Headline News

  • Suspect in Kansas City highway shootings faces 18 felony counts


    (Reuters) – A man arrested in a recent spate of shootings on highways in and around Kansas City, Missouri, has been charged with 18 felony counts, including firing into a vehicle and striking an occupant, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said on Friday. Mohammed P. Whitaker, 27, who was arrested on Thursday, is believed to have acted alone in the string of shootings, Baker said. Whitaker is accused of opening fire at motor vehicles in a dozen incidents on highways in and around Kansas City between March 18 and April 6, prosecutors said in a statement. He appears to have opened fire from his own vehicle, positioning it in the blind spots of his targets, prosecutors said. The shootings left the Kansas City area on edge. “I’m so pleased to be able to announce charges against a defendant for these horrible acts,” Baker told a news conference. Whitaker is from Grandview, Missouri, about 20 …

    April 18, 2014 3:06 pm
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Politics

  • Labor Union Political Committees Contribute Heavily in March


    By Kent Cooper Posted at 2:17 p.m. April 18 0 Tweet The political committees of several national labor organizations moved large amounts of political contributions to federal candidates and committees during March, according to early reports. The American Federation of Teachers AFL-CIO Committee on Political Education reported contributing $898,000 to federal candidates and committees. This included $250,000 to the Senate Majority PAC, a super PAC, and $100,000 to the House Majority PAC, another super PAC. They also made a non-federal contribution of $300,000 to the Democratic Governors Association. The Carpenters Legislative Improvement Committee, United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners reported contributing $336,000 in March. D.R.I.V.E., the PAC of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, reported it gave $269,000 to federal candidates and committees. In non-federal contributions, they gave $200,000 to the Democratic Governors Association, and $200,000 to the Democratic Attorneys General Association. In other early filings for March, Verizon Communications Inc. PAC gave $305,000 to federal candidates and committees. Raytheon Company PAC contributed $255,000. Wal-Mart Stores Inc PAC for …

    April 18, 2014 2:05 pm
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Stocks

  • Lara Spencer promoted to ‘GMA’ co-host


    Lara Spencer, a supporting member of the “Good Morning America” cast for the past three years, has been promoted to co-host, ABC said Friday. The promotion puts Spencer on par with George Stephanopoulos and Robin Roberts, the other two co-hosts, and means she’ll be more visible during the 7 a.m. hour of the top-rated morning show. “GMA” has weathered a number of cast changes in recent months: Weather anchor Sam Champion was replaced by Ginger Zee in December, and news anchor Josh Elliott was replaced by Amy Robach a few weeks ago. Two new contributors, Michael Strahan and Josh Reali, have been announced since Elliott’s departure. Spencer’s promotion is most likely the last in this series of changes. It was announced about a month after she signed a new contract with ABC News. Related: How things got ugly between ABC and Josh Elliott Spencer was a host of the entertainment newsmagazine “The Insider” before joining …

    April 18, 2014 2:25 pm
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Sports

  • Emerging Paul George getting crack at becoming next big small-market endorsement star


    ADVANCE FOR WEEKENED EDITIONS, APRIL 2-21 – FILE – In this March 26, 2014 file photo, Indiana Pacers forward Paul George, reacts after scoring against in the Miami Heat during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis. George has the pedigree to make it big in the NBA. He’s been to the last two All-Star games, was rewarded with a max contract in September and at age 23 still has plenty of upside. But the question remains: Can one of the league’s brightest young stars in one of the league’s smallest cities still make it big in the marketing business. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)The Associated Press ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS, APRIL 19-20 – FILE – In this March 21, 2014 file photo, Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (24) shoots over Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis. George has the pedigree to make it …

    April 18, 2014 3:06 pm
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World News

  • Ferry disaster captain ‘arrested’


    18 April 2014 Last updated at 20:57 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. The ferry’s captain has been arrested, according to news agency Yonhap – Lucy Williamson reports The captain of a South Korean ferry that capsized and sank earlier this week has been arrested, Yonhap news agency reports. The South Korean agency said Lee Joon-seok faced charges including negligence of duty and violation of maritime law. Yonhap said a local court had issued arrest warrants for him and two other crew members on these charges. Efforts to find the 268 people still missing have been hampered by low visibility and strong currents. Twenty-eight people are now known to have died in the disaster, with 179 rescued. The ferry Sewol was sailing from Incheon, in the north-west, to the southern resort island of Jeju. It capsized and sank within two hours. ‘Sorry and ashamed’ Mr Lee, who had already been questioned by …

    April 18, 2014 3:26 pm
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Technology

  • One in three Android apps on non-Google stores are malicious, study finds


    Almost a third of Android apps on third-party app stores contain some form of malicious software, according to research from cybersecurity firm Opswat. Knock-off versions of popular apps such as Twitter and Angry Birds dominate the list of suspicious downloads, while one-shot joke apps such as ‘screen crack’ make up the rest. The firm downloaded almost 12,000 app files from various sources of Android apps other than the official Google Play store, and loaded them into their proprietary anti-malware system Metascan, which flagged 32% of the apps as suspicious. Metascan works by using multiple anti-malware libraries, and the majority of the apps it highlighted were marked as malware by just one service. Additionally, many files were picked up because they had been classified as adware, “which is not universally considered malware,” says Opswat’s director of professional services, Dan Lanir. But even when only counting apps which were flagged by at least two libraries, and which …

    April 18, 2014 1:45 pm
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Science

  • Loud talking and horseplay in car results in more serious incidents for teen drivers


    Adolescent drivers are often distracted by technology while they are driving, but loud conversations and horseplay between passengers appear more likely to result in a dangerous incident, according to a new study from the UNC Highway Safety Research Center. The work, which appears online today in the Journal of Adolescent Health, not only reinforces the importance of North Carolina’s licensing system for newly minted drivers but also provides an interesting perspective on the role that technology plays in distracted driving. “Forty three states currently restrict newly licensed drivers from having more than one young passenger in their vehicle,” said Robert Foss, senior research scientist at the UNC Highway Safety Research Center, and director of the Center for the Study of Young Drivers. “The results of this study illustrate the importance of such restrictions, which increase the safety of drivers, their passengers and others on the road by reducing the potential chaos that novice drivers experience.” …

    April 18, 2014 1:45 pm
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Health

  • Exclusive: Biogen prices hemophilia drug on par with older therapies


    (Reuters) – Biogen Idec Inc is pricing its newly-approved long-acting hemophilia drug to cost U.S. patients, and insurers, about the same per year as older, less convenient therapies whose price can reach about $300,000 annually. The move could pressure rivals such as Pfizer Inc to lower prices for existing hemophilia treatments, which provide patients with life-saving infusions of a blood clotting agent, according to doctors and industry analysts. Biogen last month won U.S. and Canadian approval for Alprolix to treat hemophilia B, the more rare form of the condition that affects about 4,000 people in the United States and about 25,000 worldwide. The company is awaiting a decision on another drug to treat hemophilia A, a more common form of the disease, expected to come in the next few months. “We think we have priced (Alprolix) to create parity with existing therapies on an annual cost of therapy basis,” Tony Kingsley, Biogen’s head of global …

    April 18, 2014 2:05 pm
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Entertainment

  • Madonna Is Drenched In Sweat After Spin Class


    We’re glad to see Madonna getting her daily dose of cardio, but talk about a bad hair day … yikes! On Thursday the 55-year-old pop superstar went to spin class in Beverly Hills, and we love the fact that she didn’t even care about photogs snapping her picture post-workout. She could have thrown a hissy fit or covered her face, but she simply smiled and hopped in her car. In other news, Madonna is hard at work on her next album, and we already knew she was working with Avicii for some dance beats, but it sounds like she’s going to release some sort of a ballad as well. Apparently Madge is teaming up with Toby Gad and Symbolyc One, who are responsible for tunes like Beyonce‘s “If I Were A Boy” and Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball,” respectively. We can’t wait to hear some new music from the queen of pop! And say what you …

    April 18, 2014 2:25 pm
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Editorial

  • Obama deliberately emboldening America’s enemies


    AP All Americans should be aware of some very disturbing events that speak to the state of terrorism, the strength of al Qaeda and our nation’s security. In light of the danger unfolding around us, we also need to question whether or not President Obama’s administration is serious about confronting what is clearly a gathering storm, or whether, in fact, his policies are encouraging those who wish to harm us. One of the more shocking events illustrating the growing strength of al Qaeda is the release of a video this week showing what CNN reports as “the largest and most dangerous gathering of al Qaeda in years.” It’s what experts think is a recent gathering of the terrorist group’s leadership and more than 100 fighters in Yemen. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The American president does have power, including the sort that signals to the world’s beasts that they can do as they please. For an administration that …

    April 18, 2014 2:05 pm
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Odd News

  • Fly me to Sochi, demands Cathay passenger armed with chocolate bar, court hears


    HONG KONG (Reuters) – A passenger on board a Hong Kong-bound Cathay Pacific flight, armed only with a Toblerone chocolate bar, demanded the plane fly to Sochi so he could watch the Winter Olympics, a court heard. Antti Oskari Manselius, 23, from Finland, also made a false bomb threat on the February 14 flight from Amsterdam and said he was robbing the plane, the South China Morning Post reported on Friday. Manselius pleaded not guilty to disorderly conduct and giving false information about a bomb when he appeared in court on Thursday, the Post said. He said he was trying to entertain the other passengers and was making “fun and jokes”. Two flight attendants told the court that they saw Manselius walking towards the cockpit. He had two economy-class blankets wrapped around his head and was wearing another like a cape. He held the Toblerone chocolate bar “like a sword”, the newspaper said, quoting one …

    April 18, 2014 9:42 am
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