• De Marchi wins stage seven as Valverde stays ahead

    BARCELONA (Reuters) – Italian Alessandro De Marchi broke clear with 12-km to go to win stage seven of the Tour of Spain on Friday while home rider Alejandro Valverde kept the overall lead. De Marchi...
  • Poland blocks Russian minister’s jet

    Poland blocks Russian minister’s jet

    29 August 2014 Last updated at 19:24 Sergei Shoigu’s plane was reportedly forced to fly back to the Slovakian capital Bratislava Poland has refused to let a plane carrying Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu fly...
  • Obama’s ‘no strategy’ gaffe on IS

    29 August 2014 Last updated at 20:32 By Anthony Zurcher Editor, Echo Chambers “We don’t have a strategy yet.” President Barack Obama spoke a great deal about Syria, Iraq and the Islamic State (IS) in...
  • America’s cheapest gas is in this town

    America’s cheapest gas is in this town

      You think the gas near you is getting cheaper? Try filling up in the South Carolina city of Rock Hill. That’s the market with the nation’s lowest gas price heading into Labor Day weekend...
  • Ukraine ‘slipping out of control’

    Ukraine ‘slipping out of control’

    29 August 2014 Last updated at 19:09 Ukraine has long insisted Russian is sending troops and hardware to support eastern rebels The crisis in eastern Ukraine is “slipping out of control” and needs to be...
  • Message to kids: Parks bad, guns good

    Message to kids: Parks bad, guns good

    29 August 2014 Last updated at 19:40 What in the world? Pieces of global opinion A review of the best commentary on and around the world… Today’s must-read The New Republic’s Alec MacGillis has a...

Headline News

  • Obama’s ‘no strategy’ gaffe on IS


    29 August 2014 Last updated at 20:32 By Anthony Zurcher Editor, Echo Chambers “We don’t have a strategy yet.” President Barack Obama spoke a great deal about Syria, Iraq and the Islamic State (IS) in Thursday’s press conference, but these six words are dominating the non-beige-suit-related discussion among US politicians and pundits. The line was part of the president’s response to a question about whether he needs Congress’s approval to “go into Syria”. It seemed a frank admission that the administration is grappling with how to engage its military against rebel forces less than a year after it had all but decided to bomb the Syrian soldiers fighting them. Continue reading the main story “Start Quote There is just absolutely no reason to hand that kind of morale boost and public relations victory to all of your enemies” End Quote Mollie Hemingway The Federalist Frankness, however, is an unusual attribute in the Washington corridors of …

    August 29, 2014 2:44 pm
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Politics

  • California Senate approves bill requiring oil industry to detail water use


    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The California state Senate on Thursday unanimously approved a bill requiring oil companies to report how much water they use in their drilling operations and the water’s source, a move that comes amid a severe statewide drought. Oil well operators used more than 80 billion gallons of water in California last year in “enhanced” oil recovery techniques such as steam injection and water flooding, which help bring heavier, thicker crude to the surface. Water also comes to the surface during oil drilling, but it is unclear how much of that “produced water” is reused by the oil companies for new production because there are currently no reporting requirements, something the bill seeks to address. Oil drilling produced more than 130 billion gallons of water last year. “The public has the right to know about the oil industry’s use of limited fresh water supplies,” said Senator Fran Pavley, the bill’s author. Environmentalists …

    August 29, 2014 11:20 am
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Stocks

  • America’s cheapest gas is in this town


      You think the gas near you is getting cheaper? Try filling up in the South Carolina city of Rock Hill. That’s the market with the nation’s lowest gas price heading into Labor Day weekend — an average of $3.09 a gallon, according to industry observer GasBuddy.com. The good news for drivers is that prices like that could come soon to a station near you — as long as you don’t live on the West Coast or some other pockets of high-priced gas. The nationwide average price stands at $3.44 a gallon, down about eight cents from a month ago and nearly 12 cents from this time last year. The summer driving season will end with the cheapest Labor Day gas prices since 2010. And prices will drop even further when stations stop selling the more expensive summer blends of gasoline in late September. Related: What’s the gas price in your state? “We think the …

    August 29, 2014 2:23 pm
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Sports

  • De Marchi wins stage seven as Valverde stays ahead


    BARCELONA (Reuters) – Italian Alessandro De Marchi broke clear with 12-km to go to win stage seven of the Tour of Spain on Friday while home rider Alejandro Valverde kept the overall lead. De Marchi finished one minute 35 seconds ahead of Canadian Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp). Frenchman Hubert Dupont was third in the same time. “This is the best moment of my career,” the Cannondale rider told reporters after winning with a time of four hours one minute 52 seconds. “It is great to be in a break with such strong riders and this was a fantastic result.” Sky’s Chris Froome, one of the favorites to win the race, fell before the first climb but suffered nothing more than a few cuts and was able to return to the peloton. The Briton sprinted to the line and is fourth overall, 19 seconds behind Valverde (Movistar) who was ninth in Friday’s stage. Colombian Nairo Quintana is …

    August 29, 2014 2:44 pm
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World News

  • Poland blocks Russian minister’s jet


    29 August 2014 Last updated at 19:24 Sergei Shoigu’s plane was reportedly forced to fly back to the Slovakian capital Bratislava Poland has refused to let a plane carrying Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu fly through its airspace. The plane turned back to the Slovakian capital, Bratislava. Mr Shoigu had been on an official visit to Slovakia. Poland said the plane had been barred because it had changed its status from a civilian to a military flight. It later permitted the flyover, after the flight was reverted to civilian status. Russia said blocking the flight was a “violation of inter-state conduct”. The EU has imposed a travel ban on many Russian officials as part of the sanctions over Russia’s involvement in Ukraine. However, Mr Shoigu is not one of the blacklisted officials. Ukraine had also refused to allow the flight to enter its airspace, Reuters and Russia’s RIA news agency reported. ‘Crude violation’ Russia’s First …

    August 29, 2014 2:44 pm
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Technology

  • What to expect from IFA, Europe’s biggest and most eccentric tech show


    The red-wigged Miss IFA is the Berlin show’s mascot. IFA The eyes of the tech world will be on Berlin, Germany next week for IFA, the biggest European gadget show in existence. CNET will be there in force to cover all the cool new kit from Samsung, Sony, Nokia, Asus, Huawei, Acer and more. This year, we’ll be writing about all the latest smart-home developments too, with our crack CNET appliances team flying in from Kentucky to assist. What is IFA? IFA is an eclectic mix of the old and the new. The Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin (IFA) can trace its history all the way back to 1924, when it was started to showcase the latest developments in radio (“Funkausstellung” literally means “radio show”). Many important inventions have been demoed there over the years, from early cathode-ray-tube TVs to the very first cassette recorder from Philips in 1963. IFA’s Wikipedia entry features this chilling image of …

    August 29, 2014 11:20 am
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Science

  • NASA’s Spitzer Telescope Witnesses Asteroid Smashup


    [image-36][image-51] NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope has spotted an eruption of dust around a young star, possibly the result of a smashup between large asteroids. This type of collision can eventually lead to the formation of planets. Scientists had been regularly tracking the star, called NGC 2547-ID8, when it surged with a huge amount of fresh dust between August 2012 and January 2013. “We think two big asteroids crashed into each other, creating a huge cloud of grains the size of very fine sand, which are now smashing themselves into smithereens and slowly leaking away from the star,” said lead author and graduate student Huan Meng of the University of Arizona, Tucson. While dusty aftermaths of suspected asteroid collisions have been observed by Spitzer before, this is the first time scientists have collected data before and after a planetary system smashup. The viewing offers a glimpse into the violent process of making rocky planets like ours. …

    August 28, 2014 11:31 pm
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Health

  • Study Counters Critics of Plainer Cigarette Packaging


    FRIDAY, Aug. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Selling cigarettes in plain packages doesn’t increase the use of low-cost or illegal tobacco and doesn’t harm sales in small stores, according to new research from Australia. Those problems were predicted by the tobacco industry when it tried to prevent Australia from becoming the first country in the world to introduce plain packaging for tobacco products in 2012. Similar legislation is being considered in Ireland, New Zealand and the U.K. Researchers surveyed nearly 2,000 adult smokers in Australia before and after the plain-packaging rule was implemented. The results showed that the smokers continued to buy their tobacco from the same places, according to the study released online on Aug. 28 in the BMJ. Nearly two-thirds of smokers bought their tobacco from supermarkets in 2011 and 2013. The proportion of those who bought tobacco at small, independent stores rose from just over 9 percent in 2011 to just over …

    August 29, 2014 11:20 am
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Entertainment

  • Kylie Jenner Tries To Hide Her Face After An Early Morning Flight Into Los Angeles


    Posted on Fri Aug 29th, 2014 12:40pm PDT       By X17 Staff After a late night out in New York City on Thursday, Kylie Jenner arrived back in Los Angeles on Friday morning, and the 17-year-old reality TV starlet looked completely wiped out! And not only that, but she tried to cover her face with her fav blankie as she made her way through the LAX terminal … see, she’s still just a kid! But is there any specific reason why she might be hiding her pouty mug behind this patterned throw? Her face looks a little bit different here … it must just be because she skipped out on the makeup, right? In other news, Kylie and Kendall have been busy promoting their PacSun and Madden Girl clothing collections, and just the other day we caught Kylie at a photo shoot with her supermodel sister. Kylie wowed in the recent issue of V Magazine, but it …

    August 29, 2014 3:04 pm
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Editorial

  • ISIS crisis: Will next terror attack on American soil come from a British jihadist?


      The threat of radical Islam, on display so brutally in the bloody beheading of American journalist James Foley, is a war of ideas – something politicians both in America and Great Britain don’t seem to understand. Our political leaders need to move from hand-wringing to action, starting with defending the ideals that have defended the Anglosphere up to now. Almost 80 years ago, approximately 4,000 young Englishmen left home to fight in the Spanish Civil War in what turned out to be a dress rehearsal for World War II. It was a conflict famous in Western history because of the relentless atrocities toward civilians. About 3,000 Americans joined them in the Abe Lincoln Brigades, and approximately 1,300 Canadians (of whom only 35 returned). ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The Anglosphere ideas of freedom and religious toleration – the four freedoms of Franklin Roosevelt – need to be proclaimed and defended in all our institutions on both sides …

    August 29, 2014 11:20 am
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Odd News

  • Singaporeans go barking mad over bid to silence dogs


    SINGAPORE (Reuters) – A suggestion by Singapore’s public housing authority that owners of noisy dogs consider “debarking” their pets to avoid inconveniencing neighbors, has raised animal lovers’ hackles in the city-state and prompted much ridicule on social media. The authority, the Housing and Development Board (HDB), recommended in a notice posted in a residential block that one option for dogs that will not keep quiet is to “debark” them. Debarking involves removing a section of a dog’s vocal cord to reduce the volume of its bark and is recommended as a solution of “last resort” to control noisy pets, according to Singapore’s Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority’s website. Animal welfare groups say the practice is cruel and unfair. “A dog also barks when it is in a stressed or anxious mode, and not hearing the dog does not mean the dog is in a stable state of mind,” said Action for Singapore Dogs in a Facebook …

    August 28, 2014 7:18 am
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