Headline News

  • Seattle Pacific University lifts campus lockdown after gun threat


    SEATTLE (Reuters) – Seattle Pacific University said on Friday its campus was on lockdown after a student received a threat of someone coming to the school with a gun, but lifted the order about an hour later and police arrested a woman who threatened a shooting rampage. Skagit County sheriff’s deputies arrested a woman who police say sent a text message to a former boyfriend saying she would kill him and his friends and claimed to be on the campus at the time, the Seattle Police Department said in a statement. “It was quickly determined she was not anywhere near the campus,” police said. The small Christian college was the site of a shooting spree in June in which one person was killed and two others wounded. The university said on Twitter that the lockdown had been lifted. Earlier it said the Seattle Police Department had informed university officials of the threat. Deputies arrested the …

    October 31, 2014 6:52 pm
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Politics

  • U.S. spy budget down by over 15 percent since 2010: official data


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The combined budget for U.S. civilian and military intelligence operations has shrunk by more than 15 percent since 2010, official figures show. The total U.S. intelligence budget was $67.9 billion in the fiscal year to Sept. 30, according to official figures. That was up only marginally from $67.6 billion the previous year, but followed a steady decline since a peak in 2010. A variety of factors comes into play, official sources say. The decline reflected the end of military operations in Iraq in 2011 and the drawdown in Afghanistan, said Bruce Riedel, a former senior intelligence official and security adviser to President Barack Obama. “Those operations were extremely expensive, not just for the military but also all the civilian agencies. Now that military operations have resumed in Iraq and spread to Syria the costs for intelligence will go back up again,” he said.James Clapper, the director of National Intelligence, has warned that …

    October 31, 2014 7:32 pm
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Stocks

  • NBC is developing a reality show with Virgin Galactic


      NBC is developing a reality TV series called “Space Race” with Virgin Galactic, whose SpaceShipTwo exploded on Friday. The network declined to comment. But according to Deadline, NBC is now “gathering information on the situation” regarding the reality series. During a test flight, a “serious anomaly” caused Virgin’s commercial space craft to explode over the Mojave Desert, killing one and seriously injuring another. The show — which was announced last year — is an exclusive series between NBC, Virgin founder Richard Branson and reality TV super-producer Mark Burnett. NBC described the show as an elimination competition in which normal people would compete with one another for “the ultimate prize” — a flight into space on Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo. The series would also have “unprecedented access” to Virgin Galactic’s Spaceport America facilities in New Mexico, where contestants would train for their winning flight, according to a press release issued last year. Related: Virgin Galactic spaceship …

    October 31, 2014 6:32 pm
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Sports

  • Federer’s number one hopes take a hit in Paris defeat


    PARIS (Reuters) – Roger Federer’s hopes of knocking Novak Djokovic off the top of the ATP world rankings before the end of the year took a hit when he lost to big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic in the Paris Masters quarter-finals on Friday. The Swiss second seed was beaten 7-6(5) 7-5 and Djokovic later saw off Britain’s Andy Murray 7-5 6-2 to advance to the semi-finals of a tournament he won last year. Federer had narrowed the points gap on Djokovic in recent weeks but defeat in Bercy halted his charge, while Japan’s Kei Nishikori and Raonic completed the line-up for the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals which will be played in London from Nov. 9-16. All is not lost for Federer, however, as the Swiss is able to boost his points tally in the Davis Cup final against France. “Milos played well. As I said, I always thought it was going to get solved in …

    October 31, 2014 7:52 pm
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World News

  • Boko Haram denies ceasefire claim


    31 October 2014 Last updated at 23:55 The video released on Friday was Boko Haram’s first statement after the government announced a ceasefire Boko Haram has denied claims by Nigeria’s government that it has agreed to a ceasefire and will release more than 200 abducted schoolgirls. The group’s leader, Abubakar Shekau, said the girls had converted to Islam and been married off since being taken. Nigeria’s army announced a ceasefire with the militants on 17 October, saying the girls would soon be freed. But violence has continued since news of the alleged truce, with a bomb blast killing several on Friday. Boko Haram has been fighting an insurgency since 2009, with some 2,000 civilians reportedly killed this year. The Islamist group sparked global outrage in April by abducting 219 schoolgirls from the remote north-eastern town of Chibok, in Borno state. Their continued captivity has led to criticism of the Nigerian government’s efforts to secure their …

    October 31, 2014 7:52 pm
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Technology

  • Chat with ghosts using an emoji ouija board


    Now you can chat with the dead using your favorite emojicons. Kickstarter If you enjoy chatting with the dead, but prefer to do it using emojicons, why not upgrade your spirit communication with an Emouija Board? After all, ghosts don’t want to miss out on being about to tweet their feelings and thoughts like they did when they were alive and kicking. Find out if ghosts miss getting their hair cut, or dancing with friends or eating pizza. Perhaps they want to reveal their love for cats or just think the poop icon is hilarious. All your favorite emoji icons are represented on the board — from food items to activities to the weird ones no one seems to understand, like that hairy red devil guy (which we hope your ghosts aren’t stuck with as a purgatory pal). Designers of the Emouija Board, now on Kickstarter, also created unique emoji to help you communicate better …

    October 31, 2014 7:32 pm
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Science

  • Louisiana Scuttles Medical Conference Plans Over Ebola Fears


    Estrella Lasry was readying her presentation on three years worth of malaria data in west Africa when she received an email disinviting her to a major tropical medicine conference taking place in Louisiana next week. The reason: she was currently in Liberia.    The tropical medicine advisor with Doctors Without Borders had been working in that west African country on a malaria project—distributing drugs to reduce the death rate among children under five years of age—when she was informed, via email, that the state of Louisiana wanted to limit “unnecessary exposure of Ebola to the general public” and would be requesting all individuals who had traveled to Ebola-affected countries voluntarily quarantine themselves for 21 days following their relevant travel history, regardless of their symptoms.   Lasry had also seen some Ebola patients at a Doctors Without Borders clinic while in Liberia, but even if she had not, she still would not be welcome at the …

    October 31, 2014 7:52 pm
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Health

  • Judge rejects strict limits on U.S. nurse who treated Ebola patients


    FORT KENT Maine (Reuters) – Declaring Ebola fears in the United States “not entirely rational,” a judge rejected Maine’s bid for a quarantine on a nurse who treated victims of the disease in West Africa but tested negative for it, and instead imposed limited restrictions. Nurse Kaci Hickox’s challenge of Maine’s 21-day quarantine became a key battleground for the dispute between officials in some U.S. states who have imposed strict quarantines on health workers returning from three Ebola-ravaged West African countries and the federal government, which opposes such measures. Public concern about the spread of the virus is high in both the United States and Canada. Canada became the second developed nation after Australia to bar entry for citizens from the three West African nations where Ebola is widespread. Some U.S. politicians have called for a similar travel ban, making Ebola as much of a political issue as a public health question. The most deadly …

    October 31, 2014 7:32 pm
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Entertainment

  • Amanda Bynes’ Parents Battle Daughter In Court To Keep Conservatorship Intact


    Posted on Fri Oct 31st, 2014 2:10pm PDT       By X17 Staff Amanda Bynes and her parents are ready for a fight. The troubled actress showed up at court on Friday to battle her parents and the judge, in yet another attempt to rid herself of her parents’ conservatorship and prove to the world she is sane. The hearing is Amanda’s opportunity to convince a judge that she is mentally competent to have legal and financial custody over herself. Despite her assertion that she is sane enough to make her own decisions — the 28-year-old actress was late to her 1:30 pm court date in Ventura County, reports TMZ. Less than 45 minutes before the scheduled court time, the former What I like About You actress was spotted eating watermelon at Mel’s Diner in Hollywood, reports the site. This definitely doesn’t seem like the behavior of a person who is well … On Thursday, Bynes left the …

    October 31, 2014 5:11 pm
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Editorial

Odd News

  • Parachutist rescued from Missouri radio tower


    (Reuters) – A man’s plan to leap from a Missouri radio tower south of St. Louis went awry when his parachute got stuck on a supporting wire, leaving him suspended 155 feet above the ground, a fire official said on Friday. The parachutist, Timothy Church, 27, and a second man, Brandon Travis, 26, were arrested for trespassing on private property, St. Louis County Police spokesman Brian Schellman said. Travis helped Church gain access to the tower, he said. Church was rescued by a firefighter trained in high-suspension rescues who climbed the tower and got a rope and pulley to the man. He was then secured and lowered to the ground just before midnight Thursday, said Brian Hendricks, chief of the Mehlville Fire Protection District. “It appears he climbed the tower, jumped, deployed his parachute and as he was coming to the ground he became entangled in the guy wire,” Hendricks said in an interview. Church …

    October 31, 2014 3:49 pm
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