Headline News

  • Judge to hold hearing on whether 2nd preteen stabbing suspect is competent to stand trial


    MILWAUKEE –  A Wisconsin judge is deciding whether one of two 12-year-old girls accused of stabbing a classmate to please a fictional online horror character is mentally fit to stand trial. The girl’s public defender says she isn’t, and notes a psychologist who examined the girl questions whether she’d be able to help with her defense. Waukesha County Judge Michael Bohren could make a ruling Wednesday. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Prosecutors say the two girls plotted to kill a classmate, who was stabbed 19 times during a walk in a park after a sleepover. She survived by crawling to a sidewalk where a bicyclist found her. Bohren ordered the other suspect to receive mental health treatment after a psychologist testified that girl believes she can see things others cannot, including the online horror character Slender Man.

    October 22, 2014 2:43 am
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Politics

  • Florida candidates stake out political differences in third debate


    TALLAHASSEE Fla. (Reuters) – Florida Governor Rick Scott and former Governor Charlie Crist traded barbs on Tuesday over the minimum wage, the death penalty and racism in the Republican Party in the third and final debate of a close, bitterly contested race for governor. Polls show the two in an expensive, neck-and-neck race for the country’s largest swing state, saturated in recent weeks by tens of millions of dollars of negative TV advertising. This time, both candidates took the stage on cue, avoiding another repeat of last week’s embarrassing debate-delaying squabble over a cooling fan. The debates have exposed a yawning political gulf between the two candidates on issues including healthcare, gay marriage, climate change, education and the minimum wage. As incumbent Scott is riding the wave of economic recovery while Crist, a former Republican who switched parties, faces the challenge of convincing Democrats he is one of them. Crist repeatedly called the Republican incumbent …

    October 21, 2014 11:39 pm
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Stocks

  • Warren Buffett loses $2 billion in two days


      If you’re having a bad week, consider that Warren Buffett has lost $2 billion and it’s only Tuesday. Buffett is known for shunning the quick buck and focusing on the long-term performance of his investments. He’d best not change that this week. His Berkshire Hathaway (BRKB) investment house holds big pieces of Coke and IBM, both of which have taken a drubbing in the past two days. He took a $1 billion hit on Coke (KO), which fizzled 6% on Tuesday after the company reported earnings that didn’t live up to expectations. Even worse, Coke said it doesn’t expect a much better 2015. Coke is one of Buffett’s largest investments. He holds 400 million shares and his son Howard sits on the beverage company’s board. And he likes the products too. Buffett is often seen enjoying Cherry Coke. Related: Battle of the billionaires: Warren Buffett vs. Jack Ma The pain started on Monday for …

    October 22, 2014 2:43 am
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Sports

  • After 4-month suspension for biting, Suarez debuts with Barcelona against rival Real Madrid


    FC Barcelona’s Luis Suarez, from Uruguay, right, attends a training session at the Sports Center FC Barcelona Joan Gamper in San Joan Despi, Spain, Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. FC Barcelona will play against Ajax in a group F Champions League on Tuesday Oct. 21. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez) (The Associated Press) FC Barcelona’s Luis Suarez, from Uruguay, laughs during a training session at the Sports Center FC Barcelona Joan Gamper in San Joan Despi, Spain, Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. FC Barcelona will play against Ajax in a group F Champions League on Tuesday Oct. 21. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez) (The Associated Press) FC Barcelona’s Luis Suarez, from Uruguay, right, and Neymar, from Brazil, attend a training session at the Sports Center FC Barcelona Joan Gamper in San Joan Despi, Spain, Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. FC Barcelona will play against Ajax in a group F Champions League on Tuesday Oct. 21. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez) (The Associated Press) FC Barcelona’s Luis Suarez, …

    October 22, 2014 2:43 am
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World News

  • Ebola: health department rejects claims Australian medical teams unprepared


    The Department of Health has rejected claims that Australia’s medical teams are unprepared for rapid deployment to assist in the fight against Ebola. The chief medical officer, Chris Baggoley, told Senate estimates on Wednesday that the health minister Peter Dutton had not requested Australian medical assistance teams (Ausmat) be readied to be sent to west Africa or neighbouring countries in the event of an Ebola outbreak. Nor had Australia “trained the Ausmat team specifically in PPE [personal protective equipment training]”, he added. Health workers would need up to a fortnight of training before being ready to be deployed to Ebola-affected countries. Greens senator Richard Di Natale said: “The prime minister has flown to Papua New Guinea to discuss preparations should Ebola reach our region. However this morning we have learned that Australia’s health personnel have not yet received the specific training required for deployment in the field.” Deputy Labor leader Tanya Plibersek said: “The Abbott …

    October 22, 2014 2:43 am
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Technology

  • The Quest to Put More Reality in Virtual Reality


    Philip Rosedale is telling me about his new company, but I can’t stop myself from looking down at my hands. With palms up, I watch with fascination as I slowly wiggle my fingers and form the “OK” sign. I curl my hands into fists as I reach my arms out in front. They look pinker than normal but work as usual. When I look back up at Rosedale, he’s wearing a smile, and his eyebrows rise slightly. “Isn’t it cool?” he says. In my right ear, I hear a quiet chuckle from one of his colleagues, Ryan Karpf, standing just outside my vision. It is cool, because nothing that I’m seeing is real. Though our conversation appears to be happening in a tastefully lit club, I am actually sitting in front of a laptop in a San Francisco office wearing a virtual-reality headset and headphones. I’m trying out a new platform for virtual worlds in …

    October 21, 2014 11:39 pm
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Science

  • Could I squeeze by you?


    Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory have developed deeper understanding of the ideal design for mesoporous nanoparticles used in catalytic reactions, such as hydrocarbon conversion to biofuels. The research will help determine the optimal diameter of channels within the nanoparticles to maximize catalytic output. Porous nanoparticles are lab-created tiny spheres that incorporate even tinier parallel channels or pores. In catalytic processes, each channel within a particle is lined with catalytic sites that convert a reactant to a product. What’s appealing about porous nanoparticles is that the walls of the pores provide significant surface area to support catalytic sites within a super-small sphere. And, as one might expect, the more pores, the more surface area, the better the catalytic reaction. “Downside is that when the catalytic sites are within narrow pores, as is the case with mesoporous nanoparticles, the entire reaction, including the movement of reactants and products has to happen within the …

    October 21, 2014 11:59 pm
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Health

  • Tekmira starts limited manufacturing of therapeutic for Ebola


    (Reuters) – Canadian drugmaker Tekmira Pharmaceuticals Corp has begun limited manufacturing of a therapeutic targeting the Ebola-Guinea virus. The pharmaceutical company said on Tuesday that the new drug, part of its TKM-Ebola program, would be available by early December but did not specify how many doses it was making. Tekmira was not available for comment on the therapeutic, including whether it was manufacturing a drug or vaccine. Tekmira’s investigational new drug application to U.S. regulators for TKM-Ebola remains on partial clinical hold, with the issue expected to be resolved in the quarter. U.S.-listed shares of the company rose as much as 6 percent in trading after the company gave an update on its Ebola program. Tekmira has completed the design of a modified RNAi (ribonucleic acid interference) drug that targets the Ebola-Guinea variant, the virus responsible for the worst outbreak on record that has hit hardest Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. TKM-Ebola, an RNAi therapeutic, …

    October 21, 2014 11:39 pm
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Entertainment

  • Kris Jenner clears the air on Kylie and Tyga


    Wait, what? Kim Kardashian gets trumped by her sister Rumors have been coming fast ever since rapper, Tyga, who is eight years older than 17-year-old Kylie, partied with the youngest Jenner at her birthday party. They were also spotted hanging out at Universal Studios’ Hollywood Halloween Horror Nights and on what looked like a romantic date to a Japanese restaurant in Los Angeles. But according to Kris, the rumors aren’t quite true. “Kylie isn’t dating anybody,” Kris said during a Tuesday morning interview on On Air with Ryan Seacrest. “[Tyga is part of] this whole little group of kids who have been around forever — and I call them kids because relatively speaking, they kind of all travel as a pack and they enjoy each other’s company.” The makeup trick that makes Kylie Jenner’s lips look so full And it certainly looks like that’s the case. Tyga was at Kim Kardashian’s wedding with his on-again, …

    October 22, 2014 1:20 am
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Editorial

  • The real reason gas prices are falling


    FILE — Sept. 24, 2014: A customer reaches for the regular switch to fill her tank with the $2.92-a-gallon regular gas at a RaceWay gas station in Richland, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) American workers and motorists got some badly-needed relief this week when the price of oil plunged to its lowest level in years. The oil price has fallen by about 20 to 25 percent since its peak back in June of $105 a barrel. This is translating to lower prices at the pump with many states now below $3 a gallon. At present levels, these Already the lower oil and gas prices are the equivalent of a $70 to 200 billion cost saving to American consumers and businesses. That’s $70 to 200 billion a year we don’t have to send to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and other foreign nations. Now that’s an economic stimulus par excellence. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT There are many global reasons why gas …

    October 21, 2014 11:39 pm
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Odd News

  • San Francisco stations banish ‘Royals’ song ahead of World Series


    (Reuters) – At least two Northern California radio stations have pledged not to play New Zealand artist Lorde’s song “Royals,” in solidarity with the San Francisco Giants during their World Series matchup with the Kansas City Royals. The decision by San Francisco stations KOIT and KFOG to drop the song, which has nothing to do with the baseball team, comes as the Giants and Royals prepare to play Game One of the championship series on Tuesday. In response, Kansas City station KZPT said it would play the song every hour on Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. KZPT said it was a sister station of KOIT. “They’re our sister station, and as the old saying goes: ‘You can pick your friends but you can’t necessarily pick your family,’ and if they don’t play it, then we will,” KZPT programming director Tony Lorino said in a phone interview. Last week, KOIT posted a small image …

    October 20, 2014 7:16 pm
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