• Hopes ‘bleak’ for landslide missing

    Hopes ‘bleak’ for landslide missing

    1 August 2014 Last updated at 08:45 No survivors have been found in more than 40 hours Hopes of finding any more survivors from a landslide that buried a village in western India on Wednesday...
  • Met Opera talks delay staff lockout

    Met Opera talks delay staff lockout

    1 August 2014 Last updated at 09:44 The Met’s many Live in HD broadcasts have included Puccini’s La Boheme The Metropolitan Opera in New York says it has avoided a staff lockout in last-minute negotiations...
  • Reimold homers twice as Blue Jays edge Astros

    Houston, TX –  Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) – Nolan Reimold’s second home run of the game propelled the Toronto Blue Jays to a 6-5 win over the Houston Astros in the opener of a four-game series....
  • Multiple Taiwan gas blasts kill 25

    Multiple Taiwan gas blasts kill 25

    1 August 2014 Last updated at 08:29 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. ”Drivers wait at the junction, then the road explodes” – Bill Hayton reports A series of gas explosions in...

Headline News

  • Met Opera talks delay staff lockout


    1 August 2014 Last updated at 09:44 The Met’s many Live in HD broadcasts have included Puccini’s La Boheme The Metropolitan Opera in New York says it has avoided a staff lockout in last-minute negotiations with unions. The company had planned to close its doors to union members if new contracts, with reduced benefits, could not be agreed by 1 August. But a 72-hour extension has been agreed to allow more time for discussions. Most of the unions have so far rejected less generous contracts, raising the possibility of work stopping just weeks before a new season opens. Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. The BBC’s Nick Bryant reports on the last-minute negotiations In a statement, the company said negotiations with unions would continue through the weekend at the request of an independent mediator. The mediator was brought in only hours before a deadline set by the Met for staff to sign …

    August 1, 2014 3:50 am
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Politics

  • Hawaii Senator Gets Distance From Governor Who Appointed Him


    By Kyle Trygstad Posted at 10 p.m. on July 31 0 Tweet Brian Schatz is an appointed senator from Hawaii. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo) The careers of Hawaii Sen. Brian Schatz and Gov. Neil Abercrombie have been linked for several years, but the Schatz campaign has worked for the past 18 months to ensure their political fates are not. With the Aloha State Democratic primaries just a week away, it’s increasingly possible Schatz, the former lieutenant governor appointed by Abercrombie in December 2012, could win the Senate nomination, even as the governor loses his own re-nomination. Schatz faces Rep. Colleen Hanabusa in the Aug. 9 contest, which both campaigns say is close. Schatz hasn’t overtly run away from Abercrombie, whom he supports, but his campaign has focused squarely on the influence and accomplishments the freshman senator garnered in less than two years on Capitol Hill. The intent is to differentiate him from Hanabusa, …

    August 1, 2014 4:31 am
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Stocks

  • Unlimited vacation days and other perks you don’t get


    How does this sound? On top of your regular two weeks of paid vacation plus holidays, your employer lets you take as much summer vacation as you like, and pays you for all but one-quarter of the time. Or how about this? Your company pays you cold hard cash to go on vacation and demands that you stay out of touch — no calls, no emails, no texts, no kidding. Whether it’s to attract talent, prevent burnout, cut costs or just make work better, there are actually companies out there that offer these sweet, atypical time-off packages. With very few exceptions, however, they tend to be offered by smaller, niche businesses, said Gregory Harris, president of Quantum Workplace, an employee engagement survey firm. Image Market, an Omaha, Neb.-based custom t-shirt maker for high school clubs, offers a standard vacation policy — two weeks paid plus holidays. But on top of that, it closes for two …

    August 1, 2014 3:09 am
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Sports

  • Reimold homers twice as Blue Jays edge Astros


    Houston, TX –  Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) – Nolan Reimold’s second home run of the game propelled the Toronto Blue Jays to a 6-5 win over the Houston Astros in the opener of a four-game series. Reimold homered in the ninth inning off of Chad Qualls (1-3) to put Toronto ahead and Casey Janssen pitched a scoreless bottom of the ninth to lock down the win and pick up his 18th save of the season. Jose Bautista and Dioner Navarro also homered the for the Blue Jays, who have won six straight after starting a 10-game road trip with a loss. Drew Hutchison lasted just three innings as he was tagged for four runs on six hits. Aaron Sanchez (2-0) pitched two scoreless innings to pick up the win. Jonathan Singleton hit a solo home run for the Astros, who have lost seven of nine. Jake Buchanan made the start for Houston in place of Jarred …

    August 1, 2014 3:50 am
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World News

  • Hopes ‘bleak’ for landslide missing


    1 August 2014 Last updated at 08:45 No survivors have been found in more than 40 hours Hopes of finding any more survivors from a landslide that buried a village in western India on Wednesday are fading, as the number of bodies found reaches 60, officials said. Bad weather is hampering rescue workers who are digging through mud in Malin village near Pune in Maharashtra state. The landslide hit the village early in the day while people were sleeping. Eight people were rescued in the first few hours, but no survivors have been found in the past 40 hours. A large part of a hill collapsed on Malin. Its population of 150 to 200 tribal people were covered with tonnes of loose earth, mud and rocks. “Miracles do happen, we will keep looking, but under current conditions it is very, very bleak,” AFP news agency quoted Alok Avasthy, regional commandant of the National Disaster Response …

    August 1, 2014 4:32 am
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Technology

  • YouTube star PewDiePie gets an official app from Maker Studios


    With more than 29m subscribers, PewDiePie is the biggest star on YouTube. Now he’s launched his own mobile app to keep fans watching his videos. The free app was released for iPhone this week by multi-channel network (MCN) Maker Studios, the company to which PewDiePie – aka 24 year-old Swede Felix Kjellberg is signed. Fans can use the app to watch his videos, and create their own feed of favourites, while sharing individual clips with friends via Twitter, Facebook, text message and email. The app is an attempt to bolster PewDiePie’s popularity among a young, mobile-savvy audience – many of whom will already be watching his videos on their smartphones. According to YouTube, mobile devices already account for nearly 40% of its global watch time. The PewDiePie YouTube channel racked up 351m views in June 2014 alone, while Kjellberg’s blend of gameplay, jokes and enthusiastic swearing has generated more than 3bn video views in the …

    August 1, 2014 4:31 am
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Science

  • Lead in teeth can tell a body’s tale, UF study finds


    Related images(click to enlarge) Your teeth can tell stories about you, and not just that you always forget to floss. A study led by University of Florida geology researcher George D. Kamenov showed that trace amounts of lead in modern and historical human teeth can give clues about where they came from. The paper will be published in the August issue of Science of The Total Environment. The discovery could help police solve cold cases, Kamenov said. For instance, if an unidentified decomposed body is found, testing the lead in the teeth could immediately help focus the investigation on a certain geographic area. That way, law enforcement can avoid wasting resources checking for missing persons in the wrong places. “We can use this pollution signal to figure out where these people came from,” he said. Lead is composed of four variants, called isotopes. The amount of those isotopes fluctuates in different rocks, soils and ores …

    August 1, 2014 12:47 am
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Health

  • Sierra Leone declares emergency as Ebola death toll hits 729


    FREETOWN (Reuters) – Sierra Leone has declared a state of emergency and called in troops to quarantine Ebola victims, joining neighboring Liberia in imposing controls as the death toll from the outbreak of the virus hit 729 in West Africa. The World Health Organisation said it would launch a $100 million response plan on Friday during a meeting with the affected nations in Guinea. It is in urgent talks with donors and international agencies to send more medical staff and resources to the region, it said. The WHO on Thursday reported 57 new deaths in the four days to July 27 in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria, raising the death toll to 729. It said the number of Ebola cases had topped 1,300. “The scale of the Ebola outbreak, and the persistent threat it poses, requires WHO and Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone to take the response to a new level, and this will …

    August 1, 2014 4:31 am
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Entertainment

  • Lorde to handpick soundtrack for new Hunger Games movie


    VIDEO: Watch The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 trailer  The teen made the big announcement on her Twitter page today after building up the suspense for her followers yesterday. “Something exciting is about to happen,” she teased on Wednesday. something exciting is about to happen — Lorde (@lordemusic) July 30, 2014 Then, on Thursday, she followed up with the huge news. “I am so pleased and proud to have been announced the sole curator of the soundtrack for MOCKINGJAY — PART 1,” she tweeted. “Building this piece by piece has been amazing. i can’t wait to share the other artists’ contributions with you.” i am so pleased and proud to have been announced the sole curator of the soundtrack for MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 — Lorde (@lordemusic) July 31, 2014 building this thing piece by piece has been amazing. i can’t wait to share the other artists’ contributions with you. http://t.co/mlZdIDy8Kd — Lorde (@lordemusic) July …

    August 1, 2014 3:09 am
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Editorial

  • Is the president incompetent or lawless?


    AP It has been well established under the Constitution and throughout our history that the president’s job as the chief federal law enforcement officer permits him to put his ideological stamp on the nature of the work done by the executive branch. The courts have characterized this stamp as “discretion.” Thus when exercising their discretion, some presidents veer toward authority, others toward freedom. John Adams prosecuted a congressman whose criticism brought him into disrepute, an act protected by the First Amendment yet punishable under the Alien and Sedition Acts, and Thomas Jefferson declined to enforce the Acts because they punished speech, and pardoned all those convicted. Jimmy Carter asserted vast federal regulatory authority over the trucking and airline industries, and Ronald Reagan undid nearly all of it. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The president has discretion to adapt law enforcement to the needs of the times and to his reading of the wishes of the American people. Yet …

    July 31, 2014 8:19 pm
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Odd News

  • German teen floods club toilet in futile hunt for lost mobile phone


    BERLIN (Reuters) – A German teen who lost his mobile phone in a pond tried to get it back by draining the water and pumping it into a nearby toilet but caused major damage when the water flooded the tank and sent the waste spewing, a local newspaper reported. “I thought two pumps would drain enough of the water from the pond so I could find my cell phone,” the 16-year-old German from Klein Hesepe told the Neue Osnabruecker Zeitung newspaper. “I knew the phone was probably dead but wanted to get the data card back with the numbers, pictures and videos of my friends.” The pond contained 1.8 million liters of water and the local toilet had a 1,000-litre tank. The teenager wrongly thought the toilet was connected to the sewage system. The water overwhelmed the tank and sent sewage flooding out across a fishing club. “It almost worked,” the teenager told the newspaper. …

    August 1, 2014 12:47 am
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