Headline News

  • Manning ‘denied gender treatment’


    22 August 2014 Last updated at 17:36 Pte Chelsea Manning – then living as a man – at a court hearing last August The US military has yet to offer Pte First Class Chelsea Manning sex change treatment despite medical recommendations, her lawyer has said. Defence secretary Chuck Hagel approved treatment for a condition known as gender dysphoria in July. But lawyer David Coombs says her requests for hormone therapy and other accommodations have been “ignored”. The soldier formerly known as Bradley Manning is serving a 35-year sentence for leaking secret files to Wikileaks. “This time last year I publicly asked that I be provided with a treatment plan, to bring my body more in line with my gender identity,” Pte Manning said in a statement to NBC News. “Unfortunately, despite silence, and then lip service, the military has not yet provided me with any such treatment.” Hair and grooming She adds that despite legal …

    August 22, 2014 11:48 am
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Politics

  • Sharpton adapts adversarial style to de Blasio’s New York


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – It was not the first time the Reverend Al Sharpton made his way to City Hall in a fiery mood to scold a mayor about New York City police officers killing an unarmed black man. Still, something about Sharpton’s appearance with Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton late last month left some observers, and possibly even some of the participants, feeling off-kilter. The event, called to discuss the death of a Staten Island man put in a choke hold by police as they arrested him for selling untaxed cigarettes, highlighted the adjustments that de Blasio and Sharpton, who has often been kept at arm’s length at City Hall, are having to make since the liberal mayor’s election. It is an open question whether Sharpton, for years a polarizing figure who many saw as inflammatory, wields more power under de Blasio, the city’s most progressive mayor in a generation, …

    August 22, 2014 9:06 am
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Stocks

  • New York City aims to slim down Happy Meals


    The New York City Council is moving towards dietary restrictions on McDonald’s Happy Meals, similar to those imposed in San Francisco. New York City wants to put the Happy Meal on a diet. The McDonald’s (MCD) kids meals, as well as those from Burger King (BKW) and Wendy’s, are in the cross hairs of the New York City Council, which is considering restrictions on any fast food meals that includes a toy. Councilman Benjamin Kallos introduced a “Healthy Happy Meals” bill Thursday that requires them to have no more than 500 calories and 600 milligrams of sodium. Additionally, less than 35% of those calories should come from fat, less than 10% from saturated fats and less than 10% from sugar. The meals will also have to contain a serving of fruit, vegetables or whole grains. Related: Russia shuts down Moscow McDonald’s “It is difficult enough for parents to give their children healthy food without the …

    August 22, 2014 12:08 pm
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Sports

  • I have gone from ‘king of Manchester’ to ‘devil’: Van Gaal


    LONDON (Reuters) – Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has poured scorn on critics who he says have made a “devil” of him after one defeat in his new job. United’s 2-1 home defeat by Swansea City was the shock result on the opening weekend of the new Premier League season. They face a tricky game at Sunderland on Sunday and Van Gaal is appealing for patience. “Two weeks ago I was the king of Manchester and now I am the devil of Manchester,” he told a news conference on Friday. “It’s the football world and it is especially the media in this football world. “I think the fans of Manchester are intelligent. I’ve already said that it shall be difficult in the first three months, for the players and also for the fans.” Former United hero Paul Scholes said in a newspaper column this week that he was “scared” for United’s immediate future, to …

    August 22, 2014 11:48 am
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World News

  • Syria death toll ‘more than 191,000′


    22 August 2014 Last updated at 16:24 Tens of thousands of women and children are among the dead More than 191,000 people have been killed in the Syrian conflict up to April, the UN human rights chief says. Navi Pillay said the figure was “probably an underestimate” and criticised what she called “international paralysis” on the issue. The figure is more than double the UN estimate given a year ago. Opposition groups in Syria have been fighting President Bashar al-Assad for over three years, but have lost ground in recent months. The UN report was based on data from four different monitoring groups and the Syrian government which was then cross-checked. “Tragically it is probably an underestimate of the real total number of people killed during the first three years of this murderous conflict”, Mrs Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said. “The killers, destroyers and torturers in Syria have been empowered and …

    August 22, 2014 11:48 am
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Technology

  • Your keyboard might know what you’re feeling


    Josh Miller/CNET Go ahead and try to hide how you’re feeling. Your keystrokes could rat you out. Researchers in Bangladesh have designed a computer program that analyzes typing and text patterns to identify emotional states. While both methods have been used before to detect computer users’ emotions, the researchers combined them, for the first time, they say, and saw promising results — software that nails mood as much as 87 percent of the time. A.F.M. Nazmul Haque Nahin and his colleagues at the Islamic University of Technology detail their work in the latest issue of the journal Behavior and Information Technology. They say the findings could be significant to the development of emotionally aware computer systems as their approach relies on less expensive, and less intrusive, methods than tools like voice analysis, facial sensors, thermal imaging, and gesture tracking. “Combining both keyboard dynamics with text pattern analysis can be more effective to detect user emotion…however, …

    August 22, 2014 9:06 am
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Science

  • How the Jaguar Saved My Life [Excerpt]


    Excerpted with permission from An Indomitable Beast: The Remarkable Journey of the Jaguar, by Alan Rabinowitz. Copyright © Island Press, 2014.   My earliest memories are filled with pain, embarrassment, and coming to terms with the reality, reinforced by adults, that I was one of life’s broken creatures. Born with a debilitating stutter and placed in public school classes for “special” children, I found it easiest to live inside my own head and withdraw from the world of people as much as a child can. My place of greatest comfort in those early years was the closet in my room in my parent’s New York City home. In this small, dark world, I felt normal, I wasn’t scared to speak, and I could live out my fantasies. My companions, a little menagerie of chameleons, green turtles, garter snakes, and hamsters, were the only living beings around me that seemed to listen but not judge. They …

    August 22, 2014 9:27 am
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Health

  • Health Highlights: Aug. 22, 2014


    Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Ice Bucket Challenge Has Raised $41 Million for ALS Research More than $41 million has been raised to fight amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) — commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease — since the “Ice Bucket Challenge” became a social media sensation. The ALS Association said it received $41.8 million in donations between July 29 and Aug. 21, with more than 739,000 new donors giving money to the non-profit group that funds worldwide research to find treatments and a cure for ALS, The New York Times reported. During the year that ended Jan. 31, 2013, the ALS Association received $19.4 million in total donations, according to Internal Revenue Service data. The dramatic increase in donations brought in by the “Ice Bucket Challenge” will give a huge boost to efforts to find treatments and a cure for ALS, and to …

    August 22, 2014 9:06 am
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Entertainment

  • Zac Efron Gets Back To Work After Michelle Rodriguez Split


    Posted on Fri Aug 22nd, 2014 8:00am PDT       By X17 Staff He’s not letting his breakup get in the way of business! Zac Efron was back on the set of his latest film We Are Your Friends in the Hollywood Hills yesterday, and he seems to be handling his split from Michelle Rodriguez by diving back into work! The actor and the Fast and the Furious star called it quits recently, and allegedly their fling ended because the actress was still hung up on ex-girlfriend Cara Delevingne! Not only that, but the High School Musical star wanted a more intense relationship than the brunette beauty was ready for. “Zac has an addicting personality, which rolls over to his women. He invests into something and falls hard — fast. He really fell hard for Michelle, and she wanted to just have fun and not have a super serious relationship. Plus, Michelle is interested more in women than …

    August 22, 2014 10:47 am
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Editorial

  • Inside the mind of James Foley’s ISIS executioner


      It would be convenient to think of the man who beheaded American journalist James Foley as an unthinking monster who had no ability to feel anything when he wielded his long knife. This, however, would underestimate the psychopathology and the threat of the Islamic State. Foley’s executioner has a family, almost certainly has friends and obviously has a political and world view. He may well have wept at the loss of a relative to an illness in the past. He may have worried over a child’s difficulty learning to read. He has probably laughed heartily at jokes. He may have read poetry and philosophy, or, perhaps, written both. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The truly terrifying psychology of the ISIS executioner is that none of his humanity is applied to Americans, or Jews, or Christians, or women who will not cover themselves or who insist on expressing themselves, or anyone who resists his belief system. The truly …

    August 22, 2014 9:06 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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