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  • Tennessee death row inmates sue to stop electric chair


    NASHVILLE Tenn. (Reuters) – Tennessee death row inmates whose execution dates have been set filed suit on Friday against the state to stop it from using the electric chair. “It was filed because the state of Tennessee stands alone as the only jurisdiction in the entire world which now involuntarily subjects inmates to the electric chair,” said federal public defender Kelly Henry, who represents five of the 11 condemned inmates named in the filing. She said the filing – with four different attorneys involved – amended a suit filed in November that challenged the process of lethal injections in the state and also said executioners’ names should be revealed. The Tennessee General Assembly in its last session passed a law making the electric chair the backup plan for Tennessee executions if the drugs for lethal injection become unavailable or if lethal injection has been deemed unconstitutional. Governor Bill Haslam signed that bill into law and …

    August 22, 2014 9:55 pm
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Politics

  • Obama tech policy maven moves to Silicon Valley role


    WASHINGTON D.C./SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Todd Park, President Barack Obama’s chief technology officer who played a role in fixing the flawed Healthcare.gov website, is moving to a new job recruiting top Silicon Valley talent to government, a source familiar with the situation said on Friday. Park, a successful tech entrepreneur who became a top adviser to Obama, will move to the West Coast at the end of the month as part of a White House team, the source said on condition of anonymity because it has not been made public. Park became a political target last fall as Republican lawmakers tried to assign blame for the glitch-ridden rollout of the website, the main portal to buy healthcare coverage through federal exchanges. Park was heavily involved in the effort to try to fix the bugs. His move to California signals a growing effort by the government to try to recruit from Silicon Valley. Earlier this month, …

    August 22, 2014 9:15 pm
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Stocks

  • Is Twitter a tech company or a news service?


      Twitter CEO Dick Costolo finds himself facing the same questions that news executives do: Where do you draw the line? Twitter was founded on the idea of democratizing information and has famously been used to organize protests against dictatorships and break news in real time. But this week, Twitter (TWTR, Tech30) was the main platform used by terrorist group ISIS to broadcast the gruesome beheading of journalist James Foley. And for Costolo, that was the line in the sand. He condemned the actions in a tweet and vowed to suspend any accounts spreading those images. It’s a departure for Twitter — the company rarely comments on specific cases of accounts. But its Silicon Valley ethos is forced to evolve as its users do. That’s also meant purging Twitter accounts used by ISIS members over the last ten days, according to analyst Max Abrahm, who said the company is becoming more aggressive in choosing what …

    August 22, 2014 10:15 pm
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Sports

  • Errors, base-running blunders cost Indians against Astros


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    August 22, 2014 9:55 pm
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World News

  • Senior government lawyer arrested for alleged part in drug ring


    A senior government lawyer who is allegedly part of a sophisticated drug operation has been granted bail along with his co-accused. Nicholaos Gouliaditis, 34, was on Thursday night arrested at a Martin Place office following a two-month investigation into an alleged Sydney drug ring. Police allege he sold a total of 500ml of gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB) and 13.8 grams of methamphetamine (ice) to undercover officers between 30 July and 13 August. Conditional bail was granted to the solicitor, who has been suspended from “his current role as a senior legal officer” with a government agency, Sydney’s central local court heard on Friday. He must post a $20,000 surety, stay at his father’s Cronulla home, report daily to police, adhere to a curfew between 8pm and 8am, surrender his passport and avoid all points of international departure. “These stringent conditions, in essence house arrest … would isolate him both from the individuals and the locations said to …

    August 22, 2014 10:15 pm
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Technology

  • Records of up to 25,000 Homeland Security staff hacked in cyber-attack


    The internal records of as many as 25,000 employees of America’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) were exposed during a recent computer hack at a federal contractor that handles security clearances, an agency official said on Friday. The official, speaking anonymously, said the number of victims could be greater. The incident is under active federal criminal investigation. The department was informing employees whose files were exposed in the hacking against contractor USIS and warning them to monitor their financial accounts. Earlier this month, USIS acknowledged the break-in, saying its internal cybersecurity team had detected what appeared to be an intrusion with “all the markings of a state-sponsored attack”. Neither USIS nor government officials have speculated on the identity of the foreign government. USIS, once known as US Investigations Services, has been under criticism in Congress in recent months for its performance in conducting background checks on National Security Agency systems analyst Edward Snowden and on …

    August 22, 2014 9:15 pm
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Science

  • A breakthrough in imaging gold nanoparticles to atomic resolution by electron microscopy


    Related images(click to enlarge) Nanometre-scale gold particles are intensively investigated for application as catalysts, sensors, drug delivery devices, biological contrast agents and components in photonics and molecular electronics. Gaining knowledge of their atomic-scale structures, fundamental for understanding physical and chemical properties, has been challenging. Now, researchers at Stanford University, USA, have demonstrated that high-resolution electron microscopy can be used to reveal a three-dimensional structure in which all gold atoms are observed. The results are in close agreement with a structure predicted at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, on the basis of theoretical modelling and infrared spectroscopy. The research was published in Science on 22 August 2014. The revealed gold nanoparticle is 1.1 nm in diameter and contains 68 gold atoms organised in a crystalline fashion at the centre of the particle. The result was supported by small-angle X-ray scattering done in Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA, and by mass spectrometry done at Hokkaido University, Japan. …

    August 22, 2014 9:35 pm
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Health

  • U.S. hospitals overdo Ebola plans, posing new risks: researchers


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Fear of Ebola is causing U.S. hospitals to take precautions that, paradoxically, might backfire, increasing the risk to those caring for a patient with the deadly disease, researchers warned this week. The only confirmed Ebola cases on U.S. soil so far have been two American aid workers flown from Liberia for treatment at Emory University Hospital. They were discharged this week after recovering from the disease that has killed more than 1,400 people in Africa. While calling the extra steps “understandable given the horrific mortality of this disease,” Dr. Michael Klompas of Harvard Medical School and lead author of the paper in Annals of Internal Medicine, said they are unnecessary and could backfire. For instance, if nurses and doctors wear unfamiliar gear such as head-to-toe hazmat suits, “there is absolutely a risk of making mistakes and contaminating yourself” with a patient’s bodily fluids, said Dr. David Kuhar of the Centers for …

    August 22, 2014 9:15 pm
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Entertainment

  • Jill and Derick Dillard "are so grateful to God" for pregnancy


    The Duggars want more children, visit fertility clinic  Only a few months after being married, 19 Kids and Counting’s Jill Duggar and her new husband Derick Dillard announced they are expecting their first child. The couple seems over the moon about the news, and they’re opening up about a new marriage and baby all at once. “We are so grateful to God for this new little blessing!” the couple told Us Weekly. “We appreciate all the well-wishes and are enjoying this new season of life as we look forward to parenthood!” Duggar and Dillard were married on June 23, and they said they wanted to start a family right away — something that is obviously in the cards for them. “Both of us want as many kids as God will give us,” Duggar explained a few months before her wedding. “My parents have kept popping them out, so we’ll see how [our] fertility is!” Jill …

    August 22, 2014 8:54 pm
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Editorial

  • Mainstream media censors Soros’ connection to Rick Perry indictment


      On January 27, 1998, then First Lady Hillary Clinton – without a shred of credible evidence – infamously claimed during an NBC “Today Show” interview with Matt Lauer that a “vast right-wing conspiracy” had been working to destroy her husband “since the day he announced for president.” Sixteen years later we have tangible, documented proof that a vast left-wing conspiracy is in fact out to destroy conservative presidential hopeful Gov. Rick Perry, and the liberals who run the establishment media are doing everything possible to cover it up. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The alleged wrongdoing by Gov. Perry is a farce and the indictment a brazen political abuse, denounced by conservatives and liberals, Republicans and Democrats alike.  Who is behind this outrage? We have tangible, documented proof that a vast left-wing conspiracy is in fact out to destroy conservative presidential hopeful Gov. Rick Perry, and the liberals who run the establishment media are doing everything possible …

    August 22, 2014 9:15 pm
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Odd News

  • It’s ‘bone-appétit’ for California pooches under new law


    (Reuters) – California diners can now legally enjoy a meal on a restaurant patio with their dogs in tow, under a law signed Thursday by Governor Jerry Brown that eliminates health code regulations banning restaurant owners from allowing pooches on the premises. Starting next year, California canines will be allowed to dine al fresco if they are wearing leashes or are relaxing in a carrier. ““I wish everyone ‘bone-appétit,’” quipped Democratic Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, the law’s author. “Restaurateurs in California will see more businesses catering to their customers and the canine companions they love.” The new law clarifies a section of the state’s health code that banned dogs from restaurants altogether, including on outdoor patios or courtyards. The rule has caused confusion because some local governments choose to enforce the law, while others turned a blind eye. In counties where local officials were more lax about enforcement, restaurant owners who encouraged their guests to bring …

    August 22, 2014 1:19 am
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