Headline News

  • San Francisco puts earthquake warning signs on buildings


    (Reuters) – The city of San Francisco stepped up the pressure on property owners who fail to comply with seismic retrofitting regulations this week, posting large, red and white warning signs on the buildings to make the violations public. The move comes just weeks after Northern California was rocked by the biggest earthquake to hit the region in a quarter-century, centered close to San Francisco in the state’s wine-growing region of Napa County. The requirement, which could cost property owners up to hundreds of thousands of dollars, affects mostly small apartment buildings and hotels but not single-family homes. “It’s not intended to create panic, it’s intended to notify tenants and also to let landlords know that there are real consequences to non-compliance,” Patrick Otellini, San Francisco’s director of earthquake safety, said of the warning placards. It marks the latest bid by a major West Coast city to address the threat earthquakes pose to aging infrastructure. …

    September 16, 2014 5:35 pm
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Politics

  • U.S. senator criticizes muni treatment in bank liquidity rules


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. Democratic senator on Tuesday urged the Federal Reserve and other bank regulators to revamp the treatment of municipal bonds in recently finalized rules aimed at making sure banks can survive a cash crunch. Bank regulators finished rules on Sept. 3 that require big institutions such as JPMorgan Chase and Citigroup to hold a certain amount of highly liquid, or easily sellable, assets. Assets such as U.S. Treasuries count toward the buffer but municipal bonds do not. Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the No. 3 Senate Democrat, said that could have a “chilling effect,” reducing banks’ interest in debt issuances by local and state governments. He said New York City, which he said is the second-largest U.S. issuer of municipal debt, would struggle to finance infrastructure projects if banks did not invest in its bonds. “These debt issuances from certain state and local municipalities are considered high quality liquid assets …

    September 16, 2014 2:52 pm
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Stocks

  • NFL scores huge ratings despite scandals


    ESPN’s Monday night ratings were up 7% from the week before. All last week, the NFL was dealing with fallout from the Adrian Peterson and Ray Rice scandals. But when it came to ratings, it was a touchdown. The NFL had the top three broadcasts in the U.S. last week with Sunday Night Football, Thursday Night Football, and Monday Night Football ranking 1, 2, and 3 respectively. At the top of the heap was NBC’s Sunday Night Football, which brought in a stellar 22.2 million viewers. This number was up 8% from the same week a year ago, and made it the most-watched west coast Sunday prime time game ever. Related: CBS scores huge ratings with Thursday Night Football CBS’ inaugural night game was the network’s highest rated Thursday night since 2007 with 20.8 million viewers tuning in. ESPN’s opening night Monday Night Football double header was 1 and 2 on cable last week with …

    September 16, 2014 5:55 pm
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Sports

  • Susan West wins 2 matches to reach US Senior Women’s Amateur quarterfinals


    DEAL, N.J. –  Former Alabama tennis player Susan West won two matches Tuesday in the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur to advance to the quarterfinals at Hollywood Golf Club. The 50-year-old West, from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, beat Susan Cohn of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, 2 and 1 in the second round, and topped Martha Leach of Hebron, Kentucky, 1 up in the third round. Leach upset two-time defending champion Ellen Port of St. Louis 3 and 2 in the second round. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT West will face Kareen Markle of Meridian, Idaho, a 2-up winner over South Africa’s Louella Kanew. In the other upper-bracket quarterfinal, Joan Higgins of Glendora, California, will play Canada’s Helene Chartrand. Higgins beat Andrea Kraus of Baltimore 3 and 1, and Chartrand edged Noreen Mohler of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, 1 up. In the lower bracket, Terri Frohnmayer of Salem, Oregon, will face Kim Eaton of Tempe, Arizona; and Canada’s Judith Kyrinis will play Mexico’s Mina …

    September 16, 2014 5:35 pm
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World News

  • Ebola global security threat


    16 September 2014 Last updated at 22:14 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. President Obama: “It’s a potential threat to global security” President Barack Obama has called the West Africa Ebola outbreak “a threat to global security” as he announced a larger US role in fighting the virus. “The world is looking to the United States,” Mr Obama said, but added the outbreak required a “global response”. The measures announced included ordering 3,000 US troops to the region and building new healthcare facilities. Ebola has killed 2,461 people this year, about half of those infected, the World Health Organization said. The announcement comes as UN officials have called the outbreak a health crisis “unparalleled in modern times”. The spread of the disease means the funds needed to fight the outbreak have increased 10-fold in the past month, the UN’s Ebola co-ordinator said, saying it needs $1bn (£614m) to fight the outbreak. ‘Massive …

    September 16, 2014 5:56 pm
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Technology

  • Nvidia amps up Shield Tablet with 4G LTE, more storage


    Nvidia says its seen a “tremendous response” since its Shield Tablet was unveiled in July. CNET Nvidia on Tuesday introduced a beefed up version of its gaming-focused Shield Tablet, adding double the storage space and a 4G LTE connection. The new 32-gigabyte, 4G LTE Shield Tablet will sell for $399 — $100 more than the standard 16GB and Wi-Fi version. Preorders for the new device are available now for customers in the US and Europe, and it ships September 30. The 4G LTE connection will allow users to stream movies, music and games on the go, but it will cost extra. Users will need to pay a monthly fee for the mobile connection, though ATT customers can receive a $100 bill credit when they activate their Shield Tablets through the carrier on certain plans. Nvidia, known primarily for its graphics chips for PCs, started selling its own line of mobile devices last year in an …

    September 16, 2014 2:52 pm
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Science

  • Improved survival shown in early-stage Hodgkin’s Disease patients who receive radiation therapy


    Patients with stage I and II Hodgkin’s Disease who receive consolidated radiation therapy (RT) have a higher 10-year survival rate of 84 percent, compared to 76 percent for patients who did not receive RT; and, the data also shows a decrease in utilization of RT, according to research presented today at the American Society for Radiation Oncology’s (ASTRO’s) 56th Annual Meeting. Researchers evaluated clinical features and survival outcomes among 41,502 patients diagnosed with stage I and II Hodgkin’s Disease from 1998 to 2011 from a prospectively collected database — the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB), which is composed of cases from 1,500 sites and represents 75 percent of all cancers diagnosed in the U.S. The average patient age was 37 (range: 18 — 90), with a median follow-up of 7.5 years. The association between RT use, co-variables and outcome were assessed in a multivariate Cox proportional hazards model. Survival was estimated using the Kaplan-Meier method. …

    September 16, 2014 3:12 pm
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Health

  • Fewer hospitalizations for diabetic veterans using VA’s home-based care


    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – For older U.S. military veterans with multiple chronic conditions, including diabetes, taking advantage of home-based primary care from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) was linked to fewer hospitalizations, in a recent study. Some VA medical centers in the U.S. offer home-based primary care, in which a physician supervises a health care team that provides services in the veteran’s home, rather than through regular clinic visits. Patients are cared for “by a multidisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, social workers, pharmacists and psychologists,” said lead author Dr. Samuel T. Edwards of the Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System in an email to Reuters Health. The study didn’t address why home-based primary care was linked to fewer preventable hospitalizations. But Edwards said the program could potentially improve compliance with medications and ensure that patients understood their care plans. It could also improve coordination of social and support services, referrals and specialty care. …

    September 16, 2014 2:52 pm
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Entertainment

  • A Fashionable Flyer


    Posted on Tue Sep 16th, 2014 1:55pm PDT       By X17 Staff What is this outfit?! Nicole Richie touched down in L.A. today after spending some time in N.Y.C. working on her collections during fashion week, and while we normally love her style, we can’t say we are the biggest fans of this ensemble! What’s wrong with it, you ask? Well… Black Air Jordans Sweatsuit onesie Leather biker jacket with pajamas Thinning blue hair Sorry Nic, but this is a fat fashion fail!   Stories from around the Web

    September 16, 2014 4:35 pm
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Editorial

  • NFL must make its personal conduct policy clear. Until they do, players may not face punishment they deserve


    Earlier this year, while at a casino in Atlantic City Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice punched his then-fiancee in the face. The football player knocked her out cold, and should be punished for it. While the legal system placed him into a pretrial intervention that allowed for no punishment whatsoever, the NFL deemed that the appropriate punishment was a two game suspension.  That is until the league changed its minds After the tape of Rice’s punch became public, and the public become outraged, the NFL decided to suspend him from the game indefinitely.  And now, according to website ProFootball Talk Rice is planning to appeal the NFL’s decision. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The NFL’s policy has been inconsistent for years. It seems he has some strong arguments for being allowed back on the field. Here’s why.  Rice was suspended under the NFL’s “Personal Conduct” policy. Under this policy, the league may suspend a player “for failing …

    September 16, 2014 2:52 pm
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Odd News

  • Factory gives fighter jet to head of Russian Orthodox Church


    MOSCOW (Reuters) – Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, was presented with an unlikely gift for a religious leader this week as he toured a factory in Russia’s far-east – a single-seater fighter jet SU-35. Kirill was presented with the jet after giving workers at the civilian and military aircraft plant icons blessed by himself, the church said in a statement on its official website on Tuesday. The patriarch, with whom President Vladimir Putin has fostered increasingly close ties in recent years, addressed the workers on the importance of protecting Russia. “Russia cannot be a vassal. Because Russia is not only a country, it is a whole civilization, it is a thousand-year story, a cultural melting-pot, of enormous power,” RIA news agency quoted him as saying. “In order for us to be able to live a sovereign life, we must, if necessary, be able to defend our homeland.” Kirill’s church is aligned …

    September 16, 2014 3:12 pm
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