Headline News

  • Tropical storm Polo could become hurricane off Mexico Pacific Coast


    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Tropical storm Polo could become a hurricane off Mexico’s Pacific Coast on Thursday the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Tuesday. On Tuesday morning Polo was about 275 miles (440km) south of Mexico’s famous beach resort of Acapulco and moving in a northwest direction at 12 miles per hour (19 km per hour), the NHC said. The storm had maximum sustained winds of 40 mph (65 kph), with some strengthening forecast as it moves almost parallel along the southwestern coast of Mexico through Thursday, the NHC said. (Reporting by Christine Murray; Editing by Bernard Orr)

    September 16, 2014 1:32 pm
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Politics

  • U.S. Congress poised to approve aid to moderate Syrian rebels


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Congress appeared poised on Tuesday to quickly approve President Barack Obama’s plan to arm and train Syrian rebels, a major part of the effort he announced this week to fight Islamic State militants. The House of Representatives began debating an amendment to a stopgap funding bill that would authorize support for the moderate rebels, who are fighting both the Islamic State and the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. House members were expected to vote to pass the amendment on Wednesday, congressional aides and lawmakers said. They added that it would then be sent to the U.S. Senate for expected approval this week, before lawmakers leave Washington to spend the next six weeks campaigning for the Nov. 4 congressional elections. There are pockets of opposition to the plan, especially among Republicans who hold a majority of seats in the House. Representative Walter Jones, a North Carolina Republican, said he would …

    September 16, 2014 10:50 am
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Stocks

  • Safety regulators share blame for GM recall failure


    A Chevrolet Cobalt involved in a 2010 fatal crash. Federal safety regulators share the blame for the failure to recall General Motors cars with a flawed ignition recall tied to at least 19 deaths, according to Congressional investigators. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration should have known that the cars needed to be taken off the road years before the 2014 recall, according to a report from the staff of the House Energy and Commerce committee. The flawed ignition system caused the cars to shut off while driving and also disabled safety features such as the air bag and anti-lock brakes. “NHTSA …lacked the focus and rigor expected of a federal safety regulator,” said the report. “The agency’s repeated failure to identify, let alone explore, the potential defect theory related to the ignition switch — even after it was spelled out in a report the agency commissioned — is inexcusable.” The report repeated criticizes NHTSA …

    September 16, 2014 1:52 pm
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Sports

  • Redskins cut struggling safety Bacarri Rambo to make room for return of Brandon Meriweather


    ASHBURN, Va. –  The Washington Redskins have cut Bacarri Rambo after the second-year safety struggled in the team’s first two games. Rambo was released Tuesday to make room for safety Brandon Meriweather, who was restored to the roster after serving a two-game suspension for a helmet-to-helmet hit. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Rambo was a sixth-round draft pick in 2013 out of Georgia and emerged from last year’s training camp with a starting job, but he consistently missed tackles and soon was benched. Rambo returned to start this season during Meriweather’s suspension, but he gave up a big play in each of the first two games and was benched again in the second half of Sunday’s win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. ___ AP NFL websites: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL

    September 16, 2014 1:32 pm
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World News

  • French PM Valls wins confidence vote


    16 September 2014 Last updated at 18:53 President Hollande (L) and Manuel Valls have seen their approval ratings plummet French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has narrowly won a crucial confidence vote in parliament, despite a recent cabinet revolt over austerity measures. Deputies in the National Assembly voted 269 to 244 in favour of the government’s policies. Mr Valls earlier defended reforms of his Socialist cabinet, saying they did not mean to destroy the welfare state. Opinion polls put President Francois Hollande’s ratings at 13%, with almost two-thirds wanting him to resign. Mr Hollande has been hit by the cabinet revolt and criticised in a book by former first lady Valerie Trierweiler. He also faces the return of former centre-right President Nicolas Sarkozy to politics. ‘Climate of narcissism’ The confidence vote was brought by Mr Valls himself to try to garner support for his government’s economic plans, and also to flush out the opposition within his …

    September 16, 2014 1:52 pm
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Technology

  • Spider app launched by ecologists


    As the annual invasion of eight-legged arachnids entering British homes gets underway, ecologists have launched an app to help people identify common house spiders. Autumn marks the mating season for spiders, leading to reports of male spiders wandering into homes in search of a mate as early as August. This season is already shaping up to be a bad one for arachnophobes, according to Prof Adam Hart, an entomologist and ecologist at the University of Gloucestershire and one of the creators of the app, Spider in Da House. “This year has been seemingly a good one for the invertebrates which spiders are feeding on, and it’s quite mild out there. My prediction is that there’s going to be a reasonable amount of activity of house spiders this year,” said Hart, who admits himself to being scared of spiders. “I‘m not a massive fan of spiders. Biologically they’re very interesting. But if I’m watching TV and …

    September 16, 2014 10:50 am
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Science

  • Rosetta reveals its target landing site


    On target: the primary landing location – Site J The European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission has pinpointed the spot where its Philae landing module will touch down on the surface of a comet in November this year. The site, along with a second “back-up” location, has been chosen after much deliberation, and sits in the “head” of the comet – an area that is thought to be relatively flat and devoid of large boulders. The region, dubbed Site J, was one of five locations that the team considered as potential landing sites on the oddly shaped Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, which is just over 4 km across at its widest point. The 100 kg Philae should reach the comet’s surface on 11 November, if all goes to plan. Images taken by Rosetta in July showed that the comet’s nucleus is made up of two distinct segments joined by a “neck”, giving it a “rubber-duck”-like appearance. The team revealed earlier today that the …

    September 16, 2014 2:57 am
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Health

  • Health Highlights: Sept. 16, 2014


    Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: 1 in 3 Retired NFL Players Will Suffer Neurological Problems, Records Show One in three retired National Football League players will develop neurological problems, and those problems will develop at “notably younger ages” than is normal, numbers released Friday show. The statistics formed the basis of a settlement the NFL reached with 5,000 former players who sued the league claiming the long-term damage of concussions was hidden from them, The New York Times reported. The settlement set up a $675 million pool to cover conditions linked to head traumas that the players suffered during their careers. The statistics seem to confirm what scientists have suspected for years, which is that playing the high-contact sport of football raises the risk of developing conditions like chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease that can be identified only in an …

    September 16, 2014 10:50 am
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Entertainment

  • The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants Reunites For Brunch


    Posted on Tue Sep 16th, 2014 9:35am PDT       By X17 Staff OHMYGOSH WE LOVE THIS! The four stars of the hit film The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and its sequel reunited on Monday for brunch in Los Angeles. L.A. ladies do love to brunch! Amber Tamblyn, Blake Lively, America Ferrera and Alexis Bledel, who all starred in the in the beloved 2005 film, met up on Monday to catch up and have some good old fashion lady times together. Since filming The Sisterhood almost a decade ago, each actress has gone on to have a successful career in either TV or film and has also gotten married. Amber is married to David Cross, Blake is married to Ryan Reynolds, America Ferrera is married to Ryan Piers Williams and most recently Alexis Bledel secretly wed her Mad Men costar Vincent Kartheiser. So much has happened since they all could magically fit into the same pair of …

    September 16, 2014 12:31 pm
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Editorial

  • The jobs plan America needs: Let’s develop our untapped energy resources


    It’s the kind of stimulus that could get our country moving again—creating millions of jobs, lowering prices for consumers, revitalizing our economy. And unlike President Obama’s “stimulus” disaster—which created nearly a trillion dollars in spending and debt for the federal government—this jobs program would actually raise revenue for the federal government. What is this economic elixir? The answer is simple: affordable American energy. The energy sector creates millions of jobs on its own. But just as important are the jobs that affordable energy can create throughout our economy.  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Affordable energy prices mean more money in people’s pockets, allowing Americans access to better housing, nutrition, education, health care, environmental protections, and other consumer goods and services.  This in turn stimulates local economies across the nation, creating additional jobs.   Affordable energy also gives American businesses a competitive advantage relative to their peers. The hydraulic fracturing revolution has lowered energy and feedstock prices in the …

    September 16, 2014 6:42 am
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Odd News

  • French chefs seek to put banned songbird back on menu


    PARIS (Reuters) – Four French chefs are requesting a waiver to serve a long-banned delicacy – a small songbird called the ortolan that fans including late President Francois Mitterrand used to devour, bones and all, while wearing a napkin over their heads. The request for the once-a-year waiver is being lodged among others by Alain Ducasse, the internationally acclaimed chef with a top 3-star rating from the Michelin gourmet dining guide, Le Parisien newspaper reported. The ortolan, a seed-eating songbird that is little bigger than a child’s hand, has been banned from restaurant menus in much of Europe since 1999. Said to have been part of Mitterrand’s last meal before he died in 1996, one customary French way of preparing ortolan consists of force-feeding it until fat and dousing it in Armagnac alcohol before roasting it whole in the oven. Fans often wear a large, usually white, napkin over their head while eating. Some say …

    September 16, 2014 11:10 am
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