Headline News

  • Police hunt for vandal who smashed Ten Commandments statue


    Oct. 24, 2014: The damaged remains of a Ten Commandments monument are gathered on the Oklahoma State Capitol grounds in Oklahoma City. (AP/Sean Murphy) OKLAHOMA CITY –  Someone drove up a ramp near the Oklahoma Capitol steps overnight and into a disputed granite monument of the Ten Commandments, smashing it to pieces in an apparent act of vandalism, authorities said. Oklahoma Highway Patrol Capt. George Brown said the person abandoned the car and fled the scene after destroying the monument Thursday night, and that investigators are searching the sedan for clues. He said he didn’t know if there were any witnesses, but that investigators are reviewing security video. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The 6-foot-tall monument was erected in 2012 with the blessing of Oklahoma’s conservative Legislature. The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma has been suing to have it removed, arguing that it violates the state constitution and could be seen as a state endorsement of a …

    October 24, 2014 12:57 pm
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Politics

  • Ratings Changes in Seven House Races, All Toward GOP


    By Nathan L. Gonzales Posted at 12:36 p.m. Oct. 24 0 Tweet Gibson looks an even safer bet in New York. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo) With less than two weeks to go before Election Day, we’re changing the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call ratings in seven House races. You can read more explanation in the Oct. 24 update for Rothenberg Political Report subscribers ($). Here are the races: California’s 24th District (Lois Capps, D) – From Safe Democrat to Favored Democratic Hawaii’s 1st District (Open; Colleen Hanabusa, D) – From Favored Democratic to Leans Democratic Illinois’ 12th District (Bill Enyart, D) – From Pure Tossup to Tossup/Tilts Republican Illinois’ 13th District (Rodney Davis, R) – From Leans Republican to Favored Republican Minnesota’s 8th District (Rick Nolan, DFL) – From Leans Democratic to Tossup/Tilts Democratic New York’s 19th District (Chris Gibson, R) – From Leans Republican to Favored Republican New York’s 21st District (Open; Bill Owens, …

    October 24, 2014 12:56 pm
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Stocks

  • Cable customers startled by ‘Emergency Alerts’


    Many ATT U-Verse customers across the country woke up to this emergency alert on their TVs. With the threats of Ebola and ISIS, Americans are arguably a bit on edge. So it probably didn’t help that many ATT U-Verse users saw a strange alert from the White House early Friday. Many U-Verse customers across the country woke up to the curious message on their TVs. It read “this is an Emergency Action Notification.” Viewers were forced to stay tuned to the channel. Customers were also saying that the alert stated it was requested by the White House regarding a national emergency. The message seems to have been sent in error. “We confirmed that there is no emergency at this time and we are investigating why this occurred,” said an ATT spokesperson. “We apologize for any inconvenience.” Local NBC station KXAN in Austin reported that the alerts were affecting people in cities like Atlanta, Austin, and …

    October 24, 2014 11:55 am
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Sports

  • Bruins captain Chara has torn ligaments in left knee; will miss 4-6 weeks


    BOSTON –  Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara tore a ligament in his knee and will miss four to six weeks. General manager Peter Chiarelli said the 2009 Norris Trophy winner will not need surgery on the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. Chiarelli said it was good news in that other ligaments in the knee would require a longer recovery. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Chara left Thursday night’s game against the Islanders in the first period, one shift after a collision with New York forward John Tavares. He did not appear injured at the time, but his teammates knew it was serious when the 6-foot-9 defenseman left the bench. The Bruins lost 3-2 to fall below .500 for the season and into a four-way tie for fifth place in the NHL’s Eastern Conference.

    October 24, 2014 12:57 pm
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World News

  • ‘Millions of Ebola vaccines’ in 2015


    24 October 2014 Last updated at 14:57 By James Gallagher Health editor, BBC News website Millions of doses of experimental Ebola vaccines will be produced by the end of 2015, the World Health Organization has announced. It said “several hundred thousand” would be produced in the first half of the year. And vaccines could be offered to health workers on the frontline in West Africa as soon as December 2014. However, the WHO cautioned that vaccines would not be a “magic bullet” for ending the outbreak. There is no proven cure or vaccine for Ebola. In response to the largest epidemic of the disease in history, the WHO is accelerating the process of vaccine development It normally takes years to produce and test a vaccine, but drug manufacturers are now working on a scale of weeks. In other developments Dozens of people are being monitored in Mali after the country confirmed its first case of …

    October 24, 2014 12:57 pm
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Technology

  • Hailo says Uber blocked investors


    24 October 2014 Last updated at 18:41 By Dave Lee Technology reporter, BBC News The Hailo taxi app is in fierce competition with Uber in several markets – but particularly London Taxi app Hailo has complained rival Uber is blocking potential investors from offering funding. Speaking to the BBC, Hailo chairman Ron Zeghibe alleged Uber would talk to potential investors only if they agreed not to invest in Hailo or other rivals. Hailo recently abandoned its business in North America, saying it could not compete with Uber’s “astronomical marketing spend”. Uber said it did not wish to respond to Mr Zeghibe’s remarks. However, other sources close to the taxi app industry said Uber was acting with “common sense” and protecting itself from having its ideas stolen. Uber recently secured $1.2bn (£750m) in funding, valuing the company at $18bn. Mr Zeghibe told the BBC: “[Uber] can spend money like drunken sailors.” He added: “In raising that …

    October 24, 2014 12:57 pm
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Science

  • NASA Seeks Ultra-lightweight Materials to Help Enable Journey to Mars


    NASA is seeking proposals to develop and manufacture ultra-lightweight materials for aerospace vehicles and structures of the future. Proposals will demonstrate lower-mass alternatives to honeycomb or foam cores currently used in composite sandwich structures. Composite sandwich structures are a special type of material made by attaching two thin skins to a lightweight core. This type of composite is used extensively within the aerospace industry and in other applications where reducing weight while maintaining structural strength is important. A common use for these sorts of composites is the shrouds for launch vehicles and other key technology components that will enable our journey to Mars. The goal of this Game Changing Development Program effort is to develop and demonstrate scalable and cost-effective manufacturing approaches to produce ultra-lightweight core materials both as flat panels and curved structures. The final products will have half or less the area density of conventional honeycomb cores, with equal or better mechanical properties. …

    October 24, 2014 1:17 pm
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Health

  • Doctor with Ebola in New York stable; nurse is virus-free


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Authorities retraced the steps of an American doctor with Ebola, who was listed Friday in stable condition at a New York hospital’s isolation unit, while seeking to reassure a jittery public that the threat from the virus was limited. Dr. Craig Spencer, 33, who was infected after working with Ebola patients in West Africa, on Thursday became the fourth person diagnosed with the disease in the United States and the first in its largest city. Spencer was awake and talking to family and friends on a cellphone, Dr. Mary Travis Bassett, New York’s health commissioner, said at a news conference. Meanwhile, Nina Pham, one of two nurses from a Dallas hospital infected with Ebola after treating the first patient diagnosed with the disease in the United States, was declared virus-free. She walked out smiling and unassisted from the Maryland hospital where she had been treated. The White House said President Barack …

    October 24, 2014 12:56 pm
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Entertainment

  • Justin Bieber Cries Into His Spagetti Over Selena And Orlando’s Blooming Romance


    Posted on Fri Oct 24th, 2014 8:10am PDT       By X17 Staff The grass is always greener, and it looks like The Biebs is learning that the hard way! Justin Bieber grabbed lunch at Giorgio Baldi in Santa Monica on Thursday, and the singer looked sad and clearly had something on his mind as he headed into the restaurant. It seems Selena Gomez and Orlando Bloom’s budding new romance is getting under JB’s tattooed skin! The smartest thing the “Come Get It” songstress ever did is give her bad boy beau a taste of his own medicine, because now he definitely appears love sick. The Canadian crooner has a weird power over the brunette beauty, though, and reports claim she’s already entertaining the idea of a reunion. “Selena and Justin are talking again. None of her friends think it’s a good idea but she’s taking his calls. She hasn’t said that she’s going to take him back …

    October 24, 2014 10:35 am
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Editorial

  • ‘Thank you, heavenly Father': Faith, Alzheimer’s and my husband Glen Campbell


    My husband, Glen Campbell, has stage 6 Alzheimer’s disease. Seven months ago, at the recommendation of his doctors, we placed him in a memory care facility close to our home in Nashville. It’s a community that’s designed specifically for the needs of those who have Alzheimer’s and dementia. They have all kinds of therapies and activities that stimulate parts of the brain affected by the illness. It’s a safe and secure environment where he receives around-the-clock care. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT It’s been good for him. He just seems more at peace there than he was at home, where he became increasingly agitated and frantic. He lives in a mental fog most of the time. He’s lost most of his language skills and has a hard time communicating. He still has moments of lucidity, though, and those moments let us know he’s still in there and that he’s the Glen we’ve always known. He can make short …

    October 24, 2014 12:56 pm
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Odd News

  • Romanian princess, husband sentenced for Oregon cockfighting ring


    PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) – A princess fifth in line for the Romanian throne and her husband who admitted running a cockfighting ring in rural Oregon have both sentenced to probation and ordered to forfeit $200,000 from the sale of the property, federal prosecutors said on Thursday. Irina Walker and her husband John Walker pleaded guilty in July to one count of running an illegal gambling operation with at a barn-like structure on their ranch in Irrigon, near the Washington state border, where they held cockfighting “derbies.” Prosecutors said the cockfighting events came complete with a chef cooking Mexican food and alcoholic drinks. They said the Walkers charged attendees $20, while participants paid $1,000 to enter up to five roosters in fights. As part of a plea agreement with prosecutors that saw additional charges dropped, the couple admitted to financing, supervising and owning the cockfighting venture during 2012 and 2013. They were each sentenced on Wednesday …

    October 23, 2014 4:54 pm
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