• Rodon, Eaton lead White Sox past Mariners, 4-2

    CHICAGO (AP) Carlos Rodon took a shutout into the seventh inning, Adam Eaton had three hits and scored three runs, and the Chicago White Sox beat the Seattle Mariners 4-2 on Thursday night. Jose Abreu...
  • Young goths ‘at risk of depression’

    Young goths ‘at risk of depression’

    Young people who identify as goths may be at increased risk of depression and self-harm, a study suggests. Researchers could not fully explain the link, but suggest a tendency for goths to distance themselves from...
  • Cole gets 15th win, Pirates top Marlins 2-1

    MIAMI (AP) Gerrit Cole snapped the longest winless drought of his career, Pedro Alvarez homered and the Pittsburgh Pirates held on to beat the Miami Marlins 2-1 on Thursday night. Catcher Francisco Cervelli tripled and...
  • Why we still love platform games

    Why we still love platform games

    It’s the genre that helped propel gaming into the mainstream: the platform game. Characters like Mario and Sonic jumped from one little ledge to another, picking up bonus points and building profits for the firms...
  • Will a Turkish border deal block IS recruits?

    Will a Turkish border deal block IS recruits?

    Image caption Many Western recruits to IS travel to Syria via Turkey Fifteen months after the jihadists of so-called “Islamic State” overran Mosul and announced their controversial “caliphate”, measures are in train that could seriously...

Headline News

  • ‘Powder keg’ employees a problem for HR even after they’re gone


    Angry employees like self-described “powder keg” Vester Lee Flanagan, the onetime TV reporter who killed two former co-workers on live television Wednesday, are able to move from job to job because old bosses are too leery of legal action to talk when called for a reference, according to experts. The 41-year-old Flanagan’s career was checkered with baseless complaints against co-workers, lawsuits alleging racism and incidents of bullying and belittling colleagues at WDBJ-7, in Roanoke, Va.. But as with many other problematic employees, his reputation did not always precede him as he built his resume. Employers who have rid themselves of a bad apple may see no benefit to sparing others of the same problem. “Employers are concerned about lawsuits,” said Susan Heathfield, a human resources consultant. “There has been a trend in recent years for employers to adopt policies that state that all information shared about a former employee must come from HR, and many …

    August 28, 2015 12:03 am
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Politics

  • Pentagon revises plan to beef up oversight of industry R&D


    WASHINGTON The Pentagon’s chief arms buyer announced on Thursday he was revising his plan to increase oversight of weapons makers’ internal research and development projects that could be billed as overhead, after sharp criticism from industry executives. Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, said he no longer planned to require companies to seek a “technical sponsor” before beginning an internal research program but would instead propose they be required to brief an appropriate defense official before and after such work. Ellen Lord, president of Textron Systems, a unit of Textron Inc and other key industry executives had challenged the proposed rule, arguing that micromanaging internal company investments would be counter-productive. “This should not constrain industry’s freedom in any way that current regulations and statute don’t already require, and it will have the benefit of ensuring more frequent and effective communication between industry and government,” Kendall said in prepared remarks for a …

    August 27, 2015 10:43 pm
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Stocks

  • Donald Trump: Tax the rich more


    Donald Trump is finally showing us more of his economic plan beyond the “Make America Great Again” slogan on his red hat. America has now learned: — He wants to tax the rich more and the middle class less. — He wants to lower corporate taxes. — He wants to cut government spending and stop raising the debt ceiling. “The hedge fund people make a lot of money and they pay very little tax,” Trump said in an interview Wednesday with Bloomberg. “I want to lower taxes for the middle class.” In short, Trump is willing to raise taxes on himself and those like him. Many hedge fund managers and real estate investors are able to list their earnings as “carried interest” because of an IRS tax rule. They are able to cast their earnings as investment gains instead of income, which allows them to be taxed at a lower rate. “You’ve seen my statements. …

    August 27, 2015 10:43 pm
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Sports

  • Rodon, Eaton lead White Sox past Mariners, 4-2


    CHICAGO (AP) Carlos Rodon took a shutout into the seventh inning, Adam Eaton had three hits and scored three runs, and the Chicago White Sox beat the Seattle Mariners 4-2 on Thursday night. Jose Abreu and Trayce Thompson had RBI doubles for Chicago, which wore throwback uniforms that debuted in 1976 and included white wide-collared untucked jerseys paired with navy blue pants and white socks. Thompson had two hits and Avisail Garcia added two RBIs for the White Sox, who had lost three of their previous four. Rodon (6-5) left after giving up a two-run homer to Franklin Gutierrez in the seventh inning. He was charged with both runs and three hits while striking out five and walking three in six-plus innings. He came in 1-1 with a 1.23 ERA during his previous three starts. After Rodon left, Mark Trumbo singled and Seth Smith doubled but Zach Duke struck out Brad Miller and Mike Zunino …

    August 28, 2015 12:03 am
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World News

  • Young goths ‘at risk of depression’


    Young people who identify as goths may be at increased risk of depression and self-harm, a study suggests. Researchers could not fully explain the link, but suggest a tendency for goths to distance themselves from society could play a part. They say though the vast majority of teenage goths will have no problems, an important minority may need extra support. The work appears in the journal Lancet Psychiatry. ‘Ostracised and isolated’ The goth movement – with its emphasis on black clothes, heavy black make-up and sometimes gloomy music with doom laden lyrics – has been attracting adolescents for many years. In this study, researchers looked at 3,694 15-year-olds based in Bristol. They found the more young people identified with the goth subculture, the higher their likelihood of self-harm and depression. Those who saw themselves as part of the goth group were already more likely to have shown signs of depression before the age of 15 …

    August 28, 2015 12:03 am
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Technology

  • Why we still love platform games


    It’s the genre that helped propel gaming into the mainstream: the platform game. Characters like Mario and Sonic jumped from one little ledge to another, picking up bonus points and building profits for the firms behind them. But in recent years, first-person shooter games and action adventure titles have taken over as top sellers. So is the platform a fading force? Newsbeat’s been finding out. Rex Crowle from Guilford-based games company Media Molecule is the man behind upcoming platform game Tearaway Unfolded. More related stories Oi, don’t forget about the gaming industry ‘Exciting time’ for PC gaming It’s based on a world made out of paper and his office is full to bursting with real-life models of some of its characters. So who better to talk to about gaming’s most iconic genre? “We created Little Big Planet so platforming is something that is in our blood. “It allows us to give players lots of little …

    August 27, 2015 11:03 pm
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Science

  • Pigments, organelles persist in fossil feathers


    Related images(click to enlarge) A study provides multiple lines of new evidence that pigments and the microbodies that produce them can remain evident in a dinosaur fossil. In the journal Scientific Reports, an international team of paleontologists correlates the distinct chemical signature of animal pigment with physical evidence of melanosome organelles in the fossilized feathers of Anchiornis huxleyi, a bird-like dinosaur that died about 150 million years ago in China. The idea that melanosomes, which produce melanin pigment, are preserved in fossils has been hotly debated among scientists during the last several years. Microscopic traces that to some scientists seem to resemble melanosomes, appear to skeptics to instead be similar-looking bacteria. The new study resolves the debate, said co-author Ryan Carney, a graduate student at Brown University, by adding a powerful second line of evidence: chemistry. “We have integrated structural and molecular evidence that demonstrates that melanosomes do persist in the fossil record,” said Carney, …

    August 27, 2015 10:03 pm
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Health

  • Bill to regulate e-cigarettes clears California legislative hurdle


    SACRAMENTO, Calif. The California State Senate on Thursday passed a bill to regulate electronic cigarettes as tobacco products, sending the measure to the Assembly where a similar bill died earlier this year. The measure was one of several anti-tobacco bills that advanced in the Senate on Thursday, including one to raise the legal age for buying cigarettes to 21 from 18. The e-cigarette regulations, introduced by State Senator Mark Leno, a Democrat from San Francisco, would ban use of the devices, also known as vapor cigarettes or vapes, in the workplace, at schools and other places where cigarettes already are forbidden, and would require that they be sold in child-resistant packaging. Sale of e-cigarettes to minors already is banned but the bill would require businesses wishing to sell them to obtain a license. E-cigarettes generally contain nicotine, drawn into the lungs after it is heated in a flavored liquid. The vapor also contains some formaldehyde …

    August 27, 2015 10:23 pm
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Entertainment

  • Report: Brad Pitt And Angelina Jolie Are House Hunting In London


    Posted on Thu Aug 27th, 2015 10:42am PDT       By X17 Staff Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are ready to take London by storm! “They’re house hunting in London,” a source told Us Weekly. “Angie wants to slowly immerse herself in E.U. politics.” The megastars toured a $39 million, seven-bedroom Westminster mansion in June, but have yet to put down an offer. The source says, “It’s a huge investment. Neither of them wants to throw down that amount of cash.” Angie has gotten very active in London. In late June, the Salt star went to a luncheon as part of her work on UK foreign policy and her ongoing campaign to end sexual violence in war crimes. While the duo are actively looking, the source insists there’s no rush to make the big move. Angelina isn’t interested in making, “a sudden career change,” adds the source. “She doesn’t want to lose her directing momentum.”   Stories from …

    August 27, 2015 11:43 pm
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Editorial

  • Inside the mind of Virginia gunman Vester Flanagan


    Vester Flanagan, the shooter who killed a WDBJ7 journalist and cameraman in Virginia on Wednesday, showed lots of signs that he was either an angry, disgruntled man with extreme prejudice toward whites or a psychotic man whose delusions were focused on perceived (but nonexistent) racial and gay smears directed at him. It may be that not enough was done to determine whether the latter — that Flanagan was severely mentally ill, not just thin-skinned, manipulative and hostile — might be true. In my 20-year career as an adult, adolescent and forensic psychiatrist I have evaluated many people whose paranoia (a psychotic delusion) focused either on the government besieging them or on an individual or group of individuals — including co-workers — plotting against them. When questioned, they may reveal that they also believe they are being followed by the CIA or that their employer has implanted listening devices inside their bodies. We may never know …

    August 27, 2015 9:23 pm
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Odd News

  • Two men hospitalized after jumping into canal at Venetian in Las Vegas


    Two men jumped into a canal at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas and, because they could not swim, had to be rescued and hospitalized, a spokesman for the hotel said on Thursday. The disturbance on Monday morning at the Venetian, which is located on the Las Vegas Strip and draws many tourists for its gondola rides inspired by the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy, was first reported on Thursday. The two men were caught on hotel surveillance cameras jumping over the fence that surrounds the hotel’s canal along Las Vegas Boulevard, hotel spokesman Keith Salwoski said in an email. “Apparently, the individuals were unable to swim and were pulled from the water,” he said. The two individuals were transported in critical condition by ambulance to University Medical Center in Las Vegas, said Clark County Fire Department deputy chief Jeff Buchanan. He could not share any details on their latest condition. It was unclear what …

    August 27, 2015 10:23 pm
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