• EU to keep Russia sanctions in place

    EU to keep Russia sanctions in place

    30 September 2014 Last updated at 15:36 Pro-Russian rebels control much of Ukraine’s eastern border with Russia The EU is to keep sanctions against Russia in place, judging that Ukraine’s peace deal is not fully...
  • White House security plan ‘failed’

    White House security plan ‘failed’

    30 September 2014 Last updated at 16:18 The Secret Service director promises such an incident will “never happen again” The director of the US Secret Service says its security plan was “not properly executed” when...
  • Nadal, Djokovic and Murray enjoy Beijing wins

    BEIJING (Reuters) – Rafa Nadal enjoyed an emphatic return to singles action as he powered past Richard Gasquet at the China Open on Tuesday, while world number one Novak Djokovic overcame a sluggish start to...
  • Kurds fight IS on Iraq-Syria border

    Kurds fight IS on Iraq-Syria border

    30 September 2014 Last updated at 15:14 Iraqi Kurdish forces claim to have recaptured the strategic town of Rabia Heavy fighting is reported on both sides of a key border crossing between Iraq and Syria,...
  • Chris Brown’s mama anxious to save him from gangs

    Chris Brown porked out in prison The “Turn Up the Music” hit maker has gang affiliations, and apparently his mother, Joyce Hawkins, and his girlfriend, Karrueche Tran, are so worried about his safety that they...

Headline News

  • White House security plan ‘failed’


    30 September 2014 Last updated at 16:18 The Secret Service director promises such an incident will “never happen again” The director of the US Secret Service says its security plan was “not properly executed” when a man broke into the White House this month, a lapse she said would never be repeated. At a House oversight committee hearing, Julia Pierson took responsibility for the “unacceptable” breach. She was addressing congressmen angry over the 19 September break-in. Omar Gonzalez, 42, scaled a fence, ran across the lawn, entered an unlocked door and was tackled inside. The East Room is used for many functions, some hosted by the president Mr Gonzalez made it well into the first floor of the White House, having pushed his way past a guard standing just inside the unlocked door of the North Portico. He was tackled in the East Room, a long, ornately decorated chamber used for presidential addresses and formal …

    September 30, 2014 10:26 am
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Politics

  • Family Ties May Not Be Enough to Save Vulnerable Senators


    By Nathan L. Gonzales Posted at 5 a.m. Sept. 30 0 Tweet Landrieu may not be laughing come November. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo) It seems like everyone wrote the story: Family political dynasties were supposed to save Mark Begich, Mark Pryor and Mary L. Landrieu, the trio of vulnerable Democratic senators running for re-election in Republican-leaning states. But as the sports adage says, “That’s why they play the games.” The three Democrats’ strong family connections to voters in Alaska, Arkansas and Louisiana respectively has been one of the most popular narratives of the 2014 cycle. Roll Call, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Newsweek and National Journal all wrote similar stories, just to mention a few. But with five weeks to go before Election Day, Pryor, Begich and Landrieu are even more vulnerable than they were when the cycle started. And their Democratic colleague, North Carolina Sen. Kay …

    September 30, 2014 7:43 am
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Stocks

  • ISIS recruiting tactics: Apple pie and video games


      He says his favorite dessert is hot apple pie with ice cream on top. That he maintains his beard using shampoo, scented oils, and a comb. And that the day he fell in love was the day he embraced Islam. These personal details are part of a QA with an ISIS recruiter on Ask.fm, a popular site where people can ask questions anonymously. His photo is cut off to conceal his identity, and beside it is the tagline “Im just like you” — common for ISIS recruiters on social networks like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. He’s answered 299 questions from the community on Ask.fm, a lesser-known social network with 180 million users worldwide, many of them teenagers. Other answers include: marriage status (single), where he’s from (the United Kingdom) and more specific questions about fighting for ISIS and how his parents reacted when he converted. He also encourages questioners to make “hijrah” or migrate …

    September 30, 2014 10:46 am
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Sports

  • U.S. FCC votes unanimously to repeal sports TV blackout rule


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday voted unanimously to eliminate a decades-old rule that has prohibited pay-TV providers from airing some home sports games, such as NFL football games, if the tickets to those games did not sell out. The 1975 rule, originally meant to ensure that television broadcasts of sports games did not hurt local ticket sales, has banned cable and satellite providers from airing sports games in their home markets if a league or a team required that all or most of the tickets be sold before the game can be shown on TV. (Reporting by Alina Selyukh)

    September 30, 2014 10:26 am
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World News

  • EU to keep Russia sanctions in place


    30 September 2014 Last updated at 15:36 Pro-Russian rebels control much of Ukraine’s eastern border with Russia The EU is to keep sanctions against Russia in place, judging that Ukraine’s peace deal is not fully effective. EU ambassadors who met on Tuesday had noted some “encouraging developments” since the 5 September ceasefire was agreed, an EU spokeswoman said. But other parts of the peace deal “will need to be properly implemented”, said the spokeswoman, Maja Kocijancic. The sanctions target senior Russian officials, as well as Russia’s oil industry, defence firms and banks. Western governments and the Ukrainian authorities in Kiev accuse Russia of supplying the separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine with heavy weapons and soldiers. Russia denies the allegations. EU and US sanctions have been in place since Russia’s annexation of Crimea in March. Ukrainian troops have been battling separatists in Donetsk and Luhansk in the east At least 3,200 people have died in fighting …

    September 30, 2014 10:26 am
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Technology

  • eBay, PayPal to split into separate companies in 2015


    Online auction house eBay said Tuesday it plans to split its PayPal unit into a separately traded company next year. PayPal and eBay are going through a separation. eBay The separation will bring in two new leaders. Devin Wenig, eBay Marketplaces president, will become the new CEO of eBay. Dan Schulman, president of the American Express Enterprise Growth Group, will serve as the new CEO of PayPal. Current eBay CEO John Donahoe and CFO Bob Swan will help with the transition but then no longer serve as executives at either of the companies. The split is expected to happen in the second half of 2015. The move marks the end of what has been seen as an awkward partnership since eBay acquired PayPal for $1.5 billion in 2002. The deal was initially pitched as a way for eBay to boost PayPal transactions by driving auction participants toward the online payment service. But eBay itself apparently …

    September 30, 2014 7:43 am
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Science

  • Brief depression questionnaires could lead to unnecessary antidepressant prescriptions


    Short questionnaires used to identify patients at risk for depression are linked with antidepressant medications being prescribed when they may not be needed, according to new research from UC Davis Health System published in the September-October issue of the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine. Known as “brief depression symptom measures,” the self-administered questionnaires are used in primary care settings to determine the frequency and severity of depression symptoms among patients. Several questionnaires have been developed to help reduce untreated depression, a serious mental illness that can jeopardize relationships, employment and quality of life and increase the risks of heart disease, drug abuse and suicide. The UC Davis team was concerned that the questionnaires might lead to prescriptions for antidepressant medication being given to those who aren’t depressed. Antidepressants are effective in treating moderate-to-severe depression but can have significant side effects, including sexual dysfunction, sedation and anxiety. They also have to be taken …

    September 30, 2014 8:03 am
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Health

  • France uses tax to put pressure on hepatitis C drug prices


    PARIS (Reuters) – France will tax drugmakers whose costly hepatitis C drugs threaten to throw off course its healthcare budget, the government has said, heaping pressure on pharmaceutical companies like Gilead Sciences to cut their prices. The Socialist government said it had designed a “progressive contribution scheme” ensuring all patients can access new and more effective treatments against the liver-destroying virus, while limiting the burden of these drugs on state finances. The government will selectively tax drugmakers when the total cost to the state from their hepatitis C drugs exceeds a certain amount each year, Health Minister Marisol Touraine said, as she unveiled the country’s 2015 social security budget bill on Monday. If social security spending on hepatitis C drugs exceeds 450 million euros ($567 million) in 2014, the makers of those drugs will be taxed based on the revenue they had reaped in excess of that cap, the ministry said in a presentation. In …

    September 30, 2014 7:43 am
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Entertainment

  • Chris Brown’s mama anxious to save him from gangs


    Chris Brown porked out in prison The “Turn Up the Music” hit maker has gang affiliations, and apparently his mother, Joyce Hawkins, and his girlfriend, Karrueche Tran, are so worried about his safety that they have secretly contacted his therapist for help, TMZ reports. Given the company Brown keeps and the recent shoot-up at his pre-VMAs party, it’s not surprising his family would be worried that his seedy connections may get him killed. According to the site, the police have already gotten involved. LAPD officers are reportedly going to Los Angeles, California, clubs to try and persuade bar owners to ban Brown and his entourage from entering to avoid the violence that is sure to follow. Chris Brown finally speaks out about pre-VMAs shooting So, why is the singer so keen on having gang ties? According to TMZ, his family doesn’t think he understands the implications of associating himself with the Bloods, and they think …

    September 30, 2014 9:25 am
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Editorial

  • Emma Watson’s new feminism: Count me in


    Sept. 20, 2014: UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson attends the HeForShe United Nations campaign launch party at the The Peninsula Hotel in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini Invision/AP) Intelligence and inspiration are rare commodities these days at the United Nations. But a 24-year-old British actress awakened the sleepy diplomatic community at Turtle Bay on September 20 with a stirring, impassioned speech about gender equality and feminism. Emma Watson’s eloquence and courage were rewarded with a standing ovation. It was richly deserved. “Fighting for women’s rights has too often become synonymous with man-hating,” said the newly named U.N. Women Goodwill Ambassador. “If there is one thing I know for certain, it is that this has to stop.” She is right. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT But how did we come to conflate feminism with man-hating? Why are women, asked Watson, choosing not to identify as feminists? Turns out, there is blame enough to go around. Let’s begin with …

    September 30, 2014 3:41 am
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Odd News

  • Belgian police waive traffic fines in protest over pensions


    BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Belgians who drive a bit over the speed limit, forget to buckle their seat belts or park illegally can breathe easier this week as police turn a blind eye in protest against plans to raise their retirement age. The country’s police are up in arms over plans by the incoming government to raise their pension age to 62 from 58 as part of its efforts to cut the federal budget. Some 40,000 officers demonstrated against it in Brussels two weeks ago. They began the next step in their protest on Tuesday by going easy on minor infractions for the next week. “Clearly this wouldn’t cover major offences, such as reckless or drunken driving,” said Vincent Houssin, deputy chairman of the 18,000-member VSOA police union. Police unions say the officers will continue to uphold traffic safety, but for a week at least the state budget will not get the benefit of their work. …

    September 30, 2014 8:03 am
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