Headline News

  • NY foster agencies to pay $17.5M to settle lawsuit by 8 who were fraudulently adopted, abused


    MIAMI –  Attorneys say three private New York foster care agencies will pay $17.5 million to settle a lawsuit by eight people who were fraudulently adopted by a woman and claimed they were repeatedly abused, starved and imprisoned in a “house of horrors.” The lawsuit was filed in 2009 in Brooklyn federal court on behalf of the children adopted by 67-year-old Judith Leekin over an 8-year period ending in 1996. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Leekin was sentenced in 2009 in Florida to 20 years in prison. She also was sentenced in New York to 11 years in federal prison for fraud. She was living in Florida with the children when the fraud finally was revealed in 2007. She adopted them in New York City and moved to Florida in 1998. Many of the children are now adults and living in Florida.

    August 29, 2014 12:41 pm
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Politics

  • California Senate approves bill requiring oil industry to detail water use


    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The California state Senate on Thursday unanimously approved a bill requiring oil companies to report how much water they use in their drilling operations and the water’s source, a move that comes amid a severe statewide drought. Oil well operators used more than 80 billion gallons of water in California last year in “enhanced” oil recovery techniques such as steam injection and water flooding, which help bring heavier, thicker crude to the surface. Water also comes to the surface during oil drilling, but it is unclear how much of that “produced water” is reused by the oil companies for new production because there are currently no reporting requirements, something the bill seeks to address. Oil drilling produced more than 130 billion gallons of water last year. “The public has the right to know about the oil industry’s use of limited fresh water supplies,” said Senator Fran Pavley, the bill’s author. Environmentalists …

    August 29, 2014 11:20 am
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Stocks

  • Tesla expands in China. Stock at all-time high


      Tesla shares hit an all-time high Friday after the electric carmaker announced plans to build 400 charging points in China. The company, which started selling its Model S in China earlier this year, said in an e-mailed statement to CNNMoney that it will build the stations at China Unicom retail outlets in 120 cities. It will also build 20 superchargers at China Unicom locations as well. Superchargers, as the name implies, allow for even quicker charges and tend to be near major highways. China Unicom is one of the largest telecom companies in China. Tesla already has a relationship with China Unicom — it provides the 3G in-car technology for Model S vehicles in China. The move is significant because it adds a lot of new chargers to its network. Tesla said that it already has more than 200 charging points in China. Tesla said that its customers in China will be able to …

    August 29, 2014 12:20 pm
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Sports

  • No. 4 Oklahoma looks to keep momentum of last season going in opener vs Louisiana Tech


    Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight answers a question during a news conference in Norman, Okla., Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. Some uncertainties have cleared up as No. 4 Oklahoma prepares to open the season Saturday against Louisiana Tech. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)The Associated Press NORMAN, Okla. –  Oklahoma finally gets a chance to live up to the hype. The Sooners have gotten tons of attention since beating Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. The opener Saturday at home against Louisiana Tech offers the fourth-ranked Sooners a chance to move to the next chapter. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Quarterback Trevor Knight has received plenty of attention for his MVP performance against Alabama, and the sophomore is ready to prove he can replicate that effort. He’ll be working with several talented, but inexperienced, players at the running back and receiver positions. Louisiana Tech went 4-8 last season in Skip Holtz’s first year, and he knows he’ll have a major challenge to start his …

    August 29, 2014 12:41 pm
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World News

  • Test Ebola drug ’100% effective’


    29 August 2014 Last updated at 18:00 By James Gallagher Health editor, BBC News website The only clinical trial data on the experimental Ebola drug ZMapp shows it is 100% effective in monkey studies, even in later stages of the infection. The researchers, publishing their data in Nature, said it was a “very important step forward”. Yet the limited supplies will not help the 20,000 people predicted to be infected during the outbreak in West Africa. And two out of seven people given the drug, have later died from the disease. ZMapp has been dubbed the “secret serum” as it is still in the experimental stages of drug development with, until now, no public data on effectiveness. Doctors have turned to it as there is no cure for Ebola, which has killed more than 1,500 people since it started in Guinea. Cocktail Researchers have been investigating different combinations of antibodies, a part of the immune …

    August 29, 2014 12:41 pm
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Technology

  • What to expect from IFA, Europe’s biggest and most eccentric tech show


    The red-wigged Miss IFA is the Berlin show’s mascot. IFA The eyes of the tech world will be on Berlin, Germany next week for IFA, the biggest European gadget show in existence. CNET will be there in force to cover all the cool new kit from Samsung, Sony, Nokia, Asus, Huawei, Acer and more. This year, we’ll be writing about all the latest smart-home developments too, with our crack CNET appliances team flying in from Kentucky to assist. What is IFA? IFA is an eclectic mix of the old and the new. The Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin (IFA) can trace its history all the way back to 1924, when it was started to showcase the latest developments in radio (“Funkausstellung” literally means “radio show”). Many important inventions have been demoed there over the years, from early cathode-ray-tube TVs to the very first cassette recorder from Philips in 1963. IFA’s Wikipedia entry features this chilling image of …

    August 29, 2014 11:20 am
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Science

  • NASA’s Spitzer Telescope Witnesses Asteroid Smashup


    [image-36][image-51] NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope has spotted an eruption of dust around a young star, possibly the result of a smashup between large asteroids. This type of collision can eventually lead to the formation of planets. Scientists had been regularly tracking the star, called NGC 2547-ID8, when it surged with a huge amount of fresh dust between August 2012 and January 2013. “We think two big asteroids crashed into each other, creating a huge cloud of grains the size of very fine sand, which are now smashing themselves into smithereens and slowly leaking away from the star,” said lead author and graduate student Huan Meng of the University of Arizona, Tucson. While dusty aftermaths of suspected asteroid collisions have been observed by Spitzer before, this is the first time scientists have collected data before and after a planetary system smashup. The viewing offers a glimpse into the violent process of making rocky planets like ours. …

    August 28, 2014 11:31 pm
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Health

  • Study Counters Critics of Plainer Cigarette Packaging


    FRIDAY, Aug. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Selling cigarettes in plain packages doesn’t increase the use of low-cost or illegal tobacco and doesn’t harm sales in small stores, according to new research from Australia. Those problems were predicted by the tobacco industry when it tried to prevent Australia from becoming the first country in the world to introduce plain packaging for tobacco products in 2012. Similar legislation is being considered in Ireland, New Zealand and the U.K. Researchers surveyed nearly 2,000 adult smokers in Australia before and after the plain-packaging rule was implemented. The results showed that the smokers continued to buy their tobacco from the same places, according to the study released online on Aug. 28 in the BMJ. Nearly two-thirds of smokers bought their tobacco from supermarkets in 2011 and 2013. The proportion of those who bought tobacco at small, independent stores rose from just over 9 percent in 2011 to just over …

    August 29, 2014 11:20 am
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Entertainment

  • Demi Lovato Praises Beyonce And Kim Kardashian For Their Fuller Figures


    Posted on Fri Aug 29th, 2014 10:59am PDT       By X17 Staff Demi Lovato has always been vocal about loving yourself no matter what your body type is, and on Thursday she chatted with Access Hollywood and revealed that she looks up to bootilicious babes Beyonce and Kim Kardashian! Demi was asked about the photo collage she recently posted of her dramatically different red carpet looks over the years, and she told the show: “The very first time that I ever went to the VMAs, I just looked so bony and fragile and unhappy. Yes, I was at the VMAs, and I was 16 and I was having an incredible time, but at the same time I was miserable. I look back at that and I think, ‘You know what? I may have been thinner, but I am so happy that I am healthy today and I have curves, which are a lot sexier than what I …

    August 29, 2014 1:01 pm
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Editorial

  • ISIS crisis: Will next terror attack on American soil come from a British jihadist?


      The threat of radical Islam, on display so brutally in the bloody beheading of American journalist James Foley, is a war of ideas – something politicians both in America and Great Britain don’t seem to understand. Our political leaders need to move from hand-wringing to action, starting with defending the ideals that have defended the Anglosphere up to now. Almost 80 years ago, approximately 4,000 young Englishmen left home to fight in the Spanish Civil War in what turned out to be a dress rehearsal for World War II. It was a conflict famous in Western history because of the relentless atrocities toward civilians. About 3,000 Americans joined them in the Abe Lincoln Brigades, and approximately 1,300 Canadians (of whom only 35 returned). ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The Anglosphere ideas of freedom and religious toleration – the four freedoms of Franklin Roosevelt – need to be proclaimed and defended in all our institutions on both sides …

    August 29, 2014 11:20 am
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Odd News

  • Singaporeans go barking mad over bid to silence dogs


    SINGAPORE (Reuters) – A suggestion by Singapore’s public housing authority that owners of noisy dogs consider “debarking” their pets to avoid inconveniencing neighbors, has raised animal lovers’ hackles in the city-state and prompted much ridicule on social media. The authority, the Housing and Development Board (HDB), recommended in a notice posted in a residential block that one option for dogs that will not keep quiet is to “debark” them. Debarking involves removing a section of a dog’s vocal cord to reduce the volume of its bark and is recommended as a solution of “last resort” to control noisy pets, according to Singapore’s Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority’s website. Animal welfare groups say the practice is cruel and unfair. “A dog also barks when it is in a stressed or anxious mode, and not hearing the dog does not mean the dog is in a stable state of mind,” said Action for Singapore Dogs in a Facebook …

    August 28, 2014 7:18 am
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