• S Leone to punish hiding Ebola cases

    S Leone to punish hiding Ebola cases

    23 August 2014 Last updated at 20:00 World Health Organization experts say it will take months to bring the outbreak under control Sierra Leone’s parliament has passed a new law making it a criminal offence...
  • Cavs acquire Love in blockbuster deal with Timberwolves

    (Reuters) – The Cleveland Cavaliers have sent top overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins and former number one pick Anthony Bennett to the Minnesota Timberwolves for prized All-Star forward Kevin Love as part of a blockbuster...
  • Ivorian land border shut over Ebola

    Ivorian land border shut over Ebola

    23 August 2014 Last updated at 17:45 Already more people have died in this outbreak of Ebola than in any other Ivory Coast has become the latest African country to close its land borders to...
  • Big names missing in final U.S. roster for Spain

    (Reuters) – The United States team will travel to Spain without some of the sport’s biggest names to defend their title at the Basketball World Cup after a selection process described as one of the...
  • Four ways Coin can save its connected credit card

    Four ways Coin can save its connected credit card

    Nick Statt/CNET Coin, a startup that makes an electronic device which stores multiple credit and debit cards, is entering a rocky weekend. On Friday, the company disclosed that it would miss its original summer 2014...

Headline News

  • Toddler spent night in car while mom went to bar, Connecticut police say


    BRISTOL, Conn. –  Police in Connecticut say a toddler spent the night in a car outside a bar after her mother went drinking and ended up in the hospital. Police say the 2-year-old girl was found asleep Saturday morning inside the locked vehicle in Bristol. She was taken to a hospital for evaluation. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Police say her mother, 22-year-old Kelsey James, was found intoxicated and asleep inside the bar late Friday. Emergency responders took James to a hospital for treatment and evaluation. Several hours later, the hospital called police to say James was awake and asking where her daughter was. Police then located the car. James is charged with risking injury to a minor and leaving an unsupervised child in a vehicle. Connecticut’s child welfare agency is investigating. James couldn’t be reached for comment.

    August 23, 2014 2:29 pm
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Politics

  • Texas Governor Perry tries to turn felony indictment into election gold


    PORTSMOUTH N.H. (Reuters) – Texas Governor Rick Perry has sought to parlay attention over a felony indictment into a fresh political push in New Hampshire, the crucial presidential primary state where his dismal showing in 2012 led him to drop out of the race. Perry returned to New Hampshire on Friday and Saturday in his first visit to the state since his presidential bid unraveled, laying out his message for a business-friendly government, stronger border security and a more muscular foreign policy. With Congress in recess and President Barack Obama on vacation, Perry has become one of the most talked-about politicians since he was indicted last week on two felony counts of abusing power for trying to force a Democratic district attorney convicted of drunk driving out of office by cutting off funds for an integrity unit in her office. Perry has held news conferences to denounce the indictment and turned his police booking into a …

    August 23, 2014 1:28 pm
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Stocks

  • 10 Western companies getting slammed in Russia


      Name brand American and European conglomerates are feeling the impact from the turmoil in Russia. Many are reporting slower Russian sales and, in some cases, store closures as the Ukraine-Russia conflict drags on. Most have seen their share price fall since the start of the year. Cold War-style tensions and escalating sanctions are slamming these companies, as American and European leaders blame Russian President Vladimir Putin for the unfolding crisis and violence in Ukraine. Here are 10 of the highest profile, worst hit companies: 1.McDonald’s: Russian officials and regulators have been cracking down on the restaurant chain. Officials shut a handful of popular McDonald’s (MCD) restaurants in Moscow this week, and state media report that Russia’s consumer watchdog will be conducting checks on outlets as part of a food standards investigation. Meanwhile, Wendy’s (WEN) was recently forced to exit Russia due to what it said was a change in management at its local partner …

    August 23, 2014 10:25 am
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Sports

  • Cavs acquire Love in blockbuster deal with Timberwolves


    (Reuters) – The Cleveland Cavaliers have sent top overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins and former number one pick Anthony Bennett to the Minnesota Timberwolves for prized All-Star forward Kevin Love as part of a blockbuster three-team deal. Cleveland also sent a protected 2015 first-round pick to the Philadelphia 76ers, who will acquire guard Alexey Shved and forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute from the Timberwolves in exchange for veteran forward Thaddeus Young in the multi-player trade. The addition of Love, who will team up with recently-signed four-time league most valuable player LeBron James and exciting young talent Kyrie Irving, further solidifies the Cavaliers as a favorite to represent the Eastern Conference in the NBA Finals. “Kevin joining the Cavaliers represents a very special and unique opportunity for our team,” Cavaliers general manager David Griffin said in a statement after the three-way trade was formally announced on Saturday. “At only 25, Kevin has already firmly established …

    August 23, 2014 2:29 pm
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World News

  • S Leone to punish hiding Ebola cases


    23 August 2014 Last updated at 20:00 World Health Organization experts say it will take months to bring the outbreak under control Sierra Leone’s parliament has passed a new law making it a criminal offence to shelter Ebola patients. Those caught face up to two years in prison, the justice minister said. The measure still needs to be approved by the president. Earlier, Ivory Coast closed its land borders to prevent the spread of the deadly Ebola virus on to its territory. The World Health Organization says the measures – taken by other countries as well – are counterproductive. So far 1,427 people have died – more than in any other Ebola outbreak. Already more people have died in this outbreak of Ebola than in any other The number of cases now stands at 2,615. The speed and extent of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa are “unprecedented”, according to the WHO. Elsewhere: A British …

    August 23, 2014 2:29 pm
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Technology

  • Four ways Coin can save its connected credit card


    Nick Statt/CNET Coin, a startup that makes an electronic device which stores multiple credit and debit cards, is entering a rocky weekend. On Friday, the company disclosed that it would miss its original summer 2014 shipping deadline. Coin has now pushed back the device’s release until spring 2015. Instead, Coin is launching a nationwide beta program for only 10,000 preorder customers, a move the company said would help better fine-tune its device and gear up for mass production. For now, the beta product works only in 85 percent of US card terminals. The San Francisco-based company arrived on the scene in November and began taking preorders for its device through its own website as part of a crowdfunding campaign. Unlike more traditional methods like Kickstarter, however, Coin explicitly sold customers a device for $55 — no pledging or donating was involved. Coin’s product promised to slim down your wallet and communicate with your smartphone via …

    August 23, 2014 1:28 pm
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Science

  • Canola genome sequence reveals evolutionary ‘love triangle’


    An international team of scientists including researchers from the University of Georgia recently published the genome of Brassica napus-commonly known as canola — in the journal Science. Their discovery paves the way for improved versions of the plant, which is used widely in farming and industry. Canola is grown across much of Canada and its native Europe, but the winter crop is increasingly cultivated in Georgia. Canola oil used for cooking is prized for its naturally low levels of saturated fat and rich supply of omega-3 fatty acids, but the plant is also used to produce feed for farm animals and as an efficient source for biodiesel. “This genome sequence opens new doors to accelerating the improvement of canola,” said Andrew Paterson, Regents Professor, director of UGA’s Plant Genome Mapping Laboratory and co-corresponding author for the study. “We can use this knowledge to tailor the plant’s flowering time, make it more resistant to disease and …

    August 23, 2014 1:49 pm
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Health

  • Sierra Leone makes harboring Ebola victims a crime


    FREETOWN (Reuters) – Sierra Leone’s parliament has made the harboring of Ebola victims a crime drawing a two-year prison sentence in an attempt to stop the spread of the deadly virus, the justice minister said on Saturday. “The amendment is needed at this time taking into account the fact that when the 1960 ordinance was drafted and passed into law, a disease such as Ebola did not exist,” Justice Minister Frank Kargbo told Reuters. (Reporting by Umaru Fofana; Writing by Joe Bavier, Editing by Angus MacSwan)

    August 23, 2014 1:28 pm
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Entertainment

  • Iggy Azalea Takes A Spill During A Pre-VMA Performance


    Posted on Sat Aug 23rd, 2014 10:05am PDT       By X17 Staff Getty Images for MTV Hope she’s ok! Last night, Iggy Azalea experienced the opposite of her rise to stardom when she fell off stage during an MTV Video Music Awards benefit concert. The 24-year-old Australian rapper was performing her hit song Fancy alongside Charli XCX at the Avalon theatre in Hollywood when the incident occurred. Luckily, security guards were quick to pull Iggy back on stage as she barely missed a beat despite the tumble. The budding entertainer took it all in good spirits as she posted a video of the fall on her Instagram account shortly after. “Sorry but it would be a crime not to share this with you all, I know I laughed. #StillFinishedtheSongTho #KeptOnRapping #TheShowMustGoOn,” she posted along with the short clip. Glad she still has some humility to go with the fame!   SEE THE GALLERY Rita Ora Leaves Iggy …

    August 23, 2014 1:08 pm
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Editorial

  • Yes, Gaza’s Palestinians are suffering from an occupation, but Hamas is the occupier


      Two countries that border Gaza impose entry restrictions, but only one, Israel, is constantly criticized and pressured by the U.N., European governments and others to lift the blockade. The nation that doesn’t get noticed is Egypt, which has hosted indirect talks between Hamas and Israel to try to end the current war and set the stage toward a long-term, sustainable solution for Gaza. Egypt, however, is hardly impartial. It is the only Arab country that has occupied Gaza, from 1948 to 1967, and its rule was not benevolent. Moreover, there was never any discussion about Gaza’s independence. Since Hamas seized control in 2007, Egypt has treated its neighbor with contempt. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT During the past year, Egyptian forces destroyed more than 1,600 tunnels under its border with Gaza. It has kept Rafah, the only land crossing, shut since 2007, so the tunnels were important for smuggling a variety of goods, including weapons, into Gaza. …

    August 23, 2014 1:28 pm
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Odd News

  • It’s ‘bone-appétit’ for California pooches under new law


    (Reuters) – California diners can now legally enjoy a meal on a restaurant patio with their dogs in tow, under a law signed Thursday by Governor Jerry Brown that eliminates health code regulations banning restaurant owners from allowing pooches on the premises. Starting next year, California canines will be allowed to dine al fresco if they are wearing leashes or are relaxing in a carrier. ““I wish everyone ‘bone-appétit,’” quipped Democratic Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, the law’s author. “Restaurateurs in California will see more businesses catering to their customers and the canine companions they love.” The new law clarifies a section of the state’s health code that banned dogs from restaurants altogether, including on outdoor patios or courtyards. The rule has caused confusion because some local governments choose to enforce the law, while others turned a blind eye. In counties where local officials were more lax about enforcement, restaurant owners who encouraged their guests to bring …

    August 22, 2014 1:19 am
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