Headline News

  • Straight Outta Compton charts early days of NWA


    Rap biopic Straight Outta Compton has spent two weeks at the top of the US box office, not bad for a film about a band who were once considered so dangerous they came under the spotlight of the FBI. Straight Outta Compton recounts the story of the early days of NWA, a group of rappers and producers who came out of the economic urban blight of the LA neighbourhood of Compton in the late 1980s. Unemployment, drugs, gangs and violence were rife in the world in which Ice Cube, Dr Dre, Easy-E, MC Ren and DJ Yella grew up. Their debut album, filled with swaggering braggadocio and searing tales of teenage anger and resentment, not to mention one particular expletive-ridden track which still offends some American law enforcement officers to this day, is now viewed as a pioneering example of West Coast rap music. Thirty years after it was recorded, the movie named after the …

    August 28, 2015 9:07 pm
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Politics

  • DSCC Talking to Potential Burr Challengers in North Carolina


    By Simone Pathé Posted at 3:58 p.m. today 0 Tweet Burr still doesn’t have a Democratic opponent. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo) For much of this summer, North Carolina has been Democrats’ Colorado. Looking toward 2016, Democrats have a shot at unseating the incumbent senator but no candidate. That may be about to change. Former state Rep. Deborah Ross, a progressive Democrat from Raleigh, North Carolina’s largest media market, is nearing a decision about challenging Sen. Richard M. Burr. Several other potential candidates are in talks with the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Ross confirmed to CQ Roll Call Friday that she was in Washington this week and met with the DSCC. But although she said she’s getting a lot of encouragement to run, she told CQ Roll Call it’s a “big step,” and said she isn’t quite there yet. “I’m still working on it,” said Ross, currently general counsel to Triangle Transit, of her decision-making process, before …

    August 28, 2015 6:46 pm
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Stocks

  • New Orleans’ uneven recovery is leaving blacks behind


    Katrina10.org, a web site created by the city of New Orleans to commemorate its revitalization 10 years after Hurricane Katrina, ticks off a number of successes: major rebuilding projects, criminal justice and education reforms and the rebirth of neighborhoods. But for some black residents of New Orleans, the fruits of the recovery have been far more elusive. “It’s very easy to get caught up in the shiny new buildings, the renovated airport,” said Erika McConduit-Diggs the president and chief executive of the Urban League of Greater New Orleans. “But when you really start peeling back the layers and digging deeper into who specifically has benefited from the recovery, you see a lot of inequities.” According to a report released this week by the Urban League, whites in New Orleans are benefiting the most from the economic recovery. Not only are they earning far more income, but they are also more likely to be employed and …

    August 28, 2015 8:47 pm
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Sports

  • FCS champions prepare for hostile environment in Missoula


    FARGO, N.D. (AP) In their short life as a Division I football program, the North Dakota State Bison have notched signature wins on the road at Iowa State, Kansas State, Kansas, Colorado State and Minnesota. Bison coach Chris Klieman says none of those places is as intimidating as the University of Montana’s home field. Even when the air is clear. The four-time defending Football Championship Subdivision winners open the season Saturday at Washington-Grizzly Stadium in front of what Klieman calls ”27,000 sitting on that mountain” in Missoula, where the first D-I game of the season is expected to go on even though the air quality on Friday was rated ”very unhealthy” because of forest fires in the region. The Grizzlies rarely lose at home, where they have won 89 percent of their games and were 7-0 last season. ”We’re going to be under a lot of fire,” Klieman said, referring to the game and not …

    August 28, 2015 9:27 pm
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World News

  • Life on street dividing Ukraine and Russia


    Image caption Milove has managed to avoid the ferocity of the conflict in eastern Ukraine A dog barks and crosses the street in Milove, in the eastern Ukrainian region of Luhansk, 10km (6 miles) from the conflict zone. This could be anywhere in Ukraine. But Friendship of the Peoples Street belies its name because, on the other side of the road, lies the Russian town of Chertkovo. If the dog’s owner were to go after it, in theory he could be detained for illegally crossing the state border. And there is little love lost between the two countries. A fragile ceasefire is in place, but some parts of the Luhansk and Donetsk regions are still witnessing clashes between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russia rebels. Some food stores on the Ukrainian side take Russian roubles and attract Russian customers, who largely ignore the legal requirement to take purchased goods through an official border crossing point on …

    August 28, 2015 9:07 pm
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Technology

  • Earthlings Flock to Facebook by the Billion


    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday announced that for the first time more than a billion people had used the site on a single day. The counter hit the milestone earlier in the week, on Monday. Nearly 1.5 billion users log on at least once monthly, according to Facebook, but Monday marked the first time that more than two-thirds of its members used the network on the same day. The company has seen stratospheric growth since its launch in 2004 — it counted its one billionth user in October 2012. Although growth is continuing from a global perspective, Facebook may have reached its zenith in the United States, Europe and India. It has shifted its membership focus to Africa, other Asian countries and Latin America, and is otherwise expanding its reach through numerous acquisitions and the introduction of new features. “Reaching a billion people in a single day is nothing to sneeze at, but in …

    August 28, 2015 7:07 pm
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Science

  • Researchers use DNA ‘clews’ to shuttle CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing tool into cells


    Related images(click to enlarge) Researchers from North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have for the first time created and used a nanoscale vehicle made of DNA to deliver a CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing tool into cells in both cell culture and an animal model. The CRISPR-Cas system, which is found in bacteria and archaea, protects bacteria from invaders such as viruses. It does this by creating small strands of RNA called CRISPR RNAs, which match DNA sequences specific to a given invader. When those CRISPR RNAs find a match, they unleash Cas9 proteins that cut the DNA. In recent years, the CRISPR-Cas system has garnered a great deal of attention in the research community for its potential use as a gene editing tool – with the CRISPR RNA identifying the targeted portion of the relevant DNA, and the Cas protein cleaving it. But for Cas9 to do its work, it …

    August 28, 2015 6:06 pm
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Health

  • Planned Parenthood goes to court to fight funding cuts in Alabama


    Planned Parenthood filed a complaint in Alabama federal on Friday seeking to stop the state from defunding its health clinics after the release of covertly recorded videos attacking the organization’s handling of aborted fetal tissue. The reproductive-health organization took similar legal action earlier this week in Louisiana, which also plans to terminate its contract with Planned Parenthood to provide medical services to low-income residents. Planned Parenthood, joined in the suit by the American Civil Liberties Union, said in court filings that Alabama’s Republican governor illegally terminated its contract to provide health services under Medicaid, a federal and state healthcare program for the poor. It seeks court action to ensure Alabama patients continue to have access to Planned Parenthood services. Governor Robert Bentley gave Planned Parenthood no explanation, and only 15 days notice, when he announced the termination earlier this month, the organization said. Bentley is among the conservatives voicing outrage after the release of a …

    August 28, 2015 6:26 pm
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Entertainment

  • Pregnant Kim Kardashian And Mom Kris Jenner Takes Their Lady Lumps To The Grocery Store


    Posted on Fri Aug 28th, 2015 6:00am PDT       By X17 Staff Kourtney Kardashian is now the LEAST lady-lumpalicious of all the Kardashian-Jenner clan! Kim, Kris and Kourtney hit up Erewhon grocery store with Kourt’s son Mason, on Thursday — dressed to the nines, of course! Kim showed off her baby bump in a tight black dress and Kris wore a matching get-up that put her derriere on FULL display. Like mother, like daughter! And while Kim is certainly celebrating the fact Kanye was able to put another angel in her ultrasound, she chatted with C Magazine recently about her fertility struggles and how IVF took the fun out of conceiving their second child. “I had so many complications. I had this condition called placenta accreta. There were a couple little operations to fix all that, so that created a little hole in my uterus, which I think made it really tough to get pregnant again. It …

    August 28, 2015 9:47 pm
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Editorial

  • Why US must keep a close eye on Russia’s plans for the Arctic


    “The North Pole is Ours!” read the headline of Rossiiskaya Gazeta — the Russian government daily newspaper of record — on May 20. In today’s circumstances of heightened tensions with the West, Vladimir Putin needs victories, which may also make the country less pragmatic and more concerned about identity politics and symbols. Against that context, we have the most significant physical event on our planet since the end of the last ice age is taking place today – the opening of the Arctic. Activity in all the high north is likely to continue to increase, together with fish stocks and pursuing fishing fleets migrating farther north. Access to staggering amounts of hydrocarbon and mineral resources, of which Russia deeply depends, will expand. New maritime shipping routes can reduce shipping times, costs and accelerate ties among commercial centers and Indigenous populations will be affected profoundly and rapidly. All these facts are grounded in the reality that …

    August 28, 2015 9:27 pm
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Odd News

  • Trump says ‘no interest’ in buying Pope’s favorite soccer team


    BUENOS AIRES U.S. presidential hopeful Donald Trump denied a newspaper report on Friday that he wanted to buy top-tier Argentine soccer club San Lorenzo, Pope Francis’ favorite team. “Never even heard of the team – no interest!” the real estate magnate and contender for the Republican presidential nomination, tweeted after the New York Post reported that Trump and an associate had sent a letter to San Lorenzo expressing interest in a deal. Earlier in the day, the club’s vice president, Marcelo Tinelli, told Reuters in a text message that the story was “totally crazy” and that the team was not for sale. Pope Francis grew up near San Lorenzo’s original stadium in Buenos Aires and has been a fan ever since. San Lorenzo is one of the top five clubs in soccer-obsessed Argentina. Whether through soccer, the biggest sport in Latin America, or by other means, Trump might benefit from some connection with Latino voters …

    August 28, 2015 6:26 pm
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