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Google tests airborne drones to deliver goods

A Google search page is reflected in sunglasses in this photo illustration taken in BrusselsBy Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc is developing airborne drones capable of flying on their own and delivering anything from candy to medicine, the Internet company said on Thursday. The effort, which Google calls Project Wing, marks the company's latest expansion beyond its Web-based origins and could help Google break into lucrative markets such as commerce and package delivery, ratcheting up the competition with Amazon.com Inc. Google, the world's largest Internet search engine, said it will take years of development to create a service with multiple vehicles flying multiple deliveries per day. An early version of the drone, which Google showcased in a video on its website, has a 1.5 meter-(yard-)wide wingspan and is capable of flying pre-programmed routes. "These planes have much more in common with the Google self-driving car than the remote-controlled airplanes people fly in parks on weekends," Google said on its website, referring to the company's test fleet of automobiles that use sensors and radars to navigate city streets and freeways on their own.


U.S. banking group says unaware of any 'significant' cyber attack

JP Morgan Chase & Co sign outside headquarters in New YorkThe group, known as the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center, or FS-ISAC, includes all major U.S. "There are no credible threats posed to the financial services sector at this time," the group said in an email to its members. FS-ISAC told members in the email that it decided not to raise its barometer of threats facing banks during a regularly scheduled conference call on Thursday.


New iPhones expected at Sept. 9 Apple event

A woman looks at the screen of her mobile phone in front of an Apple logo outside an Apple store in downtown ShanghaiApple Inc invited media to a "special event" in its hometown of Cupertino, California, on Sept. 9, when the iPhone maker is expected to unveil the latest versions of its best-selling smartphones. Apple's typically cryptic invitation read: "Wish we could say more." It came on a simple black-and-white background dominated by the company's familiar corporate logo. Apple was expected to unveil larger 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screens for iPhones, a move thought to be driven in part by the success of larger devices by rival Samsung Electronics Co Ltd. Tech blog Re/code also reported Apple may introduce its long-awaited smartwatch. Apple uses its September events to showcase its most important products.


Google's Megan Smith considered top choice for U.S. technology chief: Bloomberg
(Reuters) - Longtime Google Inc executive Megan Smith is a top candidate for the role of United States' chief technology officer, Bloomberg reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter. Smith is vice president at Google's secret lab "Google X" which is devoted to "moon shot" projects such as driverless cars and Google Glass smart eyewear and overseen by co-founder Sergey Brin, according to her LinkedIn profile. She led many of the company's early acquisitions, including picture service Picasa and Keyhole and Where2Tech, whose technologies drove Google Earth and Maps. The chief technology officer advises the U.S.
U.S. startups get OK for smartphone-based heart tracking
By Christina Farr SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - For a growing U.S. Food and Drug Administration for mobile applications that monitor patients from home, a step forward for a nascent digital health industry that has pressed for more clarity from the agency on regulations. AliveCor said it received the FDA's approval to detect serious heart conditions in electrocardiogram (ECG) readings taken from a mobile device. "Atrial fibrillation is very hard to identify," said Euan Thomson, AliveCor's chief executive.
Samsung unveils smartwatch that can make calls

Visitors walk past the Samsung stand at the Mobile World Congress in BarcelonaSamsung Electronics Co Ltd on Thursday unveiled what it said was the first smartwatch capable of making and receiving calls without a mobile phone nearby, in the South Korean firm's latest effort to find a new growth driver. Samsung is hardly alone in pushing wearables, which have yet to catch on with consumers. Rival Apple Inc is expected to launch its own device this year and LG Electronics Inc on Thursday announced its new G Watch R smartwatch featuring a circular plastic OLED screen, a stainless steel frame and leather strap. Samsung's new smartwatch, called the Gear S, differs from its predecessors with a bigger 2-inch (5 cm) curved display and offers features like WiFi connectivity, pedestrian navigation and a built-in GPS.


China's Wanda, Tencent, Baidu to set up $814 million e-commerce company: Wanda

Wang, chairman of Chinese property developer Dalian Wanda Group, sits in a meeting room as he arrives for launch ceremony for Qingdao Oriental Movie MetropolisBy Paul Carsten BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Dalian Wanda group said on Friday it would set up a 5 billion yuan ($814 million) e-commerce joint venture with Tencent Holdings Ltd and Baidu Inc, as the firms push into the high-growth e-commerce sector. The joint venture, to be registered in Hong Kong, will be 70 percent owned by privately-held Wanda, while Chinese internet giants Tencent and Baidu will hold 15 percent respectively, Wanda said in a press release. China is the biggest e-commerce market in the world, with its No. 1 player, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd [IPO-BABA.N] transacting more goods than Amazon.com Inc and eBay Inc combined.


Despite backlash, Uber says it's rapidly expanding

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick at LeWeb 2013.As the ride-sharing service could face investigations from antitrust regulators for its shady recruiting tactics, it moves into 24 more cities.>


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LCD Soundsystem's frontman is transforming tennis data into tunes

LCD Soundsystem's frontman is transforming tennis data into tunes


Danse miserable: Group wants to make a funky remix of hellish Comcast calls

Danse miserable: Group wants to make a funky remix of hellish Comcast callsDoes misery have a time signature? That’s what open-Internet advocacy group Public Knowledge is trying to find out with a new contest that asks participants to take audio recordings from various nightmarish Comcast customer service calls and mash them up into a remix that will presumably be danceable and catchy. FROM EARLIER: The most brutal Comcast call yet – customer gets shuffled through 6 reps, issue remains unfixed “We challenge YOU to remix Comcast’s repeated examples of poor customer treatment into something unique and creative,” Public Knowledge explains. “Take one or more of the recent highly publicized customer service calls with Comcast (or go to town with one of your own experiences) and let your imagination go to work. We


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Los mejores 'smartphones' por US$100 o menos

Los mejores 'smartphones' por US$100 o menos¿Quieres gastar poco y no sabes qué teléfono inteligente comprar? Revisa esta lista de los mejores celulares disponibles con contrato por US$100 o menos.>


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Amazon's 4K streaming service is coming in October

Amazon's 4K streaming service is coming in OctoberThere isn't that much to watch on 4K TVs these days, but one more big name is getting in on the action — Amazon Instant Video will support 4K video streaming from October. The first hardware partner is Samsung, which will be including Amazon's 4K service on its UHD TVs worldwide as well as expanding availability of Netflix's 4K content across Europe, in a wide-ranging initiative first announced at CES in January.


'Startups' latinas demuestran su talento pero les falta el dinero

Claudia Cruz/CNETLa aceleradora de negocios Manos Accelerator gradúa su segunda promoción de emprendedores, quienes tornan la vista hacia el futuro.>


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Los hackers de JPMorgan alteraron información bancaria: reporte

Los hackers de JPMorgan alteraron información bancaria: reporteEl ciberataque a la cadena de bancos puede haber afectado a siete instituciones financieras; la FBI y el Servicio Secreto de EE.UU., sin embargo, no han confirmado la magnitud del ataque.>


Here are the 3 free games you’ll get on Xbox One and Xbox 360 in September

Here are the 3 free games you’ll get on Xbox One and Xbox 360 in SeptemberXbox One owners have a lot to look forward to this fall, from a healthy supply of third-party releases to some huge console exclusives, but the one title that loyal Xbox fans can’t wait to pick up is Halo: The Master Chief Collection. With over 100 multiplayer maps and four complete campaigns, the collection is going to be one of the best deals of the holiday season, but the package doesn’t contain everything. That’s where next month’s Games with Gold comes in. During the month of September, Microsoft is only offering three free games to Xbox Live Gold subscribers, but they’re all incredibly. Xbox 360 owners are going to get Monaco: What’s Yours is Mine, a top-down stealth game, and Halo: Reach,


Mozilla starts testing sponsored tiles in Firefox Nightly's new tabs

Mozilla starts testing sponsored tiles in Firefox Nightly's new tabs


Google spreads its wings, moving into drone deliveries

Google spreads its wings, moving into drone deliveriesAmazon isn't the only tech giant experimenting with drones. Google has unveiled Project Wing, which is focusing its efforts on disaster relief, at least for now.>


WHO says ebola outbreak may infect 20,000 before it can be stopped

WHO says ebola outbreak may infect 20,000 before it can be stoppedThe World Health Organization says a total of more than 20,000 people may be infected with ebola in West Africa before the virus is contained. The United Nations agency released a new roadmap for dealing with the outbreak today, designed to respond to the "urgent need to dramatically scale up the international response" to the rapid proliferation of the disease. The document says the ebola virus is spreading much faster than the WHO had anticipated, and would cost at least $490 million to control. The cost has risen partly because the rate of infection is increasing: the WHO says more than 40 percent of ebola infections in West Africa occurred in the last 21 days, and in some places, the number of infected people may be two to four times higher than reported.


A giant atlas of every living thing in the Southern Ocean

Australian Antarctic Division/Martin RiddleA team of international scientists has spent four years painstakingly cataloguing every known living organism in the Southern Ocean.>


​Valve hit with legal action in Australia over misleading consumers

​Valve hit with legal action in Australia over misleading consumersValve will face Australia's Federal Court over claims it misled customers about refunds and guarantees on Steam games.>


Sprint permite llamadas gratis por Wi-Fi desde el extranjero

Sprint permite llamadas gratis por Wi-Fi desde el extranjeroLos clientes que estén viajando en el extranjero podrán hacer y recibir llamadas sin ningún costo de EE.UU., Puerto Rico y las Islas Vírgenes.>


Sprint is offering a great way to save money on calls when you’re overseas

Sprint is offering a great way to save money on calls when you’re overseasAmazing but true: Sprint really does seem to be stepping up its game when it comes to offering more value for customers. Sprint on Thursday announced that it will offer free Wi-Fi calling to customers who travel overseas and who call the United States, Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands. As you might have guessed, Wi-Fi calling lets you make phone calls using your local Wi-Fi network so you don’t have to use a carrier’s cellular network. This obviously eliminates the need for international roaming and thus will save you money on roaming charges as long as you’re within range of a working Wi-Fi hotspot. FROM EARLIER: Sprint brings down the hammer with $60 unlimited plan… but there are some catches


Engadget Daily: Apple's September 9th iPhone event, LG's G Watch R, and more!

Engadget Daily: Apple's September 9th iPhone event, LG's G Watch R, and more!


US looking to Google's Megan Smith to be chief tech officer?

US looking to Google's Megan Smith to be chief tech officer?As the search for the country's new CTO gets under way, one report says the choice could be the vice president of Google X.>


Google stops displaying content authorship in search results

Google stops displaying content authorship in search resultsPresenting author information in search results wasn't as useful as Google had expected.>


Tomorrow Daily 044: NASA advances its SLS program, Leap Motion for VR, and a 3D-printed castle

Artistic concept of the SLS MKI's maiden voyage.On today's show, Ashley and Khail talk about NASA's newest milestone in their journey to Mars, Leap Motion Controller's newest VR accessory, and a 3D-printed castle.>


Google tests using drones to deliver goods

A person prepares to search the internet using the Google search engine, on May 14, 2014, in LilleGoogle on Thursday said it is testing using drones to deliver items bought online, putting its own spin on similar efforts by Internet retail titan Amazon.com. Two years of research into what Google referred to as "Project Wing" was capped this month with test flights delivering candy, water, medicine, dog treats and other items to two farmers in Queensland, Australia. "Self-flying vehicles could open up entirely new approaches to moving goods," California-based Google said in a blog post disclosing the project. Project Wing drones were described as having more in common with Google's self-driving car than remote-controlled aircraft used by hobbyists.


Apple flagship store in San Francisco fills with protestors

Apple flagship store in San Francisco fills with protestorsDemonstrators occupy the tech giant's downtown retail shop to speak out against alleged underpaying of contract employees.>


Facebook is testing keyword search on older posts

Facebook is testing keyword search on older posts


Leak: Here’s Hollywood’s new plan to attack movie pirates

Leak: Here’s Hollywood’s new plan to attack movie piratesHollywood hasn’t had much luck curtailing movie piracy over the past several years, but a new draft of anti-piracy legislation could be a frightening sign of things to come as studios and executives run out of options. TorrentFreak reports that the Australia Screen Association is heading up the draft, but Disney, Paramount, Sony, Universal and the Motion Picture Association are just a few of the other names attached to the legislation. According to the draft, Australia stands accused of being the “worst offender of any country in the world” when it comes to Internet piracy. “Australians have become internationally renowned as being the most active internet pirates of US television and movie content, having the highest rates per capita of unauthorised


The Microplane Cube Grater solves grating puzzles in the kitchen

It’s easy to solve meal making with the Microplane Cube Grater.The Microplane Cube Grater features three different grating surfaces. The kitchen accessory stores inside the catch cup.>


Chipmaker CSR rejects Microchip approach, shares soar
By Paul Sandle LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's CSR has rebuffed an approach from Microchip Technology , saying that the undisclosed price proposed by Microchip was not enough if its U.S. "The price proposed by Microchip has been rejected and the board is considering its options for the company," CSR said in a short statement on Thursday. CSR, short for Cambridge Silicon Radio, specializes in connectivity. Microchip, which makes memory and analog chips, confirmed in a statement late Thursday that it has held talks with CSR.

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Disputed Kurdish tank disappears in Texas

The oil tanker United Kalavyrta approaches Galveston, TexasTanker reportedly carrying $100 million of disputed Iraqi Kurdish crude oil.


Pilot in Virginia F-15 crash was killed

A Massachusetts Air National Guard F-15C fighter aircraft sits near a hangar at Barnes Air National Guard Base, in Westfield, Mass., Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. An experienced pilot on a standard maintenance mission was missing Wednesday after his fighter jet crashed in the mountains of western Virginia. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)The pilot of an F-15 jet that crashed this week in remote Virginia mountains was killed, military officials said Thursday.


Army wives urge Russia to come clean on soldiers in Ukraine

Ludmila Hohlova, Chairman of the Board of Soldiers' Mothers, gestures on August 28, 2014 near a check point in KostromaSeveral dozen women gathered outside a military base in central Russia on Thursday to demand that commanders come clean about the whereabouts of their husbands after reports of secret funerals for soldiers covertly sent to Ukraine. The women -- mostly in their 20s, a few with small children -- huddled outside a base that houses paratroopers in Kostroma, around 300 kilometres (200 miles) north of Moscow. Some 350 soldiers from the city were this month sent on military drills to the border with Ukraine and then went incommunicado, said one of the women, 26-year-old Valeria Sokolova. Commanders from the base have told her several have returned dead, she said, and around 15 wounded soldiers were also flown back this week.


Obama: No ISIL strategy yet

President Barack Obama listens in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, where he spoke about the economy, Iraq, and Ukraine, before convening a meeting with his national security team on the militant threat in Syria and Iraq. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)Squashing rumors of possible U.S. strikes in Syria, Obama said “we don’t have a strategy yet."


Ebola: Disease caseload could reach 20,000, UN says

People stand on the shoreline near a sign reading 'NO DUMPING', amongst rubbish at West Point, a area heavily effected by the Ebola virus, with residence not being allowed to leave West Point, as government forces clamp down on movement to prevent the spread of Ebola, in Monrovia, Liberia, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. Health officials in Liberia said the other two recipients of ZMapp in Liberia — a Congolese doctor and a Liberian physician's assistant, have recovered. Both are expected to be discharged from an Ebola treatment center on Friday, said Dr. Moses Massaquoi, a Liberian doctor with the treatment team. (AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh)The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is accelerating and could grow six times larger to infect as many as 20,000 people, the World Health Organization said Thursday. The U.N. health agency unveiled a new road map for containing the virus, and scientists are fast-tracking efforts to find a treatment or vaccine.


Missouri police sued for $40M over Ferguson actions

Police walk through a cloud of smoke and tear gas as they clash with protesters Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. The protests were sparked after Michael Brown, an unarmed black man was shot and killed by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson police officer on Aug. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)A group of people caught up in unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, after a white officer killed a black teenager, sued local officials on Thursday, alleging civil rights violations through arrests and police assaults with rubber bullets and tear gas. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, says law enforcement met a broad public outcry over the Aug. 9 killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown with "militaristic displays of force and weaponry," (and) engaged U.S. Named as defendants are the city of Ferguson, St. Louis County, Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Delmar, Ferguson police officer Justin Cosmo, and other unnamed police officers from Ferguson and St. Louis County.


Stewart to return to competition after fatal crash

Tony Stewart is expected to return to Sprint Cup competition Sunday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway, ending a three-race hiatus taken after he struck and killed a fellow driver during a dirt-track race.


Body found in Jerusalem is U.S. student Aaron Sofer: police

Forensic team members work near the place where a body was found next to Ein KaremIsraeli police said on Thursday they had found the body of a 23-year-old American student who went missing last week near a forest in Jerusalem and that they did not suspect a criminal motive. Aaron Sofer, a Jewish seminary student from New Jersey, vanished last Friday while walking in woods not far from the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum in Jerusalem. His body was found earlier on Thursday. "Following a forensic examination, the body ... was identified as that of missing person Aaron Sofer.


Senator: Time to call eastern clashes 'war'

In this photo taken Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, local residents stand near the building where they live after a shelling in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine. Two columns of Russian tanks and military vehicles fired Grad missiles at a border post in southeastern Ukraine, then rolled into the country Thursday as Ukraine's overmatched border guards fled, a top Ukrainian official said. (AP Photo/Antoine E.R. Delaunay)It's time to call Russia-Ukraine conflict a "war," Moscow actions an "invasion," Dem says.


Obama: 'We will protect American personnel in Iraq'

Militant Islamist fighters waving flags, travel in vehicles as they take part in a military parade along streets of Syria's northern Raqqa provinceObama announced that he has requested military options for Islamic State.


Body found in search for U.S. student

Forensic team member takes a picture near the place where the body of U.S. student Aaron Sofer was found next to Ein Karem village, near JerusalemIsrael: Search for Aaron Sofer, missing since last week, leads to body in Jerusalem.


U.S.: Inaction in Ukraine 'unacceptable'

Samantha Power, the United State’s ambassador to the United Nations, speaks during an U.N. Security Council emergency meeting called at Russia's request Sunday, April 13, 2014, at United Nations headquarters, to discuss the growing crisis in Ukraine. The meeting comes as the new Ukrainian government declared it would deploy armed forces to quash an increasingly bold pro-Russian insurgency in its eastern region. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)The UN Security Council held an emergency meeting on the crisis in Ukraine.


4 killed in New Mexico medical flight crash

In this Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 photo, relatives of victims of a plane crash react after reaching the crash site a half-mile southwest of the Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds in Las Cruces, N.M. Authorities say all four people aboard the medical flight that was headed to Phoenix were killed when the plane crashed in Las Cruces. (AP Photo/The Las Cruces Sun-News, Carlos Javier Sanchez)LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — An air ambulance carrying a cancer patient to Phoenix crashed shortly after taking off from a southern New Mexico airport, killing all four people aboard, authorities said Thursday.


U.S. to begin safety testing Ebola vaccine

This undated handout photo provided by the journal Science shows Ebola surveillance at Kenema Governement Hospital is done by polymerase chain reaction, or PCR. On Thursday, officials at the National Institutes of Health announced that they were launching safety trials on a preliminary vaccine for Ebola. Researchers have already checked that still-not-tested vaccine against some of the more than 350 mutations in this strain of Ebola to make sure the changes the disease is making won’t undercut science’s hurried efforts to fight it, said Pardis Sabeti, a scientist at Harvard University and its affiliated Broad Institute. She and Gire, also at Broad and Harvard, are two of the lead authors of a study published Thursday in the journal Science that maps the killer disease strain based on specimens collected from 78 patients. (AP Photo/Stephen Gire, Science)Federal researchers next week will start testing humans with an experimental vaccine to prevent the deadly Ebola virus.


Kiev to reinstate military draft

A Ukrainian serviceman holds his rifle as he combs the area with comrades after being shot at by pro-Russian militants at their check-point near the small city of Dzerzhynsk, in the Donetsk region, on August 28, 2014Ukraine announced on Thursday that it will return to mandatory conscription in the coming months as its troops battle pro-Russian insurgents in the east. "The National Security and Defence Council has decided to restart conscription in the fall (autumn)," Mykhailo Koval, deputy head of the council, said after an emergency meeting chaired by President Petro Poroshenko. Ukraine's government decided last year to switch to a contract-based professional army, ending Soviet-style bi-annual drafts in the spring and fall for men between 18 and 25.


Minneapolis has become recruiting ground for Islamic extremists

Minneapolis is recruiting are for Islamic extremistsSlain ISIS fighter Douglas McCain was one of many who have joined Islamic fighters, and now extremists are trying to lure young women


Islamic State executes more than 160 Syrian troops

Image made available by Jihadist media outlet Welayat Raqa on July 25, 2014, claims to show members of IS (Islamic State) raising their flag over a building belonging to a Syrian army base in the northern rebel-held Syrian city of RaqaMore than 160 Syrians killed in the latest in a string of brutal attacks by the militants.


Joan Rivers hospitalized after cardiac arrest

Joan Rivers has been rushed to a New York City hospital in critical condition after an emergency call that she was in cardiac arrest, according to a law enforcement source.


Matt Bai: Obama’s anti-doctrine doctrine

FILE - This Aug. 1, 2014 file photo shows President Barack Obama speaking in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. The president spoke on various topics including the economy, immigration, Ukraine and the Middle East. The White House is crafting a blame-it-on-Congress legal justification to back up President Barack Obama's impending executive actions on immigration. Facing an expect onslaught of opposition, the administration plans to argue that by failing to provide enough resources to fully enforce U.S. laws, lawmakers have ceded wide latitude to White House to prioritize deportations, administration officials and legal experts said. But Republicans, too, are exploring their legal options for stopping Obama from what they’ve deemed an egregious presidential overstep. (AP Photo/Connor Radnovich, File)Should such a thing as a foreign policy even exist?


Over 100 Russian soldiers killed in Ukraine

A Russian soldier stands next to a tank ready to be loaded on a truck in Kamensk-Shakhtinsky, Rostov region, near the border with UkraineMore than 100 Russian soldiers were killed in eastern Ukraine in a battle this month while helping pro-Russian separatists fight Ukrainian troops, two members of the Russian presidential human rights council said on Thursday, citing accounts of eye-witness and relatives of the dead. Ella Polyakova and Sergei Krivenko, both members of the council, said around 300 people were also injured in the violence on Aug. 13 near the town of Snizhnye in Donetsk Province, when a column of trucks full of ammunition they were driving was hit by a sustained volley of Grad missiles. "A column of Russian soldiers was attacked by Grad rockets and more 100 people died. Polyakova said she had also been given the same figure, of more than 100, for the number of Russian soldiers killed in the attack.


US experiences unexpected economic upswing

A construction site is seen in Silver Spring MarylandGross domestic product expanded at a 4.2% annual rate.


More bad news for Malaysia Airlines

An airport worker walks between Malaysia Airlines planes at Kuala Lumpur International AirportCrisis-stricken Malaysia Airlines said Thursday its second-quarter loss nearly doubled and forecast more red ink in the second half of the year, as two crippling air disasters sent passenger bookings tumbling. The latest results mark the sixth straight quarterly loss for Malaysia Airlines (MAS), which has struggled to stay competitive and is now in dire financial straits following the loss of MH370 and the July 18 shooting down over Ukraine of flight MH17, which killed all 298 aboard that plane. "The full financial impact of the double tragedies of MH370 and MH17 is expected to hit Malaysia Airlines in the second half of the year, where we saw a sharp decline in average weekly bookings by 33 percent immediately after the MH17 incident, with numerous flights cancelled," it said. MAS has bled money for years, losing a combined $1.3 billion over the past three calendar years before 2014, as intensifying competition from more nimble rivals like Malaysia's fast-growing budget carrier AirAsia have lured away travellers with their rock-bottom pricing.


Tsarnaev sister arrested over bomb threat

FILE- In this Oct. 13, 2014 file photo, Ailiana Tsarnaeva, sister of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, departs district court in Boston's South Boston neighborhood. Tsarnaeva has been arrested in New York City for allegedly threatening to bomb a Harlem woman. Police say that she is charged with aggravated harassment for threatening the woman over the phone on Monday, Aug. 25. She was issued an appearance ticket and is due back in court on Sept. 30. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)The sister of the accused Boston Marathon bombers was arrested in New York City for threatening a woman over the phone, saying she could "put a bomb on you," police said on Wednesday. Aliana Tsarnaev, 23, sister of Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was facing charges of aggravated harassment, a New York City Police Department spokesman said. Tsarnaev, of North Bergen, New Jersey, was accused of calling a woman in New York City's Harlem neighborhood and telling her "I have people that can go over there and put a bomb on you," the spokesman said. Her brothers are accused of killing three people and wounding more than 260 after detonating pressure-cooker bombs near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013.


Jolie and Pitt marry

Angelina Jolie, left, and Brad Pitt arrive at the OscarsNEW YORK (AP) — The wait is finally over: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Hollywood's reigning royal couple, have tied the knot.


Australia says MH370 'may have turned south earlier than thought'

File photo of co-pilot and crewmen aboard an aircraft while on search for the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 over the southern Indian OceanThe hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 will focus on the southern part of the existing search zone after a new clue to the plane's possible location emerged, Australia said on Thursday. Fresh information suggested the jet "may have turned south" earlier than thought, Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss said. "The search area remains the same, but some of the information that we now have suggests to us that areas a little further to the south -- within the search area, but a little further to the south -- are of particular interest and priority in the search area," he said. His comments came as Australia and Malaysia inked a memorandum of understanding in Canberra over the next phase of the hunt for the plane, which disappeared on March 8 with 239 people on board en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.


Ukraine accuses Russia of launching invasion

Bystanders watch a fire consuming a school in downtown Donetsk, eastern Ukraine on August 27, 2014 after it was hit by shellingPoroshenko says the conflict is worsening as Russian-backed separatists keep up offense.


Ukraine President: Russian troops are in Ukraine

A Pro-Russian rebel passes by a car which was hit by shrapnel from a shell after shelling in the town of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. The Obama administration accused Russia on Wednesday of orchestrating a new military campaign in Ukraine, helping rebel forces expand their fight in the country's east and sending tanks, rocket launchers and armored vehicles toward communities elsewhere. (AP Photo / Mstislav Chernov)Ukrainian President Poroshenko said on Thursday Russian forces had been "brought into Ukraine" and he called an urgent meeting of Ukraine's security and defense council to decide the next steps to take in the crisis. "I made the decision to cancel a working visit to the Republic of Turkey in connection with the rapidly deteriorating situation in Donetsk region, in particular in Amvrosiyivka and Starobesheve, as Russian troops have actually been brought into Ukraine," he said in a statement on the presidential website.


Tennis - Call of the wild helps Robredo progress

Tennis - Call of the wild helps Robredo progress- Tommy Robredo's latest five-set fight-back came with controversy on Thursday as a fan in the notoriously boisterous US Open crowd intervened at a crucial point. The 16th-seeded Spaniard was favoured to get past Simone Bolelli, but the Italian took the first two sets and was eyeing an upset before Robredo rallied for a 5-7, 6-7 (5/7), 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 triumph. The controversy erupted in the third set, as Robredo gained a break after Bolelli stopped playing when someone in the crowd called "out".


Volcano erupts in PNG spewing ash and rock, officials say

A file photo shows evacuated Matapit Islanders watching Mount Tavurvur volcano erupt in Papua New Guinea in October 2006A volcano erupted Friday in eastern Papua New Guinea, spewing rocks and ash into the air and forcing the evacuation of local communities, seismologists and reports said. Mount Tavurvur, which destroyed the town of Rabaul when it erupted simultaneously with nearby Mount Vulcan in 1994, rumbled to life early in the morning on the tip of the island of New Britain. "The eruption started slow and slowly developed in a Strombolian (low level) eruption with incandescent projections accompanied by explosion noises and ongoing loud roaring and rumbling noises," the Rabaul Volcanological Observatory said. The Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre in Darwin said the ash cloud was drifting southeast and had the potential to disrupt air travel.


Goat spotted on London underground

A goat named 'Barney' walks through a ticket barrier with morning commuters at Vauxhall Underground Station in London, on August 28, 2014, during a photocall to launch Transport for London's first 'above ground map' of the Victoria lineLondon (AFP) - A horned brown goat named Barney shocked commuters as he checked into the London underground at Vauxhall station, trotting with nonchalance through the ticket barrier.


Dolphins top Rams 14-13 in preseason finale

St. Louis Rams cornerback E.J. Gaines, right, intercepts a pass intended for Miami Dolphins running back Marcus Thigpen (34) as Rams defensive back Cody Davis (38) falls to the field, during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Marcus Thigpen showed why he might not make the Miami Dolphins.


China's Wanda, Tencent, Baidu to set up $814 million e-commerce company: Wanda

Wang, chairman of Chinese property developer Dalian Wanda Group, sits in a meeting room as he arrives for launch ceremony for Qingdao Oriental Movie MetropolisBy Paul Carsten BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Dalian Wanda group said on Friday it would set up a 5 billion yuan ($814 million) e-commerce joint venture with Tencent Holdings Ltd and Baidu Inc, as the firms push into the high-growth e-commerce sector. The joint venture, to be registered in Hong Kong, will be 70 percent owned by privately-held Wanda, while Chinese internet giants Tencent and Baidu will hold 15 percent respectively, Wanda said in a press release. China is the biggest e-commerce market in the world, with its No. 1 player, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd [IPO-BABA.N] transacting more goods than Amazon.com Inc and eBay Inc combined.


Rugby Union - ARU backing as gay world cup kicks off

Rugby Union - ARU backing as gay world cup kicks off- The Australian Rugby Union on Friday endorsed a new inclusion policy designed to stamp out all forms of discrimination and homophobia in the sport as the world cup of gay rugby kicked off in Sydney. "Our new inclusion policy reinforces Australian rugby's commitment to ensuring every individual ... feels safe, welcome and included, regardless of race, gender or sexuality," ARU chief executive Bill Pulver said in a statement. "There is absolutely no place for homophobia or any form of discrimination in our game." The ARU announcement coincided with the launch of the 2014 Bingham Cup where thousands of international rugby players and fans gather in Sydney for the world cup of gay rugby.


Support for Scottish independence growing, poll shows

Protesters gather outside the venue where Britain’'s Prime Minister David Cameron is addressing the CBI Scotland Annual Dinner, in Glasgow, on August 28, 2014Support for Scottish independence is increasing three weeks ahead of a referendum, a poll published Friday showed, amid attempts by British Prime Minister David Cameron to make the business case for retaining the union. Cameron on Thursday urged Scottish people to reject independence in a rare speech in Glasgow in which he argued the union was a strong economic advantage. A Survation survey found 47 percent of respondents would vote "Yes" to independence, compared to 53 percent who would vote "No", excluding people who were undecided. "Yes" campaign leader and Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond was widely seen to have won the debate against "No" campaign leader Alistair Darling.


Petit sets pitching record in Giants' win

Yusmeiro Petit of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the Colorado Rockies on August 28, 2014 in San Francisco, CaliforniaYusmeiro Petit pitched six dominant innings, striking out nine batters en route to making history in the San Francisco Giants' 4-1 Major League Baseball victory over the Colorado Rockies. Petit retired the first eight batters he faced to break Mark Buehrle's MLB record with 46 consecutive outs. Giants batter Pablo Sandoval led off the second inning with a single, and after Hunter Pence popped up in the infield, Gregor Blanco crushed a Jordan Lyles' pitch over the fence to make it 2-0.


Almost Here: Prepare Your Closets: Both Uniqlos Open Tomorrow

Almost Here: Prepare Your Closets: Both Uniqlos Open TomorrowYour whole life's about to change: at 10am, Boston's first two Uniqlo stores will open. Here's how the big day will go down. At 9:45am, a ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at the Natick Mall location, complete with...


Kenny Football: Hill surpasses Manziel's mark

Texas A&M quarterback Kenny Hill (7) throws against South Carolina during the first half of an NCAA college football game on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Kenny Hill looked more than ready to replace Johnny Manziel on the field. He is still getting used to the attention that goes along with the job.


US commander who transformed special forces steps down

Admiral William McRaven, Commander of the US Special Operations Command, speaks during the Reagan National Defense Forum at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, on November 16, 2013The US commander who helped place special operation forces at the forefront of the American military hung up his uniform, hailing a "golden age" for the elite commandos. Admiral William McRaven, 58, rose to prominence for his role in overseeing the successful 2011 raid by Navy SEALs that killed Osama bin Laden at his Pakistani compound. Experts and fellow officers say he helped shape a new doctrine for commandos and a new approach in Washington to military power that emphasizes "small footprints" over large-scale deployments. At a ceremony on Thursday, marking McRaven's retirement as head of the US Special Operations Command (SOCOM), Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel said the admiral had "deepened our relationships abroad, working more closely with allies and partners to better anticipate and counter threats."


Obama signals timing of new immigration measures in question

U.S. President Obama answers questions ahead of national security council meeting at the White House in WashingtonBy Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Thursday that he still planned to take steps on his own to improve the U.S. Obama had previously said he planned by the end of summer to find ways to change immigration regulations, unilateral action he said was made necessary by the failure of Congress to pass comprehensive reforms. Asked whether he would delay his decision on immigration changes, Obama talked about the time his administration has invested on apprehending migrant children, nearly 63,000 of whom have come across the southwestern border since October 2013. "Some of these things do affect timelines, and we're just going to be working through as systematically as possible in order to get this done," Obama said.


Police: Woman sets ex-boyfriend's house on fire with bacon

Police: Woman sets ex-boyfriend's house on fire with baconA Utah woman accused of using a pound of bacon to start a fire in her ex-boyfriend's house will stand trial on arson charges



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