• Councils ‘offer refugee sanctuary’

    Councils ‘offer refugee sanctuary’

    Image copyright Reuters More than 40 local councils in the UK say they are ready to offer sanctuary to refugees fleeing war-ravaged Syria, a Labour leadership candidate has said. Yvette Cooper said local authorities had...
  • Colts acquire linebacker Sio Moore from Raiders

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indianapolis Colts acquired linebacker Sio Moore from the Oakland Raiders on Friday for a late-round draft pick next year. Moore had 140 tackles and 7 1/2 sacks in 26 games in two...
  • Migrants arrive at Austria border

    Migrants arrive at Austria border

    Image copyright Reuters Image caption Small groups crossed from Hungary into Austria early on Saturday Migrants are arriving in Austria after Hungary’s surprise move to provide buses for them. For days, Hungary had blocked migrants...

Headline News

  • Entangled blue whale spotted off southern California coast


    SAN FRANCISCO A blue whale entangled in a fishing line was spotted off the coast of southern California on Friday and rescue workers were determining how to free the massive mammal, officials said. The whale was first seen in the afternoon by a cruise ship 5 miles (8 km) off the coast of the upscale seaside community of Rancho Palos Verdes, said National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) spokesman Jim Milbury. Milbury said a crew authorized by NOAA to conduct marine animal rescues was on scene and assessing whether they could cut the line to free the endangered animal. He said towing the line could potentially exhaust the whale or cut into its skin, adding, “It’s certainly not doing it any good, that’s for sure.” Blue whales, the largest animals on Earth, can grow to reach nearly 100 feet (30 meters) in length and weigh 190 tons (172 tonnes). They were once driven to near …

    September 4, 2015 10:29 pm
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Politics

  • Saudi Arabia satisfied with Obama’s assurances on Iran deal


    WASHINGTON Saudi Arabia is satisfied with assurances from U.S. President Barack Obama about the Iran nuclear deal and believes the agreement will contribute to security and stability in the Middle East, a senior Saudi official said on Friday. Saudi King Salman met with Obama at the White House on Friday to seek more support in countering Iran, as the Obama administration aimed to use the visit to shore up relations after a period of tensions. The visit is the king’s first to the United States since ascending to the throne in January 2015, and comes after the United States agreed to a nuclear deal with Iran in July. The U.S.-Saudi relationship has suffered strain because of what Riyadh sees as Obama’s withdrawal from the region, a lack of direct U.S. action against President Bashar al-Assad in Syria, and a perceived U.S. tilt towards Iran since the 2011 Arab uprisings. But the countries share many strategic …

    September 4, 2015 7:29 pm
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Stocks

  • Jessica Alba’s Honest Company sued for alleged false labeling


    Jessica Alba’s Honest Company has been sued by a customer who claims the company is making false claims in its marketing and labeling. The lawsuit alleges the Honest Company falsely says its products are “natural.” It further says that Honest’s sunscreen isn’t “effective.” “The allegations against us are baseless and without merit. We strongly stand behind our products and the responsibility we have to our consumers,” Alba said in a statement to CNNMoney. “I am very proud that we have built this company into an industry leader focused on using natural ingredients and developing products that people love,” she added.  Earlier this year, the company vowed publicly to “do what it takes to make it right” after facing complaints for supposed problems with its sunscreen. Customers had taken to social media, posting pictures of sunburns they say they got wearing the Honest Company’s SPF 30. The company said the sunscreen is effective. The lawsuit was filed in federal …

    September 4, 2015 10:29 pm
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Sports

  • Colts acquire linebacker Sio Moore from Raiders


    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indianapolis Colts acquired linebacker Sio Moore from the Oakland Raiders on Friday for a late-round draft pick next year. Moore had 140 tackles and 7 1/2 sacks in 26 games in two seasons with Oakland. Last season, he started all 11 games he played and had 90 tackles and three sacks. ”This has been more than a home to me… So much if my heart is in the bay… My teammates RaiderNation Yall are family to me. Will miss Yall,” Moore tweeted. The former Connecticut player was a third-round pick in 2013.

    September 4, 2015 10:30 pm
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World News

  • Councils ‘offer refugee sanctuary’


    Image copyright Reuters More than 40 local councils in the UK say they are ready to offer sanctuary to refugees fleeing war-ravaged Syria, a Labour leadership candidate has said. Yvette Cooper said local authorities had replied within 24 hours to her request for each to accept 10 families. Councils have shown a “rising sense of moral purpose”, the shadow home secretary added. Prime Minister David Cameron announced on Friday that the UK would take in “thousands” more Syrian refugees. A exact figure on how many is yet to be decided, but the prime minister made it clear the extra refugees would come from camps bordering Syria, and not from among those already in Europe. In other developments: The SNP says it will use its opposition day debate in the Commons on Wednesday to hold the UK government to account over its stance on the refugee crisis Migrants are arriving in Austria after Hungary’s decision to …

    September 4, 2015 10:30 pm
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Technology

  • Why is Apple customers’ appetite for its products insatiable?


    “Siri, give us a hint,” said Apple’s invitation to its media event next Wednesday. But few needed a hint to know that the chief executive, Tim Cook, will unveil new phones and iPhone software, plus a greatly improved Apple TV set-top box controlled via Siri, Apple’s voice-activated system. Related: Will Apple reveal the iPhone 6S on 9 September? Siri drops hints Nor did experts need a hint to know that the new phones will look almost identical to last year’s larger-screened iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and probably be called the 6S and 6S Plus. Apple works in two-year ‘ticktock’ cycles, and last year’s bigger screens were the more dramatic tick. Supply chain leaks suggest the latest models might have a feature called Force Touch – already used in some Mac computers and on its watch – that allows the device to sense and respond to the degree of pressure from a touching finger. But …

    September 4, 2015 7:49 pm
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Science

  • Farthest galaxy detected


    Related images(click to enlarge) A team of Caltech researchers that has spent years searching for the earliest objects in the universe now reports the detection of what may be the most distant galaxy ever found. In an article published August 28, 2015 in Astrophysical Journal Letters, Adi Zitrin, a NASA Hubble Postdoctoral Scholar in Astronomy, and Richard Ellis–who recently retired after 15 years on the Caltech faculty and is now a professor of astrophysics at University College, London–describe evidence for a galaxy called EGS8p7 that is more than 13.2 billion years old. The universe itself is about 13.8 billion years old. Earlier this year, EGS8p7 had been identified as a candidate for further investigation based on data gathered by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and the Spitzer Space Telescope. Using the multi-object spectrometer for infrared exploration (MOSFIRE) at the W.M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii, the researchers performed a spectrographic analysis of the galaxy to determine its …

    September 4, 2015 6:48 pm
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Health

  • Informing athletes about concussions may not change behavior


    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Educating athletes about the risk of concussion may do little to change long-term behavior, a new qualitative research review has found. Based on 89 peer-reviewed articles, two books and two Web sites, researchers say the most successful approaches included interactivity and varied kinds of presentations and were part of mandated training or legislation, according to their report online August 25 in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. “We recommend that everyone involved with the athlete (coaches, parents, athletic trainers, physicians) be involved. It’s not just the athlete,” the paper’s lead author, Dr. Martin Mrazik from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, told Reuters Health by email. Educational efforts should be informed by updated guidelines such as those published in 2013 in the same journal, Dr. Mrazik said (available here: bit.ly/1JTmuGx). He also recommended caution in using online guidelines that have not been internationally approved. Few studies reported on the …

    September 4, 2015 7:08 pm
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Entertainment

  • Miley Cyrus Sneaks Out Of The Club With Cody Simpson


    Posted on Fri Sep 4th, 2015 8:10am PDT       By X17 Staff If you blink you’ll miss it! Miley Cyrus is so recognizable that she has a hard time going incognito, but she tried last night as she made her exit from The Nice Guy in Hollywood with Cody Simpson! The VMAs host was escorted out of the back door by an assistant, and the Australian singer followed behind with his leather jacket over his head to avoid being photographed. Someone should tell Gigi Hadid’s ex that he’s not that important! The only reason for these two to hide their hangout is if something is going on romantically. The “Wrecking Ball” songstress is rumored to have broken up with her Victoria’s Secret girlfriend Stella Maxwell, and Cody has been single since his split with his Sports Illustrated stunner ex. We know that the twerking queen goes both ways, so it’s very possible these two are secretly hooking …

    September 4, 2015 9:49 pm
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Editorial

  • How I dumped the mega-church model and found something bigger


    Each year, the “nones” in our society (those who check “none” for religious affiliation) grow at an astounding rate. Some have used those statistics to declare the end of the American church. And while this fear of secularism is a bit overblown, the stats do raise an essential point: Churches that want to reach ‘nones’ read to retool. “Nones” do not saunter their way back into church because a particular pastor is super-engaging, the music is cool, or the guest services are Disney-esque. “Nones” feel like the church is a separate world in which they have no part. A British friend of mine, Steve Timmis, cites a study in Great Britain in which 70 percent of Brits say they have no intention of ever attending a church service. For any reason. Not at Easter. Not for marriages. Not for funerals or Christmas Eve services. Seventy percent! Great Britain may be a few years ahead of …

    September 4, 2015 10:09 pm
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Odd News

  • Arby’s fires Florida manager after police officer joke goes ‘awry’


    MIAMI Arby’s sandwich chain fired a South Florida restaurant manager and suspended a clerk after an unfortunate police joke led to a complaint against staff at a drive-thru. The mix-up led to a police woman accusing the store of denying her service simply because she was a cop. Pembroke Pines police officer Jennifer Martin, accused the clerk of refusing to accept her credit card when she ordered a meal on Tuesday at the restaurant a few miles northwest of Miami. She said the manager told her; “He doesn’t want to serve you because you are a police officer.” Martin was eventually served, but decided to return her food and was given a refund. The next day Pembroke Pines police chief Dan Giustino issued a press release saying he had called Arby’s to demand an apology. The clerk, Kenneth Davenport, told local media that the delay in serving Martin was a mix-up as he was busy …

    September 4, 2015 7:08 pm
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