• Row over Galapagos tortoise’s body

    Row over Galapagos tortoise’s body

    22 September 2014 Last updated at 21:33 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Assistant curator Christopher Raxworthy explains the importance of conserving Lonesome George – Clip courtesy American Museum of Natural History...
  • US begins air strikes in Syria

    US begins air strikes in Syria

    23 September 2014 Last updated at 02:35 US and other nations begin air strikes against Islamic State in Syria, Pentagon says This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly....
  • Marshall, Jeffrey active for Bears; Decker up for Jets

    East Rutherford, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) – The Chicago Bears will have wide receivers Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery available for Monday night’s matchup with the New York Jets. Both players were listed as questionable for the...
  • Obama administration moves to stop tax ‘inversions’

    Obama administration moves to stop tax ‘inversions’

    Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said he was taking the “first, targeted steps” against companies that use foreign mergers to reduce their U.S. tax bills. The U.S. Treasury Department on Monday announced what it called its...
  • Arab Bank liable in terror attacks

    Arab Bank liable in terror attacks

    22 September 2014 Last updated at 22:37 The case was the first-ever civil case brought against a bank under the US Anti-Terrorism Act A New York jury has found Arab Bank liable for providing material...
  • Secret Service struggles behind scenes

    Secret Service struggles behind scenes

    23 September 2014 Last updated at 01:30 By Tara McKelvey BBC News Magazine Agents with the US Secret Service are responsible for guarding the president The break-in at the White House makes the US Secret...
  • Kris Jenner Files For Divorce From Bruce Jenner

    Kris Jenner Files For Divorce From Bruce Jenner

    Posted on Mon Sep 22nd, 2014 1:45pm PDT       By X17 Staff Well we all knew it was a matter of time before they officially called it quits and it appears as though that time has come...

Headline News

  • US begins air strikes in Syria


    23 September 2014 Last updated at 02:35 US and other nations begin air strikes against Islamic State in Syria, Pentagon says This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. If you want to receive Breaking News alerts via email, or on a smartphone or tablet via the BBC News App then details on how to do so are available on this help page. You can also follow @BBCBreaking on Twitter to get the latest alerts.

    September 22, 2014 8:39 pm
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Politics

  • U.S. opposes linking Iran cooperation on Islamic State to nuclear talks


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States said on Monday it would refuse to seek Iran’s cooperation in fighting Islamic State forces by being more flexible in the negotiations of six world powers with Tehran on its nuclear program. Senior Iranian officials told Reuters that Iran is ready to work with the United States and its allies to stop Islamic State militants but would like more flexibility on Iran’s uranium enrichment program in exchange. Asked to respond, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the idea was unacceptable, remarks that echoed those from other Western powers in the negotiations with Tehran. European officials have also made clear they do not want to bring other issues into the nuclear negotiations. Earnest said the effort by world powers, including the United States, to persuade Iran to give up its nuclear program is “entirely separate” from President Barack Obama’s attempts to build a coalition against Islamic State. “The United States …

    September 22, 2014 5:37 pm
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Stocks

  • Obama administration moves to stop tax ‘inversions’


    Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said he was taking the “first, targeted steps” against companies that use foreign mergers to reduce their U.S. tax bills. The U.S. Treasury Department on Monday announced what it called its “first, targeted steps” to make it harder for U.S. companies to reduce their tax bills by merging with foreign firms and moving abroad. The process, known as inversion, has been all the rage in the corporate world this year. The Obama administration, while urging Congress to act, had been threatening for months to crack down on inversions. What Treasury did on Monday was issue tax guidance that will govern any inversion completed from today forward. It also imposed at least one new restriction that will affect companies that have recently inverted. “These first, targeted steps make substantial progress in constraining the creative techniques used to avoid U.S. taxes,” Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said. The changes Treasury announced will make it …

    September 22, 2014 8:39 pm
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Sports

  • Marshall, Jeffrey active for Bears; Decker up for Jets


    East Rutherford, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) – The Chicago Bears will have wide receivers Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery available for Monday night’s matchup with the New York Jets. Both players were listed as questionable for the Week 3 finale but practiced on a limited basis on Saturday. Marshall is dealing with a mild ankle sprain, while Jeffery is battling a hamstring injury. Marshall and Jeffery were also termed questionable for Chicago’s Week 2 clash at San Francisco. Each played in the game, however, with Marshall catching three touchdown passes from Jay Cutler in the Bears’ 28-20 win. The Jets will have one of their top targets for Monday’s tilt as well, with wide receiver Eric Decker among the team’s actives. Decker, New York’s leader with nine catches and 137 receiving yards through the first two weeks, also was questionable due to a hamstring strain. As expected, cornerback Dee Milliner will not play for the Jets on …

    September 22, 2014 8:39 pm
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World News

  • Row over Galapagos tortoise’s body


    22 September 2014 Last updated at 21:33 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Assistant curator Christopher Raxworthy explains the importance of conserving Lonesome George – Clip courtesy American Museum of Natural History A dispute has broken out between an Ecuadorean ministry and the Galapagos Islands over where the preserved body of a Galapagos giant tortoise should be housed. Lonesome George rose to fame as the last known individual of his species, but he died in 2012. The Ecuadorean government wants him to be shown in the capital Quito. But the Galapagos local mayor says Lonesome George was a symbol of the islands and should return home. Leopoldo Bucheli said he should return to the breeding centre in the National Galapagos Park in Santa Cruz, where George spent the last 40 years of his life after a Hungarian scientist spotted him on Pinta Island in 1971. The discovery surprised researchers who thought Pinta …

    September 22, 2014 8:40 pm
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Technology

  • US regulator raises alarm for ‘Armageddon-type’ cyber attack


    After a year of prominent hackings of millions of US credit and debit cards, one of the top regulators regulators of the American financial system has said that the prospect of an “Armageddon-type cyber event” is one of the most significant issues he plans to address in the next year. New York State Department of Financial Services chief Benjamin Lawsky presides over an agency that is three years old and has pushed for harsher fines and executive accountability for banks including Standard Chartered and BNP Paribas. On Monday, Lawsky said the technological vulnerabilities of the financial system are a pressing and potentially catastrophic problem. “I worry that we’re going to have some sort of major cyber event in the financial system that’s going to cause us all to shudder, an Armageddon-type cyber event,” Lawsky said at the Bloomberg Link Most Influential Summit. Lawsky elaborated that it would be “something that causes a blip in the …

    September 22, 2014 5:38 pm
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Science

  • 2014 Arctic Sea Ice Minimum Sixth Lowest on Record


    [image-36] Arctic sea ice coverage continued its below-average trend this year as the ice declined to its annual minimum on Sept. 17, according to the NASA-supported National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Over the 2014 summer, Arctic sea ice melted back from its maximum extent reached in March to a coverage area of 1.94 million square miles (5.02 million square kilometers), according to analysis from NASA and NSIDC scientists. This year’s minimum extent is similar to last year’s and below the 1981-2010 average of 2.40 million square miles (6.22 million square km). “Arctic sea ice coverage in 2014 is the sixth lowest recorded since 1978. The summer started off relatively cool, and lacked the big storms or persistent winds that can break up ice and increase melting,” said Walter Meier, a research scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. “Even with a relatively cool year, …

    September 22, 2014 1:54 pm
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Health

  • Ebola outbreak ‘pretty much contained’ in Senegal and Nigeria


    GENEVA (Reuters) – Two of the five countries affected by the world’s worst-ever Ebola outbreak are managing to halt the spread of the disease, the World Health Organization said on Monday, although the overall death toll has risen to 2,811 out of 5,864 cases. “On the whole, the outbreaks in Senegal and Nigeria are pretty much contained,” said an update from WHO’s regional director in Africa. Only one case has been reported in Senegal and all contacts with the patient have now completed a 21-day follow-up, the incubation period of the disease, with no further cases of the virus found, a second WHO statement said. In Nigeria, the number of cases has been cut from 21 to 20 after a suspected case was ruled out and 696 contacts have completed the 21-day follow-up. Three were still being monitored in Lagos and 175 in Port Harcourt, the WHO said. In the three worst-hit countries – Liberia, …

    September 22, 2014 1:33 pm
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Entertainment

  • Kris Jenner Files For Divorce From Bruce Jenner


    Posted on Mon Sep 22nd, 2014 1:45pm PDT       By X17 Staff Well we all knew it was a matter of time before they officially called it quits and it appears as though that time has come — Kris Jenner is finally pulling the plug on her marriage to Bruce Jenner, 11 months after announcing their separation. Well that’s good news — because we are a little over seeing them holding hands, pretending to keep their sham of a marriage still going! The reality star filed for divorce in Los Angeles, citing irreconcilable difference as the cause for the rift, reports RadarOnline. Amazingly enough, the couple had no prenup — but the duo seems to have already worked out the details of the split. According to the divorce paperwork, Kris, who filed pro per, is seeking joint physical and legal custody of their 17-year-old daughter Kylie, as well as requesting to keep her own jewelry, and any …

    September 22, 2014 7:19 pm
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Editorial

  • UN climate change: Obama gives cash to developing nations without any strings attached


    This week, President Obama and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will frame the  discussion at the U.N. as a simple way to confront the rising tides effecting coastal and island countries. There will be much talk from wealthy and developed nations about not ignoring these problems while poor and underdeveloped countries will eagerly agree to any action plan that includes money.  But the two sides have very different goals.    American and European liberals see the climate change debate, as well as the U.N. Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) discussion, as an altruistic response to their global public policy concerns.  United Nations officials and leaders from developing nations, however, see the climate change discussion and the fight over MDGs as their future revenue source. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The money from wealthy nations to confront some very real global poverty and economic issues is largely given out of guilt. Sadly, there is little emphasis with the climate …

    September 22, 2014 5:38 pm
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Odd News

  • Alaska TV reporter curses, quits on air over marijuana issue


    (Note: Strong language in paragraph four) Reuters) – An Alaska television reporter wrapped up a live segment on medical marijuana with a curse and an “I quit,” telling viewers she will work instead to legalize pot in the state. Charlo Greene revealed she was in fact the owner of the “cannabis club” featured in her story on Anchorage’s KTVA 10 p.m. broadcast Sunday. “I … will be dedicating all of my energy toward fighting for freedom and fairness, which begins with legalizing marijuana here in Alaska,” the reporter said. “And as for this job, well, not that I have a choice but, fuck it, I quit,” she added, before shrugging her shoulders and walking off-camera. A stunned colleague apologized immediately to viewers. KTVA news director Bert Rudman said in a statement later the station regretted the use of inappropriate language. “The employee has been terminated,” Rudman said on the channel’s Facebook page, prompting several readers …

    September 22, 2014 1:54 pm
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