Headline News

  • Missouri police preparing for grand jury decision


    Aug. 17, 2104: People defy a curfew before smoke and tear gas was fired to disperse a crowd protesting the shooting of teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File) FERGUSON, Mo. –  Missouri police have been brushing up on constitutional rights and stocking up on riot gear to prepare for a grand jury’s decision about whether to charge a white police officer who fatally shot a black 18-year-old in suburban St. Louis. The preparations are aimed at avoiding a renewed outbreak of violence during the potentially large demonstrations that could follow an announcement of whether Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson will face a criminal trial for the Aug. 9 death of Michael Brown. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Police and protesters have repeatedly clashed since the shooting, which prompted a national conversation about race and police tactics. Images of officers in riot gear and armored vehicles confronting protesters have drawn widespread criticism. Many protesters want Darren …

    October 24, 2014 1:43 am
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Politics

  • Utah Supreme Court clears way for adoption by partners of same-sex spouses


    (Reuters) – The Utah Supreme Court on Thursday lifted an order that had blocked spouses in same-sex marriages from adopting their partners’ children, state officials said. The state’s highest court had imposed a stay on the adoptions in May, while Utah appealed a federal ruling last year that permitted same-sex marriages for 17 days before the Supreme Court halted them pending appeal. Earlier this month, after the U.S. Supreme Court denied appeals of same-sex marriage bans and an appeals court reaffirmed its order making same-sex marriage legal in the state, Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes ordered county clerks to recognize all legally performed same-sex marriages. On the same day, Reyes petitioned the state Supreme Court to remove its stay of the adoptions, saying the issue was now moot. Missy Larsen, a spokeswoman for Reyes, said the high court’s action on Thursday came in response to that petition. (Reporting by Sharon Bernstein in Sacramento, Calif.; Editing …

    October 24, 2014 12:42 am
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Stocks

  • Wall Street delivers bad news to Amazon


    Investors aren’t thrilled with CEO Jeff Bezos’ quarterly losses. Amazon’s shareholders are fed up. The e-commerce giant’s stock fell nearly 11% in after-hours trading Thursday. The company reported a $437 million loss in the last quarter, even though its revenue was up 20% from the same time last year. Losing money isn’t new territory for Amazon (AMZN, Tech30). Its reports frequently show losses or small profits because of big spending to develop new revenue streams. For the last few quarters, shareholders have responded by sending the stock down. The 11% dip could mean the company lost $14 billion in value, depending on where it opens in Friday trading.   It’s been a busy quarter for Amazon: its earnings release noted a host of new ventures, including updates to its tablets Kindle e-reader tablets, new streaming shows, an expanded grocery delivery service, a 3D printed products store and other investments. Revenue from Amazon’s sprawling empire was …

    October 24, 2014 1:43 am
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Sports

  • Philip Rivers, Chargers fall even farther behind Broncos in AFC West with 35-21 loss


    San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) throws under pressure from Denver Broncos strong safety T.J. Ward (43) during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney) (The Associated Press) San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers throws against the Denver Broncos during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey) (The Associated Press) San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers walks to the sideline during the second half of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney) (The Associated Press) DENVER –  A scoreboard operator did what San Diego’s defense simply couldn’t — rattled Peyton Manning. The Denver Broncos quarterback was ticked off at the music blaring late in the game as he tried to run out the clock in a 35-21 win over the Chargers on Thursday night. The five-time NFL …

    October 24, 2014 1:43 am
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World News

  • China ‘punishes 17′ for deadly clash


    24 October 2014 Last updated at 04:44 Villagers were seen guarding the Fuyou village entrance following the 14 October incident Chinese authorities have arrested an official and punished 16 others following a deadly clash earlier this month in Yunnan, state media say. Eight people died, including four construction workers who were burnt to death, and 18 others were injured in the violence in Fuyou village. Villagers were reportedly unhappy about a land deal involving the construction of a trade and logistics centre. The arrested official was the village chief who state media said took bribes. There have been several high-profile village clashes over land deals in recent years amid rapid development. All land in China is state-owned and farmers often have little say when state-appointed local officials sell off large tracts of land to developers, some pocketing bribes in the process and paying inadequate compensation to villagers forced to relocate. ‘Multiple bribes’ Xinhua news agency …

    October 24, 2014 1:22 am
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Technology

  • Voice Recognition for the Internet of Things


    It’s not unusual to find yourself talking to an uncoöperative appliance or gadget. Soon, though, it could soon be more common for those devices to actually pay attention. A startup called Wit.ai plans to make it easy for hardware makers and software developers to add custom voice controls to everything from smartphones and smart watches to Internet-connected thermostats and drones. While big companies like Apple and Google have their own voice recognition technology, smaller companies and independent developers don’t have the deep pockets required to create voice software that continuously learns from mountains of data. Wit.ai, based in Palo Alto, California, is taking aim at the swiftly growing number of devices with small displays, or no screen at all, and at activities like driving and cooking, where you may want the aid of technology but don’t want to look at or touch a display. And to give all kinds of developers access to a simple-to-use, …

    October 24, 2014 12:42 am
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Science

  • Just 30 years to save the planet


    The year isn’t quite over, but the forecasts are already in: 2013 will be another record-breaking year for carbon emissions. This year they will hit 9.7 gigatonnes – a 2.1% increase over the 2012 figure, which was itself a record at the time. The data comes in a report released on 19 November by the Global Carbon Project, an international group of climate scientists that have been documenting our carbon emissions since 2001. The one glimmer of good news is that the growth in emissions does at least seem to be slowing. The latest 2.1% rise is significantly below the 2.7% average annual increase we have seen since 2003. Even a skerrick of positive climate news is welcome. The Carbon Project report landed just a few weeks after an even more doom-laden climate document. Back in September, scientists and government representatives from around the globe gathered in Stockholm to sign off on the dense scientific …

    October 24, 2014 1:02 am
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Health

  • Lessons from the shock machine


    It’s a balmy summer evening in 1961 at Yale University in New Haven, Conneciticut, as people hurry to the psychology department. They are paid volunteers for a study that has been advertised in a local newspaper as an investigation into memory and learning. Little do they know that, once inside, they will be ordered to torture a man. Each volunteer is met in the laboratory by “Mr Williams”, a stern-looking man in a grey lab coat. He explains that the volunteer is to act as a “teacher” in the experiment. Their job is to punish incorrect answers by administering electric shocks to a “learner”, the affable “Mr Wallace”, in a room next door. Williams introduces the teacher to the learner and then, strapping the learner into a chair, attaches electrodes to his wrists. The teacher must administer an increasing level of voltage to the learner for each wrong answer by pushing a switch on a …

    October 24, 2014 12:42 am
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Entertainment

  • Kendra Wilkinson hears her husband’s sex tape and still isn’t leaving him


    Kendra on Top: Are Hank’s tears real or is he manipulating her? After audio leaked online of Hank Baskett’s alleged encounter with a transsexual prostitute, Kendra Wilkinson was rumored to be considering leaving him all over again, as you would expect. But now, the Kendra on Top star is insisting the tapes are no big deal. “This is [a] straight setup and if anybody’s listening to this and thinking, ‘Oh, he’s guilty,’ who’s the one guilty? The one that’s setting up this blackmail,” she said in an interview with E! News. “That’s the one who should be in jail right now.” Wilkinson admitted she listened to the tapes. But when she did, she had the opposite reaction we all expected and said they actually made her chill out about what seemed like an impending divorce. Kendra Wilkinson rethinks divorce after incriminating audio clip “I actually didn’t even care. It was nothing,” she said. “It didn’t …

    October 24, 2014 12:21 am
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Editorial

  • Ottawa shooting: Why are terrorists attacking Canada?


    An unarmed Canadian military guard was shot in Ottawa Wednesday morning by Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, a convert to Islam and a self-declared jihadist whose alleged photo was posted hours after the shooting on Islamic State social media. The killer then entered the Canadian Parliament presumably with the intention of massacring lawmakers inside their caucus rooms. Zehaf-Bibeau was shot by the Parliament’s sergeant of arms, who became a citizen soldier for that particular moment. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Canadian authorities launched a counterterrorism operation to track other possible gunmen at the same location. Forty hours earlier, another member of the Canadian military was killed by an indoctrinated convert, identified as Martin Rouleau, in the province of Quebec. Weeks before, threats issued by the Islamic State included directives to their members and supporters to strike — in any way they can — against the United States and its allies, including Canada, in retaliation for Coalition airstrikes against jihadi forces in …

    October 24, 2014 12:42 am
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Odd News

  • Romanian princess, husband sentenced for Oregon cockfighting ring


    PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) – A princess fifth in line for the Romanian throne and her husband who admitted running a cockfighting ring in rural Oregon have both sentenced to probation and ordered to forfeit $200,000 from the sale of the property, federal prosecutors said on Thursday. Irina Walker and her husband John Walker pleaded guilty in July to one count of running an illegal gambling operation with at a barn-like structure on their ranch in Irrigon, near the Washington state border, where they held cockfighting “derbies.” Prosecutors said the cockfighting events came complete with a chef cooking Mexican food and alcoholic drinks. They said the Walkers charged attendees $20, while participants paid $1,000 to enter up to five roosters in fights. As part of a plea agreement with prosecutors that saw additional charges dropped, the couple admitted to financing, supervising and owning the cockfighting venture during 2012 and 2013. They were each sentenced on Wednesday …

    October 23, 2014 4:54 pm
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