• US drops arms to Kurds battling IS

    US drops arms to Kurds battling IS

    20 October 2014 Last updated at 04:08 The US military said the supplies were designed to “enable continued resistance” against IS (FILE PHOTO) US military aircraft have dropped weapons, ammunition and medical supplies to Kurdish...
  • Flames net 3 goals in 2nd, top Jets

    Winnipeg, MB (SportsNetwork.com) – Mason Raymond scored one of Calgary’s three second-period goals and the Flames defeated the Winnipeg Jets 4-1 on Sunday night. Dennis Wideman, Johnny Gaudreau and Raymond all tallied within a 6:42...
  • Blocks: A customisable, modular smartwatch

    Blocks: A customisable, modular smartwatch

    Phonebloks The beautiful thing about a PC is that it can be customised for your needs. You need better graphics capabilities? You can upgrade your video card. Running out of memory? You can install some...
  • US airdrops for Kurds battling IS

    US airdrops for Kurds battling IS

    20 October 2014 Last updated at 03:32 US military aircraft have dropped weapons, ammunition and medical supplies to Kurdish fighters battling Islamic State (IS) militants in the key Syrian town of Kobane. US Central Command...

Headline News

  • Toddler beaten and choked to death for soiling pants: police


    (Reuters) – A man accused in the death of his 3-year-old stepdaughter was being held in a New York City hospital on Sunday after police found him in an apartment with self-inflicted stab wounds, authorities said. Kelsey Smith, 20, is charged with assault and endangering the welfare of a child after the death of Jeida Torres, who detectives believe was beaten and choked on Saturday because she soiled her pants, said New York Police Lieutenant John Grimpel. Stiffer charges could be filed later, he said. The girl was taken to a nearby hospital after family members called police, and she was pronounced dead later Saturday, police said. Smith fled the scene and was later found in a Queens apartment with the stab wounds, police said. He was taken to the hospital, where he was conscious and in stable condition on Sunday, Grimpel said. Smith was babysitting the girl and her 5-year-old brother at a Brooklyn …

    October 19, 2014 11:01 pm
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Politics

  • Obama makes rare campaign trail appearance, some leave early


    UPPER MARLBORO Md. (Reuters) – President Barack Obama made a rare appearance on the campaign trail on Sunday with a rally to support the Democratic candidate for governor in Maryland, though the event was marred somewhat by early departures of crowd members and a yelling heckler. With approval levels hovering around record lows, Obama has spent most of his campaign-related efforts this year raising money for struggling Democrats, who risk losing control of the U.S. Senate in the Nov. 4 midterm election. Many candidates from his party have been wary of appearing with him during their election races because of his sagging popularity. Not so Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown of Maryland, who is running for governor, and Governor Pat Quinn of Illinois, who is running for re-election. “You’ve got to vote,” Obama repeated over and over at a rally for Brown in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, near Washington. Democrats have a history of not turning up …

    October 19, 2014 10:20 pm
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Stocks

  • Debt-laden ‘zombie’ firms threaten China’s economy


    Economists concerned over rapidly rising corporate debt levels in China are sounding the alarm, warning that major changes are needed to avoid an increase in “zombie” banks and firms. After expanding at a lightning-fast rate, China’s corporate debt market recently became the largest in the world at $14.2 trillion, according to Standard and Poor’s. Experts worry that too many of the loans have gone to underperforming firms that will never be able to repay — especially in a slowing economy. Economists surveyed by CNNMoney often cite concerns over runaway credit growth, but many now single out corporate debt as a major threat to China’s economy. “The risk is that the high debt burden will eventually result in unproductive zombie banks and zombie firms, which are a drag on the economy,” said Julian Evans-Pritchard of Capital Economics. Related: The Chinese like capitalism more than Americans As China’s economy slows, companies are seeing a lower rate of …

    October 19, 2014 9:19 pm
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Sports

  • Flames net 3 goals in 2nd, top Jets


    Winnipeg, MB (SportsNetwork.com) – Mason Raymond scored one of Calgary’s three second-period goals and the Flames defeated the Winnipeg Jets 4-1 on Sunday night. Dennis Wideman, Johnny Gaudreau and Raymond all tallied within a 6:42 span in the middle frame, while T.J. Brodie added a goal in the third for the Flames, who went 4-2 on their six-game road trip. “Great second period. We came out strong, we came out with a great forecheck. We got a big power play goal,” Calgary head coach Bob Hartley said. Jonas Hiller stopped 34 shots in the victory. Mark Scheifele had the lone goal for Winnipeg, which has dropped four straight games. Ondrej Pavelec made 25 saves in defeat. “In that second period you have to find that confidence to stay up and stay aggressive,” Winnipeg head coach Paul Maurice said. Scheifele opened the scoring midway through the first before Wideman wristed a shot into the back of …

    October 19, 2014 11:01 pm
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World News

  • US drops arms to Kurds battling IS


    20 October 2014 Last updated at 04:08 The US military said the supplies were designed to “enable continued resistance” against IS (FILE PHOTO) US military aircraft have dropped weapons, ammunition and medical supplies to Kurdish fighters battling Islamic State (IS) militants in the key Syrian town of Kobane. US Central Command said C-130 transport aircraft had made “multiple” drops of supplies provided by Kurdish authorities in Iraq. US air strikes have helped push back IS in the town near the Turkish border. Correspondents say the airdrops are likely to anger key US ally Turkey. The drops of supplies provided by Kurdish authorities in Iraq were “intended to enable continued resistance against Isil’s attempts to overtake Kobane,” CentCom said in a statement. IS is also referred to as Isil and Isis. All the aircraft involved had returned safely, it added. US forces say air strikes have slowed IS advances into the city CentCom says US forces …

    October 19, 2014 11:01 pm
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Technology

  • Blocks: A customisable, modular smartwatch


    Phonebloks The beautiful thing about a PC is that it can be customised for your needs. You need better graphics capabilities? You can upgrade your video card. Running out of memory? You can install some more. Heck, you could gut the entire case and fill it with entirely new components if you wanted. With the ubiquity of mobile devices now, it would seem that that level of customisability would be very useful — which is what designer Dave Hakkens hoped to introduce with Phonebloks, a modular phone concept that has since been bought and is being developed by Google Motorola as Project Ara. And Phonebloks, now an independent organisation focused on the reduction of electronic waste, wants to bring it to wearables, too: it has created Blocks, a modular smartwatch with mix-and-match features. “Wearable devices are very personal devices, so naturally being able to customise yours would be amazing, as you could make it unique …

    October 19, 2014 10:21 pm
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Science

  • Loss of big predators could leave herbivores in a thorny situation


    Related images(click to enlarge) Global declines in carnivore populations could embolden plant eaters to increasingly dine on succulent vegetation, driving losses in plant and tree biodiversity, according to UBC research published today in Science. UBC zoologist Adam Ford and colleagues used GPS tracking and feeding experiments to measure how an African antelope’s (impala) fear of predators, as well as the growing patterns of thorny plants, combine to influence the landscape. “Our observations indicate that carnivores — like leopards and wild dogs — shape where herbivores eat,” says Ford, lead author of the paper. “Plant defenses — such as thorns — shape what herbivores eat.” “As human activities continue to reduce populations of predators, herbivores like impala become willing to feed in areas that used to be risky — consuming more preferred vegetation and, ironically, allowing less-preferred thorny plant species to take over,” says Ford. Recent, unrelated, data published in Science indicate more than three quarters …

    October 19, 2014 10:41 pm
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Health

  • Spanish Ebola nurse appears clear of disease, says government


    MADRID (Reuters) – The Spanish nurse who contracted Ebola while caring for two infected priests in a Madrid hospital, becoming the first person to contract the virus outside West Africa, appears to have overcome the deadly disease, the government said on Sunday. Tests on Teresa Romero, 44, hospitalized earlier this month with a high fever and treated in an isolation unit in a specially-adapted hospital in central Madrid, gave a negative result for the virus on Sunday, it said in a statement. Usually patients must take another test within 72 hours to be given the all-clear from the disease, which has killed thousands in West Africa. The hospital will take another test in a few hours’ time, the government statement said. Romero was treated with a drip of human serum containing antibodies from Ebola sufferers who had survived the disease and other drugs which a government spokeswoman declined to name. One was the experimental anti-viral …

    October 19, 2014 10:20 pm
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Entertainment

  • Vampire Diaries‘ Candice Accola marries, co-stars attend (PHOTOS)


    Hiss all you want: Caroline Klaus’ love is eternal While Caroline struggles to juggle a plethora of handsome men, Accola has sealed the deal with just one. Photo credit: Candice Accola/Instagram/Jonas Peterson Caption: “Officially Mr. and Mrs. King! Best night ever! Photo credit: Jonas Peterson” The starlet was married this weekend to The Fray’s Joe King in a New Orleans celebration. Her Vampire Diaries co-stars were in attendance to party the night away. INTERVIEW: Vampire Diaries‘ Michael Malarkey on “cute” Enzo/Caroline moment Almost all of the series regulars were in attendance for the big day, including Nina Dobrev (Elena), Paul Wesley (Stefan), Kat Graham (Bonnie) and Michael Trevino (Tyler). Kayla Ewell, who plays Vicki on the show, served as a bridesmaid, according to People. Even Vampire Diaries executive producer Julie Plec was there for all the action. Vampire Wedding. Spectacular. — julieplec (@julieplec) October 19, 2014 Ian Somerhalder wasn’t able to make the party but did post a …

    October 19, 2014 10:00 pm
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Editorial

  • Ebola threat: Our military must be on front line of US fight, not on the sidelines


    As Americans grow increasingly concerned about Ebola both here and around the world, I’ve been speaking with respected doctors who have spent most of their lives working for our government.  The concern they have about the Ebola threat to the American people is very real.  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT They have spent their lives making sure America has the right systems and technologies in place to prevent potentially catastrophic medical events, such as hemorrhagic fevers.  These doctors are not alarmists; they are patriots who have dedicated most of their lives to making sure that our nation was adequately prepared for an event such as this.  The U.S. military is best prepared to deal with Ebola. They have a much better understanding of medical logistics and proper protocols to be taken when dealing with deadly biological threats. As one physician told me, “This is a civilizational challenge, but I’m afraid our government is treating it as a political …

    October 18, 2014 1:40 pm
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Odd News

  • Washington teacher told not to use disciplinary ‘Wheel of Misfortune’


    SEATTLE (Reuters) – A Washington state high school teacher has been warned not to have students spin a disciplinary “Wheel of Misfortune” to assign punishments for misbehavior that included being pelted with rubber balls by fellow students, school officials said. The Stevenson High School science teacher used the wheel to punish “low-level misconduct” instead of sending the students to lunch-time detention, Superintendent Dan Read wrote in a letter to parents on Thursday. Results from a third-party investigation on Wednesday showed the teacher’s spinning punishment prop to be “inappropriate, but well-intentioned” and that the teacher did not “desire to embarrass, intimidate or harm any student,” Read said. “Poor judgment by any teacher is concerning and we plan to work with the teacher on more positive and productive classroom management skills going forward,” he added. The school, in Skamania County near the Washington-Oregon border, did not immediately respond to a request for comment, nor did the teacher. …

    October 17, 2014 9:43 pm
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