• Ebola response ‘lethally inadequate’

    Ebola response ‘lethally inadequate’

    2 September 2014 Last updated at 16:52 By James Gallagher Health editor, BBC News website Nurses helping man with Ebola A global military intervention is needed to curb the largest ever Ebola outbreak, according to...
  • Islamic State ‘kills US hostage’

    Islamic State ‘kills US hostage’

    2 September 2014 Last updated at 20:16 Steven Sotloff went missing in Syria in August 2013 An Islamic State video has appeared which purports to show the beheading of Steven Sotloff, a US journalist being...
  • Celebrity leaks ‘no breach’

    Celebrity leaks ‘no breach’

    2 September 2014 Last updated at 20:49 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Tim Allman reports on the hacking allegations surrounding private photos of several celebrities, including actress Jennifer Lawrence. Apple has...
  • Durant re-signs with Nike, spurning Under Armour deal

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Reigning National Basketball Association MVP Kevin Durant has signed a new shoe deal with sports apparel retailer Nike, spurning a deal from rival Under Armour that reportedly was worth as much as...

Headline News

  • Ex-owners of Poconos resort ordered to pay back former employee pensions

    SCRANTON Pa. (Reuters) – A federal judge on Tuesday ordered a former honeymoon resort owner in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains to pay more than $2 million for illegally dipping into his employees’ pensions. Charles Poalillo Jr. was also given three years’ probation but avoided prison time under the sentence handed down by U.S. District Judge Edwin Kosik. Poalillo, 80, the former owner of Penn Hills Lodge in Analomink, in northeastern Pennsylvania, had faced the possibility of up to five years in prison. He suffers from dementia, according to his attorney. He did not speak at his sentencing. Poalillo pleaded guilty in September 2013 to charges of filing false statements and concealing facts in documents involving the resort’s profit-sharing and pension plans. He was trustee for his employees’ plans but borrowed about $1 million from them, prosecutors said. The judge ordered Poalillo to pay about $300,000 and relinquish his interest in two pension plans for himself that …

    September 2, 2014 3:50 pm


  • Tax-evasion trial of New York Congressman Grimm set for December 1

    NEW YORK (Reuters) – A federal judge on Tuesday set December 1 as the start of the tax-evasion trial of New York Congressman Michael Grimm, one month after elections in which the Republican seeks a third term in the U.S. House of Representatives. Grimm, a former FBI agent who represents parts of the city’s boroughs of Brooklyn and Staten Island, appeared before Judge Pamela Chen in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn. He did not speak during or after the hearing. He was indicted in April on charges of fraud, perjury and conspiracy tied to his New York restaurant, Healthalicious. Grimm, 44, who lives on Staten Island, one of the city’s rare Republican-leaning districts, has denied the charges. Prosecutors had originally sought to start the trial in October, weeks ahead of the Nov. 4 elections. Separate from the criminal proceedings, Grimm made headlines when he was caught on camera in January threatening to throw a reporter …

    September 2, 2014 1:28 pm


  • U.S. upholds employees’ right to kvetch on Facebook

    Workers at a Connecticut bar may get vindication after their employer fired them over a Facebook rant. Disgruntled workers of America, it may be getting safer to kvetch about your job on Facebook. According to a National Labor Relations Board ruling made public in August, the Triple Play Sports Bar and Grille, of Watertown, Connecticut, has until Friday to re-hire employees fired in 2011 over a negative Facebook post and for clicking the “like” button. The NLRB said in a 3-2 ruling that Triple Play shouldn’t have fired the workers because they were simply acting collectively to discuss a workplace issue, which is protected under the National Labor Relations Act. The bar said it would appeal the ruling. Joseph Yamin, the lawyer representing Triple Play’s owners, said he and his clients would file with the US Court of Appeals for the Second circuit later this week. “The wide-ranging effects of this ruling don’t make sense …

    September 2, 2014 2:30 pm


  • China’s Peng routs Swiss teen to reach U.S. Open semis

    NEW YORK (Reuters) – A long measure of grand slam patience paid off for Peng Shuai of China, who reached the semi-finals of the U.S. Open on Tuesday by routing Swiss teenager Belinda Bencic 6-2 6-1 in the Flushing Meadows heat. Peng, 28, delivered a master lesson to the 17-year-old Bencic in an unlikely quarter-final between unseeded players, winning the groundstroke rallies and unleashing pinpoint passing shot winners after luring the Swiss to the net with short balls. After 2013 junior world number one Bencic netted a backhand for her 19th unforced error on the first match point of the 64-minute clash, Peng pumped her fist in exaltation, but later was at a loss of words. Asked about reaching her first grand slam singles semi-final in her 37th attempt in a major, an emotional Peng took a few moments to collect herself. “This is amazing time for me,” said Peng, ranked world number one in …

    September 2, 2014 2:51 pm

World News

  • Ebola response ‘lethally inadequate’

    2 September 2014 Last updated at 16:52 By James Gallagher Health editor, BBC News website Nurses helping man with Ebola A global military intervention is needed to curb the largest ever Ebola outbreak, according to the medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres. In a damning criticism of world leaders, it says the global response has so far been “lethally inadequate”. The charity said countries were turning their back on West Africa and merely reducing the risk of Ebola arriving on their shores. More than 1,550 people have died in the outbreak which started in Guinea. At least 3,000 people have been infected with the virus, but the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that more than 20,000 people are likely to be infected. ‘Coalition of inaction’ In a speech to the United Nations, the international president of MSF, Dr Joanne Liu, said repeated calls for help had been ignored. She said: “Six months into the worst …

    September 2, 2014 3:51 pm


  • Google’s Android Wear team: We’ll update early and often

    David Singleton, director of Android engineering, says “several” updates Android Wear updates are coming before the end of the year. Stephen Lam/Getty Images MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — David Singleton, Google’s engineering director for Android Wear, the company’s platform tailor-made for wearable devices, is sitting in Google’s headquarters here playing air guitar. As he strums his right hand in front of his Moto 360, the Motorola smartwatch set to hit the market this week, Singleton praises the third-party software developers using Wear. The company debuted the software in March, modified from Android, the most popular operating system in the world for smartphones and tablets. “There are a lot of apps out there,” he says after he stops strumming, during an interview here. As for the guitar-playing program: “We would have never thought of that.” He won’t say exactly how many apps there are, but offers that “thousands” of the more than 1 million programs in the …

    September 2, 2014 9:21 am


  • NASA Invites Public to Submit Messages for Asteroid Mission Time Capsule

    [image-36] NASA is inviting the worldwide public to submit short messages and images on social media that could be placed in a time capsule aboard a spacecraft launching to an asteroid in 2016. Called the Origins-Spectral Interpretation-Resource Identification-Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx), the spacecraft will rendezvous with the asteroid Bennu in 2019, collect a sample and return the cache in a capsule to Earth in 2023 for detailed study. The robotic mission will spend more than two years at the 1,760-foot (500-meter)-wide asteroid and return a minimum of 2 ounces (60 grams) of its surface material. Topics for submissions by the public should be about solar system exploration in 2014 and predictions for space exploration activities in 2023. The mission team will choose 50 tweets and 50 images to be placed in the capsule. Messages can be submitted Sept. 2 – 30. [image-51] “Our progress in space exploration has been nothing short of amazing,” says Dante Lauretta, …

    September 2, 2014 1:48 pm


  • Liberian doctors strike, food prices spike as West Africa struggles to contain Ebola outbreak

    MONROVIA (Reuters) – Doctors in Liberia were out on strike on Tuesday as they struggled to cope with the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, while the United Nations warned the spread of the disease in West Africa was causing food shortages in one of the world’s poorest regions. Governments and aid organizations are scrambling to contain the disease, which has killed more than 1,500 since March. Medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said 800 more beds for Ebola patients were urgently needed in the Liberian capital Monrovia alone, while in Sierra Leone highly infectious bodies were rotting in the streets. MSF called for rich nations to send military medical teams to support buckling healthcare systems in West Africa. U.S. missionary organization SIM USA said on Tuesday that an American doctor treating obstetrics patients at the ELWA hospital in Monrovia had tested positive for Ebola. The doctor, who was not working in the hospital’s Ebola …

    September 2, 2014 1:28 pm


  • Rita Ora Flashes Peace Sign Before Catching Same Flight As Enemy Kim Kardashian

    Posted on Tue Sep 2nd, 2014 10:50am PDT       By X17 Staff She doesn’t seem at all bothered by the rumored bad blood between her and Kimmy K! Rita Ora smiled and flashed the peace sign as she arrived at LAX yesterday, but we doubt she was grinning later when she realized she was booked on the same flight as Kim Kardashian! Apparently, the reality star doesn’t want to be in the same vicinity as the British pop star, because she blames her for breaking brother Rob’s heart and kickstarting his depression and weight gain. Kanye’s wifey was set to be seated next to the “Black Widow” songstress at last week’s MTV VMA Awards, but she requested to be moved in order to avoid a confrontation. Considering most celebs fly first class, we bet the big booty brunette had to do yet another switcheroo once they boarded the plane!   SEE THE GALLERY Rita Ora Wears Sweatpants …

    September 2, 2014 1:08 pm


  • Sermon censorship? YouTube yanks pastor’s ISIS message, cancels account

    Pastor Daniel Ausbun and his familyPHOTO COURTESY OF DANIEL AUSBUN The pastor of a small-town Baptist church in Georgia says he got banned from YouTube after he posted video of a Sunday sermon he gave about the persecution of Christians in the Middle East. “Apparently, they didn’t like me preaching on radical Islam, so I got booted and banned,” said Daniel Ausbun, pastor of the First Baptist Church in Moreland, Ga. “This is sermon censorship.” ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Ausbun concedes that YouTube can censor whatever videos it wishes. But he does wonder – what else is it banning? On Aug. 24, Ausbun delivered a sermon about the Islamic State, terrorism, radical Islam and Christian persecution in the Middle East. “So many people in the church had been asking about it,” the pastor told me. “This was almost more of an educational sermon.” Based on a copy of his sermon notes, the pastor based his message on …

    September 2, 2014 1:28 pm

Odd News

  • Florida-bound Delta flight diverted over reclining seat dispute

    (Reuters) – An argument over leg room and reclining seats forced a Florida-bound flight from New York to divert to a different airport late on Monday, the third such incident of a midair disruption caused by passengers in about a week. Delta Air Lines said that “out of an abundance of caution” the captain of Flight 2370 from New York La Guardia to West Palm Beach chose to land instead at the closest airport, Jacksonville, where local law enforcement removed one passenger. It did not elaborate on the “disruption,” but a witness told Jacksonville TV station WJXT TV-4 that an argument broke out during the flight between one woman who wanted to recline her seat and another in the row behind who wanted to sleep while resting on her tray table. The witness said one of the women became loud and abusive when a flight attendant was called. The aircraft later flew on to West …

    September 2, 2014 1:48 pm