• Nadal withdraws from Paris Masters

    LONDON (Reuters) – Rafa Nadal has withdrawn from the Paris Masters ahead of the tournament’s start on Monday for “personal reasons”, the French Tennis Federation announced on Friday. The 14-times grand slam champion warned last...
  • Countdown to Top 20 Richest Celebs

    Countdown to Top 20 Richest Celebs

    20. Mariah Carey Pop music icon, Mariah Carey’s fame skyrocketed during the early 90s. With famous release like Fantasy, Hero, and Always be my Baby, Carey sealed her fate as one of the iconic voices...
  • NY axe attack: Islamist link probed

    NY axe attack: Islamist link probed

    24 October 2014 Last updated at 10:09 The attacker approaches the officers in Queens, in a photo released by New York police Police in New York are investigating whether a man who attacked two officers...
  • Sweden calls off search for sub

    Sweden calls off search for sub

    24 October 2014 Last updated at 10:28 Swedish ships and planes have been searching waters off Stockholm for the past week The Swedish military has called off its week-long search for a suspected submarine in...
  • Buffett lost $2 billion, but there’s good news

    Buffett lost $2 billion, but there’s good news

      The bad news for Warren Buffett: Two of his firm’s largest investments have lost the company $2.3 billion this week. The good news: That’s about the extent of his U.S. losses so far this...

Headline News

  • Doctor with Ebola in New York hospital after return from Guinea


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – A doctor who worked in West Africa with Ebola patients was in an isolation unit in New York City on Friday after testing positive for the virus, becoming the fourth person diagnosed with the disease in the United States and the first in its largest city. Dr. Craig Spencer, 33, was placed in a quarantined unit at Bellevue Hospital on Thursday, six days after returning from Guinea, renewing public jitters about transmission of the disease and rattling financial markets. Three people who had close contact with Spencer, a physician for the humanitarian group Doctors Without Borders, were quarantined for observation – one of them, his fiancée, at the same hospital – but all were still healthy, officials said. Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo sought to reassure New Yorkers they were safe, even though Spencer had ridden subways, taken a taxi and visited a bowling alley between his return …

    October 24, 2014 6:50 am
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Politics

  • 7 Nail-Biter House Races


    By Emily Cahn Posted at 5 a.m. today 0 Tweet Martha McSally, a Republican, is running in Arizona. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo) Less than two weeks before Election Day, the parties don’t agree on much — except these House races will be decided by the slimmest of margins. Candidates in these contests are expected to have a long wait on the evening of Nov. 4. In fact, some of these races will be so close, a winner might not be known for days — even weeks — after Election Day. Last cycle, nine House races were too close to call on election night. One candidate even attended freshman orientation the following week before officially losing the race and heading home. In alphabetical order, here are the House contests this cycle that operatives expect will come down to the wire on Election Day: Arizona’s 1st District Kirkpatrick. First elected in 2008, Democratic Rep. Ann …

    October 24, 2014 4:46 am
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Stocks

  • Buffett lost $2 billion, but there’s good news


      The bad news for Warren Buffett: Two of his firm’s largest investments have lost the company $2.3 billion this week. The good news: That’s about the extent of his U.S. losses so far this year. Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway (BRKA) investment house has lost big on Coca-Cola (KO) and IBM (IBM, Tech30), each of which recently reported results that disappointed investors. IBM has dropped about 14% this year, and Coca-Cola is off about 1%. Among the company’s worst bets this year are Chicago Bridge Iron (CBI), which has shed 38% under pressure from a short-seller, and General Motors (GM), which dropped 24% while recalling millions of vehicles. And his third largest investment — the European grocer Tesco — has plunged 50% so far this year. But those losses are cushioned by a portfolio of other investments that have largely done better. Ratings agency Moody’s (MCO) and DirecTV (DTV) have each grown upwards of 20%, for …

    October 24, 2014 5:47 am
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Sports

  • Nadal withdraws from Paris Masters


    LONDON (Reuters) – Rafa Nadal has withdrawn from the Paris Masters ahead of the tournament’s start on Monday for “personal reasons”, the French Tennis Federation announced on Friday. The 14-times grand slam champion warned last week that he could miss the end of the season because of appendicitis, and he will be replaced in the Paris draw by fellow Spaniard Pablo Andujar. World number eight Marin Cilic and Latvia’s Ernests Gulbis have also withdrawn from the tournament because of injuries. The draw takes place later on Friday. (Reporting By Sam Holden; Editing Ossian Shine)

    October 24, 2014 6:50 am
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World News

  • Tunisia terror standoff: five women and a man killed in Tunis suburb


    Five women and a man have been killed after Tunisian authorities stormed the home of suspected militants following a 24-hour standoff. One child was wounded as well as a member of security forces in the assault on Friday morning, according to state media reports. The interior minister, Mohammed Ali Aroui, described the dead as terrorists. Police officers, responding to a tipoff, surrounded the property in the Oued Ellil suburb, west of Tunis, on Thursday morning. One officer was killed and another wounded in a shootout with the inhabitants. Electricity and gas to the home were cut and after negotiations to evacuate the women and children failed, security forces stormed in. Tunisia is preparing for key parliamentary elections on Sunday. The government had warned that terrorists might seek to disrupt them.

    October 24, 2014 6:49 am
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Technology

  • Ello raises $5.5m while banning itself from ever taking ads


    Ethical social network Ello has registered itself as a public benefit corporation in order to ensure that it can never display ads. Having raised $5.5m from venture capitalists in its Series A funding round, the new legal status commits the company to abide by its ethical principals. Ello was founded in March 2014, but exploded in September this year when Facebook’s decision to crack down on users with fake names sparked an exodus from the site. Formed as a private network for a small group artists, Ello distinguished itself from the competition with a manifesto for users which declared that “you are not a product”, and promised to safeguard personal data and refuse advertising. Having achieved viral success in September, the site grew by tens of thousands of users a day, but within weeks, the search traffic had dropped back off, leaving some to declare it a fad. Benefit corps are also required to have …

    October 24, 2014 4:46 am
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Science

  • How people view their own weight influences bariatric surgery success


    Negative feelings about one’s own weight, known as internalized weight bias, influence the success people have after undergoing weight loss surgery, according to research appearing in the journal Obesity Surgery, published by Springer. The study, from the Geisinger Health System in the US, is considered the first and only study to examine internalized weight bias in relation to post-surgical weight loss success in adults. Internalized weight bias adversely affects many overweight people. Studies have shown that weight bias stems from personal perception or societal views that overweight people are personally accountable and at fault for their body weight. These overweight individuals feel — or think others feel — they lack the willpower, discipline and treatment needed to lose weight. In addition, people who are highly vulnerable to negative feelings about their own weight are more likely to experience low self-esteem and depression. In this study, the researchers measured the degree to which participants internalized weight …

    October 24, 2014 5:07 am
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Health

  • Doctor with Ebola in Manhattan hospital after return from Guinea


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – A doctor who worked in West Africa with Ebola patients was in an isolation unit in New York on Friday after testing positive for the deadly virus, becoming the fourth person diagnosed with the disease in the United States and the first in its largest city. The worst Ebola outbreak on record has killed at least 4,900 people and perhaps as many as 15,000, mostly in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, according to World Health Organization figures. Only four Ebola cases have been diagnosed so far in the United States: Thomas Eric Duncan, who died on Oct. 8 at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, two nurses who treated him there and the latest case, Dr. Craig Spencer. Spencer, 33, who worked for Doctors Without Borders, was taken to Bellevue Hospital on Thursday, six days after returning from Guinea, renewing public jitters about transmission of the disease in the United States …

    October 24, 2014 4:46 am
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Entertainment

  • Countdown to Top 20 Richest Celebs


    20. Mariah Carey Pop music icon, Mariah Carey’s fame skyrocketed during the early 90s. With famous release like Fantasy, Hero, and Always be my Baby, Carey sealed her fate as one of the iconic voices of the decade. This singer, actress, songwriter and film producer is worth over $510 million. Carey also holds the record for the most expensive recording contract in history with a $100 million from Virgin Records in 2000. Carey has the second most number one hits in music history, more than Elvis and second only to the Beatles. Carey was most recently married to Nick Cannon though recent headlines say that marriage may be over. Image Source:http://www.ryanseacrest.com/2013/04/26/mariah-carey-teases-new-single-with-miguel-beautiful/

    October 24, 2014 6:28 am
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Editorial

  • Four lessons Ronald Reagan can teach us today


     (AP)  (AP) The challenges our country faces today are different than in Reagan’s time. Our foreign enemy is not a nuclear superpower but rather a nasty web of terrorist organizations intertwined with a few well-placed governments that finance and enable their terrorist activities.  Today, advances in communications and surveillance pose far greater threats to our cherished individual liberties. Virtually unconstrained by the Constitution, the federal government is now bigger and more menacing than ever. It seeks ever more power and authority even as it demonstrates its utter incompetence to perform the basic functions of a sovereign authority. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Ronald Reagan is no longer a contemporary political figure but rather an historic figure. As such, we see in him what we wish to see. He’s become our Rorschach test for a host of current controversies. Individuals with radically different views see themselves as his intellectual heir. It’s a mark of his enormous shadow and historical …

    October 24, 2014 4:46 am
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Odd News

  • Romanian princess, husband sentenced for Oregon cockfighting ring


    PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) – A princess fifth in line for the Romanian throne and her husband who admitted running a cockfighting ring in rural Oregon have both sentenced to probation and ordered to forfeit $200,000 from the sale of the property, federal prosecutors said on Thursday. Irina Walker and her husband John Walker pleaded guilty in July to one count of running an illegal gambling operation with at a barn-like structure on their ranch in Irrigon, near the Washington state border, where they held cockfighting “derbies.” Prosecutors said the cockfighting events came complete with a chef cooking Mexican food and alcoholic drinks. They said the Walkers charged attendees $20, while participants paid $1,000 to enter up to five roosters in fights. As part of a plea agreement with prosecutors that saw additional charges dropped, the couple admitted to financing, supervising and owning the cockfighting venture during 2012 and 2013. They were each sentenced on Wednesday …

    October 23, 2014 4:54 pm
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