Headline News

  • Burglarly suspects hold woman, three kids hostage in Chicago suburb after shooting officers


    August 19, 2014: Police gather in the neighborhood where authorities are negotiating with two men who are barricaded in a home and holding a woman and six children hostage in Harvey, Ill. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green) Officials said late Tuesday that three of six children held hostage by two men who barricaded themselves in a home in Chicago’s south suburbs had been released and appeared to be in good condition.  Authorities said they were still negotiating with the men for the release of a woman and three other children in Harvey, Ill., a city of 25,000 people located about 25 miles south of Chicago. Officers, including a SWAT team, surrounded the home for more than seven hours, and the entire block of homes was evacuated. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT  Initially, Harvey police said five children and one adult were taken captive after police disrupted a burglary Tuesday. However, Harvey spokesman Sean Howard says questioning by police of …

    August 19, 2014 11:47 pm
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Politics

  • Indicted Texas Governor Perry has fingerprints, mug shot taken


    AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) – Texas Governor Rick Perry, a possible Republican presidential candidate in the 2016 race, was fingerprinted and had his mug shot taken by judicial authorities on Tuesday after being indicted last week on two felony charges of abusing power. “The actions that I took were lawful. They were legal and they were proper. This indictment is fundamentally a political act that seeks to achieve at the courthouse what could not be achieved at the ballot box,” Perry said after finishing the 15-minute processing at the Travis County criminal justice center, a short walk away from the governor’s mansion. Supporters turned out to cheer his words while his opponents relished seeing him face a criminal court. The indictment has cast a shadow over a presidential run for Perry, who has ranked near the bottom of possible Republican candidates. Experts predict that legal wrangling in the case is likely to stretch into the 2016 …

    August 19, 2014 8:01 pm
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Stocks

  • Stylist gives free haircuts to the homeless


    Mark Bustos spends his free time giving haircuts to the homeless. When stylist Mark Bustos isn’t cutting the hair of fashion designers and real estate moguls, he’s traveling around giving free haircuts to the homeless. Bustos works six days a week at the Three Squares Studio in the New York City neighborhood of Chelsea, where prices for his services start at $150 and can run as high as $800 for certain straightening or color treatments. But whenever he can, he packs up his scissors, combs, styling products and rechargeable buzzer and goes out on the streets of New York to give free haircuts to homeless men and women. On Sunday he started out on the Bowery in lower Manhattan where he found “Red,” an older man whose nickname comes from the bright red gloves he wears in the winter. Red is a fixture in the area, always sitting on the same wooden stool, and Bustos …

    August 19, 2014 11:06 pm
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Sports

  • Astros beat Yanks on Carter’s 3-run HR in 9th


    Bronx, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – Chris Carter’s 30th home run of the season was a game-winner. Carter struck out in his first four at-bats, then launched a three-run shot in the top of the ninth inning Tuesday night to lift the Houston Astros to a 7-4 win over the New York Yankees in the opener of a three-game series. Carter’s no-doubt-about-it blast off David Robertson (1-4) landed two sections deep behind left field to break a 4-4 tie after Robbie Grossman and Jose Altuve both walked. Chad Qualls pitched the bottom of the ninth to earn his 14th save for the Astros, who have won three of their last four games.’ The Yankees had won their last two games against Tampa Bay on the road on the heels of a season high-tying five-game losing streak. They got a two-run homer from Brian McCann and a game-tying two-run double from Martin Prado in the sixth inning. Chris …

    August 19, 2014 11:47 pm
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World News

  • Liberia imposes curfew over Ebola


    20 August 2014 Last updated at 04:44 Liberia is already under a state of emergency Liberia has imposed a night-time curfew and has quarantined an area of the capital Monrovia in a bid to halt the deadly Ebola outbreak. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said the curfew would be from 21:00 local time to 06:00 (21:00-06:00 GMT). She said all movement would be blocked in and out of the West Point area. Meanwhile, three doctors with Ebola who started taking an experimental drug last week showed remarkable signs of improvement, a Liberian minister said. Information Minister Lewis Brown said the drug was given to one Nigerian and two Liberian doctors who had caught Ebola while helping to save the lives of other victims of the virus. In a radio broadcast, the Mrs Sirleaf blamed her government’s failure to bring Ebola under control on the public’s disregard for the advice of health workers and disrespect for official …

    August 19, 2014 11:47 pm
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Technology

  • Uber hires former Obama strategist David Plouffe


    David Plouffe (right), a senior adviser to President Barack Obama, is greeted by the president after introducing him at a 2012 fundraising reception in Chicago. Scott Olson/Getty Images Uber has hired former White House strategist David Plouffe as it gears up to fight the country’s well-established taxi industry in the political arena, the tech startup announced Tuesday. Plouffe, best known as President Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign manager, starts his job as Uber’s senior vice president of policy and strategy in late September, according to a blog post from Uber CEO Travis Kalanick. He said is gearing up the taxi industry by spreading a more positive message about its service. The company, which allows users to order a ride through a smartphone app, is often plagued by controversy prompted by upset taxi drivers, inflated pricing, and most recently, accusations of sabotaging its competitor Lyft. “Our roots are technology, not politics, writing code and rolling out …

    August 19, 2014 8:01 pm
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Science

  • Worm virus details come to light


    Related images(click to enlarge) Rice University scientists have won a race to find the crystal structure of the first virus known to infect the most abundant animal on Earth. The Rice labs of structural biologist Yizhi Jane Tao and geneticist Weiwei Zhong, with help from researchers at Baylor College of Medicine and Washington University, analyzed the Orsay virus that naturally infects a certain type of nematode, the worms that make up 80 percent of the living animal population. The research reported today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences will help scientists study how viruses interact with their nematode hosts. It may also allow them to customize the virus to attack parasitic or pathogenic worms. The research may also lead to new information about how viruses attack other species, including humans, which have thousands of genes that are identical to those found in nematodes. Tao’s lab specializes in X-ray crystallography, through which scientists …

    August 19, 2014 12:09 pm
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Health

  • U.S. clears AstraZeneca over heart drug trial


    LONDON (Reuters) – The U.S. government has cleared AstraZeneca Plc over a major clinical trial used to win marketing approval for its important new heart drug Brilinta, following an investigation which had cast a shadow over its prospects. The drugmaker said on Tuesday the Department of Justice (DoJ) was closing the probe into the 18,000-patient study and no further action was planned. AstraZeneca views Brilinta as a potential $3.5 billion-a-year seller, but news last October that the DoJ was quizzing the company about the way it conducted the trial raised doubts over its medical value, causing sales to stall. The firm flagged up the promise of Brilinta in its defense against an abortive $118 billion takeover bid by Pfizer Inc earlier this year, although the drug registered only modest sales of $216 million in the first half of 2014. AstraZeneca also reported positive results on Tuesday with an experimental antibiotic called ceftazidime-avibactam as a treatment …

    August 19, 2014 3:40 am
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Entertainment

  • Julia Roberts and Danny Moder pick up humanitarian award


    Julia Roberts reveals the surprising way she selects her roles Julia Roberts and her husband, Danny Moder, are set to be honored by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network for their teamwork on the HBO movie, The Normal Heart, People reports. Roberts starred in the film, while Moder worked as director of photography. The movie, based on Larry Kramer’s 1985 play about the beginning of the AIDS epidemic, is up for 11 Emmy Awards after receiving rave reviews from critics. Since 1990, GLSEN has promoted LGBT awareness and safe schools through national campaigns like the GLSEN Day of Silence and No Name-Calling Week, both of which have been used in tens of thousands of classrooms nationwide. Roberts is a longtime GLSEN supporter — last year, she donated a “Lunch with Julia Roberts” to an online auction and netted $40,000 for the organization. 6 reasons to watch HBO’s The Normal Heart The GLSEN is awarding the …

    August 19, 2014 11:46 pm
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Editorial

  • Absurd coverage of police, Ferguson unrest and African-Americans


      It was in a college theater class that I learned about a genre called “Theater of the Absurd.” These were plays written mostly by European playwrights between the 1940s and 1960s, as well as a certain style that flowed from their work. What reminded me of this is now “playing” in Ferguson, Missouri, following the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was — select one — a) innocently walking down the street when a police officer shot him to death without provocation, or, b) walking with a friend in the street and told by a police officer to get on the sidewalk, whereupon a physical confrontation occurred and Brown allegedly tried to grab the officer’s gun and was shot by the cop, now identified as Darren Wilson. This after Brown allegedly robbed a convenience store of some cigars and was seen on a store camera intimidating the clerk as he walked out, which …

    August 19, 2014 8:01 pm
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Odd News

  • China Eastern plane aborts landing as traffic controllers take a nap


    BEIJING (Reuters) – A China Eastern Airlines Corp passenger plane that had started its night-time descent into a Wuhan airport was forced to abort its landing after air traffic controllers had dozed off, an investigation report found. The incident, which took place on July 8, is the third mishap in two months involving the Chinese carrier. A transcript of the flight recording released by the Civil Aviation Administration of China on Tuesday shows that the China Eastern flight crew made repeated attempts to contact the duty flight controllers at Wuhan Tianhe Airport – twice in English and once in Chinese. Those calls went unanswered. The airplane was forced to return to 900 meters and circle the airport for about 10 minutes before landing, the report said. The incident occurred at between 2 to 3 a.m. China Eastern has suffered other mishaps in recent weeks. On July 17, a China Eastern airplane landed off the runway …

    August 19, 2014 8:06 am
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