• US cadets hurt in mass pillow fight

    US cadets hurt in mass pillow fight

    Image copyright West Point Image caption The pillow fight at West Point is an annual tradition dating back at least until 1897 A huge pillow fight involving cadets at a prestigious US military academy to...
  • Fighting inequality with bread

    Fighting inequality with bread

    Forget the cook’s whim. Baking is math. And for 25 year-old Clarisse Sango, class is in session. The single mother emigrated from Burkina Faso in 2011. Her English was limited. Her resume nonexistent. She struggled...
  • Thousands of migrants reach Austria

    Thousands of migrants have crossed into Austria, after Hungary’s surprise decision to provide buses to take them to the border overnight. For days, the Hungarian government had blocked them from travelling by train to northern...
  • Messi scores twice, Argentina beats Bolivia 7-0

    HOUSTON (AP) Lionel Messi scored less than a minute after coming on as a substitute and added another goal in Argentina’s 7-0 victory over Bolivia on Friday night. The Barcelona star entered in the 65th...

Headline News

  • Nightmare next door: Black couple uses fair housing law to sue city, white neighbor over slurs

    GAINESVILLE, Ga. –  A black couple is suing their former neighbor citing a civil rights-era law more commonly used against discriminatory landlords. Gregory and Sophia Bonds say the white neighbor, Roy Turner Jr., began yelling threats and racial slurs the day they moved in next door in the north Georgia city of Gainesville. They say Turner often hurled insults while on the job with the city’s solid waste department. The lawsuit against Turner and the city says officials failed to curb those actions, making the city liable. They’re suing under state and federal fair housing statutes that protect against threats, intimidation and interference with a person’s right to live in a home free of discrimination. Turner says he never threatened anyone. The city’s mayor says he can’t comment on pending litigation.

    September 5, 2015 5:10 am


  • Grayson Trumps Murphy’s Trump Comparison

    By Emily Cahn Posted at 12:42 p.m. on Sept. 4 0 Tweet Grayson, top, and Murphy have been sniping at each other as they vie for the Democratic nod in Florida’s Senate race. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) Update 12:55 p.m. | Rep. Alan Grayson’s campaign reacted quickly Friday to Democratic Senate primary opponent Rep. Patrick Murphy’s comparison of him to Donald Trump, pointing out that Murphy’s father’s construction company had built two major projects for the real estate mogul who’s leading Republican presidential polls. “Murphy’s family construction business — where he used to work, where his daddy’s money comes from, and in which he owns a share worth $1 million to $5 million — has a business relationship with Donald Trump. How much money has Donald Trump put in Patrick Murphy’s pocket?” Grayson adviser Kevin Franck replied in an email to CQ Roll Call. Franck provided links to two Florida condominium projects highlighted on Coastal Construction Group of South …

    September 5, 2015 3:30 am


  • Fighting inequality with bread

    Forget the cook’s whim. Baking is math. And for 25 year-old Clarisse Sango, class is in session. The single mother emigrated from Burkina Faso in 2011. Her English was limited. Her resume nonexistent. She struggled to find a job. “If you just came from Africa and you don’t have any resume or any experience, it’s hard,” Sango told CNNMoney’s Cristina Alesci. But now Sango is enrolled at Hot Bread Kitchen, a New York City nonprofit that trains low-income immigrant women in the craft and commerce of baking. Related: How one Chicago kid is escaping a life of dead-end jobs The nine-month program includes English lessons. The curriculum is focused on “kitchen English.” “You might not be writing college-level essays, but you’ll sure know what a bench knife is,” said Hot Bread Kitchen’s Founder and CEO Jessamyn Rodriguez. And here’s the sweetener — Sango and her classmates are paid $8.75 an hour while they’re training. “The …

    September 5, 2015 4:30 am


  • Fekir faces long spell out after rupturing knee ligaments

    PARIS (AP) Rising Lyon star Nabil Fekir faces a long spell on the sidelines after rupturing his right knee ligaments playing for France in a friendly against Portugal on Friday. The French Football Federation confirmed the injury, calling it ”terrible news.” The 22-year-old Fekir was voted the French league’s best young player after scoring 13 league goals for Lyon last season. A technically gifted and mobile forward, he scored four goals in four games this season and his hat trick away to Caen last weekend earned him a first start for France in Lisbon. After just 14 minutes, he twisted his knee when under no apparent pressure and was replaced by Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann. Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas tweeted ”my thoughts are with Nabil, who is stronger than you imagine.”

    September 5, 2015 5:10 am

World News

  • US cadets hurt in mass pillow fight

    Image copyright West Point Image caption The pillow fight at West Point is an annual tradition dating back at least until 1897 A huge pillow fight involving cadets at a prestigious US military academy to mark the end of summer training left at least 30 soldiers injured, US media has reported. At least 24 cadets were reported to have been left unconscious because pillows were stuffed with hard objects. One cadet suffered a broken leg, while others had dislocated shoulders. West Point Academy has insisted that none of the injuries is severe and all cadets have returned to duty. Details of the injuries sustained in August have emerged in The New York Times, which reported that video of the fight posted online shows crowds of yelling cadets, some wearing body armour as well as helmets, surging together in a central quad. Image copyright West Point Image caption West Point is a publicly funded academy, where …

    September 5, 2015 5:10 am


  • Have smartwatches finally had the injection of style they need?

    Smartwatches are still a technology niche loved by a few early adopters, but considered ugly, expensive and pointless by the majority of people. Early editions from Samsung and Pebble were considered chunky and ugly even by many technology enthusiasts, but designs improved a little with Google’s first wave of Android Wear watches, with the round Motorola Moto 360 being a highlight. Compared to traditional watches, which smartwatches are attempting to replace, the chunky profiles and lack of premium fit and finish of last years’ models made them a significant downgrade in personal style. For something worn on you wrist, what it looks like (and thus what it says about you) is more important than most technology enthusiasts appreciate. Apple launched its smartwatch in April. It met with mixed reviews, but its industrial design – the look and feel, manufacturing and finish – was a cut above the competition. Now the rest of the market is …

    September 5, 2015 3:50 am


  • New mechanism discovered behind infant epilepsy

    Related images(click to enlarge) Scientists at Karolinska Institutet and Karolinska University Hospital in Sweden have discovered a new explanation for severe early infant epilepsy. Mutations in the gene encoding the protein KCC2 can cause the disease, hereby confirming an earlier theory. The findings are being published in the journal Nature Communications. Through large-scale genetic analyses of a family with two affected children at SciLifeLab in Stockholm, mutations were identified in the gene encoding the transport protein KCC2. In a collaboration with scientists at the University College London, another family with children carrying mutations in the same gene was further identified. Two of the children in each family demonstrated similar symptoms that can be connected to a severe variant of infant epilepsy with MPSI (Migrating Partial Seizures of Infancy). “Epilepsy occurs in many different forms. Earlier associations with KCC2 have been observed, such as a down-regulation of the protein after brain damage that increases the tendency …

    September 5, 2015 2:50 am


  • Psychopaths May Not Yawn Along With You

    FRIDAY, Sept. 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) — People with psychopathic traits are less likely to catch “contagious yawning” than those with higher levels of empathy, a new study suggests. Psychopathic characteristics include being selfish, manipulative, impulsive, domineering and lacking in empathy, Baylor University researchers explained. Contagious yawning refers to yawning when other people yawn, and it is associated with empathy and bonding. It occurs in many social animals, including people, chimpanzees and dogs, the study authors explained in a university news release. The study included 135 college students, who all completed a lengthy written psychological evaluation. Lead researcher Brian Rundle, a doctoral student in psychology and neuroscience at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, pointed out in the news release that the test doesn’t tell specifically whether or not someone is a psychopath. “It’s not an ‘on/off’ of whether you’re a psychopath. It’s a spectrum,” Rundle said. Next, the researchers had the students sit in a …

    September 5, 2015 3:10 am


  • Miley Cyrus Sneaks Out Of The Club With Cody Simpson

    Posted on Fri Sep 4th, 2015 8:10am PDT       By X17 Staff If you blink you’ll miss it! Miley Cyrus is so recognizable that she has a hard time going incognito, but she tried last night as she made her exit from The Nice Guy in Hollywood with Cody Simpson! The VMAs host was escorted out of the back door by an assistant, and the Australian singer followed behind with his leather jacket over his head to avoid being photographed. Someone should tell Gigi Hadid’s ex that he’s not that important! The only reason for these two to hide their hangout is if something is going on romantically. The “Wrecking Ball” songstress is rumored to have broken up with her Victoria’s Secret girlfriend Stella Maxwell, and Cody has been single since his split with his Sports Illustrated stunner ex. We know that the twerking queen goes both ways, so it’s very possible these two are secretly hooking …

    September 4, 2015 9:49 pm


  • Could Planned Parenthood funding fight sink the GOP?

    Editor’s note: The following column originally appeared in The Hill newspaper and online. The king of all political wedge issues — abortion — is once again at the front of Republican politics. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), running for the GOP presidential nomination, announced last week he wants to force a government shutdown in October if Planned Parenthood is not cut off from government funds. And he is pressuring Senate Republican leaders to make it happen. In a conference call with evangelical ministers, he explained that top Senate Republicans, along with Democrats, are happy to have an “empty show vote” on ending funding for Planned Parenthood. Cruz wants to tie defunding Planned Parenthood to the pending government spending bill for the upcoming fiscal year. “We can expect President Obama and many of the congressional Democrats to cry loudly that if Congress uses its authority, Congress will be quote ‘shutting down the government,’ ” the senator told …

    September 5, 2015 2:10 am

Odd News

  • Arby’s fires Florida manager after police officer joke goes ‘awry’

    MIAMI Arby’s sandwich chain fired a South Florida restaurant manager and suspended a clerk after an unfortunate police joke led to a complaint against staff at a drive-thru. The mix-up led to a police woman accusing the store of denying her service simply because she was a cop. Pembroke Pines police officer Jennifer Martin, accused the clerk of refusing to accept her credit card when she ordered a meal on Tuesday at the restaurant a few miles northwest of Miami. She said the manager told her; “He doesn’t want to serve you because you are a police officer.” Martin was eventually served, but decided to return her food and was given a refund. The next day Pembroke Pines police chief Dan Giustino issued a press release saying he had called Arby’s to demand an apology. The clerk, Kenneth Davenport, told local media that the delay in serving Martin was a mix-up as he was busy …

    September 4, 2015 7:08 pm