• Harrison’s balanced effort helps Pirates edge Reds

    Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) – Josh Harrison provided a spark both offensively and defensively to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 2-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds in the opener of a three-game set on Friday....
  • Cave-in traps Nicaragua gold miners

    Cave-in traps Nicaragua gold miners

    29 August 2014 Last updated at 23:14 Rescue workers in Nicaragua are trying to reach at least 24 workers trapped by a cave-in at a gold mine in a remote region in the north of...
  • The Coolest Kickstarter ever raises over $13 million

    The Coolest Kickstarter ever raises over $13 million

      It’s the most successful Kickstarter campaign ever. The Coolest Cooler (yes, a cooler) raised $13.3 million in its 52-day run. The previous record holder, the Pebble smartwatch raised $10.2 million in 2012. Why have...
  • Federer serves up win over Groth

    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Second seed Roger Federer served up a tidy 6-4 6-4 6-4 win over big-hitting Australian Sam Groth to ease into the third round of the U.S. Open on Friday and continue...
  • Italy lawyers urged to work faster

    Italy lawyers urged to work faster

    30 August 2014 Last updated at 01:55 Matteo Renzi described his reform plan as a “revolution” Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has announced a series of measures designed to overhaul the country’s notoriously slow justice...
  • Adam Brody talks marriage and kissing Rachel Bilson

    The Jennifer’s Body actor recently opened up about his life during an Ask Me Anything session on Reddit on Thursday, promoting his new project, Amazon original series pilot The Cosmopolitans. Leighton Meester calls husband Adam...

Headline News

  • California to shift mentally ill inmates out of solitary confinement


    (Reuters) – California will move mentally ill prisoners from solitary confinement to special isolation units as part of a series of new policies outlined by corrections officials Friday to improve treatment for inmates with psychiatric illnesses. The policy initiatives were filed in compliance with an April 10 ruling by a U.S. federal judge who found the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation had violated the rights of mentally ill inmates by subjecting them to excessive punishment. In 2013, about 28 percent of California’s overcrowded prison population was diagnosed with some sort of mental illness, according to state and federal statistics. Complying with the federal order to amend how it deals with these inmates, the state earlier this month outlined changes to curb the use of force after video footage showed mentally ill prisoners screaming as guards doused them in pepper spray. Corrections officials are “focused on ensuring a strong collaborative environment between mental health and …

    August 29, 2014 10:55 pm
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Politics

  • Mitch McConnell’s Campaign Manager Resigns


    By Niels Lesniewski Posted at 6:39 p.m. on Aug. 29 0 Tweet McConnell is the Senate Minority Leader. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo) Jesse Benton, who had worked as the campaign manager for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s re-election bid, said Friday he would resign. The veteran operative with close ties to the Paul family released a lengthy statement making the announcement. The Lexington Herald-Leader first reported Benton’s resignation, which is effective Saturday. The move comes just two days after a former Iowa state senator admitted to accepting $73,000 in concealed payments from former Rep. Ron Paul’s presidential campaign. In exchange for the money, that individual, Kent Sorenson, switched endorsements from Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., to Paul, a Texas Republican. Benton was the elder Paul’s campaign chairman in 2012, having also worked for Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. Benton maintained his innocence in the conversation with the Herald-Leader, citing ”inaccurate press accounts and unsubstantiated media rumors.” Earlier in …

    August 29, 2014 7:31 pm
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Stocks

  • The Coolest Kickstarter ever raises over $13 million


      It’s the most successful Kickstarter campaign ever. The Coolest Cooler (yes, a cooler) raised $13.3 million in its 52-day run. The previous record holder, the Pebble smartwatch raised $10.2 million in 2012. Why have more than 60,000 people contributed to a cooler campaign? Well, this cooler includes a blender, waterproof bluetooth speaker, USB charger, cutting board and bottle opener — a “portable party,” according to founder Ryan Grepper of Portland, Ore. And those who pledged enough ($165 or more) will save at least $130 on the cooler, which will retail for $299. Those who contributed less can still get in on a piece of Kickstarter history: A $25 contribution earned a Coolest-branded reusable party cup and a drink guide; for $55, backers receive the party cup plus a “Keep Calm and Blend On” tee. And for the first eight backers who contributed $2,000, Grepper will fly out and help them host a tailgate party …

    August 29, 2014 10:35 pm
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Sports

  • Harrison’s balanced effort helps Pirates edge Reds


    Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) – Josh Harrison provided a spark both offensively and defensively to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 2-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds in the opener of a three-game set on Friday. The game was scoreless until the eighth when the Reds broke the stalemate on Devin Mesoraco’s RBI single. Pinch-hitter Andrew Lambo, who was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis earlier in the day, singled with one out in the home eighth off Jonathan Broxton (4- 2). Lambo scampered home on Harrison’s triple off the right-field wall, then Jose Tabata followed with a chopper through the hole on the left side that plated Harrison for a 2-1 lead. Tony Watson (10-1) recorded one out in the eighth for the win before Mark Melancon came on in the ninth and worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his 25th save of the season. Pittsburgh has won three straight and six of its last eight. Edinson Volquez, …

    August 29, 2014 10:55 pm
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World News

  • Cave-in traps Nicaragua gold miners


    29 August 2014 Last updated at 23:14 Rescue workers in Nicaragua are trying to reach at least 24 workers trapped by a cave-in at a gold mine in a remote region in the north of the country. Local officials said two miners had managed to dig themselves out after a mine shaft collapsed due to heavy rain. Earlier, emergency workers said they had heard voices of the trapped miners. The mine’s former operator said the cave-in happened on Thursday morning near Bonanza, a town 420km (260 miles) northeast of the capital Managua. Rescuers using dogs located 20 of the 24 miners about 50 metres (165ft) below the surface on Friday but said they had been unable to free them. Milagros Solorzano, a local politician, said the group were currently in a cave inside the mine and have been able to communicate with rescuers. The group said they did not know where the four other miners …

    August 29, 2014 10:55 pm
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Technology

  • Drone tours Napa earthquake damage


    The results of the Napa earthquake from a drone’s point of view. Video screenshot by Bonnie Burton/CNET We’ve seen breathtaking quadcopter footage of ice caves, an active volcano, and Niagara Falls — but this footage of the damage done by the recent 6.0 Northern California earthquake shows a very different kind of tour. The August 24 earthquake in wine country has been measured by social media and fitness bracelets, so why not a quadcopter drone equipped with a DJI Phantom 2 Vision+? The drone video, made and posted on YouTube by Evan Kilkus, captures aerial clips giving a unique view of the major damage in downtown Napa. The drone captures almost 7 minutes of sweeping footage documenting earthquake damage to the Napa County Court House, a post office, a wine bar, various homes, and a church. “This video is intended for educational purposes to show builders and building owners across the world the results of …

    August 29, 2014 7:31 pm
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Science

  • Plug n’ play protein crystals


    Related images(click to enlarge) Almost a hundred years ago in 1929 Linus Pauling presented the famous Pauling’s Rules to describe the principles governing the structure of complex ionic crystals. These rules essentially describe how the arrangement of atoms in a crystal is critically dependent on the size of the atoms, their charge and type of bonding. According to scientists from the Biohybrid Materials Group of Aalto University Finland led by Mauri Kostiainen similar rules can be applied to prepare ionic colloidal crystals consisting of oppositely charged proteins and virus particles. The results can be applied for example in packing and protecting virus particles into crystals that mimic Nature’s own occlusion bodies (protein lattices that pack and protect virus particles to maintain their long-term infectivity), preparation of biocompatible metamaterials, biomolecule crystallization and the subsequent structural analysis. Viruses, which are commonly perceived only as unwanted infectious agents delivering diseases, can be used also to our benefit. Evolution …

    August 29, 2014 7:53 pm
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Health

  • Porn film moratorium lifted after HIV result proves false positive


    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A moratorium on U.S. adult sex film productions was lifted on Friday after just 24 hours when a performer’s initial HIV test result proved to be a false positive, according to the industry trade group that called for the suspension. The moratorium marked at least the third consecutive summer that the porn industry has voluntarily shut down productions under its health-screening system because of performers who tested positive for a sexually transmitted disease. But the latest episode was by far the shortest, coming to an end a day after it began as re-testing of two blood samples from the performer in question, and testing of other actors with whom the individual had recently worked, came back negative, the group said. “We always err on the side of caution,” said Diane Duke, chief executive of the Los Angeles-based Free Speech Coalition, the porn trade industry group. Because false positives are relatively rare …

    August 29, 2014 7:31 pm
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Entertainment

  • Adam Brody talks marriage and kissing Rachel Bilson


    The Jennifer’s Body actor recently opened up about his life during an Ask Me Anything session on Reddit on Thursday, promoting his new project, Amazon original series pilot The Cosmopolitans. Leighton Meester calls husband Adam Brody “that pesky guy”  And some of the questions that his fans wanted to ask Brody were about his beautiful wife, their marriage and what it was like on set of The O.C. “How’s Leighton?” a fan asked Brody, to which he responded, “She’s swell!” The pair married over the Valentine’s Day weekend earlier this year at a resort in Mexico, with Meester celebrating her bachelorette party in Hollywood just weeks before the wedding. While the couple appear to be lovestruck, there is yet to be talk of any kids. So does Brody have plans to add to his brood? Leighton Meester and Adam Brody marry in secret ceremony  “I say twelve,” Brody joked. “And I decide.” Another inquisitive participant …

    August 29, 2014 9:13 pm
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Editorial

  • The last church in Churchville


    Church of the Assumption in Churchville, Iowa (Courtesy Karon King)COPYRIGHT,2011 Churchville, Iowa is barely big enough to Google. It’s just a small country town – about a dozen or so houses and a church. They don’t even have a traffic light. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT “We’ve got two stop signs – one going in and one going out,” said Dennis Johnson. He’s been living around these parts for going on 69 years. CLICK HERE TO JOIN TODD ON FACEBOOK FOR CONSERVATIVE NEWS! It wasn’t always like that – back when the Great Western Railroad came through town. Those were Churchville’s glory days. There was a stockyard and a grocery store. They even had a hotel.  But that was a long time ago and the trains don’t rumble down the tracks anymore. The stockyard is empty. The grocery store boarded up. But what Churchville lacked in people, it made up for in faith. The Catholics built a church …

    August 29, 2014 7:31 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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