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  • Columbia University, defending mattress-hauling project, asks judge to reject student lawsuit

    NEW YORK –  Columbia University has asked a judge to reject a student’s lawsuit alleging it failed to protect him after a onetime friend called him a “serial rapist” and carried a mattress around campus to protest sexual abuse. The New York City university said in a federal court filing Friday that Paul Nungesser’s lawsuit should be dismissed. The German citizen sued the university this year, saying it effectively sponsored gender-based harassment and defamation of him. The university’s lawyers say the lawsuit failed to show how it violated laws protecting students against gender-based discrimination. They say permitting Emma Sulkowicz to carry out her mattress-toting project for class credit including during commencement activities was a “decision at the heart of academic freedom.” Nungesser’s lawyer says the university “shamefully bowed to social pressure” and turned its back on him.

    August 28, 2015 5:06 pm


  • Obama: U.S., Israel in talks ‘for months’ over security cooperation

    WASHINGTON U.S. President Barack Obama said on Friday that the U.S. and Israeli governments have been in discussions for months about security cooperation. “We’ve been in discussions with the Israeli government for months now about the importance of us getting back on track in working together to enhance our security cooperation,” Obama said during a webcast with U.S. Jewish organizations about the nuclear deal with Iran. He said that cooperation could include next generation missile defense programs, improved intelligence and “how to counteract Iran proxies.” (Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; Editing by Sandra Maler)

    August 28, 2015 2:46 pm


  • News Corp. in talks to bring back Rebekah Brooks

    Rebekah Brooks Rebekah Brooks may have a second act at News Corp. A spokesperson for News Corp. confirmed Friday that it has been in talks with Brooks, who was cleared of all charges last year in a phone hacking scandal that had threatened to derail her career. “As we’ve said before we have been having discussions with Rebekah Brooks and when we have any announcement to makes we will let you know,” a News Corp (NWS). spokesperson told CNNMoney in an email. Financial Times reported on Friday that Brooks, 47, will return to News Corp. as the chief executive of its UK division, possibly as early as September. The spokesperson did not specify what the company’s discussions with Brooks entail. It would be a homecoming for Brooks who became a central figure in the illegal hacking scandal that eventually led to the demise of News of the World, the popular British tabloid that had been …

    August 28, 2015 4:46 pm


  • Ryan Palmer, finding solace on the golf course, gets into contention at The Barclays

    EDISON, N.J. –  In what is supposed to be a chaotic chase for big money in the FedEx Cup, Ryan Palmer is finding a small measure of solace on the golf course. It’s a reminder that it’s a game he gets to play for a living. And it’s a chance to take his mind off the man who introduced him to golf. Palmer’s father, Butch, was killed last week just north of Amarillo, Texas, when he lost control of his SUV and was thrown from the vehicle when it rolled several times. His 71-year-old father died at the scene. Palmer knew it was best to play The Barclays, and he’s been playing well. He had a 3-under 67 on Friday and was in the mix going into the week at the opening FedEx Cup playoff event at Plainfield Country Club. “It’s been difficult, obviously,” Palmer said. “Inside the ropes it’s been a little easier because …

    August 28, 2015 4:26 pm

World News

  • Pro-Kurdish MPs join Turkey cabinet

    Image caption Ahmet Davutoglu is leading an interim government The Turkish prime minister has appointed two politicians from the pro-Kurdish HDP party to the country’s new power-sharing cabinet. Ahmet Davutoglu is leading an interim government ahead of fresh elections due in November. His own AK Party lost its parliamentary majority in June, after the HDP entered parliament for the first time. Two main opposition parties have refused to participate in the caretaker government. The HDP’s Ali Haydar Konca will act as European affairs minister and Muslum Dogan will take up the role of development minister. The pro-Kurdish party exceeded Turkey’s high 10% threshold to enter parliament after reaching out beyond its traditional Kurdish heartland to liberal and left-leaning voters across the country. Image caption Turkey’s new HDP MPs include Dilek Ocalan (at right), niece of the jailed PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan Although the nationalist MHP party refused to take part in the interim administration, Tugrul …

    August 28, 2015 5:06 pm


  • Weaponized Drones May Fly the Friendly Skies of North Dakota

    Police in North Dakota can use drones armed with what are optimistically called “nonlethal weapons,” thanks to the passage of House Bill 1328, which Gov. Jack Dalrymple signed into law this spring. The new law gives police the authority in a roundabout way: Section 5 states a law enforcement agency may not authorize the use of an unmanned aerial vehicle armed with lethal weapons. Lobbyist-Driven Amendments Rep. Rick Becker, R-Bismarck, in January introduced the bill, which originally sought to ban both lethal and nonlethal weapons. “North Dakota is at the forefront of drone technology, and I wanted it to be at the forefront of how to handle the balance between technology and law,” he told TechNewsWorld. During judiciary committee hearings, which Becker did not attend, the bill was amended in response to law enforcement lobbying. “My understanding is, the law enforcement lobby would probably support the bill if it included things on their wish list …

    August 28, 2015 3:06 pm


  • Sir Elton John is the inspiration behind the name of a new coral reef crustacean species

    Related images(click to enlarge) While exploring the remote coral reefs of Raja Ampat in Indonesia, Dr. James Thomas from the Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography, Florida, and his colleagues from Naturalis Natural History museum in the Netherlands, stumbled across a small but extraordinary crustacean living inside another reef invertebrate in a commensal association (without causing any harm, nor benefit to its host). In his amazement to the amphipod’s unusual form, Dr. Thomas called it L. eltoni after musician and actor Sir Elton John. The research is available in the open access journal ZooKeys. “I named the species in honour of Sir Elton John because I have listened to his music in my lab during my entire scientific career,” the lead author explains. “So, when this unusual crustacean with a greatly enlarged appendage appeared under my microscope after a day of collecting, an image of the shoes Elton John wore as the Pinball Wizard …

    August 28, 2015 2:06 pm


  • FDA warns of severe joint pain risk with DPP-4 diabetes drugs

    A class of diabetes drugs that include Merck Co Inc’s Januvia have been linked with severe joint pain, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Friday. The FDA said it had identified 33 cases of severe joint pain in patients taking a class of drugs known as DPP-4 inhibitors between Oct. 16, 2006, when the first one was approved, through Dec. 31, 2013. The most frequent number of cases, 28, occurred with Januvia, known generically as sitagliptin. Five cases were reported with AstraZeneca Plc’s Onglyza (saxagliptin) two with Boehringer Ingelheim’s Tradjenta (linagliptin) and one with Takeda Pharmaceutical’s Nesina (alogliptin). The FDA said that in 20 of the cases the DPP-4 inhibitor was suspected as a cause of the pain and was discontinued within a month after the onset of symptoms. In eight of the remaining 13 cases, a period of 44 days to a year elapsed between the onset of symptoms and discontinuation of …

    August 28, 2015 2:26 pm


  • Ben Affleck Looks Like He Had A Rough Night After Taking Off His Wedding Ring

    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 3:46 pm


  • Stocks wild week: Five key takeaways for rocky markets

    “Panic” is a five-letter word, but Monday morning many investors were looking for profane four-letter variants. Worse, they’d hit the sell button and run for the hills. I can’t think of a bigger mistake. Market volatility comes and goes. Over time, it rarely amounts to anything more than a speed bump in history’s rearview mirror. The Dow rose 22,935% over the last century through war, boom, bust, political mayhem, depression, recession and more. It will again. That’s why the best course of action is to sit tight if possible, concentrate on what you know to be the bigger picture, and invest accordingly. The best course of action is to sit tight if possible, concentrate on what you know to be the bigger picture, and invest accordingly. I know that’s hard to do. Big down days are never fun. But then, neither is getting left on the platform after the train leaves. That’s, unfortunately, where too …

    August 28, 2015 1:25 pm

Odd News

  • Devil to pay: Taiwan to launch softer than soft porn-star metro cards

    TAIPEI Taiwan will roll out “angel” and “devil” metro cards featuring a Japanese porn star next week, despite a public outcry and a previous decision to scrap the project. Japanese adult film actress Yui Hatano will appear on a limited-edition charity series of Taiwan EasyCards, which users swipe to enter metro stations and buy goods at convenience stores. “We will issue the ‘devil’ edition Yui Hatano cards beginning September 1 as originally planned,” EasyCard Corp said in a statement, referring to the sexier of the two cards. The softer “angel” cards will be released after a change in theme after hearing “input from various parties”, it said. “We expect to launch the ‘angel’ edition cards in mid-September, following a redesign.” EasyCard had previously announced it would halt the roll-out following an angry public reaction. Taipei mayor Ko Wen-je said in a statement he didn’t know what motivated recently appointed EasyCard chairman Tai Chi-chuan to “make …

    August 28, 2015 2:23 am