Headline News

  • Bell, Florida shooting: Grandfather killed daughter, 6 kids and self, police say


    FILE: Don C. Spirit, 51, is seen in this mugshot. (Florida Department of Corrections) A grandfather shot and killed his daughter and her six children Thursday in the town of Bell, Florida before committing suicide after police arrived at the scene, authorities said. The children ranged in age from three months to 10 years old, Gilchrist County Sheriff Robert D. Schultz III told reporters at an evening press conference. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Schultz identified the suspect as Don C. Spirit, 51, a white man. The sheriff said Spirit had placed a 911 call around 4:30 p.m. in which he “made reference to harming people and himself.” He wouldn’t release more details about Spirit or when he first made contact with the deputies. He also wouldn’t divulge where exactly the victims were found, though he said, “They were certainly all over on the property.” Schultz declined to speculate on a motive, citing the ongoing investigation, but he said …

    September 19, 2014 2:39 am
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Politics

  • Bush family member angered by Republican Senate candidate’s ads in Georgia


    (Reuters) – Neil Bush, son and brother of two former presidents, has denounced assertions in political ads for Republican Senate nominee David Perdue in Georgia that an organization founded by Bush’s father funneled money to extremist groups. Bush is chairman of the Points of Light Foundation, which was run for several years by Perdue’s Democratic opponent, Michelle Nunn. A second critical ad was released on Wednesday, two days after Bush’s father, George H.W. Bush, endorsed Perdue. Though Georgia has not elected a Democratic senator since 2000 and Perdue has a slight edge in the polls, Democrats view the open seat as winnable as they fight to maintain control of the Senate. In an internal Nunn campaign memo published by National Review magazine in July, several vulnerabilities are listed for the first-time candidate, including the perception that Points of Light under Nunn gave “service awards to inmates, terrorists.” The memo is referring to $13,500 that eBay …

    September 18, 2014 11:56 pm
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Stocks

  • Larry Ellison stepping down as Oracle CEO


      Larry Ellison is stepping down as Oracle’s CEO, a position he has held at the company since he founded it in 1977. Ellison is the world’s top-paid CEO, bringing in $78.4 million last year. Technically, his salary is only $1 — he gets paid in company stock options. He’s the fifth-richest person in the world, with a net worth of $51 billion, according to Forbes. Safra Catz and Mark Hurd, Ellison’s top lieutenants, will replace him as co-CEOs. Catz has been Oracle’s president since 2004, and Hurd joined Oracle after his unceremonious ouster as CEO of Hewlett-Packard (HPQ, Tech30) in 2010. Both Catz and Hurd are also well-paid. Both took home $43.6 million in 2013. The 70-year old Ellison will remain at Oracle (ORCL, Tech30), taking over as executive chairman of the company’s board on Thursday. He was also given the title of Chief Technology Officer. Related: 12 top paid CEOs “The three of …

    September 19, 2014 12:57 am
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Sports

  • Jones, Hester help Ryan pour it on as McCown, Bucs fall flat in 56-14 loss to Falcons


    ATLANTA –  Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons have played well twice at home and looked terrible in one road game. But following Thursday’s 56-14 victory over Tampa Bay, Ryan was delighted to head into a long weekend without having to worry about starting the season poorly for a second straight year. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The Falcons, coming off a 4-12 record that caused Ryan to question his entire offseason training regimen, are off to a 2-1 start. “We talked about all week that we wanted to start fast and rebound from last week,” Ryan said. “With that being said, even as good as tonight was, I think there are areas where we can improve and get better.” The Buccaneers were flat in their first two games, but still only lost at home by a combined eight points to Derek Anderson-led Carolina and Austin Davis-led St. Louis. Even with important playmakers like Gerald McCoy, Mason Foster …

    September 19, 2014 2:39 am
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World News

  • Sierra Leone begins Ebola lockdown


    19 September 2014 Last updated at 01:03 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. The BBC’s Umaru Fofana says frenetic shopping had been taking place ahead of the lockdown A three-day curfew or lockdown to try to stop the spread of the Ebola virus has come into effect in Sierra Leone. The aim of the move is to keep people confined to their homes while health workers isolate new cases and prevent Ebola from spreading further. Critics say the lockdown will destroy trust between doctors and the public. Sierra Leona is one of the countries worst hit by West Africa’s Ebola outbreak, which has killed more than 2,600 people. The UN Security Council on Thursday declared the outbreak a “threat to international peace and security”. The Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution calling on states to provide more resources to combat it. The BBC’s Umaru Fofana in Sierra Leone Even the heavy downpour …

    September 19, 2014 2:39 am
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Technology

  • Apple iPhone 6 goes on sale around the world


    First buyers celebrate their purchase at the flagship Sydney Apple Store. Nic Healey/CNET As the world turns and the sun rises on Friday, September 19, Apple stores are opening their doors as the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus go on sale around the globe. This year’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are most noted for the new scaled-up sizes of 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch respectively, giving Apple attractive new options for fans of the larger handsets so common in the Android phone market. Both models include the new 64-bit A8 processor, an improved 8-megapixel rear camera, better battery life, and an NFC chip that, at launch, will be used exclusively by the Apple Pay payment service, which launches in the US in October. The iPhone 6 is available in silver, gold, and space gray in 16GB, 64GB, and 128GB sizes, with respective contract-free prices of $649, $749, and $849 in the US; £539, …

    September 18, 2014 11:57 pm
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Science

  • Gargantuan black hole found at the heart of dwarf galaxy


    Galaxy M60 and companion ultra-compact dwarf galaxy M60-UCD1 A supermassive black hole (SMBH) has been found lurking in an unexpected location – at the heart of an ultra-compact dwarf galaxy – according to new observations made by an international team of astronomers. Although SMBHs are thought to reside at the centre of most large galaxies including our own Milky Way, this is the smallest galaxy known to host a black hole. The team’s findings suggest that many other such ultra-compact dwarf galaxies may house black holes, meaning that there may be many more SMBHs in our galactic neighbourhood than previously thought. SMBHs are the largest type of black hole, and can have masses that are 105–109 times that of the Sun. On the other hand, ultra-compact dwarf galaxies are small galaxies that are also among the densest star systems in the universe. They are less than a few hundred light-years across as compared with our …

    September 19, 2014 12:17 am
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Health

  • U.N. to deploy Ebola mission as death toll reaches 2,630


    NEW YORK/PARIS (Reuters) – The United Nations Security Council on Thursday declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa a “threat to international peace and security” as the death toll hit 2,630 and France became the latest Western nation to step up its support. French President Francois Hollande announced the deployment of a military hospital to the remote Forest Region of southeastern Guinea, where the outbreak was first detected in March. Since then the virus has infected at least 5,357 people, according to World Health Organization (WHO), mostly in Guinea, neighboring Sierra Leone and Liberia. It has also spread to Senegal and Nigeria. With fragile West African healthcare systems overrun by the outbreak, Hollande said France’s response would not be limited to contributing to 150 million euros ($194 million) in aid promised by European Union nations. “We must save lives,” Hollande told a news conference. “I have asked the defense minister to coordinate this action and …

    September 18, 2014 11:56 pm
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Entertainment

  • Matthew McConaughey is hanging up his G-string


    Matthew McConaughey’s latest gig: Car salesman Magic Mike XXL director, Gregory Jacobs, confirmed to Indiewire Wednesday that McConaughey said no to a comeback as Dallas, owner of the Florida strip club in the first Magic Mike, which starred Channing Tatum (Mike), Matt Bomer (Ken), Joe Manganiello (Big Dick Richie) and Alex Pettyfer (Adam). And now for the good news. McConaughey may be out, but CBS reports that Tatum, Bomer and Manganiello will be back and that there’s still a chance Pettyfer will get on board. McConaughey vs. DiCaprio: An Oscar throwdown? Magic Mike became a huge box office hit in 2012. It was co-written by Tatum and was loosely based on his own experiences working as a stripper before hitting it big in Hollywood. He’s helping write the sequel, too, which will reportedly be about a huge male stripper competition. Expect to see some skin, as if that’s a surprise. “It’s road trip movie,” director, …

    September 19, 2014 1:38 am
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Editorial

  • Arkansas State lifts ban on football helmet crosses, but players must foot bill for decals


    Arkansas State University called an audible and decided to reverse its decision banning memorial crosses that football players had placed on their helmets to honor two fallen teammates. The team had been ordered to either remove or modify the small cross decals, honoring former player Markel Owens and former team equipment manager Barry Weyer, following complaints that the cross violated the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT “It is the university’s position that any player who wishes to voluntarily place an NCAA-compliant sticker on their helmet to memorialize individuals will be able to do so,” the university announced in a letter. How sad that we live in a nation where it is against the law for a university football coach to design a memorial that includes a religious icon. Liberty Institute, a law firm that specializes in religious liberty issues, had given the university until Wednesday to reverse its decision or face a …

    September 18, 2014 11:57 pm
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Odd News

  • Chicago officials investigate human bones sent to Japanese consulate


    CHICAGO (Reuters) – Chicago authorities are trying to solve a mystery over a box of human bones that were sent to the Japanese consulate, along with a letter saying they were the remains of soldiers who died during World War Two, police said on Thursday. The box of bones, which included two human skulls, was sent to the Chicago consulate in mid-June from Rochester, Minnesota, said Chicago Police Officer Thomas Sweeney. Along with the package was a letter saying the bones belonged to two soldiers who died in the Pacific theater of the war, and requesting that they be returned to Japan, Sweeney said. Consulate officials reported the box to the Japanese government in Tokyo, according to consul Shinichiro Nakamura. Nakamura described what police called a letter as an “application form.” Police said that photos of the bones were reviewed by a Japanese pathologist, who indicated that they may not be of Japanese descent. Not …

    September 19, 2014 12:16 am
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