Headline News

  • Kentucky clerk files emergency injunction on same-sex marriage licenses


    MOREHEAD, Ky. Lawyers representing a county clerk in Kentucky who has refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses in defiance of a court order filed an emergency motion on Wednesday asking for an injunction to temporarily block the order while she appeals. Kim Davis, the Rowan County Clerk, says her strong religious beliefs as an Apostolic Christian stop her from issuing marriage licenses to gay couples. A U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June made gay marriage legal across the United States. (Reporting By Steve Bittenbender; Writing by Daniel Bases; Editing by Will Dunham)

    September 2, 2015 4:18 pm
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Politics

  • Sources: Reichert Seriously Considering Washington Governor’s Race


    By Nathan L. Gonzales Posted at 3:20 p.m. Sept. 2 0 Tweet Reichert’s former chief of staff said this is “the most serious” he’s ever seen his old boss about running for governor. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo) Republican Rep. Dave Reichert is seriously considering a gubernatorial bid in Washington state, according to multiple GOP sources. The congressman has been the consistent source of rumors for a statewide bid over the last decade. But those rumors were often fueled by House Democrats who wanted him to leave behind a competitive open seat or Republicans focused on the Senate and governorships. “This time is the most serious I’ve ever seen him,” Mike Shields, the congressman’s former chief of staff, said. Reichert is considering challenging Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee, the former House member who is running for his second term next year. Republicans have come close in gubernatorial races before, including Dino Rossi’s razor-thin, 129-vote loss in …

    September 2, 2015 3:18 pm
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Stocks

  • Givenchy gives away 820 tickets to its NYFW show


    New York Fashion Week just got a lot more welcoming. Luxury French fashion brand Givenchy offered to give away 820 tickets to its NYFW show on Wednesday morning. Givenchy didn’t respond to requests for comment, and it wasn’t clear how quickly the tickets were claimed. The first 410 people to sign up online were promised two tickets — one for themselves and one for a guest. The move, a first for the haute couture brand, signals a shift from the usual restricted access that is a hallmark of fashion shows. Givenchy’s creative director, Riccardo Tisci, told Women’s Wear Daily that the decision to open the show to the public has been a longtime dream of his. He told the trade journal that fashion “is amazing and very exclusive” but that he’d long envisioned a show where anybody could partake in the event. Tisci told the magazine that the decision to make that move in New …

    September 2, 2015 4:18 pm
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Sports

  • Obstacle to moving 2016 Rio Olympic venues? The silent 1,400 athletes themselves


    RIO DE JANEIRO –  Olympic organizers have agreed to test for viruses in Rio’s sewage-filled waters. But even if they find high virus counts, organizers say they have no plans to move venues. Why isn’t there more pressure to move? Olympic athletes have little clout, some sports don’t have alternate venues, and sport federations have deep financial ties to the International Olympic Committee. Carlos Nuzman, head of the Rio organizing committee, promised Tuesday to introduce viral testing, saying the most important thing was “the health of athletes.” Most athletes, however, have remained quiet, even after The Associated Press released a five-month independent study showing high levels of viruses at Olympic venues for sailing, rowing, canoeing, triathlon and open-water swimming. About 1,400 athletes will compete in the hazardous waters. American Alex Meyer is among the few who have spoken out. A 2012 Olympian and former world-champion distance swimmer, he wants the open-water venue moved from Copacabana …

    September 2, 2015 4:38 pm
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World News

  • Is Teesta Setalvad India’s most hounded activist?


    Image copyright AFP Image caption Teesta Setalvad has been accused of embezzling funds She has been called a “threat to India’s national security” and a prosecutor wants to send her to prison. Her house and office have been raided a number of times, her bank accounts have been frozen and she has been relentlessly vilified and threatened on social media. Teesta Setalvad, the country’s best-known social activist, has been accused of receiving funds illegally, violating foreign exchange rules, embezzling funds raised from victims of religious riots and coaching witnesses. But investigators have failed to press charges in any of the seven cases they have been investigating against her since 2003. And the courts have stood by her: she has been given bail about five times after prosecutors sought to question her in custody, and in July, a Mumbai high court judge rubbished a prosecution allegation that she was a threat to national security. “The reason …

    September 2, 2015 4:38 pm
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Technology

  • Doctors voice concerns over plan for greater patient access to medical records


    The health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has announced plans to give patients in England access to their entire medical record by 2018, and to let them read and add to their GP record using their smartphone within a year. The announcement at NHS England’s annual conference in Manchester prompted fears of a repeat of last year’s row over care.data, a programme in which patient records were shared outside the NHS without their consent. The opposition forced NHS England to halt the scheme temporarily while it addressed the concerns. Phil Booth, coordinator of the campaign group MedConfidential, said: “Shoving highly sensitive information to patients via their smartphones really won’t help doctors treat them in 2016, and medical bodies like the Royal College of GPs have already pointed out it could expose the vulnerable to stalking, abuse and coercion, not to mention predatory companies who can’t wait to get their hands on such valuable data.” Organisations representing doctors …

    September 2, 2015 3:38 pm
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Science

  • We’ve all got a blind spot, but it can be shrunk


    You’ve probably never noticed, but the human eye includes an unavoidable blind spot. That’s because the optic nerve that sends visual signals to the brain must pass through the retina, which creates a hole in that light-sensitive layer of tissue. When images project to that precise location, we miss them. Now researchers reporting in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on August 31 have some good news: this blind spot can be effectively “shrunk” with training, despite the fact that the hole in our visual field cannot be. The findings raise the possibility that similar methods might improve vision in people with age-related macular degeneration, which is the leading cause of blindness in Western countries. “We did not confidently expect to see much reduction in functional blindness, as you can never develop photosensitivity within the blind spot itself,” says Paul Miller of The University of Queensland in Australia. “You can only enhance sensitivity at the …

    September 2, 2015 2:37 pm
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Health

  • Clinton proposes $7.5 billion U.S. fund to fight addiction


    WASHINGTON Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton would launch a $10 billion initiative to tackle drug and alcohol addiction, a problem she speaks of often on the campaign trail and which affects 23 million Americans. Clinton’s plan would include a new $7.5 billion federal fund to support states that launch addiction-related prevention, treatment, medical response, prescription and criminal justice initiatives. Clinton, the Democratic front-runner, announced her plan in the Manchester Union Leader, a New Hampshire newspaper. She said at her first campaign stop in the state, a retired doctor told her the biggest problem facing the country was drug addiction. “To be candid, I didn’t expect what came next,” Clinton wrote in the piece posted late on Tuesday. “In state after state, this issue came up again and again – from so many people, from all walks of life, in small downs and big cities.” Substance abuse has become an early, surprising theme in Clinton’s campaign, …

    September 2, 2015 2:58 pm
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Entertainment

  • What The What?! Rosie O’Donnell Is Reportedly Dating Tatum O’Neal?!


    Posted on Wed Sep 2nd, 2015 12:26pm PDT       By X17 Staff Well we didn’t see that one coming! TV personality Rosie O’Donnell is reportedly dating Oscar winner Tatum O’Neal — and our mouths are agape with shock! Rosie’s rep denies the pair are dating but other outlets are reporting that duo hooked up after O’Neal revealed recently she was done with men and into women. The rep said to Daily Mail Online, “They’ve been friends for several years since they met in Chicago when Rosie did a show for OWN and Tatum did a docu series for OWN.” But we think their behavior tells a different story. In early August, the pair attended the hit Broadway show Hamilton, then days later shared a meal at Da Silvano in NYC. A source told Extra that the two have been making time to see each other, “Tatum has spent some time at Rosie’s compound [in Nyack, NY] over …

    September 2, 2015 3:18 pm
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Editorial

  • The real truth about Obama and the Iran deal


    On Tuesday, two Democratic senators, Chris Coons of Delaware and Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, announced that they would vote in favor of President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran. Wednesday Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski added her support.  These announcements are being greeted with excitement by the White House and its supporters. The president now has enough votes from Senate Democrats to make his accord bulletproof in Congress.   After the president’s long, charged battle against his Republican critics, a handful of Democratic dissidents, the American Jewish establishment and the government (and parliamentary opposition) of Israel, Obama — barring some last minute shocker—is going to get what he has been seeking. But it is not necessarily what he (and his party’s supporters) have bargained for.    Obama’s Iran policy is not a mere difference of opinion with a certain Israeli government. It upends American policy in the region by ushering a genocidal, anti-Jewish regime into the family of …

    September 2, 2015 1:57 pm
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Odd News

  • Fox News anchor sues Hasbro over toy hamster sharing her name


    An anchor for Fox News Channel has sued Hasbro Inc for more than $5 million over the company’s sale of a plastic toy hamster that shares her name, and which she says resembles her. In a complaint filed on Monday, Harris Faulkner, who joined Fox News in 2005, called it “demeaning and insulting” for Hasbro to portray her as a rodent with its Harris Faulkner hamster, and said the toy damages her credibility as a journalist. Faulkner also said the hamster bears a “physical resemblance” to her through its complexion, eye shape and eye makeup design, and poses a choking hazard to small children. “Harris Faulkner, the uniquely named, acclaimed veteran journalist and author, has worked for decades to establish and maintain her personal brand and laudable professional reputation,” only to suffer “substantial commercial and emotional damages” from Hasbro’s conduct, the complaint said. Faulkner said she told Hasbro in January it had no permission to …

    September 2, 2015 2:58 pm
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