• Kendall And Kylie Jenner Strut Their Stuff In NYC

    Kendall And Kylie Jenner Strut Their Stuff In NYC

    Posted on Fri Aug 29th, 2014 6:30am PDT       By X17 Staff They look ready to take on the town! On Thursday, Kendall and Kylie Jenner donned their darkest attire while out and about in New York...
  • Rosberg apologizes, disciplined for crash

    LONDON (Reuters) – Formula One championship leader Nico Rosberg has apologized for colliding with team mate Lewis Hamilton during the Belgian Grand Prix and been disciplined, his Mercedes team said on Friday. Rosberg hit Hamilton...
  • Senegal confirms first Ebola case

    Senegal confirms first Ebola case

    29 August 2014 Last updated at 14:28 Senegal had already closed its borders to neighbouring Guinea to try to stop the spread of the virus Senegal’s health ministry has confirmed a first case of Ebola,...
  • Indian economy gets a jolt

    Indian economy gets a jolt

    India’s quarterly growth data was stronger than expected. India’s economy expanded at a 5.7% annual rate in the second three months of 2014, busting a long streak of quarters when growth failed to impress. This...
  • Mismatch fears over McGinley dispelled: Price

    LONDON (Reuters) – Phillip Price feared a mismatch when Europe chose Paul McGinley as captain to take on U.S. counterpart Tom Watson in next month’s Ryder Cup but the Welshman said his initial concerns have...
  • Nato accuses Russia over Ukraine

    Nato accuses Russia over Ukraine

    29 August 2014 Last updated at 13:06 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Nato Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen: “Russia is blatantly violating Ukrainian sovereignty” Nato has accused Russia of a “blatant...

Headline News

  • Officials: Connecticut school bus driver had prior DUI arrest, bus company records reviewed


    FARMINGTON, Conn. –  Connecticut officials examined a school bus company’s records after one of its drivers was charged with driving drunk with 20 children on her bus, and authorities learned the woman had been arrested before on a DUI charge. Department of Motor Vehicles inspectors went to the M J Bus Co. on Thursday. The New Britain Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1pcplzH ) the DMV questions whether there was a proper background check on the driver. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Police say they arrested 44-year-old Tammy Costello on Wednesday morning after she dropped the children off at a Farmington school. M J officials say Costello’s 2004 DUI arrest wasn’t on her driving record. DMV officials say records show Costello entered an education program that results in charges being erased after the 2004 arrest. Costello didn’t return a phone message Friday. ___ Information from: New Britain Herald, http://www.newbritainherald.com

    August 29, 2014 8:38 am
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Politics

  • Obama urges caution on using force in Mideast


    President Barack Obama(AP Photo/Evan Vucci) Faced with deepening crises in the Middle East and Ukraine, President Barack Obama is putting the brakes on the notion that American military power can solve either conflict. While that stance is in keeping with Obama’s long-standing aversion to military entanglements, it comes at a time when the effectiveness of his preferred options is being challenged and there are indications that some in the administration are ready to take more robust actions. In the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, Obama has relied largely on coordinated U.S. and European Union sanctions to try to shift Russian President Vladimir Putin’s calculus. While the White House can claim credit for inflicting some pain on Russia’s economy, Putin appears to be only getting more aggressive, with Ukrainian officials accusing Russia of sending two military columns across the border Thursday. During a news conference at the White House, Obama warned that Russia likely will face …

    August 29, 2014 7:17 am
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Stocks

  • Indian economy gets a jolt


    India’s quarterly growth data was stronger than expected. India’s economy expanded at a 5.7% annual rate in the second three months of 2014, busting a long streak of quarters when growth failed to impress. This is the strongest quarterly growth in over two years and it comes as the first 100 days of Narendra Modi’s term as prime minister come to a close. Modi has eagerly attacked the myriad of challenges facing Asia’s third biggest economy, whose annual growth failed to top 5% last year. Meanwhile, investors have been optimistic that Modi’s efforts to pull India out of its malaise will succeed. The Indian rupee has strengthened by more than 2% so far this year versus the U.S. dollar. The benchmark Mumbai Sensex index has increased by 26% over the same period. In India, structural reforms have run afoul of political gridlock. Analysts say India needs to simplify its tax code, encourage foreign investment and …

    August 29, 2014 8:18 am
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Sports

  • Rosberg apologizes, disciplined for crash


    LONDON (Reuters) – Formula One championship leader Nico Rosberg has apologized for colliding with team mate Lewis Hamilton during the Belgian Grand Prix and been disciplined, his Mercedes team said on Friday. Rosberg hit Hamilton on the second lap at Spa on Sunday and the Briton later retired from the race with a damaged floor after picking up a puncture. Hamilton told reporters that Rosberg had admitted in a team meeting to hitting him on purpose to “prove a point” although the German later dismissed it as a racing incident. “(Team bosses) Toto Wolff, Paddy Lowe, Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton met today in the boardroom of Mercedes Amg Petronas headquarters in Brackley to discuss the events of the Belgian Grand Prix,” the team said in a statement. “During this meeting Nico acknowledged his responsibility for the contact that occurred on lap two of the Belgian Grand Prix and apologized for this error of judgment. …

    August 29, 2014 8:38 am
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World News

  • Senegal confirms first Ebola case


    29 August 2014 Last updated at 14:28 Senegal had already closed its borders to neighbouring Guinea to try to stop the spread of the virus Senegal’s health ministry has confirmed a first case of Ebola, making it the fifth West African country to be affected by the outbreak. Health Minister Awa Marie Coll Seck told reporters on Friday that a young man from Guinea was confirmed to have contracted the virus. The man was immediately placed in quarantine, she added. The current outbreak, which began in Guinea, has killed more than 1,500 people across the region. At least 3,000 people have been infected with the virus. The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned it could get much worse and infect more than 20,000 people. Guinea riot Senegal had previously closed its border with Guinea in an attempt to halt the spread of Ebola, but its frontiers are porous. The affected countries have been running public …

    August 29, 2014 8:38 am
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Technology

  • Toshiba pushes TransferJet in the West, wants it embedded in smartphones


    Toshiba’s TransferJet adaptors could make moving data to and from your phone very speedy indeed, although we didn’t have much luck. Luke Westaway/CNET With Wi-Fi, 4G, Bluetooth and NFC, you might think you’ve got enough methods of getting data to and from your smartphone or tablet. Toshiba however thinks there’s room for one more data transfer technology, and is betting big on TransferJet. International Jet set TransferJet isn’t a new technology — in fact, it was developed by Sony and formally established as far back as 2008 by the loftily-named TransferJet Consortium, which includes big names such as Sony, Olympus and Toshiba. The technology sees two electronic devices communicating by being held close together, a bit like NFC, but whereas NFC merely conducts a sort of digital handshake between devices, TransferJet can actually funnel data from one thing to another. It can do it very fast, as well — the tech has a maximum speed …

    August 29, 2014 7:18 am
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Science

  • NASA’s Spitzer Telescope Witnesses Asteroid Smashup


    [image-36][image-51] NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope has spotted an eruption of dust around a young star, possibly the result of a smashup between large asteroids. This type of collision can eventually lead to the formation of planets. Scientists had been regularly tracking the star, called NGC 2547-ID8, when it surged with a huge amount of fresh dust between August 2012 and January 2013. “We think two big asteroids crashed into each other, creating a huge cloud of grains the size of very fine sand, which are now smashing themselves into smithereens and slowly leaking away from the star,” said lead author and graduate student Huan Meng of the University of Arizona, Tucson. While dusty aftermaths of suspected asteroid collisions have been observed by Spitzer before, this is the first time scientists have collected data before and after a planetary system smashup. The viewing offers a glimpse into the violent process of making rocky planets like ours. …

    August 28, 2014 11:31 pm
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Health

  • BioCryst expects to begin Ebola study in weeks


    (Reuters) – BioCryst Pharmaceuticals Inc said it expects to initiate a study within weeks to test its antiviral in primates for use against Ebola infections The biotechnology company’s stock was up about 5.4 percent in premarket trading after it also said it had received an additional $2.4 million in U.S. government funding. Companies with potential Ebola therapies have captured the spotlight as developers face mounting pressure to expedite research on new medical interventions to combat the deadly outbreak that could infect over 20,000 people. The World Health Organization has allowed for people infected in the West African epidemic to be given untested drugs, ushering in an opportunity for makers of potential therapies. This $2.4 million National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) funding is in addition to the $22 million contract awarded to BioCryst by the agency last September. The company received $4.1 million from NIAID earlier this month to advance development of an …

    August 29, 2014 7:17 am
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Entertainment

  • Kendall And Kylie Jenner Strut Their Stuff In NYC


    Posted on Fri Aug 29th, 2014 6:30am PDT       By X17 Staff They look ready to take on the town! On Thursday, Kendall and Kylie Jenner donned their darkest attire while out and about in New York City and get this… they were without the rest of the fam! The two young Kardashian clan members were in town to celebrate their joint DuJour magazine cover at Lavo in Midtown Manhattan, the latest accomplishment for the budding models. Kendall has been on fire lately, having scored her first Teen Vogue cover after gigs with Marc Jacobs, Givenchy, and Balmain. The statuesque 18-year-old went in-depth on her strides in the fashion industry and what her family association means for it all. “What a lot of people don’t know is that being in the industry I’m in with my family doesn’t benefit me at all,” she told DuJour. “It actually makes it harder for me to break in because I …

    August 29, 2014 8:58 am
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Editorial

  • "Mary Poppins" 50th anniversary: Why "Mary" is my favorite movie


    Julie Andrews as Mary Poppins and Dick Van Dyke as Bert in a scene from Disney’s ‘Mary Poppins.’ The film has been selected for preservation at the Library of CongressAP Photo A couple of interesting things happened 50 years ago this month. On Aug. 7, 1964, Congress passed the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution. Then, 20 days later, Walt Disney Studios released “Mary Poppins.” The resolution, by allowing the Vietnam War to begin in earnest, fueled the growth of a counterculture of protest that characterized The Sixties. The movie, by celebrating those who challenge the traditions and rules of the established order, provided an early parable in support of that emerging counterculture. The “Mary Poppins” books by P.L. Travers are about a magical English nanny and the little scamps in her charge. This is true of the movie, as well, but the movie is more about how this nanny and these kids subtly convince the kids’ …

    August 29, 2014 3:15 am
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Odd News

  • Singaporeans go barking mad over bid to silence dogs


    SINGAPORE (Reuters) – A suggestion by Singapore’s public housing authority that owners of noisy dogs consider “debarking” their pets to avoid inconveniencing neighbors, has raised animal lovers’ hackles in the city-state and prompted much ridicule on social media. The authority, the Housing and Development Board (HDB), recommended in a notice posted in a residential block that one option for dogs that will not keep quiet is to “debark” them. Debarking involves removing a section of a dog’s vocal cord to reduce the volume of its bark and is recommended as a solution of “last resort” to control noisy pets, according to Singapore’s Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority’s website. Animal welfare groups say the practice is cruel and unfair. “A dog also barks when it is in a stressed or anxious mode, and not hearing the dog does not mean the dog is in a stable state of mind,” said Action for Singapore Dogs in a Facebook …

    August 28, 2014 7:18 am
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