Headline News

  • Police: Angry passenger attacks worker at New York’s LaGuardia Airport


    NEW YORK –  Police say an angry passenger punched and kicked an airline employee while looking for his bag at New York’s LaGuardia Airport. Port Authority police say Antonio Sappleton attacked the United Airlines employee around 8 p.m. Wednesday, sending him to a hospital with a split lip and loose teeth. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Police say Sappleton became agitated when the 23-year-old employee asked for his checked bag ticket. They say he punched the employee repeatedly and kicked him multiple times once he fell to the ground. Port Authority officers arrested Sappleton outside the terminal. The 22-year-old Yonkers man is charged with assault and harassment. Information on his lawyer wasn’t immediately available.

    August 29, 2014 2:14 am
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Politics

  • Obama signals timing of new immigration measures in question


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Thursday that he still planned to take steps on his own to improve the U.S. immigration system but that his timeline for taking action has been affected by the need to deal with a flood of migrant children from central America. Obama had previously said he planned by the end of summer to find ways to change immigration regulations, unilateral action he said was made necessary by the failure of Congress to pass comprehensive reforms. But at a news conference on Thursday, Obama was circumspect about the timing of his announcement, which will be controversial ahead of November midterm elections where Democratic control of the U.S. Senate is at stake. Asked whether he would delay his decision on immigration changes, Obama talked about the time his administration has invested on apprehending migrant children, nearly 63,000 of whom have come across the southwestern border since October 2013. “Some …

    August 28, 2014 11:10 pm
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Stocks

  • Massive bank hack: What you need to know


      Hackers have managed to break into 7 of the top 15 banks. Here’s what you need to know. What happened? Some of the biggest banks — including JPMorgan Chase (JPM) — were recently hacked. The attackers used never-before-seen malware to break into the banks’ computer systems, according to someone with direct knowledge of the investigation. And the hackers got in deep enough to delete or manipulate bank records. Does this affect me? As a consumer, not yet. Customer bank accounts are often insured by the bank in the event of a cyberattack. Check with your bank. But business bank accounts are another matter. They’re not typically protected from theft. Small businesses could be on their own. Related: FBI investigating hacking attack on JPMorgan What’s the damage? Hackers burrowed themselves deep into these computer systems and got access to sensitive internal records. With that kind of access, they might be able to steal from customer …

    August 29, 2014 2:14 am
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Sports

  • Kendrick lifts Angels over A’s in extras


    Anaheim, CA (SportsNetwork.com) – Howie Kendrick’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 10th lifted the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim over the Oakland Athletics, 4-3, in the opener of a key four-game series. Ryan Cook (1-2), who recorded the final out in the ninth, stayed on to pitch the 10th for Oakland. Albert Pujols walked, moved to third on Josh Hamilton’s single to right-center field and scored on Kendrick’s sac fly to right. The victory gave the Angels a two-game lead over the A’s for first place in the AL West. But the Athletics played Thursday’s game under protest following an obstruction call on Oakland pitcher Dan Otero in the bottom of the ninth. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT

    August 29, 2014 2:34 am
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World News

  • Tony Abbott: any Iraq involvement will continue to be humanitarian


    Australia’s potential involvement in a US-led military operation in Iraq would not be aimed at “trying to bring liberal pluralist democracy” to the region, Tony Abbott has said. The prime minister confirmed on Friday that Australia remained in talks with the US on what contribution it could make to “prevent the slaughter of innocents” by the Islamic State (Isis) militant group. But he sought to differentiate the options under consideration from the circumstances of the 2003 Iraq war, saying any operation would be done with the consent of the Iraqi government in accordance with law, and nobody was contemplating putting combat troops on the ground. Australian political leaders have increasingly turned their focus to global affairs and security, amid reports the US president, Barack Obama, was seeking to build support from a coalition of nations to deal with the Isis threat in Syria and Iraq. But Obama said on Thursday the US was yet to …

    August 29, 2014 2:34 am
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Technology

  • Google joins Amazon in testing home delivery drones


    Google has become the latest tech giant to get into the drone business. The company announced late on Thursday that its advanced-research arm, Google X, is developing a system of drones to deliver goods. Amazon announced a similar scheme to great fanfare but little actual progress late last year. The search giant said it had been exploring self-flying vehicles for the past couple of years, and had now hired a new team leader, Dave Vos, a longtime expert in automating systems for aviation, to take Project Wing from research to product. In a recent research trip in Australia, the company delivered packages including chocolate bars, dog treats and cattle vaccines to two farmers in Queensland. The deliveries were made by a 1.5m-wide (5ft) single-wing drone prototype that has four propellers that move into different positions for different stages of flight. Packages fit into a gap in the middle of the wing. “Self-flying vehicles could open …

    August 28, 2014 11:10 pm
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Science

  • NASA’s Spitzer Telescope Witnesses Asteroid Smashup


    [image-36][image-51] NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope has spotted an eruption of dust around a young star, possibly the result of a smashup between large asteroids. This type of collision can eventually lead to the formation of planets. Scientists had been regularly tracking the star, called NGC 2547-ID8, when it surged with a huge amount of fresh dust between August 2012 and January 2013. “We think two big asteroids crashed into each other, creating a huge cloud of grains the size of very fine sand, which are now smashing themselves into smithereens and slowly leaking away from the star,” said lead author and graduate student Huan Meng of the University of Arizona, Tucson. While dusty aftermaths of suspected asteroid collisions have been observed by Spitzer before, this is the first time scientists have collected data before and after a planetary system smashup. The viewing offers a glimpse into the violent process of making rocky planets like ours. …

    August 28, 2014 11:31 pm
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Health

  • U.S. startups get OK for smartphone-based heart tracking


    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – For a growing U.S. aging population, tracking heart health via a smartphone can mean the difference between life and death. This week, two Silicon Valley startups received a green-light from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for mobile applications that monitor patients from home, a step forward for a nascent digital health industry that has pressed for more clarity from the agency on regulations. AliveCor said it received the FDA’s approval to detect serious heart conditions in electrocardiogram (ECG) readings taken from a mobile device. The company says its newly-approved algorithm can detect atrial fibrillation, a form of cardiac arrhythmia that affects about one in four adults over the age of 40. If its smartphone-compatible heart-monitor device detects an abnormality, a physician could intervene before the patient experiences a stroke or other life-threatening event. The device fits most smartphones and rests on a patient’s finger or chest to record an ECG. …

    August 28, 2014 7:08 pm
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Entertainment

  • Katie Couric calls Diane Sawyer sex rumors "desperate"


    Is Katie Couric returning to the Today Show? The book, a “tell-all” written by Sheila Weller, claims that Couric accused her former morning show rival, Diane Sawyer, of exchanging sex for interviews during her career. A friend of Couric’s spoke with The Wrap and said that the claims are “sad” and “desperate.” The book, The News Sorority, claims that in an interview, Couric said Sawyer frequently exchanged favors to get people to talk to her. The Daily Beast reviewed the book on Wednesday, which was also Diane Sawyer’s last night on ABC World News. The book also makes a few other claims that are not quite believable. According to The Wrap, the book also says that Sawyer criticized colleague, Sam Donaldson, for returning to work even though he was recovering from prostate cancer surgery, that Dan Rather told CBS not to hire Diane Sawyer and that Sawyer is also responsible for Charlie Gibson’s departure from …

    August 29, 2014 2:54 am
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Editorial

  • New Hampshire senate race: Could Scott Brown score an upset victory again?


      Will Republican and former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown catch lightning in a bottle a second time by defeating his Democratic opponent, New Hampshire Senator and former Governor Jeanne Shaheen in November? Leading indicators from past elections and the current political environment make the case that he could. Let’s start with recent public opinion research which finds Brown gaining enthusiasm and solidifying support in the state’s Republican base.   ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT A survey by the University of New Hampshire showed Brown now winning more than 75% of Republicans. To be sure, he will need to improve that number into the 90s to succeed in November.  Unlike most of the rest of the states in the New England region which are reliable for the Democrats, New Hampshire is a competitive one.   Fortunately for Brown, this is well within reach given that the Republican primary election does not happen until September 9 and he has the …

    August 28, 2014 11:10 pm
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Odd News

  • Singaporeans go barking mad over bid to silence dogs


    SINGAPORE (Reuters) – A suggestion by Singapore’s public housing authority that owners of noisy dogs consider “debarking” their pets to avoid inconveniencing neighbors, has raised animal lovers’ hackles in the city-state and prompted much ridicule on social media. The authority, the Housing and Development Board (HDB), recommended in a notice posted in a residential block that one option for dogs that will not keep quiet is to “debark” them. Debarking involves removing a section of a dog’s vocal cord to reduce the volume of its bark and is recommended as a solution of “last resort” to control noisy pets, according to Singapore’s Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority’s website. Animal welfare groups say the practice is cruel and unfair. “A dog also barks when it is in a stressed or anxious mode, and not hearing the dog does not mean the dog is in a stable state of mind,” said Action for Singapore Dogs in a Facebook …

    August 28, 2014 7:18 am
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