Headline News

  • Texas boy, 4, takes loaded gun to school, authorities say


    SULLIVAN CITY, Texas –  Nobody has been hurt after a 4-year-old pre-kindergarten student took a loaded gun in his backpack to a South Texas elementary school. Officials with the La Joya Independent School District say a teacher confiscated the weapon and locked the gun in a safe until police arrived. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The incident happened Thursday at Rosendo Benavides Elementary School in Sullivan City. The boy mentioned the gun to other students, who then told a teacher. Police are speaking with the child’s relatives to determine how he acquired the gun, which had 15 bullets in the magazine but no rounds in the chamber. District police Chief Raul Gonzalez says investigators do not believe the boy planned to use the gun. School officials will consider any possible punishment for the child.

    October 24, 2014 10:55 am
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Politics

  • DSCC Raises $6.5 Million in Early October


    By Alexis Levinson Posted at 9:46 a.m. today 0 Tweet Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., is chairman of the DSCC. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo) In the first two weeks of October, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee edged the National Republican Senatorial Committee in fundraising, taking in $6.5 million to the NRSC’s $6.1 million. But the NRSC brought in more funds during that time if a $4 million transfer from the Republican National Committee is included in the total. The DSCC received a $1.5 million transfer from the Democratic National Committees. The DSCC also took a $10 million loan to help with the final two weeks of the midterms. That brings the DSCC’s total raised this cycle to $134.1 million. They ended the month with $7.8 million cash on hand. “Democrats are in strong position to hold the majority and we are excited about what’s happening across the country. Republicans like Joni Ernst, Cory Gardner, and Thom Tillis …

    October 24, 2014 8:52 am
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Stocks

  • Carl Icahn to Taj Mahal casino workers: I’m from the mean streets of Queens


    Carl Icahn could keep another Atlantic City casino from going out of business, but he might back out of the deal because union workers won’t give up their healthcare plan. The union can’t bully Carl Icahn. He’s from Queens! Or that’s what he said, anyway, in an open letter to the Local 54 union, which represents casino workers in Atlantic City, NJ, where four casinos have closed and 8,000 workers lost their jobs, just this year. “I grew up on the streets of Queens,” wrote Icahn, one of the best-known activist investors. “I learned to fight bullies and that was great training because I later built my fortune fighting the establishment — mostly CEOs and boards that I felt were taking advantage of the shareholders.” Icahn said he was going to invest $100 million in the Trump Taj Mahal, and save it from becoming the next casino to go out of business. However, he said …

    October 24, 2014 9:54 am
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Sports

  • Nets pick up options for Plumlee, Karasev


    Brooklyn, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – The Brooklyn Nets have picked up the third- year options on the contracts of forward/center Mason Plumlee and swingman Sergey Karasev. Terms of the deals were not disclosed Friday, but the options will keep the two second-year players under contract through the 2015-16 season. Plumlee was a first team All-Rookie selection last season after averaging 7.4 points and 4.4 rebounds in just 18.2 minutes over 74 games, 22 of which were starts. The Duke product was selected by the Nets with the 22nd overall pick of the 2013 NBA Draft. He was also a member of this summer’s USA men’s national basketball team that won a gold medal at the FIBA Basketball World Cup. Karasev joined the Nets on July 10 from Cleveland as part of a three-team trade. He was the 19th overall pick of the 2013 draft and last season averaged 1.7 points in 22 games with the Cavaliers. …

    October 24, 2014 10:55 am
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World News

  • Afghan newspapers blasphemy causes protests after rebuking Isis and Islam


    A newspaper columnist condemning Islamic State (Isis) and the Taliban triggered demonstrations in several Afghan cities on Friday, with protesters denouncing the article as blasphemous and calling on the government to punish the publication. In Kabul, a crowd of approximately 500 people, including clerics and several members of parliament, gathered in front of the Eid Gah Mosque, the city’s second largest house of worship. “The government must stop the people who insulted the prophet, the Qur’an and Islam, and prevent them from leaving the country,” said Fazl Hadi Wazin, an Islamic scholar at Salam University who spoke from the outdoor podium. In an opinion piece published last week in the English-language daily the Afghanistan Express, a journalist named AJ Ahwar admonished Muslims for remaining silent in the face of Isis and the Taliban. He also criticised Islam for not accepting other religions and minorities such as homosexuals and Hazaras, a Shia minority in Afghanistan. The …

    October 24, 2014 10:55 am
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Technology

  • David Hasslehoff zombie games, 3D printing and the Berlin Wall


    David Hasslehoff is busy. It seems like he is always busy. He has just flown into London, ostensibly as part of a promotional tour for his new iPhone game, Hoff Zombie Beach, but he has a lot of other stuff to promote too. In one 15-minute phone conversation, we cover enough ongoing projects to keep any mortal celebrity busy for years. But this is The Hoff. He doesn’t really do mortal. “I just got done a couple of days with Seth McFarlane on Ted 2,” he says breathlessly almost as soon as our call connects. “It’s a really funny bit – we both had a hand in writing it. It’s a very warped sense of humour, but it’s very funny.” His game, it turns out, has its origins three years ago when Sony asked the ex-Knight Rider and Baywatch star to appear in a trailer for the PlayStation title DanceStar Party. They wanted him to …

    October 24, 2014 8:53 am
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Science

  • Berkeley Lab study reveals molecular structure of water at gold electrodes


    Related images(click to enlarge) When a solid material is immersed in a liquid, the liquid immediately next to its surface differs from that of the bulk liquid at the molecular level. This interfacial layer is critical to our understanding of a diverse set of phenomena from biology to materials science. When the solid surface is charged, just like an electrode in a working battery, it can drive further changes in the interfacial liquid. However, elucidating the molecular structure at the solid-liquid interface under these conditions has proven difficult. Now, for the first time, researchers at the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have observed the molecular structure of liquid water at a gold surface under different charging conditions. Miquel Salmeron, a senior scientist in Berkeley Lab’s Materials Sciences Division (MSD) and professor in UC Berkeley’s Materials Science and Engineering Department, explains this in the context of a battery. “At an …

    October 24, 2014 9:13 am
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Health

  • Teens Who Dine With Their Families May Be Slimmer Adults


    FRIDAY, Oct. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) — For those teens who try to avoid spending time with their parents and siblings, new research suggests that sitting down for family meals might help them stay slim as adults. Despite everyone’s busy schedules, researchers found that just one or two gatherings around the kitchen table each week were well worth the effort. “There are numerous distractions that could keep families from having family meals. However, this study shows that even trying to have a few family meals a week could be beneficial for guarding against overweight and obesity in adulthood,” noted study author Jerica Berge, an assistant professor in the department of family and community medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School, in Minneapolis. Using data from a 10-year study involving more than 2,000 teenagers, the researchers examined variables that could affect young people’s weight, such as diet and physical activity. The teens were asked how …

    October 24, 2014 8:52 am
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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

  • How faith brought Jackie Robinson to the big leagues


    FILE: From left, Brooklyn Dodgers baseball players John Jorgensen, Pee Wee Reese, Ed Stanky and Jackie Robinson pose at Ebbets Field in New York on April 15, 1947. (AP) When Travis Ishikawa smashed the home run that put the San Francisco Giants into the World Series last week, many baseball fans flashed back to what may have been the most dramatic home run ever. That was “The Shot Heard ’Round the World,” aka “The Miracle of Coogan’s Bluff,” that the late Bobby Thomson hit in 1951. Thomson played for the same franchise (the then-New York Giants) and his walk-off blast, like Ishikawa’s, was hit with two men on base in the bottom of the ninth inning and put the Giants into the Series. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Yet I was struck by another connection to Thomson’s dramatic home run 63 years ago: the famous image of a dejected second baseman named Jackie Robinson, his hands on his hips, …

    October 24, 2014 8:53 am
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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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