Headline News

  • Authorities concerned Islamic State group’s Internet propaganda could cause trouble at home

    US Marshall’s lead Mufid A. Elfgeeh, 30, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Yemen, out of Federal Court following a hearing Monday, June 1, 2014 in Rochester. The Rochester man was indicted Tuesday Sept. 16, 2014 on charges that he tried to provide material support to the Islamic State by helping three men who said they would travel to Syria to “engage in violent jihad” alongside the group’s militants, according to the Justice Department. (AP Photo/Democrat Chronicle, Shawn Dowd) (The Associated Press)

    September 21, 2014 12:33 pm


  • Secret Service boosts security at White House

    Uniformed Secret Service officers walk along the lawn on the North side of the White House(AP Photo/Susan Walsh) The Secret Service chief has stepped-up security outside the White House after a man with a knife who jumped the fence made it into the presidential residence before being apprehended, officials said Saturday. President Barack Obama insisted he still has confidence in the beleaguered agency’s ability to protect him and his family. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson ordered enhanced officer patrols and surveillance along the North Fence of the compound just after the incident on Friday evening, which triggered a rare evacuation of the White House as well as renewed scrutiny of the Secret Service. The agency said Pierson had also ordered a comprehensive review of what happened. “The president has full confidence in the Secret Service and is grateful to the men and women who day in and day out protect himself, his family and the …

    September 21, 2014 9:10 am


  • Ravens spend ‘six figures’ on Ray Rice jersey swap

    A one-time Ray Rice fan waits in line to exchange jerseys. The Baltimore Ravens were overwhelmed this weekend by fans looking to exchange Ray Rice jerseys. The Ravens said earlier this month that fans could trade in official jerseys with Rice’s name and number after the running back was cut from the team and suspended indefinitely from the NFL for spousal abuse. More than 7,000 people went to Baltimore’s MT Bank Stadium on Friday and Saturday to take part in the exchange, according to Ravens spokesman Kevin Byrne. The team gave away 5,595 jerseys before running out of inventory. After that, the Ravens offered fans 2,400 vouchers for jerseys that can be picked up once the team gets more. Byrne confirmed the team’ costs for the exchange ran into “six figures,” but he declined to be more precise. Related: NFL’s biggest sponsor backs Roger Goodell The jerseys will be donated to a company that deals …

    September 21, 2014 12:13 pm


  • Chargers’ Danny Woodhead carted off after hurting right ankle against Bills

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. –  San Diego Chargers running back Danny Woodhead has been carted off the field after hurting his right ankle early in the first quarter against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. Woodhead was hurt on a 1-yard run, when he was stopped by diving defensive tackle Kyle Williams. Williams hit Woodhead directly in the right ankle, which appeared to twist underneath the player. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Woodhead was briefly treated on the field before being loaded into a cart. The Chargers said his return was questionable. The injury is the latest blow to hit the Chargers’ offensive backfield. Starter Ryan Mathews is out after spraining his right knee in a 30-21 win over Seattle last week. Woodhead’s injury leaves San Diego with two running backs, Donald Brown and undrafted rookie Brenden Oliver. ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and http://twitter.com/AP_NFL

    September 21, 2014 12:33 pm

World News

  • Global protests over climate change

    21 September 2014 Last updated at 14:44 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Andy Moore reports from the People’s Climate March in London Protests in many countries to demand urgent action on climate change have kicked off, with over 2,000 marches taking place around the world. The People’s Climate March has been organised to call for action to curb carbon emissions ahead of the UN climate summit in New York next week. Tens of thousands of people took to the streets in Australia while protests are also getting under way in Europe. The climax will be a march in New York, attended by UN chief Ban Ki-moon. He will join thousands of people on the streets of Manhattan, including business leaders, environmentalists and celebrities. Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio will also attend, having been appointed as a UN representative on climate change last week. UN chief Ban Ki-moon and actor Leonardo DiCaprio will …

    September 21, 2014 12:33 pm


  • How to take this strange protest over Apples giveaway of the U2 album

    U2 have a new album – and it’s all over the web. There are 14 downloads points. It’s all over BitTorrent, available for free. People are exchanging notes about how to download it for free. There’s a certain element of glee that the album, which wasn’t going to be available, has suddenly leaked out. No, I’m not talking about the release the other week on iTunes, for free, of U2’s Songs Of Innocence. This is a rewind to February 2009, when the band’s previous album, No Line On The Horizon, leaked out on to the web nearly two weeks ahead of its official release date. The same had happened before that, with How To Dismantle an Atomic Bomb in 2004: leaks, and peer-to-peer delight at getting something for nothing. Yet to judge by the howls when Apple made the latest album free to download to all of the 800m or so iTunes account holders (by …

    September 21, 2014 5:05 am


  • Domestic violence likely more frequent for same-sex couples

    Domestic violence occurs at least as frequently, and likely even more so, between same-sex couples compared to opposite-sex couples, according to a review of literature by Northwestern Medicine® scientists. Previous studies, when analyzed together, indicate that domestic violence affects 25 percent to 75 percent of lesbian, gay and bisexual individuals. However, a lack of representative data and underreporting of abuse paints an incomplete picture of the true landscape, suggesting even higher rates. An estimated one in four heterosexual women experience domestic abuse, with rates significantly lower for heterosexual men. “Evidence suggests that the minority stress model may explain these high prevalence rates,” said senior author Richard Carroll, associate professor in psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and a psychologist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. “Domestic violence is exacerbated because same-sex couples are dealing with the additional stress of being a sexual minority. This leads to reluctance to address domestic violence issues.” …

    September 21, 2014 9:31 am


  • College Women Can Use Food Strategies, Study Finds

    SUNDAY, Sept. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Young women starting college understand the benefits of a healthy diet and know which foods they should eat. But they aren’t confident they can follow through on these wise nutritional choices, according to a new study. The study involved 268 female college freshmen enrolled in the University of Illinois’s Peer Education Exercising and Eating Right program. The students answered food-related questions such as what would they choose to eat if they were very busy with school work, were very hungry or not hungry at all. They were also asked what they would eat if they were dealing with foods that take time and effort to prepare. “The women in our study weren’t very confident about their ability to eat a healthful diet, especially if they had to do something physical like chop vegetables or go shopping. The motivation just wasn’t strong if they were at a party or …

    September 21, 2014 9:10 am


  • The queen, J.K. Rowling react to Scottish independence vote

    The queen, whose favorite place in the world is reportedly her Scottish estate Balmoral, released a restrained statement urging all citizens to come together again to continue improving their nation. “After many months of discussion, debate, and careful thought, we now know the outcome of the Referendum, and it is a result that all of us throughout the United Kingdom will respect,” she said. David Beckham, Groundskeeper Willie talk Scottish independence “For many in Scotland and elsewhere today, there will be strong feelings and contrasting emotions — among family, friends and neighbors. That, of course, is the nature of the robust democratic tradition we enjoy in this country. But I have no doubt that these emotions will be tempered by an understanding of the feelings of others. “Now, as we move forward, we should remember that despite the range of views that have been expressed, we have in common an enduring love of Scotland, which is …

    September 21, 2014 10:52 am


Odd News

  • Armed with banana, man robs Philadelphia store, slips away on bike

    PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – A man armed with a banana robbed a convenience store in Philadelphia and rode away on a bicycle with cash and cigarettes, a security surveillance tape showed. The suspect strolled into Tejada Grocery and got in line behind another customer at the counter, where individual bananas were available for sale, according to the tape of Tuesday’s robbery, which was released by police on Wednesday. As his turn at the cash register approached, the man stuffed a banana into the pocket of his hoodie and used it to simulate a gun. Police said the man demanded cash and cigarettes. The robber rode then away on a bicycle, surveillance video showed. Authorities, who did not say how much cash was taken, said the suspect was still being sought on Thursday. (Editing by Barbara Goldberg)

    September 20, 2014 12:46 am