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  • Former Texas A&M football player accused of hacking jogger to death in Dallas park

    Oct. 12, 2015: This photo shows Thomas Johnson, a former Texas AM wide receiver whom Dallas police say randomly attacked and killed a jogger with a ‘large, edged weapon’. (Dallas Police Department) Dallas police say a former college football player hacked a jogger to death in a Dallas park Monday morning in what authorities said appeared to be a random attack.  Police told KDFW that Thomas Johnson, 21, had admitted to carrying out the attack along the White Rock Creek Trail, and even called to report the crime shortly after it happened. Investigators said Johnson had recently been kicked out of his home and was full of rage.  “He was angry about his situation,” Dallas Police Department Deputy Chief Rob Sherwin told reporters. “It’s very unusual. It’s quite shocking.” Police said Johnson used a “large-edged weapon” to carry out the attack, which took place just after 8 a.m. local time. The victim was not carrying …

    October 13, 2015 3:10 am


  • Clinton’s tack to the left to be on display in Democratic debate

    LAS VEGAS/NEW YORK Hillary Clinton has veered hard to the left ahead of Tuesday’s first Democratic presidential debate, hoping to inoculate herself from criticism by rival Bernie Sanders and woo the union members and liberal activists who have been slow to embrace her. But in a Democratic race so far featuring few political attacks or policy clashes, Clinton’s move to protect her left flank on issues like the Asian trade pact and Keystone oil pipeline could open the door during the nationally televised debate to questions about her sincerity and charges of flip-flopping. Clinton, the Democratic front-runner, and Sanders, a U.S. senator from Vermont who is her prime challenger, will take part on Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. EDT in the first of six scheduled debates in the race to be the party’s nominee in the November 2016 presidential election. They will be joined by former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, former Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee …

    October 13, 2015 2:49 am


  • Anheuser-Busch InBev agrees to buy SABMiller in biggest beer deal ever

    Anheuser-Busch InBev has agreed to buy its main rival SABMiller for £68 billion ($104 billion), creating a super brewery with sales of $55 billion. The combined firm will be the world’s largest beermaker by far, with nine of the world’s top 20 beers by volume. AB InBev (BUD) will offer most SABMiller shareholders £44 ($67.59) per share for the maker of Miller Lite, Pilsner Urquell and Peroni, a premium of roughly 50% over the share price before acquisition rumors started flying. The two biggest shareholders — Altria and Colombia’s Santo Domingo family — will have to opt for a cash and shares alternative worth £39.03 ($60) a share. Altria, a U.S.-based cigarette maker, had been pushing SABMiller’s board to make a deal with AB InBev. The companies described the agreement, which must be approved by regulators, as a “possible deal.” SABMiller’s board members have indicated they will recommend the offer to shareholders. If the deal …

    October 13, 2015 3:29 am


  • Bell’s 1-yard TD run at buzzer lifts Steelers over Chargers

    SAN DIEGO (AP) Mike Tomlin and Le’Veon Bell knew exactly what had to happen. With five seconds left, the Pittsburgh Steelers down by three points and the ball inside the 1, Bell had to get into the end zone. It was a wildcat way to win, which the Steelers did 24-20, stunning the San Diego Chargers and sending tens of thousands of Terrible Towel-waving Pittsburgh fans into delirium at Qualcomm Stadium. More from FoxSports Bell took the direct snap, ran left and was slowed in traffic before diving for the end zone and getting the ball across the line as Donald Butler dragged him down. ”It was time to go to the mattresses, if you will,” said Tomlin, the Steelers’ coach. ”We had to do what was required to win. Le’Veon gave us an opportunity to win, and we were trying to do everything we could to move the football.” Bell said it was the …

    October 13, 2015 3:10 am

World News

  • Casualties in Jerusalem bus attack

    Eighteen people have been wounded, six of them seriously, in a shooting and stabbing attack on a bus in Jerusalem, the Israeli ambulance service says. Police said officers arrived at the scene and found two assailants inside a bus. They were “shot and neutralised”. Elsewhere in the city, a man ran over three people at a bus station and then stabbed them with a knife, police said. The attacker was shot by police. Many Israelis have been stabbed by Palestinians in the past fortnight. Earlier on Tuesday, a Palestinian stabbed an Israeli man, moderately wounding him, at a bust stop in Raanana, north of Tel Aviv, police said. The attacker was captured and reportedly beaten by bystanders at the scene. Tensions between Israelis and Palestinians have escalated since last month, fuelled by clashes at a flashpoint holy site in Jerusalem, in the West Bank, and across the Gaza border, as well as the wave of …

    October 13, 2015 3:09 am


  • Police use ‘find my phone’ app to catch armed robbers, Brisbane court hears

    A phone-tracking app helped police find and corner two armed robbers, one of whom then shot an officer in the face to avoid arrest in 2012, a court has heard. Robert George Speedy and Jake Watson entered a tavern brandishing a machete and a rifle and ordered staff to open the safe so they could remove the day’s takings, prosecutors said. The pair then allegedly fled with a bag of cash, but unwittingly also stole an employee’s phone, which had the “find my phone” app installed. Related: 20 best iPhone and iPad apps this week The court heard the employee activated the app from a computer, which allowed police to track the phone and the robbers through a nearby park and back yards. Speedy, 49, of Labrador, pleaded not guilty in Brisbane supreme court to the attempted murder of a police dog handler, Sgt Gary Hamrey, on 27 September 2012. He pleaded guilty to the …

    October 13, 2015 3:09 am


  • Tiny terahertz accelerator could rival huge free-electron lasers

    Thumbnail accelerator: the new terahertz module is tiny Physicists in the US, Germany and Canada have built a miniature particle accelerator that uses terahertz radiation instead of radio waves to create pulses of high-energy electrons. A single accelerator module of the prototype is just 1.5 cm long and 1 mm thick, and the technology has the potential to create facilities that are much smaller than current radio-frequency (RF) accelerators. Potential applications include free-electron lasers, whereby the electrons are used to create coherent pulses of X-rays. However, the team cautions that much more work is needed to develop the technology so it can be used in medicine, particle physics and material science. Terahertz radiation falls between the microwave and infrared portions of the electromagnetic spectrum (300 GHz–3 THz), and its production and detection are not without significant technical challenges. However, terahertz technologies have been improving steadily and some physicists are keen on using the radiation in much the same way …

    October 13, 2015 1:49 am


  • HIV Therapy May Also Lower Risk for Hepatitis B, Study Says

    MONDAY, Oct. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Not only does effective HIV therapy thwart the AIDS-causing virus, it may also reduce the risk for hepatitis B infection, a new study says. “What this means to us is that effective HIV therapy appears to restore an impairment in the immune response that protects someone with HIV from acquiring hepatitis B infection,” study senior author Dr. Chloe Thio, a professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, said in a university news release. The study, published in the October issue of Annals of Internal Medicine, involved 2,400 gay and bisexual men who were enrolled in the Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study. Researchers found that the men successfully treated with HIV therapy had the same risk for hepatitis B infection as the men who did not have HIV. Hepatitis B is a virus that can damage the liver. The study showed HIV-positive men on HIV therapy who …

    October 13, 2015 2:29 am


  • Chrissy Teigen And John Legend Are Expecting Their First Child

    Posted on Mon Oct 12th, 2015 7:01pm PDT       By X17 Staff Chrissy Teigen and husband John Legend are expecting their first child together. “John and I are so happy to announce that we are pregnant,” she captioned the above shot on Instagram. “As many of you know, we’ve been trying to have a baby for a while now. It hasn’t been easy, but we kept trying because we can’t wait to bring our first child into the world and grow our family. We’re so excited that it’s finally happening. Thank you for all your love and well wishes. I look forward to all the belly touching!” Teigen, 29, has been pretty vocal about her desire to have children over the last year. “I want a huge family,” she previously told Us Weekly. “We want a lot of kids. When it happens, it happens. For us it’s hard because he’s on the road so much and I’m …

    October 12, 2015 11:29 pm


  • Today’s GOP needs Nancy Pelosi (yes, you read that correctly)

    House Republicans are in a panic because Speaker John Boehner’s chosen successor, Kevin McCarthy, was unable to cope with demands from conservative members. This tempest will pass — a new speaker will emerge — but the GOP faces bigger challenges that impair its ability to govern. The party’s commanding majority in the House owes much to the success of the Tea Party in recent elections. Now organized into the Freedom Caucus, disaffected conservatives are frustrated by their inability to repeal ObamaCare, stop the nuclear deal with Iran and defund Planned Parenthood. The Constitution provided the majority in Congress with a trump card: primary authority for taxing and spending, a lever colonial legislatures used to discipline imperious royal governors. These days, however, if the Congress seeks to pressure a president by not passing a budget, the Supreme Court has permitted the chief executive to declare so many government activities essential that a government shutdown becomes his …

    October 13, 2015 1:09 am

Odd News

  • I never sprayed Putin, says Hamilton

    Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton has dismissed as wide of the mark reports that he sprayed Russian President Vladimir Putin with the winner’s champagne after Sunday’s grand prix in Sochi. “I actually didn’t. I didn’t actually spray him. I think there’s a weird picture but I didn’t spray him. I definitely don’t want anything (to happen),” the Mercedes driver told Sky Sports television on Monday with a smile. Hamilton, who flew back home to Britain to join the team’s celebrations after they won their second successive constructors’ championship in Russia, has got into trouble previously for his champagne-spraying antics on the podium. He was criticized and accused of sexist bullying in April for aiming a spray of champagne directly in the face of a Chinese Grand Prix hostess in Shanghai. That incident, highlighted in photographs that showed the woman flinching, triggered condemnation in Britain and Germany as well as on Chinese social media but …

    October 12, 2015 10:07 am