Headline News

  • Michael Brown shooting: A look at the key players in Ferguson case

    FERGUSON, Mo. –  A look at some of the key figures in the case of Michael Brown, the black 18-year-old who was shot and killed by a white police officer in August — a death that stirred weeks of violent unrest in the St. Louis suburb. ___ ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT MICHAEL BROWN Michael Brown graduated from Normandy High School last spring and was preparing to attend Vatterott College, where he planned to study to become a heating and air conditioning technician. Friends say he eventually wanted to go into business for himself. Relatives and friends described Brown, who grew up in a tough neighborhood, as a quiet, gentle giant who stood around 6-foot-3 and weighed nearly 300 pounds. He was unarmed on the day he was killed. Police said later that he was a suspect in the “strong-arm” robbery of a convenience store moments before the shooting. A family attorney said Brown may have made mistakes …

    November 24, 2014 3:38 pm


  • Bill Cassidy Utilizes Weekly GOP Address, Again

    By Clark Mindock Posted at 1:24 p.m. today 0 Tweet Cassidy gave the weekly Republican address again last weekend. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo) Heading into a Dec. 6 runoff in Louisiana against Democratic Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, Rep. Bill Cassidy took a second crack at the Republican weekly address to make his case for election to the Senate. Just as in his first address in June, the doctor by trade recalled interactions with patients as a prominent forum to hear constituent concerns on the direction of the country. “When my patients tell me about their health concerns,” Cassidy said, “they also tell me they are worried about the economy, their jobs, the direction of our country.” With the final outstanding Senate race on the line, Cassidy and his opponent both came out in strong support of the Keystone XL pipeline last week, urging their chambers to approve the measure. The House voted in …

    November 24, 2014 12:56 pm


  • Tribune reverses course on unlimited vacation policy

    Tribune Publishing, which owns the Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times, had introduced a “discretionary time off” policy that was met with employee concern. Well, that was quick. A week and a day after announcing it would switch to a “discretionary time off” policy that would remove any limits on how many paid days off salaried employees could take, Tribune Publishing has rescinded the program. Instead, Tribune will return to “its long-standing policy of providing a fixed amount of vacation, floating holidays and sick days per year based on level and tenure with the Company,” said CEO Jack Griffin in a memo to employees last Friday, which was posted on JimRomenesko.com. Tribune reversed its decision after receiving “valuable input from employees,” Griffin wrote, noting that the introduction of the new policy “created confusion and concern within the Company.” Related: Unlimited vacation: It may not be as cool as it sounds The company did not offer …

    November 24, 2014 3:58 pm


  • Fan of NFL’s Browns says hit by entourage of quarterback Manziel

    (Reuters) – A Cleveland Browns fan who tried to approach backup quarterback Johnny Manziel told police he was attacked by the player’s entourage, and the National Football League team said Monday it was gathering information to determined what happened. Chris Gonos, 33, said he approached Manziel early Saturday at a Cleveland hotel and said, ‘I’m the biggest Browns fan ever, I love you, I want to give you a hug,’” according to a police report. Gonos told police as he stepped toward Manziel he was “attacked” by one member of Manziel’s group and then beaten by several others. Gonos received a swollen lip, a swollen right eye and a red face, the police report said. Police were called to the scene around 2:30 a.m. and did not make any arrests. Manziel, the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner as the nation’s best college player, was not listed as a suspect. “We are aware of the incident and …

    November 24, 2014 3:38 pm

World News

  • Ferguson jury rules on Brown death

    24 November 2014 Last updated at 21:01 Protests calling for charges to be laid against Darren Wilson have continued in recent days A grand jury has made a decision on whether to charge a Missouri police officer over the death of an unarmed black teenager. His family confirmed that the jury’s decision is expected to be announced later on Monday. Michael Brown, 18, was killed by Darren Wilson on 9 August in the St Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri. His death sparked protests, sometimes violent, as police were criticised for using military grade riot gear. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has declared a state of emergency in the area and called in 400 National Guard troops in anticipation of protests, should charges not be filed in the case. A memorial is now at the site of where Michael Brown was killed Witnesses say Brown had his hands up in apparent surrender to the officer when he …

    November 24, 2014 3:37 pm


  • UK should be embarrassed by its lack of female engineers, says Ed Miliband

    Ed Miliband has said Britain’s lack of female engineers should be a “matter of national embarrassment”, as he called for an extra 400,000 people to be trained in the profession by the end of the decade. Writing on Facebook, the Labour leader said the UK needed about 780,000 engineers by 2020 to meet industry demand, but the country is training less than half of that. “If we are going to win the race to the top in the 21st century, we have to re-establish our historic reputation as a world leader in technology and manufacturing,” he wrote. “We need to equip our businesses with the skills they need to succeed. But the UK is facing a crisis in the number of engineers being trained up. “This is not just a shortage of the traditional civil, mechanical and electrical engineers, but also in information technology, green energy, and life sciences where many of the jobs of …

    November 24, 2014 12:57 pm


  • Printing the future

    One moment it’s an image on a screen, the next it’s an object in your hands – today’s 3D printers make Star Trek gadgets look tame.  Futuristic as they are, they are also taking us back to a time when individuals were able to craft their own designs. While conventional manufacturing excels at churning out mountains of identical objects, 3D printing gives today’s artisans free reign. Here are some examples. But this is just the beginning – 3D printing is limited only by our imaginations. Bespoke bike Every body is different. So wouldn’t it be great if your bike were tailored to yours? Matthew Andrew, owner and designer at Flying Machine in Perth, can oblige. He teamed up with the CSIRO’s Lab 22 to produce a prototype bike, above, with 3D-printed titanium parts that can be tailored to the customer’s size. “The customer is measured up. It’s similar to buying a tailored suit. You just …

    November 24, 2014 1:17 pm


  • Some Newly Insured Under ‘Obamacare’ May Have Trouble Finding Doctors

    MONDAY, Nov. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Millions of Americans bought health insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act in the past year. Now, several shortcomings in the system have been discovered. In some markets, doctors are reluctant to take on patients who bought health insurance plans through the state and federal exchanges that were created by “Obamacare.” “I think doctors have a couple of problems with the exchange policies,” said Dr. Austin King, an otolaryngologist and president of the Texas Medical Association. People often don’t understand their insurance coverage, so staff members have to educate them, “and that adds to the hassle of seeing these patients,” King said. Another problem: Doctors are wary of the law’s provision giving people with subsidized coverage a 90-day grace period before their coverage is cancelled for failing to pay the premium. Doctors fear they could end up on the hook for care provided to people who lose their …

    November 24, 2014 8:52 am


  • - Kesha Surfaces After Filing Sexual Abuse Lawsuit Against Dr. Luke

    Posted on Mon Nov 24th, 2014 12:15pm PDT       By X17 Staff She’s alive! Kesha has surfaced for the first time since she went into hiding following the allegations that her music producer Dr. Luke sexually abused her. We haven’t seen hide nor hair of her since the whole thing went down last month — but we are glad to see that the singer is looking healthy. Despite her floppy hat disguise, our photogs caught the blonde beauty as she was making her way out of LAX to Nashville. According to her Instagram, the “Blow” singer was in Las Vegas yesterday. It seems as though the “Tik Tok” singer is staying strong. She broke her Twitter silence last week to thank fans for their support, “i’ve seen ALL of the love and I appreciate every tweet, comment. everything. each live in my heart!!”   SEE THE GALLERY Kesha Makes Her First Public Appearance Since Suing Dr. Luke …

    November 24, 2014 2:36 pm


  • After Chuck Hagel: Why Obama’s next pick for Pentagon chief could determine his foreign policy legacy

    Poor Defense Secretary Hagel.  Hired and fired in just one term.   I’m not surprised.   ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT When he got the job I warned that he was the wrong pick, because he didn’t have good relations with Congress to sell the president’s unpopular agenda on Capitol Hill, or the credibility necessary to sell the military on unpopular budget cuts. And that was before ISIS, Ebola and super-sized, military-gutting defense cuts. Related Image Expand / Contract Nov. 24, 2014: President Obama, left, listens as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, right, talks about his resignation during an event in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) So out with Hagel, in with a new Secretary of Defense  The pick could well determine Obama’s foreign policy legacy.    The stakes couldn’t be higher.   Will the new SecDef and Joint Chiefs work together and persuade the president to change course?  Or will the …

    November 24, 2014 12:57 pm

Odd News

  • Lost kitten from New Mexico turns up in duffel bag in Maine

    ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) – An Albuquerque cat owner can sleep easier now that the kitten that went missing last month will be home for the holidays, despite a mysterious 2,300-mile side trip to Maine. Patsy Murphy, who runs an animal refuge center in Westbrook, Maine, said the kitten, named Spice, was brought to her shelter on Nov. 11 by a man who found the feline in a duffel bag while unloading furniture at a local Catholic charity. “This is a very odd story, we wish she could tell us what happened,” Murphy said of the kitten, which was found inside the bag with food and kitty litter. Murphy said Maine resident Bob Watterson brought the kitten home on Nov. 5, and cared for it for six days before he turned it over to the animal refuge, which found a microchip in the cat that could identify it. Murphy was shocked when the cat was traced …

    November 21, 2014 8:31 pm