Headline News

  • Climate protesters to risk arrest during Wall Street sit-in


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Hundreds of protesters marched through New York City’s financial district on Monday to call attention to what organizers say is capitalism’s contribution to climate change, snarling traffic and risking arrest as they sought to block Wall Street. The Flood Wall Street demonstration comes on the heels of Sunday’s international day of action that brought some 310,000 people to the streets of New York City in the largest single protest ever held over climate change. Marchers gathered at a waterfront park before marching into the financial district, surprising New Yorkers and police by turning off Broadway and against traffic into smaller streets, against the flow of traffic. Kai Sanburn, a 60-year-old nurse and mother of two from Los Angeles, said she had traveled to New York for Sunday’s march but wanted to do more. “Marching is wonderful but to really change things we really need to change things,” Sanburn said. “The action …

    September 22, 2014 12:32 pm
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Politics

  • Expect more votes from Congress on Syria


    Congressmen walk down the steps of the House of Representatives as they work overnight on a spending bill, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Feb. 18, 2011. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) As far as Congress is concerned, President Barack Obama’s Mideast war strategy isn’t in the clear yet. The president got what he wanted this past week when the House and Senate overwhelmingly approved arming and training moderate Syrian rebels to fight Islamic State militants. But the go-ahead is good for less than three months. And many lawmakers want a say over the rest of a plan featuring more than 1,600 U.S. military advisers in Iraq and airstrikes expanding into Syria. Congressional authorization for military action is “long overdue,” said Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, the No. 2 Senate Democrat and the most senior member of Congress to question Obama’s legal basis for intervening in the Middle East. “We are living on borrowed time, and …

    September 22, 2014 9:29 am
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Stocks

  • Why Home Depot is not the next Target


      The Home Depot card breach was bigger than the one that hit Target last holiday shopping season: 56 million credit and debit cards for Home Depot compared to 40 million compromised in the Target hack. But Home Depot is not getting nailed by Wall Street in the way that Target was. In fact, shares of Home Depot (HD) are trading near an all-time high. At the height of Target’s (TGT) data security woes, the stock was down nearly 20% from its record levels. (They’ve since recovered much of what they lost earlier this year.) Target’s profits fell in the first and second quarter. Same-store sales in the U.S. were flat. The retailer’s chief information officer and CEO both lost their jobs following the breach. Why aren’t Home Depot investors concerned? The Home Depot credit card hack put a tiny crack in the company’s image. But it’s holding up better than Target. The main reason …

    September 22, 2014 12:32 pm
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Sports

  • Joel Krog, captain of SMU’s only NCAA Final Four team, dies at 79


    DALLAS –  Joel Krog, the captain of SMU’s only NCAA Final Four team, has died at the age of 79. SMU said Monday that Krog died Saturday in Houston. Details were not released. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Captain of the 1955-56 team, Krog averaged 12 points and 9.2 rebounds a game as a senior, when the Mustangs were 26-4 and reached the 1956 Final Four. SMU lost to eventual champion San Francisco, 86-68, in a semifinal. He came to SMU from Ashland High School in Kentucky. Former SMU coach Bob Prewitt says Krog “was a guy everyone loved to have as a teammate.” The Mustangs were 54-24 in Krog’s three years on the varsity, including a 28-1 home record in the final three seasons at Perkins Gymnasium before Moody Coliseum opened.

    September 22, 2014 12:32 pm
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World News

  • Abbott: Security before some freedom


    22 September 2014 Last updated at 08:18 PM Abbott: “The delicate balance between freedom and security may have to shift” Australian PM Tony Abbott says certain freedoms may have to be forfeited in the name of security, after major anti-terror raids last week. His government would seek broad powers to fight the rising threat of militant Islamists, he told parliament. New laws would criminalise travel to conflict areas declared off limits. Australian authorities believe at least 60 Australians are in the Middle East fighting with Islamic State (also known as Isil) and other militant groups. Mr Abbott gave the example of an off-limit area as the city of Raqqa in northern Syria. That is where a photograph was taken earlier this year and posted to social media of a young boy holding the severed head of a Syrian soldier. The boy is believed to be the son of an Australian jihadist. “My unambiguous message to …

    September 22, 2014 11:31 am
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Technology

  • Why is tech increasing the boardroom obsession with golf?


    As a steady, intense game, golf might not be the first sport most would associate with the high-speed game of Big Data analytics. But it was, in fact, one of the early adopters. Towards the end of the 90s, the PGA Tour team responsible for putting together the scores were relying on old tools: pen and paper. The scores would only be entirely apparent at the end of a round. Golf was still in the slow lane technologically and as a result the PGA Tour wasn’t meeting the needs of its broadcasting partners. But when it was time to revamp its system, and as businesses across the world were starting to realise the manifold benefits of collecting and analysing all kinds of data, the PGA Tour decided not only to have volunteers funnel through round stats so scoring switched to real-time, they would also hoover up all kinds of information to see what would come …

    September 22, 2014 9:29 am
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Science

  • Program predicts placement of chemical tags that control gene activity


    Biochemists working at the University of California, San Diego, have developed a program that predicts the placement of chemical marks that control the activity of genes based on sequences of DNA. They describe their analysis and report results from its application to human embryonic cells in a paper published in Nature Methods online September 21. “All of our cells have the same blueprint, the same DNA, although they serve separate functions,” said John Whitaker, lead author of the report. “Skin cells protect, nerve cells send signals, and these differences emerge because different subsets of genes are active or silent within particular kinds of cells.” These patterns of activity are controlled by modifications of the DNA that do not alter its sequence — chemical tags that influence which genes are read and which are skipped within a particular cell. By comparing sequences with and without epigenomic modification, the researchers identified DNA patterns associated with the changes. …

    September 22, 2014 5:47 am
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Health

  • E-Cigarettes Don’t Help Cancer Patients Quit Smoking: Study


    MONDAY, Sept. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) — New research raises doubts about the possible benefits of e-cigarettes for people with cancer. Smokers with cancer who used e-cigarettes along with traditional cigarettes were more dependent on nicotine than those who didn’t use the devices, a Memorial Sloan Kettering study found. These patients were also just as likely — or less likely — to have quit smoking than patients who didn’t use e-cigarettes. The study, published online Sept. 22 in Cancer, involved almost 1,100 cancer patients who smoked. Between 2012 and 2013, the patients were enrolled in a tobacco treatment program at a comprehensive cancer center. During that time, e-cigarette use jumped from nearly 11 percent to 38.5 percent — more than a threefold increase. When the study began, the patients who used e-cigarettes were more dependent on nicotine than those who didn’t use them. They also had tried to quit more times in the past and …

    September 22, 2014 9:29 am
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Entertainment

  • Bow Wow is engaged to Erica Mena after just six months


    Bow Wow overwhelmed by support after baby bombshell The couple began dating and were spotted kissing on camera when Mena stopped by the BET show 106 Park, where Bow Wow serves as a host. And now their whirlwind romance has just gotten even more serious. News of their engagement broke this weekend at the 2014 BET Awards in Atlanta, Georgia. When E! News reporters asked Mena, who is best known for her appearance on the New York season of the VH1 reality TV show Love Hip Hop, if she and Bow Wow are officially dating, she replied, “Uhh… he’s actually my fiancé.” Lil Bow Wow in big trouble with the IRS Bow Wow took to his Instagram account on Sunday to share a snap of his diamond-encrusted Rolex watch and his fiancée’s sparkling diamond bauble. He did not caption the pic. The “Bounce With Me” hit maker’s lady took to Twitter to thank a fan …

    September 22, 2014 1:13 pm
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Editorial

Odd News

  • Armed with banana, man robs Philadelphia store, slips away on bike


    PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – A man armed with a banana robbed a convenience store in Philadelphia and rode away on a bicycle with cash and cigarettes, a security surveillance tape showed. The suspect strolled into Tejada Grocery and got in line behind another customer at the counter, where individual bananas were available for sale, according to the tape of Tuesday’s robbery, which was released by police on Wednesday. As his turn at the cash register approached, the man stuffed a banana into the pocket of his hoodie and used it to simulate a gun. Police said the man demanded cash and cigarettes. The robber rode then away on a bicycle, surveillance video showed. Authorities, who did not say how much cash was taken, said the suspect was still being sought on Thursday. (Editing by Barbara Goldberg)

    September 20, 2014 12:46 am
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