Headline News

  • For first time, military detainee in Afghanistan being transferred to US for criminal trial


    WASHINGTON –  U.S. officials say the Obama administration is preparing to transfer a military detainee in Afghanistan for criminal trial in federal court in Virginia. The move would mark the first time a military detainee from Afghanistan was brought to the U.S. for trial, and it represents the Obama administration’s latest attempt to show that it can use the criminal court system to deal with terror suspects. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Officials said the prisoner, known as Irek Hamidullan, is a Russian veteran of the Soviet war in Afghanistan who defected to the Taliban and stayed in the country. Officials said he was captured in 2009 after an attack on Afghan border police and U.S. soldiers in Khost province. The congressional and administration officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss classified information.

    October 23, 2014 3:33 pm
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Politics

  • South Carolina House Speaker pleads guilty to ethics charges, to resign


    CHARLESTON S.C. (Reuters) – South Carolina House Speaker Bobby Harrell pleaded guilty on Thursday to criminal ethics charges and agreed to immediately resign from the legislature. Harrell, a Republican who became House speaker in 2005, pleaded guilty to six counts that included using campaign funds for personal expenses, misconduct in office and false reporting. (Reporting by Harriet McLeod; Editing by Jonathan Kaminsky and Eric Walsh)

    October 23, 2014 12:28 pm
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Stocks

  • Investors go to their happy place


    After the last week’s bloodbath, investors are finding reason to celebrate. The Dow Jones Industrial Average shot up 230 points Thursday, while the SP 500 and Nasdaq have gained around 5% each this week. Here’s why the market is in its happy place. Related: After six months of recall costs, GM making money again Thank you, Corporate America: Thursday brought fresh corporate earnings from some major Dow components. Caterpillar (CAT), considered an economic bellwether for its ties to manufacturing, reported an 18.5% surge in profit from last year. It also raised its outlook for the rest of 2014. Shares of the equipment maker jumped over 5%. 3M Company (MMM) also hit pay dirt. The industrial giant grew earnings by over 11% last quarter and also upgraded its full year performance targets. That stock soared 5%. “Most of the big companies that reported are trading higher and that’s building on some positive sentiment from that the …

    October 23, 2014 3:33 pm
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Sports

  • A long way from home, the Atlanta Falcons play ‘host’ to the Detroit Lions at Wembley Stadium


    Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, center, prepares to throw a ball during a training session at Pennyhill Park Hotel in Bagshot, England, Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. The Atlanta Falcons will play the Detroit Lions in an NFL football game at London’s Wembley Stadium on Sunday. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) (The Associated Press) In this photo provided by the NFL, Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan attends a team football practice session at London Colney, on the outskirts of London, Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. The Atlanta Falcons will play the Detroit Lions in an NFL football game at London’s Wembley Stadium on Sunday. (AP Photo/NFL, Sean Ryan) (The Associated Press) Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell supervises a training session at Pennyhill Park Hotel in Bagshot, England, Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. The Atlanta Falcons will play the Detroit Lions in an NFL football game at London’s Wembley Stadium on Sunday. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) (The Associated Press) Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin …

    October 23, 2014 3:33 pm
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World News

  • EU eyes new green energy targets


    23 October 2014 Last updated at 17:58 By Laurence Peter BBC News, Brussels Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Ben Wright looks ahead to the EU summit An EU summit has begun in Brussels aiming for agreement on carbon emission cuts that could make Europe a global leader again in climate policy. The European Commission has proposed a 40% cut in CO2 emissions by 2030. The EU also aims to boost the use of renewable energy to 27% in the total energy mix. Europe’s reliance on Russian gas has become a hot topic because of the Ukraine crisis, besides the climate impact of CO2. The leaders will also seek to boost measures to stop the spread of Ebola. The UK is expected to urge its EU partners to send more medics and equipment to West Africa, in line with the UK’s help for Sierra Leone. “I hope this summit will address the …

    October 23, 2014 4:14 pm
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Technology

  • RoboGames bots battle to the death, seek cash for Web series


    Robots fight with fire in RoboGames. Video screenshot by Bonnie Burton/CNET There’s a certain excitement inherent in the metal-against-metal battles that pit robots against each other in an action-packed thunderdome. For over a decade, the nonprofit group Robotics Society of America has been running the world’s largest robot competition called RoboGames. Since 2004, robots from more than 30 countries have competed annually in San Mateo, Calif., in 54 different events such as kung-fu, stair climbing, basketball, bipedal soccer and combat. In 2015, RoboGames plans to produce an independent, Web-based video series that focuses on weaponized robots waging battle in an arena where only one opponent survives. To pull it off, RoboGames is asking robot fans to help crowd-fund the competition and video series. “RoboGames is the Olympics of robots,” David Calkins, co-founder of RoboGames, told Crave. “There are no other events in the world like it. Everyone is treated equally — kids competing with Lego …

    October 23, 2014 12:29 pm
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Science

  • Close Encounters: Comet Siding Spring Seen Next to Mars


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    October 23, 2014 12:49 pm
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Health

  • Doctors Often Unaware Their Patients Have Catheters


    THURSDAY, Oct. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Hospital patients often have tubes placed in their veins to deliver medication or take blood samples. But a new study suggests their doctors don’t always know about it. The study, of doctors at three large U.S. hospitals, found that 21 percent were unaware that a patient under their care had a central venous catheter — a tube placed in a large vein in the neck, chest, arm or groin. Those catheters are often needed to provide medication, fluids or nutrition; they may also be used to get blood samples, so patients can avoid repeated needle sticks. But the longer catheters are left in place, the greater the risk of problems — including potentially serious infections and blood clots. “So you should pull them out when you no longer need them,” said study leader Dr. Vineet Chopra, an assistant professor of internal medicine at the University of Michigan Medical …

    October 23, 2014 12:28 pm
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Entertainment

Editorial

  • Ottowa shooting: Why are terrorists attacking Canada?


    An unarmed Canadian military guard was shot in Ottawa Wednesday morning by Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, a convert to Islam and a self-declared jihadist whose alleged photo was posted hours after the shooting on Islamic State social media. The killer then entered the Canadian Parliament presumably with the intention of massacring lawmakers inside their caucus rooms. Zehaf-Bibeau was shot by the Parliament’s sergeant of arms, who became a citizen soldier for that particular moment. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Canadian authorities launched a counterterrorism operation to track other possible gunmen at the same location. Forty hours earlier, another member of the Canadian military was killed by an indoctrinated convert, identified as Martin Rouleau, in the province of Quebec. Weeks before, threats issued by the Islamic State included directives to their members and supporters to strike — in any way they can — against the United States and its allies, including Canada, in retaliation for Coalition airstrikes against jihadi forces in …

    October 23, 2014 12:29 pm
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Odd News

  • Woman who gouged her eyes in California sues over viral photo


    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A nurse at a Los Angeles hospital took a photo of a woman who gouged out her own eyes with pencils, and the patient sued the hospital and its administrators after the picture went viral on the Internet, her attorney said on Wednesday. The plaintiff, who is not named in the lawsuit, was treated at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center in 2012 after she tried to commit suicide by jamming the pencils through her eyes at another facility and was rushed to the hospital, her lawyer, Douglas Johnson, said. The injury left the woman blind, according to the lawsuit, filed on Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court. The as-yet unidentified nurse took the photograph of the patient with the “intact pencils sticking out of her eyes,” then shared the unauthorized picture with another person, who passed the image to Joshua Shivers, the lawsuit said. Shivers, in turn, used his mother’s computer …

    October 22, 2014 8:26 pm
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