• Dear 2014 baseball season

    Dear 2014 baseball season

    FILE — Pete Rose, former Cincinnati Reds manager and baseball player. (AP) Dear 2014 Baseball Season, Thank you for reminding everyone of what I was born knowing, Baseball is the greatest game there is. It is...
  • Oscar Pistorius begins jail sentence

    Oscar Pistorius begins jail sentence

    21 October 2014 Last updated at 17:46 Pistorius was taken straight to the prison after sentencing South African athlete Oscar Pistorius has begun serving time in jail for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. He was...
  • ISIS threat: What Team Obama doesn’t want you to know

    ISIS threat: What Team Obama doesn’t want you to know

    The vaunted Obama “National Security Team” tells us their “broad-based coalition” is “succeeding” against the savages who variously describe themselves as ISIS, ISIL, IS or “The Caliphate.” That’s according to White House spokesman Josh Earnest...
  • Man walks again after transplant

    21 October 2014 Last updated at 05:31 By Fergus Walsh Medical correspondent Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Watch Darek Fidyka walk with the aid of a frame A paralysed man has...
  • ‘Negligence’ behind Total boss death

    ‘Negligence’ behind Total boss death

    21 October 2014 Last updated at 13:21 Russian investigators have said “criminal negligence” caused the crash at a Moscow airport that resulted in the death of Total’s chief executive. Christophe de Margerie died along with...
  • Vietnam War soldier’s lost medal to be returned

    MANLIUS, N.Y. –  A Purple Heart medal posthumously awarded to a New York soldier killed in Vietnam is being returned to his widow and daughter 15 years after it was found on a school playground....

Headline News

  • Vietnam War soldier’s lost medal to be returned


    MANLIUS, N.Y. –  A Purple Heart medal posthumously awarded to a New York soldier killed in Vietnam is being returned to his widow and daughter 15 years after it was found on a school playground. Purple Hearts Reunited says Pfc. Thomas McGraw’s medal will be presented to his family next Tuesday during a ceremony in Manlius, near Syracuse. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT McGraw was killed in an ambush in February 1966 while serving with the Army’s 1st Cavalry Division. The Purple Heart disappeared and didn’t turn up until around 1999, when a fourth-grade student found it outside a suburban Syracuse elementary school. In January, the mother of the boy who found the medal contacted Purple Hearts Reunited, which tracked down McGraw’s wife and their daughter. The Vermont-based group returns lost or stolen military medals to veterans and their families.

    October 21, 2014 8:13 am
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Politics

  • U.S. House panel seeks NHTSA briefing on Takata air bag defects


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee has asked a federal regulator to provide a briefing on its investigation into automobile air bags manufactured by Takata Corp., a committee aide said on Tuesday. The aide also said that committee staffers plan to meet with auto manufacturers “to discuss supplier issues.” Some of Takata air bags have deployed with too much force, spraying metal shrapnel onto drivers and resulting in severe injuries and some deaths. The committee wants to hear directly from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration about its probe into Takata, the aide said. (Reporting By Richard Cowan; Editing by Sandra Maler)

    October 21, 2014 3:26 pm
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Stocks

  • Get ready for robot farmers


    Matija Kopic, cofounder of Farmeron. On most lettuce farms, workers weave between rows to cull extra heads of lettuce crowding out the healthiest plants. The practice, called thinning, is labor-intensive and a labor shortage has made it difficult to find workers for the task. In 2011, Jorge Heraud and Lee Redden came up with the idea to use robotics to mechanize lettuce thinning as part of their coursework in Stanford’s executive MBA program. “Mention robotics in agriculture and people think it’s R2D2 and C3PO going into the field, but that’s not quite what we do,” says Heraud, the former head of precision agriculture for GPS tech giant Trimble Navigation. Their product, the LettuceBot, is a “smart” farm implement that attaches to a tractor. Using cameras and algorithms, the machine measures plant size and assesses color, making split-second decisions about which lettuce plants to keep. The pair launched their Sunnyvale, Calif., startup Blue River Technology in …

    October 21, 2014 8:13 am
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Sports

  • Pistorius starts five-year term for killing Reeva Steenkamp


    PRETORIA (Reuters) – Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius started his five-year jail sentence on Tuesday for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, marking the end of a trial that has gripped South Africa and millions around the world. His uncle, Arnold Pistorius, indicated he would not appeal. As judge Thokozile Masipa gave her decision on the 27-year-old’s culpable homicide conviction, Pistorius, whose downfall has been likened to that of American football star O.J. Simpson, stood resolutely in the dock. His only reaction was to wipe his eyes before two police officers led him to the holding cells beneath the High Court in the heart of the South African capital. Ninety minutes later, an armored police vehicle carrying Pistorius – still dressed in dark suit, white shirt and black tie – left the building through a throng of reporters toward Pretoria Central Prison, where he is expected to serve his time. Once the execution site for …

    October 21, 2014 8:13 am
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World News

  • Oscar Pistorius begins jail sentence


    21 October 2014 Last updated at 17:46 Pistorius was taken straight to the prison after sentencing South African athlete Oscar Pistorius has begun serving time in jail for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. He was driven to Pretoria’s Kgosi Mampuru prison where he is expected to be housed in the hospital wing. Judge Thokozile Masipa gave Pistorius a five-year jail sentence for culpable homicide, but cleared him of murder. His defence said it expected him to serve about 10 months, with the remainder under house arrest. His family say he will not appeal. The parents of Reeva Steenkamp told the BBC they were happy with the sentence and relieved the case was over. Prosecutors had called for a minimum 10-year term, and the defence had argued for community service and house arrest. Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Judge Thokozile Masipa hands down the sentence Pistorius, 27, an amputee sprinter who became …

    October 21, 2014 1:22 pm
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Technology

  • Verizon misses Q3 expectations as it shirks off rival promotional offers


    Verizon was able to keep its customer growth engine humming even as it narrowly missed earnings expectations for the third quarter. Verizon The nation’s largest wireless carrier by subscriber base posted earnings of 89 cents a share and revenue of $31.59 billion, compared with Wall Street’s average forecast of 90 cents a share and $31.58 billion. Shares of the New York-based company rose 0.4 percent to $48.69 in premarket trading Tuesday. Verizon continues to grow despire increased competitive activity in the wireless industry, most notably aggressive offers by smaller rivals Sprint and T-Mobile. The carriers are engaged in a quasi-price war, offering up more data rather than cutting prices. The result has been better deals for consumers, and more scrambling by the carriers to keep up with each other. Verizon hasn’t been completely immune, and this month announced a program to double the amount of data available to higher-end shared family plans in reaction to …

    October 21, 2014 7:12 am
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Science

  • Predatory Fish Have Declined by Two Thirds in the Last Century


    The removal of top predators has been called “humankind’s most pervasive influence on nature,” and it is as detrimental in the sea as it is on land. Consumers prefer predatory fish like grouper, tuna, swordfish and sharks to species lower on the food chain such as anchovies and sardines, providing strong incentives for fishermen to catch the bigger fish. Going after the more valuable predators first, fishing them until there aren’t enough left to support a fishery and then moving on to species lower in the food chain, a pattern sometimes observed in global fisheries, has been called “fishing down the food web.” New research (pdf) by the team that coined the term attempts to determine how severely predatory fish populations have declined worldwide since the start of industrial fishing. Scientists analyzed more than 200 published food-web (interacting food chains) models from all over the world, which included more than 3,000 ocean species. Their results …

    October 21, 2014 3:47 pm
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Health

  • Analysts see U.S. approval of Novo Nordisk’s obesity drug by year-end


    COPENHAGEN (Reuters) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is likely to approve Novo Nordisk’s new drug to treat obesity this year, analysts said after wide expectations of an FDA decision late on Monday were not met. Danish drugmaker Novo Nordisk applied for approval for liragludtide, under the name of Saxenda, on Dec. 20 last year. Monday, exactly 10 months after the filing, was seen by analysts as a deadline for a decision from FDA about approval.[ID:nWEB00G4Y] FDA has set a goal to process applications for approvals within 10 months but there are examples when they spend more than that on applications. “We feel sure they are working on it and expect to hear from them when they have finished their work,” head of communications Mike Rulis from Novo Nordisk said. Analysts from brokerage firm Citi have estimated peak sales of Saxenda at around $1.5 billion and they see an approval coming. Nordea and Sydbank …

    October 21, 2014 7:12 am
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Entertainment

  • Pitbull to host the American Music Awards again


    JLo snubs Pitbull: The Billboard moment no one is talking about The show will air on Nov. 23. Not only will Pitbull host the show, he will also perform a song from his upcoming album, Globalization. Dick Clark Productions, which produces the award show on ABC, made the announcement on Monday with the rapper. “World, who would have thought Pitbull hosting the AMAs two years in a row,” Pitbull said in the statement. “The harder I work, the luckier I get. Thank you ABC and Dick Clark Productions for the amazing opportunity — more than anything, let’s get ready to have fun. Dale!” PHOTO: Pitbull gives a big F-U to haters at college graduation The rough translation for the Spanish word dale is “do it” or “get it” and is a signature phrase for Pitbull, aka Armando Christian Perez. Pitbull also took to Twitter to celebrate the exciting news. We are going global again – Sunday, Nov. …

    October 21, 2014 6:52 am
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Editorial

  • Dear 2014 baseball season


    FILE — Pete Rose, former Cincinnati Reds manager and baseball player. (AP) Dear 2014 Baseball Season, Thank you for reminding everyone of what I was born knowing, Baseball is the greatest game there is. It is the closest thing to perfect that we will ever see. Thank you to everyone who put hustle and hard work into this season. Every player, coach, and scout- from the minors on up. Everyone who sold Cracker Jacks, everyone who pulled out a tarp during a rain delay, every fan, player, umpire and clubhouse attendant- Thank you, your work produced a very special season. I also want to say, congratulations to not just our Captain, but to everyone who is retiring at the end of this year. Thank you for making our game better. We lose 22 U.S. veterans per day to suicide in this country. This is unacceptable. Fans, this is the injustice we need to fix. I love …

    October 21, 2014 3:26 pm
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Odd News

  • San Francisco stations banish ‘Royals’ song ahead of World Series


    (Reuters) – At least two Northern California radio stations have pledged not to play New Zealand artist Lorde’s song “Royals,” in solidarity with the San Francisco Giants during their World Series matchup with the Kansas City Royals. The decision by San Francisco stations KOIT and KFOG to drop the song, which has nothing to do with the baseball team, comes as the Giants and Royals prepare to play Game One of the championship series on Tuesday. In response, Kansas City station KZPT said it would play the song every hour on Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. KZPT said it was a sister station of KOIT. “They’re our sister station, and as the old saying goes: ‘You can pick your friends but you can’t necessarily pick your family,’ and if they don’t play it, then we will,” KZPT programming director Tony Lorino said in a phone interview. Last week, KOIT posted a small image …

    October 20, 2014 7:16 pm
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