Headline News

  • U.S. attorney general heads for racially charged St. Louis suburb


    FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) – U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was due to visit Ferguson, Missouri, on Wednesday, hours after nearly 50 protesters were arrested in the 11th straight night of demonstrations over the killing of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer.     The St. Louis County prosecutor’s office also was expected to begin presenting evidence to a grand jury investigating the Aug. 9 shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in a case Governor Jay Nixon vowed would be treated as a “vigorous prosecution.” Holder said he planned to visit Ferguson, a predominantly black St. Louis suburb of 21,000 residents, to be briefed on the progress of a separate civil rights investigation he has ordered into the Brown killing. In Ferguson, some said they hoped Holder’s visit would lead to a speedy arrest and prosecution of the police officer involved in the shooting, while others cautioned against hasty justice. Jason Schmidt, a 28-year-old …

    August 20, 2014 11:00 am
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Politics

  • American journalist beheaded by Islamic extremists


    Journalist James Foley(AP Photo/Steven Senne) In a horrifying act of revenge for U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq, militants with the Islamic State extremist group have beheaded American journalist James Foley — and are threatening to kill another hostage, U.S. officials say. The White House must now weigh the risks of adopting an aggressive policy to destroy the Islamic State against resisting any action that could result in the death of another American. It will also confront the potentially necessary step of pursuing the Islamic State in Syria, where President Barack Obama has resisted launching airstrikes or deploying significant American firepower. Obama was expected to make a statement Wednesday about Foley’s killing. U.S. officials confirmed a grisly video released Tuesday showing Islamic State militants beheading Foley. Separately, Foley’s family confirmed his death in a statement posted on a Facebook page that was created to rally support for his release, saying they “have never been prouder of …

    August 20, 2014 8:17 am
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Stocks

  • 90% of hospitals and clinics lose their patients’ data


    No industry has been hit harder by hacking and data breaches than health care. Recent numbers show 90% of health care organizations have exposed their patients’ data — or had it stolen — in 2012 and 2013, according to privacy researchers at the Ponemon Institute. The medical industry faces more breaches than the military and banking sectors combined. As of last week, the medical industry has been slammed with 204 incidents this year, nearly half of the major breaches so far. It has lost 2.1 million records. And that doesn’t even count the 4.5 million names and Social Security numbers taken from Community Health Systems’ computer network in a major hack that was revealed on Monday. CNN quiz: What hackers know about you   Why the barrage of attacks? Illegally purchased medical records fetch huge sums of money on black markets — about $50 a pop. By contrast, credit cards fetch $1 each — tops. …

    August 20, 2014 11:20 am
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Sports

  • University of New Mexico cancels women’s soccer game over reports of hazing


    The University of New Mexico women’s soccer game against Texas Tech has been canceled due to an investigation into possible hazing that reportedly may have led to two students being hospitalized and two others quitting the team. Paul Krebs, the University of New Mexico vice president of athletics, announced Tuesday that the team’s season opener in Lubbock, Texas, scheduled for Friday was canceled. He says the alleged hazing took place Sunday night. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT One parent told KOB TV Monday that freshmen on the team were sprayed with urine, forced to strip naked and consume large amounts of alcohol. Krebs said to his knowledge, the players denied the report that anyone was naked and “there is no evidence of anybody throwing urine.” The Albuquerque Journal reported Wednesday that the incident led to several players becoming extremely intoxicated. The father of a former player on the team told the station that his daughter faced a similar …

    August 20, 2014 11:00 am
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World News

  • Fierce fight for east Ukrainian town


    20 August 2014 Last updated at 16:52 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. The BBC’s Jonathan Marcus examines what the latest footage from Ukraine tells us Ukrainian government and rebel forces are both claiming control of the small town of Ilovaisk in the Donetsk region after fierce fighting. Security forces said the town was under government control but the rebels said they had repulsed an attack. Nine Ukrainian soldiers died overnight, officials said, including an American with Ukrainian citizenship. Fighting across the Donetsk region left 34 civilians dead and 29 injured on Tuesday alone, local officials say. Civilians in the region are also facing mounting problems with supplies of essential goods. Pro-Russian separatists in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions declared independence from Kiev and proclaimed their own people’s republics after Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine in March. More than 2,000 civilians and combatants have been killed since mid-April, when Ukraine’s …

    August 20, 2014 11:00 am
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Technology

  • Vexed in the city: The ‘sharing’ economy’s hidden toll on San Francisco


    Margarethe Wichert/Getty Images This story is part of a CNET special report that examines the controversy gripping San Francisco as a massive influx of techies feeds an unprecedented economic boom — and backlash. SAN FRANCISCO — When Brad Worrell visited San Francisco on business last summer, he stayed in an Airbnb rental for the first time in the city’s Castro district. He wasn’t sure what to expect. He typically stays in hotels, but his company booked him a “Castro Gem” just a short walk to the studio where he’d be working for a few weeks. He loved it. “I thought it was a really cute neighborhood. I was psyched when I got there,” Worrell says. “It was one of those classic San Francisco apartments with high ceilings.” Vexed in the city: CNET looks at how San Francisco is dealing with its tech boom. James Martin/CNET One other thing became quickly evident to Worrell: no one …

    August 20, 2014 8:17 am
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Science

  • Media Day at Wallops for NASA Hurricane Airborne Mission


    [image-36] As the Atlantic Ocean’s hurricane season hits its peak, media are invited to visit NASA’s latest airborne hurricane research mission using remotely piloted aircraft on Thursday, Sept. 11 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT, at the agency’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel (HS3) mission is flying two NASA instrumented Global Hawk aircraft to investigate how hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean basin form and change in intensity. The aircraft are capable of flying as high as to 55,000 feet and can stay airborne for 30 hours. This is the third and final year of the HS3 mission. During the media event, reporters will meet HS3 scientists and pilots and tour the Global Hawks and the aircraft control center. Reporters also will learn about NASA’s climate research program and the new technology the agency is using to better understand hurricanes. Speakers during the media day include: – Bill Wrobel, …

    August 20, 2014 8:38 am
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Health

  • Want to Stay Slim? Leave the Car at Home


    WEDNESDAY, Aug. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Leaving the car at home and getting to work by walking, cycling or public transit is good for your health, a new study indicates. Researchers looked at thousands of people in the United Kingdom and found that 76 percent of men and 72 percent of women drove to work, 10 percent of men and 11 percent of women used public transit, and 14 percent of men and 17 percent of women cycled or walked. Those who drove to work weighed more and had higher levels of body fat than those who walked, cycled or used public transit, according to the study published online Aug. 19 in the BMJ. Body mass index scores (an estimate of body fat based on height and weight) for men who drove to work were about one point higher than among those who walked, cycled or used public transit. That’s a weight difference of …

    August 20, 2014 8:17 am
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Entertainment

  • Rihanna Keeps It Simple And Sexy With Daisy Dukes And A Cropped Top


    Posted on Wed Aug 20th, 2014 7:30am PDT       By X17 Staff She may wear wild couture every once in a while, but sometimes Rihanna goes for a more minimalistic approach and she still manages to be the sexiest b*tch on the block! The smokin’ hot RB star showed off her gorgeous gams after grabbing a bite to eat at Da Silvano in New York City on Tuesday evening, and she turned heads as she strutted down the sidewalk. We’re not sure if she reads our blog, but thankfully this time she kept her long locks tied up in a ponytail…   SEE THE GALLERY Rihanna Shows Off Her Amazing Abs In The Big Apple Stories from around the Web

    August 20, 2014 9:59 am
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Editorial

  • Why is the New York Times pushing pot?


      The legalize-pot bandwagon has a new conductor. With the single-mindedness of Hillary Clinton seeking the Oval Office, the New York Times is pushing for legalization of marijuana. The paper has published no fewer than eight editorials or op-eds approving speedy decriminalization of pot in just the past few weeks. What’s it all about? Let us dismiss conjecture that the Times is gunning for a Public Service Pulitzer, which they have not won for a decade. Instead, two thoughts occur.   First, the Times may view decriminalizing marijuana as the next great progressive wave, following on the heels of same-sex marriage and, in earlier years, abortion rights. A smaller wave, to be sure, but one that liberals (and libertarians) can ride with enthusiasm.  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT A second reason may be more compelling — the Times needs to build its online circulation to survive. What better way than to embrace a cause especially popular with Millenials, …

    August 20, 2014 4:12 am
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Odd News

  • China Eastern plane aborts landing as traffic controllers take a nap


    BEIJING (Reuters) – A China Eastern Airlines Corp passenger plane that had started its night-time descent into a Wuhan airport was forced to abort its landing after air traffic controllers had dozed off, an investigation report found. The incident, which took place on July 8, is the third mishap in two months involving the Chinese carrier. A transcript of the flight recording released by the Civil Aviation Administration of China on Tuesday shows that the China Eastern flight crew made repeated attempts to contact the duty flight controllers at Wuhan Tianhe Airport – twice in English and once in Chinese. Those calls went unanswered. The airplane was forced to return to 900 meters and circle the airport for about 10 minutes before landing, the report said. The incident occurred at between 2 to 3 a.m. China Eastern has suffered other mishaps in recent weeks. On July 17, a China Eastern airplane landed off the runway …

    August 19, 2014 8:06 am
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