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  • Thirteen high school volleyball players hurt in Missouri bus crash

    (Reuters) – Thirteen high school girls on a Missouri volleyball team were injured on Monday when their bus collided with a car on the way to a tournament, the school said. The girls from Raymore-Peculiar High School were taken to local hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries, the school said in messages on Twitter. No further details were immediately available. Police and fire departments could not immediately be reached for comment. The Kansas City Star newspaper reported that a flatbed truck crashed into the bus as it made a U-turn in Lee’s Summit on Monday afternoon. One girl suffered serious injuries, it said. Lee’s Summit is a town of about 91,000 people roughly 20 miles southeast of Kansas City. (Reporting by Curtis Skinner in San Francisco; Editing by Louise Ireland)

    October 21, 2014 3:10 am


  • U.S. Republicans look to gain election ground on Ebola

    CHICAGO (Reuters) – Ebola has moved to the front of campaign issues before U.S. November elections, as fear and criticism of the government’s response to cases of the virus in the United States opened a new line of Republican attacks against President Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats. Republican Senate candidates have bashed Obama’s handling of Ebola, linking it to border security and calling for a travel ban from West African countries hardest hit by the virus. Concerns about Ebola, along with the military campaign against Islamic State, have given Republicans a chance to turn attention to their broader argument about what they call the administration’s incompetence. “Using Ebola is part of an attempt to turn this into a national election and tie it to President Obama’s performance,” said Steven Schier, a politics professor at Carleton College in Minnesota. “If the Republicans can make this a national election, that makes it more dangerous for Democrats …

    October 21, 2014 3:09 am


  • China’s economy suffers its worst quarter since the financial crisis

    China’s economy is slowing after years of breakneck expansion. China’s economy has clocked its worst quarter in more than five years, raising concerns over Beijing’s ability to meet its own annual growth target. Gross domestic product expanded by 7.3% in the third quarter versus the same period last year, according to government data, the weakest performance since the global financial crisis. While that figure is slightly ahead of the 7.2% median growth forecast by economists in a CNNMoney survey, it still falls short of last quarter’s growth. With only a few months left in the year, China is running out of time to meet its own 7.5% target. The government has said it’s willing to accept a slightly slower rate, but it has also adopted incremental measures to boost the economy. Today’s figures “remain consistent with our view that relatively weaker data in the third quarter reflects the government’s shift towards tolerating lower growth,” Barclays …

    October 21, 2014 2:08 am


  • Grim-faced Pistorius faces sentencing in South African court

    PRETORIA (Reuters) – Oscar Pistorius arrived at the Pretoria High Court on Tuesday to be sentenced for killing his girlfriend, closing one of the most sensational trials in South African history and one that may yet fuel controversy about race and money in its justice system. The Olympic and Paralympic sprinter, who was convicted of culpable homicide last month for shooting 29-year-old model Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day 2013, was escorted by armed police into court, past a scrum of reporters. Dressed in a dark suit with a white shirt and black tie, the stony-faced 27-year-old stared straight ahead as he made his way through the melee. He made no comment to reporters before hugging his lawyer, Barry Roux, inside the courtroom. Pistorius’ uncle, Arnold, who has been the family patriarch throughout a 7-month trial that has made legal history as the first to be broadcast live throughout, struck a calm, assured tone. “I never …

    October 21, 2014 3:09 am

World News

  • Augusto Pinochets former bodyguard detained at Santiago military base

    Retired Chilean army colonel Cristián Labbé, an outspoken defender of General Augusto Pinochet, was arrested on Monday. Labbé was charged with being part of a conspiracy in the kidnapping and homicide of 13 prisoners. Another nine military officials were charged, some of whom are already in custody for a variety of human rights crimes. The arrest of Labbé delighted Chilean human rights activists who had long wondered why the high-profile colonel had eluded justice despite members of the Chilean army and victims saying they had seen him at a torture centre near the coastal city of San Antonio. A former bodyguard to the Pinochet family, Labbé was infamous for organising parties and celebrations in honour of colleagues convicted of murder and torture. Labbé was also key in organising protests against the detention of Pinochet at a private hospital in 1998. Labbé is now being held at a military base in Santiago while his lawyers seek …

    October 21, 2014 3:10 am


  • Dish loses 7 channels in contract dispute with Turner Broadcasting

    Dish Network customers are no longer receiving a handful of Turner Broadcasting channels. Dish Network Dish Network customers lost access to CNN, Turner Classic Movies, and a handful of other channels late Monday as the result of a contract dispute with Turner Broadcasting. Turner Broadcasting, which licenses the channels for distribution to subscription services, pulled the channels from Dish’s lineup upon the expiration of its current deal with the satellite service after the two companies were unable to negotiate renewed distribution terms. Other channels removed from Dish include Boomerang, Cartoon Network, CNN en Espanol, Headline News, and truTV. Dish, which has about 14 million subscribers, said the channels were removed after Turner refused to extend the current agreement. “In the past year, Dish has successfully renewed agreements with many large content providers,” Warren Schlichting, Dish senior vice president of programming, said in a statement. “As a result, we are confident that we have offered a …

    October 21, 2014 3:09 am


  • Penn researchers untangle the biological effects of blue light

    Related images(click to enlarge) Blue light can both set the mood and set in motion important biological responses. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Medicine and School of Arts and Sciences have teased apart the separate biological responses of the human eye to blue light, revealing an unexpected contest for control. Their work addresses the properties of melanopsin, a light-sensitive protein in the eye that establishes the rhythm of our day-night cycle and the familiar constriction of the pupil to bright light. They measured the pupil response to stimulation of melanopsin and of short-wave-sensitive (S) cones, the other blue light-sensing cells that operate in daylight. Surprisingly, they found that melanopsin and S-cones have opposite effects and compete for control of the pupil in blue light. Their complete results are published in the current issue of PNAS. Drs. Aguirre and Brainard and graduate student Spitschan found that melanopsin, a protein and short wave-sensitive S-cones, …

    October 21, 2014 3:30 am


  • Ebola crisis turns a corner as U.S. issues new treatment protocols

    DALLAS (Reuters) – The United States issued stringent new protocols on Monday for health workers treating Ebola victims, directing medical teams to wear protective gear that leaves no skin or hair exposed to prevent medical workers from becoming infected. The new guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta come as 43 people who were exposed to the first patient diagnosed in the United States were declared risk free, easing a national sense of crisis that took hold after two Texas nurses who treated him contracted the disease. Under new protocols, Ebola healthcare workers also must undergo special training and demonstrate competency in using protective equipment. Use of the gear, now including coveralls, and single-use, disposable hoods, must be overseen by a supervisor to ensure proper procedures are followed when caring for patients with Ebola, which is transmitted through direct contact with bodily fluids but is not airborne. (CDC protocols: 1.usa.gov/1vYIwWA) …

    October 20, 2014 11:03 pm


  • 6 Women who are feminists and are paid to be nearly naked

    Shailene Woodley dishes on how great her boobs are “I do consider myself a feminist, yeah. Totally,” Banks told Yahoo. “Even when I was a model with my bra and panties on for a Victoria’s Secret fashion show. Sure, I was stompin’, and I know guys were like, ‘Woo, look at Tyra.’ But I know that my body being thicker on that runway meant something. A lot of the things I did in my modeling career as a woman of color was part of that feminism — of expanding the definition of beauty and making women feel beautiful, no matter what color their skin is.” “Right now, with women in power, and not apologizing for being strong or wanting to make money or to be on top, that’s my message — and that’s all feminism,” Banks added. “I just feel like you should be able to have a fierce face at the same time.” Kristen …

    October 21, 2014 2:49 am


  • Sayerville football saga: In praise of victims who spoke up about abuse

    Imagine what it was like when they turned off the locker room lights. A young football player, just a freshman in high school, is suddenly grabbed by upperclassmen. The gang pins him to the ground, immobilizing his arms and legs. Horrified, he pleads for mercy and help. To no avail. He can hear others cheering on the bullies. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Then, the boy is sexually assaulted. The details are too wretched and disgusting to recount here. But, according to police, there was force. And penetration. And abject terror. It is not enough for the defendants to claim that the same thing had been done to them by upperclassmen when they were freshmen, as has been reported. That may help explain their actions as “learned behavior,” but it cannot excuse them in a court of law. Other players stood by and watched. Some laughed. They did nothing. No one had the decency or strength of character …

    October 20, 2014 6:56 pm

Odd News

  • San Francisco stations banish ‘Royals’ song ahead of World Series

    (Reuters) – At least two Northern California radio stations have pledged not to play New Zealand artist Lorde’s song “Royals,” in solidarity with the San Francisco Giants during their World Series matchup with the Kansas City Royals. The decision by San Francisco stations KOIT and KFOG to drop the song, which has nothing to do with the baseball team, comes as the Giants and Royals prepare to play Game One of the championship series on Tuesday. In response, Kansas City station KZPT said it would play the song every hour on Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. KZPT said it was a sister station of KOIT. “They’re our sister station, and as the old saying goes: ‘You can pick your friends but you can’t necessarily pick your family,’ and if they don’t play it, then we will,” KZPT programming director Tony Lorino said in a phone interview. Last week, KOIT posted a small image …

    October 20, 2014 7:16 pm