Headline News

  • Prosecutors: Bikini barista stands offered prostitution, banked $2 million for owner


    EVERETT, Wash. –  Authorities say the owner of bikini coffee stands in Washington state banked more than $2 million in just three years because her baristas were also selling sex acts. Snohomish County prosecutors charged 52-year-old former nude dancer Carmela Panico with promoting prostitution and money laundering, alleging that she was the madam of drive-thru brothels throughout the county north of Seattle. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Court documents say the baristas would expose their breasts and genitals and charge for sex acts. The Everett Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1lliY1P ) Saturday that Panico’s attorney told the court she is no longer in the coffee business and has sold off some of her stands and leased others. In a raid last year, investigators found $250,000 at Panico’s home. The investigation into Panico has also resulted in the prosecution of a veteran sheriff’s sergeant. Darrell O’Neill is accused of tipping off Panico and baristas to ongoing police investigations in return for …

    August 31, 2014 2:43 am
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Politics

  • California governor lauds passage of ‘historic’ sick leave bill


    (Reuters) – A measure to grant California workers mandatory sick leave that passed the state legislature early on Saturday appeared poised to become law after Governor Jerry Brown lauded it as a historic achievement. The bill would require employers to provide at least three days of annual paid sick leave to workers, who would accrue the time off at a rate of one hour per 30 hours worked. If Brown signs the measure into law, California will join Connecticut as the only states mandating paid sick leave, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. “Tonight, the Legislature took historic action to help hardworking Californians,” Brown said in a statement. “This bill guarantees that millions of workers – from Eureka to San Diego – won’t lose their jobs or pay just because they get sick.” The bill passed the state Senate with a 22-8 vote late Friday and the Assembly early Saturday morning with a …

    August 30, 2014 11:59 pm
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Stocks

  • Struggling Angry Birds maker dumping CEO


    The maker of the Angry Birds video game is replacing its CEO. The maker of the Angry Birds mobile video game is dumping its CEO as the company struggles with increased competition and difficulties in changing its business model. Rovio Entertainment, the Finnish video game maker, announced that CEO Mikael Hed will “pass the hoodie” in January to former Nokia (NOK) executive Pekka Rantala, a reference to the typical clothing worn in the company’s offices. The company is shifting its business from a pay-to-play, in which players buy the video game, to a free-to-play model. It now gets about half its revenue from licensing Angry Birds images for toys, clothing and other novelty items. But while revenue has held up, profit in 2013 fell by more than 50%. Rovio has had trouble with its plans to charge users for purchases made in the games. Competitors such as King Digital Entertainment (KING), maker of the Candy …

    August 30, 2014 8:49 am
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Sports

  • Huskies hold off Hawaii in Petersen’s debut


    Honolulu, HI (SportsNetwork.com) – John Ross ran in for a score on a reverse and hauled in a 91-yard TD catch as No. 25 Washington held off Hawaii, 17-16, in head coach Chris Petersen’s Huskies debut on Saturday night. Washington ran the final 2:40 off the clock to hang on for the victory despite having to punt on eight of their nine possessions in the second half. Petersen was hired by Washington in December after he spent the last eight years at Boise State where he compiled a 92-12 mark. Jeff Lindquist was just 10-of-26 for 162 yards and a touchdown in his first start, replacing Cyler Miles due to suspension. Lavon Coleman carried the ball 17 times for 78 yards for the Huskies (1-0), who went 9-4 a year ago. Joey Iosefa accounted for 143 yards rushing and a score on 30 totes for Hawaii (0-1). The Warriors raced out to a 10-0 lead …

    August 31, 2014 2:44 am
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World News

  • El Salvador gangs re-launch truce


    30 August 2014 Last updated at 20:45 Members of Central American gangs, known as “Maras” wear large tattoos. Leaders of five of El Salvador’s powerful gangs say they will stop attacking police and military in a bid to re-launch a gang truce agreed two years ago. The gangs want the government to provide “negotiating facilities” and promised to avoid “civilian” attacks. The 2012 truce initially reduced murder rates by 40%, but killings have doubled since 2013 to around 11 killings a day. In a statement, the gangs said it was a “second chance” for peace. Spokesmen from the MS-13, Barrio 18, Mao Mao, Maquina, Miranda Locos 13 and other gangs said: ” We view this new effort as a second chance for the country to achieve peace.” President Salvador Sanchez Ceren, who took office on 1 June, has not recognised the gang’s truce and said he would develop his own strategy for reducing crime. The …

    August 31, 2014 2:44 am
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Technology

  • Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Ultimate Evil Edition review a tangible feeling of growth


    Diablo III will be familiar already to console and PC gamers who lapped up the original and they will positively devour this Ultimate Evil Edition as Blizzard’s action RPG reaches its zenith. Buy it from XBox 360 Diablo 3 Ultimate Evil Edition Xbox 360 Revamped from both its 2012 and 2013 releases, the graphics are the most obvious improvement, with the slick visuals gorgeously rendering your wizard’s magic as it blasts into a gaggle of Hellions. As with the original, the task is seemingly straightforward: hack, shoot or spell (depending on the chosen class of warrior) a way through endless hordes of evil, while looting bodies and the landscape for new, more powerful weapons, elixirs and armours. The sheer scale of the enemy armies, however, soon makes life tough. The character levelling is well executed and there’s a tangible feeling of growth as your avatar powers through the levels. Much of the fun comes from …

    August 31, 2014 12:00 am
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Science

  • After Great Recession, Americans are unhappy, worried, pessimistic, Rutgers study finds


    The protracted and uneven recovery from the Great Recession has led most Americans to conclude that the U.S. economy has undergone a permanent change for the worse, according to a new national study at Rutgers. Seven in 10 now say the recession’s impact is permanent, up from half in 2009 when the recession officially ended, according to the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development. Among key findings in “Unhappy, Worried and Pessimistic: Americans in the Aftermath of the Great Recession,” the center’s latest Work Trends report, are: Despite sustained job growth and lower levels of employment, most Americans do not think the economy has improved in the last year or that it will in the next. Just one in six Americans believe that job opportunities for the next generation will be better than for theirs; five years ago, four in 10 held that view. Roughly four in five Americans have little or no confidence …

    August 31, 2014 12:20 am
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Health

  • Boston Scientific nerve device no help in heart failure study


    BARCELONA (Reuters) – A Boston Scientific device that stimulates the vagus nerve – a superhighway connecting the brain to the rest of the body – failed to help patients with heart failure in a mid-stage clinical trial. Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS), which involves delivering mild electrical pulses to the nerve in the neck, is already used to treat epilepsy and depression – and researchers have been looking to expand its use to other conditions. Faiez Zannad from the University of Lorraine in France, who led the study, said the failure of the device to improve cardiac function was surprising as pre-clinical research findings had been promising. Heart failure is a serious, progressive disease in which the heart fails to pump blood properly. It causes shortness of breath, fatigue and fluid retention, and is often fatal. Results from the U.S. medical technology company’s NECTAR-HF trial, involving 95 heart failure patients in Europe, were unveiled on Saturday …

    August 31, 2014 12:00 am
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Entertainment

  • Twitter feud: Sam Smith crops Riff Raff out of VMAs photo


    10 Things you didn’t know about Sam Smith  Sam Smith posted a picture of himself on Instagram flanked by gorgeous songstresses Charli XCX and Katy Perry at the MTV VMAs last weekend. The problem? He cropped out Katy Perry’s date, Riff Raff, and apparently hurt Riff Raff’s feelings in the process. On the border of the photo, you can see Riff Raff’s knee and bejeweled knuckles, so there’s no denying that Smith did indeed crop him out. The “Stay With Me” singer captioned the post, “So amazing to see my girl @charli_xcx last night!! Smashing it so hard #STORTFORD,” so it’s obvious that Smith’s fellow Brit Charli XCX was the focus of the picture. It’s possible that the crop occurred purely because Riff Raff didn’t fit. However, the flamboyant rapper didn’t take kindly to the perceived dis and took to Twitter to express his concern. “THANKS FOR CUTTING ME OUT OF THE PICTURE U CHUBBY …

    August 31, 2014 1:42 am
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Editorial

  • David Cameron stands up to Islamists: A lesson for Barack Obama


      The contrast between Friday’s press conference in London by British Prime Minister David Cameron and Thursday’s White House remarks by President Obama could not have been starker. Mr. Cameron delivered a robust assessment of the scale of the Islamist threat to Great Britain and to the free world.  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT He told journalists assembled at Downing Street that “what we are facing in Iraq now with ISIL (Islamic State) is a greater threat to our security than we have seen before.”  While David Cameron appeared self-assured and determined in his approach, Barack Obama came across as a deer in the headlights, unable to outline a coherent U.S. response to a rapidly growing crisis in the Middle East. He made it clear that ISIS must not be allowed to establish an Islamist caliphate in Iraq. If they succeeded, “we would be facing a terrorist state on the shores of the Mediterranean and bordering a NATO …

    August 30, 2014 3:41 am
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Odd News

  • Arizona man arrested for burning, urinating on Bible


    PHOENIX (Reuters) – A 22-year-old Arizona man calling himself “Dark Lord” has been arrested for allegedly burning a Bible and urinating on it outside a Christian-oriented homeless shelter in northern Arizona, police said on Friday. Eric Minerault was booked into the Yavapai County Detention Center late on Thursday on suspicion of one count of unlawful symbol burning stemming from the incident at the Gospel Rescue Mission, Prescott police spokesman Lieutenant Ken Morley said in a written statement. Police were called to the scene at about 9 p.m. by a mission representative reporting that someone was burning something on the mission’s front steps, Morley said. Officers found Minerault standing on the steps, with a burned and wet Bible on the ground near him. He quickly admitted to the act.  He told officers the mission was selected because he believed it was a place of Christian worship and he was “cursing the Christians,” police said. Asked why, …

    August 29, 2014 7:53 pm
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