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Eaterwire: Curry Night at Achilles Heel; Dassara's Birthday BBQ

Eaterwire: Curry Night at Achilles Heel; Dassara's Birthday BBQ GREENPOINT — Saltie's Caroline Fidanza is returning to Achilles Heel for another Mr. Curry night on August 28. The menu is inspired by London's curry houses and dishes will range from $9-12. No reservations required. Dinner services starts at 8...


Bodies of 3 climbers retrieved from Mount Rainier

FILE -- In this file photo taken June 19, 2013, Mount Rainier is seen from a helicopter flying south of the mountain and west of Yakima, Wash. Officials on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, said that the bodies of three climbers have been retrieved from a glacier on the mountain in the same area where six went missing in May. A crew on a training flight spotted the bodies in an avalanche debris field after they were exposed by melting snow. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File) SEATTLE (AP) — A helicopter equipped with a mechanical claw plucked the bodies of three climbers from a glacier on Mount Rainier, in the same area where six went missing in late May, the National Park Service said Wednesday.


Curbed Comparisons: What the Median Rent of $1,795 Can Rent You in LA Right Now

Curbed Comparisons: What the Median Rent of $1,795 Can Rent You in LA Right Now Welcome to Curbed Comparisons, where we explore what you can rent or buy for around a certain dollar amount in various LA 'hoods. Is one man's studio another man's townhouse? Let's find out! Our friends at Zumper have helped us...


Celtic held by Maribor, Porto gain upper hand

Lille's French forward Divock Origi fights for the ball with FC Porto's Portuguese midefielder Ruben Neves during the UEFA Champions League play-off round football Lille vs FC Porto on August 20, 2014 in Villeneuve d'Ascq Celtic were held to a 1-1 draw away to Maribor in the first leg of the Champions League play-offs on Wednesday, while Porto took control of their tie against Lille after securing a 1-0 victory in France. Celtic, who were reinstated to Europe's premier club competition after Poland's Legia Warsaw were punished for fielding an ineligible player, made a bright start against the Slovenian champions when Callum McGregor gave them a sixth-minute lead. McGregor, enjoying a fine start to his debut season with the Glasgow giants, pounced on a rebound after Jo Inge Berget was initially denied by Maribor goalkeeper Jasmin Handanovic to fire home his fourth goal in seven matches.


Mexico: 14 police on trial for US SUV shooting

FILE - In this Aug. 24, 2012, file photo, an armored U.S. Embassy vehicle is checked by military personal after it was attacked by unknown assailants on the highway leading to the city of Cuernavaca, near Tres Marias, Mexico. Mexico’s National Security Commissioner said Wednesday Aug. 20, 2014, that 14 federal police are being tried on charges of use of excessive force in the 2012 shooting attack that wounded two U.S. CIA officers. (AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini, File) MEXICO CITY (AP) — Fourteen former federal police officers have gone on trial on charges of using excessive force in a 2012 shooting attack that wounded two CIA agents, Mexico's national security commissioner said Wednesday.


Eater Inside : Carnitas' Snack Shack Unwraps North County Porkhouse

Eater Inside : Carnitas' Snack Shack Unwraps North County Porkhouse If anything's a sure thing in San Diego, it would probably be another outpost of the wildly popular Carnitas' Snack Shack, which unveils its second location of its porkhouse this Thursday at...


McConnell, Grimes spar at Kentucky farm forum

Kentucky Republican Senator Mitch McConnell responds to a question from reporters following a candidates forum at the Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance headquarters, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley) LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's U.S. Senate candidates had a hard time talking about farming without slinging mud.


Teens charged with making threats in school plot

South Pasadena, Calif., police chief Arthur Miller, right, and South Pasadena Unified School District superintendent Dr. Geoff Yanz announce at a City Hall news conference Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, that the police has arrested two South Pasadena High School high school students suspected of planning a massacre at the school after investigators monitored their Internet activities. Miller said that school officials had heard about the plot and informed police, who determined the threat was credible. Police say the boys, ages 16 and 17, didn't have weapons but were researching automatic weapons and explosives, especially propane. (AP Photo/ Nick Ut ) SOUTH PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say two teens suspected of plotting a mass shooting at a suburban Los Angeles high school have been charged with making criminal threats against another boy.


Eaterwire: Hooray For Beer Ice Cream and Maple Bacon Milkshakes

Eaterwire: Hooray For Beer Ice Cream and Maple Bacon Milkshakes Dallas Beer Kitchen. LOWER GREENVILLE—Dallas Beer Kitchen is preparing to debut its new fall menu, which will include a rotating selection of housemade beer ice creams — including one called Blood and Honeysicle, made with Revolver Brewing's extremely popular...


Gridlockin': Stop us if you've heard this...

Gridlockin': Stop us if you've heard this... Stop us if you've heard this one before but an upcoming closure of a critical roadway is about to gridlock the hell out of Seattle. This time it's a four-day closure that starts late Friday night on Highway 99 near...


Switcheroos: Something's brewing for the new Anise...

Switcheroos: Something's brewing for the new Anise... Something's brewing for the new Anise Tapas Grill concept on the Westside. The 1,800-square-foot corner restaurant is beginning construction work to replace the shuttered Something's Brewing Cafe. Before that, this strip of retail housed Gandolfo's New York Delicatessen. No menu...


Mad Max developer working on 'surprises,' possibly Just Cause 3

Mad Max developer working on 'surprises,' possibly Just Cause 3 Avalanche Studios, the development house behind Just Cause 2 and the upcoming Mad Max, has just teased "several surprises" for 2015 on its website. In an update titled "we're moving" the studio announced that it's moving its Stockholm office to a bigger space, just a few blocks from the current digs. Then comes the tease: "Avalanche Studios also has several surprises planned for next year.


CurbedWire: 100 Norfolk Gets Signage; There's a Penn Station Musical

CurbedWire: 100 Norfolk Gets Signage; There's a Penn Station Musical LOWER EAST SIDE—100 Norfolk, the crazily cantilevering building from ODA Architecture (side note — ODA stands for Office for Design and Architecture, which means that the full name of the firm is Office for Design and Architecture Architecture), now...


California law aims to protect rights of sperm donors, surrogates

By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - A bill aimed at protecting the parental and adoptive rights of non-traditional families in California was sent to Governor Jerry Brown on Wednesday in an effort to close gaps in a state law that have led to at least one high-profile legal case. The measure by San Francisco Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, a Democrat, would require sperm donors, surrogate mothers and the people with whom they work to have a child to fill out a series of forms detailing the rights and responsibilities of each person. “My bill represents an opportunity to have state law keep pace with the changes in reproductive technology,” Ammiano said. “With a few simple changes, we can help families thrive without needless legal battles or expensive court actions.” Legal issues around the parental rights of sperm donors have made headlines recently over a debacle involving actor Jason Patric, who donated sperm to a now-former girlfriend and is suing for the right to be part of the child's life.

What happens when an old, dead oil well gets 're-fracked'?

Drilling wells are pictured in Los Angeles Hydraulic fracturing, which has upended global energy markets by lifting U.S. Canada's Encana Corp invested $2 million to refrack two wells in Louisiana's Haynesville shale formation earlier this year, after seeing its production in the area dip 27 percent from 2012 levels.     "There were a significant number of wells that we considered understimulated," said David Martinez, Encana's senior manager for Haynesville development.     Using minuscule plastic balls, known as diverting agents, pumped at high speeds with water into the old wells, most of which are three to five years old, Encana blocked some the older fractures, or cracks.     "The thought is that the diverting agent will go to the cracks with the least amount of pressure," bypassing cracks with higher pressure and boosting the pressure of the entire well so output climbs, Martinez said.     He said the process can't be as precisely controlled as an initial round of hydraulic fracturing, in which water, chemicals and sand into are blasted into rock to unlock oil and gas.


Amid Afghanistan's escalating war, a battle to beat polio

File picture shows a boy receiving polio vaccination drops during an anti-polio campaign in Kabul By Krista Mahr and Mirwais Harooni KABUL (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of volunteers fanned out across Afghanistan this week, braving deteriorating security and distrusting parents to administer two chilled drops of the oral polio vaccine each to millions of children. Keeping the highly infectious polio disease in check in any country is a daunting task. Afghanistan is one of only three nations where the polio virus is still endemic, along with Pakistan and Nigeria. Only eight new cases have been confirmed so far this year, compared to 108 in Pakistan.


U.S. risk council takes next step in MetLife systemic review

The MetLife building is seen in New York Closing the evidentiary record is the last formal step before the Financial Stability Oversight Council can vote on whether to designate MetLife with the tag. The tag is applied to large firms whose failure could threaten financial markets, and it brings far greater scrutiny by financial regulators, as well as new capital requirements. The risk council later on Wednesday said it had closed the evidentiary record on a "non-bank financial company," but it does not name the firms in the process. MetLife declined to comment.


Ferguson protests smaller, more subdued

A man is arrested as police try to disperse a crowd in Ferguson, Mo. early Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. On Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, a white police officer fatally shot Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, in the St. Louis suburb. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) Despite some clashes, the overall scene was more restrained than the past five nights.


Hundreds rally in Ireland after rape victim says denied abortion

By Conor Humphries DUBLIN (Reuters) - Hundreds of people rallied in Dublin to call for a change to Ireland's abortion laws on Wednesday after a rape victim said she was refused a termination and instead gave birth by Cesarean section. The young migrant's case has reignited a debate about Roman Catholic Ireland's abortion laws, among the most restrictive in Europe, that sparked large protests before parliament voted to allow limited access to abortion for the first time last year. This poor girl suffered because she didn't understand the convoluted, stupid system here in Ireland," said Aoife McLysaght, a 38-year old science professor, holding a sign saying 'Forced pregnancy is torture'. I just want that time to be sooner so fewer people suffer." The young foreign national, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told the Irish Times that she became pregnant as a result of rape that took place before she arrived in Ireland.

Liberian slums barricaded as Ebola sets new record

Residents from an area close to the West Point Ebola center, protest as they are not allowed to enter the area leading to their homes, after Liberia security forces blocked roads, as the government clamps down on the movement of people to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus in the city of Monrovia, Liberia, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. Security forces deployed Wednesday to enforce a quarantine around a slum in the Liberian capital, stepping up the government’s fight to stop the spread of Ebola and unnerving residents.(AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh) MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Riot police and soldiers acting on their president's orders used scrap wood and barbed wire to seal off 50,000 people inside their Liberian slum Wednesday, trying to contain the Ebola outbreak that has killed 1,350 people and counting across West Africa.


Oregon holds first public hearing on proposed coastal smoking ban

Oregon parks officials will hold an initial public hearing on Wednesday night into a plan to would make the state the first to ban smoking along its entire coastline. The Oregon Parks and Recreation Commission will conduct a series of such hearings, taking opinions from members of the public, before voting in October on the smoking ban on the state's 363-mile coastline. “I imagine a ranger would say, ‘You’re going to have to stop that, it’s not allowed,’” Oregon Parks and Recreation Department spokesman Richard Walkoski said. You’d really have to be a jerk to get a citation.” A similar ban on smoking in all state parks was approved earlier this year, with several loopholes added at the urging of the public – it’s still OK to light up in a private vehicle or at a rented tent site.

Pimco NYC office tackles bed bug infestation, fumigates

By Jennifer Ablan NEW YORK (Reuters) - The New York offices of Pimco, the massive asset manager run by Bill Gross, are being fumigated this week because of a bed bug infestation. "Our New York office is addressing an isolated issue with insects, and as a precautionary measure the firm is fumigating certain areas of the office space," a spokesman said on Wednesday. "During this period, our employees are working remotely, and we expect to resume full on-premises staffing over the coming days." Pimco's New York offices, located in the Paramount Plaza on 1633 Broadway, are one of a dozen global locations. Pimco, a unit of Allianz SE, has its headquarters in Newport Beach, Calif. "This is an issue that is far from uncommon in New York City," the spokesman said, regarding New York City's battle with the epidemic of tiny blood-sucking insects.

Pryor's 'Obamacare' ad highlights his cancer fight

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor is reaching into his own medical history to explain his vote on the nation's new health care law, telling Arkansans that his battle with a rare cancer 18 years ago influenced his vote.

Pryor's 'Obamacare' ad highlights his cancer fight

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor is reaching into his own medical history to explain his vote on the nation's new health care law, telling Arkansans that his battle with a rare cancer 18 years ago influenced his vote.

Peanut and almond butters recalled for possible salmonella

(Reuters) - A natural food company is voluntarily recalling certain peanut butters and almond butters because government testing found they may be contaminated with salmonella. The company, nSpired Natural Foods Inc., a subsidiary of Hain Celestial Group, has received four reports of illness that may be associated with the products, according to a news release dated Tuesday. Food and Drug Administration testing found a potential contamination risk. The recalled brands include Arrowhead Mills peanut butters and MaraNatha almond and peanut butters, as well as some private-label almond butter brands, including raw almond butter sold by Trader Joe's, roasted almond butter sold by Whole Foods, and almond butter sold by Kroger and Safeway.

Travel with medications, medical devices can be daunting

By Kathryn Doyle NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - For international travelers who need to carry medical devices and medications with them, it’s not easy to find out the travel requirements at their destinations, and embassies in general aren’t much help, according to a new study. “The problem is known to exist but has not previously been published as we have,” said lead author Moses Mutie of the Faculty of Health at the University of Canberra in Bruce, Australia. “Most embassies focus on trade and tourism,” Mutie told Reuters Health by email. The researchers explored embassy and consular websites looking for the quantities and different types of medication allowed in the country for personal use, required documentation, customs information and details about travelling with medical equipment.

Ukrainian fighter plane shot down as clashes kill dozens

Another Ukrainian Fighter Jet Shot Down Near Russian Border A Ukrainian warplane was blown out of the sky over rebel-held territory Wednesday as fierce clashes between government troops and pro-Russian insurgents left dozens of civilians dead. Fighting intensified as Kiev appeared to ramp up a deadly offensive to crush the ailing rebellion in the east ahead of a fresh round of diplomacy that will see the presidents of Russia and Ukraine meet next week for the first time in months. Military spokesman Andriy Lysenko said a Su-25 jet was shot close to the second-largest insurgent bastion of Lugansk, where government forces claim to have battled back control over several districts in the past few days. Clashes in and around the other major rebel stronghold of Donetsk killed 43 civilians in the past 24 hours, local authorities said.


FBI warns healthcare firms they are targeted by hackers

By Jim Finkle BOSTON (Reuters) - The FBI has warned that healthcare industry companies are being targeted by hackers, publicizing the issue following an attack on U.S. "The FBI has observed malicious actors targeting healthcare related systems, perhaps for the purpose of obtaining Protected Healthcare Information (PHI) and/or Personally Identifiable Information (PII)," the agency said in a "Flash" alert obtained by Reuters on Wednesday. "These actors have also been seen targeting multiple companies in the healthcare and medical device industry typically targeting valuable intellectual property, such as medical device and equipment development data," the one page document said.

Afghanistan gives NYT journalist 24 hours to leave country

New York Times reporter Matthew Rosenberg speaks during an interview in Kabul Afghanistan has given a New York Times reporter 24 hours to leave the country, accusing him of not cooperating with an investigation into his reporting, the Attorney General's office said on Wednesday. Matthew Rosenberg, 40, was summoned for questioning on Tuesday after the newspaper ran a story about officials discussing plans to form an interim government and "seize power" if a deadlock over the presidential election failed to break soon. "Due to the lack of proper accountability and non-cooperation, the Attorney General's office has decided that Matthew Rosenberg should leave Afghanistan within 24 hours," the office said in a statement. "We were also never informed of a formal investigation and we do not understand how insisting on the right to a lawyer is not cooperating.” Afghanistan is in the midst of a ballot that has dragged on for months, with both candidates claiming victory after the June 14 run-off and allegations of mass fraud threatening to derail the process.


Canada marijuana grower Bedrocan set to go public Monday: sources

By John Tilak TORONTO (Reuters) - Canadian medical marijuana producer Bedrocan Cannabis Corp is set to go public on Monday, offering investors an alternative to Tweed Marijuana Inc in the nascent market, according to two sources familiar with the company's plans. The company has received an approval to list, under the ticker symbol “BED”, on the Toronto Venture Exchange and will do so in a reverse takeover, the sources said. A spokesman for Bedrocan said the offering was planned for the coming weeks. Unlike the United States, where medical marijuana is illegal on a national scale, Canada is one of the few countries with a federally-regulated program.
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