• US strikes Islamic State in Syria

    US strikes Islamic State in Syria

    23 September 2014 Last updated at 04:34 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Arab nations have taken part in the air strikes, but which and in what capacity remains unclear, Barbara Plett...
  • Blue Jays deal Mariners’ playoff hopes a blow

    Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) – Jose Bautista went 3-for-3 with a home run, three runs scored and two RBI as the Toronto Blue Jays played the role of spoiler Monday with a 14-4 drubbing of the...
  • Treasury acts to stop overseas tax ‘inversions’

    Treasury acts to stop overseas tax ‘inversions’

    Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said he was taking the “first, targeted steps” against companies that use foreign mergers to reduce their U.S. tax bills. The U.S. Treasury Department on Monday announced what it called its...
  • NZ leader wants 2015 flag vote

    NZ leader wants 2015 flag vote

    22 September 2014 Last updated at 08:46 Some feel the Union Jack featured on the flag undermines New Zealand’s independence from Britain Re-elected Prime Minister John Key said a referendum on whether to change the...
  • US launches air strikes in Syria

    US launches air strikes in Syria

    23 September 2014 Last updated at 03:12 Islamic State fighters in Syria The US and allied nations have launched the first air strikes against Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria, the Pentagon has said. Spokesman...

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  • US strikes Islamic State in Syria


    23 September 2014 Last updated at 04:34 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Arab nations have taken part in the air strikes, but which and in what capacity remains unclear, Barbara Plett Usher reports The US and allies said to include Arab nations have launched the first air strikes against Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria, the Pentagon says. Spokesman Rear Adm John Kirby said fighter and bomber jets and Tomahawk missiles were used in the attack. The strikes were expected as part of President Barack Obama’s pledge to “degrade and destroy” IS, which has taken huge swathes of Syria and Iraq. The US has already launched 190 air strikes in Iraq since August. However, Monday’s action expands the campaign against the militant group across the national border into Syria. Rear Adm Kirby confirmed the strikes, saying “US military and partner nation forces” were undertaking military action in Syria – but did …

    September 22, 2014 10:41 pm
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Politics

  • U.S. Treasury moves against tax-avoidance ‘inversion’ deals


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Moving against tax avoidance by corporations, the Obama administration took several actions on Monday to curb “inversion” deals that allow companies to escape high U.S. taxes by reincorporating abroad. The Treasury Department announced new rules, effective immediately, that will reduce the tax benefits available to companies that have inverted, while also making new inversions more difficult to do and less potentially rewarding. Because they took effect on Monday, the new rules might raise issues for some of a handful of companies that have agreed to do inversions, but have not yet completed them. Fast-food chain Burger King Worldwide Inc is in the midst of inverting to Canada in a deal with coffee-and-donuts vendor Tim Hortons Inc. A spokeswoman for Burger King said the company declined to comment. Asked about the impact on pending deals, a senior Treasury official told reporters on a conference call: “If they are closed and done as of …

    September 22, 2014 9:40 pm
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Stocks

  • Treasury acts to stop overseas tax ‘inversions’


    Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said he was taking the “first, targeted steps” against companies that use foreign mergers to reduce their U.S. tax bills. The U.S. Treasury Department on Monday announced what it called its “first, targeted steps” to make it harder for U.S. companies to reduce their tax bills by merging with foreign firms and moving abroad. The process, known as inversion, has been all the rage in the corporate world this year. The Obama administration, while urging Congress to act, had been threatening for months to crack down on inversions. What Treasury did on Monday was issue tax guidance that will govern any inversion completed from today forward. It also imposed at least one new restriction that will affect companies that have recently inverted. “These first, targeted steps make substantial progress in constraining the creative techniques used to avoid U.S. taxes,” Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said. The changes Treasury announced will make it …

    September 22, 2014 10:41 pm
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Sports

  • Blue Jays deal Mariners’ playoff hopes a blow


    Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) – Jose Bautista went 3-for-3 with a home run, three runs scored and two RBI as the Toronto Blue Jays played the role of spoiler Monday with a 14-4 drubbing of the Seattle Mariners. The playoff-hopeful Mariners have lost three in a row, dropping them two games behind the Royals for the second wild card spot in the AL. James Paxton (6-4) had the shortest outing of his rookie campaign at the most inopportune time. Toronto knocked out the left-hander in the third inning, touching him for nine runs — eight earned — on seven hits and six walks. Danny Valencia tripled in three runs in the first inning, Edwin Encarnacion’s two-run single highlighted a five-run second inning, and Kevin Pillar and Anthony Gose both homered in the blowout. J.A. Happ (10-11) benefited from the run support and picked up the win with seven quality innings of two-run ball. Austin Jackson led …

    September 22, 2014 10:41 pm
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World News

  • Indefinite ban on reporting of counter-terrorism preventative detention order


    A sweeping suppression order will prevent reporting of controversial preventive detention orders used in last week’s counter-terrorism operations indefinitely. A non-publication order preventing disclosure of any information about the use of the lock-up powers means details of the order will remain secret until a New South Wales supreme court judge rules otherwise. The judge’s ruling is so broad that a supreme court spokesman says even his name cannot be reported. NSW police, Australian federal police and Asio officers took part in major operations across NSW and Queensland last Thursday. There were 15 people detained in the raids. One man was charged with a terrorism offence and another man was charged with an offence related to possessing a firearm. On Friday the Australian federal police revealed they had obtained preventive detention orders for three men before the counter-terrorism raids, in the first instance the anti-terrorism powers have been used since the Howard government introduced them over …

    September 22, 2014 10:42 pm
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Technology

  • Apple may change Beats brand as it spins up music service


    Apple’s Beats Music service may be in for a shake up. Apple bought Beats for $3 billion earlier this year. Apple CEO Tim Cook (second from left) is flanked by Beats cofounders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre, with iTunes chief Eddy Cue (far right). Apple There are conflicting reports about what exactly will happen with Beats Music. The $10-a-month subscription streaming music service was acquired when Apple bought Beats for $3 billion. The service could be scrapped entirely, according to TechCrunch. Or the service could continue with its name slowly phased out, according to Recode. An Apple spokesman told CNET that the TechCrunch report that Apple will be scrapping the Beats streaming music service is “absolutely not true.” It’s more likely, as Recode points out, that the streaming service could lose the Beats Music name, perhaps taking on the much more well-known iTunes brand and becoming integrated with Apple’s overall iTunes package. “I was going …

    September 22, 2014 9:40 pm
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Science

  • BICEP2 gravitational wave result bites the dust thanks to new Planck data


    Dirty window: The ‘dusty’ sky as seen by Planck Astronomers working on the Background Imaging of Cosmic Extragalactic Polarization (BICEP2) telescope at the South Pole hit the headlines earlier this year when they claimed to have seen the first evidence for the primordial “B-mode” polarization of the cosmic microwave background (CMB). But a new analysis of polarized dust emission in our galaxy, carried out by the Planck collaboration, has shown that the part of the sky observed by BICEP2 has much more dust than originally anticipated. The B-modes observed by the BICEP telescope are therefore most likely to be “local” galactic contamination rather than an imprint left behind by the rapid “inflation” of the early universe – the extremely rapid expansion that cosmologists believe our universe underwent a mere 10–35 s after the Big Bang. While the new analysis does not completely rule out BICEP2’s original claim just yet, it does establish that the dust emission …

    September 22, 2014 10:01 pm
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Health

  • U.S., Canada allow emergency use of Tekmira’s Ebola treatment


    (Reuters) – Canadian drugmaker Tekmira Pharmaceuticals Corp (TKM.TO)(TKMR.O) said on Monday that U.S. and Canadian regulators have authorized the use of its Ebola treatment in patients who have confirmed or suspected infections from the deadly virus. The Vancouver-based company said its treatment, TKM-Ebola, has been administered to patients on an emergency basis and the repeat infusions have been well-tolerated. The drug was administered to Rick Sacra, a doctor who contracted the virus in West Africa, and who has shown promising signs, the Nebraska Medical Center said in a statement. TKM-Ebola, an RNAi therapeutic, works by preventing the virus from replicating. Expanded access protocols, authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Health Canada, allow drug developers to offer experimental therapies to patients with serious diseases who cannot participate in controlled clinical trials. Tekmira Chief Executive Officer Mark Murray said the company’s supplies of the treatment are limited. The company is developing TKM-Ebola under a …

    September 22, 2014 9:40 pm
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Entertainment

  • Is making Kanye West a teacher really a good idea?


    Stroke survivor pens open letter to Kanye and it’s awesome  West was sentenced to 250 hours of community service from an attack on a paparazzo back in 2013. West’s community service sentence includes a teaching stint at the college, according to Entertainment Tonight. West was accused of hitting the photographer at LAX in July 2013 and pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor count of battery. He had also been originally charged with grand theft, because of his attempt to take the camera. The photographer involved also sued West and released a statement soon after the incident, saying, ”When Kanye West attacked me, I was in complete shock. All I had done was ask him a question. I was terrified when Kanye started to come at me. I backed up because I felt from the look in his eyes that he was going to attack me.” Prosecutors decided not to charge West with a felony, because the …

    September 22, 2014 9:19 pm
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Editorial

  • When the going gets tough: Desperate Democrats turn to Michelle Obama, not her husband


    Drowning aboard the sinking ship of President Obama’s unpopularity, Democrats are throwing out a lifeline to Michelle Obama in their effort to tread water in the U.S. Senate. The first lady is hitting the campaign trail for endangered Democrats while the president, viewed as more of an electoral liability than an asset, is nowhere to be found. Republicans need to pick up just six seats to gain control of the Senate, and Democrats are doing all they can to keep that from happening and keep Harry Reid in power. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT With Fox News showing the president’s job approval rating at 38 percent and a Pew Poll showing the first lady’s favorability above 60 percent, vulnerable Democrats are keeping the commander in chief out of the spotlight. It’s a sad state of Democratic affairs when the president of the United States is on the midterm JV team and their starting lineup includes a first lady …

    September 22, 2014 9:40 pm
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Odd News

  • Virginia preschool teacher accused of biting toddler is arrested


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Virginia preschool teacher has been arrested and charged with assault and battery after she allegedly punished a 13-month-old boy by biting his shoulder, police said on Monday. Theresa Brown, 24, is accused of biting the toddler on Sept. 11 at The Goddard School in Woodbridge, Virginia, a private school about 22 miles (35 km) southwest of Washington, according to Prince William County police. Brown bit the child who was enrolled at the school, leaving a visible mark, as punishment after he had bitten another teacher, police said. A witness reported the incident to the school’s 24-year-old co-owner, Nadia Choudhry. Choudhry did not report the incident and was charged with failing to report the offense to authorities, which state law requires, police said. Officials at the school, described on its website as serving infants to school-age children, declined to comment. As of Monday, Brown was no longer listed online as a member …

    September 22, 2014 10:01 pm
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