen was an Emmy award-winning actress who took home the accolade in 1958 for her portrayal of Helen Morgan on the series Playhouse 90. She also was nominated for another Emmy in 1989 …

    September 22, 2014 9:09 am
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Editorial

Odd News

  • Armed with banana, man robs Philadelphia store, slips away on bike


    PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – A man armed with a banana robbed a convenience store in Philadelphia and rode away on a bicycle with cash and cigarettes, a security surveillance tape showed. The suspect strolled into Tejada Grocery and got in line behind another customer at the counter, where individual bananas were available for sale, according to the tape of Tuesday’s robbery, which was released by police on Wednesday. As his turn at the cash register approached, the man stuffed a banana into the pocket of his hoodie and used it to simulate a gun. Police said the man demanded cash and cigarettes. The robber rode then away on a bicycle, surveillance video showed. Authorities, who did not say how much cash was taken, said the suspect was still being sought on Thursday. (Editing by Barbara Goldberg)

    September 20, 2014 12:46 am
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