Headline News

  • Three trick-or-treating teenage girls killed in California hit and run

    (Reuters) – Three teenage girls were killed while trick-or-treating in southern California on Friday evening when they were struck by a hit-and-run driver, authorities said. The girls, ranging in age from 13 to 15, were in costume and carrying candy bags when they were hit while walking across a Santa Ana street at around 6:45 p.m., said Orange County Fire Authority Captain Steve Concialdi. All three were pronounced dead on the scene, Concialdi said. “It’s a horrific accident, very tragic,” he said. Police later found the sports utility vehicle involved in the incident ditched behind a nearby retailer, said Santa Ana Police Department spokesman Anthony Bertagna. The girls were not immediately identified as police worked to contact their parents, Bertagna said. He said the car had been driving at a high rate of speed through the intersection before it hit the girls. Police were on the scene and interviewing the many witnesses in the area, …

    October 31, 2014 11:55 pm


  • Republicans question preparedness spending after Ebola missteps

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Texas Republicans, including Tea Party-backed U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, sought to ratchet up the pressure on the Obama administration’s Ebola response on Friday, by questioning its use of federal tax dollars for emergency preparedness. In a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell, the lawmakers said they were concerned about missteps in the Dallas Ebola case of Thomas Eric Duncan, which they said occurred after large sums of federal money were spent to help U.S. cities prepare for infectious diseases. A spokesman for Burwell’s Department of Health and Human Services said the department “values working with members of Congress on this important public health matter, and we look forward to responding to this letter.” The Oct. 30 letter, which was also signed by Texas Senator John Cornyn and two-dozen Texas Republicans from the U.S. House of Representatives, surfaced less than a week before the Nov. 4 election, in which Republicans …

    October 31, 2014 11:34 pm


  • Virgin Galactic spaceship explodes

      The Virgin Galactic spaceship that exploded Friday, claiming at least one life, cost nearly $500 million to develop. Virgin has sold more than 700 tickets, each costing more than $250,000, for future flights. Several celebrities have already signed up, including Justin Bieber, Ashton Kutcher, Leonardo DiCaprio and Stephen Hawking. The special plane is called SpaceShipTwo, and it was designed to carry six passengers. Virgin’s billionaire founder, Sir Richard Branson, told Reuters the cost of the spaceship was $500 million. The ship exploded during a flight over California, killing one person and seriously injuring another, according to a California Highway Patrol officer. From CNN: 1 dead, 1 injured in SpaceShipTwo test flight failure Branson’s Virgin Galactic has planned for years to sell trips in which SpaceShipTwo would transport passengers about 62 miles above Earth — the beginning of outer space — and let them experience a few minutes of weightlessness before returning to ground. SpaceShipTwo …

    November 1, 2014 12:34 am


  • Griffin’s 39 points lead Clippers to 118-111 win; Lakers 0-3 for 4th time since move to L.A.

    Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin pulls down a rebound ahead of Los Angeles Lakers’ Carlos Boozer in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles on Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Christine Cotter) (The Associated Press) Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant puts up a shot in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Los Angeles on Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Christine Cotter) (The Associated Press) Los Angeles Lakers’ Jeremy Lin, left, goes to the basket as Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin looks on in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles on Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Christine Cotter) (The Associated Press) Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant, right, drives to the basket against Los Angeles Clippers’ Matt Barnes in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles on Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Christine Cotter) (The Associated Press) Los Angeles Lakers’ …

    November 1, 2014 12:56 am

World News

  • Power struggle in Burkina Faso after Blaise Compaoré resigns as president

    Burkina Faso’s president, Blaise Compaoré, one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders, has been swept from power after 27 years by a violent popular uprising. Compaoré announced his resignation on Friday as hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets in protest at plans to extend his rule. General Honoré Traoré, head of the armed forces, said he had taken charge of the west African country. But further confusion and uncertainty broke out after another military leader, Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Zida, declared himself to be president and saidTraoré’s claim was “obsolete”. “I assume from today the responsibilities of head of this transition and of head of state,” Zida said in his statement, read in the studio of BF1 Television and aired on radio, after apparently using his position as a commander in the president’s guard to mount a challenge to Traoré. There were reports of gunfire near the presidential palace, and Zida was said to have …

    November 1, 2014 12:56 am


  • Chat with ghosts using an emoji ouija board

    Now you can chat with the dead using your favorite emojicons. Kickstarter If you enjoy chatting with the dead, but prefer to do it using emojicons, why not upgrade your spirit communication with an Emouija Board? After all, ghosts don’t want to miss out on being about to tweet their feelings and thoughts like they did when they were alive and kicking. Find out if ghosts miss getting their hair cut, or dancing with friends or eating pizza. Perhaps they want to reveal their love for cats or just think the poop icon is hilarious. All your favorite emoji icons are represented on the board — from food items to activities to the weird ones no one seems to understand, like that hairy red devil guy (which we hope your ghosts aren’t stuck with as a purgatory pal). Designers of the Emouija Board, now on Kickstarter, also created unique emoji to help you communicate better …

    October 31, 2014 7:32 pm


  • Louisiana Scuttles Medical Conference Plans Over Ebola Fears

    Estrella Lasry was readying her presentation on three years worth of malaria data in west Africa when she received an email disinviting her to a major tropical medicine conference taking place in Louisiana next week. The reason: she was currently in Liberia.    The tropical medicine advisor with Doctors Without Borders had been working in that west African country on a malaria project—distributing drugs to reduce the death rate among children under five years of age—when she was informed, via email, that the state of Louisiana wanted to limit “unnecessary exposure of Ebola to the general public” and would be requesting all individuals who had traveled to Ebola-affected countries voluntarily quarantine themselves for 21 days following their relevant travel history, regardless of their symptoms.   Lasry had also seen some Ebola patients at a Doctors Without Borders clinic while in Liberia, but even if she had not, she still would not be welcome at the …

    October 31, 2014 7:52 pm


  • Judge rejects strict limits on U.S. nurse who treated Ebola patients

    FORT KENT Maine (Reuters) – Declaring Ebola fears in the United States “not entirely rational,” a judge rejected Maine’s bid for a quarantine on a nurse who treated victims of the disease in West Africa but tested negative for it, and instead imposed limited restrictions. Nurse Kaci Hickox’s challenge of Maine’s 21-day quarantine became a key battleground for the dispute between officials in some U.S. states who have imposed strict quarantines on health workers returning from three Ebola-ravaged West African countries and the federal government, which opposes such measures. Public concern about the spread of the virus is high in both the United States and Canada. Canada became the second developed nation after Australia to bar entry for citizens from the three West African nations where Ebola is widespread. Some U.S. politicians have called for a similar travel ban, making Ebola as much of a political issue as a public health question. The most deadly …

    October 31, 2014 7:32 pm


  • There’s probably only one RHONJ person who’ll miss Teresa Giudice

    However, there’s one person she can count on to miss her while she’s in jail for 15 months — Andy Cohen. The Bravo TV host admitted that it was really difficult to film the reunion special for the reality show this time around. Teresa and Joe Giudice: 10 More WTF quotes He said in the online Ask Andy QA video that the atmosphere was darker than usual. Cohen explained, “Teresa had just been sentenced, and it seems like it’s Teresa’s last reunion, so there was an air of real, kind of serious heaviness and emotion that was there the whole time. It was just different. It was emotional, and it was kind of more layered.” It got so rough that the Watch What Happens Live TV personality couldn’t even look Giudice in the eyes. “I got really emotional at the end when I was talking to Teresa. I held it together, but I was basically …

    October 31, 2014 11:14 pm


Odd News

  • ‘Plastic’ Halloween skulls found in Connecticut are human remains

    MILFORD Conn. (Reuters) – A pair of Connecticut junk haulers was stunned to learn on Friday that two skulls picked up at the cluttered home of a deceased man on the day before Halloween were human remains, not made of plastic as they had thought. The skulls were among thousands of occult-related items that David Odice and Charlie Inzucchi of The Junkluggers Junk Removal Co cleared out of the Fairfield home where Robert L. DeVitto lived until his death two weeks ago at age 56. “Being Halloween makes this real creepy and spooky, especially considering what else we found in the house,” Odice, 43, said on Friday. “There were thousands of things related to the occult: magazines, videos, crystals, amulets, all kinds of new age and metaphysical stuff.” After finishing the job on Thursday the contractors dumped the skulls, and the rest of the dead man’s paranormal and satanic-themed belongings, at a Stamford recycling center. …

    October 31, 2014 11:54 pm