• Ukraine MPs to ratify key EU deal

    Ukraine MPs to ratify key EU deal

    16 September 2014 Last updated at 04:44 Ukrainian businesses are hoping to benefit from the deal but expect initial difficulties Ukraine’s lawmakers are set to ratify a landmark EU association agreement – in proceedings simultaneous...
  • 4 million fewer uninsured as Obamacare kicks in

    4 million fewer uninsured as Obamacare kicks in

    The ranks of the uninsured plummeted in early 2014, as millions gained health insurance coverage through Obamacare, new government data released Tuesday found. There were 41 million Americans lacking coverage in early 2014, down from...
  • Halep latest to qualify for WTA Finals

    SINGAPORE (Reuters) – World number two Simona Halep has become the third player to book her place at the WTA Tour’s season ending Finals tournament in Singapore next month. The Romanian joins world number one...
  • NASA Announces 2014 Aeronautics Scholarship Recipients

    NASA has selected 20 students from across the nation to receive the agency’s Aeronautics Scholarship for the 2014-2015 school year. This scholarship program, which is in its seventh year, is designed to assist undergraduate and...
  • UN takes over CAR peace mission

    UN takes over CAR peace mission

    15 September 2014 Last updated at 20:34 The African Union troops already in CAR will start wearing blue helmets The UN is formally taking over peacekeeping operations in the Central African Republic (CAR), where about...
  • Notch doesn’t make Minecraft anymore

    Notch doesn’t make Minecraft anymore

    So much more than a video game. Microsoft This morning Australia woke up to the news that Microsoft has purchased Mojang for a “smooth $2.5 BILLION”, as Mojang called it in its press release. We...

Headline News

  • Boston bombing suspect’s lawyers deny posing as FBI employees in Russia


    April 19, 2013: This photo from the Federal Bureau of Investigation shows Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. (FBI) BOSTON –  Attorneys for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Monday denied as “false” and “preposterous” an allegation that defense team members posed as FBI employees while investigating the case in Russia. “Let us be clear: at no time have members of the defense team misrepresented themselves or lied about their work,” the defense attorneys said in a court filing. They also said trying to get information in a country where people are suspicious of appointed defense lawyers, the defense team already has a difficult job persuading potential witnesses it is working to protect Tsarnaev “rather than facilitating the U.S. government’s effort to execute him.” ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Tsarnaev, 21, has pleaded not guilty to participating with his now-deceased brother Tamerlan in the 2013 bombings that killed three people and injured about 260 others. He could face …

    September 15, 2014 11:12 pm
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Politics

  • Giffords Groups Airs Tough Ad Against Martha McSally


    By Abby Livingston Posted at 9 p.m. on Sept. 15 0 Tweet Barber is an Arizona Democrat. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call Photo) In one of the toughest ads yet of the cycle, former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ gun control group is up with a new spot connecting a House candidate’s policies to the actions of a murderous stalker. The ad will it air in Giffords’ former district around Tucson, where one of the country’s most competitive House races is taking place. Giffords’ group, Americans for Responsible Solutions, is supporting her former top aide, Democratic Rep. Ron Barber, in his rematch against Republican Martha McSally. In the spot, a tearful Tucson mother described explained how a rejected suitor shot her daughter and her husband. “He threatened her before,” the woman said in tears. “I knew, I just knew.” “Martha McSally opposes making it harder for stalkers to get a gun,” a female narrator added. The ad is …

    September 15, 2014 10:31 pm
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Stocks

  • 4 million fewer uninsured as Obamacare kicks in


    The ranks of the uninsured plummeted in early 2014, as millions gained health insurance coverage through Obamacare, new government data released Tuesday found. There were 41 million Americans lacking coverage in early 2014, down from 44.8 million last year, according to the National Health Interview Survey, the first official government look at the uninsured after Obamacare policies kicked in on January 1. The uninsured rate fell to 13.1%, from 14.4%. The survey, conducted by the Centers for Disease Control Prevention, interviewed more than 27,600 people from January through March and asked them their coverage status. It also detailed whether they have private policies or participate in government programs. While the report does not attribute the decline to Obamacare, it does show the health reform is meeting its prime directive — reducing the number of uninsured. Some 3.7 million respondents, or 1.4%, said they were covered by policies bought on the federal or state-based health insurance …

    September 15, 2014 11:31 pm
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Sports

  • Halep latest to qualify for WTA Finals


    SINGAPORE (Reuters) – World number two Simona Halep has become the third player to book her place at the WTA Tour’s season ending Finals tournament in Singapore next month. The Romanian joins world number one and U.S. Open champion Serena Williams and Russian Maria Sharapova in booking places at the $6.5 million event for the top eight women over the season. The 22-year-old has won the Qatar Open and her home Bucharest Open events this year to take her career tally to eight WTA titles and she also finished runner-up to Sharapova at the French Open. Halep, who started the year ranked 11th in the world, made the last four at Wimbledon but was knocked out in the third round at the U.S. Open last month. “It has always been a dream of mine to compete in the WTA Finals,” Halep said in a statement on Tuesday. “I’ve had great success this year, and I’m …

    September 15, 2014 11:11 pm
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World News

  • Ukraine MPs to ratify key EU deal


    16 September 2014 Last updated at 04:44 Ukrainian businesses are hoping to benefit from the deal but expect initial difficulties Ukraine’s lawmakers are set to ratify a landmark EU association agreement – in proceedings simultaneous with a session of the European Parliament. Both sides will start the procedure at 10:00 GMT, in what Ukraine’s president said would be a “historic” day. But the implementation of a free trade deal – part of the package – has been postponed until 2016, apparently under pressure from Russia. This comes as a fragile ceasefire largely holds in eastern Ukraine. There were reports of shelling around the government-held airport of Donetsk and other towns. Pro-Russian rebels have been engaged in heavy fighting with government forces in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions since April – a month after Russia annexed southern Crimea peninsula. Some 3,000 people have been killed over the past five months of conflict. Russia denies sending troops …

    September 15, 2014 11:32 pm
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Technology

  • Notch doesn’t make Minecraft anymore


    So much more than a video game. Microsoft This morning Australia woke up to the news that Microsoft has purchased Mojang for a “smooth $2.5 BILLION”, as Mojang called it in its press release. We expected it, of course, after last week’s build up, but the reality hit with a weight I didn’t expect. In the next room, I could hear my two kids, five and eight, awake and playing Minecraft. Not the video game itself, but their imaginative play version. Wielding their toy Minecraft diamond sword and pickaxe, I could hear them playing out a journey from the world of Stampy Cat to the world of the Minecraft Crew, their two favourite Minecraft YouTube channels. Over the weekend my kids spent a few hours playing the actual game. When they weren’t playing, they spent time before bed reading books learning about how to construct better buildings in Minecraft, and how to work with Redstone …

    September 15, 2014 10:31 pm
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Science

  • NASA Announces 2014 Aeronautics Scholarship Recipients


    NASA has selected 20 students from across the nation to receive the agency’s Aeronautics Scholarship for the 2014-2015 school year. This scholarship program, which is in its seventh year, is designed to assist undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in fields of study related to aeronautics. Recipients were selected from hundreds of applications to the program. “These students represent the future in aeronautics research,” said Jaiwon Shin, associate administrator for NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate in Washington. “Besides receiving NASA assistance to pay college costs, these students will work side-by-side with NASA scientists and engineers to help solve today’s most demanding air transportation system problems.” The students will have the opportunity to intern with NASA researchers and work on developing technologies to increase efficiency in air traffic management, reduce aircraft noise, fuel consumption and emissions, and improve air safety. This year’s recipients attend universities in Alabama, California, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, …

    September 15, 2014 10:51 pm
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Health

  • NY attorney general sues Actavis and Forest Labs over Alzheimer’s drug


    (Reuters) – The attorney general of New York filed a lawsuit against Actavis Plc and its subsidiary to stop the companies from discontinuing its Alzheimer’s drug, alleging that they were trying to maintain a monopoly position illegally. Eric Schneiderman, New York’s attorney general, alleges that Actavis and its subsidiary Forest Laboratories violated anti-trust and state laws. “Unfortunately, schemes to block competition, without considering the consequences to patients, are a growing trend in the health care industry. By standing up to Actavis, we’re sending a clear message to all pharmaceutical companies: Prioritizing profits over patients’ rights will not be tolerated,” Schneiderman said in a statement. Actavis did not immediately respond to a request for comment. In February, Forest Labs announced plans to withdraw its Alzheimer’s drug Namenda from the market, to focus on its new drug, Namenda XR, which is taken once instead of twice daily. Namenda, which is protected by a patent set to expire …

    September 15, 2014 10:31 pm
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Entertainment

  • Rosie O’Donnell shows off her 53-pound weight loss


    Rosie O’Donnell is a mom for the fifth time!  O’Donnell underwent vertical gastric sleeve surgery back in July 2013 and she said she believes she has lost about 53 pounds. “I’m not used to it yet,” she said of the weight loss, according to People. “I still buy the wrong-sized clothes.” O’Donnell once weighed 237 pounds, but said her heart attack back in 2012 was a wake-up call for losing the weight. It was also a night out at the movies that became a wake-up call for the actress. She recounted a story about chatting with some moviegoers who told her, “I hope this doesn’t insult you, honey, but you look a little like that Rosie O’Donnell.” “A lot of people who have never had weight issues their whole life would assume that losing weight and going from morbidly obese to being able to buy clothes off the rack would be only full of happiness …

    September 15, 2014 10:11 pm
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Editorial

  • Matt and Grace Huang held in Qatar: Why the silence from Obama, Kerry?


    In January 2013, an American couple working in Doha, Qatar lost their 8-year-old daughter to a sudden and fatal illness. The next day, Qatari officials arrested them. They were subsequently charged with murder.  During their trial, no evidence was brought to support the charge. The prosecution’s pathology report was roundly debunked. Then in March 2014, after a year in jail, they were sentenced to prison. According to Reuters, “The judge reading the verdict did not specify what offense the couple had been convicted of.” ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The couple, Matt and Grace Huang of Los Angeles, remains detained, forbidden to leave Qatar. They have been diagnosed with PTSD. In the 21st-century, the trial of Joseph K. is alive and well. The Obama administration’s support for the Huangs has been conspicuously paltry. Other than the State Department’s short press statement in July, not a word of support has been spared. The Huangs’ next hearing is set for …

    September 15, 2014 10:31 pm
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Odd News

  • Texas doctor poisoned lover’s coffee over obsession: prosecutor


    HOUSTON (Reuters) – A breast cancer physician charged with spiking her lover’s coffee with a compound used in antifreeze was obsessed with the man and even had a private investigator follow him, prosecutors said in opening statements at her trial on Monday. Dr. Ana Maria Gonzalez-Angulo, 43, is charged with aggravated assault of a family member, which also covers domestic violence in dating relationships, for allegedly spiking Dr. George Blumenschein’s coffee in January 2013. “This case is about a woman who had an attraction, which wound up with a rejection and it led to an absolute obsession with George Blumenschein,” Assistant Harris County District Attorney Justin Keiter said. Gonzalez-Angulo and Blumenschein, both oncologists with the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, had been in an affair for two years when she asked him to try a coffee blend during a rendezvous at her home, a criminal complaint said. She is accused of spiking the …

    September 15, 2014 10:51 pm
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