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  • Coast Guard in desperate search for missing El Faro crew, ship data recorder

    The Coast Guard is continuing its search Wednesday for 33 people onboard a cargo ship believed to have sunk near the Bahamas during Hurricane Joaquin. The National Transportation Safety Board also says once the vessel is found, it will try to retrieve its data recorder in hopes of learning why the captain, crew and owners of El Faro decided to risk sailing in stormy waters. The recorder, which has a 30-day battery life, begins pinging when it gets wet. The owners of the El Faro, which disappeared Oct. 1, said the ship’s captain had planned to skirt the storm, but was prevented from doing so by a mechanical failure that left the boat adrift in the path of the power storm. ‘We do not know when his engine problems began . . .’ – Phil Greene, CEO of Tote Services Phil Greene, president and CEO of ship owner Tote Services Inc., told the Associated Press …

    October 7, 2015 12:17 pm


  • No agreements yet on plan to deal with U.S. debt limit: Boehner

    WASHINGTON U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner said on Wednesday that discussions were under way to deal with a looming Nov. 5 deadline to raise the federal debt limit but no decisions have been made “There is no agreement on how to do this. There are discussions about how to do it, but there’s nothing else to report,” Boehner told a news conference. Asked about a House Republican effort to force a vote to renew the Export-Import Bank’s expired charter, Boehner said the best way to handle that would be through the House Financial Services Committee. The panel thus far has blocked legislation to reauthorize the trade bank, which has been dormant since June 30, but Boehner said there was still time for it to act. (Reporting By David Lawder; Editing by Doina Chiacu)

    October 7, 2015 10:17 am


  • Hedge fund billionaire Ken Griffin reaches divorce settlement

    Hedge fund billionaire Ken Griffin has reached a divorce settlement with his wife, Anne Dias Griffin. Hedge fund billionaire Ken Griffin has reached a divorce settlement with his wife. A spokeswoman for Cook County Circuit Court confirmed that Griffin, founder and CEO of Citadel in Chicago, settled the case on Tuesday with his wife Anne Dias Griffin. The couple entered into talks earlier this week, avoiding a public trial that was scheduled to begin Monday. Griffin manages a $24 billion hedge fund empire, and filed for divorce in July 2014. The two have been married 11 years. The court has not revealed the details of the settlement. Mrs. Griffin had sought $1 million in monthly expenses, including $300,000 for the use of a private jet, $160,000 for hotels and $2,000 in stationary costs. Griffin made $950 million in 2013, making him the fifth highest paid hedge fund manager, according to Institutional Investor’s Alpha. He made …

    October 7, 2015 10:37 am


  • Cubs put Lester on wild-card roster as backup for Arrieta

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The Chicago Cubs placed Jon Lester on their wild-card roster on Wednesday as insurance should they need it during the one-game playoff against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Cy Young Award candidate Jake Arrieta will start against the Pirates. Lester, who won a pair of World Series rings with the Boston Red Sox in 2007 and 2013, is on the roster in case Arrieta has a short start or the game extends into extra innings. The Cubs placed 10 pitchers and 15 position players on their 25-man roster. The winner advances to the NL Division Series against St. Louis starting Friday. More from FoxSports Rosters can be reset for each postseason series.

    October 7, 2015 12:18 pm

World News

  • Burundi expels Rwandan envoy

    Image copyright AFP Image caption Relations between Rwanda’s Paul Kagame (L) and Burundi’s Pierre Nkurunziza (R) have soured in recent years Burundi has expelled a Rwandan diplomat, whom it accuses of destabilising the country, a Burundian official has told the BBC. Desire Nyaruhirira had been a top adviser at the Rwandan embassy in Burundi for many years. The expulsion comes amid worsening relations between the east African neighbours. Last week, Burundi accused Rwanda of training rebels seeking to destabilise the country, allegations it denies. Africa Live: BBC news updates The Burundian official, who told the BBC Great Lakes service why Mr Nyaruhirira had been expelled, requested not to be named. Rwanda has not commented on the expulsion. The move by the Burundian government is a sign that the time for restraint is over, says the BBC’s Prime Ndikumagenge from the capital, Bujumbura. Rwandan President Paul Kagame has criticised the decision of his Burundian counterpart Pierre …

    October 7, 2015 12:17 pm


  • Google denies Android Auto car system sends it user driving data

    Google has denied claims that its operating system for in-car entertainment, Android Auto, spies on users. The report, from Motor Trend magazine, said that Porsche had chosen not to use Android Auto in its newest cars, instead opting for Apple Carplay over privacy fears. In an overview of 2017’s iteration of the Porsche 911, Motor Trend’s Jonny Lieberman wrote: “as part of the agreement an automaker would have to enter with Google” to include Android Auto. “Certain pieces of data must be collected and mailed back to Mountain View, California. Stuff like vehicle speed, throttle position, coolant and oil temperature, engine revs – basically Google wants a complete OBD2 [on-board diagnostics] dump whenever someone activates Android Auto. “Apple, by way of stark contrast, only wants to know if the car is moving while Apple Play is in use.” However, Google has disputed the report, specifically denying the claims that it collected “throttle position, oil temperature, …

    October 7, 2015 10:37 am


  • Skepticism Versus Spiritualism: A Q&A with Author David Jaher

    At the height of the 1920s, two forces were on the rise: science and spiritualism. In his book The Witch of Lime Street, David Jaher chronicles how spiritualism, the belief that you could communicate with the soul after death, came to the United States. Jaher focuses on a contest held by Scientific American that set skeptical famed escape artist Harry Houdini against the compelling spirit medium Mina Crandon, nicknamed Margery. Scientific American wanted to use the contest to determine if there was any science that supported spirit mediums. Contests were hugely popular at the time, and readers relied on Scientific American’s findings to determine the truth of the matter. The magazine had already exposed fraud by exposing Albert Abrams’ electric healing cure-all machines as a total hoax. Would spiritualism hold up to the same scrutiny? After the devastation of the First World War and an especially deadly flu pandemic in 1918, people were desperate to …

    October 7, 2015 9:17 am


  • Medical Marijuana Seems Safe for Chronic Pain Patients, Study Finds

    WEDNESDAY, Oct. 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Medical marijuana appears mostly safe for treating chronic pain, at least among people with some experience using the drug, a new study suggests. People who used pot to ease their pain didn’t have an increased risk of serious side effects, compared to people with pain who didn’t use marijuana, a Canadian research team found. But, medical marijuana users were more likely to have less-serious side effects, the study authors said. These side effects included headache, nausea, sleepiness and dizziness, the research revealed. “In terms of a side effect profile, we felt the drug had a reasonably good safety profile, if you compare those effects to other medications,” said study lead author Dr. Mark Ware. He is director of clinical research for the Alan Edwards Pain Management Unit at McGill University Health Center in Montreal. Although this study focused on the safety of medical marijuana, Ware reported that participants …

    October 7, 2015 9:57 am


  • Gwen Stefani And Blake Shelton’s Flirtation Heats Up On The Voice, NBC Announces Christina Aguilera’s Return

    Posted on Wed Oct 7th, 2015 8:10am PDT       By X17 Staff We still think this potential pair is so weird! Rumors have been swirling for weeks now that The Voice coaches Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton had real chemistry that wasn’t just for the cameras, and this new Us Weekly report seems to confirm it! “They’re a real thing,” a source dished to the mag. It sounds like the country star is the one fueling the flirtation, too. “He thinks she’s a badass!” the source added. The self-professed “redneck” and ex-wife Miranda Lambert finalized their divorce in July, and the No Doubt songstress and estranged hubby Gavin Rossdale are in the process of doing the same, so the coast is clear for these two to try their hands at a romance! We still think they would be the most mismatched couple ever, but sometimes opposites attract! They might want to hurry up and make something happen, …

    October 7, 2015 10:57 am


  • Acting out of weakness? Why Obama’s dangerously wrong about Putin’s intentions in Syria

    In last Friday’s press conference, President Obama called Vladimir Putin’s incursion in Syria “an act of weakness.” It’s his pat answer when Putin misbehaves. The White House likes to portray the Kremlin as a place filled with petulant children who don’t understand what’s in their own best interest and will one day rue their misguided behavior. A mixture of condescension and patience may be an appropriate tactic in child rearing. But in a dangerous world, it’s a lackadaisical prescription for disaster. Mr. Obama sees Putin’s military adventure as a quagmire-in-waiting for the Kremlin. In the end, he believes, Moscow will lose more than it gains and find itself isolated and censured by the international community. This, he concludes, will leave Putin weaker than when he started. But there’s a problem with the president’s line of thinking. Actually, there are several. Sometimes it might make sense to give some actors space to “learn their lesson.” But …

    October 6, 2015 8:30 pm

Odd News

  • Police rescue Kentucky store owner from large python

    The owner of a Kentucky reptile store had to be rescued by police after a 20-foot-long (6-meter) python weighing up to 125 pounds (57 kg) wrapped around him, authorities said. Terry Wilkins was tangled up with the snake when two police officers arrived at the Captive Born Reptiles store in Newport, Kentucky, a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio, at around noon on Monday. “When officers arrived on the scene, they located the victim who was total(ly) unconscious with a large snake wrapped around his head and neck,” according to a Newport police report. The officers grabbed the snake by the head and unwrapped it from Wilkins, who was not breathing, the report said. He began to breathe as rescue squad workers arrived, it said. Wilkins was treated at a Cincinnati hospital with nearly two dozen stitches to his arm where the snake bit him and went home later on Monday, according to a colleague, who declined …

    October 6, 2015 5:29 pm