• Hints of Progress in the Ebola Fight

    At the epicenter of the Ebola outbreak there are finally flickers of hope. Wednesday the World Health Organization reported that even in the absence of new vaccines and medications there have been some significant strides...
  • Parachutist rescued from Missouri radio tower

    (Reuters) – A man’s plan to leap from a Missouri radio tower south of St. Louis went awry when his parachute got stuck on a supporting wire, leaving him suspended 155 feet above the ground,...
  • Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo crashes during test flight

    Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo crashes during test flight

    Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo, pictured here, crashed in Mojave, Calif. Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo, a suborbital space plane designed for space tourism and operated by Virgin Galactic, crashed Friday during a test flight in California’s Mojave Desert....
  • Puppy love… for real

    Puppy love… for real

    Elsie and Brady (Courtesy of the author) She had him at woof. Our golden doodle puppy, Brady, has a crush on the girl next door. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT She’s an adorable Wheaton terrier named Elsie who’s just...

Headline News

  • Former marching band member guilty of manslaughter in Florida hazing


    ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) – A Florida jury on Friday found a former college marching band member guilty of manslaughter in a Florida hazing case that drew national attention, according to an attorney for the victim’s family. Percussionist Dante Martin, 27, was convicted for his role in a November 2011 hazing ritual involving the Florida AM University’s celebrated “Marching 100″ band that led to the death of Robert Champion, a 26-year-old drum major. (Reporting by Barbara Liston; Writing by Letitia Stein; Editing by Chris Reese)

    October 31, 2014 3:49 pm
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Politics

  • Early Voting Update in Four Senate Races


    By Alexis Levinson Posted at 4:25 p.m. today 0 Tweet A polling station in Washington, D.C. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo) Early voting is playing a crucial role in several of the cycle’s most contested races for the Senate, where control hangs in the balance ahead of Tuesday’s midterm elections. Senate Republicans must gain six seats to win the majority — and increasingly likely scenario. Here’s a look at how both sides are faring in early voting in four of the most competitive Senate races: Colorado Sen. Mark Udall, Democrat, vs. Rep. Cory Gardner, Republican. Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call Race Rating: Tilts Republican  For the first time, all state voters will cast their ballot by mail. That makes early voting in the Centennial State just, well, voting. As of Friday, Republicans undeniably have the advantage: 41 percent of early voters were registered Republicans, while 32 percent were registered Democrats, according to data from Colorado’s Secretary …

    October 31, 2014 3:29 pm
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Stocks

  • What’s open on Thanksgiving, and what isn’t


    Macy’s will open its doors at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Whether or not to shop on Thanksgiving is a controversial issue, and several major retailers are already taking sides. For the folks who can’t wait for their dinners to digest before they kick off their holiday shopping spree, Macy’s and Kohl’s will both open their doors on Thanksgiving Day at 6 p.m. Macy’s (M) opened at the same time last year, and said enough shoppers came through its doors to justify continuing the tradition. Kohl’s (KSS) is opening two hours earlier than it did last year. There are also holiday shopping holdouts. Costco (COST), Nordstrom (JWN), Neiman Marcus and GameStop (GME) have all said they won’t open on Thanksgiving. They’re going to wait and launch their Black Friday deals on, well, Friday. And many major retail players have yet to reveal their holiday shopping plans, including Walmart (WMT), Best Buy (BBY), Target (TGT) and Kmart …

    October 31, 2014 2:28 pm
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Sports

  • Injured Carlos Rogers may miss Raiders game in Seattle, replacement uncertain


    ALAMEDA, Calif. –  The Oakland Raiders are expected to be without cornerback Carlos Rogers for Sunday’s game against Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks. Rogers has started 55 consecutive games since 2010 but has been bothered by a sore knee this season. He has not practiced this week and is doubtful on the team’s injury report. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT It’s another blow to the NFL’s 31st-ranked defense, which has been plagued by injuries and poor play. The winless Raiders have already lost three defensive starters — defensive end LaMarr Woodley, middle linebacker Nick Roach and strong safety Tyvon Branch — to season-ending injuries. Interim coach Tony Sparano said Friday he’s holding out hope that the 33-year-old Rogers can play despite not practicing for most of the past two weeks. Sparano declined to name a possible replacement.

    October 31, 2014 3:49 pm
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World News

  • Italy: end of ongoing sea rescue mission puts thousands at risk


    Europe has been warned it faces the risk of far greater loss of life in the Mediterranean, after Italy formally ended its year-long mission to rescue stricken migrants and doubts persisted about a new EU force that will replace it. Italy insisted there would be “no abdication” of search and rescue duties in the waters where its navy has plucked out more than 100,000 shipwrecked refugees this year alone. But as it announced the end of its €9m(£7m)-a-month Mare Nostrum mission, refugee groups and experts warned that the deadliest year yet in the Mediterranean could get even worse. In response to repeated demands from Rome that the European Union step up its presence in waters where more than 3,000 refugees have died this year, the EU border agency Frontex will on Saturday begin coordinating a new operation called Triton. But, rather than replicating the Italian mission, which carried out proactive search and rescue across 27,000 …

    October 31, 2014 3:49 pm
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Technology

  • Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo crashes during test flight


    Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo, pictured here, crashed in Mojave, Calif. Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo, a suborbital space plane designed for space tourism and operated by Virgin Galactic, crashed Friday during a test flight in California’s Mojave Desert. The company said on Twitter that it doesn’t yet know the status of the aircraft’s pilots. However, the California Highway Patrol has confirmed one fatality, according to local NBC TV affiliate KGET, which also reported that one person with major injuries has been transported by emergency helicopter to a nearby hospital. According to a tweet from the Associated Press, a witness said the plane exploded in midair after its rockets ignited. That ignition is a key stage of SpaceShipTwo’s self-flight process, where it detaches from the larger WhiteKnightTwo aircraft that ferries it to cruise altitude. It’s unknown what caused the accident. Virgin Galactic is the space tourism company owned by billionaire Richard Branson’s Virgin Group. Its goal is to operate …

    October 31, 2014 3:29 pm
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Science

  • Hints of Progress in the Ebola Fight


    At the epicenter of the Ebola outbreak there are finally flickers of hope. Wednesday the World Health Organization reported that even in the absence of new vaccines and medications there have been some significant strides against the virus in Liberia, the country hardest hit by the epidemic. The cautious optimism has set off discussion about what the “next phase” of the Ebola response may entail: even more aggressive tracing of people possibly exposed to Ebola.   The number of cases in Liberia, a top WHO official said Wednesday, may be dropping by as much as 25 percent a week. “It appears the trend is real in Liberia,” Bruce Aylward, WHO assistant director general in charge of the operational response said in a press briefing. “There may indeed be a slowing of the epidemic there.”   In west Africa there are still more than 13,500 Ebola cases—actually an uptick of about 3,000 in recent days—but a …

    October 31, 2014 3:49 pm
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Health

  • Could breathing differently change how people climb mountains?


    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – A brief new report claims that using a breathing technique based on Tibetan Buddhist tradition, 26 inexperienced mountain climbers made it up Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa in 48 hours while avoiding acute mountain sickness. They were trained to take quick deep breaths constantly while climbing, said coauthor Dr. Geert A. Buijze of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the Academic Medical Center Amsterdam in The Netherlands. “Compare it to the deep breathing when performing strenuous exercises,” Buijze told Reuters Health by email. Acute mountain sickness (AMS) can affect anyone who ascends above 8,000 feet too rapidly. Symptoms are usually mild, but severe cases can result in blue skin, chest tightness, confusion, coughing up blood and inability to walk. For the new experiment, which was reported in a letter to the editor in Wilderness Environmental Medicine, the climbers received special training in advance, including mindset coaching, cold exposure, and breathing technique …

    October 31, 2014 3:29 pm
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Entertainment

  • Khloe Kardashian Flies Out Of Town After French Montana Claims She’s His "Baby Forever"


    Posted on Fri Oct 31st, 2014 12:30pm PDT       By X17 Staff She’s looking so boney! Khloe Kardashian caught an early flight out of LAX this morning, and the reality star was slightly in disguise in her adorable skeleton sweatsuit. Could she be trying to go unnoticed to avoid questions about her rumored rekindled romance with ex French Montana? We thought the two were dunzo after they broke up this summer, but according to the rapper, they are maybe still an item and she will always hold a special place in his heart. Does she know this? “She’s my baby forever. She’s good. She’s the best. There’s no bad blood with her. I love how she is. She inspires me as a person. I’m sure I inspire her in many different ways. We just have that special relationship. Right now we’re in a special zone… She’s a beautiful person. I don’t think a lot of people know …

    October 31, 2014 3:09 pm
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Editorial

  • Puppy love… for real


    Elsie and Brady (Courtesy of the author) She had him at woof. Our golden doodle puppy, Brady, has a crush on the girl next door. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT She’s an adorable Wheaton terrier named Elsie who’s just a few months younger than Brady. Ever since they discovered each other across our chain-link fence, their obsession has grown. When one is out, he/she is searching for the other. I took Brady for a walk and left the gate to our yard open. Elsie must have been in her yard and heard him. When we returned from the walk, there she was — sitting eagerly on our driveway — waiting for her guy. Their determination to connect is so intense, they’ve found spots all along the fence to dig holes just deep enough for Elsie (who’s smaller) to escape into our yard. While our neighbors are onboard with the relationship, they’re none too pleased about the endless excavation, and …

    October 31, 2014 3:29 pm
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Odd News

  • Parachutist rescued from Missouri radio tower


    (Reuters) – A man’s plan to leap from a Missouri radio tower south of St. Louis went awry when his parachute got stuck on a supporting wire, leaving him suspended 155 feet above the ground, a fire official said on Friday. The parachutist, Timothy Church, 27, and a second man, Brandon Travis, 26, were arrested for trespassing on private property, St. Louis County Police spokesman Brian Schellman said. Travis helped Church gain access to the tower, he said. Church was rescued by a firefighter trained in high-suspension rescues who climbed the tower and got a rope and pulley to the man. He was then secured and lowered to the ground just before midnight Thursday, said Brian Hendricks, chief of the Mehlville Fire Protection District. “It appears he climbed the tower, jumped, deployed his parachute and as he was coming to the ground he became entangled in the guy wire,” Hendricks said in an interview. Church …

    October 31, 2014 3:49 pm
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