Headline News

  • Lawyer for Massachusetts teen charged with murder seeks police messages


    A lawyer for the Massachusetts teenager charged with killing his high school math teacher is questioning the timeline given by authorities about the discovery of the victim’s body. During a hearing Thursday in Salem Superior Court, Philip Chism’s attorney sought additional evidence, including copies of text messages and emails she believes officers used to communicate with each other, as well as information about the time that crime scene photos of Colleen Ritzer’s body were taken. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The Salem News reports that she says they could show a timeline at odds with official reports. The 15-year-old Chism is facing rape and murder charges in connection with the October slaying. The prosecutor said much of what the defense is requesting has already been turned over or doesn’t exist. The judge did not rule.

    September 19, 2014 8:45 am
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Politics

  • Congress gives Obama authority to help Syrian rebels


    President Barack Obama in the State Dining Room of the White House(AP Photo/Evan Vucci) Legislation requested by President Barack Obama authorizing the military to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels fighting Islamic State militants in the Middle East is headed for his signature after a sweeping Senate vote. The bipartisan 78-22 tally Thursday blended support from Obama’s close Democratic allies and some of his fiercest GOP critics, including top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. It put leading contenders for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination on opposite sides. Some of Obama’s liberal allies defected. The legislation also provides funding for the government after the end of the budget year on Sept. 30, eliminating any threat of a shutdown in the run-up to November elections that will seat a new House and decide control of the Senate. The House approved the bill on Wednesday. Obama said the support from both Republicans and Democrats “shows the world …

    September 19, 2014 8:05 am
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Stocks

  • China drives global diamond jewelery sales to $79 billion


      A diamond is forever … especially in China. Global diamond jewelry sales hit a record $79 billion last year, led by strong interest from the Chinese for the rare gem, according to a report from De Beers. Polished diamond sales in China rocketed by 14% last year alone, double the pace of growth seen in the U.S. Overall, sales of diamond jewelry to the Chinese have been the fastest growing in the world, averaging about 21% a year over the last decade. China now accounts for 13% of global demand, up from just 3% in 2003. Related: China becomes world’s top gold buyer The U.S. is still the world’s largest diamond market but companies such as De Beers are increasingly looking to China for growth. As disposable incomes rise, Chinese consumers are driving global markets for luxury products, including expensive watches, handbags, cars and diamonds. China now accounts for nearly one-third of global luxury …

    September 19, 2014 9:05 am
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Sports

  • Wainwright outduels Fiers, Cards nip Brewers


    St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) – Adam Wainwright notched St. Louis’ first hit with two outs in the sixth and tossed his third shutout of the season in the Cardinals’ 2-0 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday. Wainwright (19-9) gave up seven hits and stuck out seven en route to his fifth complete game of the year. His four-start winning streak has allowed him to join Los Angeles Dodgers hurler Clayton Kershaw as the lone 19-game winners this season. “I would say that was an impressive pitching performance,” St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said. “He had everything and then when you watch the ninth and see 95 pop up there and you realize that this guy still had a lot in the tank.” Wainwright, Matt Adams and Jhonny Peralta had the only three hits for the Cardinals, who remained 2 1/2 games ahead of the Pirates for first place in the NL Central. The Pirates …

    September 19, 2014 10:46 am
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World News

  • Google, Apple to encrypt by default


    19 September 2014 Last updated at 12:55 By Joe Miller Technology Reporter Google’s devices have offered the option of encryption, but many users did not make use of the feature Google has announced that its next mobile operating system, Android L, will encrypt users’ data by default. The measure will make it more difficult for private information to be hacked or handed to law enforcement agencies. On Thursday, Apple said that devices running its new iOS8 software would be encrypted by default, with even the company itself unable to gain access. Both firms have offered encryption for some time, but many users were unaware of its existence or had not enabled it. Earlier this week, Apple’s boss Tim Cook posted an online message assuring users the company’s philosophy was that a “great customer experience shouldn’t come at the expense of your privacy”. Swipe As well as announcing default encryption for all devices running the new …

    September 19, 2014 8:45 am
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Technology

  • Android games players averaging 37 minutes a day, with Americans keenest


    The average Android gamer spends 37 minutes a day playing on their smartphone or tablet, according to research from mobile analytics firm Flurry. Based on data from 60,000 Android devices, the company claims that Android gamers in the US are the keenest in the world, averaging 51.8 minutes of daily gameplay. Germany (47.1 minutes) Russia (40.8) and Italy (38.5) all over-index in the company’s rankings, although British Android gamers average 32.4 minutes, according to Flurry’s data. The company’s research into which genres are most popular won’t come as a surprise: arcade and action titles come top of its list, followed by casual games. However, it teases out some national differences: German Android gamers average 66 monthly sessions in brain and puzzle games, while Indians average 68 monthly sessions in cards and casino titles. “Arcade Action and Casual are clearly the gaming categories with the broadest appeal. In almost all of the top gaming countries, at …

    September 19, 2014 4:01 am
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Science

  • Hubble Telescope Time Preferentially Goes to Men


    For an astronomer, winning precious observation time on the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) for your study is a big deal—more than three quarters of proposals are rejected. It turns out, however, that this honor is a bit easier for men to achieve than women. An internal Hubble study found that in each of the past 11 observation proposal cycles, applications led by male principal investigators had a higher success rate than those led by women.   “It’s fascinating and disturbing,” says Yale University astronomer Meg Urry, who formerly led the Hubble proposal review committee for several years and admitted to frustration that some of the results occurred during her tenure. “I made a lot of efforts to have women on the review committees, and during the review I spent time listening to the deliberations of each panel. I never heard anything that struck me as discrimination—and my antennae are definitely tuned for such things—so it’s …

    September 19, 2014 8:25 am
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Health

  • Sierra Leone capital at standstill as Ebola lockdown begins


    FREETOWN (Reuters) – Sierra Leone began a three-day lockdown on Friday in an effort to halt the spread of the Ebola virus, as President Ernest Bai Koroma urged residents to comply with the emergency measures. Streets in the normally bustling seaside capital Freetown were deserted, barring vehicles carrying police officers and health workers. Radio stations played Ebola awareness jingles on repeat and encouraged residents to stay indoors. “Today, the life of everyone is at stake, but we will get over this difficulty if all do what we have been asked to do,” Koroma said in a television address late on Thursday. “These are extraordinary times and extraordinary times require extraordinary measures.” Ebola has infected some 5,357 people in West Africa this year, killing 2,630 of them, in the worst epidemic of the virus that the world has seen. At least 562 people have died in Sierra Leone and nearly 30,000 health workers, volunteers and teachers …

    September 19, 2014 8:05 am
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Entertainment

  • Kirsten Dunst on hacking scandal: iCloud is a ‘piece of s***’


    Kirsten Dunst has babies on the brain  “I try to have a sense of humor about a really unfortunate situation,” Dunst told Us Weekly. “The FBI is investigating, so they’re handling it right now.” Soon after the celebs had their photos stolen, Dunst tweeted about the incident with a clever blend of emoticons. Thank you iCloud — Kirsten Dunst (@kirstendunst) September 1, 2014 (If you sound it out, it sounds sort of like “piece of s***” — clever girl.) The FBI said they are “addressing” the allegations and it looks like many of the victims are working with authorities in an attempt to catch whoever hacked into their technology. Dunst, along with Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Krysten Ritter, Teresa Palmer, Becca Tobin, Hope Solo and others found their privacy violated in the hack. Because Apple also operates iCloud, where many of the photos were held, they assured everyone that they are also investigating. Kirsten Dunst …

    September 19, 2014 7:44 am
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Editorial

  • Scotland independence vote: Scots show world how to settle nationhood questions


    As I write this here in Edinburgh at on Friday morning, the first thing to note is that the referendum on independence is all that everyone has been talking about in Scotland for months. Here’s how I can best describe the all-consuming nature of this event for Americans: it has been like the presidential election, and the Super Bowl, and the finale of both “Breaking Bad,” and  ”American Idol,” and the O.J. Simpson trial — all rolled into one. It has been everywhere and everything. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Opinions have been given on every radio and TV channel, in every pub, in every town center, and in the windows of houses, cars and businesses. And of course it is all over social media. The national debate and the referendum journey has been a model for self-determination that will be the envy of the world. That such a fundamental question was resolved so democratically is of monumental …

    September 19, 2014 8:05 am
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Odd News

  • Austrian town officials resign after Nazi basement film


    VIENNA (Reuters) – Two conservative town council members in eastern Austria have resigned from their posts and left the People’s Party after a documentary film showed them singing and toasting one another in a basement room filled with Nazi memorabilia. The case has prompted extensive media coverage in Austria, which is still coming to terms with its past as part of Nazi Germany after Adolf Hitler, who was born in Austria, annexed the country in 1938. The scene from cult filmmaker Ulrich Seidl’s “Im Keller” (In the Basement) shows five men in traditional dress singing a drinking song in a room featuring a portrait of Hitler, a swastika flag and mannequins wearing Nazi uniforms and helmets. Two of the men from the People’s Party – elected to the town council in Marz in the province of Burgenland after the film was made in 2009 – have now resigned from their posts. “We distance ourselves with …

    September 19, 2014 8:25 am
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