• Nats edge D-backs for 10th straight win

    Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) – Denard Span scored the game’s only run on Jordan Pacheco’s throwing error in the bottom of the ninth to give the Washington Nationals a 1-0 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks in...
  • Robin Williams’ ashes scattered at sea

    Billy Crystal to pay tribute to Robin Williams at the Emmys Several news outlets have obtained the comedy legend’s death certificate this week, which says he was cremated and his ashes were scattered in the...
  • The crazy flavor experiments in Chinese fast food

    The crazy flavor experiments in Chinese fast food

    Pizza Hut in Hong Kong serves a crayfish pizza that’s designed to appeal to local tastes. Have you ever craved pizza with mangoes and crayfish? How about a pork and seaweed flavored donut? Sound strange?...
  • Plane with Malaysia MH17 bodies arrives

    Plane with Malaysia MH17 bodies arrives

    22 August 2014 Last updated at 03:13 The Malaysia Airlines plane carrying the bodies took off from Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport on Thursday The bodies of 20 Malaysian victims of Flight MH17 that crashed in Ukraine...
  • Fever hold off Mystics to grab Game 1

    Indianapolis, IN (SportsNetwork.com) – Tamika Catchings scored 22 points to go along with 10 rebounds, and the Indiana Fever defeated the Washington Mystics, 78-73, in Game 1 of a WNBA Eastern Conference semifinal. Briann January...

Headline News

  • National Guard begins pullout from riot-weary Ferguson, Missouri


    FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) – Missouri’s governor ordered the withdrawal of National Guard troops from the riot-weary town of Ferguson on Thursday as tensions eased after nearly two weeks of racially charged protests over the fatal shooting of a black teenager. A relaxed, orderly mood prevailed among demonstrators for a second straight evening on Thursday, the calmest night in the St. Louis suburb since unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown was gunned down by a white police officer on Aug. 9 under disputed circumstances. Even as scores of boisterous but peaceful protesters returned to the streets, Brown’s father, Michael Brown Sr., urged demonstrators during a CNN interview “to go back to your regular life.” He expressed gratitude for the outpouring of support but criticized thugs and outside agitators who police have blamed for much of the lawlessness surrounding earlier protests. “This looting, all this other stuff … it’s not helping our boy. It’s doing nothing but causing more …

    August 21, 2014 10:39 pm
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Politics

  • Federal judge strikes down Florida’s gay marriage ban, stays ruling


    TAMPA Fla. (Reuters) – A federal judge in north Florida on Thursday struck down the state’s gay marriage ban as unconstitutional, but stayed the ruling, leaving same-sex couples still unable to marry in the state. U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle of Florida’s Northern District in Tallahassee is the fifth judge in the state to rule against a same-sex marriage ban approved by voters in 2008, but the first federal judge to do so. “The institution of marriage survived when bans on interracial marriage were struck down, and the institution will survive when bans on same-sex marriage are struck down,” Hinkle wrote. “Liberty, tolerance, and respect are not zero-sum concepts,” he added. Hinkle found the same-sex marriage ban violated equal protection and due process protections under the U.S. Constitution. The ruling addressed two lawsuits involving 10 same-sex couples, mostly married in other states and seeking recognition in Florida. The plaintiffs also included a woman, Arlene …

    August 21, 2014 8:57 pm
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Stocks

  • The crazy flavor experiments in Chinese fast food


    Pizza Hut in Hong Kong serves a crayfish pizza that’s designed to appeal to local tastes. Have you ever craved pizza with mangoes and crayfish? How about a pork and seaweed flavored donut? Sound strange? Not if you’re in China, where these Frankenstein foods are being served up by American fast food chains hoping to dominate foreign markets by catering to local tastes. The experimentation is endless: Pizza Hut offers Thousand Island seafood pizzas, McDonald’s (MCD) serves soy milk and fried dough strips for breakfast, Dairy Queen scoops out wasabi ice cream and Starbucks (SBUX) sells red bean green tea Frappuccinos. Burger King (BKW), Dunkin’ Donuts, Starbucks, Papa John’s (PZZA), McDonald’s, Pizza Hut and KFC are all competing for a bigger slice of China’s $100 billion fast food market. There’s just one problem: double cheeseburgers and pepperoni pizzas aren’t exactly typical Chinese cuisine. As a result, the chains are constantly looking for ways to appeal …

    August 21, 2014 9:58 pm
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Sports

  • Nats edge D-backs for 10th straight win


    Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) – Denard Span scored the game’s only run on Jordan Pacheco’s throwing error in the bottom of the ninth to give the Washington Nationals a 1-0 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks in the finale of a four-game series. After pinch-hitter Scott Hairston flied out to start the frame, Span blooped a single into center off of Oliver Perez (2-3). Evan Marshall took over on the mound and Span swiped second to move into scoring position. Anthony Rendon hit a grounder to third that Pacheco fielded easily, but his throw came up short of first base and bounced past Mark Trumbo and out of play, allowing Span to score the winning run. “I should’ve charged the ball,” said Pacheco. “I found myself back too far and I had to rush the throw a little bit and obviously I made a bad throw.” The Nationals have won 10 straight games, with five of their …

    August 21, 2014 10:39 pm
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World News

  • NDIS lacks service providers in Indigenous areas, advocate warns


    Indigenous Australians face being signed up to national disability insurance scheme (NDIS) plans with no services to purchase, an advocate has said after visiting the Northern Territory trial site. The NDIS launched a trial site in Barkly in July and the chief executive of the First Peoples Disability Network (FPDN), Damian Griffis, visited last week. He said that while they were “reassured” by the progress of a few weeks, the fundamental challenge would be the lack of actual services. “The NDIS is market-based and there are people to purchase, but nothing to purchase. There’s no services to purchase,” he said. “We need to look at the ways people with disability are supported in other parts of the world without services. It could be paying family members or locals to be service providers.” Griffis said the problem went well beyond Indigenous communities in Northern Territory and into many regional and remote areas of Australia. “The challenge …

    August 21, 2014 10:39 pm
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Technology

  • Hack Day Produces Oculix, a Mind-Blowing Trip Through the Netflix Catalog


    A team of Netflix programmers merged the company’s videos with the virtual reality capability offered by the Oculus Rift headset as a fun project on Netflix Hack Day. The Oculix media app lets users browse a floating 3D Netflix video catalog using head turning movements and hand gestures. Once a selection is made, the user can watch the video in a VR theater setting. “This new user experience is potentially a very compelling differentiator for a mature [over-the-top] service such as Netflix as it seeks to stay on top of the market,” Eric Smith, an analyst at Strategy Analytics, told LinuxInsider. However, it might not be suited for general use, because users can get disoriented. “I can personally attest to disorientation after … five- to 10-minute sessions,” Smith said. “With TV shows and movies going beyond the one-hour mark, this would be my biggest concern.” Motion sickness also could be an issue, Smith cautioned, although …

    August 21, 2014 8:57 pm
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Science

  • Cause of global warming hiatus found deep in the Atlantic Ocean


    Related images(click to enlarge) Following rapid warming in the late 20th century, this century has so far seen surprisingly little increase in the average temperature at Earth’s surface. At first this was a blip, then a trend, then a puzzle for the climate science community. More than a dozen theories have now been proposed for the so-called global warming hiatus, ranging from air pollution to volcanoes to sunspots. New research from the University of Washington shows that the heat absent from the surface is plunging deep in the north and south Atlantic Ocean, and is part of a naturally occurring cycle. The study is published Aug. 22 in Science. Subsurface warming in the ocean explains why global average air temperatures have flatlined since 1999, despite greenhouse gases trapping more solar heat at Earth’s surface. “Every week there’s a new explanation of the hiatus,” said corresponding author Ka-Kit Tung, a UW professor of applied mathematics and …

    August 21, 2014 9:18 pm
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Health

  • AA can help young adults, but mechanisms unclear: study


    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Alcoholics Anonymous can help people, young and old, recover from drinking problems, but young adults seem to benefit mainly – and only – from certain aspects of the program, according to a small U.S. study. The results may help to better tailor AA for a new generation, researchers say, and help young adults feel more comfortable in the heart of the program, the group meetings. “We now know that in addition to the mechanisms we traditionally target, there may be other mechanisms that are particularly important for younger people,” said Bettina Hoeppner, a psychologist at Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts, who led the study. Hoeppner and her team write that young people – who may face more temptations to drink in a social context and have shorter addiction histories, and hence less to share – may face a “barrier” to becoming engaged with the values of AA. “Yes, it may …

    August 21, 2014 8:57 pm
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Entertainment

  • Robin Williams’ ashes scattered at sea


    Billy Crystal to pay tribute to Robin Williams at the Emmys Several news outlets have obtained the comedy legend’s death certificate this week, which says he was cremated and his ashes were scattered in the San Francisco Bay on Aug. 12, the day after he died. People confirms that his family and closest friends had a small, private funeral in San Francisco to mourn Williams’ death at age 63. The Oscar-winning comedian and actor committed suicide in his home in Tiburon, California, on Aug. 11. He was found by his assistant after hanging himself. He is survived by his wife, Susan Schneider, and his three children from previous marriages, Zac, Cody and Zelda. In the days following Williams’ death, it was revealed that he suffered from anxiety and depression. He had also struggled with substance abuse for much of his life. Soon before he died, he checked himself into rehab, though his wife said his …

    August 21, 2014 10:39 pm
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Editorial

  • Setting the record straight about Colgate Total toothpaste


      Recent media reports about an ingredient we use in our Colgate Total brand toothpaste are not based on facts or science. As we are talking about one of the best-selling toothpastes in the U.S., we want to set the record straight. First, it isn’t just Colgate that believes in Colgate Total.  It is also the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, European, Canadian and Australian health authorities, the American Dental Association and 40 other dental professional organizations worldwide.  Colgate Total is the only toothpaste that is both approved by the FDA and accepted by the ADA.   Colgate Total has been available to treat plaque and gingivitis for 17 years, and these problems are more pervasive than most people think. Seventy five percent of Americans face gum disease. We all have about 700 microorganisms in our mouths, and Colgate Total was created to attack those that result in gingivitis, which, if not stopped, can lead to …

    August 21, 2014 8:57 pm
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Odd News

  • Eight lives left; Utah cat revived after rescue from inside wall


    SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) – A Utah cat has used up one of its nine lives after it was discovered near death and trapped in a wall of an empty house that was listed for sale. Named “Lazarus” by staff at the Utah Humane Society, the 4-year-old male Lynx Point and Siamese mix was found last month at the height of Utah’s steamy summer heat, Carl Arky, a spokesman for the society, said on Thursday. He said a female appraiser working at the home in Layton, about 25 miles north of Salt Lake City, heard noises coming from behind a sheetrock wall and made a hole to rescue the cat. Temperatures in the home were thought to be well above 100 Fahrenheit, as it was unoccupied and the air conditioner was off. “He was near death’s door,” said Arky. “I give a lot of credit to that women who drilled a hole in the wall …

    August 21, 2014 5:12 pm
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