Headline News

  • Two deputies killed, two others hurt in California shooting spree


    SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) – Two California sheriff’s deputies were killed and two others were wounded in a shooting spree that started in a motel parking lot in Sacramento on Friday, authorities said. The two suspects, described on Twitter by the California Highway Patrol as a man and a woman, both Hispanic and heavily armed, were taken into custody, police said. The incident began on Friday morning in the parking lot of a Motel 6 when a deputy, later identified as Danny Oliver, 47, approached a vehicle considered to be suspicious, said Sacramento County Sheriff Lieutenant R.L. Davis. Someone inside the car fired multiple rounds at Oliver, who was struck in the chest. On Friday afternoon, Sacramento Sheriff Scott Jones said that Oliver had died of his wounds at the University of California, Davis, Medical Center in Sacramento. “We grieve as a family,” Jones told a news conference. He said that Oliver, a 15-year veteran of …

    October 24, 2014 9:07 pm
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Politics

  • Mississippi Supreme Court rejects McDaniel Senate primary challenge


    JACKSON Miss. (Reuters) – The Mississippi Supreme Court on Friday rejected a Republican primary challenge by former U.S. Senate candidate Chris McDaniel, possibly ending his legal effort to overturn the June result that he alleged was stolen by incumbent U.S. Senator Thad Cochran. In a split decision, justices affirmed a lower court ruling dismissing McDaniel’s case, saying he filed it after the statutory deadline. “While we disagree with the majority, since there was no deadline in the statute to file a challenge, we are glad the Supreme Court finally ruled so Mississippi conservatives can move forward into 2015,” McDaniel’s campaign attorney, Mitch Tyner, said in a statement. Mississippi law allows a candidate 20 days after a statewide primary election to contest the results. McDaniel, a Tea Party-backed candidate who ran a fierce campaign, filed his challenge 41 days afterward. McDaniel argued the deadline no longer mattered because the courts had already considered a 2004 election …

    October 24, 2014 9:06 pm
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Stocks

  • NYC tabloids keep a straight face on Ebola


    New York City’s tabloids are known for headlines like “Headless Body In Topless Bar,” “Ford to City: Drop Dead and “Derek Eater.” But they played it straight when it was time to report that Dr. Craig Spencer tested positive for Ebola Thursday night. In the hours before Spencer was diagnosed he had gone bowling, rode the A train and stopped by a meatball shop. But there was not a single pun to be found on New York City newsstands Friday morning. No hysteria and no sensationalism. Instead newspapers like AM New York went with just the facts. The free daily’s front page simply said “Ebola in NYC” and showed a picture of Spencer in a hazmat suit while caring for victims in West Africa: “We didn’t want to be alarmists,” said Pete Catapano, executive editor of AM New York. “Obviously it’s a scary subject… We wanted to be very direct, very straight-forward.” Related: Syracuse University …

    October 24, 2014 8:06 pm
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Sports

  • Cook, Dawson share lead in San Antonio


    San Antonio, TX (SportsNetwork.com) – John Cook and Marco Dawson both fired 7- under 65s on Friday and they share the lead after the opening round of the ATT Championship. Cook, who won this event in 2007 and 2008, earned his 10th Champions Tour win earlier this year at Pebble Beach, while Dawson is looking for his first tour title. Scott Dunlap is alone in third place at minus-6 on the ATT Canyons Course at TPC San Antonio. Jay Haas, the 2005 champion, and Kirk Triplett, who has shared fifth and third the last two years here, opened with 5-under 67s. They were joined in fourth place by Tom Lehman, Gary Hallberg, Peter Senior, Wes Short, Jr., Bart Bryant and Guy Boros. Cook missed a birdie putt from eight feet out at the first, but knocked his second shot to the par-5 second to a foot. He kicked that in for eagle and followed with …

    October 24, 2014 9:07 pm
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World News

  • Google boss sets new skydive record


    24 October 2014 Last updated at 23:35 A senior Google vice president, Alan Eustace, has broken the world altitude record for a parachute jump set in 2012 by Austrian Felix Baumgartner. Mr Eustace was carried by a large helium balloon from New Mexico to over 40km (25 miles) above the earth. The 57-year-old leapt out in a specially-designed space suit, reaching speeds of more than 1,300km/h. He exceeded the speed of sound, setting off a small sonic boom, and broke three skydiving records in the process. The dive was part of a project led by Paragon Space Development Corporation, aimed at the exploration of the stratosphere above 100,000 feet (30,480 metres). Years of preparation Mr Eustace successfully jumped from near the top of the stratosphere at an altitude of 135,890 feet at 09:09 local time (16:00 GMT), the World Air Sports Federation (FAI) confirmed on Friday. The previous record was set by Mr Baumgartner two …

    October 24, 2014 9:07 pm
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Technology

  • College students more prone to thoughtless social posts than high schoolers, study says


    Is it F for Fake on social media, as far as young people are concerned? Aquul/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET Social media just isn’t real. Yes, you thought that everyone was just being themselves, but teens, those extrasensory beings, are fed up with all the flimflam and fluff that’s all over their Twitters and Facebooks. I take this information from a new survey. It says 69 percent of the 812 young people aged 13-22 insisted that they’re very rarely themselves on social media. It’s not clear who they actually are on social media. They can’t all be Beyoncé and Jay-Z, can they? This sense of an inauthentic virtual world has apparently caused them to post less. 66 percent said they had cut back. Boys, though, will be big-mouths. In this survey, they were 70 percent more likely than girls to claim they posted everything about themselves, unedited. Still, this quaint clinging to a need for …

    October 24, 2014 9:07 pm
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Science

  • NASA Media Accreditation Opens for Launch of Next SpaceX Station Resupply Mission


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    October 24, 2014 9:27 pm
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Health

  • Two U.S. states to quarantine health workers returning from Ebola zones


    NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – New York and New Jersey will automatically quarantine medical workers returning from Ebola-hit West African countries and the U.S. government is considering the same step after a doctor who treated patients in Guinea came back infected, officials said on Friday. The steps announced by the two states, which go beyond the current restrictions being imposed by President Barack Obama’s administration on travelers from Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea, came as medical detectives tried to retrace the steps in New York City of Dr. Craig Spencer, who tested positive for Ebola on Thursday. The new policy applies to medical workers returning from the region through John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York and Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey. In the first instance of the new move, a female healthcare worker who had treated patients in West Africa and arrived at the Newark, New Jersey, airport was ordered into quarantine. …

    October 24, 2014 9:06 pm
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Entertainment

  • Beverly Johnson on overcoming racism in Hollywood


    Beverly Johnson on how Down syndrome affects children of color differently In August of 1974, when Beverly Johnson appeared on the cover of Vogue, the fresh-faced model wasn’t aware she was making history. “Of course it’s every model’s dream to be on the cover of Vogue magazine,” she said, “so basically it was just kind of reaching that pinnacle very early in my career that was a defining moment for me.” She didn’t realize it was also a defining moment for the country until journalists began pointing out how impactful her appearance on the cover was. “When I realized that I was the first woman of color on the cover, it just made that accomplishment that much more real. I realized at that moment — I was 21 or 22 years old — that this was going to be a huge responsibility, and that it was something that I was going to carry for the …

    October 24, 2014 8:46 pm
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Editorial

Odd News

  • Florida man shoots 400-pound bear breaking into his house


    ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) – A Florida man shot and killed a 400-pound (180-kg) black bear after it broke into his house two nights in a row to get to a bag of dog food, a state wildlife officer said on Friday. “I felt in danger enough that since it wouldn’t leave I had to shoot it,” said Victor Peters of Lady Lake of the Wednesday night incident in a video interview posted online by the Orlando Sentinel. Killing a bear in Florida is illegal. Wildlife officer Greg Workman of the Florida Fish Wildlife Conservation said he expects to hand the case to prosecutors by early next week for their consideration at the completion of his investigation. “It sounds like he did what he could do to try to keep the bear from coming back,” Workman said. “We’re looking at all sides to make the best decision.” Bears and humans cross paths, occasionally fatally for the …

    October 24, 2014 9:26 pm
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