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  • Pope chooses Blase Cupich for Chicago archbishop

    Sept. 20, 2014: Newly appointed Archbishop of Chicago, Archbishop Blase Cupich speaks to the media after it was announced that he would replace Cardinal Francis George, retiring leader of the Chicago Catholic Archdiocese during a news conference in Chicago. (AP) As the leader of two American dioceses, Roman Catholic Bishop Blase Cupich has staked out a firm position in the middle of the road. He has spoken out against same-sex marriage and against conservative hostility toward gay rights advocates. He has opposed abortion, while urging parishioners and priests to have patience, not disdain, for those who disagree. And he has criticized fellow U.S. bishops who threatened to shut down religious charities instead of pursuing a compromise with the White House over health care policies that go against Catholic teaching. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT On Saturday, Pope Francis named Cupich as the next archbishop of Chicago, sending a strong signal about the direction that the pontiff is taking …

    September 20, 2014 10:17 pm


  • Five ways to protect self from data breaches

    Shoppers walk through the aisles at the Home Depot store in Williston, Vt.(AP Photo/Toby Talbot) Data breaches at retailers aren’t going away but there are ways consumers can protect themselves from future heists of their payment card information. Home Depot said Thursday that malicious software lurking in its check-out terminals between April and September affected 56 million debit and credit cards that customers swiped at its stores. Target, Michaels and Neiman Marcus have also been attacked by hackers in the past year. More breaches are likely. The Department of Homeland Security Department warned last month that more than 1,000 retailers could have malware in their cash-register computers. Here are five ways to protect yourself: 1. CONSIDER ANOTHER WAY TO PAY Try newer ways to pay, such as PayPal or Apple Pay. “Any technology that avoids you having your credit card in your hand in a store is safer,” says Craig Young, security researcher for software …

    September 20, 2014 8:55 pm


  • Apple’s iPhone 6 goes on sale, and the lines are insane

      It’s New iPhone Day… at least, for those of you that don’t mind waiting hours in line. The new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus hit stores Friday, with Apple (AAPL, Tech30) fans around the world camping out in line to become some of the first owners of the new devices. In New York City, nearly 1,000 people were already in line by around 9 p.m. Thursday evening — a line that spanned several city blocks. In Hong Kong, the line started around 5 p.m. Thursday, and grew to include customers who had flown in from India, China and the United Kingdom just to make their purchases. Sales started with a literal bang in Australia, where a young man at the head of the line outside a Perth store unboxed his new iPhone 6 on live TV, only to drop it to the pavement. (Onlookers gasped, though the device reportedly survived the fall just …

    September 20, 2014 9:56 pm


  • Jones homers twice as Orioles down Red Sox

    Baltimore, MD (SportsNetwork.com) – Adam Jones hit a pair of two-run home runs and the Baltimore Orioles grabbed a 7-2 win over the Boston Red Sox in the second of a three-game set. Christian Walker added a solo home run with Nelson Cruz and Jonathan Schoop each driving in a run for the Orioles, who have won five of their last six games. Chris Tillman (13-5) gave up two runs on five hits with a pair of walks and six strikeouts in seven innings of work. David Ortiz hit a two-run home run for the Red Sox, who have lost four of their last five games. Rubby De La Rosa (4-8) pitched four innings and gave up four runs on six hits and two walks. Boston struck in the first inning as Mookie Betts led off with a walk and Ortiz hit his third home run of the series and 35th on the season for …

    September 20, 2014 10:17 pm

World News

  • Afghan contender concedes presidency

    20 September 2014 Last updated at 23:42 Ashraf Ghani (left) and Abdullah Abdullah have been wrangling over the result for weeks Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah has said he accepts that his rival Ashraf Ghani should be leader, following months of deadlock. Mr Abdullah’s spokesman told the BBC that both men had agreed to form a government of national unity with Mr Ghani as president and Mr Abdullah nominating a chief executive. An official announcement is expected to be made on Sunday. Both sides have accused the other of fraud following June’s election. The move follows the completion of a comprehensive audit of all eight million votes which began in July. Protest threats A spokesman for Mr Ghani said that there was no longer any dispute between the two sides. “Both camps have agreed 100% on everything and we’ll sign the deal tomorrow”, Faizullah Zaki told Reuters. Under the terms of the deal, Mr Ghani …

    September 20, 2014 10:17 pm


  • Touch, hear, pal around in a virtual world: Oculus execs discuss the future

    Oculus executives discussing VR’s future at the company’s first developer conference. Ian Sherr/CNET HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — What’s next for virtual reality technology? Ask most developers, and they’ll mention obvious advancements Oculus could make with its device, such as higher-quality displays. But beyond that, the next big technological breakthrough some are expecting from the company is motion controllers — devices that let players drive the action and manipulate objects in games with hand and body movements. Oculus has been developing motion controllers, but it has yet to actually show them off. During a panel at Oculus’ first developer conference here, executives from the company gave potential insight as to why. The struggle, they said, is making a controller that feels as realistic as possible. While many users have become accustomed to holding an Xbox controller, motion controllers are far more complex and they still don’t really simulate real-life enough to help players feel like they’re in …

    September 20, 2014 8:56 pm


  • UChicago-Argonne National Lab team improves solar-cell efficiency

    Related images(click to enlarge) New light has been shed on solar power generation using devices made with polymers, thanks to a collaboration between scientists in the University of Chicago’s chemistry department, the Institute for Molecular Engineering, and Argonne National Laboratory. Researchers identified a new polymer — a type of large molecule that forms plastics and other familiar materials — which improved the efficiency of solar cells. The group also determined the method by which the polymer improved the cells’ efficiency. The polymer allowed electrical charges to move more easily throughout the cell, boosting the production of electricity — a mechanism never before demonstrated in such devices. “Polymer solar cells have great potential to provide low-cost, lightweight and flexible electronic devices to harvest solar energy,” said Luyao Lu, graduate student in chemistry and lead author of a paper describing the result, published online last month in the journal Nature Photonics. Solar cells made from polymers are …

    September 20, 2014 9:16 pm


  • Bill Clinton says must ‘do whatever it takes’ to fight Ebola

    WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – New initiatives from the United States, Britain, France and other countries to help fight the Ebola epidemic that has been spreading exponentially in West Africa marked a “good beginning,” former President Bill Clinton said on Saturday, but said the world will need to do more. “We’re still a little behind the curve but we’re getting there,” Clinton told reporters in a conference call, a day before his charity, the Clinton Global Initiative, was set to begin its 10th annual meeting in New York. A chartered 747 jet, carrying the largest single shipment of aid to the Ebola zone to date and coordinated by CGI and other U.S. aid organizations, departed New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport on Saturday afternoon bound for West Africa. After refueling in Cape Verde, the Kalitta Air charter is scheduled to land in Freetown, Sierra Leone, on Sunday morning. The shipment of 170 pallets containing gloves, …

    September 20, 2014 4:52 pm


  • The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills Go For A Run Around The Neighborhood

    Posted on Sat Sep 20th, 2014 10:30am PDT       By X17 Staff They’re working it out together! Yesterday, the ladies of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills joined forces for a friendly jog through the neighborhood while showing their camaraderie rocking “Dream Team” t-shirts. That didn’t take long! Show alums Brandi Glanville and Kyle Richards were in full stride while newcomer Lisa Rinna worked her way into the fold, much to the dismay of Brandi, who has reportedly stated that Lisa has “the perfect life.” While it appears that the ladies are getting along well, the jealousy is already brewing based on Glanville’s rumored comments. Let’s see if the drama takes it up a notch!   SEE THE GALLERY The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills Go For A Dream Team Run Stories from around the Web

    September 20, 2014 10:37 pm


Odd News

  • Armed with banana, man robs Philadelphia store, slips away on bike

    PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – A man armed with a banana robbed a convenience store in Philadelphia and rode away on a bicycle with cash and cigarettes, a security surveillance tape showed. The suspect strolled into Tejada Grocery and got in line behind another customer at the counter, where individual bananas were available for sale, according to the tape of Tuesday’s robbery, which was released by police on Wednesday. As his turn at the cash register approached, the man stuffed a banana into the pocket of his hoodie and used it to simulate a gun. Police said the man demanded cash and cigarettes. The robber rode then away on a bicycle, surveillance video showed. Authorities, who did not say how much cash was taken, said the suspect was still being sought on Thursday. (Editing by Barbara Goldberg)

    September 20, 2014 12:46 am