• UN chief plans Gaza conflict inquiry

    UN chief plans Gaza conflict inquiry

    22 October 2014 Last updated at 04:54 The 50-day conflict devastated the Gaza Strip The UN secretary general has said he is setting up an inquiry into attacks on UN facilities during Israel’s recent offensive...
  • Famed Texas oilman Nelson Bunker Hunt dead at 88

    (Reuters) – Nelson Bunker Hunt, the Texas oilman who was considered the richest man in the world before his fortunes were undone by Muammar Gaddafi and his own epic overreaching in the silver market, died...
  • Bumgarner, Giants roll over Royals in World Series opener

    October 21, 2014: San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner throws during the fifth inning of Game 1 of baseball’s World Series against the Kansas City Royals. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) Madison Bumgarner allowed one run...
  • The real reason gas prices are falling

    The real reason gas prices are falling

    FILE — Sept. 24, 2014: A customer reaches for the regular switch to fill her tank with the $2.92-a-gallon regular gas at a RaceWay gas station in Richland, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) American workers and...
  • Tekmira starts limited manufacturing of therapeutic for Ebola

    (Reuters) – Canadian drugmaker Tekmira Pharmaceuticals Corp has begun limited manufacturing of a therapeutic targeting the Ebola-Guinea virus. The pharmaceutical company said on Tuesday that the new drug, part of its TKM-Ebola program, would be...
  • Zoe Saldana knows how to fight back against bullies

    Zoe Saldana is pregnant with twins Saldana admitted she wasn’t exactly a girly girl and that led to her having an interesting relationship with the children around her. She explained, “But I was always adventurous....

Headline News

  • Famed Texas oilman Nelson Bunker Hunt dead at 88


    (Reuters) – Nelson Bunker Hunt, the Texas oilman who was considered the richest man in the world before his fortunes were undone by Muammar Gaddafi and his own epic overreaching in the silver market, died on Tuesday at age 88, according to his housekeeper and local media. The Dallas Morning News reported that Hunt died at an assisted-living center in Dallas suffering from dementia and cancer. Bobbie Young, a housekeeper at his Dallas residence, said he died in the morning. (Reporting by Curtis Skinner from San Francisco; Editing by Steve Gorman)

    October 21, 2014 11:39 pm
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Politics

  • Florida candidates stake out political differences in third debate


    TALLAHASSEE Fla. (Reuters) – Florida Governor Rick Scott and former Governor Charlie Crist traded barbs on Tuesday over the minimum wage, the death penalty and racism in the Republican Party in the third and final debate of a close, bitterly contested race for governor. Polls show the two in an expensive, neck-and-neck race for the country’s largest swing state, saturated in recent weeks by tens of millions of dollars of negative TV advertising. This time, both candidates took the stage on cue, avoiding another repeat of last week’s embarrassing debate-delaying squabble over a cooling fan. The debates have exposed a yawning political gulf between the two candidates on issues including healthcare, gay marriage, climate change, education and the minimum wage. As incumbent Scott is riding the wave of economic recovery while Crist, a former Republican who switched parties, faces the challenge of convincing Democrats he is one of them. Crist repeatedly called the Republican incumbent …

    October 21, 2014 11:39 pm
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Stocks

  • Rebound! Stocks erase most of October losses


    What a difference a week makes. Mere days ago, spooked investors were asking themselves: Is it time to get out of stocks? A double whammy of worsening European economic woes and the ongoing global crises from Ebola to ISIS had spread fear in the market. At the worst point last week, nearly all the gains for the year were wiped out. But today, stocks surged. People who have their money invested in funds that track the SP 500 or tech-heavy Nasdaq are smiling. Both indexes have erased well over half their losses for October. Or put another way: The SP 500 is now up over 5% for the year. And the Nasdaq, which had its best day of 2014 today, is up even higher. Even the Dow, which has struggled the most in recent weeks, is showing signs of a momentum change. The blue chip index surged 200 points, one of its best moves of …

    October 21, 2014 10:38 pm
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Sports

  • Bumgarner, Giants roll over Royals in World Series opener


    October 21, 2014: San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner throws during the fifth inning of Game 1 of baseball’s World Series against the Kansas City Royals. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) Madison Bumgarner allowed one run on three hits over seven innings as the San Francisco Giants defeated the Kansas City Royals, 7-1 in the first game of the World Series Tuesday night.  Kansas City fans’ 29-year wait for a World Series game ended in disappointment as the Giants scored three runs in the first inning off Royals starter James Shields on a Pablo Sandoval RBI double and a Hunter Pence 2-run home run.  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The Royals’s best chance to get back in the game came in the bottom of the third inning, when Kansas City put runners on second and third with nobody out. But Bumgarner struck out Alcides Escobar and Nori Aoki and retired Eric Hosmer on a first-pitch groundout with the bases …

    October 21, 2014 11:39 pm
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World News

  • UN chief plans Gaza conflict inquiry


    22 October 2014 Last updated at 04:54 The 50-day conflict devastated the Gaza Strip The UN secretary general has said he is setting up an inquiry into attacks on UN facilities during Israel’s recent offensive in the Gaza Strip. Ban Ki-moon said the independent investigation would look into most serious cases where innocent people were killed. He said it would also analyse the reported use of UN sites by Hamas militants to store weapons. The 50-day conflict left about 2,100 Palestinians and 73 Israelis dead. The UN says that most of the Palestinian dead were civilians. Israel says the high civilian death toll was because of Hamas fighters launching attacks from residential areas, including schools and mosques, drawing return fire. Israel launched the offensive in Gaza on 8 July, with the stated aim of stopping militants firing rockets and mortars at its territory. Following several short-lived ceasefires, both sides agreed to an open-ended truce on …

    October 21, 2014 11:39 pm
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Technology

  • The Quest to Put More Reality in Virtual Reality


    Philip Rosedale is telling me about his new company, but I can’t stop myself from looking down at my hands. With palms up, I watch with fascination as I slowly wiggle my fingers and form the “OK” sign. I curl my hands into fists as I reach my arms out in front. They look pinker than normal but work as usual. When I look back up at Rosedale, he’s wearing a smile, and his eyebrows rise slightly. “Isn’t it cool?” he says. In my right ear, I hear a quiet chuckle from one of his colleagues, Ryan Karpf, standing just outside my vision. It is cool, because nothing that I’m seeing is real. Though our conversation appears to be happening in a tastefully lit club, I am actually sitting in front of a laptop in a San Francisco office wearing a virtual-reality headset and headphones. I’m trying out a new platform for virtual worlds in …

    October 21, 2014 11:39 pm
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Science

  • UNH scientist: Cosmic rays threaten future deep-space astronaut missions


    Crewed missions to Mars remain an essential goal for NASA, but scientists are only now beginning to understand and characterize the radiation hazards that could make such ventures risky, concludes a new paper by University of New Hampshire scientists. In a paper published online in the journal Space Weather, associate professor Nathan Schwadron of the UNH Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space (EOS) and the department of physics says that due to a highly abnormal and extended lack of solar activity, the solar wind is exhibiting extremely low densities and magnetic field strengths, which causes dangerous levels of hazardous radiation to pervade the space environment. “The behavior of the sun has recently changed and is now in a state not observed for almost 100 years,” says Schwadron, lead author of the paper and principal investigator for the Cosmic Ray Telescope for the Effects of Radiation (CRaTER) on NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO). …

    October 21, 2014 7:55 pm
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Health

  • Tekmira starts limited manufacturing of therapeutic for Ebola


    (Reuters) – Canadian drugmaker Tekmira Pharmaceuticals Corp has begun limited manufacturing of a therapeutic targeting the Ebola-Guinea virus. The pharmaceutical company said on Tuesday that the new drug, part of its TKM-Ebola program, would be available by early December but did not specify how many doses it was making. Tekmira was not available for comment on the therapeutic, including whether it was manufacturing a drug or vaccine. Tekmira’s investigational new drug application to U.S. regulators for TKM-Ebola remains on partial clinical hold, with the issue expected to be resolved in the quarter. U.S.-listed shares of the company rose as much as 6 percent in trading after the company gave an update on its Ebola program. Tekmira has completed the design of a modified RNAi (ribonucleic acid interference) drug that targets the Ebola-Guinea variant, the virus responsible for the worst outbreak on record that has hit hardest Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. TKM-Ebola, an RNAi therapeutic, …

    October 21, 2014 11:39 pm
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Entertainment

  • Zoe Saldana knows how to fight back against bullies


    Zoe Saldana is pregnant with twins Saldana admitted she wasn’t exactly a girly girl and that led to her having an interesting relationship with the children around her. She explained, “But I was always adventurous. And anything that felt too feminine and girly, like ‘don’t get up because you have this beautiful dress. And I don’t want you to mess up the dress.’ I would look at my mom, like, come on now. What’s the point of bringing me into a kiddie birthday to put me in a dress and tell me I can’t play with the kids. Are you out of your mind? I would take off the dress, give it to my mom and go run around in my panties.” According to E! News, that led to a childhood of female friends who didn’t understand her and, eventually, women around her who treated her badly. “It was really hard. Because I love women. …

    October 21, 2014 11:18 pm
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Editorial

  • The real reason gas prices are falling


    FILE — Sept. 24, 2014: A customer reaches for the regular switch to fill her tank with the $2.92-a-gallon regular gas at a RaceWay gas station in Richland, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) American workers and motorists got some badly-needed relief this week when the price of oil plunged to its lowest level in years. The oil price has fallen by about 20 to 25 percent since its peak back in June of $105 a barrel. This is translating to lower prices at the pump with many states now below $3 a gallon. At present levels, these Already the lower oil and gas prices are the equivalent of a $70 to 200 billion cost saving to American consumers and businesses. That’s $70 to 200 billion a year we don’t have to send to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and other foreign nations. Now that’s an economic stimulus par excellence. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT There are many global reasons why gas …

    October 21, 2014 11:39 pm
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Odd News

  • San Francisco stations banish ‘Royals’ song ahead of World Series


    (Reuters) – At least two Northern California radio stations have pledged not to play New Zealand artist Lorde’s song “Royals,” in solidarity with the San Francisco Giants during their World Series matchup with the Kansas City Royals. The decision by San Francisco stations KOIT and KFOG to drop the song, which has nothing to do with the baseball team, comes as the Giants and Royals prepare to play Game One of the championship series on Tuesday. In response, Kansas City station KZPT said it would play the song every hour on Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. KZPT said it was a sister station of KOIT. “They’re our sister station, and as the old saying goes: ‘You can pick your friends but you can’t necessarily pick your family,’ and if they don’t play it, then we will,” KZPT programming director Tony Lorino said in a phone interview. Last week, KOIT posted a small image …

    October 20, 2014 7:16 pm
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