• Japan reopens radiation-hit town

    Japan reopens radiation-hit town

    Image copyright AP Image caption Naraha’s mayor said lifting the evacuation order was a “first step” Japan is inviting residents to return to a town evacuated in 2011 after the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster. Naraha...
  • Madrid donates 1 million euros to refugees

    MADRID (AP) Real Madrid is donating 1 million euros ($1.1m) to help refugees ”taken in by Spain.” The 10-time European champion says it made the decision ”with the aim of supporting men, women and children...
  • Bernie Sanders says new jobs are lousy

    Bernie Sanders says new jobs are lousy

    You can’t say America isn’t creating jobs. The unemployment rate is down to 5.1%, and the nation has more than recovered all the jobs it lost during the Great Recession. But Bernie Sanders is arguing...
  • 7-day GP opening ‘unachievable’

    The goal of seven-day routine GP opening in England is unachievable in this Parliament and risks destabilising care, the Royal College of GPs says. Ministers have promised that by 2020, people will have access to...

Headline News

  • Mass. police officer will face charges after allegedly lying about shooting


    Sept. 2, 2015: A police officer watches as a cruiser that was shot at is removed from Forest Road (AP) A part-time Massachusetts police officer accused of concocting a story about a shootout with a gunman before his cruiser crashed into a tree and caught fire will face charges, authorities confirmed on Friday. Bryan Johnson will be charged with misleading a criminal investigation, communicating false information to emergency services, malicious destruction of property and unlawful discharge of a firearm, Mills police Sgt. William Dwyer said. Johnson, 24, claimed a man in a pickup truck fired at his police cruiser Wednesday afternoon, forcing him to crash into a tree. Johnson said his SUV caught on fire, and he climbed out of the vehicle and shot back at the gunman. Dwyer said the only ballistics evidence recovered was from shots fired by the officer into his own cruiser. The possible motivations for the fabrications are unclear. The hoax …

    September 5, 2015 7:11 am
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Politics

  • Grayson Trumps Murphy’s Trump Comparison


    By Emily Cahn Posted at 12:42 p.m. on Sept. 4 0 Tweet Grayson, top, and Murphy have been sniping at each other as they vie for the Democratic nod in Florida’s Senate race. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) Update 12:55 p.m. | Rep. Alan Grayson’s campaign reacted quickly Friday to Democratic Senate primary opponent Rep. Patrick Murphy’s comparison of him to Donald Trump, pointing out that Murphy’s father’s construction company had built two major projects for the real estate mogul who’s leading Republican presidential polls. “Murphy’s family construction business — where he used to work, where his daddy’s money comes from, and in which he owns a share worth $1 million to $5 million — has a business relationship with Donald Trump. How much money has Donald Trump put in Patrick Murphy’s pocket?” Grayson adviser Kevin Franck replied in an email to CQ Roll Call. Franck provided links to two Florida condominium projects highlighted on Coastal Construction Group of South …

    September 5, 2015 3:30 am
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Stocks

  • Bernie Sanders says new jobs are lousy


    You can’t say America isn’t creating jobs. The unemployment rate is down to 5.1%, and the nation has more than recovered all the jobs it lost during the Great Recession. But Bernie Sanders is arguing that those jobs aren’t very good. On Twitter this week, the Democratic presidential candidate said: “Most of the jobs that are being created today pay less than most of the jobs that were lost during the financial crisis.” Most of the jobs that are being created today pay less than most of the jobs that were lost during the financial crisis. — Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) September 2, 2015 Strong statement, but is it true? To back up the claim, Sanders’ campaign points to two studies from last year. One, from the National Employment Law Project, a left-leaning advocacy group, found that there were 1.85 million more people employed in lower-wage industries at the start of 2014 than at the beginning …

    September 5, 2015 6:30 am
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Sports

  • Madrid donates 1 million euros to refugees


    MADRID (AP) Real Madrid is donating 1 million euros ($1.1m) to help refugees ”taken in by Spain.” The 10-time European champion says it made the decision ”with the aim of supporting men, women and children who have been forced to leave their homes in order to flee from war and death.” The Spanish giant is also considering other measures to help the ”youngest” refugees. Tens of thousands of migrants have arrived in Europe recently, many fleeing the war in Syria.

    September 5, 2015 7:11 am
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World News

  • Japan reopens radiation-hit town


    Image copyright AP Image caption Naraha’s mayor said lifting the evacuation order was a “first step” Japan is inviting residents to return to a town evacuated in 2011 after the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster. Naraha is the first town to allow people to return permanently, following several years of decontamination work. But many say they are not ready to come back, and only a fraction have returned for brief stays since a trial period began in April. The Fukushima Daiichi plant suffered a series of meltdowns following a massive earthquake and tsunami. After the disaster, all of Naraha’s 7,400 residents moved out. The town, about 20km (12 miles) south of the nuclear plant, is seen as a test case for the return of evacuated residents. Some 100,000 people in the area are still unable to return to their homes. Authorities in Naraha are issuing people with devices to check radiation levels and have been rebuilding …

    September 5, 2015 7:11 am
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Technology

  • Have smartwatches finally had the injection of style they need?


    Smartwatches are still a technology niche loved by a few early adopters, but considered ugly, expensive and pointless by the majority of people. Early editions from Samsung and Pebble were considered chunky and ugly even by many technology enthusiasts, but designs improved a little with Google’s first wave of Android Wear watches, with the round Motorola Moto 360 being a highlight. Compared to traditional watches, which smartwatches are attempting to replace, the chunky profiles and lack of premium fit and finish of last years’ models made them a significant downgrade in personal style. For something worn on you wrist, what it looks like (and thus what it says about you) is more important than most technology enthusiasts appreciate. Apple launched its smartwatch in April. It met with mixed reviews, but its industrial design – the look and feel, manufacturing and finish – was a cut above the competition. Now the rest of the market is …

    September 5, 2015 3:50 am
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Science

  • Growing up on a farm provides protection against asthma and allergies


    Researchers at VIB (a leading life sciences institute in Flanders, Belgium) and Ghent University have successfully established a causal relationship between exposure to so-called farm dust and protection against asthma and allergies. This breakthrough discovery is a major step forward towards the development of an asthma vaccine. The results of the research were published in the leading journal Science. It is commonly known that drinking raw cow’s milk can provide protection against allergies. A 14-member research team, led by professors Bart Lambrecht and Hamida Hammad (both associated with VIB and Ghent University) has now established a solid scientific basis for this claim. Promising tests on mice Many years ago, it was found that children growing up on farms are far better protected against asthma and allergies. However, until recently, scientists were unable to pinpoint why this is the case. Prof. Bart Lambrecht (VIB/Ghent University/Ghent University Hospital): “At this point, we have revealed an actual link …

    September 5, 2015 6:51 am
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Health

  • Novartis CEO says diabetics’ contact lens tests to start in 2016: paper


    ZURICH Novartis Chief Executive, Joe Jimenez, told a Swiss newspaper that the first human tests of a contact lens it is developing with Google for diabetic patients will be conducted in 2016. “This project is progressing well,” Jimenez told Swiss newspaper Le Temps in an interview published on Saturday. Starting in 2014, Novartis, maker of cancer drugs including Glivec, and Google announced a cooperation to develop “smart” contact lenses to help diabetics track their blood glucose levels or restore the eye’s ability to focus. “I had said it would take about five years to see a product on the market,” Jimenez told the paper. “The calendar is light and we are already developing a technological lens prototype (that) should be tested on humans in 2016.” He also discussed Novartis’ efforts to test a novel pay-for-performance pricing model with some customers for its new heart failure drug Entresto. Earlier this year, Novartis said it was pursuing …

    September 5, 2015 7:11 am
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Entertainment

  • Pink (Sort Of) Apologizes For Dissing Demi Lovato And Other VMA Performers


    Posted on Fri Sep 4th, 2015 9:31am PDT       By X17 Staff Slam! Pink was NOT a fan of most of the performances at the MTV Video Music Awards last weekend and, in fact, she even felt it necessary to Instagram a message about her distaste for today’s music, writing: “I felt embarrassed and sad. And old. We’re getting old. But in all seriousness; I felt sad because music is supposed to inspire. It saved my life. This trash won’t save any kids life. In a world that is even scarier and with lives still worth saving, who will stand up and have soul? Disenfranchised to say the least. Let down by my industry and peers. Beside Macklemore and pharell [Williams] and [Justin] bieber (pre sob fest) and the weekend, Tori Kelly was dope too. The rest was gross and embarrassing and hard for this aging pop star to believe. Notably absent from Pink’s “excused” list were …

    September 4, 2015 7:49 pm
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Editorial

  • Judicial tyranny: Kentucky judge does with a gavel what Bull Connor did with dogs and fire hoses


    Pastor Rick Warren once told me the fight for religious liberty would become the civil rights issue of our generation. On Thursday Pastor Warren’s prophetic words were fulfilled at the hands of the United States Government.   Join Todd’s American Dispatch – a Must-Read for Conservatives! It happened in the Commonwealth of Kentucky where Judge David Bunning ordered U.S. Marshalls to arrest Kim Davis – the clerk of Rowan County, Kentucky. History has taught us that sometimes words are not enough. Sometimes to right a wrong, we must take action. We must be willing to consider the cost. We must be willing to stand up to judicial tyranny. Mrs. Davis is a devout Christian who refused to issue gay marriage licenses. She claimed that doing so would violate her religious beliefs. Davis is represented by the public interest law firm Liberty Counsel. The firm’s attorneys asked the court to accommodate her beliefs by simply removing …

    September 5, 2015 6:10 am
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Odd News

  • Arby’s fires Florida manager after police officer joke goes ‘awry’


    MIAMI Arby’s sandwich chain fired a South Florida restaurant manager and suspended a clerk after an unfortunate police joke led to a complaint against staff at a drive-thru. The mix-up led to a police woman accusing the store of denying her service simply because she was a cop. Pembroke Pines police officer Jennifer Martin, accused the clerk of refusing to accept her credit card when she ordered a meal on Tuesday at the restaurant a few miles northwest of Miami. She said the manager told her; “He doesn’t want to serve you because you are a police officer.” Martin was eventually served, but decided to return her food and was given a refund. The next day Pembroke Pines police chief Dan Giustino issued a press release saying he had called Arby’s to demand an apology. The clerk, Kenneth Davenport, told local media that the delay in serving Martin was a mix-up as he was busy …

    September 4, 2015 7:08 pm
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