Headline News

  • Islamic State ‘beheads US hostage’


    3 September 2014 Last updated at 02:04 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Video highlights Islamic State’s tactics of asymmetric warfare An Islamic State video has appeared which purports to show the beheading of Steven Sotloff, a US journalist being held hostage by the militants. Mr Sotloff, 31, was abducted in Syria in 2013. He appeared at the end of a video last month which showed fellow US journalist James Foley being killed. A militant in the latest video also threatens to kill a British hostage. Mr Sotloff’s family said they were aware of the video and were “grieving privately”. After Mr Foley’s death, Mr Sotloff’s mother appealed to IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi to save her son’s life. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said US officials were checking the reports. The US has recently carried out dozens of air strikes against IS targets in Iraq. President Barack Obama has ordered the …

    September 2, 2014 8:14 pm
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Politics

  • GOP’s Favorite Wins Arizona House Primary


    By Abby Livingston Posted at 5:56 p.m. today 0 Tweet Kirkpatrick is an Arizona Democrat. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) Arizona state Speaker Andy Tobin will take on Democratic Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick after his closest GOP primary opponent conceded the race Tuesday. Tobin led rancher Gary Kiehne by less than 600 votes after the Aug. 26 primary, according to The Associated Press. The race remained too close to call a week later, when Kiehne stepped aside in a show of party unity. “This was a hard-fought and very close election that we fell just short of winning,” Kiehne said in a statement. “But that doesn’t take away from how proud and grateful I am to my supporters for everything they did to help our campaign.” Tobin led 36 percent to 35 percent for Kiehne. A third candidate, state Rep. Adam Kwasman, surpassed many GOP expectations by taking 29 percent of the vote. The Tobin victory offers …

    September 2, 2014 5:33 pm
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Stocks

  • 5 laps in a Ferrari, $500. Is it worth it?


      There are few things I enjoy more than driving a fast car. But even when it’s legal, speeding can be an expensive habit. While on assignment in Las Vegas, I spent a few hours at Dream Racing, about 40 minutes from the strip. For $500, I was able to rent a Ferrari F430 GT, and take five laps around the track. Dream Racing, led by former Formula One driver Enrico Bertaggia, has other options (Porsches, McLarens and BMWs), but two things steered me to the Ferarri: 1) The other cars are street legal. 2) I’m Italian. The 430 GT is powered by a V8 engine pumping out nearly 512 horsepower. It has more vents than I can count and weighs much less than the commercially available version. The modifications make it faster than any Ferrari you can buy at the dealership. The engine is optimized for air intake and the streamlined body is so …

    September 2, 2014 8:34 pm
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Sports

  • Bradley, Mahan and Simpson named as U.S. wildcards


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – United States captain Tom Watson, helped by a late “revelation”, opted for experience and form in choosing Keegan Bradley, Hunter Mahan and Webb Simpson as his wildcard picks for this month’s Ryder Cup against Europe. Watson announced Bradley, Mahan and Simpson, all of them former Ryder Cup players, as his three selections during a glitzy news conference at Studio 8H, the home of ‘Saturday Night Live’, at Rockefeller Plaza. The trio join automatic choices Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler, Jim Furyk, Jimmy Walker, Phil Mickelson, Matt Kuchar, Jordan Spieth, Patrick Reed and Zach Johnson on the 12-man American team. “There were several people in the mix for my three picks,” Watson said after the announcement. “Experience was a big factor. All three (wildcard) players have either an even record or a winning record playing in the Ryder Cup. “A lot of players are starting to play well from the American side and …

    September 2, 2014 8:15 pm
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World News

  • Walter Tull, the first black officer in the British army, to feature on £5 coin


    The first black officer in the British Army will be remembered on a special set of coins released by the Royal Mint as part of commemorations of the centenary of the first world war. Kent-born Walter Tull, who was promoted to officer rank during the war despite a ban on black officers, died in battle in 1918. Tull was also one of the first black footballers to play at the highest level in the UK, appearing for Tottenham before moving to Northampton Town, where he is commemorated with a statue. Campaigners, including the former Tottenham player Garth Crooks, petitioned the government last year to posthumously award Tull a Military Cross for his heroism. He fought on the Somme in 1916 and became the first black combat officer in the British army, despite a military rule excluding “negroes” from exercising actual command. Tull was cited for “gallantry and coolness” for leading his company of 26 men …

    September 2, 2014 8:14 pm
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Technology

  • UK entrepreneurs: we need better visas, better internet and a better ICO


    UK tech entrepreneurs are calling for tax breaks in return for volunteering to teach code, along with creating a legal framework for bitcoin and more investment for teachers grappling with the new computing curriculum – all part part of an ambitious tech manifesto launched on Wednesday. More than 150 entrepreneurs and investors have signed up to the non-partisan 24-point Startup Manifesto, which was published by the Coadec coalition that is sponsored by Google, TechHub, iHorizon and Intuit, and urges policymakers to prioritise investment in superfast internet connectivity, and make it easier for entrepreneurs to hire international talent, including streamlining visas for entrepreneurs and graduates. Written by Guy Levin, a former economic advisor to George Osborne, it also urges that laws and regulations need to be fit for purpose, including allocating more resources to the Information Commissioners’ Office which has struggled to keep up with regulatory challenges of consumer data protection in the internet era. The …

    September 2, 2014 5:33 pm
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Science

  • Ebola Now Poses a Threat to National Security in West Africa


    The Ebola virus outbreak entrenched in west Africa has become a real risk to the stability and security of society in the region, the top U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention official said today after returning yesterday from a visit there. Failure to tamp down Ebola’s spread is stressing the infrastructure of countries stricken with the disease that must still continue to provide basic health and security services and promote routine commercial activity. Fear of its spread is also hindering care for other maladies and may increasingly put the stability of neighboring nations at risk, said CDC director Tom Frieden in a press conference today. “It’s a problem for the world and the world needs to respond,” he said. The outbreak has spread from Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria to include Senegal. Fortunately, a separate smaller Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo does not appear to be related to the …

    September 2, 2014 5:54 pm
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Health

  • People with widespread pain more likely to develop insomnia


    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Older adults with pain for more than a day are more likely to report trouble sleeping years later, according to a new study. The risk of long-term sleep problems was even higher for people reporting widespread pain in the survey. It might not be just the pain that’s leading to insomnia, the researchers say. Instead, much of the connection could be explained by lifestyle changes that often happen due to persistent pain, said lead author Nicole K.Y. Tang of the University of Warwick in Coventry, U.K. “Although we know that people with chronic pain are more likely to report problems sleeping than people without any pain, we know very little about how the presence of pain leads to the development of insomnia,” said Tang. Tang and her team mailed questionnaires to all people age 50 or older registered with general medical practices in North Staffordshire, U.K. People with pain lasting …

    September 2, 2014 5:33 pm
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Entertainment

  • Melissa Rivers Confirms Mom Joan Rivers Is Still "On Life Support"


    Posted on Tue Sep 2nd, 2014 2:17pm PDT       By X17 Staff Melissa Rivers has just released a new statement about the condition of her famous mother, Joan Rivers. In the statement, the comedy legend’s daughter confirms that her 81-year-old mother, who has been in the hospital since Thursday, is indeed on life support at Mount Sinai Hospital in NYC. “On behalf of my mother and our family, we are extremely grateful for all the love and support we’ve received. At this time, she does remain on life support,” Melissa said in the statement. The 46-year-old added: “I know my mother would be overwhelmed by the continued outpouring of kindness, and I want to thank everyone for keeping us in their prayers.” The fiery Fashion Police host was having an outpatient surgery on her vocal cords on Thursday when she stopped breathing. Doctors placed the funny lady in a medically induced coma until Sunday, when they began …

    September 2, 2014 7:14 pm
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Editorial

  • ISIS vs US: Why doesn’t Obama understand we are already at war?


      Tuesday, news broke that the Islamic State had released a “Second Message to America” in the form of an Internet video in which it claimed it had brutally murdered another American journalist, Steven Sotloff. It’s almost impossible to put into words the horror of it. One can only hope that the people who sympathize with the Islamic State aren’t the only ones now motivated to do something. But recent events don’t offer much encouragement. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Most tellingly, Fox News’ James Rosen asked State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki the question uesday that many of us have had on our minds: “A lot of Americans are sitting at home and they see Americans who are not even combatants, but who are journalists, being beheaded by this group overseas. From a common sense point of view, the average American will say to himself, ‘This group is at war with us. Why does our president or our …

    September 2, 2014 5:33 pm
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Odd News

  • Florida-bound Delta flight diverted over reclining seat dispute


    (Reuters) – An argument over leg room and reclining seats forced a Florida-bound flight from New York to divert to a different airport late on Monday, the third such incident of a midair disruption caused by passengers in about a week. Delta Air Lines said that “out of an abundance of caution” the captain of Flight 2370 from New York La Guardia to West Palm Beach chose to land instead at the closest airport, Jacksonville, where local law enforcement removed one passenger. It did not elaborate on the “disruption,” but a witness told Jacksonville TV station WJXT TV-4 that an argument broke out during the flight between one woman who wanted to recline her seat and another in the row behind who wanted to sleep while resting on her tray table. The witness said one of the women became loud and abusive when a flight attendant was called. The aircraft later flew on to West …

    September 2, 2014 1:48 pm
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