• ‘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....
  • Get ready for robot farmers

    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...
  • Ukraine faces cluster bomb claim

    Ukraine faces cluster bomb claim

    21 October 2014 Last updated at 11:15 A cluster bomblet found in Donetsk in August A leading human rights group says it has strong evidence Ukraine attacked populated areas of Donetsk with cluster bombs, banned...
  • Pistorius sentenced to five years in prison

    Pretoria, South Africa (SportsNetwork.com) – South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison on Tuesday for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Judge Thokozile Masipa also gave Pistorius a three-year suspended sentence...

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

  • Weak GOP Candidates May Need More Than a Good Year


    By Stuart Rothenberg Posted at 5 a.m. Oct. 21 0 Tweet Tillis hopes to unseat Hagan. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo) Republicans have the wind at their backs this year. But not every GOP nominee is taking advantage of that dynamic. As usual, some candidates are under-performing, proving once again that candidates and the campaigns they choose to run actually matter. That should come as no surprise to anyone who watched Republican Senate nominees Todd Akin of Missouri and Richard Mourdock of Indiana implode in 2012 or Delaware Republican Christine O’Donnell and Colorado Republican Ken Buck lose in 2010. But this year, the problem children are not candidates foisted on the party by the Club for Growth or tea party groups. This cycle, the problem is a handful of candidates favored by most in the Republican “establishment.” They looked like strong nominees (some even like slam dunks) a year before Election Day, but they …

    October 21, 2014 7:12 am
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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

  • ‘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 three crew members when his corporate jet collided with a snow plough. Federal investigators said that the driver of the snow plough was drunk. Investigators also said that “negligent” managers at the airport had failed to co-ordinate the actions of their employees. The Investigations Committee of Russia, a federal agency which answers to President Vladimir Putin, is investigating the crash. “It is already obvious that the cause of the events was not at all a horrific tragic confluence of circumstances, which is how representatives of the airport are trying to present it, but criminal negligence by officials who could not ensure the coordinated actions of airport employees,” said committee spokesman Vladimir Markin. Several officials at the airport were likely to …

    October 21, 2014 8:13 am
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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

  • Penn researchers untangle the biological effects of blue light


    Related images(click to enlarge) Blue light can both set the mood and set in motion important biological responses. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Medicine and School of Arts and Sciences have teased apart the separate biological responses of the human eye to blue light, revealing an unexpected contest for control. Their work addresses the properties of melanopsin, a light-sensitive protein in the eye that establishes the rhythm of our day-night cycle and the familiar constriction of the pupil to bright light. They measured the pupil response to stimulation of melanopsin and of short-wave-sensitive (S) cones, the other blue light-sensing cells that operate in daylight. Surprisingly, they found that melanopsin and S-cones have opposite effects and compete for control of the pupil in blue light. Their complete results are published in the current issue of PNAS. Drs. Aguirre and Brainard and graduate student Spitschan found that melanopsin, a protein and short wave-sensitive S-cones, …

    October 21, 2014 3:30 am
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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

  • Sayerville football saga: In praise of victims who spoke up about abuse


    Imagine what it was like when they turned off the locker room lights. A young football player, just a freshman in high school, is suddenly grabbed by upperclassmen. The gang pins him to the ground, immobilizing his arms and legs. Horrified, he pleads for mercy and help. To no avail. He can hear others cheering on the bullies. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Then, the boy is sexually assaulted. The details are too wretched and disgusting to recount here. But, according to police, there was force. And penetration. And abject terror. It is not enough for the defendants to claim that the same thing had been done to them by upperclassmen when they were freshmen, as has been reported. That may help explain their actions as “learned behavior,” but it cannot excuse them in a court of law. Other players stood by and watched. Some laughed. They did nothing. No one had the decency or strength of character …

    October 20, 2014 6:56 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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