Headline News

  • Ronald Singleton case: NYPD under scrutiny for 2nd restraint-related death


    July 31, 2014: New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, center, is seated between New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton, left, and the Rev. Al Sharpton, during a roundtable discussion convened to ease tensions over the July 17 police-involved death of Eric Garner.AP/New York City Mayoral Photograph NEW YORK –  The New York Police Department said Friday it’s under investigation for a second restraint-related death, this one involving a drugged, emotionally disturbed man four days before a fatal videotaped chokehold that fueled community outcry and led the department to overhaul its use-of-force training. The medical examiner’s office cited “physical restrain by police” as a factor in the July 13 death of Ronald Singleton, who went into cardiac arrest in an ambulance and died on the way to a hospital. It ruled his death a homicide. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The police department is cooperating with the Manhattan district attorney’s office, which is leading the investigation into Singleton’s …

    August 30, 2014 5:03 am
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Politics

  • California passes plastic bag ban, would be first such law in U.S


    SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) – The California state legislature enacted a ban on plastic grocery bags on Friday near the end of its two-year session, a measure that if signed into law would become the first of its kind in America. A number of cities and counties in California and other U.S. states, including Hawaii’s Maui County, have made it illegal for grocery stores to pack purchases in plastic. But at the state level, opposition from plastic bag makers has usually prevailed. The California Senate voted 22-15 for the bill, which must be signed into law by Sept. 30 by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, who has not signaled a position on the measure. “Single-use plastic bags not only litter our beaches, but also our mountains, our deserts, and our rivers, streams and lakes,” said state Senator Alex Padilla, who sponsored the bill. Padilla backed a similar measure last year but it failed by three votes. The fate of this …

    August 30, 2014 3:41 am
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Stocks

  • 4 reasons why you shouldn’t fear September


      September has historically been the worst month for the market. So with stocks near record highs, should investors be worried about a big September swoon once the Hampton Jitney returns to Wall Street after Labor Day? Many experts say no. Here are 4 reasons why. 1. September has a bad reputation. Yes, September is often a terrible month for the market. The numbers (and the Stock Trader’s Almanac) don’t lie. The SP 500 has recorded an average drop of 0.5% in September since 1950. But recent history may be more important to consider. During the past five Septembers, stocks have enjoyed solid gains every year except in 2011 — the month after Standard Poor’s cut the credit rating of the United States and while the euro debt crisis was in full swing. (September 2008 was, of course, a month to forget as well.) So don’t use the calendar to make your investing decisions. If …

    August 30, 2014 4:41 am
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Sports

  • Texas looking forward to Charlie Strong debut vs North Texas and possible return elite status


    AUSTIN, Texas –  For 16 years, Mack Brown led the Texas Longhorns, reviving a dormant program into a powerhouse that won one national championship and played for another. Now it’s Charlie Strong’s turn. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Hired away from Louisville when Brown was pushed out of after four sub-par seasons, Strong’s first Longhorns team takes the field Saturday night against North Texas, a bowl team last season that is expected to contend for the Conference USA title. Strong has had eight months to break down and rebuild a program that hasn’t won a Big 12 title since 2009, restore toughness and shed what he called a sense of entitlement that had crept in. He has kicked players off the team, suspended others and turned to last season’s injured quarterback, David Ash, to lead his offense. “It’s about us putting a ‘T’ back into Texas. It’s still about just toughness, it’s about trust, it’s about just being …

    August 30, 2014 5:03 am
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World News

  • India’s growth hits two year high


    29 August 2014 Last updated at 17:52 India’s economy grew by 5.7% in the three months to June, its fastest pace in two-and-a-half years, according to an official estimate. The economy was helped by strong growth in electricity, gas and water supply, and financial services, the Ministry of Statistics said. The growth figure was higher than analysts had been expecting. India’s new government has launched policies designed to encourage business investment, including changes to tax. Analysis: Sameer Hashmi, India Business Report Ever since the Narendra Modi government took charge, business sentiment has improved on the ground. Investors have started pumping in money again, capital markets have been roaring, consumer demand has revived hiring has picked up. But this euphoria is primarily driven by sentiment and more steps would be required to sustain this optimism. The performance of the Modi government as it approaches a hundred days in office – has been a mixed one. While …

    August 30, 2014 5:03 am
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Technology

  • The scientific A-Team saving the world from killer viruses, rogue AI and the paperclip apocalypse


    Cambridge, some time after the end of term. Demob-happy undergraduates, dressed for punting and swigging wine from the bottle, seem not so much to be enjoying themselves as determinedly following rites of passage on the way to a privileged future. I am heading towards the biggest, richest and arguably most beautiful college: Trinity. Of the 90 Nobel prizes won by members of Cambridge University in the 20th century, 32 were won by members of Trinity. Its alumni include Isaac Newton, Wittgenstein, Bertrand Russell and six prime ministers. The porter’s lodge is like an airlock, apparently sealed from the tribulations of everyday life. But inside the college, pacing the flagstones of what is called – all modesty aside – Great Court, are four men who do not take it for granted that those undergraduates actually have a future. They are the four founders of the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER), and they are in the …

    August 30, 2014 3:42 am
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Science

  • New technique uses fraction of measurements to efficiently find quantum wave functions


    The result of every possible measurement on a quantum system is coded in its wave function, which until recently could be found only by taking many different measurements of a system and estimating a wave function that best fit all those measurements. Just two years ago, with the advent of a technique called direct measurement, scientists discovered they could reliably determine a system’s wave function by “weakly” measuring one of its variables (e.g. position) and “strongly” measuring a complementary variable (momentum). Researchers at the University of Rochester have now taken this method one step forward by combining direct measurement with an efficient computational technique. The new method, called compressive direct measurement, allowed the team to reconstruct a quantum state at 90 percent fidelity (a measure of accuracy) using only a quarter of the measurements required by previous methods. “We have, for the first time, combined weak measurement and compressive sensing to demonstrate a revolutionary, fast …

    August 30, 2014 4:02 am
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Health

  • African-Americans may be getting inferior breastfeeding advice


    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Mothers who give birth in areas with higher concentrations of African-Americans are less likely to get breastfeeding support on maternity wards than mothers in other communities, a new study shows. Breastfeeding provides well-documented health benefits to infants and their mothers. But African-American women are about 16 percent less likely to nurse their newborns than white women, according to research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The study of 2,727 American hospitals and birth centers sought to uncover the reasons for the racial disparities. “What this study suggests is that hospital practices, not just women’s choices, beliefs or values, contribute to the observed racial disparities in infant feeding,” sociologist Elizabeth Armstrong told Reuters Health in an email. “Where a woman lives – and consequently gives birth – affects how her infant is nourished. Black babies and their mothers are less likely to start off in environments that support …

    August 30, 2014 3:41 am
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Entertainment

  • Iggy Azalea initially said no to Ariana Grande collab


    JLo, Iggy Azalea unveil racy artwork for new single (VIDEO) In an interview with GRAMMY.com, the Aussie rapper admits that “Problem,” the hit collab track she made with Grande, almost didn’t happen because Azalea thought Grande was too young. Azalea also admits that Grande reached out to her, hoping to do a track together for her first album, Yours Truly, but Azalea politely declined. “She reached out to me for her first album and I didn’t do it even though I thought she was amazing, because I thought she was much younger than what she is,” Azalea says. “When I realized she was so close to my age, I was like, ‘Wait, you’re an adult!’” Iggy Azalea falls off stage at VMAs benefit concert In reality, the two are only separated by a three-year gap in age — Azalea is 24 and Grande is 21. Azalea, who has also teamed up with Rita Ora for …

    August 30, 2014 3:21 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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