• Japan’s economic revival is in jeopardy

    Japan’s economic revival is in jeopardy

    Prime Minister Shinzo Abe must make more progress on structural economic reforms. The clock is running out on Japan’s ambitious plan for economic revival as growth sputters and doubts grow over the government’s ability to...
  • Raonic blasts way into U.S. Open third round

    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Fifth seed Milos Raonic blasted his way into the third round of the U.S. Open, pounding 26 aces past Peter Gojowczyk on his way to a 7-6 (4) 5-7 6-4 7-6...
  • IS militants ‘behead Kurdish man’

    IS militants ‘behead Kurdish man’

    29 August 2014 Last updated at 00:26 The IS video uses a mosque in Mosul as a backdrop for the execution Islamic State (IS) has released a video appearing to show the beheading of a...
  • Britney Spears: Single again

    It was a rather unique approach for the normally private singer, but TMZ is reporting that her boyfriend was caught cheating and it’s all on video. The video was allegedly shot in early August and...
  • Avila, Tigers beat Yankees in 9th

    Detroit, MI (SportsNetwork.com) – Alex Avila drove a first-pitch slider off the right-field wall in the bottom of the ninth inning Thursday to give the Detroit Tigers a 3-2 win over the New York Yankees....
  • Obama: Russia causing Ukraine crisis

    Obama: Russia causing Ukraine crisis

    29 August 2014 Last updated at 02:08 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. President Obama: “Russia is responsible for the violence in eastern Ukraine” US President Barack Obama has accused Russia of...

Headline News

  • Syrian accused of making detonators with U.S. parts faces Arizona court


    (Reuters) – A Syrian man accused of procuring and assembling American-made electronic parts for roadside bombs used in attacks on U.S. military forces in Iraq made his first U.S. court appearance on Thursday in Arizona and pleaded not guilty to federal criminal charges. Ahmad Ibrahim Al-Ahmad, 36, was arrested in Turkey in 2011 on terrorism-related charges under an Interpol warrant and detained there until his extradition on Wednesday to the United States, the U.S. Justice Department said in a statement. A superseding federal indictment returned earlier this month charged Al-Ahmad with various conspiracy offenses as well as possession of a destructive device and providing material support to terrorists. If convicted, he would face a maximum sentence of life in prison. The six-count, seven-page indictment accuses Al Ahmad of designing and assembling parts for wireless detonators and circuit boards used in radio-controlled roadside bombs planted for attacks on American forces in Iraq. According to the indictment, …

    August 28, 2014 10:09 pm
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Politics

  • U.S. officials reach deal with Pennsylvania on Medicaid


    (Reuters) – Federal officials have reached an agreement with Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett over his plan to use federal funds to pay for private health insurance coverage for up to 600,000 residents, the governor said on Thursday. The deal highlights a growing number of Republican governors who are finding ways to accept money under President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, despite political opposition that has so far prevented nearly half of U.S. states from moving forward with the Medicaid expansion plan. Corbett sought a waiver in February to use those expansion funds to instead subsidize private health insurance for low-income residents. Medicaid expansion under Obamacare has become a tool for political jockeying, with many Republicans loathe to support it. In Pennsylvania, the dispute is partly semantic. Corbett, who is lagging in the polls in his bid for re-election this fall, said his plan, Healthy Pennsylvania, is not expansion under so-called Obamacare. The governor “has been …

    August 28, 2014 7:08 pm
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Stocks

  • Japan’s economic revival is in jeopardy


    Prime Minister Shinzo Abe must make more progress on structural economic reforms. The clock is running out on Japan’s ambitious plan for economic revival as growth sputters and doubts grow over the government’s ability to deliver key reforms. Abenomics — a massive bond-buying campaign coupled with structural reforms and stimulus from the central government — has failed to lift wages, bring more women into the workforce or boost exports. Now, critics are questioning the government’s strategy as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe tried to coax the economy back to life after a sales tax hike spurred a massive contraction in the second quarter. “The economic recovery is not looking good, to be quite blunt,” said HSBC economist Izumi Devalier. “Abenomics is at a very difficult point now.” The hope was that coordinated government action would end 15 years of deflation in Japan, and lead to more robust growth for the world’s third largest economy. But Abe …

    August 28, 2014 10:09 pm
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Sports

  • Raonic blasts way into U.S. Open third round


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Fifth seed Milos Raonic blasted his way into the third round of the U.S. Open, pounding 26 aces past Peter Gojowczyk on his way to a 7-6 (4) 5-7 6-4 7-6 (3) win on Thursday. Raonic, who became the first Canadian man to reach a grand slam semi-final at Wimbledon in July, produced a muscular display on a gusty evening at the U.S. National Tennis Center. Along with his 26 aces, Raonic fired 64 winners in the three hour scrap with the German qualifier. Raonic will next meet Victor Estrella Burgos of the Dominican Republic who beat Croatia’s Borna Coric 7-6 (2) 4-6 6-4 6-2. (Reporting by Steve Keating; Editing by Greg Stutchbury)

    August 28, 2014 9:29 pm
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World News

  • IS militants ‘behead Kurdish man’


    29 August 2014 Last updated at 00:26 The IS video uses a mosque in Mosul as a backdrop for the execution Islamic State (IS) has released a video appearing to show the beheading of a Kurdish man as a warning to forces fighting the group in northern Iraq. The video, entitled a Message in Blood, shows several men in orange jumpsuits said to be captured Kurdish fighters. The victim is then seen kneeling near a mosque in the IS-held city of Mosul before he is beheaded. The jihadists warn that others will be killed if Kurdish leaders continue to back the US. Kurdish “peshmerga” fighters from the autonomous Kurdistan Region of northern Iraq have been trying to counter an advance by IS, backed by US air strikes. Earlier, IS videos from Syria appeared to show the mass killing of Syrian soldiers taken prisoner after their base was overrun. Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript …

    August 28, 2014 9:29 pm
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Technology

  • Samsung, LG Unveil Smartwatches With Sex Appeal


    Samsung and LG both announced brand-new smartwatches on Wednesday in the run-up to next week’s IFA 2014 consumer electronics trade show in Berlin. Featuring a sleek, curved Super AMOLED display along with 3G, Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity, the Samsung Gear S (pictured above) runs Tizen and allows users to make and receive phone calls. Customizable screen options and changeable straps give users the ability to adjust the device’s appearance to suit their taste and style. The Samsung Gear S will be available in October. LG’s G Watch R features a circular plastic OLED and offers the appearance of a classic timepiece. Powered by Android Wear, it runs a variety of apps available in the Google Play Store. LG’s watch is due in the fourth quarter. Neither Samsung nor LG provided pricing details. ‘Are They Being Gender-Specific?’ “What I like about the Samsung device is the design,” said Ramon Llamas, IDC research manager for mobile phones …

    August 28, 2014 7:08 pm
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Science

  • Patient Zero Believed to be Sole Source of Ebola Outbreak


    One glaring fact from the latest report on the Ebola outbreak is that five of the many study authors are dead, killed by the disease that is roiling west Africa. The new analysis, published in the August 29 issue of Science, reveals that the current Ebola outbreak stemmed from an earlier initial leap from the wild into humans, rather than the virus repeatedly jumping from a natural reservoir—perhaps infected animals—to humans. By essentially sketching out a high-tech molecular family tree, researchers concluded that the virus spreading in Sierra Leone and nearby countries is the descendent of an original Ebola viral jump, and not new versions of the pathogen that are being repeatedly introduced into the human population. That means the public health response to this outbreak—which focuses on tracking and treating those who have been exposed to people with Ebola, rather than attempting to keep people away from potential animal carriers—has been the right strategy.   …

    August 28, 2014 3:25 pm
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Health

  • U.S. startups get OK for smartphone-based heart tracking


    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – For a growing U.S. aging population, tracking heart health via a smartphone can mean the difference between life and death. This week, two Silicon Valley startups received a green-light from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for mobile applications that monitor patients from home, a step forward for a nascent digital health industry that has pressed for more clarity from the agency on regulations. AliveCor said it received the FDA’s approval to detect serious heart conditions in electrocardiogram (ECG) readings taken from a mobile device. The company says its newly-approved algorithm can detect atrial fibrillation, a form of cardiac arrhythmia that affects about one in four adults over the age of 40. If its smartphone-compatible heart-monitor device detects an abnormality, a physician could intervene before the patient experiences a stroke or other life-threatening event. The device fits most smartphones and rests on a patient’s finger or chest to record an ECG. …

    August 28, 2014 7:08 pm
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Entertainment

  • Britney Spears: Single again


    It was a rather unique approach for the normally private singer, but TMZ is reporting that her boyfriend was caught cheating and it’s all on video. The video was allegedly shot in early August and it shows Lucado dancing and making out with a woman who is not Spears. A rep told the gossip site, “David is very, very in love with Britney. This is unfortunate and he hopes that it all works out.” It looks like Spears took the matter into her own hands and kissed her boyfriend goodbye. Was Britney Spears impressed by Katy Perry’s imitation of her? Ahhhh the single life! — Britney Spears (@britneyspears) August 28, 2014 The couple began dating in March 2013 only a few months after Spears called off her engagement to Jason Trawick. One of the appealing qualities about Lucado was that he was just a regular guy and he worked outside of the entertainment industry. Spears …

    August 28, 2014 8:49 pm
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Editorial

  • Ebola crisis: What the media is missing


      I just came back from Africa, where the Ebola virus is at the top of the news. Comparing what my companions and I learned on the ground to what is being carried in African, European and American newspapers and television, there is a lot about this disease that the news media are missing. When we arrived in South Sudan last week, we passed though a World Health Organization tent where gowned and gloved health care workers checked all arriving passengers for Ebola symptoms, including fever. This was reassuring. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT But in Kenya, the gateway to much of Africa, there were no such precautions. Airport officials managed to collect visa fees and get fingerprints (without wiping the screen after people put their hands down), but no one checked the health of arriving passengers. The press has failed to report on this notable lack of front-line prevention. There have been no stories on the push-pull …

    August 28, 2014 7:08 pm
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Odd News

  • Singaporeans go barking mad over bid to silence dogs


    SINGAPORE (Reuters) – A suggestion by Singapore’s public housing authority that owners of noisy dogs consider “debarking” their pets to avoid inconveniencing neighbors, has raised animal lovers’ hackles in the city-state and prompted much ridicule on social media. The authority, the Housing and Development Board (HDB), recommended in a notice posted in a residential block that one option for dogs that will not keep quiet is to “debark” them. Debarking involves removing a section of a dog’s vocal cord to reduce the volume of its bark and is recommended as a solution of “last resort” to control noisy pets, according to Singapore’s Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority’s website. Animal welfare groups say the practice is cruel and unfair. “A dog also barks when it is in a stressed or anxious mode, and not hearing the dog does not mean the dog is in a stable state of mind,” said Action for Singapore Dogs in a Facebook …

    August 28, 2014 7:18 am
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