Headline News

  • Are viewers the ‘abusers’ in celeb photo leak?


    2 September 2014 Last updated at 18:45 By Anthony Zurcher Editor, Echo Chambers As word spread on Sunday evening that hundreds of candid nude photographs of celebrities like Kate Upton and Jennifer Lawrence were being posted to internet forums, discussion quickly turned to who was to blame. Was it Apple’s iCloud service, possibly used by hackers to surreptitiously access personal data? Was it the “foolish” women (and men) who took the photos in the first place? Continue reading the main story “Start Quote To those of you looking at photos I took with my husband years ago in the privacy of our home, hope you feel great about yourselves” End Quote Mary E Winstead Actress Some have suggested that the there are other perpetrators in this case, however – hundreds of thousands of them. They’re the viewers who have flocked to message boards like Reddit and 4chan to catch a glimpse of the intimate images. …

    September 2, 2014 12:48 pm
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Politics

  • Tax-evasion trial of New York Congressman Grimm set for December 1


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – A federal judge on Tuesday set December 1 as the start of the tax-evasion trial of New York Congressman Michael Grimm, one month after elections in which the Republican seeks a third term in the U.S. House of Representatives. Grimm, a former FBI agent who represents parts of the city’s boroughs of Brooklyn and Staten Island, appeared before Judge Pamela Chen in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn. He did not speak during or after the hearing. He was indicted in April on charges of fraud, perjury and conspiracy tied to his New York restaurant, Healthalicious. Grimm, 44, who lives on Staten Island, one of the city’s rare Republican-leaning districts, has denied the charges. Prosecutors had originally sought to start the trial in October, weeks ahead of the Nov. 4 elections. Separate from the criminal proceedings, Grimm made headlines when he was caught on camera in January threatening to throw a reporter …

    September 2, 2014 1:28 pm
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Stocks

  • Morgan Stanley predicts stock market surge


      Worried about a stock market bubble? Morgan Stanley sure isn’t. In a compelling 27-page report released on Tuesday, the investment bank said the SP 500 could surge to 3,000 by 2020. That’s a pretty big leap considering the index only topped 2,000 last week. Their reasoning is that the economic recovery isn’t even close to being over. “We believe that the U.S. economy has largely completed the repair phase and is entering the very early stages of expansion,” Morgan Stanley’s Adam Parker and Ellen Zentner wrote. The duo believe this recovery from the Great Recession could end up turning into the longest expansion in U.S. history — ever. If that happened, the stock market would be very likely to continue climbing — despite a number of recent calls to the contrary. Related: 4 reasons why investors shouldn’t fear September To be sure, Morgan Stanley admits that another six or seven years of growth is …

    September 2, 2014 12:28 pm
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Sports

  • Indianapolis Colts owner pleads guilty to intoxicated driving


    (Reuters) – Billionaire James Irsay, owner of the National Football League’s Indianapolis Colts, pleaded guilty on Tuesday in a deal with prosecutors to a misdemeanor charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated. Irsay, 55, who was arrested in the Indianapolis suburb of Carmel in March after a traffic stop, will be on probation for a year but will not go to jail under the plea agreement. He was sentenced to 60 days in jail with all but two days suspended and was given two days credit after his arrest, the Hamilton County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office said in a statement. Irsay also will be required to provide current prescriptions for medications he is prescribed upon request and to complete a rehabilitation program he has taken part in since March, prosecutors said. Prosecutors said the agreement was typical for a first-time offense in the county for operating a vehicle while intoxicated. Laboratory tests had detected the pain …

    September 2, 2014 12:48 pm
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World News

  • Pakistan’s senior politicians rally to Nawaz Sharif amid violent protests


    Pakistan‘s politicians have rallied behind the country’s embattled prime minister during a meeting of parliament convened amid violent street protests that some claim have been secretly backed by the country’s powerful army. Senior politicians took turns on Tuesday to promise to defend the democratic system against protesters who are demanding the resignation of the prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, just 15 months after he was elected. The interior minister, Chaudhry Nisar, described the demonstrations led by former cricket star Imran Khan and populist cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri as a “revolt against the state”. In recent days the weeks-long crisis has deepened. The state-run broadcaster was briefly forced off air, deadly fights broke out with police on the streets of Islamabad and the perimeter fence of parliament was smashed, allowing protesters to set up a camp on the building’s lawns. But it was not just the hostile crowds directly outside the chamber of the national assembly that concerned speakers …

    September 2, 2014 12:48 pm
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Technology

  • Google’s Android Wear team: We’ll update early and often


    David Singleton, director of Android engineering, says “several” updates Android Wear updates are coming before the end of the year. Stephen Lam/Getty Images MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — David Singleton, Google’s engineering director for Android Wear, the company’s platform tailor-made for wearable devices, is sitting in Google’s headquarters here playing air guitar. As he strums his right hand in front of his Moto 360, the Motorola smartwatch set to hit the market this week, Singleton praises the third-party software developers using Wear. The company debuted the software in March, modified from Android, the most popular operating system in the world for smartphones and tablets. “There are a lot of apps out there,” he says after he stops strumming, during an interview here. As for the guitar-playing program: “We would have never thought of that.” He won’t say exactly how many apps there are, but offers that “thousands” of the more than 1 million programs in the …

    September 2, 2014 9:21 am
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Science

  • Time Travel Simulation Resolves “Grandfather Paradox”


    On June 28, 2009, the world-famous physicist Stephen Hawking threw a party at the University of Cambridge, complete with balloons, hors d’oeuvres and iced champagne. Everyone was invited but no one showed up. Hawking had expected as much, because he only sent out invitations after his party had concluded. It was, he said, “a welcome reception for future time travelers,” a tongue-in-cheek experiment to reinforce his “1992 conjecture that travel into the past is effectively impossible. But Hawking may be on the wrong side of history. Recent experiments offer tentative support for time travel’s feasibility—at least from a mathematical perspective. The study cuts to the core of our understanding of the universe, and the resolution of the possibility of time travel, far from being a topic worthy only of science fiction, would have profound implications for fundamental physics as well as for practical applications such as quantum cryptography and computing. Closed timelike curves The source …

    September 2, 2014 9:42 am
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Health

  • Liberian doctors strike, food prices spike as West Africa struggles to contain Ebola outbreak


    MONROVIA (Reuters) – Doctors in Liberia were out on strike on Tuesday as they struggled to cope with the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, while the United Nations warned the spread of the disease in West Africa was causing food shortages in one of the world’s poorest regions. Governments and aid organizations are scrambling to contain the disease, which has killed more than 1,500 since March. Medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said 800 more beds for Ebola patients were urgently needed in the Liberian capital Monrovia alone, while in Sierra Leone highly infectious bodies were rotting in the streets. MSF called for rich nations to send military medical teams to support buckling healthcare systems in West Africa. U.S. missionary organization SIM USA said on Tuesday that an American doctor treating obstetrics patients at the ELWA hospital in Monrovia had tested positive for Ebola. The doctor, who was not working in the hospital’s Ebola …

    September 2, 2014 1:28 pm
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Entertainment

  • Rita Ora Flashes Peace Sign Before Catching Same Flight As Enemy Kim Kardashian


    Posted on Tue Sep 2nd, 2014 10:50am PDT       By X17 Staff She doesn’t seem at all bothered by the rumored bad blood between her and Kimmy K! Rita Ora smiled and flashed the peace sign as she arrived at LAX yesterday, but we doubt she was grinning later when she realized she was booked on the same flight as Kim Kardashian! Apparently, the reality star doesn’t want to be in the same vicinity as the British pop star, because she blames her for breaking brother Rob’s heart and kickstarting his depression and weight gain. Kanye’s wifey was set to be seated next to the “Black Widow” songstress at last week’s MTV VMA Awards, but she requested to be moved in order to avoid a confrontation. Considering most celebs fly first class, we bet the big booty brunette had to do yet another switcheroo once they boarded the plane!   SEE THE GALLERY Rita Ora Wears Sweatpants …

    September 2, 2014 1:08 pm
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Editorial

  • Sermon censorship? YouTube yanks pastor’s ISIS message, cancels account


    Pastor Daniel Ausbun and his familyPHOTO COURTESY OF DANIEL AUSBUN The pastor of a small-town Baptist church in Georgia says he got banned from YouTube after he posted video of a Sunday sermon he gave about the persecution of Christians in the Middle East. “Apparently, they didn’t like me preaching on radical Islam, so I got booted and banned,” said Daniel Ausbun, pastor of the First Baptist Church in Moreland, Ga. “This is sermon censorship.” ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Ausbun concedes that YouTube can censor whatever videos it wishes. But he does wonder – what else is it banning? On Aug. 24, Ausbun delivered a sermon about the Islamic State, terrorism, radical Islam and Christian persecution in the Middle East. “So many people in the church had been asking about it,” the pastor told me. “This was almost more of an educational sermon.” Based on a copy of his sermon notes, the pastor based his message on …

    September 2, 2014 1:28 pm
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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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