• Ebola fears hurt airlines

    Ebola fears hurt airlines

    Concerns about Ebola getting worse has investors worried about airline stocks. Ebola is on the move, and that doesn’t bode well for transportation companies such as airlines. Shares of the major carriers fell between 2%...
  • Kvitova, Sharapova post wins; Wozniacki exits Beijing

    Beijing, China (SportsNetwork.com) – Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova and French Open titlist Maria Sharapova notched wins, while former world No. 1 Carolina Wozniacki was sent packing Wednesday at the $5.4 million China Open. The hot...
  • Students vow to step up HK protests

    Students vow to step up HK protests

    1 October 2014 Last updated at 15:58 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. The BBC’s Martin Patience reports on a carnival atmosphere on the streets Student demonstrators in Hong Kong have vowed...
  • Nishikori opens with a win in Tokyo

    Tokyo, Japan (SportsNetwork.com) – Heavy Japanese crowd favorite Kei Nishikori posted a first-round victory Wednesday at the $1.2 million Japan Open Tennis Championships. The fourth-seeded star downed Croat Ivan Dodig 6-3, 6-4 on the hardcourts...
  • Deadly attack on Donetsk school

    Deadly attack on Donetsk school

    1 October 2014 Last updated at 15:20 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. As Tim Willcox reports, no children are thought to have been killed A shell has killed four people at...

Headline News

  • New Mexico officials hope ‘singing road’ experiment created for TV show helps curb speeding


    TIJERAS, N.M. –  New Mexico transportation officials are hoping a “singing road” along historic Route 66 will curb speeding. Tigress Productions is creating the road between Albuquerque and the mountain community of Tijeras for a new National Geographic Channel series dubbed “Crowd Control” that will debut in November. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The road uses a series of rumble strips to create music. The driver will hear the tune as long as the speed limit is obeyed. There are only a few such “singing roads” in the world. Aside from getting drivers to slow down, state Transportation Secretary Tom Church says the rumble strips will keep drowsy drivers from falling asleep at the wheel. He says the goal of the experiment is to change driver behavior in a fun way by giving them a reward for obeying the speed limit.

    October 1, 2014 10:48 am
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Politics

  • Capitol Hill Blue: 20 years and counting


    A previous logo for Doug Thompson’s columns for Capitol Hill Blue My God, has it been 20 years?  Yep.  To the day. On the morning of Oct. 1, 1994, I logged on to PSI Net, my Internet Service Provider (ISP) at the time and the email said I now had free web space now as part of the package of $19.95 a month of service through a modem connection. I had a web page for my free-lance writing and photography business but it was rudimentary, lacking in originality and low on content. Thompson now, after 20 years with Capitol Hill Blue and 22 months after a near-fatal motorcycle accident. But for reasons that are long forgotten, I sat down in the den of our condo in Arlington, Virginia, and wrote about 750 words in an essay entitled: “If ‘pro’ is the opposite of ‘con’ then ‘Congress’ must be the opposite of ‘progress.’ ” I sent …

    October 1, 2014 8:05 am
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Stocks

  • Ebola fears hurt airlines


    Concerns about Ebola getting worse has investors worried about airline stocks. Ebola is on the move, and that doesn’t bode well for transportation companies such as airlines. Shares of the major carriers fell between 2% to 4% Wednesday after the Centers for Disease Control revealed late Tuesday that the first case of the virus has been confirmed in the United States. Related: The fight against Ebola is grossly underfunded The selling was broad based. JetBlue (JBLU)and Southwest (LUV) were down even though neither company has a big presence overseas. Of the U.S. airlines, United Continental (UAL) probably has the most exposure to Africa through its Star Alliance, according to Joe DeNardi, an airlines stock analyst at Stifel Nicolaus, but United’s shares weren’t any worse off than their large rivals American (AAL) and Delta (DAL). American Airlines does have a large hub in Dallas, where the infected Ebola patient was identified, but the stock wasn’t down …

    October 1, 2014 11:08 am
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Sports

  • Kvitova, Sharapova post wins; Wozniacki exits Beijing


    Beijing, China (SportsNetwork.com) – Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova and French Open titlist Maria Sharapova notched wins, while former world No. 1 Carolina Wozniacki was sent packing Wednesday at the $5.4 million China Open. The hot third-seeded left-handed Czech star Kvitova, fresh off her title in Wuhan, China, last week, handled China’s own Peng Shuai 6-4, 6-2 in a second- round affair, while the fourth-seeded former No. 1 stalwart and 2012 Beijing runner-up Sharapova topped Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro 6-1, 7-6 (7-3) in third-round play on the hardcourts at Beijing Olympic Green Tennis Center. “I feel well on the court,” Kvitova said after pasting Peng. “My confidence is a little bit higher than after the U.S. Open.” In other second-round action, former U.S. Open champ Samantha Stosur of Australia dismissed the sixth-seeded 2014 U.S. Open runner-up Wozniacki 6-4, 7-6 (11-9) and France’s Alize Cornet leveled American Lauren Davis 6-2, 6-1 in rainy Beijing. Wozniacki was the …

    October 1, 2014 10:48 am
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World News

  • Students vow to step up HK protests


    1 October 2014 Last updated at 15:58 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. The BBC’s Martin Patience reports on a carnival atmosphere on the streets Student demonstrators in Hong Kong have vowed to step up their mass pro-democracy protests if Chief Executive CY Leung does not resign. Student leader Lester Shum said protesters could start occupying government buildings if Mr Leung did not quit by Thursday. Thousands continue to protest on the streets against China’s vetting of candidates for 2017’s leadership poll. Ex-Governor Chris Patten accused China of reneging on its commitments. The pro-democracy protests continued throughout Wednesday – China’s 65th National Day. As evening fell, thousands of demonstrators remained camped out at the main protest sites in the Central business district, Causeway Bay and Mong Kok, while a fourth site opened on Canton Road in Tsim Sha Tsui, a major shopping district several roads south of Mong Kok. China ‘reneging’ Mr …

    October 1, 2014 10:48 am
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Technology

  • Snoop Dogg’s cash for Reddit users


    1 October 2014 Last updated at 13:54 By Dave Lee Technology reporter, BBC News Snoop Dogg joins a pack of investors putting $50m (£31m) into the social news site Rapper Snoop Dogg, actor Jared Leto and Paypal co-founder Peter Thiel are among the famous names investing in social news site Reddit. The site said it raised $50m (£31m) in funding, and that it would take the unusual step of giving some of it to its users in the form of shares. This could be done via a new crypto-currency like Bitcoin, the site has suggested. The funding round values the company, which was set up in 2005, at $500m. The new money will be used to improve the company’s infrastructure, including adding more staff to its current workforce of 51. The investment is being led by Sam Altman, president of Y Combinator, a major investor in mostly US start-up firms. “We’re working on a way …

    October 1, 2014 8:05 am
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Science

  • How dinosaur arms turned into bird wings


    Although we now appreciate that birds evolved from a branch of the dinosaur family tree, a crucial adaptation for flight has continued to puzzle evolutionary biologists. During the millions of years that elapsed, wrists went from straight to bent and hyperflexible, allowing birds to fold their wings neatly against their bodies when not flying. How this happened has been the subject of much debate, with substantial disagreement between developmental biologists, who study how the wings of modern birds develop in the growing embryo, and palaeontologists who study the bones of dinosaurs and early birds. A resolution to this impasse is now provided by an exciting new study publishing on September 30 in PLOS Biology. Underlying this striking evolutionary transformation change is a halving in the number of wrist bones, but developmental biologists and palaeontologists have different names for most of them, and seldom agree on the correspondence between specific dinosaur bones and those of their …

    October 1, 2014 8:25 am
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Health

  • Portola Pharma drug reverses effect of anti-clotting drugs in study


    (Reuters) – Portola Pharmaceuticals Inc said its drug met the main goal of reversing the effect of anti-coagulant drugs in a late-stage study. Data showed that an intravenous shot of the drug, andexanet alfa, immediately reversed the effect of Eliquis, an anti-clotting drug by Bristol-Myers Squibb Co and Pfizer Inc. Andexanet alfa is also being tested against Xarelto, a drug made by Bayer Healthcare and Johnson Johnson’s unit Janssen, Portola said in a statement. (Reporting by Vidya L Nathan in Bangalore; Editing by Kirti Pandey)

    October 1, 2014 8:05 am
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Entertainment

  • Amber Rose Is All Smiles After News That She Caught Wiz Khalifa Having Sex With Twin Sisters


    The split between Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose has already gotten off to a nasty start with cheating allegations and a possible custody battle, but now the starlet’s friend Peter Rosenberg revealed that Amber walked in on Wiz having sex with twins. EW! When Amber stopped by the nail salon with some pals on Tuesday afternoon, she appeared in good spirits, so we really have to hand it to her for keeping her cool after learning the latest dirt on her dirtbag hubby. Rosenberg, a radio DJ, talked about how it all went down on Hot 97’s Ebro in the Morning segment, and he said, “I believe from my relationship with Amber, that she knew they had problems, she knew he wasn’t happy — she wasn’t happy either — but she was also like, ‘He’s touring, he’s going through a lot, and at some point we’re going to work on this again.’ It’s a marriage.” …

    October 1, 2014 9:47 am
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Editorial

  • ISIS, Ebola and Nicolas Cage: Is the end of the world near?


    You can lay aside your Mayan calendar and quit gazing into the sky searching for the “four blood moons.” There are fresh signs that the end times are near . . . and coming soon to a theater near you. The new Nicolas Cage movie “Left Behind,” based on the book series that has sold 60 million copies, opens this weekend, and it promises to spark discussion once again about the end of the world. The film dramatizes the Rapture (the sudden disappearance of all Christians from earth), which will plunge the world into seven years of chaos, culminating in the second coming of Jesus Christ. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Before you label such a belief system as “kooky talk” (as Kramer from “Seinfeld” would say), consider that, according to Pew Research, 47 percent of American Christians believe that the end of the world as described in the Bible will occur within the next 40 years. Add …

    October 1, 2014 8:05 am
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Odd News

  • Silicon Valley man unwittingly invites fugitive into home amid manhunt


    (Reuters) – A Silicon Valley homeowner unwittingly welcomed a fugitive into his home and shared a meal with the wanted man as California law enforcement officers canvassed the neighborhood in a manhunt, police said on Tuesday. Police in Palo Alto launched the search after receiving an emergency call on Monday about a possible fraudulent bank transaction linked to a man wanted in Oklahoma for a sex crime with a minor, the city’s police department said. Officers tried to nab 35-year-old Dominique Tabb of San Francisco at the bank, but he hopped a fence and ran into a residential neighborhood where officers began a yard-to-yard search, Palo Alto Detective Sergeant Brian Philip said. A homeowner in his 60s saw Tabb in his yard with some minor scrapes, and Tabb told him that assailants had beaten him up and that he was trying to escape, police said. Believing his story, the homeowner invited Tabb into his home …

    October 1, 2014 12:17 am
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