Headline News

  • Ferguson shooting spurs curriculum advocates to craft lesson on race


      Even though the police shooting of an unarmed man in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson is only weeks old and a grand jury is still trying sort out what really happened, a Washington-based nonprofit is offering a classroom lesson plan that draws a link between the incident and the revolutionary rhetoric of the 1960s Black Panther Party. Teaching for Change says its “Teaching about Ferguson” guide can help students think critically about the shooting of Michael Brown in an Aug. 9 confrontation with police and ways they can be proactive in their own communities. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT “The Black Panther Party’s 1966 platform, known as the 10-point program, included the demand: ‘We want an immediate end to police brutality and murder of Black people, other people of color, and all oppressed people inside the United States,’” the group’s Julian Hipkins III wrote. “The issue of police brutality in communities of color has a long history …

    August 30, 2014 3:01 am
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Politics

  • Bill to reform California’s near-solitary prison units dies


    SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) – A bill aimed at easing some conditions for inmates in near-solitary confinement in California prisons has died in the state legislature amid concerns that Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, who has held a tough line on prison issues, would veto it. The measure to allow inmates in the state’s Security Housing Units to keep photographs and make a phone call after three months of good behavior was listed as inactive on Friday after a decision on Thursday evening by state Senator Loni Hancock to drop it, a spokesman said. “I became convinced that to get a bill signed into law would require further weakening it to a point where it could no longer accomplish it goals,” Hancock said.  California has drawn criticism from human rights organizations for its use of prolonged, indeterminate sentencing in its security housing units, which keep some inmates by themselves for nearly 23 hours a day. Last year, …

    August 29, 2014 11:35 pm
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Stocks

  • The economic cost of the war in Gaza


      The cost of rebuilding in Gaza after seven weeks of shelling and bombardment is expected to total between $4 billion and $6 billion. The ceasefire between Israel and Hamas signed on August 26, and the current period of calm, has given aid workers access to the rubble to size up the damage. The United Nations and its partners are asking for an additional $367 million for humanitarian relief. At least half, or $164 million, will be spent on providing food security for about 500,000 people. The remaining funds will go to housing ($128 million), water and sanitation ($31 million), and educational assistance for schools that have been shelled or turned into temporary shelters ($11 million). Relief agency Oxfam describes the destruction of civilian infrastructure in Gaza as the worst in nearly 20 years. According to the U.N Development Programme, more than 10,600 homes were destroyed as of August 3. Rebuilding could take as long …

    August 30, 2014 2:40 am
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Sports

  • Lamb’s grand slam lifts Arizona past Colorado


    Phoenix, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) – Jake Lamb’s first career grand slam, coming with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning, lifted Arizona to a 5-2 victory over Colorado in the opener of a three-game series. Rex Brothers (4-6) walked Ender Inciarte and Cliff Pennington to start the inning, then uncorked a wild pitch which put both in scoring position. David Peralta walked and Adam Ottavino was summoned. He induced a comebacker from Mark Trumbo which turned into a force at the plate, before Miguel Montero fanned. Lamb then put the hosts ahead for good with a shot to dead-center which cleared the yellow line with plenty of room to spare. “He put a nice short stroke to the ball,” Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said of Lamb’s grand slam. “He put a good swing on a mistake pitch.” Brad Ziegler (5-2) allowed a run on three hits in the top of the eighth before Lamb …

    August 30, 2014 3:01 am
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World News

  • Rescuers free Nicaraguan miners


    30 August 2014 Last updated at 07:00 Onlookers cheered as the miners emerged from their underground ordeal Most of 24 trapped Nicaraguan gold miners have been freed after a mine collapse, officials said. The miners were slightly dehydrated but otherwise in good health said Deputy Interior Minister Carlos Najjar. It is not known if the remaining miners have been located yet. They were trapped when a shaft at the El Comal mine collapsed after heavy rains on Thursday. The mine lies near Bonanza, a town 420km (260 miles) north-east of the capital Managua. The men were reportedly freelance miners who were not directly employed by a mining company. The mine’s owner, Colombian firm Hemco, said it had recently found the mine to be unsafe. It said it had warned miners against entering the mines after two men died in a landslide last month.

    August 30, 2014 3:01 am
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Technology

  • Bitcoin entrepreneur Charlie Shrem will plead guilty on US charges


    Bitcoin entrepreneur Charlie Shrem has reached a plea deal to resolve US charges that he engaged in a scheme to sell over $1m of the digital currency to users of the illicit online marketplace Silk Road, his lawyer said on Friday. Shrem, the former vice chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation, will plead guilty next Thursday in New York federal court to unlicensed money transmission, Marc Agnifilo, his lawyer, told Reuters in an email. Prosecutors had previously charged Shrem with operating an unlicensed money transmitting business, money laundering conspiracy and failing to file suspicious activity reports with government banking authorities. Federal authorities shut down Silk Road last year, though a new internet marketplace under the same name was launched in November. Prosecutors contend Silk Road enabled users to buy and sell illegal drugs and other illicit goods and services. Soon after his arrest in January, Shrem stepped down from his role at the Bitcoin Foundation. He …

    August 29, 2014 11:35 pm
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Science

  • Breakthrough in light sources for new quantum technology


    Related images(click to enlarge) Electronic circuits are based on electrons, but one of the most promising technologies for future quantum circuits are photonic circuits, i.e. circuits based on light (photons) instead of electrons. First, it is necessary to be able to create a stream of single photons and control their direction. Researchers around the world have made all sorts of attempts to achieve this control, but now scientists at the Niels Bohr Institute have succeeded in creating a steady stream of photons emitted one at a time and in a particular direction. The breakthrough has been published in the scientific journal Physical Review Letters. Photons and electrons behave very differently at the quantum level. A quantum is the smallest unit in the atomic world and photons are the basic units of light and electrons of electrical current. Electrons are so-called fermions and can easily flow individually, while photons are bosons that prefer to clump together. …

    August 29, 2014 11:56 pm
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Health

  • Better education on breast reconstruction may be needed after cancer


    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – When it comes to deciding to have breast reconstruction after surgery for breast cancer, most women are generally satisfied with the decision-making process, a new study suggests. “Our findings generally were good news – women who wanted reconstruction got it, those who didn’t were generally satisfied with the decision process,” said Dr. Monica Morrow, the study’s lead author from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. The study findings also revealed misunderstandings on the part of some patients. For example, some women who didn’t undergo breast reconstruction said they worried that the implants would interfere with cancer screenings later on, or that they feared the implants. “Our study points to specific topics doctors can address with patients – safety of implants, lack of interference with cancer detection by reconstruction that are of concern to patients,” Morrow wrote in an email. She said that the study also indicates that …

    August 29, 2014 11:35 pm
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Entertainment

  • Avril Lavigne went partying without her giant wedding ring


    PHOTO: Check out Avril’s 17-carat anniversary gift Avril Lavigne was spotted partying at Los Angeles hotspot Chateau Marmont Thursday night without the giant 17-carat ring hubby Chad Kroeger recently gave her for their first anniversary. The ridiculously massive rock was an upgrade from the 14-carat diamond the “Hello Kitty” singer was given when Kroeger popped the question (a month after they started dating), but it wasn’t quite as big as the 20-carat emerald ring the Nickelback frontman gave his bride on their wedding day. But still. If I had a ring that size, I’d wear the crap out of it, unlike Lavigne. Perez Hilton posted several photos of Lavigne’s girls’ night out, pointing out that the ring is conspicuously missing, because, you know, you could totally miss it if you didn’t look carefully. Homegirl also looks like she had either a rough or a way-too-fun night — in the photos, she appears pretty wobbly and …

    August 30, 2014 1:17 am
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Editorial

  • What’s in your summer burger? Why your government doesn’t want you to know


      Even if they are not the hippest foodies, most people who buy hamburger for a late summer cookout want to know the source of their ground beef. If not the specific farm or state or even region, whether the meat is American-raised or has traveled across the globe from who knows where matters to a lot of Americans. That insistence on our right to know about our food is why federal law requires that meat be labeled with the country of origin. Or it used to do that. In Washington, a corporate lobby called the American Meat Institute filed a federal lawsuit in support of an effort by foreign countries and international lobbyists to block our right-to-know law. The corporate lobby claims that the “country of origin” rule violates the corporations’ First Amendment “right to refrain from speaking at all.” ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Undaunted by rejection in a federal court in Washington, the global meat …

    August 29, 2014 11:35 pm
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Odd News

  • Arizona man arrested for burning, urinating on Bible


    PHOENIX (Reuters) – A 22-year-old Arizona man calling himself “Dark Lord” has been arrested for allegedly burning a Bible and urinating on it outside a Christian-oriented homeless shelter in northern Arizona, police said on Friday. Eric Minerault was booked into the Yavapai County Detention Center late on Thursday on suspicion of one count of unlawful symbol burning stemming from the incident at the Gospel Rescue Mission, Prescott police spokesman Lieutenant Ken Morley said in a written statement. Police were called to the scene at about 9 p.m. by a mission representative reporting that someone was burning something on the mission’s front steps, Morley said. Officers found Minerault standing on the steps, with a burned and wet Bible on the ground near him. He quickly admitted to the act.  He told officers the mission was selected because he believed it was a place of Christian worship and he was “cursing the Christians,” police said. Asked why, …

    August 29, 2014 7:53 pm
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