Headline News

  • St. Louis leaders agree to increase minimum wage to rise to $11 per hour by 2018

    ST. LOUIS –  The minimum wage in St. Louis will rise to $11 per hour by 2018 under a newly approved measure. The bill approved Friday by St. Louis’ Board of Alderman and later signed by Mayor Francis Slay was a compromise. An original proposal sought to raise the minimum wage to $13 by 2020. Several cities have been increasing their minimum wage. The vote on the contentious issue met an important deadline. In July, Missouri Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed a bill that would have blocked cities from raising the minimum wage beyond the state’s $7.65 per hour minimum. Lawmakers could override Nixon’s veto during a special September session. But a provision of the bill states that it doesn’t override local minimum wage ordinance requirements already in effect as of Friday.

    August 28, 2015 7:07 pm


  • DSCC Talking to Potential Burr Challengers in North Carolina

    By Simone Pathé Posted at 3:58 p.m. today 0 Tweet Burr still doesn’t have a Democratic opponent. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo) For much of this summer, North Carolina has been Democrats’ Colorado. Looking toward 2016, Democrats have a shot at unseating the incumbent senator but no candidate. That may be about to change. Former state Rep. Deborah Ross, a progressive Democrat from Raleigh, North Carolina’s largest media market, is nearing a decision about challenging Sen. Richard M. Burr. Several other potential candidates are in talks with the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Ross confirmed to CQ Roll Call Friday that she was in Washington this week and met with the DSCC. But although she said she’s getting a lot of encouragement to run, she told CQ Roll Call it’s a “big step,” and said she isn’t quite there yet. “I’m still working on it,” said Ross, currently general counsel to Triangle Transit, of her decision-making process, before …

    August 28, 2015 6:46 pm


  • Virginia TV shooting leaves news crews rattled

    Live shots are not supposed to end with shots fired. Wednesday morning’s murder of two journalists on live television is causing heartache and anxiety in newsrooms across the country. It is also causing a difficult reassessment of the security concerns surrounding a staple of TV news: live reports from remote locations. While there hasn’t been a widespread pullback in live shots, and experts say there won’t be, there have been anecdotal reports of stations electing to halt or limit them for the time being. Alison Parker and Adam Ward were broadcasting live on WDBJ, the CBS affiliate in Roanoke, Virginia, when ex-colleague Vester Flanagan shot and killed them. Notwithstanding a “news must go on” mentality, some TV newsrooms were deeply shaken by the attack because there was a sense that it could have happened to any news crew. “As I head out the door to my 10:00 liveshot, I can put myself in Alison’s shoes,” …

    August 28, 2015 6:47 pm


  • Road rain: Ty Dillon can ask teammate Brendan Gaughan for advice if rain dampens Road America

    ELKHART LAKE, Wis. –  If it rains Saturday at Road America, Ty Dillon can draw on advice from teammate Brendan Gaughan about how to win on a wet track. It could be just the edge Dillon needs in chasing leader Chris Buescher atop the NASCAR Xfinity Series standings. The 45-lap, 182-mile race at Road America is scheduled to begin early Saturday afternoon. The forecast was for rain to fall on the rural Wisconsin track Friday night into early Saturday, with chances diminishing as the day wore on. That sounds easy easy compared to the wet and wild conditions last season in the race won by Gaughan, Dillon’s Richard Childress Racing teammate. “He might pray for it, but I’m going to wear him out about it because he’s real good about me learning stuff about the rain,” Dillon said before practice Friday. Sorry Ty, but Gaughan isn’t about to divulge all his secrets. “I’ll give him …

    August 28, 2015 6:27 pm

World News

  • Bhutan: Formerly the worst football team in the world

    At the start of 2015, Bhutan were officially ranked the worst football team in the world. But in the spring the small Himalayan mountain nation shocked the world when it won a World Cup qualifying match against Sri Lanka. Now they have high hopes. Changlimithang football stadium is more like a palace than a sports ground. It was built in 1974 for the coronation of Bhutan’s fourth king and the pitch is built on a famous battle ground. The stadium was full for the final match to see who would win Bhutan’s tiny football league, which consists of six teams. Among the spectators who saw Terton FC beat Druk Pol two-nil was Ugen Tshechup, president of Bhutan’s football federation, and one of the men responsible for bringing football to Bhutan. He was part of a generation of well-to-do Bhutanese who were sent away to boarding school in India, where he developed a passion for the …

    August 28, 2015 7:07 pm


  • Earthlings Flock to Facebook by the Billion

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday announced that for the first time more than a billion people had used the site on a single day. The counter hit the milestone earlier in the week, on Monday. Nearly 1.5 billion users log on at least once monthly, according to Facebook, but Monday marked the first time that more than two-thirds of its members used the network on the same day. The company has seen stratospheric growth since its launch in 2004 — it counted its one billionth user in October 2012. Although growth is continuing from a global perspective, Facebook may have reached its zenith in the United States, Europe and India. It has shifted its membership focus to Africa, other Asian countries and Latin America, and is otherwise expanding its reach through numerous acquisitions and the introduction of new features. “Reaching a billion people in a single day is nothing to sneeze at, but in …

    August 28, 2015 7:07 pm


  • Researchers use DNA ‘clews’ to shuttle CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing tool into cells

    Related images(click to enlarge) Researchers from North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have for the first time created and used a nanoscale vehicle made of DNA to deliver a CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing tool into cells in both cell culture and an animal model. The CRISPR-Cas system, which is found in bacteria and archaea, protects bacteria from invaders such as viruses. It does this by creating small strands of RNA called CRISPR RNAs, which match DNA sequences specific to a given invader. When those CRISPR RNAs find a match, they unleash Cas9 proteins that cut the DNA. In recent years, the CRISPR-Cas system has garnered a great deal of attention in the research community for its potential use as a gene editing tool – with the CRISPR RNA identifying the targeted portion of the relevant DNA, and the Cas protein cleaving it. But for Cas9 to do its work, it …

    August 28, 2015 6:06 pm


  • Planned Parenthood goes to court to fight funding cuts in Alabama

    Planned Parenthood filed a complaint in Alabama federal on Friday seeking to stop the state from defunding its health clinics after the release of covertly recorded videos attacking the organization’s handling of aborted fetal tissue. The reproductive-health organization took similar legal action earlier this week in Louisiana, which also plans to terminate its contract with Planned Parenthood to provide medical services to low-income residents. Planned Parenthood, joined in the suit by the American Civil Liberties Union, said in court filings that Alabama’s Republican governor illegally terminated its contract to provide health services under Medicaid, a federal and state healthcare program for the poor. It seeks court action to ensure Alabama patients continue to have access to Planned Parenthood services. Governor Robert Bentley gave Planned Parenthood no explanation, and only 15 days notice, when he announced the termination earlier this month, the organization said. Bentley is among the conservatives voicing outrage after the release of a …

    August 28, 2015 6:26 pm


  • Ben Affleck Looks Like He Had A Rough Night

    Posted on Fri Aug 28th, 2015 12:46pm PDT       By X17 Staff Someone looks like he’s having a tough time! Ben Affleck is back home in Los Angeles and looking less than hunky. The actor tried to go incognito in a hat and sunglasses for a business meeting in Santa Monica on Friday. Despite the separation announcement, Affleck and his estranged wife, Jennifer Garnet, are back together under the same roof. But it looks like Ben had a rough (maybe in a good way) night last night. The Oscar winner was definitely out and about without his wedding ring yet again, as was his wife, who was spotted sans ring earlier today as well. With the shabby ensemble, baseball cap and scruffy facial hair, the superstar is definitely looking worse for wear!   SEE THE GALLERY Ben Affleck Looks Like He Had A Rough Night After Taking Off His Wedding Ring Stories from around the Web

    August 28, 2015 5:46 pm


  • Huckabee: The staggering stupidity of Iranian self-inspections

    Fresh off a golf vacation at Martha’s Vineyard, President Obama is back to doling out disparaging dialogue about critics of his Iran nuclear deal.  Even now, after learning that the deal includes trusting Iran to self-inspect, the president calls opponents “crazies.”  What’s crazy, is putting trust in the hands of Iranian leaders. They say when the cat’s away, the mice will play. But when America abdicates its leadership role in the world, the rats run riot. President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran is a rat ship. The latest chapter in this rat-infested deal: the Obama Administration has agreed to Iranian “self-inspections”.  Letting the Iranians “self inspect” their nuclear energy facilities is like letting mass murderers run a gun shop, hoping they’ll behave.  Never in the history of international arms control agreements have American diplomats agreed to something so recklessly ridiculous as “self-inspections”. The International Atomic Energy Agency has pushed for access to the notorious military installation at …

    August 28, 2015 5:26 pm

Odd News

  • Trump says ‘no interest’ in buying Pope’s favorite soccer team

    BUENOS AIRES U.S. presidential hopeful Donald Trump denied a newspaper report on Friday that he wanted to buy top-tier Argentine soccer club San Lorenzo, Pope Francis’ favorite team. “Never even heard of the team – no interest!” the real estate magnate and contender for the Republican presidential nomination, tweeted after the New York Post reported that Trump and an associate had sent a letter to San Lorenzo expressing interest in a deal. Earlier in the day, the club’s vice president, Marcelo Tinelli, told Reuters in a text message that the story was “totally crazy” and that the team was not for sale. Pope Francis grew up near San Lorenzo’s original stadium in Buenos Aires and has been a fan ever since. San Lorenzo is one of the top five clubs in soccer-obsessed Argentina. Whether through soccer, the biggest sport in Latin America, or by other means, Trump might benefit from some connection with Latino voters …

    August 28, 2015 6:26 pm