Headline News

  • Burned armpit hair led to Idaho car crash, sheriff says


    This Sept. 14, 2014 photo provided by the Ada County, Idaho, Sheriff’s Office shows a Ford Bronco after it crashed with five teenagers aboard, after authorities say one of the passengers lit the drivers armpit hair on fire with a lighter in rural Ada County outside of Boise. (AP/Ada County Sheriffs Office) BOISE, Idaho –  A SUV full of teenagers crashed in Idaho after one of the passengers lit the driver’s armpit hair on fire with a lighter, authorities said Wednesday. All five young people in the Ford Bronco were hurt in the crash Sunday and received medical treatment, the Ada County Sheriff’s Office said. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Two of the passengers, ages 15 and 16, were thrown from the vehicle, but none of the five suffered life-threatening injuries. The sheriff’s department said the rollover occurred after a 16-year-old boy was goofing off in the front seat and lit 18-year-old Tristian Myers’ armpit hair on fire …

    September 18, 2014 8:18 am
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Politics

  • Senate set to vote on Obama’s aid to rebels


    Secretary of State John Kerry(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) President Barack Obama’s request for congressional backing to train and arm rebels battling Islamic State militants in Syria is halfway home after its easy approval by the GOP-controlled House sent the issue to the Senate, where leaders in both parties say approval is ensured. Obama won support from staunch Republicans who typically are reflexively against him and lost the votes from some of his most loyal Democratic allies in the 273-156 House tally. Republicans backed Obama by a more than 2-1 margin; Democrats backed him as well, but to a lesser degree. Top leaders of both parties stood with the president despite reservations that his strategy of arming moderate rebel groups could backfire or won’t be enough to blunt the advance of Islamic State forces. Obama has pledged airstrikes as well but is adamant that he won’t send U.S. combat troops to battle the Islamic extremists. “We must …

    September 18, 2014 7:37 am
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Stocks

  • Apple says iOS 8 will shield your data from police


      Apple says its new mobile operating system puts text messages, e-mails, photos and other data out of the reach of police — even if authorities present the company with a search warrant. In a blog post, Apple says that iOS 8, which began rolling out Wednesday, has new encryption that will no longer allow the company to bypass a customer’s passcode to access the data. “So it’s not technically feasible for us to respond to government warrants for the extraction of this data from devices in their possession running iOS 8,” it said. Related: iOS 8 – How to get it, and whether you should Earlier versions of the operating system allowed the company to bypass the password, as does rival operating systems, according to Apple. But if customers back up the information on iCloud, the protection from warrants disappears, since Apple will comply with warrants to turn over information on its servers. Related: …

    September 18, 2014 8:39 am
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Sports

  • F1 to enter new era in Singapore, with most pit-car radio messages now banned


    Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg of Germany arrives at Marina Bay City Circuit for the Singapore Formula One Grand Prix, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. The F1 race is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 21.(AP Photo/Wong Maye-E) (The Associated Press) Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain arrives at Marina Bay City Circuit for the Singapore Formula One Grand Prix, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. The F1 race is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 21.(AP Photo/Wong Maye-E) (The Associated Press) SINGAPORE –  As the Formula One season exits Europe and heads to Asia for this weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix, teams and drivers are preparing for a new challenge, with the sport now banning a large amount of radio messages during races. The change comes in response to fan disquiet about the increasingly remote-control nature of the sport. Teams, with reams of available data during races, have been determining race strategy and the appropriate car settings to carry it out, with drivers simply pressing …

    September 18, 2014 8:18 am
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World News

  • Nigeria has ‘torture officers’


    18 September 2014 Last updated at 13:51 This teenage boy arrested for being a suspected militant had melted plastic poured on his back in 2013 Torture has become such an integral part of policing in Nigeria that many stations have an informal torture officer, Amnesty International says. Both the military and police use a wide range of torture methods including beatings, nail and teeth extractions and other sexual violence, it says. One woman accused of theft in Lagos said she was sexually assaulted, and had tear gas sprayed into her vagina. The Nigerian government has not yet responded to the rights group’s report. People told Amnesty about a form of water torture in which hot and cold water is poured on naked bodies Entitled Welcome to Hell Fire, it says people are often detained in large dragnet operations and tortured as punishment, to extort money or to extract “confessions” as a way to solve cases. …

    September 18, 2014 8:18 am
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Technology

  • How can I protect my privacy and security on Android?


    I take a great deal of trouble to keep the PCs in my household safe and secure. However, we now use a number of Android devices for browsing and emails, with banking to come. I haven’t got a clue as to how secure they are, or how to protect them, their contents and the transactions we use them for. Could you give some guidance, please? Phil You are not alone! I could give you some instant advice about keeping your devices up to date, running anti-malware software and always using password protection, but as a matter of fact, I don’t do necessarily do any of those. There are lots of stories about the amount of Android malware in circulation, but I’ve never come across any. Perhaps the Android market will need a wakeup call in the form of a rampant virus – like, for example, the Sasser worm that hit Microsoft Windows XP in 2004 …

    September 18, 2014 7:37 am
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Science

  • SARS Outbreak Isolators Helped "Ebola Air" Fly Infected Patients


    When the SARS virus spread worldwide in 2003 governments and companies quickly realized that they had very few choices for safely flying infected patients back to their home countries so that they could receive advanced medical treatment. That earlier pandemic spurred development of many more patient isolator units for air evacuations—backup options that have already helped fly home patients from the U.S., U.K. and other countries in the midst of the deadly Ebola pandemic gripping west Africa. The first patient transport isolator for aeromedical evacuation, called the Air Transport Isolator, was developed for the U.K.’s Royal Air Force in the 1970s and also used by the U.S. military for decades. The RAF recently used the same system to fly a British Ebola patient home onboard a military transport aircraft for treatment. But the SARS outbreak prompted the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as a number of private air ambulance services worldwide …

    September 18, 2014 7:57 am
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Health

  • Bayer hits record high on move to list plastics business


    FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Germany’s Bayer (BAYGn.DE) plans to list its less profitable plastics business on the stock market in a deal that could value the division at around 10 billion euros ($13 billion) as it focuses on healthcare, veterinary drugs and crop protection. News of the planned spin-off of the MaterialScience division, where profit margins are less than half the company average, lifted Bayer shares to a record high. It follows a wider healthcare industry trend of divesting weaker businesses and bulking up in areas of strength. “In this way Bayer would position itself as a world-leading company in the field of human, animal and plant health,” the company said. Bayer’s supervisory board approved the move at a meeting on Thursday and the firm said it would float MaterialScience as a separate company within the next 12-18 months. Signaling its increased focus on healthcare, Bayer also announced it would step up investment in research and …

    September 18, 2014 7:37 am
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Entertainment

  • Neil Patrick Harris’ kids were the real reason he got married


    Gay couples keep starting families this week; society needs to get on board  “I think when our kids got to the age when they were having reasonable conversations where they’re asking lots of ‘why’ questions, then it seemed [important] to be able to have a real clear-cut [identity] of who their daddy is — that he’s my husband, it was easier than partner or boyfriend,” he told the ladies of The View on Wednesday, Sept. 17. Harris and his husband, David Burtka, were married on Sept. 8 after more than 10 years together. Their children, twins Gideon and Harper, were born to a surrogate in 2010 and Harris said they have already seen a change in their parents. He recently told Glamour he and Burtka have been working to keep the spark alive. “Honeymoon phases end. They just do,” Harris recently explained. “We’re animals, and animals aren’t inclined to copulate with just each other for the …

    September 18, 2014 7:16 am
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Editorial

  • President Obama, Syria, ISIS and more unlawful presidential killing


    As the debate rages over whether the president needs congressional authorization for war prior to his deployment of the military to degrade or destroy ISIS, the terrorist organization that none of us had heard about until a few months ago, the nation has lost sight of the more fundamental issue of President Obama’s infidelity to the rule of law. On the lawfulness of his proposed war, the president has painted himself into a corner. Last year, he quite properly recognized that the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), a statute enacted by Congress in 2002 to permit President George W. Bush to use the military to track down, capture, degrade or kill all persons or organizations that planned the attacks of 9/11, cannot apply to organizations that did not exist at the time of 9/11, of which ISIS is one. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Is the White House planning to run this war directly as LBJ …

    September 18, 2014 7:37 am
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Odd News

  • San Francisco drag queens meet with Facebook over name policy


    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – San Francisco drag queens and a city lawmaker met with Facebook on Wednesday demanding the site change its policy banning users from using aliases online, but said they were rebuffed. Facebook, the world’s largest social media network, has cracked down on users with fake names by locking scores of accounts in recent weeks, including hundreds owned by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, the company said in a statement. San Francisco Board of Supervisors member David Campos and crossdressers from around the city said after the Wednesday meeting that the rule, which requires users to go by their legal names, endangers drag queen performers. “If we’re going to work together on this, we want acknowledgement that this policy is misguided,” Campos said at the news conference, flanked by a bevy of crossdressers. Drag queen performers, or men who dress in flamboyant female clothing for nightclub shows, usually use a stage name …

    September 18, 2014 7:57 am
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