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  • After reboot, NYC Sandy-repair program faces test of its turnaround; officials say it’ll pass

    FILE- In this Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012 file photo, Joseph O’Grady, left, with Rockaway Reach, talks with Kevin Murphy as they discuss the renovation of Murphy’s Superstorm-Sandy-damaged home in the Belle Harbor neighborhood of New York. With the target date just days away, New York City officials say that they are on track to accomplish their Superstorm Sandy repair goal of 500 projects started and 500 reimbursement checks sent by Labor Day. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)The Associated Press

    August 30, 2014 1:11 pm


  • Campaign manager for Kentucky’s McConnell resigns, denies wrongdoing

    (Reuters) – The campaign manager for U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican locked in a tough re-election battle, resigned late Friday in fallout from a scandal stemming from his time with the 2012 Ron Paul presidential campaign. McConnell is facing Kentucky’s Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes in a race Republicans view as important if they are to secure control of the Senate. While denying any wrongdoing during his time working for Paul, Jesse Benton said in a statement that he would not “allow any possibility that my circumstances will effect the voters’ ability to hear (McConnell’s) message and assess his record.” Benton was the spokesman for the libertarian Paul’s unsuccessful 2012 presidential campaign when, during the Republican primary season, a supporter of a rival candidate was secretly paid by a Paul staffer to publicly switch sides. Former Iowa state Senator Kent Sorenson pleaded guilty this week to concealing $73,000 he …

    August 30, 2014 11:50 am


  • Struggling Angry Birds maker dumping CEO

    The maker of the Angry Birds video game is replacing its CEO. The maker of the Angry Birds mobile video game is dumping its CEO as the company struggles with increased competition and difficulties in changing its business model. Rovio Entertainment, the Finnish video game maker, announced that CEO Mikael Hed will “pass the hoodie” in January to former Nokia (NOK) executive Pekka Rantala, a reference to the typical clothing worn in the company’s offices. The company is shifting its business from a pay-to-play, in which players buy the video game, to a free-to-play model. It now gets about half its revenue from licensing Angry Birds images for toys, clothing and other novelty items. But while revenue has held up, profit in 2013 fell by more than 50%. Rovio has had trouble with its plans to charge users for purchases made in the games. Competitors such as King Digital Entertainment (KING), maker of the Candy …

    August 30, 2014 8:49 am


  • Broncos’ Hillman, Webster were hospitalized in Dallas after falling ill at preseason game

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. –  Cornerback Kayvon Webster and running back Ronnie Hillman didn’t return with the Denver Broncos from their preseason finale in Dallas on Thursday night after falling ill. Both were taken to a hospital and Webster was kept overnight. The Denver Post first reported the story Saturday. The Broncos confirmed that neither player flew with the team back to Denver but didn’t provide any information about the nature of their illnesses. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Neither Hillman nor Webster played against the Cowboys, although both participated in a pregame conditioning workout for players who wouldn’t see action Thursday night. Hillman is Montee Ball’s primary backup, and Webster is a backup along with rookie Bradley Roby behind Aqib Talib and Chris Harris Jr. ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL

    August 30, 2014 1:12 pm

World News

  • Ukraine near ‘point of no return’

    30 August 2014 Last updated at 19:07 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko: “We are very close to the point of no return” Ukraine’s president has said his country is “close to a point of no return – full scale-war”. Petro Poroshenko was speaking in Brussels, where he said a meeting of EU leaders had agreed to prepare more sanctions against Russia. EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton earlier accused Russia of “direct aggression” in eastern Ukraine. Russia denies that its forces are backing rebels, who have been gaining ground on Ukrainian forces. Mr Poroshenko said Ukraine was a victim of “military aggression and terror”. He said: “I think that we are very close to the point of no return. Point of no return is full-scale war. “Any offensive action which would be undertaken [by Russia]… would be a point of no return. And that’s why we undertake …

    August 30, 2014 1:12 pm


  • In paralysis, finding freedom via brain-wave tech

    Eric Valor, 45, at his home in Aptos, Calif. He uses an eye-tracking camera to help him communicate and a sensor taped to his cheek to alert an attendant. James Martin/CNET All of a sudden, Eric Valor struggled to surf. His left foot started dragging while he tried to pop up on his board, causing more wipeouts than normal for the avid wave rider. What started as a visit to the foot doctor resulted in an eventual diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, an incurable neurodegenerative condition with few known causes that bit by bit takes away a person’s ability to control muscle movements and leads to death. Valor out surfing, once a regular hobby along with snowboarding and scuba diving. Courtesy of Eric Valor “The gravity of that day,” he said of when he was diagnosed, “of the terrifying fear, volcanic anger, the inconsolable sorrow for the loss …

    August 30, 2014 7:48 am


  • Computer games give a boost to English

    Related images(click to enlarge) If you want to make a mark in the world of computer games you had better have a good English vocabulary. It has now also been scientifically proven that someone who is good at computer games has a larger English vocabulary. This is revealed by a study at the University of Gothenburg and Karlstad University. The study confirms what many parents and teachers already suspected: young people who play a lot of interactive English computer games gain an advantage in terms of their English vocabulary compared with those who do not play or only play a little. The study involved 76 young people aged 10-11. Data was collected via questionnaires and a so-called language diary. This was used to list all encounters with the English language outside school, such as using the computer and playing digital games. Among other things, the study investigated whether there was any correlation between playing digital …

    August 30, 2014 12:11 pm


  • Drug Gives ‘New Hope’ Against Heart Failure, Expert Says

    SATURDAY, Aug. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) — In a head-to-head comparison, an experimental drug was more effective than standard treatment at preventing deaths and hospitalizations in heart failure patients. According to the study authors, the trial was stopped early because of the marked benefit of the new drug, dubbed LCZ696. In the trial, 26.5 percent of those getting the standard medication, enalapril (Vasotec), either died or were hospitalized due to heart failure, compared with 21.8 percent of those on the new drug. Enalapril belongs to a class of blood pressure-lowering medications known as ACE inhibitors. “LCZ696 could become the new gold standard, replacing ACE inhibitors,” said lead researcher Dr. John McMurray, a professor of cardiology at the British Heart Foundation Cardiovascular Research Center at the University of Glasgow, in Scotland. LCZ696 combines two blood pressure drugs — an angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB) and the neprilysin inhibitor known as sacubitril. “We found that LCZ696 was …

    August 30, 2014 11:50 am


  • Kim Kardashian And Kanye West Jet Out Of Los Angeles With Adorable Daughter Nori

    Posted on Sat Aug 30th, 2014 8:45am PDT       By X17 Staff Kim Kardashian and Kanye West departed from Los Angeles International Airport on Friday evening with their daughter North West, and as usual, the 15-month-old stole the show! We’re not sure where the family is headed, but if we had to guess, we’d say Mexico. Kanye has been working on his upcoming album there, and we’re a few days overdue for some bikini selfies from Kim, so this sounds about right. But back to Nori! Lately the tiny celebritot has been rocking a slicked back hairstyle, and Kim explained it all to WWD. “North likes to brush her own hair,” she told the fashion publication. “You start with a brush and then you have to get a second brush [for her]. Right when you get it all perfect, she takes the brush and starts doing it herself. I just started using our oil because I needed …

    August 30, 2014 11:30 am


  • David Cameron stands up to Islamists: A lesson for Barack Obama

      The contrast between Friday’s press conference in London by British Prime Minister David Cameron and Thursday’s White House remarks by President Obama could not have been starker. Mr. Cameron delivered a robust assessment of the scale of the Islamist threat to Great Britain and to the free world.  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT He told journalists assembled at Downing Street that “what we are facing in Iraq now with ISIL (Islamic State) is a greater threat to our security than we have seen before.”  While David Cameron appeared self-assured and determined in his approach, Barack Obama came across as a deer in the headlights, unable to outline a coherent U.S. response to a rapidly growing crisis in the Middle East. He made it clear that ISIS must not be allowed to establish an Islamist caliphate in Iraq. If they succeeded, “we would be facing a terrorist state on the shores of the Mediterranean and bordering a NATO …

    August 30, 2014 3:41 am

Odd News

  • Arizona man arrested for burning, urinating on Bible

    PHOENIX (Reuters) – A 22-year-old Arizona man calling himself “Dark Lord” has been arrested for allegedly burning a Bible and urinating on it outside a Christian-oriented homeless shelter in northern Arizona, police said on Friday. Eric Minerault was booked into the Yavapai County Detention Center late on Thursday on suspicion of one count of unlawful symbol burning stemming from the incident at the Gospel Rescue Mission, Prescott police spokesman Lieutenant Ken Morley said in a written statement. Police were called to the scene at about 9 p.m. by a mission representative reporting that someone was burning something on the mission’s front steps, Morley said. Officers found Minerault standing on the steps, with a burned and wet Bible on the ground near him. He quickly admitted to the act.  He told officers the mission was selected because he believed it was a place of Christian worship and he was “cursing the Christians,” police said. Asked why, …

    August 29, 2014 7:53 pm