Headline News

  • Lava from Hawaii volcano snakes toward rural town; flow is 250 yards from small country road

    In this Oct. 22, 2014 photo provided by the U.S. Geological Survey, a geologist marks the coordinates of the Kilauea lava flow front with a GPS unit. A 13-mile finger of lava from Kilauea Volcano has started to again move quickly, and could hit a secondary road sometime Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. Officials on Hawaii’s Big Island won’t start evacuating people until the lava flow is within three to five days of affecting Pahoa residents. (AP Photo/U.S. Geological Survey) (The Associated Press) In this Oct. 22, 2014 photo provided by the U.S. Geological Survey, geologists walk over the surface of the flow to track surface breakouts along a portion of the flow margin, about a kilometer upslope of the flow front. A 13-mile finger of lava from Kilauea Volcano has started to again move quickly, and could hit a secondary road sometime Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. Officials on Hawaii’s Big Island won’t start evacuating people until …

    October 25, 2014 1:25 pm


  • Can Democrats regain votes outside of cities?

    By BILL BARROW October 25, 2014 Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kansas(AP Photo/Orlin Wagner) In an arena usually reserved for rodeos and livestock shows, Democratic Senate candidate Michelle Nunn told a boisterous crowd she was “glad to be home.” Her Republican opponent in the Georgia race, David Perdue, stood on the same debate stage and bellowed, “Welcome to Perdue country.” Neither candidate lives near the fairgrounds, much less among cattle or row crops. Nunn is a nonprofit executive who resides in a liberal neighborhood near downtown Atlanta, while Perdue is a wealthy former corporate CEO who lives behind multiple gates on a coastal island. But both candidates spent their formative years in middle Georgia, and both have made a concerted play for rural and small-town voters despite the state’s population shift to cities and suburbs. The same dynamic exists in Senate races in several other Southern states — Arkansas, Louisiana, Kentucky and North Carolina — that will …

    October 25, 2014 1:24 pm


  • ‘SNL’ interns reach $6.4 million settlement with NBCUniversal

    Underpaid interns (not pictured here) on Saturday Night Live (pictured here) sued NBCUniversal and settled for $6.4 million. Former interns from “Saturday Night Live” who filed a class action lawsuit over unpaid work have reached a $6.4 million settlement with NBCUniversal. The settlement still has to be approved by a federal court in New York. The lawsuit says that the interns “received no compensation or compensation at a rate less than the applicable hourly minimum wage” while working for NBCUniversal, according to court documents. The lawsuit was filed last year by former interns Monet Eliastam, Jesse Moore, Alexander Vainer and Rheanna Behuniak against NBC Universal, which is owned by Comcast (CCV). The interns accused NBCUniversal of illegally classifying them as interns exempt from federal and state minimum wage and spread-of-hours pay. Related: Comcast grows revenue and customers The net settlement amount will be divided among the unpaid interns. Court documents said the average payment will …

    October 25, 2014 12:24 pm


  • Titans running back Shonn Greene arrested after allegedly fleeing parking officer

    FRANKLIN, Tenn. –  Tennessee Titans running back Shonn Greene was arrested for allegedly parking in a handicapped space and speeding away when an officer was issuing him a citation. Franklin, Tennessee police Sgt. Charles Warner says Greene surrendered Friday night after being told warrants had been obtained for his arrest. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Warner says Greene was charged with driving on a suspended license, reckless driving, failure to stop/halt/frisk and illegal parking. Greene was released on $2,000 bond. He is due in court Nov. 13. Warner says the parking enforcement officer was issuing the citation when Greene approached. He says Greene ignored the officer’s request to see a handicapped placard, got into his 2012 BMW M6 and sped away, nearly striking the officer. The Titans could not be reached for comment Saturday.

    October 25, 2014 1:25 pm

World News

  • Obama stresses ‘facts, not fear’ over Ebola as rift emerges over quarantine

    Barack Obama urged Americans to base their response to domestic Ebola cases on “facts, not fear” on Saturday, as signs of a rift emerged between city and state officials over the handling of the diagnosis of the virus in a doctor from New York. In New Jersey, a health worker returning from west Africa, stopped at Newark airport under a new policy hurriedly put in place by that state and New York, remained in hospital quarantine on Saturday despite testing negative in a preliminary test. Civil liberties activists, meanwhile, raised concerns about the constitutionality of the new rules, warning they could discourage health workers from volunteering to fight Ebola in Africa. The introduction of tougher quarantine rules came as officials scrambled to calm public fears in response to news that a New York doctor, Craig Spencer, who worked with Ebola patients in Guinea, had tested positive for the disease. He remained in a stable condition …

    October 25, 2014 1:25 pm


  • Gadget Ogling: Up In The Air, Big Reads and Ghastly Wearables

    This week in Gadget Dreams and Nightmares, a peek at newly announced gadgets that caught my eye, we’re going back to the future. Yes, there’s an actual hoverboard on the agenda, alongside a larger Nook tablet, a high-end Kindle, smart luggage, and the tipping point for wearable tech. As always, there are ratings for each item, which are based on how interested I am in using them — they’re not an indicator of each product’s quality. Hendo Hoverboard It’s happened. Someone finally has created a real-life, working hoverboard for the general populace to get their hands on. Hoverboards have been a pipedream for decades, especially invading the public consciousness in the last quarter-century (the period of history known as “After Back To The Future II). The Hendo Hoverboard, pictured above, actually works. Albeit only over certain metallic surfaces (because it works using magnets). And only an inch above the floor. And for about 15 minutes …

    October 25, 2014 1:25 pm


  • Liquid helium offers a fascinating new way to make charged molecules

    A collaboration between researchers at the Universities of Leicester and Innsbruck has developed a completely new way of forming charged molecules which offers tremendous potential for new areas of chemical research. Professor Andrew Ellis from our Department of Chemistry has been working for several years with colleagues at the Institute of Ion Physics in Austria on exploring the chemistry of molecules inside liquid helium. The team’s latest and most startling discovery is that helium atoms can acquire an excess negative charge which enables them to become aggressive new chemical reagents. Helium is a famously unreactive gas but when cooled to just above absolute zero it becomes a superfluid, a strange form of liquid. (Among other bizarre properties, liquid helium can flow upwards because it has zero viscosity and its capillary action is stronger than gravity.) The Anglo-Austrian team manufacture droplets of superfluid liquid helium by subjecting helium gas to a combination of high pressure and …

    October 25, 2014 1:45 pm


  • Illinois orders mandatory Ebola quarantine for high-risk travelers

    (Reuters) – Illinois has ordered mandatory 21-day quarantines for all “high-risk” people who have had direct contact with Ebola patients while in Liberia, Guinea or Sierra Leone, the three West African nations most affected by the outbreak. The order, to be implemented by local health authorities, includes all medical personnel who treated patients with the often-deadly disease in those three countries. Previously such high-risk individuals were subject to voluntary isolation. Governor Pat Quinn issued the directive in a statement dated Friday after New York governor Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey governor Chris Christie made the same rule for travelers landing at New York City-area airports. The rule exceeds federal guidelines. Five U.S. airports are designated for passengers returning from the West African countries, including O’Hare in Chicago, Illinois, John F. Kennedy in New York, and Newark Liberty in New Jersey. The others are Hart in Atlanta, Georgia, and Washington Dulles in Virginia. (Reporting by Frank …

    October 25, 2014 1:25 pm


  • Kourtney Kardashian And Scott Disick Enjoy Down Time Before Third Child Arrives

    Posted on Fri Oct 24th, 2014 1:30pm PDT       By X17 Staff It can’t be too much longer before she gives birth! Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick left son Mason and daughter Penelope at home to enjoy a romantic lunch at Carousel restaurant in L.A. today, and the pregnant reality star must have been craving some spicy Middle Eastern food, since that is the eatery’s speciality. Who would have thought after all this time that this pair would have the most solid relationship of all the Kardashian clan? The dating lives of the Kardashian-Jenner family are all over the place lately, which is great for ratings! Although Kim is happily settled with Kanye and daughter Nori, it seems everyone else’s romance status is largely a mystery. Bruce is reportedly dating family friend Ronda Kamihara, Khloe is single and ready to mingle after splitting with French Montana this summer, Kylie is allegedly hooking up with rapper Tyga, and …

    October 25, 2014 1:04 pm


  • 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

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