• Williams, Djokovic cruise, Nishikori works late

    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic kept their time in blazing conditions to a bare minimum on Monday as they breezed into the U.S. Open quarter-finals but Eugenie Bouchard’s hopes of a...
  • British activist in Thailand trial

    British activist in Thailand trial

    2 September 2014 Last updated at 07:25 Mr Hall has campaigned to improve labour conditions in Thailand and Myanmar A British activist who campaigns for better working conditions has gone on trial in Thailand for...
  • Today’s Toons 9/2/14

    Today’s Toons 9/2/14

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  • Carrie Underwood Is Pregnant!

    Carrie Underwood Is Pregnant!

    Posted on Mon Sep 1st, 2014 11:52pm PDT       By X17 Staff Carrie Underwood and husband Mike Fisher are expecting their first child together! The American Idol alum posted a photo of herself holding her two dogs...
  • Span homers twice as Nationals beat Dodgers

    Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) – Denard Span homered twice to lead the Washington Nationals to a 6-4 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday in the opener of a three-game set. Asdrubal Cabrera also...
  • Russia ‘to alter military doctrine’

    Russia ‘to alter military doctrine’

    2 September 2014 Last updated at 08:23 Tensions between Russia and Nato countries are high over the ongoing conflict in Ukraine Russia is to alter its military doctrine as a result of the Ukraine crisis...

Headline News

  • US military forces conduct operation against al-Shabab Islamic extremists in Somalia


    FILE – In this Dec. 8, 2008 file photo, armed al-shabab fighters on pickup trucks prepare to travel into the city, just outside Mogadishu, in Somalia. U.S. military forces targeted the Islamic extremist al-Shabab network in an operation Monday, Sept. 1, 2014 in Somalia, the Pentagon said. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh, File)The Associated Press FILE – In this Feb. 13, 2012 file photo, an armed member of the militant group al-Shabab attends a rally in support of the merger of the Somali militant group al-Shabab with al-Qaida, on the outskirts of Mogadishu, Somalia. U.S. military forces targeted the Islamic extremist al-Shabab network in an operation Monday, Sept. 1, 2014 in Somalia, the Pentagon said. (AP Photo/File)The Associated Press FILE- In this Feb.17, 2011 file photo, hundreds of newly trained al-Shabab fighters perform military exercises in the Lafofe area some 18 kilometers (12 miles) south of Mogadishu, Somalia. U.S. military forces targeted the Islamic extremist al-Shabab …

    September 2, 2014 3:35 am
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Politics

  • U.S. forces carry out operation against al-Shabaab in Somalia


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. military forces carried out an operation on Monday against al Shabaab militants in Somalia, a U.S. Department of Defense spokesman said. “We are assessing the results of the operation and will provide additional information as and when appropriate,” Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby said in a statement. No further details about the operation in the African country were immediately available. Al Shabaab is an Islamist group affiliated with al Qaeda that wants to impose its own strict version of Islam in Somalia. It ruled most of the southern region of Somalia from 2006 until 2011, when African peacekeeping troops marched into the capital, Mogadishu. African and Somali forces have regained several towns this year, but rebels still hold other centers and tracts of countryside. (Reporting by Ian Simpson, editing by G Crosse)

    September 2, 2014 1:11 am
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Stocks

  • The cult of Xiaomi seeks world domination


    Hugo Barra walks on stage to cheers from several hundred ardent fans. The Xiaomi executive, wearing a wig and sequined silver shirt, launches into a Chinese song and dance routine. While still several notches below Beatlemania, the Hong Kong fan fest hosted Saturday by the Chinese smartphone maker didn’t feel like a typical tech event. One lucky fan got a free television. A few others won shiny new smartphones. The enthusiasm was palpable. Barra, the former head of product management at Google’s android unit, said that Xiaomi’s fan events can feel “like a rock concert.” “The atmosphere is that of a Justin Bieber concert,” Barra told CNN. “We cater these events to our loyal fans. These are the people who have been following our brand for a long time. They have all the devices. They read everything about us.” The events seem to be working. Xiaomi, founded just four years ago by Lei Jun, was …

    September 2, 2014 2:15 am
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Sports

  • Williams, Djokovic cruise, Nishikori works late


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic kept their time in blazing conditions to a bare minimum on Monday as they breezed into the U.S. Open quarter-finals but Eugenie Bouchard’s hopes of a maiden grand slam title melted away in the heat. Djokovic charged past Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-1 7-5 6-4 to set up a blockbuster meeting with longtime rival Andy Murray, who booked his own place in the last eight with a steamy 7-5 7-5 6-4 win over ninth seeded Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Williams warmed up for her match in the mid-day sun sporting a black dinner jacket over her pink leopard print dress and then turned back the frustrations of a disappointing season at the majors by hammering Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi 6-3 6-3. Gunning for her third consecutive U.S. Open title, Williams made something of a grand slam breakthrough for 2014 by reaching the last eight. “I finally made a quarter-final this …

    September 2, 2014 3:35 am
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World News

  • British activist in Thailand trial


    2 September 2014 Last updated at 07:25 Mr Hall has campaigned to improve labour conditions in Thailand and Myanmar A British activist who campaigns for better working conditions has gone on trial in Thailand for defamation. The alleged offence is one of a series of charges relating to a report by a Finnish watchdog group last year which Andy Hall helped to write. He was charged after a complaint by Thailand’s Natural Fruit Company, one of the companies he wrote about. Mr Hall could be jailed for a year if found guilty, but he also faces other charges that carry longer jail terms. The report he helped to write, for the group Finnwatch, claimed that Natural Fruit Company, the country’s largest producer of pineapples, mistreated its workers. Defamation is a criminal offence in Thailand and he could be jailed for up to a year. But Mr Hall is also facing charges under the computer crime …

    September 2, 2014 3:35 am
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Technology

Science

  • Research letter: Viewers ate more while watching Hollywood action flick on TV


    Television shows filled with action and sound may be bad for your waistline. TV viewers ate more MMs, cookies, carrots and grapes while watching an excerpt from a Hollywood action film than those watching an interview program. Television has been blamed for helping Americans to gain weight because it encourages a sedentary lifestyle. But the focus of why has been on the medium and not the message. TV is like other distracting activities that can cause people to eat more, including reading, listening to the radio and interacting with dinner companions. However, little is known about whether the content or pace of the content influences how much people eat. The authors examined how objective technical characteristics, such as the frequency of visual camera cuts or variations in sound, might influence how much food is eaten. Their study, which was highlighted in a research letter, included 94 undergraduate students (57 female; mean age nearly 20 years). …

    September 2, 2014 1:33 am
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Health

  • South Korea lifts ban on beef with feed additive: food ministry


    SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea has lifted a ban on animal feed additive zilpaterol in beef, a food ministry official said on Tuesday. Seoul had earlier flagged that it intended to ease its zero-tolerance policy on zilpaterol-based drugs, such as Merck Co Inc’s Zilmax. The official confirmed that imports of beef muscle with 1 part per billion (ppb) of zilpaterol, 5 ppb in beef liver and 10 ppb in beef kidney had been approved as of late last month. South Korea suspended some U.S. beef imports for more than two months last year after traces of zilpaterol were found in two shipments. Many other Asian and European countries also ban the additive due to concerns about its side effects. (Reporting by Meeyoung Cho; Editing by Richard Pullin)

    September 2, 2014 1:11 am
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Entertainment

  • Carrie Underwood Is Pregnant!


    Posted on Mon Sep 1st, 2014 11:52pm PDT       By X17 Staff Carrie Underwood and husband Mike Fisher are expecting their first child together! The American Idol alum posted a photo of herself holding her two dogs wearing “I’m going to be a big sister” and “big brother” shirts and wrote, “In honor of ‘Labor’ Day, Ace Penny would like to make an announcement. Their parents couldn’t be happier.” Fisher added on Twitter, “We haven’t picked names yet but it’s looking like Fly is gonna fly. #boyorgirl #flyfisher.” This will be the first child for Underwood, 31, and Fisher, 34, who tied the knot back in 2010. A source tells Us Weekly, “They couldn’t be happier to be starting a family.” Congrats!   Stories from around the Web

    September 2, 2014 2:54 am
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Editorial

  • Labor Day: Congress must take action to protect workers, not Big Labor


    New legislation could repeal the current authority of the National Labor Relations Board.Reuters The U.S. economy has endured eleven recessions since World War II – and in each case jobs and wages bounced back quickly.   Not this time. America’s current “recovery” features the weakest wage growth of any economic rebound – with data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) showing real compensation per hour increasing by only 0.5 percent since 2009.  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT No agency has been more instrumental in the assault on American productivity than the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) – which was recently at the heart of a major constitutional crisis. By comparison, the average compensation increase at this point in previous recoveries clocked in at a whopping 9.2 percent – more than eighteen times higher.  Meanwhile a new study by the Chicago Fed reveals real wages should be at least 3.6 percentage points higher than they are based on prevailing labor …

    September 1, 2014 8:43 am
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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
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