• America’s favorite credit card company is…

    America’s favorite credit card company is…

    American Express and Discover tied for first place in customer satisfaction this year. After seven years of topping the list of America’s favorite credit cards, American Express finally has some competition. Discover (DFS) tied American...
  • Today’s Toons 8/28/14

    Today’s Toons 8/28/14

    Click below for Tony’s Toons: Click below for related story: Click for related video: This Thread Brought To You By The Letters C & P: In Case You Missed It Dept.: 0bama sings “Don’t Know...
  • Kershaw shuts down D-backs

    Phoenix, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) – Clayton Kershaw pitched eight strong innings to become the first 16-game winner in the majors this season, as the Los Angeles Dodgers edged the Arizona Diamondbacks, 3-1, to sweep a two-game...
  • Ukraine rebels advance in south

    Ukraine rebels advance in south

    28 August 2014 Last updated at 08:20 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Pro-Russian rebels enter the strategically-vital port of Novoazovsk on Wednesday Pro-Russian rebels have opened up a new front in...
  • USC football player admits making up rescue story

    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – University of Southern California football player Josh Shaw admitted on Wednesday that he fabricated a widely publicized story that he hurt himself while rescuing his young nephew from a swimming pool....
  • Oh help! Oh no! It’s a Gruffalo Games app for children

    Oh help! Oh no! It’s a Gruffalo Games app for children

    The Gruffalo may have terrible claws, teeth and warts, but the enduringly popular children’s character’s new mobile app is distinctly un-terrible. Gruffalo Games is the work of Magic Light Pictures, which produced the animated films...

Headline News

  • Santa Fe city council votes to decriminalizes marijuana


    ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) – Santa Fe on Wednesday became the latest U.S. city to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana, with lawmakers in the New Mexico capital voting to change local statutes rather than put the issue to a public ballot in November. The Santa Fe City Council voted five to four in favor of revising a law classifying possession of less than one ounce (28 grams) of marijuana as a misdemeanor. The new regulation, which takes effect in 30 days, reduces criminal penalties that range from fines of between $50 to $100 and up to 15 days in jail into an as yet undetermined civil citation penalty. The council had been expected merely to seek a vote in November after pro-marijuana activists obtained thousands of petition signatures and a five-member county commission approved the ballot measure on Tuesday. [ID:nL1N0QX08U] Instead, city lawmakers opted to change the statute outright. Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales cast a dissenting …

    August 28, 2014 3:35 am
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Politics

  • U.S. to ease some deportations to Mexico under settlement


    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – U.S. authorities have agreed to stop pressuring undocumented immigrants in Southern California to sign off on their own deportations under a legal settlement that may later allow some deportees to return from Mexico to seek U.S. legal residency, advocacy groups said on Wednesday. The deal reached between the American Civil Liberties Union and federal officials stems from a lawsuit brought last year on behalf of other immigration rights groups and about 10 immigrants who accepted so-called “voluntary returns” to Mexico. All of the immigrants had strong grounds for being allowed to remain in the United States after entering illegally because of family ties and a lack of criminal history, and they will now be permitted to present their claims in U.S. immigration court, ACLU attorneys said. The settlement is limited in scope as most of reforms agreed to by U.S. immigration officials apply only in Southern California, where the ACLU documented …

    August 28, 2014 2:54 am
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Stocks

  • America’s favorite credit card company is…


    American Express and Discover tied for first place in customer satisfaction this year. After seven years of topping the list of America’s favorite credit cards, American Express finally has some competition. Discover (DFS) tied American Express (AXP) for the number one spot this year, according to J.D. Power’s annual report on credit card satisfaction. Both companies received scores of 819 out of 1,000 based on survey responses from 20,000 credit card customers who rated issuers on their terms and conditions, interaction with customers, billing and payment policies, rewards programs, resolution of cardholder issues, and other services. The key to success for American Express and Discover: extremely effective and accessible customer service, especially when it comes to getting help from representatives over the phone, online or via a mobile app, survey respondents said. Related: Shoppers beware: Retail credit card APRs average 23% Across the 10 biggest card issuers, the average satisfaction score was 778 this year …

    August 28, 2014 3:56 am
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Sports

  • Kershaw shuts down D-backs


    Phoenix, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) – Clayton Kershaw pitched eight strong innings to become the first 16-game winner in the majors this season, as the Los Angeles Dodgers edged the Arizona Diamondbacks, 3-1, to sweep a two-game series. Scott Van Slyke belted a solo homer, but left the game in the fourth inning with a mild right ankle sprain. Matt Kemp stroked a two-run double for the NL West leaders, who have won five of their last six games. Kershaw (16-3) fanned 10 and allowed six hits and an unearned run. His ERA dropped to a major league-best 1.73. The lefty is 9-1 in 11 starts against NL West clubs, and that includes wins in his last eight starts. “There were guys on base all night,” said Kershaw. “I had to work out of jams. Fortunately I got through eight innings.” Kenley Jansen retired the side in order in the ninth for his 38th save. Wade Miley …

    August 28, 2014 3:15 am
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World News

  • Ukraine rebels advance in south


    28 August 2014 Last updated at 08:20 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Pro-Russian rebels enter the strategically-vital port of Novoazovsk on Wednesday Pro-Russian rebels have opened up a new front in south-eastern Ukraine. Reports say they have taken the town of Novoazovsk, on the Sea of Azov, and are heading for the key port of Mariupol. Ukraine says Russian forces have crossed the border and are supporting the rebel attack, but the Moscow government has repeatedly denied arming or covertly supporting the rebels. There are suspicions that Russia wants to divert Ukrainian forces from the besieged cities of Donetsk and Luhansk. Government forces have made significant advances against the separatists in recent weeks. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has demanded an explanation from Russia’s President Vladimir Putin amid the reports of an incursion. The US said it suspected a Russian-directed counter-offensive was under way. Ukrainian forces ‘leaving’ Reports from journalists and military …

    August 28, 2014 3:15 am
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Technology

  • Oh help! Oh no! It’s a Gruffalo Games app for children


    The Gruffalo may have terrible claws, teeth and warts, but the enduringly popular children’s character’s new mobile app is distinctly un-terrible. Gruffalo Games is the work of Magic Light Pictures, which produced the animated films The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child, based on the books of author Julia Donaldson and illustrator Axel Scheffler. As its title makes clear, the £2.99 app is not a digital book. Instead, it’s a collection of six mini-games based on characters from the Gruffalo stories, including snap, three-in-a-row, matching and jigsaws. Its release follows Magic Light’s launch of Room On The Broom Games in 2013, based on another Donaldson/Scheffler book. “We wanted to deliver something that we hope can be as good as the films, and that we dream of being as good in its own little way as the amazing books,” Magic Light’s Martin Pope tells The Guardian. “What we’re doing is games from the world of The Gruffalo, …

    August 28, 2014 2:54 am
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Science

  • Scientists looking across human, fly and worm genomes find shared biology


    Researchers analyzing human, fly, and worm genomes have found that these species have a number of key genomic processes in common, reflecting their shared ancestry. The findings, appearing Aug. 28, 2014, in the journal Nature, offer insights into embryonic development, gene regulation and other biological processes vital to understanding human biology and disease. The studies highlight the data generated by the modENCODE Project and the ENCODE Project, both supported by the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), part of the National Institutes of Health. Integrating data from the three species, the model organism ENCyclopedia Of DNA Elements (modENCODE) Consortium studied how gene expression patterns and regulatory proteins that help determine cell fate often share common features. Investigators also detailed the similar ways in which the three species use protein packaging to compact DNA into the cell nucleus and to regulate genome function by controlling access to DNA. Launched in 2007, the goal of modENCODE is …

    August 27, 2014 7:10 pm
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Health

  • Repros says its testosterone drug found superior in study


    (Reuters) – Repros Therapeutics Inc said its experimental drug to treat low testosterone was superior to a leading marketed gel and a placebo in the first of two identical studies. Patients who were given the drug, Androxal, experienced superiority in sperm concentration compared with those who used Abbvie Inc’s AndroGel, said the company. The company said the proportion of subjects responding to Androxal were greater than the proportion responding to both the approved topical gel and placebo. The results of the second study have not yet been released. In July, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommended sperm concentration and responder rates as important parameters for assessing the drug’s approval. Androxal is being developed as an oral therapy to treat men of reproductive age with low testosterone. The company said it believes it can submit an application for FDA approval by the end of the year. Other testosterone products in the market for the condition …

    August 28, 2014 2:54 am
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Entertainment

  • Bachelor alum Renee Oteri is having a baby boy


    ABC has picked its next Bachelor and it’s Chris Soules People reports that the newlyweds held a gender reveal party for friends and family and used confetti-packed party poppers for the big reveal. “We knew we wanted to do something special for our friends and family,” Oteri says. “It felt like New Year’s and the Fourth of July combined… but a thousand times more exciting! Everyone, including ourselves, had such an adrenaline rush. This definitely beats balloons or a color-filled cake.” And Oteri and her hubby weren’t the only ones excited to see blue — Oteri says her son, Ben, had also hoped for a baby boy. “Ben was really hoping for a brother and he got it!” Oteri shares. “He can’t wait to teach this new little guy how to play baseball and show him all his creations on Minecraft.” Juan Pablo Galavis celebrates b-day with Nikki Ferrell in Miami The mom-to-be adds that …

    August 28, 2014 2:34 am
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Editorial

  • What President Obama could learn from Queen Elizabeth


    June 6, 2014: President Obama talks with Britain’s Queen Elizabeth during a family photo for the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Benouville, France.REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque FILE – June 20, 2013: Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, with her daughter Princess Anne and her horse Estimate, after it won the Gold Cup horse race on the third day of the Royal Ascot horse race meeting.AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File When even left wing journalists and foreign newspapers begin to question President Obama’s commitment to duty in the face of the world’s current turbulence, our country’s leader should take a cue from a revered and respected chief of state who is known for commitment to duty and service to nation rather than for golf outings and fundraisers. Over the weekend, columnist Maureen Dowd noted her disapproval in Sunday’s New York Times, commenting on Obama’s “…grinning in a golf cart juxtaposed with ones of James Foley’s parents crying, and a …

    August 28, 2014 2:54 am
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Odd News

  • USC football player admits making up rescue story


    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – University of Southern California football player Josh Shaw admitted on Wednesday that he fabricated a widely publicized story that he hurt himself while rescuing his young nephew from a swimming pool. “I made up a story about this fall that was untrue. I was wrong to not tell the truth. I apologize to USC for this action on my part,” Shaw said in a statement issued by his attorney, Donald Etra. Etra said the 22-year-old senior defensive back and captain of the Trojan football team did fall off of a balcony but declined to say under what circumstances. Shaw has been suspended indefinitely, USC said. The university had publicized his story on Monday, with head football coach Steve Sarkisian calling it a “heroic act.” The following day, Sarkisian told reporters the university was vetting Shaw’s story after it received calls questioning its veracity. The player had told USC he suffered two …

    August 28, 2014 3:15 am
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