Headline News

  • Ebola: US restricts airport arrivals


    22 October 2014 Last updated at 08:49 Affected travellers will have their temperatures checked for signs of a fever New US rules requiring air passengers from the three West African countries worst hit by Ebola to travel via one of five airports are coming into effect. Travellers from Sierra Leone, Liberia or Guinea must now arrive at O’Hare in Chicago, JFK, Newark, Washington’s Dulles or Atlanta, where they will undergo enhanced screening. The World Health Organisation is due to convene an emergency meeting later. The current outbreak of the virus has already killed more than 4,500 people. Most of the deaths have been in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Travellers from these countries will have their temperatures checked as part of screening programmes, despite experts warning such moves are unlikely to have an impact. The new security measures come as public concern grows in the US, where three people have been infected and one person …

    October 22, 2014 3:44 am
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Politics

  • Former U.S. president candidate Hart to be representative for Northern Ireland


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday named former Senator Gary Hart as his representative on Northern Ireland, nearly 30 years after the Democratic politician’s bid for the U.S. presidency was cut short by a sex scandal. Kerry said in a statement that Hart, 77, who in recent years gained a name as a national security expert and author, would play a “direct, on-the-ground diplomatic role.” “I’ve asked Senator Hart to support the parties in Northern Ireland as they enter a new round of talks to achieve a lasting peace,” Kerry said, referring to talks that resumed on Oct. 16. A contender for the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination, Hart saw his White House dreams dashed in 1987 after a newspaper published a photo of a woman sitting on the married candidate’s lap aboard a boat named “Monkey Business.” The picture of him and model Donna Rice in the Bahamas, and newspaper …

    October 22, 2014 3:44 am
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Stocks

  • Warren Buffett loses $2 billion in two days


      If you’re having a bad week, consider that Warren Buffett has lost $2 billion and it’s only Tuesday. Buffett is known for shunning the quick buck and focusing on the long-term performance of his investments. He’d best not change that this week. His Berkshire Hathaway (BRKB) investment house holds big pieces of Coke and IBM, both of which have taken a drubbing in the past two days. He took a $1 billion hit on Coke (KO), which fizzled 6% on Tuesday after the company reported earnings that didn’t live up to expectations. Even worse, Coke said it doesn’t expect a much better 2015. Coke is one of Buffett’s largest investments. He holds 400 million shares and his son Howard sits on the beverage company’s board. And he likes the products too. Buffett is often seen enjoying Cherry Coke. Related: Battle of the billionaires: Warren Buffett vs. Jack Ma The pain started on Monday for …

    October 22, 2014 2:43 am
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Sports

  • New-Look NBA: Paul Pierce offers view on where league is heading from a player’s perspective


    In this Oct. 16, 2014, photo, Washington Wizards NBA basketball player Paul Pierce is interviewed at the Verizon Center in Washington. When Pierce watched the Wizards in last season’s playoffs, he saw plenty of talent and potential. He also saw some issues. They needed something. Turns out, Pierce thought they needed … him. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen) (The Associated Press) In this Oct. 16, 2014, photo, Washington Wizards NBA basketball player Paul Pierce is interviewed at the Verizon Center in Washington. When Pierce watched the Wizards in last season’s playoffs, he saw plenty of talent and potential. He also saw some issues. They needed something. Turns out, Pierce thought they needed … him. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen) (The Associated Press) In this Oct. 16, 2014, photo, Washington Wizards NBA basketball player Paul Pierce is interviewed at the Verizon Center in Washington. When Pierce watched the Wizards in last season’s playoffs, he saw plenty of talent and potential. He also …

    October 22, 2014 3:44 am
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World News

  • Briton found with throat cut in Bali


    22 October 2014 Last updated at 07:09 The body was found near a paddy field on the island of Bali – a popular holiday destination A Briton has been found dead with his hands tied and throat cut on the Indonesian island of Bali, the British embassy in Jakarta has said. The man, who has been identified as Robert Kelvin Ellis, 60, was found in a ditch near a paddy field between the tourist areas of Ubud and Kuta. Police in Bali say Mr Ellis had been living on the island for some time. A spokesman at the British embassy in Jakarta said: “We were notified of the death of a British national in Bali.” “We stand ready to provide consular assistance,” the spokesman added. Police said Mr Ellis had been living in the Sanur area of Bali, on the south coast of the island, and that his Indonesian wife had reported him missing. Detective …

    October 22, 2014 3:44 am
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Technology

  • YouTube games channels continue their rise: PewDiePie, Stampy, KSI and more


    YouTube games channels have become one of the most popular categories on Google’s online video site, with the 100 biggest notching up nearly 4.4bn video views in September alone. That’s up from 3.5bn views in May, according to a chart published by industry site Tubefilter based on data from analytics firm OpenSlate. The chart, which ranks YouTube gaming channels based on their monthly views, reveals that seven had more than 100m views in September, led by YouTube’s biggest star PewDiePie with 392.1m views that month. He was followed by child-friendly Minecraft channel Stampy (189.6m views), Spanish channel Vegetta777 (164m) and another Minecraft channel, The Diamond Minecart (161.8m). All four channels belong to multi-channel network (MCN) Maker Studios, which was acquired by Disney earlier this year in a deal that could eventually be worth up to $950m. The company has become one of the new powerhouses of games media, with 22 of the top 100 YouTube …

    October 22, 2014 3:44 am
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Science

  • Super stable garnet ceramics may be ideal for high-energy lithium batteries


    Related images(click to enlarge) Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have discovered exceptional properties in a garnet material that could enable development of higher-energy battery designs. The ORNL-led team used scanning transmission electron microscopy to take an atomic-level look at a cubic garnet material called LLZO. The researchers found the material to be highly stable in a range of aqueous environments, making the compound a promising component in new battery configurations. Researchers frequently seek to improve a battery’s energy density by using a pure lithium anode, which offers the highest known theoretical capacity, and an aqueous electrolyte that can speedily transport lithium. The ORNL scientists believe the LLZO would be an ideal separator material, which is crucial. “Many novel batteries adopt these two features [lithium anode and aqueous electrolyte], but if you integrate both into a single battery, a problem arises because the water is very reactive when in direct contact …

    October 22, 2014 4:04 am
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Health

  • French developer of ‘peanut allergy patch’ makes U.S. debut


    PARIS (Reuters) – French biotech firm DBV Technologies – developer of what it says is a breakthrough treatment for peanut allergy sufferers – makes its U.S. market debut on Wednesday, with a Nasdaq listing set to raise funds for further research. The Paris-listed company, which develops immunotherapy patches for patients with potentially fatal food allergies, is issuing 2.67 million new shares worldwide via a U.S. listing and a private placement which together will raise at least 90 million euros ($114 million). “This fundraising will enable us to significantly strengthen our structures in France, notably in research and development,” Chief Executive Pierre-Henri Benhamou told Reuters in an interview earlier this week. DBV also develops patches for milk and dust mite allergies, but its “Viaskin Peanut” product is the most advanced and represents up to 75 percent of the company’s potential value, according to some analysts. Benhamou believes the product could be a blockbuster with over $1 …

    October 22, 2014 3:44 am
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Entertainment

  • Django actress formally charged with lewd conduct


    Django actress Danielle Watts mistaken for a prostitute According to the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office, the couple’s arraignments are scheduled for Nov. 13. Watts and her boyfriend, Brian James Lucas, could each face up to six months in jail and $1,000 in fines if convicted. Watts was detained by police on Sept. 11 and she took to her Facebook page soon after to allege racism and misconduct by the Studio City police. Django Unchained wasn’t big enough for Will Smith “Today I was handcuffed and detained by 2 police officers from the Studio City Police Department after refusing to agree that I had done something wrong by showing affection, fully clothed, in a public place,” Watts wrote at the time. “As I was sitting in the back of the police car, I remembered the countless times my father came home frustrated or humiliated by the cops when he had done nothing wrong. I felt …

    October 22, 2014 3:23 am
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Editorial

  • Why single, white women (and minority voters) are Dems last line of defense


    The following column originally appeared in The Hill newspaper and on TheHill.com. Republicans have more women running for Congress this year than ever before. They have five female Senate nominees, one less than the record high set during the 2012 campaign. They also have 50 female House candidates, two more than in 2012. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT This high-water mark for Republicans is important because single, white women, along with minority voters, are the last line of defense for Democrats hoping to keep the GOP from a wave election. Single, white women, along with minority voters, are the last line of defense for Democrats hoping to keep the GOP from a wave election. Historically speaking, minority voters are less inclined to go to the polls in midterm elections than in presidential contests. That being so, Democrats are focusing on pumping up turnout among college-educated, young, single women, who are considered more likely to vote. “I haven’t seen …

    October 22, 2014 3:44 am
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Odd News

  • San Francisco stations banish ‘Royals’ song ahead of World Series


    (Reuters) – At least two Northern California radio stations have pledged not to play New Zealand artist Lorde’s song “Royals,” in solidarity with the San Francisco Giants during their World Series matchup with the Kansas City Royals. The decision by San Francisco stations KOIT and KFOG to drop the song, which has nothing to do with the baseball team, comes as the Giants and Royals prepare to play Game One of the championship series on Tuesday. In response, Kansas City station KZPT said it would play the song every hour on Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. KZPT said it was a sister station of KOIT. “They’re our sister station, and as the old saying goes: ‘You can pick your friends but you can’t necessarily pick your family,’ and if they don’t play it, then we will,” KZPT programming director Tony Lorino said in a phone interview. Last week, KOIT posted a small image …

    October 20, 2014 7:16 pm
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