Headline News

  • Idaho follower of polygamous sect faces child injury charges


    SALMON Idaho (Reuters) – A follower of imprisoned polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs has been charged with misdemeanor child injury offenses after eight teenage boys were removed from his home during a raid by Idaho authorities last month, a prosecutor said on Thursday. The case against Nathan Jessop stems from his role in the Mormon breakaway group as the assigned caretaker of boys exiled to his so-called “repentance home” as discipline for their supposed misbehavior within the sect, said Bannock County Deputy Prosecutor Ian Service. Jessop’s job was to “reprogram these kids for the church,” Service said.   Jessop, 47, was charged earlier this month with three counts of injury to a child in connection with his treatment of the boys, aged 13 to 17, at the home on the outskirts of the southeastern Idaho city of Pocatello, Service said.   He was specifically accused of confining one of the boys to a tiny furnace …

    August 28, 2014 8:08 pm
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Politics

  • U.S. officials reach deal with Pennsylvania on Medicaid


    (Reuters) – Federal officials have reached an agreement with Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett over his plan to use federal funds to pay for private health insurance coverage for up to 600,000 residents, the governor said on Thursday. The deal highlights a growing number of Republican governors who are finding ways to accept money under President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, despite political opposition that has so far prevented nearly half of U.S. states from moving forward with the Medicaid expansion plan. Corbett sought a waiver in February to use those expansion funds to instead subsidize private health insurance for low-income residents. Medicaid expansion under Obamacare has become a tool for political jockeying, with many Republicans loathe to support it. In Pennsylvania, the dispute is partly semantic. Corbett, who is lagging in the polls in his bid for re-election this fall, said his plan, Healthy Pennsylvania, is not expansion under so-called Obamacare. The governor “has been …

    August 28, 2014 7:08 pm
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Stocks

  • Steve McQueen name triples classic Ferrari’s value to $10.2 million


      It’s no surprise that a beautiful 1967 Ferrari would be worth a lot of money. Ferraris often are. But one sold recently at a California auction was worth roughly triple what it ordinarily would have been because of its first owner: the actor Steve McQueen. McQueen is among very few celebrities whose ownership can multiply the value of a collectible car. Possibly the only one to come close is Elvis Presley. Cadillacs and Rolls-Royces owned by Presley have sold for multiples of their usual value. The fact that McQueen died in 1980 at just 50 years of age probably helped cement his image as a masculine and robust figure. His on-screen persona was never that of a perfect male. He managed some vague hint of self-doubt even while showing that there was really no reason for it. Besides his acting talent, McQueen also had extraordinary driving talent. He showed it off in movies like …

    August 28, 2014 8:08 pm
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Sports

  • Klinsmann selects 10 World Cup veterans to face Czechs


    CHICAGO –  U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann has selected 10 players from this year’s World Cup team to play against the Czech Republic next Wednesday. Such stars as Tim Howard, Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley are not on the roster as Klinsmann brings a mixture of youngsters and veterans to Prague. Howard is taking a one-year-sabbatical from the national team. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT It’s the first game for the U.S. since losing 2-1 to Belgium in the second round of the World Cup. Players who represented the United States in Brazil and are chosen Thursday by Klinsmann are goalkeepers Brad Guzan and Nick Rimando; defenders John Brooks, Geoff Cameron, Tim Chandler and Fabian Johnson; midfielders Alejandro Bedoya, Mix Diskerud and Julian Green; and forward Jozy Altidore.

    August 28, 2014 7:28 pm
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World News

  • Second plane diverts after passenger dispute over reclining seat


    An outburst over a reclined seat led an American Airlines flight to divert to Boston, at least the second such incident in the US this week, authorities said. A passenger, Edmund Alexandre, became upset after a woman reclined the seat in front of him on the Miami-to-Paris flight on Wednesday night, the Suffolk County district attorney’s office said. Alexandre, who is from Paris, continued to be disruptive when a flight crew member attempted to calm him, following the crewman down the aisle and grabbing his arm, authorities said. Two undercover federal air marshals on the flight then subdued Alexandre and handcuffed him, the US attorney’s office said. Massachusetts state police arrested Alexandre when the diverted plane landed about 10pm local time. Alexandre was taken to a hospital for observation and treatment of pre-existing health issues. Federal prosecutors said he told authorities he had high blood pressure and diabetes. Alexandre was charged with interfering with a …

    August 28, 2014 7:28 pm
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Technology

  • Samsung, LG Unveil Smartwatches With Sex Appeal


    Samsung and LG both announced brand-new smartwatches on Wednesday in the run-up to next week’s IFA 2014 consumer electronics trade show in Berlin. Featuring a sleek, curved Super AMOLED display along with 3G, Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity, the Samsung Gear S (pictured above) runs Tizen and allows users to make and receive phone calls. Customizable screen options and changeable straps give users the ability to adjust the device’s appearance to suit their taste and style. The Samsung Gear S will be available in October. LG’s G Watch R features a circular plastic OLED and offers the appearance of a classic timepiece. Powered by Android Wear, it runs a variety of apps available in the Google Play Store. LG’s watch is due in the fourth quarter. Neither Samsung nor LG provided pricing details. ‘Are They Being Gender-Specific?’ “What I like about the Samsung device is the design,” said Ramon Llamas, IDC research manager for mobile phones …

    August 28, 2014 7:08 pm
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Science

  • Patient Zero Believed to be Sole Source of Ebola Outbreak


    One glaring fact from the latest report on the Ebola outbreak is that five of the many study authors are dead, killed by the disease that is roiling west Africa. The new analysis, published in the August 29 issue of Science, reveals that the current Ebola outbreak stemmed from an earlier initial leap from the wild into humans, rather than the virus repeatedly jumping from a natural reservoir—perhaps infected animals—to humans. By essentially sketching out a high-tech molecular family tree, researchers concluded that the virus spreading in Sierra Leone and nearby countries is the descendent of an original Ebola viral jump, and not new versions of the pathogen that are being repeatedly introduced into the human population. That means the public health response to this outbreak—which focuses on tracking and treating those who have been exposed to people with Ebola, rather than attempting to keep people away from potential animal carriers—has been the right strategy.   …

    August 28, 2014 3:25 pm
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Health

  • U.S. startups get OK for smartphone-based heart tracking


    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – For a growing U.S. aging population, tracking heart health via a smartphone can mean the difference between life and death. This week, two Silicon Valley startups received a green-light from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for mobile applications that monitor patients from home, a step forward for a nascent digital health industry that has pressed for more clarity from the agency on regulations. AliveCor said it received the FDA’s approval to detect serious heart conditions in electrocardiogram (ECG) readings taken from a mobile device. The company says its newly-approved algorithm can detect atrial fibrillation, a form of cardiac arrhythmia that affects about one in four adults over the age of 40. If its smartphone-compatible heart-monitor device detects an abnormality, a physician could intervene before the patient experiences a stroke or other life-threatening event. The device fits most smartphones and rests on a patient’s finger or chest to record an ECG. …

    August 28, 2014 7:08 pm
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Entertainment

  • Blake Lively dishes the details of her eventful bee day


    Lively got quite the pre-birthday surprise, but it wasn’t one that she’d like to ever have again. The actress revealed that just days before her birthday on Monday, Aug. 25, she was attacked by bees. Blake Lively responds to Martha Stewart: I want my own path Lively took to her website to recall her encounter with the bees, and made jokes about her “bee day” and what it was like turning another year older. “I spent the week leading up to my big day shooting content for Preserve’s coming months,” Lively wrote. “Just yesterday, the final day of the shoot, I felt an electric shock of energy — was it excitement that I was about to turn another year older? Was it nerves? Why did it feel like agony? I like getting older… I think. Blake Lively wants a whole litter of kids with Ryan Reynolds “But this felt terrible,” the Gossip Girl beauty confessed. “Does …

    August 28, 2014 6:46 pm
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Editorial

  • Ebola crisis: What the media is missing


      I just came back from Africa, where the Ebola virus is at the top of the news. Comparing what my companions and I learned on the ground to what is being carried in African, European and American newspapers and television, there is a lot about this disease that the news media are missing. When we arrived in South Sudan last week, we passed though a World Health Organization tent where gowned and gloved health care workers checked all arriving passengers for Ebola symptoms, including fever. This was reassuring. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT But in Kenya, the gateway to much of Africa, there were no such precautions. Airport officials managed to collect visa fees and get fingerprints (without wiping the screen after people put their hands down), but no one checked the health of arriving passengers. The press has failed to report on this notable lack of front-line prevention. There have been no stories on the push-pull …

    August 28, 2014 7:08 pm
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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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