• Instagram CEO joins Wal-Mart’s board

    Instagram CEO joins Wal-Mart’s board

    Wal-Mart has named Instagram co-founder and CEO Kevin Systrom to its board of directors to help bring its staggering success online. The move is clearly an effort to try to take on Amazon, the web’s...
  • Europe questions Apple’s Irish taxes

    Europe questions Apple’s Irish taxes

    30 September 2014 Last updated at 09:23 The European Commission is not convinced Apple is paying a fair rate of tax on what it sells The European Commission (EC) has set out its case against...
  • Netflix to release full-length film

    Netflix to release full-length film

    30 September 2014 Last updated at 07:51 Netflix says it now has 50 million users in over 40 countries worldwide The video streaming site Netflix will release its first feature-length film next year after striking...
  • Emma Watson’s new feminism: Count me in

    Emma Watson’s new feminism: Count me in

    Sept. 20, 2014: UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson attends the HeForShe United Nations campaign launch party at the The Peninsula Hotel in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini Invision/AP) Intelligence and inspiration are rare commodities...
  • Missing UVA coed suspect linked to another case

    Missing UVA coed suspect linked to another case

    Former Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington, 20, of Roanoke County, Va., is shown.(Virginia State Police) A forensic clue uncovered in the investigation of a missing University of Virginia student has led investigators to believe they...

Headline News

  • SC police officer charged with shooting 68-year-old man after chase; case shrouded in mystery


    NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. –  The state trooper charged with felony assault for shooting an unarmed driver during a traffic stop isn’t the only police officer in South Carolina facing charges in a shooting. North Augusta Public Safety officer Justin Craven was indicted last month in the shooting death of a 68-year-old black man at the end of a 9-mile slow-speed chase in Edgefield County. Prosecutors asked a grand jury to indict the white officer on a felony charge of voluntary manslaughter, but they refused, charging him with misdemeanor misconduct in office instead. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Authorities are releasing little information about the case. The indictment just says Craven used excessive force when he shot and killed Ernest Satterwhite in his driveway on Feb. 9. The State Law Enforcement Division hasn’t released the evidence used to indict Craven.

    September 30, 2014 4:01 am
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Politics

  • Missing UVA coed suspect linked to another case


    Former Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington, 20, of Roanoke County, Va., is shown.(Virginia State Police) A forensic clue uncovered in the investigation of a missing University of Virginia student has led investigators to believe they have “a significant break” in the unsolved death of another young woman who had vanished from the campus five years ago, police said Monday, and perhaps an unsolved rape from years before. Jesse L. Matthew Jr., 32, was charged last week with abduction with intent to defile in the case of 18-year-old Hannah Graham, who was last seen on Sept. 13 after she attended a party. Leading up to Matthew’s arrest, police had searched his car and home and removed items, including clothing, that they consider evidence, though they have not been specific. On Monday, Virginia State Police said in a statement that the arrest “provided a significant break in this case with a new forensic link for state police …

    September 30, 2014 3:40 am
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Stocks

  • Instagram CEO joins Wal-Mart’s board


    Wal-Mart has named Instagram co-founder and CEO Kevin Systrom to its board of directors to help bring its staggering success online. The move is clearly an effort to try to take on Amazon, the web’s number one retailer. Amazon (AMZN, Tech30) is “teaching the world what’s possible,” said Wal-Mart CEO Doug McMillon at a conference in May. Wal-Mart’s online sales grew at about 30% last year, topping $10 billion. But that’s small beans for the company — just 2% of its annual revenue. Related: Wal-Mart offering checking accounts Many companies are driving sales by engaging with customers via sites like Instagram’s photo-sharing network. Wal-Mart (WMT) recently posted a picture of Maroon 5’s new album to its Instagram account, reminding customers that it’s for sale. The post garnered about 550 “likes” and dozens of comments. But Wal-Mart is well behind its competitors on Instagram. It has about 44,000 followers compared to Target’s 362,000. Target (TGT) launched …

    September 30, 2014 4:41 am
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Sports

  • Inconsistent Hoosiers look for answers after loss to Maryland


    Indiana running back Tevin Coleman (6) sits on the bench late in the second half of an NCAA college football game against Maryland Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, in Bloomington, Ind. Maryland defeated Indiana 37-15. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) (The Associated Press) BLOOMINGTON, Ind. –  As quickly as a road win over a ranked Missouri team gave the Indiana faithful hope, a blowout loss at home to unranked Maryland left the realization that the Hoosiers still lack the consistency needed to compete every week in the Big Ten. Now, coach Kevin Wilson and his team find themselves in a familiar situation, 2-2 for the third consecutive year. With a tough conference schedule on the horizon, every loss takes Indiana one step further away from making its first bowl appearance in Wilson’s tenure. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT “That’s what separates the really strong players and the really strong teams from the guys who aren’t: consistency,” Wilson said Monday. “We said back …

    September 30, 2014 4:21 am
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World News

  • Europe questions Apple’s Irish taxes


    30 September 2014 Last updated at 09:23 The European Commission is not convinced Apple is paying a fair rate of tax on what it sells The European Commission (EC) has set out its case against Apple’s tax arrangements in Ireland. It has published a letter, sent to the company in June, that accuses it of benefiting from illegal state aid through tax arrangements in Ireland. It has asked Ireland to provide information about the deal. The move is part of a probe into whether certain countries, including Luxembourg and the Netherlands, unfairly favour multinationals. As well as Apple, Fiat and Starbucks are also in the EC’s sights. The Commission is also set to outline its reasons for launching an investigation into Fiat Finance and Trade, which is resident for tax purposes in Luxembourg. It argues that backroom tax deals it believes were struck between Apple and the Irish government and Fiat and the Luxembourg government …

    September 30, 2014 4:01 am
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Technology

  • Netflix to release full-length film


    30 September 2014 Last updated at 07:51 Netflix says it now has 50 million users in over 40 countries worldwide The video streaming site Netflix will release its first feature-length film next year after striking a deal with the Weinstein Company. The sequel to Ang Lee’s Oscar-winning martial arts drama Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon will be shown on Netflix and in Imax cinemas in August. Netflix has over 50 million subscribers, in more than 40 countries. The firm already produces its own TV programmes, notably the politically-themed House of Cards. “The movie-going experience is evolving quickly and profoundly, and Netflix is unquestionably at the forefront of that movement,” said Harvey Weinstein, co-chairman of the Weinstein Company. “We are tremendously excited to be continuing our great relationship with Netflix and bringing to fans all over the world the latest chapter in this amazing and intriguing story.” The sequel, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend, will …

    September 30, 2014 3:41 am
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Science

  • Dolphins are attracted to magnets


    Related images(click to enlarge) Add dolphins to the list of magnetosensitive animals, French researchers say. Dolphins are indeed sensitive to magnetic stimuli, as they behave differently when swimming near magnetized objects. So says Dorothee Kremers and her colleagues at Ethos unit of the Université de Rennes in France, in a study in Springer’s journal Naturwissenschaften — The Science of Nature. Their research, conducted in the delphinarium of Planète Sauvage in France, provides experimental behavioral proof that these marine animals are magnetoreceptive. Magnetoreception implies the ability to perceive a magnetic field. It is supposed to play an important role in how some land and aquatic species orientate and navigate themselves. Some observations of the migration routes of free-ranging cetaceans, such as whales, dolphins and porpoises, and their stranding sites suggested that they may also be sensitive to geomagnetic fields. Because experimental evidence in this regard has been lacking, Kremers and her colleagues set out to study …

    September 29, 2014 11:56 pm
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Health

  • Sanofi-Regeneron drug has positive trial results in chronic sinusitis


    PARIS (Reuters) – An experimental drug from Sanofi and Regeneron significantly reduced congestion in in a mid-stage trial on patients with chronic sinusitis with nasal polyps, a condition poorly controlled by existing drugs, the companies said on Tuesday. In a Phase IIa trial of dupilumab in patients who did not respond to intranasal corticosteroids, the injectable drug brought a statistically significant reduction in the size of nasal polyps and improved other symptoms such as congestion and sleep disruption, Sanofi said. Dupilumab is also being tested by the drugmakers against two other allergic conditions – atopic dermatitis and asthma. The drug was named “clinical advance of the year” in 2013 by industry publication Scrip Intelligence, and some analysts say it could capture annual sales of up to $2 billion if approved. Chronic sinusitis with nasal polyps causes inflammation of the mucosa and polyps in the nasal cavity and sinuses, resulting in congestion, a reduced sense of …

    September 30, 2014 3:40 am
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Entertainment

  • James Marsden was never the cool guy


    You’ll never look at The Notebook the same way again “When I was younger, I was always going to be cast as the preppy, good-looking guy at school,” Marsden told Los Angeles Confidential. “It was a good thing when I was 19. That helped me get work. Now that I’m 40… I can’t get by on my 19-year-old good looks.” Though, let’s be honest, his looks definitely haven’t diminished over the years. His upcoming role in the Nicholas Sparks novel adaptation of The Best of Me, might be honing his leading-man good looks yet again for the romantic love story, but that isn’t the only upcoming role for Marsden. In fact, he has a healthy handful of films coming up in the next year. He is currently filming Westworld alongside Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood. The film follows two guests at a high-tech amusement park who find themselves on a Wild West adventure with …

    September 30, 2014 3:20 am
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Editorial

  • Emma Watson’s new feminism: Count me in


    Sept. 20, 2014: UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson attends the HeForShe United Nations campaign launch party at the The Peninsula Hotel in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini Invision/AP) Intelligence and inspiration are rare commodities these days at the United Nations. But a 24-year-old British actress awakened the sleepy diplomatic community at Turtle Bay on September 20 with a stirring, impassioned speech about gender equality and feminism. Emma Watson’s eloquence and courage were rewarded with a standing ovation. It was richly deserved. “Fighting for women’s rights has too often become synonymous with man-hating,” said the newly named U.N. Women Goodwill Ambassador. “If there is one thing I know for certain, it is that this has to stop.” She is right. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT But how did we come to conflate feminism with man-hating? Why are women, asked Watson, choosing not to identify as feminists? Turns out, there is blame enough to go around. Let’s begin with …

    September 30, 2014 3:41 am
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Odd News

  • McGinley even angled for advantage with fish tank


    GLENEAGLES Scotland (Reuters) – Such was the meticulous attention to every detail during Paul McGinley’s victorious campaign as European Ryder Cup captain, the Irishman even made careful plans for the fish tank in the team room. “Everything in the room was planned, from the carpet to the wallpapers to the images on the wall, to a big fish tank with (European) blue and gold fish,” the smiling Irishman told a news conference on Monday. “It was the colors I was interested in rather than the breed. It was just a little, small touch,” McGinley said. “We had two rooms, a dining area and a lounge area. There was a big picture in the corner of John Jacobs, the first European captain, a big picture of the first Britain and Ireland team in 1927 and big pictures of Seve Ballesteros and Jose Maria Olazabal. “We had a lot of different images around the team room. It …

    September 29, 2014 7:54 pm
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