Headline News

  • Searchers say closing in on Pennsylvania police shooter suspect


    BLOOMING GROVE Pa. (Reuters) – Searchers found an assault rifle and ammunition hidden in the woods on the ninth day of a massive hunt for a man suspected of attacking two Pennsylvania state troopers, killing one of them, police said on Sunday. Police said they believe they are closing in on Eric Frein, 31, who they describe as a survivalist, in a rugged area of forests, boulders and caves in the Poconos Mountains of Pennsylvania, where he could easily hide from heat-seeking sensors in helicopters. Frein is the main suspect in the attack on the Blooming Grove state police barracks during a shift change on Sept. 12. Corporal Bryon Dickson, 38, died in the ambush and Trooper Alex Douglass, 31, was wounded. “Frein planned for months or maybe years; planned his attack and his retreat,” said Lieutenant Colonel Greg Bivens of the Pennsylvania state police at a news conference on Sunday. “We are pushing him …

    September 21, 2014 8:40 pm
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Politics

  • Campaign committees has $100 million on hand


    Follow the money. The two party committees tasked with electing House members are sitting on a combined $100 million pile of cash, suggesting voters in the handful of competitive districts will face an onslaught of late political advertising. The National Republican Congressional Committee on Saturday reported raising more than $4 million last month and banking almost $46 million. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee last week announced it raised more than $10 million and has almost $55 million ready to help its candidates. Democrats have now outraised the Republicans in 18 of the last 20 months despite long odds of tipping control of the chamber away from Republicans. Republicans are expected to hold onto their majority after November’s elections, when all 435 House seats are up for election. Redrawn congressional districts favor Republicans, and only a handful of seats are seen as competitive. At the same time, the party that holds the White House tends to …

    September 21, 2014 5:18 pm
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Stocks

  • Climate protesters to ‘flood’ Wall Street on Monday


    Activists say Wall Street Capitalism is fueling the climate crisis. Hundreds of environmental activists plan to “flood” Wall Street on Monday to protest the role Big Business plays in climate change. The #FloodWallStreet campaign is part of a series of demonstrations taking place this week as world leaders gather in New York for a climate change summit on Tuesday at the United Nations. The goal is to highlight “a financial system that’s perpetuating the climate crisis,” said Bessie Schwarz, a spokeswoman for the group behind the #FloodWallStreet campaign. Thousands of protesters took to the streets Sunday in New York as part of the People’s Climate March, which organizers said was the largest climate change demonstration ever. “One day after the biggest climate march ever, we plan to take this energy down to Wall Street,” said Schwarz, who was reached while taking part in Sunday’s protest. On Monday protesters will decry the “financial profiteering” they say …

    September 21, 2014 6:18 pm
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Sports

  • Seahawks win again as Lions and Giants pull surprises


    (Reuters) – Russell Wilson and the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks returned to winning ways with a thrilling 26-20 overtime victory over the Denver Broncos on Sunday in a heavily anticipated rematch of last season’s title game. Running back Marshawn Lynch bulldozed his way into the end zone from six yards out for the game-winning touchdown, ending a 13-play drive over 80 yards by the Seahawks that lasted almost six minutes. A week after suffering a surprise loss to the Chargers in the searing heat of San Diego, the Seahawks regained some of their champion swagger with a confident display on home turf for the first three quarters at CenturyLink Field. But the Broncos, who trailed 17-3 heading into the final quarter, staged a brilliant comeback with swarming defense and some pinpoint throwing by Peyton Manning to tie the score at 20-20 on a two-point conversion and take the game into overtime. Wilson threw …

    September 21, 2014 8:40 pm
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World News

  • New Christmas Island administrator to be former Liberal MP Barry Haase


    A retired Liberal backbencher has been appointed the new administrator of Christmas Island and Cocos Keeling Islands. Barry Haase will replace former ACT chief minister Jon Stanhope in the role. Stanhope has been outspoken on matters involving asylum seekers on Christmas Island since being appointed administrator in 2012. Haase begins the three-year appointment in October. He represented the federal seats of Kalgoorlie and Durack for 15 years and retired at the 2013 election.

    September 21, 2014 8:40 pm
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Technology

  • New Oculus virtual reality headsets: a watershed moment for gaming freaks


    I have seen the future, and I’m worried it’s really going to mess me up. Specifically, I have a cutting-edge virtual reality device, halfway between an old-fashioned Polaroid camera and a snorkel mask, strapped over my face. A few minutes in, I’m no longer sure whether I’m facing forwards, backwards, or simply crouching for dear life as a Tyrannosaurus Rex stomps down the cavernous, echoing hallway of an empty big-city museum – at night. I am, inexplicably, rooted to the spot, not running at full pelt, while T-Rex roars his terrible roar and slobbers his terrible slobber. And then he lurches forward to crush me underfoot. Back in the real word, which is to say no more than two feet away, I can hear my minder – my guide, my virtual reality goggle-strapper – laughing helplessly as I flinch and weave to dodge T-Rex’s pile-driver legs and his lethally wagging tail. “That one really got …

    September 21, 2014 5:18 pm
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Science

  • Graphene sensor tracks down cancer biomarkers


    Related images(click to enlarge) An ultrasensitive biosensor made from the wonder material graphene has been used to detect molecules that indicate an increased risk of developing cancer. The biosensor has been shown to be more than five times more sensitive than bioassay tests currently in use, and was able to provide results in a matter of minutes, opening up the possibility of a rapid, point-of-care diagnostic tool for patients. The biosensor has been presented today, 19 September, in IOP Publishing’s journal 2D Materials. To develop a viable bionsensor, the researchers, from the University of Swansea, had to create patterned graphene devices using a large substrate area, which was not possible using the traditional exfoliation technique where layers of graphene are stripped from graphite. Instead, they grew graphene onto a silicon carbide substrate under extremely high temperatures and low pressure to form the basis of the biosensor. The researchers then patterned graphene devices, using semiconductor processing …

    September 21, 2014 5:38 pm
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Health

  • Sierra Leone’s Ebola lockdown likely to be extended


    FREETOWN (Reuters) – Sierra Leoneans on Sunday celebrated the end of a three-day lockdown aimed at stemming the world’s worst ever Ebola epidemic, as authorities claimed the controversial operation had identified dozens of new infections and located scores of bodies. In the most extreme strategy employed by a nation since the epidemic began, Sierra Leone ordered its 6 million residents to stay indoors as volunteers circulated to educate households as well as isolate the sick and remove the dead. In the early evening, even before the lockdown officially ended at midnight, residents in some parts of the capital Freetown emerged onto the streets to sing and dance. Police in the western part of the city said they had made a number of arrests in an attempt to enforce the measure in its final hours. Earlier in the day, Stephen Gaojia, head of the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) that leads the national Ebola response, said a …

    September 21, 2014 5:18 pm
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Entertainment

  • Zoe Saldana Shows Off Her Pregnant Pole Dancing Skills With Hubby Marco Perego


    Posted on Sun Sep 21st, 2014 10:45am PDT       By X17 Staff They’re certainly not the shy types! Over the weekend, Zoe Saldana and her husband Marco Perego were at the airport in Washington D.C. when they decided to show off their pole dancing moves in one of its tram cars. She’s pretty good for an expecting mother! “Let’s do that again!!! Absolute boredom at #Dulles airport,” the 36-year-old actress wrote along with the video to her Instagram account. “#poledancing is difficult under these conditions Hahahaha.” The Guardians of the Galaxy star, who’s expecting twins, took some time to visit America’s capital with artist hubby, with the famous Smithsonian museum being one of their stops. These two clearly can have fun in any situation! Watch the hilarious video above!   Stories from around the Web

    September 21, 2014 9:00 pm
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Editorial

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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