• Total boss dies in Moscow air crash

    Total boss dies in Moscow air crash

    21 October 2014 Last updated at 02:30 Christophe de Margerie, the chief executive of French oil company Total, has died in an air crash in Moscow. Airport spokeswoman Elena Krylova said: “Tonight, a plane crashed...
  • Gough Whitlam dies at the age of 98

    Gough Whitlam dies at the age of 98

    21 October 2014 Last updated at 01:26 Gough Whitlam was described as a “giant of his time” despite governing for just three years Former Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam has died at the age of...
  • Canada hit-and-run man ‘radicalised’

    Canada hit-and-run man ‘radicalised’

    21 October 2014 Last updated at 01:38 The man fled the scene, then crashed his car and was shot after he exited, police said A man who struck two Canadian soldiers with his car before...
  • Texans’ Clowney sits again

    Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) – Houston Texans linebacker Jadeveon Clowney will not play Monday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers after all. Clowney had hoped to suit up for the first time since Week 1. The former...
  • Higher fees coming for Citibank customers

    Higher fees coming for Citibank customers

    Watch out Citibank customers: higher fees are on the way. Beginning in January, monthly fees on Citi rewards checking accounts will increase from $20 to $25, and fees on basic accounts will rise from $10...

Headline News

  • Obama praises Supreme Court stance on gay marriage: magazine


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent move to uphold lower-court rulings allowing gay marriage in several states may be its most significant decision during his time in office, he told the New Yorker magazine in comments published on Monday. In declining to decide whether states can prohibit gay marriage, the court last week rejected seven different appeals of court rulings striking down gay marriage bans, effectively giving the go-ahead to same-sex marriage in 11 states that previously outlawed it. “In some ways, the decision that was just handed down to not do anything about what states are doing on same-sex marriage may end up being as consequential — from my perspective, a positive sense — as anything that’s been done,” Obama was quoted as saying in an article about his legal legacy. Among major Supreme Court decisions during his six years in office was a 2012 ruling upholding the …

    October 20, 2014 9:00 pm
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Politics

  • Alabama state House speaker indicted on corruption charges


    (Reuters) – Alabama’s powerful Republican state house speaker was indicted on 23 criminal counts of corruption by a grand jury, court records released on Monday show. Mike Hubbard, who helped guide Republicans to majorities in both houses of the Alabama legislature in 2010 for the first time in 136 years, was indicted on Friday on charges that include using his office for personal gain and legislating with a conflict of interest. According to the indictment, handed down by a grand jury in Lee County, Hubbard solicited favors from a range of powerful Alabamans, including former Governor Bob Riley, a fellow Republican, along with several business leaders. The charges are all Class B felonies, which under state law each carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $30,000 fine. Speaking on Monday outside the Lee County Jail, where Hubbard was booked, Mark White, his attorney, said Hubbard would fight the charges, the Alabama …

    October 20, 2014 6:56 pm
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Stocks

  • Higher fees coming for Citibank customers


    Watch out Citibank customers: higher fees are on the way. Beginning in January, monthly fees on Citi rewards checking accounts will increase from $20 to $25, and fees on basic accounts will rise from $10 to $12. While there are still ways to avoid getting hit with these fees, the requirements for doing so have also changed. The average monthly balance you’re required to keep in your account to get a monthly fee waiver will decrease, making it easier for some customers to skirt fees. But lines of credit, mortgages, credit card and loan balances will no longer be counted toward that limit — making it more difficult for other customers. Related: ATM fees surge again “Citibank (C) continually evaluates the pricing of products and services and adjusts fees as necessary based on many factors, including servicing costs and marketplace pricing,” the bank said in a statement.   These fee hikes put Citi on the …

    October 20, 2014 7:57 pm
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Sports

  • McIlroy pulls out of China swing to focus on legal battle: media


    (Reuters) – Rory McIlroy has pulled out of next week’s BMW Masters and the following WGC HSBC Champions event in Shanghai to focus on his legal battle with his former management company, British media reported, citing a statement from the Northern Irishman. McIlroy terminated his contract with Dublin-based Horizon Sports Management in Sept. 2013 to form his own management company and the protracted legal dispute is now set to go to trial. “I’m going to need time away from tournament golf to prepare for the trial over my legal dispute with Horizon Sports Management,” British media quoted McIlroy as saying in a statement. “The court-directed mediation process failed over the weekend to resolve the issue.” The dispute with Horizon Sports Management overshadowed McIlroy’s game in a forgettable season last year, but the 25-year-old pushed it aside this year to win two majors and reclaim the world number one ranking. (Writing by Ian Ransom; Editing by …

    October 20, 2014 9:00 pm
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World News

  • Total boss dies in Moscow air crash


    21 October 2014 Last updated at 02:30 Christophe de Margerie, the chief executive of French oil company Total, has died in an air crash in Moscow. Airport spokeswoman Elena Krylova said: “Tonight, a plane crashed when it collided with a snow-clearing machine. Three crew members and a passenger died.” “I can confirm that the passenger was Total’s head de Margerie,” she said. Mr de Margerie had been chief executive of Europe’s third largest oil company since 2007. The company has confirmed his death. Russia’s emergencies ministry said in a statement that the accident had involved a Falcon-50 plane shortly before midnight Moscow time (20:00 GMT) on Monday. The jet had been due to fly to Paris. The three crew members were all French. ‘Huge loss’ The 63-year-old executive was highly regarded within the oil industry. At Total, where he had spent his entire career, he was nicknamed “Big Moustache”. He joined Total Group after graduating …

    October 20, 2014 9:00 pm
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Technology

  • Connecting India’s offline millions


    21 October 2014 Last updated at 00:05 Most Indians access the internet through mobile phones but access can be very slow. Does Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg have the answer? Most parents would love to get their teenagers away from computers. Continue reading the main story Special Report: The Technology of Business The world’s fastest ambulance When does an app need regulating? ‘Air’ plastic and mushroom cushions Health tech start-ups go the long way Senegal’s expats flock to buy rams Coding for cannabis cash Dublin dotcom – the Celtic kitten But not in one poor suburb on the outskirts of Delhi, where youngsters are sent to learn. Sharing a few laptops between them, they’re being taught some basic online skills – how to search for information, how to send money to their families in the villages and how to book train tickets. None of the children have access to computers in school. Nor do they own one. …

    October 20, 2014 6:56 pm
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Science

  • Secrets of dinosaur ecology found in fragile amber


    Ryan McKellar’s research sounds like it was plucked from Jurassic Park: he studies pieces of amber found buried with dinosaur skeletons. But rather than re-creating dinosaurs, McKellar uses the tiny pieces of fossilized tree resin to study the world in which the now-extinct behemoths lived. New techniques for investigating very tiny pieces of fragile amber buried in dinosaur bonebeds could close the gaps in knowledge about the ecology of the dinosaurs, said McKellar, who is a research scientist at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum in Saskatchewan, Canada. “Basically it puts a backdrop to these dinosaur digs, it tells us a bit about the habitat,” said McKellar. The amber can show what kinds of plants were abundant, and what the atmosphere was like at the time the amber was formed, he explained. Scientists can then put together details regarding what kind of habitat the dinosaur lived in and how the bonebed formed. The preliminary findings about dinosaur …

    October 20, 2014 3:12 pm
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Health

  • Cell transplant helps paralyzed man walk with frame


    LONDON (Reuters) – A Bulgarian man who was paralyzed from the chest down in a knife attack can now walk with the aid of a frame after receiving pioneering transplant treatment using cells from his nose. The technique, described as a breakthrough by a study in the journal Cell Transplantation, involved transplanting what are known as olfactory ensheathing cells into the patient’s spinal cord and constructing a “nerve bridge” between two stumps of the damaged spinal column. “We believe… this procedure is the breakthrough which, as it is further developed, will result in a historic change in the currently hopeless outlook for people disabled by spinal cord injury,” said Geoffrey Raisman, a professor at University College London’s (UCL) institute of neurology, who led the research. The 38-year-old patient, Darek Fidyka, was paralyzed after suffering stab wounds to his back in 2010. Following 19 months of treatment, he has recovered some voluntary movement and some sensation …

    October 20, 2014 6:56 pm
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Entertainment

  • Julia Roberts plans to be George Clooney’s new marital advisor


    Amal Clooney isn’t anti-feminist for taking her husband’s last name Julia Roberts and Clooney have been friends for years, and she has some life advice to give to her suddenly off-the-market friend. “We’ve spoken many times since he’s gone from a bridegroom to a husband,” Roberts told Access Hollywood, joking that she would be helping him with his relationship from now on. “I’ll be advising George Clooney on his marital life. I’ll get right on that!” Clooney and Amal Alamuddin’s romance was a whirlwind — they were engaged in April 2014 and married only a few months later, in September. It looks like Roberts approves of Clooney’s bride. She only had one piece of advice for the new husband: “Well, the only advice for that is finding your person — and he’s found his person.” Roberts and Clooney first starred together in Ocean’s Eleven back in 2001 and Ocean’s Twelve in 2004, and they have …

    October 20, 2014 8:40 pm
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Editorial

  • Sayerville football saga: In praise of victims who spoke up about abuse


    Imagine what it was like when they turned off the locker room lights. A young football player, just a freshman in high school, is suddenly grabbed by upperclassmen. The gang pins him to the ground, immobilizing his arms and legs. Horrified, he pleads for mercy and help. To no avail. He can hear others cheering on the bullies. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Then, the boy is sexually assaulted. The details are too wretched and disgusting to recount here. But, according to police, there was force. And penetration. And abject terror. It is not enough for the defendants to claim that the same thing had been done to them by upperclassmen when they were freshmen, as has been reported. That may help explain their actions as “learned behavior,” but it cannot excuse them in a court of law. Other players stood by and watched. Some laughed. They did nothing. No one had the decency or strength of character …

    October 20, 2014 6:56 pm
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Odd News

  • San Francisco stations banish ‘Royals’ song ahead of World Series


    (Reuters) – At least two Northern California radio stations have pledged not to play New Zealand artist Lorde’s song “Royals,” in solidarity with the San Francisco Giants during their World Series matchup with the Kansas City Royals. The decision by San Francisco stations KOIT and KFOG to drop the song, which has nothing to do with the baseball team, comes as the Giants and Royals prepare to play Game One of the championship series on Tuesday. In response, Kansas City station KZPT said it would play the song every hour on Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. KZPT said it was a sister station of KOIT. “They’re our sister station, and as the old saying goes: ‘You can pick your friends but you can’t necessarily pick your family,’ and if they don’t play it, then we will,” KZPT programming director Tony Lorino said in a phone interview. Last week, KOIT posted a small image …

    October 20, 2014 7:16 pm
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