• Japan to restart whaling programme

    Japan to restart whaling programme

    19 September 2014 Last updated at 10:22 Japan maintains that its whaling programme is for research purposes The Japanese government has vowed to restart its controversial whaling programme in the Antarctic next year. The move...
  • Former El Salvador leader in custody

    Former El Salvador leader in custody

    19 September 2014 Last updated at 22:53 Mr Flores turned himself to a judge in the capital, San Salvador, on 5 September Former El Salvador President Francisco Flores has been transferred to police custody, after...
  • 2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame Preliminary Nominees

    QUARTERBACKS (4) — Randall Cunningham, Rich Gannon, Phil Simms, y-Kurt Warner. WIDE RECEIVERS (9) — x-Tim Brown (also KR), y-Isaac Bruce, Gary Clark, Henry Ellard (also PR), x-Marvin Harrison, y-Torry Holt, Sterling Sharpe, Jimmy Smith,...
  • Will Yahoo use Alibaba cash to buy AOL?

    Will Yahoo use Alibaba cash to buy AOL?

      Yahoo is cashing in on part of its Alibaba stake. Will it buy AOL with the money? There have been rumors about a Yahoo (YHOO, Tech30) and AOL (AOL, Tech30) merger for years —...

Headline News

  • Destructive California wildfire burning in two national forests


    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A wildfire in California’s rugged Sierra Nevada mountains has damaged and destroyed some homes in a small community, as thousands of residents remain evacuated and gusty winds on Saturday are expected to fan the flames, officials said. Officials did not yet have a complete damage assessment from the charred community of White Meadows. On Friday, they reported the week-old King Fire had for the first time torched homes. “The structures that did burn, many of them were completely consumed as the trees around them burned top to bottom. In many places, they were just black sticks,” said Mike McMillan, a spokesman for the team fighting the blaze. The King Fire has blackened more than 80,000 acres (32,374 hectares) and become the most menacing of seven major blazes in drought-parched California. The fire has burned parts of the El Dorado and Taho national forests. Investigators have arrested Wayne Allen Huntsman, 37, on …

    September 20, 2014 2:50 pm
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Politics

  • Questions arise from White House security breach


    A Secret Service police officer stands near an entrance to the White House complex during an evacuation minutes after President Barack Obama departed for Camp David aboard Marine One,(AP Photo/Evan Vucci) The Secret Service is coming under intense scrutiny after a man who hopped the White House fence made it all the way through the front door before being apprehended. President Barack Obama and his daughters had just departed the White House on Friday evening when an intruder scaled the north fence, darted across the lawn and into the presidential residence, where agents nabbed him. The security breach triggered a rare evacuation of much of the White House, with Secret Service officers drawing their guns as they rushed staffers and journalists out a side door. For the Secret Service, the incident was a devastating episode that prompted fresh questions about the storied agency and its ability to protect the president. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, who …

    September 20, 2014 12:46 pm
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Stocks

  • Will Yahoo use Alibaba cash to buy AOL?


      Yahoo is cashing in on part of its Alibaba stake. Will it buy AOL with the money? There have been rumors about a Yahoo (YHOO, Tech30) and AOL (AOL, Tech30) merger for years — pretty much since CNNMoney owner Time Warner (TWC) spun off AOL as a separate company in 2009. But the chatter has increased lately because Yahoo is expected to generate more than $5 billion (after taxes) from the sale of part of its investment in Alibaba (BABA), which went public Friday in what turned out to be the biggest IPO in history. Shares of Alibaba surged about 40% from their offering price. What will Alibaba’s closing price be? Vote! Shares of AOL popped more than 3% late Thursday after the derivatives team at brokerage firm at BGC Partners wrote in a report that “post the Alibaba IPO, there is a possibility that Yahoo may seek to deploy its cash by pursuing …

    September 20, 2014 1:49 pm
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Sports

  • Weisman’s late touchdown caps rally, Iowa knocks off Pitt 24-20


    Iowa tight end Henry Krieger Coble, left, celebrates with Iowa linebacker John Kenny (47) after catching a pass in the endzone for a first-quarter touchdown during an NCAA college football game against Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene Puskar) (The Associated Press) Pitt running back James Conner (24) eludes the tackle of Iowa defensive back Anthony Gair (12) during a first-quarter run in an NCAA college football game in Pittsburgh, Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene Puskar) (The Associated Press) Iowa tight end Henry Krieger Coble (80) celebrates after catching a pass in the endzone for a first-quarter touchdown during an NCAA college football game against Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene Puskar) (The Associated Press) Pitt running back Chris James (3) scores a first-quarter touchdown as Iowa defensive back Maurice Fleming (28) makes the late tackle in the endzone, and Iowa defensive back Desmond King (14) leaps over them during an …

    September 20, 2014 2:50 pm
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World News

  • Japan to restart whaling programme


    19 September 2014 Last updated at 10:22 Japan maintains that its whaling programme is for research purposes The Japanese government has vowed to restart its controversial whaling programme in the Antarctic next year. The move comes despite the International Whaling Commission’s vote on Thursday that the programme is illegal because it is not for research purposes and should stop. Japanese Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said the IWC’s decision was “regrettable”. Japan maintains its annual hunt is solely for research. But the meat from the slaughtered whales is sold commercially in Japan. Participants at the IWC’s meeting in Slovenia passed the non-binding resolution with a 35-20 majority. It was adopted from an International Court of Justice ruling earlier this year stating that Japan’s hunt did not meet the requirements to be “scientific”. The Legalities of Whaling Objection: A country formally objects to the International Whaling Commission (IWC) moratorium, declaring itself exempt. Example: Norway Scientific: A nation …

    September 20, 2014 2:51 pm
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Technology

  • Don’t panic: Those iPhone 6 carrier trade-in deals are still available


    All four of the big wireless operators want to keep their iPhone-loving existing subscribers, as well as win over some new ones. In an effort to do this, they are each offering trade-in programs that are guaranteeing customers who trade in their older iPhones much better values for a limited time than are currently being offered from many of the third-party trade-in sites, like Gazelle and Nextworth. The difference in trade-in values is particularly enticing for customers with older models of the iPhone. But with two sizes of the new iPhone to choose from, it’s hard to make a decision. In this edition of Ask Maggie, I offer a summary of each of the trade-in programs offered by the nation’s largest wireless carriers, and I also dole out some advice for figuring out if the iPhone 6 or the mega-sized iPhone 6 Plus is right for you. A deal almost too good to be true …

    September 20, 2014 12:46 pm
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Science

  • Science Shows Up in Force at People’s Climate March


    The People’s Climate March may end up being the biggest protest to urge action to restrain global warming yet. The march in New York City on September 21 is predicted to draw more than 100,000 people, which would top the tens of thousands who showed up in Copenhagen back in 2009. But how many scientists, whether they study climate change or not, will be there?   The idea of the march—first proposed by writer and activist Bill McKibben of 350.org—is intended to remind world leaders gathering in New York City for a United Nations climate summit that people around the world demand action to halt global warming. And action to combat climate change is what many scientists have been calling for since at least the 1970s, in a series of scientific publications and reports, such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change series. “Writing more such articles is not going to change minds,” says geologist …

    September 20, 2014 8:59 am
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Health

  • Get a Flu Shot During Checkup, Doctor Says


    SATURDAY, Sept. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) — As flu season approaches, the best way to stay healthy and avoid infection is to get a flu shot and a checkup, according to an infectious disease specialist. A primary care doctor can vaccinate people against the flu, and also address other health concerns or issues patients may have. Retail stores may provide flu shots for their customers, but they can’t dole out medical advice, said Dr. Jorge Parada, medical director of infection prevention and control for the Loyola University Health System in Maywood, Ill. “At the doctor’s office, the focus is on you and what is going on with your health. This is your time to talk about concerns to improve your well-being beyond the flu season,” Parada said in a Loyola news release. “You trust your store employee to help you locate items you want to buy, not to diagnose what’s causing a persistent symptom, schedule …

    September 20, 2014 8:39 am
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Entertainment

  • Khloe Kardashian Keeps It Moving After Her Split With French Montana


    Posted on Sat Sep 20th, 2014 12:10pm PDT       By X17 Staff She’s bouncing back quite nicely! Khloe Kardashian was out and about in Beverly Hills yesterday looking good in blue jeans and a black top to go with her leather boots. Killing it! The 30-year-old reality star doesn’t seem to be brooding much over her split with former beau French Montana but there’s been reports explaining the break-up. Khloe’s been losing sleep over whether or not she wants to reconcile with Lamar Odom! After allegedly breaking up with the 29-year-old rapper due to his inappropriate texts to her BFF Malika Haqq, she’s had enough and has flirted with the idea of getting back with the former NBA star. She should definitely sleep on it!   SEE THE GALLERY Khloe Kardashian Is A Beverly Hills Beauty Stories from around the Web

    September 20, 2014 2:29 pm
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Editorial

  • Shame, the barrier between decency and depravity, is MIA in the USA


    Shelly came over the other day and confided to me sheepishly that she had shamed her little girl, Cindy. That morning, they had pulled into the Starbucks to order breakfast. Twice the eight-year-old refused to order, “Not hungry.”  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Then, on the way to brother’s ball game, the little girl asked, “May I have some of your sandwich, Mommy?” to which Shelly replied, “Of course.” Merriam-Webster defines shame as “a painful emotion caused by the consciousness of guilt, shortcoming, or impropriety.” It’s also the susceptibility to having such an emotion. Shameless is the inability to feel disgrace, which describes many of our politicians these days. Before she knew it, a sated Cindy gazed back in the rear-view mirror, having devoured all of the breakfast sandwich! But that meant no food for Mommy, for the duration of the Saturday morning little league game in the hot sun.  “Cindy, I can’t believe you just ate the …

    September 20, 2014 12:46 pm
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Odd News

  • Armed with banana, man robs Philadelphia store, slips away on bike


    PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – A man armed with a banana robbed a convenience store in Philadelphia and rode away on a bicycle with cash and cigarettes, a security surveillance tape showed. The suspect strolled into Tejada Grocery and got in line behind another customer at the counter, where individual bananas were available for sale, according to the tape of Tuesday’s robbery, which was released by police on Wednesday. As his turn at the cash register approached, the man stuffed a banana into the pocket of his hoodie and used it to simulate a gun. Police said the man demanded cash and cigarettes. The robber rode then away on a bicycle, surveillance video showed. Authorities, who did not say how much cash was taken, said the suspect was still being sought on Thursday. (Editing by Barbara Goldberg)

    September 20, 2014 12:46 am
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