Headline News

  • Did liberalism win the US culture war?


    20 October 2014 Last updated at 18:42 By Anthony Zurcher Editor, Echo Chambers The US Supreme Court’s recent non-decision decision to allow multiple lower-court rulings against same-sex marriage bans to stand has led to a spate of articles declaring the Great American Culture War to be over. Done. Finished. Close books and mark it final. A victory for the forces of liberalism and tolerance – or hedonism and immorality, depending on your political proclivities. For those not familiar with the history of the US culture war, its unofficial beginning came in 1992, with populist firebrand Patrick Buchanan’s Republican National Convention speech in which he described a religious war for the soul of America. “It is a cultural war, as critical to the kind of nation we will one day be as was the Cold War itself,” he continued. Continue reading the main story “Start Quote With a little more foresight and a little less bigotry, …

    October 20, 2014 12:46 pm
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Politics

  • NRCC Cuts TV Buy in Maine


    By Abby Livingston Posted at 11:14 a.m. today 0 Tweet Cain is the Democratic nominee in Maine’s 2nd District. (Meredith Dake/CQ Roll Call File Photo) The National Republican Congressional Committee is cutting the last two weeks of its television reservations in Maine’s 2nd District, according to a committee spokeswomen. The NRCC originally reserved $1.6 million for the open-seat race to succeed Rep. Michael H. Michaud, a Democrat who is running for governor. The committee spent $965,000 of that reservation, but will now shift the remaining funds to offensive seats elsewhere. “We have put Democrats on defense in Maine, and we are increasing our buys in several offensive seats,” NRCC spokeswoman Andrea Bozek told Roll Call on Monday. The committee will now add six-figure sums to four other offensive opportunity races: Illinois’ 12th District (Democratic Rep. Bill Enyart): $300,000 West Virginia’s 3rd District (Democratic Rep. Nick J. Rahall II): $150,000 Minnesota’s 7th District (Democratic Rep. Collin …

    October 20, 2014 10:42 am
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Stocks

  • Porsche rents Sistine Chapel for Pope’s charity


    The Sistine Chapel hosted a corporate event for the first time in its history. For its fans, getting into a Porsche can be like a religious experience, but it’s probably no substitute for getting into the Sistine Chapel. For the first time ever, the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican — the world’s most celebrated example of Renaissance art for half a century — can be rented out for corporate charity events. Forty Porsche enthusiasts, at $5,900 per head, on Saturday were the first group of people treated to a private tour under the Vatican’s new program. The event is part of Pope Francis’ Art for Charity project. Porsche’s tour is a far cry from what the average visitor gets. Most of the Sistine Chapel’s 20,000 daily visitors get a quick glance at the chapel before they’re rushed out in an attempt to protect its fragile frescoes. The Porsche clients enjoyed a private concert while admiring …

    October 20, 2014 11:43 am
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Sports

  • Kings’ Voynov suspended by league after arrest


    New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov was suspended indefinitely by the NHL on Monday after an arrest on charges of domestic violence. According to the league, the suspension was imposed under Section 18-A.5 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, which provides that, during the pendency of a criminal investigation, “the League may suspend the player pending the league’s formal review and disposition of the matter where the failure to suspend the player during this period would create a substantial risk of material harm to the legitimate interests and/or reputation of the league.” Voynov, who will continue to be paid, has appeared in all six games this season for the Kings and has two assists. “These developments are of great concern to our organization,” the Kings said in a statement. “We support the NHL’s decision to suspend Slava Voynov indefinitely during this process, and we will continue to take appropriate action as …

    October 20, 2014 12:46 pm
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World News

  • Sweden widens ‘mystery sub’ hunt


    20 October 2014 Last updated at 18:27 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. The Swedish navy said it had launched a search after receiving “credible information” The Swedish navy has widened its search in the waters off Stockholm amid suspicions that a Russian submarine might be in trouble there. The military has asked civilian vessels to evacuate the area between Nattaro island and Danziger Gatt. A Swedish source told the BBC an underwater vessel was spotted in waters about 25km (16 miles) from Stockholm. Russia’s defence ministry denied any “irregular situation” involving its ships. It said a Dutch submarine might have triggered Sweden’s alert after carrying out exercises in the area. However, this theory has been dismissed by the Dutch defence ministry. “It was definitely not a Dutch submarine,” a ministry spokeswoman in The Hague told the BBC. ‘Pattern of incidents’ It is the fourth day of the search, involving ships and …

    October 20, 2014 12:46 pm
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Technology

  • Some paedophiles ‘won’t be charged’


    20 October 2014 Last updated at 16:35 Some paedophiles with images of child abuse will escape prosecution, the head of the National Crime Agency says. Keith Bristow said the NCA would have to focus on pursuing those who posed most risk but that others would face a “range of interventions”. Some 660 arrests were made during a recent operation targeting people who had accessed child abuse images online. However, the BBC understands that as many as 20,000-30,000 individuals were identified during that investigation. Continue reading the main story “Start Quote We have been pretending as every other nation in the world is currently pretending that they’re on top of this problem online – they are not.”” End Quote Donald Findlater Lucy Faith Foundation The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre – part of the NCA – has estimated that 50,000 people in the UK are involved in downloading and sharing images of child abuse. NCA …

    October 20, 2014 10:42 am
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Science

  • NASA TV Coverage Set for U.S. Cargo Ship’s Departure from International Space Station


    [image-50] After delivering almost 5,000 pounds of supplies and experiments to the International Space Station during a month-long stay, the SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft is set to leave the orbital laboratory on Saturday, Oct. 25. The Dragon spacecraft is scheduled to detach from the Earth-facing side of the station’s Harmony module and unberth through commands sent by robotic ground controllers in mission control at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston operating the Canadarm 2 robotic arm. Mission control will maneuver Dragon into place then turn it over to Expedition 41 robotic arm operators Reid Wiseman and Barry Wilmore of NASA for release, which is scheduled for 9:56 a.m. EDT. NASA Television will provide live coverage of Dragon’s departure beginning at 9:30 a.m. Space station and SpaceX officials delayed Dragon’s departure four days from the originally scheduled date of Oct. 21 because of high sea states in the splashdown and recovery zone west of Baja California. …

    October 20, 2014 11:02 am
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Health

  • As U.S. Economy Worsened, Vasectomy Rates Rose, Study Finds


    MONDAY, Oct. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) — During the recent “Great Recession,” worries about the cost of raising children in an uncertain job market may have spurred an uptick in vasectomies, a new study suggests. “Despite an unchanged desire for more children, men in relationships reported planning for smaller families,” said a team led by Dr. Bobby Najari, a urologist at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. Najari and colleagues reported the findings Monday in Honolulu at the annual meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM). In a vasectomy, the sperm-transport system is interrupted by blocking the structure known as the vas deferens, which carries sperm from the testicle to the urethra. If a man changes his mind about wanting children, a reversal often can be done. Prior studies have pointed to a trend of rising vasectomy rates as the economy declined. Speaking to HealthDay in March of 2009, Dr. Marc …

    October 20, 2014 10:42 am
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Entertainment

  • Kim Kardashian Customizes Nori’s Vans


    Posted on Mon Oct 20th, 2014 9:42am PDT       By X17 Staff It looks like it’s a black pants, white shoes weekend for Kardashian Wests! Kim, Kanye and Nori coordinated their ensembles over the weekend. After getting back from a fun-filled afternoon at the pumpkin patch, Kim, Kanye and Nori lunched at the Grill in Calabasas. And of course we couldn’t help but notice that the heels of North’s Vans say “Nori” and “West” on them! Too cute! We love that everyone is matching, but we just kind of wish Kim and Kanye were also wearing fringed poncho shirts! It looks like even Kim loved our pics! The reality star shared our photo on her Instagram account! Earlier that day, the fam got into the Halloween spirit as they got gussied up to go to Underwood Family Farms’ annual Fall Harvest Festival, an hour outside of L.A. and Kourtney and Kris Jenner came along for the ride …

    October 20, 2014 12:25 pm
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Editorial

  • City threatens to arrest ministers who refuse to perform same-sex weddings


    Two Christian ministers who own an Idaho wedding chapel were told they had to either perform same-sex weddings or face jail time and up to a $1,000 fine, according to a lawsuit filed Friday in federal court. Alliance Defending Freedom is representing Donald and Evelyn Knapp, ordained ministers who own the Hitching Post Wedding Chapel in Coeur d’Alene. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT “Right now they are at risk of being prosecuted,” their ADF attorney, Jeremy Tedesco, told me. “The threat of enforcement is more than just credible.” “The Knapps are in fear that if they exercise their First Amendment rights they will be cited, prosecuted and sent to jail.” – Alliance Defending Freedom attorney, Jeremy Tedesco According to the lawsuit, the wedding chapel is registered with the state as a “religious corporation” limited to performing “one-man-one-woman marriages as defined by the Holy Bible.” But the chapel is also registered as a for-profit business – not as a …

    October 20, 2014 10:42 am
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Odd News

  • Washington teacher told not to use disciplinary ‘Wheel of Misfortune’


    SEATTLE (Reuters) – A Washington state high school teacher has been warned not to have students spin a disciplinary “Wheel of Misfortune” to assign punishments for misbehavior that included being pelted with rubber balls by fellow students, school officials said. The Stevenson High School science teacher used the wheel to punish “low-level misconduct” instead of sending the students to lunch-time detention, Superintendent Dan Read wrote in a letter to parents on Thursday. Results from a third-party investigation on Wednesday showed the teacher’s spinning punishment prop to be “inappropriate, but well-intentioned” and that the teacher did not “desire to embarrass, intimidate or harm any student,” Read said. “Poor judgment by any teacher is concerning and we plan to work with the teacher on more positive and productive classroom management skills going forward,” he added. The school, in Skamania County near the Washington-Oregon border, did not immediately respond to a request for comment, nor did the teacher. …

    October 17, 2014 9:43 pm
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