Headline News

  • Calif. cop-killer suspect with AR-15-type assault weapon captured after tense manhunt, cops say


    A suspect described as a “one-man crime spree” is accused of shooting three Northern California sheriff’s deputies, killing two of them and wounding a civilian, then eluding hundreds of searchers before being hunted down and forced to surrender, authorities said. Marcelo Marquez of Salt Lake City was examined at a hospital for unknown injuries. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT “I think there’s those people who would say, ‘You know what, I wish you’d killed him,’” Placer County Sheriff Ed Bonner said at a news conference Friday evening. “Now, that’s not who we are. We are not him. We did our job.” Marquez, 34, and a woman also taken into custody were questioned by investigators about their motives late Friday night, said Sacramento County sheriff’s Sgt. Lisa Bowman said. It wasn’t immediately clear when they would be formally booked. The deadly chain of events began around 10:30 a.m. when Sacramento County sheriff’s Deputy Danny Oliver, 47, was shot in …

    October 25, 2014 9:21 am
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Politics

  • White House ex-counsel now off of Attorney General list


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler, a leading candidate in President Barack Obama’s search for a new U.S. attorney general, has pulled out of consideration for the nomination, a White House official said on Friday. Ruemmler, who informed Obama in a phone call on Wednesday, faced the possibility of a difficult Senate confirmation battle over her involvement in a host of White House issues that stirred controversy in politically polarized Washington. Obama, who thinks highly of Ruemmler, had approached the Washington lawyer to see if he could put her on his shortlist for replacing Holder, who has announced he will leave his post when a successor is found. “Kathy took this step this week on her own volition,” the White House official said. Ruemmler declined to comment. Some Republican lawmakers have raised questions about an internal White House investigation led by Ruemmler into an April 2012 Secret Service prostitution scandal in Cartagena, …

    October 25, 2014 9:20 am
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Stocks

  • EU pledges 1 billion euros to fight Ebola


    European states have stepped up their efforts to fight Ebola. European countries have responded to appeals for more help to fight Ebola by pledging to increase aid for West Africa to a billion euros ($1.3 billion). EU member states made commitments this week to give an extra 400 million euros, on top of 580 million previously pledged, officials said. The United Nations has said it needs at least $1 billion to effectively fight the virus that has already killed 4,800 people, mainly in West Africa. Donors have been slow to follow through on their promises, prompting UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to appeal for more countries to join the campaign. UN’s $1 billion fund for Ebola falls woefully short The U.S. has already committed more than $100 million, but the Pentagon said it was working to shift another $500 million of funds toward the Ebola effort. China also pledged to boost its aid and provide …

    October 25, 2014 8:20 am
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Sports

  • Serena-Simona II to decide WTA Finals champion


    Singapore (SportsNetwork.com) – Serena Williams and Simona Halep will battle for the title at the season-ending WTA Finals after both won semifinal matches on Saturday. The two met earlier this week in round-robin play, and the 6-0, 6-2 Halep rout in 65 minutes equaled the worst loss of Williams’ career. Williams will now get the chance to avenge that defeat and win a third straight title at the season-ending event. She advanced Saturday with a thrilling 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (8-6) victory over good friend Caroline Wozniacki in the first semifinal. Halep then rolled to a 6-2, 6-2 pounding of Agnieszka Radwanska in the second semi. Wozniacki had lost three previous matches to Williams this year and took the first set comfortably on Saturday, but the American star bounced back and won the second before the Dane grabbed the lead in the third with a break and served for the match at 5-4. Williams, though, broke …

    October 25, 2014 9:21 am
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World News

  • Vietnam tycoon arrested for ‘fraud’


    25 October 2014 Last updated at 10:42 Vietnamese authorities have vowed to take a tougher approach to bank regulation and oversight One of Vietnam’s richest business tycoons has been arrested on suspicion of lending fraud, authorities say. Ha Van Tham, a former chairman of the private Ocean Bank, was taken into custody in Hanoi on Friday, the ministry of interior said in a statement. Vietnam’s Central Bank also announced on Friday that it had suspended Mr Tham from his bank chairman role. Mr Tham also owns significant stakes in hotel and real estate businesses. His personal wealth is estimated to be several billion dollars. Local media reported that Mr Tham could be held for up to four months pending further investigations. The Central Bank said Mr Tham was “personally responsible” for some serious violations of the law but did not give further details. Fraud clampdown Shares in Ocean Group has fallen by several percentage points …

    October 25, 2014 9:21 am
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Technology

  • I am Marty McFly: My week in ‘Back to the Future II’ shoes


    Looking good, twinkle toes. Amanda Kooser/CNET My mother looked at my feet and shook her head. “You’ve been like this since you were a baby,” she said. I suppose she knew I was destined for geekiness since my first breath. What sparked her comment were the shoes on my feet. The gray high-tops were all aglow. We were about to go shopping and she wasn’t entirely sure she wanted to be seen with me. I’ve been wearing a pair of shoes modeled after the Nike Air Mags from “Back to the Future: Part II” all week long. The shoes are officially licensed replicas (minus the Nike endorsement and swoosh) from HalloweenCostumes.com. They have the same light-gray color as the shoes Marty McFly dons as he explores the future world of 2015. The fat end caps behind the heels, high-top holes, ankle plates and lights are all there. The shoes became available for a few brief, …

    October 25, 2014 9:21 am
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Science

  • Hospitals Need Time, Training to Get Ready for Ebola


    The diagnosis of physician Craig Spencer with Ebola in New York City on Thursday reinforced the fact that Ebola could arrive at any hospital at any time. Are facilities and health care workers ready to properly care for an infected patient—while also staying safe and preventing further spread of the disease?   The answer to that question would appear to be no, given the case of Thomas Duncan, the Liberian patient who died from Ebola earlier this month in a Dallas hospital and infected two nurses. In the intervening weeks, agencies and advocacy groups have beefed up recommendations, training and response protocols.   Initial protocols set forth by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), combined with reportedly minimal training at hospitals, left health care workers vulnerable to the often-fatal disease. After consulting with the nation’s top high-level biocontainment facilities, however, the CDC on Monday issued detailed guidelines for hospitals and health care …

    October 25, 2014 9:41 am
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Health

  • Tips for Safe Trick-or-Treating


    SATURDAY, Oct. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Arriving home safe and sound is one of the best Halloween treats of all. To that end, be sure that costumes and goody bags have reflective strips that improve visibility to drivers, said Dr. Sampson Davis, an emergency medicine doctor at Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center in Secaucus, N.J. Trick-or-treaters should also carry a flashlight, and costumes should be flame-resistant, Davis said. He offers these others tips: If you plan to use makeup, test it on a small area of skin first to ensure it doesn’t cause an allergic reaction. Wash makeup off immediately after returning home. Costume accessories should be soft and pliable in order to reduce injury risk. Don’t wear decorative contact lenses, which can cause eye infections. Comfortable and supportive footwear can help prevent blisters and sprains. Don’t let children eat homemade treats made by strangers and limit the amount of treats they eat at one …

    October 25, 2014 9:20 am
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Entertainment

  • Brody Jenner Tells Photographers To "Stop F**king With My Pops"


    Posted on Fri Oct 24th, 2014 1:40pm PDT       By X17 Staff He sounds like he means business! Brody Jenner hit up Life Style Weekly’s 10 year anniversary party at the Mondrian hotel in West Hollywood last night, and the reality star had some stern warnings for the photographers as he made his way inside. “Stop f**king with my pops,” he told them, in reference to his dad Bruce Jenner, who has been making headlines recently for allegedly transitioning into a woman. The former Hills star also got defensive when a photographer asked about his little sister Kylie’s rumored relationship with rapper Tyga. “Are you really asking me this? Don’t you know me by now? I don’t give a f**k about any of this, as long as nobody f**ks with my little sister, that’s all I care about,” he fumed. The Prince of Malibu is pissed!   Stories from around the Web

    October 25, 2014 9:00 am
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Editorial

  • The Foxhole: Graham Nash on CSNY, the Hollies and the choosing of life over death


    In the fall of 1969, the members of rock’s newest super-group, CSNY – an improbable and highly combustible vehicle for the individual and collective genius of David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, and Neil Young – were settling into the San Francisco area, preparing to record their first album together. These loose sessions would produce the landmark record Déjà Vu (1970), later ranked # 148 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. Crosby, the nominal leader of the group, had set up digs in a rambling country house in Novato, thirty miles north of the city, with his two lovers, Christine Hinton and Debbie Donovan. Jerry Garcia, who would play pedal steel guitar on Nash’s pop classic, “Teach Your Children,” was a frequent visitor, as were other members of the Grateful Dead, who lived down the street. The sex, drugs, and freedom were highly intoxicating, and for the members of …

    October 25, 2014 1:10 am
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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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