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  • A look at facts known in fatal police shooting at Ohio Wal-Mart, questions yet to be answered

    This undated photo provided by the family of John Crawford III shows Crawford, right, with his mother, Tressa Sherrod. A special grand jury will look into the fatal shooting of Crawford by police in an Ohio Wal-Mart and will be asked to determine whether any charges should be filed in the case that has drawn national attention to the southwestern Ohio city. (AP Photo/Courtesy family of John Crawford III) (The Associated Press) CINCINNATI –  A grand jury looking into the fatal shooting of a man by police in an Ohio Wal-Mart will have to sort out conflicting accounts to determine whether charges should be filed in a racially charged case that has drawn national attention. Twenty-two-year-old John Crawford III was shot to death last month while carrying an air rifle his family says he’d taken off a shelf at the store in the Dayton suburb of Beavercreek. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The grand jury is to be sworn …

    September 21, 2014 10:31 am


  • Secret Service boosts security at White House

    Uniformed Secret Service officers walk along the lawn on the North side of the White House(AP Photo/Susan Walsh) The Secret Service chief has stepped-up security outside the White House after a man with a knife who jumped the fence made it into the presidential residence before being apprehended, officials said Saturday. President Barack Obama insisted he still has confidence in the beleaguered agency’s ability to protect him and his family. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson ordered enhanced officer patrols and surveillance along the North Fence of the compound just after the incident on Friday evening, which triggered a rare evacuation of the White House as well as renewed scrutiny of the Secret Service. The agency said Pierson had also ordered a comprehensive review of what happened. “The president has full confidence in the Secret Service and is grateful to the men and women who day in and day out protect himself, his family and the …

    September 21, 2014 9:10 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


  • Giants wrap set with Padres seeking to avoid sweep

    (SportsNetwork.com) – Getting swept by the San Diego Padres wasn’t what the San Francisco Giants had in mind ahead of a big series to kick off next week. The Giants hope to avoid said sweep on Sunday afternoon when they conclude a three-game set with the hosting San Diego Padres. San Francisco was shut out in Friday’s opener, then was edged 3-2 by San Diego on Saturday night. The Giants have now lost five of their last seven as they lead the Pittsburgh Pirates by one game for the first wild card spot in the National League. They also sit 3 1/2 games back of Los Angeles for first place in the NL West and visit the Dodgers for a three-game set that begins on Monday. Hunter Pence hit a solo homer and Yusmeiro Petit allowed all three runs – two earned — in 5 1/3 innings to take the loss last night. “Sure, two …

    September 21, 2014 10:31 am

World News

  • Yemen PM ‘quits’ amid rebel clashes

    21 September 2014 Last updated at 16:29 The Houthi rebels have been closing in on key buildings in Sanaa Yemeni Prime Minister Mohammed Basindwa has resigned amid escalating clashes in the capital between Shia Houthi rebels and pro-government forces. The rebels also claim to have taken over government headquarters, key ministries and state broadcasters. Scores have died and hundreds have fled their homes in the latest crisis. The latest development comes a day after a UN envoy announced a truce deal – yet to be signed – between the government and the rebels. The Houthis, based in Yemen’s mountainous north, have been advancing on the capital for weeks, skirmishing with rivals and organising mass protests calling for greater rights. The rebels had been due to sign a power-sharing deal, announced late on Saturday by the United Nations envoy Jamal Benomar. But as the fighting intensified on Sunday, Mr Basindwa said he would resign in order …

    September 21, 2014 10:32 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


  • Domestic violence likely more frequent for same-sex couples

    Domestic violence occurs at least as frequently, and likely even more so, between same-sex couples compared to opposite-sex couples, according to a review of literature by Northwestern Medicine® scientists. Previous studies, when analyzed together, indicate that domestic violence affects 25 percent to 75 percent of lesbian, gay and bisexual individuals. However, a lack of representative data and underreporting of abuse paints an incomplete picture of the true landscape, suggesting even higher rates. An estimated one in four heterosexual women experience domestic abuse, with rates significantly lower for heterosexual men. “Evidence suggests that the minority stress model may explain these high prevalence rates,” said senior author Richard Carroll, associate professor in psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and a psychologist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. “Domestic violence is exacerbated because same-sex couples are dealing with the additional stress of being a sexual minority. This leads to reluctance to address domestic violence issues.” …

    September 21, 2014 9:31 am


  • College Women Can Use Food Strategies, Study Finds

    SUNDAY, Sept. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Young women starting college understand the benefits of a healthy diet and know which foods they should eat. But they aren’t confident they can follow through on these wise nutritional choices, according to a new study. The study involved 268 female college freshmen enrolled in the University of Illinois’s Peer Education Exercising and Eating Right program. The students answered food-related questions such as what would they choose to eat if they were very busy with school work, were very hungry or not hungry at all. They were also asked what they would eat if they were dealing with foods that take time and effort to prepare. “The women in our study weren’t very confident about their ability to eat a healthful diet, especially if they had to do something physical like chop vegetables or go shopping. The motivation just wasn’t strong if they were at a party or …

    September 21, 2014 9:10 am


  • The queen, J.K. Rowling react to Scottish independence vote

    The queen, whose favorite place in the world is reportedly her Scottish estate Balmoral, released a restrained statement urging all citizens to come together again to continue improving their nation. “After many months of discussion, debate, and careful thought, we now know the outcome of the Referendum, and it is a result that all of us throughout the United Kingdom will respect,” she said. David Beckham, Groundskeeper Willie talk Scottish independence “For many in Scotland and elsewhere today, there will be strong feelings and contrasting emotions — among family, friends and neighbors. That, of course, is the nature of the robust democratic tradition we enjoy in this country. But I have no doubt that these emotions will be tempered by an understanding of the feelings of others. “Now, as we move forward, we should remember that despite the range of views that have been expressed, we have in common an enduring love of Scotland, which is …

    September 21, 2014 10:52 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