Headline News

  • Appeals court overturns hate crime convictions in Amish haircutting case


    FILE – In this Monday, Oct. 10, 2011 file photo, Sam Mullet stands in front of his Bergholz, Ohio, home. An appeals court on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 overturned the hate-crime convictions of 16 Amish in beard- and hair-cutting attacks on fellow members of their faith in Ohio. The attacks were in apparent retaliation against Amish who had defied or denounced the authoritarian style of leader Mullet. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File) CINCINNATI –  Personal conflict, not religion, was the driving motive behind beard- and hair-cutting attacks targeting Amish, an appeals court panel ruled Wednesday in overturning the hate-crime convictions of 16 men and women. A 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel sided with arguments brought by attorneys for the Amish defendants, who were convicted two years ago in five attacks in 2011. The attacks were in apparent retaliation against Amish who had defied or denounced the authoritarian style of Sam Mullet Sr., leader of …

    August 28, 2014 5:37 am
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Politics

  • U.S. to ease some deportations to Mexico under settlement


    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – U.S. authorities have agreed to stop pressuring undocumented immigrants in Southern California to sign off on their own deportations under a legal settlement that may later allow some deportees to return from Mexico to seek U.S. legal residency, advocacy groups said on Wednesday. The deal reached between the American Civil Liberties Union and federal officials stems from a lawsuit brought last year on behalf of other immigration rights groups and about 10 immigrants who accepted so-called “voluntary returns” to Mexico. All of the immigrants had strong grounds for being allowed to remain in the United States after entering illegally because of family ties and a lack of criminal history, and they will now be permitted to present their claims in U.S. immigration court, ACLU attorneys said. The settlement is limited in scope as most of reforms agreed to by U.S. immigration officials apply only in Southern California, where the ACLU documented …

    August 28, 2014 2:54 am
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Stocks

  • Why I left a job in finance to play video games


    When Ben Wu graduated from college in 2009, many young people couldn’t even get a job. But the biomedical engineering major landed a coveted spot at a trading firm in Chicago. He found the work fast paced and it paid well, but something was missing. He asked for some time off in 2012. He quit a week later to become a full-time video game player. What seemed like a crazy move at the time has turned out to be one of Wu’s best trades. He is now at the forefront of the “eSports” movement, which is bringing video game tournaments to the mainstream, similar to what happened with poker. “Some say that gaming is what children or teens do, as if it’s a dirty thing,” Wu told CNNMoney. “But it’s very dynamic. It requires teamwork, thinking out of the box and being creative. It’s an outlet to develop your brain.” Related: Why I put World …

    August 28, 2014 5:57 am
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Sports

  • Japanese politician, former NFL lineman arrive in North Korea for martial arts exhibition


    PYONGYANG, North Korea –  A Japanese pro-wrestler-turned-politician has arrived in North Korea with a former NFL lineman and more than a dozen martial artists for the first big sports event featuring well-known foreigners since Dennis Rodman’s controversial basketball game earlier this year. Japanese parliamentarian Kanji “Antonio” Inoki says he hopes the event will open a door of sports diplomacy with the North. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Bob “The Beast” Sapp, who briefly played American pro football before switching to mixed martial arts and gaining celebrity status in Japan, will lead the foreigners who arrived Thursday for the exhibition, to be held in a 15,000-seat arena in Pyongyang on Saturday and Sunday. It will also feature local martial artists and musical acts.

    August 28, 2014 5:17 am
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World News

  • Manus Island asylum seeker in critical condition


    An Iranian asylum seeker held on Manus Island is in a life threatening condition and has been flown to the Australian mainland for urgent medical care. The 24-year-old man was transferred to a Brisbane hospital on Wednesday after developing a serious infection, Guardian Australia has been told by sources with knowledge of the case. A spokeswoman for the immigration minister, Scott Morrison, confirmed the asylum seeker had been transferred and required specialised care. The immigration department are also reviewing the background to his medical care on the island, amid concerns there had been a delay by the department in the implementation of medical recommendations made by the International Health and Medical Services (IHMS), Guardian Australia understands “An adult male transferee from the Manus Offshore Processing Centre (OPC) was transferred on Tuesday for urgent medical care to Port Moresby and subsequently transferred to the Australian mainland yesterday for further care,” she said. “On the advice of …

    August 28, 2014 5:17 am
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Technology

  • Oh help! Oh no! It’s a Gruffalo Games app for children


    The Gruffalo may have terrible claws, teeth and warts, but the enduringly popular children’s character’s new mobile app is distinctly un-terrible. Gruffalo Games is the work of Magic Light Pictures, which produced the animated films The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child, based on the books of author Julia Donaldson and illustrator Axel Scheffler. As its title makes clear, the £2.99 app is not a digital book. Instead, it’s a collection of six mini-games based on characters from the Gruffalo stories, including snap, three-in-a-row, matching and jigsaws. Its release follows Magic Light’s launch of Room On The Broom Games in 2013, based on another Donaldson/Scheffler book. “We wanted to deliver something that we hope can be as good as the films, and that we dream of being as good in its own little way as the amazing books,” Magic Light’s Martin Pope tells The Guardian. “What we’re doing is games from the world of The Gruffalo, …

    August 28, 2014 2:54 am
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Science

  • Scientists looking across human, fly and worm genomes find shared biology


    Researchers analyzing human, fly, and worm genomes have found that these species have a number of key genomic processes in common, reflecting their shared ancestry. The findings, appearing Aug. 28, 2014, in the journal Nature, offer insights into embryonic development, gene regulation and other biological processes vital to understanding human biology and disease. The studies highlight the data generated by the modENCODE Project and the ENCODE Project, both supported by the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), part of the National Institutes of Health. Integrating data from the three species, the model organism ENCyclopedia Of DNA Elements (modENCODE) Consortium studied how gene expression patterns and regulatory proteins that help determine cell fate often share common features. Investigators also detailed the similar ways in which the three species use protein packaging to compact DNA into the cell nucleus and to regulate genome function by controlling access to DNA. Launched in 2007, the goal of modENCODE is …

    August 27, 2014 7:10 pm
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Health

  • Repros says its testosterone drug found superior in study


    (Reuters) – Repros Therapeutics Inc said its experimental drug to treat low testosterone was superior to a leading marketed gel and a placebo in the first of two identical studies. Patients who were given the drug, Androxal, experienced superiority in sperm concentration compared with those who used Abbvie Inc’s AndroGel, said the company. The company said the proportion of subjects responding to Androxal were greater than the proportion responding to both the approved topical gel and placebo. The results of the second study have not yet been released. In July, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommended sperm concentration and responder rates as important parameters for assessing the drug’s approval. Androxal is being developed as an oral therapy to treat men of reproductive age with low testosterone. The company said it believes it can submit an application for FDA approval by the end of the year. Other testosterone products in the market for the condition …

    August 28, 2014 2:54 am
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Fortune

Entertainment

  • Ali Larter is cutting back on work, preparing for baby No. 2


    Ali Larter says motherhood hasn’t changed her style  “It’s time to slow down and stop working for a second and start being with my family,” Larter told People. Larter gave birth to her first son, Theodore Hayes, more than three years ago and she said her and her husband aren’t worried too much about their next baby — except one thing. “[Just] healthy babies — all we can ask for,” she said. “And that’s what I pray for.” Their son Teddy is also preparing to be a big brother and Larter said he is up to the task. “He is [excited]. I’ve started giving him presents from his little baby brother or sister,” she said, but added jokingly that they were training him in what not to do. “We’re definitely working him, bribing him, whatever we have to do to make sure he doesn’t sneak into that crib and dangle that baby by its feet.” …

    August 28, 2014 4:36 am
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Editorial

  • What President Obama could learn from Queen Elizabeth


    June 6, 2014: President Obama talks with Britain’s Queen Elizabeth during a family photo for the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Benouville, France.REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque FILE – June 20, 2013: Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, with her daughter Princess Anne and her horse Estimate, after it won the Gold Cup horse race on the third day of the Royal Ascot horse race meeting.AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File When even left wing journalists and foreign newspapers begin to question President Obama’s commitment to duty in the face of the world’s current turbulence, our country’s leader should take a cue from a revered and respected chief of state who is known for commitment to duty and service to nation rather than for golf outings and fundraisers. Over the weekend, columnist Maureen Dowd noted her disapproval in Sunday’s New York Times, commenting on Obama’s “…grinning in a golf cart juxtaposed with ones of James Foley’s parents crying, and a …

    August 28, 2014 2:54 am
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Odd News

  • USC football player admits making up rescue story


    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – University of Southern California football player Josh Shaw admitted on Wednesday that he fabricated a widely publicized story that he hurt himself while rescuing his young nephew from a swimming pool. “I made up a story about this fall that was untrue. I was wrong to not tell the truth. I apologize to USC for this action on my part,” Shaw said in a statement issued by his attorney, Donald Etra. Etra said the 22-year-old senior defensive back and captain of the Trojan football team did fall off of a balcony but declined to say under what circumstances. Shaw has been suspended indefinitely, USC said. The university had publicized his story on Monday, with head football coach Steve Sarkisian calling it a “heroic act.” The following day, Sarkisian told reporters the university was vetting Shaw’s story after it received calls questioning its veracity. The player had told USC he suffered two …

    August 28, 2014 3:15 am
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