• Today’s Toons 9/16/14

    Today’s Toons 9/16/14

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  • Uber drivers in New York City protest fares

    Uber drivers in New York City protest fares

      Uber drivers in New York are protesting for the second time in a month, fuming over the company’s low fares. Fans of the cheap uberX service might want to take notice. The drivers already...
  • Police to probe actress handcuffing

    Police to probe actress handcuffing

    16 September 2014 Last updated at 10:57 Watts, pictured with boyfriend Brian James Lucas, said the officer who detained her “was not overtly racist” Police in Los Angeles are conducting an internal investigation over accusations...
  • Dorm Report: Loyd’s new flock of Ducks

    Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) – Marcus Mariota dropped back and threw a 5-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter against Wyoming on Saturday. It was a rather innocuous play on the surface, especially for Oregon. It...
  • Ukraine and EU to ratify key pact

    Ukraine and EU to ratify key pact

    16 September 2014 Last updated at 10:27 Many Ukrainian businesses are struggling in the crisis and want access to EU markets Ukrainian MPs and the European Parliament are set to ratify a key EU association...

Headline News

  • Police to probe actress handcuffing


    16 September 2014 Last updated at 10:57 Watts, pictured with boyfriend Brian James Lucas, said the officer who detained her “was not overtly racist” Police in Los Angeles are conducting an internal investigation over accusations officers violated a US actress’s rights by handcuffing and detaining her. Daniele Watts, who appeared in Quentin Tarantino film Django Unchained, refused to show identification and walked away from officers responding to a report of lewd conduct. She posted a photo showing her in tears with her hands behind her back. Her boyfriend, chef Brian James Lucas, was not placed in handcuffs. In a statement released over the weekend, police said its officers had responded to a report from a passer-by that a couple were indecently exposed inside a silver Mercedes. In an interview with CNN on Monday, Watts said she and Lucas had been “making out” in the car, were fully clothed and that nothing improper had been taking …

    September 16, 2014 5:21 am
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Politics

  • U.S. lawmakers move toward arming Syrian rebels, with conditions


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives will begin debating legislation on Tuesday to give President Barack Obama approval for arming and training rebels who oppose both Islamic State militants and Syria’s government. Republican lawmakers unveiled a measure, written with input from the White House, that would quickly provide the authority – but not the funding – that Obama wants to equip and train the moderate Syrian rebels. The measure sets conditions including barring the use of U.S. ground forces and requiring the administration to submit regular progress reports on the plan and its vetting of the rebels receiving the training and equipment. The plan is a major component of Obama’s campaign to stop Islamic State militants who have seized large swaths of Iraq and Syria, where both the Islamic State and the moderate rebels are waging a three-year-long civil war against the government of President Bashar al-Assad. “I think the new language is …

    September 16, 2014 2:36 am
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Stocks

  • Uber drivers in New York City protest fares


      Uber drivers in New York are protesting for the second time in a month, fuming over the company’s low fares. Fans of the cheap uberX service might want to take notice. The drivers already have one win against the company: After forcing its higher-end Black and SUV lines earlier this month to begin taking fares for the cheaper uberX line, drivers showed up at the Queens offices on September 8 in protest. Uber reversed the policy just ahead of a planned strike Friday. Related: Is Uber CEO ‘Darth Vader’? Following a meeting that organizers say drew hundreds, the drivers staged a second protest Monday that drew much smaller numbers. But the angry drivers still sense they can win more concessions. Their most common complaint concerned uberX fares, which the online car service cut by 20% in July, in order to undercut prices offered by the ubiquitous Yellow Cabs of New York City. But the …

    September 16, 2014 5:41 am
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Sports

  • Dorm Report: Loyd’s new flock of Ducks


    Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) – Marcus Mariota dropped back and threw a 5-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter against Wyoming on Saturday. It was a rather innocuous play on the surface, especially for Oregon. It was just one of eight the quarterback has thrown this season and one of 71 thrown across his three-year career. The touchdown itself was the sixth of seven for the Ducks against the Cowboys and their 22nd overall this season. So what made the play more than just a run-of-the-mill score during a 48-14 rout? The person who was on the other end of the pass: wide receiver Johnathan Loyd. To anyone who has paid attention to Pac-12 athletics, or more specifically Oregon athletics over the last four years, the name should sound familiar. However, not because of football. Loyd is best known for his exploits on the court at Matthew Knight Arena much more so than his ventures across …

    September 16, 2014 5:21 am
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World News

  • Ken Wyatt breaks ranks with Tony Abbott by calling for early referendum


    A bipartisan parliamentary committee and its Liberal Indigenous chairman, Ken Wyatt, have demanded the referendum to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders be held “at or before” the next election in 2016. The statement flies in the face of recent statements by Tony Abbott, who has suggested the referendum should not be risked by rushing it, and his Indigenous affairs minister, Nigel Scullion, who called for the referendum to be held in 2017. As the prime minister worked to build a consensus with Indigenous leaders in Arnhem Land, Wyatt said in a statement issued in Canberra that the joint select committee on constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples met privately on Tuesday to consider feedback received on its interim report. He said the committee’s strong view, based on evidence received at the committee’s public hearings, was that the referendum should be held at or before the next federal election. “The committee has …

    September 16, 2014 5:41 am
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Technology

  • Boot up: unsapphirical iPhones, FBI in your face, Facebook’s drag queen deletion


    A burst of 8 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology team Why Apple didn’t use sapphire iPhone screens TIME Tim Bajarin: Many have suggested that the decision not to use sapphire was the result of manufacturing issues – that with more time, Apple would have used sapphire screens for the iPhone 6. As I looked closer at the Apple announcement, and after looking more at the benefits and drawbacks of sapphire, it seems that Apple had good reasons to go with ion-strengthened curved glass (Gorilla Glass) instead of sapphire. While sapphire has been hyped as an alternative screen cover for smartphones, the continued use of strengthened glass has less to do with production issues and more to do with what smartphone manufacturers know about consumers, their preferences and, more importantly, how people actually use phones and what they’re willing to pay for them. By the way, some reports stated that …

    September 16, 2014 2:37 am
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Science

  • Rosetta reveals its target landing site


    On target: the primary landing location – Site J The European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission has pinpointed the spot where its Philae landing module will touch down on the surface of a comet in November this year. The site, along with a second “back-up” location, has been chosen after much deliberation, and sits in the “head” of the comet – an area that is thought to be relatively flat and devoid of large boulders. The region, dubbed Site J, was one of five locations that the team considered as potential landing sites on the oddly shaped Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, which is just over 4 km across at its widest point. The 100 kg Philae should reach the comet’s surface on 11 November, if all goes to plan. Images taken by Rosetta in July showed that the comet’s nucleus is made up of two distinct segments joined by a “neck”, giving it a “rubber-duck”-like appearance. The team revealed earlier today that the …

    September 16, 2014 2:57 am
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Health

  • AstraZeneca gets up to $500 million from Lilly for Alzheimer’s drug


    LONDON (Reuters) – AstraZeneca has signed a partnership deal with U.S. rival Eli Lilly that could earn the British company up to $500 million if a promising – but risky – experimental Alzheimer’s drug proves successful. AstraZeneca said in May that it was looking to find a partner for its so-called BACE inhibitor drug called AZD3293, which is set to enter late-stage Phase III clinical testing against Alzheimer’s. The decision by Lilly to buy into the project is an endorsement of the science behind the new oral drug, given the U.S. drugmaker’s long history of trying to find an effective treatment for the memory-robbing condition. Lilly will pay AstraZeneca up to $500 million to share rights to the drug, with the exact scale of payments depending on the medicine’s progress in clinical trials and its commercial success. BACE inhibitor drugs work by blocking an enzyme called beta secretase that is involved in production of beta-amyloid, …

    September 16, 2014 2:36 am
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Entertainment

  • Mindy Kaling admits B.J. Novak was the love of her life


    Mindy Kaling’s maternal clock is ticking and she knows it  Kaling joined Howard Stern on Monday, Sept. 15 and she opened up about her past love, B.J. Novak. Stern asked if she had any lost loves that got away. “He’s a good friend of mine, yeah. He’s my best friend. He broke up with me,” Kaling told Stern, according to Us Weekly. “It was years and years ago that that breakup happened. I was so sad, not angry, sad. That was the hottest I ever looked ’cause I stopped eating. When I get depressed, I stop eating. I was so miserable and so beautiful.” Even though Kaling was being vague, Stern pushed her and said he knew it had to be Novak, to which Kaling replied, “Yes, you’re correct. Not that you’re Sherlock Holmes, Howard. He’s legitimately one of my best friends. I love him, and I think he’s a great person, Kaling also joked …

    September 16, 2014 4:19 am
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Editorial

  • Attorney: University broke law by banning crosses on football helmets


    Memorial decals seen on the helmets of the Arkansas State team before a game with Montana State earlier this year. (Courtesy Arkansas State)  (Courtesy Arkansas State) Arkansas State University violated the law when they ordered football players to either remove or modify crosses they had affixed to their helmets, a prominent religious liberty law firm alleges. The cross decals were meant to memorialize former player Markel Owens who was killed in January and former equipment manager Barry Weyer, who was killed in a June car crash. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT “ASU’s actions in defacing the students’ memorial stickers to remove their religious viewpoint is illegal viewpoint discrimination against the students’ free speech,” said Hiram Sasser, director of litigation for Liberty Institute. Sasser, who is representing an unnamed student, gave the university until Wednesday to “cease your censorship and publicly acknowledge, in writing, the right of ASU’s students to engage in private speech, including speech in the form of …

    September 16, 2014 2:37 am
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Odd News

  • Texas doctor poisoned lover’s coffee over obsession: prosecutor


    HOUSTON (Reuters) – A breast cancer physician charged with spiking her lover’s coffee with a compound used in antifreeze was obsessed with the man and even had a private investigator follow him, prosecutors said in opening statements at her trial on Monday. Dr. Ana Maria Gonzalez-Angulo, 43, is charged with aggravated assault of a family member, which also covers domestic violence in dating relationships, for allegedly spiking Dr. George Blumenschein’s coffee in January 2013. “This case is about a woman who had an attraction, which wound up with a rejection and it led to an absolute obsession with George Blumenschein,” Assistant Harris County District Attorney Justin Keiter said. Gonzalez-Angulo and Blumenschein, both oncologists with the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, had been in an affair for two years when she asked him to try a coffee blend during a rendezvous at her home, a criminal complaint said. She is accused of spiking the …

    September 15, 2014 10:51 pm
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