• Risk of new landslide in Guatemala

    Risk of new landslide in Guatemala

    Image copyright AFP Image caption Bulldozers are being used to speed up the work of finding bodies The authorities in Guatemala have ordered some 40 families to leave their homes close to where a landslide...
  • Marshawn Lynch to miss second straight game

    Marshawn Lynch to miss second straight game

    RENTON, Wash. (AP) Marshawn Lynch will miss a second straight week for the Seattle Seahawks due to a hamstring strain. The team on Friday officially ruled Lynch out for Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals....
  • New rules for SeaWorld orca whales

    New rules for SeaWorld orca whales

    Image copyright Getty Images California authorities have prohibited SeaWorld from breeding animals in captivity, calling into question the future of the park’s popular killer whale attraction. The same ruling by the California Coastal Commission allows...
  • Lord Rose to lead pro-EU campaign

    Lord Rose to lead pro-EU campaign

    Image caption Lord Rose is currently chairman of Ocado, FatFace and Oasis Dental Care Lord Stuart Rose, former chief executive of Marks and Spencer, is to lead the campaign for Britain to stay in the...

Headline News

  • Investigator on death of Texas deputy suspended over bad behavior

    AUSTIN, Texas An investigator looking into the fatal ambush shooting of a Houston-area deputy has been suspended for inappropriate behavior, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office said on Friday, with local media saying he had sexual relations with a witness. “I was appalled to learn of this behavior and immediately took action. The investigator has been relieved of duty pending the outcome of our joint investigation with the District Attorney’s Office,” Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman said without elaborating on the behavior. The investigator is a sergeant in the sheriff’s office, the Houston Chronicle and TV broadcaster KHOU reported citing court papers, and the witness is the same woman who has claimed she had been in a sexual relationship with slain Deputy Darren Goforth. A 30-year-old man, Shannon Miles, has been charged in the case with capital murder, a crime punishable by death in Texas. He is accused of emptying a 15-round handgun into Harris County …

    October 9, 2015 6:30 pm


  • Exclusive: U.S. warns governments, bankers Iran sanctions still in place

    LONDON/WASHINGTON The Obama administration has privately reminded foreign governments and U.S. bankers that sanctions against Iran remain in effect, cautioning against a rush by Western companies to invest in Iran’s oil industry and other businesses until the country fully complies with the July nuclear agreement. The U.S. State Department recently cabled a message, known as a demarche, to embassies around the world to reiterate that sanctions on Iran are still in place, diplomatic and government sources told Reuters on Friday. The demarche stressed that sanctions on Iran would not be lifted until the International Atomic Energy Agency verifies that Tehran has complied with the terms of the deal. “The United States wants to tell governments not to get ahead of themselves when dealing with Iran,” said a London-based diplomatic source. It is uncertain exactly when the layers of Western sanctions might be lifted, but experts have said some international financial transactions with Iran would be possible sometime next year if …

    October 9, 2015 6:29 pm


  • Fed Vice Chair: China concerns pushing back rate hike

    The global economic slowdown remains a major concern for the Federal Reserve. Fed Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer reiterated Friday that China’s economic slowdown — and its ripple effect — is pushing back the Fed’s decision to raise rates. The question is just how long the Fed will wait. “We didn’t raise the rate in September because we wanted to take time to appraise what had happened in China in particular,” Fischer told CNN International anchor Richard Quest at the IMF’s annual meeting in Lima, Peru. Fischer is considered on the “hawkish” or aggressive side of the Fed’s committee that votes on interest rates, meaning he’s generally more in favor of raising rates. Fed Chair Janet Yellen is considered a “dove” on the other side of the rate hike spectrum. Fed officials have said the central bank will likely raise interest rates this year for the first time in almost a decade. But a sluggish global …

    October 9, 2015 4:49 pm


  • Marshawn Lynch to miss second straight game

    RENTON, Wash. (AP) Marshawn Lynch will miss a second straight week for the Seattle Seahawks due to a hamstring strain. The team on Friday officially ruled Lynch out for Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals. Lynch injured his hamstring in the second quarter of the team’s 26-0 victory over the Chicago Bears in Week 3. Lynch returned to limited participation in practice on Thursday but is not ready to return. He will not travel with the team to Cincinnati. More from FoxSports ”He could try to come back and play but we think he’d be vulnerable,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. ”He needs another weekend to get through it and then by next week, by Wednesday or something, we think we can get him going again. We’re just about over the hump.” Backup Fred Jackson is listed as questionable after suffering a high-ankle sprain last week against Detroit. Carroll was optimistic that Jackson would be …

    October 9, 2015 6:10 pm

World News

  • Risk of new landslide in Guatemala

    Image copyright AFP Image caption Bulldozers are being used to speed up the work of finding bodies The authorities in Guatemala have ordered some 40 families to leave their homes close to where a landslide killed at least 253 people last week. They say there is a risk of another landslide hitting the area, near the capital, Guatemala City. The government will decide on Monday whether to suspend the rescue work. An official investigation is under way to determine why houses where built in El Cambray 2 neighbourhood despite warnings of a possible accident. Guatemala’s National Disaster Reduction Commission (Conred) warned as early as 2009 that there was a risk of collapse. The middle-class neighbourhood was built at the bottom of a steep hillside next to a river, some 15km (nine miles) east of Guatemala City. Image copyright AFP Image caption The rescue work will continue until at least Monday, the authorities say Image copyright …

    October 9, 2015 6:30 pm


  • Amazon Casts Its Net on the Internet of Things

    Amazon on Thursday leapt into the Internet of Things market with the announcement of its AWS IoT platform. AWS IoT lets devices — ranging from cars and turbines to sensor grids and light bulbs — connect to services from Amazon Web Services. That in turn allows companies to store, process, analyze and act on the mountains of data generated by connected devices. Amazon recently bought 2lemetry, an IoT application enablement platform, noted Dan Shey, a practice director at ABI Research. “Many IoT devices and applications already leverage AWS,” he told TechNewsWorld. “With Microsoft, IBM and others pushing their cloud and value-added services for IoT, Amazon certainly doesn’t want to miss its share of the IoT opportunity.” And what an opportunity it is — the installed base of IoT units, which totaled 9 billion at the end of 2013, is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 17.5 percent to hit 28 billion …

    October 9, 2015 2:49 pm


  • 125-million-year-old wing sheds new light on the evolution of flight

    Some of the most ancient birds were capable of performing aerodynamic feats in a manner similar to many living birds, according to a new study of the fossil wing of a primitive bird, led by a PhD student at the University of Bristol, UK. Birds have an enormously long evolutionary history: the earliest of them, the famed Archaeopteryx, lived 150 million years ago in what is now southern Germany. However, whether these early birds were capable of flying and, if so, how well has remained shrouded in scientific controversy. In new research published today in Scientific Reports, University of Bristol PhD student, Guillermo Navalón, together with a team of Spanish palaeontologists and Dr Luis M. Chiappe of the Natural History Museum, Los Angeles County, studied the exceptionally well-preserved right wing of a 125-million-year-old bird from central Spain. This new fossil preserves not only the articulated bones of the forelimb but also abundant remains of the …

    October 9, 2015 5:29 pm


  • Sientra suspends sales of medical implants made by Brazilian contract partner

    Breast implant maker Sientra Inc said it has placed a temporary hold on sales of medical implants made by a Brazilian contract manufacturer, sending its shares down 11 percent in extended trading. Sientra also said it recommends that plastic surgeons temporarily discontinue implanting all Sientra devices made by the Brazilian contractor, Silimed, until further notice. Sientra said its decision followed discussions with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration regarding Brazilian regulatory inquiries into products manufactured by Silimed. Sientra said it is also conducting its own review. The Brazilian health regulator on Monday suspended the manufacturing of all medical devices made by Silimed. Sientra said Brazilian regulators have been reviewing technical compliance issues at Silimed’s manufacturing facility. Sientra, based in Santa Barbara, California, said Brazilian and other regulators have not had any reports of adverse events or found any risks to patient health from the devices. Sientra shares have fallen about 32 percent since Monday. The …

    October 9, 2015 6:09 pm


  • Report: Kristen Stewart And Girlfriend Alicia Cargile Split

    Posted on Fri Oct 9th, 2015 1:35pm PDT       By X17 Staff Hey Rupert Sanders, she’s back on the market! Kristen Stewart and her girlfriend Alicia Cargile have called it quits, Radar reports. The duo have “officially ended their relationship” after quietly dating for almost two years, and it was the Twilight star’s hectic schedule that got in the way of their romance. “[Kristen and Alicia] mutually decided to split and it was definitely an amicable breakup. Kristen is just so busy right now that she does not have the time to be in a serious relationship,” a source dished to the website. Cargile was working as the actress’ personal assistant before they began hooking up, and although they never officially confirmed their relationship, they were photographed kissing on the beach in Hawaii in January. The last time they were seen together was this past August, and it appears that Alicia finally had enough of tagging along …

    October 9, 2015 5:09 pm


  • Lawsuit: Baby Jesus doesn’t belong in Christmas play

    You would think the anti-Christmas crowd would wait until there’s frost on the pumpkin patch before pillaging and plundering our long-cherished yuletide traditions. But the Freedom From Religion Foundation has been chomping at the bit to bully those who celebrate the birth of Jesus. CLICK HERE TO JOIN TODD’S AMERICAN DISPATCH — A MUST-READ FOR AMERICAN CONSERVATIVES!  In recent days they’ve filed a federal lawsuit demanding an Indiana school district yank a Living Nativity from a Christmas production and they successfully forced an Oregon school district to ban choirs from performing at a Catholic shrine. Finally! A school district willing to tell the Freedom From Religion Foundation to go jingle their bells somewhere else. By way of introduction, the FFRF is a bunch of perpetually offended atheists, agnostics and free-thinkers that hasn’t met a lawsuit they couldn’t file. And they become especially grumpy grinches at Christmas time. On Wednesday they filed a federal lawsuit against …

    October 9, 2015 12:48 pm

Odd News

  • New England man offers to ship autumn foliage for $19.99

    BOSTON People who want to see New England’s colorful fall foliage no longer need to travel for the experience. A Boston-area man is offering to ship bundles of the dried up, multi-colored vegetation straight to your door for $19.99. Kyle Waring, of Somerville, Massachusetts, set up the website shipfoliage.com earlier this year and began sending his first packages of hand-picked leaves to U.S. customers this week. “I’ve hit over 200 sales so far,” he said. Waring came up with the idea while contemplating “seasonal monetization opportunities” with his wife. They settled on leaves, he said, because “fall in New England is especially gorgeous and really strikes an emotional chord.” It is not Waring’s first foray into seasonal offerings. Last winter, he shipped snow from Boston’s record snowfall for $89, using the website ShipSnowYo.com. He said he received requests for 718 pounds (326 kg) of snow from around the United States. According to shipfoliage.com, Kyle offers …

    October 9, 2015 5:49 pm