• IMF’s Lagarde under investigation

    IMF’s Lagarde under investigation

    27 August 2014 Last updated at 12:30 Christine Lagarde denies wrongdoing in the Bernard Tapie compensation case French authorities have formally opened a negligence investigation into Christine Lagarde, the head of the International Monetary Fund...
  • Time Warner Cable comes back from nationwide Internet outage

    Time Warner Cable comes back from nationwide Internet outage

      Time Warner Cable, one of the nation’s largest cable and broadband providers, suffered an unusual nationwide Internet outage early Wednesday morning, sparking new complaints about the company’s service. Time Warner Cable, which serves about...
  • Sorting cells with sound waves

    Researchers from MIT, Pennsylvania State University, and Carnegie Mellon University have devised a new way to separate cells by exposing them to sound waves as they flow through a tiny channel. Their device, about the...
  • IS accused of Syria mass atrocities

    IS accused of Syria mass atrocities

    27 August 2014 Last updated at 12:37 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Could the US have prevented the rise of IS, asks Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen Islamic State militants have...

Headline News

  • Driver charged in New Jersey farmers market crash denied lower bail


    PATERSON, N.J. –  A judge has refused to lower bail for the driver accused of causing a deadly crash at a New Jersey farmers market. James Woetzel pleaded not guilty to vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident that resulted in death. He remains held on $200,000 bail. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Authorities say the 48-year-old drove his pickup truck through a barricade at the Hawthorne market, killing a woman and injuring two other people on Aug. 10. The Record (http://bit.ly/VNisOm ) newspaper reports Woetzel’s attorney argued during a bail hearing on Tuesday that his client’s blood sugar was three times higher than normal at the time of the crash and there was no evidence he was intoxicated. Prosecutors said they’re awaiting the results of blood tests. ___ Information from: The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.), http://www.northjersey.com

    August 27, 2014 7:40 am
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Politics

  • Top 4 Races to Watch in the Mountain Region


    By Nathan L. Gonzales Posted at 5 a.m. Aug. 27 0 Tweet There are a lot of wide open spaces in the Rocky Mountain West — but few competitive races. Despite a dearth of important contests, the races to watch here could be good indicators of which party has the upper hand in the fall. Three races dropped from our Top 5 list since last summer. Idaho’s 2nd District is no longer worth watching after Rep. Mike Simpson defeated attorney Bryan Smith in the Republican primary. The Montana Senate race is now a likely GOP takeover after appointed Sen. John Walsh faced plagiarism charges and dropped out of the race. And Utah’s 4th District is all-but-over since Democratic Rep. Jim Matheson chose retirement over another competitive race with Republican Mia Love. Here are the top four races to watch in the Mountain region (since I couldn’t come up with five): Colorado Senate. GOP Rep. Cory …

    August 27, 2014 6:39 am
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Stocks

  • Time Warner Cable comes back from nationwide Internet outage


      Time Warner Cable, one of the nation’s largest cable and broadband providers, suffered an unusual nationwide Internet outage early Wednesday morning, sparking new complaints about the company’s service. Time Warner Cable, which serves about 14.5 million of the country’s 115 million homes, said the outage occurred at 4:30 a.m. ET “during our routine network maintenance.” “An issue with our Internet backbone created disruption with our Internet and On Demand services,” the company said in a statement. “As of 6 a.m. ET, services were largely restored as updates continue to bring all customers back online,” the company added. The company said that cable TV and phone services were not affected by the Internet downtime. Related: Would you sign up for ‘virtual cable’ Some Time Warner Cable customers said in tweets that their Internet service was still spotty after 7 a.m., though it had resumed working for others, including this reporter, who’s filing his story via …

    August 27, 2014 7:40 am
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Sports

  • Experienced Hawkeyes full of optimism heading into 2014


    IOWA CITY, Iowa –  Iowa’s biggest concern could be at kicker. Or maybe punter. However, for the first time in a long while, the Hawkeyes enter a season with more answers than questions. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Iowa opens the season Saturday against Northern Iowa with a remarkably settled depth chart. Aside from the kicking game and a bit of jostling at linebacker, the Hawkeyes know exactly who they’ll be counting on in 2014. As long as Iowa stays healthy — and that’s a huge if to anyone who has followed the program in recent years — it appears to have enough depth and experience to contend for the Big Ten West title. “Experience is important. But only if you use it to your advantage,” coach Kirk Ferentz said. “It all starts, to me, with the guys coming back (they) have to play better.” The Hawkeyes look like they’ve settled on a linebacker rotation after losing three …

    August 27, 2014 7:40 am
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World News

  • IMF’s Lagarde under investigation


    27 August 2014 Last updated at 12:30 Christine Lagarde denies wrongdoing in the Bernard Tapie compensation case French authorities have formally opened a negligence investigation into Christine Lagarde, the head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). She has been questioned about her role in awarding 400m euro (£318m; $527m) in compensation to businessman Bernard Tapie in 2008. She denies wrongdoing. Ms Lagarde, 58, was finance minister in President Nicolas Sarkozy’s government at the time of the award. Mr Tapie supported Mr Sarkozy in the 2007 presidential election. He was once a majority shareholder in sports goods company Adidas but sold it in 1993 in order to become a cabinet minister in Francois Mitterrand’s Socialist government. Bernard Tapie bought Olympique Marseille football club and Adidas before going into politics Mr Tapie sued Credit Lyonnais over its handling of the sale, alleging the partly state-owned bank had defrauded him by deliberately undervaluing the company. His case was …

    August 27, 2014 7:40 am
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Technology

  • Google promises speed, security with 64-bit Chrome on Windows


    Only those who specifically download the 64-bit Chrome version will get it. Stephen Shankland/CNET Google on Tuesday pushed its Chrome browser into the 64-bit software era — on Windows, at least, and only for those who specifically download it. The new version, Chrome 37, takes advantage of the transition over the last decade to PCs with 64-bit processors, which can handle vastly larger amounts of memory and that offer more data-storage slots called registers that can improve performance. Because of plug-in compatibility problems, though, only those who specifically download the 64-bit Chrome version will get it. And 64-bit Chrome for Macs remains a work in progress. The new Chrome is 15 percent faster at decoding HD videos on YouTube as a result, said Chrome team programmer Will Harris in a blog post. It also is less prone to crashes in the renderer — the core part of the browser that interprets Web site programming instructions …

    August 27, 2014 6:39 am
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Science

  • Sorting cells with sound waves


    Researchers from MIT, Pennsylvania State University, and Carnegie Mellon University have devised a new way to separate cells by exposing them to sound waves as they flow through a tiny channel. Their device, about the size of a dime, could be used to detect the extremely rare tumor cells that circulate in cancer patients’ blood, helping doctors predict whether a tumor is going to spread. Separating cells with sound offers a gentler alternative to existing cell-sorting technologies, which require tagging the cells with chemicals or exposing them to stronger mechanical forces that may damage them. “Acoustic pressure is very mild and much smaller in terms of forces and disturbance to the cell. This is a most gentle way to separate cells, and there’s no artificial labeling necessary,” says Ming Dao, a principal research scientist in MIT’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering and one of the senior authors of the paper, which appears this week …

    August 27, 2014 7:00 am
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Health

  • WHO employee infected by Ebola to be flown to Hamburg for treatment


    BERLIN (Reuters) – An employee of the World Health Organization (WHO) who contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone will be flown to the German city of Hamburg for treatment, a spokesman for the city said. Rico Schmidt, spokesman for the Hamburg Health Senate, said the patient would arrive later on Wednesday and be treated at Hamburg university clinic’s tropical medicine institute. The WHO in Geneva said the patient was a Senegalese epidemiologist. One of the deadliest diseases known to man, Ebola is transmitted by contact with body fluids and the current outbreak has killed at least 120 healthcare workers. The WHO has deployed nearly 400 of its own staff and partner organizations to fight the epidemic of the highly contagious hemorrhagic fever, which has struck Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea and Nigeria. On Tuesday, it said it had shut a laboratory in Sierra Leone after a Senegalese medic there became infected. At least 1,427 people have died …

    August 27, 2014 6:39 am
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Entertainment

  • Pam Anderson changes her mind, divorce off


    The petition was sent to court on Aug. 21. There’s no word on what changed her mind, but this is the latest chapter in their ongoing love saga. This is the second time the couple has given marriage a try. Pamela Anderson reveals horrific history of sexual abuse The volatile duo first swapped vows in a Las Vegas wedding in October 2007. By February 2008, Anderson was filing to have the marriage annulled. After years apart, the mother of two admitted to Ellen DeGeneres that the two were “best friends with benefits.” That led to a second time at the altar in January of this year. The second go-around lasted a little longer than the first time. Anderson filed for divorce in July, but she was spotted kissing him in Malibu, California, only a week later. Pam Anderson slams ALS for testing on animals According to a Daily Mail source, Anderson used divorce as a …

    August 27, 2014 6:19 am
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Editorial

  • If only EPA stood for ‘Enough Protection Already’


      Thanks, Environmental Protection Agency! You’ve required sewage treatment plants, catalytic converters on cars and other things that made the world cleaner than the world in which I grew up. Good work. Today, America’s waterways are so much cleaner that I swim in New York City’s once-filthy Hudson River — right beside skyscrapers in which millions of people, uh, flush. The air we breathe is also cleaner than it’s been for 60 years. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT In a rational world, environmental bureaucrats would now say, “Mission accomplished. We set tough standards, so we don’t need to keep doing more. Stick a fork in it! We’re done.” America does still need some bureaucrats to enforce existing environmental rules and watch for new pollution problems. But we don’t need what we’ve got: 16,000 environmental regulators constantly trying to control more of our lives. OK, I went too far. America does still need some bureaucrats to enforce existing environmental …

    August 27, 2014 6:39 am
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Odd News

  • Shaun the sheep, when shorn, may turn out to be world’s woolliest


    SYDNEY (Reuters) – Two Australian farmers say that they may have found the world’s woolliest sheep, whose estimated 25 kg (55 lb) coat, if confirmed, could shatter the world record currently held by neighboring New Zealand. Shaun the sheep was found on Sunday wandering in a country area near the town of Oatlands, 84 km (52 miles) from Hobart, the capital of Tasmania, the largely rural island state off Australia’s southeastern coast. “He couldn’t see very well because of the wool over his face, so I snuck up behind him and grabbed ahold of him,” farmer Peter Hazell told reporters. The six-year-old merino sheep had likely never been shorn in his life, the farmers said, but he was due to have a date with the clippers in the next few days. The Australian farmers say they anticipate Shaun will overtake the current world record, held by a New Zealand sheep called Shrek. (Reporting by Samantha …

    August 27, 2014 2:55 am
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