Margaret McCormick

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Holiday sales buoyed by low gas prices, falling jobless rate

NEW YORK (MarketWatch)—Cheaper gas prices and a falling jobless rate appear to have saved the holiday season.<p>As reports on retail sales trickle in …

eCommerce

Will 'The Interview' change how Hollywood does business?

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "The Interview" was never supposed to be a paradigm-shifting film. But unusual doesn't even begin to describe the series of events that transpired over the past few weeks, culminating in the truly unprecedented move by a major studio to release a film in theaters and on digital …

Alabama teenager sent home from school over dyed-red hair | Reuters

(Reuters) - An Alabama teenager with dyed-red hair was sent home from school by her principal over concerns that her mane was too bright and distracting, the girl’s mother said on Friday.<p>Hayleigh Black, a 15-year-old student at Muscle Shoals High School in northwestern Alabama, had been dyeing her …

Boko Haram kidnaps 100 people, most of them freed

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian authorities say the Boko Haram militant group kidnapped 100 people, and most were freed by security forces from neighboring Chad.<p>A Nigerian security official said the abductions took place on Aug. 10 in Doron Baga in the Kukawa local government area, near the …

US launches airstrikes to help retake large Iraq dam captured by Islamic State

The United States on Saturday launched several more air strikes in Iraq at Islamic State, including ones targeting members of the Islamic militant group who are positioned around the country’s largest dam, near Irbil.<p>Islamic State captured the Mosul Dam last month in its surprisingly swift and …

Transgender teen told she can't come to school as girl

MIDDLETOWN, N.J. — The last time Rachel Pepe was at school, she was known to her teachers and classmates as Brian.<p>Now, as the 13-year-old transitions her identity and gender with the support of her mother, Rachel may not be able to go back.<p>Her mother says an official at Thorne Middle School told …

Who's A Citizen? The Question Dividing The Island Of Hispaniola

Anderson Desir, 9, shares a dream with many boys his age in the Dominican Republic: He wants to grow up and play baseball in <i>la liga grande</i>, otherwise known as American Major League Baseball.<p>But there's an important difference between Anderson and the 80 Dominican kids from his summer baseball …

Woman hurt drinking iced tea with lye improves

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A woman who unknowingly drank iced tea laced with an industrial cleaning solution at a Utah restaurant has whispered and gotten out of bed, her lawyer said Saturday.<p>The progress marks the first sign of improvement for Jan Harding since the 67-year-old was rushed to a hospital …

Naked suspect blocking Hwy 101 in Petaluma gets Tasered, arrested

<b>(08-17) 15:46 PDT</b> -- Authorities used a Taser to subdue a naked man who was running in the middle of Highway 101 in Petaluma Sunday morning, a California Highway Patrol spokesman said.<p>Just after 9 a.m., 25-year-old Alexander Leonard of Hawthorne (Los Angeles County) was driving erratically in …

Hospital network hacked, 4.5 million records stolen

Community Health Systems, which operates 206 hospitals across the United States, announced on Monday that hackers recently broke into its computers and stole data on 4.5 million patients.<p>Hackers have gained access to their names, Social Security numbers, physical addresses, birthdays and telephone …

California Mayor Urges Cops to Wear Body Cameras After Ferguson

A California mayor is calling for the city’s police officers to use body-worn cameras following the fatal police shooting of an unarmed teenager that …

Justice

Hackers steal 4.5M patients' data

Chinese hackers stole 4.5 million patients’ names, Social Security numbers and other personal data from the computers of one of the country’s largest hospital chains, the company said Monday — the biggest reported cyberattack ever on a U.S. health care company.<p>Community Health Services and its …

Advocates Planning One More Big Push For Deportation Relief

Immigration advocates plan to make one more big push for big relief for immigrant families from the president.<p>A coalition of immigration advocates who operate under the banner of Fair Immigration Reform Movement, FIRM, said they are organizing at least 15 events around the country for Aug. 28 to …

Immigration

Islamic State 'has 50,000 fighters in Syria'

The Islamic State group has an army of more than 50,000 fighters in Syria, and recruited 6,000 people in the last month, a monitoring group has said.<p>Rami Abdel Rahman, the director of the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said on Tuesday that the group's recruitment push was gathering …

U.S. Changing Rules for No-Fly List

The Obama administration is promising to change the way travelers can ask to be removed from its no-fly list of suspected terrorists banned from air travel. The decision comes after a federal judge's ruling that there was no meaningful way to challenge the designation, a situation deemed …

Obama Administration

Iceland tremors raise fears of new volcanic ash cloud

Thousands of small intense earthquakes are rocking Iceland amid concerns that one of the country's volcanoes may be close to erupting<p><b>Iceland's</b> Met Office raised its risk level to the aviation industry for an <b>eruption at its Bardarbunga volcano to orange</b> yesterday, which is the fourth level on a …

Natural Disasters

St Louis police fatally shoot 'erratic' man with knife near Ferguson

Police chief says suspect brandished a knife at officers after incident at convenience store, as crowd takes up refrain from nearby protests<p>Racial tensions in Missouri were stoked again on Tuesday when police killed another African American man as authorities struggled to quell the nightly …

What To Expect at Tomorrow's Grand Jury in the Michael Brown Case

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>On Wednesday, a grand jury will begin hearing evidence in the investigation of Michael Brown's …

World leaders 'failing to help' over Ebola outbreak in Africa

The international community has made "almost zero" response to the Ebola outbreak in west Africa, with western leaders more interested in protecting their own countries than helping contain the crisis that has now claimed more than 1,200 lives, a senior international aid worker said on …

Companies have a tricky new way to track your movement across the web

Researchers at Princeton and Belgium's KU Leuven have uncovered a new web-tracking method that's nearly impossible to block. It's called "canvas fingerprinting," and can potentially follow users between sites even if they've disabled more conventional methods like cookies and aren't logged into …

India Is High On Japan's Investment Radar

Japanese institutional investors have ranked India number one with regard to investment potential in comparison to key emerging markets, according to a recent report by Nomura, the Tokyo-based lender.<p>Nomura’s economists, analysts and strategists found that China has become less attractive because …

Hamas Caught On Video Firing Rockets From A Densely Packed Residential Neighborhood

Militants in the Gaza Strip were caught on camera Tuesday morning assembling a rocket launch site which they then used to fire a flurry of rockets into Israel on Wednesday minutes before a ceasefire came into effect in Gaza.<p>Sreenivasan Jain and NDTV filmed suspected Hamas members assembling the …

Israel

3 Startups Offer New 'Microloan' Options for Entrepreneurs With Big Ambitions

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>In the United States, a whopping 543,000 new businesses are launched each month. Sadly, half of all start-ups aren’t able to keep their doors open for more than five years. The failure of many small businesses is due, in large part, to …

Startups

WW1 Centenary Is Remembered on Flipboard

One hundred years ago today, Britain made a life-changing decision, declaring war on Germany in defense of its friend and neighbor, Belgium. Serbia …