Headline News

  • Gunman arrested after allegedly killing two California deputies, injuring another and bystander, arrested


    A gunman who allegedly killed two sheriff’s deputies and wounded another officer and a bystander in the Sacramento County area has been arrested, a spokeswoman for the Placer County sheriff said Friday night. Spokeswoman Dena Erwin said 34-year-old Marcelo Marquez, who also allegedly tried to carjack two vehicles, was taken alive Friday afternoon from a home in Auburn after an initial shooting hours earlier in a Sacramento commercial area. Auburn is about 30 miles north of Sacramento. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT She also announced that a second deputy shot by the suspect had died. The third deputy was shot in the arm and “sitting up and talking.” “This guy was on a one-man crime spree today,” Erwin said. “He has no idea of the damage he did.” The shooting victim of the first attempted carjacking was identified as Anthony Holmes, 38, by the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office. He is in critical condition  The four shootings sparked a …

    October 25, 2014 12:09 am
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Politics

  • Mississippi Supreme Court rejects McDaniel Senate primary challenge


    JACKSON Miss. (Reuters) – The Mississippi Supreme Court on Friday rejected a Republican primary challenge by former U.S. Senate candidate Chris McDaniel, possibly ending his legal effort to overturn the June result that he alleged was stolen by incumbent U.S. Senator Thad Cochran. In a split decision, justices affirmed a lower court ruling dismissing McDaniel’s case, saying he filed it after the statutory deadline. “While we disagree with the majority, since there was no deadline in the statute to file a challenge, we are glad the Supreme Court finally ruled so Mississippi conservatives can move forward into 2015,” McDaniel’s campaign attorney, Mitch Tyner, said in a statement. Mississippi law allows a candidate 20 days after a statewide primary election to contest the results. McDaniel, a Tea Party-backed candidate who ran a fierce campaign, filed his challenge 41 days afterward. McDaniel argued the deadline no longer mattered because the courts had already considered a 2004 election …

    October 24, 2014 9:06 pm
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Stocks

  • Bezos: The Grinch that stole Amazon’s Xmas


      You’re a mean one, Mr. Bezos. You really are a drone. Your Fire Phone’s unpopular. Your cloud biz bleeds red ink. Mr. Bezos. Your ship looks like it is really starting to sink! Yup. Amazon’s lousy third-quarter results and weak fourth-quarter outlook has made CEO Jeff Bezos a Grinch to investors. Shares of Amazon (AMZN, Tech30) plunged more than 8% Friday as the market has decided it wouldn’t touch the stock with a thirty-nine and a half foot pole. And it’s been that way all year. The stock is now down 28% in 2014, making it the worst performer in CNNMoney’s Tech 30 index. (Mobile chip company ARM Holding (ARMH, Tech30) had been the biggest loser before Friday.) The huge loss in the third quarter is troubling enough. It’s a sign that not all of Amazon’s big investments are paying off. The Fire Phone, which Amazon hyped to death because it was a 3-D …

    October 25, 2014 12:09 am
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Sports

  • Perry’s ninth goal in 8 games helps Ducks beat Blue Jackets 3-1 for seventh straight win


    Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson, left, watches Anaheim Ducks right wing Devante Smith-Pelly reach for the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson) (The Associated Press) Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Nick Foligno skates past Anaheim Ducks center Rickard Rakell during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson) (The Associated Press) Anaheim Ducks right wing Jakob Silfverberg, left, shoots past Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman James Wisniewski during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson) (The Associated Press) Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, right, blocks a shot by Anaheim Ducks right wing Tim Jackman, middle, with help on defense by Tim Erixon during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson) (The Associated …

    October 25, 2014 12:09 am
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World News

  • US judge sentences Farc commander


    25 October 2014 Last updated at 05:38 The US sought Alexander Beltran Herrera’s extradition over his role in kidnapping the three US citizens A US judge has sentenced an ex-Colombian rebel to 27 years in prison for his role in the kidnapping of three American contract workers in 2003. Alexander Beltran Herrera’s unit was responsible for moving the hostages and imprisoning them in chains. The contract workers were on an anti-drug surveillance mission when their aircraft broke down in the Colombian jungle in February 2003. They were eventually rescued by the Colombian military in 2008. Hostages Thomas Howes, Keith Stansell and Marc Gonsalves were imprisoned by members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc) and held by Herrera’s unit for around two years. Desertion from Farc While Alexander Beltran Herrera did not have much contact with the hostages, the court heard how the three men were taken deep into the jungle and kept in …

    October 25, 2014 12:09 am
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Technology

  • College students more prone to thoughtless social posts than high schoolers, study says


    Is it F for Fake on social media, as far as young people are concerned? Aquul/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET Social media just isn’t real. Yes, you thought that everyone was just being themselves, but teens, those extrasensory beings, are fed up with all the flimflam and fluff that’s all over their Twitters and Facebooks. I take this information from a new survey. It says 69 percent of the 812 young people aged 13-22 insisted that they’re very rarely themselves on social media. It’s not clear who they actually are on social media. They can’t all be Beyoncé and Jay-Z, can they? This sense of an inauthentic virtual world has apparently caused them to post less. 66 percent said they had cut back. Boys, though, will be big-mouths. In this survey, they were 70 percent more likely than girls to claim they posted everything about themselves, unedited. Still, this quaint clinging to a need for …

    October 24, 2014 9:07 pm
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Science

  • NASA Hosts First Agency-wide Social Media Event for Orion’s First Flight Test


    NASA invites social media followers to apply for credentials to get a preview of the Orion spacecraft’s first flight test during NASA Social events Dec. 3 at each of its 10 centers. Orion will launch on a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket from Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Liftoff is targeted for 7:05 a.m. EST Dec. 4. NASA Socials are in-person events for people who engage with the agency through social media networks. Events will be held simultaneously at NASA centers including: Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California; Glenn Research Center in Cleveland; Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland; Johnson Space Center in Houston; Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia; Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Alabama; Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi; and, Armstrong Flight Research Center, which is hosting a joint event with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. Each …

    October 24, 2014 5:23 pm
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Health

  • Two U.S. states to quarantine health workers returning from Ebola zones


    NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – New York and New Jersey will automatically quarantine medical workers returning from Ebola-hit West African countries and the U.S. government is considering the same step after a doctor who treated patients in Guinea came back infected, officials said on Friday. The steps announced by the two states, which go beyond the current restrictions being imposed by President Barack Obama’s administration on travelers from Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea, came as medical detectives tried to retrace the steps in New York City of Dr. Craig Spencer, who tested positive for Ebola on Thursday. The new policy applies to medical workers returning from the region through John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York and Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey. In the first instance of the new move, a female healthcare worker who had treated patients in West Africa and arrived at the Newark, New Jersey, airport was ordered into quarantine. …

    October 24, 2014 9:06 pm
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Entertainment

  • Plastic surgery queen Heidi Montag weighs in on Renée Zellweger


    Renée Zellweger lets the public know how she feels about her taut new face And for good reason — the Bridget Jones star looks almost nothing like herself. Some have made fun. Others have expressed sympathy or concern. Zellweger herself said she’s glad people think she looks different, because she’s living a different life. Now, Heidi Montag, the woman who spent the 2010s seemingly on a quest to rack up plastic surgery records, is weighing in. The former Hills star also shocked fans, friends and family with sudden, drastic transformations that left her almost unrecognizable. She appeared on Extra! and talked about her own plastic surgery experiences, as well as how they related to what Zellweger is going through now. According to Montag, at first, the public scrutiny she received over her face was isolating, and she wants to make sure no one going through the same things feels that way. 5 Things Renée Zellweger …

    October 24, 2014 10:48 pm
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Editorial

  • ‘Law & Order’ star, NFL, men’s group join to say ‘No More’ to domestic violence


    Mariska Hargitay, Founder President of the Joyful Heart Foundation and Emmy Award-winning star of “Law Order: Special Victims Unit.” (Courtesy NoMore.org) Twenty-four people every minute — more than 12 million women and men a year — are victims of physical violence, rape and stalking from their partners. While the overwhelming majority of violence and abuse against women is men’s violence, the majority of men are not violent. However, men are often silent about the violence that other men perpetrate. But this week saw a group of powerful men step forward: NFL players, current and former, saying NO MORE to domestic violence and sexual assault in a series of groundbreaking new PSAs. “Together we can end domestic violence and sexual assault” reads the tag line for NO MORE. The most important word in that phrase? “Together.” Players like Pittsburgh Steelers’ William Gay, whose mother was killed by an abusive partner. Like Philadelphia Eagles’ Jon Dorrembos, who lost …

    October 24, 2014 5:01 pm
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Odd News

  • Florida man shoots 400-pound bear breaking into his house


    ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) – A Florida man shot and killed a 400-pound (180-kg) black bear after it broke into his house two nights in a row to get to a bag of dog food, a state wildlife officer said on Friday. “I felt in danger enough that since it wouldn’t leave I had to shoot it,” said Victor Peters of Lady Lake of the Wednesday night incident in a video interview posted online by the Orlando Sentinel. Killing a bear in Florida is illegal. Wildlife officer Greg Workman of the Florida Fish Wildlife Conservation said he expects to hand the case to prosecutors by early next week for their consideration at the completion of his investigation. “It sounds like he did what he could do to try to keep the bear from coming back,” Workman said. “We’re looking at all sides to make the best decision.” Bears and humans cross paths, occasionally fatally for the …

    October 24, 2014 9:26 pm
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