Texans take preseason win over Saints 27-13

Houston Texans quarterback Ryan Mallett (15) passes under pressure from New Orleans Saints outside linebacker Hau'oli Kikaha (45) in the first half of a preseason NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Brian Hoyer led scoring drives on two of his first three series since being named Houston’s starting quarterback, and the Texans went on to a 27-13 preseason victory over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.

All three Texans quarterbacks led scoring drives. Ryan Mallett, who was upset this past week upon learning he’d be the backup, threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Jaelen Strong. In the fourth quarter, Tom Savage hit Chandler Worthy for a 6-yard score.

Hoyer was 7 of 11 for 82 yards. Mallett was 9 of 17 for 77 yards.

The Saints (1-2) outgained the Texans (2-1), 393 yards to 292 yards, with New Orleans reserve running back Edwin Baker scoring on a 45-yard run.

But New Orleans’ first two trips inside Houston’s 20 produced only 3 points.

Drew Brees marched the Saints 75 yards for a field goal on his lone series.

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Scott Dixon snatches IndyCar championship away from Montoya

Scott Dixon competes during the IndyCar Grand Prix of Sonoma auto race Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, in Sonoma, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — Scott Dixon captured a fourth IndyCar championship by winning the season finale Sunday to snatch away the title from Juan Pablo Montoya.

Montoya led the points from the season-opening race right until the final lap Sunday. But he finished the race in sixth, which allowed Dixon to tie him in the standings.

Dixon was awarded the title based on wins; Sonoma Raceway was his third victory, while Montoya had only two.

Montoya’s day was made difficult on lap 39 when he hit Team Penske teammate Will Power. It sent him to pit lane for repairs and he was mired in the middle of the pack for the bulk of the race.

Although he picked off a few positions, his hard charge to move up to fifth fell one position short.

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Rolls Royce cooperating with Brazil corruption probe

Britain's Rolls-Royce confirmed it had been contacted by investigators involved in a probe of Brazilian state oil giant Petrobras

London (AFP) – Britain’s Rolls-Royce is cooperating with investigators in a massive corruption scandal at Brazilian state oil giant Petrobras, a spokesman said on Sunday.

The engineering company confirmed it had been contacted by investigators involved in the probe, which has engulfed Brazil’s political and business establishment amid allegations of a massive kickbacks scheme.

“We are cooperating with investigating authorities in Brazil but are unable to comment further on a continuing investigation,” a Rolls-Royce spokesman said in a statement.

“We have repeatedly made it clear that Rolls-Royce will not tolerate business misconduct of any kind.”

Earlier this year the Financial Times reported that a Petrobras executive had told Brazilian police he received a bribe of $200,000 from Rolls-Royce, which makes gas turbines for Petrobras oil rigs.

The British company is also facing a corruption investigation in Britain over allegations of bribery in Asia.

Earlier this month Brazilian prosecutors lodged corruption charges against the speaker of Brazil’s lower house over allegations he accepted bribes to help secure Petrobras contracts.

The scandal has engulfed a Who’s Who of Brazil’s elite, with the arrests of a series of Petrobras executives and political figures.

The case has further weakened President Dilma Rousseff, who has not been directly implicated, but was chairwoman of Petrobras for seven years coinciding with the period of corruption.

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The weekend is over, and we’re tumbling again (DIA, SPY, SPX, QQQ)

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US futures are trading in the red, signaling more volatility for the US stock markets when they open on Monday

Dow futures are down 177 points, S&P futures are down 22 points, and Nasdaq futures are down 46 points.

This follows what’s being interpreted as hawkish comments from Stanley Fischer, Vice Chairman of the Federal Reserve.

“Given the apparent stability of inflation expectations, there is good reason to believe that inflation will move higher as the forces holding down inflation dissipate further,” Fischer said on Saturday during a panel at the Kansas City Fed’s Economic Symposium in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. 

Lately, the markets have been trying to time a rate hike from the Fed. In its efforts to stimulate growth and stoke inflation, the Fed has kept rates near zero since the financial crisis. An initial rate hike, which economists expect could happen some time between September and March, would be the first hike since June 2006.

fischer20150829a 16 16While economic growth has been healthy, inflation has been lackluster and it’s been cooling with the recent drop in energy prices. But Fischer’s comments suggest the Fed may not be too concerned with inflation, increasing the odds that a rate hike comes sooner than later. Regarding the recent plunge in energy prices, Fischer dismissed it as a “one-off” type event.

“With inflation low, we can probably remove accommodation at a gradual pace,” Fischer said. “Yet, because monetary policy influences real activity with a substantial lag, we should not wait until inflation is back to 2% to begin tightening.”

“Comments by Fed Vice Chair Fischer kept the door open to a September rate hike,” Societe Generale’s Michala Marcussen said on Sunday. “At present the market is pricing in a probability of just under 40% for a September rate hike, up from a low last week of 24% but still below our own baseline which sits above 50% and more dovish than our interpretation of the tone struck at Jackson Hole and recent data releases.”

Remember last week?

Last week was crazy. At one point, the Dow was down a mind-boggling 1,089 points, 0r 6.6%, in a single day. And yet after being down as much as 5.2% earlier, the S&P 500 managed to close the week up 0.9%.

“Risk markets reached new lows for the year mid-week, with global equities falling back to their 2013 levels, but then rebounded strongly,” JPMorgan’s Jan Loeys noted on friday. “Global stocks today remain 10% below the cycle peaks reached only three months ago. Our view remains that the fall is a correction, but in a bull market that is aging and that has less upside medium-term.”

This week is jobs week in America. And it’s a big one because it’s the last one before the Federal Reserve’s next two-day FOMC meeting, which goes from September 16 to 17. Unless it’s a total disaster, Friday’s monthly US jobs report should confirm that the US economy continues to add jobs at a healthy clip while maintaining an unemployment rate that’s way down from where it was during the darkest days of the financial crisis.

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London’s colourful Notting Hill Carnival kicks off

The Notting Hill Carnival, an annual two-day event, Europe's biggest street party, snakes through the streets on a five-kilometre parade route featuring steel bands and dancers in exotic carnival costumes, watched by crowds of revellers

London (AFP) – London’s Notting Hill Carnival kicked off with a riot of colour despite grey skies on Sunday, in a celebration of Caribbean culture reputed as Europe’s biggest street party.

Performers on stilts and wearing bright pink wigs, and dancers in feathered headdresses and rainbow outfits entertained the crowds that packed the streets of west London.

About a million people are expected to attend the two-day event.

Sunday was Family Day, featuring a children’s parade to the sound of varied music styles, while Carnival-goers tucked into Caribbean food such as jerk chicken on the sidelines.

The bright costumes made a contrast with the overcast sky, as the weather stayed dry despite predictions of rain.

Lightning and heavy downpours have been forecast for the grand finale parade on Monday, which follows a five-kilometre parade route, featuring 60 bands and dancers in exotic carnival costume. 

“It’s an opportunity for kids to run around and see something different, interact with different people and experience the food, smells, sounds and dancing,” said William Medley, 35, a London tech worker. “It’s a fantastic party atmosphere.”

But the carnival is also notorious for sporadic gang-related violence and robbery. 

Police said there were 92 arrests on Sunday, including for thefts and assaults, after 143 people were arrested in the run-up.

“Unfortunately given the large number of people the event attracts, there will always be some who see it as an opportunity to commit crime,” said Superintendent Robyn Williams, Scotland Yard’s spokeswoman for the celebrations.

“I say to those who plan to cause trouble, do not come; we will do everything in our power to make things difficult for you.”

There were 6,000 police on duty at the carnival on Sunday, with 7,000 due to provide security on Monday.

Police said they had seized 350 canisters of nitrous oxide, known as laughing gas and long used as an anaesthetic, which has been the centre of controversy in Britain as its popularity has grown as a party drug.

The Notting Hill Carnival started in the 1960s, when the area had a large population of immigrants recently arrived from the Caribbean and was notorious for its slums — a far cry from today when it is one of London’s most expensive places to live.

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Donald Trump may be dooming the GOP with a 10% chunk of the electorate

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After months of deliberating, in June 2014, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) told President Barack Obama he would not take up the bipartisan immigration reform bill that passed the US Senate in 2013.

Boehner had publicly and privately lobbied members of his caucus to support some kind of reform, which was backed by many high-profile business groups like the Chamber of Commerce and enjoyed fairly broad political support.

And despite warnings at the time that the party was ruining the best chance for it had to make up ground with Latino voters, Boehner stood down after conservative members of the Republican caucus and as Republicans who feared primary challengers urged the Speaker not to take up the bill. 

Now the doomsday predictions for more than 10% of the electorate are threatening to come true for the GOP because of one man: Donald Trump.

‘Some, I imagine, are good people

Within minutes of launching his campaign, Trump was already stirring controversy.

At his campaign announcement earlier this year, Trump insisted that the Mexican government was sending “rapists” and drug runners across the US border.

“They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists, and some, I imagine, are good people,” Trump said at the time. 

Business partners immediately began cutting ties with the real-estate mogul, and Republican rivals like former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) attempted to distance themselves from his rhetoric.

But Trump didn’t apologize. And to the horror of many of party’s moderates, he has risen to the top of the polls on the back of a message steeped in controversial conservative immigration reform ideas.

Those include ending so-called birthright citizenship, building a massive border fence, and deporting 11 million immigrants living in the US illegally.

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Trump’s immigration statements and policy prescriptions have ignited a wave of disapproval among Hispanics.

A Gallup poll released earlier this week showed that the real-estate magnate has the highest net unfavorable rating of any Republican candidate by a landslide. Hispanic voters view Trump more unfavorably than favorably by 51%, far higher than the net unfavorability of the next-nearest candidate, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R), who clocked a net unfavorability of 7% among Hispanic voters in the same poll.

Trump’s ejection of Univision anchor Jorge Ramos from a press conference as Ramos attempted to speak over another journalist, demanding Trump explain his immigration plan, sparked the escalation of a fight with one of the most towering figures in Hispanic media.

And Trump’s impact on the race goes far beyond his spats with journalists and controversial statements. The current Republican front-runner’s outspoken positions on immigration have actually forced many Republicans to the right.

More than half of the Republican field has come out against birthright citizenship, a constitutional right that allows all people born in the US to be automatically granted US citizenship. Many did so after Trump announced his support for ending the policy earlier this month.

Several Republican candidates have also resurrected the term “anchor baby,” a pejorative term used by Trump and popularized by immigration hard-liners. It refers to children of non-US citizens who come to the US illegally and explicitly to give birth to children who will then automatically become citizens.

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Trump’s rhetoric has been applauded by many conservative immigration activists. 

“What we had before that was an orchestrated effort by the Republican establishment to bury the issue in the 2016 campaign,” Dan Stein, president of the controversial group Federation for American Immigration Reform, told Business Insider. “Trump came in as a spoiler and changed the dynamic.”

Democrats, on the other hand, have slammed the GOP field for following Trump’s lead. 

“At worst — and what we’re seeing is the at worst — they follow Trump down this horrible path to these anti-immigrant frontiers,” Pablo Manriquez, Hispanic Media Chair for the Democratic National Committee told Business Insider. 

‘Of course this has electoral implications’

The Republican party has struggled in recent years to win over Latino and Hispanic voters.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney won 27% of Hispanic voters in 2012, far worse than President George W. Bush, who won 44% of Hispanics eight years earlier.

The GOP’s difficulty winning over Latino voters poses enormous electoral challenges for the party going into 2016. Hispanics will likely make up 11% of voters in the 2016 election, and the percentage will likely be higher in key swing states like Colorado.

In the Republican National Committee’s official “autopsy” report of the 2012 election loss, party analysts warned that the GOP would continue to lose Hispanic voters if it did not change its aggressive rhetoric towards immigrants, which many Hispanics read as thinly-veiled racism

“If Hispanic Americans perceive that a GOP nominee or candidate does not want them in the United States (i.e. self-deportation), they will not pay attention to our next sentence. It does not matter what we say about education, jobs or the economy; if Hispanics think we do not want them here, they will close their ears to our policies,” the autopsy report said.

For his part, Trump seems to not know or care about whether his inflammatory rhetoric and policy proposals are hurting the party.

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The real-estate magnate has said repeatedly that he will “win the Latino vote,” insisting that vague promises to foster job growth will help him gain support among Hispanic and Latino voters.

Democrats have been somewhat mum publicly on how they’ll take advantage of Trump’s rhetoric and hard-line positions on immigration since he jumped into the race. 

Though Hispanic voters clearly don’t view Trump favorably, the Gallup poll suggests that so far, other candidates haven’t seen their images shattered alongside him. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R), for instance, is viewed favorably by 34% of Hispanic voters, compared with just 23% viewing him unfavorably.

The DNC hinted that Trump’s comments may help with efforts to register Latinos — who, according to The Washington Post, the campaign of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is already approaching outside of Hispanic grocery stores and churches.

“The bigger question is will it drive people to register to vote. My take is that it will,” Manriquez said.

 

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Tokyo wins Little League title, beating Lewisberry 19-11

Japan's Shingo Tomita (10) leaps on home plate and celebrates with teammates after hitting a home run off Lewisberry, Pa.'s Jaden Henline in the third inning of the Little League World Series Championship baseball game in South Williamsport, Pa., Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Tokyo won the Little League World Series on Sunday, pounding out 22 hits and overcoming an eight-run first-inning deficit to beat Lewisberry, Pennsylvania, 18-11.

The Kitasuna Little League team, also the winner in 2001 and 2012, gave Japan its 10th title.

Pennsylvania scored 10 times and sent 14 batters to the plate in the bottom of the first after falling behind 2-0. But Japan, which had given up a total of 10 runs in its other tournament games, responded with seven runs in the second, four in the third inning and five in the sixth.

Masafuji Nishijima had four hits and six RBIs, and Shingo Tomita hit two home runs.

Tokyo’s third pitcher, Nobuyuki Kawashima, held Pennsylvania in check most of the game, giving up just one run and two hits over five innings.

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Obama Flexes, Renames Mount McKinley

President Barack Obama announced on Sunday that he is changing the name of Mount McKinley, the tallest mountain in North America, to Denali. (Can he do that? So he can.)Read more…

Obama Flexes, Renames Mount McKinley

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Director And Parents at Elite Preschool Battle Via Yelp And Facebook 

Last week parents from a ritzy Los Angeles preschool, Camelot Kids, were shocked by an aggressive email sent by the school’s director, chastising them for inviting recently fired school employees to a cocktail party. Now parents are pulling their children from Camelot’s roster.

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People Reveal The First Email They Ever Sent and It’s a Total Cringefest

My first email address was ernest1960@aol.com. It was my dad’s account and I spent a great deal of my time at 13 looking at gay pornography and then chatting with teenage girls to make up for it. The first email I sent was likely to a girl who went by JessyM13 and it was “this is my email address. Do you have an email address? I got a 4.0 this semester. What about you?”

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Three Children Hospitalized After Austrian Police Stop Van Full of Refugees

Less than a day after a truck containing 71 decomposing bodies was found outside Vienna, police stopped a small van carrying 26 refugees in northern Austria, including three small children who were hospitalized with severe dehydration, the New York Tim…

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Are Attractive Women Really More Likely to be Straight?

Chris Rock once joked that men are only as faithful as their options, and new research suggests that women may only be as heterosexual as their options—with more attractive women more likely to identify as 100 percent hetero, and less attractive women more open to other sexual identities. Of course, the implied causality here is not at all what it may seem on the surface, so let’s take a closer look.

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Chris Rock once joked that men are only as faithful as their options, and new research suggests that women may only be as heterosexual as their options—with more attractive women more likely to identify as 100 percent hetero, and less attractive women more open to other sexual identities. Of course, the implied causality here is not at all what it may seem on the surface, so let’s take a closer look.

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