Headline News

  • Massive cheating scandal at UNC scandal included athletes, fake classes and automatic grades


    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. –  Bogus classes and automatic A’s and B’s are at the heart of a cheating scandal at the University of North Carolina that lasted nearly two decades, encompassing about 3,100 students — nearly half of them athletes. At least nine university employees were fired or under disciplinary review, and the question now becomes what, if anything, the NCAA will do next. Penalties could range from fewer scholarships to vacated wins. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Most of the athletes were football players or members of the school’s cherished basketball program, which won three of its five national titles during the scandal (1993, 2005, 2009). Many at the university hoped Wainstein’s eight-month investigation would bring some closure. Instead, it found more academic fraud than previous investigations by the NCAA and the school. The UNC case stands out among academic scandals at Harvard, Duke and the Naval Academy, said Howard Gardner, a professor at Harvard’s Graduate School …

    October 23, 2014 4:18 am
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Politics

  • What Counts As a GOP Wave in 2014?


    By Stuart Rothenberg Posted at 5 a.m. Oct. 23 0 Tweet Will Roberts hold on in Kansas? (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo) Most neutral observers expect Republicans to take the Senate and make at least small gains in the House, but talk about a possible GOP political wave has all but disappeared. However, ten days to go until Election Day, I wouldn’t rule out the possibility of a “wave” election just yet. I know of no formal, widely accepted definition of the term “wave.” On the other hand, as United States Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart once said when referring to obscenity, “I know it when I see it.” Clearly, a wave requires one party to make sizable net gains in the House and/or the Senate. In the past, I’ve often used a net change of 20 House seats as the minimum for a wave, but that number is arbitrary and not set in …

    October 23, 2014 4:17 am
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Stocks

  • Apple Pay is double charging some customers


      I was among the first people to try out Apple Pay the moment it came available on Monday. It was convenient, fast, and it seemingly worked without incident … until I logged in and checked my debit card bill. As it turns out, I’ve been charged twice for every single purchase I’ve made with Apple Pay at various stores. A quick search of Twitter found many other people experiencing this same exact problem. “Problems with #ApplePay – it looks like my @bankofamerica account was double charged by @Walgreens,” tweeted fellow Apple Pay user Rohan Thompson. Many of the other people on Twitter experiencing this same exact problem also mentioned they were using Apple Pay via their Bank of America (BAC) debit card. Related: Apple Pay is now live So I called up Bank of America and they assured me it was a problem on Apple Pay’s end. That seemed feasible, because all of the …

    October 23, 2014 3:15 am
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Sports

  • Women’s World Cup next summer another chance for US soccer fanaticism to take hold


    IFLE – In this Oct. 15, 2014, file photo, United States’ Abby Wambach celebrates her goal against Trinidad and Tobago during the second half of a CONCACAF Women’s Championship soccer match in Kansas City, Kan. The Women’s World Cup kicks off in Canada in June 2015 _ and if the favored U.S. squad advances far, expect some more massive TV audiences. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley) (The Associated Press) FILE – In this Oct. 20, 2014, file photo, United States defender Meghan Klingenberg (16) celebrates her goal with defenders Whitney Engen (6), Christie Rampone (3) and Kelley O´Hara (5) during the second half of a CONCACAF soccer match against Haiti, at RFK Stadiumin Washington. The Women’s World Cup kicks off in Canada in June 2015 _ and if the favored U.S. squad advances far, expect some more massive TV audiences. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File) (The Associated Press) FILE – This Dec. 1, 2012, file photo shows United States’ …

    October 23, 2014 4:17 am
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World News

  • Nato jets ‘intercept Russian plane’


    23 October 2014 Last updated at 09:08 Danish F-16 jets chased the spy plane away initially, Nato said (file image) A Russian spy plane has been intercepted by Nato jets over the Baltic Sea, the alliance says, amid heightened tensions in the region. Estonia summoned Russia’s ambassador on Wednesday after its military said the Ilyushin-20 plane had entered its airspace for about a minute. But Russia said the plane had been on a training flight and had not violated Estonian airspace. Russia has been accused of several recent border violations in the region. The conflict in eastern Ukraine, which the West says Russia has stoked by supporting the rebels, has prompted sanctions against senior figures in Moscow and bans on EU goods in response. In the past week, non-Nato member Sweden has been searching for a submarine reportedly sighted in its waters in the southern Stockholm archipelago some 48km (30 miles) from the capital. The …

    October 23, 2014 3:56 am
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Technology

  • Mark Zuckerberg speaks Mandarin during Q&A session in China


    Facebook is blocked in China, but its co-founder Mark Zuckerberg appears determined to win over hearts and minds in Beijing – surprising a hall full of students by conducting a QA session in Mandarin. Zuckerberg charmed his audience comprising Chinese and international students when he kicked off the half-hour session at the elite Tsinghua University with the words “Hello, everyone” in heavily accented Chinese. The 30-year-old head of the US-based networking site elicited cheers and applause from the shocked crowd in a video of the event he posted on Thursday. Zuckerberg discussed topics including his philosophy on founding a company and his view of Chinese innovation, as well as more personal matters such as his favourite colour, favourite Chinese dish and the Chinese-American family of his wife, Priscilla Chan. “I want to study Chinese culture,” he said. “Studying the language helps me study the culture. So I’m trying to learn the language. Also, I like …

    October 23, 2014 4:17 am
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Science

  • Fast modeling of cancer mutations


    Sequencing the genomes of tumor cells has revealed thousands of genetic mutations linked with cancer. However, sifting through this deluge of information to figure out which of these mutations actually drive cancer growth has proven to be a tedious, time-consuming process. MIT researchers have now developed a new way to model the effects of these genetic mutations in mice. Their approach, based on the genome-editing technique known as CRISPR, is much faster than existing strategies, which require genetically engineering mice that carry the cancerous mutations. “It’s a very rapid and very adaptable approach to make models,” says Thales Papagiannakopoulos, a postdoc at MIT’s Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research and one of the lead authors of the paper, which appears in the Oct. 22 online edition of Nature. “With a lot of these mutations, we have no idea what their role is in tumor progression. If we can actually understand the biology, we can then …

    October 23, 2014 12:32 am
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Health

  • Drugmakers may need indemnity for fast-tracked Ebola vaccines


    LONDON/GENEVA (Reuters) – Drugmakers are looking for some kind of indemnity from governments or multilateral agencies for the widespread emergency use of new Ebola vaccines in Africa. While the issue will not delay the industry’s ongoing work to accelerate production and clinical testing of three experimental vaccines, it is likely to be discussed at a high-level meeting in Geneva on Thursday. World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Margaret Chan will chair the meeting, which includes industry executives, representatives from countries including those affected by Ebola, drug regulators and funders. GlaxoSmithKline Chief Executive Andrew Witty said a system of indemnity made sense given the unique situation in which companies are being urged by the WHO to fast-track the supply of novel vaccines in a matter of months rather than years. There is currently no proven vaccine against Ebola and drug companies have been wary in the past of investing in the area, since the commercial opportunity is …

    October 23, 2014 4:17 am
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Entertainment

  • Matthew McConaughey was Little Mr. Texas and OMG he’s cute (PHOTOS)


    Matthew McConaughey’s wife knows what she wants and she gets it Matthew McConaughey appears to be one of them — he recently revealed one of his first moments in the spotlight and, OMG, it is adorable. The Oscar-winning actor was being honored by friends, family and other stars as the 28th recipient of the American Cinematheque Award Tuesday in Beverly Hills when he shared the adorable memory with Extra — his first award as a child was Little Mr. Texas! Well, sort of. That’s the story if you ask McConaughey’s mom, anyway. Matthew McConaughey’s new gig? College cheerleader (VIDEO) “Little Mr. Texas,” she explained, showing off a picture of McConaughey in an adorable little cowboy hat showing off his trophy. “Isn’t that cute? He won an award — Little Mr. Texas.” Photo credit: Matthew McConaughey/whosay According to McConaughey himself, however, that’s not quite how the story actually goes. “Oh, I was runner-up,” he laughed. “If you …

    October 23, 2014 3:56 am
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Editorial

  • Safe Schools Week: Three things we can do right now to better secure our schools


    Members of the Newton community mourn those lost in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. (AP Photo) It has been almost two years since 20 children and six adult staff members lost their lives in a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.  The tragedy wounded the nation and made parents everywhere ask themselves: Are my children safe at school?  Unfortunately, the answer is no in too many cases.  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Today’s school leaders face unprecedented safety and security challenges, whether from intruders or natural disasters.  Such risks make it essential for schools to stay current on the latest advances in construction, technological tools and safety protocols.  Yet, many of our nation’s K-12 buildings are antiquated, and access to funding for upgrades is often difficult to prioritize against other capital requirements.   Every school can use the resources and knowledge at its disposal now to enact measures that protect children and make them feel …

    October 23, 2014 4:17 am
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Odd News

  • Woman who gouged her eyes in California sues over viral photo


    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A nurse at a Los Angeles hospital took a photo of a woman who gouged out her own eyes with pencils, and the patient sued the hospital and its administrators after the picture went viral on the Internet, her attorney said on Wednesday. The plaintiff, who is not named in the lawsuit, was treated at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center in 2012 after she tried to commit suicide by jamming the pencils through her eyes at another facility and was rushed to the hospital, her lawyer, Douglas Johnson, said. The injury left the woman blind, according to the lawsuit, filed on Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court. The as-yet unidentified nurse took the photograph of the patient with the “intact pencils sticking out of her eyes,” then shared the unauthorized picture with another person, who passed the image to Joshua Shivers, the lawsuit said. Shivers, in turn, used his mother’s computer …

    October 22, 2014 8:26 pm
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