Headline News

  • Florida music row killer guilty


    1 October 2014 Last updated at 22:41 A man has been found guilty of first-degree murder in a retrial after killing a teenager during a quarrel over loud music in Florida. Prosecutors said Michael Dunn fired 10 times into the vehicle of Jordan Davis, 17, with intent to kill after losing his temper at a petrol station. Dunn argued he was acting in self-defence but police did not find a gun in the car the teenager was in. The jury reached its verdict after more than five hours of deliberation. It was the second trial for Dunn after the first jury was deadlocked in February on a first-degree murder charge. Dunn faces a mandatory life sentence after authorities opted not to seek the death penalty in the case. On the evening of 23 November 2012, he and his fiancee parked at the petrol station in Jacksonville, Florida, after attending his son’s wedding. Davis and three …

    October 1, 2014 4:51 pm
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Politics

  • Bill Clinton Appears in Kentucky Senate Race Ad


    By Niels Lesniewski Posted at 5:04 p.m. today 0 Tweet Former President Bill Clinton stars in a new ad for Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes’ bid to unseat Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. The spot marks the former president’s first foray into the 2014 airwaves in a Senate race, the Grimes campaign told WHAS-TV in Louisville, which first reported on the spot. The Kentucky Senate race is rated Leans Republican by the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call. “One candidate believes it’s about getting new jobs, getting good jobs, giving middle class people a chance to give their kids a decent life … nobody can tell me it’s not a senator’s job to create jobs,” said Clinton in the commercial with footage from a campaign event last month in Hazard, Ky. Clinton was alluding to a McConnell quote often repeated by Democrats pertaining to economic development efforts at the state level that has faced criticism from fact-checkers for being a rather selective …

    October 1, 2014 4:11 pm
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Stocks

  • America’s top 20 speeding ticket magnets


      It’s not surprising that a road-ready rally car like a Subaru WRX or a muscular Pontiac GTO would draw a lot of speeding tickets. But a Suzuki Reno? In case you’ve never heard of it, the Reno is a four door economy car. The highest praise car-pricing site Edmunds.com could muster for the now-discontinued Reno is that it “offered barely adequate performance.” And yet, according to Insurance.com, it has the 13th-highest percentage of owners reporting at least one ticket. Related: Check out the rest of the cars that made the list The insurance quote website collects information about all kinds of violations, but it says the overwhelming majority are speeding tickets. And though the sporty WRX and the GTO rank number one and two on the list, other horsepower-deprived rides, besides the Reno, also seem to attract lead-footed drivers. The humble Mercury Topaz and Toyota Prius C make appearances at nos. 7 and 20, …

    October 1, 2014 5:11 pm
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Sports

  • Column: Playoffs open with epic game, but baseball is in need of fixing


    FILE – In this Sept. 30, 2014, file photo, Kansas City Royals’ Greg Holland celebrates after the Royals’ 9-8 victory over the Oakland Athletics in 12 innings in the AL wild-card playoff baseball game in Kansas City, Mo. Baseball has had a history of one-game playoffs dating to Cleveland’s 8-3 victory over Boston at Fenway Park to win the 1948 American League pennant. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File) (The Associated Press) Bert McMenamim paints a postseason logo on the field before batting practice in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. The Los Angeles Angels play Game 1 of the best-of-five AL division series against the Kansas City Royals on Thursday. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson) (The Associated Press) Opening night of the baseball playoffs provided some great theater, assuming you could stay awake long enough to watch. That the 12th-inning win by Kansas City over Oakland took nearly five hours to play highlights a problem baseball still has to address. …

    October 1, 2014 4:51 pm
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World News

  • China warns on ‘illegal’ HK protests


    1 October 2014 Last updated at 22:14 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Carrie Gracie reports from Hong Kong, where protesters have lit up the streets in the main financial district China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi has issued a stern warning against any “illegal” protests in Hong Kong. Visiting Washington, Mr Wang also warned that the matter was an “internal affair” for China. His US counterpart, John Kerry, urged Hong Kong to exercise restraint in dealing with the protests. Earlier, student demonstrators angry at China’s vetting of candidates for 2017 elections vowed to step up protests if Chief Executive CY Leung did not quit. They said that protesters would start occupying government buildings if Mr Leung did not resign by Thursday. Overnight, protesters massed outside Mr Leung’s office in a stand-off with some 200 police. Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. The US and Chinese counterparts expressed differing views …

    October 1, 2014 4:51 pm
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Technology

  • Facebook apologizes to gay community, alters identity policy


    The move changes a core feature of Facebook, its focus on true identify for the Web. Facebook Facebook is working on a way to verify the identities of people who prefer to go by pseudonyms rather than their birth names following pressure from gay rights activists. In a post on Facebook on Wednesday, Chief Product Officer Chris Cox apologized to “the community of drag queens, drag kings, transgender” and the members of the LGBT community after the company mistakenly cracked down on their use of fake names. “Our policy has never been to require everyone on Facebook to use their legal name,” Cox said. “The spirit of our policy is that everyone on Facebook uses the authentic name they use in real life.” Facebook is building better tools to authenticate “the Sister Romas of the world while not opening up Facebook to bad actors,” Cox said. The social network is also working to improve its …

    October 1, 2014 4:11 pm
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Science

  • How dinosaur arms turned into bird wings


    Although we now appreciate that birds evolved from a branch of the dinosaur family tree, a crucial adaptation for flight has continued to puzzle evolutionary biologists. During the millions of years that elapsed, wrists went from straight to bent and hyperflexible, allowing birds to fold their wings neatly against their bodies when not flying. How this happened has been the subject of much debate, with substantial disagreement between developmental biologists, who study how the wings of modern birds develop in the growing embryo, and palaeontologists who study the bones of dinosaurs and early birds. A resolution to this impasse is now provided by an exciting new study publishing on September 30 in PLOS Biology. Underlying this striking evolutionary transformation change is a halving in the number of wrist bones, but developmental biologists and palaeontologists have different names for most of them, and seldom agree on the correspondence between specific dinosaur bones and those of their …

    October 1, 2014 8:25 am
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Health

  • Rhode Island child with Enterovirus dies after infection: officials


    BOSTON (Reuters) – A Rhode Island child hospitalized with Enterovirus D68 has died of a bacterial infection, in what state public health officials described on Wednesday as an unusual and dangerous combination. The child, a 10-year-old girl who was not named, died last week as a result of a staphylococcus aureus sepsis alongside the respiratory virus, the Rhode Island Department of Health said in a statement, calling it a “very rare combination that can cause very severe illness in children and adults.” An outbreak of Enterovirus D68 has swept the country, with 500 confirmed cases, mostly children, in 42 states plus the District of Columbia, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Rhode Island girl was the fourth person infected with EV-D68 in the United States to die this year, according to the CDC, though the agency noted that the role the infection played in their deaths was “unclear.” The girl had …

    October 1, 2014 4:11 pm
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Entertainment

  • Beyonce Proves Her Body Is Bootylicious With New Bikini Pics


    Posted on Wed Oct 1st, 2014 1:02pm PDT       By X17 Staff Thigh gap or no thigh gap?! Make a choice, Beyonce! Just two weeks ago, Jay Z’s lady love got the Internet aflutter with some suspicious-looking bikini pics . But now, the svelte stunner is posting more scantily clad images, where she is appearing more full-figured than the images she posted just weeks ago. Is Beyonce finally rockin’ what she’s got? It looks like it! Last month when the 33-year-old shared snaps from her Mediterranean birthday cruise, fans were calling Bey’s bluff on her thigh gap-tastic bikini pics. These new images are definitely raising our eyebrows — Beyonce is definitely looking much curvier than the images from just a few weeks ago, leading us to believe that the “Drunk In Love” singer altered those photos. And we aren’t the only ones who think Blue Ivy’s mom is doctoring her Tumblr snaps! In our record-breaking poll, our …

    October 1, 2014 3:51 pm
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Editorial

  • Obama White House and Al Qaeda’s ‘Khorasan Group': This is what JV looks like


    James Clapper’s disclosure about the Khorasan group in no way furthers our national interests. In fact it hurts the security of the United States. Before classified information like this is shared with the public, officials need to weigh what is in the best interest of the citizens of America. They also need to consider whether making information public could endanger the safety of those who are gathering the details. The one thing that shouldn’t be part of the decision to share classified information with the public is a consideration of what is politically expedient on the home front. With Clapper’s latest revelation about the Khorasan Group, I can’t help but make a conclusion. It’s one I regret I’ve made too many times during the last six years of the Obama administration. Clapper’s disclosure about this group in no way furthers our national interests. In fact it hurts the security of the United States. I know …

    October 1, 2014 4:11 pm
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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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