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  • 10 Things to Know for Today


    A Turkish soldier stands guard as several hundred Syrian refugees wait to cross the border in Suruc, Turkey, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. Turkey opened its border Saturday to allow in up to 60,000 people who massed on the Turkey-Syria border, fleeing the Islamic militants’ advance on Kobani. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici) (The Associated Press) Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. SOME 130,000 SYRIANS REACH TURKEY, FLEEING ISLAMIC STATE GROUP ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The Turkish deputy prime minister says the country is prepared for “the worst case scenario” should more refugees stream in. 2. BUSY WEEK AHEAD FOR MIDEAST DIPLOMACY The launch of Israel-Hamas talks about a border deal for Gaza and the Palestinian president’s U.N. speech about a strategy for dealing with Israel will keep diplomats occupied. 3. RUSSIA GLAD TO KEEP UKRAINE OFF U.N. RADAR As world leaders focus on blunting the advance of the …

    September 22, 2014 5:08 am
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Politics

  • Expanding wildfire threatens more of California


    A burned out bus is shown near one of several homes that burned in the recent King fire near Icehouse in El Dorado County(AP Photo/The Sacramento Bee, Randall Benton) As an expanding wildfire in Northern California kept nearly 3,000 people from their homes, teams sought to find out how many structured had already been lost to the huge blaze, authorities said. While officials confirmed that several structures have been damaged or destroyed in the King Fire, dangerous conditions have so far prevented them from determining an exact number or how many of them were homes, fire spokesman Mike McMillian said. The fire some 60 miles east of Sacramento grew to more than 128 square miles Saturday, and gathering thunderstorms could either help or harm the firefight with moisture or wind, authorities said. The blaze began one week ago, and a man accused of starting the blaze is being held on $10 million bail. It is …

    September 22, 2014 1:22 am
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Stocks

  • Climate protesters to ‘flood’ Wall Street on Monday


    Activists say Wall Street Capitalism is fueling the climate crisis. Hundreds of environmental activists plan to “flood” Wall Street on Monday to protest the role Big Business plays in climate change. The #FloodWallStreet campaign is part of a series of demonstrations taking place this week as world leaders gather in New York for a climate change summit on Tuesday at the United Nations. The goal is to highlight “a financial system that’s perpetuating the climate crisis,” said Bessie Schwarz, a spokeswoman for the group behind the #FloodWallStreet campaign. Thousands of protesters took to the streets Sunday in New York as part of the People’s Climate March, which organizers said was the largest climate change demonstration ever. “One day after the biggest climate march ever, we plan to take this energy down to Wall Street,” said Schwarz, who was reached while taking part in Sunday’s protest. On Monday protesters will decry the “financial profiteering” they say …

    September 21, 2014 6:18 pm
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Sports

  • 5 Napoli fans arrested for violence at last season’s cup final, which was marred by a shooting


    ROME –  Five Napoli fans have been arrested for the violence surrounding last season’s Italian Cup final, which was marred by a shooting before the match. Police say that among those arrested was Gennaro De Tommaso, who jumped over a barrier at the Stadio Olimpico to speak with authorities and argue for the match to be postponed. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT De Tommaso and the others face charges of resisting public officials and violations of stadium laws. Napoli fan Ciro Esposito was shot away from the stadium before kickoff of the May 3 game then died of his wounds in June. Roma fan Daniele De Santis, who allegedly fired four shots, was among four people arrested a day after the game. An investigation of the shooting is ongoing. Napoli beat Fiorentina 3-1 in the match.

    September 22, 2014 5:08 am
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World News

  • Cosmic study ‘underestimated’ dust


    22 September 2014 Last updated at 09:04 By Jonathan Amos Science correspondent, BBC News BICEP’s South Pole telescope targeted what the team hoped was a relatively clean part of the sky One of the biggest scientific claims of the year has received another set-back. In March, the US BICEP team said it had found a pattern on the sky left by the rapid expansion of space just fractions of a second after the Big Bang. The astonishing assertion was countered quickly by others who thought the group may have underestimated the confounding effects of dust in our own galaxy. That explanation has now been boosted by a new analysis from the European Space Agency’s (Esa) Planck satellite. In a paper published on the arXiv pre-print server, Planck’s researchers find that the part of the sky being observed by the BICEP team contained significantly more dust than it had assumed. This new information does not mean …

    September 22, 2014 5:08 am
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Technology

  • Apple voted United Kingdom’s coolest brand as Twitter slumps


    Apple has retained its title as the coolest brand in Britain for the third year running but Twitter has fallen out of favour to make way for rival Instagram, according to an annual survey. The CoolBrands list saw Twitter drop out of the top 20 after three years, while Instagram made its debut at number 14. The streaming service Netflix, home of award-winning drama Breaking Bad, broke into the top 20 for the first time. Retailers Liberty and Selfridges returned after a one-year absence, as did technology brand Bose. The luxury fashion brand Stella McCartney also re-entered the top 20 alongside champagne label Dom Pérignon, which regained a place after a three-year absence. A total of 13 brands retained top 20 status from last year, including Chanel, Aston Martin and Nike, but those falling out of favour included Italian fashion giant Prada, Adidas and BBC iPlayer. The list is voted for by 2,000 consumers and …

    September 22, 2014 1:23 am
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Science

  • NASA’s Newest Mars Mission Spacecraft Enters Orbit around Red Planet


    [image-36] NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft successfully entered Mars’ orbit at 10:24 p.m. EDT Sunday, Sept. 21, where it now will prepare to study the Red Planet’s upper atmosphere as never done before. MAVEN is the first spacecraft dedicated to exploring the tenuous upper atmosphere of Mars. “As the first orbiter dedicated to studying Mars’ upper atmosphere, MAVEN will greatly improve our understanding of the history of the Martian atmosphere, how the climate has changed over time, and how that has influenced the evolution of the surface and the potential habitability of the planet,” said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. “It also will better inform a future mission to send humans to the Red Planet in the 2030s.” After a 10-month journey, confirmation of successful orbit insertion was received from MAVEN data observed at the Lockheed Martin operations center in Littleton, Colorado, as well as from tracking data monitored at NASA’s Jet Propulsion …

    September 22, 2014 1:43 am
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Health

  • Study of smoking cancer patients fuels e-cigarette debate


    LONDON (Reuters) – The fierce debate over whether e-cigarettes can help people quit smoking took another twist on Monday as a research paper on their use by cancer patients was criticized as flawed. The study of cancer patients who smoke found that those using e-cigarettes as well as tobacco cigarettes were more nicotine dependent and equally or less likely to have quit than those who didn’t use e-cigarettes. The scientists behind the research, which was published online in Cancer, the journal of the American Cancer Society, said their results raised doubts about whether e-cigarettes had any benefit in helping cancer patients to give up smoking. But that conclusion was questioned by other tobacco and addiction researchers, who said the selection of patients for the study had given it an inherent bias. The uptake of e-cigarettes, which use battery-powered cartridges to produce a nicotine-laced vapor for the “smoker” to inhale, has rocketed in the past two …

    September 22, 2014 1:23 am
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Entertainment

  • Joan Rivers comes back from the dead to pimp iPhone 6


    The post, which went up this morning — more than two weeks after Rivers died while undergoing a throat biopsy — shows a photo of what is supposed to be the box for Rivers’ old iPhone 4, which “she” writes she is replacing with the new iPhone 6 today. Joan Rivers leaves fortune to Melissa, Cooper and dogs Photo credit: Facebook Melissa Rivers speaks out about her mom’s death It makes you think: Are we not above such base desires as the latest and greatest tech toys in the afterlife? Does heaven — or whatever awaits us — not have the iPhone 87 yet, since Steve Jobs is already there and time is meaningless in the great beyond? Or is the spirit of Joan Rivers unable to move on, stuck on this plane awaiting a new phone she will never be able to use because her ghostly hands frustratingly just pass right through it every …

    September 22, 2014 5:08 am
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Editorial

Odd News

  • Armed with banana, man robs Philadelphia store, slips away on bike


    PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – A man armed with a banana robbed a convenience store in Philadelphia and rode away on a bicycle with cash and cigarettes, a security surveillance tape showed. The suspect strolled into Tejada Grocery and got in line behind another customer at the counter, where individual bananas were available for sale, according to the tape of Tuesday’s robbery, which was released by police on Wednesday. As his turn at the cash register approached, the man stuffed a banana into the pocket of his hoodie and used it to simulate a gun. Police said the man demanded cash and cigarettes. The robber rode then away on a bicycle, surveillance video showed. Authorities, who did not say how much cash was taken, said the suspect was still being sought on Thursday. (Editing by Barbara Goldberg)

    September 20, 2014 12:46 am
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