Headline News

  • A farewell to clothes? Union says Irish soldiers need more uniforms, scrounge from comrades


    DUBLIN –  Legend has it that Celtic warriors once charged into battle naked. Things aren’t that bad in the modern Irish army, but its union chief says soldiers must wage a daily battle for uniforms. Mark Scally says the difficulty of finding clothes that fit has become so dire that, before the state funeral of a former prime minister this year, soldiers had to scramble to borrow colleagues’ uniforms, switching labels and rank badges to assemble an honor guard. He says some soldiers wait more than a year to receive a properly tailored “No. 1″ uniform for ceremonial duties. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT “It’s a disgrace,” said Scally, president of the union that represents 8,500 members of the Irish Defence Forces. The commander, Lt. Gen. Conor O’Boyle, said Thursday he hadn’t been informed of any problem.

    October 2, 2014 5:07 am
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Politics

  • U.S. appeals court blocks parts of new North Carolina voter law


    CHARLOTTE N.C. (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court blocked parts of a new North Carolina voter law on Wednesday, ruling just weeks ahead of the November elections that voting restrictions considered among the harshest in the country would disproportionately harm African-American voters. Reversing in part a lower court decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled that same-day voter registration should be restored and it reinstated provisional voting for voters casting ballots outside of normal precincts. “Whether the number is 30 or 30,000, surely some North Carolina minority voters will be disproportionately adversely affected in the upcoming election,” the court ruled in a split decision. “And once the election occurs, there can be no do-over and no redress,” it added. North Carolina officials said they planned to appeal the 2-1 decision to the U.S. Supreme Court, noting that more than 4 million voter guides have already been distributed with contradictory instructions. “We …

    October 2, 2014 4:26 am
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Stocks

  • Hong Kong resident travels 3,000 miles to fight for democracy


      How far are Hong Kong residents willing to go in their stand for democracy? For Jennifer Moberg, the answer is nearly 3,000 miles. After hearing from friends that pro-democracy protests in the city were escalating and that police were using tear gas on protesters, she immediately decided to return from Afghanistan, where she is working as a music teacher. “The crazy part about that is that Sunday was also the inauguration of Afghanistan’s new president,” Moberg said. “I just couldn’t understand how I could be in one of the most dangerous countries on the planet, watching a peaceful transfer of power, while at the same time, Hong Kong — one of the most peaceful, stable, organized places in the world — was in protest,” she said. “At that point, I thought — well, I have to come back.” Moberg lobbied for a few days off from work, and flew out the following day to …

    October 2, 2014 3:25 am
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Sports

  • Lewis leads by 1 in Beijing


    Beijing, China (SportsNetwork.com) – Stacy Lewis fired a 7-under 66 on Thursday and grabbed a 1-stroke lead after the opening round of the Reignwood LPGA Classic. Lewis, the world No. 1, lost by a stroke at this event last year as Shanshan Feng rallied to victory. Caroline Hedwall is one stroke back at minus-6 at the par-73 Pine Valley Golf Club. Sun Young Yoo and Jenny Shin share third place at 5-under 68. Former world No. 1 Yani Tseng opened with a 4-under 69. She was joined in fifth place by Ilhee Lee, Inbee Park, Haeji Kang, Mi Hyang Lee and Belen Mozo, who played alongside Hedwall on Thursday. Lewis, a three-time winner this season, parred the first two holes before making her move. She birdied the third and fourth, both from about 25 feet out. She ran off seven consecutive pars from the fifth. At the par-5 12th, Lewis dropped her third shot within …

    October 2, 2014 5:07 am
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World News

  • Rebel push to take Donetsk airport


    2 October 2014 Last updated at 11:02 Residential areas near the airport have been affected by the fighting Rebel forces in eastern Ukraine are conducting an offensive to capture the government-held airport in Donetsk, officials say. Pro-Russian rebels have tried several times in recent weeks to take the airport, which lies to the north-west of the city. The insurgents continued an offensive – begun on Wednesday – on “a broad front”, the Ukrainian military says. An official truce in place in eastern Ukraine has often been violated. The ceasefire was called on 5 September, but on Wednesday four people were killed by a shell which landed on a school in Donetsk, and six died when a minibus was hit. A spokesman for what the Ukrainian government calls its anti-terrorist operation said Ukrainian forces repelled four attacks on the airport on Wednesday evening. A T-64 tank was destroyed and seven rebels were killed, Vladyslav Seleznyov told …

    October 2, 2014 5:07 am
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Technology

  • Kim Dotcom parts ways with Baboom: ‘The music industry hates me’


    Digital music service Baboom has “severed all ties” with its founder Kim Dotcom, in an attempt to cultivate more positive relationships with the music industry. The former Megaupload boss launched Baboom in 2013, promising it would provide musicians with a new way to distribute their music directly to fans, and be paid for it. Dotcom quit his role as head of cloud storage firm Mega to concentrate on the new venture, but as Baboom prepares to launch early in 2015, he will no longer be involved, having sold the 45% stake in the company that he controlled through a family trust. “In the evolution of every company, a change of leadership, direction and focus is needed and this tipping point had been reached,” said Baboom’s chief executive Grant Edmundson, in a statement. “Kim is moving on to focus on other projects, and both camps wish each other well with future plans.” The separation appears to …

    October 2, 2014 4:27 am
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Science

  • Team advances understanding of the Greenland Ice Sheet’s meltwater channels


    Related images(click to enlarge) An international research team’s field work, drilling and measuring melt rates and ice sheet movement in Greenland is showing that things are, in fact, more complicated than we thought. “Although the Greenland Ice Sheet initially speeds up each summer in its slow-motion race to the sea, the network of meltwater channels beneath the sheet is not necessarily forming the slushy racetrack that had been previously considered,” said Matthew Hoffman, a Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist on the project. A high-profile paper appearing in Nature this week notes that observations of moulins (vertical conduits connecting water on top of the glacier down to the bed of the ice sheet) and boreholes in Greenland show that subglacial channels ameliorate the speedup caused by water delivery to the base of the ice sheet in the short term. By mid summer, however, the channels stabilize and are unable to grow any larger. In a previous …

    October 2, 2014 4:47 am
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Health

  • Britain calls for international help on Ebola as London conference begins


    LONDON (Reuters) – Britain made a plea for international help to deal with the world’s worst Ebola outbreak at the start of a conference in on Thursday, with one charity warning that five people are being infected with the virus every hour in Sierra Leone. Ebola has killed at least 3,338 in West Africa — mainly in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia — out of 7,178 cases as of Sept. 28, the World Health Organisation (WHO) says, and cases have been recorded elsewhere, including in the United States. Sierra Leone’s president, Ernest Bai Koroma, canceled his attendance at the conference just hours before it started. His plane had technical problems, Britain’s Foreign Office said. Speaking on Thursday before the “Defeating Ebola” conference began, Britain’s Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond, called for countries to increase financial aid as well as other vital help including medical expertise, transport and supplies. “We need help from the international community to …

    October 2, 2014 4:26 am
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Entertainment

  • Men everywhere are loving Jennifer Love Hewitt’s childbirth advice


    Jennifer Love Hewitt welcomes baby girl — as a married woman? “This is the thing, too, if you are in labor, feed your husband and they are wonderful,” Hewitt explained, according to People. “He can’t be hungry — you need them!” The actress said she decided to bring snacks for husband, Brian Hallisay, and it was a lifesaver for both of them. She remembers, “If he passed out or something bad happened out of being hungry, then I don’t get what I need, which is my rock. I had pudding for him and snack bars — it was great!” Hewitt said her husband was “solid” for her during childbirth, so much so that she thinks “he should be a male doula!” “I was really worried that I was going to get that face — ‘Mmm, what’s happening here?’ — and I’m not good at the faces so I would’ve been like, ‘What does that mean? What …

    October 2, 2014 4:06 am
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Editorial

  • Ebola, ISIS, beheadings, war: Is the world more dangerous than ever?


    Americans now face beheadings, gang warfare, Ebola, ISIS and a new war in Syria. It’s natural to assume that the world has gotten more dangerous. But it hasn’t.  People believe that crime has gotten worse. But over the past two decades, murder and robbery in the U.S. are down by more than half, and rape by a third, even as complaints about “rape culture” grow louder. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Terrorism is a threat. But deaths from war are a fraction of what they were half a century ago, when we fought World War II and the Korean War, and Chairman Mao murdered millions. Despite today’s wars in Iraq, Syria, etc., last decade saw the fewest deaths from war since record keeping began. We wax nostalgic about the past, but the past was much nastier than today. Last week’s beheading in Oklahoma and other despicable acts of terrorism are frightening, but Americans are unlikely to be killed. …

    October 2, 2014 4:27 am
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Odd News

  • France’s Le Pen loses driving license, but says not her fault


    PARIS (Reuters) – French far-right leader Marine Le Pen said on Wednesday police had confiscated her driving license for a string of road offences – but insisted they had been committed by someone else. The National Front party leader, who recently called speed detection radars “another tax disguised as a life-saving campaign”, said she had taken the punishment in 2012 to prevent the real culprits from getting into trouble. “Not wishing to denounce those who were responsible, I saw my license go up in smoke,” Le Pen said, after the satirical Le Canard Enchaine newspaper ran a story headlined: “Marine wants to steer France but she no longer has a license”. She said the newspaper should have checked the photos of the traffic offences in question and that they would have shown she was not behind the wheel. Under the French system, a driver loses a number of points for every recorded traffic offence such …

    October 1, 2014 4:31 pm
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