Headline News

  • Official: More than 30 teens escape from Nashville detention center; 17 still at large


    NASHVILLE, Tenn. –  A spokesman says more than 30 teens escaped from a Nashville youth detention center and 17 are still being sought. Tennessee Department of Children’s Services spokesman Rob Johnson says 32 teens — ages 14 to 19 — escaped around 11 p.m. Monday by crawling under a weak spot in a fence that surrounded a yard there. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Johnson says two teens were recaptured right away and others were found overnight. Local police and the Tennessee Highway Patrol are taking part in the search for the teens still at large. Johnson says the teens being kept at the detention center have committed at least three felonies. He said he didn’t know if the escape was planned or spontaneous.

    September 2, 2014 5:36 am
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Politics

  • Amid foreign crises, Obama takes solace in U.S. economic turnaround


    MILWAUKEE (Reuters) – Throughout much of his presidency, Barack Obama has been under siege about the state of the U.S. economy. But with economic growth now far more robust than when he took office, he is finding some measure of solace on the domestic front while a number of crises rage abroad. With his handling of foreign policy under fire in confronting challenges from Ukraine to the Middle East, Obama made a Labor Day trek to Milwaukee’s annual Laborfest event to underscore how he feels his leadership on the economy has paid off. “I just want everybody to understand because you wouldn’t always know it from watching the news,” he said. “By almost every measure, the American economy and American workers are better off than when I took office.” The national unemployment rate was 6.2 percent in August, down more than a percentage point from the year before, and a far cry from when he …

    September 2, 2014 5:15 am
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Stocks

  • Eric Cantor goes to Wall Street


    Former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is taking his talents to Wall Street, joining boutique investment bank Moelis Co. as a vice chairman and board member. Cantor’s move into the private sector was widely anticipated following his June electoral defeat at the hands of an unknown economics professor — one of the biggest political upsets in recent memory. Cantor then chose to resign from his position in the leadership rather than finish his term. The 7-term congressman’s decision set off speculation about his next gig — be it at a bank, lobby shop or law firm. Moelis (MC) said that Cantor will work out of New York and a new office opening in D.C. Since the firm went public in April, shares have risen by almost 40%. Moelis advises on mergers, acquisitions and risk. “When I considered options for the next chapter of my career, I knew I wanted to join a firm with a …

    September 2, 2014 4:15 am
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Sports

  • World Cup finalists Germany and Argentina renew rivalry in pick of international friendlies


    Gemany’s head coach Joachim Loew , left, talks to Manuel Neuer, center, and Thomas Mueller during an open training session ahead of the friendly soccer match between Germany and Argentina on Wednesday in Duesseldorf, Germany, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)The Associated Press Geman players take a break during an open training session ahead of the friendly soccer match between Germany and Argentina on Wednesday in Duesseldorf, Germany, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)The Associated Press England’s soccer team manager Roy Hodgson and his players arrive for a training session at London Colney, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. England will play Norway in an international friendly soccer match at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)The Associated Press BERLIN –  Germany and Argentina clash again 52 days after contesting the World Cup final, albeit with less at stake when the sides meet for a friendly in Duesseldorf. It may seem incongruous to celebrate winning …

    September 2, 2014 5:36 am
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World News

  • Nigeria militants ‘seize’ major town


    2 September 2014 Last updated at 11:08 Leader Abubakar Shekau has announced a caliphate in areas Boko Haram controls Nigeria’s militant Islamist group Boko Haram has seized the key north-eastern town of Bama after fierce fighting with government forces, residents say. Thousands of civilians have fled the town, along with soldiers, they added. However, military sources said the army was still in control of Bama, the second biggest town in Borno state. Last month, Boko Haram said it had established an Islamic state in the towns and villages it controls in north-eastern Nigeria. If confirmed, the capture of Bama would be an extremely significant development and would raise concerns that Boko Haram’s next target will be Maiduguri, the state capital about 70km (44 miles) away, says BBC Hausa service editor Mansur Liman in the capital, Abuja Residents told BBC Hausa that Boko Haram captured Bama, which the 2006 census showed had a population of about …

    September 2, 2014 5:36 am
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Technology

  • FBI investigating hack and nude celebrity picture leak


    The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is investigating the hacking and leaking of celebrity nude photos including those of Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence, it has confirmed. Images of more than 100 well-known actors, singers and celebrities, including what appear to be nude photos and videos, have been exposed by a hacker using the internet forum 4chan. The hacker posted a list of targeted celebrities on Sunday, as well as a number of nude photos including of Lawrence, who was in The Hunger Games, and others, some of which may be faked. Lawrence and others affected by the leak have contacted law enforcement, causing an investigation by the FBI. “The FBI is aware of the allegations concerning computer intrusions and the unlawful release of material involving high profile individuals and is addressing the matter,” said a statement from the Los Angeles FBI. “Any further comment would be inappropriate at this time.” ‘Flagrant violation of …

    September 2, 2014 5:16 am
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Science

  • Nature’s tiny engineers


    Conventional wisdom has long held that corals — whose calcium-carbonate skeletons form the foundation of coral reefs — are passive organisms that rely entirely on ocean currents to deliver dissolved substances, such as nutrients and oxygen. But now scientists at MIT and the Weizmann Institute of Science (WIS) in Israel have found that they are far from passive, engineering their environment to sweep water into turbulent patterns that greatly enhance their ability to exchange nutrients and dissolved gases with their environment. “These microenvironmental processes are not only important, but also unexpected,” says Roman Stocker, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at MIT and senior author of a paper describing the results in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. When the team set up their experiment with living coral in tanks in the lab, “I was expecting that this would be a smooth microworld, there would be not much action except the …

    September 2, 2014 5:36 am
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Health

  • McDonald’s to boost China supplier audits after food safety scandal


    SHANGHAI (Reuters) – McDonald’s Corp will increase the number of audits it conducts of suppliers in China, the firm said on Tuesday, after a food scandal in July dented China sales at the U.S. fast food chain and rival Yum Brands Inc. In a statement emailed to Reuters on Tuesday, the restaurant chain said half of the audits would be done unannounced and would be carried out by third party auditors and internal teams. Industry insiders had told Reuters that suppliers in China often knew about audits in advance. McDonald’s will push for more video monitoring at its Chinese suppliers and send more quality control specialists to all meat production facilities, it added. The firm has also created a new role to oversee food safety governance in China and will launch a hotline later this year for whistleblowers to report food safety issues. Last week, Chinese police arrested six staff from McDonald’s supplier OSI Group …

    September 2, 2014 5:15 am
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Entertainment

  • Carrie Underwood pregnant with first child


    11 Perfect looks from the 2014 CMT Music Awards  Underwood’s baby news included a photo of the country singer snuggling her two pet pooches, Penny and Ace. Ace wore a blue shirt that read, “I’m going to be a big brother,” and Penny wore a pink shirt that read, “I’m going to be a big sister.” In honor of “Labor” Day…Ace Penny would like to make an announcement. Their parents couldn’t be happier! pic.twitter.com/bROrzuHJ4J — Carrie Underwood (@carrieunderwood) September 1, 2014 Underwood’s hockey husband, Mike Fisher, joined his wife in celebrating the happy news with a post of his own on social media, confirming that the couple was, in fact, expecting a baby and not adding another dog to their family since there was a bit of confusion from curious fans. Carrie Underwood’s husband says he “stays out of her way” It looks like Underwood and Fisher might be taking a page from Kim Kardashian and …

    September 2, 2014 4:56 am
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Editorial

  • Labor Day: Congress must take action to protect workers, not Big Labor


    New legislation could repeal the current authority of the National Labor Relations Board.Reuters The U.S. economy has endured eleven recessions since World War II – and in each case jobs and wages bounced back quickly.   Not this time. America’s current “recovery” features the weakest wage growth of any economic rebound – with data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) showing real compensation per hour increasing by only 0.5 percent since 2009.  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT No agency has been more instrumental in the assault on American productivity than the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) – which was recently at the heart of a major constitutional crisis. By comparison, the average compensation increase at this point in previous recoveries clocked in at a whopping 9.2 percent – more than eighteen times higher.  Meanwhile a new study by the Chicago Fed reveals real wages should be at least 3.6 percentage points higher than they are based on prevailing labor …

    September 1, 2014 8:43 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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