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  • Experts say proving Indiana suspect’s claims of additional slayings a painstaking process

    This Monday, Oct. 20, 2015, shows an abandoned home at 2200 Massachusetts in Gary, Ind., where police found the one of six women’s bodies over the weekend. Police investigating the slayings of seven women whose bodies were found in northwestern Indiana say the suspect has told them that he may have killed people going back 20 years. The Lake County prosecutor’s office on Monday charged 43-year-old Darren Vann in the strangulation death of 19-year-old Afrikka Hardy. Police say her body was found Friday night at a Motel 6 in Hammond. Police say Vann provided information that led authorities to the bodies of the six other women in the nearby city of Gary, Indiana. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green) (The Associated Press) This Monday, Oct. 20, 2015, shows an overgrown abandoned home at 413 E. 43rd. Ave. in Gary, Ind., where police found one of six women’s bodies over the weekend. Police investigating the slayings of seven women …

    October 21, 2014 1:07 am


  • DCCC Raised $5 Million More Than NRCC in September

    By Abby Livingston Posted at 7:59 p.m. on Oct. 20 0 Tweet House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats outraised the GOP by $5 million in September. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo) The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised $5 million more than its Republican counterpart in September, as the two committees headed into the final stretch of the cycle. The National Republican Congressional Committee, which is defending a significant majority it’s all but guaranteed to retain, raised $11.4 million in September, according to a committee aide. The DCCC reported earlier Monday raising $16.7 million in September. Cycle-to-date, House Democrats have raised about $38 million more than the NRCC. But the committees still had nearly the same amount of cash on hand by the end of September — the DCCC had $34 million to the NRCC’s $33 million. The Democrats are scrambling on the financial front, cutting television reservations in GOP districts to shore …

    October 20, 2014 11:03 pm


  • Media habits of liberals, conservatives: ‘different worlds’

    Conservatives trust Fox News more than other outlets, but liberals don’t. Ever wonder why your avowed-conservative brother and fervently-liberal aunt can’t even seem to agree on the facts? It’s because “when it comes to getting news about politics and government, liberals and conservatives inhabit different worlds,” according to a Pew Research Center study published on Tuesday. Conservatives say they trust Fox News and not much else. Liberals say they trust many news outlets, but not Fox. Among other things, the study underscores Fox’s unique position in the media marketplace, thanks to what it calls the “strong allegiance” that conservatives have to Fox. These Americans, and their counterparts on the left, are not totally isolated from opposing sources. “Nearly half (47%) of across-the-board conservatives — and 59% of across-the-board liberals — say they at least sometimes disagree with one of their closest political discussion partners,” Pew noted. These disagreements often take place on Facebook (FB, Tech30), …

    October 21, 2014 12:03 am


  • Oilers earn first win on Nugent-Hopkins’ late goal

    Edmonton, AB (SportsNetwork.com) – Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored the game-winning goal with 3:25 to play as the Edmonton Oilers notched their first win of the season in a 3-2 decision over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Taylor Hall posted a goal and an assist, while Justin Schultz also scored for the Oilers, who had started out 0-4-1. Ben Scrivens posted 22 stops in the victory. Brian Boyle and Brett Connolly scored for the Lightning, who fell to 1-1 in their five-game road trip. Ben Bishop allowed three goals on 23 shots in the loss. “We just weren’t making any plays,” Bishop said. “Every time we got the puck we just flicked it and turned it over and they took it back to us.” Tampa Bay had tied the game with 6:05 to play as Tyler Johnson sent a short pass from the right circle to the slot where Connolly one-timed it home from one knee. Just over …

    October 21, 2014 1:07 am

World News

  • Man guilty of fake-girl webcam sex

    21 October 2014 Last updated at 04:29 By Angus Crawford BBC News The charity said men from 71 countries had tried to solicit Sweetie A man in Australia is believed to be the first to have been convicted as the result of an undercover sting in which charity workers posed online as a 10-year-old Filipina. Details of 1,000 men who contacted the fake child, nicknamed Sweetie, were sent to police around the world The men had requested Sweetie perform sex acts in front of a webcam for cash. The names of 110 British men thought to be among those involved were sent to the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA). It says it is actively pursuing the investigation, although no arrests have been made. Scott Robert Hansen, who is a registered sex offender, pleaded guilty to three charges in Brisbane District Court. He admitted sending obscene pictures of himself to Sweetie, having images of child sexual …

    October 21, 2014 1:08 am


  • LG to launch new phone with its own ‘Odin’ AP

    LG LG Electronics, Korea’s second largest handset vendor, will launch a new phone later this month that is, for the first time, powered by its self-made application processor. Odin, LG’s AP, is a System on a Chip processor for mobile, like Qualcomm’s Snapdragon or Samsung’s Exynos. According to sources familiar with the matter, LG is planning to launch the new Odin-powered phone as early as this week. “The launch of the new model (of handset) that is powered by LG’s self-developed AP is imminent,” one of the sources told ZDNet Korea. Sources said the phone will be a G3 derivative, and will be named as such. It is as yet unknown whether the handset will be launched globally, or only in Korea. Rumors of an LG-made AP, dubbed “Odin” by the media, have been going on for years but nothing has been unveiled commercially. Initial speculation was that the AP will likely go into flagship …

    October 20, 2014 11:03 pm


  • Heavy metal frost? A new look at a Venusian mystery

    Venus is hiding something beneath its brilliant shroud of clouds: a first order mystery about the planet that researchers may be a little closer to solving because of a new re-analysis of twenty-year-old spacecraft data. Venus’s surface can’t be seen from orbit in visible light because of the planet’s hot, dense, cloudy atmosphere. Instead, radar has been used by spacecraft to penetrate the clouds and map out the surface — both by reflecting radar off the surface to measure elevation and by looking at the radio emissions of the hot surface. The last spacecraft to map Venus in this way was Magellan, two decades ago. One of the Venusian surprises discovered at that time is that radio waves are reflected differently at different elevations on Venus. Also observed were a handful of radio dark spots at the highest elevations. Both enigmas have defied explanation. “There is general brightening upward trend in the highlands and then …

    October 20, 2014 11:23 pm


  • Ebola crisis turns a corner as U.S. issues new treatment protocols

    DALLAS (Reuters) – The United States issued stringent new protocols on Monday for health workers treating Ebola victims, directing medical teams to wear protective gear that leaves no skin or hair exposed to prevent medical workers from becoming infected. The new guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta come as 43 people who were exposed to the first patient diagnosed in the United States were declared risk free, easing a national sense of crisis that took hold after two Texas nurses who treated him contracted the disease. Under new protocols, Ebola healthcare workers also must undergo special training and demonstrate competency in using protective equipment. Use of the gear, now including coveralls, and single-use, disposable hoods, must be overseen by a supervisor to ensure proper procedures are followed when caring for patients with Ebola, which is transmitted through direct contact with bodily fluids but is not airborne. (CDC protocols: 1.usa.gov/1vYIwWA) …

    October 20, 2014 11:03 pm


  • 8 Facts you didn’t know about Oscar de la Renta

    But de la Renta was a complex man, and there’s plenty you probably didn’t know. 1. His label makes baby clothes The line of children’s wear launched back in 2012 and includes baby and children’s clothing. Amy Adams in Oscar de la Renta at the Oscars 2. He was Dominican De la Renta was born in 1932 in the Dominican Republic and moved to Spain when he was 18 to begin studying art, according to Vogue. His full name is Óscar Aristides de la Renta Fiallo. 3. He dressed every first lady since Jackie Kennedy — with one exception De la Renta once dressed fashion icon Jackie Kennedy and even Hillary Clinton, but he decided not to work with current first lady Michelle Obama. “It is a relation that began poorly and I think it will end the same way,” he said. “An anonymous woman on the street is the woman who influences fashion today, …

    October 21, 2014 12:46 am


  • Sayerville football saga: In praise of victims who spoke up about abuse

    Imagine what it was like when they turned off the locker room lights. A young football player, just a freshman in high school, is suddenly grabbed by upperclassmen. The gang pins him to the ground, immobilizing his arms and legs. Horrified, he pleads for mercy and help. To no avail. He can hear others cheering on the bullies. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Then, the boy is sexually assaulted. The details are too wretched and disgusting to recount here. But, according to police, there was force. And penetration. And abject terror. It is not enough for the defendants to claim that the same thing had been done to them by upperclassmen when they were freshmen, as has been reported. That may help explain their actions as “learned behavior,” but it cannot excuse them in a court of law. Other players stood by and watched. Some laughed. They did nothing. No one had the decency or strength of character …

    October 20, 2014 6:56 pm

Odd News

  • San Francisco stations banish ‘Royals’ song ahead of World Series

    (Reuters) – At least two Northern California radio stations have pledged not to play New Zealand artist Lorde’s song “Royals,” in solidarity with the San Francisco Giants during their World Series matchup with the Kansas City Royals. The decision by San Francisco stations KOIT and KFOG to drop the song, which has nothing to do with the baseball team, comes as the Giants and Royals prepare to play Game One of the championship series on Tuesday. In response, Kansas City station KZPT said it would play the song every hour on Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. KZPT said it was a sister station of KOIT. “They’re our sister station, and as the old saying goes: ‘You can pick your friends but you can’t necessarily pick your family,’ and if they don’t play it, then we will,” KZPT programming director Tony Lorino said in a phone interview. Last week, KOIT posted a small image …

    October 20, 2014 7:16 pm