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  • Three trick-or-treating teenage girls killed in California hit and run

    (Reuters) – Three teenage girls were killed while trick-or-treating in southern California on Friday evening when they were struck by a hit-and-run driver, authorities said. The girls, ranging in age from 13 to 15, were in costume and carrying candy bags when they were hit while walking across a Santa Ana street at around 6:45 p.m., said Orange County Fire Authority Captain Steve Concialdi. All three were pronounced dead on the scene, Concialdi said. “It’s a horrific accident, very tragic,” he said. Police later found the sports utility vehicle involved in the incident ditched behind a nearby retailer, said Santa Ana Police Department spokesman Anthony Bertagna. The girls were not immediately identified as police worked to contact their parents, Bertagna said. He said the car had been driving at a high rate of speed through the intersection before it hit the girls. Police were on the scene and interviewing the many witnesses in the area, …

    October 31, 2014 11:55 pm


  • Republicans question preparedness spending after Ebola missteps

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Texas Republicans, including Tea Party-backed U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, sought to ratchet up the pressure on the Obama administration’s Ebola response on Friday, by questioning its use of federal tax dollars for emergency preparedness. In a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell, the lawmakers said they were concerned about missteps in the Dallas Ebola case of Thomas Eric Duncan, which they said occurred after large sums of federal money were spent to help U.S. cities prepare for infectious diseases. A spokesman for Burwell’s Department of Health and Human Services said the department “values working with members of Congress on this important public health matter, and we look forward to responding to this letter.” The Oct. 30 letter, which was also signed by Texas Senator John Cornyn and two-dozen Texas Republicans from the U.S. House of Representatives, surfaced less than a week before the Nov. 4 election, in which Republicans …

    October 31, 2014 11:34 pm


  • Budweiser profits pinched by Russia

    Budweiser brewer Anheuser Busch says its sales in Russia have lost their fizz. Russia was a major buzz kill for the brewer of Budweiser and other well-known beers. Anheuser-Busch InBev (BUD), the world’s largest beer company, reported earnings and sales that badly missed analysts’ expectations on Friday. Russia was one of the biggest drags on the company’s profits. Sales in Russia fell 20%, contributing to a sharp decline in its European business, the Belgium-based brewer said. “A spectre is haunting AB InBev’s European operation, and it is called Russia,” said Amin Alkhatib, an analyst at Euromonitor International who covers the alcohol industry. Related: The world’s most popular beer is … While many believe that beer is recession proof, that has not been the case in Russia. The downturn in the Russian economy, driven by falling oil prices and Western sanctions, has taken a toll on beer consumption. At the same time, the Russian government has …

    November 1, 2014 2:37 am


  • Kings beat Blazers for first win of season

    Sacramento, CA (SportsNetwork.com) – Rudy Gay posted a game and season-best 40 points along with eight rebounds as Sacramento picked up its first win of the year with a 103-94 triumph over Portland on Friday night. DeMarcus Cousins and Darren Collison each contributed 17 points for the Kings, who shook off a season-opening 18-point loss to Golden State on Wednesday. “I just wanted to be aggressive,” said Gay. “I tried to make plays better and took what they gave me.” LaMarcus Aldridge totaled 22 points and Damian Lillard poured in 20 for the Blazers, who were coming off a 17-point home win against Oklahoma City two days prior. “We knew they were a really good second-chance team and they did that all night,” Lillard said. “They just outplayed us.” Wesley Matthews hit from long distance and Portland was up 77-73 early in the fourth, but Omri Casspi’s layup just over three minutes in triggered a …

    November 1, 2014 1:56 am

World News

  • Space project continues

    1 November 2014 Last updated at 06:17 The moment the craft exploded was captured in an image shortly after it separated from the carrier aircraft Sir Richard Branson has vowed to continue his space tourism venture despite the fatal crash of one of his craft in the California desert. One pilot died and the other was badly injured when Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo craft exploded on Friday. The founder of the Virgin Group said he was “shocked and saddened” but insisted he would “persevere” with space travel. The craft was flying a manned test when it experienced what the company described as “a serious anomaly”. Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Dr David Whitehouse, space scientist: “I think this shows that there is no such thing as routine, regular safe access to space” Sir Richard said Virgin Galactic would co-operate fully with the authorities involved in the investigation. Officials with the US National …

    November 1, 2014 1:56 am


  • Chat with ghosts using an emoji ouija board

    Now you can chat with the dead using your favorite emojicons. Kickstarter If you enjoy chatting with the dead, but prefer to do it using emojicons, why not upgrade your spirit communication with an Emouija Board? After all, ghosts don’t want to miss out on being about to tweet their feelings and thoughts like they did when they were alive and kicking. Find out if ghosts miss getting their hair cut, or dancing with friends or eating pizza. Perhaps they want to reveal their love for cats or just think the poop icon is hilarious. All your favorite emoji icons are represented on the board — from food items to activities to the weird ones no one seems to understand, like that hairy red devil guy (which we hope your ghosts aren’t stuck with as a purgatory pal). Designers of the Emouija Board, now on Kickstarter, also created unique emoji to help you communicate better …

    October 31, 2014 7:32 pm


  • Louisiana Scuttles Medical Conference Plans Over Ebola Fears

    Estrella Lasry was readying her presentation on three years worth of malaria data in west Africa when she received an email disinviting her to a major tropical medicine conference taking place in Louisiana next week. The reason: she was currently in Liberia.    The tropical medicine advisor with Doctors Without Borders had been working in that west African country on a malaria project—distributing drugs to reduce the death rate among children under five years of age—when she was informed, via email, that the state of Louisiana wanted to limit “unnecessary exposure of Ebola to the general public” and would be requesting all individuals who had traveled to Ebola-affected countries voluntarily quarantine themselves for 21 days following their relevant travel history, regardless of their symptoms.   Lasry had also seen some Ebola patients at a Doctors Without Borders clinic while in Liberia, but even if she had not, she still would not be welcome at the …

    October 31, 2014 7:52 pm


  • Judge rejects strict limits on U.S. nurse who treated Ebola patients

    FORT KENT Maine (Reuters) – Declaring Ebola fears in the United States “not entirely rational,” a judge rejected Maine’s bid for a quarantine on a nurse who treated victims of the disease in West Africa but tested negative for it, and instead imposed limited restrictions. Nurse Kaci Hickox’s challenge of Maine’s 21-day quarantine became a key battleground for the dispute between officials in some U.S. states who have imposed strict quarantines on health workers returning from three Ebola-ravaged West African countries and the federal government, which opposes such measures. Public concern about the spread of the virus is high in both the United States and Canada. Canada became the second developed nation after Australia to bar entry for citizens from the three West African nations where Ebola is widespread. Some U.S. politicians have called for a similar travel ban, making Ebola as much of a political issue as a public health question. The most deadly …

    October 31, 2014 7:32 pm


  • There’s probably only one RHONJ person who’ll miss Teresa Giudice

    However, there’s one person she can count on to miss her while she’s in jail for 15 months — Andy Cohen. The Bravo TV host admitted that it was really difficult to film the reunion special for the reality show this time around. Teresa and Joe Giudice: 10 More WTF quotes He said in the online Ask Andy QA video that the atmosphere was darker than usual. Cohen explained, “Teresa had just been sentenced, and it seems like it’s Teresa’s last reunion, so there was an air of real, kind of serious heaviness and emotion that was there the whole time. It was just different. It was emotional, and it was kind of more layered.” It got so rough that the Watch What Happens Live TV personality couldn’t even look Giudice in the eyes. “I got really emotional at the end when I was talking to Teresa. I held it together, but I was basically …

    October 31, 2014 11:14 pm


  • Puppy love… for real

    Elsie and Brady (Courtesy of the author) She had him at woof. Our golden doodle puppy, Brady, has a crush on the girl next door. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT She’s an adorable Wheaton terrier named Elsie who’s just a few months younger than Brady. Ever since they discovered each other across our chain-link fence, their obsession has grown. When one is out, he/she is searching for the other. I took Brady for a walk and left the gate to our yard open. Elsie must have been in her yard and heard him. When we returned from the walk, there she was — sitting eagerly on our driveway — waiting for her guy. Their determination to connect is so intense, they’ve found spots all along the fence to dig holes just deep enough for Elsie (who’s smaller) to escape into our yard. While our neighbors are onboard with the relationship, they’re none too pleased about the endless excavation, and …

    October 31, 2014 3:29 pm

Odd News

  • ‘Plastic’ Halloween skulls found in Connecticut are human remains

    MILFORD Conn. (Reuters) – A pair of Connecticut junk haulers was stunned to learn on Friday that two skulls picked up at the cluttered home of a deceased man on the day before Halloween were human remains, not made of plastic as they had thought. The skulls were among thousands of occult-related items that David Odice and Charlie Inzucchi of The Junkluggers Junk Removal Co cleared out of the Fairfield home where Robert L. DeVitto lived until his death two weeks ago at age 56. “Being Halloween makes this real creepy and spooky, especially considering what else we found in the house,” Odice, 43, said on Friday. “There were thousands of things related to the occult: magazines, videos, crystals, amulets, all kinds of new age and metaphysical stuff.” After finishing the job on Thursday the contractors dumped the skulls, and the rest of the dead man’s paranormal and satanic-themed belongings, at a Stamford recycling center. …

    October 31, 2014 11:54 pm