Headline News

  • Murder trial underway for man who evaded capture for 68 days

    BANGOR, Maine –  Prosecutors say a Maine man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend and then evading capture for two months acted out of jealousy. But a defense lawyer says Robert Burton never intended to kill Stephanie Gebo, and that they struggled over her gun after she shot at him. Burton’s murder trial got underway Monday in Bangor. He’s charged with fatally shooting the single mother of two at her home in Parkman in June 2015. Police say Gebo feared Burton and slept with a gun under her pillow after they broke up. The 40-year-old from Abbot had eluded capture by roaming the woods near where he grew up. He turned himself in August 2015. He had been on the run for 68 days, the longest manhunt in state history.

    September 25, 2017 12:42 pm


  • Republicans revise Obamacare repeal bill amid tepid support

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. senators made a last-ditch effort on Monday to secure support for the latest Republican attempt to repeal former President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law, releasing revised legislation to appeal to undecided senators. The bill had faced possible defeat this week as several senators in the party voiced concerns. The Senate is up against a Saturday deadline for deciding the fate of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, because of an expiring rule that lets the Republican healthcare legislation pass with just a simple 51-vote majority, instead of the 60-vote threshold needed for most measures. Republicans, who control the Senate 52-48, were finding it difficult even to clear that lower hurdle. The Senate Finance Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on Monday in an attempt to build support for the bill and to tamp down Democratic criticism that the measure has not been thoroughly vetted. Republican senators leading …

    September 25, 2017 9:59 am


  • Major US Indices, Forecast for The Week of September 25, 2017, Technical Analysis

    SP 500 The SP 500 went back and forth during the week, essentially hovering around the 2500 level. The candle is less than impressive, but quite frankly I think it any pullback will simply offer a buying opportunity for those who have missed the most recent bullish breakout. The 2500 level has a certain amount of psychological importance to it, but at the end of the day, I think if we can break above the top of the candle for the week the market should continue to go much higher. Pullbacks offer value, and I believe that given enough time the market will then go to the 2550 handle above… Read More Dow Jones 30 The Dow Jones 30 initially tried to rally during the course of the week but did find a bit of resistance above. Alternately, we ended up forming a bit of a shooting star, but I think that this portends a …

    September 25, 2017 10:00 am


  • Barnwell: Seasons that changed over 23 minutes of Week 3 madness

    9:15 AM ET Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment Sunday was one of the most exciting afternoons in the still-maturing history of the NFL RedZone channel. Five close games were decided over the course of 23 minutes of real time, and while that doesn’t sound like much, it was enough time to change our perceptions of teams. The Giants looked like a team that had battled to save their season, only to miss out to a 61-yard field goal. Matthew Stafford looked to have launched yet another dramatic fourth-quarter comeback and pushed his Lions to 3-0, only to be stopped inches short of the end zone. The Patriots saved a week of think pieces with a magical drive to beat the Texans, who might actually have beaten themselves. Everyone has a different definition of exciting, but one useful measure is what ESPN’s Brian Burke refers to as the Excitement Index, which is simply …

    September 25, 2017 10:00 am

World News

  • Global accounting firm Deloitte reports hack of internal emails

    Sept. 25 (UPI) — London-based accountant, tax consultant and cybersecurity firm Deloitte LLP reported a hack of its internal emails on Monday. The company, one is of the global “Big Four” of the accounting business, said in a statement that it was successfully targeted by a cyberattack, giving hackers access to data from its emails. It said “very few” customers were affected, and added that customers and government agencies were notified. The emails of 244,000 Deloitte employees, worldwide, were stored on Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform. The hack was first discovered in March, but Deloitte believes the cyberattack may have occurred as early as October 2016, the Guardian reported Monday. It added that sources said access to information came through an “administrator’s account” which provided access to all areas of Deloitte’s data. The account required only a single password to enter. The breach was focused on data in the United States and analysts in Deloitte’s Rosslyn, …

    September 25, 2017 12:42 pm


  • Deloitte hit by cyber-attack revealing clients’ secret emails

    One of the world’s “big four” accountancy firms has been targeted by a sophisticated hack that compromised the confidential emails and plans of some of its blue-chip clients, the Guardian can reveal. Deloitte, which is registered in London and has its global headquarters in New York, was the victim of a cybersecurity attack that went unnoticed for months. One of the largest private firms in the US, which reported a record $37bn (£27.3bn) revenue last year, Deloitte provides auditing, tax consultancy and high-end cybersecurity advice to some of the world’s biggest banks, multinational companies, media enterprises, pharmaceutical firms and government agencies. The Guardian understands Deloitte clients across all of these sectors had material in the company email system that was breached. The companies include household names as well as US government departments. So far, six of Deloitte’s clients have been told their information was “impacted” by the hack. Deloitte’s internal review into the incident is …

    September 25, 2017 10:00 am


  • Collider serves up drop of primordial soup

    Tiny drop: PHENIX and reconstructed particle tracks from a QGP A tiny drop of an exotic ultra-hot “soup” that permeated the universe for an instant immediately after the Big Bang appears to have been created in collisions between gold nuclei and deuterons at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) at Brookhaven National Lab in the US. Evidence that a quark–gluon plasma (QGP) may be generated even in collisions involving very light nuclei such as the deuteron first emerged five years ago from data at the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva. But the new RHIC results push this evidence to record-low collision energies, which should help physicists better understand how a QGP forms and evolves. A quark–gluon plasma (QGP) occurs at a temperature about 100,000 times that at the centre of the Sun. Protons and neutrons “melt” into an unbounded mass of quarks and their force-carrying particles, gluons. This extreme state of matter is believed to …

    September 22, 2017 8:49 pm


  • Cancer patients should check drug list with pharmacist

    (Reuters Health) – Cancer patients receiving chemotherapy should have all their medications and herbal supplements reviewed by a pharmacist who specializes in cancer therapy, researchers say. More than half the patients in a recent study reported taking prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs or herbal supplements along with chemotherapy, and roughly one in six patients were using products that put them at risk for potentially harmful drug interactions. “Patients with cancer frequently use herbal supplements and other medications,” said lead study author Dr. Allan Ramos-Esquivel of the University of Costa Rica in San Jose. “These patients are at high risk of herb-drug interactions and drug-drug interactions,” he told Reuters Health. Ramos-Esquivel and colleagues surveyed 149 newly diagnosed cancer patients about prescription or over-the-counter drugs and herbal supplements they were taking as they started on new anti-cancer therapies. Working with a clinical pharmacist, the researchers identified 36 potential interactions in 26 patients, or 17 percent. The researchers then …

    June 30, 2017 4:21 pm


  • Greta Van Susteren exiting MSNBC after six months

    June 30 (UPI) — Greta Van Susteren is exiting MSNBC after the news anchor joined the network in January after departing Fox News. “I’m out at MSNBC,” Van Susteren wrote on Twitter Thursday to announce her exit. Her husband Jon Coale noted to CNN, “They let her go,” and added, “We’re working out contract issues now.” “We have enjoyed having her on our air and we’re thankful to her and the show team,” MSNBC president Phil Griffin said in a memo. Van Susteren hosted For the Record on MSNBC in the 6 p.m. slot which will soon be filled by the network’s chief legal correspondent and weekend host Ari Melber in July. I am out at MSNBC – — Greta Van Susteren (@greta) June 29, 2017 A 25-year cable news veteran, Van Susteren hosted On the Record with Greta Van Susteren on Fox News for 14 years and previously worked as a legal analyst and …

    June 30, 2017 8:29 am


  • Gov. Bevin: Forget liberal media spin, Trump can tout lots of accomplishments on Tuesday night

    I was in Washington, D.C. this weekend attending a meeting of the National Governors Association. On February 28, a day after our meetings conclude, President Trump will address a joint session of Congress. Despite an unprecedented level of criticism from the largely liberal media, much of it unwarranted and unfair, the president will have many impressive accomplishments to talk about during his speech. Many of these will have direct, positive impacts in my home state of Kentucky and throughout the United States.  For example, President Trump signed a bill that will roll back the Obama administration’s last minute “stream protection rule.” Though the rule was given a name that sounds beneficial, it would have escalated the “war on coal” resulting in the elimination of tens of thousands of coal mining jobs. Many of the so-called protections in the rule were already addressed by sections of the Clean Water Act. What’s more, the Obama Department of the Interior failed to adequately consult with states while drafting the rule. Instead, they …

    February 28, 2017 4:04 am

Odd News

  • Library book returned 78 years later

    ATTLEBORO, Mass. — – It took nearly 80 years, but a book borrowed during the Great Depression has been returned to a Massachusetts public library.  The Attleboro Public Library posted on its Facebook page Thursday pictures of a copy of “The Young Lady at Home,” by T.S. Arthur. The book was returned this week. The due date stamped at the back of the book? Nov. 21, 1938. “From 1938 we have no records of whose book it was, you know we were not searching this person out,” librarian Amy Rhilinger told CBS Boston.  The 19th century book “seemed to be some type of guide for behavior,” says Rhilinger. A library regular found the book in a basement in bad shape moldy and torn. Library staff members kept the book secure in an Attleboro archive but decided to get rid of it, fearing the mold could spread to other books. Library staff can’t help but wonder who …

    September 24, 2017 1:24 am