Headline News

  • Police seek motive behind gunfight between patient, doctor at Pennsylvania hospital


    July 24, 2014: A hospital worker views police activity near the scene of a shooting at a wellness center attached to Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, Pa.AP Authorities are attempting to determine why a patient fatally shot a caseworker at a hospital complex in a Philadelphia suburb and whether a psychiatrist who pulled out his own gun and wounded the patient had concerns about him. The psychiatrist, Dr. Lee Silverman, was grazed in the temple during the gunfight in his office Thursday afternoon with patient Richard Plotts, Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan said. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT “We do believe that there were some issues between the doctor and the patient, but whether or not he actually feared him is unclear,” Whelan said. The prosecutor identified the caseworker killed at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital as Theresa Hunt, 53, of Philadelphia. Hunt had accompanied Plotts to an appointment with Silverman at a psychiatric crisis center adjacent to the …

    July 25, 2014 6:12 am
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Politics

  • Alaska Republican Super PAC Launches Another Ad


    By Kyle Trygstad Posted at 5:30 a.m. today 0 Tweet Dan Sullivan is getting some outside help. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo) A super PAC supporting Alaska Republican Dan Sullivan is launching a radio ad Friday taking aim at his two leading Senate race opponents. The 60-second ad from Alaska’s Energy/America’s Values, backed by an $80,000 buy and running statewide, mentions Democratic Sen. Mark Begich and Sullivan’s top opponent in the Aug. 19 primary, Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell. The ad lands on the airwaves on the heels of an accompanying TV ad from the group. Both label Sullivan a true Alaskan — one of the leading attacks against the native Ohioan — and state he is the only Republican who can defeat Begich. “I’m an Alaskan, and I’m really tired of Mark Begich and Mead Treadwell attacking Dan Sullivan,” says Athena Fulton, who also appears in the TV ad. “Treadwell supported Democrats in the …

    July 25, 2014 5:52 am
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Stocks

  • S&P 500 inches to new high … but not 2,000


    Click for more market data. The major gauges barely budged Thursday, but it was a big day for buyout rumors. The SP 500 was only up about one point, but that was enough notch another all-time high. The index is slowly closing in on 2,000. The Dow Jones industrial average and the Nasdaq both ended flat as investors focused on the latest batch of earnings and deal news. SodaStream in play? Shares of SodaStream (SODA) surged on a report that said the maker of at-home soda machines is in talks to be taken private. The stock was halted briefly following a 24% spike. But the rally cooled and it ended the day 9% higher. There have been rumors that SodaStream could partner with a larger beverage company after Coca-Cola (CCE) took a significant stake in Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR), which is working on its own at-home soda machine. SodaStream did not immediately respond to a …

    July 25, 2014 4:32 am
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Sports

  • Hamilton fastest in hot Hungarian practice


    BUDAPEST (Reuters) – Lewis Hamilton started his Hungarian Grand Prix weekend as he meant to continue, with the fastest lap in Friday’s first free practice and championship-leading Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg behind him. The winner of the last two Hungarian Grands Prix lapped the Hungaroring circuit outside Budapest with a best time of one minute 25.814 seconds. Rosberg was second fastest, 0.183 slower than the 2008 champion, on a hot morning with track temperatures rising to around 48 degrees Celsius. Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso were the closest to the dominant duo, who have won nine out of 10 races so far between them, with third and fourth places respectively on the timesheets. Red Bull’s quadruple champion Sebastian Vettel, who has never won in Hungary, was fifth fastest ahead of Danish rookie Kevin Magnussen for McLaren. Hamilton is 14 points adrift of Rosberg, despite having won five races to the German’s four, but …

    July 25, 2014 6:12 am
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World News

  • ‘No survivors’ in Air Algerie crash


    25 July 2014 Last updated at 11:29 The McDonnell Douglas MD-83 had been chartered from Spanish airline, Swiftair There are no survivors from the Air Algerie AH5017 passenger jet that crashed in Mali, says the French President, Francois Hollande. Mr Hollande said one flight data recorder had been recovered, after French troops reached the crash site near Mali’s border with Burkina Faso. Air traffic controllers lost contact with the plane early on Thursday after pilots reported severe storms. The 116 passengers on the Air Algerie flight included 51 French citizens. The McDonnell Douglas MD-83 had been chartered from Spanish airline, Swiftair. It was flying from Burkina Faso’s capital, Ougadougou, to Algiers. The aircraft had taken off from Ougadougou airport, and lost contact with the ground soon afterwards French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve told French radio network RTL that “the aircraft was destroyed at the moment it crashed”. “We think the aircraft crashed for reasons linked …

    July 25, 2014 5:53 am
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Technology

  • Vibrating smartshoes put Google Maps at your feet


    Smartshoes could be the next big thing in wearable technology, an Indian startup claims, revealing a pair of internet-connected shoes that connect to Google Maps and guide the wearer with small vibrations. The shoes from Ducere Technologies connect to a smartphone using Bluetooth. “The shoes are a natural extension of the human body,” Krispian Lawrence co-founder and chief executive of Ducere Technologies told the Wall Street Journal. “You will leave your house without your watch or wristband, but you will never leave your house without your shoes.” Blending in with existing apparel The challenge faced by Google Glass and other wearable technologies is that they rely on the user being prepared face is that they are an extra item of apparel that must be worn and may not fit with everyone’s self image. Smartglasses are particularly noticeable, and have caused much debate over whether they could ever become a mainstream piece of technology. Ducere believes …

    July 25, 2014 5:52 am
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Science

  • ORNL study reveals new characteristics of complex oxide surfaces


    Related images(click to enlarge) A novel combination of microscopy and data processing has given researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory an unprecedented look at the surface of a material known for its unusual physical and electrochemical properties. The research team led by ORNL’s Zheng Gai examined how oxygen affects the surface of a perovskite manganite, a complex material that exhibits dramatic magnetic and electronic behavior. The new avenue to understand surface behavior could benefit researchers who are interested in using a wide range of correlated oxide materials for applications such as solid fuel cells or oxygen sensors. “Surface properties are key for any sensitive application, because the surface controls the interaction with the outside world,” said coauthor Art Baddorf. The team’s results, published in Nature Communications, underscore why the materials are called “strongly correlated:” Because the chemical and physical functionalities are coupled, any minor change can influence the entire system. “It’s …

    July 25, 2014 6:12 am
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Health

  • In China meat scandal, McDonald’s Japan switches to Thai chicken, no nuggets in Hong Kong


    HONG KONG (Reuters) – McDonald’s Corp has suspended sales of chicken nuggets and other items in Hong Kong after it said it imported products from Shanghai Husi Food, the U.S.-owned Chinese company at the center of a food safety scare in China. McDonald’s said it imported certain products from Shanghai Husi between July last year and June this year, although no food items from the Shanghai supplier remained in stock. In Japan, McDonald’s Holdings Co (Japan) said on Friday it would halt all imports of chicken products from China and shift that business to Thailand, boosting purchases from existing suppliers McKey Foods Services (Thailand) Ltd, a unit of Keystone Foods, and Cargill Thailand. Last year, Thailand supplied 62 percent of McDonald’s Japan’s chicken product imports, with China supplying the remainder. McDonald’s Japan said earlier this week that it sourced about a fifth of its Chicken McNuggets from Shanghai Husi and had halted sales of the …

    July 25, 2014 5:52 am
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Entertainment

  • Spider-Man creator Stan Lee bows out of Comic-Con appearances


    According to the Hollywood Reporter, the 91-year-old comic book veteran will not be at his scheduled Friday and Saturday signings due to illness. The good news is that Lee will be OK after a bit of rest and it’s nothing to be worried about. Comic-Con 2014: 24 movie still has “potential” Lee’s spokesperson told the entertainment industry paper, “Unfortunately Stan Lee has lost his voice due to laryngitis and is unable to attend this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, and has regrettably had to cancel his appearances. Stan is otherwise well and in good health, though he is disappointed to miss the event and wishes everyone a great time.” Despite his advanced age, Lee has been a fixture at the fanboy event since its inception. The creator was instrumental in making the convention a must-attend event and drew Hollywood’s attention that the Con was a great promotional tool for TV and film. He has missed only …

    July 25, 2014 4:32 am
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Editorial

  • NFL is ready for its first openly-gay player


    ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS, JULY 19-20 – FILE – In this May 16, 2014, file phot, St. Louis Rams seventh-round draft pick Michael Sam takes part in a drill during the team’s NFL football rookie camp in St. Louis. Whether or not Sam makes the Rams final roster, becoming the first openly gay player in the NFL, will remain a hot topic throughout the preseason. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File) This week Michael Sam arrived at training camp with the St. Louis Rams. Emotions are running high. As the first openly-gay player on an NFL team, will his sexual orientation cause distractions? If my experience playing high school football is any indication, the answer is, “No.” Three years ago, when I showed up to football practice as a freshman at a new school, the first person I noticed was Colton — everyone did. A 6-foot, 4-inch 300-pound defensive tackle with a voice and personality to match, …

    July 25, 2014 5:52 am
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Odd News

  • Bare burger burglars caught on security camera in Florida


    ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) – Three bare burglars burgle beef. Only in Florida is that not a tongue twister but the latest true crime. The break-in occurred at Doc’s Beach House in Bonita Springs in the middle of the night on Sunday, according to Lee County sheriff spokesman Tony Schall. The three young men are seen on video roaming around the kitchen in their underwear and taking a case of hamburgers and some red bell peppers from the refrigerator, according to the report. Then they stripped off their underwear and walked around the kitchen nude awhile longer before leaving. Although photos from the security camera are being posted widely on the Internet, only two tips have come in, Schall said, with no one apparently recognizing the faces. Investigators might never uncover the culprits, Schall said. Schall said officers suspect the three might have been tourists. (Editing by David Adams and Lisa Shumaker)

    July 25, 2014 6:12 am
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