• Front-nine blitz puts Hurley on top

    KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – American Billy Hurley III grabbed a two-shot halfway stage lead at the CIMB Classic after his front-nine birdie binge at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club on Friday. The former...
  • Burkina Faso’s president resigns

    Burkina Faso’s president resigns

    31 October 2014 Last updated at 13:37 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. President Compaore had earlier urged talks with all parties Burkina Faso’s President Blaise Compaore has announced his resignation, following...
  • Apple says it may lose Irish tax break

    Apple says it may lose Irish tax break

      Apple says it is at risk of being hit with a higher tax rate and back taxes as European regulators investigate its tax affairs in Ireland. In June, the European Commission launched a probe...
  • Why scratching makes you itch more

    Related images(click to enlarge) Turns out your mom was right: Scratching an itch only makes it worse. New research from scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis indicates that scratching causes the...
  • Pennsylvania college forfeits game after 5 players arrested

    CALIFORNIA, Pa. –  A state university in western Pennsylvania says it’s forfeiting an upcoming football game after five players were arrested in connection with a violent assault outside an off-campus restaurant. California University of Pennsylvania...
  • Burkina Faso leader urged to resign

    Burkina Faso leader urged to resign

    31 October 2014 Last updated at 12:09 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. President Compaore: “Only through a consultative dialogue will we be able to restore peace” Burkina Faso’s opposition has renewed...

Headline News

  • 15-year-old girl is sixth person charged in connection to sexual assault on Kentucky boy


    HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. –  Police in western Kentucky say they’ve charged a sixth person — a 15-year-old girl — in connection to a sexual assault on a 15-year-old boy. The Kentucky New Era (http://bit.ly/1G23MOv) reports the girl is charged with three counts of distributing matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor. Police say she shared a video of the assault with at least three other people. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Police say a group of young men and teenagers sodomized the boy, who was incapacitated at a house party Oct. 12 in Hopkinsville, about an hour northwest of Nashville, Tennessee. The youth was taken to a hospital in Clarksville, Tennessee, to be treated for life-threatening injuries after the assault. An attorney for his family told the newspaper he’s recovering and has been released from the hospital. ___ Information from: Kentucky New Era, http://www.kentuckynewera.com

    October 31, 2014 8:41 am
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Politics

  • Economy, health care dominate campaign issues


    By The Associated Press October 31, 2014 Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., left, and his Republican opponent, Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Colo.(AP Photo/Brennan Linsley) As a season of campaigning enters its intense final weekend, a new Associated Press-GfK poll illustrates the challenge ahead for candidates and their allies trying to rally voters around traditional wedge issues such as abortion and gay marriage. This fall, voters just have other matters on their minds. Social issues are eclipsed by concerns about the economy, health care, the Islamic State group and Ebola, the poll finds. And hovering over each of these individual issues is a broad dissatisfaction with President Barack Obama and Republican leaders in Congress. Only 32 percent of likely voters called gay marriage an important issue, compared with 91 percent ranking the economy important, 78 percent with similar concerns about health care and 74 percent naming Ebola important. The issue that some Democrats have emphasized most of all …

    October 31, 2014 7:20 am
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Stocks

  • Apple says it may lose Irish tax break


      Apple says it is at risk of being hit with a higher tax rate and back taxes as European regulators investigate its tax affairs in Ireland. In June, the European Commission launched a probe to see whether Apple’s 1991 tax deal with Ireland violated European Union laws prohibiting state aid to companies. Ireland and Apple say they work in accordance with the law. In the company’s annual financial report, released this week, Apple warned investors that “If the Company’s effective tax rates were to increase, particularly in the U.S. or Ireland…the company’s operating results, cash flows and financial condition could be adversely affected.” Related: How Apple socres its lower tax bill Apple (AAPL, Tech30) has paid as little as 2% on profits attributed to its subsidiaries in Ireland, well below the 35% top rate in the United States and even well below Ireland’s 12.5% rate. That has prompted complaints by both European and U.S. …

    October 31, 2014 8:20 am
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Sports

  • Front-nine blitz puts Hurley on top


    KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – American Billy Hurley III grabbed a two-shot halfway stage lead at the CIMB Classic after his front-nine birdie binge at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club on Friday. The former US Navy officer sunk six birdies for an outward 30 in his second successive round of 67 to go 10-under-par 134 in the tournament sanctioned by the PGA and Asian Tour. Compatriot Kevin Streelman carded a bogey-free 68 to lie second, one shot ahead of a pack of seven that included Englishman Lee Westwood, who shot a hole-in-one en route to the day’s low of 65, Spaniard Sergio Garcia (68) and defending champion Ryan Moore (69). “I even played a little bit better probably than the score is on the front side,” said Hurley who dropped a double bogey on the second and birdied the seventh. “I hit a lot of really good putts that kind of just hit the …

    October 31, 2014 8:41 am
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World News

  • Burkina Faso’s president resigns


    31 October 2014 Last updated at 13:37 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. President Compaore had earlier urged talks with all parties Burkina Faso’s President Blaise Compaore has announced his resignation, following violent protests at his attempt to extend his 27-year rule. Mr Compaore issued a statement saying the presidency was now vacant. An army spokesman also broke the news to cheering demonstrators in the capital, Ouagadougou. On Thursday, protesters had set fire to parliament and government buildings in anger at Mr Compaore’s attempt to amend the constitution. Following the protests, Mr Compaore said he had agreed not to seek another term, but that he would remain in power until a transitional government had completed its work in 2015. However, the opposition continued to demand that he resign. Its leader, Zephirin Diabre, urged protesters to occupy public spaces. There were cheers when the army spokesman told the crowd gathered in front of …

    October 31, 2014 8:41 am
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Technology

  • Former Android boss leaves Google


    31 October 2014 Last updated at 11:57 Andy Rubin co-founded the world’s most popular mobile operating system Android One of the creators of the world’s most popular mobile operating system is to leave Google, it has been announced. Andy Rubin, who co-founded the Android project, is to step down after around nine years at the technology giant. Announcing Mr Rubin’s departure, Google said he created “something truly remarkable” in Android. Mr Rubin, who has also worked for Apple, reportedly plans to found an incubator for hardware start-up firms. “I want to wish Andy all the best with what’s next. With Android he created something truly remarkable – with a billion plus happy users. Thank you,” said Google’s chief executive and co-founder Larry Page. Mr Rubin’s departure comes after he stepped down from Google’s Android division in March 2013 to begin working on the technology giant’s robotics project. He was behind the acquisition of seven robotics …

    October 31, 2014 7:21 am
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Science

  • Why scratching makes you itch more


    Related images(click to enlarge) Turns out your mom was right: Scratching an itch only makes it worse. New research from scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis indicates that scratching causes the brain to release serotonin, which intensifies the itch sensation. The findings, in mice, are reported online in the journal Neuron. The same vicious cycle of itching and scratching is thought to occur in humans, and the research provides new clues that may help break that cycle, particularly in people who experience chronic itching. Scientists have known for decades that scratching creates a mild amount of pain in the skin, said senior investigator Zhou-Feng Chen, PhD, director of Washington University’s Center for the Study of Itch. That pain can interfere with itching — at least temporarily — by getting nerve cells in the spinal cord to carry pain signals to the brain instead of itch signals. “The problem is that when …

    October 31, 2014 7:41 am
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Health

  • China to send elite army unit to help fight Ebola in Liberia


    BEIJING (Reuters) – China will dispatch an elite unit of the People’s Liberation Army to help Ebola-hit Liberia, the Foreign Ministry said on Friday, responding to U.N. calls for a greater global effort to fight the deadly virus in West Africa. Washington has led the international drive to stop the spread of the disease that has killed nearly 5,000 people, sending thousands of troops and committing about $1 billion, but Beijing has faced criticism for not doing enough. The PLA squad, which has experience from a 2002 outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), will build a 100-bed treatment center in Liberia, the first such facility in the three countries most impacted by Ebola to be constructed and run by a foreign country, said Lin Songtian, director general of the ministry’s Department of African Affairs. The center will be open for operation in a month’s time, he told a briefing in Beijing. China will also …

    October 31, 2014 7:20 am
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Entertainment

  • Bruce Jenner’s country club buddies start bullying him over his looks


    5 Reasons Kris Jenner’s new relationship is super creepy Jenner is currently altering a lot of things in his life. He recently split up with wife of 23 years, Kris, and his physical appearance has slowly been morphing for the past couple of years. No one is exactly sure what Jenner is trying to achieve with his new look, but the changes have led to speculation that the Kardashian patriarch may be making the transition from man to woman. His hair has been grown out into a long, well-coiffed, ombré style and there have been reports that he underwent surgery to shave his Adam’s apple. A lot of people are probably guilty of a quick chuckle, or maybe even just a “hmmm” under their breath, after coming across a picture of Jenner online, but there hasn’t been evidence that anyone has taken their judgment of Jenner to the level of harrassment… until now. According to TMZ, Jenner …

    October 31, 2014 7:00 am
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Editorial

  • ‘Lone Wolf’ terror attacks: We’re sitting ducks and Americans with guns are last line of defense


    The recent spate of “lone wolf” terrorist attacks both here and in Canada seem to have come out of nowhere. And it’s clear that they have left Americans and Canadians as sitting ducks. Simply by using the Internet, ISIS has encouraged “lone wolf” individuals. These “wolves” have initiated attacks on their own with no planning or coordination with others and without leaving a trail of clues about their intentions. Law enforcement authorities and our government are not well suited to defend against such individual terror strikes. As Israel has learned about such attacks, there are just too many targets to defend. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT So what can be done to protect public safety? When police and the military can’t be everywhere, the last line of defense is having more citizens carry guns. What can be done to protect public safety? When police and the military can’t be everywhere, the last line of defense is having more …

    October 31, 2014 3:17 am
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Odd News

  • Police led to Alabama drug suspect by his dog


    BIRMINGHAM Ala. (Reuters) – Police in Alabama found a suspected drug dealer who was hiding in tall grass near his home after the man’s dog, tail wagging enthusiastically, led officers to him, police said on Thursday. Edward Melvin Henderson fled his home in Prattville as officers pulled up to the residence with a search warrant on Tuesday, said Paula Barlow, spokeswoman for the Prattville Police Department. Henderson ran, jumped off a ravine and continued running. As officers approached the ravine, a mixed breed pit bull/husky later identified as Bo came running up, she said. Henderson had run into a wooded area and was hiding. Two officers looked at Bo and pointed in the direction Henderson had run and told the dog to go and get him. Investigators trailed Bo, who was wagging his tail after locating his owner lying in high grass, Barlow said. The search warrant resulted in the recovery of methamphetamine and components …

    October 30, 2014 11:36 pm
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