Headline News

  • Defense contractor in Hawaii gets 7 years for giving military secrets to Chinese girlfriend


    HONOLULU –  A former civilian defense contractor working at the U.S. military’s Pacific headquarters was sentenced to seven years and three months in prison on Wednesday for divulging military secrets to his Chinese girlfriend and keeping classified documents at his Honolulu home. Benjamin Bishop demonstrated poor judgment and jeopardized national security because of an intimate relationship, said U.S. District Court Judge Leslie Kobayashi during his sentencing hearing. That Bishop would risk everything showed the girlfriend “has control over you,” the judge told Bishop. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Bishop’s move to contact the girlfriend from a halfway house he was allowed to stay at while awaiting trial, even though he was forbidden to do so, showed a continued lapse of judgment, she said. “This makes the court question your ability to follow the law when it comes to this person,” Kobayashi said. Bishop, 60, will get credit for about a year he’s already spent at the federal detention …

    September 17, 2014 5:37 pm
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Politics

  • U.S. airstrikes boost Islamic State, more hostages possible: FBI


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Support for Islamic State increased after U.S. airstrikes began in Iraq and the militant group may take more hostages to try to force concessions from Washington, the FBI director told Congress on Wednesday. Islamic State is “committed to instilling fear and attracting recruits” and to drawing public attention, as shown through its use of social media and in videos it released of the beheadings of American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, said FBI Director James Comey. “ISIL’s widespread use of social media and growing online support intensified following the commencement of U.S. airstrikes in Iraq,” Comey, using an acronym for the group, said in prepared testimony for a congressional hearing on threats to the U.S. homeland. Islamic State and other outfits “may continue to try to capture American hostages in an attempt to force the U.S. government and people into making concessions that would only strengthen ISIL and further its terrorist …

    September 17, 2014 3:15 pm
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Stocks

  • Pier 1 Imports shares fall 11%


    Foot traffic is down at Pier 1 stores. Pier 1 Imports is the latest retailer to disappoint Wall Street. Shares plunged as much as 11% in after-hours trading Wednesday after the company said profit was nearly cut in half during its most recent quarter. Pier 1 earned less despite an increase in sales compared to the same quarter last year. CEO Alex W. Smith blamed that on an increase in promotions and the costs associated with online sales. Plus, fewer people are shopping at its stores. “The paradigm for customer shopping behavior continues to change,” Smith said. He pointed to the jump in online sales, which now make up nearly 10% of overall sales, as a highlight. But that growth is cutting into the company’s bottom line in the short-term, due to investments in marketing, staff and the opening of the company’s second fulfillment center.   Smith said he was hopeful that an increase in …

    September 17, 2014 6:17 pm
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Sports

  • A ‘second chance’ for NFL’s Ray Rice not out of the question


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In launching a bid to overturn his indefinite suspension from the National Football League, former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice may be hoping for the same type of second chance that other tarnished NFL stars like Michael Vick have received. With the backing of the NFL Players Association, Rice on Tuesday filed an appeal of his suspension by Commissioner Roger Goodell for knocking out his then-fiance and now wife in an elevator of a New Jersey casino. “Ray Rice is radioactive as we speak,” Rick Horrow, a sports business consultant and lecturer at Harvard Law School, told Reuters. “But just like Michael Vick and others have demonstrated, America embraces second chances. But I have no way of knowing whether that is next month, next year or next decade.” New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has said he doubted Rice would ever play in the NFL again. Vick, who had been a …

    September 17, 2014 5:37 pm
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World News

  • Kosovo ‘imams held’ in raids on IS


    17 September 2014 Last updated at 19:14 Masked police stood guard outside a court in Pristina after the arrests Fifteen people have been detained in Kosovo in an operation aimed at tackling recruitment of fighters for Islamic State (IS) in Syria and Iraq. Among them are several imams, including the head of Pristina’s Grand Mosque, Shefqet Krasniqi, local reports say. Some 200 Kosovo Albanians have gone to fight in Syria and several have died. IS is thought to have attracted hundreds of European recruits in its campaign to set up a “caliphate” in broad swathes of Syria and Iraq. Imam of Pristina’s Grand Mosque, Shefqet Krasniqi is one of Kosovo’s leading clerics Kosovo police did not name those arrested, publishing only their initials, but said the operation had been carried out following threats and due to the importance of national security. Many of those held were from Pristina, Prizren or the flashpoint town of Mitrovica. …

    September 17, 2014 5:37 pm
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Technology

  • Live: Apple releases iOS 8 software as developers update their apps


    Once iOS 8 hits, one of the first things many users will do is rush to replace the default keyboard. Swappable keyboards have been available on Android for years, and for many users they have been one of the key demonstrations of the advantages of the open nature of the platform. But with Apple’s new-found commitment to “extensions”, iOS users can now install third-party input devices for themselves. Both the leading firms in the Android world, Seattle’s Swype and London’s SwiftKey, have been busting a gut to get their replacement keyboards out for the release of iOS 8. (Although whereas Swype was given the heads-up by Apple to develop a keyboard that could be used to demonstrate the functionality in August, SwiftKey only found out that they would be able to ship an iOS keyboard the same time everyone else did). Both offer similar feature lists: a swipe-to-type mechanism speeds up text entry (once you …

    September 17, 2014 3:15 pm
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Science

  • New plasmonic nanolaser is cavity-free


    Slowing light to a stop: nanolaser has no cavity A new design for a cavity-free nanolaser has been proposed by physicists at Imperial College London. The design builds on a proposal from the same team earlier this year to reduce the group velocity of light of a particular frequency to exactly zero in a metal–dielectric–metal waveguide. The laser, which has yet to be built, makes use of two such zero-velocity regions, and would achieve population inversion and create a laser beam without the need for an optical cavity. The researchers suggest that the design could have important applications in optical telecommunications and computing, as well as theoretical implications in reconciling the physics of lasers with plasmonics. The traditional design for a laser involves encasing a gain medium such as a gas in a cavity containing two opposing mirrors. The gain medium contains two electronic energy levels, and, in the natural state, the lower energy level …

    September 17, 2014 3:35 pm
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Health

  • Salt and smoking may interact to raise rheumatoid arthritis risk


    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Eating a diet high in salt may increase the risk of rheumatoid arthritis among smokers, according to a large study from Sweden. Researchers set out to see if a salty diet might be linked to the onset of RA, but found a connection only among smokers – who were more than twice as likely as anyone with a low-salt diet to develop the condition. “Although we could not confirm our original hypothesis, we were surprised by the large influence of sodium intake on smoking as a risk factor,” Björn Sundström told Reuters Health in an email. “Smoking is a strong risk factor for developing rheumatoid arthritis, and this risk is further amplified by less than ideal food habits with high sodium intake,” said Sundström, a researcher in the departments of public health and clinical medicine at Umea University who led the new study. Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic disease that …

    September 17, 2014 3:15 pm
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Entertainment

  • Beyonce Tries To Refute Thigh Gap Photoshop Rumors With More Doctored-Looking Pics


    Posted on Wed Sep 17th, 2014 2:26pm PDT       By X17 Staff Someone should tell Beyonce if she’s trying to deny Photoshop thigh gap rumors – she probably shouldn’t post more doctored-looking photos! After posting pics from her birthday cruise around the Mediterranean, the 33-year-old was accused of Photoshopping a thigh gap in a bikini pic posted to her Tumblr account. Seemingly, in an attempt to shut down the rumors, Bey took to her site today and posted a handful of new pics, proudly displaying her legs — but we think the pics look just as suspicious as the old one! In one pic, Jay Z’s lady love wears a matching tropical ensemble aboard the luxury yacht and in it her inner thigh looks — weird! Is it the light reflecting off off her legs? Is it Photoshopped? What is going on here?! Are we the only ones that think this photo looks like it’s been changed …

    September 17, 2014 4:56 pm
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Editorial

  • School tells kids to remove American flags on 9/11


    FILE — Sept. 10, 2014: Members of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity place American flags in the yard in front of their house on the University of Mississippi campus in Oxford, Miss. The fraternity placed about 3,000 flags for the people killed in the 9/11 attacks. (AP Photo/The Daily Mississippian, Thomas Graning)  (AP) Sometimes good intentions have unintended consequences. Just ask the principal of Woodruff High School in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Principal Aaron Fulmer made national headlines this week after he directed students to remove American flags from their pickup trucks on September 11. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The patriotic teenagers had mounted large American flags in their truck beds – in violation of a longstanding school policy. American flag bumper stickers are fine. So are American flag T-shirts. But students simply cannot fly American flags in their pickup trucks. The policy, which has been in place for more than 20 years, bans anything that creates a disturbance …

    September 17, 2014 3:15 pm
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Odd News

  • Florida city reverses ban on saggy pants that threatened jail time


    ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) – Saggy pants are a fashion choice and not a police concern, a Florida city has decided, rescinding a two-month-old ban that threatened jail time for styles intentionally exposing underwear or buttocks. Responding to criticism of a law seen as targeting young black males, the Ocala city council voted 4-1 on Tuesday to rescind the ban it had approved in July. “Putting someone in jail for 60 days and fining them $500 for wearing their pants two inches below their natural waistline, wherever that is, that’s not smart justice,” said Kent Guinn, mayor of Ocala, which is 80 miles northwest of Orlando in central Florida. No one was fined or jailed for wearing saggy pants in Ocala, which had joined several U.S. cities prohibiting or campaigning against what many defend as a fashion statement. The saggy pants style has been embraced by popular music culture and spread among young people. The Ocala …

    September 17, 2014 3:35 pm
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