Headline News

  • Bell, Florida shooting leaves at least 6 dead, report says


    DEVELOPING –  At least six people were shot to death Thursday in a Gainesville, Florida suburb, Fox affiliate WFOX-TV reported. A source told the affiliate that the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office was investigating the shooting, which took place in Bell, Florida. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Police were scheduled to hold a press conference at 8 p.m. ET Click here to read more from Fox30Jax.com.

    September 18, 2014 6:32 pm
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Politics

  • Obama to nominate Indian-American as India ambassador


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama nominated former State Department official Richard Verma as U.S. ambassador to India on Thursday, just ahead of a visit to Washington by new Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a White House statement said. Verma, an Indian-American, served as assistant secretary of state for legislative affairs at the State Department in the Obama administration from 2009 to 2011. He is currently a senior counselor at Steptoe Johnson law firm and the Albright Stonebridge Group, a business advisory company, led by former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. White House officials said Verma has close relationships with Obama’s White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, National Security Adviser Susan Rice, and senior adviser John Podesta. He will be the first Indian-American to do the job. If he is confirmed by Congress, Verma will replace Nancy Powell, who resigned in March after a damaging row over the treatment of a junior Indian …

    September 18, 2014 3:50 pm
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Stocks

  • Reports: Alibaba prices at $68


    Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce giant, secured its place in history Thursday as the largest U.S.-listed initial public offering (IPO) of all time. Demand was very strong for the mega IPO, which priced at $68 per share, according to reports. That’s at the top end of the range. At that price, the IPO raised $21.8 billion, the largest ever for company listed on an American. exchange. Including the shares that underwriters have the option to purchase, Alibaba’s IPO would raise $25 billion — the biggest haul on record in the world. Alibaba, which was founded by former English teacher Jack Ma, is set to begin its life as a public company on Friday morning. The Internet giant will debut under the ticker symbol “BABA” on the New York Stock Exchange, which beat out Nasdaq for the prestigious listing. If you’ve never heard of Alibaba, you’re definitely not alone. Related: Everything you need to know about Alibaba …

    September 18, 2014 4:51 pm
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Sports

  • In Barry Bonds appeal, U.S. judges take swings at Justice Department


    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Several U.S. appeals court judges appeared skeptical on Thursday about the Department of Justice’s attempt to preserve a criminal conviction against baseball home run king Barry Bonds that resulted from a steroids probe. The case involves testimony Bonds gave to a grand jury in 2003 about whether he used steroids to help him bash more long balls. Last year, a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco affirmed a conviction against him for obstruction of justice. However, the full 9th Circuit voted to rehear the case. At a hearing on Thursday in San Francisco, more than half of the judges on the 11-member panel peppered the government with questions about whether Bonds’s testimony actually amounted to a crime. “I find your reading of the statute absolutely alarming,” Judge William Fletcher said. In 2003, Bonds told grand jurors about his childhood when asked whether his former …

    September 18, 2014 6:32 pm
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World News

  • Senate backs arming Syria rebels


    18 September 2014 Last updated at 23:38 A rebel fighter makes improvised mortar shells near Idlib, Syria The US Senate has approved President Barack Obama’s plan to train and arm Syrian rebel groups to fight Islamic State (IS) militants. The vote came a day after the House easily passed the president’s plan by 273 votes to 156, with both Democrats and Republicans voting yes. On Thursday, the US continued to strike IS targets in Iraq. Air strikes are expected in Syria, but Mr Obama has pledged to not authorise a ground operation in either country. “It is more effective to use our unique capabilities in support of our partners on the ground so they can secure their own countries’ futures,” he said on Wednesday. The jihadist group controls large areas of Syria and northern Iraq, and the US has undertaken 174 air strikes against IS in Iraq since mid-August. Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said Mr …

    September 18, 2014 6:32 pm
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Technology

  • Oracle boss Larry Ellison steps down


    18 September 2014 Last updated at 21:38 Safra Catz (l) and Mark Hurd (r) will serve as chief executives, each responsible for different parts of Oracle Long-serving Oracle boss Larry Ellison is stepping down, the technology giant announced on Thursday. Mark Hurd and Safra Catz have been named as successors, with both being given the chief executive title. Mr Ellison, who is estimated to be the world’s fifth wealthiest man, will stay on as executive chairman and chief technology officer. He co-founded what would become Oracle with Bob Miner and Ed Oates in 1977. In a statement, Oracle board president Michael Boskin said: “Larry has made it very clear that he wants to keep working full time and focus his energy on product engineering, technology development and strategy. “Safra and Mark are exceptional executives who have repeatedly demonstrated their ability to lead, manage and grow the company. The Directors are thrilled that the best senior …

    September 18, 2014 3:50 pm
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Science

  • NASA’s 2015 Sample Return Robot Challenge Open for Registration


    [image-36] Registration is open for the fourth running of the NASA Centennial Challenge program’s Sample Return Robot Challenge, which will take place June 8-13, 2015. The autonomous robot competition, which carries a prize purse of $1.5 million, will be held at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts, which has hosted the event since 2012. Teams must demonstrate a robot that can locate and collect geologic samples from a wide and varied landscape without human control in two levels of competition that increase in difficulty. The objective is to encourage innovations in autonomous navigation and robotic manipulator technologies. Innovations stemming from this challenge may improve NASA’s capability to explore a variety of destinations in space, as well as enhance the nation’s robotic technology for use in industries and applications on Earth. “The teams’ robots are growing more sophisticated each year,” said Sam Ortega, program manager for Centennial Challenges at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, …

    September 18, 2014 4:11 pm
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Health

  • Falls indoors may signal frailty, linked to shorter survival


    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Women in their eighties who fell indoors, rather than outdoors or from a height like a ladder, died sooner than their peers, a new French study finds. Indoor falls could be an indicator of frailty and a sign that protective measures should be taken, say the authors. The study was led by Sebastien Bailly, a researcher with Hospices Civils de Lyon in France. He and his coauthors write in the journal Maturitas, “The mean survival time of women with inside falls was nearly 1.6 years shorter than that of women with other falling profiles.” Bailly and his colleagues studied 4,574 women who were over the age of 74 when they joined the study, could walk by themselves and were not living in institutional settings. The researchers called the women every four months for the first four years of the study to find out if they had fallen at some time …

    September 18, 2014 3:50 pm
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Entertainment

  • Kim Kardashian Ditches Her Glam Gear For Undercover Ensemble


    Posted on Thu Sep 18th, 2014 3:00pm PDT       By X17 Staff We almost didn’t recognize Kim Kardashian when she isn’t flaunting her (second) favorite accessory — her boobs! Looking rather understated, the reality star headed to the studio in Los Angeles today to do some work on her E! show Keeping Up With the Kardashians. Judging by her outfit — Nori’s mom looks like she was trying go go incognito — but where there’s a Kardashian, there’s a camera, so we got the on-the-go gal. Ditching her big hair, heels and glam get ups, Kimmy K looks more like a cat burglar than a glam reality star. The usually fashionable star has been dressing down recently. On Tuesday night, Kimbo and hubby Kanye West headed to West Hollywood for a casual dinner out Tuesday evening, after returning to LA from Australia only hours before. But the high-profile pair didn’t bother to get dressed up — Kim …

    September 18, 2014 5:31 pm
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Editorial

  • We must tell the truth about ISIS because President Obama won’t


    In his address to the nation last week, President Obama declared to the nation — to the world — that ISIS (also known as ISIL, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) was not Islamic. Across the globe, jaws dropped. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT It’s not my purpose today to cite chapter and verse why President Obama is wrong. Pundits have been doing that for days. Instead, I want to focus on the deeper question: Why is ISIS’ Islamic identity critical to its appeal to the Muslim world? The truth is that ISIS’ core appeal is in its Islamic identity, and it is that identity that makes ISIS so dangerous. After all, if ISIS isn’t “Islamic,” then tens of thousand of devout young Muslims wouldn’t be flocking to its banner. If ISIS isn’t “Islamic,” then opposing Islamic militias would swell with the ranks of the faithful, eager to root out the apostates in their midst. Instead, …

    September 18, 2014 3:50 pm
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Odd News

  • Drunken Tennessee man vows to join Islamic State after arrest -police


    NASHVILLE Tenn. (Reuters) – A Tennessee man charged with drunken driving on Thursday told the police officer who arrested him that he would join the Islamic State militant group and seek revenge, Nashville police said. “I am going to join ISIS. When I do, you will be the first person I will kill,” suspect Marco Antonio Dominguez, using an acronym for the group, said from the back seat of the Nashville police car that took him to jail, according to a prosecution affidavit. Dominguez, 24, “had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage” on his breath and showed other signs of intoxication when he was being questioned prior to his arrest, the affidavit said. He was first questioned by officers after he pulled into a gas station with his car smoking and the windshield smashed in, authorities said. Police said the man continued to make threats even after he had been taken to jail. He faces charges of …

    September 18, 2014 4:10 pm
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