Headline News

  • California prisons to end racial lockdown policy


    (Reuters) – The California prison system has agreed to settle a long-running civil rights lawsuit by ending race-based lockdowns of inmates, court records show. The 21-page stipulated settlement, which has not been filed in court but was published online by the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday, provides for lockdowns in the prison system of the country’s most populous state to now cover all inmates in a certain area or specific inmates deemed to pose a threat. For lockdowns exceeding 14 days, the settlement also requires wardens to make plans for inmates to participate in outdoor activities. “The prisons will still be able to maintain security, while prisoners will no longer be targeted for lengthy lockdowns just because of their race or ethnicity,” said Rebekah Evenson, an attorney for the prisoners. California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokesman Jeffrey Callison said in an email the department was pleased with the settlement and it started making the …

    October 23, 2014 2:14 am
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Politics

  • Former Bellevue, Wash., official accused of stealing pro-gun campaign sign


    SEATTLE (Reuters) – A former City Council member in Bellevue, Washington, has been accused of stealing campaign signs urging voters to block the expansion of background checks for gun buyers in the state, police said on Wednesday. A police report said Margot Blacker, a longtime local fixture of the political left who served on City Council from 1989 to 1997, admitted taking the signs last week because she believed pro-gun groups had stolen her signs promoting tougher firearms laws. Blacker, 74, is a proponent of Initiative 594, a state ballot measure that would expand background checks on guy buyers to include private sales and transfers of weapons. The measure is expected to pass during the November election. The campaign signs she is accused of stealing urge a “yes” vote on an opposing measure, Initiative 591, which would bar the state from expanding background checks unless the federal government does so first. The Citizen’s Committee for …

    October 23, 2014 12:12 am
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Stocks

  • Oil will tumble to $70 says new ‘bond king’


    Jeffrey Gundlach is CEO and Chief Investorment Officer of DoubleLine The meltdown in the oil market is not over yet. That’s the message from Jeffrey Gundlach, the star bond investor who predicts oil will plunge another $10 (it’s $80 a barrel now). While another decline in oil prices would bring smiles to American consumers — think around $2.70 a gallon at the pump as a national average — it could spell trouble for the boom in shale projects boosting the U.S. economy. “I think it’s going to $70 and if it does, it’s bye, bye fracking. Goodbye all of the great job creation from fracking because fracking becomes too expensive if you can buy oil at $70 a barrel,” Gundlach said on Wednesday at ETF.com’s Inside Fixed Income Conference. Related: Oil prices are plunging. Don’t cheer yet Those concerns help explain why energy exploration stocks like Apache (APA)and Newfield Exploration (NFX) have been creamed in …

    October 23, 2014 1:13 am
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Sports

  • Arbitrator says NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell must testify at Ray Rice appeal hearing


    October 8, 2014: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell speaks during a news conference following a meeting of NFL owners and executives in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has been told to testify in Ray Rice’s appeal of his indefinite suspension, a person familiar with the case told The Associated Press on Wednesday night. Former U.S. District Judge Barbara S. Jones, the neutral arbiter selected to hear the appeal, informed the parties of her decision Wednesday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because details of the appeal have not been made public. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Because it isn’t a criminal case, it’s uncertain whether Goodell will actually testify in a private arbitration. He said this month he would leave the decision to Judge Jones. “We will continue to respect Judge Jones’ confidentiality order regarding this proceeding,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in an email. NFL lawyers have argued that Goodell shouldn’t have to …

    October 23, 2014 2:14 am
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World News

  • India’s Modi visits Siachen glacier


    23 October 2014 Last updated at 07:04 Siachen glacier, claimed by both India and Pakistan, is known as the world’s highest battlefield. Indian PM Narendra Modi has made a brief visit to the Siachen glacier on his way to Indian-administered Kashmir to spend the Diwali festival looking at damage caused by last month’s floods. The glacier, claimed by both India and Pakistan, is known as the world’s highest battlefield. Mr Modi tweeted he was going to Siachen to “spend time with our brave soldiers on this special day”. He is the the second PM after Manmohan Singh to visit the contested site. Mr Singh visited the glacier in June 2005 and had said it should become a “peace mountain” between India and Pakistan. More soldiers have died from the harsh weather conditions in Siachen than in combat. Soldiers have been deployed at heights of up to 22,000 ft (6,700m) above sea level on the glacier. …

    October 23, 2014 1:54 am
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Technology

  • Apple dumps SSL 3.0 for push notifications due to POODLE flaw


    CNET Apple said Wednesday it will stop supporting the encryption standard Secure Socket Layer 3.0 for its push notifications service in response to a vulnerability identified earlier this month in the aging protocol. Apple announced on its developer site that it will switch on October 29 from SSL 3.0 to Transport Layer Security (TLS), SSL’s more modern, less vulnerable younger sibling. Disclosed earlier this month, the POODLE vulnerability allows encrypted information to be exposed by an attacker with network access. “Providers using only SSL 3.0 will need to support TLS as soon as possible to ensure the Apple Push Notification service continues to perform as expected,” Apple said in its bulletin. “Providers that support both TLS and SSL 3.0 will not be affected and require no changes.” To help developers test compatibility, Apple said it has already disabled SSL 3.0 in the development environment on its Provider Communication interface. POODLE, which stands for Padding Oracle …

    October 23, 2014 12:12 am
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Science

  • Fast modeling of cancer mutations


    Sequencing the genomes of tumor cells has revealed thousands of genetic mutations linked with cancer. However, sifting through this deluge of information to figure out which of these mutations actually drive cancer growth has proven to be a tedious, time-consuming process. MIT researchers have now developed a new way to model the effects of these genetic mutations in mice. Their approach, based on the genome-editing technique known as CRISPR, is much faster than existing strategies, which require genetically engineering mice that carry the cancerous mutations. “It’s a very rapid and very adaptable approach to make models,” says Thales Papagiannakopoulos, a postdoc at MIT’s Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research and one of the lead authors of the paper, which appears in the Oct. 22 online edition of Nature. “With a lot of these mutations, we have no idea what their role is in tumor progression. If we can actually understand the biology, we can then …

    October 23, 2014 12:32 am
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Health

  • U.S. tightens Ebola monitoring for West African visitors


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – The United States imposed new constraints on Wednesday on people entering the country from three nations at the center of West Africa’s Ebola epidemic, mandating that they report their temperature daily and stay in touch with health authorities. President Barack Obama expressed cautious optimism about the situation in the United States after meeting with his Ebola response coordinator, Ron Klain, and other top officials on Klain’s first day on the job since being named on Friday. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s new restrictions on travelers arriving from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea marked the latest precautions put in place by the Obama administration to stop the spread of the virus. The steps stopped short of a ban on travelers from those countries demanded by some lawmakers. Health authorities and the public have been on alert for Ebola since late September when a Liberian visiting Dallas, Texas became the …

    October 23, 2014 12:12 am
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Entertainment

  • Beyoncé and Jay Z shop for real estate in the City of Love


    Our wishlist for Beyoncé’s rumored platinum album According to E! News, Bey and Jay are house hunting in Paris, the City of Love. The divorce rumors have already been, for the most part, shot down, but if this isn’t their death blow, I don’t know what will be. E! News reports a source said the couple looked at a house in Paris with a huge garden and plenty of tall trees for privacy. The abode is in Neuilly-sur-Seine, which is a wealthy suburb west of Paris, where homes usually land in the 3-4 million euro range. According to the source, this home was a little more expensive than the average, but no price is too great for Beyoncé and Jay Z, who have a lot of special memories in Paris. Harvard students can now take a class in Beyoncé “We love Paris,” Jay told a Paris audience during one of the pair’s On the Run …

    October 23, 2014 1:53 am
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Editorial

  • When Washington overlords (federal prosecutors) break rules, wreck lives


    President Obama and the recently resigned Attorney General Eric Holder. (Reuters) A group of Washington overlords — federal prosecutors — sometimes break rules and wreck people’s lives. President Obama may soon appoint one of them to be America’s next attorney general. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The prosecutorial bullying is detailed in a new book by Sidney Powell, “Licensed to Lie.” Federal prosecutors always have a big advantage over anyone they attack. She reports that the Department of Justice’s narcissistic and dishonest prosecutors destroy people by doing things like deliberately withholding evidence. Remember the Arthur Andersen accounting firm? It was killed off by ambitious prosecutors who claimed the company helped Enron commit accounting fraud and then shredded the evidence. But instead of charging people who allegedly ordered evidence destroyed, the DOJ indicted the entire company. That destroyed the accounting firm. Publicly traded companies cannot do business with companies under criminal investigation, so Andersen lost most of its clients. The …

    October 23, 2014 12:12 am
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Odd News

  • Woman who gouged her eyes in California sues over viral photo


    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A nurse at a Los Angeles hospital took a photo of a woman who gouged out her own eyes with pencils, and the patient sued the hospital and its administrators after the picture went viral on the Internet, her attorney said on Wednesday. The plaintiff, who is not named in the lawsuit, was treated at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center in 2012 after she tried to commit suicide by jamming the pencils through her eyes at another facility and was rushed to the hospital, her lawyer, Douglas Johnson, said. The injury left the woman blind, according to the lawsuit, filed on Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court. The as-yet unidentified nurse took the photograph of the patient with the “intact pencils sticking out of her eyes,” then shared the unauthorized picture with another person, who passed the image to Joshua Shivers, the lawsuit said. Shivers, in turn, used his mother’s computer …

    October 22, 2014 8:26 pm
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