Headline News

  • More than 2,000 homes threatened by Northern California wildfire; new damages emerge from town


    The smoldering empty shell of a local library and a Head Start center are all that remain Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, the day after a wildfire swept through Weed, Calif. In just a few hours Monday, wind-driven flames destroyed or damaged roughly 100 homes, a saw mill and a church. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) (The Associated Press) The remains of houses destroyed by fire sit in Weed, Calif., Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. In just a few hours Monday, wind-driven flames destroyed or damaged roughly 100 homes, the saw mill and a church in Weed. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) (The Associated Press) A firefighter hoses down a tree being consumed by flames from the King fire near Fresh Pond, Calif., Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. The blaze that started Sunday has consumed more than 18,000 acres and is only 5 percent contained.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) (The Associated Press) POLLOCK PINES, Calif. –  An out-of-control wildfire in Northern California threatened more than 2,000 homes …

    September 18, 2014 2:11 am
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Politics

  • California governor signs ridesharing insurance legislation


    (Reuters) – California Governor Jerry Brown signed new insurance requirements on ridesharing companies into law on Wednesday, but the regulations come at a far lower cost to the industry than previously written into the bill, officials said. Companies such as Lyft, Sidecar and UberX, which is a part of black-car service Uber, allow passengers to summon paid rides using apps on their smartphones and have gained in popularity in dozens of U.S. cities over the past few years. But they face opposition from taxi companies that argue the upstarts do not face the same stringent regulations as do traditional cabs, and insurance companies want ridesharing drivers to carry more expensive insurance policies. The law requires ridesharing companies’ insurance to cover drivers from the moment they turn on their app, not just from when they accept a ride on their app, according to information from the office of California Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla, who championed the bill. …

    September 17, 2014 11:24 pm
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Stocks

  • Easy Rider’s chopper is up for auction


    The famous “Captain America” chopper Peter Fonda rode in the classic film Easy Rider is once again hitting the auction block. Michael Eisenberg, a Los Angeles developer and memorabilia collector who’s had the bike for a year, hopes to raise $1 million when he puts it up for sale on Oct. 18. The bike is the only survivor of four motorcycles: Two custom Harleys used by Dennis Hopper’s character and two Captain Americas used by Fonda in the 1969 classic. A biker gang stole all of them except one Captain America bike, which only survived because it was destroyed in the film’s final scene, burning next to a levee as the camera panned away. Related: Vintage Ferrari sells for record-breaking $38 million Fonda gifted the scraps to Dan Haggerty, who kept the motorcycles running during Easy Rider’s filming. Haggerty restored the motorcycle and kept it. He sold it in 2002 to John Parham, president of …

    September 18, 2014 2:31 am
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Sports

  • Middle East ready to host Olympics, says OCA chief


    INCHEON South Korea (Reuters) – Doha and Dubai are capable of hosting the Middle East’s first Olympic Games and the region would simply have to trust itself to deliver a great event in the face of doubt and criticism, the president of the Olympic Council of Asia has told Reuters. Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, who also heads the powerful Association of National Olympic Committees, told Reuters a successful bid would be well received in a region where sport is helping bring about change. However, he recognised it would also bring a firestorm of protest from other parts of the world in the same way FIFA’s decision to award Qatar hosting rights for the 2022 World Cup provoked an outpouring of controversy and criticism. “I think even if we host a birthday party there would be such a reaction,” Sheikh Ahmad told Reuters in an interview on Wednesday. “That is the tradition of the media. “For …

    September 18, 2014 2:11 am
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World News

  • Australia raids over ‘killing plot’


    18 September 2014 Last updated at 06:19 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Andrew Colvin: The operation was about “police disrupting potential for violence against the community” Australian police have carried out major anti-terror raids triggered by a call from a senior Islamic State militant for “demonstration killings”, Prime Minister Tony Abbott says. The raids, involving at least 800 heavily-armed officers, took place in Brisbane and Sydney. Fifteen people were arrested and one person has been charged with conspiracy to prepare a terrorist attack. Police say the anti-terror operation was the largest in Australian history. Reports in the Australian media said a plot involved beheading a random member of the public after draping them in an Islamic State flag. Addressing a press conference, Mr Abbott said “direct exhortations were coming from an Australian who is apparently quite senior in ISIL (Islamic State) to networks of support back in Australia to conduct demonstration …

    September 18, 2014 2:11 am
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Technology

  • iOS 8 also comes with bucket of security fixes


    Apple published a long list of iOS 8 security changes on Wednesday as the operating system update got delivered to users. While Apple credited many independent security experts, it continued to not differentiate bugs by severity and buried the fix to a major vulnerability. The most notable fix of the Apple Knowledge Base list — more than 53 vulnerabilities long — was hidden at the bottom of the list separated from the other vulnerabilities as a “note” that read, “iOS 8 contains changes to some diagnostic capabilities.” The note linked to another new Knowledge Base article, which detailed changes to the diagnostic tools in iOS 8. Previously, the tools had allowed people with unauthorized access to iOS’s encryption keys to connect wirelessly to the iPhone or iPad and extract sensitive information including text messages and pictures — without having to unlock the device. The “backdoor” was revealed at the Hope-X conference in July by independent …

    September 17, 2014 11:25 pm
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Science

  • NASA Seeks America’s Best and Brightest for Space Technology Research Fellowships


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    September 17, 2014 11:46 pm
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Health

  • U.S. to begin Ebola hospital equipment lift to Liberia


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The first planeload of hospital equipment in the U.S. military’s battle against West Africa’s deadly Ebola outbreak will arrive in Liberia on Friday, a senior administration official said on Wednesday. The United States hopes its expanded effort to contain the spread of the virus will help rally other countries in ramping up the global response to the epidemic, U.S. aid official Nancy Lindborg told a U.S. House of Representatives committee. The plane is the first of 13 air shipments headed for Monrovia, carrying equipment for a 25-bed hospital to be built in Liberia’s capital. The facility will be staffed by 65 Americans who will treat healthcare workers infected while fighting the worst outbreak of the virus on record, according to Lindborg. The epidemic has killed nearly 2,500 people, about half those infected. Army Major General Darryl Williams, who is leading the military operation, arrived in Liberia on Tuesday to sketch out plans …

    September 17, 2014 11:25 pm
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Entertainment

  • Melissa Rivers speaks out about Joan Rivers’ death


    The Fashion Police producer said she is grateful for all the support over the past few weeks. On Wednesday, Rivers posted a comment online on her WhoSay page, thanking fans for their love. Joan Rivers died after doctor went rogue  “As my son Cooper and I mourn the loss of my mother, we want to thank everyone for the beautiful cards and flowers conveying the heartfelt messages and condolences, which continue to arrive from around the world and through social media. My mother would have been overwhelmed by the scope and depth of the love that people have expressed for her. It is certainly helping to lift our spirits during this time. “We are forever grateful for your kindness and support in continuing to honor my mother’s legacy, and for remembering the joy and laughter that she brought to so many.” Joan Rivers’ funeral was the showbiz affair she had wanted  Joan Rivers was laid …

    September 18, 2014 1:09 am
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Editorial

  • Why Andrew Tahmooressi, Marine held in Mexico, will be home soon


    I strongly believe that within the next four weeks U.S. Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi will be released from El Hongo Federal Prison in Mexico and able to walk on American soil once again. Young lawyers are taught to manage expectations. “Under-promise and over-deliver” is the rule – but there are exceptions. When the evidence is coming out so strongly in his favor, an experienced lawyer can take the gamble and say what he really thinks. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT I have been providing legal and spiritual support to Andrew and his mom, Jill, since May. I assisted Jill in hiring Fernando Benitez, Andrew’s Mexican lawyer, and have worked closely with him during the last three court hearings. No purveyor of justice could honestly believe that Andrew posed a threat to Mexican authority or its people. Andrew had no intention of entering Mexico with firearms, and there is proof. The video evidence taken by Mexican customs officials at …

    September 17, 2014 11:25 pm
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Odd News

  • Florida city reverses ban on saggy pants that threatened jail time


    ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) – Saggy pants are a fashion choice and not a police concern, a Florida city has decided, rescinding a two-month-old ban that threatened jail time for styles intentionally exposing underwear or buttocks. Responding to criticism of a law seen as targeting young black males, the Ocala city council voted 4-1 on Tuesday to rescind the ban it had approved in July. “Putting someone in jail for 60 days and fining them $500 for wearing their pants two inches below their natural waistline, wherever that is, that’s not smart justice,” said Kent Guinn, mayor of Ocala, which is 80 miles northwest of Orlando in central Florida. No one was fined or jailed for wearing saggy pants in Ocala, which had joined several U.S. cities prohibiting or campaigning against what many defend as a fashion statement. The saggy pants style has been embraced by popular music culture and spread among young people. The Ocala …

    September 17, 2014 3:35 pm
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