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Outsiders challenge Chicago school for Nobel economics prize

Sun, 10/08/2017 - 22:14

The 2017 Nobel season wraps up Monday with the economics prize, which could this year honour fields rarely awarded by the committee, such as development economics or French economist Esther Duflo's research on poverty. The Nobel Economics Prize was created by the Swedish central bank "in memory of Alfred Nobel" and first awarded in 1969, unlike the other prizes which were created in his last will and testament and first awarded in 1901. Last year's economics prize went to British-American economist Oliver Hart and Bengt Holmstrom of Finland for their groundbreaking research on contract theory, which has helped design insurance policies and executive pay.

'Catalonia is Spain': Spanish Unionists Lead Huge Barcelona Rally

Sun, 10/08/2017 - 22:04

Spanish unionists in Catalonia finally found their voice on Sunday, resurrecting Spain's flag as a symbol of patriotism after decades of it being associated with the Franco dictatorship.

White House Demands Border Wall, Changes To Immigration System In Return For DACA

Sun, 10/08/2017 - 21:51

WASHINGTON ― The White House told Congress on Sunday night that it wants a border wall and new limits on legal immigration in return for allowing people illegally brought into the United States as children to remain here ― demands top Democrats say renege on a deal President Donald Trump himself made with them last month.

CBS Reporter Sparks Uproar By Mistakenly Claiming Kaepernick Wouldn't Kneel

Sun, 10/08/2017 - 19:58

CBS sports reporter Jason La Canfora sparked outrage on Sunday when he falsely reported that former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick would stand for the national anthem if signed to a team.

The Latest: Las Vegas gunman barricaded stairwell door

Sun, 10/08/2017 - 19:25

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on the mass shooting in Las Vegas (all times local):

Las Vegas concert-goers claim personal items left after massacre

Sun, 10/08/2017 - 18:28

By Sharon Bernstein LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - The FBI on Sunday started returning thousands of purses, phones and other property left behind by concert-goers in Las Vegas fleeing the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, as the Red Cross stepped up efforts to reach those traumatized by the Oct. 1 massacre. Investigators still lack a clear reason why Stephen Paddock, 64, unleashed a torrent of gunfire into a crowd of 22,000 at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival. The suspect shot himself to death before police stormed his 32nd-floor suite in the Mandalay Bay Casino and Resort, high above the concert venue.

Missing North Texas toddler left near coyote-infested alley as punishment, police allege

Sun, 10/08/2017 - 18:22

The father of a missing 3-year-old in North Texas allegedly left his daughter alone in an area wrought with coyotes as punishment for not drinking her milk, according to charging documents.

Dove apologises for advert showing black woman transforming into white model 

Sun, 10/08/2017 - 17:20

Dove has issued an apology for an advertising campaign branded “racist” which included an image of a black woman removing her top to reveal a white model underneath. The series of adverts, which have provoked outcry on social media after being circulated on Facebook, also showed a third image portraying a caucasian woman transforming into an Asian woman as she undresses. Following the furore, Dove published a statement which stated: “An image we recently posted on Facebook missed the mark in representing women of colour thoughtfully. We deeply regret the offence it caused. “As part of a campaign for Dove body wash, a three-second video clip was posted to the US Facebook page. “This did not represent the diversity of real beauty which is something Dove is passionate about and is core to our beliefs, and it should not have happened. “We have removed the post and have not published any other related content. We apologise deeply and sincerely for the offence that it has caused.” The advert was highlighted by Naomi Blake, who posted the images on social media The images first went viral after an American makeup artist, Naomi Blake, shared them with her followers on social media. She said: “What does America tell black people...that we are judged by the colour of our skin and that includes what is considered beautiful in this country. "To know that colorism is a problem in the world, that includes bleaching the skin, and they would put this ad out without a thought...the tone deafness in these companies makes no sense." The controversy comes two years after the cosmetics brand faced a wave of criticism for the product literature on one of its self-tanning products. The “summer glow” lotion, aimed at people with “normal to dark skin”, was labelled racist because it suggested that consumers with darker skin were not “normal”. Meanwhile, in 2011 Dove was again accused of racism for using a before and after image in an advert for its “visiblecare” range, which appeared to place three women on a colour gradient. The image, which portrayed a black, an Asian and a white woman standing together, appeared to suggest that the lightest skinned woman was the end result.

Venezuela leader thanks hostile Trump for making him 'famous'

Sun, 10/08/2017 - 16:50

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro baited U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday by thanking him for a barrage of criticism that had made him famous worldwide. "It's an honor that the head of the empire mentions me every day," said the 54-year-old president, just back in Venezuela from a trip to Russia, Belarus and Turkey. "That means I'm doing something right!" Maduro laughed, during his weekly program on state TV.

Donald Trump Revels In Recounting The 'Very Good Towels' He Threw To Hurricane Victims

Sun, 10/08/2017 - 16:20

President Donald Trump congratulated himself on his trip to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico last week by celebrating the “incredible” cheering of the “crowd of a lot of people” who watched him throw rolls of paper towels.

Democrats look to distance themselves from Weinstein

Sun, 10/08/2017 - 14:12

“This is a pretty bad guy who did some really awful things,” Sen. Chris Murphy said Sunday. “People that took money from him should probably give it back.”

Chris Cornell’s Widow Vicky Meets with Detroit Medical Examiner Four Months After Rocker’s Death

Sun, 10/08/2017 - 14:08

Four months after Chris Cornell‘s shocking death, his widow is still searching for answers

Teenager 'thrown out of school' for sitting during Pledge of Allegiance

Sun, 10/08/2017 - 14:02

A 17-year-old student is suing her high school district after she claims she was suspended for refusing to stand during the Pledge of Allegiance. India Landry, from Houston, said she was asked to leave Windfern High School after the incident, despite having sat during the Pledge to the flag hundreds of times before. The federal lawsuit alleges administrators at the school had been "recently whipped into a frenzy" by NFL players kneeling for the national anthem, according to the NY Daily News.

Father of Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock 'ran illegal bingo parlour and tried to start his own church'

Sun, 10/08/2017 - 13:55

The father of Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock was reportedly a self-ordained minister who carried out marriage ceremonies and wanted to start his own church as well as being on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list of fugitives. In the search to understand the psychology of the mass murderer, attention has focused on the colourful criminal life of his father Benjamin Hoskins Paddock. Although the killer had no previous criminal convictions and apparently lived in the shadows of society, rarely speaking to his neighbours, his father was a larger than life character, according to reports.

Las Vegas Killer Did Target Practice Before Attack

Sun, 10/08/2017 - 13:53

Stephen Paddock killed 58 people in the city before turning a gun on himself.

Kitten Rescued With Homemade Pole After Being Trapped in Pipe, 25 Feet Underground

Sun, 10/08/2017 - 13:32

"Animals don't always understand that we are there to help, so making the grab is never easy," one of the rescuers said.

Sudan Airways seeks post-embargo Boeing, Airbus spare parts

Sun, 10/08/2017 - 13:30

Sudan's national carrier aims to revive its fleet by procuring new components from Boeing and Airbus after Washington lifted its 20-year-old trade embargo on Khartoum, a minister said Sunday. Sudan Airways, one of the oldest airlines in Africa, has 12 of its 14-strong fleet of aircraft grounded after failing to source spare parts from Boeing and Airbus because of the sanctions imposed in 1997.

San Juan Mayor Pleads For Help: 'We Need Water!'

Sun, 10/08/2017 - 13:29

Carmen Yulín Cruz, the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, said on Sunday that despite the compassion of the U.S. public, the federal government “does not want to help” Puerto Rico.

NRA's Chris Cox: 'We Don't Believe Bans Ever Worked On Anything'

Sun, 10/08/2017 - 13:12

While the National Rifle Association has said it would support regulating bump stocks ― the device the Las Vegas shooter used to turn his semi-automatic firearms into automatic ones ― the gun lobby’s executive director said Sunday that a push in Congress to ban the gun accessory would be useless.

Corker fires back at Trump: 'The White House has become an adult day care center'

Sun, 10/08/2017 - 12:40

The Republican senator from Tennessee mocked Trump after the president suggested he “didn’t have the guts” to run for reelection and is now expected to “stand in the way of our great agenda.”