• Indonesia court upholds Widodo win

    Indonesia court upholds Widodo win

    21 August 2014 Last updated at 16:18 Supporters of defeated candidate Prabowo Subianto gathered outside the court ahead of the verdict Indonesia’s top court has upheld Joko Widodo’s victory in July’s presidential elections, rejecting an...
  • US Ebola cases discharged by medics

    US Ebola cases discharged by medics

    21 August 2014 Last updated at 16:23 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. LIVE: US hospital news briefing on Ebola patients Both Americans infected with the Ebola virus in Liberia have recovered...
  • Rossi to debut in place of Chilton in Belgium

    (Reuters) – American Alexander Rossi will make his Formula One debut when he replaces Briton Max Chilton in the Marussia team’s line-up for this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix. Rossi, 22, will race alongside Frenchman Jules...
  • Report: Mariah Carey And Nick Cannon To Divorce

    Report: Mariah Carey And Nick Cannon To Divorce

    Posted on Thu Aug 21st, 2014 8:00am PDT       By X17 Staff Another one bites the dust! Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon have reportedly been separated since May and lawyers are working out a custody and property...
  • Investors cheer: S&P 500 hits all-time high

    Investors cheer: S&P 500 hits all-time high

      If you kept your money in the stock market this summer, you’re likely feeling pretty smart now. The start of August was rough for stocks as the Russia-Ukraine standoff, the Israel-Gaza conflict and terrorist...
  • US bank in record $16.7bn settlement

    US bank in record $16.7bn settlement

    21 August 2014 Last updated at 14:51 Bank of America has agreed to pay a record $16.7bn (£10bn) to US authorities for misleading investors about the quality of loans it sold. The loans were sold...
  • Froome seeks lift with Vuelta win

    BARCELONA August 21 (Reuters) – Chris Froome aims to put his Tour de France misery behind him with victory in the Vuelta a Espana but he faces stiff competition from a strong field led by...

Headline News

  • US Ebola cases discharged by medics


    21 August 2014 Last updated at 16:23 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. LIVE: US hospital news briefing on Ebola patients Both Americans infected with the Ebola virus in Liberia have recovered and have been discharged from hospital. Recovered missionary Dr Kent Brantly thanked supporters for their prayers at a news conference. Nancy Writebol was discharged on Tuesday. The two aide workers were brought to the US for treatment two weeks ago after receiving a experimental drug. The outbreak has killed more than 1,300 people in West Africa, with many of the deaths occurring in Liberia.

    August 21, 2014 10:26 am
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Politics

  • Foley’s death brings more strikes against militants


    James Foley in Aleppo, Syria,(AP Photo/freejamesfoley.org, Nicole Tung) The United States launched a new barrage of airstrikes Wednesday against the Islamic State extremist group that beheaded American journalist James Foley and that has seized a swath of territory across Iraq and Syria. President Barack Obama vowed relentless pursuit of the terrorists and the White House revealed that the U.S. had launched a secret rescue mission inside Syria earlier this summer that failed to rescue Foley and other Americans still being held hostage. In brief but forceful remarks, Obama said the U.S. would “do what we must to protect our people,” but he stopped short of promising to follow the Islamic State in its safe haven within Syria, where officials said Foley had been killed. Later, though, the administration revealed that several dozen special operations troops had been on the ground in Syria briefly in an effort to rescue the hostages, but did not find them. …

    August 21, 2014 8:42 am
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Stocks

  • Investors cheer: S&P 500 hits all-time high


      If you kept your money in the stock market this summer, you’re likely feeling pretty smart now. The start of August was rough for stocks as the Russia-Ukraine standoff, the Israel-Gaza conflict and terrorist group activity in Iraq all flared again. While serious problems remain in each of these regions, their impact on the U.S. economy so far has been limited. A stock market bounce back is in full effect. On Thursday, the Dow crossed the 17,000 mark again for the first time since July 29. Not to be outdone, the SP 500 set a new all-time high over 1,991. If the gains hold through the end of the day, it would be the 28th record close this year for the popular index of U.S. stocks. Many Americans invest in funds and ETFs that mimic the investments of the SP 500 Index. The SP 500 hit an all-time high of 1,991.67 Thursday morning. Thursday’s …

    August 21, 2014 9:43 am
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Sports

  • Rossi to debut in place of Chilton in Belgium


    (Reuters) – American Alexander Rossi will make his Formula One debut when he replaces Briton Max Chilton in the Marussia team’s line-up for this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix. Rossi, 22, will race alongside Frenchman Jules Bianchi while contractual issues with Chilton are resolved, said a team statement on Thursday. (Editing by Martyn Herman)

    August 21, 2014 10:26 am
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World News

  • Indonesia court upholds Widodo win


    21 August 2014 Last updated at 16:18 Supporters of defeated candidate Prabowo Subianto gathered outside the court ahead of the verdict Indonesia’s top court has upheld Joko Widodo’s victory in July’s presidential elections, rejecting an appeal against the result by defeated candidate Prabowo Subianto. The constitutional court unanimously agreed to reject the appeal. Mr Widodo won the poll by a 6% margin but Mr Subianto claimed widespread electoral fraud. Hundreds of Mr Subianto’s supporters gathered outside the court ahead of the verdict. Mr Subianto’s team said they would accept the ruling of the constitutional court, which is the highest authority in the country. ‘A new era’ Mr Subianto is a former army general closely associated with the traditional elite, while Mr Widodo, a former furniture-maker who grew up in a small village, has promised a decisive break with Indonesia’s authoritarian past and better social welfare for the poor. Mr Widodo’s win was seen as heralding …

    August 21, 2014 10:26 am
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Technology

  • Twitter: from free speech champion to selective censor?


    Twitter has got itself into a tangle. The social network’s decision to remove all links to the horrific footage showing the apparent beheading of the photojournalist James Foley is one that most of its users, reasonably, support. The social network went still further, suspending or banning users who shared the footage or certain stills, following public tweets from the company’s CEO, Dick Costolo, that it would take action against such users. It is hard to think of anyone having a good reason to view or share such barbaric footage, but Twitter’s proactive approach reverses a long record of non-intervention. Twitter has promoted its free speech credentials aggressively since the network’s inception. The company’s former general counsel once characterised the company as “the free speech wing of the free speech party”, an approach characterised by removing content only in extreme situations – when made to by governments in accordance with local law, or through various channels …

    August 21, 2014 8:43 am
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Science

  • Paleolithic ‘escargot’


    Related images(click to enlarge) Paleolithic inhabitants of modern-day Spain may have eaten snails 10,000 years earlier than their Mediterranean neighbors, according to a study published August 20, 2014 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Javier Fernández-López de Pablo from Institut Català de Paleoecologia Humana i Evolució Social and colleagues. Snails were widespread in the Late Pleistocene and Holocene, but it is still unknown when and how they were incorporated into human diets. The authors of this study found land snail shell remains from ~30,000 years ago at a recently discovered site in Cova de la Barriada, Spain. To better understand if the inhabitants may have eaten snails, the researchers investigated patterns of land snail selection, consumption, and accumulation at the site, and then analyzed the shells’ decay, fossilization process, composition, and age at death by measuring the shell size. Scientists found groupings of complete shells from a large land snail species at three areas …

    August 21, 2014 9:03 am
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Health

  • Health Highlights: Aug. 21, 2014


    Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Jim Kelly Appears Free of Sinus Cancer: Doctor Former NFL quarterback Jim Kelly shows no evidence of sinus cancer three months after completing radiation and chemotherapy treatments, a doctor says. “The treatments have so far completely eliminated Mr. Kelly’s pain, and his level of function has essentially returned to normal,” Dr. Peter Costantino said in a statement issued Wednesday by Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, the Associated Press reported. “Further, on physical examination, there is no evidence of the cancer,” added Costantino, chief of the hospital’s head and neck institute. Kelly visited the hospital for a follow-up examination on Tuesday. The former Buffalo Bills player will undergo a series of tests over the next week to determine if he requires more treatment, the AP reported. In June 2013, the Hall of Fame quarterback had surgery to …

    August 21, 2014 8:42 am
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Entertainment

  • Report: Mariah Carey And Nick Cannon To Divorce


    Posted on Thu Aug 21st, 2014 8:00am PDT       By X17 Staff Another one bites the dust! Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon have reportedly been separated since May and lawyers are working out a custody and property agreement because divorce is a “done deal”, TMZ reports. The pair have been living in separate houses in NYC, and their interactions strictly revolve around kids Moroccan and Monroe. So what went wrong with the former love birds? Apparently the Grammy winner went ballistic when her hubby made an appearance on Big Boy’s radio show in May and revealed he slept with Kim Kardashian back in the day! Mimi didn’t appreciate the father of her children publicly revealing those facts, and tore into him for weeks to the point that their relationship never recovered. It got worse when Cannon told Howard Stern how the singer made him wait for sex until after they got married. Beyond that, the “Beautiful” songstress …

    August 21, 2014 10:25 am
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Editorial

  • The truth about libertarians, police and Ferguson’s fury


      Libertarians warned for years that government is force, that government always grows and that America’s police have become too much like an occupying army. We get accused of being paranoid, but we look less paranoid after heavily armed police in Ferguson, Missouri, tear gassed peaceful protesters, arrested journalists and stopped some journalists from entering the town. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT One week before the rioting began, Fox News aired my documentary on the militarization of law enforcement, “Policing America.” That show didn’t stop some left-wing commentators from making the bizarre claim that libertarians like me have been silent about Ferguson. Libertarians get accused of being paranoid, but we look less paranoid after heavily armed police in Ferguson, Missouri, tear gassed peaceful protesters, arrested journalists and stopped some journalists from entering the town. I can’t force them to read my columns, or Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-Ky.) article titled “We Must Demilitarize the Police” or libertarian Rep. Justin …

    August 21, 2014 4:38 am
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Odd News

  • Pimco NYC office tackles bed bug infestation, fumigates


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – The New York offices of Pimco, the massive asset manager run by Bill Gross, are being fumigated this week because of a bed bug infestation. “Our New York office is addressing an isolated issue with insects, and as a precautionary measure the firm is fumigating certain areas of the office space,” a spokesman said on Wednesday. “During this period, our employees are working remotely, and we expect to resume full on-premises staffing over the coming days.” Pimco’s New York offices, located in the Paramount Plaza on 1633 Broadway, are one of a dozen global locations. Pimco, a unit of Allianz SE, has its headquarters in Newport Beach, Calif. “This is an issue that is far from uncommon in New York City,” the spokesman said, regarding New York City’s battle with the epidemic of tiny blood-sucking insects. Two weeks ago, three New York City subway trains had to be fumigated after riders …

    August 20, 2014 4:45 pm
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