Headline News

  • Detroit-area man who killed woman on porch: ‘I didn’t know there was a round in there’


    DETROIT –  A suburban Detroit man who killed an unarmed woman on his porch told police that he didn’t know there was a round in the shotgun. Prosecutors on the second day of trial Thursday played a recording of Theodore Wafer’s remarks to officers made immediately after they arrived at his Dearborn Heights home last Nov. 2. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Wafer told police that when he opened the door he didn’t recognize the woman, and that he didn’t know the gun he fired was loaded. The 55-year-old Wafer is charged with second-degree murder in the death of 19-year-old Renisha McBride. He claims it was an act of self-defense. McBride was shot in the face while on Wafer’s porch around 4:30 a.m. on Nov. 2. They didn’t know each other.

    July 24, 2014 9:24 am
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Politics

  • U.S. Republican Paul Ryan wants choice in delivering aid to poor


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Aiming to shake up the debate over fighting poverty, Republican Representative Paul Ryan on Thursday called for charities, community groups and even for-profit firms to compete with government in spending taxpayer money to aid the poor. Presenting his plan for a sweeping revamp of social safety net programs, Ryan said he wanted to give families more choice in how they receive taxpayer-funded assistance. He proposed replacing some 11 programs ranging from food stamps to housing vouchers with “opportunity grants” given to states to tailor aid to individual needs. The plan would shift the federal government’s anti-poverty role largely to one of vetting state programs to distribute aid, and they would have to give the poor a choice of providers. “There wouldn’t just be a federal agency or a state agency,” Ryan said in remarks prepared for delivery to the American Enterprise Institute. “Instead, they could choose from a list of certified providers. …

    July 24, 2014 9:44 am
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Stocks

  • GM to pay victims at least $400 million


    Daryl Chansuthus (right) with her daughter Hasaya “Seyde” Chansuthus, who died in a car accident related to defective switches in GM cars. GM said Thursday it expects to pay victims of the defective switches and their families between $400 million to $600 million. General Motors expects to pay between $400 million to $600 million to compensate victims of ifs faulty ignition switch tied to at least 13 deaths. The families of those killed and people injured in crashes involving the ignition switch can start filing for payments next month. The problem with the ignition switch can cause the car to shut off while driving, disabling safety features such as air bags, anti-lock brakes and power steering. GM has admitted that its employees knew of the problem a decade before recalling 2.6 million cars earlier this year. The automaker has been under fire from Congressional, Justice Department and federal safety regulators for the delay and could …

    July 24, 2014 8:23 am
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Sports

  • Falcons, White agree to 4-year extension


    Flowery Branch, GA (SportsNetwork.com) – With training camp about to begin, the Atlanta Falcons announced Thursday that they agreed to terms with wide receiver Roddy White on a four-year contract extension. The deal will keep White tied to the franchise that drafted him through the 2018 season. White, 32, battled injuries last year and caught 63 passes for 711 yards, his lowest totals since 2006. Selected with the 27th overall pick in 2005, White owns club records for career receptions (685) and career receiving yards (9,436). The four-time Pro Bowler has 55 touchdown receptions in 141 career games. The Falcons open training camp on Friday. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT

    July 24, 2014 9:24 am
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World News

  • Shellfire ‘kills 15 in Gaza school’


    24 July 2014 Last updated at 15:18 Thousands of people have taken shelter at UN schools in Gaza At least 15 people have been killed and more than 200 injured when a UN-run school used as a shelter in Gaza was shelled, the Gaza health ministry says. Hundreds of Palestinians were in the school in Beit Hanoun, fleeing heavy fighting in the area. It is the fourth time that a UN facility has been hit in Israel’s offensive against Hamas militants. In the past 16 days of fighting, more than 725 Palestinians and 30 Israelis have been killed, officials say. Israel launched its military offensive on 8 July with the declared objective of stopping Hamas firing rockets from Gaza. Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Baroness Amos: “People are running out of food, water is also a serious concern” Earlier on Thursday, UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos said that it was “vital” …

    July 24, 2014 9:24 am
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Technology

  • Sigourney Weaver on Alien: Isolation ‘It’s going to be wild’


    They say don’t meet your heroes – and usually they’re right. Work on a film magazine for a few weeks and you soon discover that the actors you once idolised are often spoiled, petulant monsters who would rather be anywhere else in the world than in stuffy hotel room being interviewed by you. Then Sega asked if I wanted to interview Sigourney Weaver. Due out in October, Alien: Isolation is a terrifying survival horror video game, set 15 years after the events of Ridley Scott’s original movie. A remote space station has picked up a distress call from the Nostromo and now contact has been lost with the facility. In an ironic act, Weylan Yutani has sent out Ripley’s daughter Amanda to investigate. When she arrives, she discovers something has gotten on board the dark and claustrophobic station. Something … alien. Early previews of the game have been hugely positive – it is a nightmarishly …

    July 24, 2014 9:44 am
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Science

  • Hubble Finds Three Surprisingly Dry Exoplanets


    [image-36] Astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have gone looking for water vapor in the atmospheres of three planets orbiting stars similar to the sun — and have come up nearly dry. The three planets, known as HD 189733b, HD 209458b, and WASP-12b, are between 60 and 900 light-years away from Earth and were thought to be ideal candidates for detecting water vapor in their atmospheres because of their high temperatures where water turns into a measurable vapor. These so-called “hot Jupiters” are so close to their star they have temperatures between 1,500 and 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit, however, the planets were found to have only one-tenth to one one-thousandth the amount of water predicted by standard planet-formation theories. “Our water measurement in one of the planets, HD 209458b, is the highest-precision measurement of any chemical compound in a planet outside our solar system, and we can now say with much greater certainty than ever before …

    July 24, 2014 10:04 am
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Health

  • Young Readers, Tomorrow’s Leaders?


    THURSDAY, July 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Young children with strong reading skills may be on a fast track to a brighter future, a new study suggests. Kids with above average reading skills may have higher intelligence levels as they get older, according to British researchers. The study included 1,890 identical twins from Great Britain who were given reading and intelligence tests when they were ages 7, 9, 10, 12 and 16. Because each pair of twins had the same genes and home environment, any differences between them had to be due to factors they didn’t share, such as the quality of their teachers or friends who encouraged reading, the researchers suggested. Differences in reading skills between the twins were linked to later differences in intelligence, including areas such as vocabulary and reasoning. The reading abilities associated with later enhanced intelligence were evident by age 7. This suggests that even early reading skills may affect …

    July 24, 2014 9:44 am
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Entertainment

  • Selena Gomez Ditches New Beau Tommy Chiabra For New BFF Cara Delevingne


    Posted on Thu Jul 24th, 2014 6:00am PDT Spread Pictures She can’t spend every waking minute with him, you know! On Wednesday evening Selena Gomez and new bestie Cara Delevingne went to a private charity party in St. Tropez, and while SG looked goooorgeous, her new flame Tommy Chiabra was nowhere to be seen. But given how much time they’ve been spending together, we have a feeling they hooked up later in the evening… Selena and on-again/off-again boyfriend Justin Bieber ended things less than a month ago, and though he’s been spotted with several flings since then, yesterday he told X17 photographers that Selena is “beautiful” when asked what was going on with them. Hmm…think a Jelena reunion is imminent when the starlet returns from her Eurotrip? We’ll put a hundred bucks on it…   SEE THE GALLERY Selena Gomez And New BFF Cara Delevingne Party It Up Stories from around the Web

    July 24, 2014 8:23 am
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Editorial

  • Israel unrest: Anti-Semitic attacks rise as Gaza conflict continues


      It didn’t take long for Hamas to make a mockery of President Obama’s efforts to get a ceasefire in Gaza. The rulers of Gaza are nothing if not consistent. In genocidal word and terrorist deed, Hamas has one goal—the eradication of the Jewish State and its 8 million citizens. To that end, it has gone beyond kidnapping and murder, suicide bombing and missiles and rockets. Gaza’s democratically-elected government has rewarded its constituent’s trust by making them human shields and cannon fodder for its martyrdom on-demand campaign for 24-hour news cycle feeds and social networking platforms. Thus far Hamas’ murderous gameplan, has been largely thwarted by Israel’s Iron Dome, her people’s iron will, and the IDF’s warnings via cellphone, text and leaflets in advance of attacks to minimize civilian casualties. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT But there is no iron dome technology that can slow Hamas’ other long-distance campaign—the unleashing of history’s oldest hate—anti-Semitism– on every continent. But there is …

    July 24, 2014 9:44 am
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Odd News

  • Giant ketchup bottle up for sale in southern Illinois


    CHICAGO (Reuters) – Want a giant historic order of fries with that? A water tower shaped like a 170-foot-tall ketchup bottle is for sale in southern Illinois, along with an adjacent warehouse, an owner said on Wednesday. Fans fear the 65-year-old landmark, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, might be in peril if a sympathetic buyer isn’t found. Bethel-Eckert Enterprises used the Collinsville warehouse for a food distribution business but is now selling the property along Route 159 for $500,000, said co-owner Larry Eckert. The red-and-white tower was built in 1949 for the bottlers of Brooks ketchup, according to catsupbottle.com, the website of the World’s Largest Catsup Bottle fan club. The red-and-white tower was restored in 1995 with funds from volunteers, Eckert said. Eckert, who has not had any offers yet, hopes a buyer will preserve the bottle. But not every Illinois historic landmark has been saved, said Mike Gassmann, who calls …

    July 23, 2014 5:56 pm
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