Headline News

  • Rally in Ferguson held 3 weeks after Brown’s death; attendees say movement just beginning


    FERGUSON, Mo. –  A few hundred people are gathering again in Ferguson to remember Michael Brown and draw attention to what they say is just the beginning of a movement. Saturday’s rally is being held at West Florissant Avenue where it meets Canfield Drive, the street on which the unarmed black 18-year-old was shot and killed Aug. 9 by white Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT People are wearing shirts and carrying signs with slogans such as “hands up, don’t shoot,” and “we want justice.” St. Louis attorney Jerryl Christmas says the rally is meant to keep Brown’s death “in the forefront of America.” There is a muted police presence. Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson, who’s been in charge of security for more than two weeks, is posing for selfies with rally attendees.

    August 30, 2014 11:10 am
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Politics

  • Obama unloads on Republicans, sees ‘cynical genius’


    NEWPORT R.I. (Reuters) – Obama, raising money for Democratic candidates as Republicans aim to take over the Senate in the fall, on Friday blamed some Republicans for a calculated effort to undermine faith in government by opposing policy compromises. “There has been a certain cynical genius to what some of these folks have done,” Obama said at the second of three fundraisers he attended. “What they’ve realized is, if we don’t get anything done, then people are going to get cynical about government and its possibilities of doing good for everybody,” he said in Purchase, New York. ”And since they don’t believe in government, that’s a pretty good thing.”  Many polls show Republicans regaining control of the Senate in November’s elections. That would give them control of both houses of Congress, making it harder for the president to move forward on his agenda in the remaining two years of his presidency. Republican opposition has blocked the …

    August 30, 2014 7:48 am
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Stocks

  • Struggling Angry Birds maker dumping CEO


    The maker of the Angry Birds video game is replacing its CEO. The maker of the Angry Birds mobile video game is dumping its CEO as the company struggles with increased competition and difficulties in changing its business model. Rovio Entertainment, the Finnish video game maker, announced that CEO Mikael Hed will “pass the hoodie” in January to former Nokia (NOK) executive Pekka Rantala, a reference to the typical clothing worn in the company’s offices. The company is shifting its business from a pay-to-play, in which players buy the video game, to a free-to-play model. It now gets about half its revenue from licensing Angry Birds images for toys, clothing and other novelty items. But while revenue has held up, profit in 2013 fell by more than 50%. Rovio has had trouble with its plans to charge users for purchases made in the games. Competitors such as King Digital Entertainment (KING), maker of the Candy …

    August 30, 2014 8:49 am
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Sports

  • Tennessee relying on youth as it attempts to spoil Utah State QB Chuckie Keeton’s comeback


    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. –  Tennessee coach Butch Jones understands his team will endure plenty of growing pains. He just hopes the Volunteers’ newcomers don’t start their careers by taking a punch in the gut from Utah State, a program certainly capable of providing that kind of blow. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Utah State is one of only nine Football Bowl Subdivision programs to win 20 games and earn two bowl victories over the last two years. The return of star quarterback Chuckie Keeton from a knee injury that sidelined him for the final eight games of the 2013 season should give the Aggies even more confidence heading into Sunday’s game at Neyland Stadium. “He’s one of the most dynamic quarterbacks in the country, and he’ll play on Sundays,” Jones said. “Everything is about impacting and containing the quarterback. But let’s make one thing clear. It’s not just Chuckie Keeton. There’s a reason why they’ve won the amount of …

    August 30, 2014 11:10 am
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World News

  • John Kerry says ‘airstrikes alone’ will not defeat ‘genocidal’ Isis militants


    US Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday called for “a world coalition” to defeat the Islamic State (Isis) militant group which has seized control of large parts of Iraq and Syria and was cited by the British prime minister, David Cameron, when he raised the UK’s terror threat level to “severe” on Friday. In an op-ed for the New York Times that was released online on Friday night and in print on Saturday, Kerry wrote: “In a polarised region and a complicated world, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria presents a unifying threat to a broad array of countries, including the United States. What’s needed to confront its nihilistic vision and genocidal agenda is a global coalition using political, humanitarian, economic, law enforcement and intelligence tools to support military force.” Kerry’s call was foreshadowed this week by briefings to the press about moves by the US to seek such a global effort. Also …

    August 30, 2014 11:10 am
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Technology

  • In paralysis, finding freedom via brain-wave tech


    Eric Valor, 45, at his home in Aptos, Calif. He uses an eye-tracking camera to help him communicate and a sensor taped to his cheek to alert an attendant. James Martin/CNET All of a sudden, Eric Valor struggled to surf. His left foot started dragging while he tried to pop up on his board, causing more wipeouts than normal for the avid wave rider. What started as a visit to the foot doctor resulted in an eventual diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, an incurable neurodegenerative condition with few known causes that bit by bit takes away a person’s ability to control muscle movements and leads to death. Valor out surfing, once a regular hobby along with snowboarding and scuba diving. Courtesy of Eric Valor “The gravity of that day,” he said of when he was diagnosed, “of the terrifying fear, volcanic anger, the inconsolable sorrow for the loss …

    August 30, 2014 7:48 am
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Science

  • Watching the structure of glass under pressure


    Related images(click to enlarge) Glass has many applications that call for different properties, such as resistance to thermal shock or to chemically harsh environments. Glassmakers commonly use additives such as boron oxide to tweak these properties by changing the atomic structure of glass. Now researchers at the University of California, Davis, have for the first time captured atoms in borosilicate glass flipping from one structure to another as it is placed under high pressure. The findings may have implications for understanding how glasses and similar “amorphous” materials respond at the atomic scale under stress, said Sabyasachi Sen, professor of materials science at UC Davis. Sen is senior author on a paper describing the work published Aug. 29 in the journal Science. Boron oxide is often added to glass to control a range of properties, including chemical durability, flow resistance, optical transparency and thermal expansion. Material scientists know that the structure around the boron atoms in …

    August 30, 2014 8:08 am
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Health

  • Liberia adds new Ebola centers as tries to contain virus outbreak


    DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Liberia is building five new Ebola treatment centers each with capacity for 100 beds as it struggles to contain the spread of world’s biggest outbreak of the deadly disease, government and health officials said on Saturday. The hemorrhagic fever has killed more than 1,500 people and infected over 3,000 in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Nigeria and Senegal since March and there is currently no widely available vaccine or cure but early treatment can save lives. World Health Organisation (WHO) spokesman Francis Kasolo said Liberia was the worst hit country in west Africa, with nearly 700 deaths among about 1,500 cases, and increasing the number of beds in coming weeks would ease the pressure in the country’s congested hospitals. Ebola, which is passed between humans by contact with infected tissues and fluids, has put severe strain on west African health systems, which were already weak due to poverty, corruption and years …

    August 30, 2014 7:48 am
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Entertainment

  • Khloé Kardashian is helping Rob lose 50 pounds


    Kim K finally opens up about her wedding fight with Rob  So it looks like the Kardashian son is doing something about it. A source told E! News that Kardashian is bothered by his weight and is attending therapy and getting rid of unhealthy foods in his life. “He hates being big, but he gained all that weight from being depressed,” the source said. “He wants to lose over 50 pounds.” Kardashian is fighting the weight by moving in with sister Khloé Kardashian and having a goal with her to work out and stay healthy. “He’s also planning to attend more events and look into new business ventures,” the source added, but said, “He’s taking it slow [and] feeling great.” Rob and Khloé may be the perfect motivation for each other. They have both have struggled with their looks — especially in the public eye — in the past. Going through it together may actually …

    August 30, 2014 9:29 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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