• Movie theaters ban Google Glass and other wearables

    Movie theaters ban Google Glass and other wearables

    That idea you had about bringing your Google Glass to the movie theater to surreptitiously record Ben Affleck bare all in “Gone Girl”? Don’t even think about it, the movie industry says. It announced late...
  • Former Real Madrid forward Raul joins New York Cosmos

    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Former Real Madrid and Spain forward Raul has joined New York Cosmos for the 2015 season on a “multi-year” contract pending a medical, the North American Soccer League (NASL) club said...
  • US nurse defies Ebola quarantine

    US nurse defies Ebola quarantine

    30 October 2014 Last updated at 14:27 Kaci Hickox said she was not willing to “let my civil rights be violated when it’s not science-based”. A US nurse who returned from treating Ebola patients in...
  • US posts better-than-expected growth

    US posts better-than-expected growth

    30 October 2014 Last updated at 13:30 The US economy grew at an annual rate of 3.5% in the July-September quarter, the Commerce Department has said. That was better than the 3% pace that economists...
  • US Ebola nurse defies quarantine

    US Ebola nurse defies quarantine

    30 October 2014 Last updated at 13:35 A US nurse who returned from treating patients in Sierra Leone has defied a voluntary quarantine order, leaving her house in Maine for a bike ride. Kaci Hickox...

Headline News

  • Maine nurse defies state Ebola quarantine, leaves home


    (Reuters) – A nurse in Maine vowing not to be bullied by politicians and threatening to sue the state over an Ebola quarantine she calls unscientifically sound, defied the order and left her home for a bike ride on Thursday, according to television images. Kaci Hickox left her home in Fort Kent to take a morning bicycle ride with her boyfriend, MSNBC and other networks reported. Hickox, 33, who tested negative for Ebola after returning from treating patients in West Africa, said that she plans to take the issue to court if the state did not lift the quarantine by Thursday. (Reporting by Brendan O’Brien in Milwaukee; Editing by Scott Malone)

    October 30, 2014 9:45 am
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Politics

  • Record five black women seek state offices in Georgia, showing shift


    ATLANTA (Reuters) – Five black women are on the November ballot for statewide offices in Georgia, a record in a state that just 11 years ago featured a Confederate battle emblem on its flag. The candidates, all Democrats, have come to be known as the “Georgia Five.” Political commentators say that while only one of them has a real shot at cracking the Republican stronghold on statewide offices in Georgia, their nominations signal a shift in where the state’s politics are headed. “It’s a sign of tremendous change happening right now in Georgia politics,” said Sean Richey, an associate professor of political science at Georgia State University. “I’d say within 10 years that Georgia will turn from a reliable Republican state to a battleground state.” An increase in minority residents is playing a role. In 2000, Georgia was 65 percent white and 35 percent black and non-white. Now the state is about 54 percent white …

    October 30, 2014 7:02 am
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Stocks

  • Movie theaters ban Google Glass and other wearables


    That idea you had about bringing your Google Glass to the movie theater to surreptitiously record Ben Affleck bare all in “Gone Girl”? Don’t even think about it, the movie industry says. It announced late Wednesday a “zero tolerance policy” towards wearable recording devices. Hollywood has had an ongoing problem with the use of recording devices in movie theaters. Hand-held cameras have been the main culprits in traditional film theft, resulting in a black market for pirated DVDs with shaky recordings of just-released movies. But that seems almost quaint compared to the advent of smartphones and other devices. Long-standing theater policies require that phones and recording devices must be silenced or shut off and put away at show time. Related: Is Verizon stalking you through your phone? At ShowEast, an industry convention in Florida, this week, the Motion Picture Association of America and the National Association of Theatre Owners updated their policy “to fully integrate …

    October 30, 2014 10:05 am
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Sports

  • Former Real Madrid forward Raul joins New York Cosmos


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Former Real Madrid and Spain forward Raul has joined New York Cosmos for the 2015 season on a “multi-year” contract pending a medical, the North American Soccer League (NASL) club said on Thursday. As part of the deal, the terms of which were not disclosed, Raul, 37, will also become a technical adviser for the club’s youth academy, which he will take over on a full time basis when he retires from playing, Cosmos said on their website (www.nycosmos.com). “Everyone throughout the soccer world knows the Cosmos name and the legacy of the players that played for this team previously,” Raul said. “They helped establish soccer in America and I’m honored to follow in their footsteps,” he added. “I believe in this club’s vision and I’m excited to be a part of that.” (Writing by Iain Rogers in Madrid, editing by Julien Pretot)

    October 30, 2014 9:45 am
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World News

  • US nurse defies Ebola quarantine


    30 October 2014 Last updated at 14:27 Kaci Hickox said she was not willing to “let my civil rights be violated when it’s not science-based”. A US nurse who returned from treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone has defied a quarantine order, leaving her house in Maine for a brief bike ride. Kaci Hickox maintains isolation is unnecessary, as she has no symptoms and has tested negative for Ebola. Maine officials have vowed to go to court to try to enforce the quarantine. Nearly 5,000 people have died of the disease in West Africa, but only nine patients have been treated for the virus on US soil. More than 13,700 people have been sickened in the Ebola outbreak, the vast majority in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. Ebola, which is only spread through close contact with the bodily fluids of a sick patient, has a 21-day incubation period. US officials are at odds over whether …

    October 30, 2014 9:45 am
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Technology

  • Papers Please wins 2014 GameCity Prize


    Border control simulation Papers, Please has won the fourth annual GameCity prize. Jurors from outside of the games industry, including the musician Peter Gabriel and the film director Darren Aronofsky, spent the summer playing and discussing six games from a varied shortlist, and their winner was announced on Wednesday night during the ongoing GameCity festival in Nottingham. The game, which puts players into the role of an immigration officer in a fictitious eastern European country, beat the Nintendo 3DS life simulation Animal Crossing: New Leaf, puzzle-platformer Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, first-person story exploration game Gone Home, the infamous big-budget open-world shooter Grand Theft Auto V, and episodic point and click adventure game Kentucky Route Zero. “Unlike previous years there wasn’t a clear critical consensus,” said the journalist Samira Ahmed, who led the jury. “Some jurors found games that felt like interactive movies or impressionistic models, while others found liberating creative worlds in which …

    October 30, 2014 7:03 am
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Science

  • Ancient auditory illusions reflected in prehistoric art?


    Related images(click to enlarge) Some of humankind’s earliest and most mysterious artistic achievements — including prehistoric cave paintings, canyon petroglyphs and megalithic structures such as Stonehenge — may have been inspired by the behaviors of sound waves being misinterpreted as “supernatural.” During the 168th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA), to be held October 27-31, 2014 at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown Hotel, Steven J. Waller, of Rock Art Acoustics, will describe several ways virtual sound images and absorbers can appear supernatural. “Ancient mythology explained echoes from the mouths of caves as replies from spirits, so our ancestors may have made cave paintings in response to these echoes and their belief that echo spirits inhabited rocky places such as caves or canyons,” explained Waller. Just as light reflection gives an illusion of seeing yourself duplicated in a mirror, sound waves reflecting off a surface are mathematically identical to sound waves emanating from a virtual …

    October 30, 2014 3:19 am
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Health

  • India’s universal healthcare rollout to cost $26 billion: official


    NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s universal health plan that aims to offer guaranteed benefits to a sixth of the world’s population will cost an estimated 1.6 trillion rupees ($26 billion) over the next four years, a senior health ministry official said. Under the National Health Assurance Mission, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government would provide all citizens with free drugs and diagnostic treatment, as well as insurance cover to treat serious ailments. The proposed plan would be rolled out in phases from April 2015 and will cover the entire population by March 2019, C.K. Mishra, an additional secretary at the health ministry, told Reuters. When the entire population is covered, it would cost an estimated $11.4 billion annually. “If you want to deliver the service, that is what it will take,” Mishra said, disclosing for the first time an expert group’s cost estimates that will be considered by the finance ministry for inclusion in the government’s …

    October 30, 2014 7:02 am
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Entertainment

  • 25 Pics that prove celebs always look better with a beard


    Photo credit: WENN.com Dare we say Chris Pine’s beard is out of this world? ‘Cause, sweet Deep Space Nine, this man is a thing of beauty. Photo credit: Adriana M. Barraza/WENN.com Aaron Paul certainly cleans up well, and we personally can’t imagine the Breaking Bad hunk without his well-manicured facial hair. Photo credit: Daniel Tanner/WENN.com Dear Adam Levine, if you ever decide again to experiment with your hair to dramatically alter your looks, please consider growing your beard back out and do not — we repeat, do not — go anywhere near a box of peroxide. Photo credit: Brian To/WENN.com Bradley Cooper with a beard is almost as cute as Bradley Cooper voicing a rageaholic, bounty-hunting raccoon. Almost. Photo credit: Apega/WENN.com Those freckles! Those lashes! That smile! There is nothing common about Common’s beautiful bearded face. Photo credit: WENN.com Chris Evans has played clean-shaven Captain America in so many movies now, we almost forgot how sexy …

    October 30, 2014 8:44 am
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Editorial

  • The presumption of liberty: Ebola, the IRS and your rights


    In the years following the adoption of the Constitution, before he was Secretary of State under President Thomas Jefferson and then president himself, James Madison, who wrote the Constitution, was a member of the House of Representatives. During that period of his life, he gave illuminating speeches and wrote elegant essays and letters about human freedom. In one of his essays, Madison noted that freedom came about in Europe when the people rose up and cast off or intimidated tyrants, who reluctantly granted the people the freedoms they sought. That was, in Madison’s words, “power granting liberty.” The American experience was the opposite, he argued.  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT After we seceded from Great Britain, the free people of the 13 independent states voluntarily came together and through the states delegated discrete amounts of power to a central government. That was, in Madison’s words, “liberty granting power,” especially since the people reserved to themselves the liberties they …

    October 30, 2014 7:02 am
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Odd News

  • Man who vanished from Denver NFL game said he ‘had his fill of football’


    DENVER (Reuters) – A man who vanished during a National Football League game in Denver last week only to be found safe days later told police afterward that he had had his “fill of football” and had wanted to go somewhere warmer, authorities said on Wednesday. Paul Kitterman made national headlines this week when his family and friends asked the public for help in finding the 53-year-old who failed to return to his seat after halftime of the Denver Broncos-San Diego Chargers game last Thursday. Kitterman was found unharmed on Tuesday night in Pueblo, Colorado, about 115 miles south of Denver, police said. Pueblo Police said in a statement that they had received a tip that Kitterman was in the area, and officers located him in the parking lot of a Kmart department store. Kitterman was fatigued but coherent when evaluated by paramedics, police said, adding that he told officers he had had “his fill …

    October 29, 2014 3:08 pm
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