Headline News

  • Daughter of slain Ohio officer gets police escort to school on 1st day of kindergarten


    AKRON, Ohio –  The daughter of a slain Ohio officer has received a police escort to school on her first day of kindergarten. Thirty-two-year-old Akron police Officer Justin Winebrenner was off-duty and unarmed in November when he was shot to death after helping get an unruly customer out of a pub. Officers from several departments showed up Thursday morning to support 5-year-old Charlee on her first day of school at Turkeyfoot Elementary in New Franklin. Charlee’s mother and grandparents walked her into the building. The two cruisers that Winebrenner used on patrol were parked outside the school. The girl smiled when she saw the officers lined up outside school for her. Rob Winebrenner says his son’s fellow officers have promised to always be there for Charlee.

    August 28, 2015 11:45 am
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Politics

  • Democratic Senator Carper pledges support for Iran nuclear deal


    WASHINGTON U.S. Senator Tom Carper, a Democrat from Delaware, said on Friday that he will support the nuclear deal with Iran. “This is a good deal for America and our allies, including Israel, one of our closest allies. And, oh yes. It beats the likely alternative – war with Iran – hands down,” Carper wrote in an opinion piece published in The News Journal of Delaware on Friday. (Reporting by Lisa Lambert; Editing by Susan Heavey)

    August 28, 2015 10:45 am
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Stocks

  • Stocks: Wild ride not over yet


    The wild ride for stocks may not be over yet. The Dow fell 60 points at the open on Friday, capping off a week that experienced some of the biggest swings ever for U.S. stocks. It all started with China. Investors are trying to figure out just how badly China’s economy is doing — and how much it will reverberate elsewhere. China is the world’s second-largest economy. Its explosive growth in the last two decades has been an engine of growth for the world, especially its enormous appetite for raw materials. But that story has been completely derailed by China’s slowdown. The uncertainty has roiled China’s stock market and now markets around the world. Here are highlights of Wall Street’s roller coaster ride this week. Monday: Historic 1,000-point plunge Within minutes after the opening bell, the Dow plummeted an unprecedented 1,089 points on Monday. It was the largest point loss ever during a trading day, …

    August 28, 2015 10:45 am
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Sports

  • Mariners fire general manager Jack Zduriencik


    SEATTLE (AP) The Seattle Mariners have fired general manager Jack Zduriencik after seven disappointing seasons during which the club failed to end its playoff drought. Team President Kevin Mather announced the decision to fire Zduriencik on Friday. Assistant general manager Jeff Kingston will take over on an interim basis. Zduriencik came to Seattle before the 2009 season, arriving from Milwaukee as one of the top talent evaluators in baseball. But Seattle missed too often both in player development through the draft and in free agency under Zduriencik’s watch. Seattle had just two winning seasons during Zduriencik’s tenure. The Mariners entered this season expected to end a 14-year playoff drought, but instead the club has floundered and began Friday 10 games under .500 and 12 games behind Houston in the AL West.

    August 28, 2015 11:45 am
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World News

  • Two Virginia journalists ‘shot in head’


    The two journalists shot dead in Virginia this week were shot in the head, officials have said. Both of their causes of death are listed as homicides by the Virginia medical examiner’s office. Alison Ward suffered gunshot wounds to the head and chest while Adam Ward died from gunshot wounds to the head and torso. It is not yet clear how many times Parker and Ward were shot during the attack on Wednesday. Parker and Ward both worked for WDBJ in Roanoke, Virginia, and were shot while broadcasting by a former employee of their station. Vester Flanagan later died from self-inflicted gunshot wounds. He had claimed staff had mistreated him during his time there. Image caption A memorial has popped up in front of the plaza where the shooting occurred During Friday morning’s broadcast on WDBJ, anchor Kim McBroom said it was “another tough morning for us, but we’re soldiering on”. Two days after the …

    August 28, 2015 11:45 am
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Technology

  • The Looming Problem That Could Kill Bitcoin


    The way things are going, the digital currency Bitcoin will start to malfunction early next year. Transactions will become increasingly delayed, and the system of money now worth $3.3 billion will begin to die as its flakiness drives people away. So says Gavin Andresen, who in 2010 was designated chief caretaker of the code that powers Bitcoin by its shadowy creator. Andresen held the role of “core maintainer” during most of Bitcoin’s improbable rise; he stepped down last year but still remains heavily involved with the currency (see “The Man Who Really Built Bitcoin”). Andresen’s gloomy prediction stems from the fact that Bitcoin can’t process more than seven transactions a second. That’s a tiny volume compared to the tens of thousands per second that payment systems like Visa can handle—and a limit he expects to start crippling Bitcoin early in 2016. It stems from the maximum size of the “blocks” that are added to the …

    August 28, 2015 11:05 am
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Science

  • Scientists identify possible key in virus, cancer research


    Florida State University researchers have taken a big step forward in the fight against cancer with a discovery that could open up the door for new research and treatment options. Fanxiu Zhu, the FSU Margaret and Mary Pfeiffer Endowed Professor for Cancer Research, and his team uncovered a viral protein in the cell that inhibits the major DNA sensor and thus the body’s response to viral infection, suggesting that this cellular pathway could be manipulated to help a person fight infection, cancer or autoimmune diseases. They named the protein KicGas. “We can manipulate the protein and/or the sensor to boost or tune down the immune response in order to fight infectious and autoimmune diseases, as well as cancers,” Zhu said. The study was published today in the journal Cell Host and Microbe. Zhu leads a research team investigating how DNA viruses can cause cancer, a major focus of researchers worldwide. About 15 percent of human …

    August 28, 2015 10:05 am
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Health

  • Sleep-deprived kids are more tempted by food


    (Reuters Health) – Children who don’t get enough sleep might be more tempted by food, a new study suggests. Five-year-olds who slept less than 11 hours a night were more eager to eat at the sight or reminder of a favorite snack, compared to those who slept longer, researchers reported in the International Journal of Obesity. The children who slept less than 11 hours at night also had a higher body mass index – a measure of weight in relation to height – than those who slept 11 hours or more. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends 11 to 12 hours of sleep for pre-school children. “There is now accumulating evidence in both children and adults to suggest that short or insufficient sleep increases reward-driven (‘hedonic’) eating,” said Laura McDonald, the study’s lead author and a researcher at University College London, in email to Reuters Health. “This is, of course, a concern,” she …

    August 28, 2015 10:25 am
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Entertainment

  • Miley Cyrus Explains Her Raunchy 2013 VMAs Performance


    It was definitely something that nobody forgot! Miley Cyrus is gearing up to host the MTV VMAs this Sunday, and she recently chatted with the New York Times about her now infamous performance at the 2013 award show with Robin Thicke. “Everything I’ve ever done has been true to me at that minute. Even down to [Hannah Montana] — when I started I was 12 years old, and that was like a dream to me. So that was my truth at that moment. Me coming out of that teddy bear, to me, wasn’t just a teddy bear. My dad always explained it to me that you step into your happiness. That’s kind of like what I was doing. When I broke down the bear belly, I was really breaking out — my show ended, and then I didn’t really work for two years. That’s when I did my most self-exploration. [The performance] was kind of …

    August 28, 2015 11:45 am
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Editorial

  • What if Hillary Clinton has been pulling the wool over our eyes for years?


    What if former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been pulling the wool over our eyes for years? What if, while she was secretary of state, she ran two secret wars, one in Libya and one in Syria? What if there already were wars in each of those countries, so she used those wars as covers for her own? What if President Obama gave permission for her to do this? What if the president lacks the legal authority to authorize anyone to fight secret wars? What if she obtained the consent of a dozen members of Congress from both houses and from both political parties? What if those few members of Congress who approved of her wars lacked the legal authority to authorize them? What if her goal was to overthrow two dictators, one friendly to the U.S. and one not? What if the instruments of her war did not consist of American military …

    August 28, 2015 1:23 am
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Odd News

  • Devil to pay: Taiwan to launch softer than soft porn-star metro cards


    TAIPEI Taiwan will roll out “angel” and “devil” metro cards featuring a Japanese porn star next week, despite a public outcry and a previous decision to scrap the project. Japanese adult film actress Yui Hatano will appear on a limited-edition charity series of Taiwan EasyCards, which users swipe to enter metro stations and buy goods at convenience stores. “We will issue the ‘devil’ edition Yui Hatano cards beginning September 1 as originally planned,” EasyCard Corp said in a statement, referring to the sexier of the two cards. The softer “angel” cards will be released after a change in theme after hearing “input from various parties”, it said. “We expect to launch the ‘angel’ edition cards in mid-September, following a redesign.” EasyCard had previously announced it would halt the roll-out following an angry public reaction. Taipei mayor Ko Wen-je said in a statement he didn’t know what motivated recently appointed EasyCard chairman Tai Chi-chuan to “make …

    August 28, 2015 2:23 am
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