Headline News

  • Medical worker quarantined in New Jersey under new Ebola safeguards


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – A medical worker quarantined in New Jersey on her return from treating Ebola victims in West Africa was being evaluated in a hospital isolation ward on Saturday after new contagion-control safeguards were imposed for America’s biggest urban center. She was the first to be quarantined under a policy imposed on Friday by the states of New York and New Jersey requiring all health workers coming from Ebola-stricken West African countries to be automatically confined for monitoring during the 21-day incubation period of the virus. The worker, who has not been publicly identified, showed no symptoms when she arrived at Newark Liberty International Airport on Friday but developed a fever after being admitted to University Hospital in Newark, the state health department said. Fever can be an early sign of the disease, which is spread through direct contact with bodily fluids from an infected person who is exhibiting symptoms. No other details …

    October 25, 2014 3:13 am
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Politics

  • Angus King Endorses Republican Senate Colleague


    By Niels Lesniewski Posted at 6:07 p.m. on Oct. 24 0 Tweet King, left, endorsed a Republican for re-election. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo) Independent Maine Sen. Angus King, a member of the Democratic caucus, is backing a senior Senate Republican in his bid for re-election. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., is not facing a significant challenge on Nov. 4, but the support from King is interesting considering the independent senator’s potential role in a closely divided or tied Senate. King and Alexander are both members of the informal caucus of former governors. The two senators are personally close, but Alexander also is a former Republican Conference chairman with close ties to Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. “Senator Alexander is the kind of person who we absolutely need in the United States Senate. He is someone who listens, and who is interested in solving problems,” King said in making the endorsement, which was first reported …

    October 25, 2014 1:09 am
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Stocks

  • Is the U.S. holding too much oil in reserve?


    The U.S. has the world’s largest emergency stockpile of oil. Does America have too much oil in its reserves? Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon fired off a letter this week asking the Department of Energy to study the “size and make-up” of the U.S.’ Strategic Petroleum Reserve. It comes fresh on the heels of a report on Monday from the non-partisan Government Accountability Office that also called for a similar review. The U.S. has the largest emergency stockpile of oil in the world. And now that the country’s oil production is booming, there’s questions if America needs to hold so much crude in reserve. The Department of Energy didn’t respond to a request for comment. Congress created the reserve in response to the 1973 oil embargo, which caused a supply shock and a recession. But the United States is now on track to surpass Saudi Arabia as the world’s largest energy producer next year. That’s …

    October 25, 2014 2:12 am
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Sports

  • Mariota powers Oregon over California in high-scoring affair


    Santa Clara, CA (SportsNetwork.com) – Defense took a back seat as the Pac-12’s top two offenses clashed in the first-ever college football game at Levi’s Stadium on Friday night. Marcus Mariota threw for 326 yards and five touchdowns to lead No. 6 Oregon to a 59-41 victory over California. Mariota completed 18 of his 30 passes and threw his first interception of the season. Royce Freeman rushed for 112 yards and two scores on 22 carries for the Ducks (7-1, 4-1 Pac-12), who have won three straight games after a 31-24 setback to Arizona. “He had some big-time runs. He did a really good job of managing contact tonight in situations where he got the first down or had a manageable second down where he got either down or out of bounds,” Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich said of Mariota. “Marcus is such a stud and it’s great that he has another year and a …

    October 25, 2014 3:13 am
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World News

  • Iran hangs woman despite campaign


    25 October 2014 Last updated at 08:10 A Facebook campaign calling for a halt to the execution appeared to have won a temporary stay Iran has executed a woman who killed a man she said was trying to sexually abuse her. Reyhaneh Jabbari, 26, was hanged in a Tehran prison despite an international campaign urging a reprieve. Jabbari was arrested in 2007 for the murder of Morteza Abdolali Sarbandi, a former employee of Iran’s ministry of intelligence. Human rights group Amnesty International said she was convicted after a deeply flawed investigation. A campaign calling for a halt to the execution was launched on Facebook and Twitter last month and appeared to have brought a temporary stay in execution. However, government news agency Tasnim said on Saturday that Jabbari had been executed after her relatives failed to gain consent from the victim’s family for a reprieve. It said her claims of self-defence had not been proved …

    October 25, 2014 3:13 am
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Technology

  • The Evil Within review


    Made by Shinji Mikami, the man responsible for the awesome Resident Evil 4, The Evil Within has top survival-horror pedigree. It also adheres rigidly to genre cliches, featuring well-worn motifs such as the deserted mansion and twisted hospital, spliced with the stealth and messy, desperate combat perfected in The Last Of Us. Making up for a lack of scares by being very nasty, the opening scenes alone generate more spilled claret than a Conservative club ball. Its generally rewarding combat and level of challenge are let down by dingy scenery and slightly awkward third-person action, where the hero often seems to be crouching in front of the very thing you’re trying to look at. The script and voice acting are no better, and the central character, Detective Castellanos, has a personality somewhere between a brick and the speaking clock. His cohorts are just as dissociated, remaining inexplicably calm in the face of endless explosive disembowelment. …

    October 25, 2014 1:10 am
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Science

  • NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly Shares Bullying Prevention Message Ahead of His One-Year Mission


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    October 25, 2014 1:30 am
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Health

  • Mali’s first Ebola case, a two-year-old girl, dies: officials


    BAMAKO (Reuters) – A two-year-old girl who was Mali’s first case of Ebola died on Friday, shortly after the World Health Organization warned that many people had potentially been exposed to the virus because she was taken across the country while ill. The girl had traveled with her grandmother hundreds of kilometers by bus from Guinea via Mali’s capital to the western town of Kayes, where she was diagnosed on Thursday. Health workers were scrambling to trace hundreds of potential contacts in a bid to prevent Ebola taking hold in Mali. The worst Ebola outbreak on record has killed 4,900 people, mainly in nearby Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. A global response to the epidemic is being rolled out but experts warn that tens of thousands more people are at risk. In a statement on Friday night, Mali’s government confirmed the death of the girl, who has not been identified. “In this moment of sadness, …

    October 25, 2014 1:09 am
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Entertainment

  • Tony Bennett drove Lady Gaga to drink


    Lady Gaga blames ex-manager for MIA “Do What U Want” video But that’s not how Gaga felt. The Grammy-winning pop star, who’s known for pushing boundaries all over the music world, was so nervous about working with such an enduring star as Tony Bennett that she had to drink to calm herself down! “I was keeping a whiskey under my stool because I was very nervous to be around him,” she confessed to E! News. Luckily, the nerves wore off quickly. “The second we were in the studio together, it was so magical,” Gaga said. “We were bouncing improvisation off each other and we were laughing. And then, gradually, we became greater and greater friends. And I think because of that, our singing became more and more honest and more and more authentic.” 16 Celebs supposedly in the Illuminati And it sounds like Gaga may have been in a little bit of a creative rut …

    October 25, 2014 2:53 am
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Editorial

  • 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
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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
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