Headline News

  • Couple in Petraeus-related lawsuit to seek reporters’ testimony about their sources for leaks


    WASHINGTON –  A couple suing over leaks in the federal investigation that led to CIA Director David Petraeus’ resignation intend to subpoena at least two journalists in an attempt to compel testimony about their sources, The Associated Press has learned. That legal strategy was driven by a judge’s decision in July to quash efforts by lawyers for Scott and Jill Kelley to question Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, who was the Defense Department’s general counsel at the time of the investigation. The judge had told the Kelleys’ lawyers that because Johnson was a Cabinet secretary, they could not question him until after subpoenaing reporters about any conversations Johnson or his subordinates had with journalists about Jill Kelley’s relationship with Petraeus or Marine Gen. John R. Allen. “It may turn out that the information plaintiffs seek cannot be obtained through any other means, but that … has yet to be established,” U.S. District Judge Amy Berman …

    September 3, 2015 3:41 am
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Politics

  • First U.S. President to enter Arctic Circle


    President Barack Obama delivers remarks at Kotzebue School, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, in Kotzebue, Alaska. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) President Barack Obama crossed the Arctic Circle on Wednesday in a first by a sitting U.S. president, telling residents in a far-flung Alaska village that their plight should be the world’s wake-up call on global warming. Obama’s visit to Kotzebue, a town of some 3,000 people in the Alaska Arctic, was designed to snap the country to attention by illustrating the ways warmer temperatures have already threatened entire communities and ways of life in Alaska. He said, despite progress in reducing greenhouse gases, the planet is already warming and the U.S. isn’t doing enough to stop it. “I’ve been trying to make the rest of the country more aware of a changing climate, but you’re already living it,” Obama told a crowd of more than 1,000 in this rough-and-tumble town on Alaska’s western coast. As he closed …

    September 3, 2015 3:20 am
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Stocks

  • Beijing won’t fire its bazooka to boost economy


    China paraded its military might through the streets of Beijing on Thursday as the country showed off its newest weapons. Investors hoping for a similar show of force to boost the slowing Chinese economy and calm nerves about global growth will be disappointed. Beijing will be far more circumspect with its economic arsenal, and is unlikely to launch a big fiscal stimulus package in the coming months, experts say. Instead, officials will continue to shore up growth with smaller, targeted measures, and further monetary easing. There will, in other words, be no “big bazooka.” “Spending will be rolled out incrementally and not in any big bang package,” analysts at Eurasia Group wrote in a research note. “New spending will largely come from the central government and it will not reach anywhere near the levels of the government’s massive 4 trillion yuan ($586 billion) response to the global financial crisis in 2008 to 2009.” The People’s …

    September 3, 2015 2:20 am
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Sports

  • Longtime coach Kirk Ferentz overhauls Hawkeyes


    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) It all seemed so very unlike Kirk Ferentz. There was the 60-year-old Iowa coach, whose approach to football has often been mocked for being too old-fashioned, teasing new ”blackout” uniforms in front of his Hawkeyes as a song by rapper Rick Ross played in the background. A fashion show during fall camp? That would seem to be the last thing the Ferentz of old would ever allow. ”We had some sharp young guys think about some stuff and come up with some ideas and did a little unveiling with our players. It was well-received,” Ferentz said. Ferentz couldn’t help himself from chuckling that he found it ”amazing” that anyone would be so interested in new uniforms. Still, it was a sign that Ferentz is trying to adapt to changing times after winning just 34 games in the last five seasons. ”It’s a new era, right? New millennium and all that stuff,” …

    September 3, 2015 3:41 am
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World News

  • Three sisters give birth on same day


    Image copyright RTÉ Image caption Three sisters gave birth on Tuesday while their fourth sister, who is also a maternity patient at the same hospital, went overdue with her pregnancy Three Irish sisters have all given birth on the same day, in the same hospital, while a fourth sister who is also pregnant, was days overdue. The three cousins were all born at Mayo General Hospital in Castlebar, County Mayo, on Tuesday, 1 September. The sisters, who all live close to each other in Cloonfad, County Roscommon, said the co-ordinating births were not planned. Staff at the hospital said the three babies were healthy and thriving. Mairead FitzPatrick was the first sister to give birth – to a boy named Thomas Óg – at 03:25 local time on Tuesday. Her sister Joeline Godfrey had a baby girl named Sorcha at about 11:00, and the third sibling, Bernie Ward, gave birth to a boy called Phelim …

    September 3, 2015 3:21 am
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Technology

  • Could Slack’s Slackbot herald the era of virtual colleagues?


    Virtual assistants powered by artificial intelligence are a staple of popular culture, from HAL 9000 in the Space Odyssey series to Samantha in 2013 film Her. But these assistants are no longer science fiction. There’s Apple’s Siri, Microsoft’s Cortana, Google Now and the recently-unveiled Facebook M. Plus, there’s Slackbot, the “assistant, notepad and programmable bot” whose potential is one reason workplace communications startup Slack is valued at $2.8bn by investors. Slack started as an internal tool for Tiny Speck, the games company launched by Stewart Butterfield, who’d previously co-founded photo-sharing service Flickr before selling it to Yahoo. Tiny Speck’s first game, Glitch, wasn’t a hit, but the internet messaging software used by its developers had potential. One pivot and $340m of funding later, Slack is the talk of the technology industry, with more than 1.1 million people using its apps and website to message their colleagues, as well as its resident chatbot. Slackbot is first …

    September 3, 2015 3:40 am
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Science

  • Short sleepers are 4 times more likely to catch a cold


    A new study led by a UC San Francisco sleep researcher supports what parents have been saying for centuries: to avoid getting sick, be sure to get enough sleep. The team, which included researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, found that people who sleep six hours a night or less are four times more likely to catch a cold when exposed to the virus, compared to those who spend more than seven hours a night in slumber land. This is the first study to use objective sleep measures to connect people’s natural sleep habits and their risk of getting sick, according to Aric Prather, PhD, assistant professor of Psychiatry at UCSF and lead author of the study. The findings add to the growing evidence of the importance of sleep for our health, he said. “Short sleep was more important than any other factor in predicting subjects’ likelihood of catching cold,” …

    September 3, 2015 2:40 am
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Health

  • Novartis makes history with U.S. launch of ‘biosimilar’ drug


    ZURICH/LONDON Novartis kicked off a new era in U.S. medicine on Thursday with the launch of the first “biosimilar” copy of a biotechnology drug approved in the United States, following a green light from a U.S. appeals court. Novartis unit Sandoz said Zarxio, its form of Amgen’s white blood cell-boosting product Neupogen, would increase access to an important treatment by offering a “high-quality, more affordable version”. U.S. biotech group Amgen had tried to stop the sale of Zarxio, also known as filgrastim-sndz, but the Washington-based appeals court rejected its attempt to block the launch. The potential for copycats to take business from original biotech drug brands is increasingly grabbing investors’ attention, although uncertainties remain as to how quickly so-called biosimilars will win business. Biosimilars have been on the market in Europe since 2006. However, the U.S. regulatory pathway for biosimilars, which are made in living cells and can never be exact replicas of originals, was …

    September 3, 2015 3:00 am
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Entertainment

  • Britney Spears Plays It Cool After Telling Crowd At Vegas Concert “Men Can Suck My F***ing Toe”


    Posted on Wed Sep 2nd, 2015 6:30am PDT       By X17 Staff Britney Spears was all smiles when X17 photographers snapped her photo on Tuesday in Los Angeles, but last week it was a completely different story! Britney was onstage in Las Vegas performing at her residency gig, and she pranced around onstage and said, “Look how beautiful the girls are! Men, frankly, can suck my f*cking toe.” Wait, what?!! In June Brit Brit broke up with somewhat steady boyfriend Charlie Ebersol, but we also have to wonder if this might have something to do with the pop star being unhappy about performing in Sin City. Her contract expires on December 31, and she recently told E! News that’s she’s not sure if she’ll renew it. “I haven’t made up my mind,” she said. “I really love doing the show. It’s a lot, a lot of fun but I’m kind of torn right now. I don’t really …

    September 3, 2015 3:20 am
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Editorial

  • Church in hot water over football field baptism


    Asking a Baptist preacher to baptize is like asking Colonel Sanders if he wants a bucket of chicken. Somebody’s going to get dunked. So when a football coach in Villa Rica, Georgia asked to be baptized on the high school football field – the local First Baptist Church obliged. Click here to join Todd’s American Dispatch – a Must-Read for Conservatives!   At the end of the school day somebody hauled out an old feeding trough, plopped it in the end zone near the field house and filled it with water. A crowd of about 75 folks, black and white, young and old, gathered in the sweltering August heat to watch the coach take the Baptist plunge. An outward symbol of being washed anew. Perhaps inspired by their coach’s public display of his faith, some of the players also asked to be baptized. One by one the teenage boys stepped into the trough – as …

    September 3, 2015 2:00 am
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Odd News

  • Australian sheep is unofficially the world’s woolliest


    SYDNEY Around 40 kilograms (88 lb) of wool has been sheared from a sheep found near Australia’s capital, the RSPCA said on Thursday, making him unofficially the world’s woolliest. The animal, named Chris by his rescuers, was discovered on the northern outskirts of Canberra on Wednesday and was said to be struggling to walk under the weight of his coat. Tammy Ven Dange, chief executive of RSPCA ACT, the Canberra division of the animal charity, estimated Chris had more than five years of wool on him and likely little contact with humans. The 40.2 kilos of wool removed from Chris mean that he was unofficially the carrier of the world’s heaviest fleece, possibly shattering the current record set by New Zealand sheep Big Ben, found to be carrying nearly 29 kilograms of wool in 2014. Big Ben dethroned fellow Kiwi, Shrek, who gained national celebrity in his home nation, meeting then Prime Minister Helen Clark …

    September 3, 2015 3:00 am
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