Headline News

  • N.J. man guilty of murdering ‘messy’ ex-wife found wearing pig mask


    MORRISTOWN N.J. (Reuters) – A jury convicted a New Jersey man on Wednesday of murdering his ex-wife, who he called a messy housekeeper and whose body was found stabbed 84 times and wearing a pig mask. Jurors deliberated less than five hours before reaching their verdict in the trial of Anthony Novellino, 67, who prosecutors said used an 8-inch kitchen knife to slay Judith Novellino, 62, in June 2010. He faces life in prison when he is sentenced on Sept. 12. As the jury forewoman read the verdict in Morris County Superior Court, Novellino sat impassively. He was found guilty of all charges, including murder, possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes, unlawful possession of a weapon, hindering his own apprehension and tampering with evidence. Judith Novellino was killed in her former home in Denville, New Jersey, when she came back to retrieve some of her belongings soon after they divorced. “Hopefully, Judy Novellino’s family …

    July 23, 2014 2:14 pm
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Politics

  • Chris McDaniel Finished Mississippi Senate Runoff With $386,000


    By Alexis Levinson Posted at 12:19 p.m. today 0 Tweet McDaniel had nearly $400,000 left after his runoff. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo) Chris McDaniel, who may soon launch an official challenge to the results of the Mississippi Republican Senate runoff, still had $386,000 in his campaign coffers a week after the late June election, according to his July quarterly report filed with the Federal Election Commission. McDaniel, who hoped to use that money for the November general election, instead lost to Sen. Thad Cochran by more than 7,600 votes. But he’s since refused to concede. Nearly a month later, his campaign continues to allege that Cochran won with illegitimate votes, and his supporters are going through Mississippi election records to determine if enough potentially illegal votes were cast to allow McDaniel to formally challenge the results. In the second quarter — which stretched from April 1, two months before the June 3 primary, …

    July 23, 2014 1:33 pm
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Stocks

  • ‘Pristine’ original Superman comic up for auction


    A “pristine” copy of Action Comics #1 will go up for auction in August, eBay announced Tuesday. Superman’s debut comic book sold for just 10 cents in 1938. But today, a rare original is worth many times more. A “pristine” copy of Action Comics #1 will go on auction in August, eBay (EBAY, Tech30) announced Tuesday. Collectors know of about 50 remaining copies of the book, and consider this copy to be in the best condition of them all. It earned a 9.0 grade — “very fine” — from the Certified Guaranty Company, which rates comic books. “The book looks and feels like it just came off the newsstand,” said Paul Litch, an expert with the company. “It is supple, the colors are deep and rich and the quality of the white pages is amazing for a comic that is 76 years old.”   A copy of the book that’s not as well-preserved sold for …

    July 23, 2014 2:14 pm
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Sports

  • Jets boost pass rush by signing Babin, place Colon and Barnes on active/PUP list


    CORTLAND, N.Y. –  The New York Jets have agreed to terms on a two-year deal with free-agent defensive end Jason Babin, giving Rex Ryan’s defense a veteran pass rusher. Babin had 7 1/2 sacks last season for Jacksonville, and was released in the offseason. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The Jets, who reported for training camp Wednesday, released cornerback Lowell Rose to make room for Babin. Guard Willie Colon and linebacker Antwan Barnes were each placed on the active/physically unable to perform list as they recover from knee surgeries. Tight end Jeff Cumberland was excused for personal reasons, and will report to camp on Thursday — the first day of on-field practice. Cumberland wrote on Twitter that he was attending the funeral of a family member. ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL

    July 23, 2014 2:14 pm
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World News

  • Ban on flights to Tel Aviv renewed


    23 July 2014 Last updated at 19:51 The abrupt flight cancellations in Tel Aviv have left some passengers stranded The suspension of US and European airline flights to Israel’s Ben Gurion airport after a nearby rocket attack has been extended for a second day. The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) renewed its ban on three US carriers – Delta, United and US Airways – for a further 24 hours. Meanwhile, three French and German airlines cancelled more flights to Tel Aviv amid ongoing safety concerns. Air France said it was suspending such flights “until further notice”. ‘Completely guarded’ The FAA first imposed the ban on Tuesday, extending it further on Wednesday citing “potentially hazardous situation” in Israel and Gaza. German carriers Lufthansa and Air Berlin also extended their flight cancellations until Thursday. Lufthansa said its decision to cancel flights also applies to its subsidiaries including Germanwings, Austrian Airlines, Swiss and Brussels Airlines. British Airways, however, …

    July 23, 2014 2:14 pm
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Technology

  • Failure to Communicate Hamstrings Cyberdefenders


    A failure to communicate between security pros and company brass may be contributing to the inability of a significant number of organizations to reduce the risk of cyberattacks on their systems. That was one of the findings last week in a study conducted by the Ponemon Institute and sponsored by Websense. Thirty-one percent of the nearly 5,000 respondents surveyed for the study said their cybersecurity team never met with the executive team about cybersecurity. Twenty-three percent of the surveyed IT pros said their teams only met annually with company brass. Security professionals often complain that management doesn’t get the relationship between data loss and revenue loss. That shouldn’t come as a surprise, given how little the parties communicate with each other. “Thirty-one percent is a big number to say they never communicate with their executive teams. That’s not healthy,” said Jeff Debrosse, director of security labs at Websense. “That would clearly support why some security …

    July 23, 2014 9:32 am
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Science

  • Hit by Climate Change, Dwindling Antarctic Seal Population Grows More Diverse


    Although climate change continues to stir up opportunities and challenges for animals across the world, new research published today in Nature shows the ups and down this change is creating for one species in particular. (Scientific American is part of Nature Publishing Group.) The study analyzed the Antarctic fur seal population of South Georgia Island, which was observed over the last three decades, to see how climate change is affecting the species. The researchers found a 30 percent decline in the female population from 2003 to 2012. They also found, however, that the declining population would most likely become genetically more diverse as climate change continues. The reason, they say, is that genetically similar females are being excluded from breeding, as reflected by an estimated 17 percent decline in genetic similarity among the female population in the past two decades. “We’ve found that the seals have been significantly affected by climate change,” says Jaume Forcada, …

    July 23, 2014 1:54 pm
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Health

  • Sierra Leone’s chief Ebola doctor contracts the virus


    FREETOWN (Reuters) – The head doctor fighting an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in Sierra Leone has himself caught the disease, one of a growing list of medical workers infected while battling to halt its spread across West Africa. Ebola has killed 632 people across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone since an outbreak began in February, putting strain on a string of weak health systems facing one of the world’s deadliest diseases despite waves of international help. In a sign of the growing frustrations with the failure of region’s governments to tackle the outbreak, a Liberian whose brother died from the disease set fire to the Health Ministry in protest on Wednesday. A statement from the president’s office said 39-year-old Sheik Umar Khan, a Sierra Leonean virologist credited with treating more than 100 Ebola victims, had been transferred to a treatment ward run by medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres. A source at the ward …

    July 23, 2014 1:34 pm
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Entertainment

  • Britney Spears Isn’t A Morning Person


    Posted on Wed Jul 23rd, 2014 11:30am PDT Geez we would never have been able to guess! Britney Spears headed to a business meeting this morning in L.A., and the singer wore a sweatshirt that read “I’m Allergic To Mornings”. We can tell! From the messy hair to the smudged black eyeliner, Brit Brit doesn’t seem like the type of person who is an early riser! The pop princess would probably have preferred to be in bed rather than working, but she just announced she’s coming out with a lingerie line, so there’s probably a lot of tasks to attend to! “Coming very soon… The Intimate Collection, by yours truly. intimatebritneyspears.com Just a peek at what’s to come. xo,” she tweeted this morning. The line will be available in the U.S. on September 9 and in the U.K. on September 26. We wonder if she modeled some of the samples for boyfriend David Lucado?   …

    July 23, 2014 2:14 pm
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Editorial

  • Retired military dogs deserve a new leash on life


      Mankind has always had a special relationship with dogs. For thousands of years, dogs have comforted us, protected us, and given us their unconditional love. Time and time again through the ages they have proven why they are considered our best friends.  And nowhere is that remarkable bond between dogs and people been more critical than on the battlefield. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Soldiers have been relying on these four-footed comrades-in-arms since the beginning of organized warfare. American Humane Association has been working with Mission K9 Rescue to bring home these hero dogs so they, too, can enjoy a hero’s welcome and a happy, healthy retirement after a lifetime of service to their country. The Romans were known to have use dogs in their military campaigns to disrupt and overwhelm the enemy. During the Civil War, dogs were reported to have been used to guard soldiers. In the course of World War I, thousands of dogs …

    July 23, 2014 1:34 pm
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Odd News

  • NBA great LeBron James sends 800 cupcake apologies to hometown


    CLEVELAND (Reuters) – NBA star LeBron James, whose recent return to the Cleveland Cavaliers in his home state of Ohio sparked a frenzy in the small town where he has a home, sent sweet apologies to the community in the form of 800 cupcakes. The Bath Township police department received five dozen of the desserts, along with a note apologizing for “chaos” in the neighborhood, bearing the names of James, his wife, Savannah, and their two sons. “We are all on a sugar high here,” Police Chief Michael McNeely said. “There are cupcakes galore and they are the best I’ve ever eaten.” LaKisha Williams, co-owner of Baker Blvd. Decadent Cupcakes in Akron, said it took her staff most of Tuesday to deliver the cupcakes, a dozen at a time, to 65 homes. The note accompanying the cupcakes read: “Dear Friend, We know things have been hectic in our neighborhood these past few weeks and we …

    July 23, 2014 1:53 pm
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