Headline News

  • Texas Lottery misled players in scratch-off game, lawsuit claims


    A group of Texas lottery players who thought they struck it rich in a scratch-off game say the state unfairly deceived them in ambiguous language on the game card. The Houston Chronicle reported that the players seek $10 million from the Texas Lotto Commission. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The controversy occurred in the game called “Fun 5′s.” The small print on the card reportedly says “reveal three “5″ symbols in one row, column or diagonal, win PRIZE in PRIZE box. Reveal a money bag symbol in the 5x box, win 5 times that PRIZE.” It is the second sentence that appears to be confusing players. The lotto commission, however, told the paper in an email that the sentence “Reveal a Money Bag symbol in the 5x BOX, win 5 times that PRIZE,” describes how to multiply a winning ticket. Simply having a money bag next to a winning amount is not a winner. A reporter for KENS5.com …

    September 23, 2014 9:05 am
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Politics

  • U.S.-led coalition air strikes begin in Syria


    F/A-18F Super Hornets assigned to Carrier Air Wing One (CVW-1) launch from the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise in the Red Sea in this U.S. Navy handout photo dated March 17, 2011. U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jared M. King/Handout) The U.S. and five Arab countries launched airstrikes Monday night on Islamic State group targets in eastern Syria, and the U.S. undertook a separate, unilateral air attack on what it called an al-Qaida affiliate elsewhere in Syria. Several hours after the Pentagon announced the airstrikes against Islamic State targets, U.S. Central Command said American warplanes launched eight airstrikes “to disrupt the imminent attack plotting against the United States and Western interests” by a network of “seasoned al-Qaida veterans” — sometimes known as the Khorasan Group — who have established a haven in Syria. It provided no details on the plotting. Central Command said that separate bombing mission was undertaken solely by U.S. aircraft and took place …

    September 23, 2014 5:44 am
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Stocks

  • Banks launch checking accounts, with no checks


    Citi launched is one of a growing number of banks offering accounts that do away with paper checks. A growing number of banks are launching checking accounts, without the checks. CitiBank (C) is the latest to introduce a checkless account, with the launch of its new Access Account announced on Tuesday. The move is in response to an ongoing decline in check use, with a recent survey of 2,500 random consumers confirming what the bank had long suspected: that well over half, or 65%, of U.S. consumers either don’t own a checkbook or prefer not to use checks — opting for online or mobile payment tools instead. Along with being check-free, Citi’s new account doesn’t allow customers to overdraw their accounts and incur fees. Overdraft fees have been a big concern among consumer groups, with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau recently reporting that even the smallest purchases are leading to overdraft fees of more than …

    September 23, 2014 8:45 am
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Sports

  • CSKA Moscow faces 3rd UEFA charge for racist fans, plus rioting at Roma in Champions League


    NYON, Switzerland –  UEFA has charged CSKA Moscow with racist behavior by fans at a Champions League match for the third time in a year. UEFA says the Russian champion also faces charges over crowd disorder which halted play during a 5-1 loss at Roma last week. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Fans clashed with riot police at the Olympic Stadium, and the match was stopped for two minutes in the second half. UEFA says its disciplinary panel will deal with the case on Oct. 3. CSKA already must play Bayern Munich in an empty stadium next week as an escalating punishment for fans’ racist abuse and displaying far-right symbols last season at matches against Manchester City and Viktoria Plzen. In the current case, CSKA and Roma face further sanctions for fans lighting flares and throwing missiles.

    September 23, 2014 9:05 am
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World News

  • Australian ‘terror suspect’ killed


    23 September 2014 Last updated at 14:55 The man had reportedly made threats against Mr Abbott A man who had made threats against Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has been shot dead in Melbourne, reports say. The man had been under surveillance as a “person of interest”, and was being investigated over claims of terrorism, the ABC broadcaster said. Two police officers were reportedly stabbed by the man before he was shot. They have both been taken to hospital and one is reported to be in a critical but stable condition. The incident happened when the man arrived at a police station in the Endeavour Hills suburb of Melbourne on Tuesday evening. He had been asked to attend an interview there, ABC reports. According to Sky News Australia, the man was brandishing a flag of the Islamic State (IS) militant group. Last week’s raids are being called Australia’s biggest ever anti-terrorism operation The incident has …

    September 23, 2014 9:05 am
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Technology

  • Apple will not shut down Dr Dres Beats Music but could fold it into iTunes


    Apple will not shut down its Beats Music service, acquired in May as part of its $3bn purchase with Beats headphones, but may rebrand it as part of iTunes. A company spokesman told the Guardian that the reports of Beats Music closure were not true, corroborating a report from technology site Re/code that Apple would maintain the Beats Music subscription service. Apple did not rule out a rebranding of the service, which could bring it in line with the company’s iTunes music brand. It already operates a streaming music service in the US called iTunes Radio, which operates as an ad-supported personalised radio service, using particular songs or artists to build a playlist rather than allowing the user to choose tracks individually. Unlike the Beats headphone brand, which has worldwide recognition, Beats Music has failed to gain widespread recognition. The service was launched in January in the US, but has not expanded to the UK …

    September 23, 2014 5:44 am
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Science

  • Cheater, cheater: UGA study shows what happens when employees feel excluded at work


    Related images(click to enlarge) When employees feel left out, they act out. That’s the message that new research from the University of Georgia Terry College of Business delivers as it explains why employees can become weasels to benefit their work group. “Everybody has a need for social approval. It’s the basis of our human functioning,” said Marie Mitchell, co-author of the research and professor of management at UGA. “But when individuals are faced with a risk of social exclusion, it motivates some pretty unsavory behaviors. We already know how people react when they’re definitely being excluded from a group, when someone is mistreating them or abusing them. But what we sought to examine this time is: What if you’re not sure?” Employees can feel disconnected from their work when they think they weren’t invited to lunch or when they feel isolated from group activities like getting coffee. These actions are often so subtle that it’s …

    September 23, 2014 6:05 am
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Health

  • U.S. agency moves to end sex bias in biomedical research


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. National Institutes of Health began putting in place on Tuesday its new policy aimed at ending long-standing sex bias in biomedical research favoring male lab animals and cells in the pivotal studies that are done before human clinical trials. The NIH, the U.S. government’s medical research agency, said it had approved about $10 million in funds to supplement grants already given to 82 recipients from various universities and hospitals to expand studies to better explore possible sex differences in numerous types of medical conditions. Research has shown that men and women sometimes experience diseases differently and respond to treatments differently. Before new medicines or treatments can be tried on people in clinical trials, they are tested on animals or cells in a lab in so-called preclinical studies. An over-reliance on male lab animals like mice and rats and male cells in lab dishes in such research has obscured important sex …

    September 23, 2014 5:44 am
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Entertainment

  • Mike Tyson to the rescue following motorcycle crash


    Mike Tyson to become a real-life cartoon  Tyson was reportedly driving along an interstate in Las Vegas when he witnessed a crash and stopped to help the victim. Motorcyclist Ryan Chesley told the Associated Press that he was riding around 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 16, when a cab cut him off and he crashed. The rider said the next thing he knew, he was looking up at the famous boxer. “He thought he was hallucinating,” Chesley’s lawyer said. “He thought he was in some other world.” Tyson was apparently protecting Chesley and yelling at everyone to not touch him. Chesley’s lawyer said that as soon as paramedics arrived, Tyson “just left, like some kind of superhero.” Steve Lott, Tyson’s personal assistant, told the AP that Chesley sent a fruit basket and a note that said, “Thank you so much for looking over me after my accident. It has to be the most reassuring thing …

    September 23, 2014 7:25 am
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Editorial

  • ISIS threat: Americans are passengers on Titanic with Obama at helm


    President Obama’s recent speech on how to defeat the terrorist group ISIS — as America faces the greatest threat in its history — represented “one small step for man” but no “giant leap for mankind” in attacking the source of the problem. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey were on the hot seat defending Obama’s ISIS game plan at a Sept. 16 hearing in the Senate. Their testimony suggested a disconnect between the White House and the Pentagon on the need for ground troops, the former having said no and the latter now saying maybe. ISIS’ destruction may be Obama’s goal, but he still lacks a strategy. The Senate testimony did nothing to suggest otherwise. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Violence encountered by the West is but the tip of an Islamic iceberg. By failing to attack it, we become passengers onboard an ill-fated Titanic. Imagine if BP had focused …

    September 23, 2014 1:43 am
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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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