• Man dies in round the world yacht race

    Man dies in round the world yacht race

    Image copyright ClipperRoundtheWorld.com Image caption Yachtsman Andrew Ashman was aboard the IchorCoal boat when he was knocked unconscious A paramedic from south-east London has died taking part in the Clipper Round The World Yacht Race....
  • Kendall Marshall agrees to multi-year deal with 76ers

    MILWAUKEE, WI – OCTOBER 11:  Kendall Marshall #5 of the Milwaukee Bucks dribbles the ball against the Chicago Bulls during the game on October 11, 2014 at BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. NOTE TO...
  • Selecting laws to obey or defy

    Selecting laws to obey or defy

    When U.S. Federal Judge David L. Bunning sent Kim Davis, the County Clerk for Rowan County, Kentucky, to jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, it sparked a nationwide debate on television,...
  • Japan reopens radiation-hit town

    Japan reopens radiation-hit town

    Image copyright AP Image caption Naraha’s mayor said lifting the evacuation order was a “first step” Japan is inviting residents to return to a town evacuated in 2011 after the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster. Naraha...
  • Madrid donates 1 million euros to refugees

    MADRID (AP) Real Madrid is donating 1 million euros ($1.1m) to help refugees ”taken in by Spain.” The 10-time European champion says it made the decision ”with the aim of supporting men, women and children...

Headline News

  • ‘One hell of a pillow fight’ West Point tradition turns violent; 24 concussions


    FILE 2014: Members of the graduating class listen to proceedings during commencement ceremony at the United States Military Academy at West Point. (Reuters) An annual pillow fight by freshmen cadets at the U.S. Military Academy turned bloody this year when cadets swung pillowcases packed with hard objects, injuring 30 cadets, including 24 who suffered concussions.  Photos and video have circulated on social media showing the Aug. 20 brawl, which The New York Times reports West Point did not confirm until Thursday. Lt. Col. Christopher Kasker told the newspaper the annual fight is organized by first-year students as a way to build camaraderie after a grueling summer of training to prepare them for plebe life. He said upperclassmen overseeing the fight required cadets to wear helmets, but video shows many did not. Some cadets swung pillowcases believed to be packed with their helmets. The Times noted one freshman posted on Twitter: “4 concussions, 1 broken leg, 2 …

    September 5, 2015 8:31 am
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Politics

  • Selecting laws to obey or defy


    When U.S. Federal Judge David L. Bunning sent Kim Davis, the County Clerk for Rowan County, Kentucky, to jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, it sparked a nationwide debate on television, in political circles and on social media. Religious zealots claim Davis, a relatively recent “born again” Christian, is simply following “God’s law,” which they say is more powerful than the law of the land. Legal scholars, judges and others disagree.  Since Judge Bunning chose to follow the law and approval earlier this year of gay marriage nationwide by the United States Supreme Court, he had the legal say and declared Davis in contempt, which makes her a criminal under the law and criminals often end up in jail. The debate, of course, has right-wing zealots like Mike Huckabee rallying to her defense amid the debate over whether or not anyone can pick and choose what law they can or cannot …

    September 5, 2015 7:30 am
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Stocks

  • Here’s the difference between you and the Class of 2019


    Welcome to the Class of 2019. Born in the late 1990s, these kids are coming of age in a world that looks very different than it did a generation ago. Beloit College each year compiles its Mindset List, which takes a look at “cultural touchstones” of the entering freshman class (think: “They have never licked a postage stamp”). Globalization, new technologies, businesses and ideas have changed the way these young people experience the world and revolutionized the way they live their daily lives. This is CNNMoney’s version of the Mindset List. Young people starting college this year… 1) Never have to remember any of their friends’ birthdays (thanks Facebook!). 2) Never have to remember phone numbers either. 3) Don’t have to rush home to catch their favorite TV show … or sit through all of the commercials. 4) Have never had to use the yellow pages. Or an Encyclopedia. 5) Won’t be pulling any all-nighters …

    September 5, 2015 8:31 am
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Sports

  • Kendall Marshall agrees to multi-year deal with 76ers


    MILWAUKEE, WI – OCTOBER 11:  Kendall Marshall #5 of the Milwaukee Bucks dribbles the ball against the Chicago Bulls during the game on October 11, 2014 at BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images),MILWAUKEE, WI – OCTOBER 11:  Kendall Marshall #5 of the Milwaukee Bucks dribbles the ball against the Chicago Bulls during the game on October 11, 2014 at BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)

    September 5, 2015 8:31 am
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World News

  • Man dies in round the world yacht race


    Image copyright ClipperRoundtheWorld.com Image caption Yachtsman Andrew Ashman was aboard the IchorCoal boat when he was knocked unconscious A paramedic from south-east London has died taking part in the Clipper Round The World Yacht Race. Andrew Ashman was adjusting the sail of his team’s boat when he was knocked unconscious. Organisers said he failed to regain consciousness, despite resuscitation attempts. It happened about 120 nautical miles off the Portuguese coast at 00:00 local time. Mr Ashman’s death is the first fatality in the history of the race. ‘Extremely sad’ Mr Ashman, 49, an amateur sailor, was aboard the IchorCoal boat, which has been diverted to northern Portugal where it is expected to arrive in the early hours of Sunday. The boat’s skipper reported the incident happened as the boat was heading south towards Brazil in the first leg of the race, which started last Sunday. Race founder Sir Robin Knox-Johnston said: “This is extremely sad …

    September 5, 2015 8:31 am
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Technology

  • US justice department cracks down on mobile phone surveillance


    American federal law enforcement officials will be required to get a search warrant before using secretive and intrusive mobile phone-tracking technology under a new US justice department policy. The policy, the first of its kind in the US, comes amid concerns from privacy groups and even judges that cell-site simulator technology, which is now widely used by local police departments, is infringing on privacy rights and is being used without proper accountability. “The policy is really designed to address our practices, and to really try to promote transparency and consistency and accountability – all while being mindful of the public’s privacy interest,” deputy attorney general Sally Yates told reporters in announcing the policy change on Thursday. The technology – also known as a Stingray, a suitcase-sized device – can sweep up basic mobile phone data from a neighbourhood by tricking phones in the area to believe that it’s a cell tower, allowing it to identify …

    September 5, 2015 7:51 am
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Science

  • Growing up on a farm provides protection against asthma and allergies


    Researchers at VIB (a leading life sciences institute in Flanders, Belgium) and Ghent University have successfully established a causal relationship between exposure to so-called farm dust and protection against asthma and allergies. This breakthrough discovery is a major step forward towards the development of an asthma vaccine. The results of the research were published in the leading journal Science. It is commonly known that drinking raw cow’s milk can provide protection against allergies. A 14-member research team, led by professors Bart Lambrecht and Hamida Hammad (both associated with VIB and Ghent University) has now established a solid scientific basis for this claim. Promising tests on mice Many years ago, it was found that children growing up on farms are far better protected against asthma and allergies. However, until recently, scientists were unable to pinpoint why this is the case. Prof. Bart Lambrecht (VIB/Ghent University/Ghent University Hospital): “At this point, we have revealed an actual link …

    September 5, 2015 6:51 am
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Health

  • Novartis CEO says diabetics’ contact lens tests to start in 2016: paper


    ZURICH Novartis Chief Executive, Joe Jimenez, told a Swiss newspaper that the first human tests of a contact lens it is developing with Google for diabetic patients will be conducted in 2016. “This project is progressing well,” Jimenez told Swiss newspaper Le Temps in an interview published on Saturday. Starting in 2014, Novartis, maker of cancer drugs including Glivec, and Google announced a cooperation to develop “smart” contact lenses to help diabetics track their blood glucose levels or restore the eye’s ability to focus. “I had said it would take about five years to see a product on the market,” Jimenez told the paper. “The calendar is light and we are already developing a technological lens prototype (that) should be tested on humans in 2016.” He also discussed Novartis’ efforts to test a novel pay-for-performance pricing model with some customers for its new heart failure drug Entresto. Earlier this year, Novartis said it was pursuing …

    September 5, 2015 7:11 am
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Entertainment

  • Pink (Sort Of) Apologizes For Dissing Demi Lovato And Other VMA Performers


    Posted on Fri Sep 4th, 2015 9:31am PDT       By X17 Staff Slam! Pink was NOT a fan of most of the performances at the MTV Video Music Awards last weekend and, in fact, she even felt it necessary to Instagram a message about her distaste for today’s music, writing: “I felt embarrassed and sad. And old. We’re getting old. But in all seriousness; I felt sad because music is supposed to inspire. It saved my life. This trash won’t save any kids life. In a world that is even scarier and with lives still worth saving, who will stand up and have soul? Disenfranchised to say the least. Let down by my industry and peers. Beside Macklemore and pharell [Williams] and [Justin] bieber (pre sob fest) and the weekend, Tori Kelly was dope too. The rest was gross and embarrassing and hard for this aging pop star to believe. Notably absent from Pink’s “excused” list were …

    September 4, 2015 7:49 pm
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Editorial

  • Judicial tyranny: Kentucky judge does with a gavel what Bull Connor did with dogs and fire hoses


    Pastor Rick Warren once told me the fight for religious liberty would become the civil rights issue of our generation. On Thursday Pastor Warren’s prophetic words were fulfilled at the hands of the United States Government.   Join Todd’s American Dispatch – a Must-Read for Conservatives! It happened in the Commonwealth of Kentucky where Judge David Bunning ordered U.S. Marshalls to arrest Kim Davis – the clerk of Rowan County, Kentucky. History has taught us that sometimes words are not enough. Sometimes to right a wrong, we must take action. We must be willing to consider the cost. We must be willing to stand up to judicial tyranny. Mrs. Davis is a devout Christian who refused to issue gay marriage licenses. She claimed that doing so would violate her religious beliefs. Davis is represented by the public interest law firm Liberty Counsel. The firm’s attorneys asked the court to accommodate her beliefs by simply removing …

    September 5, 2015 6:10 am
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Odd News

  • Arby’s fires Florida manager after police officer joke goes ‘awry’


    MIAMI Arby’s sandwich chain fired a South Florida restaurant manager and suspended a clerk after an unfortunate police joke led to a complaint against staff at a drive-thru. The mix-up led to a police woman accusing the store of denying her service simply because she was a cop. Pembroke Pines police officer Jennifer Martin, accused the clerk of refusing to accept her credit card when she ordered a meal on Tuesday at the restaurant a few miles northwest of Miami. She said the manager told her; “He doesn’t want to serve you because you are a police officer.” Martin was eventually served, but decided to return her food and was given a refund. The next day Pembroke Pines police chief Dan Giustino issued a press release saying he had called Arby’s to demand an apology. The clerk, Kenneth Davenport, told local media that the delay in serving Martin was a mix-up as he was busy …

    September 4, 2015 7:08 pm
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