Headline News

  • Inmate who escaped from Chicago federal lockup sentenced to 36-year term for bank robberies


    CHICAGO –  A bank robber who escaped from Chicago’s high-rise Metropolitan Correctional Center has been sentenced to 36 years in prison. In December 2012, Joseph Banks and an accomplice smashed a hole in a cell window and climbed down 20 stories using a rope fashioned from bed sheets. Banks was caught two days later on the city’s North Side. Kenneth Conley was captured two weeks later. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Banks escaped five days after he was convicted of armed robbery of two banks and attempting to rob two others in 2007 and 2008. Prosecutors say about $547,000 stolen in the robberies remain missing. In sentencing the 39-year-old Banks on Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer ordered him to pay $589,000 in restitution. The U.S. attorney’s office says Banks must serve 85 percent of his sentence.

    October 23, 2014 12:12 am
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Politics

  • Former Bellevue, Wash., official accused of stealing pro-gun campaign sign


    SEATTLE (Reuters) – A former City Council member in Bellevue, Washington, has been accused of stealing campaign signs urging voters to block the expansion of background checks for gun buyers in the state, police said on Wednesday. A police report said Margot Blacker, a longtime local fixture of the political left who served on City Council from 1989 to 1997, admitted taking the signs last week because she believed pro-gun groups had stolen her signs promoting tougher firearms laws. Blacker, 74, is a proponent of Initiative 594, a state ballot measure that would expand background checks on guy buyers to include private sales and transfers of weapons. The measure is expected to pass during the November election. The campaign signs she is accused of stealing urge a “yes” vote on an opposing measure, Initiative 591, which would bar the state from expanding background checks unless the federal government does so first. The Citizen’s Committee for …

    October 23, 2014 12:12 am
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Stocks

  • World Series strikes out with lowest Game 1 ratings in history


    The ratings for Game 1 of the World Series weren’t a home run. Game 1 of the 2014 World Series was no “royal” in terms of the ratings. Tuesday night’s opening game of the Major League Baseball World Series brought in 12.1 million viewers for Fox, making it the lowest rated game 1 and the fifth lowest rated World Series game of all time. The game, which saw the San Francisco Giants stomp the Kansas City Royals 7-1, rated a 3.4 among viewers aged 18 to 49, down 15% from last year’s Series, a match-up of the Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals. Alternatively, this year’s Series includes the small market Royals. They haven’t been in the World Series since “Back to the Future” was in theaters. Kansas City tuned in. Game 1 scored a huge 48.2 overnight in Kansas City. In San Francisco, however, it rated a 29.3 overnight. Related: Fall TV: the …

    October 22, 2014 11:09 pm
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Sports

  • Royals ride big sixth inning to Game 2 win, even World Series


    October 22, 2014: Kansas City Royals yell at San Francisco Giants pitcher Hunter Strickland after an exchange with Salvador Perez during the sixth inning of Game 2 of baseball’s World Series. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) Billy Butler’s single broke a 2-2 tie and drove in Lorenzo Cain with the first of five sixth-inning runs that helped the Kansas City Royals to a 7-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants that evened the World Series at a game apiece.  Butler’s hit off Jean Machi drove in his second run of the night before Salvador Perez lined a two-run double to the left-center wall to make the score 5-2 and Omar Infante homered into the left-field bullpen off Hunter Strickland. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT After Infante’s homer, Strickland started screaming and got into a confrontation with Perez as he crossed the plate. The dugouts emptied, but no punches were thrown and Strickland was replaced by Jeremy Affeldt. Ventura allowed two …

    October 23, 2014 12:12 am
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World News

  • Kazakhstan to offer caviar baths as luxury tourist attraction


    What to get the oligarch who has everything? How about a caviar spa experience on the shores of the Caspian Sea? The “black caviar spa for real gourmands,” is just one of the leisure options that will be on offer at Kazakhstan’s Kenderli resort, which is due to open its doors in a few years time. If a bath of fish eggs is not to your taste, “dances with seals” might just do the trick. These once-in-a-lifetime experiences are being touted to lure tourists to a part of Kazakhstan not familiar to the holiday hordes: the eastern shores of the Caspian Sea. If developers get their way, the luxury resort, costing $3.3 billion, will soon emerge out of the desert reports Tengri News. They expect that by 2020 over half a million tourists will visit every year, with foreigners should make-up over half of the numbers. Russia is considered the most promising market, but the …

    October 22, 2014 11:51 pm
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Technology

  • Apple dumps SSL 3.0 for push notifications due to POODLE flaw


    CNET Apple said Wednesday it will stop supporting the encryption standard Secure Socket Layer 3.0 for its push notifications service in response to a vulnerability identified earlier this month in the aging protocol. Apple announced on its developer site that it will switch on October 29 from SSL 3.0 to Transport Layer Security (TLS), SSL’s more modern, less vulnerable younger sibling. Disclosed earlier this month, the POODLE vulnerability allows encrypted information to be exposed by an attacker with network access. “Providers using only SSL 3.0 will need to support TLS as soon as possible to ensure the Apple Push Notification service continues to perform as expected,” Apple said in its bulletin. “Providers that support both TLS and SSL 3.0 will not be affected and require no changes.” To help developers test compatibility, Apple said it has already disabled SSL 3.0 in the development environment on its Provider Communication interface. POODLE, which stands for Padding Oracle …

    October 23, 2014 12:12 am
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Science

  • Fast modeling of cancer mutations


    Sequencing the genomes of tumor cells has revealed thousands of genetic mutations linked with cancer. However, sifting through this deluge of information to figure out which of these mutations actually drive cancer growth has proven to be a tedious, time-consuming process. MIT researchers have now developed a new way to model the effects of these genetic mutations in mice. Their approach, based on the genome-editing technique known as CRISPR, is much faster than existing strategies, which require genetically engineering mice that carry the cancerous mutations. “It’s a very rapid and very adaptable approach to make models,” says Thales Papagiannakopoulos, a postdoc at MIT’s Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research and one of the lead authors of the paper, which appears in the Oct. 22 online edition of Nature. “With a lot of these mutations, we have no idea what their role is in tumor progression. If we can actually understand the biology, we can then …

    October 23, 2014 12:32 am
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Health

  • U.S. tightens Ebola monitoring for West African visitors


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – The United States imposed new constraints on Wednesday on people entering the country from three nations at the center of West Africa’s Ebola epidemic, mandating that they report their temperature daily and stay in touch with health authorities. President Barack Obama expressed cautious optimism about the situation in the United States after meeting with his Ebola response coordinator, Ron Klain, and other top officials on Klain’s first day on the job since being named on Friday. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s new restrictions on travelers arriving from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea marked the latest precautions put in place by the Obama administration to stop the spread of the virus. The steps stopped short of a ban on travelers from those countries demanded by some lawmakers. Health authorities and the public have been on alert for Ebola since late September when a Liberian visiting Dallas, Texas became the …

    October 23, 2014 12:12 am
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Entertainment

  • - Justin Bieber Wears Bunches Of Bling, Rides In New $500K Rolls Royce For Dinner At Flavor Of India


    Posted on Wed Oct 22nd, 2014 9:35pm PDT       By X17 Staff Justin Bieber treated pal Lil Za to dinner at Flavor of India Wednesday night and X17online got the exclusive shots of the bad boys’ new half a million-dollar Rolls Royce Phantom! The Biebs is growing up and stepping up the swag factor with a $500K grown-up car. Looks like he’s left behind the hot box-mobile and traded it in for this lovely ride … and we don’t see Lil Za complaining! That’s not the only expensive purchase Justin’s made lately … check out the bling around his neck! Apparently being pop royalty afford you the equivalent of the palace jewels ’cause this boy just bought three over-the-top gold necklaces with rubies, diamonds and a sapphire. Bet that cost a pretty penny … Despite having all the money in the world, Bieber brought home doggy bags from the Beverly Hills restaurant. Waste not, want not! #munchies …

    October 22, 2014 11:51 pm
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Editorial

  • When Washington overlords (federal prosecutors) break rules, wreck lives


    President Obama and the recently resigned Attorney General Eric Holder. (Reuters) A group of Washington overlords — federal prosecutors — sometimes break rules and wreck people’s lives. President Obama may soon appoint one of them to be America’s next attorney general. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The prosecutorial bullying is detailed in a new book by Sidney Powell, “Licensed to Lie.” Federal prosecutors always have a big advantage over anyone they attack. She reports that the Department of Justice’s narcissistic and dishonest prosecutors destroy people by doing things like deliberately withholding evidence. Remember the Arthur Andersen accounting firm? It was killed off by ambitious prosecutors who claimed the company helped Enron commit accounting fraud and then shredded the evidence. But instead of charging people who allegedly ordered evidence destroyed, the DOJ indicted the entire company. That destroyed the accounting firm. Publicly traded companies cannot do business with companies under criminal investigation, so Andersen lost most of its clients. The …

    October 23, 2014 12:12 am
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Odd News

  • Woman who gouged her eyes in California sues over viral photo


    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A nurse at a Los Angeles hospital took a photo of a woman who gouged out her own eyes with pencils, and the patient sued the hospital and its administrators after the picture went viral on the Internet, her attorney said on Wednesday. The plaintiff, who is not named in the lawsuit, was treated at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center in 2012 after she tried to commit suicide by jamming the pencils through her eyes at another facility and was rushed to the hospital, her lawyer, Douglas Johnson, said. The injury left the woman blind, according to the lawsuit, filed on Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court. The as-yet unidentified nurse took the photograph of the patient with the “intact pencils sticking out of her eyes,” then shared the unauthorized picture with another person, who passed the image to Joshua Shivers, the lawsuit said. Shivers, in turn, used his mother’s computer …

    October 22, 2014 8:26 pm
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