Headline News

  • College football player killed by Texas police officer had drugs in system, autopsy reveals


    This photo provided by Angelo State University shows Christian Taylor. (AP) FORT WORTH, Texas –  A black college football player killed by a white police officer likely used a synthetic psychedelic drug and marijuana prior to the deadly confrontation at a Texas car dealership, according to an autopsy report released Wednesday. Christian Taylor was unarmed when Arlington police officer Brad Miller shot him on Aug. 7. Miller has been fired. The report shows there was THC, one of the active components of marijuana, and a synthetic drug that causes hallucinations in his system. The autopsy also showed Taylor was shot four times, in the neck, torso and abdomen. The 6-foot-tall, 19-year-old attended Angelo State University in San Angelo in West Texas, where he was to start his sophomore year on the team. The Tarrant County district attorney has said it will bring a case against Miller, 49, to a grand jury. However, the Arlington police department …

    September 2, 2015 10:39 pm
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Politics

  • Bid to override veto of arbitration bill fails in Illinois House


    CHICAGO The Illinois House on Wednesday failed to override Governor Bruce Rauner’s veto of a controversial bill to send collective bargaining impasses to arbitration, leaving open the possibility of a future strike or lockout of state workers. The Democrat-controlled House fell three votes short of the 71 needed to make the bill law after the Senate, which also has a Democratic majority, overrode Rauner’s veto last month. Democratic lawmakers and the Republican governor have been locked in a struggle over a state budget and an agenda pushed by Rauner that includes legislative term limits and collective bargaining curbs. Illinois this week entered its third month without a budget for the fiscal year that started July 1. House Speaker Michael Madigan told reporters after the vote that the bill was meant to buy labor peace by prohibiting strikes or lockouts. He also noted that Rauner “did talk in terms of the possibility of a government shutdown …

    September 2, 2015 11:19 pm
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Stocks

  • New Star Wars toys go on sale on Force Friday


    Don’t underestimate the Force … or the power of its galactic marketing machine. Toys and other merchandise tied to the eagerly awaited “Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens” movie will go on sale Friday at 12:01 a.m. — an event that has been dubbed Force Friday. Force Friday promises, in the words of Luke Skywalker, “more wealth than you can imagine” for Lucasfilm owner Walt Disney (DIS) and other companies with licenses for Star Wars products, such as toy kings Hasbro (HAS) and LEGO. (“I can imagine quite a bit!”) Disney Stores in New York City, Chicago and San Francisco will be open at midnight to kick off Force Friday. So will all Toys R Us stores as well as some Walmart (WMT) and Target (TGT) locations. Toys R Us is promising a free poster to shoppers. Related: Disney announces new ‘Star Wars’ theme park attractions Walmart is offering exclusive trading discs featuring …

    September 2, 2015 10:19 pm
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Sports

  • Milone’s 7 innings, Sano’s blast lift Twins over White Sox


    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Tommy Milone struck out seven in seven innings and Miguel Sano hit another monster home run to help the Minnesota Twins beat the Chicago White Sox 3-0 on Wednesday night. Milone (7-4) gave up three hits and finished seven innings for the first time since July 8. Trevor Plouffe added two hits and two RBIs and Kevin Jepsen picked up his 10th save for the Twins, who started the day one game behind Texas for the second AL wild card. Carlos Rodon (6-6) gave up two runs and five hits with four strikeouts and three walks in six innings for the White Sox. Sano was named AL rookie of the month for August on Wednesday, but was late to the ballpark so he could get an MRI on his ailing hamstring. The exam revealed a strain, but doctors advised that he could play through the injury, and the Twins desperately need his big …

    September 2, 2015 10:39 pm
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World News

  • UK urged to ‘do more’ for migrants


    Image copyright Getty Images David Cameron is facing growing pressure at home and abroad for the UK to take in more of the many thousands of migrants fleeing to Europe. It comes after a picture of a dead boy lying on a Turkish beach sparked an outcry over the crisis’s human cost. Tory backbencher David Burrowes said the UK “should accept thousands, not hundreds” of people and a senior UN official said the UK could “do more”. On Wednesday, the prime minister said taking more people was not the answer. Instead, he argued, it was important to “bring peace and stability” to the parts of the world migrants were fleeing from, such as war-ravaged Syria. £900m aid Johnny Mercer, the Conservative MP for Plymouth Moor View, echoed Mr Burrowes’ view. He said that mothers trying to keep their children afloat on life jackets should not think of the UK as a place that did not …

    September 2, 2015 10:59 pm
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Technology

  • Greater Manchester police website downed by hackers


    The Greater Manchester police website has been taken down by what appears to be a denial of service (DOS) attack, with a Twitter account in Lithuania claiming responsibility. Users were unable to access the site www.gmp.police.uk from around 8pm, but the force restored it shortly afterwards. A tweet from Greater Manchester police (GMP) said that there had been some “technical issues” that had now been resolved. However, a short time later, the website went down again. An anonymous Twitter account holder called @n0w1337 tweeted the force, claiming they had taken the site down and demanding that GMP acknowledge it was an attack rather than an IT failure. — Prince (@g0d1337) September 2, 2015 @gmpolice @sky1 your site is offline and we are responsible http://t.co/balqDvGZUX @n0w1337 The account holder, who says they were tweeting from Lithuania, said: “Disclose out there that I was the one who knocked your site or I will not stop here.” The …

    September 2, 2015 7:38 pm
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Science

  • The timing of sleep just as important as quantity


    Washington State University researchers have found that the timing of an animal’s sleep can be just as important as how much sleeps it gets. Ilia Karatsoreos, an assistant professor in WSU’s Department of Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience, shifted mice from their usual cycle of sleeping and waking and saw that, while they got enough sleep, it was of poorer quality. The animals also had a disrupted immune response, leaving them more open to illness. Most sleep research focuses on the effects of sleep deprivation or the overall amount of sleep an animal needs. This is generally referred to as sleep’s homeostatic process, which is driven by sleepiness or “sleep pressure.” The work by Karatsoreos and his colleagues–published in the journal Brain, Behavior and Immunity–is a rare look into the circadian process, a brain-driven clock that controls the rhythms of various biological processes, from digestion to blood pressure, heart rate to waking and sleeping. The cycle …

    September 2, 2015 10:39 pm
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Health

  • Death toll in Legionnaires’ outbreak in Illinois rises to eight


    CHICAGO An outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease has killed an eighth person in Quincy, Illinois, and sickened 41, mostly at a veterans home, health and veterans affairs officials said on Wednesday. The latest death occurred outside the Illinois Veterans’ Home, the officials said, adding that three others were sickened in the city and six more at the veterans home, the officials said. There was no evidence the new cases in the city were connected to the outbreak at the veterans home, Illinois Department of Public Health spokeswoman Melaney Arnold said. About 400 people live at the veterans home, the largest and oldest such facility in the state, said Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs spokesman Ryan Yantis. The outbreak in Quincy, about 240 miles southwest of Chicago, follows recent outbreaks of the respiratory illness that killed a dozen people in New York City and sickened inmates at a California prison. Legionnaires’ is a severe form of pneumonia …

    September 2, 2015 10:59 pm
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Entertainment

  • Rihanna Jets Back To LA After Fur Protesters Crash Perfume Launch In NYC


    Posted on Wed Sep 2nd, 2015 9:10am PDT       By X17 Staff Nothing seems to ruffle her feathers! Rihanna jetted back to LA after being confronted with angry anti-fur protesters at her perfume launch in NYC on Monday, and she made sure not to wear any pelts on her travel day! Instead, she wore awkward sweatpants and a sweatshirt with bright red lipstick. We guess that’s better? The singer was bombarded by angry activists with signs that read “Who Died For Your Coat” at Macy’s in Brooklyn, and her security managed to remove them from the venue, but not before the Bajan beauty took note of the chaos that was occurring. We wonder if she will quit wearing animals for fashion and pose for PETA? We highly doubt it! We ask the “BBHMM” songstress about the incident, and she doesn’t seem thrilled to readdress it! Watch the video for her reaction…   SEE THE GALLERY Rihanna Lands …

    September 2, 2015 11:19 pm
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Editorial

  • The real reason your in-laws don’t like you


    A couple of years ago, I was talking to a young fiancee who was upset because her future in-laws didn’t like her. As she shared her experience, it was hard to believe that these adults, who were otherwise decent people, could be so socially tone deaf, so oblivious to their own unkind words and actions.  The woman wanted to know how she could fix it, how she could make them accept her. But the sad fact was that there was probably nothing she could do but ride it out. Families are like bodies that have been functioning for several years with the same hearts, livers, stomachs, spleens, and various other guts. And like human bodies, they don’t respond well to transplants. The moment those new organs move in and start trying to become a permanent fixture, the body’s autoimmune system detects a foreigner and starts the process of transplant rejection. This part doesn’t belong here!  …

    September 2, 2015 9:59 pm
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Odd News

  • Texas teen fatally shoots himself while taking selfie


    AUSTIN, Texas A 19-year-old Texas man who was posing with a gun for a social media selfie photo accidentally shot himself and died from the wounds, Houston police said on Wednesday. “A witness told police he was taking a selfie with a gun and the gun accidentally discharged,” Houston police spokeswoman Jodi Silva said. The identity of the man killed in the Tuesday incident in Houston has been withheld pending an investigation by the coroner. He was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. He had shot himself in the upper body, police said. (Reporting by Jon Herskovitz in Austin, Texas; Editing by Mohammad Zargham)

    September 2, 2015 10:59 pm
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