Headline News

  • Autopsy of slain Missouri teen shows close-range gunshot


    (Reuters) – The official autopsy on an unarmed black teenager whose killing by a white police officer in August set off protests in Ferguson, Missouri, suggests he sustained a gunshot wound to the hand from close range, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. The autopsy report, obtained by the newspaper and published on its website late on Tuesday, comes as a St. Louis County grand jury considers charges against Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson in the Aug. 9 shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Protests against the shooting have continued in Ferguson since August and flared again on Wednesday night. Accounts of the shooting differ, but witnesses and law enforcement officials have said Brown and Wilson got into an altercation through the window of the officer’s vehicle after Wilson told Brown and a friend to leave the middle of a street. Brown, who was shot six times, died about 30 feet from the patrol car. At least …

    October 23, 2014 3:16 am
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Politics

  • Former Bellevue, Wash., official accused of stealing pro-gun campaign sign


    SEATTLE (Reuters) – A former City Council member in Bellevue, Washington, has been accused of stealing campaign signs urging voters to block the expansion of background checks for gun buyers in the state, police said on Wednesday. A police report said Margot Blacker, a longtime local fixture of the political left who served on City Council from 1989 to 1997, admitted taking the signs last week because she believed pro-gun groups had stolen her signs promoting tougher firearms laws. Blacker, 74, is a proponent of Initiative 594, a state ballot measure that would expand background checks on guy buyers to include private sales and transfers of weapons. The measure is expected to pass during the November election. The campaign signs she is accused of stealing urge a “yes” vote on an opposing measure, Initiative 591, which would bar the state from expanding background checks unless the federal government does so first. The Citizen’s Committee for …

    October 23, 2014 12:12 am
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Stocks

  • Apple Pay is double charging some customers


      I was among the first people to try out Apple Pay the moment it came available on Monday. It was convenient, fast, and it seemingly worked without incident … until I logged in and checked my debit card bill. As it turns out, I’ve been charged twice for every single purchase I’ve made with Apple Pay at various stores. A quick search of Twitter found many other people experiencing this same exact problem. “Problems with #ApplePay – it looks like my @bankofamerica account was double charged by @Walgreens,” tweeted fellow Apple Pay user Rohan Thompson. Many of the other people on Twitter experiencing this same exact problem also mentioned they were using Apple Pay via their Bank of America (BAC) debit card. Related: Apple Pay is now live So I called up Bank of America and they assured me it was a problem on Apple Pay’s end. That seemed feasible, because all of the …

    October 23, 2014 3:15 am
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Sports

  • Aussie golfer Todd Sinnott takes 1st-round lead at Asia-Pacific Amateur with 67, Guan 1 back


    MELBOURNE, Australia –  Local golfer Todd Sinnott shot a five-under 67 on Thursday to take a one-shot lead over 2012 champion Guan Tianlang of China after the first round of the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship at Royal Melbourne. The 20-year-old Sinnott plays on the pennants team for Metropolitan, another sand-belt course nearby. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Two strokes behind Sinnott and tied for third with 69s were Lee Chieh-po of Taiwan, Australian Antonio Murdaca and Tawan Phongphun of Thailand. Australian amateur champion Ryan Ruffels had a 71 while Yang Gunn, the U.S. Amateur champion from South Korea, was well back after an 81. The Asia-Pacific winner gets a spot in the U.S. Masters next year and is exempt into the final stage of qualifying for the British Open.

    October 23, 2014 3:15 am
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World News

  • Mexican mayor and wife wanted over disappearance of 43 students


    A Mexican mayor and his wife were the “probable masterminds” behind the disappearance of 43 student teachers last month, the country’s attorney general has said as he issued arrest warrants for the pair. The students went missing on 26 September from Iguala in the south-western state of Guerrero after they clashed with police. The incident sent shockwaves across Mexico and undermined President Enrique Peña Nieto’s claims that Mexico is getting safer under his watch. So far, federal authorities have arrested 52 people in connection with the incident, including dozens of police with links to a gang called Guerreros Unidos, or United Warriors. The gang’s leader, Sidronio Casarrubias, was caught last week. Thousands marched in Iguala on Wednesday to protest against the disappearance of the student teachers. After the march, masked men set fire to the municipal offices with Molotov cocktails and smashed the windows. In Mexico City, the attorney general, Jesus Murillo, said Casarrubias had …

    October 23, 2014 2:54 am
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Technology

  • Apple dumps SSL 3.0 for push notifications due to POODLE flaw


    CNET Apple said Wednesday it will stop supporting the encryption standard Secure Socket Layer 3.0 for its push notifications service in response to a vulnerability identified earlier this month in the aging protocol. Apple announced on its developer site that it will switch on October 29 from SSL 3.0 to Transport Layer Security (TLS), SSL’s more modern, less vulnerable younger sibling. Disclosed earlier this month, the POODLE vulnerability allows encrypted information to be exposed by an attacker with network access. “Providers using only SSL 3.0 will need to support TLS as soon as possible to ensure the Apple Push Notification service continues to perform as expected,” Apple said in its bulletin. “Providers that support both TLS and SSL 3.0 will not be affected and require no changes.” To help developers test compatibility, Apple said it has already disabled SSL 3.0 in the development environment on its Provider Communication interface. POODLE, which stands for Padding Oracle …

    October 23, 2014 12:12 am
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Science

  • Fast modeling of cancer mutations


    Sequencing the genomes of tumor cells has revealed thousands of genetic mutations linked with cancer. However, sifting through this deluge of information to figure out which of these mutations actually drive cancer growth has proven to be a tedious, time-consuming process. MIT researchers have now developed a new way to model the effects of these genetic mutations in mice. Their approach, based on the genome-editing technique known as CRISPR, is much faster than existing strategies, which require genetically engineering mice that carry the cancerous mutations. “It’s a very rapid and very adaptable approach to make models,” says Thales Papagiannakopoulos, a postdoc at MIT’s Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research and one of the lead authors of the paper, which appears in the Oct. 22 online edition of Nature. “With a lot of these mutations, we have no idea what their role is in tumor progression. If we can actually understand the biology, we can then …

    October 23, 2014 12:32 am
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Health

  • U.S. tightens Ebola monitoring for West African visitors


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – The United States imposed new constraints on Wednesday on people entering the country from three nations at the center of West Africa’s Ebola epidemic, mandating that they report their temperature daily and stay in touch with health authorities. President Barack Obama expressed cautious optimism about the situation in the United States after meeting with his Ebola response coordinator, Ron Klain, and other top officials on Klain’s first day on the job since being named on Friday. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s new restrictions on travelers arriving from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea marked the latest precautions put in place by the Obama administration to stop the spread of the virus. The steps stopped short of a ban on travelers from those countries demanded by some lawmakers. Health authorities and the public have been on alert for Ebola since late September when a Liberian visiting Dallas, Texas became the …

    October 23, 2014 12:12 am
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Entertainment

  • Beyoncé and Jay Z shop for real estate in the City of Love


    Our wishlist for Beyoncé’s rumored platinum album According to E! News, Bey and Jay are house hunting in Paris, the City of Love. The divorce rumors have already been, for the most part, shot down, but if this isn’t their death blow, I don’t know what will be. E! News reports a source said the couple looked at a house in Paris with a huge garden and plenty of tall trees for privacy. The abode is in Neuilly-sur-Seine, which is a wealthy suburb west of Paris, where homes usually land in the 3-4 million euro range. According to the source, this home was a little more expensive than the average, but no price is too great for Beyoncé and Jay Z, who have a lot of special memories in Paris. Harvard students can now take a class in Beyoncé “We love Paris,” Jay told a Paris audience during one of the pair’s On the Run …

    October 23, 2014 1:53 am
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Editorial

  • When Washington overlords (federal prosecutors) break rules, wreck lives


    President Obama and the recently resigned Attorney General Eric Holder. (Reuters) A group of Washington overlords — federal prosecutors — sometimes break rules and wreck people’s lives. President Obama may soon appoint one of them to be America’s next attorney general. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The prosecutorial bullying is detailed in a new book by Sidney Powell, “Licensed to Lie.” Federal prosecutors always have a big advantage over anyone they attack. She reports that the Department of Justice’s narcissistic and dishonest prosecutors destroy people by doing things like deliberately withholding evidence. Remember the Arthur Andersen accounting firm? It was killed off by ambitious prosecutors who claimed the company helped Enron commit accounting fraud and then shredded the evidence. But instead of charging people who allegedly ordered evidence destroyed, the DOJ indicted the entire company. That destroyed the accounting firm. Publicly traded companies cannot do business with companies under criminal investigation, so Andersen lost most of its clients. The …

    October 23, 2014 12:12 am
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Odd News

  • Woman who gouged her eyes in California sues over viral photo


    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A nurse at a Los Angeles hospital took a photo of a woman who gouged out her own eyes with pencils, and the patient sued the hospital and its administrators after the picture went viral on the Internet, her attorney said on Wednesday. The plaintiff, who is not named in the lawsuit, was treated at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center in 2012 after she tried to commit suicide by jamming the pencils through her eyes at another facility and was rushed to the hospital, her lawyer, Douglas Johnson, said. The injury left the woman blind, according to the lawsuit, filed on Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court. The as-yet unidentified nurse took the photograph of the patient with the “intact pencils sticking out of her eyes,” then shared the unauthorized picture with another person, who passed the image to Joshua Shivers, the lawsuit said. Shivers, in turn, used his mother’s computer …

    October 22, 2014 8:26 pm
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