Headline News

  • 6 dead after speeding car slams into tree in Texas


    August 31, 2014: Police gather at the site of a car crash that killed six people, including three teenagers, in the Oak Cliff section of Dallas, Texas. (MyFoxDFW.com) Six people, including three high school students, were killed late Sunday when a speeding car slammed into a tree after losing control along a Dallas roadway, police said. Authorities said the accident occurred at around 9:30 p.m. local time Monday in the Oak Cliff section of the city.  Family and friends of three of the victims identified them to KDFW as Jonathan Lang, 20; Quatia Irving, 21; Keneesha Bradford, 23. KDFW reported that Irving and Bradford were sisters, while Lang was the driver of the Chevrolet Impala.  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The three high school students were football players at Justin F. Kimball High School. Friends identified them as Cedric Johnson, 16; Kentron Haskins, 15; and Trey Woodberry, also 15.  The Dallas school district said in a statement that …

    September 2, 2014 1:33 am
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Politics

  • U.S. forces carry out operation against al-Shabaab in Somalia


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. military forces carried out an operation on Monday against al Shabaab militants in Somalia, a U.S. Department of Defense spokesman said. “We are assessing the results of the operation and will provide additional information as and when appropriate,” Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby said in a statement. No further details about the operation in the African country were immediately available. Al Shabaab is an Islamist group affiliated with al Qaeda that wants to impose its own strict version of Islam in Somalia. It ruled most of the southern region of Somalia from 2006 until 2011, when African peacekeeping troops marched into the capital, Mogadishu. African and Somali forces have regained several towns this year, but rebels still hold other centers and tracts of countryside. (Reporting by Ian Simpson, editing by G Crosse)

    September 2, 2014 1:11 am
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Stocks

  • Fast-food workers plan nationwide protest Thursday


    Nancy Salgado, a cashier at a Chicago McDonald’s, plans to strike this Thursday. Union organizers say workers are prepared to be arrested if need be. The campaign to get fast-food workers paid at least $15 a hour resumes later this week. Union organizers say workers will walk off their jobs Thursday in 150 cities nationwide. Restaurants that they say will be affected include McDonald’s (MCD), Burger King (BKW) , Wendy’s and KFC, which is owned by Yum Brands (YUM). The action would be the latest in a two-year effort to get employers to pay them a minimum wage of $15 an hour and allow them to form unions without retaliation. Nancy Salgado, a 27 year old single mother of a 3 year old boy and an 8 year old girl, plans to strike. Salgado works at a McDonald’s in the Logan Square area of Chicago earning $8.25 an hour, or about $600 a month take …

    September 1, 2014 10:03 pm
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Sports

  • Blackmon lifts Rockies over Giants


    Denver, CO (SportsNetwork.com) – Charlie Blackmon’s single in the ninth lifted the Colorado Rockies to a 10-9 win over the San Francisco Giants on Monday. After LaTroy Hawkins blew his second save of the season in the away ninth, Michael McKenry singled up the middle off Sergio Romo (5-4) to lead off the home half, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Josh Rutledge and advanced to third on Rafael Ynoa’s infield single with two outs. Blackmon stepped in and served the first pitch he saw into right to win the game. Ben Paulsen homered in the win, while Blackmon, Rutledge and DJ LaMahieu each had two RBI. “The bottom line is guys keep fighting regardless of where we’re at in the standings,” Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. “We had some big hits, some big at-bats.” The two teams concluded a suspended game from May 22 prior to the regularly scheduled matchup, with Hunter …

    September 2, 2014 1:33 am
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World News

  • IS accused of Iraq ethnic cleansing


    2 September 2014 Last updated at 07:22 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Even civilians have mobilised against Islamic State, reports the BBC’s Gabriel Gatehouse in Amerli Amnesty International says it has new evidence Islamic State militants are carrying out “a wave of ethnic cleansing” against minorities in northern Iraq. The human rights group said IS had turned the region into “blood-soaked killing fields”. Earlier, Iraqi Shia militias and Kurdish forces broke a two-month siege by IS fighters in the town of Amerli. IS and allied Sunni rebels have seized large swathes of Iraq and Syria. Thousands of people have been killed, the majority of them civilians, and more than a million have been forced to flee their homes in recent months. Violence in Iraq has escalated dramatically in recent months Amnesty says it has gathered proof that several mass killings took place in the northern region of Sinjar in August. Two …

    September 2, 2014 1:33 am
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Technology

Science

  • Research letter: Viewers ate more while watching Hollywood action flick on TV


    Television shows filled with action and sound may be bad for your waistline. TV viewers ate more MMs, cookies, carrots and grapes while watching an excerpt from a Hollywood action film than those watching an interview program. Television has been blamed for helping Americans to gain weight because it encourages a sedentary lifestyle. But the focus of why has been on the medium and not the message. TV is like other distracting activities that can cause people to eat more, including reading, listening to the radio and interacting with dinner companions. However, little is known about whether the content or pace of the content influences how much people eat. The authors examined how objective technical characteristics, such as the frequency of visual camera cuts or variations in sound, might influence how much food is eaten. Their study, which was highlighted in a research letter, included 94 undergraduate students (57 female; mean age nearly 20 years). …

    September 2, 2014 1:33 am
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Health

  • South Korea lifts ban on beef with feed additive: food ministry


    SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea has lifted a ban on animal feed additive zilpaterol in beef, a food ministry official said on Tuesday. Seoul had earlier flagged that it intended to ease its zero-tolerance policy on zilpaterol-based drugs, such as Merck Co Inc’s Zilmax. The official confirmed that imports of beef muscle with 1 part per billion (ppb) of zilpaterol, 5 ppb in beef liver and 10 ppb in beef kidney had been approved as of late last month. South Korea suspended some U.S. beef imports for more than two months last year after traces of zilpaterol were found in two shipments. Many other Asian and European countries also ban the additive due to concerns about its side effects. (Reporting by Meeyoung Cho; Editing by Richard Pullin)

    September 2, 2014 1:11 am
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Entertainment

  • PHOTOS: Angelina Jolie’s wedding dress revealed


    Jolie’s long veil was decorated with artwork from her children, as was the back of her dress — specifically, the train — judging from the pictures. The gown was designed by Luigi Massi, the master tailor at Atelier Versace. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt share handwritten love notes  “Luigi is like family to me and I couldn’t imagine anyone else making this dress,” Jolie told People. “He knows and cares for the children and it was great fun putting it together.” People also nabbed a photo of the whole Jolie-Pitt clan, including the couple’s six kids. It looks like the entire family donned the traditional black and white ensembles, with the girls in dresses and the boys in suits, except Shiloh, who donned shorts and a top hat. Pitt was not as fancy as his wife with his wardrobe decisions. The actor wore a suit from his closet and borrowed a tie because he reportedly forgot to …

    September 2, 2014 12:51 am
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Editorial

  • Labor Day: Congress must take action to protect workers, not Big Labor


    New legislation could repeal the current authority of the National Labor Relations Board.Reuters The U.S. economy has endured eleven recessions since World War II – and in each case jobs and wages bounced back quickly.   Not this time. America’s current “recovery” features the weakest wage growth of any economic rebound – with data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) showing real compensation per hour increasing by only 0.5 percent since 2009.  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT No agency has been more instrumental in the assault on American productivity than the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) – which was recently at the heart of a major constitutional crisis. By comparison, the average compensation increase at this point in previous recoveries clocked in at a whopping 9.2 percent – more than eighteen times higher.  Meanwhile a new study by the Chicago Fed reveals real wages should be at least 3.6 percentage points higher than they are based on prevailing labor …

    September 1, 2014 8:43 am
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Odd News

  • Arizona man arrested for burning, urinating on Bible


    PHOENIX (Reuters) – A 22-year-old Arizona man calling himself “Dark Lord” has been arrested for allegedly burning a Bible and urinating on it outside a Christian-oriented homeless shelter in northern Arizona, police said on Friday. Eric Minerault was booked into the Yavapai County Detention Center late on Thursday on suspicion of one count of unlawful symbol burning stemming from the incident at the Gospel Rescue Mission, Prescott police spokesman Lieutenant Ken Morley said in a written statement. Police were called to the scene at about 9 p.m. by a mission representative reporting that someone was burning something on the mission’s front steps, Morley said. Officers found Minerault standing on the steps, with a burned and wet Bible on the ground near him. He quickly admitted to the act.  He told officers the mission was selected because he believed it was a place of Christian worship and he was “cursing the Christians,” police said. Asked why, …

    August 29, 2014 7:53 pm
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