Headline News

  • News organizations sue for access to possible Michael Brown juvenile records


    FILE – In this Aug. 11, 2014 file photo, Lesley McSpadden, the mother of 18-year-old Michael Brown, wipes away tears as Brown’s father, Michael Brown Sr., holds up a family picture of himself, his son, top left, and a young child during a news conference in Jennings, Mo.(AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File) CLAYTON, Mo. –  Lingering questions about Michael Brown could be answered Wednesday as two news organizations seek the release of any possible juvenile records for the unarmed 18-year-old who was killed by a Missouri police officer last month. Juvenile records are confidential in Missouri, so it’s not definitively known if Brown was arrested before he legally became an adult. Police have said Brown had no adult criminal record. The family’s attorney, Benjamin Crump, has refused to discuss whether Brown had a juvenile record. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The St. Louis Post-Dispatch and a California online journalist have filed separate petitions in St. Louis County Family Court …

    September 3, 2014 1:38 am
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Politics

  • Bill Enyart Challenger Looks to Leap From Illinois House


    By Emily Cahn Posted at midnight today 0 Tweet Bost makes a mid-August campaign stop at a Du Quoin, Ill., brewery. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) DU QUOIN, Ill. — With more than 19 years under his belt as an Illinois legislator, state Rep. Mike Bost has seen it all on the campaign trail. At a mid-August campaign stop, the Republican taking on Democratic Rep. Bill Enyart, one of the most vulnerable members of Congress, dished on door-knocking memories as he sipped a beer at the St. Nicholas Brewing Company. It’s a new craft beer joint here in a farming town of some 6,000 people, connected to Chicago and Carbondale via Amtrak’s Saluki train, and in the heart of the swingy 12th District. Bost leaned over to an aide, smirking. “I’m going to tell her about walking precincts with my wife in Belleville,” he said, before relaying the tale of finding a pool of blood in …

    September 3, 2014 1:38 am
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Stocks

  • American businesses feel targeted by China


    An increasing number of American businesses say they feel less welcome in China amid a government crackdown that has ensnared foreign firms. A new survey conducted by the American Chamber of Commerce in China shows that 60% of its members feel less welcome in the country, a marked increase from 41% in late 2013. Nearly half of the respondents also believe that foreign firms have been unfairly singled out as part of pricing and anti-corruption campaigns conducted by Beijing. “If the investment environment deteriorates too far, important relationships and linkages between China and the rest of the world will be materially damaged,” said Gregory Gilligan, the group’s chairman. Companies across many industries such as tech and autos have been targeted by the central government in recent months for alleged corruption, price-fixing or anti-trust violations. Firms including BMW, Volkswagen (VLKAF), Qualcomm (QCOM, Tech30), Microsoft (MSFT, Tech30), Apple (AAPL, Tech30) and Chrysler have been investigated by the …

    September 3, 2014 12:37 am
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Sports

  • Returning well on windy night, Wozniacki tops Errani at US Open for 1st Slam semi in 3 years


    Caroline Wozniacki, of Denmark, returns to Sara Errani, of Italy, during the quarterfinal round of the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, in New York. Wozniacki defeated Errani 6-0, 6-1. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)The Associated Press Caroline Wozniacki, of Denmark, clenches her fist after defeating Sara Errani, of Italy, 6-0, 6-1 during the quarterfinals the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)The Associated Press A ball girl snags a flying plastic bag just before Caroline Wozniacki, of Denmark, served on a match point to Sara Errani, of Italy, during the quarterfinals of theU.S. Open tennis tournament, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, in New York. Wozniacki won 6-0, 6-1. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)The Associated Press Sara Errani, of Italy, yells as she looks up at the ball on her serve toss against Caroline Wozniacki, of Denmark, during the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, …

    September 3, 2014 1:39 am
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World News

  • Calais mayor threatens to block port


    3 September 2014 Last updated at 05:16 France says that Britain should do more to fund security expenses in Calais The mayor of the northern French city of Calais has threatened to block the port unless Britain does more to control the number of illegal migrants. Natacha Bouchart said that her city was being taken hostage by about 1,300 migrants from the Middle East, Asia and Africa who are attempting to cross the English channel from France. She said that the migrants were costing too much and making life unpleasant. Many believe the UK will be a more welcoming place if they can get there. In 2002 the French government closed the main Red Cross centre at Sangatte near Calais, but unsanitary illegal camps have constantly sprung up in its place since then. Calais has been a magnet for migrants hoping to get to the UK for much of the last decade It is is …

    September 3, 2014 1:38 am
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Technology

  • Boot up: iCloud hack update, NFC iPhone?, Anonymous in depth


    A burst of 8 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology team Update to celebrity photo investigation Apple After more than 40 hours of investigation, we have discovered that certain celebrity accounts were compromised by a very targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions, a practice that has become all too common on the Internet. None of the cases we have investigated has resulted from any breach in any of Apple‘s systems including iCloud® or Find my iPhone. We are continuing to work with law enforcement to help identify the criminals involved.  To protect against this type of attack, we advise all users to always use a strong password and enable two-step verification. So the “iBrute” attack on Find my iPhone wasn’t involved. In hacking cases, it’s usually best to start with the least complex explanation – social engineering and password hacks – than complex attacks. Lessons from the …

    September 3, 2014 1:38 am
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Science

  • Ebola Now Poses a Threat to National Security in West Africa


    The Ebola virus outbreak entrenched in west Africa has become a real risk to the stability and security of society in the region, the top U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention official said today after returning yesterday from a visit there. Failure to tamp down Ebola’s spread is stressing the infrastructure of countries stricken with the disease that must still continue to provide basic health and security services and promote routine commercial activity. Fear of its spread is also hindering care for other maladies and may increasingly put the stability of neighboring nations at risk, said CDC director Tom Frieden in a press conference today. “It’s a problem for the world and the world needs to respond,” he said. The outbreak has spread from Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria to include Senegal. Fortunately, a separate smaller Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo does not appear to be related to the …

    September 2, 2014 5:54 pm
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Health

  • Final trial confirms efficacy of Sanofi’s dengue vaccine


    PARIS (Reuters) – French drugmaker Sanofi, developing the first vaccine against dengue fever, said its product reduced disease cases by 60.8 percent in a large final clinical trial. Sanofi has invested more than 1.3 billion euros ($1.7 billion) in the project, undertaking two decades of research on the world’s fastest-growing tropical disease. The final study – conducted on 20,875 children aged 9-16 across five countries in Latin America – confirmed that the vaccine was safe, provided high protection against dengue hemorrhagic fever and cut by 80 percent the risk of hospitalization, the Paris-based company said on Wednesday. It was 42.3 percent efficient in tackling serotype 2, one of the viral disease’s four strains, compared to 35 percent in a previous Asian trial on some 10,000 children, a relatively weak rate that has puzzled scientists. [ID:nL6N0PM1OV] Overall, the findings were consistent and more reliable in the Latin American trial as it had twice as many patients …

    September 3, 2014 1:38 am
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Entertainment

  • Eva Longoria says Apple employee breached privacy policy


    In an upcoming interview with Access Hollywood, Longoria admitted to having some trouble at the Apple Store in San Antonio, Texas. Celebrity nude photos we really don’t want to see   A starstruck Apple employee took advantage of the job to contact Longoria. “I’ve had problems with people breaking into my e-mail,” Longoria explained, saying that while she wasn’t hacked, the employee was simply able to retrieve it from the store. According to Longoria, the fan told her, “I made a dress I want to send it to you, I work at the Apple Store here in San Antonio.” The actress was surprised and asked how the employee got her contact information. The employee told her, “I saw your phone number from your profile. I just wanted to call and say, ‘Hi, I’m a fan.’” Celebrity nudity is the new norm: Good naked vs. bad naked   “There are a lot of privacy issues,” Longoria concluded. The …

    September 3, 2014 1:18 am
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Editorial

  • Time for Congress to act on the crisis in America’s schools


      Editor’s note: The following column originally appeared on TheHill.com. Here’s Whoopi Goldberg on America’s schools today: “To me, bad teachers don’t do anybody any good. So the unions need to recognize that parents are not going to stand for it anymore.” ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Here’s New York Times columnist Frank Bruni: “There’s no sense in putting something as crucial as children’s education in the hands of a professional class [teachers] with less accountability than others and with job protections that most Americans can only fantasize about.” Note that these voices shouting for school reform are coming from the left. For the first time, moderate Democrats — from Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo — are gaining support from the cultural left for school reform. For the first time, Congress is facing rising calls to reject the status quo in education from both ends of the political spectrum. For the first time, …

    September 3, 2014 1:38 am
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Odd News

  • Florida-bound Delta flight diverted over reclining seat dispute


    (Reuters) – An argument over leg room and reclining seats forced a Florida-bound flight from New York to divert to a different airport late on Monday, the third such incident of a midair disruption caused by passengers in about a week. Delta Air Lines said that “out of an abundance of caution” the captain of Flight 2370 from New York La Guardia to West Palm Beach chose to land instead at the closest airport, Jacksonville, where local law enforcement removed one passenger. It did not elaborate on the “disruption,” but a witness told Jacksonville TV station WJXT TV-4 that an argument broke out during the flight between one woman who wanted to recline her seat and another in the row behind who wanted to sleep while resting on her tray table. The witness said one of the women became loud and abusive when a flight attendant was called. The aircraft later flew on to West …

    September 2, 2014 1:48 pm
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