Headline News

  • U.S. car safety regulators face review over safety lapses

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Transportation Department will conduct an internal review of U.S. auto safety regulators in response to a series of safety lapses, including this week’s reports of defective air bags, a senior administration official said on Saturday. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the review of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration would look at what has occurred and what can be done better to ensure safety. The safety regulatory agency has faced criticism and congressional scrutiny with millions of vehicles facing recalls over faulty airbags or ignition switches. The House of Representatives’ Energy and Commerce Committee is to hold an initial briefing with U.S. safety regulators next week to learn the details of the regional recalls affecting 10 automakers, a committee aide said on Friday. The news of the review emerged days after Toyota Motor Corp recalled 247,000 vehicles in the United States because of potentially defective Takata air …

    October 25, 2014 3:26 pm


  • Can Democrats regain votes outside of cities?

    By BILL BARROW October 25, 2014 Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kansas(AP Photo/Orlin Wagner) In an arena usually reserved for rodeos and livestock shows, Democratic Senate candidate Michelle Nunn told a boisterous crowd she was “glad to be home.” Her Republican opponent in the Georgia race, David Perdue, stood on the same debate stage and bellowed, “Welcome to Perdue country.” Neither candidate lives near the fairgrounds, much less among cattle or row crops. Nunn is a nonprofit executive who resides in a liberal neighborhood near downtown Atlanta, while Perdue is a wealthy former corporate CEO who lives behind multiple gates on a coastal island. But both candidates spent their formative years in middle Georgia, and both have made a concerted play for rural and small-town voters despite the state’s population shift to cities and suburbs. The same dynamic exists in Senate races in several other Southern states — Arkansas, Louisiana, Kentucky and North Carolina — that will …

    October 25, 2014 1:24 pm


  • Brits may get paid for losing weight

    Research suggests cash incentives make obese people lose weight. Overweight Brits may soon find that shedding extra pounds would benefit their wallets as well as their waistlines. The UK public health service, the NHS, wants to encourage companies to reward employees who lose excess weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Dubbed the ‘pounds for pounds’ program by Britain’s biggest-selling newspaper The Sun, the initiative is part of a plan to tackle an NHS funding shortfall that is forecast to hit £30 billion ($48 billion) by 2020. NHS executives plan to ask the cash-strapped government for £8 billion, but the rest will have to come from savings, including reducing spending on weight-related illness. “Put bluntly, as the nation’s waistline keeps piling on the pounds, we’re piling on billions of pounds in future taxes just to pay for preventable illnesses,” the NHS said. Almost two thirds of English adults are overweight or obese, with low income groups …

    October 25, 2014 2:25 pm


  • Jaguars promote cornerback Peyton Thompson from practice squad, waive receiver Tavarres King

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. –  The Jacksonville Jaguars have promoted first-year cornerback Peyton Thompson to the 53-man roster from the practice squad and waived receiver Tavarres King. The Jaguars need Thompson for depth since starter Alan Ball (biceps) has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against Miami and fellow cornerback Dwayne Gratz is listed as questionable with a hip flexor injury. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT If Gratz can’t play, Jacksonville would start second-year players Demetrius McCray and Jeremy Harris. Both were seventh-round draft picks in 2013. Thompson would back them up. He spent the first seven weeks of the season on Jacksonville’s practice squad. An undrafted rookie in 2012, he has spent time with Atlanta, Washington and Chicago. King was inactive for five games after Jacksonville signed him off Carolina’s practice squad. ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL

    October 25, 2014 3:26 pm

World News

  • Nurse isolated over Ebola contacts criticises airport quarantine rules

    A nurse who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone has criticized her treatment under a mandatory 21-day quarantine policy implemented in three US states on Friday, in an article written in a New Jersey hospital where she remained in isolation despite being cleared for Ebola in a preliminary test on Saturday. Kaci Hickox was placed in isolation under a policy announced on Friday by New Jersey governor Chris Christie and New York governor Andrew Cuomo, which requires anyone flying into the states after having contact with Ebola sufferers in west Africa to be subject to a mandatory 21-day quarantine, thought to be the disease’s maximum incubation period. The mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, told reporters on Saturday that Cuomo had not informed city officials before announcing the new quarantine plans. He declined to criticize or commend the new rules, but said the city would co-operate with them. The Illinois department of public health …

    October 25, 2014 3:25 pm


  • Gadget Ogling: Up In The Air, Big Reads and Ghastly Wearables

    This week in Gadget Dreams and Nightmares, a peek at newly announced gadgets that caught my eye, we’re going back to the future. Yes, there’s an actual hoverboard on the agenda, alongside a larger Nook tablet, a high-end Kindle, smart luggage, and the tipping point for wearable tech. As always, there are ratings for each item, which are based on how interested I am in using them — they’re not an indicator of each product’s quality. Hendo Hoverboard It’s happened. Someone finally has created a real-life, working hoverboard for the general populace to get their hands on. Hoverboards have been a pipedream for decades, especially invading the public consciousness in the last quarter-century (the period of history known as “After Back To The Future II). The Hendo Hoverboard, pictured above, actually works. Albeit only over certain metallic surfaces (because it works using magnets). And only an inch above the floor. And for about 15 minutes …

    October 25, 2014 1:25 pm


  • Liquid helium offers a fascinating new way to make charged molecules

    A collaboration between researchers at the Universities of Leicester and Innsbruck has developed a completely new way of forming charged molecules which offers tremendous potential for new areas of chemical research. Professor Andrew Ellis from our Department of Chemistry has been working for several years with colleagues at the Institute of Ion Physics in Austria on exploring the chemistry of molecules inside liquid helium. The team’s latest and most startling discovery is that helium atoms can acquire an excess negative charge which enables them to become aggressive new chemical reagents. Helium is a famously unreactive gas but when cooled to just above absolute zero it becomes a superfluid, a strange form of liquid. (Among other bizarre properties, liquid helium can flow upwards because it has zero viscosity and its capillary action is stronger than gravity.) The Anglo-Austrian team manufacture droplets of superfluid liquid helium by subjecting helium gas to a combination of high pressure and …

    October 25, 2014 1:45 pm


  • Illinois orders mandatory Ebola quarantine for high-risk travelers

    (Reuters) – Illinois has ordered mandatory 21-day quarantines for all “high-risk” people who have had direct contact with Ebola patients while in Liberia, Guinea or Sierra Leone, the three West African nations most affected by the outbreak. The order, to be implemented by local health authorities, includes all medical personnel who treated patients with the often-deadly disease in those three countries. Previously such high-risk individuals were subject to voluntary isolation. Governor Pat Quinn issued the directive in a statement dated Friday after New York governor Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey governor Chris Christie made the same rule for travelers landing at New York City-area airports. The rule exceeds federal guidelines. Five U.S. airports are designated for passengers returning from the West African countries, including O’Hare in Chicago, Illinois, John F. Kennedy in New York, and Newark Liberty in New Jersey. The others are Hart in Atlanta, Georgia, and Washington Dulles in Virginia. (Reporting by Frank …

    October 25, 2014 1:25 pm


  • - Kim And Kanye Let Kris Jenner Bring New Boyfriend Corey Gamble To Vegas For KK’s 34th Birthday

    Posted on Sat Oct 25th, 2014 12:21pm PDT       By X17 Staff Kim Kardashian, Kanye West invited momager Kris Jenner and her new boy toy Corey Gamble to celebrate KK’s 34th birthday in Las Vegas at Tao — the May-December couple even joined Kimye on their private jet. So just WHO is this guy Corey that the 58 year-old grandmother is dating? It’s Justin Bieber’s co-manager — who works with Scooter Braun and he’s reportedly in his early 40s. Kris had a lot to keep up with, as daughter Kim busted out in a white dress with plunging neckline for her birthday bash at Tao. Khloe kept it simple in a little black dress with black workboots (yikes!) and Kanye wore a patterned sports coat in black-and-white. So back to Kris’ boy … he supposedly told OK! magazine he met Kris at Ricardo Tisci’s birthday bash: “I approached her and found out we actually lived pretty close …

    October 25, 2014 3:05 pm


  • The Foxhole: Graham Nash on CSNY, the Hollies and the choosing of life over death

    In the fall of 1969, the members of rock’s newest super-group, CSNY – an improbable and highly combustible vehicle for the individual and collective genius of David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, and Neil Young – were settling into the San Francisco area, preparing to record their first album together. These loose sessions would produce the landmark record Déjà Vu (1970), later ranked # 148 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. Crosby, the nominal leader of the group, had set up digs in a rambling country house in Novato, thirty miles north of the city, with his two lovers, Christine Hinton and Debbie Donovan. Jerry Garcia, who would play pedal steel guitar on Nash’s pop classic, “Teach Your Children,” was a frequent visitor, as were other members of the Grateful Dead, who lived down the street. The sex, drugs, and freedom were highly intoxicating, and for the members of …

    October 25, 2014 1:10 am

Odd News

  • Florida man shoots 400-pound bear breaking into his house

    ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) – A Florida man shot and killed a 400-pound (180-kg) black bear after it broke into his house two nights in a row to get to a bag of dog food, a state wildlife officer said on Friday. “I felt in danger enough that since it wouldn’t leave I had to shoot it,” said Victor Peters of Lady Lake of the Wednesday night incident in a video interview posted online by the Orlando Sentinel. Killing a bear in Florida is illegal. Wildlife officer Greg Workman of the Florida Fish Wildlife Conservation said he expects to hand the case to prosecutors by early next week for their consideration at the completion of his investigation. “It sounds like he did what he could do to try to keep the bear from coming back,” Workman said. “We’re looking at all sides to make the best decision.” Bears and humans cross paths, occasionally fatally for the …

    October 24, 2014 9:26 pm