Headline News

  • US attorney general tells Ferguson community he understands why some blacks mistrust police


    Attorney General Eric Holder speaks with Capt. Ron Johnson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol at Drake’s Place Restaurant, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Holder arrived in Missouri on Wednesday, a small group of protesters gathered outside the building where a grand jury could begin hearing evidence to determine whether a Ferguson police officer who shot 18-year-old Michael Brown should be charged in his death. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Pool)The Associated Press

    August 20, 2014 5:06 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

  • Buffett: ‘We made a mistake,’ will pay $900,000 settlement


      Warren Buffett says his firm made a mistake and will pay a nearly $900,000 settlement to the federal government. On Wednesday, Berkshire Hathaway (BRKA) acknowledged that it should have given regulators a heads-up about its plans to acquire a building supply company last December. The Justice Department said in a lawsuit filed Thursday the firm needed to disclose the deal with USG Corp. (USG) to allow for an antitrust review. If a judge signs off, Berkshire Hathaway will settle the suit for $896,000. “We made a mistake when we overlooked the filing requirement,” Buffett said. Chicago-based USG makes wallboard, ceiling suspension systems and acoustic panels. Berkshire became the largest owner of the company and currently holds a 28% stake. –CNNMoney’s Matt Egan contributed to this report

    August 20, 2014 3:24 pm
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Sports

  • NFL referee refused to work Redskins games because of team name


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Retired NFL referee Mike Carey, the first African-American referee assigned to the Super Bowl, did not work games involving the Washington Redskins after 2006 because of his belief the team’s name is a racial slur. Carey, who began his career as a referee in 1995 when he was promoted from side judge, told the Washington Post in remarks published on Wednesday that he asked the league not to be appointed to Redskins games. “The league respectfully honored my request not to officiate Washington,” Carey was quoted as saying. “It happened sometime after I refereed their playoff game in 2006, I think. “It just became clear to me that to be in the middle of the field, where something disrespectful is happening, was probably not the best thing for me.” Carey, one of the league’s most respected officials and who was the referee of the Super Bowl following the 2007 season, said he …

    August 20, 2014 5:06 pm
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World News

  • Despite Obama’s anger US has few military options to fight Isis


    The Obama administration is not thought to be considering qualitatively new military options against the Islamic State (Isis) in the wake of its beheading of American journalist James Foley. While Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday that Isis “must be destroyed”, another US official said the horrific, recorded slaying had not changed US policy options for striking the jihadist entity that has overrun much of northern, western and central Iraq. Isis continues to entrench itself within Sunni areas of Iraq, making it difficult to dislodge them through the bombing options that the administration has embraced. Kurdish and Iraqi security forces, as well as cleavages between Iraqi Sunnis and Isis, remain the administration’s hope to roll back the group that has redrawn the map of the Middle East. With some frustration, Obama administration officials consider their options against Isis to remain limited, despite widespread US public outrage at the killing of an American citizen who …

    August 20, 2014 5:06 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

  • Zoe Saldana Beams While Showing Off Her Baby Bump


    Posted on Wed Aug 20th, 2014 1:50pm PDT       By X17 Staff Pregnancy has only made her even prettier than she already was! Zoe Saldana went for a hike with pals in Hollywood this morning, and the actress’ baby bump seems to be getting bigger by the day. Although she has yet to confirm the reports she’s having twins, it seems pretty obviously to us that she’s got more than one bun in the oven! The Avatar star didn’t wear a stitch of makeup and still managed to look flawless, and considering how hot her husband Marco Perego also is, their offspring will undoubtedly hit the genetic jackpot!   SEE THE GALLERY Zoe Saldana Goes Hiking Stories from around the Web

    August 20, 2014 4:04 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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