• NY axe attack: Islamist link probed

    NY axe attack: Islamist link probed

    24 October 2014 Last updated at 10:09 The attacker approaches the officers in Queens, in a photo released by New York police Police in New York are investigating whether a man who attacked two officers...
  • Sweden calls off search for sub

    Sweden calls off search for sub

    24 October 2014 Last updated at 10:28 Swedish ships and planes have been searching waters off Stockholm for the past week The Swedish military has called off its week-long search for a suspected submarine in...
  • Buffett lost $2 billion, but there’s good news

    Buffett lost $2 billion, but there’s good news

      The bad news for Warren Buffett: Two of his firm’s largest investments have lost the company $2.3 billion this week. The good news: That’s about the extent of his U.S. losses so far this...
  • Sweden calls off hunt for submarine

    Sweden’s navy cancelled its week-long operation in the archipelago off Stockholm on Friday morning after finding no trace of the Russian submarine widely anticipated by military specialists and the media. “Our assessment is that in...

Headline News

  • NY axe attack: Islamist link probed


    24 October 2014 Last updated at 10:09 The attacker approaches the officers in Queens, in a photo released by New York police Police in New York are investigating whether a man who attacked two officers with an axe before being shot dead was linked to Islamist extremism. One officer was being treated for a serious head wound after the attack on Thursday in the Queens borough. Commissioner William Bratton said police were trying to establish a motive but did not rule out terrorism. US media indentified the attacker as Zale Thompson, 32, but this has not been confirmed by police. The SITE monitoring group said he had posted statements on YouTube and Facebook that “display a hyper-racial focus in both religious and historical contexts, and ultimately hint at his extremist leanings”. SITE, which monitors radical Islamist groups, said a post by him in September had described jihad as “a justifiable response to the oppression of …

    October 24, 2014 5:47 am
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Politics

  • 7 Nail-Biter House Races


    By Emily Cahn Posted at 5 a.m. today 0 Tweet Martha McSally, a Republican, is running in Arizona. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo) Less than two weeks before Election Day, the parties don’t agree on much — except these House races will be decided by the slimmest of margins. Candidates in these contests are expected to have a long wait on the evening of Nov. 4. In fact, some of these races will be so close, a winner might not be known for days — even weeks — after Election Day. Last cycle, nine House races were too close to call on election night. One candidate even attended freshman orientation the following week before officially losing the race and heading home. In alphabetical order, here are the House contests this cycle that operatives expect will come down to the wire on Election Day: Arizona’s 1st District Kirkpatrick. First elected in 2008, Democratic Rep. Ann …

    October 24, 2014 4:46 am
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Stocks

  • Buffett lost $2 billion, but there’s good news


      The bad news for Warren Buffett: Two of his firm’s largest investments have lost the company $2.3 billion this week. The good news: That’s about the extent of his U.S. losses so far this year. Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway (BRKA) investment house has lost big on Coca-Cola (KO) and IBM (IBM, Tech30), each of which recently reported results that disappointed investors. IBM has dropped about 14% this year, and Coca-Cola is off about 1%. Among the company’s worst bets this year are Chicago Bridge Iron (CBI), which has shed 38% under pressure from a short-seller, and General Motors (GM), which dropped 24% while recalling millions of vehicles. And his third largest investment — the European grocer Tesco — has plunged 50% so far this year. But those losses are cushioned by a portfolio of other investments that have largely done better. Ratings agency Moody’s (MCO) and DirecTV (DTV) have each grown upwards of 20%, for …

    October 24, 2014 5:47 am
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Sports

  • Sharapova grinds out first win but still exits WTA Finals


    SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Maria Sharapova recovered from a second-set meltdown to record her first victory at this year’s WTA Finals with a 7-5 6-7(4) 6-2 triumph over Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanksa on Friday but the Russian still bowed out of the elite eight-woman tournament. After losing her opening two Red Group round robin matches, Sharapova needed to win in straight sets to stand any chance of advancing to the semi-finals and maintaining her pursuit of Serena Williams’ number one ranking. The Russian looked set fair to keep her side of the bargain when she roared into a 5-1 lead in the second set but she ran into a wall called Radwanska with the Pole returning everything Sharapova threw at her to save three match points and reel off five straight games. Sharapova held a nervy service game to send the second set into a tiebreak and with her booming forehands suddenly unable to find their range, …

    October 24, 2014 5:47 am
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World News

  • Sweden calls off search for sub


    24 October 2014 Last updated at 10:28 Swedish ships and planes have been searching waters off Stockholm for the past week The Swedish military has called off its week-long search for a suspected submarine in the sea south of Stockholm, officials say. Naval vessels and planes have been searching the Stockholm archipelago for the last week, amid suspicions a Russian submarine was in trouble there. Russia’s defence ministry denied any of its ships were involved. The vessel, whatever it was, is now believed to have left Sweden’s territorial waters. The Swedish operation was reported to have been the country’s biggest military mobilisation since the Cold War. In a statement, the military said (in Swedish): “This means the bulk of ships and amphibious forces have returned to port.” It added that some smaller units would remain in the area. Rear Admiral Anders Grenstad told reporters: “We assess that the [vessel] that violated our waters has now …

    October 24, 2014 5:47 am
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Technology

  • Ello raises $5.5m while banning itself from ever taking ads


    Ethical social network Ello has registered itself as a public benefit corporation in order to ensure that it can never display ads. Having raised $5.5m from venture capitalists in its Series A funding round, the new legal status commits the company to abide by its ethical principals. Ello was founded in March 2014, but exploded in September this year when Facebook’s decision to crack down on users with fake names sparked an exodus from the site. Formed as a private network for a small group artists, Ello distinguished itself from the competition with a manifesto for users which declared that “you are not a product”, and promised to safeguard personal data and refuse advertising. Having achieved viral success in September, the site grew by tens of thousands of users a day, but within weeks, the search traffic had dropped back off, leaving some to declare it a fad. Benefit corps are also required to have …

    October 24, 2014 4:46 am
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Science

  • How people view their own weight influences bariatric surgery success


    Negative feelings about one’s own weight, known as internalized weight bias, influence the success people have after undergoing weight loss surgery, according to research appearing in the journal Obesity Surgery, published by Springer. The study, from the Geisinger Health System in the US, is considered the first and only study to examine internalized weight bias in relation to post-surgical weight loss success in adults. Internalized weight bias adversely affects many overweight people. Studies have shown that weight bias stems from personal perception or societal views that overweight people are personally accountable and at fault for their body weight. These overweight individuals feel — or think others feel — they lack the willpower, discipline and treatment needed to lose weight. In addition, people who are highly vulnerable to negative feelings about their own weight are more likely to experience low self-esteem and depression. In this study, the researchers measured the degree to which participants internalized weight …

    October 24, 2014 5:07 am
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Health

  • Doctor with Ebola in Manhattan hospital after return from Guinea


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – A doctor who worked in West Africa with Ebola patients was in an isolation unit in New York on Friday after testing positive for the deadly virus, becoming the fourth person diagnosed with the disease in the United States and the first in its largest city. The worst Ebola outbreak on record has killed at least 4,900 people and perhaps as many as 15,000, mostly in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, according to World Health Organization figures. Only four Ebola cases have been diagnosed so far in the United States: Thomas Eric Duncan, who died on Oct. 8 at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, two nurses who treated him there and the latest case, Dr. Craig Spencer. Spencer, 33, who worked for Doctors Without Borders, was taken to Bellevue Hospital on Thursday, six days after returning from Guinea, renewing public jitters about transmission of the disease in the United States …

    October 24, 2014 4:46 am
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Entertainment

  • Top 20 Steamy Celebrity Fights and Grudges


    Who doesn’t love a good fight? You know your family drama has nothing on some of these epic celebrity battles. From nasty backbiting to public dissing, some of these feuds were fueled by public attention. When celebrities fight, it can get ugly and it doesn’t stay behind closed doors! These very public feuds are likely battles to be talked about for years to come. The next time you and your best bud have a falling out over some silly drama, take a few minutes for a reality check and read over a few of these crazy celebrity fights and grudges. 20. Eminem and Mariah Carey An odd feud of sorts. This battle of the musicians started in 2002 when Eminem claimed he and Mariah Carey had been in a relationship. Carey denied the insinuation and what followed was years of back and forth insults via song and music video. Carey parodied Eminmen on a tour, …

    October 24, 2014 4:25 am
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Editorial

  • Four lessons Ronald Reagan can teach us today


     (AP)  (AP) The challenges our country faces today are different than in Reagan’s time. Our foreign enemy is not a nuclear superpower but rather a nasty web of terrorist organizations intertwined with a few well-placed governments that finance and enable their terrorist activities.  Today, advances in communications and surveillance pose far greater threats to our cherished individual liberties. Virtually unconstrained by the Constitution, the federal government is now bigger and more menacing than ever. It seeks ever more power and authority even as it demonstrates its utter incompetence to perform the basic functions of a sovereign authority. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Ronald Reagan is no longer a contemporary political figure but rather an historic figure. As such, we see in him what we wish to see. He’s become our Rorschach test for a host of current controversies. Individuals with radically different views see themselves as his intellectual heir. It’s a mark of his enormous shadow and historical …

    October 24, 2014 4:46 am
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Odd News

  • Romanian princess, husband sentenced for Oregon cockfighting ring


    PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) – A princess fifth in line for the Romanian throne and her husband who admitted running a cockfighting ring in rural Oregon have both sentenced to probation and ordered to forfeit $200,000 from the sale of the property, federal prosecutors said on Thursday. Irina Walker and her husband John Walker pleaded guilty in July to one count of running an illegal gambling operation with at a barn-like structure on their ranch in Irrigon, near the Washington state border, where they held cockfighting “derbies.” Prosecutors said the cockfighting events came complete with a chef cooking Mexican food and alcoholic drinks. They said the Walkers charged attendees $20, while participants paid $1,000 to enter up to five roosters in fights. As part of a plea agreement with prosecutors that saw additional charges dropped, the couple admitted to financing, supervising and owning the cockfighting venture during 2012 and 2013. They were each sentenced on Wednesday …

    October 23, 2014 4:54 pm
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