Headline News

  • Tour boat runs aground near Statue of Liberty; none injured


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – A large sailboat ran aground on a sandbar near the Statue of Liberty in New York on Saturday, triggering the evacuation of all 121 tourists aboard but causing no injuries, authorities said on Saturday. The Clipper City, a 103-foot touring boat, got stuck at around 1 p.m., Petty Officer Frank Iannazzo-Simmons, a U.S. Coast Guard spokesman, said. The U.S. Coast Guard and several local agencies used small rescue boats to ferry the passengers to safety, he said. The condition of the ship was not immediately known, but an attempt was planned to get it afloat at high tide and assess the damage, Iannazzo-Simmons said. The nine crew members remained with the ship, he said. (Reporting by Jonathan Kaminsky; Editing by Barbara Goldberg and Leslie Adler)

    September 20, 2014 4:52 pm
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Politics

  • House Democrats Pummel Republicans in August Fundraising


    By Abby Livingston Posted at 5:15 p.m. today 0 Tweet Israel is the Chairman of the DCCC. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo) The House Democratic political arm far outpaced Republicans in August, just as both parties prepared to unleash their war chests for the midterms. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised more money than its GOP counterpart every month this cycle — but August marked an especially brutal thrashing. Last month, the DCCC raised more cash than the National Republican Congressional Campaign Committee by more than two-to-one. The DCCC raised $10.2 million last month, compared to the NRCC’s $4.4 million haul, according to sources from both committees. Democrats headed into the fall campaign with a significant cash-on-hand advantage as well. The DCCC will report $54.5 million in cash on hand, while the NRCC had $45.7 million. Both committees had final fundraising pushes when Congress was in session. At a member dinner on Tuesday, DCCC …

    September 20, 2014 4:52 pm
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Stocks

  • 2015 Mustang: Ford’s pony has new tricks


      Up front confession: I love a Mustang. The 2014 Mustang has its flaws — lots of flaws — but I love that car anyway. Yeah, it’s kind a porky, the steering isn’t exactly crisp and if you hit a bump during a turn, it doesn’t like that much. But I love it anyway. But the 2015 Ford (F) Mustang has just stolen my heart. Particularly the new version with the turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. This car is all Mustang but without the flaws. It’s light, it’s quick, it’s nimble and it’s ridiculously fun. It’s also easy on gas. Even the V8 version, itself a little heavier and tad less efficient than the last generation, still enjoys a tight corner. Bumps? Not a big problem. The Mustang’s new in independent rear suspension soaks them up with barely a wiggle. 12 Historic Ford Mustangs Barreling along a tightly twisted canyon road with all the settings turned to …

    September 20, 2014 3:52 pm
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Sports

  • Dy’Shawn Mobley runs for 183 yards, 3 TDs; Eastern Kentucky beats UT-Martin 49-24


    MARTIN, Tenn. –  Dy’Shawn Mobley ran for 183 yards, on 11 carries, and three touchdowns and Eastern Kentucky beat UT Martin 49-24 in the Ohio Valley Conference opener for both teams on Saturday. Eastern Kentucky took a 21-10 lead when Bennie Coney connected with Devin Borders for a 70-yard touchdown pass with 12:47 left in the first half. Ten seconds later, after Khiry Maddox forced a fumble on UT Martin’s next play from scrimmage, Jeff Glover found Deno Montgomery for a 29-yard score on a reverse pass. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT A 15-yard touchdown pass from Dylan Favre to Corey Jordan and a 5-yard scoring run from James Ratliff pulled UT Martin (1-3) within four at the half. Eastern Kentucky scored 21-straight points to open the second half. Glover also had seven receptions for 128 yards for Eastern Kentucky (4-0), which is off to its best start since 1992.

    September 20, 2014 4:52 pm
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World News

  • Boko Haram ‘kills dozens’ at market


    20 September 2014 Last updated at 20:49 Boko Haram militants have attacked a rural market in the north-east Nigerian town of Mainok, killing dozens of people, officials and witnesses say. Gunmen shot at traders and customers as they raided the busy market for food supplies on Friday. The number of casualties is not yet clear, with some reports suggesting as many as 30 people were killed. Boko Haram has taken control of a series of towns and villages in north-eastern Nigeria in recent weeks. Authorities have struggled to defeat the militant Islamist group, which has been waging an insurgency in Nigeria since 2009. The BBC’s Will Ross, in Lagos, warns that parts of north-eastern Nigeria are slipping further and further out of the government’s control, creating a growing humanitarian crisis. ‘Pandemonium’ Many residents fled Mainok after the attack, making it difficult to obtain accurate information. Reuters news agency quotes two security sources as saying that …

    September 20, 2014 4:52 pm
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Technology

  • Oculus closer to launch with new virtual reality headset


    Oculus’ new “Crescent Bay” prototype includes headphones. Oculus HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Oculus VR took another step on the road to releasing virtual reality technology to the public, showing a new prototype with higher-quality imagery and the promise to more fully immerse users in digital worlds. The company said it’s developed a new prototype called Crescent Bay. The device, which Oculus said still isn’t ready to be released to the wider public, has new display technology and integrated headphones. The device can also track a player as they turn in a complete circle. The move marks a critical step for Oculus, which Facebook agreed to purchase for $2 billion in March. The company is preparing for the eventual release of its “Rift” headset to the general public, expected sometime next year. “We’re really sprinting toward the consumer version,” Brendan Iribe, CEO of Oculus, said during his keynote speech at the Oculus developers conference here. The stakes …

    September 20, 2014 4:52 pm
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Science

  • Science Shows Up in Force at People’s Climate March


    The People’s Climate March may end up being the biggest protest to urge action to restrain global warming yet. The march in New York City on September 21 is predicted to draw more than 100,000 people, which would top the tens of thousands who showed up in Copenhagen back in 2009. But how many scientists, whether they study climate change or not, will be there?   The idea of the march—first proposed by writer and activist Bill McKibben of 350.org—is intended to remind world leaders gathering in New York City for a United Nations climate summit that people around the world demand action to halt global warming. And action to combat climate change is what many scientists have been calling for since at least the 1970s, in a series of scientific publications and reports, such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change series. “Writing more such articles is not going to change minds,” says geologist …

    September 20, 2014 8:59 am
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Health

  • Bill Clinton says must ‘do whatever it takes’ to fight Ebola


    WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – New initiatives from the United States, Britain, France and other countries to help fight the Ebola epidemic that has been spreading exponentially in West Africa marked a “good beginning,” former President Bill Clinton said on Saturday, but said the world will need to do more. “We’re still a little behind the curve but we’re getting there,” Clinton told reporters in a conference call, a day before his charity, the Clinton Global Initiative, was set to begin its 10th annual meeting in New York. A chartered 747 jet, carrying the largest single shipment of aid to the Ebola zone to date and coordinated by CGI and other U.S. aid organizations, departed New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport on Saturday afternoon bound for West Africa. After refueling in Cape Verde, the Kalitta Air charter is scheduled to land in Freetown, Sierra Leone, on Sunday morning. The shipment of 170 pallets containing gloves, …

    September 20, 2014 4:52 pm
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Entertainment

  • Jennifer Lawrence Joins Chris Martin For Coldplay’s iHeartRadio Performance


    Posted on Sat Sep 20th, 2014 2:00pm PDT       By X17 Staff Getty Images for Clear Channel Gotta love the support! On Friday, Jennifer Lawrence did what any good girlfriend would do: help support their man while he’s performing! The Hunger Games star got the special backstage treatment when she showed up to the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas where Chris Martin and Coldplay performed. She’s looking good! The 23-year-old actress turned plenty of heads as she showed up in some high-wasted black jeans and a beaded crop top to catch her man in his element and judging from the way things have been (i.e. the nude photo scandal, etc.), these two have been as close as ever! Wonder if Gwyneth is jealous?   SEE THE GALLERY Jennifer Lawrence Catches Chris Martin In Concert Stories from around the Web

    September 20, 2014 4:32 pm
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Editorial

  • Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson cases: NFL abuse scandals are an opportunity


    “I think everybody is learning. Everybody is more aware.” Facing reporters on September 12, San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh was struggling to put the myriad of physical abuse scandals in perspective. You could feel his reticence as he searched for the right words. Even for an coach regarded as one of best thinkers in the NFL, it was an uncomfortable news conference on a disquieting subject. But the more he talked, the more Harbaugh found his voice. And, in a way, the voice of America. He continued, “(Everybody) is taking the opportunity to be aware of domestic violence. Just how many people it affects. Just see what we can do to grow and learn.” He was right. We’ve got a lot to learn. And it is a painful process. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Consider the facts. A woman is beaten by her husband or boyfriend every 15 seconds in the U.S.So says the FBI, which …

    September 20, 2014 4:52 pm
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Odd News

  • Armed with banana, man robs Philadelphia store, slips away on bike


    PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – A man armed with a banana robbed a convenience store in Philadelphia and rode away on a bicycle with cash and cigarettes, a security surveillance tape showed. The suspect strolled into Tejada Grocery and got in line behind another customer at the counter, where individual bananas were available for sale, according to the tape of Tuesday’s robbery, which was released by police on Wednesday. As his turn at the cash register approached, the man stuffed a banana into the pocket of his hoodie and used it to simulate a gun. Police said the man demanded cash and cigarettes. The robber rode then away on a bicycle, surveillance video showed. Authorities, who did not say how much cash was taken, said the suspect was still being sought on Thursday. (Editing by Barbara Goldberg)

    September 20, 2014 12:46 am
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