• US F-15 jet crashes in Virginia

    US F-15 jet crashes in Virginia

    27 August 2014 Last updated at 17:40 The F-15 (similar to the one pictured) belonged to the Massachusetts Air National Guard A US military jet has crashed in Virginia but the fate of the pilot...
  • Record man Marquez crosses another bridge

    LONDON (Reuters) – Marc Marquez talks about fighting for his second successive MotoGP title as if there was some uncertainty about the outcome. The fact he has won 10 out of 11 races so far,...
  • Ukraine rebels enter coastal town

    Ukraine rebels enter coastal town

    27 August 2014 Last updated at 15:22 Novoazovsk was hit by shells on Wednesday Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine have pushed their way into the port of Novoazovsk, threatening to open up a new front...
  • Alibaba is generating insane profits

    Alibaba is generating insane profits

    Alibaba’s headquarters in Hangzhou, China. Alibaba may just live up to its hype as the mostly hotly anticipated initial public offering in history. In a filing Wednesday with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Chinese...
  • Cubans pack a punch on last day in the ring

    NANJING China (Reuters) – World champion Javier Ibanez Diaz and Yordan Alain Hernandez Morejon enhanced Cuba’s fine boxing reputation with a gold medal apiece on the final day in the ring at the Youth Olympic...
  • LG G3 review: the best phablet to date

    LG G3 review: the best phablet to date

    LG’s latest smartphone is a 5.5in powerhouse with a quad-HD screen and seems to be a hit with customers. From its release at the end of May, the G3 outpaced its Korean rival the Samsung...

Headline News

  • US F-15 jet crashes in Virginia


    27 August 2014 Last updated at 17:40 The F-15 (similar to the one pictured) belonged to the Massachusetts Air National Guard A US military jet has crashed in Virginia but the fate of the pilot is unknown, military officials say. Witnesses near the crash site in the town of Deerfield reported hearing a loud noise and seeing a large plume of smoke in the sky. Officials lost contact with the Massachusetts Air National Guard F-15 shortly before the crash, police said. No injuries on the ground have been reported and rescue workers have been dispatched to the area, police added. Major Matthew Mutti, a spokesman for the Massachusetts Air National Guard, said the single-seat aircraft had been on a routine training exercise and had no munitions on board. Augusta County Sheriff’s office said the plane went down at around 09:00 local time (13:00 GMT). Jenny McNeal, a spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office, said the crash …

    August 27, 2014 11:42 am
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Politics

  • Bill Clinton to stump for Maine governor hopeful


    PORTLAND Maine (Reuters) – Former President Bill Clinton will come to Maine on Tuesday to campaign for the Democratic candidate for governor, Mike Michaud, party officials announced this week, shining a national spotlight on one of the most closely contended gubernatorial races of 2014. Recent polls show Michaud, a five-term U.S. representative and former paper mill worker who would be the country’s first governor to declare he is gay before taking office, in a statistical dead heat with Tea Party-backed incumbent Paul Lepage. An independent candidate, Eliot Cutler, trails by a wider margin. The Michaud/Clinton rally, which will take place along the Portland, Maine waterfront on Tuesday night, sold out in just three hours, campaign officials said. “I’ve always admired President Clinton for his ability to work across the aisle to get things done, which is something we’ve been missing here in Maine under Gov. LePage,” Michaud said in a statement. Lepage is often at …

    August 27, 2014 10:41 am
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Stocks

  • Alibaba is generating insane profits


    Alibaba’s headquarters in Hangzhou, China. Alibaba may just live up to its hype as the mostly hotly anticipated initial public offering in history. In a filing Wednesday with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Chinese ecommerce behemoth reported that profits tripled in the quarter ending June 30th when compared to the same period last year. The company, which is widely expected to go public next month of the New York Stock Exchange, earned a massive $1.99 billion in the quarter, the filing shows. Related: Accounting trouble discovered at Alibaba unit ahead of mega IPO Mobile sales are thriving, with revenue in that segment more than doubling from the previous quarter. That’s a good sign for Alibaba since there have been concerns that overall revenue, though growing, wasn’t expanding at a fast enough clip. The filing did not contain any new details on how many U.S.-listed shares Alibaba will offer or at what price, but analysts …

    August 27, 2014 11:42 am
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Sports

  • Record man Marquez crosses another bridge


    LONDON (Reuters) – Marc Marquez talks about fighting for his second successive MotoGP title as if there was some uncertainty about the outcome. The fact he has won 10 out of 11 races so far, with his amazing run of success ending only this month in the Czech Republic, does not appear to have changed his thinking. The 21-year-old is running away with the championship faster than you can say ‘Repsol Honda’, or ‘Spanish winner’, and yet he refused to tempt fate ahead of Sunday’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone. “No, it’s not already won,” the champion told Reuters, after performing a promotional burnout on a pedestrian bridge across the Thames on Wednesday, when it was put to him that it was merely a case of adjusting the crown. “All the people say ‘yeah, yeah, you will win’ but still there are seven races left which are quite a lot. You can lose many points, …

    August 27, 2014 11:42 am
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World News

  • Ukraine rebels enter coastal town


    27 August 2014 Last updated at 15:22 Novoazovsk was hit by shells on Wednesday Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine have pushed their way into the port of Novoazovsk, threatening to open up a new front in the war. The mayor of the town on the Sea of Azov confirmed rebels had entered, as jubilant rebel supporters shared photos of advancing tanks on social media. The rebels have been trying for weeks to break out of a near-encirclement further north in Donetsk. Russia denies it is covertly supporting them on the ground. The fighting came hours after Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko promised a “roadmap” for peace in the east. He was speaking in Belarus late on Tuesday after holding his first direct talks on the crisis since June with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Mr Putin said Russia, which denies supplying the rebels with weapons and covert forces, would assist with a dialogue, but he insisted that …

    August 27, 2014 11:42 am
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Technology

  • LG G3 review: the best phablet to date


    LG’s latest smartphone is a 5.5in powerhouse with a quad-HD screen and seems to be a hit with customers. From its release at the end of May, the G3 outpaced its Korean rival the Samsung Galaxy S5 three-to-one in its home market, and contributed to LG’s 14.5m smartphone sales in the second quarter – ending three consecutive loss-making quarters for that division. Analysts are predicting sales of more than 10m. It might not sound much compared with Samsung’s 40m-plus sales for its latest Galaxy S flagships, but is a significant boost over last year’s LG’s G2, which sold around 3m to 4m. Samsung is due to release the new Galaxy Note 4 phablet next week at the IFA electronics tradeshow in Berlin, but has the G3 given Samsung something to worry about? Verdict – big, powerful and almost manageable LG’s G3 is the best big-screened phone to date: the very small bezels around the screen …

    August 27, 2014 10:41 am
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Science

  • Sorting cells with sound waves


    Researchers from MIT, Pennsylvania State University, and Carnegie Mellon University have devised a new way to separate cells by exposing them to sound waves as they flow through a tiny channel. Their device, about the size of a dime, could be used to detect the extremely rare tumor cells that circulate in cancer patients’ blood, helping doctors predict whether a tumor is going to spread. Separating cells with sound offers a gentler alternative to existing cell-sorting technologies, which require tagging the cells with chemicals or exposing them to stronger mechanical forces that may damage them. “Acoustic pressure is very mild and much smaller in terms of forces and disturbance to the cell. This is a most gentle way to separate cells, and there’s no artificial labeling necessary,” says Ming Dao, a principal research scientist in MIT’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering and one of the senior authors of the paper, which appears this week …

    August 27, 2014 7:00 am
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Health

  • WHO employee infected by Ebola to be flown to Hamburg for treatment


    BERLIN (Reuters) – An employee of the World Health Organization (WHO) who contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone will be flown to the German city of Hamburg for treatment, a spokesman for the city said. Rico Schmidt, spokesman for the Hamburg Health Senate, said the patient would arrive later on Wednesday and be treated at Hamburg university clinic’s tropical medicine institute. The WHO in Geneva said the patient was a Senegalese epidemiologist. One of the deadliest diseases known to man, Ebola is transmitted by contact with body fluids and the current outbreak has killed at least 120 healthcare workers. The WHO has deployed nearly 400 of its own staff and partner organizations to fight the epidemic of the highly contagious hemorrhagic fever, which has struck Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea and Nigeria. On Tuesday, it said it had shut a laboratory in Sierra Leone after a Senegalese medic there became infected. At least 1,427 people have died …

    August 27, 2014 6:39 am
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Entertainment

  • Justin Bieber Re-Posts Selena Gomez’s Selfie After Their Hot Date


    Posted on Wed Aug 27th, 2014 7:50am PDT       By X17 Staff Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber are definitely back on, and while he can’t seem to post a pic of the two of them (or her) without taking it down minutes later, the thought is still there! On Tuesday night JB re-posted Selena’s selfie above, which she captioned, “Thank you Jen for my pretty Jennifer Meyer S necklace #Itgottangledlikesixtimes #seventhtimesacharm #getit.” The previous night the lovebirds went to Dave Buster’s restaurant and games arcade for a very age-appropriate date, and a fan snapped the above pic of Selena smiling and laughing while Biebs played skeeball. However, shortly after that, a member of Justin’s security team was accused of stealing another fan’s phone after the individual snapped more photos of the supercouple, and though police were called, no one was charged and a spokesperson said, “There’s been no fight, no scuffle and no crime occurred.” Just an …

    August 27, 2014 10:21 am
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Editorial

  • Take control of your child’s school lunch


      In a few weeks, lazy summer days will be replaced by the rude awakening of early morning alarm clocks for millions of children. For parents, this means a new routine.  Something traditionally part of that routine for parents is packing a school lunch. And while school cafeterias have improved lunch options over the last decade, kids will still gravitate towards chicken nuggets and soft drinks, if given the option. Parents – you can take charge of your child’s lunch by following a few easy steps. The first step is to limit your child’s options and pack them a lunch. Steer clear of packaged, processed meals. These products are high in sodium and contain little nutrition. A small amount of potato chips and cookies is fine to pack in your kid’s lunch. Just be sure that the lunch includes more than that. Remember the old dietary guideline: “Everything in moderation.” Lunches serve two purposes for …

    August 27, 2014 10:41 am
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Odd News

  • Shaun the sheep, when shorn, may turn out to be world’s woolliest


    SYDNEY (Reuters) – Two Australian farmers say that they may have found the world’s woolliest sheep, whose estimated 25 kg (55 lb) coat, if confirmed, could shatter the world record currently held by neighboring New Zealand. Shaun the sheep was found on Sunday wandering in a country area near the town of Oatlands, 84 km (52 miles) from Hobart, the capital of Tasmania, the largely rural island state off Australia’s southeastern coast. “He couldn’t see very well because of the wool over his face, so I snuck up behind him and grabbed ahold of him,” farmer Peter Hazell told reporters. The six-year-old merino sheep had likely never been shorn in his life, the farmers said, but he was due to have a date with the clippers in the next few days. The Australian farmers say they anticipate Shaun will overtake the current world record, held by a New Zealand sheep called Shrek. (Reporting by Samantha …

    August 27, 2014 2:55 am
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