• Merkel in Ukraine as crisis mounts

    Merkel in Ukraine as crisis mounts

    23 August 2014 Last updated at 07:54 This picture from Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s Twitter account shows preparations for National Day celebrations, which will be taking place as Mrs Merkel visits Kiev German Chancellor Angela...
  • Tourists flock to Colorado to smoke legal weed

    Tourists flock to Colorado to smoke legal weed

      Tourists from around the world are going to Colorado to get stoned legally. “We have a flow of tour buses coming in every day now,” said Toni Fox, owner of 3D Cannabis Center, a...
  • Haren, Dodgers down Mets

    Los Angeles, CA –  Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) – Dan Haren tossed seven strong innings and drove in a run as the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the New York Mets, 6-2, in the opener of...
  • Stench of decay turns coral away

    Stench of decay turns coral away

    22 August 2014 Last updated at 00:44 By Jonathan Webb Science reporter, BBC News When corals spawn, their offspring drift in search of a place to settle Baby corals and fish can smell the difference...
  • Plants Vs Zombies: Garden Warfare review

    Starting life as a PC game, before being recreated on nearly a dozen other formats, Plants Vs Zombies has been a surprise hit. And, because Electronic Arts now owns the developer that made it, that...
  • Find Yourself: 5 ways to let go and embrace life

    Find Yourself: 5 ways to let go and embrace life

      In 2010, just a year after I finished graduate school and only months after I’d secured my first full-time job, I realized something was very wrong. I’d spent nearly a decade working to get...

Headline News

  • Thousands expected to march against death of unarmed New York man killed by police chokehold


    Rev. Al Sharpton, left, and Esaw Garner, the wife of fatal police chokehold victim Eric Garner, listen during a press briefing after meeting privately with U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch on Thursday Aug. 21, 2014 in New York. The family of the unarmed Eric Garner, whose death last month in police custody was recorded on video, has asked federal prosecutors to investigate the case.(AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)The Associated Press NEW YORK –  Organizers expect up to 5,000 people to attend a march protesting the death of an unarmed black man who died after being placed in a chokehold by a white New York police officer. The Saturday march in Staten Island is being led by the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT It begins on the street where the 43-year-old Eric Garner was placed in the fatal hold last month and ends at the office of Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donovan, who this week …

    August 23, 2014 1:58 am
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Politics

  • Tech chief during Healthcare.gov rollout leaves White House: source


    WASHINGTON D.C./SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The U.S. chief technology officer at the time of the troubled rollout of Healthcare.gov is stepping down and moving into a new role recruiting top Silicon Valley talent to government, a source familiar with the situation said on Friday. Todd Park, a successful tech entrepreneur who became a top adviser to President Barack Obama, will move to the West Coast at the end of the month as part of a White House team, the source said on condition of anonymity because it has not been made public. The move signals a growing effort by the government to try to recruit from Silicon Valley. Earlier this month, the White House lured Google engineer Mikey Dickerson to a role bolstering the government’s computer systems. The National Security Agency has also been urging technology workers to consider public-service careers. In his new role, Park will help channel ideas from the tech community, the …

    August 23, 2014 1:18 am
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Stocks

  • Tourists flock to Colorado to smoke legal weed


      Tourists from around the world are going to Colorado to get stoned legally. “We have a flow of tour buses coming in every day now,” said Toni Fox, owner of 3D Cannabis Center, a Denver dispensary with an influx of Japanese and Saudi tourists. “We even get charter buses from Texas!” Fox is billing her dispensary as a “tourist friendly” destination. It has a living-room-style reception room and an 80-foot long viewing corridor with rows of windows so customers can see inside the marijuana greenhouse. “You can literally watch the cannabis you are purchasing grow right in front of your eyes!” boasts the dispensary’s web site. Fox estimates that 70% of her 200 daily customers are from out of state. In Boulder, the Terrapin Care Station recreational dispensary gets at least of third of its income from out of state, according to manager Jarrod Guaderrama. “I can definitely tell that all the people from …

    August 23, 2014 2:19 am
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Sports

  • Haren, Dodgers down Mets


    Los Angeles, CA –  Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) – Dan Haren tossed seven strong innings and drove in a run as the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the New York Mets, 6-2, in the opener of a three-game set on Friday. Haren (11-10) surrendered just one run on three hits with six strikeouts for the win. Dee Gordon tripled among his three hits and drove in a run and Matt Kemp hit a two-run double for the Dodgers, who have won three of their last four games. “Dan had depth tonight. He located and got the ball where he wanted it,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “Offensively, we had an attack all night long.” Curtis Granderson homered and Lucas Duda hit a sacrifice fly for the Mets, who have lost 12 of their last 14 games against the Dodgers. Jonathan Niese (7-9) was tagged with the loss after giving up five runs — two earned — …

    August 23, 2014 1:58 am
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World News

  • Merkel in Ukraine as crisis mounts


    23 August 2014 Last updated at 07:54 This picture from Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s Twitter account shows preparations for National Day celebrations, which will be taking place as Mrs Merkel visits Kiev German Chancellor Angela Merkel is due to arrive in Ukraine for talks, a day after calling Russia’s decision to send an unauthorised aid convoy there a “dangerous escalation”. More than 100 Russian lorries entered eastern Ukraine on Friday without permission from Ukraine’s government. Some of the lorries have now begun crossing back into Russia. Kiev and Western officials fear the convoy could be part of a general military intervention by Russia. But Kremlin officials say it is only carrying generators, food and drink. Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. As Daniel Sandford reports, Russia says its patience ran out The lorries had already been waiting at the border for a week. The Russians said they could not wait any longer, …

    August 23, 2014 2:19 am
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Technology

  • Plants Vs Zombies: Garden Warfare review


    Starting life as a PC game, before being recreated on nearly a dozen other formats, Plants Vs Zombies has been a surprise hit. And, because Electronic Arts now owns the developer that made it, that success is in the process of being turned into a franchise. This involves churning out new episodes, one of which was the dreadful freemium Plants Vs Zombies 2. The other is this excellent third-person shooter. In its game of floral combat you pick a side in the flowerbed war and partake in heroically chaotic online battles and co-op levels, its distinctly offbeat sense of humour and essential silliness removing the usual horror of war in favour of something more lighthearted. Garden Warfare was one of the Xbox One’s early – and slightly mystifying – exclusives, but now PlayStation owners have their turn to play this unusually family-friendly shooter. ALSO OUT THIS WEEK 80 Days, iOS Breaching the line between interactive …

    August 23, 2014 1:18 am
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Science

  • In our digital world, are young people losing the ability to read emotions?


    Related images(click to enlarge) Children’s social skills may be declining as they have less time for face-to-face interaction due to their increased use of digital media, according to a UCLA psychology study. UCLA scientists found that sixth-graders who went five days without even glancing at a smartphone, television or other digital screen did substantially better at reading human emotions than sixth-graders from the same school who continued to spend hours each day looking at their electronic devices. “Many people are looking at the benefits of digital media in education, and not many are looking at the costs,” said Patricia Greenfield, a distinguished professor of psychology in the UCLA College and senior author of the study. “Decreased sensitivity to emotional cues — losing the ability to understand the emotions of other people — is one of the costs. The displacement of in-person social interaction by screen interaction seems to be reducing social skills.” The research will …

    August 23, 2014 1:38 am
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Health

  • U.S. moves to ensure birth control access at religious companies


    (Reuters) – The Obama administration will ensure access to birth control coverage for employees of closely held companies that object on religious grounds to contraception, one of the health benefits mandated by the Affordable Care Act. The move follows a Supreme Court ruling in June that allowed certain for-profit companies to refuse to cover contraceptives due to the religious beliefs of their owners. It provides for insurers to offer contraception to employees through separate coverage. President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform law requires companies to provide free birth control coverage as a preventive service included in their health plans. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services had already provided an exception to non-profit groups with religious affiliations, such as certain universities or hospitals, in 2013. The exception requires insurers to cover the cost of birth control for employees of such organizations, separate from the benefits paid for by the employers. On Friday, it proposed an …

    August 23, 2014 1:18 am
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Entertainment

  • Justin Bieber takes a drive on the sidewalk


    Justin Bieber shaves off his teeny mustache in clip (VIDEO) TMZ recently posted a video of the Biebs driving his new three-wheeled motorcycle over the curb onto a sidewalk, narrowly avoiding people on foot, including an elderly woman with a walker. After bypassing a busy intersection, he swerves back into traffic. Even though it looks like the “Never Say Never” singer takes it pretty slow on the sidewalk, whoever shot the video is clearly shocked by Bieber’s brazen disregard for the law and can be heard saying “Oh my god!” over and over in the video. But Bieber himself doesn’t seem too worried when he’s rocking out to music at the next stoplight. Beverly Hills Police Department told E! News that such reckless driving is in fact a “vehicle code violation, which is an infraction.” Are Selena and the Biebs back together — again? “We highly encourage Mr. Bieber to stay off the sidewalk and …

    August 22, 2014 10:56 pm
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Editorial

  • Find Yourself: 5 ways to let go and embrace life


      In 2010, just a year after I finished graduate school and only months after I’d secured my first full-time job, I realized something was very wrong. I’d spent nearly a decade working to get the degrees and experience I would need in order to get to this place and yet, now—here I was—and I was really unhappy. I began to wonder if the life I was living was a life I really wanted. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT I confided in a friend who asked me to consider what I would do if I could do anything I wanted. Immediately, I knew the answer: I would quit my job and spend the next year traveling across the country to do what I had always wanted to do—write a book. I confided in a friend who asked me to consider what I would do if I could do anything I wanted. Immediately, I knew the answer: I would …

    August 23, 2014 1:18 am
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Odd News

  • It’s ‘bone-appétit’ for California pooches under new law


    (Reuters) – California diners can now legally enjoy a meal on a restaurant patio with their dogs in tow, under a law signed Thursday by Governor Jerry Brown that eliminates health code regulations banning restaurant owners from allowing pooches on the premises. Starting next year, California canines will be allowed to dine al fresco if they are wearing leashes or are relaxing in a carrier. ““I wish everyone ‘bone-appétit,’” quipped Democratic Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, the law’s author. “Restaurateurs in California will see more businesses catering to their customers and the canine companions they love.” The new law clarifies a section of the state’s health code that banned dogs from restaurants altogether, including on outdoor patios or courtyards. The rule has caused confusion because some local governments choose to enforce the law, while others turned a blind eye. In counties where local officials were more lax about enforcement, restaurant owners who encouraged their guests to bring …

    August 22, 2014 1:19 am
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