• Cowboys’ Spillman probed for alleged sex assault

    GRAPEVINE, Texas –  Dallas Cowboys special teams player C.J. Spillman is under investigation but hasn’t been arrested or charged after a report of an alleged sexual assault at the team hotel last month. Grapevine police...
  • UN accuses IS of ‘gross abuses’

    UN accuses IS of ‘gross abuses’

    2 October 2014 Last updated at 12:37 Islamic State fighters began over-running large parts of northern Iraq in early June, committing what the UN says were serious human rights abuses A “staggering array” of human...
  • Thailand off course on Tour hosting plans

    BANGKOK/PARIS (Reuters) – Thailand boldly announced they were in talks to host the Tour de France on Thursday, much to the surprise of organizers of the world’s greatest cycle race who said they were only...
  • Turkey debates joining war on IS

    Turkey debates joining war on IS

    2 October 2014 Last updated at 10:35 Some Turkish troops on the Syria border are not far from IS positions The Turkish parliament is to vote on a motion to allow its military to enter...
  • Twilight returning with Facebook short films contest

    Twilight star Jackson Rathbone marries Sheila Hafsadi The campaign, called “The Storytellers — New Creative Voices of The Twilight Saga,” launches this week, according to Media Post. The plan is to find at least five aspiring...
  • Meet the hedge fund guy backing Hong Kong protests

    Meet the hedge fund guy backing Hong Kong protests

      One of the most prominent leaders of Hong Kong’s democracy movement is not a student, academic or professional protester. He used to work for a hedge fund. Relatively few finance professionals have given public...

Headline News

  • Delaware woman missing 3 months after apparent kidnapping


    NEW CASTLE, Del. –  New Castle County Police are asking the public for help in finding a woman who is still missing three months after she was seen being forced into her car. Officers say 33-year-old Nefertiri Trader was last seen about 4 a.m. June 30 being forced into her car, a silver 2000 Acura RL, in the first block of Freedom Trail. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Trader is black, 5’6″ tall, and has brown hair and brown eyes. Police say anyone with information should call the department at 302-395-8110.

    October 2, 2014 7:10 am
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Politics

  • U.S. appeals court blocks parts of new North Carolina voter law


    CHARLOTTE N.C. (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court blocked parts of a new North Carolina voter law on Wednesday, ruling just weeks ahead of the November elections that voting restrictions considered among the harshest in the country would disproportionately harm African-American voters. Reversing in part a lower court decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled that same-day voter registration should be restored and it reinstated provisional voting for voters casting ballots outside of normal precincts. “Whether the number is 30 or 30,000, surely some North Carolina minority voters will be disproportionately adversely affected in the upcoming election,” the court ruled in a split decision. “And once the election occurs, there can be no do-over and no redress,” it added. North Carolina officials said they planned to appeal the 2-1 decision to the U.S. Supreme Court, noting that more than 4 million voter guides have already been distributed with contradictory instructions. “We …

    October 2, 2014 4:26 am
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Stocks

  • Meet the hedge fund guy backing Hong Kong protests


      One of the most prominent leaders of Hong Kong’s democracy movement is not a student, academic or professional protester. He used to work for a hedge fund. Relatively few finance professionals have given public backing to the protesters occupying Hong Kong’s busiest streets. Edward Chin is a notable exception. Chin helps run Occupy Central, which has taken a leading role in this week’s protests aimed at snarling traffic in the city’s financial district. He’s the driving force behind its finance and banking group, which numbers about 80 people working for banks, funds and investment houses. The group has published two open letters to Chinese President Xi Jinping in recent months, seeking to raise awareness of the strength of feeling in Hong Kong. “Please honor ‘one country, two systems’ … Hong Kong people want true democracy,” one of the letters read. “Don’t stage another Tiananmen crackdown in Hong Kong. The whole world is watching.” Edward …

    October 2, 2014 5:28 am
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Sports

  • Cowboys’ Spillman probed for alleged sex assault


    GRAPEVINE, Texas –  Dallas Cowboys special teams player C.J. Spillman is under investigation but hasn’t been arrested or charged after a report of an alleged sexual assault at the team hotel last month. Grapevine police spokesman Sgt. Robert Eberling said Wednesday night that the alleged assault took place early Sept. 20 at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The team flew to St. Louis later that Saturday, and Spillman played against the Rams the next day. He has played in all four games, including last weekend at home against New Orleans. His only tackle of the season came against the Rams. Spillman is listed as a safety but hasn’t played defense this season. Spillman’s agent, Ron Slavin, and attorney Bruce Ashworth declined to comment. The Cowboys didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment. Eberling said no other details were being released because the investigation is ongoing. The Cowboys signed the 28-year-old …

    October 2, 2014 7:10 am
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World News

  • UN accuses IS of ‘gross abuses’


    2 October 2014 Last updated at 12:37 Islamic State fighters began over-running large parts of northern Iraq in early June, committing what the UN says were serious human rights abuses A “staggering array” of human rights abuses has been committed by Islamic State (IS) militants and associated armed groups over a nine-week period in Iraq, the UN says. It says that abuses committed between 6 July to 10 September may amount to war crimes or crimes against humanity. Iraqi leaders must unite to restore control over IS areas, the UN says. It says that a number of violations have also been committed by Iraqi security forces and their associates. The UN report, produced jointly by the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (Unami) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, is based on almost 500 interviews. It says that abuses perpetrated by IS and associated armed groups have an “apparent systematic and …

    October 2, 2014 7:10 am
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Technology

  • Kim Dotcom parts ways with Baboom: ‘The music industry hates me’


    Digital music service Baboom has “severed all ties” with its founder Kim Dotcom, in an attempt to cultivate more positive relationships with the music industry. The former Megaupload boss launched Baboom in 2013, promising it would provide musicians with a new way to distribute their music directly to fans, and be paid for it. Dotcom quit his role as head of cloud storage firm Mega to concentrate on the new venture, but as Baboom prepares to launch early in 2015, he will no longer be involved, having sold the 45% stake in the company that he controlled through a family trust. “In the evolution of every company, a change of leadership, direction and focus is needed and this tipping point had been reached,” said Baboom’s chief executive Grant Edmundson, in a statement. “Kim is moving on to focus on other projects, and both camps wish each other well with future plans.” The separation appears to …

    October 2, 2014 4:27 am
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Science

  • Team advances understanding of the Greenland Ice Sheet’s meltwater channels


    Related images(click to enlarge) An international research team’s field work, drilling and measuring melt rates and ice sheet movement in Greenland is showing that things are, in fact, more complicated than we thought. “Although the Greenland Ice Sheet initially speeds up each summer in its slow-motion race to the sea, the network of meltwater channels beneath the sheet is not necessarily forming the slushy racetrack that had been previously considered,” said Matthew Hoffman, a Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist on the project. A high-profile paper appearing in Nature this week notes that observations of moulins (vertical conduits connecting water on top of the glacier down to the bed of the ice sheet) and boreholes in Greenland show that subglacial channels ameliorate the speedup caused by water delivery to the base of the ice sheet in the short term. By mid summer, however, the channels stabilize and are unable to grow any larger. In a previous …

    October 2, 2014 4:47 am
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Health

  • Britain calls for international help on Ebola as London conference begins


    LONDON (Reuters) – Britain made a plea for international help to deal with the world’s worst Ebola outbreak at the start of a conference in on Thursday, with one charity warning that five people are being infected with the virus every hour in Sierra Leone. Ebola has killed at least 3,338 in West Africa — mainly in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia — out of 7,178 cases as of Sept. 28, the World Health Organisation (WHO) says, and cases have been recorded elsewhere, including in the United States. Sierra Leone’s president, Ernest Bai Koroma, canceled his attendance at the conference just hours before it started. His plane had technical problems, Britain’s Foreign Office said. Speaking on Thursday before the “Defeating Ebola” conference began, Britain’s Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond, called for countries to increase financial aid as well as other vital help including medical expertise, transport and supplies. “We need help from the international community to …

    October 2, 2014 4:26 am
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Entertainment

  • Twilight returning with Facebook short films contest


    Twilight star Jackson Rathbone marries Sheila Hafsadi The campaign, called “The Storytellers — New Creative Voices of The Twilight Saga,” launches this week, according to Media Post. The plan is to find at least five aspiring female filmmakers, who will direct shorts based on the already existing Twilight characters. No word yet if these shorts will pick up following the final Twilight book, Breaking Dawn, or if these shorts will exist sometime in the in-between of the Twilight story. It could be that it’s at the filmmaker’s discretion, depending on what inspires them. Twilight DVD is delicious Though there is no official date as of now, the plan is to debut the films on Facebook sometime next year. From the female directors, winners will be chosen by a Twilight superstar panel, including Meyer, Twilight director, Catherine Hardwicke, and star of the Twilight films, Kristen Stewart. Rounding out the panel, which will serve to mentor and judge the filmmakers, …

    October 2, 2014 6:08 am
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Editorial

  • Ebola, ISIS, beheadings, war: Is the world more dangerous than ever?


    Americans now face beheadings, gang warfare, Ebola, ISIS and a new war in Syria. It’s natural to assume that the world has gotten more dangerous. But it hasn’t.  People believe that crime has gotten worse. But over the past two decades, murder and robbery in the U.S. are down by more than half, and rape by a third, even as complaints about “rape culture” grow louder. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Terrorism is a threat. But deaths from war are a fraction of what they were half a century ago, when we fought World War II and the Korean War, and Chairman Mao murdered millions. Despite today’s wars in Iraq, Syria, etc., last decade saw the fewest deaths from war since record keeping began. We wax nostalgic about the past, but the past was much nastier than today. Last week’s beheading in Oklahoma and other despicable acts of terrorism are frightening, but Americans are unlikely to be killed. …

    October 2, 2014 4:27 am
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Odd News

  • France’s Le Pen loses driving license, but says not her fault


    PARIS (Reuters) – French far-right leader Marine Le Pen said on Wednesday police had confiscated her driving license for a string of road offences – but insisted they had been committed by someone else. The National Front party leader, who recently called speed detection radars “another tax disguised as a life-saving campaign”, said she had taken the punishment in 2012 to prevent the real culprits from getting into trouble. “Not wishing to denounce those who were responsible, I saw my license go up in smoke,” Le Pen said, after the satirical Le Canard Enchaine newspaper ran a story headlined: “Marine wants to steer France but she no longer has a license”. She said the newspaper should have checked the photos of the traffic offences in question and that they would have shown she was not behind the wheel. Under the French system, a driver loses a number of points for every recorded traffic offence such …

    October 1, 2014 4:31 pm
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