• Troops return Pakistan TV to air

    Troops return Pakistan TV to air

    1 September 2014 Last updated at 12:51 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Shahzeb Jillani reports: ”Marchers were allowed to go on the rampage” Pakistan’s national television channel is back on air...
  • Modest, inner-city Games concept for Berlin, Hamburg

    BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s Berlin and Hamburg, eager to launch a summer Olympics candidacy, have proposed modest, inner-city concepts for the Olympics with the country to decide in the coming months if and which city...
  • Ukraine troops abandon key airport

    Ukraine troops abandon key airport

    1 September 2014 Last updated at 12:22 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. The BBC’s Richard Galpin says there is a “sense of fear” in Mariupol Ukrainian forces have withdrawn from the...
  • Shot TV host was to face grand jury

    Shot TV host was to face grand jury

    1 September 2014 Last updated at 11:33 Scott Rogers hosted The Around Town Show on WAFB-TV. “He wasn’t behind the camera he was in front of it,” said Sheriff Brett Stassi A British man shot...
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Headline News

  • Florida power utilities fear return of ‘Green Governor’ Crist

    MIAMI (Reuters) – When Charlie Crist last governed Florida, his green energy and climate policies made him few friends among the state’s powerful electricity corporations. Now, as the Republican-turned Democrat bids to return to the governor’s mansion, it may be payback time. Florida’s three largest utilities have poured money into the re-election campaign of Republican incumbent Governor Rick Scott in an expensive and closely watched political battle for the nation’s largest swing state. The election spending is notable in a tight race where the issues of energy and climate change have taken center stage in recent weeks, with both candidates asserting their environmental credentials. As Republican governor between 2007 and 2011, Crist “sent shivers through the entire utility system,” said Colleen Castille, who headed the Florida Department of Environmental Protection under Governor Jeb Bush. Crist was a darling of clean energy advocates, hosting a climate change summit in 2007 alongside another green Republican, California Governor …

    September 1, 2014 7:41 am


  • Obama faces bipartisan criticism over his foreign policy

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama faced criticism over his foreign policy from both Democratic and Republican lawmakers on Sunday as he wrestled with crises in Iraq, Syria, Libya and Ukraine. Republican lawmakers seized on Obama’s comment on Thursday when he said, “We don’t have a strategy yet” for confronting the Islamic State militant group, saying it suggested indecisiveness. On Sunday, influential Democrats chimed in with their own critiques of Obama’s foreign policy, chiding him for being “too cautious” on Syria, and urging him to do more to help Ukraine resist Russian advances. “I’ve learned one thing about this president, and that is he’s very cautious. Maybe, in this instance, too cautious,” Democrat Dianne Feinstein, chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, told NBC’s “Meet the Press” program on Sunday when asked about Obama’s comments about dealing with Islamic State militants. Representative Adam Smith, the top Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee, cautioned that any …

    September 1, 2014 4:37 am


  • 3 things to know about the biggest IPO in a long time

      Chinese tech giant Alibaba is gearing up for a market debut that could set new records. Now that it’s just around the corner, here are three things you need to know before the big splash: 1. It’s any day, folks Hangzhou-based Alibaba is expected to launch its initial public offering early in the week of Sept. 8, according to media reports. The company could then start trading as soon as Sept. 18 or 19 on the New York Stock Exchange. The firm will trade under the “BABA” symbol. An Alibaba spokesperson declined to comment. The world’s largest e-commerce company, Alibaba had sales of nearly $250 billion last year on its two most popular online shopping sites, Taobao and Tmall. The pair of sites handle 80% of China’s online retail sales and receive more than 100 million visitors a day. Alibaba also dabbles in online payments, cloud computing and investment products. Recent acquisitions suggest it’s …

    September 1, 2014 7:41 am


  • 5 players in running as Europe captain Paul McGinley prepares to announce Ryder Cup wild cards

    VIRGINIA WATER, England –  Europe captain Paul McGinley will make his three wild-card picks for the Ryder Cup on Tuesday, with five players seemingly in contention for a late call-up. The three big names to miss out on automatic selection were Englishmen Lee Westwood, Luke Donald and Ian Poulter — stalwarts for Europe over the last decade and stars of the “Miracle in Medinah” in 2012. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Stephen Gallacher of Scotland is pushing hard for a wild card after coming up just short in his attempt to snatch the final automatic qualifying place, finishing third in the Italian Open on Sunday when a top-two spot would have seen him make the team. Francesco Molinari of Italy is the outsider of the five. The Europe team will face the United States at Gleneagles this month.

    September 1, 2014 7:42 am

World News

  • Troops return Pakistan TV to air

    1 September 2014 Last updated at 12:51 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Shahzeb Jillani reports: ”Marchers were allowed to go on the rampage” Pakistan’s national television channel is back on air after security forces removed anti-government protesters from its headquarters in Islamabad. Troops were sent in to regain control from demonstrators who had forced their way into the PTV offices. Earlier, fresh clashes erupted between protesters and police in the capital. Protesters loyal to opposition leader Imran Khan and cleric Tahirul Qadri want PM Nawaz Sharif to resign. He denies corruption and electoral fraud. Both Mr Khan and Mr Qadri have called for calm and asked their supporters to co-operate with the army. Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. As demonstrators stormed the PTV station, the presenter said there was ”no reason to panic” Mr Sharif, who insists he will not quit, has met the country’s powerful army …

    September 1, 2014 7:41 am


  • BBC begins push to help kids code

    1 September 2014 Last updated at 10:02 By Leo Kelion Technology desk editor BBC’s Bitesize site includes games and guides to support England’s new coding curriculum The BBC has published computer programming study guides, quizzes and other support materials on its Bitesize site to coincide with the new computing curriculum’s introduction in England. The broadcaster also revealed several programming-themed children’s TV shows will be broadcast in the autumn. The BBC described the move as an “early start” to a wider coding initiative planned for next year. That will come 30 years on from its last major programming campaign. The project’s organiser stressed it would be based on a wide range of partnerships. That contrasts with the 1980s’ BBC Computer Literacy Project. The previous initiative centred on the BBC Microcomputer, which was developed by Acorn Computers – a tie-up that was criticised for being detrimental to rivals, including the ZX Spectrum. “It’s about giving the next …

    September 1, 2014 4:38 am


  • Penn-NIH team discover new type of cell movement

    Related images(click to enlarge) For decades, researchers have used petri dishes to study cell movement. These classic tissue culture tools, however, only permit two-dimensional movement, very different from the three-dimensional movements that cells make in a human body. In a new study from the University of Pennsylvania and National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, scientists used an innovative technique to study how cells move in a three-dimensional matrix, similar to the structure of certain tissues, such as the skin. They discovered an entirely new type of cell movement whereby the nucleus helps propel cells through the matrix like a piston in an engine, generating pressure that thrusts the cell’s plasma membrane forward. “Our work elucidated a highly intriguing question: how cells move when they are in the complex and physiologically relevant environment of a 3-D extracellular matrix,” said Hyun (Michel) Koo, a professor in the Department of Orthodontics at Penn’s School of Dental Medicine. …

    September 1, 2014 4:58 am


  • ‘Most exciting ever’ Novartis drug points to huge sales

    BARCELONA (Reuters) – Sales forecasts for Novartis’s new heart failure drug are being ramped up by analysts after strikingly good clinical trial results for a medicine doctors expect to transform treatment of the deadly disease. Shares in the Swiss drugmaker jumped over 3 percent to a record high on Monday as data for LCZ696 released at the weekend beat expectations, showing the medicine slashed deaths and hospitalizations, worked across all groups of patients, and had no serious side effects. David Epstein, Novartis’ head of pharmaceuticals, said the launch of the drug next year promised to be the company’s most exciting ever and profit margins on the medicine would be good. The results of a keenly-awaited clinical trial on LCZ696 were released at the annual meeting of the European Society of Cardiology on Saturday and published in the New England Journal of Medicine with a glowing editorial. Investigators working on the study and the company itself …

    September 1, 2014 4:38 am


  • Adam Levine has baby fever and wants them ASAP

    The Maroon 5 front man called in to Ryan Seacrest’s KIIS FM radio show on Friday, Aug. 29, and revealed that he has babies on the brain. Yes, that’s right, Levine wants to have children with his new wife. PHOTO: Adam Levine and wife post first honeymoon selfie Levine and Prinsloo wed in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, so what does the “It Was Always You” hit maker think about becoming a husband? “I think it does change, but in a great way,” Levine confessed of his relationship. “You feel like a man or something, it’s weird. “The relationship doesn’t change, but you feel slightly more masculine,” he added. “I feel like from a man’s perspective … at the end of the day, if you’re with the right person, the guy is supposed to feel like, I think, a little bit more of a man.” Adam Levine’s wife Behati Prinsloo has babies on the brain But …

    September 1, 2014 2:15 am


  • David Cameron stands up to Islamists: A lesson for Barack Obama

      The contrast between Friday’s press conference in London by British Prime Minister David Cameron and Thursday’s White House remarks by President Obama could not have been starker. Mr. Cameron delivered a robust assessment of the scale of the Islamist threat to Great Britain and to the free world.  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT He told journalists assembled at Downing Street that “what we are facing in Iraq now with ISIL (Islamic State) is a greater threat to our security than we have seen before.”  While David Cameron appeared self-assured and determined in his approach, Barack Obama came across as a deer in the headlights, unable to outline a coherent U.S. response to a rapidly growing crisis in the Middle East. He made it clear that ISIS must not be allowed to establish an Islamist caliphate in Iraq. If they succeeded, “we would be facing a terrorist state on the shores of the Mediterranean and bordering a NATO …

    August 30, 2014 3:41 am

Odd News

  • Arizona man arrested for burning, urinating on Bible

    PHOENIX (Reuters) – A 22-year-old Arizona man calling himself “Dark Lord” has been arrested for allegedly burning a Bible and urinating on it outside a Christian-oriented homeless shelter in northern Arizona, police said on Friday. Eric Minerault was booked into the Yavapai County Detention Center late on Thursday on suspicion of one count of unlawful symbol burning stemming from the incident at the Gospel Rescue Mission, Prescott police spokesman Lieutenant Ken Morley said in a written statement. Police were called to the scene at about 9 p.m. by a mission representative reporting that someone was burning something on the mission’s front steps, Morley said. Officers found Minerault standing on the steps, with a burned and wet Bible on the ground near him. He quickly admitted to the act.  He told officers the mission was selected because he believed it was a place of Christian worship and he was “cursing the Christians,” police said. Asked why, …

    August 29, 2014 7:53 pm