Headline News

  • Dallas Cowboys player investigated for alleged sex assault: ESPN


    (Reuters) – A Dallas Cowboys player is under investigation for an alleged sexual assault that occurred in the team’s hotel last month, ESPN reported on Wednesday. The sports channel named the player, as did other media, but quoted Grapevine Police Department spokesman Barry Bowling as saying he hadn’t been charged or arrested. ESPN did not provide details of the alleged Sept. 20 incident. Reuters has not confirmed the player’s identity or the alleged crime. The suspected assault occurred at the Gaylord Hotel a day before the team played the St. Louis Rams, ESPN reported. Calls and emails to law enforcement and National Football League representatives were not immediately returned. The incident comes to light just a month after TMZ.com published a video from inside a New Jersey casino elevator showing former Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice punching his now-wife Janay Palmer. NFL Commissioner Roger Godell initially gave Rice a two-game suspension over the domestic violence …

    October 2, 2014 3:05 am
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Politics

  • Obama seeks to restore trust with disappointed Latinos


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – After enraging Latino voters last month by delaying promised immigration reforms, President Barack Obama is expected to assure Hispanic-American lawmakers on Thursday that he is on their side and help is on the way. Obama, who for the past two years missed the annual gala held by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, will return to the group and reiterate his ongoing commitment to immigration reform, according to a White House official. The official, who asked not to be identified, said Obama also will say he intends to fix as much of the U.S. immigration system as he can by using his presidential powers. Obama’s speech could set a high-water mark with Hispanic voters, who are so important to Democrats and their hopes of holding the White House in 2016. If so, it would be another twist in a relationship that at times resembles that of an old married couple repeatedly squabbling and making …

    October 2, 2014 12:23 am
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Stocks

  • Adam Sandler is making 4 movies for Netflix


      Adam Sandler is coming to Netflix. The veteran comedian has agreed to produce and star in four feature films that will be released exclusively on the streaming video service. The deal is yet another effort by Netflix (NFLX, Tech30) to bolster its content portfolio, and one that is expected to be a hit with users. Sandler is one of the few actors whose films consistently rank among the most viewed by subscribers, Netflix said. “His appeal spans across viewers of all ages — everybody has a favorite movie, everyone has a favorite line — not just in the U.S., but all over the world,” said Ted Sarandos, the company’s chief content officer. Netflix did not announce any additional details about the four films, or when they would be released. Related: DirecTV, NFL renew Sunday Ticket deal   Sandler made full use of his unique humor in a statement released by Netflix. “When these fine …

    October 2, 2014 1:24 am
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Sports

  • Cowboys’ Brandon Carr puts focus on football, family after mom’s death during training camp


    FILE – In this Aug. 28, 2014, file photo, Dallas Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr warms up before an NFL preseason football game against the Denver Broncos in Arlington, Texas. Carr has closed off his world to just about anything that isn’t football or family. The Dallas cornerback says it has a lot to do with losing his mom to breast cancer during training camp, and maybe it’s a little bit about his team’s surprisingly fast start. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade, File) (The Associated Press) IRVING, Texas –  Brandon Carr stared away from a small group of reporters, looking a little emotional and unsure how or whether to answer a question he probably knew was coming. Breast cancer awareness month is a big deal in the NFL, putting pink on footballs, coaches, referees and all kinds of equipment worn by players throughout October. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT This year it arrived almost two months to the day after Kathy Carr’s …

    October 2, 2014 3:05 am
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World News

  • Five Ebola cases per hour in S Leone


    2 October 2014 Last updated at 02:42 Save the Children says that as soon as authorities get on top of the virus in one area, it emerges in another A leading charity has warned that a rate of five new Ebola cases an hour in Sierra Leone means healthcare demands are far outstripping supply. Save the Children said there were 765 new cases of Ebola reported in the West African state last week, while there are only 327 beds in the country. Experts and politicians are set to meet in London to debate a global response to the crisis. It is the world’s worst outbreak of the virus, killing 3,338 people so far. There have been 7,178 confirmed cases, with Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea suffering the most. Ebola virus disease (EVD) Symptoms include high fever, bleeding and central nervous system damage Spread by body fluids, such as blood and saliva Fatality rate can reach …

    October 2, 2014 3:05 am
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Technology

  • Malcolm Turnbull says now is not the time to break up NBN Co


    Malcolm Turnbull has not ruled out breaking off and selling parts of the publicly owned national broadband network corporation but says “now is not the time” to do so. Splitting NBN Co into separate businesses – based on the different technologies it employs to deliver broadband – was among 19 recommendations for market-based reform in an expert review of the infrastructure project handed down on Wednesday. But in an initial response, the communications minister appeared to reject much of the panel’s advice, suggesting it would further delay the implementation of the network, increase industry uncertainty and lead to “large losses for taxpayers and the budget”. He said breaking up the company now “would distract its management and delay the provision of high-speed broadband to all Australians”, but said the move, aimed at fostering competition in the sector, “cannot be ruled out”. He told ABC Radio on Thursday the first priority was to finishing building the …

    October 2, 2014 12:23 am
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Science

  • Spiders: Survival of the fittest group


    Related images(click to enlarge) Along rivers in Tennessee and Georgia, scientists have been studying brownish-orange spiders, called Anelosimus studiosus, that make cobwebby nests “anywhere from the size of a golf ball to the size of a Volkswagen Beetle,” researcher Jonathan Pruitt says. The individual spiders are only the size of a pencil eraser, but they form organized groups that can catch prey ranging from fruit flies to small vertebrates. “We have found carcasses of rats and birds inside their colonies,” Pruitt says. Unlike most spiders, which are solitary, these social spiders work together in groups. Now new research shows that they evolve together in groups, too. Say “group selection” among some groups of evolutionary biologists and you won’t be invited back to the party. But Jonathan Pruitt, at the University of Pittsburgh, and Charles Goodnight, at the University of Vermont, have been studying generations of these Anelosimus spiders — and have gathered the first-ever experimental …

    October 2, 2014 12:44 am
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Health

  • Exclusive: U.S. nears solution for safe disposal of Ebola waste


    WASHINGTON/CHICAGO (Reuters) – The United States is days away from settling the critical question of how hospitals should handle and dispose of medical waste from Ebola patients, a government official said on Wednesday. Experts have warned that conflicting U.S. regulations over how such waste should be transported could make it very difficult for U.S. hospitals to safely care for patients with Ebola, a messy disease that causes diarrhea, vomiting and in some cases, bleeding from the eyes and ears. Safely handling such waste presents a dual challenge for regulators, who want to both prevent the accidental spread of the deadly disease and avert any deliberate attempts to use it as a bioweapon. Most U.S. hospitals are not equipped with incinerators or large sterilizers called autoclaves that could accommodate the large amounts of soiled linens, contaminated syringes and virus-spattered protective gear generated from the care of an Ebola patient, said Dr. Jeffrey Duchin, chair of the …

    October 2, 2014 12:23 am
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Entertainment

  • Mindy Kaling’s confession about B.J. Novak has us totally freaking out


    Mindy Kaling’s maternal clock is ticking and she knows it Although it appears Novak was the one who ended the relationship, he has responded to her comments about him being her one and only true love. “I thought it sounded to me like an honest and heartfelt account to a complicated and mostly wonderful relationship,” Novak told Andy Cohen, via Us Weekly. When Kaling visited Howard Stern, he asked if she had any great loves who got away. Kaling replied, “Yeah. He’s my best friend. He broke up with me. It was years and years ago that that breakup happened. I was so sad, not angry, sad. That was the hottest I ever looked ’cause I stopped eating. When I get depressed, I stop eating. I was so miserable and so beautiful.” But the public announcement meant something to Novak and, apparently, his whole family. “The highlight of that for me was my mom calling …

    October 2, 2014 2:04 am
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Editorial

  • November midterms: Who will be the 245th House Republican?


    Who is the Republican candidate whose victory will expand the House majority to 245 members? Speaker John Boehner and House Republicans are looking beyond holding their majority on Election Day. They are aiming to get to 245 members, which would be the largest Republican majority since the end of World War II. Currently, Republicans hold 233 seats to the Democrats’ 199. There are three vacancies. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT House Republicans are not alone in their belief that there will be notably fewer Democrats in the 114th Congress. Famed political prognosticator Charlie Cook sees Republicans holding as many as 248 seats, while his esteemed counterpart Stu Rothenberg projects the high mark for Republicans will be as many as 245. House Republicans are not alone in their belief that there will be notably fewer Democrats in the 114th Congress. To achieve success, Republicans will need to win in all three of these categories:  1. Open seats currently held …

    October 2, 2014 12:23 am
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Odd News

  • France’s Le Pen loses driving license, but says not her fault


    PARIS (Reuters) – French far-right leader Marine Le Pen said on Wednesday police had confiscated her driving license for a string of road offences – but insisted they had been committed by someone else. The National Front party leader, who recently called speed detection radars “another tax disguised as a life-saving campaign”, said she had taken the punishment in 2012 to prevent the real culprits from getting into trouble. “Not wishing to denounce those who were responsible, I saw my license go up in smoke,” Le Pen said, after the satirical Le Canard Enchaine newspaper ran a story headlined: “Marine wants to steer France but she no longer has a license”. She said the newspaper should have checked the photos of the traffic offences in question and that they would have shown she was not behind the wheel. Under the French system, a driver loses a number of points for every recorded traffic offence such …

    October 1, 2014 4:31 pm
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