Headline News

  • Mother who shot her 3 children at her New Jersey home, killing 2, dies from her injuries


    TABERNACLE, N.J. –  A New Jersey mother who authorities say shot all three of her children, killing two, before turning the gun on herself has died from her injuries. State police say 44-year-old Jeannine LePage died Sunday morning, three days after the shootings occurred at a home in Tabernacle. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Authorities say LePage used a handgun that had been purchased legally and was in the family for decades. They say she used a pillow to muffle any noise so five other relatives who lived in the home wouldn’t hear what was happening. Authorities have not said what may have prompted LePage to shoot her children. Fourteen-year-old Nicholas Harriman and 8-year-old Nadia were killed. Their 11-year-old brother, Alexander, was wounded and remains hospitalized in “extremely critical condition.”

    November 23, 2014 12:39 pm
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Politics

  • Obama to Republican critics on immigration: ‘Pass a bill’


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama shrugged off criticism of his executive action on immigration with a challenge to House of Representatives Republicans: if you don’t like it, do something. Obama was asked in an interview broadcast on Sunday about House Speaker John Boehner’s assertion that he was acting like an emperor in using executive powers to tackle the issue of the 11 million immigrants living in America without documents. “Well, my response is pass a bill,” Obama said in the interview with ABC’s “This Week” taped on Friday. “Congress has a responsibility to deal with these issues and there are some things that I can’t do on my own.” Obama announced on Thursday he was easing the threat of deportation for millions of undocumented immigrants. His measures include allowing some 4.4 million people who are parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents and who have been in the country for five years …

    November 23, 2014 12:39 pm
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Stocks

  • All eyes on oil: What will OPEC do this week?


    Low gas prices have beaten up energy stocks but the sector is a key one to watch. While Americans are chomping down on turkey and pie this week, everyone involved in the energy world will be closely watching the Thanksgiving Day meeting of the OPEC in Vienna, Austria. Oil prices have tumbled dramatically in recent weeks. Oil now trades below $80 a barrel and most Americans can buy gas for their cars for under $3 a gallon. The question is how OPEC will respond. So far, energy producing nations and companies haven’t scaled back product even though it’s pretty clear there’s an over supply of oil on the world market. Experts who follow OPEC and the oil market closely are evenly split over in their bets on whether OPEC will vote to cut product. It will almost certainly come down to Saudi Arabia, which has refused to scale back production because it wants to squeeze …

    November 23, 2014 9:37 am
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Sports

  • In the FCS Huddle: UNH, NDSU 1-2 in FCS playoffs


    (SportsNetwork.com) – Even on the day his New Hampshire football team became the nation’s top-ranked team two weeks ago, coach Sean McDonnell conceded something about the team they replaced at No. 1, North Dakota State. “They’re the best team in the country,” McDonnell said. Top-ranked New Hampshire earned the No. 1 seed for the 24-team NCAA Division I Football Championship on Sunday, but North Dakota State would appear to be the team to beat heading into the playoffs. The No. 2 Bison, also seeded No. 2, have won the last three FCS national titles and are chasing an unprecedented fourth in a row. Along the way to their title three-peat a year ago, NDSU defeated New Hampshire by 38 points in the national semifinals at the Fargodome. As the top seeds this season, both teams would play at home through the semifinals. The FCS championship game will be played on Jan. 10 in Frisco, Texas. …

    November 23, 2014 12:39 pm
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World News

  • New computer spying bug discovered


    23 November 2014 Last updated at 18:32 Article written by Rory Cellan-Jones Technology correspondent More from Rory Follow Rory on Twitter Symantec researchers likened the bug to Stuxnet, a computer worm that targeted Iran’s nuclear program A leading computer security company says it has discovered one of the most sophisticated pieces of malicious software ever seen. Symantec says the bug, named Regin, was probably created by a government and has been used for six years against a range of targets around the world. Once installed on a computer, it can do things like capture screenshots, steal passwords or recover deleted files. Experts say computers in Russia, Saudi Arabia and Ireland have been hit most. It has been used to spy on government organisations, businesses and private individuals, they say. Researchers say the sophistication of the software indicates that it is a cyber-espionage tool developed by a nation state. They also said it likely took months, …

    November 23, 2014 1:00 pm
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Technology

  • Vine shifts from comedy clips to a valid journalistic tool


    Just before Channel 4 News’s chief correspondent Alex Thomson set off on a reporting assignment to Ebola-hit Sierra Leone earlier this month, one of the show’s digital producers pulled him aside and suggested he should “do some Vines” while he was there. “I looked at him blankly,” says Thomson. “Images of vineyards floated into my head.” Vine is a video sharing app that allows a user to film and edit six-second clips, which loop continuously, and post them online. It launched in June 2012 and was bought by Twitter in October the same year. It now claims 100 million people are watching Vines each month. Although it is still mainly used for visual gags and comedy – France’s Jerome Jarre, for example, has more than 7 million followers and has turned comedy “Vining” into a career – Vine is becoming an increasingly popular journalistic reporting tool. In recent months Vines have been used to report …

    November 23, 2014 12:39 pm
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Science

  • Unique sense of ‘touch’ gives a prolific bacterium its ability to infect anything


    Related images(click to enlarge) New research has found that one of the world’s most prolific bacteria manages to afflict humans, animals and even plants by way of a mechanism not before seen in any infectious microorganism — a sense of touch. This unique ability helps make the bacteria Pseudomonas aeruginosa ubiquitous, but it also might leave these antibiotic-resistant organisms vulnerable to a new form of treatment. Pseudomonas is the first pathogen found to initiate infection after merely attaching to the surface of a host, Princeton University and Dartmouth College researchers report in the journal the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. This mechanism means that the bacteria, unlike most pathogens, do not rely on a chemical signal specific to any one host, and just have to make contact with any organism that’s ripe for infection. The researchers found, however, that the bacteria could not infect another organism when a protein on their surface known …

    November 23, 2014 1:00 pm
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Health

  • Pregnant Egyptian woman dies of H1N1 swine flu: health ministry


    CAIRO (Reuters) – An Egyptian woman who was six months pregnant has died of H1N1 swine flu, five days after being admitted to hospital, a health ministry spokesman said on Sunday. The 31-year-old woman, who was not named, was admitted on Nov. 18 with flu-like symptoms and was placed in intensive care when she did not respond to treatment, Hossam Abdel Ghaffar said. “We thought it was bird flu, but she tested positive for the H1N1 flu instead,” Ghaffar said. Two people died from bird flu in Egypt in the past week. (Reporting By Mahmoud Mourad and Ali Abdelatti; Writing by Shadi Bushra; Editing by Jon Boyle)

    November 23, 2014 12:39 pm
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Entertainment

  • Miley Cyrus And Her Multicolored Outfit Celebrate Her 22nd Birthday


    Posted on Sun Nov 23rd, 2014 9:40am PDT       By X17 Staff Guess her fashion sense is still all over the place! Last night, Miley Cyrus stepped out to celebrate her 22nd birthday and opted to wear a kaleidoscopic ensemble while letting loose with a host of friends at Factory Nightclub in West Hollywood for her very own Beacher’s Madhouse party. The singer was accompanied by new boyfriend Patrick Schwarzenegger, brother Braison and other friends including Gigi Hadid and Cody Simpson at the Hollywood hotspot which was decorated with sex toys all throughout. In fact, there was a mechanical dildo instead of a mechanical bull you could ride. Wow! So even despite her new relationship, she’s still the same ol’ Miley!   SEE THE GALLERY Miley Cyrus Parties It Up For Her 22nd Birthday Stories from around the Web

    November 23, 2014 12:19 pm
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Editorial

  • I’m thankful our country is still a refuge and the land of opportunity


    When I was 7 years old, my family and I landed at JFK Airport in New York City with $90 in our pocket, a few suitcases stuffed with what little we could carry and no idea of what to expect next.  We came here because we were fleeing a totalitarian regime, because generations of our family had been oppressed simply for existing and because the United States was a beacon for our hopes and aspirations, as it has been for millions of others around the globe. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The people literally dying to come here now do not believe that our best days are behind us. My paternal grandfather was sent to Soviet gulag in the prime of his life because he was a religious Jew who refused to work on Saturdays and, possibly, because some of his siblings had fled to France several years after the Russian revolution.  He spent years working as a …

    November 22, 2014 8:21 am
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Odd News

  • Lost kitten from New Mexico turns up in duffel bag in Maine


    ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) – An Albuquerque cat owner can sleep easier now that the kitten that went missing last month will be home for the holidays, despite a mysterious 2,300-mile side trip to Maine. Patsy Murphy, who runs an animal refuge center in Westbrook, Maine, said the kitten, named Spice, was brought to her shelter on Nov. 11 by a man who found the feline in a duffel bag while unloading furniture at a local Catholic charity. “This is a very odd story, we wish she could tell us what happened,” Murphy said of the kitten, which was found inside the bag with food and kitty litter. Murphy said Maine resident Bob Watterson brought the kitten home on Nov. 5, and cared for it for six days before he turned it over to the animal refuge, which found a microchip in the cat that could identify it. Murphy was shocked when the cat was traced …

    November 21, 2014 8:31 pm
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