• Iceland issues volcano red alert

    Iceland issues volcano red alert

    23 August 2014 Last updated at 17:06 On Wednesday several hundred people were evacuated from the volcano area Iceland has issued a red alert to the aviation industry for the Bardarbunga volcano, meaning significant ash...
  • Russian aid convoy leaves Ukraine

    Russian aid convoy leaves Ukraine

    23 August 2014 Last updated at 15:34 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. The BBC’s David Stern in Kiev: There are a lot of questions about this convoy All the lorries from...
  • Texas marijuana farm a rare find near border

    Texas marijuana farm a rare find near border

    Aug. 21, 2014: Long irrigated rows that once held 11,500 marijuana plants are spread over two acres near Raymondville, Texas.AP RAYMONDVILLE, Texas –  Officials say a two-acre field of marijuana recently found just 25 miles...
  • Brewers try to extend lead in NL Central

    (SportsNetwork.com) – With a 6-1 mark and a 1.59 ERA over his last seven starts, Wily Peralta’s pitching has been a big reason the Brewers are still in first place in the NL Central. Milwaukee...
  • 10 Western companies getting slammed in Russia

    10 Western companies getting slammed in Russia

      Name brand American and European conglomerates are feeling the impact from the turmoil in Russia. Many are reporting slower Russian sales and, in some cases, store closures as the Ukraine-Russia conflict drags on. Most...
  • Calcium and reproduction go together

    Everyone’s heard of the birds and the bees. But that old expression leaves out the flowers that are being fertilized. The fertilization process for flowering plants is particularly complex and requires extensive communication between the...

Headline News

  • Ferguson protest march marks two weeks since police shooting


    FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) – Demonstrators in Ferguson, Missouri, on Saturday marked two weeks since a white police officer shot dead an unarmed black teenager, while authorities reported no arrests overnight among the pockets of protesters who marched and chanted in intense heat. The St. Louis suburb has had three consecutive relatively calm nights after daily turmoil since Michael Brown, 18, was shot by Ferguson officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9. Authorities have reported barely a dozen arrests over the last three nights, in contrast to dozens on previous nights as police clashed with demonstrators in unrest that has focused international attention on often-troubled U.S. race relations. Authorities remain braced for a possible flare-up of civil disturbances ahead of Brown’s funeral on Monday. Supporters of both the Brown family and the officer planned events for Saturday. The St. Louis County NAACP chapter plans to march in the afternoon and supporters of the officer plan a fundraiser …

    August 23, 2014 11:27 am
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Politics

  • Obama’s vacations: Too many or not enough?


    President Barack Obama, left, maneuvers his golf cart while golfing at Farm Neck Golf Club, in Oak Bluffs, Mass., on the island of Martha’s Vineyard,(AP Photo/Steven Senne) President Barack Obama has spent less time away from the White House than his predecessors. But his two-week break on the resort island of Martha’s Vineyard and hours on the golf course have his detractors teeing up as they highlight the slew of foreign policy crises currently facing the United States. The criticism has the president’s aides confronting a question it faces whenever Obama gets away: Is there ever a good time for the commander in chief to take a few days off? Since becoming president, Obama has taken 20 vacations lasting two to 15 days. As of Friday, he has spent all or part of 138 days on “vacation.” By the same point in his second term, President George W. Bush spent 381 partial or complete days …

    August 23, 2014 9:24 am
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Stocks

  • 10 Western companies getting slammed in Russia


      Name brand American and European conglomerates are feeling the impact from the turmoil in Russia. Many are reporting slower Russian sales and, in some cases, store closures as the Ukraine-Russia conflict drags on. Most have seen their share price fall since the start of the year. Cold War-style tensions and escalating sanctions are slamming these companies, as American and European leaders blame Russian President Vladimir Putin for the unfolding crisis and violence in Ukraine. Here are 10 of the highest profile, worst hit companies: 1.McDonald’s: Russian officials and regulators have been cracking down on the restaurant chain. Officials shut a handful of popular McDonald’s (MCD) restaurants in Moscow this week, and state media report that Russia’s consumer watchdog will be conducting checks on outlets as part of a food standards investigation. Meanwhile, Wendy’s (WEN) was recently forced to exit Russia due to what it said was a change in management at its local partner …

    August 23, 2014 10:25 am
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Sports

  • Zambia’s Siame wins 100 meter dash at Youth Olympics


    NANJING China (Reuters) – Zambian sprinter Sydney Siame laid claimed to the title of the world’s fastest kid when he won the 100 meters final at the Youth Olympics on Saturday. The 16-year-old African took out the blue-riband event by the barest of margins in a time of 10.56 seconds, just one-hundredth of a second ahead of Japan’s Kenta Oshima. There was drama in women’s final when the pre-race favorite, Poland’s Ewa Nikola Swoboda, was disqualified for a false start. Swoboda was ushered away from the starting blocks after she appeared to tumble forward before the gun went off. When the race was re-started, China’s Liang Xiojing showed her rivals a clean pair of heels by storming to victory in 11.65. “I didn’t expect the Polish athlete to be disqualified today,” Liang said. “I just wanted to run as fast as I could.” China won four of the 13 gold medals on offer on the …

    August 23, 2014 11:27 am
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World News

  • Iceland issues volcano red alert


    23 August 2014 Last updated at 17:06 On Wednesday several hundred people were evacuated from the volcano area Iceland has issued a red alert to the aviation industry for the Bardarbunga volcano, meaning significant ash emissions are likely. The Icelandic Met Office has warned that a small eruption under an ice cap has begun at Bardarbunga. The air space over the site has been closed, but all Icelandic airports currently remain open, authorities say. Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull volcano erupted in 2010, producing an ash cloud that severely disrupted air travel. The red alert is the highest warning on the country’s five-point scale. Flooding threat The Icelandic Met Office said a team of scientists was flying across the region on Saturday afternoon to monitor seismic activity. “The eruption is considered a minor event at this point,” police said in a statement. “Because of pressure from the glacier cap, it is uncertain whether the eruption will stay sub-glacial …

    August 23, 2014 11:27 am
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Technology

  • Two goldfish duke it out playing Street Fighter on Twitch


    Goldfish are tough competitors. Video screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET It all started innocently enough when a pet fish’s owner decided to rig up an aquarium to let the swimming creature trigger Pokemon game commands. Throw in a live feed over popular gaming site Twitch, and it created a minor phenomenon. Inspired by Fish Plays Pokemon, Andrew Hill has drafted his two pet goldfish to take each other on in an unending stream of Street Fighter II Turbo rounds. Naturally, the feed is called FishPlayStreetFighter on Twitch. Hill rigged up his tank in a similar way to Fish Plays Pokemon by segmenting the tank into nine parts. When a fish wanders into one of the parts, a camera captures it and translates its movements into a key press. The Twitch stream includes video of the fish swimming around, along with corresponding video of the Street Fighter II actions they trigger. Due to the random nature of …

    August 23, 2014 9:24 am
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Science

  • Calcium and reproduction go together


    Everyone’s heard of the birds and the bees. But that old expression leaves out the flowers that are being fertilized. The fertilization process for flowering plants is particularly complex and requires extensive communication between the male and female reproductive cells. New research from an international team from Stanford, Regensburg, Heidelberg, and Munich, and including Carnegie’s Wolf Frommer, David Ehrhardt, and Guido Grossmann reports discoveries in the chemical signaling process that guides flowering plant fertilization. It is published in Nature Communications. Flowering plants have a double fertilization system. Grains of pollen carry the male reproductive cells. When pollen grains land on the flower’s female reproductive organ, they germinate and grow towards the deeply embedded ovules via a pollen tube. After fertilization, ovules develop into seeds. What makes the process unique is that the pollen tube releases two sperm cells, one of which fuses with an egg in a process like that in animals. The other fuses …

    August 23, 2014 9:45 am
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Health

  • Getting Back to School Sleep Schedules


    SATURDAY, Aug. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) — As the new school year begins, parents need to get their children and teens back on their normal sleep routines, an expert says. Try to prevent your children from taking naps until they’ve adjusted to their earlier sleep and wake schedule. This will help them fall asleep more easily and sleep better through the night, Dr. Sanjeev Kothare, director of NYU Langone Medical Center’s Pediatric Sleep Disorders Program, advised. It’s also a good idea to limit youngster’s caffeine consumption in the afternoon, especially after 3 p.m., Kothare said. He noted that caffeine can stay in the body for eight to 10 hours. Limit your children’s use of electronic devices a few hours before bedtime. The blue light emitted by televisions, computer screens, smartphones and video games keeps brain activity high, which can make it difficult to fall asleep. Unwinding before bed will help put youngsters in a relaxed …

    August 23, 2014 9:24 am
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Entertainment

  • JWoww is all about Botox


    JWoww on Jersey Shore Massacre: “[It] reminds me of my roommates, only they all get killed” The Snooki and JWoww star has had a busy summer with the birth of her daughter, Meilani Alexandra, last month and executive-producing the upcoming horror-spoof comedy Jersey Shore Massacre. She’s still finding time to take care of herself, though, Farley told People, which may include a little nip and tuck below the neckline. “I’m going a little blonder, obviously dieting — I want to get rid of all my jiggly-ness — and my girlfriends from The Real Housewives of New Jersey introduced me to their doctor,” Farley says. “He’s really good at doing microderms and skin tightening.” JWoww’s having a break from sex, for a year or two Looking better after a baby is a priority for Farley — “I would do anything if it makes me feel good,” she says — but with one major exception. “I don’t like touching …

    August 23, 2014 9:03 am
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Editorial

  • Victory is not inevitable


    My blood is still boiling over the recent murder by beheading of an American citizen at the hands of the terrorist group ISIL, or ISIS, or whatever these murderous fools call themselves. Their real name is EVIL.   I listened to the president last week as he appropriately conveyed Americans’ revulsion at this savage act and our grief at the Foley family’s loss. As usual, the president’s words were very eloquent. To his credit, the president was unequivocal regarding the evil of this terrorist group, and he took the time to list some of their crimes against humanity. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT But there is a major problem with the president’s remarks. While he does a nice job of explaining our horror, his remarks on what America will do about it are insufficient, naïve, and just plain weak.   The president said that when people harm Americans, “we do what’s necessary to see that justice is done …

    August 23, 2014 9:24 am
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Odd News

  • It’s ‘bone-appétit’ for California pooches under new law


    (Reuters) – California diners can now legally enjoy a meal on a restaurant patio with their dogs in tow, under a law signed Thursday by Governor Jerry Brown that eliminates health code regulations banning restaurant owners from allowing pooches on the premises. Starting next year, California canines will be allowed to dine al fresco if they are wearing leashes or are relaxing in a carrier. ““I wish everyone ‘bone-appétit,’” quipped Democratic Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, the law’s author. “Restaurateurs in California will see more businesses catering to their customers and the canine companions they love.” The new law clarifies a section of the state’s health code that banned dogs from restaurants altogether, including on outdoor patios or courtyards. The rule has caused confusion because some local governments choose to enforce the law, while others turned a blind eye. In counties where local officials were more lax about enforcement, restaurant owners who encouraged their guests to bring …

    August 22, 2014 1:19 am
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