• Blackhawks edge Senators in shootout

    Ottawa, ON (SportsNetwork.com) – Patrick Sharp scored in the third round of the shootout to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 5-4 win over the Ottawa Senators on Thursday. Sharp was the final skater of the...
  • Iraqi Kurd fighters ‘enter Kobane’

    Iraqi Kurd fighters ‘enter Kobane’

    30 October 2014 Last updated at 18:59 Iraqi Peshmerga forces arrived in Turkey on Wednesday Ten Iraqi Kurd Peshmerga fighters have entered the besieged Syrian town of Kobane on the Turkish border, Syrian opposition activists...
  • Can anything save Sony?

    Can anything save Sony?

      Sony is in dire straits. Major rating agencies Fitch and Moody’s have downgraded the company to “junk” status. Standard Poor’s has warned it could soon do the same. The latest indignity came in September,...
  • Medical charity decries US quarantines

    Medical charity decries US quarantines

    31 October 2014 Last updated at 02:36 Police are watching the home of a nurse in north-eastern US The medical charity Doctors Without Borders has warned that some mandatory US state Ebola quarantines are having...
  • Pekovic, Wolves top Pistons

    Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) – Nik Pekovic had 17 points and 10 rebounds as the Minnesota Timberwolves defeated the Detroit Pistons 97-91 on Thursday night. Thaddeus Young posted 19 points, Ricky Rubio supplied 11 points and...
  • Key Jerusalem holy site ‘to reopen’

    Key Jerusalem holy site ‘to reopen’

    31 October 2014 Last updated at 01:47 Israel closed off the holy site for the first time in years on Thursday Israel says it will reopen a key holy site in Jerusalem on Friday after...

Headline News

  • Prosecutor seeks death penalty in Pennsylvania police ambush


    (Reuters) – Prosecutors will seek the death sentence for Eric Frein, the suspect in the September murder of a Pennsylvania state trooper, the district attorney of Pike County said on Thursday. Frein, 31, was captured earlier Thursday after eluding a massive seven-week manhunt. He is the only suspect in a sniper ambush of two troopers on Sept. 12 that killed one officer and wounded the other, at a state police barracks in Blooming Grove, Pike County. Pike County District Attorney Raymond Tonkin said he would seek capital punishment for Frein on a first degree murder charge and one count of homicide of a police officer. (Reporting By Frank McGurty)

    October 30, 2014 10:56 pm
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Politics

  • North Carolina Campaigns Prepare for Potential Recount


    By Alexis Levinson Posted at 5:56 p.m. on Oct. 30 0 Tweet Hagan is a North Carolina Democrat. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo) The competitive North Carolina Senate race will cost more than $100 million by Election Day, and that price tag could climb further as both parties prepare to spend even more if the race becomes too close to call. The campaigns for both Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., and Republican state Speaker Thom Tillis confirmed to CQ Roll Call they are making preparations in case of a recount in one of the country’s most competitive races. Recent polls show a tied race, and this week the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call moved the race to Tossup this week from Tilts Democratic. “It’d be kind of silly for us not to [prepare],” said Todd Poole, the executive director of the North Carolina Republican Party. A recount occurs in the Tar Heel State if the margin of victory …

    October 30, 2014 7:12 pm
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Stocks

  • Can anything save Sony?


      Sony is in dire straits. Major rating agencies Fitch and Moody’s have downgraded the company to “junk” status. Standard Poor’s has warned it could soon do the same. The latest indignity came in September, when Sony said it expects to lose a staggering $2.1 billion this fiscal year and announced plans to scale back its smartphone business. Since assuming Sony’s top job in 2012, CEO Kazuo Hirai has spun off the company’s television business, sold its Vaio PC operation and slashed thousands of jobs in a bid to rapidly restructure the company. These are the kind of changes that investors have been calling for. But so far, the CEO has little to show for his efforts. That stands in stark contrast to Sony’s glory days. The Sony Walkman revolutionized the way people listen to music, and Sony’s Chromatron and Trinitron lines brought color television to the masses. But engineers across the company say they …

    October 30, 2014 10:15 pm
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Sports

  • Blackhawks edge Senators in shootout


    Ottawa, ON (SportsNetwork.com) – Patrick Sharp scored in the third round of the shootout to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 5-4 win over the Ottawa Senators on Thursday. Sharp was the final skater of the shootout and he made it count as he faked to the forehand and roofed the puck over Craig Anderson for the win. Jonathan Toews scored twice while Kris Versteeg and Marian Hossa each posted a goal and an assist for the Blackhawks, who have won two of their last three games. Scott Darling made 28 saves in the win. Bobby Ryan, Clarke MacArthur, Mark Stone and Mika Zibanejad all scored for the Senators, who have lost three of their last four. Anderson stopped 35 shots. Ottawa scored just 2:48 in on a give-and-go with Curtis Lazar and Stone that Stone finished off with a redirect down low. Chicago, though, scored the next two goals to take a 2-1 lead into …

    October 30, 2014 10:56 pm
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World News

  • Iraqi Kurd fighters ‘enter Kobane’


    30 October 2014 Last updated at 18:59 Iraqi Peshmerga forces arrived in Turkey on Wednesday Ten Iraqi Kurd Peshmerga fighters have entered the besieged Syrian town of Kobane on the Turkish border, Syrian opposition activists say. Dozens more are expected to join them in helping Syrian Kurds defend the strategic town against Islamic State (IS) militants. Turkey finally authorised the Iraqi Kurds to cross the border last week. Some 150 Iraqi Kurds are waiting to travel from Turkey to Kobane, which has been under siege for six weeks. The arrival of the first Peshmerga comes a day after a group of Syrian Arab rebels entered the town also to fight against IS, aided by US-led coalition air strikes. Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Sergeant Ahmead Mohammad of the Peshmerga force: “We’re willing to defend Kurds anywhere it’s needed” US fighters and bombers have carried out 10 air strikes on Kobane since …

    October 30, 2014 10:56 pm
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Technology

  • The metal detectors saving marriages


    30 October 2014 Last updated at 23:59 By Zoe Kleinman Technology reporter, BBC News With this ring: Wedded bliss doesn’t necessarily mean it’s all plain sailing – and a row can quickly escalate into a ring pitched into the ether, only to be bitterly regretted later It’s 9am on a cold, wintry Sunday morning and a strong wind is blasting across a recently ploughed farmers’ field. Continue reading the main story Special Report: The Technology of Business Can an app cure anxiety and stress? Connecting India’s offline millions The world’s fastest ambulance When does an app need regulating? ‘Air’ plastic and mushroom cushions We are somewhere down a beaten track on the Purbeck cliff tops along the UK’s south coast. The landscape is deserted, with the exception of one determined man with his metal detector… and me. Flying instructor Richard Higham is a treasure hunter in his spare time, and he is convinced this particular …

    October 30, 2014 7:12 pm
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Science

  • First detailed picture of a cancer-related cell enzyme in action on a chromosome unit


    Related images(click to enlarge) A landmark study to be published in the October 30, 2014 print edition of the journal Nature provides new insight into the function of an enzyme related to the BRCA1 breast cancer protein. The study by a team at Penn State University is the first to produce a detailed working image of an enzyme in the Polycomb Repressive Complex 1 (PRC1) — a group that regulates cell development and is associated with many types of cancer. Enzymes like PRC1 turn on or turn off the activity of genes in a cell by manipulating individual chromosome units called nucleosomes. “The nucleosome is a key target of the enzymes that conduct genetic processes critical for life,” said Song Tan, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at Penn State University and the leader of the study’s research team. The Penn State scientists obtained the first crystal structure of a gene regulation enzyme while it …

    October 30, 2014 7:33 pm
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Health

  • Bike-riding nurse defies Ebola quarantine, on collision course with governor


    CAPE ELIZABETH Maine (Reuters) – A nurse who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone but has tested negative for the virus went for a bike ride on Thursday, defying Maine’s order that she be quarantined in her home and setting up a legal collision with Governor Paul LePage. Attorneys for Kaci Hickox, 33, said they had not yet been served with a court order to enforce the 21-day quarantine – matching the virus’s maximum incubation period – but remained prepared to fight such an order if necessary. The quarantine showdown between Hickox and Maine has become the focal point of a struggle between several U.S. states opting for stringent measures to guard against Ebola and a federal government wary of discouraging potential medical volunteers. Mandatory quarantines ordered by some U.S. states on doctors and nurses returning from West Africa’s Ebola outbreak are creating a “chilling effect” on Doctors Without Borders operations there, the humanitarian group …

    October 30, 2014 7:12 pm
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Fortune

Entertainment

  • An unlikely duo will be playing Apple’s founders


    Lauren and Seth Rogen are looking to get lucky at prom — for a good cause According to Variety, Rogen has landed the role of Steve Wozniak, the cofounder of Apple. It was reported only two weeks ago that Christian Bale was named as Steve Jobs in the Apple biopic being written by Aaron Sorkin. Wozniak, along with Jobs and Ronald Wayne, launched Apple back in the late ’70s. Together, they came out with groundbreaking equipment, including the Apple I and Apple II. He left his role at Apple in 1987. Although Rogen may seem like an unlikely addition to a biopic, his variety may make him perfect for the character. Actress Jessica Chastain’s name has also been rumored for the project, but it’s not yet clear what role she would play. Jobs is based on Walter Isaacson’s biography, Steve Jobs, and is being put together by some big names in Hollywood, including director, Danny …

    October 30, 2014 10:55 pm
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Editorial

  • The Foxhole: David Ignatius on Leonardo DiCaprio, the lives of spies, and the ‘lost’ presidency of Barack Obama


    It turns out there’s a reason why David Ignatius, the associate editor and columnist at the Washington Post – an entrenched figure at the highest echelons of American journalism for three decades, confidante of presidents and Middle East potentates – is also one of the country’s most commercially successful and enduringly popular spy novelists. Mercifully for the rest of us, it has nothing to do with Ignatius’s literary talent or the thousands of hours of hard work he’s put in over the years. Ignatius has published eight spy thrillers since 1987, with the latest – “The Director,” published in June by W.W. Norton Company – focused on the damage done by an Edward Snowden-like mole who goes undetected within the U.S. intelligence apparatus. It was a theme the author was already developing when Snowden burst onto the international stage. The “secret” to Ignatius’s success in the genre of John le Carré and Graham Greene – …

    October 30, 2014 7:12 pm
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Odd News

  • Fed’s George to send BBQ sauce to San Francisco Fed chief after Giants win


    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank President Esther George plans to send San Francisco Fed President John Williams some local barbecue sauce to commemorate his home team’s World Series victory, spokesmen for the banks said on Thursday. Baseball’s biggest annual contest wrapped up its seventh game on Wednesday with the San Francisco Giants’ 3-2 win against the Kansas City Royals. The series’ final games took place on the same two days that George, Williams and other U.S. central bankers met in Washington, where they made the historic decision to end the Fed’s bond-buying stimulus and lay the groundwork for an eventual interest-rate hike. George and Williams disagree when it comes to U.S. monetary policy, with George a stalwart critic of the Fed’s bond-buying program and Williams a supporter. Williams is also a longtime Giants fan, and had a Giants flag raised atop his bank’s downtown headquarters at the start of the World …

    October 30, 2014 7:32 pm
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