• Defiant HK protests on National Day

    Defiant HK protests on National Day

    1 October 2014 Last updated at 03:41 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. A drone captured the scale of the protests on Saturday 30 September Pro-democracy crowds have stayed on the streets...
  • Mets pitcher deGrom named top NL rookie

    New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – New York Mets starter Jacob deGrom was honored on Tuesday as the National League Rookie of the Month for September. The 26-year-old right-hander completed his 2014 season by going 2-0...
  • Norway best country for older people

    Norway best country for older people

    1 October 2014 Last updated at 00:02 Norway is the best country for older people, followed by neighbour Sweden Norway is the best place to grow old, according to an index of the quality of...
  • California mayor dies after shooting

    California mayor dies after shooting

    1 October 2014 Last updated at 02:45 The mayor of a California suburb has been fatally shot at home and his wife taken into custody. Los Angeles County sheriff’s Deputy Crystal Hernandez said that Mayor...

Headline News

  • Pennsylvania state trooper fatally shot in gun training accident

    September 30, 2014: An ambulance waits outside the Montgomery County Public Safety Training Complex in Conshohocken, Pa., where a state trooper was fatally shot during a gun training exercise. (WTXF) Pennsylvania State Police say that a trooper who was accidentally shot during a gun safety exercise Tuesday has died.  Officials said that Trooper David Kedra, 26, was shot in the chest at the Montgomery County Public Safety training complex in Conshohocken, near Philadelphia, at approximately 4:45 p.m. local time. The Associated Press reported that Kedra was taking part in a yearly training exercise at the facility, which contains classrooms and training facilities for firefighters, police officers and emergency medical technicians. The trooper was airlifted to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT “He died serving the people of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the men and women of the Pennsylvania State Police mourn his loss and extend our sincere condolences to his …

    September 30, 2014 10:36 pm


  • U.S. judge dismisses Republican challenge to SEC pay-to-play rule

    (Reuters) – A federal judge in Washington late on Tuesday dismissed a challenge by two state Republican parties of a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rule that imposes restrictions on asset managers who donate to political campaigns, handing the regulator a victory. U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell said the court lacked jurisdiction to review the New York and Tennessee Republican parties’ challenge to the SEC’s “pay-to-play” rule, and that only the U.S. appeals court had authority to hear the case. An attorney for the two political parties, Jason Torchinsky, said: “The decision is long, and just came out. We are reviewing the decision and will be discussing the next steps with our clients.” An SEC spokesman declined to comment. The SEC’s pay-to-play rule was adopted in 2010, and intends to prevent a quid pro quo between elected officials and investment advisers who are seeking to win business to manage public assets, such as pension plans. …

    September 30, 2014 7:53 pm


  • This app is helping Hong Kong protesters organize without a cell network

      Anyone who has ever been to a big sporting event or a stadium concert knows that large crowds can quickly overwhelm local cell towers, making communication pretty much impossible. Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong — who need functioning phones to organize — appear to have found a solution to this problem. More than 100,000 people in Hong Kong downloaded an app called FireChat in a recent 24-hour period. The app allows protesters to keep chatting, even when their phones lose mobile network connectivity. FireChat works by connecting users in a daisy chain, or mesh network, via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. No mobile network is required, and users can choose to remain anonymous. “With FireChat, it’s completely decentralized,” said Micha Benoliel, CEO of Open Garden, the app’s developer. “And that means you can get connectivity from the people and devices around you — directly.” Related: Hong Kong protesters willing to pay economic price The benefits of …

    September 30, 2014 10:56 pm


  • War of words: Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters, Washington’s John Wall exchange barbs

    Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) poses for photographs during NBA basketball media day at the Verizon Center in Washington, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (The Associated Press) Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving does a radio interview during the NBA basketball team’s media day Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, in Independence, Ohio. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan) (The Associated Press) CLEVELAND –  Dormant for years, the rivalry between the Washington Wizards and Cleveland Cavaliers may be back. After Wizards guard Bradley Beal proclaimed that he and John Wall were the best backcourt in the NBA, Cavs guard Dion Waiters voiced his opinion, saying he and Kyrie Irving were better. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT “That’s nonsense,” Waiters said after practice on Tuesday. “He’s supposed to say that, but I know deep down they’re not messing with me and Ky. I think me and Ky are the best young backcourt.” It didn’t take long for Wall to respond. “They haven’t seen a playoff …

    September 30, 2014 10:36 pm

World News

  • Defiant HK protests on National Day

    1 October 2014 Last updated at 03:41 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. A drone captured the scale of the protests on Saturday 30 September Pro-democracy crowds have stayed on the streets of Hong Kong at the start of National Day – which activists hope will see the largest protests so far. Tens of thousands of people have been blocking parts of the city for days. They are demanding that China withdraw plans to vet candidates for the next Hong Kong leadership election in 2017. Current leader CY Leung has urged the protesters to go home, and Chinese President Xi Jinping has reaffirmed Beijing’s influence on the territory. On Tuesday Mr Xi told Communist Party leaders in Beijing that his government would “steadfastly safeguard the long-term prosperity and stability of Hong Kong and Macau”. Mr Leung, Hong Kong’s chief executive, has rejected campaigners’ call for him to stand down. Please turn on …

    September 30, 2014 10:36 pm


  • Windows 10: Nine things you need to know

    Windows 10 Nick Statt/CNET Windows 8 has had a bit of a tumultuous run, something Microsoft is hoping to turn around with Windows 10. We got a brief glimpse at a Microsoft event on Tuesday, and while it did prove to be a tantalizing look at what’s in store, there are still plenty of questions floating around, and a lot more to figure out before the final product is sitting on our hard drives. If you’ve got questions, we’ve got some answers on the latest step for Windows. First look at Windows 10 (pictures) See full gallery 1. When can I upgrade? And how much will it cost? Microsoft expects to release the OS sometime in 2015, after the company’s Build developer conference in April. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can sign up for the Windows Insider Program on October 1 to get your hands on the early (and likely buggy) preview build. The cost …

    September 30, 2014 7:54 pm


  • U.S., India to Collaborate on Mars Exploration, Earth-Observing Mission

    In a meeting Tuesday in Toronto, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and K. Radhakrishnan, chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), signed two documents to launch a NASA-ISRO satellite mission to observe Earth and establish a pathway for future joint missions to explore Mars. [image-51]While attending the International Astronautical Congress, the two space agency leaders met to discuss and sign a charter that establishes a NASA-ISRO Mars Working Group to investigate enhanced cooperation between the two countries in Mars exploration. They also signed an international agreement that defines how the two agencies will work together on the NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR) mission, targeted to launch in 2020. “The signing of these two documents reflects the strong commitment NASA and ISRO have to advancing science and improving life on Earth,” said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. “This partnership will yield tangible benefits to both our countries and the world.” The joint Mars Working Group will seek …

    September 30, 2014 4:11 pm


  • CDC experts to deploy to Texas if patient has Ebola: official

    DALLAS (Reuters) – U.S. health specialists are ready to deploy to Dallas if a patient being evaluated for Ebola is found to be carrying the disease that has killed thousands of people in West Africa, a Dallas County official said on Tuesday. Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas officials said in a statement on Monday that an unnamed patient was being tested for Ebola and had been placed in “strict isolation” due to the patient’s symptoms and recent travel history. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is expected to provide initial test results on the patient later on Tuesday, hospital officials said. Texas and Dallas County health officials are in close contact with the CDC, which would send its experts to Dallas if tests on the patient confirm Ebola, said Zach Thompson, director of the Dallas County Department of Health and Human Services. “Everyone is preparing for the worst and hoping for …

    September 30, 2014 3:50 pm


  • Krewella member says he was kicked out because he’s sober

    Battle of the mouses: Deadmau5 claims Disney stole his art first Kris Trindl, a founding member of the EDM band, Krewella, is suing his former bandmates, alleging that the other two members, Jahan and Yasmine Yousaf, kicked him out because his newfound sobriety made him unable to hang. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Kris is suing the Yousaf sisters for at least $5 million. He says he struggled big time trying to get sober, but once he did, the Yousaf sisters didn’t like that he couldn’t party with them anymore and started scheming to give him the boot. Kris also says his former bandmates violated an oath that the three made when they formed Krewella. He says that when they met in college and formed the band, they vowed “to put aside any other career plans outside of music and commit to Krewella” and sealed the deal by each getting a tattoo of the date …

    September 30, 2014 9:34 pm


  • Five forces that will shape the 21st Century

    President Obama recently proclaimed that climate change, more than any issue, will define the contours of the 21st century. Powerful men searching for legacy often evoke grand challenges and personal solutions, but climate change is only one of several forces that will make civilization different 100 years from now. 1. Challenges to Democracy ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT In the 19th and 20th centuries, democracies embracing free markets outperformed more autocratic and collectivist societies. However, over the last several decades, majority rule in the West has fashioned government policies that redistribute income indiscriminately, displace investments in infrastructure and technology, and slow growth. China – albeit with shortcomings – has created a neocapitalist juggernaut. Its Communist Party is not Soviet-era dictatorship but rather an oligarchy open to new members. It imposes guidance on private, as well as state-owned, enterprises, and it has avoided the worst impulses of prosperity – a sense of entitlement and complacency among citizens. China and …

    September 30, 2014 7:54 pm

Odd News

  • Spanish speleologist rescued from Peruvian cave after 12 days

    LIMA (Reuters) – A Spanish speleologist trapped 400 meters (1,312 feet) underground in a cave in the Peruvian Amazon for nearly two weeks was pulled to safety on Tuesday, a rescue worker said. Cecilio Lopez-Tercero was stuck in the cave, named Intimachay, for 12 days in Peru’s northern Amazonas region, where the temperature can drop as low as 10 degrees Celsius and humidity reaches 100 percent. After being lifted from the cave with a pulley, Lopez-Tercero said that he hopes to get well enough soon to continue exploring the area, rescue worker Javier Farje told Reuters. More than 100 rescue workers, including several Spanish colleagues who traveled to South America to help in the effort, broke into applause and embraced each other after Lopez-Tercero appeared at the surface, according to local broadcaster RPP. Lopez-Tercero suffered a back injury when he fell in the cave, according to local media. After being pulled from the cave, he …

    September 30, 2014 8:13 pm