Headline News

  • Pentagon says Marine dies in noncombat incident in Baghdad; 2nd US military death in IS fight

    WASHINGTON –  The Pentagon says a Marine who died Thursday in a noncombat incident in Baghdad was the second U.S. military death associated with the campaign against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria. The Marine was identified as 19-year-old Lance Cpl. Sean P. Neal of Riverside, California. The Pentagon isn’t providing more details and says it’s investigating. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT On Oct. 2, the Navy said a Marine who ejected from an MV-22 Osprey aircraft over the Persian Gulf was presumed lost at sea. The Osprey flew from aboard a Navy ship supporting U.S. operations in Iraq and Syria. That was the first death associated with the fight against IS. But Pentagon officials say that Marine isn’t on the Defense Department’s public list of deaths because the official paperwork hasn’t been completed.

    October 25, 2014 11:23 am


  • White House ex-counsel now off of Attorney General list

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler, a leading candidate in President Barack Obama’s search for a new U.S. attorney general, has pulled out of consideration for the nomination, a White House official said on Friday. Ruemmler, who informed Obama in a phone call on Wednesday, faced the possibility of a difficult Senate confirmation battle over her involvement in a host of White House issues that stirred controversy in politically polarized Washington. Obama, who thinks highly of Ruemmler, had approached the Washington lawyer to see if he could put her on his shortlist for replacing Holder, who has announced he will leave his post when a successor is found. “Kathy took this step this week on her own volition,” the White House official said. Ruemmler declined to comment. Some Republican lawmakers have raised questions about an internal White House investigation led by Ruemmler into an April 2012 Secret Service prostitution scandal in Cartagena, …

    October 25, 2014 9:20 am


  • Tumblr CEO: I’m still in charge here

      When it comes to going from startup to billion dollar company, CEO David Karp says Tumblr did it the right way. “I think and I hope that we were thoughtful about how we raised money, that we’ve been thoughtful about how we’ve grown the team,” Karp told CNNMoney. Yahoo bought Tumblr last May for $1.1 billion. Karp says that Tumblr remains “precious” to him, and he maintains autonomy over the final product. But Yahoo (YHOO, Tech30) has given Tumblr the support it needs to grow faster. For example, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer said this week that since the acquisition, Tumblr’s audience has grown by 40% to 420 million users, and the number of blogs has doubled to more than 200 million. Related: Yahoo profit soars following the Alibaba IPO Tumblr’s ad business has also grown strongly. Mayer said Tumblr will bring in $100 million in revenue next year, and finally turn a profit. Karp …

    October 25, 2014 10:21 am


  • South Carolina freshman G Blanton undergoes hip surgery after injury at practice

    COLUMBIA, S.C. –  South Carolina freshman TeMarcus Blanton had hip surgery Friday Gamecocks coach Frank Martin said Blanton sustained the injury to his left hip at practice earlier in the week. The school in a statement that Blanton’s condition will be released when available. The school did not say how long Blanton might be out. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Blanton becomes the latest member of South Carolina’s four-man recruiting class to be sidelined. Forward James Thompson did not enroll after an allegation of assault in his home state of Louisiana and forward Shamiek Sheppard tore a knee ligament earlier this summer and is out for the season. Blanton is a 6-foot-5 guard from Locust Grove, Georgia, who averaged 20 points and eight rebounds his senior season at Luella High School.

    October 25, 2014 11:22 am

World News

  • US urges probe into West Bank death

    25 October 2014 Last updated at 16:03 Tensions have been high since the end of the 50-day conflict in Gaza The US state department has called for a “speedy and transparent investigation” into the death of a Palestinian-American teenager killed by Israeli soldiers on Friday. Police said that Orwa Hammad, 14, was about to throw a petrol bomb near Ramallah in the West Bank. Tensions have been high since the end of the 50-day conflict in Gaza. They worsened when a Palestinian drove into a crowd in Jerusalem on Wednesday, killing a three-month-old baby. The baby was also a US citizen. “The United States expresses its deepest condolences to the family of a US citizen minor who was killed by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) during clashes in Silwad on October 24,” state department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said. US officials would remain “closely engaged with the local authorities, who have the lead on this investigation,” …

    October 25, 2014 11:22 am


  • I am Marty McFly: My week in ‘Back to the Future II’ shoes

    Looking good, twinkle toes. Amanda Kooser/CNET My mother looked at my feet and shook her head. “You’ve been like this since you were a baby,” she said. I suppose she knew I was destined for geekiness since my first breath. What sparked her comment were the shoes on my feet. The gray high-tops were all aglow. We were about to go shopping and she wasn’t entirely sure she wanted to be seen with me. I’ve been wearing a pair of shoes modeled after the Nike Air Mags from “Back to the Future: Part II” all week long. The shoes are officially licensed replicas (minus the Nike endorsement and swoosh) from HalloweenCostumes.com. They have the same light-gray color as the shoes Marty McFly dons as he explores the future world of 2015. The fat end caps behind the heels, high-top holes, ankle plates and lights are all there. The shoes became available for a few brief, …

    October 25, 2014 9:21 am


  • Hospitals Need Time, Training to Get Ready for Ebola

    The diagnosis of physician Craig Spencer with Ebola in New York City on Thursday reinforced the fact that Ebola could arrive at any hospital at any time. Are facilities and health care workers ready to properly care for an infected patient—while also staying safe and preventing further spread of the disease?   The answer to that question would appear to be no, given the case of Thomas Duncan, the Liberian patient who died from Ebola earlier this month in a Dallas hospital and infected two nurses. In the intervening weeks, agencies and advocacy groups have beefed up recommendations, training and response protocols.   Initial protocols set forth by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), combined with reportedly minimal training at hospitals, left health care workers vulnerable to the often-fatal disease. After consulting with the nation’s top high-level biocontainment facilities, however, the CDC on Monday issued detailed guidelines for hospitals and health care …

    October 25, 2014 9:41 am


  • Tips for Safe Trick-or-Treating

    SATURDAY, Oct. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Arriving home safe and sound is one of the best Halloween treats of all. To that end, be sure that costumes and goody bags have reflective strips that improve visibility to drivers, said Dr. Sampson Davis, an emergency medicine doctor at Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center in Secaucus, N.J. Trick-or-treaters should also carry a flashlight, and costumes should be flame-resistant, Davis said. He offers these others tips: If you plan to use makeup, test it on a small area of skin first to ensure it doesn’t cause an allergic reaction. Wash makeup off immediately after returning home. Costume accessories should be soft and pliable in order to reduce injury risk. Don’t wear decorative contact lenses, which can cause eye infections. Comfortable and supportive footwear can help prevent blisters and sprains. Don’t let children eat homemade treats made by strangers and limit the amount of treats they eat at one …

    October 25, 2014 9:20 am


  • Celebs Celebrate Halloween At Cindy Crawford And Rande Gerber’s Costume Party

    Posted on Sat Oct 25th, 2014 8:15am PDT       By X17 Staff Cindy Crawford and hubby Rande Gerber, sure know how to throw a party! Of course, when you own a tequila company, that helps … The pair, dressed as Sonny and Cher, threw their annual Halloween party, sponsored by Casamigos tequila, in Beverly Hills Friday night and tons of celebs turned out for the bash. Kate Hudson was a beautiful Dia de los Muertos doll; Elisabetta Canalis was Dorothy from Wizard of Oz. Hilary Huff was a funky angel; Molly Sims was a ’70’s disco girl in all-pink; and Paris Hilton was a sexy Minnie Mouse, which we love. The stars looked a little worse for wear as they exited the big blowout … I mean, we know the ladies have to navigate walking in platform heels, but with all the security staff holding the womens’ arms, hands, waists … well, let’s just say it looks …

    October 25, 2014 11:01 am


  • The Foxhole: Graham Nash on CSNY, the Hollies and the choosing of life over death

    In the fall of 1969, the members of rock’s newest super-group, CSNY – an improbable and highly combustible vehicle for the individual and collective genius of David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, and Neil Young – were settling into the San Francisco area, preparing to record their first album together. These loose sessions would produce the landmark record Déjà Vu (1970), later ranked # 148 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. Crosby, the nominal leader of the group, had set up digs in a rambling country house in Novato, thirty miles north of the city, with his two lovers, Christine Hinton and Debbie Donovan. Jerry Garcia, who would play pedal steel guitar on Nash’s pop classic, “Teach Your Children,” was a frequent visitor, as were other members of the Grateful Dead, who lived down the street. The sex, drugs, and freedom were highly intoxicating, and for the members of …

    October 25, 2014 1:10 am

Odd News

  • Florida man shoots 400-pound bear breaking into his house

    ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) – A Florida man shot and killed a 400-pound (180-kg) black bear after it broke into his house two nights in a row to get to a bag of dog food, a state wildlife officer said on Friday. “I felt in danger enough that since it wouldn’t leave I had to shoot it,” said Victor Peters of Lady Lake of the Wednesday night incident in a video interview posted online by the Orlando Sentinel. Killing a bear in Florida is illegal. Wildlife officer Greg Workman of the Florida Fish Wildlife Conservation said he expects to hand the case to prosecutors by early next week for their consideration at the completion of his investigation. “It sounds like he did what he could do to try to keep the bear from coming back,” Workman said. “We’re looking at all sides to make the best decision.” Bears and humans cross paths, occasionally fatally for the …

    October 24, 2014 9:26 pm