Headline News

  • Alabama man gets $1,000 in police settlement, his lawyers get $459,000


    BIRMINGHAM Ala. (Reuters) – An Alabama man who sued over being hit and kicked by police after leading them on a high-speed chase will get $1,000 in a settlement with the city of Birmingham, while his attorneys will take in $459,000, officials said Wednesday. The incident gained public attention with the release of a 2008 video of police officers punching and kicking Anthony Warren as he lay on the ground after leading them on a roughly 20-minute high-speed chase. Warren is serving a 20-year sentence for attempted murder stemming from his running over a police officer during the chase, in which he also hit a school bus and a patrol car before crashing and being ejected from his vehicle. Under the terms of the settlement of Warren’s 2009 federal suit, in which he accused five Birmingham police officers of excessive force, his attorneys will receive $100,000 for expenses and $359,000 in fees, said Michael Choy, …

    October 22, 2014 9:07 pm
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Politics

  • Suspended South Carolina speaker to plead guilty to ethics charges: report


    CHARLESTON S.C. (Reuters) – Suspended South Carolina House of Representatives Speaker Bobby Harrell is expected to plead guilty to criminal ethics charges related to misuse of campaign money and misconduct in office, a local newspaper reported on Wednesday. Harrell, a Republican indicted on nine counts that include falsifying his private plane’s logbook to seek payment for non-existent travel, is scheduled to appear at a hearing on Thursday morning in Columbia, the prosecutor in the case said. The Charleston Post and Courier, citing an anonymous source close to the investigation, said Harrell planned to enter a guilty plea. The paper added it was not clear whether the plea would involve all or some of the charges. David Pascoe, the prosecutor, declined to comment further, and Reuters could not verify that Harrell planned to plead guilty. Neither Harrell nor his attorney immediately responded to messages seeking comment. Harrell, who suspended himself from the Legislature after his indictment …

    October 22, 2014 8:05 pm
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Stocks

  • Macau trumps Vegas with $270 minimum bet


    The former Portuguese colony of 600,000 people is almost entirely dependent on gambling. Las Vegas has first class shopping, dining and nightlife. But for serious gamblers, Macau holds all the aces. The city’s $45 billion casino industry is now roughly seven times bigger than Vegas, and eye-popping growth has attracted the biggest players, including Las Vegas Sands and Wynn Resorts. Gambling in the former Portuguese outpost has been fueled by a relaxation of regulations and a Chinese populace eager to try their luck. Here are three things to know about Macau: 1) Mountains of cash Gamblers in Macau are not messing around. Stakes at top casinos have been rising for years and it’s nearly impossible to find a table with a minimum bet of less than $65. The average minimum bet at a non-VIP table is now at least $270, according to Aaron Fischer, the regional head of consumer and gaming research at CLSA. At …

    October 22, 2014 9:07 pm
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Sports

  • Royals take 2-1 lead over Giants in Game 2


    Kansas City, MO (SportsNetwork.com) – The Kansas City Royals scored a run in each of the first two innings to take a 2-1 lead over the San Francisco Giants in Game 2 of the World Series. After Gregor Blanco hit the first leadoff home run by a Giants player in World Series history, Billy Butler tied the score with an RBI single in the bottom of the first inning and Alcides Escobar gave Kansas City the lead with an RBI double in the second. Right-hander Yordano Ventura threw eight fastballs in the mid-90s to Blanco, who pulled the last one over the right-field wall on a 3-2 count to give the Giants the lead. But the Royals rookie settled down, allowing just two other hits in the first three innings. Blanco hit the first leadoff homer by a Giants player in World Series history, pushing his team’s streak to eight straight Series games in which …

    October 22, 2014 9:07 pm
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World News

  • Australia tackles Ebola outbreak with super-committee of public servants


    Australia has established a super-committee encompassing senior members of several public service departments to help tackle the spread of the Ebola outbreak. The Interdepartmental Committee (IDC) is headed up by the Department of Health and Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Dfat), and includes representatives from Defence, Immigration, Agriculture, Treasury, Finance, the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and Emergency Management Australia. “This is a priority for the government, and therefore a priority for [Dfat]. [This] is a significant outbreak and Australia wishes to do its part in helping to deal with it,” the head of Dfat, Peter Varghese, told a senate estimates committee on Thursday. “I think we’ve been able to devote the resources we need to devote to it up to this point and if there is a requirement to put even more resources into it, I expect we will be able to do it.” Labor and the Greens have criticised the government …

    October 22, 2014 8:46 pm
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Technology

  • Search for world’s smartest city


    23 October 2014 Last updated at 01:51 Masdar in the the United Arab Emirates aims to be carbon neutral Mention “smart cities” to people and the first questions they ask are: “What is a smart city?” and “Where is the smartest one?” Unfortunately neither are particularly easy to answer. Smart means different things to different cities. For some, it may be finding ways to relieve pollution or congestion – using sensors and data analysis. For others, it is more about finding ways to make cities greener – with bike-sharing schemes or more parks. Some cities have been built with smartness in mind, such as Songdo in South Korea, which has hi-tech plumbed into its infrastructure, or green city Masdar in the United Arab Emirates. Even cities in some of the least technically advanced areas of the world have aspects of smartness, whether it be the plan to monitor urbanisation in Dar es Salaam with apps …

    October 22, 2014 8:05 pm
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Science

  • Thermal paper cash register receipts account for high bisphenol A (BPA) levels in humans


    Related images(click to enlarge) Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical that is used in a variety of consumer products, such as water bottles, dental composites and resins used to line metal food and beverage containers, and also is used in thermal paper cash register receipts. Now, research conducted at the University of Missouri is providing the first data that BPA from thermal paper used in cash register receipts accounts for high levels of BPA in humans. Subjects studied showed a rapid increase of BPA in their blood after using a skin care product and then touching a store receipt with BPA. “BPA first was developed by a biochemist and tested as an artificial estrogen supplement,” said Frederick vom Saal, Curators Professor of Biological Sciences in the College of Arts and Science at MU. “As an endocrine disrupting chemical, BPA has been demonstrated to alter signaling mechanisms involving estrogen and other hormones. Store and fast food …

    October 22, 2014 8:26 pm
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Health

  • Some U.S. hospitals weigh withholding care to Ebola patients


    CHICAGO/NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Ebola crisis is forcing the American healthcare system to consider the previously unthinkable: withholding some medical interventions because they are too dangerous to doctors and nurses and unlikely to help a patient. U.S. hospitals have over the years come under criticism for undertaking measures that prolong dying rather than improve patients’ quality of life. But the care of the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States, who received dialysis and intubation and infected two nurses caring for him, is spurring hospitals and medical associations to develop the first guidelines for what can reasonably be done and what should be withheld. Officials from at least three hospital systems interviewed by Reuters said they were considering whether to withhold individual procedures or leave it up to individual doctors to determine whether an intervention would be performed. Ethics experts say they are also fielding more calls from doctors asking what their professional …

    October 22, 2014 8:05 pm
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Entertainment

  • Demi Lovato gets real about Taylor Swift’s dating history


    Watch out, Wilmer Valderrama! Demi Lovato is engaged to another man (VIDEO) Lovato opened up to ET Canada, who made the mistake of asking her what she thought about her friend, Taylor Swift, singing about ex-boyfriends. “Don’t f*** with me if you’re going to say women suck,” Lovato responded, adding that Swift is “one of the few people I’ve maintained a friendship with in this industry.” Lovato now seems happy with her life. She is happily dating actor, Wilder Valderrama, and even got engaged — to a 5-year-old on stage — last week! But for Lovato, life to her is about so much more than living in the past. She said her message now is about “inspiring women and inspiring everybody to be honest.” That honesty has helped others with their own lives, since Lovato has become very open about her past addictions and body image issues. And through years of healing, she is finally …

    October 22, 2014 7:45 pm
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Editorial

  • Met Opera’s ‘Klinghoffer’: The musical bastardization of a cold-blooded  terrorist murder


    In this image released by the Metropolitan Opera, Aubrey Allicock as Mamoud, foreground from left, Sean Pannikar as Molqui, and Paulo Szot as the Captain, perform with the cast in “The Death of Klinghoffer,” at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. (AP Photo/Metropolitan Opera, Ken Howard) New York’s Metropolitan Opera premiered “The Death of Klinghoffer” Monday night. The Washington Post describes the opera as “based on the brutal murder in 1985 of Leon Klinghoffer, an elderly Jewish tourist shot by Palestinian terrorists and pushed into the sea from the deck of the cruise ship Achille Lauro.” In the weeks leading up to Monday’s opening night performance Peter Gelb, the Met’s general manager,  led an unprecedented marketing campaign to promote the opera: “See It –Then Decide.” ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT And so I did.  Defenders of the opera would have us believe the opera is worth staging because “Klinghoffer” is a work of art. It does not justify terrorism, …

    October 22, 2014 8:05 pm
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Odd News

  • Woman who gouged her eyes in California sues over viral photo


    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A nurse at a Los Angeles hospital took a photo of a woman who gouged out her own eyes with pencils, and the patient sued the hospital and its administrators after the picture went viral on the Internet, her attorney said on Wednesday. The plaintiff, who is not named in the lawsuit, was treated at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center in 2012 after she tried to commit suicide by jamming the pencils through her eyes at another facility and was rushed to the hospital, her lawyer, Douglas Johnson, said. The injury left the woman blind, according to the lawsuit, filed on Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court. The as-yet unidentified nurse took the photograph of the patient with the “intact pencils sticking out of her eyes,” then shared the unauthorized picture with another person, who passed the image to Joshua Shivers, the lawsuit said. Shivers, in turn, used his mother’s computer …

    October 22, 2014 8:26 pm
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