Headline News

  • St. Louis County police: Officers fatally shoot man armed with rifle who shot at authorities


    JENNINGS, Mo. –  St. Louis County police say officers fatally shot a man armed with a rifle in Jennings after he opened fire on them. Police spokesman Brian Schellman told KSDK-TV (http://on.ksdk.com/1uVIwTk ) the officers were responding Wednesday night to a report of gunshots. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT He says officers saw a man in a car holding a rifle, and that when officers tried to make contact, the man drove into a police vehicle. Schellman said the man tried to flee on foot while firing at officers. Offers shot, hitting the man, who was pronounced dead at the scene. His identity and other details have not been released. No officers were reported injured. Jennings is near Ferguson, Missouri, where the August shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old by a Ferguson officer led to protests and unrest. ___ Information from: KSDK-TV, http://www.ksdk.com

    September 18, 2014 4:13 am
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Politics

  • San Francisco lawmaker says he takes anti-HIV drug, urges wider use


    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – An openly gay San Francisco lawmaker went public on Wednesday with his daily use of a highly effective HIV-prevention drug and urged more at-risk city dwellers to do the same. Scott Wiener, a member of the city’s Board of Supervisors, said in an op-ed published by the Huffington Post that he takes Truvada, in an effort to raise awareness about the drug’s benefits. The pill, part of a therapy called pre-exposure prophylaxis or PrEP, can cut the likelihood of HIV infection for those at high risk by as much as 92 percent if taken daily, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But Wiener, who appears to be the first public official to publicly attest to taking the drug, said many people avoid using it because of the stigma surrounding the human immunodeficiency virus, which causes AIDS. “We still see enormous stigma, shame, and judgment around HIV, …

    September 18, 2014 3:32 am
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Stocks

  • Sony shares plunge as more losses loom


      Investors dumped Sony shares Thursday after the company said it expected to fall deeply into the red this year with a loss of more than $2 billion. Shares closed down 8.6% in Tokyo markets, after falling as much as 13% during the day. Tokyo stocks overall performed much better, edging up by 1%. Sony (SNE) said yesterday that it expected to post a net loss of 230 billion yen ($2.1 billion) for its fiscal year ending March 2015. That’s nearly five times the 50 billion yen loss the company previously forecast. The hit is entirely due to major losses in Sony’s mobile communications segment, which is facing fierce competition in the mid-range market for smartphones. The company now plans to focus on boosting its premium smartphone models, and to scale back on its mid-range offerings. Related: Hackers attack Sony PlayStation Network Sony posted a net loss of 128.4 billion yen last year, and CEO …

    September 18, 2014 4:33 am
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Sports

  • ‘Let’s Do This:’ Andy Murray tweets support for Scottish independence on day of vote


    FILE – In this Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012 file photo, gold medalist Andy Murray of Great Britain waves the British flag during the medal ceremony of the men’s singles event at the All England Lawn Tennis Club at Wimbledon, in London, at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Murray’s future status, as well as that of Scottish Olympic athletes, rests on the result of next week’s independence referendum in Scotland. Polls suggest the two sides are running neck-and-neck, presenting a real possibility that Scotland could break away after 307 years as part of the United Kingdom. If Scots vote “yes’’ on Sept. 18, the decision won’t have much impact on football and rugby, as Scotland already fields its own teams in those sports. But it will affect Scotland’s status in the Olympics and raise doubts over whether Scots can send a team to Rio. By then, Murray could be representing an independent Scotland. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, file) (The …

    September 18, 2014 4:13 am
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World News

  • Taiwan in tougher food penalties


    18 September 2014 Last updated at 06:33 Dumplings suspected to contain tainted oil have been pulled off shelves in Taiwan and Hong Kong Taiwan’s government says it will impose harsher penalties for food safety violations after a “gutter oil” scandal. Offenders will face seven years in prison for lacing food with banned substances or falsifying ingredients. If the violation results in death they could be jailed for life and face higher fines. It comes after a firm was found to have sold recycled oil to more than 1,000 businesses. Premier Jiang Yi-huah said on Wednesday that fines for violations will be raised 10 times to a maximum of $200m Taiwan dollars (US$ 6.6m, £4m). Whistleblowers will be given a reward of up to 2m Taiwan dollars. That will be doubled if an employee reports violations in his or her own company. “Taiwan’s reputation as a gourmet food kingdom has suffered big damage because of this …

    September 18, 2014 4:13 am
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Technology

  • Amazon reveals new Kindles and Fire tablet that will compete with iPad Air


    Amazon, the online retailer, has revealed a complete refresh of its tablet computer and e-reader devices, including a child-friendly version of its Fire HD tablet. The company, based in Seattle, US, said new two versions of its Kindle e-reader will start shipping in October, as well as a new Fire HDX tablet that is designed to compete with the iPad Air. The announcement in New York completes an extensive round of hardware news from Amazon; it recently confirmed that it will bring both its TV streaming box, Fire TV, and its first smartphone, the Fire Phone, to the UK for the first time. Amazon’s news comes at the end of a busy summer for consumer technology, with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus hitting stores worldwide on Friday, and Samsung having introduced a new version of its 6-inch smartphone, the Galaxy Note, which has a curved screen on one side, operating as a news ticker …

    September 18, 2014 3:32 am
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Science

  • NASA Seeks America’s Best and Brightest for Space Technology Research Fellowships


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    September 17, 2014 11:46 pm
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Health

  • Bayer to float plastics, focus on life sciences


    FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Germany’s largest drugmaker, Bayer, plans to float its plastics business on the stock market and focus entirely on healthcare and crop science, lifting its shares. “In this way Bayer would position itself as a world-leading company in the field of human, animal and plant health,” it said in a statement, adding that its supervisory board would discuss the plans at a board meeting on Thursday. Shares in Bayer were up 4.8 percent at 111.20 euros by 0716 GMT, lifting the European chemicals index 1.3 percent. “The business has underperformed the company’s life-sciences operations,” brokerage Close Brothers Seydler said in a note. Bayer’s plastics unit, MaterialScience, makes polycarbonate plastics for panoramic roofs in luxury cars and for blu-ray disks, among other products. The unit’s sales fell 2 percent to 11.2 billion euros ($14.4) in 2013 and its earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) fell 25 percent to 435 million euros, compared with a …

    September 18, 2014 3:32 am
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Entertainment

  • Melissa Rivers speaks out about Joan Rivers’ death


    The Fashion Police producer said she is grateful for all the support over the past few weeks. On Wednesday, Rivers posted a comment online on her WhoSay page, thanking fans for their love. Joan Rivers died after doctor went rogue  “As my son Cooper and I mourn the loss of my mother, we want to thank everyone for the beautiful cards and flowers conveying the heartfelt messages and condolences, which continue to arrive from around the world and through social media. My mother would have been overwhelmed by the scope and depth of the love that people have expressed for her. It is certainly helping to lift our spirits during this time. “We are forever grateful for your kindness and support in continuing to honor my mother’s legacy, and for remembering the joy and laughter that she brought to so many.” Joan Rivers’ funeral was the showbiz affair she had wanted  Joan Rivers was laid …

    September 18, 2014 1:09 am
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Editorial

  • The Foxhole: West examines lives of the super rich in ‘Billionaires: Reflections on the Upper Crust’


    Everybody, as Tears for Fears once reminded us, wants to rule the world. Among those not presently entrusted with that privilege – and its attendant burdens – it is commonly assumed that such power is concentrated in the hands of the super-rich. So who are these Masters of the Universe? And how influential are they in our daily lives, really? Such questions excite emotions but seldom receive dispassionate, statistical analysis – but they have now. In “Billionaires: Reflections on the Upper Crust” (Brookings Institution Press, 2014), political scientist Darrell M. West examines the political activities of the world’s billionaires and ranks them according to their relative influence in the United States and abroad. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT West, the vice president and director of Governance Studies at Brookings, an influential Washington think tank, determined that there are presently some 1,600 billionaires – controlling approximately $6.5 trillion in assets –  in dozens of countries around the world. While …

    September 18, 2014 3:32 am
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Odd News

  • Prankster’s caper led to Idaho car crash


    (Reuters) – A sport utility vehicle carrying five Idaho teens crashed after one of the passengers burned the driver’s armpit hair with a lighter in a prank that went horribly awry, police said on Wednesday. The teenagers, including two girls who were thrown out of the Ford Bronco, were not wearing seatbelts when their car flipped early on Sunday morning following the antic, the Ada County Sheriff’s Office said. Three of the teens were taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said. The driver, 18-year-old Tristian Myers, initially told deputies that he swerved to avoid hitting an animal on the road, before later admitting that it was the prank that led to the accident. Police also said that Myers was speeding and driving erratically before the accident. Myers was cited with inattentive driving, and the 16-year-old passenger who wielded the lighter was cited for interfering with the safe operation of a vehicle, police …

    September 18, 2014 3:52 am
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