• US House approves Obama Syria plan

    US House approves Obama Syria plan

    18 September 2014 Last updated at 00:47 Congressional leaders gathered at the White House for talks on IS The US House of Representatives has approved President Barack Obama’s plan to train and arm the moderate...
  • House votes to arm Syrian rebels

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives approved President Barack Obama’s plan on Wednesday to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels, but questions remain over whether it will give them the advanced weapons they...
  • Glimpse at the high street 2020

    Firms, such as Magic Mirror, are developing virtual mirrors which allow people to try on clothes via a projected image of themselves on screen. Body sensors map their shape and virtual clothes can be added...

Headline News

  • House votes to arm Syrian rebels


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives approved President Barack Obama’s plan on Wednesday to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels, but questions remain over whether it will give them the advanced weapons they say they need to defeat Islamic State militants. The House voted 273-to-156 to authorize the plan, a test of support for Obama’s stepped-up campaign to “degrade and destroy” Islamic State fighters who have seized a third of both Iraq and Syria, declared war on the West and seek to establish a caliphate in the heart of the Middle East. Written as an amendment to a stopgap spending bill, the measure does not include any money to pay for the arms and training. It passed with support from both Democrats and Republicans, but also significant opposition from members of both parties. Voting for the amendment were 159 Republicans and 114 Democrats, while 71 Republicans and 85 Democrats voted against. The spending …

    September 17, 2014 7:39 pm
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Politics

  • Biden apologizes for ‘Shylocks’ gaffe, visits Iowa


    DES MOINES (Reuters) – Vice President Joe Biden apologized on Wednesday for referring to people who squeeze U.S. military personnel serving overseas on loans and other financial issues as “Shylocks,” a reference to a stereotypical Jewish character in Shakespeare. Biden apologized for having used the term during a speech on Tuesday in Washington, calling it a “poor choice of words.” His remark had drawn a rebuke from the Anti-Defamation League. The group thanked Biden for the apology on Wednesday. Shylock is the Jewish moneylender in the William Shakespeare play ‘The Merchant of Venice’ who demands a pound of flesh from a merchant after he defaults on a debt. “Clearly there was no ill-intent here, but Joe and I agreed that perhaps he needs to bone up on his Shakespeare,” ADL National Director Abraham Foxman said after talking to Biden by telephone. The controversy came as Biden made a trip to Iowa in what political analysts …

    September 17, 2014 7:18 pm
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Stocks

  • Millennials are staying put at mom and dad’s place


      Remember all of those Millennials living in their parent’s basements because they couldn’t find a job or afford a place of their own? Well, they haven’t moved out yet. They also don’t seem to be in a hurry to get married, have kids — or buy a home. And that has pushed the homeownership rate among young adults ages 18 to 34 to a new low of 13.2%, according to an analysis of Census Bureau data by Trulia. Related: Amazing shipping container homes And that’s not great news for the housing market. Thanks to a sluggish job market, heavy student loan debts and tight lending standards, Millennials are moving out of their folks’ homes at a snail’s pace. In 2014, 31.1% of 18- to 34-year-olds lived with their parents, down slightly from 31.2% a year prior. What paints an even grimmer picture is that those who do manage to leave mom and dad’s place …

    September 17, 2014 8:19 pm
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Sports

  • Dwyer of NFL’s Arizona Cardinals arrested on suspicion of domestic violence


    PHOENIX (Reuters) – Detectives in Phoenix arrested Jonathan Dwyer, a running back with the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals, on Wednesday on charges of aggravated assault in connection with two alleged incidents of domestic violence in late July, a police spokesman said. The Phoenix Police Department gave few details, but said the incidents involved a 27-year-old woman and an 18-month-old child. In an email, Sergeant Trent Crump said Dwyer “admitted to the incidents, however, denied any physical assaults.” Crump said the 25-year-old player was booked into Maricopa County Jail on one count of aggravated assault causing a fracture, one count of aggravated assault involving a minor, two counts of criminal damage, one count of preventing the use of a phone in an emergency, and assault.  The Cardinals said they became aware of the allegations on Wednesday afternoon when they were notified by Phoenix police, and they said they are cooperating fully. “Given the serious nature of the allegations we have …

    September 17, 2014 7:39 pm
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World News

  • US House approves Obama Syria plan


    18 September 2014 Last updated at 00:47 Congressional leaders gathered at the White House for talks on IS The US House of Representatives has approved President Barack Obama’s plan to train and arm the moderate Syrian opposition taking on Islamic State. The vote passed by a large majority in the Republican-controlled House and is expected to be adopted in the Senate. The endorsement came after President Obama repeated that he would not be committing American combat troops to ground operations in Iraq. The US has undertaken 174 air strikes against IS in Iraq since mid-August. The jihadist group controls large areas of Syria and northern Iraq. In the most recent air strikes on Tuesday and Wednesday, US forces destroyed two IS armed vehicles north-west of Irbil and several units south-west of Baghdad, according to US Central Command (Centcom). Mr Obama’s new strategy plans similar attacks in Syria and calls on a coalition of 40 countries …

    September 17, 2014 7:39 pm
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Technology

  • Glimpse at the high street 2020


    Firms, such as Magic Mirror, are developing virtual mirrors which allow people to try on clothes via a projected image of themselves on screen. Body sensors map their shape and virtual clothes can be added via a touchscreen. Meanwhile US men’s clothing store Hointer already offers shoppers the chance to scan the QR code on a clothes label, pick the size via an app and the chosen item will drop into a chute in a changing room, speeding up the process of shopping.

    September 17, 2014 7:18 pm
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Science

  • Hubble Helps Find Smallest Known Galaxy Containing a Supermassive Black Hole


    [image-36]Astronomers using data from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and ground observation have found an unlikely object in an improbable place — a monster black hole lurking inside one of the tiniest galaxies ever known. The black hole is five times the mass of the one at the center of our Milky Way galaxy. It is inside one of the densest galaxies known to date — the M60-UCD1 dwarf galaxy that crams 140 million stars within a diameter of about 300 light-years, which is only 1/500th of our galaxy’s diameter. If you lived inside this dwarf galaxy, the night sky would dazzle with at least 1 million stars visible to the naked eye. Our nighttime sky as seen from Earth’s surface shows 4,000 stars. The finding implies there are many other compact galaxies in the universe that contain supermassive black holes. The observation also suggests dwarf galaxies may actually be the stripped remnants of larger galaxies …

    September 17, 2014 7:39 pm
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Health

  • GSK melanoma pill backed by UK cost watchdog with price cut


    LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s healthcare cost agency NICE has recommended a third new drug for melanoma, this time from GlaxoSmithKline, after the drugmaker offered to supply it at a discount to the state-run National Health Service. GSK currently markets Tafinlar but the product will soon transfer to Novartis under a deal between the two companies to trade assets. Tafinlar is an oral medicine that works in a similar way to Roche’s already recommended drug Zelboraf. Both target a specific gene mutation linked to around half of aggressive melanomas. The drugs have produced remarkable results in shrinking tumors in clinical trials, although cancers typically become resistant to treatment within a year. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) said on Thursday it had fast-tracked its recommendation for Tafinlar to the final draft stage in order to speed up access to the treatment. The recommendation is conditional on GSK supplying the drug to the state …

    September 17, 2014 7:18 pm
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Entertainment

  • Kim Kardashian Finds A Way To Expose Even More Skin In Impossibly Tight Outfit


    Posted on Wed Sep 17th, 2014 3:10pm PDT       By X17 Staff Kim Kardashian and company headed to the studio in Los Angeles on Wednesday to record interviews for their reality TV show, and we know it’s hot out, but did Kim REALLY need to tie a knot in her tank top to reveal her tummy? I mean, we know she’s got a fantastic figure, but given how obscenely tight her skirt is, we don’t see how this is comfortable … or fashionable! (And on the off chance that the top was actually designed this way, she just needs to dress herself better.) And as far as fashion fails go, Kourtney’s outfit wasn’t much better! Sure, she looks gorgeous and her maternity style is usually on point, but the back of this tunic looks like what she’ll be wearing in the delivery room this fall when she gives birth to her third child!   SEE THE GALLERY …

    September 17, 2014 6:57 pm
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Editorial

  • Did Vikings star Adrian Peterson cross the corporal punishment line?


    The pictures are damning. Emotionally and legally. Open wounds from lacerations on the thighs. Bruises on the lower back and buttocks. Cuts on the hands as a 4-year old boy, apparently, tried in vain to stop the beating. Defensive wounds. If this case ever gets in front of a jury –and it likely will not– these chilling photographs may well convict Adrian Peterson, the Minnesota Vikings star running back. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Peterson’s lawyer claims his client never intended to harm his son. But intent, while relevant, is not a complete defense. Under Texas law, Peterson could be found guilty of the charge of “reckless or negligent injury of a child” if he either knew or should have known that his actions posed a substantial and unreasonable risk of harm. Look at the photos and then ask yourself: how could anyone not know? Peterson reportedly struck his son repeatedly with a tree branch and a belt. …

    September 17, 2014 7:18 pm
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Odd News

  • Florida city reverses ban on saggy pants that threatened jail time


    ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) – Saggy pants are a fashion choice and not a police concern, a Florida city has decided, rescinding a two-month-old ban that threatened jail time for styles intentionally exposing underwear or buttocks. Responding to criticism of a law seen as targeting young black males, the Ocala city council voted 4-1 on Tuesday to rescind the ban it had approved in July. “Putting someone in jail for 60 days and fining them $500 for wearing their pants two inches below their natural waistline, wherever that is, that’s not smart justice,” said Kent Guinn, mayor of Ocala, which is 80 miles northwest of Orlando in central Florida. No one was fined or jailed for wearing saggy pants in Ocala, which had joined several U.S. cities prohibiting or campaigning against what many defend as a fashion statement. The saggy pants style has been embraced by popular music culture and spread among young people. The Ocala …

    September 17, 2014 3:35 pm
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