• Halep thumps Radwanska to set up Williams rematch

    SINGAPORE (Reuters) – If beating Serena Williams is considered the toughest challenge in women’s tennis, then spare a thought for Romania’s Simona Halep. To win the WTA Finals, Halep faces the daunting prospect of defeating...
  • Mass protest over Italy job reforms

    Mass protest over Italy job reforms

    25 October 2014 Last updated at 15:04 Protesters packed Rome’s San Giovanni square A mass protest is being held in the Italian capital, Rome, against Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s plans for labour market reform. The...
  • Tumblr CEO: I’m still in charge here

    Tumblr CEO: I’m still in charge here

      When it comes to going from startup to billion dollar company, CEO David Karp says Tumblr did it the right way. “I think and I hope that we were thoughtful about how we raised...
  • Serena-Simona II to decide WTA Finals champion

    Singapore (SportsNetwork.com) – Serena Williams and Simona Halep will battle for the title at the season-ending WTA Finals after both won semifinal matches on Saturday. The two met earlier this week in round-robin play, and...
  • Vietnam tycoon arrested for ‘fraud’

    Vietnam tycoon arrested for ‘fraud’

    25 October 2014 Last updated at 10:42 Vietnamese authorities have vowed to take a tougher approach to bank regulation and oversight One of Vietnam’s richest business tycoons has been arrested on suspicion of lending fraud,...

Headline News

  • Calif. district to apologize to 11-year-old who didn’t stand for pledge


    SAN JACINTO, Calif. –  A Southern California school district will apologize to an 11-year-old atheist who says his teacher questioned him because he didn’t stand during the Pledge of Allegiance. Ivan Cobarrubias says he kept his seat during the morning pledge at Monte Vista Middle School in San Jacinto earlier this month because the words “under God” in it violate his beliefs. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The Riverside Press-Enterprise says the boy told his mother that his teacher questioned him about his actions. Mark Thompson, whose law firm represents the school district, said Friday that the district will apologize to the boy next week. Also, a banner that read “Prayer Changes Things” has been removed from the teacher’s classroom. San Jacinto is a city of 45,000 located 85 miles east of Los Angeles.

    October 25, 2014 10:22 am
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Politics

  • White House ex-counsel now off of Attorney General list


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler, a leading candidate in President Barack Obama’s search for a new U.S. attorney general, has pulled out of consideration for the nomination, a White House official said on Friday. Ruemmler, who informed Obama in a phone call on Wednesday, faced the possibility of a difficult Senate confirmation battle over her involvement in a host of White House issues that stirred controversy in politically polarized Washington. Obama, who thinks highly of Ruemmler, had approached the Washington lawyer to see if he could put her on his shortlist for replacing Holder, who has announced he will leave his post when a successor is found. “Kathy took this step this week on her own volition,” the White House official said. Ruemmler declined to comment. Some Republican lawmakers have raised questions about an internal White House investigation led by Ruemmler into an April 2012 Secret Service prostitution scandal in Cartagena, …

    October 25, 2014 9:20 am
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Stocks

  • Tumblr CEO: I’m still in charge here


      When it comes to going from startup to billion dollar company, CEO David Karp says Tumblr did it the right way. “I think and I hope that we were thoughtful about how we raised money, that we’ve been thoughtful about how we’ve grown the team,” Karp told CNNMoney. Yahoo bought Tumblr last May for $1.1 billion. Karp says that Tumblr remains “precious” to him, and he maintains autonomy over the final product. But Yahoo (YHOO, Tech30) has given Tumblr the support it needs to grow faster. For example, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer said this week that since the acquisition, Tumblr’s audience has grown by 40% to 420 million users, and the number of blogs has doubled to more than 200 million. Related: Yahoo profit soars following the Alibaba IPO Tumblr’s ad business has also grown strongly. Mayer said Tumblr will bring in $100 million in revenue next year, and finally turn a profit. Karp …

    October 25, 2014 10:21 am
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Sports

  • Halep thumps Radwanska to set up Williams rematch


    SINGAPORE (Reuters) – If beating Serena Williams is considered the toughest challenge in women’s tennis, then spare a thought for Romania’s Simona Halep. To win the WTA Finals, Halep faces the daunting prospect of defeating Williams, not once, but twice in less than a week. The pint-sized Romanian pulled off a stunning 6-0 6-2 win over Williams in the group stage of this week’s elite season-ending event. But now she has to do it again to take the title after the pair were pitted against each other in Sunday’s final at Singapore’s National Indoor Stadium. “I feel that I have nothing to lose in this final,” offered Halep, who booked her place in the title match with a clinical 6-2 6-2 win over Agnieszka Radwanska in the semi-finals. “Before coming here, I didn’t expect this result, and now I have no pressure, nothing to lose. “I’m playing against the number one in the world again. …

    October 25, 2014 10:21 am
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World News

  • Mass protest over Italy job reforms


    25 October 2014 Last updated at 15:04 Protesters packed Rome’s San Giovanni square A mass protest is being held in the Italian capital, Rome, against Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s plans for labour market reform. The turnout for the rally, organised by the largest union, the CGIL, was put at up to one million. Mr Renzi has backed plans to loosen labour protection and make it easier for firms to fire workers. The protesters are angry in particular at job prospects for the young – youth unemployment is at a record 44.2%. Susanna Camusso, head of the CGIL, told the crowds: “We want work for everyone, and work with rights. This is a demonstration for those without work, without rights, those who suffer, who have no certainties for the future.” The rally was organised by the largest union, the CGIL She added: “We are here and we’re not going away. We will strike, and use all …

    October 25, 2014 10:21 am
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Technology

  • I am Marty McFly: My week in ‘Back to the Future II’ shoes


    Looking good, twinkle toes. Amanda Kooser/CNET My mother looked at my feet and shook her head. “You’ve been like this since you were a baby,” she said. I suppose she knew I was destined for geekiness since my first breath. What sparked her comment were the shoes on my feet. The gray high-tops were all aglow. We were about to go shopping and she wasn’t entirely sure she wanted to be seen with me. I’ve been wearing a pair of shoes modeled after the Nike Air Mags from “Back to the Future: Part II” all week long. The shoes are officially licensed replicas (minus the Nike endorsement and swoosh) from HalloweenCostumes.com. They have the same light-gray color as the shoes Marty McFly dons as he explores the future world of 2015. The fat end caps behind the heels, high-top holes, ankle plates and lights are all there. The shoes became available for a few brief, …

    October 25, 2014 9:21 am
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Science

  • Hospitals Need Time, Training to Get Ready for Ebola


    The diagnosis of physician Craig Spencer with Ebola in New York City on Thursday reinforced the fact that Ebola could arrive at any hospital at any time. Are facilities and health care workers ready to properly care for an infected patient—while also staying safe and preventing further spread of the disease?   The answer to that question would appear to be no, given the case of Thomas Duncan, the Liberian patient who died from Ebola earlier this month in a Dallas hospital and infected two nurses. In the intervening weeks, agencies and advocacy groups have beefed up recommendations, training and response protocols.   Initial protocols set forth by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), combined with reportedly minimal training at hospitals, left health care workers vulnerable to the often-fatal disease. After consulting with the nation’s top high-level biocontainment facilities, however, the CDC on Monday issued detailed guidelines for hospitals and health care …

    October 25, 2014 9:41 am
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Health

  • Tips for Safe Trick-or-Treating


    SATURDAY, Oct. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Arriving home safe and sound is one of the best Halloween treats of all. To that end, be sure that costumes and goody bags have reflective strips that improve visibility to drivers, said Dr. Sampson Davis, an emergency medicine doctor at Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center in Secaucus, N.J. Trick-or-treaters should also carry a flashlight, and costumes should be flame-resistant, Davis said. He offers these others tips: If you plan to use makeup, test it on a small area of skin first to ensure it doesn’t cause an allergic reaction. Wash makeup off immediately after returning home. Costume accessories should be soft and pliable in order to reduce injury risk. Don’t wear decorative contact lenses, which can cause eye infections. Comfortable and supportive footwear can help prevent blisters and sprains. Don’t let children eat homemade treats made by strangers and limit the amount of treats they eat at one …

    October 25, 2014 9:20 am
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Entertainment

  • Brody Jenner Tells Photographers To "Stop F**king With My Pops"


    Posted on Fri Oct 24th, 2014 1:40pm PDT       By X17 Staff He sounds like he means business! Brody Jenner hit up Life Style Weekly’s 10 year anniversary party at the Mondrian hotel in West Hollywood last night, and the reality star had some stern warnings for the photographers as he made his way inside. “Stop f**king with my pops,” he told them, in reference to his dad Bruce Jenner, who has been making headlines recently for allegedly transitioning into a woman. The former Hills star also got defensive when a photographer asked about his little sister Kylie’s rumored relationship with rapper Tyga. “Are you really asking me this? Don’t you know me by now? I don’t give a f**k about any of this, as long as nobody f**ks with my little sister, that’s all I care about,” he fumed. The Prince of Malibu is pissed!   Stories from around the Web

    October 25, 2014 9:00 am
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Editorial

  • The Foxhole: Graham Nash on CSNY, the Hollies and the choosing of life over death


    In the fall of 1969, the members of rock’s newest super-group, CSNY – an improbable and highly combustible vehicle for the individual and collective genius of David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, and Neil Young – were settling into the San Francisco area, preparing to record their first album together. These loose sessions would produce the landmark record Déjà Vu (1970), later ranked # 148 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. Crosby, the nominal leader of the group, had set up digs in a rambling country house in Novato, thirty miles north of the city, with his two lovers, Christine Hinton and Debbie Donovan. Jerry Garcia, who would play pedal steel guitar on Nash’s pop classic, “Teach Your Children,” was a frequent visitor, as were other members of the Grateful Dead, who lived down the street. The sex, drugs, and freedom were highly intoxicating, and for the members of …

    October 25, 2014 1:10 am
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Odd News

  • Florida man shoots 400-pound bear breaking into his house


    ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) – A Florida man shot and killed a 400-pound (180-kg) black bear after it broke into his house two nights in a row to get to a bag of dog food, a state wildlife officer said on Friday. “I felt in danger enough that since it wouldn’t leave I had to shoot it,” said Victor Peters of Lady Lake of the Wednesday night incident in a video interview posted online by the Orlando Sentinel. Killing a bear in Florida is illegal. Wildlife officer Greg Workman of the Florida Fish Wildlife Conservation said he expects to hand the case to prosecutors by early next week for their consideration at the completion of his investigation. “It sounds like he did what he could do to try to keep the bear from coming back,” Workman said. “We’re looking at all sides to make the best decision.” Bears and humans cross paths, occasionally fatally for the …

    October 24, 2014 9:26 pm
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