Headline News

  • Minnesota tree trimmer recovering after 60-foot fall


    HAM LAKE, Minn. –  A Minnesota tree trimmer is recovering after falling about 60 feet out of an oak in Ham Lake. KMSP-TV reports 23-year-old Eden Hanson of Pierz broke his arm, six ribs and his sternum and lacerated his liver and spleen in the fall this week. Doctors at the Hennepin County Medical Center tell him he likely wouldn’t have survived if he hadn’t been wearing a helmet. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT It’s also possible Hanson has a compression fracture in his neck, but doctors tell him he will be able to walk after his recovery. Hanson was in the tree Tuesday when its top broke under the weight of his rope. He says the tree limbs he had already cut softened his fall. Hanson says he has two young children and his tree-climbing days are over.

    October 24, 2014 8:53 am
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Politics

  • DSCC Raises $6.5 Million in Early October


    By Alexis Levinson Posted at 9:46 a.m. today 0 Tweet Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., is chairman of the DSCC. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo) In the first two weeks of October, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee edged the National Republican Senatorial Committee in fundraising, taking in $6.5 million to the NRSC’s $6.1 million. But the NRSC brought in more funds during that time if a $4 million transfer from the Republican National Committee is included in the total. The DSCC received a $1.5 million transfer from the Democratic National Committees. The DSCC also took a $10 million loan to help with the final two weeks of the midterms. That brings the DSCC’s total raised this cycle to $134.1 million. They ended the month with $7.8 million cash on hand. “Democrats are in strong position to hold the majority and we are excited about what’s happening across the country. Republicans like Joni Ernst, Cory Gardner, and Thom Tillis …

    October 24, 2014 8:52 am
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Stocks

  • P&G to spin off Duracell


    Procter Gamble is splitting off its Duracell battery unit after owning it for 10 years. Procter Gamble is splitting off the Duracell battery business. The company said it is acting to boost its share price and to reduce the number of shares outstanding. It hopes to give shares of a new stand-alone Duracell to its shareholders late next year, but said it will look at other options, including a possible sale of the company. PG (PG) bought Duracell as part of its $57 billion purchase of Gillette in 2005, the largest acquisition in the company’s history. But PG, whose household products also include Tide laundry detergent and Pampers diapers, has said it is interested in trimming the number of brands it offers consumers. In August, it said it would dump 90 of its smaller, less popular brands, leaving it with a portfolio of 70 to 80 brands. But those brands being dumped are all much …

    October 24, 2014 7:51 am
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Sports

  • The Detroit Lions have been loving life in England before game against Atlanta at Wembley


    Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, 9, points during a training session at Pennyhill Park Hotel in Bagshot, England, Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. The Atlanta Falcons will play the Detroit Lions in an NFL football game at London’s Wembley Stadium on Sunday. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) (The Associated Press) American flags and National Football League banners adorn London’s Regent Street ahead of the Atlanta Falcons-Detroit Lions football game Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. Fans are expected to rally at Trafalgar Square in the British capital a day before Sunday’s showdown at Wembley, the second of three NFL games being staged at England’s national stadium this year. (AP Photo/Shawn Pogatchnik) (The Associated Press) BAGSHOT, England –  Most of the NFL teams that have arrived early and spent a week practicing in England have praised the local facilities and the team-bonding environment of being overseas. The Detroit Lions and coach Jim Caldwell, however, are really, really loving their home away from home. …

    October 24, 2014 8:53 am
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World News

  • Why shouldn’t I be president of Zimbabwe, asks Grace Mugabe?


    Grace Mugabe has added fuel to speculation that she wants to become the next president of Zimbabwe in remarks that suggest the ruling party could be heading for a damaging split. In widely-reported comments at a rally outside Harare on Thursday, the wife of the current president, Robert, said: “They say I want to be president. Why not? Am I not a Zimbabwean?” The remarks formed part of a vitriolic tirade against current Zimbabwean vice president Joice Mujuru. Mugabe described Mujuru as “ungrateful, power-hungry, daft, corrupt, foolish, divisive and a disgrace”, and accused her of collaborating with opposition forces and white people to undermine the country’s post-independence gains. She has previously claimed that Mujuru is corrupt and bent on fomenting divisions within the ruling Zanu-PF party. When Grace and Robert Mugabe returned from a trip to the Vatican this week, Grace reportedly refused to shake Mujuru’s hand at the airport. Grace Mugabe’s public attacks on …

    October 24, 2014 8:53 am
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Technology

  • David Hasslehoff zombie games, 3D printing and the Berlin Wall


    David Hasslehoff is busy. It seems like he is always busy. He has just flown into London, ostensibly as part of a promotional tour for his new iPhone game, Hoff Zombie Beach, but he has a lot of other stuff to promote too. In one 15-minute phone conversation, we cover enough ongoing projects to keep any mortal celebrity busy for years. But this is The Hoff. He doesn’t really do mortal. “I just got done a couple of days with Seth McFarlane on Ted 2,” he says breathlessly almost as soon as our call connects. “It’s a really funny bit – we both had a hand in writing it. It’s a very warped sense of humour, but it’s very funny.” His game, it turns out, has its origins three years ago when Sony asked the ex-Knight Rider and Baywatch star to appear in a trailer for the PlayStation title DanceStar Party. They wanted him to …

    October 24, 2014 8:53 am
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Science

  • Berkeley Lab study reveals molecular structure of water at gold electrodes


    Related images(click to enlarge) When a solid material is immersed in a liquid, the liquid immediately next to its surface differs from that of the bulk liquid at the molecular level. This interfacial layer is critical to our understanding of a diverse set of phenomena from biology to materials science. When the solid surface is charged, just like an electrode in a working battery, it can drive further changes in the interfacial liquid. However, elucidating the molecular structure at the solid-liquid interface under these conditions has proven difficult. Now, for the first time, researchers at the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have observed the molecular structure of liquid water at a gold surface under different charging conditions. Miquel Salmeron, a senior scientist in Berkeley Lab’s Materials Sciences Division (MSD) and professor in UC Berkeley’s Materials Science and Engineering Department, explains this in the context of a battery. “At an …

    October 24, 2014 9:13 am
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Health

  • Teens Who Dine With Their Families May Be Slimmer Adults


    FRIDAY, Oct. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) — For those teens who try to avoid spending time with their parents and siblings, new research suggests that sitting down for family meals might help them stay slim as adults. Despite everyone’s busy schedules, researchers found that just one or two gatherings around the kitchen table each week were well worth the effort. “There are numerous distractions that could keep families from having family meals. However, this study shows that even trying to have a few family meals a week could be beneficial for guarding against overweight and obesity in adulthood,” noted study author Jerica Berge, an assistant professor in the department of family and community medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School, in Minneapolis. Using data from a 10-year study involving more than 2,000 teenagers, the researchers examined variables that could affect young people’s weight, such as diet and physical activity. The teens were asked how …

    October 24, 2014 8:52 am
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Entertainment

  • - Beyonce And Jay-Z Join Forces For Some House Hunting In Paris


    Posted on Fri Oct 24th, 2014 6:30am PDT       By X17 Staff These are just some of the perks! Yesterday, Beyonce and hubby Jay-Z brought their precious little girl Blue Ivy with them while they perused Paris for some properties to call their own. The A-list couple, who proclaimed love for the city during their stop there last month on tour, has also put to bed the incessant rumors of their impending split by renewing their vows recently. Some might even say that their newfound foundation could be the reason for their house hunting in the French capital. Furthermore, there’s been no recent developments as to whether or not Bey is expecting baby #2 but sources say they are working on a joint album together so who knows, another bundle of joy could come after its release!   SEE THE GALLERY Beyonce And Jay-Z Look For Homes In Paris Stories from around the Web

    October 24, 2014 8:32 am
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Editorial

  • How faith brought Jackie Robinson to the big leagues


    FILE: From left, Brooklyn Dodgers baseball players John Jorgensen, Pee Wee Reese, Ed Stanky and Jackie Robinson pose at Ebbets Field in New York on April 15, 1947. (AP) When Travis Ishikawa smashed the home run that put the San Francisco Giants into the World Series last week, many baseball fans flashed back to what may have been the most dramatic home run ever. That was “The Shot Heard ’Round the World,” aka “The Miracle of Coogan’s Bluff,” that the late Bobby Thomson hit in 1951. Thomson played for the same franchise (the then-New York Giants) and his walk-off blast, like Ishikawa’s, was hit with two men on base in the bottom of the ninth inning and put the Giants into the Series. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Yet I was struck by another connection to Thomson’s dramatic home run 63 years ago: the famous image of a dejected second baseman named Jackie Robinson, his hands on his hips, …

    October 24, 2014 8:53 am
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Odd News

  • Romanian princess, husband sentenced for Oregon cockfighting ring


    PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) – A princess fifth in line for the Romanian throne and her husband who admitted running a cockfighting ring in rural Oregon have both sentenced to probation and ordered to forfeit $200,000 from the sale of the property, federal prosecutors said on Thursday. Irina Walker and her husband John Walker pleaded guilty in July to one count of running an illegal gambling operation with at a barn-like structure on their ranch in Irrigon, near the Washington state border, where they held cockfighting “derbies.” Prosecutors said the cockfighting events came complete with a chef cooking Mexican food and alcoholic drinks. They said the Walkers charged attendees $20, while participants paid $1,000 to enter up to five roosters in fights. As part of a plea agreement with prosecutors that saw additional charges dropped, the couple admitted to financing, supervising and owning the cockfighting venture during 2012 and 2013. They were each sentenced on Wednesday …

    October 23, 2014 4:54 pm
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