• Alibaba shares surge on NY debut

    Alibaba shares surge on NY debut

    19 September 2014 Last updated at 17:51 The New York Stock Exchange was festooned in banners of Alibaba’s signature orange and white Alibaba’s shares opened significantly above their initial price on the New York Stock...
  • An Amazon-Alibaba merger? It’s possible

    An Amazon-Alibaba merger? It’s possible

    Alibaba co-founder Jack Ma indicated Friday that he’s open to a joint venture with Amazon. Among other comparisons, Alibaba (BABA) is often likened to the Amazon (AMZN, Tech30) of China. But could the two internet...
  • Shrink-wrapping spacesuits

    For future astronauts, the process of suiting up may go something like this: Instead of climbing into a conventional, bulky, gas-pressurized suit, an astronaut may don a lightweight, stretchy garment, lined with tiny, musclelike coils....

Headline News

  • Police check car, apartment in search for missing Virginia student


    (Reuters) – Police looking for a missing University of Virginia student searched a car and apartment on Friday in a major break in the case, a police spokeswoman said. Acting on several tips about missing student Hannah Graham, 18, police in Charlottesville, Virginia, executed search warrants on the apartment and car in what the spokeswoman called a “major break.” Graham, a sophomore from Alexandria, Virginia, was last seen early on Saturday after leaving an off-campus party in downtown Charlottesville. Her disappearance has riveted the college town of 45,000 people about 100 miles southwest of Washington. A surveillance video showed her on the downtown pedestrian mall. Graham sent a text message to friends shortly afterwards saying she was lost. A witness told police that Graham appeared “somewhat physically distressed” and was approached by a black man, police have said. He put his arm around her and the two talked, the witness said, according to police. Police …

    September 19, 2014 1:51 pm
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Politics

  • Roberts to Get Some Help on Air From Freedom Partners


    By Alexis Levinson Posted at 12:52 p.m. today 0 Tweet (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo) Freedom Partners Action Fund has reserved air time in the Kansas Senate race, where Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., is fighting for his political life. The Koch brothers-backed group placed a $297,100 buy running in various markets from Sept. 24 through Oct. 7, according to numbers provided to CQ Roll Call by a source tracking ad buys. From Sept. 24 through Oct. 7, the group reserved $21,200 on Topeka and Wichita broadcast television. From Oct. 1 through Oct. 7, they reserved $4,040 on Joplin cable, $117,025 on Kansas City cable, $1,725 on Line cable, $25,302 on Topeka cable, $2,397 on Tulsa cable, and $62,466 on Wichita cable. Koch Industries, the business conglomerate owned by Charles and David Koch, is headquartered in Wichita, Kansas. Roberts faces independent candidate Greg Orman, a well-funded candidate who has recently polled very well against Roberts. …

    September 19, 2014 12:08 pm
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Stocks

  • An Amazon-Alibaba merger? It’s possible


    Alibaba co-founder Jack Ma indicated Friday that he’s open to a joint venture with Amazon. Among other comparisons, Alibaba (BABA) is often likened to the Amazon (AMZN, Tech30) of China. But could the two internet giants be friends? Maybe. It’s a big maybe, but in an interview with Bloomberg News on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Friday, Alibaba co-founder and CEO Jack Ma said that he’d be open to a joint venture with the American e-commerce giant. “I would be interested in talking because as always, anything, anybody that involves helping small business we will feel excited,” Ma said. Related: Alibaba IPO means a big payday for Jack Ma That line wasn’t the clearest signal of open arms, but the prospect of an Alibaba-Amazon partnership got investors immediately giddy. After opening slightly down, Amazon shares shot up 2% Friday. While the market overall pulled back, Amazon is still up about that much …

    September 19, 2014 1:10 pm
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Sports

  • Unbeaten Pitt, scuffling Iowa searching for legitimacy


    PITTSBURGH –  Pittsburgh searches for its first 4-0 start since 2000 when the Panthers host Iowa on Saturday. The Panthers are coming off a 42-25 win at lowly Florida International that included a rally from an early 16-point deficit. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Pitt coach Paul Chryst praised his team’s ability to bounce back, but added the Panthers can’t be so sloppy early on against the Hawkeyes (2-1). Iowa blew an early 11-point lead in a loss to Iowa State last week. The Hawkeyes are averaging a modest 21 points a game, 102nd in the country. Coach Kirk Ferentz says he hasn’t lost patience with his offense, pointing out his team has narrowly missed a handful of big plays that could have changed the complexion of the game.

    September 19, 2014 1:51 pm
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World News

  • Alibaba shares surge on NY debut


    19 September 2014 Last updated at 17:51 The New York Stock Exchange was festooned in banners of Alibaba’s signature orange and white Alibaba’s shares opened significantly above their initial price on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on Friday, a sign of the excitement surrounding the Chinese internet giant. Shares in the company made their debut in the US at $92.70 (£57), after being priced at $68 late on Thursday. More than 100 million shares were traded in the minutes after the stock was launched – more than Twitter. Earlier in the morning, founder and chairman Jack Ma rang the opening bell. The NYSE was festooned with the orange and white logos of the company to herald its arrival on public markets. The company raised nearly $21.8bn in its share sale, indicating strong investor appetite for China’s e-commerce giant. In opening at $92.70 per share, Alibaba is now valued at $227bn – making it significantly …

    September 19, 2014 1:51 pm
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Technology

  • Joan Rivers posts from the grave: ‘I’ve just bought an iPhone!’


    Comic legend Joan Rivers has been dead for over a week now, but apparently that hasn’t stopped the Fashion Show star being chuffed to bits with her new iPhone 6-feet-under. In a warning to PR companies everywhere, sponsored scheduled posts appeared on Rivers’ Facebook and Instagram accounts on Friday morning – before they were quickly taken down. Oops? The scheduled post on Facebook. Photograph: Facebook At least the hashtags were on point: the iPhone 6 (and 6 Plus), which went on sale on Friday, have had positive reviews – some might say even a product to die for. In other Rivers-related news, her doctor has denied the rumour that he took a selfie with the star while she was unconscious in hospital after undergoing throat surgery. Rivers was one of the most celebrated comedians of the last 40 years, and was Tony and Grammy nominated. She was still performing weeks before she died of a …

    September 19, 2014 12:09 pm
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Science

  • Shrink-wrapping spacesuits


    For future astronauts, the process of suiting up may go something like this: Instead of climbing into a conventional, bulky, gas-pressurized suit, an astronaut may don a lightweight, stretchy garment, lined with tiny, musclelike coils. She would then plug in to a spacecraft’s power supply, triggering the coils to contract and essentially shrink-wrap the garment around her body. The skintight, pressurized suit would not only support the astronaut, but would give her much more freedom to move during planetary exploration. To take the suit off, she would only have to apply modest force, returning the suit to its looser form. Now MIT researchers are one step closer to engineering such an active, “second-skin” spacesuit: Dava Newman, a professor of aeronautics and astronautics and engineering systems at MIT, and her colleagues have engineered active compression garments that incorporate small, springlike coils that contract in response to heat. The coils are made from a shape-memory alloy (SMA) …

    September 19, 2014 12:30 pm
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Health

  • Sierra Leone capital at standstill as Ebola lockdown begins


    FREETOWN (Reuters) – Sierra Leone began a three-day lockdown on Friday in an effort to halt the spread of the Ebola virus, as President Ernest Bai Koroma urged residents to comply with the emergency measures. Streets in the normally bustling seaside capital Freetown were deserted, barring vehicles carrying police officers and health workers. Radio stations played Ebola awareness jingles on repeat and encouraged residents to stay indoors. “Today, the life of everyone is at stake, but we will get over this difficulty if all do what we have been asked to do,” Koroma said in a television address late on Thursday. “These are extraordinary times and extraordinary times require extraordinary measures.” Ebola has infected some 5,357 people in West Africa this year, killing 2,630 of them, in the worst epidemic of the virus that the world has seen. At least 562 people have died in Sierra Leone and nearly 30,000 health workers, volunteers and teachers …

    September 19, 2014 8:05 am
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Entertainment

  • Nicole Kidman says goodbye to her biggest fan: Her dad


    The actress, who returned to her native Australia for the funeral services, revealed her dad was on a plane just hours after Cruise told her their marriage was over, and that he was her biggest source of support during those painful days. Nicole Kidman tells friends she’s been to hell and back “‘Nic, it’s going to be OK,’” she said he told her. “‘It isn’t what it could’ve been, it isn’t what it should have been, it is what it is.’” She continued, “I’m so lucky to be his daughter, and that he chose my mother to make me with. The only regret he’d have is that he’s not here to see his beautiful grandchildren grow up. And that he’s not here to take care of [his wife] Jay.” Monaco royals hate Nicole Kidman’s Princess Grace movie But she said everyone who gathered to honor him would take on that task. “It’s OK, Papa, we’re …

    September 19, 2014 1:51 pm
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Editorial

  • Ebola crisis: Yes, we need to help but is Obama ready to keep Americans safe?


    America is silently acquiescing to President Obama’s extraordinarily expensive and flawed plan to fight Ebola in West Africa. Though help is urgently needed there, the plan does far too little to protect Americans. Tuesday, Obama announced he is committing $763 million dollars and 3,000 military personnel to taming the outbreak that so far has killed 2,400 people. Compare that with our federal government’s puny response to the drug-resistant contagious infections raging through American hospitals, killing 23,000 patients a year.  That’s ten times the death toll. It’s being repeated year after year, and our own family members and neighbors are the victims.  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Over a year ago, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Thomas Frieden warned that without immediate action to stop what he called these “nightmare bacteria,” including MRSA. C. diff, VRE and CRE, it will be too dangerous to go to the hospital for a hip replacement, chemotherapy, or other treatments.  As the …

    September 19, 2014 12:08 pm
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Odd News

  • Missing Philadelphia dog found safe in Oregon, 3,000 miles from home


    PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) – A dog that went missing in Philadelphia five months ago has turned up 3,000 miles away – in a Portland-area animal shelter and officials say they have no idea how the Jack Russell terrier named Gidget made the cross-country trip. “It is an absolute mystery to everyone how little Gidget ended up here,” said Deborah Wood, animal services manager at the shelter. “We are just thrilled that she was microchipped and that the owner’s information was current.” When Gidget was brought to the Bonnie Hays Animal Shelter in Hillsboro, Oregon, as a stray earlier this month, she had been missing since April 22. Wood declined to name Gidget’s owners, saying they were trying to raise funds to bring the dog back east.  (Editing by Cynthia Johnston and Sandra Maler)

    September 19, 2014 12:30 pm
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