Headline News

  • California judge blocks release of report into police shooting of teen


    (Reuters) – A Los Angeles judge on Tuesday issued a temporary restraining order preventing the release of an independent review into the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager by police in Southern California, officials said. Results of the probe, conducted by the Office of Independent Review, has been sought by civil rights groups including the American Civil Liberties Union and the Pasadena chapter of the NAACP as well as the Los Angeles Times and the mother of the victim. Kendrec McDade, 19, was shot by two Pasadena police officers in March, 2012 after a man called 911 and falsely reported he had been robbed by two men with guns. Police chased McDade and a friend through the streets of Pasadena, 12 miles north of downtown Los Angeles, and then claimed McDade charged them. Two officers opened fire on the teen, shooting him seven times, according to an autopsy report. McDade’s death came on the …

    September 16, 2014 9:39 pm
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Politics

  • U.S. NSA chief says monitoring tech-savvy Islamic State


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As U.S. military leaders outlined their strategy before Congress to fight Islamic State militants on the battlefield, the National Security Agency chief said on Tuesday he was watching the media-savvy group’s cyber capabilities. Asked whether the Sunni Muslim group was planning cyber attacks on U.S. interests, Admiral Mike Rogers said he could not discuss specifics of the organization’s technical capabilities. “We need to assume that there will be a cyber dimension increasingly in almost any scenario that we’re dealing with,” Rogers said at a cybersecurity conference in Washington. “Counterterrorism is no different. Clearly, ISIL has been very aggressive in the use of media, in the use of technology, in the use of the Internet. It’s something I’m watching,” he said, using an acronym for the group. Islamic State, which controls large swaths of Iraq and Syria, has posted carefully choreographed beheading videos online, trumpeted its violent acts on Twitter and used social …

    September 16, 2014 6:57 pm
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Stocks

  • Wal-Mart caught charging New Yorkers more for Coke than advertised


    Some Wal-Mart employees falsely told customers Coke was more expensive because of a state sugar tax. Wal-Mart tried to get New Yorkers to pay more for Coca-Cola than advertised, and sometimes employees claimed the markup was because of a state “sugar tax.” Problem was there is no such tax. The markup was 50 cents for a 12-pack of Coke and ran afoul of state law that bars retailers from charging a price different than the one advertised, according to the New York attorney general’s office. At one Buffalo-area store, some customers who complained they were being charged more than the $3 advertised price were told it was the result of a sugar tax, according to the AG’s office. Others were told the national sale did not apply in New York. Wal-Mart adjusted the price on June 12 after the issue was brought to the company’s attention by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Related: Top …

    September 16, 2014 9:59 pm
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Sports

  • NBA’s Howard has driver’s license suspended for not paying fine : court records


    ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) – The Florida driver’s license of Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard has been suspended for his failure to pay a fine for running a red light, court records show, but the team said on Tuesday he was playing basketball in Texas the day of the alleged infraction. According to the court records, Howard’s license had been suspended since at least Aug. 15 for his nonpayment of a $285 fine for running a red light in Winter Park, Florida, on April 14. “It couldn’t have possibly been him,” said Houston Rockets spokeswoman Tracey Hughes, who told Reuters that Howard and the Rockets were playing the San Antonio Spurs in Houston on that date. “Dwight played 31 minutes. He scored 20 points and 17 rebounds.” The court records indicate the violation was caught by a red light camera, a device that automatically photographs vehicles that pass through an intersection after the light turns red. …

    September 16, 2014 9:39 pm
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World News

  • UN brokers Gaza reconstruction deal


    17 September 2014 Last updated at 02:09 Gaza requires huge reconstruction after fighting earlier this year The UN has orchestrated a deal for rebuilding in the Gaza Strip, giving prominent roles to the Palestinian Authority and the private sector, the UN’s top Middle East envoy has said. Robert Serry said that the agreement on the supply of building materials “must get up and running without delay”. He said that the deal, agreed with Israelis and Palestinians, enables building work to begin immediately. Many buildings were destroyed in the conflict this summer. Between 8 July and 27 August, more than 2,100 Palestinians were killed in Gaza. Over that time 66 Israeli soldiers were killed in fighting in and around Gaza and seven civilians were killed in Israel. Mr Serry said that neighbourhoods had been razed and an estimated 18,000 houses were flattened or severely damaged in the recent fighting The UN envoy said that the ceasefire …

    September 16, 2014 9:59 pm
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Technology

  • Web-Surfing Adults More Infection-Prone Than Teens


    American teens spend a lot more time online than older Web surfers, yet it doesn’t seem to increase their vulnerability to malicious activity. Teens last year spent a little more than four hours a day on the Net, while adults in the 50-to-64 age bracket burned two hours, 41 minutes online daily, MarketingCharts found. Those numbers piqued the interest of Enigma Software, which makes an antimalware program called “SpyHunter.” Since teens were spending more time online, they should have been exposing themselves to threats more often and been more likely to come into contact with Internet nasties. What Enigma discovered, though, came as a surprise. After analyzing more than 2 million infection reports — a Big Data exercise if there ever was one — Enigma found that Web surfers in the 50-64 year-old demographic had a 161 percent higher infection rate than their teen counterparts in the 13-17 age bracket. Mobile Missing Why the discrepancy? …

    September 16, 2014 6:57 pm
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Science

  • NASA Chooses American Companies to Transport U.S. Astronauts to International Space Station


    Selection Will Return Launches to America [image-36]U.S. astronauts once again will travel to and from the International Space Station from the United States on American spacecraft under groundbreaking contracts NASA announced Tuesday. The agency unveiled its selection of Boeing and SpaceX to transport U.S. crews to and from the space station using their CST-100 and Crew Dragon spacecraft, respectively, with a goal of ending the nation’s sole reliance on Russia in 2017. “From day one, the Obama Administration made clear that the greatest nation on Earth should not be dependent on other nations to get into space,” NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden said at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. “Thanks to the leadership of President Obama, the hard work of our NASA and industry teams, and support from Congress, today we are one step closer to launching our astronauts from U.S. soil on American spacecraft and ending the nation’s sole reliance on Russia by …

    September 16, 2014 7:17 pm
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Health

  • Citing security threat, Obama expands U.S. role fighting Ebola


    ATLANTA/MONROVIA (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Tuesday called West Africa’s deadly Ebola outbreak a looming threat to global security and announced a major expansion of the U.S. role in trying to halt its spread, including deployment of 3,000 troops to the region. “The reality is that this epidemic is going to get worse before it gets better,” Obama said at the Atlanta headquarters of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “But, right now, the world still has an opportunity to save countless lives. Right now, the world has the responsibility to act, to step up and to do more. The United States of America intends to do more,” he added. The U.S. plan, a dramatic expansion of Washington’s initial response last week, won praise from the U.N. World Health Organization, aid workers and officials in West Africa. Experts said it was still not enough to contain the epidemic, which is rapidly …

    September 16, 2014 6:57 pm
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Entertainment

  • No one is safe from Mayim Bialik: This time, she attacks Frozen


    Twitter agrees with Mayim Bialik: Cover up, Ariana Grande!  The Big Bang Theory actress wrote a blog for Kveller.com titled, “Why My Sons and I Hate the Movie Frozen.” The blog went through, step by step, her reasoning for why she feels it is such a horrible movie. The first reason? The “plot and feminism.” “Sure, it’s sort of hidden, but the search for a man/love/Prince is still the reigning plot line in the movie, as it is with pretty much all movies for young people which are animated,” Bialik wrote. “The sister’s desire to marry this guy she just met, and the other sister getting mad at her — we still have a plot about the identification of a woman being based on her desire and search to meet a man.” Bialik did add that she is not a fan of most musicals and her “hate” for Frozen isn’t only for that one movie. …

    September 16, 2014 8:38 pm
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Editorial

  • Brendan Tevlin shooting: Where’s the outrage over a killing by a self-professed jihadist?


    “He could’ve been my son.”  That’s what President Obama said about Trayvon Martin in 2012. And it was true. He could’ve passed for the president’s son. No doubt Trayvon’s parents miss him every day.  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The president also expressed outrage about the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri this summer. And rightly so, no parents should have to bury their sons. It is tragic. When I look at this picture of Brendan Tevlin, I think, he could have been my son. A 19-year-old, suburban boy. Strawberry blond, athletic, bright and smiley.  Brendan could be my son, or yours. His only crime? Being in the wrong place at the wrong time, targeted by a person terrorizing a community and exacting revenge. On June 25, he texted his Mom, Allison, that he was on his way home from a friend’s house. But he never made it there. Minutes later, Ali Muhammad Brown walked up to …

    September 16, 2014 6:57 pm
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Odd News

  • Swiss keeper shocked after fans urinate in his water bottle


    (Reuters) – A Swiss goalkeeper has threatened legal action after fans of a rival lower league team urinated in his water bottle and then taunted him when, unawares, he took a sip during a match at the weekend. FC Muri goalkeeper Reto Felder said he had felt sick after tasting the warm contents of the bottle, which he had left near the goalpost during the 1. Liga (third tier) game at FC Baden near Zurich. “The idea of drinking piss is simply intolerable,” the Aargauer Zeitung website (www.aargauerzeitung.ch) quoted the 34-year-old player as saying, adding that he was waiting for an analysis of video evidence before further action. “What if next time it is something that knocks you out?,” added Felder. Swiss tabloid Blick reported that the unidentified fans had persuaded a ball boy behind the goal to pass them the bottle during the second half of the match. The paper said the fans shouted …

    September 16, 2014 7:17 pm
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