• Confusion over Burkina Faso leader

    Confusion over Burkina Faso leader

    1 November 2014 Last updated at 12:50 Colonel Isaac Zida has become the second military man to claim to be head of state following President Compaore’s resignation A second military officer appears to have taken...
  • Why an Ebola quarantine is legal

    Why an Ebola quarantine is legal

    I admire Kaci Hickox’s devotion to helping others. As a nurse, she risked her life treating Ebola patients in West Africa. If only she had the same compassion for others here at home. Hickox, who...
  • Ebola costs encourage budget flexibility among U.S. Republicans

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Worries about Ebola are chipping away at some congressional Republicans’ support for maintaining across-the-board spending caps on U.S. government agencies and the military. An increasing number of Republicans are speaking out in...
  • Jesse Ferguson Lives to Fight Another Day

    By Nathan L. Gonzales Posted at 7 a.m. Nov. 1 0 Tweet The lede almost writes itself: One year ago, Jesse Ferguson never would have thought beating cancer would be easier than defeating Republicans in...
  • Branson to meet Virgin Galactic space team after crash

    MOJAVE Calif. (Reuters) – Richard Branson is set to meet his Virgin Galactic space team in California’s Mojave Desert on Saturday following the crash of a passenger spaceship being developed by his company that killed...

Headline News

  • Bikers call off party after Danish police seize stolen bar in new club house


    COPENHAGEN, Denmark –  No bar, no party. Danish police say members of a biker gang have called off a planned party after officers raided a new club house in western Denmark and took away the bar that had been stolen from a nearby workshop. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Anders Uhrskov of the police in Aarhus said Saturday officers found the piece of furniture when raiding a house in Lystrup, northeast of Denmark’s second largest city, as part of “our preventive strategy” against organized crime groups so “they never doubt that we keep an eye on them.” Police also seized a “minor amount” of drugs and a gold chain. Gang members declined to comment, and it was unclear whether the party would be rescheduled.

    November 1, 2014 8:02 am
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Politics

  • Jesse Ferguson Lives to Fight Another Day


    By Nathan L. Gonzales Posted at 7 a.m. Nov. 1 0 Tweet The lede almost writes itself: One year ago, Jesse Ferguson never would have thought beating cancer would be easier than defeating Republicans in the House. But that’s just not how the Democratic operative does business. As director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s independent expenditure arm, Ferguson is responsible for the more than $60 million in television ads attacking Republicans this cycle, but he doesn’t want to it to be personal. “I disagree with Republicans a lot — on a lot of things — and I don’t think I’ve been shy about saying that,” Ferguson told CQ Roll Call. “That said, I’d really be hesitant to compare them to cancer.” “He’s a throwback,” said Jennifer Crider, the former deputy executive director of the DCCC who hired Ferguson during the 2010 cycle. “He probably has as many Republicans friends as Democratic friends.” The Republican …

    November 1, 2014 7:40 am
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Stocks

  • Wall Street firm pushes for student loan forgiveness


    One Wall Street firm has an idea that’s raising eyebrows: forgive some student debt for first-time homebuyers. It’s too early to say exactly how the stimulus measure BlackRock (BLK) suggested would work, but it would take Congressional action because the federal government administers the majority of student debt. The move could be a creative way to ease student debt, which has quickly become a $1.2 trillion Achilles heel in the American economy. Millennials aren’t buying many homes. Mounting student debt may be part of the problem. “Fiscal policy initiatives targeted at young workers with high levels of student indebtedness might, perhaps surprisingly to some, have an outsize impact in supporting the housing recovery and financial markets,” Rick Rieder, co-head of Americas Fixed Income at BlackRock, wrote in a recent commentary. BlackRock estimates there are about seven million people in the U.S. that would be eligible for an FHA-approved mortgage but are burdened by student loans. …

    November 1, 2014 6:40 am
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Sports

  • Moore, Na share lead at CIMB Classic


    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (SportsNetwork.com) – Defending champion Ryan Moore and Kevin Na both shot 5-under 67 on Saturday and they moved into a share of the lead after three rounds of the CIMB Classic. Moore and Na ended 54 holes at 12-under-par 204 and they share a 1-stroke lead. When Moore won this title last year, it was his third PGA Tour crown. Na has one victory on tour. Sergio Garcia (68) and second-round leader Billy Hurley III (71) are tied for third place at minus-11 at Kuala Lumpur Golf Country Club. Kevin Streelman (71) and Kevin Chappell (70) were both tied for the lead on the front nine, but dropped into a share of fifth at 9-under-par 207. They were joined there by Gary Woodland (66) and Sang-Moon Bae (68). Last week’s runner-up Brendon de Jonge (65) stands alongside Angelo Que (69), Jeff Overton (71), Patrick Reed (68) and Cameron Smith (69) in ninth …

    November 1, 2014 7:00 am
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World News

  • Confusion over Burkina Faso leader


    1 November 2014 Last updated at 12:50 Colonel Isaac Zida has become the second military man to claim to be head of state following President Compaore’s resignation A second military officer appears to have taken power in Burkina Faso, a third leader for the West African state in 24 hours. Colonel Isaac Zida said he had assumed the powers of head of state, and called on the international community to recognise his authority. Earlier, army chief General Honore Traore said he had taken over. President Blaise Compaore stood down after 27 years in power amid political unrest on the streets of the capital. He fled the country and has now arrived in Yamoussoukro, the capital of neighbouring Ivory Coast. A violent Thursday saw protesters set fire to parliament and government buildings in the Burkinabe capital Ouagadougou. At least three people were killed, though opposition leaders said dozens had died. But on Friday crowds danced and …

    November 1, 2014 8:01 am
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Technology

  • As HP moves into 3D printing, there may still be room for the little guys


    Stratasys CEO David Reis, speaking at Normal’s headquarters Thursday, highlighted the rapid growth of 3D printing. Ben Gabbe, courtesy of Stratasys NEW YORK — Hewlett-Packard could one day become the biggest fish in 3D printing, but that won’t be a bad thing for the guppies already in the industry. That’s the view of David Reis, CEO of 3D-printing firm Stratasys, who in an interview Thursday sounded a mostly positive note about the new competition. HP just a day earlier unveiled plans to enter 3D printing by 2016 with its new technology, called Multi Jet Fusion. “My initial reaction is it’s good news,” Reis said during an event his company hosted at the headquarters of Normal, a Manhattan-based company that makes custom earbuds using Stratasys machines. “It’s good news to the extent that a company like HP endorses an industry that’s a relatively small industry. I think HP coming into the market will increase awareness of …

    November 1, 2014 7:41 am
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Science

  • New Artifact-Filled Chambers Revealed under Teotihuacan


    Scientists with the Mexican government announced Wednesday the discovery of three new chambers at the end of a tunnel under the ancient city of Teotihuacan. The tunnel was discovered in 2003 beneath the popular tourist destination just outside today’s Mexico City and is among the most important finds in the lost city’s history. In a press briefing at the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City, Mexican archeologists say that the new rooms contained thousands of objects, including carved statues, rubber balls, jade from Guatemala and a wooden box of shells. Beyond some traces of skin, however, no bodies have been discovered, although archaeologists have hypothesized that the site holds a burial chamber, perhaps still buried in the soil. “Just before the chambers is where we found very important offerings—a lot of them—alongside many objects,” says Sergio Gomez, who directs the excavation project. Archeologists know very little about mountain city of Teotihuacan. The tunnel, discovered …

    November 1, 2014 3:59 am
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Health

  • Ebola costs encourage budget flexibility among U.S. Republicans


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Worries about Ebola are chipping away at some congressional Republicans’ support for maintaining across-the-board spending caps on U.S. government agencies and the military. An increasing number of Republicans are speaking out in favor of Ebola “emergency” funds, which would be passed outside of the normal budget process, and would not require offsetting spending cuts or explicit sources of revenue. “I think we’re going to give the money that’s needed,” Republican Representative Blake Farenthold of Texas told Reuters, when asked about emergency funds. “If they need more, they need to ask for it.” Farenthold and others open to special measures for Ebola generally insisted that any broad increase in spending would need to be paid for with cuts. And the pre-election pledges to fight Ebola from rank and file Republicans and some party leadership could still have strings attached. But concerns about the disease are adding to pressures on the 20-month-old “sequester” spending …

    November 1, 2014 7:41 am
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Entertainment

  • The next Starbucks location will be your front door


    Starbucks customer complains about breastfeeding, gets owned by teen barista Nor do you have time to stop and pick one up. Or worse still, there isn’t a convenient location on your way to work. Get ready for all your morning problems to be solved in 2015, because Starbucks is going to start delivering. To say we are excited by this development is an understatement. Our bank accounts may be crying, but the idea of having our perfectly complicated beverage of choice at our beck and call after years of wishing for it is more than we could ever ask for, especially as we approach the holiday season. Yeah, caffeine is really that good. As is the option of being completely antisocial prior to satisfying our morning craving. Starbucks copycat pumpkin scones “Imagine the ability to create a standing order of Starbucks delivered hot to your desk daily,” Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz said during his announcement …

    November 1, 2014 7:20 am
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Editorial

  • Why an Ebola quarantine is legal


    I admire Kaci Hickox’s devotion to helping others. As a nurse, she risked her life treating Ebola patients in West Africa. If only she had the same compassion for others here at home. Hickox, who is threatening to violate a state imposed 21 day quarantine in Maine, claims her “basic human rights have been violated.”  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Not true.  In America, our right to freedom is not absolute or boundless. It is conditional. There are limits. We are not free to kill or harm others with a weapon, for example. Even people who do not intend to kill or harm, are not free to be careless or reckless in wielding a gun. We live by a set of laws which protect our lives. I admire Hickox’s dedication as a nurse. But her defiance is selfish and irresponsible. She, more than most, should understand that serious public health threats to an entire community must occasionally transcend …

    November 1, 2014 7:41 am
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Odd News

  • ‘Subway Diet’ failure led to Subway robbery, Alabama suspect tells police


    (Reuters) – A suspect in an armed robbery of a Subway sandwich restaurant in Alabama told investigators he acted out of anger because of his failed “Subway Diet,” police said on Friday. Zachary Rapheal Torrance, 18, was arrested at a Walmart store late on Thursday after a patron there recognized him from surveillance footage of the suspect that police had posted online, authorities said. “He told the detective that he had been on the ‘Subway Diet’ and it had not worked for him and he felt like he wanted his money back,” said Hueytown Police Chief Chuck Hagler. “The detective felt like he was being serious,” Hagler added. The diet, created by longtime Subway pitch man Jared Fogle, who claims he lost more than 200 pounds on it, is built around two low-fat sandwiches from the restaurant chain per day. Torrance, who admitted to holding up a Subway in Hueytown on Wednesday, also is a …

    November 1, 2014 3:59 am
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