Headline News

  • Space project will go on


    1 November 2014 Last updated at 08:48 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. David Willis reports from the Mojave desert on the final moments of SpaceShipTwo Sir Richard Branson has vowed to continue his space tourism venture despite the fatal crash of a Virgin Galactic rocket ship in the US. One pilot died and the other was badly injured when SpaceShipTwo exploded in California’s Mojave Desert on Friday. Investigators are on their way to the crash site, north of Los Angeles. Mr Branson, founder of the Virgin Group and a long-time advocate of commercial space travel, said he was “shocked and saddened” but would “persevere”. Virgin had hoped to launch commercially in 2015. It has already taken more than 700 flight bookings at $250,000 (£156,000) each, with Mr Branson pledging to travel on the first flight. ‘Serious anomaly’ SpaceShipTwo was flying its first test flight for nine months when it crashed shortly …

    November 1, 2014 3:59 am
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Politics

  • Fired-up Republicans have edge in midterm turnout war


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A daunting reality looms for President Barack Obama’s Democrats ahead of U.S. congressional elections on Tuesday: Voters from the Republican Party are much more fired up. Reuters/Ipsos polling data shows Republicans are more certain they will vote, and see their ballot as a way to voice disapproval of Obama’s handling of the Ebola outbreak and his health insurance reform law. The expectation of robust Republican turnout is why many forecasters see strong odds that the party will take over the Senate and expand its majority in the House of Representatives. “It looks good for the Republicans,” said Robert Erikson, a political scientist at Columbia University. “The Democrats are at a disadvantage when it comes to turnout.” About 55 percent of Republicans are certain they will vote, compared with 47 percent of Democrats, according to Reuters/Ipsos polling data for an online survey of 1,725 voters conducted Oct. 25-30. The poll had a credibility …

    November 1, 2014 3:37 am
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Stocks

  • Budweiser profits pinched by Russia


    Budweiser brewer Anheuser Busch says its sales in Russia have lost their fizz. Russia was a major buzz kill for the brewer of Budweiser and other well-known beers. Anheuser-Busch InBev (BUD), the world’s largest beer company, reported earnings and sales that badly missed analysts’ expectations on Friday. Russia was one of the biggest drags on the company’s profits. Sales in Russia fell 20%, contributing to a sharp decline in its European business, the Belgium-based brewer said. “A spectre is haunting AB InBev’s European operation, and it is called Russia,” said Amin Alkhatib, an analyst at Euromonitor International who covers the alcohol industry. Related: The world’s most popular beer is … While many believe that beer is recession proof, that has not been the case in Russia. The downturn in the Russian economy, driven by falling oil prices and Western sanctions, has taken a toll on beer consumption. At the same time, the Russian government has …

    November 1, 2014 2:37 am
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Sports

  • Alexander Levy soars to 4-shot lead on day of low scoring at BMW Masters


    SHANGHAI –  Alexander Levy birdied his opening three holes and kept right on going to a 9-under 63 and a four-shot lead in the BMW Masters. On a day of extraordinary scoring at Lake Malaren, no one could keep pace with the Frenchman. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Levy had a big smile on another damp, overcast day as he piled up birdies, including a 40-foot putt down a steep ridge that curled into the left side of the cup on the sixth hole, and an approach that plopped down a foot from the cup on No. 10. Jamie Donaldson shot a 62 and barely made up any ground. He was four shots behind. Levy was at 22-under 194 as he goes after his third title on the year on the European Tour.

    November 1, 2014 3:59 am
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World News

  • June Steenkamp interview: Now its crystal clear Reeva is never coming back


    June Steenkamp is posing for photographs. She wears a denim jacket and jeans, white blouse and brown high-heeled shoes. “This was my daughter’s jacket,” she says. “I love wearing it because I feel maybe her DNA’s still on it … But I’ll have to wash it one of these days.” Reeva Steenkamp juggled competing identities before she was shot dead by Oscar Pistorius on Valentine’s Day 2013 – one of more than 1,000 women killed by her partner in South Africa that year. There was Reeva the brunette law graduate, linguist and feminist, a devout Christian due to deliver a speech against gender violence on the day she died. Then there was Reeva the blonde model, a cover girl for lads’ mag FHM who shared Pistorius’s love of fast cars and cultivated celebrity on a reality TV show. On Twitter she described herself as “SA Model, Cover Girl, Tropika Island of Treasure Celeb Contestant, Law Graduate, Child of God”. …

    November 1, 2014 3:59 am
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Technology

  • Chat with ghosts using an emoji ouija board


    Now you can chat with the dead using your favorite emojicons. Kickstarter If you enjoy chatting with the dead, but prefer to do it using emojicons, why not upgrade your spirit communication with an Emouija Board? After all, ghosts don’t want to miss out on being about to tweet their feelings and thoughts like they did when they were alive and kicking. Find out if ghosts miss getting their hair cut, or dancing with friends or eating pizza. Perhaps they want to reveal their love for cats or just think the poop icon is hilarious. All your favorite emoji icons are represented on the board — from food items to activities to the weird ones no one seems to understand, like that hairy red devil guy (which we hope your ghosts aren’t stuck with as a purgatory pal). Designers of the Emouija Board, now on Kickstarter, also created unique emoji to help you communicate better …

    October 31, 2014 7:32 pm
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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

  • Judge rejects isolation for U.S. nurse who treated Ebola patients


    FORT KENT Maine (Reuters) – A Maine judge ruled on Friday that a U.S. nurse who treated victims of Ebola in West Africa does not need to be confined to her home, declaring Ebola fears in the United States “not entirely rational.” Nurse Kaci Hickox’s challenge of Maine’s 21-day isolation regime became a key battle in the dispute between some U.S. states and the federal government. A handful of states have imposed mandatory quarantines on health workers returning from three Ebola-ravaged West African countries while the federal government is wary of discouraging potential medical volunteers. While she may travel freely in public, the judge decided that Hickox must continue direct monitoring of her health, coordinate travel plans with health officials and report any symptoms. “I’m happy with the decision the judge made today,” Hickox told reporters via a live video feed from her house in Maine to her lawyer’s New York City office. “I think …

    November 1, 2014 3:37 am
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Entertainment

  • Robert Pattinson admits he has a thing for the weirdos


    Robert Pattinson defends Kristen Stewart’s cheating In a recent interview with Yahoo! Movies, Pattinson said, “I think there’s definitely something alien about [Hollywood] mainly because people who act — it’s really not necessarily just in Hollywood — they’re just people who… they examine themselves a lot more and like to talk about it. And I think if you’re spending a lot of time being self-obsessed, you just end up being kind of a weirdo.” Despite the fact that Pattinson has been heavily in the spotlight since landing the role of Edward Cullen in the Twilight franchise, the actor seems to have managed to keep his head on straight. 5 Reasons the World Cup reminds us of the Twilight series And even though he has his head on straight, he surprisingly doesn’t reject the weirdos. “It’s kind of interesting,” Pattinson continued with a laugh, “but I don’t know if my view of Hollywood is particularly like that. I …

    November 1, 2014 3:17 am
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Editorial

  • Surviving college… as a parent


    Gregg Jarrett with his wife and daughter. (Courtesy of the author) “What do your parents know, about surviving?” asks Lemony Snicket, the fictitious children’s author. Well, this is a story of survival. As a parent. I survived the trauma and drama of sending a child to college. Like a Snicket tale, it is a series of unfortunate (and stressful) events…with a happy ending. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT In fact, I did better than merely survive. I recently returned from my inaugural “parents weekend” brimming with pride. Somehow, in the brief course of her first two months of college, my oldest daughter had blossomed. No longer beset by the angst of uncertainty common among newly minted freshmen, she was comfortable and confident. And happier than I have ever seen her. How could this be the same frightened, bewildered girl I hugged goodbye just a few fortnights ago? At times we felt overwhelmed and intimidated. But in the end, witnessing …

    November 1, 2014 3:37 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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