Headline News

  • U.S. to funnel travelers from Ebola-hit region through five airports


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – The United States ratcheted up its safeguards against Ebola on Tuesday, requiring travelers from three countries at the center of an epidemic in West Africa to fly into one of five major airports conducting enhanced screening for the virus. The restrictions on passengers whose trips originated in Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea were announced by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and were set to go into effect on Wednesday. The precautions stop well short of the travel ban sought by some U.S. lawmakers to prevent further Ebola cases in the United States. Affected travelers will have their temperatures checked for signs of a fever that may indicate Ebola infection, among other protocols, at New York’s John F. Kennedy, New Jersey’s Newark, Washington Dulles, Atlanta, and Chicago’s O’Hare international airports, officials said. “We are working closely with the airlines to implement these restrictions with minimal travel disruption,” Homeland Security Secretary Jeh …

    October 21, 2014 6:33 pm
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Politics

  • U.S. House panel seeks NHTSA briefing on Takata air bag defects


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee has asked a federal regulator to provide a briefing on its investigation into automobile air bags manufactured by Takata Corp., a committee aide said on Tuesday. The aide also said that committee staffers plan to meet with auto manufacturers “to discuss supplier issues.” Some of Takata air bags have deployed with too much force, spraying metal shrapnel onto drivers and resulting in severe injuries and some deaths. The committee wants to hear directly from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration about its probe into Takata, the aide said. (Reporting By Richard Cowan; Editing by Sandra Maler)

    October 21, 2014 3:26 pm
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Stocks

  • Yahoo profit soars following the Alibaba IPO


    Yahoo can’t hide behind Alibaba anymore. The Web giant’s profit soared in the third quarter, after earning $6.3 billion from selling part of its stake in Alibaba (BABA, Tech30), the Chinese e-commerce giant. Alibaba debuted last month on the New York Stock Exchange in the largest IPO in Wall Street history. Yahoo, whose stock had been buoyed by the pre-IPO hype, has already committed to returning at least half of that money to shareholders. Yet the company’s core advertising business has been unimpressive in recent years, putting pressure on CEO Marissa Mayer to prove that Yahoo can be more than just an Alibaba proxy for investors. A manager of the activist hedge fund Starboard Value recently called for the company to merge with AOL (AOL, Tech30). On Tuesday, Yahoo might have shown just enough to keep investors at bay — at least for three more months. Yahoo’s third-quarter earnings — excluding the benefits of the …

    October 21, 2014 6:32 pm
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Sports

  • Peyton Manning, Broncos are still No. 1 in AP Pro32 rankings


    Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) leaves the field after an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in Denver. The Broncos won 42-17. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney) (The Associated Press) Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning leaves the field after an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in Denver. Manning broke Brett Favre’s record for touchdown passes with his 509th. The Broncos won 42-17. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney) (The Associated Press) Denver Broncos fans hold a 510 sign after Peyton Manning threw his 510th career touchdown pass during the second half of an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (The Associated Press) Denver Broncos running back Ronnie Hillman celebrates his touchdown run against the San Francisco 49ers during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney) (The Associated Press) NEW …

    October 21, 2014 6:32 pm
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World News

  • North Korea frees detained US man


    21 October 2014 Last updated at 18:59 Mr Fowle was reported to have left a Bible in the toilet of a restaurant Jeffrey Fowle, one of three US citizens detained in North Korea, has been released, US officials say. State department spokeswoman Marie Harf confirmed that Mr Fowle was on his way home on Tuesday following negotiations. She said the US was working to secure the release of two other US nationals, Matthew Miller and Kenneth Bae, who remain in detention in North Korea. The US has accused North Korea of using the detained Americans as pawns in a diplomatic game. Mr Fowle, 56, entered North Korea on 29 April and was detained in early June as he was leaving the country. He was charged with “anti-state” crimes. He was reported to have left a Bible in the toilet of a restaurant in the northern port city of Chongjin but his family have insisted that …

    October 21, 2014 6:33 pm
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Technology

  • Verizon misses Q3 expectations as it shirks off rival promotional offers


    Verizon was able to keep its customer growth engine humming even as it narrowly missed earnings expectations for the third quarter. Verizon The nation’s largest wireless carrier by subscriber base posted earnings of 89 cents a share and revenue of $31.59 billion, compared with Wall Street’s average forecast of 90 cents a share and $31.58 billion. Shares of the New York-based company rose 0.4 percent to $48.69 in premarket trading Tuesday. Verizon continues to grow despire increased competitive activity in the wireless industry, most notably aggressive offers by smaller rivals Sprint and T-Mobile. The carriers are engaged in a quasi-price war, offering up more data rather than cutting prices. The result has been better deals for consumers, and more scrambling by the carriers to keep up with each other. Verizon hasn’t been completely immune, and this month announced a program to double the amount of data available to higher-end shared family plans in reaction to …

    October 21, 2014 7:12 am
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Science

  • Predatory Fish Have Declined by Two Thirds in the Last Century


    The removal of top predators has been called “humankind’s most pervasive influence on nature,” and it is as detrimental in the sea as it is on land. Consumers prefer predatory fish like grouper, tuna, swordfish and sharks to species lower on the food chain such as anchovies and sardines, providing strong incentives for fishermen to catch the bigger fish. Going after the more valuable predators first, fishing them until there aren’t enough left to support a fishery and then moving on to species lower in the food chain, a pattern sometimes observed in global fisheries, has been called “fishing down the food web.” New research (pdf) by the team that coined the term attempts to determine how severely predatory fish populations have declined worldwide since the start of industrial fishing. Scientists analyzed more than 200 published food-web (interacting food chains) models from all over the world, which included more than 3,000 ocean species. Their results …

    October 21, 2014 3:47 pm
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Health

  • Analysts see U.S. approval of Novo Nordisk’s obesity drug by year-end


    COPENHAGEN (Reuters) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is likely to approve Novo Nordisk’s new drug to treat obesity this year, analysts said after wide expectations of an FDA decision late on Monday were not met. Danish drugmaker Novo Nordisk applied for approval for liragludtide, under the name of Saxenda, on Dec. 20 last year. Monday, exactly 10 months after the filing, was seen by analysts as a deadline for a decision from FDA about approval.[ID:nWEB00G4Y] FDA has set a goal to process applications for approvals within 10 months but there are examples when they spend more than that on applications. “We feel sure they are working on it and expect to hear from them when they have finished their work,” head of communications Mike Rulis from Novo Nordisk said. Analysts from brokerage firm Citi have estimated peak sales of Saxenda at around $1.5 billion and they see an approval coming. Nordea and Sydbank …

    October 21, 2014 7:12 am
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Entertainment

  • Taylor Swift Needs to Shake Off This Style


    Posted on Tue Oct 21st, 2014 1:30pm PDT       By X17 Staff This is the sexy boy scout look done horribly wrong! Taylor Swift touched down in L.A. this morning after a long flight from Australia, and we’re not sure what was going through the singer’s head when she decided to pair green knee socks with khaki shorts and a button down. Fashion fail! The Grammy winner has such fabulous legs that it wasn’t a complete disaster, but she might want to consider looking in the mirror before leaving the house next time! The songstress recently opened up to Esquire about the pitfalls of fame and the danger of being a public figure. “I fought the idea of having security for a very long time, because I really value normalcy. I really do. I like to be able to take a drive by myself. Haven’t done that in six years. They have to be in a car …

    October 21, 2014 5:09 pm
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Editorial

  • Dear 2014 baseball season


    FILE — Pete Rose, former Cincinnati Reds manager and baseball player. (AP) Dear 2014 Baseball Season, Thank you for reminding everyone of what I was born knowing, Baseball is the greatest game there is. It is the closest thing to perfect that we will ever see. Thank you to everyone who put hustle and hard work into this season. Every player, coach, and scout- from the minors on up. Everyone who sold Cracker Jacks, everyone who pulled out a tarp during a rain delay, every fan, player, umpire and clubhouse attendant- Thank you, your work produced a very special season. I also want to say, congratulations to not just our Captain, but to everyone who is retiring at the end of this year. Thank you for making our game better. We lose 22 U.S. veterans per day to suicide in this country. This is unacceptable. Fans, this is the injustice we need to fix. I love …

    October 21, 2014 3:26 pm
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Odd News

  • San Francisco stations banish ‘Royals’ song ahead of World Series


    (Reuters) – At least two Northern California radio stations have pledged not to play New Zealand artist Lorde’s song “Royals,” in solidarity with the San Francisco Giants during their World Series matchup with the Kansas City Royals. The decision by San Francisco stations KOIT and KFOG to drop the song, which has nothing to do with the baseball team, comes as the Giants and Royals prepare to play Game One of the championship series on Tuesday. In response, Kansas City station KZPT said it would play the song every hour on Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. KZPT said it was a sister station of KOIT. “They’re our sister station, and as the old saying goes: ‘You can pick your friends but you can’t necessarily pick your family,’ and if they don’t play it, then we will,” KZPT programming director Tony Lorino said in a phone interview. Last week, KOIT posted a small image …

    October 20, 2014 7:16 pm
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