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  • Businesses reopening at scene of on-air shootings; gunman remembered for bizarre outbursts

    Roanoke City Council member Anita Price, right, is comforted by friend Jan DeVries as they gather at a candlelight vigil in front of the WDBJ-TV station in Roanoke, Va., Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, a day after reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward from the station were killed during a live broadcast. Vester Flanagan filmed himself gunning down the journalists and posted the video on social media after fleeing the scene. (AP Photo/Don Petersen) (The Associated Press) People attend a vigil in front of the WDBJ-TV station in Roanoke, Va., Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, a day after reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward from the station were killed during a live broadcast. Vester Flanagan filmed himself gunning down the journalists and posted the video on social media after fleeing the scene. (AP Photo/Don Petersen) (The Associated Press) ROANOKE, Va. –  Businesses are reopening in Virginia at the scene of this week’s on-air shooting as more details …

    August 28, 2015 4:04 am


  • Democrats confident Iran deal will survive in Congress

    WASHINGTON Democrats are confident they will have enough votes to protect the Iran nuclear deal in the U.S. Congress, but they face an uphill task to avoid President Barack Obama having to use his veto power to ensure the agreement’s survival. “We’re getting close,” said Senator Richard Durbin, who as Minority Whip is the Democrats’ chief vote counter in the Senate, referring to the 34 Senate votes needed to sustain an Obama veto if Congress initially rejects the deal. “I have really been heartened by the positive response from our caucus,” he told Reuters on Thursday. Obama will be able to save the agreement if he can deny opponents in either the Senate or the House of Representatives the two-thirds majority needed to override his expected veto. Senate aides said they expected to reach that threshold before Congress returns from recess on Sept. 8, ahead of a vote on the deal which must take place …

    August 28, 2015 2:44 am


  • The CEO of China’s fake Goldman Sachs isn’t talking

    When it comes to Chinese knockoffs, the sky’s the limit. Counterfeiters have already produced millions of fake handbags, along with knockoff iPhones, Apple Watches and even realistic-looking fake Apple and IKEA retail outlets. But now there’s a new high-water mark: Somebody has set up a fake Goldman Sachs. The financial institution, based in the southern Chinese boomtown of Shenzhen, is going by the name “Goldman Sachs (Shenzhen) Financial Leasing Co.” Not much is known about the fake Goldman Sachs (GS). Before the company’s website went offline on Wednesday, it claimed the firm was founded in 2013 and is “the largest financial leasing firm in Shenzhen.” Corporate records name Zhou Linhong as CEO. Reached by phone on Friday, a man who identified himself as Zhou told CNNMoney that his business is not affiliated with the U.S.-based investment bank. He refused to answer additional questions before hanging up. Bloomberg was first to report the fake. In a …

    August 28, 2015 2:44 am


  • Cam 1-on-1: Love me or hate me, here’s why we’ll win this year

    CHARLOTTE, NC – AUGUST 22: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers warms up ahead of their game against the Miami Dolphins at Bank of America Stadium on August 22, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) Great leader, still too immature. Elite quarterback, a runner trying to be a thrower. His team wins, but is he a winner? Such is the life of Cam Newton. Entering his fifth season in the NFL, the Carolina Panthers quarterback is one of the most popular — and most talked-about — players in the league, and for a variety of reasons. Questions of his leadership still dog him, despite the fact he has led the Panthers to back-to-back NFC South titles (the first time in the history of the division a team has repeated as champion). He has the two division titles, but last season his team finished 7-8-1, his detractors will tell you. (Heck, …

    August 28, 2015 4:04 am

World News

  • Vatican ex-envoy dies ahead of trial

    Jozef Wesolowski, a former archbishop and Vatican envoy to the Dominican Republic, has died before he could be tried for child sex offences. His trial in the Vatican was adjourned in July after he was taken ill. He was accused of paying for sex with children in the Dominican Republic. Wesolowski, 66, would have been the first high-ranking church official to be tried on paedophile charges. His case was seen as a test of the Vatican’s pledge to stamp out abuse. Last year, the Pope compared the actions of those who commit such crimes to a “satanic mass”. Wesolowski was charged with abusing children in the Dominican Republican between 2008-13. He was also charged with possession of child pornography, dating from his return to Rome in 2013. The charges have been seen as part of a crackdown by Pope Francis on clerics and employees of the Church who exploit minors.

    August 28, 2015 4:04 am


  • Don’t sniff at clicktivism, says new British boss at Change.org

    Clicktivism – using the internet to take direct action to achieve a political or social aim – could be one of the only ways we have left to change the world, a senior boss at Change.org has said. Simon Willis, the online petition site’s new British managing director for Europe, said the cynical “dinner party chatterati” sniffed at online petitions as the campaign style of the chronically lazy or the baying mob. “They sarcastically say things like: ‘Oooh, let’s start a petition on climate change, that’ll solve it’. I say, what is the alternative? You gave up on the Labour party after the Iraq war, you gave up on international development for doing more harm than good, you have stopped going on marches … your only weapon left is whingeing about these bastards. That achieves nothing. But if I can get 300,000 people to care about social housing and beat a large corporation, that is …

    August 28, 2015 3:04 am


  • Size Matters When It Comes to Cells’ Vulnerability to Parkinson’s

    Each year doctors diagnose approximately 60,000 Americans with Parkinson’s disease, an incurable neurodegenerative condition for which the number-one risk factor is age. Worldwide an estimated seven to 10 million people currently live with the malady. As U.S. and global populations grow older, it is becoming increasingly urgent to understand its causes. So far, researchers know that Parkinson’s involves cell death in a few restricted areas of the brain including the substantia nigra (SNc), one of two big cell clusters in the midbrain that house a large population of dopamine neurons. These cells release dopamine and are involved in a variety of functions including reward processing and voluntary movement. Their death leads to the motor control and balance issues that are core symptoms of the disease. New research shows that these brain cells, most at risk in Parkinson’s disease, require unusually high amounts of energy to carry out their tasks because of their highly branched structures. …

    August 28, 2015 2:03 am


  • Japan partly lifts U.S., Canada poultry ban after bird flu

    TOKYO Japan’s Farm Ministry on Friday partiality lifted a ban on imports of live poultry and poultry meat from the United States and Canada following an outbreak of bird flu. Imports from the eight U.S. states of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, California, Kansas, Arkansas, Montana and Indiana, and Canadian Province of British Columbia will resume after restrictions were imposed for up to nearly nine months, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries said in a statement. After the latest measure, restrictions on live poultry and poultry meat still remain in place on the seven U.S. states of Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska, and Canadian Province of Ontario, pending local checks by Japanese officials, a ministry official said. Separately, a ban is imposed on imports from the U.S. state of New Jersey of live poultry and poultry meat shipped from within the 10 km (6 miles) radius of farms where low pathogenic, avian …

    August 28, 2015 2:24 am


  • Rita Ora And Wiz Khalifa Hit The Stage Together Amid Romance Rumors

    Posted on Thu Aug 27th, 2015 9:40am PDT       By X17 Staff We have a feeling they’re doing a little collaboration in the bedroom as well! Rita Ora and rumored new boyfriend Wiz Khalifa hit the stage together at The El Rey theater in L.A. last night, and their chemistry while performing was off the charts! These two definitely seem like they’re dating. The rapper couldn’t keep his eyes off the British beauty, but we don’t blame him! The pink haired princess was wearing a miniskirt and see thru top with nothing but pasties covering her exposed boobs. We wonder how their exes Rob Kardashian and Amber Rose feel about this coupling? Up until recently, Amber had been declaring her love for her baby daddy on social media and openly hoping for a reconciliation, so she can’t be happy he’s moved on. As for Rob K, we think he could probably care less! After all, he’s become …

    August 28, 2015 3:44 am


  • What if Hillary Clinton has been pulling the wool over our eyes for years?

    What if former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been pulling the wool over our eyes for years? What if, while she was secretary of state, she ran two secret wars, one in Libya and one in Syria? What if there already were wars in each of those countries, so she used those wars as covers for her own? What if President Obama gave permission for her to do this? What if the president lacks the legal authority to authorize anyone to fight secret wars? What if she obtained the consent of a dozen members of Congress from both houses and from both political parties? What if those few members of Congress who approved of her wars lacked the legal authority to authorize them? What if her goal was to overthrow two dictators, one friendly to the U.S. and one not? What if the instruments of her war did not consist of American military …

    August 28, 2015 1:23 am

Odd News

  • Devil to pay: Taiwan to launch softer than soft porn-star metro cards

    TAIPEI Taiwan will roll out “angel” and “devil” metro cards featuring a Japanese porn star next week, despite a public outcry and a previous decision to scrap the project. Japanese adult film actress Yui Hatano will appear on a limited-edition charity series of Taiwan EasyCards, which users swipe to enter metro stations and buy goods at convenience stores. “We will issue the ‘devil’ edition Yui Hatano cards beginning September 1 as originally planned,” EasyCard Corp said in a statement, referring to the sexier of the two cards. The softer “angel” cards will be released after a change in theme after hearing “input from various parties”, it said. “We expect to launch the ‘angel’ edition cards in mid-September, following a redesign.” EasyCard had previously announced it would halt the roll-out following an angry public reaction. Taipei mayor Ko Wen-je said in a statement he didn’t know what motivated recently appointed EasyCard chairman Tai Chi-chuan to “make …

    August 28, 2015 2:23 am