Headline News

  • California burglary suspect may face murder charge in shooting by homeowner


    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A Southern California burglary suspect faces possible murder charges in the fatal shooting of his alleged accomplice, even though she was gunned down by the elderly man they had just robbed as she pleaded she was pregnant, police said Friday.Ed Winter, assistant chief of the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office, said on Friday that an autopsy had determined that the woman, Andrea Miller, 28, was not pregnant at the time of her death. Gus Adams, 26, initially escaped from the scene of Tuesday night’s break-in and shooting in the Los Angeles suburb of Long Beach after Miller died in her failed getaway attempt, but Adams was arrested the next day, according to police. Police now say that in addition to robbery charges, Adams could be charged with murder under a California law that makes a person criminally responsible for a homicide that occurs in the commission of a felony. The Los …

    July 25, 2014 11:43 pm
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Politics

  • Limited review finds White House political office was within law


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A limited review found the White House’s political office appears to be operating within the law, a federal oversight agency said amid a congressional probe into whether taxpayer money has been used by the Obama administration for political purposes. The U.S. Office of the Special Counsel said it had reviewed correspondence about the establishment of the administration’s Office of Political Strategy and Outreach (OPSO), and based on that review found OPSO appeared to be adhering to its guidance on the scope of the office’s activities. The OSC review looked at correspondence between the White House and Darrell Issa, head of the House of Representatives’ Oversight and Government Reform Committee. “To the extent that OPSO’s activities are limited to thosedescribed in the White House correspondence, OPSO appears to be operating in a manner that is consistent with Hatch Act restrictions,” the Office of the Special Counsel said in a letter dated July 24 …

    July 25, 2014 10:02 pm
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Stocks

  • Lyft gets the green light in New York City


    Rideshare app Lyft, known for the pink mustaches on car grills, will launch in New York on Friday If you see a pink-mustachioed automobile or two zipping around the streets of New York City Friday, you’re not imagining things. After two weeks of sparring with New York City taxi regulators, rideshare app Lyft can start serving the five boroughs — provided its drivers go through city licensing. Lyft, known for the fuzzy pink mustaches on drivers’ car grills, connects users with drivers, many of whom drive their own cars rather than a dispatcher’s taxi. (The company said it will use smaller, dashboard mustaches in New York, as opposed to a big ‘stache mounted on the front bumper.) New York City’s taxi regulator, the Taxi Limousine Commission (TLC), has said it has the right to regulate so-called rideshare apps like Lyft. The commission sought a temporary restraining order against the app as recently as July 11, …

    July 25, 2014 10:42 pm
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Sports

  • Brad Hand pitches into 8th, Jeff Mathis hits 2-run double to lift Marlins over Astros 2-0


    Miami Marlins pitcher Brad Hand throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros, Friday, July 25, 2014, in Houston. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)The Associated Press Miami Marlins’ Adeiny Hechavarria (3) and Giancario Stanton celebrate after the Marlins defeated the Houston Astros 2-0 in a baseball game, Friday, July 25, 2014, in Houston. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)The Associated Press Houston Astros’ Jose Altuve kicks his helmet after having a steal at second overturned for an out after video review, during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Friday, July 25, 2014, in Houston. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)The Associated Press Miami Marlins’ Jeff Mathis hits a double to left field that scored Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Adeiny Hechavarria during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros, Friday, July 25, 2014, in Houston. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)The Associated Press Houston Astros’ Jon Singleton walks back to the dugout after striking …

    July 25, 2014 11:43 pm
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World News

  • NSW ALP gives members 50% say in leader elections from next year


    Labor members will have a say in choosing the party’s NSW leader in a reform aimed at taking power from factional bosses. The ALP state conference voted on Saturday to support the plan, which will come into effect after the March 2015 election. Under the plan, leadership will be determined by a ballot weighted at 50% caucus members and 50% members of the party. Public debates between candidates will also be held. State Labor’s general secretary, Jamie Clements, said it was the most significant reform undertaken by the party for more than 75 years. Queensland Labor has already given its members a say in choosing its state leader after the former prime minister Kevin Rudd brought in similar reforms at a federal level in 2013. The more than 800 delegates at the conference also backed a motion which bans seven controversial former Labor members from rejoining the party. “We want a small manila folder with …

    July 25, 2014 11:43 pm
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Technology

  • Google X project has lofty goal: to prevent disease


    Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Google has often looked skyward with its most ambitious initiatives — high-flying Wi-Fi balloons and high quality satellite imaging among them. But the company’s newest project looks almost as inward as you can: down to the molecules of the human body. A new study called Baseline will anonymously collect molecular and genetic information from 175 volunteer participants. The Wall Street Journal reported news of the study Thursday evening. The study is in pilot stages for now but will later expand to include thousands of participants. The goal of the study is to learn enough about the human body to be able to detect fatal diseases like cancer or heart disease earlier, so treatment is more preventative and not reactive. The study will be reviewed and approved by an institutional review board — independent ethics committees that review medical research involving humans. The project is run by Dr. Andrew Conrad, a molecular biologist …

    July 25, 2014 6:00 pm
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Science

  • New approach to form non-equilibrium structures


    Although most natural and synthetic processes prefer to settle into equilibrium — a state of unchanging balance without potential or energy — it is within the realm of non-equilibrium conditions where new possibilities lie. Non-equilibrium systems experience constant changes in energy and phases, such as temperature fluctuations, freezing and melting, or movement. These conditions allow humans to regulate their body temperature, airplanes to fly, and Earth to rumble with seismic activity. But even though these conditions exist naturally and are required for the most basic life, they are rarely understood and difficult to find in synthetic materials. “In equilibrium thermodynamics, we know everything,” said Northwestern’s Igal Szleifer. “Non-equilibrium thermodynamics is an old subject, but we don’t have a complete set of rules for it. There are no guidelines.” Szleifer is the Christina Enroth-Cugell Professor of Biomedical Engineering and professor of chemical and biological engineering in the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, professor of …

    July 25, 2014 10:22 pm
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Health

  • Campus security policies for citing drinkers vary widely: study


    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – At most colleges, campus police refer students involved in alcohol-related incidents to school officials for discipline rather than taking legal action, according to a study of 343 U.S. schools. After such an incident, students are generally not referred to the campus health center for alcohol screening or intervention, researchers led by Debra H. Bernat from University of Maryland in College Park found. For the study, they asked directors of campus police or security to complete a survey regarding their usual practices following serious, underage and less-serious alcohol incidents on and off campus. Even for serious or underage alcohol violations, which likely reflect illegal behavior, only one-third of colleges reported consistently issuing criminal charges or a citation to the drinker. For serious off-campus incidents, approximately 40 percent of colleges reported consistently referring students to an alcohol education program and offering counseling or treatment, compared to 16 percent for on-campus incidents, the …

    July 25, 2014 10:02 pm
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Entertainment

  • - Justin Bieber Is Upset After Meeting With Probation Officer In Vandalism Case


    Posted on Fri Jul 25th, 2014 6:48pm PDT Today Justin Bieber stopped by the Santa Monica Courthouse and met with the probation officer handling his vandalism case, and judging by the look on his face, this was clearly NOT how he wanted to spend his Friday afternoon! Bieber was joined by attorney Shawn Holley (yup, she’s repped Lindsay Lohan), and our photographers on the scene tell X17online that the 20-year-old pop star and his lawyer spent roughly an hour with the probation officer. Bieber pled no contest to misdemeanor vandalism and was put on two years probation earlier this month for allegedly egging his neighbor’s home, and he was also ordered to attend 12 anger management classes, complete 5 days of community service and pay $80,000 for the damage he caused. The group discussed the terms of Bieber’s probation, and we’re guessing the subject of his partying came up. You know how he’s been getting …

    July 25, 2014 10:42 pm
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Editorial

  • Troop leader: Customs and Border agent held Boy Scout at gunpoint


    AP A Boy Scout troop from the nation’s heartland is demanding answers and a U.S. senator is expressing outrage after a group of scouts was detained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents, with one child allegedly held at gunpoint. Jim Fox, the leader of the Mid-Iowa Boy Scout Troop 111, said the incident occurred earlier this month at a checkpoint along the Alaska – Canada border. The scouts and their leaders were on a 21-day trek from Iowa to Alaska – a trip that had been three years in the planning. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Join Todd on Facebook for conservative conversation! Click here to join! As their vans were moving through a checkpoint into the United States, one of the scouts snapped a photograph. Agents stopped the van and ordered all the passengers to get out. They told the underage photographer that he had committed a federal crime. It was unclear which agency with the …

    July 25, 2014 10:02 pm
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Odd News

  • Massachusetts monks tap brewing tradition to support aging members


    SPENCER, Mass. (Reuters) – Tucked off a two-lane highway in a hilly, wooded section of central Massachusetts, a group of Roman Catholic monks has embraced a centuries-old tradition they hope can sustain their aging members in a world of rapidly rising health costs. The 60 monks of St. Joseph’s Abbey still rise at 3 a.m. for prayers and pass most of their days in silence. But when it is time for work, a handful head down to the monastery’s new brewery, the first outside Europe to produce certified Trappist Ale. The venture has proven to be less labor-intensive than the monks’ other businesses, making religious vestments and fruit preserves. More importantly, they believe it can generate enough money to sustain a community of men with an average age of 70 who now spend about a third of their budget on health care. “We’re trying to reinvent our economy,” said Father Isaac Keeley on a recent …

    July 25, 2014 10:22 pm
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