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  • Michigan trooper kills man who struck deputy with crossbow

    A Michigan man has been shot and killed by a state trooper after the man struck a sheriff’s deputy with a crossbow, Michigan State Police said. The deputy, a member of the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Department, was airlifted to a Grand Rapids hospital where he was listed in stable condition, Fox 17 reported Saturday. The deputy, the trooper and a Lakeview officer were attempting to execute an warrant at the man’s Cato Township home late Friday, officials said. The officials said the man, 40, 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. The deputy was struck in the side, Wood-TV reported Saturday. The station reported that the man who was killed was wanted on a assault charge. “This is an unfortunate, tragic situation, but certainly highlights the dangers that our law …

    October 10, 2015 10:59 am


  • California governor approves bill to help immigrant crime victims

    SAN FRANCISCO California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill designed to help undocumented immigrants who are victims of violent crime, by introducing time limits on law enforcement’s response to their U.S. visa applications in an attempt to standardize police forces’ uneven treatment of applicants. The federal government grants visas to undocumented immigrants who help law enforcement try to catch criminals. The so-called U visa allows the recipient to live and work in the United States for four years, but to apply, a victim must first ask local law enforcement to verify their cooperation. A Reuters investigation last year found vast geographic disparities in law enforcement approaches to this visa, with some agencies readily verifying cooperation and others stonewalling. California legislators unanimously passed the bill this year, and Brown announced on Friday that he had signed it. The bill comes as immigration features heavily in the early stages of the November 2016 presidential election, particularly among …

    October 10, 2015 10:38 am


  • Red flag: Insiders aren’t buying stocks

    The stock market is having a terrific week. Momentum is giddy, except for this: the best informed people aren’t buying stocks. Smart investors keep an eye on what the so-called “insiders” are doing — the CEOs, directors and company founders. Typically, when the stock market tanks like it did in late August and September, top management will jump at the opportunity to buy cheap stock. It’s the ultimate sign of confidence they believe better days are ahead. But that’s not what’s happening. “I’ve been very surprised,” says David Santschi, CEO of TrimTabs Investment Research. “We were looking for a big pick up in insider buying. We didn’t see it.” Enthusiasm from insiders has evaporated as the market dropped. It’s a cautionary sign. Related: Brace for worst year on Wall Street since 2008 Few insideres are buying stock Consider this: In August 2011 when America was downgraded and stocks plunged, insiders bought $100 million worth of …

    October 10, 2015 10:58 am


  • Everything you need to know about Saturday night’s race at Charlotte

    The first race of the Contender Round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup kicks off Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The 12 remaining Chase drivers will be searching for an all-important win, which will automatically qualify them for the Eliminator Round consisting of eight drivers. Teams practiced primarily through the daylight hours, with the race taking place in the evening hours Saturday night. Rain is in the Charlotte area Saturday, cleaning the racing surface of any rubber build-up and giving drivers a green racetrack for Saturday night’s race. Five-time Charlotte winner Jeff Gordon will be making his final start at the 1.5-mile track, the track where he earned his first Sprint Cup Series win in the 1994 Coca-Cola 600. Gordon has yet to win a race this season and knows it would be something special if he can go to Victory Lane at the end of the night. More from FoxSports “If we …

    October 10, 2015 10:58 am

World News

  • Jaguar ‘too fat to mate’ heading home

    Image copyright AFP Image caption This jaguar in Hyderabad does not appear to suffer from Salman’s “gluttony” (file photo) A jaguar on a breeding loan to Delhi zoo in India is being sent back as he is too fat to mate, keepers say. Twelve-year-old Salman was borrowed from a zoo in Kerala a year ago, but has shown little interest in their female jaguar, Kalpana, the Indian Express reports. Keepers say he reaches out for his meals “more keenly than for Kalpana”. “The female is seen trying to entice him but he lies in a corner and refuses to respond,” Riaz Khan told the paper. The Delhi zoo says it feeds its jaguars 6kg of buffalo meet a day in the summer, six days a week. Salman eats more than a tiger, keepers claimed, and efforts to reduce his weight with a strict diet were unsuccessful. Image copyright AFP Image caption The jaguar is found …

    October 10, 2015 10:58 am


  • Gadget Ogling: A Fascinating Book, Stunning Speakers, and Empowering Tables

    Welcome, dear readers, to Gadget Dreams and Nightmares, the column that’s always on the lookout for the most compelling new gadget announcements, pumpkin spice latte in hand. On the changing landscape of flora this week are a slew of new Microsoft gadgets, a US$40,000 speaker set, and furniture with some zap. These are not reviews, as I have not tried these devices. The ratings reflect only how much I would like to test them with my own hands, preferably as I brush through piles of dried leaves. Book Keeping Right after Google unveiled the first tablet it created entirely in-house, Microsoft has gone them one better. Its Surface Book is a high-end laptop that falls in line with the Surface ethos. It’s a convertible that works in tablet format, but its keyboard appears vastly superior to the ones available for other Surface devices. With a 13.5-inch display, sixth-generation Intel processor, up to 16 GB of …

    October 10, 2015 10:58 am


  • Silicon quantum logic gate is a first

    Spin doctors: Menno Veldhorst and Andrew Dzurak with their CNOT gate The first quantum-logic device made from silicon has been unveiled by researchers in Australia and Japan. Their controlled-not (CNOT) gate, which is a fundamental component of a quantum computer, was made using conventional semiconductor manufacturing processes. The researchers now plan to scale up the technology to create a full-scale quantum-computer chip. Quantum computers exploit the weird laws of quantum mechanics to perform some calculations much faster than conventional computers – at least in principle. The main challenge facing physicists trying to build quantum computers is how to preserve fragile quantum bits (qubits) of information, which tend to deteriorate rapidly in real-world devices. One approach is to use the spin of the electron – which can point up or down – as a qubit. Spin qubits have been made from tiny pieces of semiconductor called quantum dots, and quantum-logic devices have been made by coupling …

    October 10, 2015 9:38 am


  • How to Do Breast Self-Exams

    SATURDAY, Oct. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Breast self-exams that might help detect breast cancer should be done once a month, a doctor recommends. Women should do the self-exams about seven to 10 days from the beginning of their menstrual cycle, or about the same time each month if they no longer have periods, advised Dr. Magdalena Lombardi Plasilova, director of breast health services at Brookdale Hospital and Medical Center in New York City. “Being a woman is the single greatest risk for breast cancer, so we must do everything we can to prevent becoming a statistic,” Plasilova said in a hospital news release. “We need to educate ourselves, our daughters, our sisters and our neighbors. It is essential for women to self-check, schedule regular screenings, and live a healthy lifestyle,” she added. Start the self-exam by removing your clothing and standing in front of a mirror. Look for any changes in the size, shape …

    October 10, 2015 10:18 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