• Top Israeli spy Harari dies

    Top Israeli spy Harari dies

    22 September 2014 Last updated at 15:00 The Black September group was behind the infamous abduction and killings of Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympic Games in 1972 One of Israel’s best-known spies, who oversaw...
  • Murderer escapes from Texas prison

    HOUSTON (Reuters) – A murderer escaped from a state prison in Amarillo, Texas, early on Monday, scaling a fence and fleeing as a guard fired six shots at him, officials said. Marvin Garcia, 34, was...
  • Seeds tumble at Wuhan Open but Sharapova survives

    (Reuters) – Organizers of the WTA’s inaugural Wuhan Open, still reeling from last week’s retirement of the city’s tennis trailblazer Li Na, suffered the loss of further headline acts on Monday with the early exit...
  • Buying gold has never been this easy

    Buying gold has never been this easy

    Gold Brittania coins from the Royal Mint. Looking for a savings account with a difference? Now, you can use your pennies to buy gold. The British Royal Mint on Monday launched an online bullion trading...
  • UN plea over Turkey refugee crisis

    UN plea over Turkey refugee crisis

    22 September 2014 Last updated at 15:13 Thousands of Syrian refugees fleeing fighting have massed at the Turkish border The UN refugee agency says Turkey urgently needs help to care for 130,000 Syrian refugees who...
  • Amazon workers in Germany on strike

    Amazon workers in Germany on strike

    22 September 2014 Last updated at 15:19 Two-thousand workers at four Amazon warehouses in Germany have gone on strike until Tuesday in a dispute over pay and working conditions, according to the union Ver.di. The...

Headline News

  • Murderer escapes from Texas prison


    HOUSTON (Reuters) – A murderer escaped from a state prison in Amarillo, Texas, early on Monday, scaling a fence and fleeing as a guard fired six shots at him, officials said. Marvin Garcia, 34, was serving a 25-year sentence at the Neal Unit prison for a homicide committed in Harris County in 2008. He scaled the fence at 3:40 a.m. CDT, leaving his jacket and blood on the fence. It was not clear whether the blood was the result of the correction officer’s gunfire. “I can’t recall a specific escape at this facility,” said Jason Clark, director of public information at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Garcia has three identifying tattoos – a tear drop under his left eye, a beaded rope with a cross on his chest and a heart with flames on his arm. Clark said that there are multiple agencies, as well as tracker dogs, hunting for Garcia. Authorities do not …

    September 22, 2014 10:30 am
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Politics

  • Expect more votes from Congress on Syria


    Congressmen walk down the steps of the House of Representatives as they work overnight on a spending bill, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Feb. 18, 2011. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) As far as Congress is concerned, President Barack Obama’s Mideast war strategy isn’t in the clear yet. The president got what he wanted this past week when the House and Senate overwhelmingly approved arming and training moderate Syrian rebels to fight Islamic State militants. But the go-ahead is good for less than three months. And many lawmakers want a say over the rest of a plan featuring more than 1,600 U.S. military advisers in Iraq and airstrikes expanding into Syria. Congressional authorization for military action is “long overdue,” said Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, the No. 2 Senate Democrat and the most senior member of Congress to question Obama’s legal basis for intervening in the Middle East. “We are living on borrowed time, and …

    September 22, 2014 9:29 am
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Stocks

  • Buying gold has never been this easy


    Gold Brittania coins from the Royal Mint. Looking for a savings account with a difference? Now, you can use your pennies to buy gold. The British Royal Mint on Monday launched an online bullion trading service in a bid to attract investors to the precious metal. Gold, seen as a safe haven investment in times of turmoil, will now be as accessible to investors as a savings account, according to the Royal Mint. The Royal Mint’s website offers several kinds of coins which customers can buy within a few minutes. The flagship “Sovereign” is a 22-carat gold coin currently selling for just over $300. The Royal Mint says it will offer gold at the “best possible prices,” by selling coins at a moving spot rate based on live market rates. Related: Generation Xers are poorer than their parents It hopes to attract ordinary savers by making buying gold easily accessible. “We want to help expand …

    September 22, 2014 10:29 am
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Sports

  • Seeds tumble at Wuhan Open but Sharapova survives


    (Reuters) – Organizers of the WTA’s inaugural Wuhan Open, still reeling from last week’s retirement of the city’s tennis trailblazer Li Na, suffered the loss of further headline acts on Monday with the early exit of seeded players. Fifth seed Agnieszka Radwanska was ousted in three sets by Caroline Garcia of France, while ninth seed Ana Ivanovic and Dominika Cibulkova, seeded 12th, also exited after retiring from their opening matches at the $2.4 million hard court event. Germany’s Sabine Lisicki celebrated her birthday by ending the title hopes of 14th seed Lucie Safarova 7-5 2-6 6-3 while Australia’s Jarmila Gajdosova dumped out 15th seed Flavia Pennetta of Italy 6-1 6-4. Compounding the losses was the exit of home favorite Shuai Peng, who bowed out in straight sets to Germany’s Mona Barthel 6-2 7-6(1) in the Chinese right hander’s first match since being forced to retire in the semi-final of last month’s U.S. Open. French Open …

    September 22, 2014 10:29 am
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World News

  • Top Israeli spy Harari dies


    22 September 2014 Last updated at 15:00 The Black September group was behind the infamous abduction and killings of Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympic Games in 1972 One of Israel’s best-known spies, who oversaw a string of operations involving the assassination of Palestinian militants abroad, has died. Mike Harari, 87, orchestrated missions including the targeting of militants whom Israel held responsible for the massacre of its Olympics team in 1972. The Mossad agent also played a key role in the rescue, by Israeli commandos, of hostages at Entebbe, Uganda, in 1976. In 1998 he was indicted in Norway for a killing in a case of mistaken identity. It followed the shooting by suspected Mossad gunmen of a Moroccan waiter in the town of Lillehammer in 1973. The man was mistaken for one of the architects of the Olympics attack. The killing was part of Operation Wrath of God, in which militants from the Black …

    September 22, 2014 10:30 am
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Technology

  • Why is tech increasing the boardroom obsession with golf?


    As a steady, intense game, golf might not be the first sport most would associate with the high-speed game of Big Data analytics. But it was, in fact, one of the early adopters. Towards the end of the 90s, the PGA Tour team responsible for putting together the scores were relying on old tools: pen and paper. The scores would only be entirely apparent at the end of a round. Golf was still in the slow lane technologically and as a result the PGA Tour wasn’t meeting the needs of its broadcasting partners. But when it was time to revamp its system, and as businesses across the world were starting to realise the manifold benefits of collecting and analysing all kinds of data, the PGA Tour decided not only to have volunteers funnel through round stats so scoring switched to real-time, they would also hoover up all kinds of information to see what would come …

    September 22, 2014 9:29 am
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Science

  • Program predicts placement of chemical tags that control gene activity


    Biochemists working at the University of California, San Diego, have developed a program that predicts the placement of chemical marks that control the activity of genes based on sequences of DNA. They describe their analysis and report results from its application to human embryonic cells in a paper published in Nature Methods online September 21. “All of our cells have the same blueprint, the same DNA, although they serve separate functions,” said John Whitaker, lead author of the report. “Skin cells protect, nerve cells send signals, and these differences emerge because different subsets of genes are active or silent within particular kinds of cells.” These patterns of activity are controlled by modifications of the DNA that do not alter its sequence — chemical tags that influence which genes are read and which are skipped within a particular cell. By comparing sequences with and without epigenomic modification, the researchers identified DNA patterns associated with the changes. …

    September 22, 2014 5:47 am
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Health

  • E-Cigarettes Don’t Help Cancer Patients Quit Smoking: Study


    MONDAY, Sept. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) — New research raises doubts about the possible benefits of e-cigarettes for people with cancer. Smokers with cancer who used e-cigarettes along with traditional cigarettes were more dependent on nicotine than those who didn’t use the devices, a Memorial Sloan Kettering study found. These patients were also just as likely — or less likely — to have quit smoking than patients who didn’t use e-cigarettes. The study, published online Sept. 22 in Cancer, involved almost 1,100 cancer patients who smoked. Between 2012 and 2013, the patients were enrolled in a tobacco treatment program at a comprehensive cancer center. During that time, e-cigarette use jumped from nearly 11 percent to 38.5 percent — more than a threefold increase. When the study began, the patients who used e-cigarettes were more dependent on nicotine than those who didn’t use them. They also had tried to quit more times in the past and …

    September 22, 2014 9:29 am
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Entertainment

  • Sarah Silverman slams ring rumors, claims she won’t marry


    Sarah Silverman took liquid pot to the Emmy Awards The comedian took to Twitter on Sunday to blast engagement rumors and a tabloid story that insisted she was pressuring her beau into popping the question. Just read that I wanna get married which is hilarious b/c I will never get married. — Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) September 21, 2014 The actress continued her rant, saying she doesn’t want the government involved in her marriage and that these rumors really bug her. Why would I want the govt involved in my love life? Ew. It’s barbaric. — Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) September 21, 2014 That shit never bothers me b/c who cares but I feel like this one is bigoted. The Jew girl MUST want a RING! Yich — Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) September 21, 2014 So how did this rumor even start? Star magazine wrote a story in which it claimed Silverman really, really wanted a ring. The …

    September 22, 2014 11:10 am
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Editorial

Odd News

  • Armed with banana, man robs Philadelphia store, slips away on bike


    PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – A man armed with a banana robbed a convenience store in Philadelphia and rode away on a bicycle with cash and cigarettes, a security surveillance tape showed. The suspect strolled into Tejada Grocery and got in line behind another customer at the counter, where individual bananas were available for sale, according to the tape of Tuesday’s robbery, which was released by police on Wednesday. As his turn at the cash register approached, the man stuffed a banana into the pocket of his hoodie and used it to simulate a gun. Police said the man demanded cash and cigarettes. The robber rode then away on a bicycle, surveillance video showed. Authorities, who did not say how much cash was taken, said the suspect was still being sought on Thursday. (Editing by Barbara Goldberg)

    September 20, 2014 12:46 am
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