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    October 21, 2014 5:10 am


  • U.S. Republicans look to gain election ground on Ebola

    CHICAGO (Reuters) – Ebola has moved to the front of campaign issues before U.S. November elections, as fear and criticism of the government’s response to cases of the virus in the United States opened a new line of Republican attacks against President Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats. Republican Senate candidates have bashed Obama’s handling of Ebola, linking it to border security and calling for a travel ban from West African countries hardest hit by the virus. Concerns about Ebola, along with the military campaign against Islamic State, have given Republicans a chance to turn attention to their broader argument about what they call the administration’s incompetence. “Using Ebola is part of an attempt to turn this into a national election and tie it to President Obama’s performance,” said Steven Schier, a politics professor at Carleton College in Minnesota. “If the Republicans can make this a national election, that makes it more dangerous for Democrats …

    October 21, 2014 3:09 am


  • Total CEO dies in Moscow plane crash

    French oil company Total has confirmed the death of its chairman and CEO, Christophe de Margerie, in a crash between his private plane and a snowplow at Moscow international airport. Three members of the plane’s crew were also found dead at the scene of the accident. Russian officials said they had already established that the snowplow driver was drunk but would also consider other possible causes such as pilot and air traffic control error. “The thoughts of the management and employees of the group go out to Christophe de Margerie’s wife, children and loved ones as well as to the families of the three other victims,” Total said in a statement. The Kremlin said that President Vladimir Putin had sent a telegram to his French counterpart, Francois Hollande, to express his condolences. In the message, Putin praised de Margerie for his role in laying the foundation of “long time fruitful cooperation between France and Russia …

    October 21, 2014 4:09 am


  • Oscar Pistorius jailed for five years for Steenkamp killing

    PRETORIA (Reuters) – A South African judge on Tuesday sentenced Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius to five years in prison for the negligent killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day last year.At the culmination of one of the most watched murder trials in recent history, the 27-year-old disabled sprinter was led away by police officers to holding cells beneath the courtroom in Pretoria. Pistorius wiped his eyes as Judge Thokozile Masipa handed down the prison sentence for culpable homicide. Masipa – only the second black woman to rise to South Africa’s bench – said the sentence had to be “fair and just to society and to the accused”. There was no immediate reaction from members of the athlete’s family, or from relatives of Steenkamp, a 29-year-old law graduate and model. “Justice was served,” said Dup De Bruyn, the lawyer for the Steenkamp family. He told reporters the judge had given “the …

    October 21, 2014 5:10 am

World News

  • Oscar Pistorius jailed for five years for culpable homicide of Reeva Steenkamp

    Oscar Pistorius will spend his first day behind bars on Tuesday after a judge jailed him for five years for the killing of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Looking distressed, the Paralympian clasped the hands of family members as a police officer led him from the dock down 23 steps – paint peeling off the handrail – to gloomy holding cells below the high court in Pretoria, the capital of South Africa. The national prosecuting authority said Pistorius, 27, would be taken to prison immediately and eligible to be considered for parole after serving a third of his sentence. His uncle, Arnold Pistorius, indicated he would not appeal. The amputee athlete, known as the “Blade Runner”, stood staring straight ahead as judge Thokozile Masipa announced his sentence for culpable homicide. There was a muted reaction from the families on the front bench of the public gallery after a trial that has otherwise provided high-octane emotion and …

    October 21, 2014 5:10 am


  • Dish loses 7 channels in contract dispute with Turner Broadcasting

    Dish Network customers are no longer receiving a handful of Turner Broadcasting channels. Dish Network Dish Network customers lost access to CNN, Turner Classic Movies, and a handful of other channels late Monday as the result of a contract dispute with Turner Broadcasting. Turner Broadcasting, which licenses the channels for distribution to subscription services, pulled the channels from Dish’s lineup upon the expiration of its current deal with the satellite service after the two companies were unable to negotiate renewed distribution terms. Other channels removed from Dish include Boomerang, Cartoon Network, CNN en Espanol, Headline News, and truTV. Dish, which has about 14 million subscribers, said the channels were removed after Turner refused to extend the current agreement. “In the past year, Dish has successfully renewed agreements with many large content providers,” Warren Schlichting, Dish senior vice president of programming, said in a statement. “As a result, we are confident that we have offered a …

    October 21, 2014 3:09 am


  • Penn researchers untangle the biological effects of blue light

    Related images(click to enlarge) Blue light can both set the mood and set in motion important biological responses. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Medicine and School of Arts and Sciences have teased apart the separate biological responses of the human eye to blue light, revealing an unexpected contest for control. Their work addresses the properties of melanopsin, a light-sensitive protein in the eye that establishes the rhythm of our day-night cycle and the familiar constriction of the pupil to bright light. They measured the pupil response to stimulation of melanopsin and of short-wave-sensitive (S) cones, the other blue light-sensing cells that operate in daylight. Surprisingly, they found that melanopsin and S-cones have opposite effects and compete for control of the pupil in blue light. Their complete results are published in the current issue of PNAS. Drs. Aguirre and Brainard and graduate student Spitschan found that melanopsin, a protein and short wave-sensitive S-cones, …

    October 21, 2014 3:30 am


  • Ebola crisis turns a corner as U.S. issues new treatment protocols

    DALLAS (Reuters) – The United States issued stringent new protocols on Monday for health workers treating Ebola victims, directing medical teams to wear protective gear that leaves no skin or hair exposed to prevent medical workers from becoming infected. The new guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta come as 43 people who were exposed to the first patient diagnosed in the United States were declared risk free, easing a national sense of crisis that took hold after two Texas nurses who treated him contracted the disease. Under new protocols, Ebola healthcare workers also must undergo special training and demonstrate competency in using protective equipment. Use of the gear, now including coveralls, and single-use, disposable hoods, must be overseen by a supervisor to ensure proper procedures are followed when caring for patients with Ebola, which is transmitted through direct contact with bodily fluids but is not airborne. (CDC protocols: 1.usa.gov/1vYIwWA) …

    October 20, 2014 11:03 pm


  • Stanley Tucci reveals the best thing about The Devil Wears Prada

    Emily Blunt jokes about breaking Tom Cruise’s spirit Blunt played Cupid, setting up Tucci and her sister, London-based literary agent Felicity Blunt, a couple years ago. The couple were married in 2012, and they are now overjoyed to announce that they are expecting their first child together. “I’m very excited to be a dad. It’s incredible,” Tucci told Us Weekly at a charity event in New York City on Sunday. “I’m most excited to have a baby with Felicity and for the baby to be healthy… The sex is of no concern to me. The sex of the baby, that is,” he added, noting that Emily is sure to be a fantastic aunt to his child. Tucci’s happiness warms our hearts, considering the actor undoubtedly faced some tough times after the death of his first wife, Kate, in 2009. “There’s all the blaming of yourself, which you can’t do, but you kind of do,” Tucci …

    October 21, 2014 4:50 am


  • Sayerville football saga: In praise of victims who spoke up about abuse

    Imagine what it was like when they turned off the locker room lights. A young football player, just a freshman in high school, is suddenly grabbed by upperclassmen. The gang pins him to the ground, immobilizing his arms and legs. Horrified, he pleads for mercy and help. To no avail. He can hear others cheering on the bullies. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Then, the boy is sexually assaulted. The details are too wretched and disgusting to recount here. But, according to police, there was force. And penetration. And abject terror. It is not enough for the defendants to claim that the same thing had been done to them by upperclassmen when they were freshmen, as has been reported. That may help explain their actions as “learned behavior,” but it cannot excuse them in a court of law. Other players stood by and watched. Some laughed. They did nothing. No one had the decency or strength of character …

    October 20, 2014 6:56 pm

Odd News

  • San Francisco stations banish ‘Royals’ song ahead of World Series

    (Reuters) – At least two Northern California radio stations have pledged not to play New Zealand artist Lorde’s song “Royals,” in solidarity with the San Francisco Giants during their World Series matchup with the Kansas City Royals. The decision by San Francisco stations KOIT and KFOG to drop the song, which has nothing to do with the baseball team, comes as the Giants and Royals prepare to play Game One of the championship series on Tuesday. In response, Kansas City station KZPT said it would play the song every hour on Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. KZPT said it was a sister station of KOIT. “They’re our sister station, and as the old saying goes: ‘You can pick your friends but you can’t necessarily pick your family,’ and if they don’t play it, then we will,” KZPT programming director Tony Lorino said in a phone interview. Last week, KOIT posted a small image …

    October 20, 2014 7:16 pm