Headline News

  • US economy grew at brisk 4.2 percent rate in April-June quarter, faster than first estimated


    WASHINGTON –  After a bleak start to the year, the U.S. economy rebounded vigorously in the April-June quarter, growing at a brisk annual rate of 4.2 percent, slightly faster than first estimated. The upward revision supported expectations that the second half of 2014 will prove far stronger than the first half. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The Commerce Department’s second estimate of growth for last quarter compares with its initial estimate of 4 percent. The revision reflected stronger business investment in new equipment and structures than first thought. The seasonally adjusted 4.2 percent annual growth rate for the gross domestic product came after the economy had shrink at an annual rate of 2.1 percent in the January-March quarter, the biggest drop in activity since the depths of the Great Recession.

    August 28, 2014 7:58 am
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Politics

  • Romanoff Courts Latinos Crucial to Colorado Race


    By Humberto Sanchez Posted at 5 a.m. today 0 Tweet Romanoff, left, toured the theater that caters to the Latino community. Becerra joined the Democratic House candidate on the campaign trail. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) Aurora, Colo. | Outside the Cinema Latino as he campaigned against Rep. Mike Coffman, Democratic House hopeful Andrew Romanoff outlines his strategy for winning over Hispanic voters critical to his chances in the Nov. 4 contest. Romanoff told CQ Roll Call he is optimistic turnout will be high, thanks in part to a state law passed last year to allow same-day registration and voting, as well as a requirement every voters is automatically sent mail-in ballots. “Those two things – universal mail-in balloting, Election Day registration – will increase turnout and that’s good not just for my campaign…but I think for democracy,” said Romanoff, the former state house speaker. To win here, Democrats need Latinos to vote. Romanoff, who speaks …

    August 28, 2014 6:58 am
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Stocks

  • Cooler raises $11 million — a Kickstarter record


    Ryan Grepper’s creation has raised $10.7 million on Kickstarter — and it’s still going. It’s official: The Coolest Cooler is living up to its name. With more than 52,000 Kickstarter backers pledging over $11 million, the “portable party” cooler is now the highest grossing Kickstarter campaign ever. Late Tuesday night, the Coolest Cooler topped the previous record of $10.2 million, held by the Pebble smartwatch. Created by Ryan Grepper of Portland, Ore., the Coolest includes features like a blender, waterproof bluetooth speaker, USB charger, cutting board and bottle opener. “I’m so overjoyed,” said Grepper. “I was overjoyed at day two — I’m so grateful for everyone coming on board.” This isn’t Coolest’s first time on the Kickstarter block. Grepper unsuccessfully tried to raise $125,000 for similar model In November 2013 (he only earned $100,000), “My confidence was pretty low because of the first campaign,” said Grepper. Related: The 13 most WTF gadgets But a combination …

    August 28, 2014 7:58 am
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Sports

  • Question mark hangs over Button’s future


    LONDON (Reuters) – Jenson Button’s Formula One future is looking increasingly uncertain after McLaren boss Ron Dennis said on Thursday he was keeping an eye on other leading drivers who might become available. Button, the 2009 world champion with Brawn, has been at McLaren since 2010 and is in the final year of his current contract. The 34-year-old Briton, winner of 15 grands prix, is the most experienced driver in Formula One, having made his debut in 2000, and is currently eighth in the championship with 68 points. Danish rookie team mate Kevin Magnussen has scored only 37 but has out qualified Button repeatedly and, at 21, is seen as a face of the future. Dennis told the official formula1.com website that he was satisfied with the current line-up, and both were capable of winning in a competitive car – which McLaren have been unable to provide this year. Despite that, he said they needed …

    August 28, 2014 7:18 am
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World News

  • IS ‘kills dozens of Syrian soldiers’


    28 August 2014 Last updated at 11:15 Photos posted online appeared to show dozens of men being marched through the desert Jihadist militants from Islamic State (IS) appear to have executed “dozens” of Syrian army soldiers, activists say. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the soldiers were captured while attempting to flee to Hama province after IS stormed the Tabqa airbase. Twitter accounts belonging to jihadists had boasted about 200 deaths, it added. On Wednesday, photos and a video were posted online appearing to show more than 100 men in their underwear being marched through the desert at gunpoint. In the video, militants shout “Islamic State” and “There is no going back”. In images published earlier this week, IS fighters wearing balaclavas could be seen shooting dead at least seven kneeling men at the airbase. ‘Mass atrocities’ Tabqa airbase – near the northern city of Raqqa, an IS stronghold – fell to IS on …

    August 28, 2014 7:18 am
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Technology

  • ‘Fashionable’ smartwatches announced


    28 August 2014 Last updated at 12:51 By Dave Lee Technology reporter, BBC News The Samsung Gear S has a curved screen, designed to be better suited to the wrist South Korean tech firms LG and Samsung have announced more smartwatches, ahead of a widely anticipated entry to the sector from Apple. The devices, from LG and Samsung, suggest renewed attempts to create a smartwatch that is perhaps more fashionable than previous efforts. Samsung’s Gear S features a curved screen, while LG’s G Watch R has a more classic watch design. Apple is rumoured to be preparing to launch its device next month. Technology news site Recode has said the smartwatch – dubbed iWatch by Apple’s fans and some of the press – will debut on 9 September. However, in typically tight-lipped fashion, Apple has yet to confirm its plans. Other sources, including the Wall Street Journal, also anticipate the unveiling of a 12.9in iPad. …

    August 28, 2014 6:58 am
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Science

  • Novel ‘butterfly’ molecule could build new sensors, photoenergy conversion devices


    Exciting new work by a Florida State University research team has led to a novel molecular system that can take your temperature, emit white light, and convert photon energy directly to mechanical motions. And, the molecule looks like a butterfly. Biwu Ma, associate professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering in the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, created the molecule in a lab about a decade ago, but has continued to discover that his creation has many other unique capabilities. For example, the molecular butterfly can flap its “wings” and emit both blue and red light simultaneously in certain environments. This dual emission means it can create white light from a single molecule, something that usually takes several luminescent molecules to achieve. And, it is extremely sensitive to temperature, which makes it a thermometer, registering temperature change by emission color. “This work is about basic, fundamental science, but also about how we can use …

    August 28, 2014 7:18 am
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Health

  • Ebola vaccine from GSK fast-tracked into clinical trials


    LONDON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – An experimental Ebola vaccine from GlaxoSmithKline is being fast-tracked into human studies and the company plans to build a stockpile of up to 10,000 doses for emergency deployment, if results are good. The research work is being accelerated with funding from an international consortium, reflecting mounting concern over the worst outbreak of the disease that has killed more than 1,500 people in West Africa. GSK’s candidate vaccine, being co-developed with the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), is expected to be given to healthy volunteers in Britain and the United States from about mid-September, with the program then being extended to Gambia and Mali. Britain’s biggest drugmaker said on Thursday the Phase I trials would start as soon as they received ethical and regulatory approvals. The NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases is also working on a wider program of clinical trials, including tests of a version of the …

    August 28, 2014 6:58 am
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Entertainment

  • Big Brother‘s Frankie Grande thinks lesbianism is a choice


    7 Surprisingly inspirational quotes from the Teen Choice Awards 2014  During a scene on Big Brother, Grande reportedly started talking with his housemates about sexuality and sexual orientation and he made some comments about his perception of the differences between gay men and gay women. Ariana’s big brother said he believes that lesbians choose to like other women, even though as a gay man, he was born that way. “Any lesbians choose to become lesbians later in life,” Grande told his housemates. “Women who have been with man after man after man after man choose to become a lesbian later in life.” But Grande added that lesbians are not the same as men, who have no choice in the matter. “Gay men it doesn’t work so much that way,” he explained. “It’s usually they’re like, ‘Oh OK, no, I’m gay.’” Ariana Grande’s mom was worried she’d become a serial killer  But earlier this month, Frankie …

    August 28, 2014 6:38 am
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Editorial

  • What President Obama could learn from Queen Elizabeth


    June 6, 2014: President Obama talks with Britain’s Queen Elizabeth during a family photo for the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Benouville, France.REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque FILE – June 20, 2013: Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, with her daughter Princess Anne and her horse Estimate, after it won the Gold Cup horse race on the third day of the Royal Ascot horse race meeting.AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File When even left wing journalists and foreign newspapers begin to question President Obama’s commitment to duty in the face of the world’s current turbulence, our country’s leader should take a cue from a revered and respected chief of state who is known for commitment to duty and service to nation rather than for golf outings and fundraisers. Over the weekend, columnist Maureen Dowd noted her disapproval in Sunday’s New York Times, commenting on Obama’s “…grinning in a golf cart juxtaposed with ones of James Foley’s parents crying, and a …

    August 28, 2014 2:54 am
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Odd News

  • Singaporeans go barking mad over bid to silence dogs


    SINGAPORE (Reuters) – A suggestion by Singapore’s public housing authority that owners of noisy dogs consider “debarking” their pets to avoid inconveniencing neighbors, has raised animal lovers’ hackles in the city-state and prompted much ridicule on social media. The authority, the Housing and Development Board (HDB), recommended in a notice posted in a residential block that one option for dogs that will not keep quiet is to “debark” them. Debarking involves removing a section of a dog’s vocal cord to reduce the volume of its bark and is recommended as a solution of “last resort” to control noisy pets, according to Singapore’s Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority’s website. Animal welfare groups say the practice is cruel and unfair. “A dog also barks when it is in a stressed or anxious mode, and not hearing the dog does not mean the dog is in a stable state of mind,” said Action for Singapore Dogs in a Facebook …

    August 28, 2014 7:18 am
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