Headline News

  • Former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee dies at age 93


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, who oversaw the paper’s coverage of the Watergate scandal that toppled President Richard Nixon, died on Tuesday at age 93, the newspaper said. As executive editor from 1968 until 1991, Bradlee became one of the most important figures in Washington, as well as journalism history, while transforming the Post from a staid newspaper into one of the most dynamic and respected publications in the United States. Bradlee died at his home in Washington of natural causes, the paper said. (Reporting by Peter Cooney; Editing by Sandra Maler)

    October 21, 2014 7:34 pm
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Politics

  • Corruption charges against Alabama House speaker ‘gutter politics': Congressman


    BIRMINGHAM Ala. (Reuters) – A prominent supporter of Alabama state House Speaker Mike Hubbard, a Republican indicted on 23 felony counts of corruption, condemned the charges against him on Tuesday as “Chicago-style gutter politics.” Hubbard, a powerful figure in Alabama politics who helped guide Republicans to majorities in both houses of the state legislature in 2010 for the first time in 136 years, was indicted on Friday on charges that include using his office for personal gain and legislating with a conflict of interest. U.S. Congressman Mike Rogers, a close Hubbard ally and fellow Republican who represents Lee County, where Hubbard resides, said at a news conference in Auburn that the indictment was a dirty attempt to hurt his friend’s prospects for a 2018 gubernatorial run. “It’s Chicago-style gutter politics and it’s got no place in Lee County or the state of Alabama,” he said. “Who’d like to be governor in four years?” Rogers asked, …

    October 21, 2014 7:34 pm
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Stocks

  • Yahoo profit soars following the Alibaba IPO


    Yahoo can’t hide behind Alibaba anymore. The Web giant’s profit soared in the third quarter, after earning $6.3 billion from selling part of its stake in Alibaba (BABA, Tech30), the Chinese e-commerce giant. Alibaba debuted last month on the New York Stock Exchange in the largest IPO in Wall Street history. Yahoo, whose stock had been buoyed by the pre-IPO hype, has already committed to returning at least half of that money to shareholders. Yet the company’s core advertising business has been unimpressive in recent years, putting pressure on CEO Marissa Mayer to prove that Yahoo can be more than just an Alibaba proxy for investors. A manager of the activist hedge fund Starboard Value recently called for the company to merge with AOL (AOL, Tech30). On Tuesday, Yahoo might have shown just enough to keep investors at bay — at least for three more months. Yahoo’s third-quarter earnings — excluding the benefits of the …

    October 21, 2014 6:32 pm
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Sports

  • Broncos RB Kapri Bibbs’ promotion bittersweet as good buddy released to make room


    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. –  Running back Kapri Bibbs’ big break is rather bittersweet since his good buddy and former Colorado State teammate was released to make room. The Denver Broncos rookie was promoted from the practice squad to the active roster after Buffalo tried to sign him to bolster its injury-riddled backfield. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT To clear space, though, Denver had to cut linebacker Shaquil Barrett, who was just added to the active roster last week. If Barrett clears waivers, he could take Bibbs’ spot on the practice squad. “I know they’re going to bring him back. They told me they were going to bring him back. So, that made me feel better, too, about it,” said Bibbs, who rushed for 1,741 yards and scored 31 TDs last season for Colorado State. “I think my best opportunity and my future and my career would be better here. So, it all worked out for the best.” Undrafted out …

    October 21, 2014 7:34 pm
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World News

  • US editor Ben Bradlee dies at 93


    22 October 2014 Last updated at 01:24 Bradlee was executive editor of the Washington Post for more than a decade Ben Bradlee, the editor of the Washington Post during the Watergate scandal that toppled President Nixon, has died aged 93, the newspaper says. It says he died at his Washington home of natural causes. As executive editor from 1968-91, Bradlee was credited for transforming the Post into one the most respected newspapers in America. In 2013, he was given the country’s highest civilian honour – the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

    October 21, 2014 7:35 pm
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Technology

  • San Francisco passes Airbnb law, one step closer to making rentals legal


    Thousands of rooms in San Francisco are offered on Airbnb on any given day. Screenshot by Dara Kerr/CNET The city of San Francisco passed a law Tuesday that would amend local zoning laws and allow residents to rent out their homes on a temporary basis. The Board of Supervisors gave a second and final vote, 7 to 4, to support a bill legalizing short-term rentals, a key rule that would make services provided through room-sharing apps, like Airbnb and VRBO, legal in the city. Under the current law, San Francisco zoning rules dictate that most residential rentals less than 30 days are illegal. These laws were designed to protect citizens from exploitative landlords who would otherwise turn apartments into impromptu hotel rooms and to ensure that residentially zoned locations are safeguarded for permanent housing. During the Board of Supervisors’ discussion on Tuesday, there was a lively debate about whether the city’s laws should be changed. …

    October 21, 2014 7:34 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

  • Jury deliberations begin in first trial over DePuy’s Pinnacle hips


    (Reuters) – A lawyer for a Montana woman on Tuesday urged jurors in a U.S. court to find Johnson Johnson’s DePuy Orthopedics unit liable for failing to warn patients that metal-on-metal Pinnacle hip implants were defective at the close of the first trial over the device. During the seven-week trial in Dallas, lawyers for Kathleen Herlihy-Paoli accused the company of concealing the safety risks of the metal-on-metal Pinnacle hip implants she received in 2009. They said the company failed to warn doctors and patients that the device could shed metal ions into the bloodstream, infecting surrounding tissue and causing the level of metals such as cobalt in the blood to soar. DePuy has vigorously fought back against Herlihy-Paoli’s claims and said the device did not fail and the plaintiff’s lawyers never identified a specific flaw that caused her injuries. The jury began deliberating Tuesday evening and will continue Wednesday. The case is before U.S. District …

    October 21, 2014 7:34 pm
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Entertainment

  • Hey, Monica Lewinsky: Piers Morgan says you are definitely not blameless


    Writing for the Daily Mail Online, Morgan revealed that although he agrees with Lewinksy’s message on anti-bullying and the fact that the internet can be a vile place, she still got what she deserved (with regards to her share of blame). “I absolutely agree with Monica that something must be done to stem this tide of filth,” he wrote. “Social media giants like Twitter and Facebook need to radically and speedily change their current laissez faire attitude to a growing, despicable menace. “Where I find myself at odds with Ms. Lewinsky, however, is her claim that she, personally, was ‘shamed’ by the internet,” he wrote. The former CNN host went on to explain his feelings, saying, “I fear the egg has rather raced past the chicken here. “If you’re a 22-year-old intern working at the White House and you embark on an affair with your married President, then most people would probably say the shame-ometer …

    October 21, 2014 7:12 pm
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Editorial

  • Soccer brawl: Will Europe choose to ignore Serbian racism?


     (AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic) Last week, the world was shocked to witness what happened at a soccer match between Serbia and Albania. This week, the consequences are still unfolding. Sitting in front of the TV, I couldn’t believe my eyes. Serbia, which is in line to join the European Union, turned a soccer game in Belgrade into a battlefield. The nation that unleashed a huge wave of violence in the Balkans two decades ago showed once again that it is stuck in its past, when hatred and racism against Albania and its people were officially tolerated. And make no mistake, what happened last week was officially tolerated. Before the match, under the excuse of heightened security, Albanian fans were not allowed to travel to Belgrade or to enter Partizan stadium. Albanian flags and national sports insignia were also not allowed. When both teams entered the pitch, Serbian fans started chanting slogans like “Kill the Albanians” and …

    October 21, 2014 7:34 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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