Headline News

  • Suspect in two California deputy deaths charged with murder, carjacking

    (Reuters) – A Utah man was charged with carrying out a crime spree in Sacramento that killed two California sheriff’s deputies and wounded a third, law enforcement officials said on Saturday. A fourth victim, a motorist who was shot in the head, remained hospitalized Saturday, officials said. Marcelo Marquez, 34, of Salt Lake City, was booked into Sacramento County Jail early Saturday and faces two counts of murder, two counts attempted murder and carjacking charges, a sheriff’s spokesman said. The suspect’s female companion, Janelle Marquez Monroy, was also arrested and charged with attempted murder and carjacking, according to online jail records. Marquez had twice been deported to Mexico, in 1997 for a narcotics charge and in 2001 for an unspecified charge, according to Virginia Kice, spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Federal officials on Saturday issued an immigration detainer, asking that Marquez be transferred to their custody when he is released by local authorities …

    October 26, 2014 12:55 am


  • Ebola-striken doctor known as a ‘do-gooder’

    By COLLEEN LONG, DAVID B. CARUSO, JAKE PEARSON October 25, 2014 Workers from BioRecoveryCorp carry equipment from the apartment building of Ebola patient Dr. Craig Spencer Friday(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) Dr. Craig Spencer, the physician now being treated for Ebola in New York City, is the kind of globe-trotting do-gooder who could walk into a small village in Africa and, even though he didn’t know the language, win people over through hugs alone, according to people who worked with him. Even before leaving for Guinea this summer to fight Ebola with Doctors Without Borders, the 33-year-old had amassed an ordinary man’s lifetime worth of world travel, much of which was in the service of the poor. In the past three years alone, Spencer, an attending physician at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, had been to Rwanda to work on an emergency care teaching curriculum, volunteered at a health clinic in Burundi, helped investigate an …

    October 26, 2014 1:35 am


  • Brits may get paid for losing weight

    Research suggests cash incentives make obese people lose weight. Overweight Brits may soon find that shedding extra pounds would benefit their wallets as well as their waistlines. The UK public health service, the NHS, wants to encourage companies to reward employees who lose excess weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Dubbed the ‘pounds for pounds’ program by Britain’s biggest-selling newspaper The Sun, the initiative is part of a plan to tackle an NHS funding shortfall that is forecast to hit £30 billion ($48 billion) by 2020. NHS executives plan to ask the cash-strapped government for £8 billion, but the rest will have to come from savings, including reducing spending on weight-related illness. “Put bluntly, as the nation’s waistline keeps piling on the pounds, we’re piling on billions of pounds in future taxes just to pay for preventable illnesses,” the NHS said. Almost two thirds of English adults are overweight or obese, with low income groups …

    October 25, 2014 2:25 pm


  • Fournette leads punishing ground game as No. 24 LSU beats No. 3 Ole Miss

    BATON ROUGE, La. –  Leonard Fournette burst across the line of scrimmage and plowed violently into desperate Mississippi defenders, going down only after his facemask was partially ripped from his helmet. The run by the powerful freshman capped a stunning performance against a defense that had been exceedingly hard to run on this season, and set up Anthony Jennings’ touchdown pass to tight end Logan Stokes. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Fournette finished with 113 yards, and safety Ronald Martin’s interception of Bo Wallace’s pass on the LSU 1 with 2 seconds left sealed No. 24 LSU’s 10-7 victory over third-ranked Ole Miss on Saturday night. “This team wanted to make this night special and they did,” said LSU coach Les Miles, who led the Tigers (7-2, 3-2) out of the tunnel less than 24 hours after his 91-year-old mother, Martha, died. In addition, the youngest of Miles’ two sons, Ben, was hospitalized Friday night for a high …

    October 26, 2014 12:55 am

World News

  • Ukraine to vote in snap elections

    26 October 2014 Last updated at 02:55 Ukrainian voters are to go to the polls in snap elections for a new parliament. President Petro Poroshenko called the poll as he aims to cement a new direction for the country after the ousting of pro-Russian leaders earlier this year. But the vote will be overshadowed by a continuing conflict with pro-Russian rebels in the east. About 3m people in Donetsk and Luhansk regions will not vote. The separatists will hold their own polls next month. Another 1.8 million people in Crimea, annexed by Russia in March, will not take part. The vote also comes amid an energy crisis, with Russia cutting off gas supplies to Ukraine in June in a dispute over unpaid bills. Ukraine’s economy is collapsing, with GDP forecast to fall between 7 and 10% this year. Ukraine’s government hopes the elections will help stabilise the country, with pro-Russian parties considerably weakened by recent …

    October 26, 2014 12:55 am


  • Couch potatoes have killed the internet dream

    Earlier this year engineer Dr Craig Labovitz testified before the US House of Representatives judiciary subcommittee on regulatory reform, commercial and antitrust law. Labovitz is co-founder and chief executive of Deepfield, an outfit that sells software to enable companies to compile detailed analytics on traffic within their computer networks. The hearing was on the proposed merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable and the impact it was likely to have on competition in the video and broadband market. In the landscape of dysfunctional, viciously partisan US politics, this hearing was the equivalent of rustling in the undergrowth, and yet in the course of his testimony Labovitz said something that laid bare the new realities of our networked world. “Whereas internet traffic was once broadly distributed across thousands of companies,” he told the subcommittee, “we found that by 2009 half of all internet traffic originated in less than 150 large content and content-distribution companies. By May …

    October 26, 2014 1:36 am


  • Decrease of genetic diversity in the endangered Saimaa ringed seal continues

    Related images(click to enlarge) The critically endangered Saimaa ringed seal, which inhabits Lake Saimaa in Finland, has extremely low genetic diversity and this development seems to continue, according to a recent study completed at the University of Eastern Finland. In her doctoral dissertation, Mia Valtonen, MSc, analysed the temporal and regional variation in the genetic diversity of the endangered Saimaa ringed seal. The population is only around 300 individuals divided into smaller sub-populations and with very little migration among between them. The study developed a method allowing the identification of individual Saimaa ringed seals on the basis of a DNA sample, and showed that placentas collected from birth-lair sites are suitable for the genetic monitoring of the population. The data of the study comprised tissue samples taken from discovered carcasses of Saimaa ringed seals and placentas collected from birth-lair sites, as well as reference samples taken from Baltic ringed seals and Ladoga ringed seals. Lowest …

    October 25, 2014 9:52 pm


  • U.S. diplomat travels to West Africa as Ebola quarantine moves take hold

    NEW YORK (Reuters) – As the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations embarked on a trip to West Africa, new rules in three U.S. states mandating quarantine for health workers returning from the Ebola-stricken region drew criticism, even as some U.S. lawmakers called for a travel ban on the three worst-hit countries. Samantha Power, a member of President Barack Obama’s cabinet, left Washington on Saturday bound for Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Obama has resisted Republican calls for a travel ban on advice from health officials who say such a measure would be counter-productive. Along with New York and New Jersey, Illinois has now imposed quarantines for anyone arriving with a risk of having contracted Ebola in West Africa. But the first person isolated under the new rules called her treatment a “frenzy of disorganization.” Kaci Hickox, a nurse returning from Sierra Leone, arrived at Newark airport on Friday and was questioned by protective-gear clad …

    October 26, 2014 1:35 am


  • Reese Witherspoon Looks Like A Sexy Librarian!

    Posted on Fri Oct 24th, 2014 1:04pm PDT       By X17 Staff Grab your books, your library card and your knowledge of the Dewey decimal system because Reese Witherspooon looks like one sexy librarian! The mom of three turned heads when she donned a navy business casual ensemble in Beverly Hills on Thursday. Gotta love those slim pins! The Oscar winner opted for a patterned navy skirt, navy top and suede maroon heels for an afternoon of business meetings. The 36-year-old was wrapped up in a phone call but things seemed to be going along swimmingly on the other end — the blonde couldn’t stop smiling! The Southern girl has been busy as of late, making promotional appearances for her upcoming films, The Good Lie and Wild. Later this year, the actress is slated to appear in Inherent Vice, and next year will star in Don’t Mess With Texas.   SEE THE GALLERY Reese Witherspoon Looks Like …

    October 26, 2014 1:15 am


  • The Foxhole: Graham Nash on CSNY, the Hollies and the choosing of life over death

    In the fall of 1969, the members of rock’s newest super-group, CSNY – an improbable and highly combustible vehicle for the individual and collective genius of David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, and Neil Young – were settling into the San Francisco area, preparing to record their first album together. These loose sessions would produce the landmark record Déjà Vu (1970), later ranked # 148 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. Crosby, the nominal leader of the group, had set up digs in a rambling country house in Novato, thirty miles north of the city, with his two lovers, Christine Hinton and Debbie Donovan. Jerry Garcia, who would play pedal steel guitar on Nash’s pop classic, “Teach Your Children,” was a frequent visitor, as were other members of the Grateful Dead, who lived down the street. The sex, drugs, and freedom were highly intoxicating, and for the members of …

    October 25, 2014 1:10 am

Odd News

  • Florida man shoots 400-pound bear breaking into his house

    ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) – A Florida man shot and killed a 400-pound (180-kg) black bear after it broke into his house two nights in a row to get to a bag of dog food, a state wildlife officer said on Friday. “I felt in danger enough that since it wouldn’t leave I had to shoot it,” said Victor Peters of Lady Lake of the Wednesday night incident in a video interview posted online by the Orlando Sentinel. Killing a bear in Florida is illegal. Wildlife officer Greg Workman of the Florida Fish Wildlife Conservation said he expects to hand the case to prosecutors by early next week for their consideration at the completion of his investigation. “It sounds like he did what he could do to try to keep the bear from coming back,” Workman said. “We’re looking at all sides to make the best decision.” Bears and humans cross paths, occasionally fatally for the …

    October 24, 2014 9:26 pm