Headline News

  • NYC officer’s gun may have discharged accidentally in man’s death


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – A New York City officer shot and killed an unarmed man in a dimly lit stairwell of a Brooklyn housing project in what may have been an accidental discharge of his weapon, the police commissioner said on Friday. Akai Gurley, 28, was shot once in the chest and killed at about 11 p.m. EST on Thursday, Commissioner Bill Bratton said at a news conference. “The deceased is a total innocent as far as we can tell,” Bratton said. The uniformed officer and his partner, both rookies, encountered the man at the Louis H. Pink Houses in the East New York section of Brooklyn, Bratton said. As the officer was descending from an eighth-floor landing in the stairwell, the man and a woman entered at the seventh floor, the police said. The officer’s weapon discharged a single shot, which struck the man in the chest, police said. He was pronounced dead at …

    November 21, 2014 12:47 pm
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Politics

  • Conservatives, states set to launch legal blitz against Obama over immigration


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – The morning after President Barack Obama announced his sweeping action to overhaul the U.S. immigration system, conservative groups and states were already pulling together legal strategies to dismantle the plan. Opponents said there will likely be a three-pronged legal approach to stymie Obama’s moves: Congress could sue the president for constitutional overreach, states could file lawsuits arguing the action strains local finances, or individuals could try to prove they’ve been harmed by the order. Just hours after the speech, an Arizona sheriff filed suit arguing the reform is unconstitutional. “There is going to be massive litigation all over the place because there is tremendous legal confusion about what the administration is doing and what the states’ obligations will be,” said Dan Stein from the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), which calls for restrictions on immigration. While law scholars say the president is on strong legal footing, a flurry of lawsuits …

    November 21, 2014 12:06 pm
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Stocks

  • Square will soon accept Apple Pay


    Jack Dorsey’s mobile payments company Square is planning to accept Apple Pay. The mobile payments company Square is planning to accept Apple Pay. Square founder Jack Dorsey — who also famously launched Twitter (TWTR, Tech30) — told CNN that he wants to help businesses accept all forms of payments, and Apple Pay is no exception. Apple Pay and Square have generally been viewed as competitors in the mobile payment space, but Dorsey doesn’t see it that way. “We’re not building a credit card. We’re not building a payment device. We’re building a [cash] register, and this register accepts all these forms of payments,” Dorsey told CNN in an interview. Square plans to begin accepting Apple Pay sometime in 2015. As it stands now, Square’s hardware allows businesses to accept credit card payments via iPads and iPhones, with customers swiping their cards through a tiny square device. But the technology is not currently equipped to accept …

    November 21, 2014 11:03 am
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Sports

  • Saints try to stop Superdome skid against Ravens


    (SportsNetwork.com) – The Superdome used to be the New Orleans Saints’ salve, an edifice that could soothe any ailment the team might have. Not anymore. The struggling Saints have dropped two straight on their home field and will try to stop the bleeding when they host the well-rested Baltimore Ravens on “Monday Night Football.” New Orleans, considered by many to be a true Super Bowl contender before the season started, remains relevant in the NFC playoff picture only because of the division they play in, the dismal NFC South. A 27-10 loss to Cincinnati at the Superdome in Week 11 lowered the Saints’ record to 4-6 but that’s still good enough to be tied for the top spot in the South with Atlanta entering the weekend, although the Falcons currently hold the tiebreaker thanks to their 4-0 mark in division play. “I feel good about our chances and the opportunity that we have,” New Orleans …

    November 21, 2014 12:47 pm
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World News

  • Dutch ‘Syria bride’ custody extended


    21 November 2014 Last updated at 15:38 Monique made a TV appeal for her daughter to return to the Netherlands two months ago. A judge in the Netherlands has agreed to extend the period police can hold a Dutch teenager who travelled to Syria to marry an Islamist fighter. The girl, known as “Aicha”, appeared in court accused of joining a terrorist organisation. Aicha, a recent convert to Islam, is believed to have travelled to the Islamic State (IS) stronghold of Raqqa in Syria to marry a fighter there. Her mother Monique helped return her to the Netherlands and is not a suspect. The teenager is being held in solitary confinement, but is allowed some contact with her mother. If convicted she faces up to 30 years in jail. Aicha is one of a small number of European teenage girls and women who have gone to Syria and Iraq in recent months. Some are believed …

    November 21, 2014 12:47 pm
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Technology

  • PlayStation Network and Windows Live hack could be a hoax, experts say


    Hackers are claiming to have broken into the Sony PlayStation Network (PSN), Microsoft Windows Live and 2K Games to leak over 5,500 usernames and passwords. The hacking group called DerpTrolling claim, on Twitter and the anonymous text sharing site Pastebin, to have broken into Sony’s PSN, Microsoft’s Windows Live and 2K Games Studios and stolen millions of usernames and passwords. A hack of the PSN would be the third intrusion into the service since a major attack in 2011, which saw 77m accounts stolen and the online gaming service taken offline for 24 days. “Dear Internet, the following is a very small portion of Lord Gaben and the rest of his crews glorious raids across the high seas of the Internet,” the Derp hacking group said in an alleged data dump of over 2,100 PSN, 1,400 Windows Live and 2,000 2K account. “Let this be a warning to all. Nothing is safe from Derp.” The …

    November 21, 2014 12:06 pm
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Science

  • NASA Announces New Opportunities for Public Participation in Asteroid Grand Challenge


    [image-50] Ten new projects are providing opportunities for the public to participate in NASA’s Asteroid Grand Challenge, which accelerates the agency’s asteroid initiative work through innovative partnerships and collaborations. Through a Space Act Agreement since April, NASA’s Asteroid Grand Challenge partner SpaceGAMBIT developed ways to connect the Maker community with NASA’s asteroid work, including educational programs and tools to help astronomers and citizen scientists. Makers are creative people with a drive to answer questions and find new ways to do things. The 10 new projects developed by SpaceGAMBIT were done in partnership with Maui Makers – a group that provides the space and tools to make new things on the island of Maui in Hawaii.  “SpaceGAMBIT and their partners have created an incredibly wide variety of projects that speak to the strong interest in asteroids and passion of the public to participate in space-related activities,” said Jason Kessler, program executive for the Asteroid Grand Challenge. …

    November 21, 2014 12:27 pm
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Health

  • Plague in Madagascar has killed 40 out of 119 cases: WHO


    GENEVA (Reuters) – An outbreak of the plague has killed 40 people out of 119 confirmed cases in Madagascar since late August and there is a risk of the disease spreading rapidly in the capital, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday. So far two cases and one death have been recorded in the capital Antananarivo but those figures could climb quickly due to “the city’s high population density and the weakness of the healthcare system”, the WHO warned. “The situation is further complicated by the high level of resistance to deltamethrin (an insecticide used to control fleas) that has been observed in the country,” it added. Plague, a bacterial disease, is mainly spread from one rodent to another by fleas. Humans bitten by an infected flea usually develop a bubonic form of plague, which swells the lymph node and can be treated with antibiotics, the WHO said. If the bacteria reach the lungs, …

    November 21, 2014 12:06 pm
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Entertainment

  • Tallulah Willis Shows Off Her Shaved Head At Event With Sister Scout And Mom Demi Moore


    Posted on Fri Nov 21st, 2014 9:29am PDT       By X17 Staff Getty Images for HL Group Demi Moore attended the Net-A-Porter Celebrates Rosetta Getty party in Los Angeles on Thursday night, and lucky for her daughters Scout and Tallulah, the actress brought both of them as her guests. I mean, let’s be honest — Tallulah wasn’t the one who scored an invitation to this soiree, even though she was all over the news this week for shaving her head and posting pictures and videos on every social media outlet under the sun. Demi, who turned 52 last week, looked amazing in demure black outfit, and Scout looked equally stunning in a white satin gown. While we’re absolutely loving Tallulah’s black and white ensemble (wonder if she picked this out herself?), we just can’t get behind her buzz cut. We know she wanted to pay homage to mom Demi’s character in G.I. Jane, but we’re sorry to …

    November 21, 2014 11:46 am
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Editorial

  • Why you should ‘shrink the gap’ between your opinion and God’s


     (AP) One of my favorite people on the planet suffers from a confidence deficit. It’s heartbreaking. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT We have many mutual friends, and everyone in her path finds her talented, articulate, dedicated, focused and faithful. This friend is lovely inside and out, and she seems to be the only person who disagrees. She’s in a near-constant state of doubt about her real value. “Am I a failure? Am I good enough? Smart enough? Am I trying hard enough? Giving up too easily? Am I being kind? Generous? Am I reading the Bible enough? Serving enough? Praying enough?” My self-doubting friend shouldn’t worry about our opinions, but about what God thinks. Doesn’t He know the goodness in each of us and how much potential we possess? The doubts spread and multiply like a dangerous virus. Oh, if only she knew. She’s a force! She’s amazing! She’s great! Plus, she holds untapped potential to be even greater! During one recent exchange, my mind …

    November 21, 2014 12:06 pm
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Odd News

  • Labor-intensive: China hospital gives men chance to experience pain of childbirth


    JINAN China (Reuters) – A hospital in eastern China is offering fathers-to-be a chance to experience the pain of childbirth after several new moms complained they got little sympathy from their partners. Free sessions are held twice a week at Aima maternity hospital in Shandong province and about 100 men have signed up to be tortured. Most are expectant dads but there are thrill seekers too among the volunteers for “taster sessions”. For the simulations, pads attached to a device are placed above the abdomen, giving electric shocks that induce pain. The test subjects writhe in agony for up to five minutes as a nurse gradually raises the intensity on a scale of one to ten. Song Siling, who is trying for a baby with his girlfriend, shut his eyes and grimaced as the needle on the electrode monitor inched forward with a beep. “It felt like my heart and lungs were being ripped apart,” …

    November 21, 2014 4:10 am
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