Headline News

  • Cleanup begins after storms dump heavy rain on parts of Arizona; Phoenix cactus farm hit hard


    A vehicle sits atop debris where flash flood waters pushed it after rising waters overran Skunk Creek after strong storms moved through, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, in New River, Ariz., just northwest of Phoenix. Heavy monsoon season rains that swept across Arizona on Tuesday led to dramatic rescues, road closures and flight delays as a series of fast-moving storms pummeled the state. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)The Associated Press Josh Groves, and his daughter Abagayle Groves, 3, wait to cross the road as flash flood waters overrun Skunk Creek through the Sonoran Desert, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, in northwestern Phoenix. Flooding from heavy rain in the Phoenix area has forced authorities to close several major roads, including a portion of Interstate 17 about 25 miles north of the city. (AP Photo/Matt York)The Associated Press Jessica Cox, co-owner of Cox Cactus Farm, covers her face with her hands as she surveys the damage left at her nursery …

    August 20, 2014 7:08 pm
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Politics

  • Supreme Court puts hold on gay marriage in Virginia


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court stopped gay marriage in Virginia from going ahead on Wednesday, staying an appeals court ruling that had struck down a state ban. The court granted a stay application filed by opponents of gay marriage. The action was not a ruling on the merits of gay marriage, but means a July 28 pro-gay marriage ruling by the Richmond, Virginia-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will not be implemented while litigation continues. The high court issued its brief order less than 24 hours before gay and lesbian couples in Virginia could have begun applying to be married. The Supreme Court issued a similar order in January blocking gay marriage from going ahead in Utah. So the court’s order on the Virginia law was not wholly unexpected. The Supreme Court is expected to take up at least one case on gay marriage in its coming term, which starts in October …

    August 20, 2014 4:24 pm
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Stocks

  • Die in this state and your heirs get your online accounts


    In Delaware, heirs can now inherit the online accounts of someone who passes away. When people die, it often means the end of their online identity as well. But this month, Delaware became the first state to pass a broad law giving heirs the right to access online accounts and digital assets of someone who has passed away. Under the new law, which went into effect last week, the executor of the estate has access to their “digital assets such as email, cloud storage, social media accounts, health records, content licenses, databases and more,” according to a statement from the Delaware House Democrats. Related: Grieving parents hit with $200,000 in student loans While this statewide mandate is the first of its kind, several other states have been taking steps in this direction as well, introducing limited laws. Connecticut and Rhode Island give executors access to email accounts of the deceased, for example. Some national companies, …

    August 20, 2014 5:26 pm
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Sports

  • Former Tennessee Titans player Tim Shaw says he has ALS


    NASHVILLE Tenn. (Reuters) – Former Tennessee Titans linebacker Tim Shaw revealed he has ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, in a video that shows him dumping a bucket full of ice water over his head as part of an ALS fundraiser. “I’m here today to stand up and fight with all of you against this disease,” he said in the video posted on Tuesday, before dousing himself as part of the “Ice Bucket Challenge” to fight ALS – amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. After taking the challenge, Shaw, 30, called on the Titans organization, Penn State head coach James Franklin, the school’s football team and his Clarenceville, Michigan, community to do the same. Shaw was drafted by the Carolina Panthers from Penn State and also played for the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars and Chicago Bears. Shaw spent three years as a Titan before leaving football in 2013. The challenge has become popular on social media, with celebrities …

    August 20, 2014 7:08 pm
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World News

  • US military ‘tried to free Foley’


    21 August 2014 Last updated at 00:53 James Foley has been missing since he was seized in Syria in 2012 A US secret military mission had “recently” tried but failed “to free a number of American hostages held in Syria”, the Pentagon has revealed. It did not say whether the US troops had also tried to rescue US journalist James Foley, a video of whose beheading by Islamic State appeared on Tuesday. However, senior US officials – speaking on condition of anonymity – said this was the case. IS said Foley’s death was revenge for US air strikes on its fighters in Iraq. US President Barack Obama condemned the killing as “an act of violence that shocks the conscience of the entire world”. He compared IS militants, who control large parts of Syria and Iraq to a “cancer” and said the group’s ideology was “bankrupt”. The UN, UK and others have also expressed abhorrence at …

    August 20, 2014 7:08 pm
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Technology

  • Prius drivers angry at being mistaken for Uber


    Dear foggy people, there’s no such thing as a Toyota Uber. Toyota/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET My friend Terence whined to me the other day: “People keep getting into the back of my car at the mall.” These, he believes, were people who had mistaken his car for their own. Terence is a property developer. He goes to malls not to buy his comely wife lingerie, but to buy the mall. What sort of people think that his black Jeep SUV is theirs? I wonder if they do, or if they’re really just Uber people. In many senses. It seems that the Bay Area (where Terence lives), as well as New York and other places, is increasingly prone to stranger car invasion. Some drivers — especially those of Priuses and SUVs — are blaming Uber. Or rather, perhaps, app-obsessed milliennial types who think that in every Prius and SUV there must lurk an Uber driver. …

    August 20, 2014 4:24 pm
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Science

  • US expedition yields first breakthrough paper about life under Antarctic ice


    The first breakthrough paper to come out of a massive U.S. expedition to one of Earth’s final frontiers shows that there’s life and an active ecosystem one-half mile below the surface of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, specifically in a lake that hasn’t seen sunlight or felt a breath of wind for millions of years. The life is in the form of microorganisms that live beneath the enormous Antarctic ice sheet and convert ammonium and methane into the energy required for growth. Many of the microbes are single-celled organisms known as Archaea, said Montana State University professor John Priscu, the chief scientist of the U.S. project called WISSARD that sampled the sub-ice environment. He is also co-author of the MSU author-dominated paper in the Aug. 21 issue of Nature. “We were able to prove unequivocally to the world that Antarctica is not a dead continent,” Priscu said, adding that data in the Nature paper is …

    August 20, 2014 4:46 pm
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Health

  • Experimental Ebola drugs needed for ‘up to 30,000 people’


    LONDON (Reuters) – Up to 30,000 people could have used experimental treatments or vaccines so far in the world’s worst outbreak of Ebola currently plaguing West Africa, British scientists said on Wednesday. The calculation highlights the dilemma facing officials considering how to distribute the tiny quantities of unproven drugs that are likely to be available in the near term to fight the deadly disease. The World Health Organization (WHO) is hoping for improved supplies of experimental treatments and progress with a vaccine by the end of the year, after last week backing the use of untested drugs and vaccines. Oliver Brady, an epidemiologist at the University of Oxford, and colleagues have been crunching the numbers and believe the number of people needing such treatment or protection is very large, even under a conservative scenario. “This demand is likely to be higher than many people realize,” Brady wrote in a commentary in the science journal Nature. …

    August 20, 2014 12:21 pm
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Entertainment

  • Justin Bieber Squints As He Slinks Into The Studio


    Posted on Wed Aug 20th, 2014 3:00pm PDT       By X17 Staff Someone get this man some shades! Justin Bieber was blinded by the sun as he headed to the recording studio today in Hollywood, and we’re a little surprised he didn’t sport some fashionable sunglasses to protect his precious peepers! We would say he looks a little hungover, except apparently he’s toning down his wild ways now that he’s back with Selena Gomez. If you believe the reports, the “Come Get It” singer has inspired The Biebs to clean up his act. “Justin is getting really healthy, he wants to look good for Selena so he’s working out a lot, they’re both on a health kick. They’re detoxing from all the partying and negativity right now. He’s been hiking every day, that’s his new favorite thing. And he’s getting up early because he’s not out partying all night, he’s just been at home chilling with Selena,” …

    August 20, 2014 6:06 pm
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Editorial

  • Ferguson fury: In wake of Brown’s death, psyche of community must be investigated, too


      The shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Mo., may or may not turn out to reveal prejudice by the officer, who may or may not have felt threatened and in danger when he shot Brown six times. But what it clearly reveals is the willingness of many in that community to break the law by assaulting police officers, destroying property and looting. We don’t know enough about Wilson to determine whether he harbors ill will toward blacks. He has no history of disciplinary action by the police department in Ferguson, and no one has come forward to claim that he accosted or harassed anyone in the past, ever. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT What we do know, for sure, is that any police officer working in Ferguson has been working in a community already lingering near flash point. Otherwise, there would not have been the kind of unrest that unfolded there. Towns …

    August 20, 2014 4:24 pm
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Odd News

  • Pimco NYC office tackles bed bug infestation, fumigates


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – The New York offices of Pimco, the massive asset manager run by Bill Gross, are being fumigated this week because of a bed bug infestation. “Our New York office is addressing an isolated issue with insects, and as a precautionary measure the firm is fumigating certain areas of the office space,” a spokesman said on Wednesday. “During this period, our employees are working remotely, and we expect to resume full on-premises staffing over the coming days.” Pimco’s New York offices, located in the Paramount Plaza on 1633 Broadway, are one of a dozen global locations. Pimco, a unit of Allianz SE, has its headquarters in Newport Beach, Calif. “This is an issue that is far from uncommon in New York City,” the spokesman said, regarding New York City’s battle with the epidemic of tiny blood-sucking insects. Two weeks ago, three New York City subway trains had to be fumigated after riders …

    August 20, 2014 4:45 pm
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