• Close Encounters: Comet Siding Spring Seen Next to Mars

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  • Schumacher has made progress, says doctor

    PARIS (Reuters) – A doctor who treated Michael Schumacher after his skiing accident has said the seven times Formula One champion has made progress but his recovery could still take years. “I have observed some...
  • RoboGames bots battle to the death, seek cash for Web series

    RoboGames bots battle to the death, seek cash for Web series

    Robots fight with fire in RoboGames. Video screenshot by Bonnie Burton/CNET There’s a certain excitement inherent in the metal-against-metal battles that pit robots against each other in an action-packed thunderdome. For over a decade, the...
  • Ottowa shooting: Why are terrorists attacking Canada?

    Ottowa shooting: Why are terrorists attacking Canada?

    An unarmed Canadian military guard was shot in Ottawa Wednesday morning by Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, a convert to Islam and a self-declared jihadist whose alleged photo was posted hours after the shooting on Islamic State social...
  • Doctors Often Unaware Their Patients Have Catheters

    Doctors Often Unaware Their Patients Have Catheters

    THURSDAY, Oct. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Hospital patients often have tubes placed in their veins to deliver medication or take blood samples. But a new study suggests their doctors don’t always know about it....
  • Canada to toughen terror laws

    Canada to toughen terror laws

    23 October 2014 Last updated at 17:51 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers was given a standing ovation Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has vowed to strengthen the nation’s...

Headline News

  • Union demands send Japanese firm, jobs packing from California town


    The California city of Palmdale was ready to roll out the red carpet this summer when a Japanese company agreed to build a $60 million factory on a city-owned, vacant parcel on the southwest side of town — but now the company is taking its project out of state and critics say union greed is to blame.  As many as 300 people were slated to work at the 400,000-square-foot plant, painting and wiring light rail cars under a huge contract with the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority. It was a coup for Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford, and a plan that seemed to suit Kinkisharyo International, which last year moved its U.S. headquarters from Boston to El Segundo, Calif.  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT “I believe this is just the beginning of a manufacturing renaissance here in the Antelope Valley,” crowed Ledford in June. “The company is disappointed. They would have liked to stayed in Palmdale.” – Kinkisharyo spokesman …

    October 23, 2014 12:29 pm
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Politics

  • South Carolina House Speaker pleads guilty to ethics charges, to resign


    CHARLESTON S.C. (Reuters) – South Carolina House Speaker Bobby Harrell pleaded guilty on Thursday to criminal ethics charges and agreed to immediately resign from the legislature. Harrell, a Republican who became House speaker in 2005, pleaded guilty to six counts that included using campaign funds for personal expenses, misconduct in office and false reporting. (Reporting by Harriet McLeod; Editing by Jonathan Kaminsky and Eric Walsh)

    October 23, 2014 12:28 pm
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Stocks

  • Virtual reality movies are coming


    Oculus in action. In a decade or two, going to the movie theater could feel as outdated as renting a VHS tape. That’s the future virtual reality enthusiasts from Oculus VR and elsewhere are sketching out, extolling the technology as a transformative new medium for visual storytelling. “At some point, VR is going to eliminate the need to go to a physical place and see a big screen,” Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe told CNNMoney. “It can be even richer than the IMAX experience in a theater, because it can be 360 and all around you.” Did you think virtual reality was just for video games? So did Oculus at first. The company, which was acquired by Facebook (FB, Tech30) earlier this year for $2 billion, counts a number of people with video gaming backgrounds among its earliest employees. Most of them believed that’s where the main applications of the technology would lie, Iribe said. Related: …

    October 23, 2014 11:27 am
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Sports

  • Schumacher has made progress, says doctor


    PARIS (Reuters) – A doctor who treated Michael Schumacher after his skiing accident has said the seven times Formula One champion has made progress but his recovery could still take years. “I have observed some progress but I would say we have to give him time,” Jean-Francois Payen told France’s RTL radio station on Thursday. “The same as for other patients, we are in a timescale that goes from one to three years, so we must be patient.” Schumacher, 45, suffered severe head injuries in a fall while skiing in Meribel in the French Alps last December and was treated initially at Grenoble hospital. He was then moved to a hospital in Lausanne and was discharged last month to continue his rehabilitation at home in the Swiss town of Gland. Payen said he had continued to treat the former Ferrari and Mercedes driver in Switzerland, but divulged no medical details other than saying the German …

    October 23, 2014 12:29 pm
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World News

  • Canada to toughen terror laws


    23 October 2014 Last updated at 17:51 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers was given a standing ovation Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has vowed to strengthen the nation’s terror laws one day after a gunman rampaged through parliament. The leader said plans would be expedited to give more powers to surveillance and security agencies. On Wednesday, a reported Muslim convert shot a soldier at an Ottawa war memorial before attacking parliament. He was killed by Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers, who was greeted to a standing ovation on Thursday for his efforts. It was the second attack on Canada’s military in three days. Standing to address the MPs to warm applause, Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s first words were: “I know we will always stand together.” The objective of the attacks was to instil fear and panic in Canada, he said. But he vowed to expedite security measures to toughen powers …

    October 23, 2014 12:08 pm
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Technology

  • RoboGames bots battle to the death, seek cash for Web series


    Robots fight with fire in RoboGames. Video screenshot by Bonnie Burton/CNET There’s a certain excitement inherent in the metal-against-metal battles that pit robots against each other in an action-packed thunderdome. For over a decade, the nonprofit group Robotics Society of America has been running the world’s largest robot competition called RoboGames. Since 2004, robots from more than 30 countries have competed annually in San Mateo, Calif., in 54 different events such as kung-fu, stair climbing, basketball, bipedal soccer and combat. In 2015, RoboGames plans to produce an independent, Web-based video series that focuses on weaponized robots waging battle in an arena where only one opponent survives. To pull it off, RoboGames is asking robot fans to help crowd-fund the competition and video series. “RoboGames is the Olympics of robots,” David Calkins, co-founder of RoboGames, told Crave. “There are no other events in the world like it. Everyone is treated equally — kids competing with Lego …

    October 23, 2014 12:29 pm
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Science

  • Close Encounters: Comet Siding Spring Seen Next to Mars


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    October 23, 2014 12:49 pm
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Health

  • Doctors Often Unaware Their Patients Have Catheters


    THURSDAY, Oct. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Hospital patients often have tubes placed in their veins to deliver medication or take blood samples. But a new study suggests their doctors don’t always know about it. The study, of doctors at three large U.S. hospitals, found that 21 percent were unaware that a patient under their care had a central venous catheter — a tube placed in a large vein in the neck, chest, arm or groin. Those catheters are often needed to provide medication, fluids or nutrition; they may also be used to get blood samples, so patients can avoid repeated needle sticks. But the longer catheters are left in place, the greater the risk of problems — including potentially serious infections and blood clots. “So you should pull them out when you no longer need them,” said study leader Dr. Vineet Chopra, an assistant professor of internal medicine at the University of Michigan Medical …

    October 23, 2014 12:28 pm
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Entertainment

  • Kim Kardashian Says Daughter North "Will Have To Work For What She Wants"


    Posted on Thu Oct 23rd, 2014 9:35am PDT       By X17 Staff She might have been born with a silver spoon in her mouth, but that doesn’t mean she will have everything handed to her! Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have so much money their offspring will be set for life, but the reality star wants daughter North to learn the value of a dollar. The Keeping Up with the Kardashians star revealed in a new interview that she wants her child to work for what she wants, just like she herself did. “I saved up for this Dolce Gabbana dress I really wanted, or like in high school these Prada shoes that my parents wouldn’t buy me. I remember they were $400, and I had to save for the entire year to get them…We didn’t get anything [from our parents], we had to get a job if we wanted it. So I was working in a …

    October 23, 2014 12:08 pm
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Editorial

  • Ottowa shooting: Why are terrorists attacking Canada?


    An unarmed Canadian military guard was shot in Ottawa Wednesday morning by Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, a convert to Islam and a self-declared jihadist whose alleged photo was posted hours after the shooting on Islamic State social media. The killer then entered the Canadian Parliament presumably with the intention of massacring lawmakers inside their caucus rooms. Zehaf-Bibeau was shot by the Parliament’s sergeant of arms, who became a citizen soldier for that particular moment. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Canadian authorities launched a counterterrorism operation to track other possible gunmen at the same location. Forty hours earlier, another member of the Canadian military was killed by an indoctrinated convert, identified as Martin Rouleau, in the province of Quebec. Weeks before, threats issued by the Islamic State included directives to their members and supporters to strike — in any way they can — against the United States and its allies, including Canada, in retaliation for Coalition airstrikes against jihadi forces in …

    October 23, 2014 12:29 pm
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Odd News

  • Woman who gouged her eyes in California sues over viral photo


    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A nurse at a Los Angeles hospital took a photo of a woman who gouged out her own eyes with pencils, and the patient sued the hospital and its administrators after the picture went viral on the Internet, her attorney said on Wednesday. The plaintiff, who is not named in the lawsuit, was treated at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center in 2012 after she tried to commit suicide by jamming the pencils through her eyes at another facility and was rushed to the hospital, her lawyer, Douglas Johnson, said. The injury left the woman blind, according to the lawsuit, filed on Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court. The as-yet unidentified nurse took the photograph of the patient with the “intact pencils sticking out of her eyes,” then shared the unauthorized picture with another person, who passed the image to Joshua Shivers, the lawsuit said. Shivers, in turn, used his mother’s computer …

    October 22, 2014 8:26 pm
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