• Russia urges Ukraine ceasefire talks

    Russia urges Ukraine ceasefire talks

    1 September 2014 Last updated at 08:02 Pro-Russian rebels have been gaining ground on Ukrainian forces in recent days An “immediate ceasefire” in Ukraine must be the priority for key negotiations taking place on Monday,...
  • Adam Levine has baby fever and wants them ASAP

    The Maroon 5 front man called in to Ryan Seacrest’s KIIS FM radio show on Friday, Aug. 29, and revealed that he has babies on the brain. Yes, that’s right, Levine wants to have children...
  • Big protests are coming to Hong Kong’s financial district

    Big protests are coming to Hong Kong’s financial district

    Thousands of protesters gathered outside Hong Kong’s government offices on Sunday. The stage has been set for major pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong’s financial district following a decision by Beijing to restrict voting reforms in...
  • Federer to return to Brisbane to start 2015 season

    MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Roger Federer will return to the Brisbane International next January to start his 2015 season and warm up for the year’s first grand slam at the Australian Open, organizers said on Monday....
  • India unveils new village toilets

    India unveils new village toilets

    1 September 2014 Last updated at 05:07 Almost half of all Indians do not have access to a toilet at home An Indian charity has unveiled 108 new lavatories in a village which gained notoriety...
  • 5 killed in plane crash north of Denver

    5 killed in plane crash north of Denver

    Aug 31, 2014: Police and firefighters work on the scene where three people were killed and two others injured after an airplane crashed in a field northwest of the main runway at Erie Municipal Airport...

Headline News

  • California high school retires controversial Arab mascot


    THERMAL, Calif. –  A Southern California high school has retired a controversial Arab mascot. The bearded, snarling mascot with a large hooked nose who wears a head scarf did not appear at Coachella Valley High School’s season opening football game on Friday. A belly-dancing genie that often appears with the mascot during halftime was also retired. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The Desert Sun reports (http://desert.sn/1B2qPVZ ) the change was among the steps the Coachella Valley Unified School District is taking to give the mascot a makeover. The Arab mascot has existed since the 1920s to recognize the desert region’s reliance on date farming, a traditionally Middle Eastern crop. Over the years, the mascot evolved from a turban-wearing horseman carrying a lance to a standing figure with a scowl and a traditional head covering. It came under fire last November when the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee sent a letter to the school district complaining that the mascot was stereotypical. …

    September 1, 2014 2:15 am
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Politics

  • U.S., foreign fighters in Syria pose ‘very serious threat’ to U.S.: lawmaker


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Hundreds of U.S., British and Canadian citizens who have trained with Islamic State fighters trying to carve out their own state in Iraq and Syria pose a “very serious threat” to the United States, a top Republican lawmaker said Sunday. Representative Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, urged the Obama administration to aggressively prosecute U.S. citizens who had trained overseas as it weighed options for how to respond to escalating violence by Islamic State militants in Iraq. He said an attack on the Jewish museum in Brussels in May had shown a new push by extremist groups to carry out attacks on Western targets, and growing efforts to recruit backers on social media. “I’m very concerned because we don’t know every single person who has gone and trained and learned how to fight,” Rogers told “Fox News Sunday.” The United States carried out three air strikes on Saturday against Islamic …

    September 1, 2014 12:34 am
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Stocks

  • Big protests are coming to Hong Kong’s financial district


    Thousands of protesters gathered outside Hong Kong’s government offices on Sunday. The stage has been set for major pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong’s financial district following a decision by Beijing to restrict voting reforms in the city of seven million. The ruling, announced Sunday by the National People’s Congress Standing Committee, will limit candidates for the city’s highest office to two or three nominees who must “love the country, and love Hong Kong.” The decision largely ignored the demands of pro-democracy groups that have staged several sizable protests in recent months calling for free and direct elections in the former British colony. Factions of the pro-democracy movement now say they will stage mass civil disobedience actions across the city and target the financial district that is one of Asia’s key business hubs. The activists accuse China of reneging on its “one country, two systems” pledge that was a condition of Hong Kong’s return in 1997. …

    September 1, 2014 1:34 am
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Sports

  • Kahne wins at Atlanta, Stewart crashes and finishes 41st


    Hampton, GA (SportsNetwork.com) – Kasey Kahne clinched a spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship by winning Sunday night’s Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, while Tony Stewart wrecked at the halfway point and finished 41st in his return to racing. In a long race that featured two green-white-checkered finish attempts, Kahne passed Matt Kenseth for the lead just before they crossed the line to complete the penultimate lap. He held off Kenseth at the finish by 0.6 seconds for his first win of the 2014 Sprint Cup Series season. Kahne first took the lead on lap 303 when he moved ahead of Denny Hamlin after a restart. Kahne had built a sizeable lead and appeared to be on his way to an easy victory, but Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. collided between turns 1 and 2 in the closing laps, with Truex hitting the wall. It forced the ninth caution …

    September 1, 2014 2:15 am
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World News

  • Russia urges Ukraine ceasefire talks


    1 September 2014 Last updated at 08:02 Pro-Russian rebels have been gaining ground on Ukrainian forces in recent days An “immediate ceasefire” in Ukraine must be the priority for key negotiations taking place on Monday, Russia’s foreign minister has said. Ukrainian troops “must leave positions from which they can harm the civilian population”, Sergei Lavrov said. Ukrainian and Russian officials are due to hold talks with separatist rebels and international monitors in the Belarusian capital, Minsk. Some 2,600 people have died in eastern Ukraine since fighting began in April. The conflict broke out after Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s southern Crimea peninsula in March. Last week’s first direct talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart, Petro Poroshenko, did not lead to any major breakthrough. The separatists have been gaining ground on Ukrainian forces in recent days, in both the Luhansk and Donetsk regions, and further south around the port of Mariupol. Residents in …

    September 1, 2014 2:15 am
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Technology

Science

  • Antarctic sea-level rising faster than global rate


    Related images(click to enlarge) A new study of satellite data from the last 19 years reveals that fresh water from melting glaciers has caused the sea-level around the coast of Antarctica to rise by 2cm more than the global average of 6cm. Researchers at the University of Southampton detected the rapid rise in sea-level by studying satellite scans of a region that spans more than a million square kilometres. The melting of the Antarctic ice sheet and the thinning of floating ice shelves has contributed an excess of around 350 gigatonnes of freshwater to the surrounding ocean. This has led to a reduction in the salinity of the surrounding oceans that has been corroborated by ship-based studies of the water. “Freshwater is less dense than salt water and so in regions where an excess of freshwater has accumulated we expect a localised rise in sea level,” says Craig Rye, lead author of the paper that …

    September 1, 2014 12:54 am
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Health

  • Study raises concerns over Servier, Amgen heart drug


    BARCELONA (Reuters) – A major clinical study has raised concerns about a drug from private French company Servier that helps lower the heart rate and which was licensed to U.S. group Amgen last year. Ivabradine is not currently approved in the United States but it is sold in Europe for treating stable angina, or chest pain due to obstruction of heart arteries, and for heart failure, when the heart fails to pump blood effectively. Although lowering the heart rate is seen as good for both conditions, a 19,000-patient study presented on Sunday at the European Society of Cardiology congress found a large group of patients with severe activity-limiting angina did worse on the drug. The SIGNIFY trial had been designed to show that adding ivabradine to standard therapy would be beneficial. The negative result in the sub-group of 12,000 patients with severe angina meant it failed. The increase in the combined risk of cardiovascular death …

    September 1, 2014 12:34 am
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Entertainment

  • Adam Levine has baby fever and wants them ASAP


    The Maroon 5 front man called in to Ryan Seacrest’s KIIS FM radio show on Friday, Aug. 29, and revealed that he has babies on the brain. Yes, that’s right, Levine wants to have children with his new wife. PHOTO: Adam Levine and wife post first honeymoon selfie Levine and Prinsloo wed in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, so what does the “It Was Always You” hit maker think about becoming a husband? “I think it does change, but in a great way,” Levine confessed of his relationship. “You feel like a man or something, it’s weird. “The relationship doesn’t change, but you feel slightly more masculine,” he added. “I feel like from a man’s perspective … at the end of the day, if you’re with the right person, the guy is supposed to feel like, I think, a little bit more of a man.” Adam Levine’s wife Behati Prinsloo has babies on the brain But …

    September 1, 2014 2:15 am
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Editorial

  • David Cameron stands up to Islamists: A lesson for Barack Obama


      The contrast between Friday’s press conference in London by British Prime Minister David Cameron and Thursday’s White House remarks by President Obama could not have been starker. Mr. Cameron delivered a robust assessment of the scale of the Islamist threat to Great Britain and to the free world.  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT He told journalists assembled at Downing Street that “what we are facing in Iraq now with ISIL (Islamic State) is a greater threat to our security than we have seen before.”  While David Cameron appeared self-assured and determined in his approach, Barack Obama came across as a deer in the headlights, unable to outline a coherent U.S. response to a rapidly growing crisis in the Middle East. He made it clear that ISIS must not be allowed to establish an Islamist caliphate in Iraq. If they succeeded, “we would be facing a terrorist state on the shores of the Mediterranean and bordering a NATO …

    August 30, 2014 3:41 am
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Odd News

  • Arizona man arrested for burning, urinating on Bible


    PHOENIX (Reuters) – A 22-year-old Arizona man calling himself “Dark Lord” has been arrested for allegedly burning a Bible and urinating on it outside a Christian-oriented homeless shelter in northern Arizona, police said on Friday. Eric Minerault was booked into the Yavapai County Detention Center late on Thursday on suspicion of one count of unlawful symbol burning stemming from the incident at the Gospel Rescue Mission, Prescott police spokesman Lieutenant Ken Morley said in a written statement. Police were called to the scene at about 9 p.m. by a mission representative reporting that someone was burning something on the mission’s front steps, Morley said. Officers found Minerault standing on the steps, with a burned and wet Bible on the ground near him. He quickly admitted to the act.  He told officers the mission was selected because he believed it was a place of Christian worship and he was “cursing the Christians,” police said. Asked why, …

    August 29, 2014 7:53 pm
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