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  • New academic journal aims to stoke interest in history of Midwest and Plains

    FILE – In this file photo from March 7, 2014, historians and members of the Midwest History Working Group from left to right, John Miller, Mike Allen, Jon Lauck, Kurt Leichtle and Catherine Cocks attend a meeting in Omaha, Neb., Friday, March 7, 2014. One of the ideas they came up with was to publish an online journal on a shoestring budget. But the University of Nebraska Press expressed interest in publishing a printed journal, and the group jumped at the chance. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik) (The Associated Press) In this file photo from March 7, 2014, Jon Lauck attends a meeting of historians and members of the Midwest History Working Group in Omaha, Neb., Friday, March 7, 2014. One of the ideas that came up in the meeting was to publish an online journal on a shoestring budget. But the University of Nebraska Press expressed interest in publishing a printed journal, and the group jumped at …

    September 20, 2014 10:42 am


  • More questions than answers on Obama’s policies

    President Barack Obama, center, with Sec. of Defense Chuck Hagel, left, and Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, right, Commander of the US Central Command (CentCom), before the start of a briefing at MacDill Air Force Base(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) President Barack Obama’s military campaign against Islamic State group extremists has already crept beyond the narrow parameters he first outlined three months ago. But military experts both inside and outside of the administration argue that even more may be needed for the mission to succeed, including embedding U.S. ground troops with Iraqi security forces who are on the front line of the fight against the violent militants. Taking that step could put Obama dangerously close to violating his pledges to keep Americans out of combat in Iraq. For Obama, re-engaging in combat in Iraq would not only mark a reversal of his promises with regard to the current mission, but also undercut one of the broader …

    September 20, 2014 8:39 am


  • Larry Ellison: The billionaire Silicon Valley exec with the shiniest toys

      Larry Ellison, the top-paid CEO and fifth-richest person in the world, now has a bit more time to live his extraordinarily glamorous life. It’s not exactly a retirement for the 70-year old Oracle (ORCL, Tech30) founder. He stepped down as Oracle’s CEO but became the company’s chairman and chief technology officer. But in his new, reduced role at the company, Ellison might be given an opportunity to enjoy his riches. Ellison is worth $51 billion, according to Forbes. He is a licensed pilot and owns several airplanes. He has an impressive car collection too. When (if) Ellison eventually leaves Oracle, he’ll have his choice of where to retire to. In 2012, he bought about 98% of Lana’I, Hawaii’s sixth largest island. The 140-square-mile land mass includes two luxury resorts, two golf courses and two club houses. He bought an airline that flies to Lanai’l, and he turned the island into a kind of sustainable …

    September 20, 2014 9:40 am


  • Hamilton narrowly beats Rosberg for Singapore GP pole

    Singapore (SportsNetwork.com) – Lewis Hamilton from Mercedes will start on the pole for the Singapore Grand Prix after edging his teammate and championship rival, Nico Rosberg, by the slimmest of margins — 0.007 seconds — in Saturday’s qualifying. Rosberg, the current Formula One world championship leader, held the provisional pole after completing his final lap around the 3.259-mile (5.065- kilometer), 23-turn Marina Bay Street Circuit in 1 minute, 45.688 seconds. But seconds later, Hamilton topped Rosberg with a lap in 1:45.681 for his sixth pole of the season and the 37th of his F1 career. Hamilton started on the pole and won the Singapore GP in 2009. He also started first in this race two years ago but ended up retiring in the early going to a reliability issue. Two weeks ago, Hamilton won the Italian Grand Prix after starting on the pole. He enters Sunday’s Singapore GP 22 points behind Rosberg. Four of the …

    September 20, 2014 10:42 am

World News

  • Yemen capital hit by new clashes

    20 September 2014 Last updated at 15:55 Supporters of the Houthi movement took to the streets of Sanaa on Saturday and their fighters clashed with army troops Clashes between Yemen’s Houthis and Sunni militias have continued in the capital, Sanaa, killing four people and leaving three hurt. Several homes and a hospital were struck by mortar fire on Saturday. The Shia group’s advance on the capital has left scores dead this week and damaged many key buildings. The showdown between the Houthis and forces loyal to the main Sunni party, Islah, has triggered Yemen’s worst crisis since 2011. The violence came as it emerged that a deal between the rival groups was under discussion. One presidential source told a BBC Arabic correspondent in Sanaa that the Houthis – an armed Shia grouping – had signed a draft agreement proposed by President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi. No confirmation was available, and details of any discussions were limited. …

    September 20, 2014 10:43 am


  • Gadget Ogling: Amazon on Fire, Virtual Reality, True Nature and Energy Relief

    Welcome to a weekly look at the latest gadget offerings scrabbling for our hard-earned money in Gadget Dreams and Nightmares. On the docket this week are six new tablets and e-readers from Amazon, a pair of intriguing Kickstarter projects, and a smart thermostat. As ever, the ratings reflect only how much I care about trying out each item. These are not reviews. Amazon Fire HD and New Kindles Apple might be the flavor of the minute as new iPhones hit the market, but Amazon isn’t ready to let its rival hog all the limelight. Without a flashy presentation, it unveiled a half-dozen new Fire tablets and Kindle e-readers. There’s a 6-inch Fire HD tablet priced at US$99 (pictured above) and a 7-inch version that comes in at $139. The Fire tablets are reliably solid machines, and those are fantastically enticing prices for entry-level tablets that still have access to all the apps a customer might …

    September 20, 2014 8:40 am


  • 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


  • Get a Flu Shot During Checkup, Doctor Says

    SATURDAY, Sept. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) — As flu season approaches, the best way to stay healthy and avoid infection is to get a flu shot and a checkup, according to an infectious disease specialist. A primary care doctor can vaccinate people against the flu, and also address other health concerns or issues patients may have. Retail stores may provide flu shots for their customers, but they can’t dole out medical advice, said Dr. Jorge Parada, medical director of infection prevention and control for the Loyola University Health System in Maywood, Ill. “At the doctor’s office, the focus is on you and what is going on with your health. This is your time to talk about concerns to improve your well-being beyond the flu season,” Parada said in a Loyola news release. “You trust your store employee to help you locate items you want to buy, not to diagnose what’s causing a persistent symptom, schedule …

    September 20, 2014 8:39 am


  • Fake lesbian t.A.T.u. singer says gays aren’t real men

    Jonah Hill’s really sorry for the homophobic slur  While on a Russian game show, Volkova said that while she feels lesbianism is fine, it is not acceptable to be a gay man, according to The Independent. The “All The Things She Said” songstress even went so far as to say she would disown her own son if he were to come out. “Yes, I would condemn him, because I believe that a real man must be a real man,” Volkova said of her hypothetical gay son. “God created man for procreation, it is the nature. The man for me is the support, the strength of… I won’t accept a gay son.” Prince Harry saved gay soldier from homophobic attack  However, Volkova, who used to speak out in support of the LBGT community though she admitted to being straight, insists that she isn’t homophobic and totally proved she’s telling the truth by saying there are worse …

    September 20, 2014 10:22 am


  • Scotland votes ‘No’: Good news for Britain and the US

    Today, on Friday, September 19, Great Britain can breathe a huge sigh of relief. The people of Scotland voted Thursday to remain a part of the United Kingdom. This is great news not only for Britain, but also for the United States.   The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is America’s closest ally on the world stage.  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The Anglo-American “Special Relationship” is the engine of the free world, the most robust and enduring partnership of modern times. Anything that weakens that relationship is a negative for America. As the “Iron Lady,” Margaret Thatcher, liked to say, America “needs friends in the lonely task of world leadership,” and Americans have no better friends than their British allies across the Atlantic. Had Scotland opted for independence, Britain would have been thrown into turmoil. At a stroke, its population would have shrunk (following an 18 month transition period) by 5 million people and …

    September 20, 2014 8:39 am

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