Headline News

  • Police appear to narrow search for Pennsylvania trooper murder suspect

    CANADENSIS, Pa. –  The suspect in the deadly ambush at a state police barracks in a remote part of northeastern Pennsylvania remained at large for a ninth day Sunday as police appeared to have narrowed their search, largely shutting down the area where he lived with his parents but leaving neighbors with few answers about what’s going on just outside their front doors. With a helicopter flying overhead, law enforcement officers wearing bulletproof vests and armed with rifles continued their hunt for Eric Frein, 31, now on the FBI’s Most Wanted list. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT “Our troopers are determined to find him and bring him to justice,” state police spokeswoman Maria Finn said. Police released few details about their search of the heavily wooded community in the Pocono Mountains, saying only that they were exercising extreme caution. Late Saturday night, authorities lifted a shelter in place order but urged residents who didn’t make it home Friday …

    September 21, 2014 8:30 am


  • Wisconsin governor candidate cuts ties with consultant over jobs plan

    MILWAUKEE (Reuters) – Wisconsin Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke severed ties with a political consultant after he used similar language in her jobs plan as he did in economic plans he drafted for other clients, Burke’s campaign said on Friday. Burke’s spokesman, Joe Zepecki, said the campaign ended its relationship on Thursday with Eric Schnurer of Public Works, a Pennsylvania-based consulting firm, after he used about 10 passages from the past plans he drafted for former clients in Burke’s “Invest for Success,” a 40-page jobs plan. “He fell short of the expectations that Mary laid out and, as a result, he no longer has any involvement in the campaign,” Zepecki said. Schnurer was a subcontractor for the campaign, Zepecki said. Schnurer could not be reached immediately for comment. Schnurer used passages from economic plans he drafted for previous governor’s races in Delaware, Tennessee and Indiana, Buzzfeed.com reported. “In a few, isolated instances similar language from …

    September 21, 2014 5:04 am


  • What will make stocks go even higher?

    Stocks hit fresh records last week and the SP 500 is up nearly 9% this year. The bull market just keeps going higher and higher. Stocks hit fresh records last week after the Federal Reserve soothed investors’ concerns by indicating that it’s probably not going to raise interest rates anytime soon. With the SP 500 up nearly 9% this year, traders warning of a market pullback seem wrong, at least for now. Related: Most loved and hated stocks right now Here’s what needs to happen for stocks to climb even higher: 1. A ‘not too hot, not too cold’ economy: For stocks to keep going up, the Fed has to cooperate and not hike interest rates before investors expect it to, which right now is the summer of 2015. The Fed is likely to play along if the economy continues moving at a “not too hot, not too cold” rate, according to Jim Russell, Senior …

    September 21, 2014 8:09 am


  • Former NFL kicker Bironas dies in car wreck

    (Reuters) – Former Tennessee Titans’ kicker Rob Bironas died late Saturday in a single vehicle car crash in Nashville, police said on Sunday. Bironas, 36, lost control of the SUV he was driving at a high rate of speed around a curve in the road, police said in a statement posted on the department’s website. The vehicle veered off the right side of the road, struck a line of trees and stopped upside down in a large culvert, police said. Bironas was taken by ambulance to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, police said. The accident happened just after 11 p.m. less than a mile from Bironas’ home, where police believe he was headed. No evidence of drugs or alcohol was found, police said. Bironas played nine years for the Titans in the National Football League before he was released early this year. Bironas converted 85.7 percent of his field goal attempts …

    September 21, 2014 8:29 am

World News

  • Howard opens old wound declaring Costello never had ‘ticker’ to challenge

    John Howard has opened old wounds in the Liberal party by firing a public shot at Peter Costello – declaring no one has an automatic entitlement to lead a political party. Howard used an interview with the Seven Network on Sunday night to reflect on the major public policy controversies of his prime ministership; ignite a fresh debate about multiculturalism at a time of heightened community unease after last week’s counter-terrorism raids; and also question his former treasurer’s ‘ticker’. Howard inferred that Costello lacked the courage to challenge him for the leadership prior to the Coalition’s election loss in 2007. He thought the leadership would be handed to him, and “nobody has an entitlement to anything in public life,” Howard told guest interviewer Janet Albrechtsen, a News Limited columnist. When asked if Costello had the killer instinct, Howard responded: “Well, that invites me to make assessment of Peter’s personality … and there’s nothing to be …

    September 21, 2014 8:30 am


  • How to take this strange protest over Apples giveaway of the U2 album

    U2 have a new album – and it’s all over the web. There are 14 downloads points. It’s all over BitTorrent, available for free. People are exchanging notes about how to download it for free. There’s a certain element of glee that the album, which wasn’t going to be available, has suddenly leaked out. No, I’m not talking about the release the other week on iTunes, for free, of U2’s Songs Of Innocence. This is a rewind to February 2009, when the band’s previous album, No Line On The Horizon, leaked out on to the web nearly two weeks ahead of its official release date. The same had happened before that, with How To Dismantle an Atomic Bomb in 2004: leaks, and peer-to-peer delight at getting something for nothing. Yet to judge by the howls when Apple made the latest album free to download to all of the 800m or so iTunes account holders (by …

    September 21, 2014 5:05 am


  • NASA Cargo Launches to Space Station aboard SpaceX Resupply Mission

    [image-36]About 5,000 pounds of NASA science investigations and cargo are on their way to the International Space Station aboard SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft. The cargo ship launched on the company’s Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex-40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 1:52 a.m. EDT Sunday, Sept. 21. The mission is the company’s fourth cargo delivery flight to the space station through a $1.6 billion NASA Commercial Resupply Services contract. Dragon’s cargo will support experiments to be conducted by the crews of space station Expeditions 41 and 42. One of the new Earth science investigations heading to the orbital laboratory is the International Space Station-Rapid Scatterometer. ISS-RapidScat monitors ocean winds from the vantage point of the space station. This space-based scatterometer is a remote sensing instrument that uses radar pulses reflected from the ocean’s surface from different angles to calculate surface wind speed and direction. This information will be useful for weather …

    September 21, 2014 5:26 am


  • New Ebola clinics useless without more trained staff

    WASHINGTON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A shortage of volunteers to staff the new Ebola clinics and hospitals the international community is building in West Africa threatens efforts to bring the deadly virus rapidly under control, aid agencies have warned. “The missing link is staff,” Athalia Christie, deputy for global health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who has just returned from Liberia, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. The United States this week announced it will send in its military to build 17 Ebola treatment centers in Liberia. Army engineers from Britain are building a 200-bed hospital in Sierra Leone, while the United Nations has formed a special mission to lead efforts. This marks a dramatic scaling up of the global response to the Ebola crisis, which has claimed over 2,500 lives this year – mostly in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea where infections are spiraling out of control as healthcare systems collapse. When …

    September 21, 2014 5:05 am


  • Honey Boo Boo’s Mama June kicks Sugar Bear to the curb

    It appears as if Mama June and Sugar Bear’s love has come to an end just months after the pair held a commitment ceremony to seal their relationship. Shortly after removing her wedding ring, Mama June released a joint statement with Sugar Bear to confirm their split. Honey Boo Boo family taken out by reckless teen driver  “Sugar Bear and I have decided to take some time apart to figure out some things in our relationship,” the statement read. “We are taking things day by day but regardless of what happens the girls will always be our #1 priority. We want to thank ya’ll for your support.” Mama June apparently caught Sugar Bear perusing through online dating sites several times, and even discovered he had a profile in which he said he was looking for a long-term relationship. The couple, who is not technically married despite their May wedding ceremony, became famous through their reality …

    September 21, 2014 8:50 am


Odd News

  • Armed with banana, man robs Philadelphia store, slips away on bike

    PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – A man armed with a banana robbed a convenience store in Philadelphia and rode away on a bicycle with cash and cigarettes, a security surveillance tape showed. The suspect strolled into Tejada Grocery and got in line behind another customer at the counter, where individual bananas were available for sale, according to the tape of Tuesday’s robbery, which was released by police on Wednesday. As his turn at the cash register approached, the man stuffed a banana into the pocket of his hoodie and used it to simulate a gun. Police said the man demanded cash and cigarettes. The robber rode then away on a bicycle, surveillance video showed. Authorities, who did not say how much cash was taken, said the suspect was still being sought on Thursday. (Editing by Barbara Goldberg)

    September 20, 2014 12:46 am