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  • FCC throws out NFL blackout rule

    FCC throws out NFL blackout rule

      The FCC just sacked the NFL’s blackout policy. After a unanimous 5-0 vote Tuesday, the FCC ended a 40-year-old ruling that blacked out NFL games in local broadcast areas. Under the ruling, games could...
  • Defiant Royals outfox A’s in Wild Card game

    KANSAS CITY (Reuters) – The Kansas City Royals beat the Oakland Athletics 9-8 in a thrilling, 12-inning do-or-die Wild Card playoff on Tuesday to eke out a victory in their first postseason game for 29...
  • Pennsylvania trooper shot dead during gun training

    (Reuters) – The Pennsylvania State Police said a trooper was accidentally shot dead late on Tuesday during a training exercise at a facility outside Philadelphia. Trooper David Kedra, 26, was shot in the chest at...
  • Armed man shared lift with Obama

    Armed man shared lift with Obama

    1 October 2014 Last updated at 04:05 Presidential security has come under scrutiny President Barack Obama rode in a lift with an armed security contractor who had assault convictions, in what appears to be another...

Headline News

  • Pennsylvania trooper shot dead during gun training


    (Reuters) – The Pennsylvania State Police said a trooper was accidentally shot dead late on Tuesday during a training exercise at a facility outside Philadelphia. Trooper David Kedra, 26, was shot in the chest at the Montgomery County Public Safety complex in Conshohocken in the late afternoon local time, State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan said in a statement. Kedra, a state police member since 2012, is the 96th state police officer to be killed in the line of duty in the department’s history, Noonan said. He is at least the second trooper shot dead in September. The department is searching for survivalist Eric Frein who is suspected of killing one trooper and wounding another in an ambush at a police barracks on Sept. 12. Kedra was airlifted to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead, media reported. The public safety complex provides classrooms and training centers, including a gun range and a “live fire …

    October 1, 2014 2:41 am
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Politics

  • California bans political fundraising parties at lobbyists’ homes


    SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) – Lobbyists in California will be banned from throwing lavish fundraising parties at their homes and offices for state candidates under a bill signed Tuesday by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, who vetoed other proposals introduced in the wake of a series of ethics scandals. The law prohibiting residence or office-based fundraisers was introduced after a prominent lobbyist was fined $133,500 for throwing lavish parties for candidates, despite a law limiting such events to “meetings” that cost less than $500. “As public servants, we have a responsibility to uphold the integrity of the offices we serve in,” said state Senator Ricardo Lara, a Democrat from the Los Angeles suburb of Huntington Park, who introduced the bill. Brown vetoed several other bills aimed at tightening campaign finance rules, however, including three introduced after two state senators were indicted on corruption charges. One measure would have reduced the value of gifts that lawmakers can receive …

    September 30, 2014 11:57 pm
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Stocks

  • FCC throws out NFL blackout rule


      The FCC just sacked the NFL’s blackout policy. After a unanimous 5-0 vote Tuesday, the FCC ended a 40-year-old ruling that blacked out NFL games in local broadcast areas. Under the ruling, games could not be shown on TV in the NFL team’s local market if the team’s stadium wasn’t sold out 72 hours before kickoff. “At that time [40 years ago], ticket sales were the primary source of revenue for the NFL and most NFL games failed to sell out,” the FCC said. “Today, television revenues have replaced ticket sales as the NFL’s main source of revenue.” Related: Conundrum for networks: covering NFL news Football fans didn’t like the blackout policy. During last year’s playoffs, for example, loyal fans of the Green Bay Packers were in danger of being blacked out because they didn’t fill Lambeau Field, even though the primary reason for them not showing up was the below zero degree temperatures. …

    October 1, 2014 3:02 am
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Sports

  • Defiant Royals outfox A’s in Wild Card game


    KANSAS CITY (Reuters) – The Kansas City Royals beat the Oakland Athletics 9-8 in a thrilling, 12-inning do-or-die Wild Card playoff on Tuesday to eke out a victory in their first postseason game for 29 years. Salvador Perez, who had twice failed to drive in runners on third base earlier in the game, pulled a two-out base hit past diving third baseman Josh Donaldson to score Christian Colon and end a nearly five-hour battle. Colon, whose infield single scored Eric Hosmer with the tying run, had reached second by recording the seventh stolen base for a fleet-footed Royals team that had rallied in the bottom of the ninth to force extra innings. “This is the craziest game I ever played,” said Hosmer, who began the winning rally with a one-out triple high off the wall in left-center. “No one believed in us before the game. No one believed in us before the season.” The action-packed …

    October 1, 2014 2:42 am
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World News

  • Leaving on a night train: the best long-distance rail journeys


    The news that a worrying number of Europe’s night trains are being shunted off into history, the victim of changing habits and low-cost airlines, was met with dismay by those who find long-distance train travel the finest way to explore the world. We asked Guardian readers to share their memories of treasured night train journeys, and they didn’t disappoint. For all those desk-bound budding Paul Therouxs out there, the accounts below may inspire you to follow suit. The Trans-Siberian Express Perhaps the most famous long-distance train journey of them all. You can go from Moscow all the way to Vladivostok if you’re feeling restless (and, from there, perhaps a ferry to Japan), or head into China via the Trans-Mongiolian. Just make sure you pay for the vodka, warns SamKinchinSmith. 4am lock-in in the Trans-Siberian restaurant carriage This was taken on the second night of the four-day journey between Moscow and Irkutsk – stage one of …

    October 1, 2014 2:42 am
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Technology

  • Comcast beefs up X1 cloud-based cable in San Francisco


    X1 is Comcast’s cable TV software that moves the brains of cable TV into the cloud rather than leaving them locked in a set-top box in the living room. James Bareham/Comcast Comcast, the biggest cable provider in the US, is lighting up tech features of its cloud-based X1 TV system in the country’s technology home base, San Francisco. Starting Wednesday, X1 customers in the Bay Area will be able to access their full TV lineup on any connected screen in their home, and they can download any programs recorded on their DVR to a gadget to watch them outside the home too. The features are now available in eight cities, en route to being available to most X1 customers by the end of the year, the company said. Already the country’s biggest cable operator by subscribers and poised to become even bigger with a proposed $45 billion merger with No. 2 Time Warner Cable, Comcast …

    September 30, 2014 11:57 pm
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Science

  • First Ebola Case Diagnosed in the U.S.


    Federal officials today announced the first case of Ebola diagnosed in the U.S. The male patient was admitted to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas and placed in strict isolation on September 28 after flying from Liberia to visit family in north Texas. The patient left Liberia on September 19, arrived in the U.S. on September 20 and started showing signs of illness on Sept. 24. Because Ebola can be transmitted only after a person becomes sick, health authorities said, the man could not have infected nearby passengers.  The individual did not appear to have been in west Africa providing Ebola care.   “He undoubtedly had close contact with someone who was sick with Ebola or died from it,” Tom Frieden, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a press conference this evening. The patient is being cared for in intensive care and any individuals who had potential exposure to him …

    October 1, 2014 12:18 am
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Health

  • CDC experts to deploy to Texas if patient has Ebola: official


    DALLAS (Reuters) – U.S. health specialists are ready to deploy to Dallas if a patient being evaluated for Ebola is found to be carrying the disease that has killed thousands of people in West Africa, a Dallas County official said on Tuesday. Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas officials said in a statement on Monday that an unnamed patient was being tested for Ebola and had been placed in “strict isolation” due to the patient’s symptoms and recent travel history. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is expected to provide initial test results on the patient later on Tuesday, hospital officials said. Texas and Dallas County health officials are in close contact with the CDC, which would send its experts to Dallas if tests on the patient confirm Ebola, said Zach Thompson, director of the Dallas County Department of Health and Human Services. “Everyone is preparing for the worst and hoping for …

    September 30, 2014 3:50 pm
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Entertainment

  • Justin Bieber and Kendall Jenner are hanging out again


    On-off couple Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber escape to Canada According to a whole bunch of photos and videos posted to social media, Justin Bieber and Kendall Jenner have been hanging out together in Paris. They had a quiet dinner together, just the two of them — with Bieber’s girlfriend, Selena Gomez, nowhere to be seen. According to Celebuzz.com, Jenner is in town for Paris Fashion Week, where Bieber just arrived after a romantic vacation in Canada with his on-again, off-again girlfriend, Gomez. Reportedly, after dinner, Bieber and Jenner left the restaurant together and got into the same car. It’s long been speculated that Gomez and Jenner don’t get along. They were best buds hanging out at Coachella this past spring, but appear to have had a falling out since then — Gomez even unfollowed Jenner and her sister on Instagram amid rumors that they were fighting over the Biebs, even though Gomez insisted at the …

    October 1, 2014 1:39 am
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Editorial

  • Oklahoma workplace beheading: Is radical Islam a psychiatric epidemic?


    Alton Nolen, the 30-year-old convert to Islam who is accused of beheading one woman and stabbing another multiple times in Oklahoma last week, may test the boundaries between our definitions of religion and insanity. That’s because Nolen’s alleged acts may have been committed in the name of radical Islam, with no regard for the rights or suffering of others and, quite possibly, also something he felt utterly compelled to do. If the suspect was acting on religious fervor that overcame all his educational, cultural and empathetic underpinnings and led to the death of a woman and the brutal attack on another, then the question of whether such religious fervor can spark insanity in a person or in a whole movement of people is now front and center. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT I have not examined Nolen. But having interviewed and testified in the cases of many killers – some of them having perpetrated violence as brutal as …

    September 30, 2014 11:57 pm
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Odd News

  • Silicon Valley man unwittingly invites fugitive into home amid manhunt


    (Reuters) – A Silicon Valley homeowner unwittingly welcomed a fugitive into his home and shared a meal with the wanted man as California law enforcement officers canvassed the neighborhood in a manhunt, police said on Tuesday. Police in Palo Alto launched the search after receiving an emergency call on Monday about a possible fraudulent bank transaction linked to a man wanted in Oklahoma for a sex crime with a minor, the city’s police department said. Officers tried to nab 35-year-old Dominique Tabb of San Francisco at the bank, but he hopped a fence and ran into a residential neighborhood where officers began a yard-to-yard search, Palo Alto Detective Sergeant Brian Philip said. A homeowner in his 60s saw Tabb in his yard with some minor scrapes, and Tabb told him that assailants had beaten him up and that he was trying to escape, police said. Believing his story, the homeowner invited Tabb into his home …

    October 1, 2014 12:17 am
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