• Ebola outbreak speed ‘unprecedented’

    Ebola outbreak speed ‘unprecedented’

    22 August 2014 Last updated at 23:00 Food was distributed in the West Point area of Monrovia, where some residents have expressed anger over a quarantine The World Health Organization has said the speed and...
  • Hot Dog on a Stick gets new life

    Hot Dog on a Stick gets new life

    Hot Dog on a Stick just got a new lease on life. The popular West Coast corndog chain was rescued from bankruptcy via a $12.2 million deal, Thursday. The buyer, Global Franchise Group, also owns...
  • National Guard pulls out of Ferguson

    National Guard pulls out of Ferguson

    23 August 2014 Last updated at 01:45 Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has said National Guard troops are no longer needed in Ferguson The National Guard has begun withdrawing from Ferguson, Missouri, where the shooting of...
  • US anger at China ‘air interception’

    US anger at China ‘air interception’

    23 August 2014 Last updated at 00:05 The US has released photographs of the Chinese Su-27 aircraft which it says was responsible for carrying out the dangerous manoeuvres A Chinese fighter came perilously close to...
  • The king of the leakers

    The king of the leakers

    23 August 2014 Last updated at 00:47 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. WATCH: The man who shares the industry’s secrets Can you keep a secret? The technology industry sure can’t. As...
  • Ryu widens lead in Ontario

    London, ON (SportsNetwork.com) – Following her course-record 63 in the opening round, So Yeon Ryu fired a 6-under 66 on Friday to widen her lead to five heading into the weekend at the Canadian Pacific...

Headline News

  • National Guard pulls out of Ferguson


    23 August 2014 Last updated at 01:45 Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has said National Guard troops are no longer needed in Ferguson The National Guard has begun withdrawing from Ferguson, Missouri, where the shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white policeman has sparked days of protests. The troops were deployed on Monday when demonstrations became more violent. On Thursday, Missouri governor Jay Nixon ordered their withdrawal when it appeared that tensions had eased. Michael Brown, 18, was killed on 9 August after being stopped by a police officer for walking in the street. Protests have quietened down in Ferguson after days of violent clashes with the police Mr Nixon had called in the National Guard, a military force established by the state of Missouri, on Monday to support police operations, amid unrest driven by anger over Brown’s death and the police response. Monday night ‘critical’ But Wednesday and Thursday were relatively calm with …

    August 22, 2014 7:54 pm
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Politics

  • California Senate passes gun database checks bill


    SACRAMENTO (Reuters) – The California Senate passed a bill on Friday requiring local law enforcement to search a database of firearms owners in most cases when carrying out checks on people who may harm themselves or others. The move follows the Isla Vista killings in Southern California in May, when 22-year-old Elliot Rodger fatally shot and stabbed six people before killing himself near the University of California Santa Barbara campus.     Less than a month before the killings, local law enforcement carried out a “welfare check” on Rodger. Welfare checks are inquiries into the well-being of a person, motivated by concern that they may pose a danger to themselves or others. California state Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, whose district includes Isla Vista and who introduced the bill, said it would never be known for sure whether a gun database search then might have led to a different outcome in the case of Rodger.     ”But the next time California experiences …

    August 22, 2014 5:13 pm
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Stocks

  • Hot Dog on a Stick gets new life


    Hot Dog on a Stick just got a new lease on life. The popular West Coast corndog chain was rescued from bankruptcy via a $12.2 million deal, Thursday. The buyer, Global Franchise Group, also owns Great American Cookies, Pretzelmaker, MaggieMoo’s and Marble Slab Creamery. It is part of private equity shop Levine Leichtman Capital Partners’ portfolio, which includes Quizno’s, another restaurant chain that filed for bankruptcy in March. Related: Eight of the world’s craziest fast food items Hot Dog on a Stick got its start in 1946 in California, when founder Dave Barham sold the famous corndogs on a Santa Monica beach and at county fair stands hooked up to his Lincoln Continental. It later became a staple in mall food courts in the 1970s, and even played a cameo in the 1982 movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High. But business dried up when the recession hit. Stuck with a bunch of struggling storefronts with …

    August 22, 2014 8:14 pm
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Sports

  • Mickelson serves up a treat for fans at The Barclays


    PARAMUS New Jersey (Reuters) – Phil Mickelson, a fan favorite for his bold play and friendly disposition, gave spectators at The Barclays an unusual treat on Friday as he played a shot from a hospitality tent dining deck. The five-times major champion blasted an errant drive at the 295-yard par-four fifth hole at Ridgewood Country Club and a bad bounce placed the ball on the artificial turf floor among the dining tables on the deck of a grandstand overlooking the green. With the crowd around the green roaring encouragement, Mickelson climbed the stairs and surveyed his lie as patrons parted to let him through. After some tables were shoved aside and backpacks cleared from the floor to give him room, Mickelson played on. “I hit a crappy drive, hit the cart path and went into the grandstands, and my drop was going to be in hay,” explained the big left-hander. “I had a clear lie …

    August 22, 2014 7:53 pm
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World News

  • Ebola outbreak speed ‘unprecedented’


    22 August 2014 Last updated at 23:00 Food was distributed in the West Point area of Monrovia, where some residents have expressed anger over a quarantine The World Health Organization has said the speed and extent of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is “unprecedented”. The WHO’s Dr Keiji Fukuda expressed concern over so-called “shadow zones”, areas which cannot be reached and where patients are not being detected. The organisation confirmed 142 new cases of the disease had been reported since 19 August, as well as 77 deaths. Already more people have died in this outbreak of Ebola than in any other. At least 1,427 people have now died in the outbreak so far, with the number of cases now standing at 2,615. Speaking at a news conference in the Liberian capital Monrovia, Dr Fukuda said combating the disease would take “several months of hard work”. “We haven’t seen an Ebola outbreak covering towns, rural …

    August 22, 2014 8:14 pm
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Technology

  • OS Flaw Leaves Android Wide Open for App Hack Attacks


    A flaw in Android’s GUI framework let university researchers hack into applications with up to 92 percent success rate. They tested apps from Gmail, HR Block, Newegg, WebMD, Chase Bank, Hotels.com and Amazon. “Changes in the shared memory side channel allow an attacker to infer if there is an activity transition going on in the foreground,” researcher Zhiyun Qian, an assistant professor at the University of California at Riverside, told LinuxInsider. “This is a design choice by modern OSes … . The same attack may work as well [on other mobile OSes],” he added. Details of the Flaw When a new screen or window is shown, the GUI framework allocates a fixed amount of memory in the shared memory register that’s proportional to the size of the screen, Qian said. This memory is allocated inside the app process and shared with a separate window compositor process. Shared memory is commonly adopted by window managers to …

    August 22, 2014 5:13 pm
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Science

  • Tissue regeneration using anti-inflammatory nanomolecules


    Anyone who has suffered an injury can probably remember the after-effects, including pain, swelling or redness. These are signs that the body is fighting back against the injury. When tissue in the body is damaged, biological programs are activated to aid in tissue regeneration. An inflammatory response acts as a protective mechanism to enable repair and regeneration, helping the body to heal after injuries such as wounds and burns. However, the same mechanism may interfere with healing in situations in which foreign material is introduced, for example when synthetics are grafted to skin for dermal repair. In such cases, the inflammation may lead to tissue fibrosis, which creates an obstacle to proper physiological function. The research group of Arun Sharma, PhD has been working on innovative approaches to tissue regeneration in order to improve the lives of patients with urinary bladder dysfunction. Among their breakthroughs was a medical model for regenerating bladders using stem cells …

    August 22, 2014 5:33 pm
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Health

  • WHO warns of ‘shadow zones’ and unreported Ebola cases


    GENEVA/MONROVIA (Reuters) – Families hiding infected loved ones and the existence of “shadow zones” where medics cannot go mean the West African Ebola epidemic is even bigger than thought, the World Health Organization said on Friday. Some 1,427 people have died among 2,615 known cases of the deadly virus in West Africa since the outbreak was first identified in March, according to new figures released by the WHO on Friday. However the U.N. agency, which has faced criticism that it moved too slowly to contain the outbreak, said that many cases had probably gone unreported. Independent experts raised similar concerns a month ago that the contagion could be worse than reported because some residents of affected areas are chasing away health workers and shunning treatment. Despite initial assertions by regional health officials that the virus had been contained in its early stages, Ebola case numbers and deaths have ballooned in recent months as the outbreak …

    August 22, 2014 5:13 pm
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Entertainment

  • Jill and Derick Willard "are so grateful to God" for pregnancy


    The Duggars want more children, visit fertility clinic  Only a few months after being married, 19 Kids and Counting’s Jill Duggar and her new husband Derick Dillard announced they are expecting their first child. The couple seems over the moon about the news, and they’re opening up about a new marriage and baby all at once. “We are so grateful to God for this new little blessing!” the couple told Us Weekly. “We appreciate all the well-wishes and are enjoying this new season of life as we look forward to parenthood!” Duggar and Dillard were married on June 23, and they said they wanted to start a family right away — something that is obviously in the cards for them. “Both of us want as many kids as God will give us,” Duggar explained a few months before her wedding. “My parents have kept popping them out, so we’ll see how [our] fertility is!” Jill …

    August 22, 2014 6:53 pm
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Editorial

  • What pastors should be saying about Ferguson and racial unrest


      Some of the greatest abuse stemming from the situation in Ferguson is not coming from the hands of law enforcement officers but from the mouths of ministers who are exploiting this situation to  advance  their own agendas rather than bring healing to a community and nation torn apart by racial division.   I’m not only referring to pastoral provocateurs such as Al Sharpton who is spear-heading  an “Anti-Police Rally” this weekend or Jesse Jackson who has been roundly criticized for using the Ferguson chaos to raise funds for his church.    ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT White ministers throughout the country are also using the unrest in Ferguson to either score points with segments of their congregation by demonstrating how racially sensitive they are or to deal with their own angst over “white privilege.” There is no greater service we can perform than to speak truth to people, regardless how unpopular or politically incorrect that truth is. …

    August 22, 2014 5:13 pm
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Odd News

  • It’s ‘bone-appétit’ for California pooches under new law


    (Reuters) – California diners can now legally enjoy a meal on a restaurant patio with their dogs in tow, under a law signed Thursday by Governor Jerry Brown that eliminates health code regulations banning restaurant owners from allowing pooches on the premises. Starting next year, California canines will be allowed to dine al fresco if they are wearing leashes or are relaxing in a carrier. ““I wish everyone ‘bone-appétit,’” quipped Democratic Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, the law’s author. “Restaurateurs in California will see more businesses catering to their customers and the canine companions they love.” The new law clarifies a section of the state’s health code that banned dogs from restaurants altogether, including on outdoor patios or courtyards. The rule has caused confusion because some local governments choose to enforce the law, while others turned a blind eye. In counties where local officials were more lax about enforcement, restaurant owners who encouraged their guests to bring …

    August 22, 2014 1:19 am
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