• Boko Haram ‘control police academy’

    Boko Haram ‘control police academy’

    21 August 2014 Last updated at 14:54 The Liman Kara police college in Borno state is likely to have weapons on site Northern Nigeria’s riot police training academy has been overrun by Boko Haram Islamist...
  • National Guard to leave Ferguson

    National Guard to leave Ferguson

    21 August 2014 Last updated at 20:15 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. The BBC’s Rajini Vaidyanathan talks to protesters who say they will continue their vigil until there is justice for...
  • Verstappen has to grab his chance, F1 drivers agree

    SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS Belgium (Reuters) – Jenson Button will always remember the moment team owner Frank Williams rang him on his mobile to enquire whether he felt ready for Formula One. The future world champion, then only...
  • Sears more ‘irrelevant by the day’

    Sears more ‘irrelevant by the day’

      The bloodbath at Sears (SHLD) shows no sign of letting up. Shares of the struggling retailer plunged over 8% Thursday after its second quarter loss fell short of already-low Wall Street expectations. It was...
  • Canada MP quits party over Gaza

    Canada MP quits party over Gaza

    21 August 2014 Last updated at 19:24 Sana Hassainia will not run for re-election in 2015 A Canadian MP from Quebec has quit the New Democratic Party, objecting to what she described as party leader...

Headline News

  • National Guard to leave Ferguson


    21 August 2014 Last updated at 20:15 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. The BBC’s Rajini Vaidyanathan talks to protesters who say they will continue their vigil until there is justice for Michael Brown Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has ordered the National Guard to withdraw from the St Louis suburb where the police killing of an unarmed black teenager sparked days of tense protests. Mr Nixon cited “improvement” in the situation in Ferguson, Missouri. Protests on Wednesday night were relatively peaceful with few arrests. The officer who killed him, Darren Wilson, has been suspended with pay. Mr Brown’s family and supporters have called for him to be prosecuted. A grand jury panel of residents has begun hearing evidence in the case, though officials have not said when it will reach a decision. A nationwide outcry and sometimes violent protests followed in the days since his death, with police in military kit clashing …

    August 21, 2014 2:30 pm
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Politics

  • Alaska Post-Primary Outside Spending Surge Continues


    By Kyle Trygstad Posted at 11:03 a.m. today 0 Tweet Democrat Begich is targeted in a new post-primary ad from an outside-group. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo) A Republican-aligned outside group launched a $1.25 million ad buy Thursday against Alaska Sen. Mark Begich. Crossroads GPS, the issue advocacy arm of American Crossroads, is hitting Begich on equal pay for women. It’s a strike back on women’s issues after Democrats leveled attacks against Begich’s Republican challenger Dan Sullivan ahead of his primary victory Tuesday. The ad, which is running through Sept. 3, comes a day after a pro-Begich super PAC spent $490,000 on an ad portraying Sullivan as someone Alaskans can’t trust. Both national parties and outside groups aligned with both sides have reserved millions in airtime in the state leading up to November. The race is rated Tilts Democratic by the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call. Related stories: Dan Sullivan Wins Republican Primary Begich Could …

    August 21, 2014 12:48 pm
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Stocks

  • Sears more ‘irrelevant by the day’


      The bloodbath at Sears (SHLD) shows no sign of letting up. Shares of the struggling retailer plunged over 8% Thursday after its second quarter loss fell short of already-low Wall Street expectations. It was the ninth straight quarterly loss for Sears, which reported sales declines across the board at many of its businesses, including Kmart, Sears Auto Center, and Sears Canada. The company also claimed that it lost profit from major promotional activities that have yet to bear fruit. Related: Aeropostale hires old CEO to save teen brand Part of Sears’ revenue loss last quarter came from the spinoff of its Lands’ End Clothing line last spring. The stock got a bounce in April around the time of the Lands’ End (LE) deal as investors hoped the move would provide Sears with much-needed cash. But the goodwill was short-lived, as shares of Sears are down over 15% this year. Sears was once a powerhouse …

    August 21, 2014 1:49 pm
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Sports

  • Verstappen has to grab his chance, F1 drivers agree


    SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS Belgium (Reuters) – Jenson Button will always remember the moment team owner Frank Williams rang him on his mobile to enquire whether he felt ready for Formula One. The future world champion, then only 19 years old and enjoying a pint of beer and a plate of sausages in the pub with his mates, was caught off guard and gave a disarmingly honest reply. “I said no initially,” Button recalled on Thursday as the Belgian Grand Prix paddock digested news that 16-year-old Dutch driver Max Verstappen will become the sport’s youngest ever starter when he makes his debut for Toro Rosso next year. “And then my dad said ‘I can’t believe you just said that. Phone him back, lie to him… tell him that you are ready’,” the Briton, who made his race debut in 2000 as a 20-year-old, recalled with a grin. “So I did and got the test drive and then I …

    August 21, 2014 2:30 pm
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World News

  • Boko Haram ‘control police academy’


    21 August 2014 Last updated at 14:54 The Liman Kara police college in Borno state is likely to have weapons on site Northern Nigeria’s riot police training academy has been overrun by Boko Haram Islamist militants, a witness in Borno state has told the BBC. Shots were heard after the militants arrived in three armoured vehicles and on dozens of motorcycles, he said. A police spokesman confirmed the attack while a senior security source said it had not been possible to communicate with the academy since Wednesday. The Liman Kara college is near Gwoza town, seized by Boko Haram this month. Thousands have been killed across north-eastern Nigeria since Boko Haram launched its violent campaign for an Islamic state in 2009. Boko Haram fighters are well armed and often dress in military uniforms The militants have stepped up their attacks after being pushed out of their bases in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, and …

    August 21, 2014 2:30 pm
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Technology

  • Google lobbies to test self-driving cars in Matrix-style virtual world


    Google has built a “Matrix-style” digital simulation of the entire Californian road system in which it is testing its self-driving cars – and is lobbying the state’s regulators to certify them based on virtual rather than real driving. The extensive simulation – reminiscent of the virtual cities created for human captives in sci-fi blockbuster The Matrix – exists entirely inside computers at the company’s Mountain View location, and the cars have so far virtually “driven” more than 4 million miles inside it, facing challenges just like those in the real world, such as lane-weaving motorists, wobbly cyclists and unpredictable pedestrians. The ambition of the simulation illustrates how serious the tech company is at developing self-driving cars, an innovation that has been independently estimated as worth billions of pounds if widely implemented. California‘s regulations stipulate autonomous vehicles must be tested under “controlled conditions” that mimic real-world driving as closely as possible. Usually, that has meant a …

    August 21, 2014 12:49 pm
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Science

  • Paleolithic ‘escargot’


    Related images(click to enlarge) Paleolithic inhabitants of modern-day Spain may have eaten snails 10,000 years earlier than their Mediterranean neighbors, according to a study published August 20, 2014 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Javier Fernández-López de Pablo from Institut Català de Paleoecologia Humana i Evolució Social and colleagues. Snails were widespread in the Late Pleistocene and Holocene, but it is still unknown when and how they were incorporated into human diets. The authors of this study found land snail shell remains from ~30,000 years ago at a recently discovered site in Cova de la Barriada, Spain. To better understand if the inhabitants may have eaten snails, the researchers investigated patterns of land snail selection, consumption, and accumulation at the site, and then analyzed the shells’ decay, fossilization process, composition, and age at death by measuring the shell size. Scientists found groupings of complete shells from a large land snail species at three areas …

    August 21, 2014 9:03 am
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Health

  • Lilly psoriasis drug impresses; battle nears with Amgen, Novartis


    (Reuters) – An experimental new psoriasis treatment from Eli Lilly and Co proved superior to Amgen Inc’s blockbuster Enbrel, drawing it closer to a potential marketing battle with new products being developed by Amgen and Novartis AG. Based on favorable results from Phase III trials, Lilly said Thursday it would seek marketing approval in the first half of 2015 for its drug ixekizumab for patients with moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis. Cowen and Company analysts have forecast that ixekizumab, if approved, could generate annual sales for Lilly of $600 million by 2020. That would make it a mid-sized product for the company, which has annual sales of about $20 billion. Lilly needs new drugs to restore earnings growth, as profits have dropped for several years due to the expiration of patents on big products. Like rival injectable drugs being tested by Amgen and Novartis, Lilly’s treatment works by blocking an inflammation-causing protein called IL-17, deemed to be …

    August 21, 2014 12:49 pm
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Entertainment

  • Hilary Duff Looks Like A Serious Business Lady On The Go!


    Posted on Thu Aug 21st, 2014 11:50am PDT       By X17 Staff Well hello hello, someone’s got herself a lady blazer! Looking like quite the business woman on the go, Hilary Duff was all talk when she slinked down the street in West Hollywood on Wednesday. The actress/singer was walking it out with her trademark skintight pants — but this time added a little gravitas to her ensemble with her blazer. The Cinderella Story star stopped to meet a friend at European style eatery Zinque yesterday afternoon. The blonde looks like she is kicking it into high gear after a quick trip to Hawaii with her two-year-old son Luca. The mom has been busy promoting her single “Chasing The Sun”, which marked her musical comeback. On Monday, Lizzie McGuire promoted her next single, “All About You,” by releasing a lyric video. Go get ‘em, tiger!   SEE THE GALLERY Hilary Duff Is Dressed To Impress Stories from …

    August 21, 2014 2:29 pm
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Editorial

  • The truth about libertarians, police and Ferguson’s fury


      Libertarians warned for years that government is force, that government always grows and that America’s police have become too much like an occupying army. We get accused of being paranoid, but we look less paranoid after heavily armed police in Ferguson, Missouri, tear gassed peaceful protesters, arrested journalists and stopped some journalists from entering the town. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT One week before the rioting began, Fox News aired my documentary on the militarization of law enforcement, “Policing America.” That show didn’t stop some left-wing commentators from making the bizarre claim that libertarians like me have been silent about Ferguson. Libertarians get accused of being paranoid, but we look less paranoid after heavily armed police in Ferguson, Missouri, tear gassed peaceful protesters, arrested journalists and stopped some journalists from entering the town. I can’t force them to read my columns, or Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-Ky.) article titled “We Must Demilitarize the Police” or libertarian Rep. Justin …

    August 21, 2014 4:38 am
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Odd News

  • Pimco NYC office tackles bed bug infestation, fumigates


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – The New York offices of Pimco, the massive asset manager run by Bill Gross, are being fumigated this week because of a bed bug infestation. “Our New York office is addressing an isolated issue with insects, and as a precautionary measure the firm is fumigating certain areas of the office space,” a spokesman said on Wednesday. “During this period, our employees are working remotely, and we expect to resume full on-premises staffing over the coming days.” Pimco’s New York offices, located in the Paramount Plaza on 1633 Broadway, are one of a dozen global locations. Pimco, a unit of Allianz SE, has its headquarters in Newport Beach, Calif. “This is an issue that is far from uncommon in New York City,” the spokesman said, regarding New York City’s battle with the epidemic of tiny blood-sucking insects. Two weeks ago, three New York City subway trains had to be fumigated after riders …

    August 20, 2014 4:45 pm
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