• Car plows into California restaurant, injures 7

    DUBLIN, Calif. –  Police say seven people were injured — two of them seriously — when a car crashed into a Mexican restaurant in a Northern California shopping center. Lt. Nate Schmidt tells the Contra...
  • Million Ebola vaccine doses for 2015

    Million Ebola vaccine doses for 2015

    24 October 2014 Last updated at 13:44 One million doses of an Ebola vaccine will be produced by the end of 2015, the World Health Organization has announced. It said “several hundred thousand” will be...
  • P&G to spin off Duracell

    P&G to spin off Duracell

    Procter Gamble is splitting off its Duracell battery unit after owning it for 10 years. Procter Gamble is splitting off the Duracell battery business. The company said it is acting to boost its share price...
  • Nadal withdraws from Paris Masters

    LONDON (Reuters) – Rafa Nadal has withdrawn from the Paris Masters ahead of the tournament’s start on Monday for “personal reasons”, the French Tennis Federation announced on Friday. The 14-times grand slam champion warned last...
  • Countdown to Top 20 Richest Celebs

    Countdown to Top 20 Richest Celebs

    20. Mariah Carey Pop music icon, Mariah Carey’s fame skyrocketed during the early 90s. With famous release like Fantasy, Hero, and Always be my Baby, Carey sealed her fate as one of the iconic voices...

Headline News

  • Car plows into California restaurant, injures 7


    DUBLIN, Calif. –  Police say seven people were injured — two of them seriously — when a car crashed into a Mexican restaurant in a Northern California shopping center. Lt. Nate Schmidt tells the Contra Costa Times that the 56-year-old female driver had just pulled into the parking lot outside Taqueria Los Pericos in Dublin on Thursday night when she accidentally accelerated and plowed through the storefront. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Schmidt says six customers and the driver were taken to hospitals. Two of the customers had serious injuries, but no further details were provided. He says preliminary investigation shows driver error is to blame and alcohol was not a factor. Schmidt says it’s fortunate that there weren’t more traumatic injuries. Dublin is in the San Francisco Bay Area 25 miles east of Oakland.

    October 24, 2014 7:52 am
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Politics

  • 7 Nail-Biter House Races


    By Emily Cahn Posted at 5 a.m. today 0 Tweet Martha McSally, a Republican, is running in Arizona. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo) Less than two weeks before Election Day, the parties don’t agree on much — except these House races will be decided by the slimmest of margins. Candidates in these contests are expected to have a long wait on the evening of Nov. 4. In fact, some of these races will be so close, a winner might not be known for days — even weeks — after Election Day. Last cycle, nine House races were too close to call on election night. One candidate even attended freshman orientation the following week before officially losing the race and heading home. In alphabetical order, here are the House contests this cycle that operatives expect will come down to the wire on Election Day: Arizona’s 1st District Kirkpatrick. First elected in 2008, Democratic Rep. Ann …

    October 24, 2014 4:46 am
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Stocks

  • P&G to spin off Duracell


    Procter Gamble is splitting off its Duracell battery unit after owning it for 10 years. Procter Gamble is splitting off the Duracell battery business. The company said it is acting to boost its share price and to reduce the number of shares outstanding. It hopes to give shares of a new stand-alone Duracell to its shareholders late next year, but said it will look at other options, including a possible sale of the company. PG (PG) bought Duracell as part of its $57 billion purchase of Gillette in 2005, the largest acquisition in the company’s history. But PG, whose household products also include Tide laundry detergent and Pampers diapers, has said it is interested in trimming the number of brands it offers consumers. In August, it said it would dump 90 of its smaller, less popular brands, leaving it with a portfolio of 70 to 80 brands. But those brands being dumped are all much …

    October 24, 2014 7:51 am
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Sports

  • Boston Celtics assistant pleads not guilty to larceny for allegedly bouncing $18,000 check


    FRAMINGHAM, Mass. –  Boston Celtics assistant coach and former player Walter McCarty has pleaded not guilty to larceny for allegedly failing to pay $18,000 he owes for the purchase and installation of cabinets. Prosecutors say the 40-year-old McCarty ordered more than $30,000 worth of cabinetry for the home he’s building in Wayland, and paid a $12,000 deposit. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Authorities say a second check for $18,000 bounced, and several requests by the cabinet company for the money have been rebuffed. McCarty’s lawyer called it an unfortunate misunderstanding and says it stems from the fact that McCarty was a victim of identity theft that compromised his bank account. McCarty in a statement said he hopes to “resolve the matter soon.” He was released after his arraignment Thursday without bail and is back in court Dec. 11.

    October 24, 2014 7:52 am
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World News

  • Million Ebola vaccine doses for 2015


    24 October 2014 Last updated at 13:44 One million doses of an Ebola vaccine will be produced by the end of 2015, the World Health Organization has announced. It said “several hundred thousand” will be produced in the first half of the year. And vaccines could be offered to health workers on the frontline in West Africa as soon as December 2014. However, the WHO cautioned that vaccines would not be a “magic bullet” for ending the outbreak. There are two experimental vaccines, produced by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and the Public Health Agency of Canada, already in clinical trials. The GSK vaccine is currently undergoing trials in Mali, the UK and the US. Research on the Canadian vaccine is also underway in the US. Results are expected in December. After that, trials will move to countries affected by Ebola, probably starting with Liberia. That will allow researchers to assess the dose needed to provide protection, and …

    October 24, 2014 7:52 am
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Technology

  • Ello raises $5.5m while banning itself from ever taking ads


    Ethical social network Ello has registered itself as a public benefit corporation in order to ensure that it can never display ads. Having raised $5.5m from venture capitalists in its Series A funding round, the new legal status commits the company to abide by its ethical principals. Ello was founded in March 2014, but exploded in September this year when Facebook’s decision to crack down on users with fake names sparked an exodus from the site. Formed as a private network for a small group artists, Ello distinguished itself from the competition with a manifesto for users which declared that “you are not a product”, and promised to safeguard personal data and refuse advertising. Having achieved viral success in September, the site grew by tens of thousands of users a day, but within weeks, the search traffic had dropped back off, leaving some to declare it a fad. Benefit corps are also required to have …

    October 24, 2014 4:46 am
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Science

  • How people view their own weight influences bariatric surgery success


    Negative feelings about one’s own weight, known as internalized weight bias, influence the success people have after undergoing weight loss surgery, according to research appearing in the journal Obesity Surgery, published by Springer. The study, from the Geisinger Health System in the US, is considered the first and only study to examine internalized weight bias in relation to post-surgical weight loss success in adults. Internalized weight bias adversely affects many overweight people. Studies have shown that weight bias stems from personal perception or societal views that overweight people are personally accountable and at fault for their body weight. These overweight individuals feel — or think others feel — they lack the willpower, discipline and treatment needed to lose weight. In addition, people who are highly vulnerable to negative feelings about their own weight are more likely to experience low self-esteem and depression. In this study, the researchers measured the degree to which participants internalized weight …

    October 24, 2014 5:07 am
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Health

  • Doctor with Ebola in Manhattan hospital after return from Guinea


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – A doctor who worked in West Africa with Ebola patients was in an isolation unit in New York on Friday after testing positive for the deadly virus, becoming the fourth person diagnosed with the disease in the United States and the first in its largest city. The worst Ebola outbreak on record has killed at least 4,900 people and perhaps as many as 15,000, mostly in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, according to World Health Organization figures. Only four Ebola cases have been diagnosed so far in the United States: Thomas Eric Duncan, who died on Oct. 8 at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, two nurses who treated him there and the latest case, Dr. Craig Spencer. Spencer, 33, who worked for Doctors Without Borders, was taken to Bellevue Hospital on Thursday, six days after returning from Guinea, renewing public jitters about transmission of the disease in the United States …

    October 24, 2014 4:46 am
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Entertainment

  • Countdown to Top 20 Richest Celebs


    20. Mariah Carey Pop music icon, Mariah Carey’s fame skyrocketed during the early 90s. With famous release like Fantasy, Hero, and Always be my Baby, Carey sealed her fate as one of the iconic voices of the decade. This singer, actress, songwriter and film producer is worth over $510 million. Carey also holds the record for the most expensive recording contract in history with a $100 million from Virgin Records in 2000. Carey has the second most number one hits in music history, more than Elvis and second only to the Beatles. Carey was most recently married to Nick Cannon though recent headlines say that marriage may be over. Image Source:http://www.ryanseacrest.com/2013/04/26/mariah-carey-teases-new-single-with-miguel-beautiful/

    October 24, 2014 6:28 am
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Editorial

  • Four lessons Ronald Reagan can teach us today


     (AP)  (AP) The challenges our country faces today are different than in Reagan’s time. Our foreign enemy is not a nuclear superpower but rather a nasty web of terrorist organizations intertwined with a few well-placed governments that finance and enable their terrorist activities.  Today, advances in communications and surveillance pose far greater threats to our cherished individual liberties. Virtually unconstrained by the Constitution, the federal government is now bigger and more menacing than ever. It seeks ever more power and authority even as it demonstrates its utter incompetence to perform the basic functions of a sovereign authority. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Ronald Reagan is no longer a contemporary political figure but rather an historic figure. As such, we see in him what we wish to see. He’s become our Rorschach test for a host of current controversies. Individuals with radically different views see themselves as his intellectual heir. It’s a mark of his enormous shadow and historical …

    October 24, 2014 4:46 am
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Odd News

  • Romanian princess, husband sentenced for Oregon cockfighting ring


    PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) – A princess fifth in line for the Romanian throne and her husband who admitted running a cockfighting ring in rural Oregon have both sentenced to probation and ordered to forfeit $200,000 from the sale of the property, federal prosecutors said on Thursday. Irina Walker and her husband John Walker pleaded guilty in July to one count of running an illegal gambling operation with at a barn-like structure on their ranch in Irrigon, near the Washington state border, where they held cockfighting “derbies.” Prosecutors said the cockfighting events came complete with a chef cooking Mexican food and alcoholic drinks. They said the Walkers charged attendees $20, while participants paid $1,000 to enter up to five roosters in fights. As part of a plea agreement with prosecutors that saw additional charges dropped, the couple admitted to financing, supervising and owning the cockfighting venture during 2012 and 2013. They were each sentenced on Wednesday …

    October 23, 2014 4:54 pm
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