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  • Oklahoma authorities: Man suspected of damaging Ten Commandments monument under evaluation

    OKLAHOMA CITY –  The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says the man suspected of driving a car into a Ten Commandments monument outside the state Capitol is under mental evaluation. Capt. George Brown says the man was taken to a mental facility and investigators will coordinate with the Oklahoma County district attorney Monday for possible criminal charges. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Brown did not immediately return a phone call for additional comment on Saturday. The U.S. Secret Service said the suspect was detained Friday after showing up at a federal building in Oklahoma City, rambling, making derogatory statements about President Barack Obama, admitting to damaging the monument and saying Satan told him to do so. The privately-funded monument was erected in 2012. The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma has sued to have it removed.

    October 25, 2014 6:28 pm


  • Six more states now allowing gay marriage: 32 total now

    By The Associated Press October 25, 2014 Vernita Gray (left) and Pat Ewart kiss after their marriage ceremony(Reuters/John Gress) The federal government is recognizing gay marriage in six more states and extending federal benefits to those couples, Attorney General Eric Holder announced Saturday. Gay marriage recently became legal in Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, North Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming. The government’s announcement follows the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision earlier this month to decline to hear appeals from five states that sought to keep their marriage bans in place. It brings the total number of states with federal recognition of gay marriage to 32, plus the District of Columbia. Couples married in these states will qualify for a range of federal benefits, including Social Security and veterans’ benefits. “With each new state where same-sex marriages are legally recognized, our nation moves closer to achieving full equality for all Americans,” Holder said. The attorney general said the government …

    October 25, 2014 5:27 pm


  • Brits may get paid for losing weight

    Research suggests cash incentives make obese people lose weight. Overweight Brits may soon find that shedding extra pounds would benefit their wallets as well as their waistlines. The UK public health service, the NHS, wants to encourage companies to reward employees who lose excess weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Dubbed the ‘pounds for pounds’ program by Britain’s biggest-selling newspaper The Sun, the initiative is part of a plan to tackle an NHS funding shortfall that is forecast to hit £30 billion ($48 billion) by 2020. NHS executives plan to ask the cash-strapped government for £8 billion, but the rest will have to come from savings, including reducing spending on weight-related illness. “Put bluntly, as the nation’s waistline keeps piling on the pounds, we’re piling on billions of pounds in future taxes just to pay for preventable illnesses,” the NHS said. Almost two thirds of English adults are overweight or obese, with low income groups …

    October 25, 2014 2:25 pm


  • With Thomas, Robinson hurt, Saints cut tight end Crabtree and add running back Baker

    NEW ORLEANS –  The New Orleans Saints have cut tight end Tom Crabtree and brought up running back Edwin Baker from practice squad to their active roster. The moves on Saturday come a day after Saints running backs Pierre Thomas, who has a shoulder injury, and Khiry Robinson, who has a forearm injury, were ruled out for Sunday night’s home game against the Green Bay Packers. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Both Thomas and Robinson were hurt during New Orleans’ 24-23 loss at Detroit last weekend. Baker is a third-year pro out of Michigan State who was drafted by San Diego in 2012 and spent part of last season with Cleveland. He will be one of three active Saints running backs on Sunday night, along with Mark Ingram and third-year pro Travaris Cadet. ___ Online: AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL

    October 25, 2014 6:28 pm

World News

  • Clashes hit historic Lebanese market

    25 October 2014 Last updated at 23:40 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. It is the first time fighting has erupted in Tripoli’s ancient bazaar, as Jim Muir reports At least six Lebanese soldiers have died in clashes with Islamist gunmen in the northern city of Tripoli, including at a historic market, the army says. It is the second day of fighting against the Sunni militants, who are thought to be linked to Islamic State. The spillover of the Syrian conflict has led to a surge in sectarian tension in Tripoli, with clashes common. But it is the first time they have spread to the bazaar – a candidate for Unesco world heritage status. The latest violence was sparked after Lebanese troops killed three militants and detained a local leader in a raid in the north of the city on Friday. Civilians trapped Fighting later erupted after gunmen targeted an army patrol …

    October 25, 2014 6:28 pm


  • DUI suspect accuses cop of nabbing nude photos from her iPhone

    Officer Sean Harrington is accused of sending a woman’s private pictures to his own cell phone. ABC 7 Screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET Giving someone else access to your gadgets is always risky. When that someone else is a police officer, there’s an additional dimension of risk. It’s not that most police officers can’t be trusted, though some have been known to overreach. It’s just that offering additional, potentially self-incriminating information might be unwise. A 23-year-old California woman claims she was arrested for suspected drunk driving and taken to jail in the San Francisco Bay Area city of Martinez. She allowed a California Highway Patrolman to access her iPhone, so he could retrieve the phone number of someone she needed to call. She allegedly gave him her passcode. After she had been booked, she says, she noticed that certain of her private pictures — some featuring her in a state of undress — had been sent …

    October 25, 2014 5:27 pm


  • Critical NASA Science Returns to Earth aboard SpaceX Dragon Spacecraft

    [image-50] SpaceX’s Dragon cargo spacecraft splashed down at 3:39 p.m. EDT Saturday, Oct. 25, in the Pacific Ocean, approximately 300 miles west of Baja California, returning 3,276 pounds of NASA cargo and science samples from the International Space Station (ISS). A boat will take the Dragon spacecraft to a port near Los Angeles, where some cargo will be removed and returned to NASA within 48 hours. Dragon will be prepared for a return journey to SpaceX’s test facility in McGregor, Texas, for processing. “This mission enabled research critical to achieving NASA’s goal of long-duration human spaceflight in deep space,” said Sam Scimemi, director of the International Space Station division at NASA Headquarters. “The delivery of the ISS RapidScatterometer advances our understanding of Earth science, and the 3-D printer will enable a critical technology demonstration. Investigations in the returned cargo could aid in the development of more efficient solar cells and semiconductor-based electronics, the development of …

    October 25, 2014 5:48 pm


  • U.S. nurse quarantined over Ebola criticizes her treatment

    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Illinois joined New York and New Jersey in imposing mandatory quarantines for people arriving with a risk of having contracted Ebola in West Africa, but the first person isolated under the new rules, a nurse returning from Sierra Leone, strongly criticized her treatment. Under a policy introduced on Friday, anyone arriving at John F. Kennedy International Airport or Newark Liberty International Airport after having contact with Ebola patients in Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea must submit to a mandatory quarantine for 21 days. Three weeks is the longest documented period for an Ebola infection to emerge. Kaci Hickox, a nurse, was placed in quarantine at Newark after returning on Friday from working with medical charity Doctors Without Borders in Sierra Leone. Hickox, who was transferred from the airport to a hospital where she was placed in isolation, described a confusing and upsetting experience at the airport and worried the same treatment …

    October 25, 2014 5:27 pm

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  • Madeleine Albright schools Conan O’Brien in hilarious Twitter war

    VIDEO: Does Conan O’Brien have a long-lost son? It all started on Thursday, when Conan O’Brien decided to have some Halloween fun this week by tweeting his Halloween costume ideas. But he never could have predicted the response he would receive. .@ConanOBrien I’m considering going as hunky Conan O’Brien – but that might be too far fetched. — Madeleine Albright (@madeleine) October 23, 2014 In case you forgot, Albright is the former Secretary of State. She was the first woman to ever hold the position after she was nominated by Bill Clinton in 1996. Chelsea Handler: Conan O’Brien is packin’ has a great bod .@ConanOBrien Never get into a word war with a diplomat. We talk even more than comedians. — Madeleine Albright (@madeleine) October 23, 2014 Uh, we’d just like to point out that at 77 years old, Albright is using Twitter like a boss. Can she please give us some lessons? .@ConanOBrien Ha, …

    October 25, 2014 7:08 pm


  • The Foxhole: Graham Nash on CSNY, the Hollies and the choosing of life over death

    In the fall of 1969, the members of rock’s newest super-group, CSNY – an improbable and highly combustible vehicle for the individual and collective genius of David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, and Neil Young – were settling into the San Francisco area, preparing to record their first album together. These loose sessions would produce the landmark record Déjà Vu (1970), later ranked # 148 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. Crosby, the nominal leader of the group, had set up digs in a rambling country house in Novato, thirty miles north of the city, with his two lovers, Christine Hinton and Debbie Donovan. Jerry Garcia, who would play pedal steel guitar on Nash’s pop classic, “Teach Your Children,” was a frequent visitor, as were other members of the Grateful Dead, who lived down the street. The sex, drugs, and freedom were highly intoxicating, and for the members of …

    October 25, 2014 1:10 am

Odd News

  • Florida man shoots 400-pound bear breaking into his house

    ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) – A Florida man shot and killed a 400-pound (180-kg) black bear after it broke into his house two nights in a row to get to a bag of dog food, a state wildlife officer said on Friday. “I felt in danger enough that since it wouldn’t leave I had to shoot it,” said Victor Peters of Lady Lake of the Wednesday night incident in a video interview posted online by the Orlando Sentinel. Killing a bear in Florida is illegal. Wildlife officer Greg Workman of the Florida Fish Wildlife Conservation said he expects to hand the case to prosecutors by early next week for their consideration at the completion of his investigation. “It sounds like he did what he could do to try to keep the bear from coming back,” Workman said. “We’re looking at all sides to make the best decision.” Bears and humans cross paths, occasionally fatally for the …

    October 24, 2014 9:26 pm