• Khan refuses to join Pakistan talks

    Khan refuses to join Pakistan talks

    20 August 2014 Last updated at 22:59 Mr Khan has come under pressure from other opposition leaders to end his “unconstitutional” protests Imran Khan says he will not hold talks with the government until Pakistani...
  • Torres has setback in recovery from ACL injury

    San Jose, CA (SportsNetwork.com) – The San Jose Sharks revealed on Wednesday that forward Raffi Torres was forced to undergo another surgery on his right knee. “Raffi recently underwent a surgical procedure in Toronto to...
  • Student punished for saying "bless you"

    Student punished for saying "bless you"

    Kendra Turner and her motherMyFoxMemphis Kendra Turner was brought up right. She’s the kind of kid who says “yes sir” and “no ma’am.”  She was “raised up right,” with good manners as they are prone...
  • Silva runs for Brazilian presidency

    Silva runs for Brazilian presidency

    21 August 2014 Last updated at 01:17 Marina Silva said she would give “the best I have in me” as the Brazilian Socialist Party presidential candidate The Brazilian Socialist Party (PSB) has formally named the...
  • Attorney General meets Brown family

    Attorney General meets Brown family

    21 August 2014 Last updated at 02:02 Holder (left) has promised a “full, fair and independent” investigation into Brown’s killing US Attorney General Eric Holder has met the parents of Michael Brown, the black teenager...

Headline News

  • U.S. attorney general visits Missouri town for meetings on fatal shooting


    FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) – U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder met with community members in Ferguson, Missouri, on Wednesday and vowed a thorough civil rights probe into the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teenager that has set off 11 nights of racially charged unrest. Holder, the first African-American to head the Justice Department, met with students and then community leaders at a community college during a visit to Ferguson for a briefing on a Justice Department investigation into the Aug. 9 killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown. He later met privately with Brown’s parents at the St. Louis U.S. Attorney’s Office, but no details of that session were immediately available. Also on Wednesday, a grand jury investigating the fatal shooting began hearing evidence in the case. Before a briefing at local FBI headquarters, Holder said the thrust of his department’s inquiry differed from the investigation conducted by local authorities. “We are looking for violations of …

    August 20, 2014 9:10 pm
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Politics

  • Virginia ex-governor takes stand to deny granting favors


    RICHMOND Va. (Reuters) – Former Virginia Governor Robert F. McDonnell took the witness stand in his own defense on Wednesday and denied giving any special treatment to the company at the heart of the bribery and corruption charges against him and his wife. McDonnell characterized his treatment of the company, Star Scientific Inc, and its CEO Jonnie Williams Sr. as “nothing at all special, other than what I was supposed to do.” McDonnell and his wife Maureen have been charged with 14 counts of bribery and fraud for allegedly accepting more than $165,000 in loans and gifts from Williams to promote the company’s signature product, Anatabloc. During the trial, now in its fourth week, prosecutors have said the couple was desperate for money and in deep trouble financially, turning to Williams to help them out. To prove its case against the McDonnells, the government must convince the jury that the couple – and specifically, the …

    August 20, 2014 8:29 pm
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Stocks

  • Bank of America nears record settlement


    Bank of America is on the verge of finalizing a deal with the government to pay more than $16.5 billion in what would be the biggest mortgage securities fraud settlement. The agreement, to be announced as soon as Thursday, would settle a probe by the Justice Department and a group of states related to banking practices dating to the financial crisis, according to a person familiar with the deal. The government accused the bank of misleading the buyers of mortgage-backed securities about the quality of the loans. The settlement includes payments by the bank for penalties as well as relief for homeowners. It’s a large sum, even for the large bank: it made just over $17 billion in profits from 2011 to 2013 — and about $2 billion more in the past six months. Bank of America representatives declined to comment Wednesday. Related: Settlements bite into BofA profits Attorney General Eric Holder and Bank of …

    August 20, 2014 7:28 pm
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Sports

  • Torres has setback in recovery from ACL injury


    San Jose, CA (SportsNetwork.com) – The San Jose Sharks revealed on Wednesday that forward Raffi Torres was forced to undergo another surgery on his right knee. “Raffi recently underwent a surgical procedure in Toronto to alleviate an infection in his previously surgically repaired right knee,” said Sharks GM Doug Wilson in a statement. “The procedure involved removing the graft previously implanted in his repaired knee in September 2013. Raffi has started a rehabilitation phase, but will need to repeat the surgical procedure to repair the ACL damage suffered on Sept. 20, 2013. We expect Raffi to return to the team during the 2014-15 season but no official timeline for his return is being set at this time.” Torres was signed to a three-year deal in the 2013 offseason. He recovered well enough from the initial surgery to appear in five regular-season games and all seven of San Jose’s historic first-round defeat to the Stanley Cup …

    August 20, 2014 9:10 pm
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World News

  • Khan refuses to join Pakistan talks


    20 August 2014 Last updated at 22:59 Mr Khan has come under pressure from other opposition leaders to end his “unconstitutional” protests Imran Khan says he will not hold talks with the government until Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif resigns. The opposition leader told protesters holding a sit-in outside parliament that the talks would be “no use” unless Mr Sharif stepped down. Fellow protest leader Tahirul Qadri sent a team to meet with officials, but the talks ended without a resolution. Protesters say Mr Sharif is corrupt only came to power after widespread vote-rigging in last year’s elections. Mr Sharif’s party won that election by a landslide in what was Pakistan’s first peaceful transfer of power between two civilian democratic governments. The protests have remained peaceful so far but there are fears the military could intervene in the crisis Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. The BBC’s Pakistan correspondent, Shahzeb Jillani, asked …

    August 20, 2014 9:10 pm
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Technology

  • Sea plankton found on the outer surface of the ISS


    NASA There are a lot of things in space, but terrestrial sea plankton was not one of them –at least, so we thought. Yet traces of the microorganisms were found on the windows of the International Space Station, as reported by Russia’s Itar-Tass news agency. Experiments had previously shown that microorganisms such as bacteria are capable of surviving in space, and, further, propagating endospores — but sea plankton is certainly a new discovery, Vladimir Solovyev, chief of the Russian ISS orbital mission, told the news agency. “The results of this experiment are absolutely unique,” he said. “We have found traces of sea plankton and microscopic particles on the illuminator [window] surface. This should be studied further.” As for how the plankton got there in the first place, researchers are yet unclear, although they do have some theories. “[Plankton in] such phases of development is found on the surface of the ocean. It isn’t characteristic to …

    August 20, 2014 8:29 pm
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Science

  • US expedition yields first breakthrough paper about life under Antarctic ice


    The first breakthrough paper to come out of a massive U.S. expedition to one of Earth’s final frontiers shows that there’s life and an active ecosystem one-half mile below the surface of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, specifically in a lake that hasn’t seen sunlight or felt a breath of wind for millions of years. The life is in the form of microorganisms that live beneath the enormous Antarctic ice sheet and convert ammonium and methane into the energy required for growth. Many of the microbes are single-celled organisms known as Archaea, said Montana State University professor John Priscu, the chief scientist of the U.S. project called WISSARD that sampled the sub-ice environment. He is also co-author of the MSU author-dominated paper in the Aug. 21 issue of Nature. “We were able to prove unequivocally to the world that Antarctica is not a dead continent,” Priscu said, adding that data in the Nature paper is …

    August 20, 2014 4:46 pm
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Health

  • Experimental Ebola drugs needed for ‘up to 30,000 people’


    LONDON (Reuters) – Up to 30,000 people could have used experimental treatments or vaccines so far in the world’s worst outbreak of Ebola currently plaguing West Africa, British scientists said on Wednesday. The calculation highlights the dilemma facing officials considering how to distribute the tiny quantities of unproven drugs that are likely to be available in the near term to fight the deadly disease. The World Health Organization (WHO) is hoping for improved supplies of experimental treatments and progress with a vaccine by the end of the year, after last week backing the use of untested drugs and vaccines. Oliver Brady, an epidemiologist at the University of Oxford, and colleagues have been crunching the numbers and believe the number of people needing such treatment or protection is very large, even under a conservative scenario. “This demand is likely to be higher than many people realize,” Brady wrote in a commentary in the science journal Nature. …

    August 20, 2014 12:21 pm
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Entertainment

  • Taylor Swift is no longer "enamored by romance"


    Taylor Swift takes aim at haters in new “Shake It Off” video  Swift has gained a reputation for singing about her broken relationships, but it looks like she may be staying away from that territory this time. Swift opened up to Fusion magazine about her new attitude, and said when she released Red in 2012, she “was very enamored by romance.” “At this point I’m really just like, ‘I wanna be with my friends!’” she explained. “I wanna define my life on my own terms. That’s really my list of priorities now, which is different than it was a few years ago.” That place that Swift was in is evident on her album, Red, which the singer says “was a devastating record.” “It was about dealing with an intense heartbreak, and 1989 is about the phase after that where you brush yourself off and you’re OK.” Swift has not only matured, but she has gotten older. …

    August 20, 2014 8:09 pm
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Editorial

  • Student punished for saying "bless you"


    Kendra Turner and her motherMyFoxMemphis Kendra Turner was brought up right. She’s the kind of kid who says “yes sir” and “no ma’am.”  She was “raised up right,” with good manners as they are prone to say around Dyersburg, Tennessee. So it was not out of character for Kendra to say “bless you” after a fellow classmate sneezed. But that common courtesy landed the 18-year-old in hot water. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT FOX13 News, WHBQ FOX 13 Kendra said she was rebuked by her teacher at Dyer County High School and thrown out of class for violating the teacher’s ban on the words “bless you.” The school would have us believe that a child telling a classmate “bless you” after a sneeze somehow caused a classroom commotion so severe it warranted a punishment? It’s a good thing Kendra didn’t offer her classmate a tissue.   “She said that we’re not going to have godly speaking in her …

    August 20, 2014 8:29 pm
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Odd News

  • Pimco NYC office tackles bed bug infestation, fumigates


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – The New York offices of Pimco, the massive asset manager run by Bill Gross, are being fumigated this week because of a bed bug infestation. “Our New York office is addressing an isolated issue with insects, and as a precautionary measure the firm is fumigating certain areas of the office space,” a spokesman said on Wednesday. “During this period, our employees are working remotely, and we expect to resume full on-premises staffing over the coming days.” Pimco’s New York offices, located in the Paramount Plaza on 1633 Broadway, are one of a dozen global locations. Pimco, a unit of Allianz SE, has its headquarters in Newport Beach, Calif. “This is an issue that is far from uncommon in New York City,” the spokesman said, regarding New York City’s battle with the epidemic of tiny blood-sucking insects. Two weeks ago, three New York City subway trains had to be fumigated after riders …

    August 20, 2014 4:45 pm
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