• Catalonia approves independence vote

    Catalonia approves independence vote

    19 September 2014 Last updated at 22:30 Jubilant scenes followed the approval of the independence consultation in Catalonia’s parliament Catalonia’s parliament has voted overwhelmingly in favour of giving its regional president the power to call...
  • LaRoche helps Nats edge Fish

    Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) – Adam LaRoche smacked a two-run homer and the Washington Nationals edged the Miami Marlins, 3-2, in the second test of a four-game set. Doug Fister (15-6) allowed two runs on five...
  • Court to hear Berlusconi fraud appeal

    Court to hear Berlusconi fraud appeal

    20 September 2014 Last updated at 01:08 Berlusconi has faced a string of court cases in recent years The European Court for Human Rights (ECHR) has agreed to hear an appeal by former Italian Prime...
  • Gordon suspension reduced to 10 games

    New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – Cleveland Browns star wide receiver Josh Gordon had his suspension reduced to 10 games after the NFL and the NFL Players Association announced Friday the finalized agreement to changes in...
  • Hey Occupy Wall Street, abolish my debt too!

    Hey Occupy Wall Street, abolish my debt too!

    Charlene Ingram, a single mother of four, has $125,000 in student loan debt. Occupy Wall Street has been on a debt-abolishing tear lately — recently buying nearly $4 million in student loans from debt collectors...

Headline News

  • Goodell tackles NFL domestic abuse crisis with vow to reform


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – A chastened NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said on Friday that the league’s poor response to its domestic violence crisis will prompt an overhaul of how it deals with player behavior and punishment in America’s most popular sports league. Goodell has been under fire since the NFL’s slow and fumbled response to the domestic violence incident involving Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice, whose knock-out punch to his then-fiancee was captured in a video that went viral last week. “I got it wrong in the handling of the Ray Rice matter,” Goodell told a packed news conference. “And I’m sorry for that. I got it wrong on a number of levels, from the process that I led to the decision that I reached.” It was the embattled commissioner’s first public appearance in more than a week, after the number of domestic violence cases involving players grew to five, teams bowed to public pressure …

    September 19, 2014 10:21 pm
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Politics

  • Spending, war disputes to dog post-election, lame-duck Congress


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Congress will face a contentious post-election session in November dominated by a longer-term spending bill and more wrenching questions over President Barack Obama’s strategy to defeat Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria. Lawmakers darted home on Thursday after approving stopgap funding to avert a government shutdown and authorizing the arming and training of moderate Syrian rebels. But those measures last only until Dec. 11, so Congress will have to revisit them after the Nov. 4 election. Some lawmakers from both parties said this week’s vote on arming and training Syrian rebels is not enough. They want to revamp the current authorizations to use military force, which date back more than a decade and were focused on hunting down al-Qaeda leaders and ousting Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. “The (authorization) that exists is very stale. It doesn’t apply to the circumstance, and I think that’s a widely shared view,” said Representative …

    September 19, 2014 8:18 pm
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Stocks

  • Hey Occupy Wall Street, abolish my debt too!


    Charlene Ingram, a single mother of four, has $125,000 in student loan debt. Occupy Wall Street has been on a debt-abolishing tear lately — recently buying nearly $4 million in student loans from debt collectors and then forgiving it. Now thousands of people across the country are begging them to forgive their loans, too. Charlene Ingram is one of them. A single mother of four from St. Louis, Ingram is 41 and has $125,000 in student loan debt. After struggling for years to find a job that paid more than minimum wage, she enrolled in an undergraduate program at age 37 — figuring a bachelor’s degree would be her only shot at earning enough to support her family. While she was in school, she and her sons delivered phone books in order to put food on the table. Upon graduating in 2011, she found a job as a full-time medical assistant. But the job only …

    September 19, 2014 9:19 pm
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Sports

  • LaRoche helps Nats edge Fish


    Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) – Adam LaRoche smacked a two-run homer and the Washington Nationals edged the Miami Marlins, 3-2, in the second test of a four-game set. Doug Fister (15-6) allowed two runs on five hits and two walks over 6 2/3 innings for Washington, which has won 10 of its last 13 games. Drew Storen fired a 1-2-3 ninth for his eighth save of the season. “Doug was really good tonight,” Nationals manager Matt Williams said. The Nationals clinched the NL East on Tuesday and are 1 1/2 games ahead of Los Angeles for home-field advantage in the National League. Justin Bour cracked his first major league homer among his two RBI for the Marlins, who have dropped seven of their last 10 contests. Tom Koehler (9-10) surrendered three runs on six hits and four walks over five frames in defeat. The Nationals opened the scoring with a two-run first. Jayson Werth worked a …

    September 19, 2014 10:21 pm
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World News

  • Catalonia approves independence vote


    19 September 2014 Last updated at 22:30 Jubilant scenes followed the approval of the independence consultation in Catalonia’s parliament Catalonia’s parliament has voted overwhelmingly in favour of giving its regional president the power to call an independence “consultation”. Spain’s government opposes the Catalan “consultation” vote and is taking the dispute to the Constitutional Court. The move comes a day after Scotland voted against independence from the United Kingdom. Catalan President Artur Mas said Scotland’s referendum had “shown the way” for Catalonian independence. He is preparing Catalonia for a similar vote on 9 November, with large-scale support for independence from Spain. Catalonian lawmakers voted by a margin of 106 to 28 in favour of authorising the consultation. Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. The Spanish government has said a referendum on Catalan independence would be unconstitutional, despite protests Spain’s Constitutional Court is expected to consider the Catalan case on Tuesday and could suspend …

    September 19, 2014 10:21 pm
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Technology

  • ‘True’ Apple fan weeps after being removed from iPhone 6 line


    Apple staff in Sydney applauding the iPhone 6 launch. One Apple fanperson is not applauding. Seamus Byrne/CNET As I stood in line this morning, I was sweating and making extremely strange high-pitched noises. It had been quite a night. I hadn’t slept. I could barely breathe. Then a lovely woman in a corporate polo-shirt uniform finally paid attention to me. I uttered the magic words: “Grande nonfat latte and a chocolate croissant, please.” Sadly, one woman in Sydney, Australia, never got to utter her own passionate request to a corporate polo-shirt uniform. For police removed her from the iPhone 6 line outside an Apple store. Giving her name only as Anna, she told The Sydney Morning Herald that she was upset over what people ahead of her in line were doing. They were, she said, letting their friends push in. This is a deep moral no-no, akin to burping in someone’s face in church or …

    September 19, 2014 8:19 pm
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Science

  • World Should Prepare for 11 BIllion or More People


    In the 1970s, the world reached peak child—the highest rate of human population growth. Since then, countries in Asia, the Americas, Australia and Europe have all seen birth rates decline dramatically and in Africa, the number of children in families has dropped from an average of more than six to around four. But that decline in Africa is slower than the birth rate drops in other parts of the world. The persistence of that relatively high birth rate stems from a wide range of factors, including cultural influences, economics, and a lack of access to birth control or family planning. And there are enough children in Africa now that some demographers and statisticians are predicting that human population growth will not actually flatten in the 21st century, as some experts had foretold.   Other recent estimates have forecast a leveling out of human population growth by mid-century, from a current 7.2 billion people to around …

    September 19, 2014 8:39 pm
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Health

  • Ebola lockdown brings Sierra Leone capital to a halt


    FREETOWN (Reuters) – Streets in the capital of Sierra Leone were deserted on Friday as the West African state began a contested, three-day lockdown in a bid to halt the worst Ebola outbreak on record. President Ernest Bai Koroma urged people to heed the emergency measures as health workers, some clad in protective biohazard suits, went house to house, checking on residents and marking each doorway they visited with chalk. Radio stations played Ebola awareness jingles on repeat and encouraged residents to stay indoors. “As they are fighting this Ebola, we pray that it will be eradicated. That’s what we are praying for,” Mariam Bangura told Reuters as she waited at her home in Freetown’s West End neighborhood. Other residents looked out over the normally bustling seaside city from windows and balconies. Nearly 30,000 health workers, volunteers and teachers aim to visit every household in the country of six million people by Sunday to educate …

    September 19, 2014 4:13 pm
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Entertainment

  • Keyshia Cole arrested for battery after Instagram rampage


    Jon Hamm, Questlove team up to end sexual assault (VIDEO)  Cole was taken in by authorities after police were called to the West Los Angeles penthouse condo of Birdman, CEO of Cash Money and Cole’s rumored boyfriend, according to TMZ. Sources say that Cole showed up at the condo around 5 a.m. and went ballistic upon finding another woman there. Instead of taking out her anger on Birdman, the singer allegedly assaulted the other woman and left scratches on her face. Cole was arrested for battery and an outstanding reckless driving warrant. The fact that Cole showed up unannounced to her boyfriend’s house at 5 a.m. is a clue that she was suspicious, and the songstress left some cryptic social media posts hinting that she knew Birdman could be up to no good. The first post signaling unrest came on Wednesday, when Cole put up a quote about sadness. On Thursday, Cole posted a photo …

    September 19, 2014 10:00 pm
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Editorial

  • Innovation: What American education needs more than anything


    With September upon us, the minds of millions of American – children and parents alike — are thinking back in school. Public education is in crisis. Scores continue to slip and reforms are under attack. Unfortunately much of the current debate over education policy involves little more than tinkering on the fringes of a warehouse-based, nearly compulsory system rooted in what worked in the late 19th century, saddled with outdated work rules and frozen into place by bureaucracies.  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Accordingly it’s shouldn’t surprise that our current system is not able to prepare ou Rather than eschew educational innovation, policymakers, students, administrators, parents, business leaders, and civic activists should embrace it. Rather than tinker we should be encouraging radical experimentation. We should not be reluctant to toss the existing rules to the curb in search for a new way of doing things. “There’s an access problem that exists in higher education, finding what you need …

    September 19, 2014 4:13 pm
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Odd News

  • California lawyer faces discipline for phony celebrity photo-ops


    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A Los Angeles attorney may have her law license suspended after a state bar investigation found that she had superimposed images of herself into numerous celebrity photographs posted on her website’s “publicity” page. In an 18-page decision, a state bar court judge recommended Svitlana Sangary be suspended for six months and remain on probation for another 2-1/2 years for deceptive advertising and misconduct stemming from an investigation of the photos. The ruling, issued this month, is ultimately subject to review by the State Supreme Court, which imposes such discipline. Each of the photographs in question shows Sangary posing with political figures or celebrities, including President Barack Obama, former President Bill Clinton, and actors George Clooney, Leonardo DiCaprio and Anne Hathaway. “This court finds that many, and perhaps all, of these photos were created by taking original celebrity photos and then overlaying respondent’s image in order to make it appear as though …

    September 19, 2014 8:38 pm
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