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  • Secret Service director resigns

    1 October 2014 Last updated at 20:39 The head of the US Secret Service, tasked with guarding US President Barack Obama, has resigned following several high-profile security lapses. Julia Pierson offered her resignation to the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday. Joseph Clancy, a former special agent in charge of the Presidential Protective Division of the agency, has been appointed to step in. The move follows a major breach of the White House security on 19 September. “Today Julia Pierson, the Director of the United States Secret Service, offered her resignation, and I accepted it,” Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson wrote in a statement. “I salute her 30 years of distinguished service to the Secret Service and the Nation.” Mr Obama also expressed his appreciation to Ms Pierson for her long history of public service, White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters on Wednesday. Ms Pierson offered her resignation because “she …

    October 1, 2014 2:50 pm


  • Asian Republicans Announce 2014 Endorsements

    By Clark Mindock Posted at 12:29 p.m. today 0 Tweet Comstock, left, is running against Democrat John Foust, right, in Virginia’s 10th District. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) The Asian Republican Coalition announced Wednesday its support for five Republicans in the midterms, including two incumbents, two House hopefuls and a gubernatorial candidate. “These candidates believe in creating and building upon strong relationships within the comprehensive Asian American community,” ARC Chairman John J. Ying said in a press release. “We are pleased to see that they will constructively engage to push for an agenda based on education, merit, hard work, personal freedom, entrepreneurship and family.” In Kentucky, ARC endorsed Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who faces Democrat Allison Lundergan Grimes. The Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call rates the race as Leans Republican. They also backed Chris Gibson, R-N.Y., in his race against venture capitalist Sean Eldridge, a Democrat. The Rothenberg Political Report/Roll rates the race in the Empire State’s …

    October 1, 2014 12:08 pm


  • Corvette Z06 among fastest cars on earth

    When it goes on sale next year the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 will be among the fastest production cars in the world. General Motors’ new Chevrolet Corvette Z06, expected to go on sale early next year, can launch itself from a dead stop to 60 miles an hour in less time than it probably took you to read this sentence. In acceleration tests the 650 horsepower Z06 got to 60 in just under three seconds — 2.95 seconds to be very precise — and ran a quarter mile in under 11 seconds. These are feats that few street-legal production cars can match. Those that can, generally cost much more than the Z06 which will start at about $79,000. Even the V10-powered Dodge Viper SRT, which recently had its starting price reduced to about $85,000 from just over $100,000, doesn’t claim a zero to 60 time under three seconds. Gallery – America’s most powerful cars Cars like …

    October 1, 2014 3:10 pm


  • Vikings list Teddy Bridgewater as questionable to play Packers because of sprained ankle

    EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. –  The Minnesota Vikings have listed quarterback Teddy Bridgewater as questionable for their game at Green Bay. The final injury report of the week was released Wednesday, as the Vikings prepared to travel east for their primetime game against the rival Packers Thursday. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Bridgewater sprained his left ankle in the fourth quarter of his first NFL start Sunday, a victory over Atlanta. He was back on the sideline before the end of the game without crutches, and an MRI showed no major damage. But Bridgewater was held out of practice Monday and Tuesday. The NFL’s definition of the questionable designation is a 50 percent chance of playing. The Vikings also announced Wednesday they’ll hold linebacker Chad Greenway out for the second straight game. ___ AP NFL websites: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP_NFL

    October 1, 2014 2:51 pm

World News

  • New Afghan leader reopens bank case

    1 October 2014 Last updated at 18:48 President Ghani vowed that the fight against corruption would be done in “a thorough and systematic way” Afghanistan’s new leader is resuming the investigation into a banking fraud said to be one of the world’s largest. Ashraf Ghani said reopening the Kabul Bank inquiry was the first step in a fight against corruption. The bank collapsed in 2010 after losing almost $1bn (£600m), mostly deposited by international donors. Many of the bank’s staff were sent to prison but the brothers of former President Hamid Karzai, who were involved, were granted immunity. The bank’s founder, Sherkhan Farnood, and ex-CEO Khalilullah Ferozi were jailed for five years after being convicted last year of taking $810m of the $935m stolen. Their sentence was described as “relatively light” by an anti-corruption watchdog. Eighteen others were also jailed but Mr Karzai’s brothers and one of his vice-presidents escaped prosecution because they had returned …

    October 1, 2014 2:50 pm


  • UK legalises music and film ripping

    1 October 2014 Last updated at 17:11 By Leo Kelion Technology desk editor It had previously been an offence to use a PC to make back-ups of purchased media A law has come into effect that permits UK citizens to make copies of CDs, MP3s, DVDs, Blu-rays and e-books. Consumers are allowed to keep the duplicates on local storage or in the cloud. While it is legal to make back-ups for personal use, it remains an offence to share the data with friends or family. Making such copies – including ripping CDs to iTunes – had previously qualified as copyright infringement, although cases were rarely prosecuted. The changes were detailed in June, when the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) issued guidance, but had not come into effect until now. “These changes are going to bring our IP [intellectual property] laws into the 21st century,” said the minister for Intellectual Property, Baroness Neville-Rolfe. “They will mean that …

    October 1, 2014 12:08 pm


  • How dinosaur arms turned into bird wings

    Although we now appreciate that birds evolved from a branch of the dinosaur family tree, a crucial adaptation for flight has continued to puzzle evolutionary biologists. During the millions of years that elapsed, wrists went from straight to bent and hyperflexible, allowing birds to fold their wings neatly against their bodies when not flying. How this happened has been the subject of much debate, with substantial disagreement between developmental biologists, who study how the wings of modern birds develop in the growing embryo, and palaeontologists who study the bones of dinosaurs and early birds. A resolution to this impasse is now provided by an exciting new study publishing on September 30 in PLOS Biology. Underlying this striking evolutionary transformation change is a halving in the number of wrist bones, but developmental biologists and palaeontologists have different names for most of them, and seldom agree on the correspondence between specific dinosaur bones and those of their …

    October 1, 2014 8:25 am


  • Portola Pharma drug reverses effect of anti-clotting drugs in study

    (Reuters) – Portola Pharmaceuticals Inc said its drug met the main goal of reversing the effect of anti-coagulant drugs in a late-stage study. Data showed that an intravenous shot of the drug, andexanet alfa, immediately reversed the effect of Eliquis, an anti-clotting drug by Bristol-Myers Squibb Co and Pfizer Inc. Andexanet alfa is also being tested against Xarelto, a drug made by Bayer Healthcare and Johnson Johnson’s unit Janssen, Portola said in a statement. (Reporting by Vidya L Nathan in Bangalore; Editing by Kirti Pandey)

    October 1, 2014 8:05 am


  • Liv Tyler Debuts Growing Baby Bump After Confirming Pregnancy

    Posted on Wed Oct 1st, 2014 11:00am PDT       By X17 Staff She’s glowing! Liv Tyler’s baby belly was on full display in a blue floral dress as she attended the Miu Miu fashion show today in Paris, and the actress looks to be into her second trimester already. The Leftovers star confirmed she is expecting a child with boyfriend Dave Gardner, who she has been dating since earlier this year. This will be the second child for the 37-year-old, who has son Milo from her previous marriage to rocker Royston Langdon. Her beau is besties with David Beckham, so we wonder if their future kid will have playdates with Harper Beckham?   SEE THE GALLERY Liv Tyler Looks Glam At The Miu Miu Fashion Show Stories from around the Web

    October 1, 2014 1:49 pm


  • Failing our veterans: We cannot leave US Marine Tahmooressi behind in Mexico

    On Wednesday morning I had the privilege and honor to testify before the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere to help draw attention to the plight of Marine Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi, a decorated combat veteran who the Mexican government has been permitted to hold for more than six months. I testified alongside Jill Tahmooressi, Andrew’s incredibly courageous mother, Sergeant Robert Buchanan, USMC (Ret.) who served with Andrew in Afghanistan and television personality and veterans advocate Lieutenant Commander Montel Williams. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Here is a slightly adapted version of my prepared testimony: Mrs. Tahmooressi, your courageous advocacy on behalf of your son is an inspiration to us all. It’s an honor to be here with you. Sergeant Buchanan, thank you for your service to this nation, and for your willingness to continue to have the back of your fellow Marine. Finally, Lieutenant Commander Williams, thank you for using your substantial platform to advocate …

    October 1, 2014 12:08 pm

Odd News

  • Hundreds of chickens killed by intruders at California farm: police

    (Reuters) – Intruders beat to death more than 900 chickens, some of them with a golf club, during a break-in at a commercial poultry farm in central California, authorities said. The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office said the suspects pulled back part of the fence to enter the Foster Farms facility. “Once inside, the suspects used a golf club, and possibly another similar type instrument, to slaughter the birds,” it said in a statement, adding that 920 chickens were killed. Livingston, California-based Foster Farms said it was “an unconscionable act of animal cruelty” that appears to be a random act of violence. “Foster Farms is working with local law enforcement … and is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the persons responsible,” it said in a statement. The incident happened on Sept. 20 but only came to light on Tuesday after the sheriff’s office called for the public’s help …

    October 1, 2014 12:28 pm