Headline News

  • Seven charged with murder in beating of teen at upstate New York church

    ALBANY, N.Y. Seven people who prosecutors say were involved in the beating death of a teenager during a counseling session at an upstate New York church were indicted on second-degree murder charges on Tuesday by a grand jury. Lucas Leonard, 19, was beaten to death in October over 10 hours during a counseling session at the Word of Life Church in Chadwicks, New York, about 50 miles (80 km) east of Syracuse, prosecutors said. His brother, Christopher, 17, received blunt force injuries when he was repeatedly struck during the same session, which was initiated because Lucas Leonard wanted to leave the congregation, prosecutors said. The grand jury’s indictment charged the brothers’ father, Bruce Leonard, 65, with 13 criminal counts including second-degree murder, kidnapping and gang assault. Charges of second-degree murder, kidnapping and gang assault were also brought against church pastor Tiffanie Irwin, 29; Traci Irwin, David Morey, 26, Linda Morey, 54, and Joseph Irwin, 26, …

    November 24, 2015 10:06 pm


  • Obama to meet advisers Wednesday on homeland security after Paris attacks

    WASHINGTON President Barack Obama is slated to meet on Wednesday morning with his national security advisers to review the “homeland security posture” of the United States after Islamic State attacks in Paris and “as we enter the holiday season,” the White House said in a statement. (Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Editing by Eric Walsh)

    November 24, 2015 10:05 pm


  • Trump’s relationship with Internet rumors

    To understand Donald Trump, you have to understand where he’s getting his information. His sources seem to include sketchy Internet rumors and inaccurate stories. For example, the candidate’s recent remarks about “cheering” crowds in New Jersey on 9/11 track very closely to stories that have circulated on the web for years. The claims have been thoroughly debunked. There is no video or photographic evidence. But Trump is standing by his story about “thousands” of people celebrating, partly by citing what his fans are telling him on Twitter. At a packed rally on Monday night, he said, “I’m getting all of these tweets: ‘I saw it.’ ‘I was there.’ ‘I was this.’ ” For Trump, Twitter is an instant feedback loop, giving him support for even the flimsiest assertions. On Monday night Fox News host Bill O’Reilly bluntly advised Trump to stop tweeting, since the candidate was widely denounced for a retweet of fake crime statistics. …

    November 24, 2015 8:45 pm


  • Coe’s Eugene decision role questioned

    Lord Coe (left) was elected IAAF president in succession to Lamine Diack in August IAAF president Lord Coe is facing conflict of interest allegations after emails emerged suggesting he lobbied his predecessor over the hosting of the 2021 World Championships. Eugene, USA, was given the event without a bidding process, despite interest from the Swedish city of Gothenburg. A BBC investigation has uncovered emails which claim Coe – an ambassador for sports giant Nike and then vice-president of world athletics – “reached out” to Lamine Diack with his support for Eugene’s bid. The Oregon city, which lost out to Doha with a 2019 bid, is closely associated with Nike. Leader of the Gothenburg bid at the time and former head of Interpol, Bjorn Eriksson, told the BBC that the conflict of interest allegations needed “an explanation”. When asked about the allegations, Coe told the BBC he “did not lobby anyone” over Eugene’s bid, but “encouraged …

    November 24, 2015 10:06 pm

World News

  • Beethoven disrupts anti-migrant rally

    Image copyright EPA Image caption A counter-demonstration was also staged in Mainz last Saturday German police are taking legal action against theatre staff in Mainz for disrupting an anti-migrant rally by singing Beethoven’s Ode to Joy. About 300 people gathered over the weekend near the theatre in the south-western city to protest against the government’s “chaotic” asylum policy. But speakers were interrupted by the theatre staff singing “All people will be brothers” from the symphony. Police say the right to free assembly is guaranteed by the constitution. They argue that it is therefore a criminal offence to disrupt such events. Saturday’s rally was organised by the country’s right-wing Alternative for Germany party. A counter-demonstration was also staged in the city. The number of people seeking asylum in Germany this year may be as high as 1.5 million, German media have reported. The government in Berlin has not confirmed such estimates. Many of those arriving are …

    November 24, 2015 10:06 pm


  • TalkTalk cyber-attack: fifth person arrested in police investigation

    A fifth person has been arrested as part of an investigation into the cyber-attack on telecoms firm TalkTalk in October, the Metropolitan police have said. The 18-year-old was taken into custody after police raided a property in Llanelli, south Wales, on Tuesday and was held at the Dyfed Powys police station on suspicion of blackmail. Four others have been arrested during the investigation: two 16-year-old boys, a 20-year-old man, and a 15-year-old boy from Northern Ireland who was released on Monday. It was the third in a spate of similar attacks affecting TalkTalk within eight months, with incidents in August and February resulting in customers’ data being stolen. In a statement, the Met said the investigation was being carried out by its cybercrime unit, the PSNI’s cybercrime centre and the National Crime Agency. TalkTalk’s chief executive, Dido Harding, said she was still unsure how many of its four million UK customers had been affected by …

    November 24, 2015 6:25 pm


  • NASA study suggests carbon content of temperate forests overestimated

    Related images(click to enlarge) Digital measurements of millions of trees indicate that previous studies likely overestimate the amount of carbon stored by temperate U.S. forests, according to a new NASA study. The findings could help scientists better understand the impact that trees have on the amount of carbon in the atmosphere. Although it is a well-established fact that trees absorb carbon and store it long-term, researchers are unsure how much is stored in global forests. “Estimates of the carbon content of living trees typically rely on a method that is based on cutting down trees,” said Laura Duncanson, a postdoctoral fellow at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. “It takes a lot of effort to cut down trees, particularly the biggest ones, so this just isn’t practical to do in large numbers.” Because of this limitation, field studies aim to strategically sample trees. When looking at U.S. forests, for example, on average about …

    November 24, 2015 9:05 pm


  • Research raises questions over ADHD drug effects

    LONDON Researchers voiced concern on Wednesday about poor quality studies on the popular ADHD treatment Ritalin, saying evidence of some benefits, but also of sleep problems and appetite loss, suggests the drug should be prescribed with caution. Ritalin is sold by Swiss pharmaceutical firm Novartis NOVN.VX, known generically as methylphenidate and also sold under the brand names Concerta, Medikinet and Equasym. It has been used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)for more than 50 years. The Cochrane Review researchers, who conducted a full assessment of studies on the benefits and harms of the Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) drug, said evidence on its use in children was poor. “Our expectations of this treatment are probably greater than they should be,” said Morris Zwi, a London-based consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist, who worked on the review. “Whilst our review shows some evidence of benefit, we should bear in mind that this finding was based on …

    November 24, 2015 9:45 pm


  • Selena Gomez Has The Blues As Rumors Fly Justin Bieber Is Having A Breakdown Over Her

    Posted on Tue Nov 24th, 2015 3:10pm PDT       By X17 Staff It’s like she’s sexing it up to get his attention! Selena Gomez looked smoking hot in bell bottoms and a crop top as she caught a flight out of LAX today, and given the spring she has in her step, we think those rumors that Justin Bieber canceled appearances to dedicate his time to winning her back are true! JB pulled the plug on going on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and then backed out of a scheduled taped performance for the Thanksgiving Day Parade in NYC, citing his inability to make it to the Big Apple. Perhaps he couldn’t make it because he already planned on spending Thanksgiving with Selena? Or maybe he couldn’t handle the heartbreak of learning that the “Come Get It” songstress has been spotted spending time with One Direction stud Niall Horan? The brunette beauty and the boybander dined …

    November 24, 2015 8:46 pm


  • Dinesh D’Souza: What politics has in common with organized crime

    In 2012 I exceeded the campaign finance limit by giving $20,000 more than allowed to the Senate campaign of a college friend of mine, Wendy Long.   Relentlessly prosecuted by the Obama administration for this comparatively minor infraction, I was sentenced to eight months of overnight incarceration in a confinement center.  The Obama administration clearly wanted to reach me a lesson—and I learned one, although not the one they intended. The confinement center was a privately-run facility near the Mexican border. The inmates were not white-collar guys but mostly drug smugglers, coyotes, armed robbers, even rapists and murderers.  A rough crowd!  At first, fearing for my safety, I kept to myself.  But over time I got to know these people and understand the perspective of the criminal underclass. I went in there with the “Shawshank Redemption” idea that virtually all criminals purport to be innocent. What I discovered is that the hoodlums admit they are guilty, …

    November 24, 2015 8:25 pm

Odd News

  • Baby in swaddling clothes found in manger at New York church

    NEW YORK A newborn with his umbilical cord still attached was found lying in a manger at a New York church, police said on Tuesday. At Holy Child Jesus Church in the borough of Queens on Monday, the custodian found the crying infant wrapped in towels in the indoor nativity scene he had set up just before his lunch break, a New York police spokesman said. Father Christopher Ryan Heanue, one of the priests at the church, said he and others placed a clean towel around the baby while waiting for paramedics to show up. “The beautiful thing is that this woman found in this church – which is supposed to be a home for those in need –  this home for her child,” Heanue said, referring to the person he assumes left the baby there. “A young couple in our parish would love to adopt this child and keep this gift in our community. …

    November 24, 2015 9:25 pm