Headline News

  • Caterham and Marussia to miss US GP


    Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone has said Caterham and Marussia will both miss the US Grand Prix next weekend. Caterham are in administration and have also been granted permission to miss the Brazilian Grand Prix while Marussia are struggling financially. Marussia driver Jules Bianchi remains in hospital having sustained serious head injuries in an accident at the Japanese Grand Prix on 5 October. “Neither of those two teams are going to go to America,” Ecclestone said. Both teams are based in Oxfordshire. Marussia’s absence will leave the grid in Austin, Texas with only nine teams and 18 cars. It also means American Alexander Rossi, the Marussia reserve, will not make an appearance at his home race.

    October 25, 2014 5:15 am
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Politics

  • Pentagon official upbeat on streamlining U.S. military acquisitions


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon and Congress have better-than-ever odds of reaching agreement on how to streamline myriad overlapping laws that slow the process for buying military equipment and services, a top Defense Department official said. “I am optimistic,” Andrew Hunter, a former congressional aide who helped draft many of those laws before joining the Pentagon four years ago, told reporters on Thursday. He said he saw emerging consensus among industry, lawmakers and defense officials about the need for changes. Hunter, who runs the Pentagon’s joint rapid acquisition initiative, has also led a drive to simplify current laws, which U.S. arms buyer Frank Kendall has said put “an extraordinary and unnecessarily complex burden on our program managers and staff.” U.S. defense officials have been in talks with congressional committees in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, and hope to submit some reform legislation as part of the fiscal 2016 budget process, said Hunter, …

    October 25, 2014 5:14 am
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Stocks

  • Is the U.S. holding too much oil in reserve?


    The U.S. has the world’s largest emergency stockpile of oil. Does America have too much oil in its reserves? Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon fired off a letter this week asking the Department of Energy to study the “size and make-up” of the U.S.’ Strategic Petroleum Reserve. It comes fresh on the heels of a report on Monday from the non-partisan Government Accountability Office that also called for a similar review. The U.S. has the largest emergency stockpile of oil in the world. And now that the country’s oil production is booming, there’s questions if America needs to hold so much crude in reserve. The Department of Energy didn’t respond to a request for comment. Congress created the reserve in response to the 1973 oil embargo, which caused a supply shock and a recession. But the United States is now on track to surpass Saudi Arabia as the world’s largest energy producer next year. That’s …

    October 25, 2014 2:12 am
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Sports

  • Williams beats Wozniacki in three-set thriller


    SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Serena Williams, her insatiable will to win as strong as ever, regained her composure after smashing her racquet and being on the brink of defeat to beat Caroline Wozniacki 2-6 6-3 7-6(6) on Saturday and reach the title match at the WTA Finals. The best of friends off the court, the pair slugged it out like two prizefighters for almost two and a quarter hours until Williams delivered the killer blow to end a contest filled with drama and escalating tension. The world number one looked to be on the ropes after losing the first set and smashing her racquet in frustration, then falling 5-4 behind in the third set. But Wozniacki, who lost to Williams in last month’s U.S. Open final, blinked first, missing her chance to serve out the match and the American made her pay by going on to win the deciding tie-breaker. “Caroline played a great match, it …

    October 25, 2014 5:15 am
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World News

  • Ebola outbreak cases pass 10,000


    nc/${INC_HI_SHARED}/hi/shared/head.inc”– <!– For a better experience on your device, try our mobile site. BBC navigation News Sport Weather iPlayer TV Radio More… Search term: Africa 25 October 2014 Last updated at 11:13 Liberia remains the worst affected country, with 4,665 deaths The number of cases in the Ebola outbreak has exceeded 10,000, with 4,922 deaths, the World Health Organization says in its latest report. Only 27 of the cases have occurred outside the three worst-hit countries, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. Those three countries account for all but 10 of the fatalities. Mali became the latest nation to record a death, a two-year-old girl. More than 40 people known to have come into contact with her have been quarantined. The latest WHO situation report says that Liberia remains the worst affected country, with 4,665 deaths. Sierra Leone has had 3,896 fatalities and there have been 1,553 in Guinea. Nigeria has recorded eight deaths and there …

    October 25, 2014 5:15 am
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Technology

  • On the road: Seat Cupra 280 PS car review


    Great Queen Street runs through central London, from Covent Garden along to Holborn. At its eastern end is the site of the former Blitz Club, where a plaque was recently placed to commemorate Spandau Ballet’s first gig there, 35 years ago. On the afternoon of its unveiling, I arrive to collect the band’s singer, Tony Hadley. The ceremony is running late, so I sit in the fury of London traffic and acquaint myself with the Seat Leon Cupra. It might be competing with the likes of the Renault Mégane RS or the Vauxhall Astra VXR, but the Cupra’s more obvious comparison is the Golf GTI – the car on which it’s based, and with which it shares an engine. The Seat has considerably more clout – at 276bhp, 59bhp more than the GTI – and it has an extra gear. On our shuffle west through the city later, we won’t experience the Cupra’s full mettle, …

    October 25, 2014 5:14 am
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Science

  • Li-ion batteries contain toxic halogens, but environmentally friendly alternatives exist


    Physics researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University have discovered that most of the electrolytes used in lithium-ion batteries — commonly found in consumer electronic devices — are superhalogens, and that the vast majority of these electrolytes contain toxic halogens. At the same time, the researchers also found that the electrolytes in lithium-ion batteries (also known as Li-ion batteries) could be replaced with halogen-free electrolytes that are both nontoxic and environmentally friendly. “The significance [of our findings] is that one can have a safer battery without compromising its performance,” said lead author Puru Jena, Ph.D., distinguished professor in the Department of Physics of the College of Humanities and Sciences. “The implication of our research is that similar strategies can also be used to design cathode materials in Li-ion batteries.” The article, “Superhalogens as Building Blocks of Halogen-free Electrolytes in Li-ion Batteries,” by Jena, postdoctoral researcher Santanab Giri, Ph.D., and then-graduate student Swayamprabha Behera, Ph.D., will appear in …

    October 25, 2014 5:35 am
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Health

  • U.S. military starts training its Ebola rapid-response team


    SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) – As health officials were trying to manage a patient infected with Ebola in New York, U.S. military personnel in Texas were in the first stages of training a new rapid-response team that could head to hospitals the next time an outbreak occurs. The 30-member U.S. Military Ebola Rapid Response Team assembled at the Army’s San Antonio Military Medical Center on Wednesday and consists of five physicians, 20 nurses and five certified trainers. The group will supervise treatment and help hospitals deal with the intricacies of treating Ebola. “There is always a fear factor when you are dealing with this disease,” Major Joseph Narvaez, a physician on the team, said on Friday when training was open to the media. “The more we train the more confident we are.” Team members said they have not been requested to go to New York City, where the latest case of Ebola in the United States …

    October 25, 2014 5:14 am
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Entertainment

  • You won’t believe what Mama June’s new boyfriend did to her daughter


    Anna Cardwell, who is now 20 years old and married with a child of her own, told TMZ that her mom’s new boyfriend is the same man who molested her when she was just 8 years old. Mark McDaniel, who is actually Mama June’s ex-boyfriend, was released from jail after serving a 10-year sentence for forcing a girl to perform oral sex on him. Honey Boo Boo’s Mama June kicks Sugar Bear to the curb Shortly after McDaniel was freed, Mama June began dating him again, but she denied she was seeing the registered sex offender. However, photos of her with McDaniel and lots of other evidence further confirmed that the reality star was indeed dating McDaniel again. Cardwell believed her mom at first when she told Cardwell she was not dating her molester. But now, after having received more information on the issue, Cardwell knows she was betrayed by her own mom in the …

    October 25, 2014 4:54 am
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Editorial

  • The Foxhole: Graham Nash on CSNY, the Hollies and the choosing of life over death


    In the fall of 1969, the members of rock’s newest super-group, CSNY – an improbable and highly combustible vehicle for the individual and collective genius of David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, and Neil Young – were settling into the San Francisco area, preparing to record their first album together. These loose sessions would produce the landmark record Déjà Vu (1970), later ranked # 148 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. Crosby, the nominal leader of the group, had set up digs in a rambling country house in Novato, thirty miles north of the city, with his two lovers, Christine Hinton and Debbie Donovan. Jerry Garcia, who would play pedal steel guitar on Nash’s pop classic, “Teach Your Children,” was a frequent visitor, as were other members of the Grateful Dead, who lived down the street. The sex, drugs, and freedom were highly intoxicating, and for the members of …

    October 25, 2014 1:10 am
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Odd News

  • Florida man shoots 400-pound bear breaking into his house


    ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) – A Florida man shot and killed a 400-pound (180-kg) black bear after it broke into his house two nights in a row to get to a bag of dog food, a state wildlife officer said on Friday. “I felt in danger enough that since it wouldn’t leave I had to shoot it,” said Victor Peters of Lady Lake of the Wednesday night incident in a video interview posted online by the Orlando Sentinel. Killing a bear in Florida is illegal. Wildlife officer Greg Workman of the Florida Fish Wildlife Conservation said he expects to hand the case to prosecutors by early next week for their consideration at the completion of his investigation. “It sounds like he did what he could do to try to keep the bear from coming back,” Workman said. “We’re looking at all sides to make the best decision.” Bears and humans cross paths, occasionally fatally for the …

    October 24, 2014 9:26 pm
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