• Sturgeon to unveil legislation plans

    Sturgeon to unveil legislation plans

    Image caption Ms Sturgeon has pledged to close the attainment gap between Scotland’s wealthiest and most deprived pupils Education and welfare are expected to feature heavily when the Scottish first minister unveils her new Programme...
  • Is Kim Kardashian Our Future First Lady???

    Is Kim Kardashian Our Future First Lady???

    Posted on Mon Aug 31st, 2015 2:34pm PDT       By X17 Staff Kim Kardashian should have worn this last night to the VMAs instead of her horrific safari chic dress! Donning a neutral-on-neutral-on-neutral-on-neutral ensemble, Kimbo had her...
  • VMAs TV ratings dip, but online viewing surges

    VMAs TV ratings dip, but online viewing surges

    MTV’s Video Music Awards were flamboyant and at times outrageous, but that couldn’t prevent its television audience from slipping slightly. At the same time, however, its online audience — from Twitter to streaming — increased....
  • Tackling the deadliest day for Japanese teenagers

    Tackling the deadliest day for Japanese teenagers

    Image caption The intensity of the competitive school environment is seen as one trigger for teenage suicide “My school uniform felt so heavy as if I was in armour,” said Masa, who was bullied as...

Headline News

  • Suspect in Houston-area shooting of deputy appears in court


    A Houston man charged with capital murder in the killing of a deputy was arraigned on Monday in a case the county sheriff has tied to the “Black Lives Matter” campaign against police violence. Shannon Miles, 30, did not enter a plea at a court appearance on charges he fatally shot Deputy Darren Goforth on Friday evening as the deputy fueled a patrol car at a Houston-area gas station. “Targeting police officers is completely unacceptable – an affront to civilized society,” President Barack Obama said in a statement on Monday. Obama said he offered his condolences to Goforth’s widow in a telephone call and that he and first lady Michelle Obama would keep her and her family in their prayers. “I also promised that I would continue to highlight the uncommon bravery that police officers show in our communities every single day,” Obama said. “They put their lives on the line for our safety.” Deputies …

    August 31, 2015 8:43 pm
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Politics

  • State Department says 150 more Clinton emails have classified information


    WASHINGTON About 150 more of Hillary Clinton’s work emails have recently been designated as containing classified information, the U.S. State Department said on Monday ahead of the public release of the latest batch of emails Clinton handed over last year. The department does not know for sure if any information was classified at the time it was sent or received on the private email server Clinton used for work, department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters. “It’s not an exact science,” Toner said in a media briefing, where he described the 150 emails as being “upgraded.” “When we’ve upgraded, we’ve always said that that certainly does not speak to whether it was classified at the time it was sent.” The latest finding brings the total number of Clinton emails considered to contain classified information to more than 200 when prior batches are included. The U.S. government forbids transmitting classified information outside secure, government-controlled networks. Clinton, the …

    August 31, 2015 7:02 pm
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Stocks

  • VMAs TV ratings dip, but online viewing surges


    MTV’s Video Music Awards were flamboyant and at times outrageous, but that couldn’t prevent its television audience from slipping slightly. At the same time, however, its online audience — from Twitter to streaming — increased. On TV, the awards show had a hefty 9.8 million viewers across MTV and nine other Viacom owned channels and was the number one cable show among viewers 12 to 34. That was down from last year’s 10.3 million viewers, but live streaming was up with more 19.1 million streams, a 155% boost over last year’s streaming audience. There was also a deluge of 21.4 million tweets about the show, the most for any program this year except for the Super Bowl. The awards show broadcast from Los Angeles was hosted by Miley Cyrus and saw Taylor Swift take home the biggest Moonman of the night winning the Video of the Year for “Bad Blood.” However, the most talked about …

    August 31, 2015 8:02 pm
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Sports

  • Beavers’ Andersen has a connection with Weber State coach


    CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) Oregon State coach Gary Andersen says facing Weber State coach Jay Hill in the Beavers’ opener makes him feel old. Andersen recruited Hill as an aspiring cornerback way back when the Beavers’ coach was an assistant at Utah. Their paths have crossed many times since. They’ll reunite again on opposite sidelines on Friday night when Oregon State opens the season at home against the Wildcats. It will be Andersen’s first game as coach of the new-look Beavers. ”I’m proud of him,” Andersen said about his friend. ”It just makes me feel old.” Weber State when 2-10 overall and 2-6 in the Big Sky Conference last season, Hill’s first as head coach. Nearly 20 years ago, Hill was a promising junior college cornerback when Andersen, then an assistant under coach Ron McBride, helped recruit him to play for the Utes. Hill went on to be the team’s defensive MVP as a senior in …

    August 31, 2015 8:43 pm
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World News

  • Sturgeon to unveil legislation plans


    Image caption Ms Sturgeon has pledged to close the attainment gap between Scotland’s wealthiest and most deprived pupils Education and welfare are expected to feature heavily when the Scottish first minister unveils her new Programme for Government. Nicola Sturgeon will set out the Scottish government’s legislation for the coming year, as well as summarising its main goals for the future. New measures will include standardised assessments in primary schools. Ms Sturgeon will also set out how she intends to use new welfare powers which are to be devolved to Holyrood. That could eventually mean extra support for carers, for people with disabilities and for job seekers. The publication of the programme will signal the start of the Scottish Parliament’s final session before next May’s election, when Ms Sturgeon’s SNP will be looking to win another overall majority. Government record There will also be action to tackle domestic abuse, to reform the private rented sector and …

    August 31, 2015 8:42 pm
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Technology

  • How diesel can be made from air


    Image caption How a large-scale carbon dioxide capture plant might look Making diesel out of thin air sounds like something from science fiction. But small companies in Germany and Canada are doing precisely this – capturing carbon dioxide (CO2) and finding ways to sell it. German company Sunfire produced its first batches of so-called e-diesel in April. Federal Minister of Education and Research, Johanna Wanka, put a few litres in her car, to celebrate. And the Canadian company Carbon Engineering has just built a pilot plant to suck one to two tonnes of carbon dioxide from the air daily, turning it into 500 litres of diesel. The process requires electricity, but if the start-ups use renewable electricity they can produce diesel that is carbon neutral. In other words, burning it in your car only returns to the atmosphere the CO2 removed in the first place. Image caption Carbon Engineering’s pilot plant in Calgary, Canada Fossil …

    August 31, 2015 7:22 pm
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Science

  • A Tribute to Oliver Sacks from Colleague and Friend Christof Koch


    Oliver Sacks has left the world. The British-born neurologist-cum-writer who called New York City his home for the past half century died yesterday at his Greenwich Village apartment at the age of 82. Sacks practiced and revived an almost extinct form of medicine that consisted of literary case studies focusing on the singular neurological patient hidden underneath the dry diagnostic labels of autism, ocular cancer, amnesia, Tourette’s syndrome, Parkinson’s disease, achromatism, blindness and so on. Sacks excelled at bringing the individual to life, describing with a riot of coruscated imagery and an exuberance of words what it was to be so afflicted and how it affected the patient’s life. Through his many books, and the movies and documentaries they inspired, Sacks brought the mind–brain connection to the reading public. He educating those who would never think of opening a neuroscience treatise describing how the aftermath of a stroke, virus infection or other physical pathology leaves …

    August 31, 2015 6:22 pm
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Health

  • Regulations may make kids’ fast food meals healthier


    (Reuters Health) – Regulating fast food kids’ meals that include toys may end up making the meals healthier, according to a new study. If a proposed new policy in New York City is approved, then fast food meals that come with toys would contain fewer calories overall, and fewer from fat and sodium, researchers report. “We can create policies that will nudge us toward healthier behaviors,” said senior author Marie Bragg, of NYU Langone Medical Center in New York. The proposed policy, which was introduced to the New York City Council, says fast food meals that come with a small toy must include a serving of fruit, vegetable or whole grain. The law would also limit meals with toys to no more than 500 calories, and it would place additional restrictions on fat and salt. To estimate the effect of the proposal, researchers analyzed food purchases made by 358 adults for 422 children at Burger …

    August 31, 2015 6:42 pm
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Entertainment

  • Is Kim Kardashian Our Future First Lady???


    Posted on Mon Aug 31st, 2015 2:34pm PDT       By X17 Staff Kim Kardashian should have worn this last night to the VMAs instead of her horrific safari chic dress! Donning a neutral-on-neutral-on-neutral-on-neutral ensemble, Kimbo had her hair slicked back and showed off her baby bump when she turned up at her Los Angeles studio to film scenes for her reality show Keeping Up With The Kardashians. We get that bodycon and neutrals are what Kimmy K’s pregnancy style is all about but we’re pretty perplexed by the wool coat. It’s the summer, Kim! Try a tank top! Meanwhile, it looks like the pregnant reality star has moved back home with mom yet again. Kris Jenner told E! News on Saturday that her daughter, husband Kanye West, and granddaugter North West, have once again moved in with her. Several months ago the family of three (soon to be four) moved out of Mama Jenner’s house and into …

    August 31, 2015 8:02 pm
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Editorial

  • Hillary Clinton’s emails: Why it doesn’t matter what’s in them


    The State Department is expected to release a new batch of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails Monday evening, totaling many thousands of pages. Her defenders will be searching through the electronic missives to find vindication, her critics parsing every key stroke to prove wronging, at least politically.  The former first lady’s strongest backers, aligned with the Democratic Party, believe the email controversy is based on partisanship, not principle. They believe she is being subjected to a double standard. Her most dogged attackers, aligned with the Republican Party, say the real truth is the opposite, that she is the one benefiting from a double standard, claiming anyone else would have been forced to quit the presidential race. What then is the truth about her emails? Clinton’s admirers say they show a good public servant who made, in hindsight, a bad but defendable choice to run all her business through one private email account and …

    August 31, 2015 5:42 pm
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Odd News

  • Bartender finds $20 bill, wins $1 million California lottery with it


    A Bay Area man who found a $20 bill on a street outside San Francisco International Airport used it to play the California lottery and won $1 million, a lottery spokesman said on Monday. Hubert Tang used the lucky bill to buy two scratcher tickets at a store near the airport on Wednesday and won the top prize with one of them, lottery spokesman Greg Parashak said. “I scratched the ticket outside of the store. I told my friend who I was with that I didn’t know if it was real but, ‘I think I just won a million dollars,’” Tang said, according to Parashak. Tang, a bartender at the airport, had not played the lottery in about a decade before using the found money to buy two tickets, Parashak said. Tang said he did not yet have plans for the money, but joked that he might use it to place $20 bills in random …

    August 31, 2015 2:41 pm
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