Headline News

  • Seattle Pacific University lifts campus lockdown after gun threat


    SEATTLE (Reuters) – Seattle Pacific University said on Friday its campus was on lockdown after a student received a threat of someone coming to the school with a gun, but lifted the order about an hour later and police arrested a woman who threatened a shooting rampage. Skagit County sheriff’s deputies arrested a woman who police say sent a text message to a former boyfriend saying she would kill him and his friends and claimed to be on the campus at the time, the Seattle Police Department said in a statement. “It was quickly determined she was not anywhere near the campus,” police said. The small Christian college was the site of a shooting spree in June in which one person was killed and two others wounded. The university said on Twitter that the lockdown had been lifted. Earlier it said the Seattle Police Department had informed university officials of the threat. Deputies arrested the …

    October 31, 2014 6:52 pm
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Politics

  • U.S. spy budget down by over 15 percent since 2010: official data


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The combined budget for U.S. civilian and military intelligence operations has shrunk by more than 15 percent since 2010, official figures show. The total U.S. intelligence budget was $67.9 billion in the fiscal year to Sept. 30, according to official figures. That was up only marginally from $67.6 billion the previous year, but followed a steady decline since a peak in 2010. A variety of factors comes into play, official sources say. The decline reflected the end of military operations in Iraq in 2011 and the drawdown in Afghanistan, said Bruce Riedel, a former senior intelligence official and security adviser to President Barack Obama. “Those operations were extremely expensive, not just for the military but also all the civilian agencies. Now that military operations have resumed in Iraq and spread to Syria the costs for intelligence will go back up again,” he said.James Clapper, the director of National Intelligence, has warned that …

    October 31, 2014 7:32 pm
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Stocks

  • NBC is developing a reality show with Virgin Galactic


      NBC is developing a reality TV series called “Space Race” with Virgin Galactic, whose SpaceShipTwo exploded on Friday. The network declined to comment. But according to Deadline, NBC is now “gathering information on the situation” regarding the reality series. During a test flight, a “serious anomaly” caused Virgin’s commercial space craft to explode over the Mojave Desert, killing one and seriously injuring another. The show — which was announced last year — is an exclusive series between NBC, Virgin founder Richard Branson and reality TV super-producer Mark Burnett. NBC described the show as an elimination competition in which normal people would compete with one another for “the ultimate prize” — a flight into space on Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo. The series would also have “unprecedented access” to Virgin Galactic’s Spaceport America facilities in New Mexico, where contestants would train for their winning flight, according to a press release issued last year. Related: Virgin Galactic spaceship …

    October 31, 2014 6:32 pm
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Sports

  • Canucks’ Burrows suspended 3 games without pay by NHL for hit on Canadiens’ Emelin


    NEW YORK –  Vancouver Canucks forward Alexandre Burrows has been suspended for three games without pay by the NHL for his late, illegal check to the head of Montreal Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin. Burrows slammed into Emelin at 8:23 of the second period of the Canucks’ 3-2 overtime victory over the Canadiens on Thursday night. Emelin left after the hit, but returned later in the game. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Under the terms of the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Burrows will forfeit $72,580.65. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

    October 31, 2014 6:52 pm
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World News

  • Iraqi Kurds ‘in Kobane to fight IS’


    31 October 2014 Last updated at 21:28 Turkey finally authorised the Iraqi Kurds to cross the border last week Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters have crossed the Turkish border to help defend the Syrian town of Kobane from Islamic State. Sources inside the town told BBC Arabic the unit was heading to the frontline about 4km west of Kobane. Turkey finally authorised the Iraqi Kurds to cross the border last week. Kobane has been under siege for six weeks in a battle that has left 800 dead and forced more than 200,000 to flee across the Turkish border. Some 150 Peshmerga fighters had mustered at a holding station about 8 km (5 miles) from Kobane three days ago and on Friday set off towards the town in a dozen jeeps, escorted by armoured vehicles. The Peshmerga waved flags, gave victory signs and chanted “Kobane, Kobane”. It is not clear just how many have travelled to Kobane, …

    October 31, 2014 6:52 pm
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Technology

  • Chat with ghosts using an emoji ouija board


    Now you can chat with the dead using your favorite emojicons. Kickstarter If you enjoy chatting with the dead, but prefer to do it using emojicons, why not upgrade your spirit communication with an Emouija Board? After all, ghosts don’t want to miss out on being about to tweet their feelings and thoughts like they did when they were alive and kicking. Find out if ghosts miss getting their hair cut, or dancing with friends or eating pizza. Perhaps they want to reveal their love for cats or just think the poop icon is hilarious. All your favorite emoji icons are represented on the board — from food items to activities to the weird ones no one seems to understand, like that hairy red devil guy (which we hope your ghosts aren’t stuck with as a purgatory pal). Designers of the Emouija Board, now on Kickstarter, also created unique emoji to help you communicate better …

    October 31, 2014 7:32 pm
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Science

  • Hints of Progress in the Ebola Fight


    At the epicenter of the Ebola outbreak there are finally flickers of hope. Wednesday the World Health Organization reported that even in the absence of new vaccines and medications there have been some significant strides against the virus in Liberia, the country hardest hit by the epidemic. The cautious optimism has set off discussion about what the “next phase” of the Ebola response may entail: even more aggressive tracing of people possibly exposed to Ebola.   The number of cases in Liberia, a top WHO official said Wednesday, may be dropping by as much as 25 percent a week. “It appears the trend is real in Liberia,” Bruce Aylward, WHO assistant director general in charge of the operational response said in a press briefing. “There may indeed be a slowing of the epidemic there.”   In west Africa there are still more than 13,500 Ebola cases—actually an uptick of about 3,000 in recent days—but a …

    October 31, 2014 3:49 pm
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Health

  • Judge rejects strict limits on U.S. nurse who treated Ebola patients


    FORT KENT Maine (Reuters) – Declaring Ebola fears in the United States “not entirely rational,” a judge rejected Maine’s bid for a quarantine on a nurse who treated victims of the disease in West Africa but tested negative for it, and instead imposed limited restrictions. Nurse Kaci Hickox’s challenge of Maine’s 21-day quarantine became a key battleground for the dispute between officials in some U.S. states who have imposed strict quarantines on health workers returning from three Ebola-ravaged West African countries and the federal government, which opposes such measures. Public concern about the spread of the virus is high in both the United States and Canada. Canada became the second developed nation after Australia to bar entry for citizens from the three West African nations where Ebola is widespread. Some U.S. politicians have called for a similar travel ban, making Ebola as much of a political issue as a public health question. The most deadly …

    October 31, 2014 7:32 pm
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Entertainment

  • Amanda Bynes’ Parents Battle Daughter In Court To Keep Conservatorship Intact


    Posted on Fri Oct 31st, 2014 2:10pm PDT       By X17 Staff Amanda Bynes and her parents are ready for a fight. The troubled actress showed up at court on Friday to battle her parents and the judge, in yet another attempt to rid herself of her parents’ conservatorship and prove to the world she is sane. The hearing is Amanda’s opportunity to convince a judge that she is mentally competent to have legal and financial custody over herself. Despite her assertion that she is sane enough to make her own decisions — the 28-year-old actress was late to her 1:30 pm court date in Ventura County, reports TMZ. Less than 45 minutes before the scheduled court time, the former What I like About You actress was spotted eating watermelon at Mel’s Diner in Hollywood, reports the site. This definitely doesn’t seem like the behavior of a person who is well … On Thursday, Bynes left the …

    October 31, 2014 5:11 pm
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Editorial

Odd News

  • Parachutist rescued from Missouri radio tower


    (Reuters) – A man’s plan to leap from a Missouri radio tower south of St. Louis went awry when his parachute got stuck on a supporting wire, leaving him suspended 155 feet above the ground, a fire official said on Friday. The parachutist, Timothy Church, 27, and a second man, Brandon Travis, 26, were arrested for trespassing on private property, St. Louis County Police spokesman Brian Schellman said. Travis helped Church gain access to the tower, he said. Church was rescued by a firefighter trained in high-suspension rescues who climbed the tower and got a rope and pulley to the man. He was then secured and lowered to the ground just before midnight Thursday, said Brian Hendricks, chief of the Mehlville Fire Protection District. “It appears he climbed the tower, jumped, deployed his parachute and as he was coming to the ground he became entangled in the guy wire,” Hendricks said in an interview. Church …

    October 31, 2014 3:49 pm
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