Headline News

  • Arrest warrant issued for suspect in Virginia student’s abduction


    (Reuters) – Police issued an arrest warrant on Tuesday for a suspect in connection with the disappearance of a University of Virginia student who was reported missing earlier this month. The warrant seeks the arrest of 32-year-old Jesse Matthew on suspicion of abduction with the intent to defile, Charlotteville Police Chief Tim Longo told reporters at a press conference. Hannah Graham has not been seen since the early morning hours of Sept. 13. (This story corrects spelling of suspect’s name in second paragraph to Matthew from Mathew) (Reporting by John Clarke; Writing by Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Sandra Maler)

    September 23, 2014 7:11 pm
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Politics

  • Judge temporarily restores federal protections to wolves in Wyoming


    (Reuters) – A U.S. judge temporarily restored federal protections to wolves in Wyoming on Tuesday in a victory for conservationists that is sure to draw criticism from ranchers and hunters who blame wolves for preying on livestock and big-game animals. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said in 2012 that wolves had successfully come back from the brink of extinction in Wyoming, and that the population of about 300 animals could be managed by the state, which established hunting seasons. But conservation groups filed suit alleging federal wildlife managers violated provisions of the Endangered Species Act by approving a wolf management plan in Wyoming that allowed the animals to be shot on sight in most of the state and failed to ensure their survival. In Tuesday’s ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson ruled that the decision by the Fish and Wildlife Service to hand Wyoming authority based on non-binding promises by the state …

    September 23, 2014 5:51 pm
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Stocks

  • Crazy corporate tax loopholes? ‘Inversions’ are small potatoes


      The Obama administration is trying to clamp down on the corporate rush to move abroad for the tax savings — doing what it says Congress is unwilling to do. Few argue that the loopholes that encourage such tax-driven mergers with foreign companies are fine and dandy. In fact, many lawmakers and tax experts wouldn’t mind seeing them closed. But inversions are relatively small potatoes compared to other tax breaks companies enjoy. Before the Treasury came out with new rules on Monday, the Joint Committee on Taxation had estimated that U.S. companies that invert could cost federal coffers about $20 billion in lost revenue over the next decade. Compare that to the roughly $400 billion it will cost over the same decade if lawmakers choose to re-up the “temporary” corporate tax breaks that expire every few years and are regularly extended, according to the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. Not every corporate tax break …

    September 23, 2014 6:51 pm
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Sports

  • Jets release CB Ellis Lankster, sign CB Brandon Smith


    Chicago Bears wide receiver Rashad Ross (13) leaps over teammate tight end Dante Rosario (88) and New York Jets defensive back Ellis Lankster (31) in the first quarter of an NFL football game, Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (The Associated Press) FLORHAM PARK, N.J. –  The New York Jets have released cornerback Ellis Lankster, a special teams standout, and signed cornerback Brandon Smith. Lankster was released by the Jets on Sept. 1, and then re-signed on Sept. 12. He had two tackles on special teams Monday night against Chicago. Lankster played the last three years with the Jets after being a seventh-round pick by Buffalo in 2009. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Smith, a converted wide receiver, was most recently a member of Buffalo’s practice squad last season. He signed with Carolina as an undrafted free agent out of Arizona State in 2011. Smith has also been with Green Bay. ___ AP NFL …

    September 23, 2014 7:11 pm
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World News

  • Karzai warns successors beware of US


    23 September 2014 Last updated at 16:59 Mr Karzai’s relations with the US have been troubled for years President Hamid Karzai has used his last speech in office to warn the new Afghan government to beware of the US. In a national address before leaving the presidential palace, Mr Karzai said the peace process had failed because “America did not want peace”. The US ambassador said the remarks dishonoured America’s war dead. Mr Karzai has long attacked the US for causing too many civilian casualties. A national unity government takes power on Monday after a bitterly fought vote. In his farewell speech, Mr Karzai said the war was not among Afghans but “for the objectives of foreigners”. He said a friendly relationship with the United States was possible, but only if their words matched their actions. He strongly criticised Afghanistan’s neighbour Pakistan, too, saying it wanted to control Afghan foreign policy. “If America and Pakistan …

    September 23, 2014 7:12 pm
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Technology

  • Retro spy tech revs up future of ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’


    With season 2 of “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” about to start again (September 23 in the US), I wanted to take a moment to look back at one of the coolest things about the end of season 1. No, not “Don’t Fear the Reaper”; not the part with the nail gun; not even Ming-Na Wen and Clark Gregg in nerdigans doing cross-talk comedy. Since this is CNET, and SHIELD in the comics had a great tech loadout, I’m going with Agent Triplett’s trunk of vintage Howling Commandos spy gear. Like the Sistine Chapel of vintage spy gear. Video screenshot by Kelsey Adams/CNET The Howling Commandos, as my Marvel-fan aunt has repeatedly explained to me, really belonged to Nick Fury, and while giving them to ’40s Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe was a good way to keep them in the story, the timeline has meant we didn’t get to see much of them. Ending season …

    September 23, 2014 5:51 pm
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Science

  • Climate Change Will Be Solved in Cities–Or Not at All


    In the 1980s, the Chinese city of Shenzhen had some 300,000 mostly impoverished inhabitants. Today, that city—the first to experience China’s reform and economic opening—has more than 15 million residents and also hosts another first in China’s history—a carbon market. Shenzhen’s market to reduce global warming pollution covers some 620 manufacturers and other industries that collectively grew by 9 percent in 2013. The buying and selling of permits to emit CO2 pollution resulted in a drop of 500,000 metric tons in the manufacturing sector and swapping cleaner energy for coal reduced carbon dioxide emissions by 2 million metric tons for the entire city.   “If you can know Shenzhen can do this then you can believe Chinese government can do this as well,” says Tang Jie, vice mayor of one of the largest megacities in China, who says the overall goal is to have total pollution peak as soon as possible. “In 2020, our city …

    September 23, 2014 6:11 pm
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Health

  • Celgene’s psoriasis drug gets approval for new indication


    (Reuters) – Celgene Corp said the U.S. Food and Drugs Administration has approved the expanded use of its drug Otezla for treating patients with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis.The drug, known chemically as apremilast, is already approved for treating psoriatic arthritis, a type of arthritis associated with the skin disease. The drug is also being studied as a potential treatment for a type of spondylitis. Celgene forecast in March annual Otezla sales of $1.5 billion to $2 billion by 2017. Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory disease of the skin resulting from an uncontrolled immune response. Shares of Celgene closed at $93.12 Tuesday on the Nasdaq. (Reporting by Shailesh Kuber in Bangalore; Editing by Don Sebastian)

    September 23, 2014 5:51 pm
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Entertainment

  • Chris Martin Is Bare Foot And Fancy Free Now That He’s Off Gwyneth’s Leash


    Posted on Tue Sep 23rd, 2014 3:11pm PDT       By X17 Staff This looks like a man enjoying his freedom! Chris Martin took a stroll around his Malibu neighborhood today, and the Coldplay front man was barefoot and clad in a dirty t-shirt and sweatpants. Ex-wife Gwyneth Paltrow would never have let him get away with such carefree behavior, but something tells us new love Jennifer Lawrence encourages him to embrace this side of himself! Not that he’s totally out of the Goop queen’s grasp, though! A new report claims the Oscar winner isn’t bothered by her former husband’s conscious coupling with J.Law, but she is still “uncompromising with the amount of time she expects him to spend with their family” and she’s allegedly drawn up a schedule to make sure he doesn’t shirk his fatherly duties. She’s drawn up a rota to balance his time living life as a bachelor and seeing Jennifer with honouring their …

    September 23, 2014 5:31 pm
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Editorial

  • GOP’s future: What Republicans can learn from Alibaba’s Jack Ma


    In the fairy tale “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves,” Ali Baba, a poor woodcutter, is in the forest when he hears a group of robbers approaching on horseback. Afraid, he climbs a tree and hears one of the men say, “open sesame.” A door opens in a rock and the men go in, the door shutting behind them when another says, “close sesame.” When they leave, Ali Baba climbs down and approaches the rock. He says, “open sesame” and it opens for him. Inside he discovers jewels and gold, which he takes, becoming rich himself. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Jack Ma is the founder of the Chinese Internet retailer Alibaba. According to The New York Times, Alibaba is “the world’s largest Internet commerce company, with 231 million active buyers using its site, 11.3 billion annual orders and $296 billion in annual merchandise sales.” Its initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange established its value …

    September 23, 2014 5:51 pm
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Odd News

  • Connecticut man arrested after driving stolen car to meeting with cops


    NEW HAVEN Conn. (Reuters) – A 26-year-old Connecticut man was in police custody on Tuesday after showing up to a phony probation meeting driving a car that police say he stole from a woman in a supermarket parking lot and later may have used to rob a bank. Gary Harding was arrested on Monday when he showed up at a state office in New Haven for what he thought was to be a meeting with his probation officer. “Thank God people aren’t always very bright, it really does make our job a lot easier,” said New Haven Police spokesman David Hartman. “Not only to make the apprehension, but then to also have the main piece of evidence delivered right to us … that was icing on the cake.” That main piece of evidence was an SUV stolen from a Stamford woman at a grocery store on Sept. 13 by a man who claimed to have …

    September 23, 2014 6:11 pm
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