Headline News

  • 7 hurt, 2 seriously, as car plows into Mexican Restaurant in San Francisco Bay Area


    DUBLIN, Calif. –  Police say seven people were injured when a car crashed into a restaurant in a Northern California shopping center. Lt. Nate Schmidt tells the Contra Costa Times (http://bit.ly/1wiuHSV) that the 56-year-old female driver had just pulled into the parking lot outside Taqueria Los Pericos in Dublin on Thursday night when she accidentally accelerated and plowed through the storefront. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Schmidt says six customers and the driver were taken to hospitals. Two of the customers had serious injuries, but no further details were provided. He says preliminary investigation shows driver error is to blame and alcohol was not a factor. Schmidt says it’s fortunate that there weren’t more traumatic injuries. Dublin is in the San Francisco Bay Area 25 miles east of Oakland. ___ Information from: Contra Costa Times, http://www.contracostatimes.com

    October 24, 2014 2:44 am
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Politics

  • Utah Supreme Court clears way for adoption by partners of same-sex spouses


    (Reuters) – The Utah Supreme Court on Thursday lifted an order that had blocked spouses in same-sex marriages from adopting their partners’ children, state officials said. The state’s highest court had imposed a stay on the adoptions in May, while Utah appealed a federal ruling last year that permitted same-sex marriages for 17 days before the Supreme Court halted them pending appeal. Earlier this month, after the U.S. Supreme Court denied appeals of same-sex marriage bans and an appeals court reaffirmed its order making same-sex marriage legal in the state, Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes ordered county clerks to recognize all legally performed same-sex marriages. On the same day, Reyes petitioned the state Supreme Court to remove its stay of the adoptions, saying the issue was now moot. Missy Larsen, a spokeswoman for Reyes, said the high court’s action on Thursday came in response to that petition. (Reporting by Sharon Bernstein in Sacramento, Calif.; Editing …

    October 24, 2014 12:42 am
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Stocks

  • Wall Street delivers bad news to Amazon


    Investors aren’t thrilled with CEO Jeff Bezos’ quarterly losses. Amazon’s shareholders are fed up. The e-commerce giant’s stock fell nearly 11% in after-hours trading Thursday. The company reported a $437 million loss in the last quarter, even though its revenue was up 20% from the same time last year. Losing money isn’t new territory for Amazon (AMZN, Tech30). Its reports frequently show losses or small profits because of big spending to develop new revenue streams. For the last few quarters, shareholders have responded by sending the stock down. The 11% dip could mean the company lost $14 billion in value, depending on where it opens in Friday trading.   It’s been a busy quarter for Amazon: its earnings release noted a host of new ventures, including updates to its tablets Kindle e-reader tablets, new streaming shows, an expanded grocery delivery service, a 3D printed products store and other investments. Revenue from Amazon’s sprawling empire was …

    October 24, 2014 1:43 am
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Sports

  • In first season with new team, linebacker D’Qwell Jackson key to Colts improving defense


    Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard (25) is tackled by Indianapolis Colts’ D’Qwell Jackson during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) (The Associated Press) INDIANAPOLIS –  D’Qwell Jackson has seen the good and bad that comes with a long NFL career. There have been record numbers and devastating injuries. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Right now, though, he’s just happy to be in Indianapolis. The Colts are happy, too. Jackson might not have been the most coveted free agent on the market when Indy signed the former Cleveland Browns linebacker in the offseason, but his arrival has helped reinforce the team’s run defense and point things in the right direction. “It was my first time being on a new team in eight years, so you have your doubts,” Jackson said. “But the first day I stepped into the building, they embrace you.” Jackson is making an impact as …

    October 24, 2014 2:44 am
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World News

  • Briton killed in Brazil during robbery


    A British man has been killed during a robbery at a bar in Brazil, according to reports. The man, named locally as Jason Richard Stevens, was understood to be working as a translator in Sao Paulo. Stevens attempted to speak to one of the two robbers who then shot him, local media reported. The two assailants are believed to have fled the scene in a getaway vehicle driven by a third man. Stevens was taken to hospital but died of his injuries. No one has been arrested over the shooting, which happened on Wednesday. A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: “We can confirm the death of a British national on 22 October in Brazil. We have offered consular assistance to the family at this difficult time.”

    October 24, 2014 2:24 am
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Technology

  • Voice Recognition for the Internet of Things


    It’s not unusual to find yourself talking to an uncoöperative appliance or gadget. Soon, though, it could soon be more common for those devices to actually pay attention. A startup called Wit.ai plans to make it easy for hardware makers and software developers to add custom voice controls to everything from smartphones and smart watches to Internet-connected thermostats and drones. While big companies like Apple and Google have their own voice recognition technology, smaller companies and independent developers don’t have the deep pockets required to create voice software that continuously learns from mountains of data. Wit.ai, based in Palo Alto, California, is taking aim at the swiftly growing number of devices with small displays, or no screen at all, and at activities like driving and cooking, where you may want the aid of technology but don’t want to look at or touch a display. And to give all kinds of developers access to a simple-to-use, …

    October 24, 2014 12:42 am
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Science

  • Just 30 years to save the planet


    The year isn’t quite over, but the forecasts are already in: 2013 will be another record-breaking year for carbon emissions. This year they will hit 9.7 gigatonnes – a 2.1% increase over the 2012 figure, which was itself a record at the time. The data comes in a report released on 19 November by the Global Carbon Project, an international group of climate scientists that have been documenting our carbon emissions since 2001. The one glimmer of good news is that the growth in emissions does at least seem to be slowing. The latest 2.1% rise is significantly below the 2.7% average annual increase we have seen since 2003. Even a skerrick of positive climate news is welcome. The Carbon Project report landed just a few weeks after an even more doom-laden climate document. Back in September, scientists and government representatives from around the globe gathered in Stockholm to sign off on the dense scientific …

    October 24, 2014 1:02 am
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Health

  • Lessons from the shock machine


    It’s a balmy summer evening in 1961 at Yale University in New Haven, Conneciticut, as people hurry to the psychology department. They are paid volunteers for a study that has been advertised in a local newspaper as an investigation into memory and learning. Little do they know that, once inside, they will be ordered to torture a man. Each volunteer is met in the laboratory by “Mr Williams”, a stern-looking man in a grey lab coat. He explains that the volunteer is to act as a “teacher” in the experiment. Their job is to punish incorrect answers by administering electric shocks to a “learner”, the affable “Mr Wallace”, in a room next door. Williams introduces the teacher to the learner and then, strapping the learner into a chair, attaches electrodes to his wrists. The teacher must administer an increasing level of voltage to the learner for each wrong answer by pushing a switch on a …

    October 24, 2014 12:42 am
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Entertainment

  • 20 Most Outrageous Celebrity Lawsuits


    Did you know that civil lawsuits cost the United States over $200 billion every year? Plaintiffs actually win their cases less than 50 percent of the time but that doesn’t stop people from calling up their friendly neighborhood attorney when they’ve been wronged. Unfortunately (or fortunately for our entertainment purposes) celebrities aren’t all that different than the rest of us in that regards. There have been dozens of crazy lawsuits filed by or against celebrities. Don’t believe me? Take a gander at this list of the 20 of the most outrageous celebrity lawsuits: 20. Allen Heckard vs Michael Jordan Apparently the common folk don’t like being harassed by their peers because they resemble celebrities. Allen Heckard believed his slight resemblance to Michael Jordan entitled him to damages for emotional pain and suffering and defamation because people kept asking him if her were Michael Jordan. In addition to suing Michael Jordan he also sued Nike and …

    October 24, 2014 2:24 am
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Editorial

  • Ottawa shooting: Why are terrorists attacking Canada?


    An unarmed Canadian military guard was shot in Ottawa Wednesday morning by Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, a convert to Islam and a self-declared jihadist whose alleged photo was posted hours after the shooting on Islamic State social media. The killer then entered the Canadian Parliament presumably with the intention of massacring lawmakers inside their caucus rooms. Zehaf-Bibeau was shot by the Parliament’s sergeant of arms, who became a citizen soldier for that particular moment. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Canadian authorities launched a counterterrorism operation to track other possible gunmen at the same location. Forty hours earlier, another member of the Canadian military was killed by an indoctrinated convert, identified as Martin Rouleau, in the province of Quebec. Weeks before, threats issued by the Islamic State included directives to their members and supporters to strike — in any way they can — against the United States and its allies, including Canada, in retaliation for Coalition airstrikes against jihadi forces in …

    October 24, 2014 12:42 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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