Headline News

  • Police: Man, 84, rammed car into assisted living home in SC, now charged with attempted murder


    CLINTON, S.C. –  Authorities say an 84-year-old man intentionally rammed a car into an assisted living home in South Carolina and he has been charged with attempted murder. Public Safety Director Robin Morse in the community of Clinton told media outlets he consulted with prosecutors before filing the serious felony charges against Alton Payton. Investigators said Payton drove the car through the doors at Bailey Manor assisted living home Wednesday, ending up in the lobby. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Authorities say a portable gas can in the car caught fire and several people suffered smoke inhalation. All 40 residents had to be evacuated because of the damage, which officials estimated at $500,000. Payton is being held in jail as he awaits a bond hearing. Court records did not indicate if Payton had a lawyer.

    August 28, 2014 6:06 pm
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Politics

  • White House says technology policy aide Park to take new role


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House announced on Thursday that Todd Park, a technology and innovation policy adviser to President Barack Obama, is relocating to California to advise the president on technology from there. Park, who had built a reputation as a successful information technology entrepreneur, was thrust into the public spotlight during the disastrous rollout of the Affordable Care Act in the fall of 2013. While not in charge of the technology behind the flawed web portal that crashed when thousands of Americans tried to sign up for health insurance, he was one of several administration officials summoned to Congress to explain the breakdown. Park was deeply involved in efforts to fix bugs in the website, which eventually began to function smoothly. The rescue operation allowed enrollment to surpass expectations by topping 8 million people. Park’s focus in California will be on recruiting skilled technology experts into government roles, the White House said. “From …

    August 28, 2014 3:04 pm
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Stocks

  • Outgoing AIG CEO given terminal cancer diagnosis


    The CEO of American International Group says he is leaving the company earlier than expected because he’s been diagnosed with terminal cancer. Robert Benmosche, 70, said in an interview with Bloomberg that doctors told him in May he had between nine and 12 months to live. That sped up his plans, set earlier in the spring, to retire at the end of this year, when a new CEO would be installed and make structural changes at the insurance firm. “I said, ‘You know what? I’m not going to play the odds and I think the changes have to be made now, not later, and so let’s accelerate my retirement,’” he said. “And the board was happy to do that.” AIG (AIG) announced in June that Peter Hancock, who has led its property casualty unit, will take over on September 1, with Benmosche in a consulting role. Benmosche emerged from retirement in 2009 to lead AIG …

    August 28, 2014 6:06 pm
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Sports

  • Jaguars start rookie QB Blake Bortles in preseason finale against Falcons


    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. –  The Jacksonville Jaguars are starting rookie quarterback Blake Bortles in the preseason finale against Atlanta. The team made the announcement about 90 minutes before kickoff Thursday. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Bortles has completed 28 of 45 passes for 435 yards and a touchdown in three preseason games, but coach Gus Bradley says Chad Henne will start the season opener at Philadelphia. Henne will dress against Atlanta, but probably won’t play. Nine players won’t dress for Jacksonville because of injuries: kicker Josh Scobee, safety Winston Guy, cornerback Alan Ball, safety Craig Loston, right tackle Austin Pasztor, guard Zane Beadles, offensive tackle Josh Wells, tight end Clay Harbor and defensive tackle Sen’Derrick Marks. The Jaguars made several other changes to their lineup, most notably starting running back Denard Robinson. ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL

    August 28, 2014 5:26 pm
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World News

  • Obama: ‘We don’t have a strategy yet’ to combat Isis militants


    US President Barack Obama said on Thursday that he has not yet developed a strategy to combat Islamic State (Isis) militants, months after the jihadist army erased the border between Iraq and Syria and more than a week after it beheaded an American citizen. “We don’t have a strategy yet,” Obama told reporters at the White House, indicating a reluctance to expand his bombing campaign into Syria. Obama said that he had asked Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to prepare “a range of options” for confronting Isis. But pushing back against fervent speculation that he is preparing to bomb Isis in Syria, Obama said those military plans will be limited to Iraq. “Our core priority right now is just to make sure our folks are safe,” Obama said. Obama’s national security team convened at the White House Thursday afternoon to discuss the contours of …

    August 28, 2014 5:26 pm
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Technology

  • Samsung supplier factory found to use child labor, watchdog says


    Updated at 11:10 a.m. PT, with Samsung denying allegations. Samsung and Lenovo are under scrutiny on Thursday after a report surfaced from a China labor watchdog claiming that children were working at a facility that contributes to the companies’ product. China Labor Watch, an organization that investigates Chinese production facilities to ensure proper working conditions and regulations, issued a statement Thursday saying that HEG Electronics employed over 10 children under the age of 16 at a facility in Huizhou, Guangdong Province. The youngest child was 14 years old, according to China Labor Watch. The facility is used to produce components for Samsung and Lenovo, according to the organization. Samsung, however, said in response to the allegations from the watchdog group, it conducted an onsite investigation on the production line in question, including one-on-one interviews, and found no child or student workers there. The watchdog group keeps tabs on working conditions in Chinese factories. China Labor …

    August 28, 2014 3:05 pm
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Science

  • Patient Zero Believed to be Sole Source of Ebola Outbreak


    One glaring fact from the latest report on the Ebola outbreak is that five of the many study authors are dead, killed by the disease that is roiling west Africa. The new analysis, published in the August 29 issue of Science, reveals that the current Ebola outbreak stemmed from an earlier initial leap from the wild into humans, rather than the virus repeatedly jumping from a natural reservoir—perhaps infected animals—to humans. By essentially sketching out a high-tech molecular family tree, researchers concluded that the virus spreading in Sierra Leone and nearby countries is the descendent of an original Ebola viral jump, and not new versions of the pathogen that are being repeatedly introduced into the human population. That means the public health response to this outbreak—which focuses on tracking and treating those who have been exposed to people with Ebola, rather than attempting to keep people away from potential animal carriers—has been the right strategy.   …

    August 28, 2014 3:25 pm
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Health

  • Ebola vaccine from GSK fast-tracked into clinical trials


    LONDON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – An experimental Ebola vaccine from GlaxoSmithKline is being fast-tracked into human studies and the company plans to build a stockpile of up to 10,000 doses for emergency deployment, if results are good. The research work is being accelerated with funding from an international consortium, reflecting mounting concern over the worst outbreak of the disease that has killed more than 1,500 people in West Africa. GSK’s candidate vaccine, being co-developed with the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), is expected to be given to healthy volunteers in Britain and the United States from about mid-September, with the program then being extended to Gambia and Mali. Britain’s biggest drugmaker said on Thursday the Phase I trials would start as soon as they received ethical and regulatory approvals. The NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases is also working on a wider program of clinical trials, including tests of a version of the …

    August 28, 2014 6:58 am
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Entertainment

  • Actor Stephen Lee dies at 58


    According to his friend Lisa Pescia, Lee passed away after he suffered a serious heart attack in his Los Angeles apartment on Aug. 14, the Hollywood Reporter claimed on Wednesday. Conrad Bain of Diff’rent Strokes passes away Lee became known after he had a super-funny role as a crazed cabinet installer on a Seinfeld episode. When Jerry Seinfeld wanted new cabinets in his apartment, Lee’s character was very slow at completing his job, and was a little nutty on how he went about doing it. However, when he finally finished the work, he built a huge kitchen fit for a mansion, because Seinfeld told him to get it done in any way he needed and would not answer any more questions on the cabinet design. Celebs celebrate and remember Robin Williams Lee began his career in the early 1980s, appearing on popular television dramas like Hart to Hart, Hill Street Blues, Who’s the Boss? and …

    August 28, 2014 4:45 pm
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Editorial

  • Prayer for injured teen sparks atheist outrage


    AP The injured player was on the ground being tended to by trainers and coaches. So the Seminole High School football team did what many football teams do. The teenage boys took a knee, bowed their heads and prayed for their injured teammate. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT But that simple act of compassion and humanity in Sanford, Florida sparked outrage from the Freedom From Religion Foundation – a group of perpetually offended atheists from Wisconsin. An FFRF attorney fired off a letter to the superintendent of Seminole County Public Schools – accusing them of having an adult lead the prayer for the injured child. It truly takes a special kind of evil to threaten Americans because they prayed over an injured child. A school district spokesman told me the injured child, who is the son of the team’s head coach, has since rejoined the team. CLICK HERE TO JOIN TODD ON FACEBOOK FOR CONSERVATIVE NEWS AND CONVERSATION! …

    August 28, 2014 3:04 pm
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Odd News

  • Singaporeans go barking mad over bid to silence dogs


    SINGAPORE (Reuters) – A suggestion by Singapore’s public housing authority that owners of noisy dogs consider “debarking” their pets to avoid inconveniencing neighbors, has raised animal lovers’ hackles in the city-state and prompted much ridicule on social media. The authority, the Housing and Development Board (HDB), recommended in a notice posted in a residential block that one option for dogs that will not keep quiet is to “debark” them. Debarking involves removing a section of a dog’s vocal cord to reduce the volume of its bark and is recommended as a solution of “last resort” to control noisy pets, according to Singapore’s Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority’s website. Animal welfare groups say the practice is cruel and unfair. “A dog also barks when it is in a stressed or anxious mode, and not hearing the dog does not mean the dog is in a stable state of mind,” said Action for Singapore Dogs in a Facebook …

    August 28, 2014 7:18 am
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