Headline News

  • Eric Frein search: Ambush suspect could be aided by dense woods


    BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. –  For a second night, authorities on Friday closed roads near a home where a suspect in the ambush killing of a Pennsylvania State Police trooper recently lived with his parents, and this time gunfire was reported in the area. The shots were fired around 6:40 p.m. Friday, a Monroe County 911 dispatcher said. State police told residents in the townships of Price and Barrett to stay inside and asked others not to travel to the area because of heavy police activity. About 20 people who couldn’t get back to their homes took refuge at the Barrett Township firehouse, said township supervisor Ralph Megliola. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The overwhelming police presence late Friday raised hopes that authorities were finally closing in on 31-year-old Eric Frein exactly one week after he allegedly opened fire on a state police barracks in rural northeastern Pennsylvania. Cpl. Bryon Dickson was killed and a second trooper was wounded …

    September 20, 2014 2:28 am
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Politics

  • Kansas Democrat asks court to require new U.S. Senate candidate


    KANSAS CITY Kan. (Reuters) – A Kansas Democrat has asked the state Supreme Court to order his party to name a new U.S. Senate candidate for the November election after the court ruled the name of a county prosecutor who withdrew must be removed from the ballot. Chad Taylor’s withdrawal is seen as boosting the candidacy of independent Greg Orman, who is trying to unseat Republican U.S. Senator Pat Roberts in a nationally watched race that could help decide which party controls the chamber. Republicans seeking to take control of the U.S. Senate have been counting on a Roberts victory. Taylor’s withdrawal leaves Roberts and Orman as the main candidates and a victory by the independent would hurt Republicans. David Orel, in a petition filed late Thursday and circulated by the court on Friday, asked the justices to compel Kansas Democrats to replace Taylor so he can vote for a candidate from his party. He …

    September 20, 2014 12:25 am
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Stocks

  • An Amazon-Alibaba deal? It’s possible


    Alibaba co-founder Jack Ma indicated Friday that he’s open to a joint venture with Amazon. Among other comparisons, Alibaba (BABA) is often likened to the Amazon (AMZN, Tech30) of China. But could the two internet giants be friends? Maybe. It’s a big maybe, but in an interview with Bloomberg News on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Friday, Alibaba co-founder and CEO Jack Ma said that he’d be open to a joint venture with the American e-commerce giant. “I would be interested in talking because as always, anything, anybody that involves helping small business we will feel excited,” Ma said. Related: Alibaba IPO means a big payday for Jack Ma That line wasn’t the clearest signal of open arms, but the prospect of an Alibaba-Amazon partnership got investors immediately giddy. After opening slightly down, Amazon shares shot up 2% Friday. While the market overall pulled back, Amazon is still up about that much …

    September 20, 2014 1:26 am
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Sports

  • Howard HR is only offense Phillies can muster against Lester in 3-1 loss to Athletics.


    OAKLAND, Calif. –  Ryan Howard was able to break through just once against the Oakland Athletics. His home run was the only dent Philadelphia made in the Phillies’ 3-1 loss to the Athletics on Friday night. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT “That’s how the game goes,” Howard said on a night the A’s hosted a fireworks display with a Star Wars theme. “The force was on their side.” Howard’s home run against Jon Lester in the fourth inning was just his second career hit against A’s pitching. It was also his NL-leading 32nd RBI against left-handed pitching. “I really don’t have an answer for that other than maybe he’s just focusing on pitches away a little bit more and driving those balls,” Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said. “Some of those home runs have been to center field and left-center field off the left-handed pitching.” Howard jumped on Lester’s first pitch of the frame for his 22nd homer, a …

    September 20, 2014 2:28 am
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World News

  • NFL boss sorry over abuse scandals


    19 September 2014 Last updated at 22:01 Goodell apologies for failing to deal to with domestic violence cases in the league The National Football League boss has said he “got it wrong” in dealing with the violence scandals that have plagued the American football league. In his first public statement in a week, Roger Goodell apologised for his mistakes and pledged to implement new personal conduct policies. “We strongly condemn and will punish behaviour that is totally unacceptable,” he said. He has faced calls to resign after a series of assaults involving players. But the commissioner said on Friday he had not considered stepping down and that he had the support of the team owners. “We will get our house in order,” he said at a press conference in New York. Mr Goodell announced the NFL plans to set up a new personal conduct committee and draft new rules for the league’s players and staff, …

    September 20, 2014 2:29 am
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Technology

  • Destiny review


    Framed in humourlessly portentous space opera, Halo’s illegitimate child, Destiny, has arrived. Your job is to restore Earth’s golden age of galactic colonisation by cleansing our solar system of the robotic and alien factions invading it. Naturally, this doesn’t involve diplomacy, so much as stalking vast tracts of landscape and gargantuan, cathedral-like underground mazes, where each new area is a fresh puzzle in crowd control with guns. Although much-touted, the presence of other players is fleeting unless you specifically get together in a fireteam or enter the Crucible, where you can finally shoot them. The upgrade system revolves around looting weapons and equipment from dead enemies, as well as completing special bounties. It looks, sounds and plays like Halo, with additional layers of character progression and a promise of new content to be released over the coming year. It’s not as ambitious as its PR puff claims, but it’s still a great shooter. ALSO OUT …

    September 20, 2014 12:26 am
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Science

  • Toward optical chips


    Chips that use light, rather than electricity, to move data would consume much less power — and energy efficiency is a growing concern as chips’ transistor counts rise. Of the three chief components of optical circuits — light emitters, modulators, and detectors — emitters are the toughest to build. One promising light source for optical chips is molybdenum disulfide (MoS2), which has excellent optical properties when deposited as a single, atom-thick layer. Other experimental on-chip light emitters have more-complex three-dimensional geometries and use rarer materials, which would make them more difficult and costly to manufacture. In the next issue of the journal Nano Letters, researchers from MIT’s departments of Physics and of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science will describe a new technique for building MoS2 light emitters tuned to different frequencies, an essential requirement for optoelectronic chips. Since thin films of material can also be patterned onto sheets of plastic, the same work could point …

    September 20, 2014 12:46 am
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Health

  • Hundreds of babies possibly exposed to TB at Texas Hospital


    (Reuters) – More than 700 newborns and 40 employees of a Texas hospital may have been exposed to a worker who had an active case of the sometimes-deadly tuberculosis, health officials said on Friday. The employee, working in a nursery at Providence Memorial Hospital in El Paso, interacted with patients for months before later being diagnosed with the disease, the El Paso Department of Public Health said. A total of 706 babies and 43 employees were possibly exposed to the infected worker between September 2013 and August 2014, the health department said. Health and hospital officials were working to contact the affected families and would provide screening and follow-up care free of charge. “TB is a serious but treatable disease that is spread through the air. Although TB is not easy to catch from another person, we want to be extra sure that your child is examined,” the health department said in a letter to …

    September 20, 2014 12:25 am
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Entertainment

  • Nicky Hilton is finally showing off her engagement ring


    Nicky Hilton pens a fashion book, gives away her wardrobe The famous heiress posted a photo to her Instagram from the romantic European vacation during which her longtime boyfriend, banker James Rothschild, popped the question in August. The Eiffel Tower is in the background, but the ring is front and center, right where it deserves to be. From the snap, it looks to be a gold band with a princess-cut center stone and a diamond on either side. Hilton captioned the photo “#engagementmoon in Paris #FlashbackFriday.” Steal the look: Nicky Hilton Hilton and Rothschild, who have been dating since 2011, roadtripped all over Europe to celebrate their anniversary this summer. Rothschild reportedly dropped to one knee to propose in Lake Como, Italy, a romantic spot favored by many in the Hollywood set, including George Clooney, who owns a villa and is rumored to be planning to hold his wedding there. “He took her out on …

    September 20, 2014 2:07 am
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Editorial

  • Hey, Martha, don’t become part of the ‘War on Women’ — Gwyneth’s Goop is a good thing


    FILE — July 17, 2013: American business magnate Martha Stewart pours powdered sugar onto blueberries while discussing recipes on the “Today” show in New York. (Reuters) Dear Martha, Please don’t join the “War on Women.”  Pardon the pun, but I have been stewing over the nasty comments you made recently about how Gwyneth, “… just needs to be quiet. She’s a movie star. If she were confident in her acting, she wouldn’t be trying to be Martha Stewart.”  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT We don’t need this. The only “War on Women” I have ever experienced is in attacks like yours on Gwyneth — not from men, but from other women!   As a fellow tall blonde entrepreneur, I, too, have been the recipient of other women going for my jugular for no reason (other than their own insecurity and jealousy) which is crushing and very damaging. This kind of behavior does not help women “strive to be entrepreneurial” as …

    September 20, 2014 12:26 am
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Odd News

  • Armed with banana, man robs Philadelphia store, slips away on bike


    PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – A man armed with a banana robbed a convenience store in Philadelphia and rode away on a bicycle with cash and cigarettes, a security surveillance tape showed. The suspect strolled into Tejada Grocery and got in line behind another customer at the counter, where individual bananas were available for sale, according to the tape of Tuesday’s robbery, which was released by police on Wednesday. As his turn at the cash register approached, the man stuffed a banana into the pocket of his hoodie and used it to simulate a gun. Police said the man demanded cash and cigarettes. The robber rode then away on a bicycle, surveillance video showed. Authorities, who did not say how much cash was taken, said the suspect was still being sought on Thursday. (Editing by Barbara Goldberg)

    September 20, 2014 12:46 am
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