Headline News

  • Michigan man fatally shot after he hit officer with crossbow

    CATO TOWNSHIP, Mich. –  A Michigan man has been shot and killed by a state trooper after the man struck an officer with a crossbow. A Michigan State Police news release says the trooper, a Montcalm County Sheriff’s Department deputy and a Lakeview officer were serving an arrest warrant Friday at the Cato Township home of a 40-year-old man. Authorities say the man shot at the officers with a crossbow and hit the deputy. The state trooper then shot at the man, striking him at least once. The man was pronounced dead at the scene. Police say the deputy was taken to the hospital and is stable. It did not say where he was hit. The state police said the shooting is being investigated. Cato Township is about 50 miles northeast of Grand Rapids.

    October 10, 2015 8:58 am


  • Lockheed F-35s finish at-sea test flights as U.S. Navy warms to new jet

    ABOARD USS EISENHOWER Two Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jets wrapped up a second round of successful test flights off the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower aircraft carrier on Friday, a key milestone toward operational use of the jets by the U.S. Navy in coming years. The flight tests took place about 100 miles off the coast of Norfolk, Virginia, in crosswinds of about 40 knots, and included the first night flights at sea with a redesigned helmet made by Rockwell Collins Inc and Israel’s Elbit Systems. The high-risk flights also tested the jets’ ability to take off with less airspeed, with after-burners and with heavier loads of simulated weapons. During normal F-35C launches, a jet goes from zero to 150 miles per hour, traveling the 310-foot length of the catapult in about two seconds. The results will set the standards for fleetwide F-35C catapult launch settings for the service life of the aircraft, said Joe …

    October 10, 2015 6:37 am


  • Petraeus: From America’s general to Wall Street exec

    Former CIA Director David Petraeus (right) visited the New York Stock Exchange in 2012 and met with ex-NYSE Euronext CEO Duncan Niederauer (left). For years David Petraeus was the man U.S. presidents turned to for guidance on scary situations around the world. The former four-star general was the architect behind the “surge” campaigns in Iraq and then in Afghanistan. Petraeus later became America’s chief spymaster before a scandal forced his resignation from the CIA in 2012. Now Petraeus is the man investors turn to for advice before placing risky bets in dangerous parts of the world. The former CIA director joined private-equity firm KKR (KKR) in 2013, where he serves as chairman of the KKR Global Institute. The institute leverages in-house experience and taps a deep Rolodex of global contacts to help KKR, its clients and portfolio companies make smart decisions. Petraeus told CNNMoney he sees parallels between his current role and those he had …

    October 10, 2015 8:57 am


  • Report: Dwight Howard played with torn MCL and meniscus in playoffs

    Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard said he played through a torn MCL and meniscus during last season’s Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors, Texans radio reports. Despite the seeming severity of those injuries, however, Howard apparently did not need surgery on his knee this offseason: Source: Dwight Howard’s knee issues, torn MCL and meniscus during WCF weren’t severe enough where offseason surgery was needed. — Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) October 9, 2015 After Dwight Howard injured the knee, he used a heavy brace to stabilize it and played Game 2 of WCF with no apparent serious issues. — Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) October 9, 2015 More from FoxSports In the final game of that series, Howard scored 18 points, grabbed 16 rebounds and blocked four shots and played 42 minutes in the Rockets’ 104-90 loss to the Warriors. While Howard is reportedly healthy entering the NBA season, Rockets head coach Kevin McHale has said that …

    October 10, 2015 8:58 am

World News

  • Nine die in fire at Irish travellers site

    Image copyright RTÉ Image caption Fire and police officers, including Ch Supt Diarmuid O’Sullivan, held a press conference in Carrickmines close to the scene of the tragedy Nine people, including a number of children, have died in a fire at a traveller site in County Dublin. Emergency services were called to the Glenamuck Road in Carrickmines at about 04:00 local time on Saturday. Irish police gave more details at a press conference. Ch Supt Diarmuid O’Sullivan said it was believed some of the children who died were as young as six months. Among those who died were a husband, wife and their children. The children were all under the age of 10. It is understood that most, if not all the victims, were members of two families. Two adults injured in the blaze are being treated in hospital for the effects of breathing in smoke. Image copyright RTÉ Image caption Dublin Fire Brigade said six …

    October 10, 2015 8:58 am


  • Piano app gets me playing

    I’ve long fancied the idea of astonishing my friends by whipping a cloth off a keyboard and playing a glorious rendition of festive tunes à la Downton Abbey Christmas special. But apart from prodding the odd key, I’ve never been near a piano. Enter Skoove, the app that promises to “make your musical dreams come true”. Excellent. I’m already Googling fancy evening dresses and recipes for mulled wine. Better still, the current beta version of the app is free (it’ll cost between £3.50 and £7.50 a month when commercially released), which is a boon considering an electric keyboard costs around 60 quid (there’s currently no way to use the interactive features with Granny’s upright). I rig up the outfit in my front room. Unlike an analogue piano book that perches neatly on the music stand, this guide has to be hooked up to my computer. Cue a precarious attempt to balance my ancient laptop behind …

    October 10, 2015 6:56 am


  • Edible love gifts may influence female behavior, suggests cricket study

    Related images(click to enlarge) Edible gifts given by male crickets to their female partners during mating contain unique proteins which could affect the females’ behaviour according to research from the University of Exeter and Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, published today in the journal PLOS ONE. Many insects mate by transferring their sperm in a capsule, or ampulla. In decorated crickets, Gryllodes sigillatus, an additional edible present, known as a nuptial gift, is offered to the female during mating in the form of a large gelatinous ball of protein attached to the ampulla which the female eats while the sperm are being transferred. The scientists believe that some of the proteins contained in the nuptial gift prevent digestive enzymes in the female’s gut from breaking down other active proteins in the gift. These protected proteins may then alter her reproductive physiology and make her less likely to mate with further males. Professor Richard Ffrench-Constant …

    October 10, 2015 5:36 am


  • Telecommuting Isn’t Always a Win-Win Situation

    FRIDAY, Oct. 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Many people dream of giving up their daily commute and padding to work in their pajamas and slippers. But telecommuting has to be carefully thought out and implemented to be successful, new research says. A growing number of companies offer work-from-home options even though there is conflicting evidence about the effectiveness of this approach, the study authors said. “Our intent is to provide a balanced picture of what we know and do not know based on the scientific findings. This sort of comprehensive view is essential to aiding individuals, organizations, and public policy-makers in shaping telecommuting practices,” Tammy Allen, a workplace psychology researcher at the University of South Florida, and colleagues wrote. Their review of available research showed that telecommuting can offer workers a number of benefits. These include lower job-related stress, improved job performance and greater job satisfaction, the researchers said. But these advantages don’t occur for …

    October 10, 2015 6:16 am


  • Yolanda Foster Reveals Her Children Bella And Anwar Hadid Are Also Battling Lyme Disease

    Posted on Fri Oct 9th, 2015 7:20am PDT       By X17 Staff Getty Images for Global Lyme Alliance This poor family! Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Yolanda Foster has been bravely battling Lyme disease for several years, and at last night’s Global Lyme Alliance Gala in New York City, she revealed that her daughter Bella and son Anwar are also struggling with the autoimmune disorder. “When my two youngest children, Bella and Anwar, were also diagnosed with chronic Lyme disease in early 2012, watching my babies struggle in silence in order to support me in my journey, struck the deepest core of hopelessness inside of me,” the reality star told the crowd. “This award is for Anwar and Bella. This is my token and my promise to you that I will not allow you to live a life of pain and suffering. I will walk to the end of the earth to find a cure so …

    October 9, 2015 7:10 pm


  • Why don’t our leaders care? ISIS threatens to execute 250 Assyrian Christians

    A few days ago ISIS executed three Assyrian Christians, and I bet you haven’t heard a thing about it.   This is because the world is becoming increasingly numb to a drastic escalation in the persecution of Christians – and other religious minorities — all over North Africa and the Middle East. Christian pastors are unjustly imprisoned in the Sudan and in Iran, Christian converts have been executed by Islamic extremists in more than a dozen countries, hundreds of churches and Christian homes have been burned across Africa and in the United States college students in Oregon were allegedly targeted for their profession of faith in Jesus Christ by Christopher Harper-Mercer. In the recently released ISIS execution video, the three Assyrians are predictably crouched in orange jumpsuits as they are forced to state their name and their Christian faith before they are shot in the back of the head. Let’s be frank: the United States …

    October 10, 2015 8:57 am

Odd News

  • New England man offers to ship autumn foliage for $19.99

    BOSTON People who want to see New England’s colorful fall foliage no longer need to travel for the experience. A Boston-area man is offering to ship bundles of the dried up, multi-colored vegetation straight to your door for $19.99. Kyle Waring, of Somerville, Massachusetts, set up the website shipfoliage.com earlier this year and began sending his first packages of hand-picked leaves to U.S. customers this week. “I’ve hit over 200 sales so far,” he said. Waring came up with the idea while contemplating “seasonal monetization opportunities” with his wife. They settled on leaves, he said, because “fall in New England is especially gorgeous and really strikes an emotional chord.” It is not Waring’s first foray into seasonal offerings. Last winter, he shipped snow from Boston’s record snowfall for $89, using the website ShipSnowYo.com. He said he received requests for 718 pounds (326 kg) of snow from around the United States. According to shipfoliage.com, Kyle offers …

    October 9, 2015 5:49 pm