• Fukushima workers sue over pay

    Fukushima workers sue over pay

    3 September 2014 Last updated at 03:58 Tepco has been employing about 6,000 workers a day to decommission the Fukushima nuclear plant Workers decommissioning Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant have sued its operator Tokyo Electric...
  • Claire Danes: We need to stop romanticizing motherhood

    Claire Danes reveals career struggles before Homeland Danes talked with Harper’s Bazaar U.K. about her son, Cyrus, who was born in December 2012, and admitted that it has been a challenging experience. “Being a mum...
  • Wozniacki wallops Errani to reach U.S. Open semi-finals

    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Caroline Wozniacki used her aggressive groundstroke game to near perfection on Tuesday to reach the semi-finals of the U.S. Open with a 6-0 6-1 victory over Italy’s Sara Errani.The 10th-seeded Dane...
  • DNA overturns 30-year US convictions

    DNA overturns 30-year US convictions

    2 September 2014 Last updated at 23:56 The elder of the brothers, Henry McCollum, is said to have the mental age of a nine-year old Two US men who spent three decades in prison for...
  • Baby Boomers face big housing crunch

    Baby Boomers face big housing crunch

    America’s Baby Boomers are facing a serious housing crunch, with many expected to struggle to afford their homes come retirement. By 2030, the number of adults age 65 and older will more than double to...
  • Apple lists the top 10 reasons apps get rejected

    Apple lists the top 10 reasons apps get rejected

    Screenshot by Michelle Starr/CNET When a developer submits an app to the iTunes App Store, Apple runs it through a manual review process to make sure everything is up to scratch. This is a time...

Headline News

  • Halliburton reaches tentative $1B Gulf oil spill settlement


    April 21, 2010: Fire boat response crews battle the blazing remnants of the offshore oil rig Deepwater Horizon, off Louisiana.Reuters NEW ORLEANS –  Halliburton’s agreement to pay more than $1 billion to settle numerous claims involving the 2010 BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill could be a way for the company and victims of the spill to avoid years of costly litigation — if all the pieces fall into place. A federal judge still has to approve the settlement. That same judge has rulings pending on the extent to which parties, including Halliburton, were negligent in the deadly explosion of the Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig. Those rulings could affect plaintiffs’ decisions on whether to participate in the settlement, which was announced Tuesday. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Pending action by the Supreme Court over interpretations of an earlier BP settlement with businesses also comes into play. Joe Rice, of the law firm Motley Rice, which has been …

    September 2, 2014 11:36 pm
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Politics

  • Obama increases U.S. force protecting embassy in Baghdad


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama has ordered an increase of about 350 troops in Baghdad to protect the U.S. Embassy in the Iraqi capital and is sending top officials to the Middle East to “build a stronger regional partnership” against Islamic State militants, the White House said on Tuesday. The actions reflect the growing U.S. concern about the threat posed by the Sunni Muslim militants who have captured parts of Iraq and Syria, and came on the same day that Islamic State released a video purporting to show its beheading of a second American hostage. The White House said the additional troops heading to Baghdad would not serve in a combat role. Rear Admiral John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, said the move to augment a U.S. force already in Baghdad providing security at the large embassy compound and its support facilities would bring the total number of military personnel to bolster diplomatic security …

    September 2, 2014 9:35 pm
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Stocks

  • Baby Boomers face big housing crunch


    America’s Baby Boomers are facing a serious housing crunch, with many expected to struggle to afford their homes come retirement. By 2030, the number of adults age 65 and older will more than double to 73 million, according to a report by the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies and the AARP Foundation. And many of these retirees will need to put so much of their income toward housing — more than 30% – that they will have to cut back on other expenses like transportation, medical care, even food, the report found. A big part of the problem: many Baby Boomers will enter retirement with less savings and more debt than previous generations. A growing number of seniors are carrying mortgage debt into retirement, with more than 70% of younger Boomers ages 50 to 64, and 40% of those age 65 and older still owing money on their home in 2010. Even worse, they …

    September 2, 2014 10:35 pm
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Sports

  • Wozniacki wallops Errani to reach U.S. Open semi-finals


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Caroline Wozniacki used her aggressive groundstroke game to near perfection on Tuesday to reach the semi-finals of the U.S. Open with a 6-0 6-1 victory over Italy’s Sara Errani.The 10th-seeded Dane beat 13th-seeded Errani at her own strategy, engaging in long baseline rallies but using superior power to open the court and find lanes for blasting home winners. Former world number one Wozniacki belted 15 winners to four for Errani in the first set and, despite losing serve in the opening game of the second set, roared to victory in a brisk 65 minutes at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Wozniacki’s opponent in the semi-finals will be Peng Shuai of China, a 6-2 6-1 winner over 17-year-old Swiss Belinda Bencic. (Reporting by Larry Fine; Editing by Nick Mulvenney)

    September 2, 2014 10:36 pm
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World News

  • Fukushima workers sue over pay


    3 September 2014 Last updated at 03:58 Tepco has been employing about 6,000 workers a day to decommission the Fukushima nuclear plant Workers decommissioning Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant have sued its operator Tokyo Electric (Tepco) over unpaid hazard wages. The four men are demanding about 65m yen (£375,000; $620,000) in extra pay. They claim the compensation for removing contaminated debris and patrolling the plant has been inadequate given the risks involved. It is the first time Tepco has faced legal action from Fukushima workers over pay and working conditions. The lawsuit was filed by two current and two former workers at Fukushima, with ages ranging from their 30s to their 60s. The Japanese utility company had no immediate comment. “My health may be harmed some day,” one of the workers reportedly told Japanese broadcaster NHK. “I believe there are many people who can’t speak out about this kind of problem”. “I may get fired …

    September 2, 2014 11:36 pm
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Technology

  • Apple lists the top 10 reasons apps get rejected


    Screenshot by Michelle Starr/CNET When a developer submits an app to the iTunes App Store, Apple runs it through a manual review process to make sure everything is up to scratch. This is a time of tenterhooks: Apple’s standards are high, and it’s not uncommon for an app to be sent back to the developer for tweaking. But why are apps sent back? We’ve all heard about the occasional app that gets pulled or rejected for content, but surely that’s not the case with every app that gets sent back to the drawing board. And, as it turns out, it’s not: Apple has published a post on its developer site that clearly outlines its review criteria, with a breakdown of the most common reasons that an app will get rejected. “Before you develop your app, it’s important to become familiar with the technical, content, and design criteria that we use to review all apps,” Apple …

    September 2, 2014 9:35 pm
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Science

  • Ebola Now Poses a Threat to National Security in West Africa


    The Ebola virus outbreak entrenched in west Africa has become a real risk to the stability and security of society in the region, the top U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention official said today after returning yesterday from a visit there. Failure to tamp down Ebola’s spread is stressing the infrastructure of countries stricken with the disease that must still continue to provide basic health and security services and promote routine commercial activity. Fear of its spread is also hindering care for other maladies and may increasingly put the stability of neighboring nations at risk, said CDC director Tom Frieden in a press conference today. “It’s a problem for the world and the world needs to respond,” he said. The outbreak has spread from Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria to include Senegal. Fortunately, a separate smaller Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo does not appear to be related to the …

    September 2, 2014 5:54 pm
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Health

  • GE’s 3D mammography device gets FDA approval


    (Reuters) – General Electric Co’s healthcare unit last week won U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for its mammography device that produces three-dimensional images to detect breast cancer. According to the company’s website, the device, SenoClaire, uses imaging technology that combines low radiation-dosed X-rays from multiple angles to produce a superior mammogram. The device consists of hardware and software upgrades to the company’s previously launched Senographe Essential 2D full-field digital mammography system. The hardware upgrade produces multiple, low-dose x-ray projection images of the breast. The software upgrade uses the low-dose X-ray images to create cross-sectional views of the breast. (1.usa.gov/1uwffyf) Hologic Inc came up with one of the first 3-D breast imaging devices in 2001, which continues to dominate the market. Siemens AG submitted its application for the approval of its own 3-D breast imaging device in June. (Reporting by Amrutha Penumudi in Bangalore; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

    September 2, 2014 9:35 pm
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Entertainment

  • Claire Danes: We need to stop romanticizing motherhood


    Claire Danes reveals career struggles before Homeland Danes talked with Harper’s Bazaar U.K. about her son, Cyrus, who was born in December 2012, and admitted that it has been a challenging experience. “Being a mum is incredibly challenging, but we still feel a pressure to talk about it in very romantic terms. And it’s not just that,” Danes explained to the magazine. “We all have that resentment at times and anxiety about being trapped by the role, that responsibility. And then chemically it can run riot. And there’s no ‘off’ button. That was the hardest adjustment. You always feel beholden to somebody. And for so long they’re like koala bears, you just feel a physical responsibility to be there for them to cling to. It’s pretty primal.” But Danes said those feelings are normal and she is obviously completely smitten with her son. She said he has been having plenty of firsts lately, explaining, “He’s …

    September 2, 2014 11:16 pm
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Editorial

  • Why did YouTube yank pastor’s ISIS message?


    Pastor Daniel Ausbun and his familyPHOTO COURTESY OF DANIEL AUSBUN UPDATE: YouTube has reversed its ban on Pastor Ausbun’s channel. YouTube sent the pastor a message telling him his account is once again active and operational. “After a review of your account, we have confirmed that your YouTube account is not in violation of our Terms of Service.” Click here to watch the sermon Pastor Ausburn preached on ISIS.  The pastor of a small-town Baptist church in Georgia says he got banned from YouTube after he posted video of a Sunday sermon he gave about the persecution of Christians in the Middle East. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT “Apparently, they didn’t like me preaching on radical Islam, so I got booted and banned,” said Daniel Ausbun, pastor of the First Baptist Church in Moreland, Ga. “This is sermon censorship.” Ausbun concedes that YouTube can censor whatever videos it wishes. But he does wonder – what else is it …

    September 2, 2014 9:35 pm
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Odd News

  • Florida-bound Delta flight diverted over reclining seat dispute


    (Reuters) – An argument over leg room and reclining seats forced a Florida-bound flight from New York to divert to a different airport late on Monday, the third such incident of a midair disruption caused by passengers in about a week. Delta Air Lines said that “out of an abundance of caution” the captain of Flight 2370 from New York La Guardia to West Palm Beach chose to land instead at the closest airport, Jacksonville, where local law enforcement removed one passenger. It did not elaborate on the “disruption,” but a witness told Jacksonville TV station WJXT TV-4 that an argument broke out during the flight between one woman who wanted to recline her seat and another in the row behind who wanted to sleep while resting on her tray table. The witness said one of the women became loud and abusive when a flight attendant was called. The aircraft later flew on to West …

    September 2, 2014 1:48 pm
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