• US economy chugging along at 3.5% growth

    US economy chugging along at 3.5% growth

    The economy had a smooth summer. Gross domestic product, the broadest measure of economic activity, increased 3.5% between July and September over the same period last year, according to the U.S. Commerce Department. It exceeded...
  • US grows at annual rate of 3.5%

    US grows at annual rate of 3.5%

    30 October 2014 Last updated at 12:36 The US economy grew at an annual rate of 3.5% in the July-September quarter, the Commerce Department has said. That is a slowdown from the 4.6% growth rate...
  • Karlberg leads by 2 at the CIMB Classic

    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (SportsNetwork.com) – Sweden’s Rikard Karlberg opened with a 7-under 65 on Thursday and he stands two strokes clear of the field after one round of the CIMB Classic. Karlberg, a two-time winner...
  • Burkina Faso parliament set ablaze

    Burkina Faso parliament set ablaze

    30 October 2014 Last updated at 11:46 Demonstrators breached the security around parliament and set it on fire Protesters angry at plans to allow Burkina Faso’s President Blaise Compaore to extend his 27-year-rule have set...
  • 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...

Headline News

  • US grows at annual rate of 3.5%


    30 October 2014 Last updated at 12:36 The US economy grew at an annual rate of 3.5% in the July-September quarter, the Commerce Department has said. That is a slowdown from the 4.6% growth rate of the April-June quarter, but economists say that was a rebound from the first quarter, when the economy contracted due to severe weather. In a sign of confidence in the US recovery, on Wednesday the Federal Reserve ended its stimulus scheme. The fall in unemployment to a six-year low has helped boost that confidence.

    October 30, 2014 7:44 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

  • US economy chugging along at 3.5% growth


    The economy had a smooth summer. Gross domestic product, the broadest measure of economic activity, increased 3.5% between July and September over the same period last year, according to the U.S. Commerce Department. It exceeded analysts’ expectations and offered more proof of an economy gaining momentum. The GDP news comes on the heels of the Federal Reserve’s announcement Wednesday to end its bond-buying stimulus program now that the economy is improving. Economists viewed the Fed’s decision as a mostly positive sign that growth is picking up, even in the job market. Related: Fed ends 6-year effort to stimulate economy Analysts projected GDP growth to hit 3% this quarter, according to data from FactSet. Consumer spending is the largest factor for U.S. economic growth, and it rose 1.8% in this quarter, a slight drop from the same time a year ago, but better than the bleak first quarter this year. Related: ‘Mediocre’ growth plagues world economy …

    October 30, 2014 8:04 am
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Sports

  • Karlberg leads by 2 at the CIMB Classic


    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (SportsNetwork.com) – Sweden’s Rikard Karlberg opened with a 7-under 65 on Thursday and he stands two strokes clear of the field after one round of the CIMB Classic. Karlberg, a two-time winner on the Asian Tour, finished fifth at the Malaysian Open earlier this year. That was his best finish of the season on the European Tour. Billy Hurley III carded a 5-under 67 on the West Course at Kuala Lumpur Golf Country Club. He was joined in second place by Brian Stuard and Angelo Que. Defending champion Ryan Moore posted a 68 on Thursday. He shared fifth place with Davis Love III, David Lingmerth, Prom Meesawat, Tim Wilkinson, Kevin Streelman, Jeff Overton and Seung-Yul Noh. Karlberg parred the first two holes, then made birdie at the third. He came back with a birdie on the par-5 fifth. The Swede poured in three straight birdies from the seventh to jump to minus-5. …

    October 30, 2014 7:44 am
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World News

  • Burkina Faso parliament set ablaze


    30 October 2014 Last updated at 11:46 Demonstrators breached the security around parliament and set it on fire Protesters angry at plans to allow Burkina Faso’s President Blaise Compaore to extend his 27-year-rule have set fire to parliament. The BBC’s Laeila Adjovi in the capital, Ouagadougou, say the city hall and ruling party headquarters are also in flames. Earlier, the military reportedly fired at protesters who stormed parliament. Tear gas was also fired from a helicopter, as a crowd surged towards the presidency, reports say. Parliament was due to consider changing the constitution so that Mr Compaore, 63, could run for office again in elections next year. A government minister could not confirm reports that the constitutional amendment has been withdrawn, Reuters news agency reports. Mr Compaore first took power in a coup in 1987, and has won four disputed elections since then. The opposition has called for a campaign of civil disobedience to demand …

    October 30, 2014 7:44 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

  • Small Wonders: 20 Winning Images Depict Life under the Microscope [Slide Show]


    For the past four decades the Nikon Small World competition has placed photography under the microscope, with eye-catching results. This year’s 20 finalists, announced Thursday, are no exception, zooming in on microorganisms, minerals and even electronic circuitry to find beauty hidden from the naked eye. Judges evaluated more than 1,200 photos sent from dozens of countries based on scientific relevance, composition, quality and technique, along with technical and artistic merit. The competition’s subject matter is unrestricted as long as some type of light microscopy technique is used, including phase contrast, polarized light, interference contrast, dark field or some combination thereof. First prize is $3,000 toward the purchase of Nikon equipment. Past winners have taken the prize using subjects including colorful freshwater diatoms and menacing insect larva that could serve as inspiration for a Halloween costume. The following slide show features this year’s 20 winning pictures. View the Top 20 winning photos from the 2014 Nikon …

    October 30, 2014 7:24 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

  • Sandra Bullock knows her way around a medical emergency


    Sandra Bullock is Hollywood’s highest-paid actress TMZ reports the actress was first to step in and help during a scary medical emergency on the set of the movie she’s currently shooting — an extra reportedly collapsed during filming. The movie, called Our Brand Is Crisis, stars Bullock alongside actor Billy Bob Thornton. It’s being filmed in New Orleans, where TMZ reports it’s blazing hot right now. Apparently, when the extra fell to the ground, it was pretty obvious her illness was heat-related, and Bullock knew just what to do. TMZ has the photos of Bullock kneeling on the ground next to the fallen actress, fanning her face and giving her water in a shady, out-of-the-way spot. Bullock was on top of things long before an ambulance arrived to take the extra to a nearby hospital. New BFF alert: Jennifer Aniston and Sandra Bullock And as for Billy Bob Thornton? Well, he’s in the photos, too, …

    October 30, 2014 6:43 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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