• Judge rules Missouri family’s purple swingset can stay

    Judge rules Missouri family’s purple swingset can stay

    A Missouri judge has ruled that a suburban Kansas City family’s purple swingset won’t need to have its color changed after a homeowner’s association threatened the family with fines or jail time.  “We’re super excited,...
  • Obama renames Mount McKinley as Denali

    Obama renames Mount McKinley as Denali

    After decades of controversy, the name of Mount McKinley, the tallest mountain in North America, has been changed back to its original native Alaskan, Denali. Denali translates to High One and is used widely by...
  • Iran nuclear deal now backed by 31 senators

    WASHINGTON U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley, a Democrat from Oregon, said on Sunday he would support the nuclear deal with Iran, moving President Barack Obama a step closer to having sufficient backing to ensure the deal...
  • Self-help author Wayne Dyer dies at 75

    Best-selling author and motivational speaker Wayne Dyer has died, his family said Sunday. He was 75. Dyer’s family announced his passing in a statement that was posted on the writer’s official Facebook page. “Wayne has...

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  • Judge rules Missouri family’s purple swingset can stay


    A Missouri judge has ruled that a suburban Kansas City family’s purple swingset won’t need to have its color changed after a homeowner’s association threatened the family with fines or jail time.  “We’re super excited, we’re very happy,” said Marla Stout, who owns the swingset, told Fox4KC at a neighborhood barbecue Sunday celebrating Friday’s ruling.  Stout told “Fox Friends” earlier this month that she painted the swingset purple at the request of her two young daughters more than two years ago. But it was only this summer that the homeowner’s association for the subdivision the Stouts live in told Marla that the color was not in harmony with others in the neighborhood.  Stout also told Fox4KC that she received a letter from the homeowners association saying that she hadn’t gotten the playset color pre-approved. Another letter from the homeowner’s group said the lawsuit will cost the Stouts “far greater than any principal [sic] you are …

    August 31, 2015 3:19 am
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Politics

  • Iran nuclear deal now backed by 31 senators


    WASHINGTON U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley, a Democrat from Oregon, said on Sunday he would support the nuclear deal with Iran, moving President Barack Obama a step closer to having sufficient backing to ensure the deal stands. “I believe the agreement, titled the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), is the best available strategy to block Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon,” Merkley wrote in a statement published on Medium.com. To read the statement, see (bit.ly/1PFmSwz) Obama is trying to muster 34 votes in the Senate to ensure lawmakers cannot kill the deal. Thirty-one senators, all Democrats and independents who vote with Democrats, have now said they will support it. Congress must vote on the deal by Sept. 17. The following describes how votes are likely to play out: • When Congress returns on Sept. 8 from its August recess, debate will begin on a Republican-sponsored “resolution of disapproval” against the deal. • In the Senate, …

    August 31, 2015 2:59 am
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Stocks

  • Hundreds arrested as Beijing launches stock market crackdown


    Chinese authorities have arrested nearly 200 people for alleged online rumor-mongering about China’s stock market turmoil and a recent, deadly chemical factory explosion in Tianjin. Among the arrested is Wang Xiaolu, a journalist for financial publication Caijing Magazine, “who has been placed under ‘criminal compulsory measures’ for suspected violations of colluding with others and fabricating and spreading fake information on securities and futures market,” according to Chinese state media. Government officials have also been placed under arrest, including Liu Shufan, an official with the China Securities Regulatory Commission, who has been accused of bribery, fraud and completing under-the-table deals. At least four senior executives from Citic Securities, a top Chinese investment bank, were arrested on insider trading charges. Roughly 165 online accounts have been shut down over related violations, according to state media. Wang, Liu and the Citic executives have confessed to the accusations, according to state media. Suspects are sometimes coerced or forced into …

    August 31, 2015 1:39 am
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Sports

  • After coming so close, Arrieta notches his 1st no-hitter


    LOS ANGELES (AP) Jake Arrieta had been building toward this moment. He’d come achingly close to holding opponents hitless three times last year in a breakout season with the Chicago Cubs. Finally, it happened. And near Hollywood, no less. Arrieta threw the second no-hitter against the Los Angeles Dodgers in 10 days, leading the Cubs to a 2-0 victory Sunday night. He struck out a season-high 12 and walked one, becoming just the third opposing pitcher to achieve a no-hitter at Dodger Stadium. ”He’s starting to create more buzz around him,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. ”To do it under these circumstances, in this ballpark, against this team, with a pretty good audience, that should pretty much put him on everybody’s radar.” With 46,679 in attendance – including his wife and two kids – and a national television audience looking in, Arrieta became the first 17-game winner in the majors this season by throwing the …

    August 31, 2015 3:20 am
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World News

  • Obama renames Mount McKinley as Denali


    After decades of controversy, the name of Mount McKinley, the tallest mountain in North America, has been changed back to its original native Alaskan, Denali. Denali translates to High One and is used widely by locals. The 20,237ft (6,168m) peak was named by a gold prospector in 1896 after he heard that William McKinley had been nominated to become the US president. US President Barack Obama announced the change ahead of a three-day visit to Alaska to highlight climate change. “With our own sense of reverence for this place, we are officially renaming the mountain Denali in recognition of the traditions of Alaska Natives and the strong support of the people of Alaska,” US Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said in a statement announcing the change. The statement went on to note that McKinley had never set foot in Alaska. Image caption The mountain was named in honour of William McKinley’s nomination for president Alaska has …

    August 31, 2015 3:19 am
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Technology

  • The Diamond Minecart dethrones PewDiePie as biggest YouTube channel


    The most popular channel on YouTube now belongs to British gamer Daniel Middleton, whose Minecraft videos published as The Diamond Minecart were watched more than 402m times in July 2015 alone. That was enough to make him the biggest channel on YouTube that month ahead of wrestling body WWE’s 399m views, according to the latest chart published by analytics firm OpenSlate and online-video industry site Tubefilter. Another British channel, nursery-rhymes collection Little Baby Bum, was third in the rankings with 391m views in July, followed by BuzzFeed Video’s 382m views, and musician Taylor Swift’s 381m. It’s a mark of The Diamond Minecart’s rise, as well as sharp increases in views for the WWE and BuzzFeed Video channels in 2015, that the two channels that have traditionally topped this chart by some distance have fallen out of the top five. Gamer Felix “PewDiePie” Kjellberg’s channel was ranked sixth in July with 373m views, while toy-unboxing channel …

    August 31, 2015 3:19 am
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Science

  • Air pollution associated with increased heart attack risk despite ‘safe’ levels


    30 Aug 2015: Particulate matter and NO2 air pollution are associated with increased risk of severe heart attacks despite being within European recommended levels, according to research presented at ESC Congress today by Dr Jean-Francois Argacha, a cardiologist at University Hospital Brussels (UZ Brussel-Vrije Universiteit Brussel), in Belgium.1 “Dramatic health consequences of air pollution were first described in Belgium in 1930 after the Meuse Valley fog,” said Dr Argacha. “Nowadays, the World Health Organization (WHO) considers air pollution as one of the largest avoidable causes of mortality. Besides the pulmonary and carcinogenic effects of air pollution, exposition to air pollution has been associated with an increased risk in cardiovascular mortality.” “In addition to the long term consequences, more recent research suggests that acute exposure to air pollution may trigger some cardiovascular events such as strokes, heart failure or myocardial infarction (heart attack),” continued Dr Argacha. “Myocardial infarction covers a number of clinical conditions and the …

    August 31, 2015 2:19 am
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Health

  • Ghana strike ends but election campaign to test IMF deal further


    ACCRA Ghana faced down the first major challenge to an IMF austerity program on Monday when doctors suspended a three-week strike but a bigger test of President John Mahama’s commitment will come next year as he fights for reelection. The International Monetary Fund deal is designed to restore fiscal stability and kickstart growth in a country that recently lost its reputation as one of Africa’s strongest economies after years in which its GDP grew at around 8 percent thanks to exports of gold, cocoa and oil. The end of the strike by the Ghana Medical Association makes it easier for the government to honor the $918 million IMF program in the short-term. It also strengthens Mahama’s hand should other disaffected unions stage industrial action, political analysts said. But the decision by doctors to suspend their strike for better working conditions makes it harder for other civil servants to win redress for inequities and declining wages, …

    August 31, 2015 2:39 am
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Entertainment

  • Kanye West Dances His Butt Off To The Weeknd, Announces He’s Running For President


    Posted on Sun Aug 30th, 2015 9:42pm PDT       By X17 Staff GET DOWN KANYE pic.twitter.com/1HvgoOR6gx — Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) August 31, 2015 LOL and LOL! On Sunday night Kanye West was honored with MTV’s Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, but before he took the stage to accept the trophy, he got loose to The Weeknd’s “I Can’t Feel My Face.” Like, really loose! And if the clip above wasn’t enough to make you laugh, keep reading! While taking the stage to accept the award, Kanye mused about fatherhood, awards shows and then he dove straight into politics. “I know y’all might be thinking, ‘Did he smoke something before he came out here? And the answer is yes, I did roll a little something,” he continued. “I have decided in 2020 to run for president.” Wait…is he joking!? Click the video below to watch!   Stories from around the Web

    August 31, 2015 1:59 am
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Editorial

  • Christians, Martin Luther King and race: What we must do now


    Armed with a handful of warmed-over sermons and big dreams to grow a small church, the newly ordained Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. arrived at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama in May of 1954. According to biographer Richard Lischer, King came to Dexter with a 39-point plan. Included in King’s plan was the purchase of a new pulpit. The two pulpits the church owned – one in the sanctuary and the other in the basement for use in Sunday School – had virtually been there since the last brick was laid at Dexter in 1889. Within a year of arriving, King was the recognized leader of America’s protest for civil rights. Soon, America was marching for change. King had become more than the pastor at Dexter, but he never stopped preaching. In fact, he believed the church was the center for necessary, creative, loving change. The rhetoric that soared at state houses …

    August 29, 2015 5:29 am
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Odd News

  • Trump says ‘no interest’ in buying Pope’s favorite soccer team


    BUENOS AIRES U.S. presidential hopeful Donald Trump denied a newspaper report on Friday that he wanted to buy top-tier Argentine soccer club San Lorenzo, Pope Francis’ favorite team. “Never even heard of the team – no interest!” the real estate magnate and contender for the Republican presidential nomination, tweeted after the New York Post reported that Trump and an associate had sent a letter to San Lorenzo expressing interest in a deal. Earlier in the day, the club’s vice president, Marcelo Tinelli, told Reuters in a text message that the story was “totally crazy” and that the team was not for sale. Pope Francis grew up near San Lorenzo’s original stadium in Buenos Aires and has been a fan ever since. San Lorenzo is one of the top five clubs in soccer-obsessed Argentina. Whether through soccer, the biggest sport in Latin America, or by other means, Trump might benefit from some connection with Latino voters …

    August 28, 2015 6:26 pm
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