Headline News

  • Witness reportedly says French train hero was protecting woman during stabbing

    Spencer Stone, one of three Americans hailed a hero in the French train attack in August, had his condition upgraded from serious to fair Friday and could get out of bed after being attacked outside a California bar. Eric Cain, a worker at AP Liquors, told KTXL he thought what he was witnessing was just another bar fight early Thursday morning. “Next thing I know, I start walking back in the store and I hear a pow, like someone got hit so I turn back around and that’s when it started running in the street,” Cain told the station. Cain said he realized one of the men involved was stabbed but he didn’t know who he was. “It looked like he was protecting the girl because there was girls and guys and after the fight they all just kinda dispersed,” said Cain. The next morning, the victim turned out to be Stone. Stone was out …

    October 10, 2015 3:16 am


  • New Florida Map Likely to Benefit Democrats

    By Emily Cahn Posted at 11:53 p.m. on Oct. 9 0 Tweet Jolly’s seat was made more Democratic, leading him to run for Senate. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo) After years of litigation, a Florida circuit court judge recommended on Friday that the state Supreme Court adopt a new congressional map proposed by a coalition of Democratic groups — one of the final steps in a prolonged legal battle that will likely net Democrats a few more House seats in 2016. See the differences between the current and proposed maps After the Florida state House and Senate could not come to an agreement on a new map during a special session in August, the Florida Supreme Court tasked judge Terry Lewis with making a recommendation on which map should be adopted for the 2016 cycle.  Operatives from both parties say the State Supreme Court is unlikely to tinker with Lewis’ recommendation. The map Lewis approved as sweeping …

    October 10, 2015 2:35 am


  • Just how safe is your new credit card?

    Yes, your new chip-enabled credit card is safer. But you still need to be careful. The shiny chip on your new credit card has definitely made it safer. But that doesn’t mean you can let your guard down. The FBI issued a warning Thursday that new chip-enabled cards are still vulnerable to fraud and that consumers need to be diligent when using their plastic. “While [the new] cards offer enhanced security, the FBI is warning law enforcement, merchants, and the general public that these cards can still be targeted by fraudsters,” the agency said in the release. The microchip in the new cards issues a unique code for each swipe that helps authenticate a transaction. Old cards hold the payment data on the magnetic stripe on the back of cards, which is easy for fraudsters to steal and put on fake cards. Related: Got a new credit card in the mail? Here’s why An October …

    October 10, 2015 2:56 am


  • Brendan Schaub officially steps away from fighting to focus on new endeavors

    Some might say retirement, but Brendan Schaub calls it a ‘positive promotion out of fighting’. The 32-year old UFC veteran and former “Ultimate Fighter” runner-up is taking a step away from fighting to focus on his new career in the entertainment industry as well as continued work on “The Fighter and the Kid” podcast airing on FOX Sports. Schaub hasn’t competed since December 2014 and he’s pondered his future in MMA for the past few months as he’s started to see different projects get off the ground. Now Schaub is ready to officially make the announcement that as of now he’s no longer planning to fight. More from FoxSports “Basically, I don’t want to say anything was planned,” Schaub told FOX Sports on Friday night. “I’d love to fight maybe one more time, but I didn’t plan for this “Fighter and the Kid” stuff to take off like it has and entertainment and I landed …

    October 10, 2015 3:16 am

World News

  • Blast hits rally in Turkish capital

    Two explosions have hit a peace rally in the Turkish capital Ankara, causing multiple casualties, reports say. Turkish news agency Dogan said that at least 20 people have been killed. Photos posted on social media show a number of bodies at the scene. The blasts took place near the city’s central train station. The target appears to have been a peace march calling for an end to the violence with the Kurdish separatist group, the PKK.

    October 10, 2015 3:16 am


  • Can robots truly be creative and use their imagination?

    DAVID COPE Composer, author and professor emeritus of music at the University of California, Santa Cruz I define creativity as the association between two ideas that one would not ordinarily consider a reasonable one to make but that works. I think that this is a rather simple thing to do for computers. I’ve been working on writing novels computationally for well over 10 years now and I’m still trying it, although I believe that within the next two to three years I will have broken its back and will produce 100,000-word novels in half an hour or so, novels that I think most people would consider to be creative. I can do uncreative short stories at this point, ones where the associations are routine and expected; they have occurred in many thousands of previous books. But I believe that in the near future my programs will be able to do creative ones. MARIA TERESA LLANO …

    October 10, 2015 2:55 am


  • In the sex lives of male worms in the lab, 1 gene makes a big difference

    For tiny nematode worms of the species Caenorhabditis elegans–one of the workhorses of modern biology–males are rare and all but irrelevant in nature. That’s because the vast majority of C. elegans individuals are self-fertilizing hermaphrodites. In the laboratory environment, males of the species do turn up with some regularity, and now researchers reporting in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on October 8 have made an intriguing discovery: natural variation in a single gene produces males with excretory pores that attract the sexual attentions of other males. “We found that variation in a single gene makes male worms attractive to other male worms, at least under very controlled and defined conditions in the lab,” says Matthew Rockman of New York University. “Although this attraction is probably never manifest in nature, given how rare males are, it points to the way that sexual attraction in these worms is mediated by molecular biology and shaped by simple …

    October 10, 2015 1:35 am


  • India risks backsliding on success against HIV-U.N. envoy

    NEW DELHI New HIV infections in India could rise for the first time in more than a decade because states are mismanaging a prevention program by delaying payments to health workers, the United Nations envoy for AIDS in Asia and the Pacific said. India’s efforts to fight HIV have for years centered around community-based programs run for people at high risk of contracting the virus, such as sex workers and injecting drug users. The results won praise globally – annual new infections fell consistently and, overall, were reduced by more than half between 2000 and 2011. But Prime Minister Narendra Modi in February cut the federal AIDS budget by a fifth and asked states to fill the gap, even though their poorly-run bureaucracies were already slow in releasing funds to their AIDS prevention units. As a result, staff salaries have been delayed for months and prevention activities have slowed down. The decision was part of …

    October 10, 2015 2:15 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 Ben Carson is right about Jews, the Holocaust and guns

    Dr. Ben Carson recently asserted that if guns had not been confiscated from Jews then Hitler would have had more trouble orchestrating the Holocaust. Jonathan Greenblatt, National Director of the Anti-Defamation Leauge, quickly objected, stating that there were few firearms available to Jews in Germany in 1938 and that surrendering them did not measurably contribute to the totalitarian power of the Nazi German state.   Ben Carson is right, and Jonathan Greenblatt is wrong. For the record, I have hosted a fundraiser for Dr. Carson, but I was also born a Jew and have studied the Holocaust.  And I have spoken before the Anti-Defamation League in the past. The wisest answer to a government that insists its citizens disarm is, “Over my dead body.” What Greenblatt fails to account for is that the surrendering of firearms by Jews when required to by Nazi authorities was not merely the surrender of guns and ammunition.  Those material items …

    October 10, 2015 12:51 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