• FINA stands by decision to honor Putin

    SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Swimming’s world governing body has defended a decision to award it highest honor to Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying it had nothing to do with politics. FINA has been criticized over the...
  • Key Jerusalem holy site reopens

    Key Jerusalem holy site reopens

    31 October 2014 Last updated at 08:56 The funeral of suspected Palestinian gunman Moataz Hejazi took place amid tight security in East Jerusalem Israeli police have reopened a key Jerusalem holy site after its closure...
  • Giant ratings for World Series Game 7

    Giant ratings for World Series Game 7

    After game 7’s ratings, Fox should be celebrating like the San Francisco Giants. While game 1 of the 2014 World Series struck out in the ratings, game 7 was nothing less than a home run...
  • Daily game Oct 31 : Boozoids

    Daily game Oct 31 : Boozoids

    PlayBoozoids captured the DreamLand Islands. Destroy all of them and save your kingdom! Instructions:Use the mouse Boozoids is Powered by Kizi Games...
  • Today’s Toons 10/31/14

    Today’s Toons 10/31/14

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  • 3 die when train strikes SUV in southern Illinois

    VANDALIA, Ill. –  Officials say three members of a family were killed when their SUV was struck by a freight train at a crossing in southern Illinois. Fayette County coroner Bruce Bowen says a woman,...

Headline News

  • Former Marine banned from daughter’s school after dispute over Islam lesson


    A Marine dad said he was banned from his daughter’s Maryland high school after he called the school and asked that she be temporarily removed from a course studying the virtues of the Muslim faith. (MyFoxDC.com) A former Marine who served in Iraq says he’s been banned from his daughter’s Maryland high school after a heated argument over a lesson on Islam. Kevin Wood told MyFoxDC.com that he went to La Plata High School in La Plata, a town about 30 miles southeast of Washington, and challenged a history assignment requiring students to list the benefits of Islam. He said the meeting with the vice principal got heated; the school said he made a threat and banned the Iraq veteran from school property. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT “[Wood] was threatening to cause a disruption or possible disruption at the school,” a district spokesperson said. Wood did not deny getting worked up over the issue, but said he was …

    October 31, 2014 4:18 am
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Politics

  • U.S. Congress to revisit Islamic State war debate after election


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – When lawmakers return to Washington after Tuesday’s congressional elections they will resume a debate they began with some reluctance last month on the U.S.-led fight against Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq. With the U.S.-led coalition increasing air strikes but no signs the militants have been weakened, Congress appears ready for a broader discussion on the operations than it was prepared to hold during the run-up to the election. The temporary authorization for President Barack Obama’s plan to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels – one element of the campaign – expires on Dec. 11, so lawmakers will have to take up that issue when they return from recess on Nov. 12.    A handful of lawmakers are also pushing for Congress to consider a broader Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF), which would set out guidelines for the overall effort to halt the militants. “We should not be asking …

    October 31, 2014 3:17 am
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Stocks

  • Giant ratings for World Series Game 7


    After game 7’s ratings, Fox should be celebrating like the San Francisco Giants. While game 1 of the 2014 World Series struck out in the ratings, game 7 was nothing less than a home run for Fox. Wednesday night’s deciding game — which saw the San Francisco Giants beat the Kansas City Royals 3-2 — brought in an average of 23.5 million viewers. That total almost doubled last week’s historically low-rated game 1, which only brought in 12.1 million viewers. It also made Wednesday’s match-up the highest rated World Series game since 2011. Related: World Series strikes out with lowest Game 1 ratings in history Game 7’s usually bring big ratings, but Wednesday’s numbers may have had an extra lift thanks to a close game and a legendary pitching performance by the Giant’s Madison Bumgarner. Viewership grew as the broadcast went into the night, with 27.8 million tuning in towards the end of the game. …

    October 31, 2014 4:18 am
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Sports

  • FINA stands by decision to honor Putin


    SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Swimming’s world governing body has defended a decision to award it highest honor to Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying it had nothing to do with politics. FINA has been criticized over the timing of the decision with relations between Russia and the NATO alliance under strain, but the body’s executive director Cornel Marculescu told Reuters that the award was related only to sport. “Our constitution is very clear,” Marculescu said. “(there is) no discrimination for the political region or anything like that. “Our award was only related to the sport, not with the rest.” FINA president Julio Maglione announced earlier this month that Putin had been awarded the FINA Order — swimming’s top accolade — for his role in bringing international swimming events to Russia. Russia has been a regular stopover on swimming’s annual World Cup circuit for the past decade and also hosted World Cup diving meets. Next year, Russia will …

    October 31, 2014 4:18 am
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World News

  • Key Jerusalem holy site reopens


    31 October 2014 Last updated at 08:56 The funeral of suspected Palestinian gunman Moataz Hejazi took place amid tight security in East Jerusalem Israeli police have reopened a key Jerusalem holy site after its closure amid tensions following the shooting of a prominent right-wing Jewish activist. The Temple Mount/al-Haram al-Sharif was reopened ahead of Muslim Friday prayers, but with restrictions on worshippers as a security measure. Meanwhile the Palestinian suspected of wounding Rabbi Yehuda Glick has been buried in East Jerusalem. There has been an escalation of tension in the city in recent weeks. On Thursday, a spokesman for Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas described Israel’s temporary closure of the holy site as a “declaration of war”. The compound – known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as al-Haram al-Sharif – is the holiest site in Judaism, and contains the al-Aqsa Mosque – the third holiest site in Islam. The site was reopened …

    October 31, 2014 4:18 am
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Technology

  • Google Android 5 Lollipop review


    Google’s new version of its tablet and smartphone operating system “Lollipop” is the fifth version of Android, introducing new features and tweaks that collectively give the user the feeling that quite a lot has been improved. Unveiled as “L” at Google’s developer conference I/O in June to replace Android 4.4 “KitKat, Android 5 Lollipop was revealed alongside Google’s new design ethos called “Material”. Material Design is a new consistent look for Google’s apps, products and services, which stretches beyond Android to Google’s Chrome browser and Chrome OS software for low-cost laptops. The basic premise is a bolder, more colourful and flat look to icons, notifications and other interface elements. This review is based on a very near final version of Lollipop released by Google for testing. Small things may change before release. Smooth sliding For Lollipop that means the use of much brighter, fuller colours than the previous version of Android and a more consistent …

    October 31, 2014 3:17 am
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Science

  • Scripps Research Institute scientists make enzyme that could help explain origins of life


    Related images(click to enlarge) Mimicking natural evolution in a test tube, scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have devised an enzyme with a unique property that might have been crucial to the origin of life on Earth. Aside from illuminating one possible path for life’s beginnings, the achievement is likely to yield a powerful tool for evolving new and useful molecules. “When I start to tell people about this, they sometimes wonder if we’re merely suggesting the possibility of such an enzyme — but no, we actually made it,” said Gerald F. Joyce, professor in TSRI’s Departments of Chemistry and Cell and Molecular Biology and director of the Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation. Joyce was the senior author of the new report, which was published online ahead of print by the journal Nature on October 29, 2014. The Challenge of Making Copies The new enzyme is called a ribozyme because it is …

    October 31, 2014 3:38 am
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Health

  • India considers ban on e-cigarettes, sale of single smokes


    NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India is considering a ban on electronic cigarettes over the risks to public health that they may cause, a senior Health Ministry official told Reuters. The World Health Organization (WHO) in August called for stiff regulation of e-cigarettes as well as bans on indoor use, in the latest bid to control the booming $3 billion global market. Such devices use battery-powered cartridges to produce a nicotine-laced vapor but there is a lack of long-term scientific research that confirms they are safe. Some critics fear they could lead to nicotine addiction and tobacco smoking. “We see it as a backdoor entry, it doesn’t have tobacco but it has nicotine,” said the official, who declined to be identified because of the sensitivity of the matter. “Expert panels have recommended regulation or a ban. India cannot regulate easily,” the official added, saying that the government would consider the ban in the next month or …

    October 31, 2014 3:17 am
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Entertainment

  • Chelsea Handler cries sexism after her nipples are banned by Instagram


    Chelsea Handler loves golden showers (VIDEO) Don’t cross Chelsea Handler’s back. Or front, for that matter. Everybody’s favorite funny lady took aim at notoriously sexist Russian president, Vladimir Putin, and quickly learned that she can get a good dose of sexism right here in the U.S. of A. Chelsea Handler: Conan O’Brien is packin’ and has a great bod The actress posted a picture of herself topless riding a horse, poking fun at a similar picture of Putin, with the caption, “Taking this down is sexist. I have the right to prove that I have a better body than Putin. Anything a man can do, a woman has the right to do better. #kremlin.” Clearly, Handler knew that her photo would be picked off by higher-ups at Instagram and she was right. The photo was quickly banned from the site. We managed to get a screen grab before it was taken down. Photo credit: Chelsea …

    October 31, 2014 2:57 am
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Editorial

  • ‘Lone Wolf’ terror attacks: We’re sitting ducks and Americans with guns are last line of defense


    The recent spate of “lone wolf” terrorist attacks both here and in Canada seem to have come out of nowhere. And it’s clear that they have left Americans and Canadians as sitting ducks. Simply by using the Internet, ISIS has encouraged “lone wolf” individuals. These “wolves” have initiated attacks on their own with no planning or coordination with others and without leaving a trail of clues about their intentions. Law enforcement authorities and our government are not well suited to defend against such individual terror strikes. As Israel has learned about such attacks, there are just too many targets to defend. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT So what can be done to protect public safety? When police and the military can’t be everywhere, the last line of defense is having more citizens carry guns. What can be done to protect public safety? When police and the military can’t be everywhere, the last line of defense is having more …

    October 31, 2014 3:17 am
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Odd News

  • Police led to Alabama drug suspect by his dog


    BIRMINGHAM Ala. (Reuters) – Police in Alabama found a suspected drug dealer who was hiding in tall grass near his home after the man’s dog, tail wagging enthusiastically, led officers to him, police said on Thursday. Edward Melvin Henderson fled his home in Prattville as officers pulled up to the residence with a search warrant on Tuesday, said Paula Barlow, spokeswoman for the Prattville Police Department. Henderson ran, jumped off a ravine and continued running. As officers approached the ravine, a mixed breed pit bull/husky later identified as Bo came running up, she said. Henderson had run into a wooded area and was hiding. Two officers looked at Bo and pointed in the direction Henderson had run and told the dog to go and get him. Investigators trailed Bo, who was wagging his tail after locating his owner lying in high grass, Barlow said. The search warrant resulted in the recovery of methamphetamine and components …

    October 30, 2014 11:36 pm
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