• Decontamination exterminates antibiotic-resistant bacteria from pig farm

    Decontamination protocols eradicated both methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and antibiotic resistant, pathogenic intestinal bacteria, the Enterobacteriaceae, from a pig farm. The research appears online September 4th in ASM’s journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology. The study...
  • Migrants reach Munich after ordeal

    The first group of what are expected to be some 10,000 migrants has been greeted in Munich after an arduous journey through Hungary and Austria. German members of the public applauded and offered sweets as...
  • China could really hurt Democrats in 2016

    China could really hurt Democrats in 2016

    It’s no secret that Democrats need the American economy to stay strong until Election Day 2016. Right now the biggest threat to that is China. No one knows exactly how much China’s economy is slowing...
  • Councils seek more help with refugees

    Councils seek more help with refugees

    Image copyright Reuters Council leaders have called on the government to provide more resources to help them house extra refugees that the UK is planning to accept. David Simmons from the Local Government Association (LGA)...

Headline News

  • Total Port Arthur refinery halts coker ops after worker killed


    HOUSTON Total SA said coker operations were halted at the company’s 225,500 barrel per day (bpd) Port Arthur, Texas, refinery on Saturday following the death of a contract worker. Production at the refinery has been cut back due to the operations halt on the coker, where the worker, an employee of Kinder Morgan Inc’s nearby petroleum coke terminal, was killed early on Saturday, said sources familiar with plant operations. The sources also said the coker was not damaged in the incident, and had not been shut down, but was operating at minimal rates. The worker was killed when the bulldozer he was driving overturned in the coke pit of the refinery’s 60,000 bpd delayed coking unit, the sources said. Both Total and Kinder Morgan confirmed the death and said regulatory agencies along with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department had been notified. “Coker operations were stopped to secure the area and we will restart it once …

    September 5, 2015 10:32 am
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Politics

  • Grayson Trumps Murphy’s Trump Comparison


    By Emily Cahn Posted at 12:42 p.m. on Sept. 4 0 Tweet Grayson, top, and Murphy have been sniping at each other as they vie for the Democratic nod in Florida’s Senate race. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) Update 12:55 p.m. | Rep. Alan Grayson’s campaign reacted quickly Friday to Democratic Senate primary opponent Rep. Patrick Murphy’s comparison of him to Donald Trump, pointing out that Murphy’s father’s construction company had built two major projects for the real estate mogul who’s leading Republican presidential polls. “Murphy’s family construction business — where he used to work, where his daddy’s money comes from, and in which he owns a share worth $1 million to $5 million — has a business relationship with Donald Trump. How much money has Donald Trump put in Patrick Murphy’s pocket?” Grayson adviser Kevin Franck replied in an email to CQ Roll Call. Franck provided links to two Florida condominium projects highlighted on Coastal Construction Group of South …

    September 5, 2015 3:30 am
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Stocks

  • China could really hurt Democrats in 2016


    It’s no secret that Democrats need the American economy to stay strong until Election Day 2016. Right now the biggest threat to that is China. No one knows exactly how much China’s economy is slowing down. But there’s wide agreement that the country isn’t growing at 7% like the government says. China’s hiccups are being felt around the world. They’ve already sent Canada and Brazil into recession and caused the U.S. stock market to plunge dramatically at the end of August. There are fears the world economy could get worse in the coming months and hurt the U.S. — just around the time Americans really start to tune in to the presidential election. “Neither Clinton nor Biden can escape the Obama economy,” says Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics. “They will either pick the fruits or bear the burden.” Related: If the stock market hits this level, then get nervous …

    September 5, 2015 10:31 am
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Sports

  • England’s Hodgson ‘lacks respect’, says San Marino counterpart


    LJUBLJANA, SLOVENIA – JUNE 14: England manager Roy Hodgson looks on during the UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier between Slovenia and England on at the Stozice Arena on June 14, 2015 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. (Photo by Michael Regan – The FA/The FA via Getty Images) Pierangelo Manzaroli has criticised Roy Hodgson for suggesting England’s Ashes-winning cricketers could play against San Marino’s football team. England face San Marino in a European Qualifier on Saturday and the home coach is unhappy with comments made by his visiting counterpart. Hodgson’s men will book their spot at next summer’s finals in France if they win against 193rd-ranked San Marino, who are 100/1 with many bookmakers to beat England in Serravalle this weekend. Earlier this summer, Hodgson made light-hearted comments about there being space in his squad for England’s cricketers for the match against San Marino, but Manzaroli was not impressed, saying his words lacked respect. Manzaroli said: “I know Roy …

    September 5, 2015 10:32 am
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World News

  • Migrants reach Munich after ordeal


    The first group of what are expected to be some 10,000 migrants has been greeted in Munich after an arduous journey through Hungary and Austria. German members of the public applauded and offered sweets as some 450 migrants arrived on a special train service. The plight of the migrants has highlighted the EU’s struggle to deal with a surge of asylum seekers Earlier this week there were chaotic scenes in Budapest as Hungary blocked them from travelling onwards. Follow our live updates Many migrants refused to be taken to camps in Hungary to register for asylum, insisting they wanted to travel on to Germany and Austria. Crowds broke through security lines and began walking 175km (108 miles) to the border, many with small children. Under mounting pressure, Hungary opened its border with Austria, which expects to have received some 10,000 people by the end of Saturday. Image copyright Reuters Image caption Germany has said it …

    September 5, 2015 10:32 am
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Technology

  • US justice department cracks down on mobile phone surveillance


    American federal law enforcement officials will be required to get a search warrant before using secretive and intrusive mobile phone-tracking technology under a new US justice department policy. The policy, the first of its kind in the US, comes amid concerns from privacy groups and even judges that cell-site simulator technology, which is now widely used by local police departments, is infringing on privacy rights and is being used without proper accountability. “The policy is really designed to address our practices, and to really try to promote transparency and consistency and accountability – all while being mindful of the public’s privacy interest,” deputy attorney general Sally Yates told reporters in announcing the policy change on Thursday. The technology – also known as a Stingray, a suitcase-sized device – can sweep up basic mobile phone data from a neighbourhood by tricking phones in the area to believe that it’s a cell tower, allowing it to identify …

    September 5, 2015 7:51 am
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Science

  • Decontamination exterminates antibiotic-resistant bacteria from pig farm


    Decontamination protocols eradicated both methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and antibiotic resistant, pathogenic intestinal bacteria, the Enterobacteriaceae, from a pig farm. The research appears online September 4th in ASM’s journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology. The study involved a farm on which both pathogens had been discovered through routine monitoring. The farmer had approached the investigators for help. The Enterobacteriaceae were expressing resistance genes called extended-spectrum β-lactamases (ESBL-E). β-lactamases disable a broad, very important class of antibiotics called β-lactams, which inhibit bacterial wall synthesis. For their part, the investigators wanted to find out whether intensive decontamination performed by a commercially available service would effectively expunge the pathogens contaminating the farm environment. They collected samples at different time points both before and after decontamination, from the pigs, the air, water, and manure, and from the farm personnel. “Later, we compared the time points and the different media to evaluate the efficacy and durability of the decontamination measures on …

    September 5, 2015 10:52 am
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Health

  • With School Back in Session, Kids Need Refresher Course on Hand-Washing


    SATURDAY, Sept. 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) — With the start of the new school year, parents need to remind their children about the importance of hand-washing and how to do it properly, an infectious-disease expert says. Hand-washing is the best way to prevent many types of infections, and is especially important after using the bathroom and before eating, according to Dr. Beverly Connelly. She’s with the division of infectious diseases at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, in Ohio. “Germs get left everywhere! Good hand hygiene practices help prevent catching colds and respiratory viral infections, stomach bugs and diarrhea, as well as MRSA [methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus] and other skin infections. Make hand hygiene a practice you and your family practice every day,” she said in a hospital news release. Parents should explain to children why it’s important to wash their hands, and should set a good example by following a hand-washing routine at home. Tell children …

    September 5, 2015 11:12 am
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Entertainment

  • Pink (Sort Of) Apologizes For Dissing Demi Lovato And Other VMA Performers


    Posted on Fri Sep 4th, 2015 9:31am PDT       By X17 Staff Slam! Pink was NOT a fan of most of the performances at the MTV Video Music Awards last weekend and, in fact, she even felt it necessary to Instagram a message about her distaste for today’s music, writing: “I felt embarrassed and sad. And old. We’re getting old. But in all seriousness; I felt sad because music is supposed to inspire. It saved my life. This trash won’t save any kids life. In a world that is even scarier and with lives still worth saving, who will stand up and have soul? Disenfranchised to say the least. Let down by my industry and peers. Beside Macklemore and pharell [Williams] and [Justin] bieber (pre sob fest) and the weekend, Tori Kelly was dope too. The rest was gross and embarrassing and hard for this aging pop star to believe. Notably absent from Pink’s “excused” list were …

    September 4, 2015 7:49 pm
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Editorial

  • Why Hillary Clinton could easily lose Iowa and New Hampshire


    Political junkies are focused on Donald Trump, but Hillary Clinton’s weakness remains a huge story. Her support among Iowa’s likely Democratic caucusgoers has dropped to 37%, down 20 points since May, according to an Aug. 26 Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics poll. Meanwhile, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is up 16 points to 30%, and Vice President Joe Biden, who isn’t even running, is up six points to 14%. The poll caused great consternation among Mrs. Clinton’s supporters, as it should have. Some of her advocates tried to claim that the survey contained good news, in that the former secretary of state’s favorable rating among Democratic caucusgoers remained at 77%. But if Mrs. Clinton’s favorables remained high while she hemorrhaged support, then Iowa Democrats are moving to Mr. Sanders not because they dislike her but because she doesn’t excite them, and they like him more. That too was polled. Only 2% of Mr. Sanders’s backers said that …

    September 5, 2015 10:11 am
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Odd News

  • Arby’s fires Florida manager after police officer joke goes ‘awry’


    MIAMI Arby’s sandwich chain fired a South Florida restaurant manager and suspended a clerk after an unfortunate police joke led to a complaint against staff at a drive-thru. The mix-up led to a police woman accusing the store of denying her service simply because she was a cop. Pembroke Pines police officer Jennifer Martin, accused the clerk of refusing to accept her credit card when she ordered a meal on Tuesday at the restaurant a few miles northwest of Miami. She said the manager told her; “He doesn’t want to serve you because you are a police officer.” Martin was eventually served, but decided to return her food and was given a refund. The next day Pembroke Pines police chief Dan Giustino issued a press release saying he had called Arby’s to demand an apology. The clerk, Kenneth Davenport, told local media that the delay in serving Martin was a mix-up as he was busy …

    September 4, 2015 7:08 pm
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