Headline News

  • Investigators using cell phone records to track movements of Indiana serial killing suspect


    CROWN POINT, Ind. –  Investigators are using the cellphone records of an Indiana man already charged in the slayings of two women to pinpoint his movements after he told police he liked to check on the status of bodies he’d previously stashed after a fresh kill, authorities said. Illinois law enforcement officials told The Associated Press Wednesday that Darren Vann, 43, may have traveled to Chicago’s south suburbs between the time 19-year-old Afrikka Hardy’s body was discovered Friday in Hammond, Indiana, and Saturday when Vann was arrested in nearby Gary. The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to discuss the investigation. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Indiana police say Vann, a convicted sex offender, has confessed to killing Hardy and six women whose bodies were found over the weekend in abandoned houses in Gary. He has been charged with murder in the deaths of Hardy and 35-year-old Anith Jones, whose body was found …

    October 23, 2014 1:13 am
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Politics

  • Former Bellevue, Wash., official accused of stealing pro-gun campaign sign


    SEATTLE (Reuters) – A former City Council member in Bellevue, Washington, has been accused of stealing campaign signs urging voters to block the expansion of background checks for gun buyers in the state, police said on Wednesday. A police report said Margot Blacker, a longtime local fixture of the political left who served on City Council from 1989 to 1997, admitted taking the signs last week because she believed pro-gun groups had stolen her signs promoting tougher firearms laws. Blacker, 74, is a proponent of Initiative 594, a state ballot measure that would expand background checks on guy buyers to include private sales and transfers of weapons. The measure is expected to pass during the November election. The campaign signs she is accused of stealing urge a “yes” vote on an opposing measure, Initiative 591, which would bar the state from expanding background checks unless the federal government does so first. The Citizen’s Committee for …

    October 23, 2014 12:12 am
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Stocks

  • Oil will tumble to $70 says new ‘bond king’


    Jeffrey Gundlach is CEO and Chief Investorment Officer of DoubleLine The meltdown in the oil market is not over yet. That’s the message from Jeffrey Gundlach, the star bond investor who predicts oil will plunge another $10 (it’s $80 a barrel now). While another decline in oil prices would bring smiles to American consumers — think around $2.70 a gallon at the pump as a national average — it could spell trouble for the boom in shale projects boosting the U.S. economy. “I think it’s going to $70 and if it does, it’s bye, bye fracking. Goodbye all of the great job creation from fracking because fracking becomes too expensive if you can buy oil at $70 a barrel,” Gundlach said on Wednesday at ETF.com’s Inside Fixed Income Conference. Related: Oil prices are plunging. Don’t cheer yet Those concerns help explain why energy exploration stocks like Apache (APA)and Newfield Exploration (NFX) have been creamed in …

    October 23, 2014 1:13 am
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Sports

  • Perry’s hat trick leads Ducks over Sabres


    Anaheim, CA (SportsNetwork.com) – Corey Perry deposited his second hat trick of the season to back another strong showing from Frederik Andersen, and the Anaheim Ducks stayed hot with a 4-1 win over the scuffling Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday. Andersen followed up his first career shutout on Sunday against St. Louis by stopping 22-of-23 shots in Anaheim’s sixth straight win. Ryan Kesler scored a goal and Ryan Getzlaf added two assists for the Ducks, who defeated the Sabres, 5-1, in Buffalo on Oct. 13. Buffalo, which was coming off back-to-back losses via the shutout, had gone exactly 197 minutes without a goal until Tyler Ennis lit the lamp late in the third period. Michal Neuvirth made 30 saves on 33 shots for the Sabres, who have dropped three straight overall and six of seven to open the season. Devante Smith-Pelly worked a pass up the end boards and Getzlaf made a slick touch pass to …

    October 23, 2014 1:13 am
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World News

  • India’s Modi to see Kashmir floods


    23 October 2014 Last updated at 05:59 Hundreds of people are still living in relief camps in Srinagar Prime Minister Narendra Modi is due to arrive in Indian-administered Kashmir to spend the Diwali festival seeing the damage caused by last month’s floods. The floods killed 281 people and left Srinagar city under water. More than a million people were displaced. Mr Modi had called the deluge a “national disaster”. He will also be visiting Indian soldiers on the Siachen glacier, which is claimed by both India and Pakistan, on his way to Kashmir. The glacier is known as the world’s highest battlefield, and soldiers have been deployed at heights of up to 22,000 ft (6,700m) above sea level. Mr Modi tweeted he was going to Siachen to “spend time with our brave soldiers on this special day”. ‘Share our grief’ September’s flooding damaged some 180,000 houses and many people are still living in relief camps. …

    October 23, 2014 12:52 am
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Technology

  • Apple dumps SSL 3.0 for push notifications due to POODLE flaw


    CNET Apple said Wednesday it will stop supporting the encryption standard Secure Socket Layer 3.0 for its push notifications service in response to a vulnerability identified earlier this month in the aging protocol. Apple announced on its developer site that it will switch on October 29 from SSL 3.0 to Transport Layer Security (TLS), SSL’s more modern, less vulnerable younger sibling. Disclosed earlier this month, the POODLE vulnerability allows encrypted information to be exposed by an attacker with network access. “Providers using only SSL 3.0 will need to support TLS as soon as possible to ensure the Apple Push Notification service continues to perform as expected,” Apple said in its bulletin. “Providers that support both TLS and SSL 3.0 will not be affected and require no changes.” To help developers test compatibility, Apple said it has already disabled SSL 3.0 in the development environment on its Provider Communication interface. POODLE, which stands for Padding Oracle …

    October 23, 2014 12:12 am
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Science

  • Fast modeling of cancer mutations


    Sequencing the genomes of tumor cells has revealed thousands of genetic mutations linked with cancer. However, sifting through this deluge of information to figure out which of these mutations actually drive cancer growth has proven to be a tedious, time-consuming process. MIT researchers have now developed a new way to model the effects of these genetic mutations in mice. Their approach, based on the genome-editing technique known as CRISPR, is much faster than existing strategies, which require genetically engineering mice that carry the cancerous mutations. “It’s a very rapid and very adaptable approach to make models,” says Thales Papagiannakopoulos, a postdoc at MIT’s Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research and one of the lead authors of the paper, which appears in the Oct. 22 online edition of Nature. “With a lot of these mutations, we have no idea what their role is in tumor progression. If we can actually understand the biology, we can then …

    October 23, 2014 12:32 am
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Health

  • U.S. tightens Ebola monitoring for West African visitors


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – The United States imposed new constraints on Wednesday on people entering the country from three nations at the center of West Africa’s Ebola epidemic, mandating that they report their temperature daily and stay in touch with health authorities. President Barack Obama expressed cautious optimism about the situation in the United States after meeting with his Ebola response coordinator, Ron Klain, and other top officials on Klain’s first day on the job since being named on Friday. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s new restrictions on travelers arriving from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea marked the latest precautions put in place by the Obama administration to stop the spread of the virus. The steps stopped short of a ban on travelers from those countries demanded by some lawmakers. Health authorities and the public have been on alert for Ebola since late September when a Liberian visiting Dallas, Texas became the …

    October 23, 2014 12:12 am
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Entertainment

  • - Justin Bieber Wears Bunches Of Bling, Rides In New $500K Rolls Royce For Dinner At Flavor Of India


    Posted on Wed Oct 22nd, 2014 9:35pm PDT       By X17 Staff Justin Bieber treated pal Lil Za to dinner at Flavor of India Wednesday night and X17online got the exclusive shots of the bad boys’ new half a million-dollar Rolls Royce Phantom! The Biebs is growing up and stepping up the swag factor with a $500K grown-up car. Looks like he’s left behind the hot box-mobile and traded it in for this lovely ride … and we don’t see Lil Za complaining! That’s not the only expensive purchase Justin’s made lately … check out the bling around his neck! Apparently being pop royalty afford you the equivalent of the palace jewels ’cause this boy just bought three over-the-top gold necklaces with rubies, diamonds and a sapphire. Bet that cost a pretty penny … Despite having all the money in the world, Bieber brought home doggy bags from the Beverly Hills restaurant. Waste not, want not! #munchies …

    October 22, 2014 11:51 pm
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Editorial

  • When Washington overlords (federal prosecutors) break rules, wreck lives


    President Obama and the recently resigned Attorney General Eric Holder. (Reuters) A group of Washington overlords — federal prosecutors — sometimes break rules and wreck people’s lives. President Obama may soon appoint one of them to be America’s next attorney general. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The prosecutorial bullying is detailed in a new book by Sidney Powell, “Licensed to Lie.” Federal prosecutors always have a big advantage over anyone they attack. She reports that the Department of Justice’s narcissistic and dishonest prosecutors destroy people by doing things like deliberately withholding evidence. Remember the Arthur Andersen accounting firm? It was killed off by ambitious prosecutors who claimed the company helped Enron commit accounting fraud and then shredded the evidence. But instead of charging people who allegedly ordered evidence destroyed, the DOJ indicted the entire company. That destroyed the accounting firm. Publicly traded companies cannot do business with companies under criminal investigation, so Andersen lost most of its clients. The …

    October 23, 2014 12:12 am
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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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